Access folder contents instantly with Wincmder Shellex
May 15, 2015 – 06:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Wincmder ShellexIf your desktop is cluttered then you could create a few folders to hold shortcuts, important files, whatever you access regularly. That works, but it’s less convenient: you’re forced to open a folder to view the contents, then close it when you’re done.

Install Wincmder Shellex and just right-clicking a folder displays a menu listing its contents (shift+clicking gets you the previous context menu). Choose a shortcut or file and it launches as usual, no need to open the folder at all.

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5 open source remakes of classic PC games
May 14, 2015 – 11:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FreecivBuying the latest games will typically get you top-quality graphics and an iTunes-ready soundtrack, but that won’t necessarily translate into compelling gameplay. And even if it does, there’s no guarantee you’ll be kept entertained for more than a few hours.

The solution? Try one of these open source takes on classic PC games.

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Take up to 10x more photos/ videos on your phone with FotoFox
May 14, 2015 – 06:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FotoFoxNo matter how much storage your phone has, it’s easily filled, especially if you’re always taking photos and videos.

FotoFox is a free iOS/ Android app which compresses images and videos as they’re shot, reducing quality but cutting their size by up to 90%, and still giving you access to the originals when necessary.

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Comic Seer is a one-stop comic viewer/ manager
May 13, 2015 – 15:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Comic SeerViewing comics can be easy. Really, really easy. If you have a CBZ file, say, rename it to ZIP, open it in Explorer, and browse the images it contains – simple.

That works well for occasional viewing, but if you’re a big comic fan, or just want the best reading experience, it’s worth installing a specialist tool like the free Comic Seer.

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InPixio Photo Editor is a 1-click photo enhancer
May 13, 2015 – 11:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

InPixio Free Photo EditorPhoto editors for the Windows desktop typically compete on the length of their feature list: file formats support, range of selection tools, layer handling abilities, whatever it might be.

InPixio Free Photo Editor ignores almost all of that, and instead focuses on app-like ease of use, just providing a quick and easy way to tweak an image and share it with others.

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Postbox 4 unveils major new features and improvements to simplify email management
May 12, 2015 – 15:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Postbox 4Postbox, Inc has released Postbox 4, a major update to its Windows and Mac email client. Version 4 debuts a new Cloud File Sharing add-on, which adds support for Box and OneDrive in addition to Dropbox.

The new release also shows off an enhanced focus pane in addition to a number of other new tools and views, including features designed to help compose, edit and view email more easily.

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Firefox 38 FINAL released, debuts new tab-based preferences
May 12, 2015 – 11:17 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 38 FINALMozilla has unveiled the latest version of Firefox 38.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 38.0 due to follow imminently.

The desktop build contains one new feature of note: a switch to a tabbed-based preferences UI, while the Firefox for Android unveils improved user interfaces throughout the app as well as reading list and tab-sharing options.

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Add motion animations to your videos with Express Animate
May 12, 2015 – 09:12 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Express AnimateFreeware developer NCH Software has released Express Animate, a key frame-based animation tool.

The program can import videos, images, text, shapes and audio tracks. Objects may be moved, resized or rotated, while key frame support gives smooth, high quality results.

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How to display Windows 8 toast notifications from your own scripts
May 12, 2015 – 05:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ToastNotificationScripts and batch files are great for automating complex tasks, but they’re not so good at keeping you informed about their progress. Typically you’re forced to Alt+Tab back to the command prompt window to try and figure out what’s going on.

ToastNotification is a tiny console tool which offers an alternative, at least for Windows 8 users. It allows you to display toast notifications – pop-up status messages which disappear after a few seconds – from your own scripts.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security 10 released
May 11, 2015 – 16:33 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareEmsisoft has announced the release of Emsisoft Anti-Malware 10 and Emsisoft Internet Security 10.

The headline news is a dramatic cut in scan times, with a typical “Malware Scan” (aka the “Smart Scan” in previous editions) dropping from 13 minutes to 24 seconds.

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Get location-based photo sharing with Snaptivity for Android
May 11, 2015 – 12:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SnaptivityThere’s no shortage of ways to share your photos with the world, but the free Android app Snaptivity does it differently: by time and location.

What does this mean? Imagine you’re taking a picture of a group of friends. Use Snaptivity, and it only takes a tap to share the shot with everyone in the photo (as long as they also have the app).

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