KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC
August 28, 2014 – 07:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple – but there might still be room for improvement.

KDE Mover-Sizer is an open source, portable tool which brings a common Linux desktop trick to Windows. Instead of having to move your mouse cursor to the title bar or border, you just hold down the Alt key, then left-click anywhere inside a window and drag to move it, right-click and drag to resize it.

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Parallels Desktop 10 officially released, promises improved performance, adds new Disk Space Wizard
August 27, 2014 – 10:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Parallels DesktopParallels IP Holdings GmbH has unveiled Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac to the general public, one week after making it exclusively available to existing users.

The app, which makes it easy to run Windows in a virtual environment in OS X, launches with the promise of drastically improved performance and better battery life, plus adds new features and promises compatibility with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, currently in public beta.

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HDD Guardian tests and monitors your hard drive health
August 27, 2014 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a hard drive/ SSD monitoring system which reports on various reliability indicators, and sometimes highlights imminent hardware failure.

These predictions can sometimes be questionable, but SMART still has plenty to offer, and the open source HDD Guardian (also available in a portable edition) provides a simple and straightforward way to find out more.

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BitTorrent Sync 1.4.72 brings easier file sharing, Explorer integration
August 27, 2014 – 07:32 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

BitTorrent Sync has announced the release of BitTorrent Sync 1.4, a major update for its P2P sync and sharing tool.

One significant addition is new support for sharing via secure links. This works much like other cloud storage service: generate a secure link, send it to anyone you like, and all they have to do is click it and follow the instructions, no account setup or any other hassles required.

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CCleaner 4.17 improves browser cleanup
August 26, 2014 – 13:51 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Popular system optimisation tool CCleaner has been updated to version 4.17 with a series of mostly browser-related improvements.

The official release notes say the new build – also available in a portable version – adds “Google Chrome and Opera GPU cache cleaning”. We’re not entirely sure what that involves, but it’s here anyway: let’s see if it makes a difference.

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Google unveils Google Slides for Android and iOS, view and edit Google Drive-hosted presentations offline
August 26, 2014 – 13:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Slides for AndroidGoogle has unveiled Google Slides for Android 1.0 and Google Slides iOS 1.0.0, new apps for accessing and editing presentations while on the move.

Both apps provide users with an option for downloading presentations to their devices for editing and viewing while offline. The iOS version is accompanied by updates to both Google Docs for iOS and Google Sheets for iOS that allow users to edit Word and Excel files.

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Design stylish, detailed diagrams with yEd
August 26, 2014 – 10:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

yEd Graph Editor is an interesting free diagram designer with some unusual features.

The core interface works much like many similar applications. You’ll choose your symbols from a palette (flowchart, UML, ERD, BPNM, network, computer, more), drag and drop whatever you need onto the page, and position them as you like. Symbols may then be customised with text, colours, URLs and more, before you join them up with lines to represent your structure or ideas.

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OneDrive 4.4 and Dropbox 3.3 for iOS released, promise major new features
August 26, 2014 – 08:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OneDrive for Android 2.0OneDrive and Dropbox users with access to an iPhone or iPad rejoice: both iOS apps have been updated with major improvements with the release of Microsoft OneDrive 4.4 and Dropbox 3.3.

Both apps gain new features – the ability to search within Word and PowerPoint documents in Dropbox, a brand new Photos view in OneDrive – as well as a number of improvements and stability fixes.

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Create fun photo collages in seconds with Shape Collage
August 26, 2014 – 06:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Shape Collage is a photo collage tool with a difference. You’re not restricted to creating collages with the standard rectangle or “pile of photos” look: they can use whatever shape you like.

The free-for-personal-use program crams a lot of functionality into a single window, but smart interface design means it’s still very easy to use. Click the “Add” button, choose a few photos (local, from your online accounts or a general internet search), click “Create” and that’s it: your first collage.

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Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0 released, puts key Windows shortcuts just a couple of clicks away
August 25, 2014 – 07:02 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ultimate System Panel 1.0UK developers Techy Geeks Home has released Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0, a brand new collection of shortcuts to key system Control Panels and other tools for Windows users.

Version 1.0 offers easy access to key Windows shortcuts as well as useful management utilities for Microsoft Outlook 2010, System Configuration 2007 and System Configuration 2012. More categories are promised in future versions.

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Mini review: Argente Utilities
August 25, 2014 – 06:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Argente Utilities is a one-stop PC maintenance suite with tools to clean, optimise, repair and generally improve your system speed and reliability.

It’s a relatively lightweight, portable package, arriving as a 7.5MB zip file, and there’s no adware or similar hassles: just a gentle “donate” screen which you can dismiss forever with a click.

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