Cut SVG file sizes by up to 80% with SVGO
April 13, 2015 – 04:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SVGOScalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a versatile image format with many possibilities, but its XML-based files aren’t exactly efficient, and they can include a vast amount of redundant data.

SVGO is an open source tool for Windows and Mac which optimises SVGs, stripping out surplus tags, and cutting file size by up to 80% without affecting the image itself.

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Media file manager Konvertor FM goes freeware
April 12, 2015 – 15:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Konvertor FMLogipole has announced that its Windows 7+ media file manager Konvertor FM is now freeware.

There are so many media managers around that you might be wondering why you should care, but this one is a little different. It doesn’t just view JPGs, PNGs and GIFs: there’s support for 2,034 image file types, 795 audio, 230 video, 102 3D, as well as Office documents and other more general types, even if they’re stored in any of 165 archive formats.

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NetToolset is a handy suite of network tools
April 12, 2015 – 07:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetToolsetNetToolset is a free-for-personal-use network toolkit for Windows XP+ which supports eight common functions: Ping, Traceroute+, DNS Lookup, Reverse DNS, Blacklist Lookup, IP Whois, Domain Whois and Port Scan.

The program is more about simplicity than power. Typically you’ll click a tab, enter a domain or IP address and click a button. The Ping function has the most configuration options, including Rounds, Reply Timeout, Time between rounds, Bytes and Reverse DNS.

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Convert SWF applets to Windows EXEs with Flash Builder
April 10, 2015 – 16:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Flash BuilderIf you’ve a Flash applet you’d like to share then there are a few options available. You might host it online, package it for offline use with an HTML file, maybe just email it to someone anyway and hope they’ve a player installed.

Alternatively, you could just use Flash Builder to convert it into a stand-alone Windows executable, ready to run on just about anyone’s desktop.

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Silently uninstall multiple programs with Bulk Crap Remover
April 10, 2015 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bulk Crap UninstallerUninstalling one Windows program is easy, but stripping out several can get a little tedious, as you sit around and wait for each uninstaller to finish.

Bulk Crap Uninstaller is a smart alternative to Windows’ own “Programs and Features” applet, a simpler and quicker way to remove multiple programs with their own uninstaller.

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Easily fix PC boot problems with Boot Repair Disk
April 9, 2015 – 09:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Boot Repair DiskIf your PC won’t boot properly then running Startup Repair from the Windows DVD will fix many common problems.

But if you can’t find your disc, or you never had one, or you run Startup Repair and it just doesn’t work, then you should take a look at Boot Repair Disk.

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LG “Split Screen” software disables UAC
April 9, 2015 – 04:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

UACBack in January we wrote about the malware “Easy Disk Drive Repair”, and how we first realised that something was wrong when it blatantly turned off UAC on launch.

It seems it isn’t only malware which weakens system security in this way, unfortunately. Blogger Christopher Bachner has reported that LG’s “Split Screen” software (a split screen display manager) appears to do the very same thing.

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Space Combat is a fun TIE FIGHTER-style space game
April 8, 2015 – 10:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Space CombatHobbyist programmers have been producing their own games since the very first computers appeared, but the professional products are now so hugely impressive that it’s almost impossible for a single developer to compete.

Still, if you can live without photo-realistic graphics and a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer then there are still plenty of smaller projects worth exploring, and Space Combat is a great place to start.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware/ Internet Security 10 betas now available
April 8, 2015 – 06:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareEmsisoft has announced that beta versions of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security 10 are now available for testing.

The headline improvement is in scan speed, with Emsisoft claiming a typical malware scan fell from 5 minutes 42 seconds to 57 seconds, an 83% drop.

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Swoosh: deliver presentations with a wave of the hand
April 7, 2015 – 06:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SwooshGreat presentations aren’t just about the content – how they’re delivered matters, too. Android app Swoosh helps you stand out by stepping through your slides with just a wave of the hand.

The $2 app needs a server component on your Windows, Mac or Linux system. There’s no installation or configuration required, just run the download, launch Swoosh, and as long as they’re both on the same wifi, they should find each other automatically.

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Easily set windows as “always on top” with PinMe!
April 6, 2015 – 09:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PinMeIf a Windows application needs to be accessible at any time – a desktop calculator, perhaps – then it’ll sometimes be possible to set it as “always on top”, ensuring its window stays on top of any others.

Not every application has that feature, unfortunately, but there’s another way: PinMe! can set any window as “always on top” in a couple of clicks.

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