DrawWiz is an easy-to-use app, Windows and Mac program which instantly generates professional sketches of female cartoon characters.
There’s no artistic ability required, fortunately. The app provides hundreds of pre-drawn elements – situations, face shapes, hair styles, eyes, nose, mouth – and all you have to do is pick the ones you need.
High resolution digital photos are great for most purposes, but can be a little cruel for portrait shots, where every skin imperfection is suddenly blown up in extreme detail.
Some photo editors have “beautifying” modules to help up clean such problems, or you can often fix them yourself with a little painting or clone work. And Free Photo Blemish Remover is another option, a specialist tool which can remove image imperfections with a click.
If your PC has several user accounts then you might occasionally like to know when they’re being accessed, perhaps to confirm that your children are only using the computer at particular times.
You could install some heavy duty system monitoring package, or maybe enable a few Family Safety restrictions for that account. But NirSoft’s WinLogOnView is a much simpler option which could provide everything you need in a tiny, portable package.
IObit has released MacBooster 2.0, a major new build of its shareware cleaning and optimisation tool for Macs. The app, which is available as a 14-day trial download, includes a number of new and improved features.
It also shows off a major redesign, switching to a black-themed UI more in keeping with the company’s Windows product portfolio.
Corel has released PaintShop Pro X7, a major new version of its venerable photo and image editor. Version X7 sees a number of new features, including Magic Fill erase tool. It also sees its popular tools redesigned to make them easier to use.
The app also comes with the promise of more responsive Paint Brush, Airbrush and photo retouching brush tools thanks to a performance gain of up to 30 per cent.
If you're looking for a free Office-compatible suite then there's plenty of choice around, with tools like LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org offering a host of powerful features.
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Acronis's True Image has always been one of the more feature-packed backup tools around. Imaging, file and folder backups, syncing, online backup, continuous data protection: it's all here.
Over the years True Image has piled on ...
CyberLink PowerDirector has long been one of the most powerful consumer video editors around, packed with functionality, yet still remaining very usable for just about every level of user.
PowerDirector 13 doesn't bring any radical changes, ...