Quick Review: UnityPDF
November 22, 2014 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

UnityPDFUnityPDF would like to be the tool of choice for batch PDF processing. It can split or merge files, extract all or selected pages, divide one file into several, rotate every page in a file, insert pages from one file into another, password-protect or set permissions for your PDFs, even display or clean metadata.

That’s a solid set of features, and we were interested to see that UnityPDF had once been a commercial product, if only briefly (it’s now free for any use). Time for a closer look.

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Take full control of Windows updates with ABC-Update
November 21, 2014 – 16:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ABC-UpdateIt’s important to keep Windows up-to-date, and the easiest way to make that happen is to let the operating system handle everything. Set Windows Update to “automatic” and get on with something else.

But if you need more control, some way to install only your chosen updates, at a time that’s convenient for you, then it might be worth looking at ABC-Update.

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Vintager 2014 lets you transform digital snaps into photos of yesteryear
November 21, 2014 – 12:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vintager 2014There’s something to be said for the way old printed photos age over time, as they turn yellow or sepia, colouring our own perception of the past. With the rise of digital, of course, all that has come to an end, with photos promising to remain as colour-sharp, bright and vibrant as the day they were originally shot.

If you wonder how those photos might look in the future had they been shot on film and left to fade over time, there’s no need to wait if you’re a Windows user. Simply install Vintager 2014 and you can see how they might have looked 20, 30 or even 40 years hence.

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Create stylish animated presentations with Notzy
November 21, 2014 – 05:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NotzyLet’s be realistic: presentation software can be dull. Very, very dull. Boring templates, gradient fills with text boxes, images if you’re lucky, step from one page to the next, maybe export as PPT/PPTX.

We didn’t expect much from the free presentation builder Notzy, then – but the program turned out to be a real surprise.

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Diagnose process hangs with WhatIsHang
November 20, 2014 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WhatIsHangWindows programs can crash sometimes: it’s just a fact of life. Annoying, too, although at least you’ll typically see an error message with some kind of clue about the cause.

When a program locks up, it’s a different story. There’s no error dialog, no system-level sign of trouble. If you don’t have the application window open then you may not notice it’s stopped working at all.

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skobbler’s “Scout” app takes on TomTom
November 20, 2014 – 05:28 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ScoutTelenav subsidiary skobbler has announced the release of GPS Navigation & Maps – Scout, a powerful – and now free – travel app for iOS and Android.

As with the previous skobbler app, you get online and offline maps (via OpenStreetMap), and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

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Convert eBooks/ Office documents to PDF with Icecream PDF Converter
November 19, 2014 – 09:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Icecream PDF ConverterUtilities developer Icecream Apps has released Icecream PDF Converter, a capable tool for converting a range of file formats to and from PDF.

There are plenty of similar applications around, but what’s interesting here is most conversions are handled in the background by a bundled copy of Open Office.

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Comodo 8 brings smarter sandboxing
November 19, 2014 – 07:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

COMODOComodo Group has announced the release of Comodo Antivirus 8 and Comodo Internet Security 8.

The new build brings smarter sandboxing with a new default “auto-sandboxing policy”, keeping unknown programs isolated from your system.

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Google Chrome 39 FINAL goes 64-bit on Mac, promises performance, stability improvements
November 19, 2014 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 39 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The big news with version 39 is the long-awaited arrival of a native 64-bit build for Mac users.

Unlike the Windows version, which offers both 32-bit and 64-bit builds, the Mac build is now 64-bit only, and existing users with supported Macs will be automatically upgraded to the new version.

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IObit releases Start Menu 8 v2.0 beta
November 18, 2014 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Start Menu 8IObit has released a first beta for Start Menu 8 v2.0, its free alternative Start Menu.

The improvements start with more comprehensive searching. Enter a file name and the program now crawls your entire drive for matches, displaying hits wherever they might be.

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Ashampoo HDD Control 3 adds network monitoring, duplicate file finder tools
November 18, 2014 – 07:38 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ashampoo HDD ControlAshampoo has unveiled a major new build of its hard drive maintenance and monitoring tool with the release of Ashampoo HDD Control 3.

The new release adds two major new features: support for monitoring up to three PCs over a network, and an addition to the program’s Clean System component, a tool for locating duplicate files.

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