Windows 8 UX Pack and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.1 ship with major bug fixes
May 1, 2014 – 11:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Transformation UX Pack 8.0WindowsX has refreshed its pair of skinning tools with the dual release of Windows 8 UX Pack 8.1 for PCs running Windows 7, and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.1 for earlier versions of Windows, including XP.

The latest version of the tools, which aim to give users the Windows 8.1 look and feel in earlier versions of Windows, have been updated to squash bugs and generally improve each pack’s stability.

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Find, browse and reuse PowerShell scripts with Microsoft Script Browser
May 1, 2014 – 10:20 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has released Script Browser 1.1, an excellent PowerShell ISE add-on which makes it easy to find, view and download PowerShell scripts.

The program equips the ISE with a simple TechNet search tool. Enter a keyword or two here, click Enter and it displays a list of any matches, including script name, rating, description and author. Double-clicking displays more details – including the script itself – and you can copy it to the clipboard, or open it in the ISE.

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doPDF 8.0 gains Microsoft Office add-in, preserves Word bookmarks and hidden links
April 30, 2014 – 13:16 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

doPDF 8.0Softland has released doPDF 8.0, a major new release of its free PDF printer driver that allows Windows users to output any document in PDF format for sharing or viewing.

Version 8.0 adds the NovaPDF plug-in for converting Microsoft Office documents from within Office with one click. It also comes with new predefined forms to take the total number supported to over 80.

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Anvi OneStart is a Start Menu replacement with a (small) difference
April 30, 2014 – 11:23 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Anvisoft has released Anvi OneStart, a Start menu replacement for Windows 8.

If you’re thinking “not another one”, then we know what you mean, but this one is a little different: it can also be set up to show the Start Screen, but on the desktop – not maximised.

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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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