Scribus 1.4.4 adds image alignment script, refines PDF export options
May 30, 2014 – 08:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

scribus_200x175Open-source, cross-platform desktop publishing package Scribus 1.4.4 has been released. Despite the seemingly minor version number, it includes a number of significant changes.

The new build – also available in portable form – adds support for exporting documents in the PDF/X-1a format. It also improves image handling, introduces a new image-alignment script and features a number of stability improvements.

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Menu Uninstaller Pro: an easier way to uninstall software
May 30, 2014 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Uninstalling programs in Windows is a very common task for most people, yet can still require a little effort. Just finding the Uninstall option might take a moment as you check the Start menu first (if you have one), before heading off to Windows’ “Programs and Features” applet.

Menu Uninstaller Pro is a free alternative which could help save you time, by providing several new ways to manage and remove installed applications.

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Clean up Word, Excel, Visio and AutoCAD files with TransTools
May 29, 2014 – 11:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

At first glance, TransTools didn’t look like the most promising of programs. A suite “designed to help translators in various situations”? It would probably be for specialists only, and so expensive that big corporations would think twice – right?

But wait. The package is really just about cleaning up poor formatting – an OCR’ed document, say – so could be useful for anyone. It works with Word, Excel, Visio and AutoCAD documents. And while there is a commercial version, the base edition is free for personal use? Now that’s much more interesting.

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BBC iPlayer 4.0 for iOS and Android sports major new redesign, makes content easier to find
May 29, 2014 – 07:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

BBC iPlayerUK telly addicts rejoice: the BBC has unveiled a major redesign of its mobile app with the release of BBC iPlayer 4.0 for iOS and BBC iPlayer 4.0 for Android. Both apps have been updated with the specific intent of making browsing and programme discovery easier.

This has been achieved by creating new Home, Channel and Category pages, all of which sport a new design optimised for either portrait or landscape view.

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Postbox 3.0.10 adds Retina support on OS X, auto-resizes images
May 28, 2014 – 13:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

PostboxPostbox, Inc has updated its cross-platform, commercial email client with a minor update. Postbox 3.0.10 comes with added support for Retina displays in OS X.

The new release also now automatically resizes images to fit in the message pane window for readibility purposes, plus allows users to whitelist an entire domain for loading remote images.

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Acronis Disk Director 12 adds UEFI, WinPE 4/5, Windows 8.1 compatibility
May 28, 2014 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Acronis International has announced the release of Acronis Disk Director 12, its popular all-in-one partition and drive management product.

There are no major changes this time, with Acronis concentrating on compatibility, for example ensuring that the new build now runs properly with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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Receive notifications from iOS apps on your Mac with Notifyr
May 27, 2014 – 13:59 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

NotifyrEver wished you could receive notifications from your iPhone or iPad apps on your Mac? While some – typically network-based ones like iCloud updates or Twitter notifications – get channelled to both devices, what happens if you’re relying on receiving an important reminder from your mobile, but get distracted while working on your Mac?

The answer – of sorts – lies with Notifyr, a cross-platform solution that uses Bluetooth to channel iOS-specific notifications to your Mac via its own Notification Center.

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Track file changes in real time with Moo0 File Monitor
May 27, 2014 – 10:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Your PC’s hard drive is buzzing with activity, and you’re not sure why. Could it be a virus? An application? Just a part of Windows? Moo0 File Monitor could help you find out.

Download and launch the program (there’s no installation required) and it goes to work immediately, detecting any modification to your hard drive and displaying its details: the date and time, change type (Create, Write, Rename or Delete), and the file name, size and path.

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VirusTotal Uploader for OS X arrives
May 27, 2014 – 05:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VirusTotal has released its first VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, a simple tool which scans a file, folder or application for malware with 50+ antivirus engines.

Using VirusTotal Uploader for OS X can be as easy as dragging and dropping a file onto the program window. It’s uploaded, there’s a delay while the site checks your file with all the main antivirus engines, and finally a “Detections” figure gives you the results (“0/53″, hopefully).

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Create a bootable antivirus disc with ESET SysRescue Creator
May 26, 2014 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

ESET SysRescue Live Creator is a handy tool for creating a bootable antivirus rescue CD or USB key.

There’s no shortage of competition in this area, of course, but Live Creator has one or two useful touches that you might appreciate.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Beta available to try, improves Start Center
May 26, 2014 – 11:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

LibreOffice 4.3The Document Foundation has unveiled the first public beta of the forthcoming LibreOffice 4.3. The new 4.3 release branch sees some notable user-interface tweaks, performance enhancements and a number of new and tweaked features.

The word processor Writer is the beneficiary of most changes in this next release, while users should also enjoy better quality imports of PDF files.

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