Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac 1.0 unveiled, provides on-demand scan-and-remove tool
July 16, 2015 – 05:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for MacSecurity developer Malwarebytes has unveiled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac 1.0, the company’s first Mac product.

The new app hasn’t been coded from scratch, but is a rebranded (and updated) version of AdwareMedic, which was acquired by Malwarebytes back in March.

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SurfFind is a fast grep-like text search tool for Windows
July 15, 2015 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SurfFindThe Windows Search engine is much better than it used to be, but still has plenty of room for improvement, which is why there’s an enormous number of alternative tools around.

SurfFind is a tiny open source package – a mere 216KB download – that searches your specified text files for keywords, quickly displaying the results. It’s a familiar idea, but the program does have some interesting extra touches which help it stand out from the crowd.

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MEmu is an Android 4.2.2 emulator for Windows
July 14, 2015 – 13:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MEmuMEmu is a free package which allows you to run a virtual Android 4.2.2 tablet on your Windows desktop.

Setup is far more awkward than it should be, not least because the developers forgot to finish its localisation from the original Chinese, but if you persevere you’ll find what looks like a good product.

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Organise, edit and share your photos with digiKam
July 14, 2015 – 08:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

digiKamAfter an initial release way back in 2006, digiKam has grown into a powerful, professional photo manager, crammed with high-end features and free for everyone to use.

The program started life on Linux, and so doesn’t get much attention elsewhere. There are builds available for Windows and Mac, though, so we installed a copy on a Windows 8.1 system to see what it had to offer.

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Colasoft Capsa Free is a comprehensive network analyzer
July 13, 2015 – 11:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Colasoft Capsa FreeColasoft Capsa 8 Free is a powerful tool for monitoring and analyzing network traffic, the free version of an enterprise package normally costing from $695.

The program has a vast and lengthy list of features, yet it’s also accessible to regular users. Just choosing an adapter and clicking “Start” gets you an attractive dashboard, with graphs showing network utilisation, traffic, and top traffic by protocol and domain (keep in mind that wifi devices can’t be monitored in the free edition).

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bstrings searches files for URLs, email addresses, more
July 13, 2015 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

bstringsBstrings is an open source console-based tool for Windows Vista and later which makes it easy to search files for important strings: URLs, email, IP or MAC addresses, UNC paths, GUIDs, credit card numbers, US phone numbers, zip codes and more.

Basic operations are much like many similar tools. Point the program at a file – bstrings -f file.exe – and it’ll list any ASCII and Unicode strings for you.

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gImageReader extracts text from images, PDFs, more
July 11, 2015 – 15:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

gImageReaderExtracting text from a PDF can be very easy. Just select a section and copy it to the clipboard, or maybe – in Adobe Reader – click File > Save As Other > Text to save the entire document.

This all works just fine, too, until you come across a PDF which is all images. And that’s when you need something a little more powerful.

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Create mobile-friendly websites with Mobirise
July 10, 2015 – 06:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MobiriseMobirise is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG web designer which makes it easy to build mobile-friendly, Bootstrap 3-based websites.

The interface is stripped back, more like an app than a regular desktop program. There’s no complex menu system, no hidden right-click options, just a few buttons to click and panels to explore.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 officially released, free upgrade to Office 365 subscribers
July 10, 2015 – 05:09 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Office for Mac 2016Four months after unveiling a public pre-release version, Microsoft has released Office for Mac 2016 FINAL. The new release is available now as a free in-place upgrade for existing Office 365 subscribers, with the final standalone-purchase version held back until September.

Office for Mac 2016 ships with five components: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It boasts a refreshed and optimised codebase, Retina-friendly visuals and support for full-screen mode.

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AKVIS OilPaint turns ordinary pictures into works of art
July 9, 2015 – 13:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AKVIS OilPaintBrowse the “Effects” or “Filters” section of most image editors and you’ll often find tools which try to convert your pictures into sketches, oil paintings and more. But they’re usually basic, short on configuration options, and don’t deliver great results.

AKVIS OilPaint (and 64-bit) is a commercial tool for Windows and Mac which specialises in transforming your images into works of art. It’s expensive – $49 to $89, depending on the license – but the 10-day trial is full and unrestricted, so if you’re interested in the idea then there’s enough to justify the download.

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VirtualBox 5.0 supports hardware virtualisation, USB 3.0
July 9, 2015 – 12:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

VirtualBoxOracle has announced the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, a significant update for its free, open-source virtualisation package.

Guests get a big speed boost with new support for hardware virtualisation.

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