WinPatrol 30.5 adds Safe Update, Restore Deleted Files features
March 17, 2014 – 09:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WinPatrol 2014BillP Studios has updated its snapshot-based security tool for Windows with the release of WinPatrol 30.5.2014. The new incremental release comes with two major new features, plus an upgrade discount for XP users as End of Life approaches.

Version 2014 also continues to tweak the positioning of dialogue boxes and their components in response to user feedback, and has switched font to MS Shell Dig.

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Give ClamWin simple real-time protection with Clam Sentinel
March 17, 2014 – 08:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ClamWin is an easy-to-use open source antivirus tool which runs on every version of Windows from 98 upwards.

The program doesn’t offer any real-time protection, unfortunately, which is a significant weakness. But you can add this yourself, to a degree, just by installing Clam Sentinel.

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Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer 1.2 now available
March 15, 2014 – 12:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft has updated its handy troubleshooting tool Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer to version 1.2.

The Scan screen has been redesigned to add new tools. An “Office Alerts” section displays links to relevant Office support documents, while corporate customers will find help with Key Management Services activation issues.

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Convert is a handy unit conversion tool
March 15, 2014 – 10:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When you’re unsure about Fahrenheit vs Celsius, feet and metres, or just wondering how large a petabyte really is, there’s no substitute for a good conversion tool.

There are plenty of candidates online. Google has several (search “convert F to C” for an example). But if you just need something lightweight for your PC desktop, then Convert could prove very useful.

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NConvert: an amazing command line-based image processor
March 15, 2014 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

In an increasingly touch-oriented world, the idea of using a command line utility to process images might seem, well, just a little old-fashioned.

And maybe it is. But if you regularly need to resize, rotate, crop or convert multiple images, then there’s still no substitute for a console tool like NConvert.

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Facebook for Android 7.0 improves photo support, group admin tools
March 14, 2014 – 14:53 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Facebook for AndroidFacebook has unveiled a major update to its Android app with the release of Facebook for Android 7.0. The latest version concentrates on improving photo management for users, and also gives group administrators more control from within the app itself.

For the first time, users can now include photos when posting comments using the Android app – it’s an overdue update, as the feature has been present on the web since June 2013 and first appeared in Facebook for iOS five months ago.

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ASCOOS Web Server is a convenient Apache/ MySQL/ PHP bundle for developers
March 14, 2014 – 11:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’d like to test your latest web development project locally then you could download Apache, then whatever other components you might need, install them individually and hope they all work together.

Or you could just grab a copy of ASCOOS Web Server, which does most of the hard work for you.

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First look: DrawPad Graphics Editor
March 14, 2014 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Australian developer NCH Software has announced the availability of DrawPad Graphics Editor, a straightforward and easy-to-use free vector graphics tool.

The program’s tiny size (566KB) didn’t leave us expecting very much. This isn’t just a downloader, either: even when installed, DrawPad requires barely more than 2MB drive space.

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Google, Bing, Yahoo keyword rank checker Rankaware adds scheduler
March 14, 2014 – 06:36 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

The keyword rank checker Rankaware has been updated to version 1.4.

The highlight is that this release finally adds a scheduler. You don’t have to manually initiate an update any more: enable the schedule and the program can check your current Google, Bing and Yahoo! rankings when the program starts, every day, or on any specified day of the week or month.

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VLC for Windows 8 Beta launched, early promise undermined by stability issues
March 13, 2014 – 11:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

VLC for Windows 8Windows RT/8 users rejoice: a Modern UI version of the fan-favourite VLC Media Player tool has just surfaced in the Windows App Store. VLC for Windows 8 Beta 0.2 is currently available for Intel-based processors only, so users of WinRT tablets will need to wait until VideoLan is able to successfully compile an ARM version.

As the version number attests, VLC for Windows 8 is a very early public peek at running VLC on the Modern UI platform, and sadly it shows.

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Emsisoft Mobile Security 1.0 released
March 13, 2014 – 10:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Emsisoft has announced the availability of Emsisoft Mobile Security 1.0, its lightweight commercial Android security solution.

Mobile Security offers a similar feature set to many competing products. A malware scanner checks your apps and files for threats; real-time protection detects and blocks malicious apps before they can be installed, while web protection prevents you accessing dangerous websites.

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