Artpip sets beautiful artworks as your desktop wallpaper
February 4, 2017 – 05:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Artpip sets beautiful artworks as your desktop wallpaper

ArtpipArtpip is a free Windows and Mac app which sets your desktop background to a beautiful new artwork every day.

We’re not sure how large the library of images might be, but artists include Manet, Munch, Renoir, Whistler, Van Gogh, Gruner, Pissarro, Cezanne and more.

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Clean, secure and optimise your PC with Steganos Tuning PRO
February 3, 2017 – 13:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Clean, secure and optimise your PC with Steganos Tuning PRO

Steganos Tuning ProSteganos Tuning PRO is a PC maintenance suite for cleaning, optimising and securing your PC.

It’s a commercial product, and pricy at $49.95 for a year, although that does at least cover you for 3 devices.

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Bad Ad Johnny is an ad, tracker and malware-blocker for Chrome
February 2, 2017 – 13:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Bad Ad Johnny is an ad, tracker and malware-blocker for Chrome

Bad Ad JohnnyDeveloped by VPN provider PureVPN, Bad Ad Johnny is a one-stop ad, tracker and malware-blocker for Chrome.

The extension aims to block absolutely everything, says the website, in particular those “acceptable ads”: “I DO NOT shake hands with publishers under the table and let some ads slide.”

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Detect missing software updates with UCheck
February 1, 2017 – 13:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Detect missing software updates with UCheck

UCheckRogueKiller developer Adlice Software has released a beta of UCheck, a simple software update-checker and application manager.

The program supports around 40 packages, including 7-Zip, CCleaner, Chrome, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, iTunes, Java, LibreOffice, Malwarebytes Anti-malware, OpenOffice, Opera, Skype and VLC Media Player.

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LibreOffice 5.3 is one of the biggest updates to the office suite yet
February 1, 2017 – 09:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 5.3 is one of the biggest updates to the office suite yet

LibreOffice 5The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.3 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.3 32-bit. Despite the point update, LibreOffice 5.3 is billed as “one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the office suite”, and is packed full of major changes affecting all parts of the application.

Highlights include a new experimental (and optional) ribbon-based UI, plus a new cross-platform text layout engine. It’s also accompanied by the first source release of LibreOffice Online, for basic collaborative document editing in a browser.

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LightBulb reduces eye strain by shifting screen gamma over time
January 31, 2017 – 15:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on LightBulb reduces eye strain by shifting screen gamma over time

LightBulbLightBulb is a f.lux-like application which smoothly adjusts screen gamma to make colours seem warmer at night, reducing eye strain and making your PC more comfortable to use.

Install the program and it goes to work automatically, detecting your location, figuring out the sunrise and sunset time and updating your display colour temperature to match.

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Bing Wallpaper updates your desktop with Bing’s image of the day
January 31, 2017 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Bing Wallpaper updates your desktop with Bing’s image of the day

Bing WallpaperBing Wallpaper is an open-source application which sets your wallpaper as Bing’s image of the day, then keeps it up-to-date.

Download, unzip and run BingWallPaper.exe and it immediately updates your wallpaper, displays a notification and minimises to your system tray.

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Optimise images for the web with pingo
January 29, 2017 – 03:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Optimise images for the web with pingo

pingoPingo is a free PNG and JPEG optimiser which supports both lossless and lossy compression.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but pingo stands out from the competition in several ways– some good, some not.

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DevDocs offline API browser now available for desktops
January 28, 2017 – 09:57 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on DevDocs offline API browser now available for desktops

DevDocsLast month we wrote about DevDocs for Chrome, a free extension which gives access to API documentation for around 200 programming languages and technologies.

Now an unofficial Electron-based applet, DevDocs, brings the service specifically to the desktop, with downloads available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Winstep Nexus and Xtreme updated to 17.10
January 27, 2017 – 15:43 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Winstep Nexus and Xtreme updated to 17.10

WinStepWinstep Software Technologies has updated its flagship products, Winstep Xtreme and Winstep Nexus, to version 17.10.

Winstep Xtreme, the company’s powerful set of desktop applications, gains a new Moon Phases module which shows you how the moon will appear on any day of the month.

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Create strong passwords and software keys with SterJo Password Generator
January 27, 2017 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Create strong passwords and software keys with SterJo Password Generator

SterJo Password GeneratorFreeware developer SterJo Software has unveiled SterJo Password Generator, a free tool for creating strong and random passwords.

A simple interface enables choosing the length of each password and the type of characters it should include: upper or lower case letters, numbers and/ or special characters.

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