Access multiple cloud storage accounts with B1 File Manager for Android
August 6, 2014 – 09:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Back in June we looked at B1 Free Archiver, a free cross-platform archive manager which can open (though not create) 38+ archive formats.

The same developer is also behind B1 File Manager, a capable file explorer for Android.

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ImBatch 3.0 adds Curves tool, image filtering
August 5, 2014 – 07:26 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

High Motion Software has unveiled ImBatch 3.0, an interesting update to its free-for-personal-use image batch processing tool.

The headline addition is the Curves task, a versatile and configurable way to adjust image colours.

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recALL displays forgotten email and FTP passwords
August 5, 2014 – 05:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Setting up a new email or FTP client can take a while, especially if you’ve lots of accounts. Not only will you have to look up server names, ports, security and other details, but you’ll also have to try and remember all your various passwords.

If you didn’t make a note of yours originally (and you don’t use exactly the same password for everything), there are a few tools which might be able to help. NirSoft’s Mail PassView is one of the best known.

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FBackup 5.1 comes with promise of faster backup performance, improved statistics view
August 4, 2014 – 13:14 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

FBackup 5.0Softland has released FBackup 5.1 and Backup4all 5.1, minor new versions of its free and paid-for Windows backup products.

Both programs, which offer file-based backup and extended functionality via plug-ins, come with the promise of improved backup performance and more detailed statistics view, along with other minor improvements and bug fixes.

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Wunderlist 3.0 released, adds real-time sync and refreshed design, drops support for Windows desktop
August 4, 2014 – 11:56 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Wunderlist 3.06 Wunderkinder GmBH has unveiled Wunderlist 3.0, a major new release of its to-do list manager for Mac. Also available for iOS and Android, the biggest surprise with this new release is the lack of a Windows update from version 2.

For the platforms still supported, Wunderlist 3.0 comes with the promise of a revamped real-time sync engine, major redesign and the promise of over 60 improvements.

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TEncoder: the ultimate video converter?
August 4, 2014 – 05:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

When we tried it last year, TEncoder impressed us as a powerful video conversion tool with a stack of features: file, folder and folder tree import, video trimming, 800+ output profiles, excellent subtitling support, deinterlace and crop tools, full control over output codec settings, and a whole lot more.

It was an outstanding package, but the developer had only just got started, and major updates have taken the program into whole new areas.

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Review: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10
August 2, 2014 – 09:00 by Nick Peers in Reviews | Comments Off

Do you really need separate applications to cover your design needs, whether photo editing, digital art or simple design tasks like producing flyers and scrapbooks? For those who want everything in one package, Xara has the answer.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer can’t compete with the very best specialist tools like Photoshop, but it’s certainly a match for most. And that’s even after you realise that it’s effectively bundling two or three design packages in one for a very price. And for most people that will be enough.

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Download Ninja is a fast, flexible and free download manager
August 2, 2014 – 08:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Downloading files is easy – click a link, click “Save”, usually – and if you need more features then most browsers have a range of free add-ons which can help.

But for real power there’s no substitute for a stand-alone download manager like the new Download Ninja.

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Microsoft’s EMET 5.0 blocks vulnerable plugins
August 1, 2014 – 15:01 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has unveiled Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.0 (EMET), a free security tool which uses a variety of techniques to block common software exploits.

The update adds a new mitigation, Attack Surface Reduction (ASR), which prevents an application from running specific modules or plug-ins.

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AOMEI OneKey Recovery allows you to recreate your PC’s recovery partition
August 1, 2014 – 14:32 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

AOMEI OneKey RecoveryAOMEI Technology has shipped AOMEI OneKey Recovery, a brand new tool that allows Windows users to create a custom recovery partition on their PC. The tool is primarily designed for use on a system whose on recovery partition has been lost, but should work with any PC.

The app creates the recovery partition from the user’s current setup, which means all existing programs and settings will be preserved.

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Microsoft unveils Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad 1.1, adds user-requested features
August 1, 2014 – 07:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

office-200x175Microsoft has unveiled the first major update to its stable of iPad Office apps with the release of Word for iPad 1.1, Excel for iPad 1.1 and PowerPoint for iPad 1.1.

All three apps gain exclusive new features, but all gain the ability to export documents to PDF, improved picture editing tools and support for third-party fonts.

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