Artweaver 4.0 adds tabbed interface, new drawing and paint tools
July 17, 2013 – 12:39 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Artweaver 4.0 adds tabbed interface, new drawing and paint tools

Boris Eyrich Software has announced the release of Artweaver 4.0, the latest edition of its popular painting tool. It’s a significant update, too, especially in comparison to the rather underwhelming 3.0, with both Artweaver 4.0 Free and the more powerful commercial Artweaver Plus (yours for around $40) gaining some worthwhile features.

Both editions benefit from a tabbed document interface, for instance, which makes it easier to switch between images.

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Google Maps for iOS 2.0 adds native iPad support
July 17, 2013 – 07:24 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Maps for iOS 2.0 adds native iPad support

Google MapsIt’s been a long time coming, but Google has finally unveiled an iPad-friendly version with the release of Google Maps for iOS 2.0. It seems like an age now since Apple dropped native support for Google Maps with the release of iOS 6, but even with the improvements to its own mapping service, iPad users will be clamouring to install this.

The update follows hot on the heels of the recently released Google Maps for Android 7.0 and also features many of the enhancements and improvements unveiled in that update.

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TCHunt quickly locates TrueCrypt volumes on your drives
July 17, 2013 – 06:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on TCHunt quickly locates TrueCrypt volumes on your drives

TrueCrypt is an excellent encryption tool, a very good choice for anyone who wants to protect their most confidential files. If you use its ability to save your documents in hidden containers, though, it’s worth keeping in mind that these aren’t quite as secret as you might think: TCHunt, a free Windows tool, can identify (though not decrypt) them in just a few seconds.

The program comes in the form of a compact (244KB) executable, with no extras and no installation required; you can just download and run it.

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Acronis True Image 2014 beta debuts integrated cloud backup
July 16, 2013 – 13:16 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Acronis True Image 2014 beta debuts integrated cloud backup

Acronis International has announced the first public beta of its flagship backup tool, Acronis True Image 2014.

The big addition in this release is fully integrated support for backing up your system to Acronis Cloud, the company’s online storage service. Or some of your system, at least (the trial and full versions come with 5GB of storage space, free for 1 year).

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Chrome Extensions for Opera 2.0 – does exactly what it says on the tin
July 16, 2013 – 11:59 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off on Chrome Extensions for Opera 2.0 – does exactly what it says on the tin

Chrome Extension for Opera 2.0The rebooting of Opera 15.0 saw the niche browser switch to a new rendering engine, adopting Chrome’s Blink in favour of its own proprietary Presto engine. In restarting the browser from scratch, Opera has opted not to include a lot of popular functionality from previous versions – some of this is temporary, while others (specifically bookmarks) could be permanently lost.

One way of restoring some functionality is through extensions, small programs written in HTML, CSS or JavaScript. Opera has its own Extensions store, but the great news for early adopters of Opera 15 is that – with the aptly titled Chrome Extension for Opera 2.0 installed – you can use Google Chrome Extensions too.

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Enhance and extend the Windows command line with clink
July 16, 2013 – 09:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Enhance and extend the Windows command line with clink

From experts to novices, most PC users could benefit from launching a command line session occasionally. This is one area of Windows which hasn’t changed significantly in years, of course, but if you’re tired of its various annoyances then there are steps you can take to improve the situation. And clink could be a great place to start.

This open source program installs quickly and easily. The only setup option to consider is whether you want the program to launch when you run a command line session; we’d recommend you allow this, as it keeps the process very straightforward. Open a command window immediately afterwards and you should see new copyright messages for clink its other components (see the grab), a useful indicator that everything is working.

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DVDStyler 2.5 implements subtle redesign, supports videos with no audio
July 15, 2013 – 10:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on DVDStyler 2.5 implements subtle redesign, supports videos with no audio

DVDStylerAlex Thuring has released DVDStyler v2.5, a major new version of his open-source, cross-platform DVD authoring tool. DVD Styler makes it possible to create video DVDs from a wide range of movie formats, including most common ones, and comes with full menu-creation tools for crafting the perfect video DVD.

Version 2.5, also available in portable form for Windows PCs, comes with a number of notable new features, including support for video files without audio streams, new frame spinning controls and redesigned chapters and cell properties dialog boxes.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 6 introduces new interface, hard drive tools
July 15, 2013 – 08:33 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Auslogics BoostSpeed 6 introduces new interface, hard drive tools

Auslogics Software has updated its flagship PC maintenance and optimisation suite with the release of Auslogics BoostSpeed 6.0.

Launch the program for the first time and it now runs an immediate system scan, before displaying the results of this – disk space which can be freed, computer speed and stability interface – as “System Health” indicators in the main BoostSpeed window.

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Quickly create contact sheets for any set of pictures with Snap2Img
July 12, 2013 – 14:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Quickly create contact sheets for any set of pictures with Snap2Img

Understanding how your digital photo collection is laid out normally requires just a few moments of thumbnail browsing. Click a folder here, another over there, and you’ll quickly be able to locate the pictures you need.

If the folders aren’t accessible, though – they’re on a CD, say, or you want friends to get a quick overview of an image set – then it can be useful to generate a contact sheet, another image with thumbnails of your folder contents. And that’s where the free Snap2Img comes in.

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ChrisPC Free VideoTube Downloader 5.0 unveils name change, advanced menu settings
July 12, 2013 – 12:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on ChrisPC Free VideoTube Downloader 5.0 unveils name change, advanced menu settings

christv_videotube_200x175Romanian developer Chris P.C. has released ChrisPC Free VideoTube Downloader 5.0, a major new version of its free video downloader and converter tool for Windows. The tool sports a slight name change – it was previously called ChrisTV YouTube Downloader – but adds a number of new features to its roster.

The major new feature is an option to add an entire YouTube channel or user video list to the program’s queue for downloading and converting to a different format. Note that the free version only supports up to 15 files at any one time.

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X-Ripper extracts the hidden image, audio or video content from any file
July 12, 2013 – 10:23 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on X-Ripper extracts the hidden image, audio or video content from any file

Explore any Windows application and you might find some content you’d like to use elsewhere: the soundtrack in a game, an introductory video somewhere, maybe a few embedded images or icons. Sometimes these might be available as separate files in the program’s folders, but often they’ll come packaged in a DLL or some other library format which can’t be accessed as easily.

You could then turn to a more specialist solution, perhaps something which allows you to view and work with the resources in a Windows executable. But if that sounds too complicated, there’s always X-Ripper, a free tool that can extract images, audio and video content from any file type.

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