Freegate: a quick and easy route to anonymous browsing
April 17, 2013 – 13:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Freegate: a quick and easy route to anonymous browsing

Anonymous proxies can be a very useful privacy tool, hiding your IP address from websites, and perhaps allowing you to bypass local restrictions on the websites and pages you can visit.

The technology can also be complicated, interfering with your regular network settings, and drastically cutting your online performance, of course. But Freegate proves that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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CCleaner for Mac 1.07 promises improved cookie management, refreshed look
April 17, 2013 – 12:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CCleaner for Mac 1.07 promises improved cookie management, refreshed look

CCleaner for Mac 1.07Piriform, Inc has released CCleaner for Mac 1.07.233, a minor refresh of its Mac freeware cleaning tool. Modelled closely on CCleaner 4.0 for Windows, version 1.07 sports the same refreshed program icons and interface tweaks as found in the latest Windows build, but also sports a number of new and improved features.

Notable improvements in this new release include better compatibility with OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and better cleaning speeds when running in the latest version of OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

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Facebook for iOS 6.0 adds floating chat heads
April 17, 2013 – 07:40 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Facebook for iOS 6.0 adds floating chat heads

Facebook for iOSFacebook, Inc. has released Facebook for iOS 6.0, a major update for its iPhone and iPad app. The major new feature in version 6 is the introduction of “chat heads”, which allow users to chat from anywhere in the app – this feature isn’t yet universally available, but should be rolled out to all users “soon”, according to Facebook.

Chat heads are small circular icons representing both individual chatters and Facebook Messages. The chat head appears automatically when receiving a message, or can be manually set up by tapping the contact’s name in the contacts list.

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SpeedyPainter: a small but surprisingly capable paint tool
April 16, 2013 – 13:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | One Comment

SpeedyPainterIf you’ve spent some time exploring the world of free PC paint programs, then you’ll know that most of them look much like any other application. There are menus here, ribbons there, toolbars, flyouts – it’s all very familiar, if not particularly likely to inspire your creativity.

The OpenGL-based SpeedyPainter, though, takes a different approach. It strips the interface down to the basics, reducing all the usual distractions to the absolute minimum, and instead concentrates on delivering a clean, simple and straightforward painting experience.

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Optimise your PC’s performance with the lightweight Synei Utilities
April 16, 2013 – 13:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Optimise your PC’s performance with the lightweight Synei Utilities

The PC world is packed with supposed performance-boosting suites, most of which are almost exactly the same. You’ll have a program to list your Startup programs, another one to delete your temporary internet files, a few system tweaking options – all very predictable (and, usually, not even that effective).

The news that Synei are introducing a very similar range of free tools – a disk cleaner, services optimiser, startup manager and more – probably won’t fill you with excitement, then. But wait: while the tools are far from perfect, there’s more than enough functionality here to make them very interesting.

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Foxit Reader 6.0 adds PDF creation, handwritten signatures and Office 2013-style ribbon
April 16, 2013 – 13:10 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Foxit Reader 6.0 adds PDF creation, handwritten signatures and Office 2013-style ribbon

Foxit Reader 6.0Foxit Corporation has unveiled a dramatically updated version of its free PDF reader. Foxit Reader 6.0.2 adds PDF creation tools to the freeware software’s roster for the first time, plus unveils a revamped ribbon-based toolbar modelled on Microsoft Office 2013.

Also added to version 6.0 are PDF sign – support for handwritten signatures, the ability to create and insert stamps, read and search PDF Portfolios and integration with Evernote. The features see Foxit Reader 6.0 square up to pioneering freeware tool Nitro Reader 3.5.

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SugarSync for iOS 4.0 boasts elegant redesign, integrates with other apps
April 16, 2013 – 08:14 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on SugarSync for iOS 4.0 boasts elegant redesign, integrates with other apps

SugarSyncSugarSync, Inc has released SugarSync for iOS 4.0, a major new release for iPad and iPhone owners wishing access to their SugarSync cloud storage on the move. Version 4.0.0 features a major redesign designed to simplify syncing and sharing, plus integrates with other apps through the “Open in” feature.

The update also adds support for Device Filtering, a feature recently introduced in the SugarSync 2.0.9 desktop app for Windows and Mac, along with Cloud Search, and promises future support for folder labels.

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Adobe releases first public beta of Lightroom 5
April 15, 2013 – 19:48 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Adobe releases first public beta of Lightroom 5

LightroomAdobe has announced the first public beta of Photoshop Lightroom 5. And while a first look suggests this isn’t the most major of upgrades, there are still some worthwhile improvements to be found.

A new one-click Upright tool can analyse your images and detect tilted lines, for instance. You can choose a correction method, but otherwise the program will straighten images all on its own.

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Browse files and folders more efficiently in OS X with XtraFinder 0.16.1
April 15, 2013 – 10:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Browse files and folders more efficiently in OS X with XtraFinder 0.16.1

XtraFinderIf you find Finder frustratingly limited, then you’ll be in the market for a replacement/enhancement tool. There are plenty of paid-for Finder enhancements out there, but over the past year or so they’ve been increasingly put to the shade by a fabulous – and rapidly developing – free tool called XtraFinder 0.16.1.

We’ve been checking back occasionally to see how XtraFinder is developing, and with version 0.16.1 now out, there have been a staggering 20 updates since we last looked at it back in September, so we thought it was the perfect time to bring you up to speed.

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Cut bulky PDFs down to size with ORPALIS PDF Reducer Free
April 15, 2013 – 08:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cut bulky PDFs down to size with ORPALIS PDF Reducer Free

Orpalis PDF ReducerSaving a document as a PDF generally produces a very small file, which is one reason the format is such a popular way to share information.

This isn’t always the case, though. And so if it’s important your documents are as compact as they can possibly be, then you might like to try shrinking them even further, with a little help from the free (for personal and non-commercial use) ORPALIS PDF Reducer Free.

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Clover 3 brings tabs and new navigation features to Explorer
April 15, 2013 – 08:39 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off on Clover 3 brings tabs and new navigation features to Explorer

What’s the one thing that is missing from Windows Explorer? Actually, there’s probably more than just one thing missing, but what is the most obvious? Tabs. They are now so ubiquitous in web browsers that it’s unlikely you give them a second thought; they’re just there and you use them. Why should your file browser be any different? This is an anomaly that the developers of Clover felt had to be put right with the latest release.Read More »