The Bat! 6.0 gains Unicode, IDN support, 64-bit “coming soon”
November 14, 2013 – 09:51 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on The Bat! 6.0 gains Unicode, IDN support, 64-bit “coming soon”

RITLabs has announced the release of The Bat! 6.0, a major update of its flagship email client.

Top of the “New Features” list is full Unicode support, which means users should now be able to work with multiple languages simultaneously.

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DVDStyler 2.6 released, extends slideshow support
November 14, 2013 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on DVDStyler 2.6 released, extends slideshow support

Alex Thuring has released DVDStyler 2.6, the latest revision of his open-source video DVD authoring tool for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Previous editions have been able to create video slideshows from your chosen images. DVDStyler improves on this by adding support for a few transitions – fade in/ out, and four wipes – as well as allowing you to loop your slideshow audio.

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Transform your photos into hi-res works of art with AndreaMosaic
November 14, 2013 – 08:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Transform your photos into hi-res works of art with AndreaMosaic

If you’d like to do something different with your digital photos then most image editors provide at least some artistic effects you can try. They’re not always that interesting, though, and after you’ve tried ten “Oil Painting” filters which don’t produce anything vaguely painting-like, it’s tempting to just give up. But wait: there is another option.

AndreaMosaic is a free tool for creating photo mosaics, pictures which are themselves built up of other images (check the program samples page if you’ve not seen these before). The technique only takes a few minutes to master, but delivers pictures with an appealing, abstracted look, which look great on anything from a Facebook thumbnail to an A3 page (or even larger printed formats).

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IObit Uninstaller 3 adds browser plug-in removal and file shredding tools to latest release
November 14, 2013 – 07:22 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on IObit Uninstaller 3 adds browser plug-in removal and file shredding tools to latest release

IObit Uninstaller 3.0IObit has released IObit Uninstaller 3.0, a major, redesigned update of its application uninstall utility. Application uninstallers have never had much of a reputation for thoroughly cleaning up after the programs they’re supposed to remove, which is where the likes of IObit Uninstaller come into their own, hunting down leftover files and Registry entries to offer a more complete removal.

Version 3.0 debuts a redesigned and simplified user interface, adds full support for Windows 8/8.1 and now incorporates browser plug-in removal functionality too alongside a number of more minor tweaks.

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Easily block cookies, images, scripts and more with Chrome’s HTTP Switchboard
November 13, 2013 – 11:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Easily block cookies, images, scripts and more with Chrome’s HTTP Switchboard

Blocking unwanted web content – cookies, scripts, images – is a great way to speed up browsing and improve your security, and there are a host of browser extensions to help you get started. But there’s a problem. Most of these focus on just one content type, such as adverts, and more general tools are often tricky to use.

HTTP Switchboard is rather more interesting. Not only does this Chrome extension help you block a wide range of content – cookies, images, plugins, scripts, frames, XHR and more – but it allows anyone to do this just by pointing and clicking.

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Evernote for Android 5.5 tweaks notebook picker, adds Premium-only features
November 13, 2013 – 07:41 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Evernote for Android 5.5 tweaks notebook picker, adds Premium-only features

Evernote-logo-200x175Evernote Corporation has released Evernote for Android 5.5, a major update to the mobile client for accessing its online note-taking service, which users can access through their browser or via a range of dedicated apps.

Version 5.5 ships with improved notebook picker and Page Camera tools for all users, while premium users gain the ability to annotate PDFs from within the app as well as customise their homescreen.

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ImBatch 2.0.0 adds even more image processing automation
November 12, 2013 – 10:15 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on ImBatch 2.0.0 adds even more image processing automation

High Motion Software has announced the release of ImBatch 2.0.0, its comprehensive image batch processing tool.

As before, you can use the program to resize or rotate photos, tweak colours and contrast, apply effects, set tags and more. But now you’re also able to apply new “AutoEnhance” tasks, which do their best to automatically optimise your target images.

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Chrome 32 beta highlights noisy tabs
November 12, 2013 – 08:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Chrome 32 beta highlights noisy tabs

Google ChromeIt’s a regular web annoyance: you’re busy online, a line of browser tabs open, when suddenly one of them starts playing a Flash video ad. Which one? Normally you’d have to check each tab in turn, but that’s all about to change with Google Chrome 32 beta.

The next time your concentration is disturbed by some unexpected sound, just glance at the tabs, and a speaker icon will appear next to any which are playing audio. Further icons highlight tabs currently using your webcam, or Chromecast, and we expect others will appear in future.

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Review: avast! Premier 2014
November 11, 2013 – 16:23 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: avast! Premier 2014

Review: avast! Premier 2014

Avast! is probably best known for its free antivirus, but if you need more power then the company has plenty of commercial alternatives. Pro Antivirus extends the package with online banking and shopping protection, for instance, while Internet Security further adds a firewall and spam filter.

Top of the consumer range, though, is Premier. Along with the usual antivirus, firewall and browsing protection, this includes a tool which will automatically detect and install updates for key applications. The Data Shredder securely wipes confidential documents, while AccessAnywhere allows you to access and control your PC over the Internet.

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East-Tec Eraser 2014 v11.0 comes with full Windows 8 support, revamped interface
November 11, 2013 – 11:22 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on East-Tec Eraser 2014 v11.0 comes with full Windows 8 support, revamped interface

East-Tec Eraser 2014Romanian privacy developer East-Tec has released Eraser 2014 v11.0, a major new update (with facelift) of its online privacy protection tool for Windows.

The app, which promises to securely delete all internet and computer activity via a series of modules, gets a major new Windows 8-friendly facelift, and promises to be simpler for beginners to use while offering more configurability, power and performance.

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Google Hangouts 2 for Android adds SMS and MMS support, location sharing
November 8, 2013 – 08:01 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Hangouts 2 for Android adds SMS and MMS support, location sharing

google_hangouts_iconGoogle has updated its messaging tool for Android users with the release of Google Hangouts 2.0. The tool, which replaced Google Talk and Google+ Messenger as the de facto messaging service for Google users, gains support for SMS and – on Android 4.0 and up – MMS messaging, along with animated GIFs, location and mood status sharing.

The service, also available on iOS and computer via a Chrome browser extension, supports group video and voice calls as well as more traditional text-based chats and offline messaging. Version 2.0’s features were first mooted weeks ago, but have only now become publicly available to Android users for the first time.

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