Inspect and optimise your Windows startup programs with StartEd Lite
April 10, 2017 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Started LiteStartEd Lite is a free-for-personal-use Windows application for viewing, editing and optimising your startup programs.

It’s a familiar idea – we’ve probably used hundreds of programs which claim to do exactly the same thing – but StartEd does manage to include some interesting and unusual ideas.

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Record your desktop instantly with ChrisPC Screen Recorder
April 9, 2017 – 01:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ChrisPC Screen RecorderChrisPC Screen Recorder is a versatile desktop recorder in both cut-down free-for-personal-use and commercial (24.99 Euro) editions.

Both builds offer recording of full-screen, application window and rectangular areas, in windowed or borderless forms and with audio support.

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Browse, remove and replace media file tags with Metadata++
April 7, 2017 – 04:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MetaData++Windows File Explorer has been able to display basic media file metadata for years, but it doesn’t support all the tags you’re likely to need, and it’s inconvenient to set up and use.

Metadata++ is a freeware tool for viewing, editing, extracting and copying the metadata from multiple audio, media and video file types.

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Get the Windows 10 Creators Update right now
April 6, 2017 – 08:52 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Windows 10 Creators UpdateWindows 10 Creators Update, a major and feature-packed update for the OS, starts its official rollout on April 11th.

New features include a Paint 3D app and new “mixed reality” VR support; Game Mode to boost performance for demanding games, and built-in game broadcasting; and the Windows Defender Security Center gives one-stop access to your key security settings.

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Clean and optimise your PC with Black Bird Cleaner
April 6, 2017 – 05:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BlackBirdCleanerBlack Bird Cleaner is suite of PC cleanup and optimisation tools, available in a cut-down free version and a $24.95 Pro build.

The program requires installation, but takes up minimal hard drive space – barely 1MB – and doesn’t install any system components.

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Hide your ID online with Random User-Agent for Chrome
April 5, 2017 – 04:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Random User AgentWhenever you visit a website your browser hands over a user agent, a text string which tells the site about your browser, operating system, plugins and more.

This scheme was designed to help sites customise themselves to different devices, but user agents can be misused to help fingerprint your computer and track you online.

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WYSIWYG Web Builder 12 makes building websites easier than ever with new Blocks feature
April 4, 2017 – 10:10 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

wysiwyg web builderPablo Software Solutions has released WYSIWYG Web Builder 12, a major new version of its DTP-style web building tool for Windows users.

Version 12 introduces over 125 new and improved features, with one brand new addition in the form of Blocks, a new option for quickly adding predefined blocks of objects to the workspace. Other highlights include a photo collage tool, CSS flexbox support and new Easy Mode feature.

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Hide files or folders inside JPEGs with FileFriend
April 3, 2017 – 09:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FileFriend's logo lacked a certain imaginationFileFriend is a tiny portable toolkit which can split, join, encrypt or hide your target files in a JPG.

The program organises its simple interface into four tabs: Split, Join, Encrypt and “JPK” (pack a file or folder inside a JPEG).

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CPUMon is a lightweight performance gadget
April 2, 2017 – 06:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CPUMonCPUMon is a simple desktop gadget which can plot CPU usage and display free and used RAM in real time.

You can do this already – and a lot more – in the Windows 10 Task Manager, of course (check the Performance tab), but that’s a bulky dialog which grabs more screen real estate than you might want to spare.

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Find, monitor and log your external IP with TrueIP
April 1, 2017 – 07:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TrueIPWhen you’re online you might occasionally want to know your external IP address, perhaps to confirm the internet connection you’re using or find out whether a VPN is working.

The easiest way to do this is via a browser window. A site like WhatIsMyIP.com will display your address immediately, or you could simply enter IP at Google, and your address will be top of the search results.

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OpenShot 2.3 ships with real-time video transforms
March 31, 2017 – 06:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OpenShotOpen source video editor OpenShot has just hit version 2.3 in what the developer calls “one of the biggest updates ever”.

Highlights start with a new Transform tool which enables moving and resizing video with the mouse, and gives you instant real-time previews.

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