Google Calendar becomes a standalone app for Android users
October 18, 2012 – 10:59 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Google CalendarAndroid users running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean can now take advantage of a new standalone version of Google Calendar. The move brings Google Calendar more in line with Gmail, Google Play and others which have been separate apps for some time now, and the split sees the introduction of some interesting new options that could well be enough to persuade users away from other calendar apps.Read More »

Capture2Text is a very simple OCR/ speech recognition tool
October 18, 2012 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

You may often come across on-screen text which you’d like to grab, quote, or otherwise reuse in a document, and it’s annoying if that isn’t possible (the text is contained within an image, for instance).

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to retype the text manually, though. Just point the free optical character recognition tool Capture2Text at the image, and it’ll quickly grab the text for you and copy it to the clipboard.

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Uniblue PowerSuite 2013 build introduces new startup manager and resource optimizer
October 17, 2012 – 16:34 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Uniblue PowerSuite 2013Looking to tweak Windows? There are plenty of tools to choose form if you don’t fancy the idea of editing the registry, but you have to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to find something half decent. The world of tweaking tools is divided into two camps – utilities that are free, and those that are not. Paying for a program is not necessarily an indication of quality, and with PowerSuite Lite 2013 you have the option of sticking with the free version or paying a bit for a range of extra tools.

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O&O DiskImage 7 Professional streamlines user interface, integrates rescue disk builder
October 17, 2012 – 09:04 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

Berlin developer O&O Software has released a brand new version of its drive-imaging and backup tool. O&O DiskImage 7 Professional 32-bit, also available as a 64-bit build, adds full support for Windows 8 and EFI/UEFI systems.

Version 7 also allows users to create an emergency boot CD from directly within the program itself, plus debuts a streamlined interface designed to appeal to less experienced users. It’s also now capable of adapting to third-party energy saving settings, ensuring disk images aren’t compromised.

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VirusTotal Scanner instantly checks almost any file for malware – no upload required
October 17, 2012 – 07:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’re worried about the safety of a file on your PC then uploading it to is a great way to get some piece of mind. The site will run it through more than 40 of the top antivirus tools – GData, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, they’re all here – and let you know if any of them have raised a red flag.

There could be a lengthy delay while the file is uploaded, of course. But you don’t have to put up with that, because VirusTotal Scanner delivers the same results without having to upload the file at all.

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Remotely extract files from online archives with re7zip
October 17, 2012 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Although ISO files are a very convenient way to distribute software, then can often be very large, perhaps gigabytes in size. And if you only need maybe one or two files from the image, having to download the whole thing first will probably seem just a little annoying.

There could be an alternative, though. Re7zip is an interesting Java-based tool which can remotely extract files from an http-hosted archive, without having to download the full archive first – and in some situations that could save you an enormous amount of time.

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Create a custom Windows install disc with Windows Post-Install Wizard
October 17, 2012 – 06:54 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

Windows Post-Install WizardThe prospect of reinstalling Windows is not one that many people relish, particularly if it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, to numerous machines, or both. Part of the problem is that getting everything set up how you want it to be is that once Windows itself is up and running, there is still a great deal to do in terms of configuring the operating system to your liking as well as installing the applications you need.Read More »

WinZip 17 adds cloud integration, PDF conversion and image resizing tools
October 17, 2012 – 06:23 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Connecticut-based WinZip International LLC has updated the Windows version of its world-famous compression tool with a plethora of major new features, including cloud integration and sharing. WinZip 17.0 launches with the ability to zip, manage and share files directly from cloud-based services and social media sites.

Version 17 also adds tools for converting Office documents to PDF, resizing images and adding watermarks, plus revamps its interface in a move designed to make the program more intuitive to use.

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StaxRip: a video conversion tool with real power
October 15, 2012 – 12:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Converting videos from one format to another can be an extremely complicated process, which is why most transcoding tools do their best to protect you from it. You might drag in a movie, choose the iPhone profile and click a button to begin conversion, say – all very easy.

If you have a good understanding of video basics, though, this handholding can become annoying, and you might occasionally wish you had access to something more powerful. Sounds familiar? Then you might want to take a look at the open source StaxRip.

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Adobe unveils Reader XI, Acrobat XI
October 15, 2012 – 08:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Adobe has announced the availability of its next generation PDF reading and creation tools, Adobe Reader XI and Adobe Acrobat XI. And this looks like a useful upgrade, with plenty of interesting additions and extensions on offer.

Adobe Reader XI offers more drawing and annotation tools, for instance: sticky notes, stamps, file attachments, audio recordings and more.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare 6 Free revamps interface, promises full support for Windows 8
October 15, 2012 – 07:29 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

IObit has released Advanced SystemCare 6 FREE, a brand new version of its freeware optimisation tool. Version 6.0 debuts a new, streamlined interface, and comes with full support for the RTM version of Windows 8.

ASC 6 Free, which is also available in Pro form with additional functionality, also updates its Surfing Protection, Driver Manager and Privacy Sweep databases, adds support for additional languages and provides unspecified general bug fixes.

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