Quick Review: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer
December 8, 2014 – 11:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PhotoStagePhotoStage Slideshow Producer is a free-for-personal-use video slideshow creator with plenty of unusual extras.

Installation is quick and easy. We politely declined the bundled Google Toolbar, and a few seconds later the program launched.

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Paint.NET 4.0.5 FINAL squashes major bugs, builds on recent 4.0.4 release
December 8, 2014 – 07:42 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Paint.NET 4.0dotPDN LLC has released Paint.NET 4.0.5 FINAL, a minor update that follows swiftly on the heels of a more significant update at the end of last month.

Version 4.0.4 introduced one major new feature and promised performance improvements, while 4.0.5 squashes a number of significant bugs that emerged after the previous update.

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Manage disc images anywhere with Passcape ISO Burner
December 7, 2014 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Passcape ISO BurnerIt’s generally very easy to work with ISO files on a modern PC. Archiving programs can extract their contents, mastering software will burn them to disc, even Windows has offered basic support since Windows 7.

If you sometimes work on other people’s PCs, though, it’s wise to bring your own ISO application with the portable Passcape ISO Burner.

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Skype for Windows 7.0 sports redesigned, touch-friendly interface
December 6, 2014 – 07:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SkypeMicrosoft has released Skype for Windows 7.0, unveiling a major redesign of its Skype desktop client in the process. Many of the new features debuted in a Preview pre-release that coincided with the release of Skype for Mac 7 back in October.

The final release adds several new features not present in the original preview build, including two new compact view options and support for touchscreen displays.

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Advanced IP Scanner 2.4 brings more detailed network reports
December 5, 2014 – 09:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Advanced IP ScannerFamatech has announced the yearly update for its network detection tool, Advanced IP Scanner 2.4.

The program now uncovers more details about all network devices, including device type (router, printer, more) and the operating system of remote computers.

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jane is a quirky Notepad replacement
December 5, 2014 – 08:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

janeIf you’ve tried a few Notepad replacements you’ll know they typically look and feel very similar. There are the core Notepad functions for quick and easy text editing, an expanded interface (tabbed, drag and drop editing) to make life easier, and any menus and dialogs are then expanded with useful extras.

The free-for-personal-use jane (Just Another Nasty Editor) takes a very different approach, ignoring many standards to go its own way. This can be frustrating, and it’s certainly not for everyone, but the program does also have some interesting features to explore.

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Light Alloy is an ultra-configurable media player
December 4, 2014 – 10:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Light AlloyAt first glance, Light Alloy looks and feels much like any other free media player. Drag and drop your source files, open discs, play and pause individual tracks, manage playlists, all the usual core basics.

The program handles this well, too, with strong support for just about every format you’ll ever need (and plenty you won’t). But that’s just the start. For us, Light Alloy’s real highlight is its interface.

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Opera FINAL 26 adds bookmark sharing and import, Print Preview
December 3, 2014 – 06:52 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Norwegian browser developer Opera has released Opera FINAL 26 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Having finally introduced support for bookmarks in the previous update, Opera 26 allows users to both share bookmarks and migrate them across from other browsers.

Version 26 is also a landmark release for Linux users as it marks the first stable release of the new Opera browser on that platform – note it only works with 64-bit builds.

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Build full HD animated video slideshows with Cofeshow
December 3, 2014 – 05:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CofeshowCofeshow is a free Windows and Mac program for converting your chosen images into full HD animated video slideshows.

It’s a familiar idea, but Cofeshow is a little different, and that became obvious from the moment we realised it was a 250MB+ download.

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TeamViewer 10 FINAL promises better performance, improves collaborative tools
December 2, 2014 – 10:51 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TeamViewer 10TeamViewer GBMH has released TeamViewer 10, its free-for-personal-use remote control software for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also available in portable form for Windows users, the new app boasts a host of new features, improvements and a redesign for good measure.

Chief among the changes are performance optimisations designed to take full advantage of multi-core processors. These include the promise of faster login times, better HD voice transmission quality and improved performance overall.

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VMware Workstation 11 gains Haswell speed boost
December 2, 2014 – 10:06 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

VMwareVMware Inc has released VMware Workstation 11, a major update for the powerful hypervisor, along with its companion tool VMware Player 7 Pro.

The company claims new support for Haswell CPU extensions delivers up to a 45% speed increase for CPU-intensive applications.

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