CyberLink PowerDirector 12 and PhotoDirector 5 head deeper into Adobe territory
September 6, 2013 – 17:57 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on CyberLink PowerDirector 12 and PhotoDirector 5 head deeper into Adobe territory

CyberLink has unveiled the latest version of its flagship video creation tool, PowerDirector 12, and image editor, PhotoDirector 5. And these are major updates, too, with some particularly interesting high-end additions.

Multicam editing isn’t something you’d expect to find in a consumer video editor, for instance. But PowerDirector 12’s new MultiCam designer might just change all that with its ability to easily combine, organise and edit footage of the same event from up to four cameras.

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Corel launches PaintShop Pro X6 with 64-bit support, new selection tools
September 6, 2013 – 11:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Corel launches PaintShop Pro X6 with 64-bit support, new selection tools

Paintshop Pro X6Corel has added 64-bit support to the brand new release of Corel Paintshop Pro X6, which should deliver major performance improvements on large-memory PCs running 64-bit versions of Windows. The new build also comes with a number of new selection tools, while the Ultimate build gains two new plug-ins.

The new 64-bit build comes with the promise of superior performance, with Corel claiming a 78 per cent performance increase when cataloguing JPEG files over the previous version. Paintshop Pro X6 also gains improved memory manage across both 32-bit and 64-bit builds, with the promise of accelerated file operations and effects application.

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Norton 2014 improves protection and repair, supports Windows 8.1
September 5, 2013 – 10:04 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Norton 2014 improves protection and repair, supports Windows 8.1

Symantec has unveiled its Norton 2014 lineup (aka version 21), including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. For the most part these look and behave much like the previous versions, but there are some interesting changes beneath the surface.

Improvements to the SONAR behavioural monitoring engine mean it’s now able to shut down malware which tries to operate inside legitimate Windows processes.

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Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop sports new look, adds Shortcuts and Reminders
September 5, 2013 – 07:18 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop sports new look, adds Shortcuts and Reminders

Evernote-logo-200x175Evernote Corporation has finally released Evernote 5.0 for Windows Desktop, adding a new look and features that have already appeared in the program’s Mac build.

The cloud-based note-taking tool opens with a brand new redesign, the first since its initial release on the Windows desktop platform. Evernote claims the new look – a flatter, stripped back one – makes it easier to both browse and create notes by removing distracting on-screen elements. The new look is also designed to work better across different Windows platforms.

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AVG’s 2014 range adds new privacy tools, better disk cleanup
September 4, 2013 – 20:11 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on AVG’s 2014 range adds new privacy tools, better disk cleanup

AVG has announced the public availability of its 2014 product range, including AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014, AVG AntiVirus 2014, AVG Internet Security 2014, AVG Premium Security 2014 and AVG PC TuneUp 2014.

All the security applications now include a File Shredder, which allows users to securely delete files or folders so that they can’t be recovered at some later date.

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VMware Workstation 10 extends Windows 8.1 support, adds virtual tablet sensors
September 4, 2013 – 10:59 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off on VMware Workstation 10 extends Windows 8.1 support, adds virtual tablet sensors

vmware_200x175VMware has today announced VMware Workstation 10 ($249, $119 upgrade), the latest release of its virtualisation software, as well as VMware Fusion 6.0 and VMware Player 6.0.

If you’re thinking that a virtual machine is probably the best way to trial the upcoming Windows 8.1, then VMware Workstation 10 comes ready to help. The regular Easy Install feature has been updated to recognise Windows 8.1, as well as the latest Linux distributions, automating the installation process. And physical Windows 8.1 systems can now be converted into virtual machines in a few clicks.

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PaperScan Free 2.0 broadens web-format support, promises faster file saving
September 4, 2013 – 10:03 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on PaperScan Free 2.0 broadens web-format support, promises faster file saving

PaperScan Free 2.0Orpalis has released PaperScan Free 2.0, a major new build of its cleanup and optimisation tool for scanned and PDF documents. The free version, which is limited to batch scanning and optimisation of 10 pages at a time, adds a number of new features and options, plus promises improved performance with specific file types.

PaperScan Free 2.0, which is also available in paid-for form as Home or Professional Editions, opens with the promise dramatically faster file saving using the TIFF format, along with improved performance of all document imaging filters.

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DisplayFusion 5.1 lets users split monitors into multiple virtual displays
September 3, 2013 – 08:15 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on DisplayFusion 5.1 lets users split monitors into multiple virtual displays

DisplayFusion 5.1

Binary Fortress Software has released DisplayFusion 5.1, a major update of its multi-monitor management tool for Windows. Available in both free and Pro versions, version 5.1 adds a number of notable new features, plus improves compatibility with the forthcoming Windows 8.1 release and promises better quality generated wallpaper images.

The headline new feature is support for monitor splitting, which allows users to set up multiple “virtual” monitors. Binary Fortress claims this feature will particularly suit high-end users with AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround setups.

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Peazip 5.1 simplifies scheduled archiving, improves bookmarks
September 2, 2013 – 11:33 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Peazip 5.1 simplifies scheduled archiving, improves bookmarks

peazip-logoCross-platform open-source archiving tool PeaZip 5.1 has been released. Also available as a standalone 64-bit build and in portable format for Windows users, version 5.1 adds a new Schedule tab in machines running Windows Vista or later.

The new tab, which is fully integrated with the Windows Task Scheduler, makes it easier to create scheduled archiving and extracting tasks, such as backing up or restoring data from an archive at set intervals.

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IOBit Advanced SystemCare 7 Beta 2 adds Android cleaning, IObit Uninstaller 3
August 30, 2013 – 13:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on IOBit Advanced SystemCare 7 Beta 2 adds Android cleaning, IObit Uninstaller 3

IObit has released the second public beta of Advanced SystemCare 7.0, it’s flagship PC maintenance suite, with even more new tools and options.

The package comes bundled with IObit Uninstaller 3, for example, which now supports listing and removing browser plugins.

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Create stylish photo collages with Collagerator
August 30, 2013 – 11:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Create stylish photo collages with Collagerator

Photo collages can be a very effective way to present a group of your favourite digital images. They’re also very time-consuming to produce manually, though, so if you’re interested in collage creation then you might prefer the free Collagerator.

The program starts with some basic configuration options, like choosing your preferred collage design (background colour, how the images will be arranged), its size and orientation (portrait or landscape). Add a few images and they’ll immediately be organised according to your rules.

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