STDU Viewer opens PDF, MOBI, TIFF, CBR/CBZ, EPub, PDB files and more
December 18, 2013 – 14:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on STDU Viewer opens PDF, MOBI, TIFF, CBR/CBZ, EPub, PDB files and more

If you’re working on someone else’s PC and need to view a PDF file, then it probably won’t be an issue. Just about everyone has a copy of Adobe Reader (or something similar) around, allowing you to open and browse the document as usual.

If you’re faced with a DjVu file, though – or a TIFF, MOBI, EPub document or PSD image – then you might need to do a little extra work. And that’s where STDU Viewer comes in.

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Coast by Opera 2.0 ramps up audio support
December 18, 2013 – 10:55 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Coast by Opera 2.0 ramps up audio support

Opera Software has announced that Coast, its iPad web browser, has been updated to version 2.0.

New audio support means that this release can play music directly, without requiring an extra app.

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Ashampoo Snap 7.0 adds multiple desktop object capture, improves sharing options
December 18, 2013 – 10:30 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ashampoo Snap 7.0 adds multiple desktop object capture, improves sharing options

Ashampoo Snap 7.0German software developer Ashampoo GmBH has launched Ashampoo Snap 7.0, a major new release of its screen-capture tool for Windows users. Version 7 is described by Ashampoo as “The screen capturing solution that does it all”, and is backed up with a large array of new features.

Version 7 also comes with the promise of a smoother workflow, simpler user experience, smarter work environment and integrated sharing tools.

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AVAST 2014 update improves detection, performance, compatibility
December 17, 2013 – 17:09 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on AVAST 2014 update improves detection, performance, compatibility

AVAST Software has announced the update of avast! 2014 (including Free Antivirus 2014, Internet Security 2014 and Premier 2014) to build 9.0.2011. Don’t be fooled by the minor version number, though – this is a major update with some significant new features.

The installer now uses avast’s self-defence driver from the moment it launches, for instance, making it much more difficult for active malware to shut it down.

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herdProtect scans your PC for threats with 68 anti-malware engines
December 17, 2013 – 12:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on herdProtect scans your PC for threats with 68 anti-malware engines

Your PC has been behaving strangely for the past few days. You’re wondering if it’s been infected by malware, but your antivirus package hasn’t raised any alerts. And so it could be time to call in herdProtect, which checks your PC with 68 anti-malware engines and warns you of any threats.

The program is extremely straightforward to use. There’s no awkward interface no navigate, no complex options to consider: just manually launch it and click “Scan”.

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O&O SafeErase 7.0 promises to securely shred data more quickly than before
December 17, 2013 – 12:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O SafeErase 7.0 promises to securely shred data more quickly than before

safeerase5-200x175Berlin developer O&O Software GmbH has released O&O SafeErase Professional 7.0, a major update to its secure delete tool for Windows PCs. Version 7.0, also available in 64-bit form adds Windows 8.1 compatibility and promises faster data deletion on more powerful PCs.

The new release also debuts a tweaked user interface with redesigned icons and subtle changes that O&O claims will make it easier and better to use than previous releases.

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Keep desktop icons out of sight with AutoHideDesktopIcons
December 17, 2013 – 07:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Keep desktop icons out of sight with AutoHideDesktopIcons

Is your desktop a cluttered mess of shortcuts, files and folders? If you can never quite find the time to clear it up, then you might appreciate AutoHideDesktopIcons, a free tool which hides any desktop icons until you need them.

The program is portable, no installation required; just run it, click “To-Tray”, and wait. Within five seconds your desktop icons will vanish. When you need them, left click the desktop and they’ll return. Easy.

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Fluffyapp 2.0 adds flyout, makes file sharing easier than ever
December 16, 2013 – 13:19 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Fluffyapp 2.0 adds flyout, makes file sharing easier than ever

cloudapp_200x175After an extended three years in beta, developer Richard Wang has released FluffyApp 2.0, a major new release of his freeware client for Windows users wishing to share files using the CloudApp file-sharing service.

Version 2.0 introduces a new flyout, Internet Explorer trigger plugin and adds various tweaks and improvements, such as using Windows’ own shortcut key mechanism for greater reliability.

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Notepad too limited? Give Poet a try
December 16, 2013 – 12:51 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Notepad too limited? Give Poet a try

If you’ve finally given up on Notepad and its extreme lack of features, then Googling for “Notepad replacement” will point you towards plenty of alternatives. But these can be very complex, packed with developer-oriented features, not so welcome if you’re mostly only interested in simple plain text editing.

Poet is a little different. While it can be used as a simple programmer’s editor (there’s customisable syntax highlighting, for instance), it doesn’t pile on the unnecessary extras. You can’t sort or split lines, there’s no column editing, no XML manager, no built-in telnet client. And although the program has some useful bonus tools of its own, they generally stay out of your way, only appearing when you need them.

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Quickly take, upload and share screengrabs with ICUP
December 16, 2013 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Quickly take, upload and share screengrabs with ICUP

There’s not exactly a shortage of PC screen capture tools around, but Starpunch’s Chris Gingerich has just added another with ICUP (Image Capture and Upload Program). Is it worth your time? We took a look.

Setup is unusually flexible. Run ICUP.exe and it’ll offer to install itself locally; refuse and it’ll run as a portable version, with the option to install it fully later. Either way, there’s no adware or other marketing trickery here.

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PhraseExpress 10 debuts phrase searches, Outlook add-in, input validation
December 13, 2013 – 18:52 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on PhraseExpress 10 debuts phrase searches, Outlook add-in, input validation

Bartels Media has announced the availability of PhraseExpress 10, its powerful text expansion and auto completion tool. The company describes the release as a “cornerstone”, and that’s not an overstatement: it’s absolutely packed with major new features.

These start with the ability to search within a popup for whatever phrase you need. Forget shortcuts and hotkeys, they’re no longer necessary; just trigger a popup, type a few characters, and matching phrases appear right away. Even if they’re in a subfolder.

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