Qemu Simple Boot can launch ISO images in a desktop window – no need to burn them to disc
November 5, 2012 – 15:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | One Comment

ISO images are a very convenient way to distribute software, but testing them is more of a hassle, especially if they’re bootable, as normally you’ll have to burn them to disc, first.

But it may not always have to be this way, particularly if you grab a copy of Qemu Simple Boot. As with just a little work the program can boot the image (ISO, IMA or IMG formats are supported) in a window on your own desktop, no disc required.

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TeamViewer 8 Beta debuts with support for Windows 8 touch and Mac Retina display
November 5, 2012 – 08:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

German remote-support developer TeamViewer GmbH has publicly released the first beta of TeamViewer 8, its cross-platform, free-for-personal use remote support and control tool.

Version 8, which is currently only available for Windows and Mac, debuts alongside TeamViewer Touch for Windows 8, a dedicated full-screen app for Windows 8 users wishing to connect to other machines, while the new desktop beta comes with support for multi-touch gestures, Mac Retina displays and the ability to record both sound and video during a remote session.

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Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro 4.2 adds full Windows 8 support
November 2, 2012 – 15:49 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Auslogics has announced the availability of Disk Defrag Pro 4.2, the latest release of its comprehensive defrag tool.

And top of the new features list has to be the build’s full compatibility with all editions of the newly released Windows 8.

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FileMind brings fast searches and tag filtering for Windows file management
November 2, 2012 – 13:49 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

FileMindIf you find that Windows Explorer does not meet your requirements for browsing and managing your files, you have no doubt taken a look at some of the many replacement utilities that exist. Many such tools improve on the idea of Explorer but few offer anything particularly new. The sane accusation cannot be levelled at FileMind which provides a traditional means of accessing files and folders as well as something a little more interesting.Read More »

Evernote 5 Beta for Mac promises complete redesign, more than 100 new features
November 2, 2012 – 12:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Evernote has released the first public beta of version 5.0 of the Mac version of its cross-platform, note-sharing and taking tool, Evernote. Evernote for Mac 5.0 Beta 1. The new update comes with over 100 new features and boasts a redesigned user interface aimed at streamlining and simplifying the process of creating, organising and sharing notes.

The update is currently only available to those who install the program directly from our download link and then follow the instructions given for updating to the latest beta version. Because of the way the Mac App Store version works, Evernote was forced to remove the direct download link as the process of installing a new non-App Store version of Evernote led to server issues due to masses of users re-sychronising all their data with a separate build of the program. Evernote hopes to make the beta available to App Store users prior to its final release.

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Media Preview helps Explorer display useful thumbnails for all your videos
November 2, 2012 – 10:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Windows Explorer’s ability to display a thumbnail for a file can be a very useful way to see what it contains. But this often fails to work properly with videos, where typically you’ll be left with some general icon representing the file type, or perhaps a black frame which tells you precisely nothing at all.

You may be able to at least partly resolve this problem by installing the appropriate codecs, and making sure they’re configured correctly. But if that’s not working for you, then it could be simpler to install Media Preview, which handles all the usual complications almost entirely automatically.

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JogoBox: find and play thousands of games for free, no registration required
November 2, 2012 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’re a keen gamer, looking for new challenges, then of course there are plenty of free offerings available online. But which sites or services are the best for you? It might take a while to find out.

And so it could be easier to install JogoBox, a single tool which makes it easy to find and play thousands of free games, no registration required.

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Windows Phone for Mac gains Windows Phone 8 support and more
November 1, 2012 – 12:36 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Windows Phone 3.0Anyone who finds themselves in the slightly unusual position of owning a Windows 8 phone along with a Mac should take a look at the newly updated Windows Phone app that allows for syncing and data transfer between devices. Windows Phone 3.0 adds support for Windows Phone 8 devices as well as adding support for working with iPhoto 9.3.2 and Aperture 3.3.2.Read More »

Batchrun: an easier way to create simple batch files
November 1, 2012 – 10:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Batch files can be a great way to automate common PC maintenance tasks, but to get the most out them you’ll need an in-depth knowledge of the various Windows command line tools. Otherwise you may not even know that there’s a way to launch programs in a minimized window, for instance, let alone exactly how to do it.

If you’re not really interested in wading through endless discussion of command line switches in the manuals, though, the free Batchrun offers a simpler, GUI-based route to basic PC scripting.

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Google Earth 7 adds 3D views and virtual tour guides to desktop app
November 1, 2012 – 08:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Google has updated its cross-platform 3D world exploration tool. Google Earth 7.0 gains functionality previously added to Google Earth for Mobile in the form of city tour guides and 3D imagery of cities.

Google Earth 7’s tour guide provides pointers for local items of interest as users explore the world using the program. The launch of version 7 on desktop also comes with new sites added to the existing 3D imagery database.

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Plan your next interior design project in detail with roomeon
November 1, 2012 – 08:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Whether you’re just rearranging the furniture, or ripping out everything and starting again, being able to visualise your interior design projects before you begin can save you a great deal of time and hassle.

There have always been CAD-like tools to help you do this, but they tend to be expensive, and tricky to use. So we were very interested to hear about roomeon 3D-planner, a free (for personal use) design tool which claims to combine a very lengthy feature list with drag-and-drop simplicity.

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