Instantly close or restart programs with ProcessKO
June 23, 2014 – 07:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Closing one Windows process is usually straightforward. Clicking File > Exit should get the job done, Alt+F4 may also work, and Task Manager is on hand if you need it (Ctrl+Shift+Esc, right-click the process, select End Task).

Life gets a little more complicated if you want to close multiple instances of one program. Or restart them. You can still do this from Windows, but ProcessKO (64-bit version) makes it much easier to close, restart and generally work with troublesome processes.

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Xlideit excels as an image viewer
June 22, 2014 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

It’s tough to make an impact in the crowded Windows image viewer market, and so most newcomers try to impress users with advanced features, like their vast file format support or lengthy list of editing tools. And that would be fine, except they often forget about the basics, like building a comfortable interface which people actually want to use.

Xlideit is following a different path. There’s no RAW format support here, no red-eye removal, no automatic image correction or other extras. Instead the developer is focusing on the interface fundamentals first, and so far he’s doing a very good job.

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Capture, record or broadcast your desktop with QIP Shot
June 21, 2014 – 09:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

QIP Shot is an interesting screen capture tool with some unusual bonus features.

It doesn’t just capture the usual full screen, active window or freehand rectangle, for instance. You can also grab ellipses, freehand areas and even scrolling windows (web pages which are too lengthy to fit on the screen, perhaps).

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Parallels Access 2.0 lets you control your PC or Mac remotely using iPad, iPhone or Android mobile
June 20, 2014 – 12:43 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off

Parallels Access 2.0Looking for a way to access programs on your desktop or laptop from your mobile? You could go down the route of installing something like TeamViewer, but with the best will in the world, trying to control your entire Windows or Mac desktop from your mobile is a fiddly experience at best.

A more practical solution can be found by going down the Parallels Access route, and it’s one that’s just been made even better with the release of version 2.0.

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Quickly transcribe audio or video files with easytranscript
June 20, 2014 – 12:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Accurately transcribing audio and video files can be a long and difficult process. No matter how fast you can type, it seems there’s always someone who can talk faster. And then mumble half of what they say, leaving you frequently rewinding to try and figure it out.

There is no simple solution to this, but specialist transcription software should at least save you some time. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either – the open source easytranscript offers some useful starting features entirely for free.

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Convert bat/ cmd scripts to exe files with Bat To Exe Converter
June 20, 2014 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Scripts can be a great way to automate tasks on your PC, and are usually very easy to create and share. Just launch Notepad, enter a few lines, and after a quick File > Save it’s ready to go.

Batch files have down sides, too. You don’t always want others to be able to view or edit them. It’s difficult to restrict their use, and of course the console window appears every time they’re launched. But fortunately the free Bat To Exe Converter can solve all these problems by converting your scripts into stand-alone executables.

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Quick review: AOMEI Backupper Standard 2.01
June 20, 2014 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off

When we were first looked at AOMEI Data Backuper in January 2013 it was a capable free image backup tool with some limitations – no scheduler – but a lot of promise. Now at version 2.x , and renamed to AOMEI Backupper Standard, is the program worth considering again? We checked it out.

Installation remains quick and easy. It’s the free edition of a commercial product, but there’s no adware, no nag screens, no unmarked functions which display annoying “can’t use this until you pay” messages. Only an unobtrusive “Upgrade” link on the main page reminds you there are other options available.

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Quickly access your favourite folders with FoldersPopup
June 19, 2014 – 12:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

When managing files it’s important that you can browse quickly to your most frequently-used folders, and Windows provides various ways to help. You might add some to your Explorer Favourites, pin more to the taskbar or Start Screen, create custom shortcuts for Explorer, maybe a batch file: there’s a lot to do.

Alternatively, you could just use the free FoldersPopup, a single tool which provides quick, easy and configurable access to your key folders from just about anywhere.

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Evernote 5.4 for Windows Desktop adds user-requested features, including shortcuts toolbar option
June 19, 2014 – 08:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

evernote-200x175Evernote Corporation has released Evernote 5.4 for Windows Desktop, a minor update to its popular cloud-based, cross-platform note-taking and organisational tool.

Version 5.4 introduces two new features based on user feedback: the ability to request additional permissions when accessing shared notebooks, and the ability to view shortcuts horizontally on their own dedicated toolbar.

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Internet Explorer Developer Channel adds GamePad, WebDriver support
June 19, 2014 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has unveiled Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a special preview version of the browser which includes upcoming developer-oriented features and extended standards support.

One major highlight of this release is that it’s packaged as an App-V application, which means it runs in a virtualised environment and won’t affect your existing Windows or Internet Explorer setup at all. There are none of the usual dangers of installing an unfinished IE build. You can run Internet Explorer Developer Channel alongside IE11 without any conflicts, and uninstall it cleanly at any time.

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HotKey Resolution Changer switches screen resolutions with a keypress
June 18, 2014 – 13:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Changing screen resolution on a PC is normally done via the Display applet. In Windows 8, say, you’d right-click the desktop, select Screen Resolution, choose your preferred resolution, click OK and confirm the results.

While this isn’t difficult, it does take a few clicks. If you’re adjusting your resolution on a regular basis then you might like to try HotKey Resolution Changer, which allows you to tweak your settings with a keypress, or from the command line – no other steps required.

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