O&O DiskImage Professional 10 promises faster file-based backup, adds support for Windows 10
June 30, 2015 – 05:43 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

O&O DiskImageO&O Software GMBH has unveiled a major new update of its Windows drive-imaging and backup tool with the release of O&O DiskImage Professional 10 64-bit. Also available for 32-bit versions of Windows, the new release adds support for the forthcoming Windows 10 release.

It also debuts a completely rewritten file backup engine, the ability to trigger multiple tasks with portable devices and support for integrating drivers into the program’s rescue boot medium.

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 released
June 29, 2015 – 13:10 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11Xara Group has announced the release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11, its one-stop photo editor, graphic design and publishing tool for Windows Vista+.

Art Brushes are a highlight, a new technology which smoothly stretches bitmap or vector brushes in real-time along a freehand path. There are new brushes to emulate paint, chalk or watercolours, or you can create your own as required.

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Manage 2-20 virtual Windows desktops with Virtuoz
June 29, 2015 – 07:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

VirtuozUnChecky developer RaMMicHaeL has announced the release of Virtuoz, a simple and lightweight virtual desktop utility for Windows.

“It was inspired by Sysinternals Desktops”, the author explained, “but uses a different approach, which doesn’t impose the limitations which Desktops is bound to.”

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Find similar audio files with MediaPurge
June 27, 2015 – 07:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MediaPurgeBuilding a media collection is much more fun than organising it, and no matter how good your intentions, it’s all too easy to end up having to navigate a scattered mess of audio and video files.

MediaPurge is a freeware Windows application which provides several ways to restore order, including finding audio duplicates, tagging, renaming or sorting files into a new folder structure.

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Investigate suspect files with Exeinfo PE
June 26, 2015 – 07:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Exeinfo PEIf you find a suspect executable file on your system then you’ll probably start by running an antivirus scan, but that may not tell you very much. Even a “clean” verdict only means “clean right now”, and it tells you nothing about the file itself, where it’s from, or what it might be trying to do.

Exeinfo PE is a free tool which analyses executable and other types of files, and tells you more about them. It can’t directly detect malware, but might be able to help you better understand a mystery file.

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PolyBrowser brings tab-free web browsing
June 25, 2015 – 08:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PolyBrowserTabbed interfaces are the design of choice for just about any application which needs to open multiple documents simultaneously, and it’s easy to see why: they’re simple, straightforward, easy to manage and use.

PolyBrowser is a Firefox-based web browser which does things a little differently, ditching the tabs in favour of “panoramic navigation”. Instead of hosting browsing sessions in isolated tabs, PolyBrowser stitches them together, side by side. You can scroll freely from one page to another by dragging the horizontal scrollbar, or right-clicking and dragging horizontally with the mouse.

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CCleaner 5.07 FINAL released – allows users to manage Firefox Web Apps
June 25, 2015 – 08:24 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform has unveiled the latest monthly update to its Windows cleaning tool with the release of CCleaner 5.07 FINAL. The new release is also available as a portable build.

The headline new feature is the ability for users to manage their Web Apps in the Firefox web browser. This feature is accompanied by a number of new improvements, including better support for Windows 10 ahead of its official release.

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Explzh is a do-everything archive manager
June 25, 2015 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExplzhSome people’s archiving needs are simple: right-click to extract zips, combine a few files into a zip of their own occasionally, and that’s about it. Nothing that can’t be handled by Explorer on its own.

If you’re, well, a little more demanding, you might be interested in Explzh, a free archive manager for Windows with a host of features you won’t always find elsewhere.

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Transit App: a smarter way to navigate your city
June 24, 2015 – 12:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Transit AppFinding your way around big cities is generally a challenge, even if you live there. You might know the best bus routes, or have mastered the metro, but you can still be in trouble if a service is unexpectedly cancelled and you’re left looking for an alternative.

Transit App is a free Android and iOS app which helps out with a host of tools for planning journeys around and across your local city.

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PDF24 Creator v7 adds Explorer integration
June 24, 2015 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PDF24 CreatorFree virtual PDF printer PDF24 Creator has been updated to version 7.0 with a range of new and enhanced features.

Top of the list – and not before time – is Explorer integration. Right-clicking one or more files now displays options to open, split, join, optimize, extract and convert them, while right-clicking the desktop allows users to import from the scanner, camera or clipboard.

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Convert.NET is a desktop translator
June 24, 2015 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Convert.NETConvert.NET is a free (for personal use) text processing toolkit with maybe the most bizarrely mixed-up feature set we’ve seen.

Choose “Language Translation” from the list top-left and it seems reasonably normal. Type or paste text into the box, enter a URL, choose one or more files, select your source and target languages and the program translates them for you via Google, Bing, Yandex or Excite.

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