Caliber: instant messaging for your LinkedIn contacts
March 31, 2015 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CaliberMost instant messaging apps market themselves on just how much fun they are, with group chats, location services, media sharing, and of course way more stickers and emojis than everyone else.

Free Android and iOS app Caliber bypasses all this and goes for a different audience entirely: it’s instant messaging for your business contacts.

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Audacity 2.1.0 adds real-time effects preview, updates noise removal tool
March 30, 2015 – 09:19 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

audacity_200x175Open-source sound recording, editing and mixing tool Audacity 2.1.0 has been released, and comes with a slew of significant updates and improvements.

Version 2.1.0 debuts one major new feature: a Real-Time Preview for effects, which is accompanied by a major upgrade to the Noise Removal tool. It also offers various effects upgrades and redesigned Meter Toolbars.

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Office Image Extraction Wizard goes open source
March 30, 2015 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Office Image Extraction WizardRL Vision has announced that its Office Image Extraction Wizard is now open source.

The Windows application is a simple but effective tool for extracting images from Office and many other document types. Although, notably, not PDF (the company has a shareware application for that).

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Highlight key text on web pages with Super Simple Highlighter for Chrome
March 28, 2015 – 09:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Super Simple HighlighterYou’re working on some web research project, part way through a lengthy page, when it’s time to go and do something else. Annoying, because while you can bookmark the site, when you next return you’ll still have to find all the most important quotes and paragraphs all over again.

Super Simple Highlighter is a Chrome extension which makes it easy to highlight one or more sections of a page, restoring them when you return (usually) so you can carry on where you left off.

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First look: Process Lasso 8
March 27, 2015 – 18:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Process LassoWhether you’re working on your PC or not, there are always plenty of processes running in the background: system services, program updaters, security tools, scheduled tasks and so on.

Windows uses a range of techniques to decide how your system resources are shared out, but you may still find some processes grab more than you’d like, drastically cutting the performance of everything else.

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Twitter’s live video streaming Periscope app now available
March 26, 2015 – 13:49 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

PeriscopeTwitter has launched Periscope, a Meerkat-like iOS app which broadcasts live video to your followers.

Going live sends an instant notification to your friends, who can tune in via Twitter or the app, see what you’re seeing, add comments in real time or send you hearts (the Periscope equivalent of Facebook Likes) to show their appreciation.

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Troubleshoot DLL problems with DLL Hijack Detect
March 26, 2015 – 08:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

DLL Hijack DetectRun a Windows program and it’ll often try to access functions or data in a Dynamic Link Library (a DLL file). If the program has provided a copy of the DLL then Windows will load that, otherwise it’ll search various folders on your system to find a copy.

Sounds great, in theory, but there can be problems. If you have multiple copies of a DLL scattered around your system, applications won’t always get the versions they expect. And if malware copies a DLL to a preferential point in the Windows search order – so-called “DLL hijacking” – then you could be running malicious code whenever it’s requested.

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Colorblinding shows how websites look to the color blind
March 25, 2015 – 13:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

ColorblindingYou can spend a very long time choosing your website color scheme, finding a starting shade, then a matching palette, shuffling and rearranging until you find something that appeals.

This isn’t all about you, though – it’s also vital to understand how your design will be seen by anyone with a color vision deficiency.

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PhotoDemon 6.6 brings RAW support, more selection tools
March 25, 2015 – 08:36 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

PhotoDemonTanner Helland has announced the release of PhotoDemon 6.6, his open source photo editor for Windows.

The lengthy list of major new features starts with powerful Magic Wand, Polygon and Lasso selection tools.

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XYplorer 15.0 adds flat select tool, timestamping, sticky checkbox selection and improves portable device support
March 24, 2015 – 11:41 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

XYplorer FreeCologne-based developer Donald Lessau has released XYplorer Free 15.0 and XYplorer Pro 15.0, major new versions of its Windows Explorer replacement tool.

Version 15 comes with four new features, two of which (better support for portable devices and timestamping improvements) are restricted to Pro users only. The tool already boasts tabbed and multi-paned browsing, batch rename, directory print and quick file compare tools among its broad feature set.

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Fix corrupt photos with JPEG Repair Shop
March 24, 2015 – 10:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

JPEG Repair ShopMaybe a download failed, an archive was damaged, a CD just got too old – it doesn’t really matter. All you know is that one of your most important JPEGs has been corrupted, and there’s no obvious way to restore it.

Sounds like a case for JPEG Repair Shop, a free portable tool which can fix some types of corruption in a click or two.

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