Opera FINAL 29 adds tab sync across devices, customisable keyboard shortcuts
April 28, 2015 – 09:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera FINAL 29 adds tab sync across devices, customisable keyboard shortcuts

opera_new-200x175Opera 29 FINAL has been released for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, bringing major improvements for those who like to browse across a range of devices with the ability to sync tabs between mobile and desktop platforms.

Version 29 also adds support for customisable keyboard shortcuts as well as a new indicator tool to help pinpoint which browser tab audio is being played from. The update also includes some useful minor tweaks too.

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Create, convert, encrypt, annotate, and watermark PDFs with PDF-Pro
April 28, 2015 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Create, convert, encrypt, annotate, and watermark PDFs with PDF-Pro

PDF-ProIf you need to work with PDFs then you’ve probably built up a whole library of tools to help out: a viewer, a creator, maybe a conversion tool, something else to split or merge files, and the list goes on.

EPapyrus PDF-Pro tries to replace all of these – and a whole lot more – with a single free (for personal use, $49 otherwise) package.

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Synfig Studio’s 2D animation suite hits version 1.0
April 28, 2015 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Synfig Studio’s 2D animation suite hits version 1.0

Synfig StudioAfter more than 18 months of intense development, open source 2D animation tool Synfig Studio has at last hit version 1.0.

The release brings a pile of professional features, including a complete bone system with automatic shape deformation, a new cutout tool, a dynamics converter with automatic friction effects, a bitmap painting engine, initial support for bitmap frame-by-frame animation, and more.

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Find the best wifi networks around the world with wiMAN
April 27, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Find the best wifi networks around the world with wiMAN

wiMANRestaurants, malls, trains, hotels: it can feel as though wifi is everywhere these days. Until you’re travelling, when you can still spend an age trying to find a network, only to find it’s password-protected or the local winner of Slowest Wifi 2015.

WiMAN is a free wifi manager for Android and iOS which can display a map of all your local wifi networks, along with estimates of distance (x minutes by foot/ car), and flagging them as “verified” (another wiMAN user has connected), “authentication provided” (another user has connected but you need a user name/ password) or “not verified” (no-one has connected yet).

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NovaBACKUP 17 brings installation assistance, phone/ email tech support
April 24, 2015 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on NovaBACKUP 17 brings installation assistance, phone/ email tech support

NovaBACKUPNovaStor has announced the release of its industrial-strength backup solution for Windows, NovaBACKUP 17 (priced from $49.95 for PCs, $349.95 for servers).

The update sees NovaStor’s remote installation service “Setup Assistance” included with the sale of every server product: a 30-minute online appointment with a product technician who will remotely install NovaBACKUP, configure it and schedule a first backup job for you.

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Create quality HTML prototypes with Pingendo
April 24, 2015 – 04:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Create quality HTML prototypes with Pingendo

PingendoPingendo is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG application for prototyping web pages. It uses Twitter’s Bootstrap as a base, and responsive web design support ensures your sites will adapt to fit phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

Getting started is as easy as dragging and dropping. Organise your layout; add lists, tables or forms; add some text, maybe a few images (single pictures, thumbnails, a carousel), and insert media objects including YouTube videos and Google Maps.

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Outlook for Android comes out of preview
April 23, 2015 – 09:16 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Outlook for Android comes out of preview

Microsoft Outlook for AndroidMicrosoft has dropped the “preview” tag from its free Outlook for Android app, following a host of recent updates and improvements.

The interface has received a colorful revamp, and been redesigned to better follow Android design principles.

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Adobe Slate makes online document design quick, easy and effective
April 23, 2015 – 08:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Adobe Slate makes online document design quick, easy and effective

Adobe SlateAdobe has unveiled Adobe Slate 1.0.2, a free iPad-only app that makes it possible to quickly generate online-hosted documents from a mixture of text and photos. These documents are designed to look good in any browser or device, including phones.

The app follows on from last year’s Adobe Voice, which allows users to create interactive slideshow-based presentations containing a mix of video and audio.

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Stream video torrents instantly(-ish) with Ace Stream Media
April 23, 2015 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Stream video torrents instantly(-ish) with Ace Stream Media

Ace Stream MediaAce Stream Media is an easier way to play video and audio torrents. You don’t need a separate client, or have to wait for the file to be downloaded before it can be played – the program’s various tools will stream .torrents directly, no other software or waiting around required.

The easiest way to do this is via the bundled Ace Player HD. It’s a fork of VLC Media Player 2.0.5, so a little out of date, but what you’re gaining is the ability to open a .torrent. We tried this, there was around a 30 second pause while the player made its connections, downloaded and buffered the first part of the video, then it started to play, just as though it was a local file.

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Mem Reduct: a memory cleaner which isn’t rubbish
April 22, 2015 – 08:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Mem Reduct: a memory cleaner which isn’t rubbish

Mem ReductLet’s be frank: most memory cleaners are garbage. They’ll lure you in with bogus claims about fixing memory leaks, dazzle you with flashy interfaces and colorful graphs, yet usually make no difference at all to system performance (or even slow you down) because they’re doing something Windows does as required, all on its own.

If you still think they might help you anyway, there are a few more honest and capable tools you can try, and Mem Reduct is a great example.

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Sysinternals announces Sysmon 3.0, Autoruns 13.3, Regjump 1.1, Process Monitor 3.11
April 21, 2015 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Sysinternals announces Sysmon 3.0, Autoruns 13.3, Regjump 1.1, Process Monitor 3.11

SysinternalsMicrosoft Sysinternals has just announced its round of updates for April, this time including updates for Sysmon, Autoruns, Regjump and Process Monitor.

Background monitor Sysmon 3.0 now reports remote thread creation events, perhaps improving the chance of detecting code injection attempts. Process names have been added to process terminate events, and filters are more flexible and easier to use.

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