Ditch the Firefox Australis look with Classic Theme Restorer
April 30, 2014 – 08:18 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | Comments Off

Firefox 29 FINALHi, my name’s Nick and I like the new Firefox Australis user interface. There, I’ve said it. However, it seems an awful lot of you hate the new look unveiled in Firefox 29, which is why you’ll want to install the Classic Theme Restorer 1.1.8 add-on immediately.

As its title suggests, Classic Theme Restorer pretty much dumps everything Australis introduces, except the new menu accessible via the hamburger-like button on the main Firefox toolbar. In its place is the Firefox you know and love, complete with Firefox button in Windows.

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Windows Repair 2.7.0 improves Windows 8/8.1 support, tweaks permission handling
April 30, 2014 – 06:43 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Windows Repair 2.7.0The Tweaking.com website has released Windows Repair 2.7.0, a major update to its collection of Windows fix-it tools. Also available in portable form, version 2.7.0 adds a new start-up check for reliability purposes.

The new release also includes a new repair tool – Repair Service Permissions – to take the total number of fix-it tools to 30, and has been rewritten in parts to work better with Windows 8 and 8.1 machines.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.1 improves support for visually impaired users, allows users to comment on selected blocks of text
April 29, 2014 – 12:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

OpenOfficeJust over six weeks after entering beta, the Apache Software Foundation has released final version of Apache OpenOffice 4.1. The update is relatively minor, building on the major changes introduced in version 4 last year.

One notable new feature making its bow in version 4.1 is support for annotating and commenting on selected text ranges. Meanwhile Mac users should be aware that from version 4.1, OpenOffice becomes 64-bit only.

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Quickly erase text or images from your PDFs with PDF Eraser
April 29, 2014 – 08:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

You have a PDF document you’d like to share with others – but there’s a problem. It has one or two objects which really should be removed: a logo, a phone number, a line of text, whatever it might be.

You could solve this by opening the document in a full-strength PDF editor, carefully editing it to suit your needs.

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Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.3 adds Notifications, improves scanner and startup tools
April 29, 2014 – 06:50 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Spybot 2.3Irish security developer Safer Networking has released Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.3, a minor – but significant – update to its Windows anti-malware tool.

The update debuts a brand new Notifications feature that allows users to receive scan results remotely, plus implements a number of improvements to scan performance as well as usability.

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Fix .NET 4.5/ 4.5.1 issues with Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool 1.2
April 29, 2014 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has updated its .NET Framework Repair Tool to version 1.2, adding the ability to detect and fix issues with .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1.

As with previous releases, the Repair Tool can only address MSI-installed updates of the .NET Framework from 3.5 SP1 to 4.5.1, and won’t touch the version installed with Windows.

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FreeOCR 5.0 improves OCR accuracy, but users should be careful when installing it
April 28, 2014 – 13:16 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

FreeOCR 5Ralph Richardson has released FreeOCR 5.0.2, a major update of his free OCR tool for Windows. Version 5.0.2 introduces one notable new feature – automatic scan cleanup – and adds official support for Windows 8.1.

It also fixes some bugs when using TWAIN scanners and changes the automatic updater tool to point to the program website rather than attempt to download a new version due to warnings flagged up by selected security tools.

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Firefox 29 FINAL sports major facelift, improved Sync tool
April 28, 2014 – 13:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Firefox 29 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 29.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 29.0 also due for release shortly. Version 29 is a landmark release, sporting a major redesign of the program interface.

It also debuts a vastly improved – and simpler – Firefox Sync function using accounts, finalises and enables the Gamepad API and offers a new interactive new tour to help step users through the new user interface.

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Take, edit and share screenshots online with Screen Courier
April 28, 2014 – 11:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Screen Courier is a small but interesting screen capture tool from Mister Group, the developer of System Explorer.

The program installs quickly and easily. There’s no adware, and even though it can host your captures online, no registration is required.

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PhotoDemon is a fast, free and portable photo editor
April 26, 2014 – 10:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

PhotoDemon is an open source photo editor which, its developer says, has been designed to be “portable”, “powerful” and “usable”. This sounded great to us.

First impressions don’t live up to the hype, unfortunately. A horribly basic interface has two sparse and non-customisable toolbars, doesn’t properly support common mouse actions (right-click menus, mouse wheel zoom) and hides most of its features in a complex menu system.

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Xara Web Designer 10 now available
April 25, 2014 – 19:01 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

Xara has announced the release of Xara Web Designer 10 ($49.99) and Xara Web Designer 10 Premium ($99.99), its WYSIWG web design tools.

Premium-only additions start with Responsive Web Design support. You can now create variations of your page for different devices (desktop, tablet, phone), sharing content but with their own custom layout. Web Designer Premium 10 exports the finished result as a single HTML file, and it’ll then automatically adjust depending on the screen size of the viewer.

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