CCleaner 4.18 brings Active System Monitoring to the Free edition
September 25, 2014 – 17:11 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Piriform Ltd has released CCleaner 4.18 and CCleaner Portable 4.18, the latest versions of its popular Windows cleanup tool.

This time the big addition is a limited version of Active System Monitoring, a smart feature previously reserved for the commercial CCleaner Professional. Turn it on and CCleaner monitors your system, checking for junk, and lets you know when it’s time to clean up.

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ACDSee 18 and Pro 8 bring smarter, easier photo editing
September 25, 2014 – 14:00 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

ACD Systems has unveiled the latest versions of its flagship photo editors, ACDSee 18 ($79.99, $39.99 upgrade) and ACDSee Pro 8 ($199.99, $59.99 upgrade).

Both editions include a new Explorer extension, PicaView, which previews an image from its context menu and launches ACDSee with a click.

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Cyotek Gif Animator adds sprite sheet creator, WebP support
September 25, 2014 – 10:27 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Cyotek has announced the release of Gif Animator, an updated beta of its ultra-configurable GIF creator.

The program can now export any or all of your animation frames as a sprite sheet, with your choice of columns, rows, margins, spacing and more (there’s WebP format support, too).

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 released, focus on more automatic features
September 25, 2014 – 07:40 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Photoshop Elements 13Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13, brand new versions of its consumer-level photo-editing and video-editing suites.

Version 13 remain standalone tools – allowing users to purchase them outright – and come with a number of new and improved features to build on previous updates.

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ocenaudio is an outstanding audio editor
September 25, 2014 – 07:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

There are hundreds of free audio editors around, and if your needs are basic – trimming an MP3 here, maybe adjusting volume there – then just about any of them will do.

Finding more capable editors can be a real problem, but there are a few around, and ocenaudio is a very interesting example.

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Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate
September 24, 2014 – 16:24 by Mike Williams in Featured, Reviews | Comments Off

Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate

CyberLink PowerDirector has long been one of the most powerful consumer video editors around, packed with functionality, yet still remaining very usable for just about every level of user.

PowerDirector 13 doesn’t bring any radical changes, and the core of the package remains much as before. Import your source files – images, audio or video, even PowerPoint presentations – and arrange them on the 100 track timeline. Apply effects and transitions by dragging and dropping, then preview and tweak each one as required.

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Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0 released, add Shared Review, 2D Barcode Display features
September 24, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Foxit Reader 7.0In its first major updates for almost 18 months, Foxit Corporation has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0. Both builds gain Shared Review capabilities along with 2D Barcode Display.

Each build also gains unique functionality – user environment customisation is the biggest draw in Foxit Reader, for example, while Foxit PhantomPDF users gain an Outlook Add-in, plus PDF Portfolios and Document Sanitzation features.

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Norton Security 2015 now available
September 23, 2014 – 14:51 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Symantec has announced the first full release of Norton Security ($79.99) and Norton Security with Backup ($89.99), its one-stop replacement for Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

The most obvious change is the revamped interface. It’s recognisably Norton – if greener than usual – with its many functions neatly organised under Security, Identity, Backup and Performance tabs.

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Evernote for Mac 5.6 improves note editor and search tools, speeds up sync and startup
September 23, 2014 – 07:12 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

evernote-200x175Evernote Corporation has rolled out Evernote for Mac 5.6, a major update of its cloud-based note-taking client for Mac users. Version 5.6 comes with a rebuilt – and improved – note editor, as well as faster sync performance.

The update also comes with the promise of more relevant searches, integration with Spotlight and has been optimised to both launch faster and reduce its energy demands.

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Process Lasso 7.0 released, fine-tunes ProBalance Insights module, tweaks user interface
September 22, 2014 – 13:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

processlasso_200x175Tennessee software developer Bitsum has released Process Lasso 7.0 and Process Lasso 7.0 (64-bit), a landmark update of its PC optimisation tool.

Version 7.0 builds on recent releases, improving the newly added ProBalance Insights tool with the promise of improved accuracy for its embedded responsiveness meter, plus overhauling various user interface elements.

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TEncoder 4.4 adds DVD ripper
September 22, 2014 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Versatile video converter/ downloader/ editor TEncoder has expanded its range even further with the addition of a DVD ripper.

Point the program at your disc video folder (\VIDEO_TS, probably), and you’re able to choose the title, start and end chapters, audio and subtitle track you’d like to rip.

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