rclone syncs cloud storage files from the command line
October 17, 2016 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

rcloneRclone is an open-source command line tool which enables copying and syncing data to and from a host of popular cloud storage providers.

Supported technologies include Google Drive, Amazon S3, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Hubic, Backblaze B2, Yandex, and – if all else fails – your local file system.

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ScreenWings prevents malware capturing your screen
October 16, 2016 – 17:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenWingsScreenWings is a free Windows tool which prevents malicious software capturing your screen.

The program is convenient to use. There’s no drivers or services involved and it doesn’t require installation, so you can run it from a USB key whenever necessary.

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Create flowcharts, sketches, mind maps and more with SimpleDiagrams
October 14, 2016 – 09:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SimpleDiagramsFlow charts and mind maps are useful tools which can help anyone to organise their ideas, but creating them can be a challenge. Choose the wrong package and it’s all too easy to be buried in enterprise-level detail about SysML or entity relationship diagrams.

SimpleDiagrams (Windows, Mac, $29) takes a friendlier approach. It can create flow charts, sketches, mind maps, UI flow diagrams and more, yet has a straightforward interface which anyone can pick up right away.

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ImBatch 5.10 now creates animated GIFs
October 13, 2016 – 15:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ImBatchVersatile image batch processor ImBatch has been updated to 5.10 with a simple “Save to animated GIF” task. The current image list acts as your frames, and you can set one delay to cover all transitions.

The “Set EXIF/IPTC Tag” task has also seen a major extension with new support for file and image attributes.

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A Sharper Scaling resizes images with less blurring
October 13, 2016 – 03:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

A Sharper ScalingA Sharper Scaling is an open-source tool which aims to upscale images to deliver crisper, cleaner results than current techniques, including “Preserve Details”.

Does it work? The developer’s website has a lot of examples to show that it does (beware, this may not be visible at the default display size– follow the instructions and zoom in to get the real high-resolution view).

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Can Process Explorer stop malware infections– not just detect them?
October 12, 2016 – 03:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Process ExplorerSysinternals’ Process Explorer has always been used to detect malware infections, but that’s just the start of its advantages.

Just running the program in the background might stop some threats installing in the first place.

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Camtasia 9 license now gets you Windows and Mac versions
October 11, 2016 – 16:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CamtasiaTechSmith has unveiled Camtasia 9 ($199), a major release for the comprehensive video creator.

License changes don’t usually top the “new features” list, but this one is big: buying a single license now allows you to install Camtasia on both Windows and Mac.

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Facebook ships a stand-alone Events app
October 11, 2016 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Events from FacebookFacebook has announced Events from Facebook, a stand-alone app for its most event-focused users.

Open the app and you’ll instantly see an event-oriented feed, with new events highlighted by friends, recently-announced events by pages you like, and updates from events you’re already involved with.

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WebSite X5 Evolution 13.0 adds parallax scrolling support, 64-bit edition to boost performance
October 11, 2016 – 05:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Incomedia Website X5Incomedia has released major new versions of its wizard-driven web-building tool with the launch of WebSite X5 Evolution 13.0. Website X5 Evolution is accompanied by both higher (Professional) and lower (Start) packages.

Version 13.0 adds support for parallax scrolling, includes new features like a Sticky menu and promises up to 50 per cent better performance thanks to a new 64-bit build.

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SoftPerfect’s World Route 1.0 is a simple visual traceroute
October 11, 2016 – 04:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

World RouteAustralian developer SoftPerfect has shipped World Route 1.0, a free for Windows (commercial for Mac) visual traceroute which plots your internet traffic on a world map.

The package is built for simplicity. Type your destination domain or IP address in a box, press Enter and the program begins listing the IP address and geographic location of each hop.

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HARDiNFO 8 redesigned for Windows 10
October 10, 2016 – 16:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HARDInFOUltimate Systems has released HARDiNFO 8, a major update for the veteran system information and benchmarking tool.

Now 64-bit only, the program has been redesigned and optimised for Windows 10 (don’t worry, it still runs on Windows 7).

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