Cut your animated GIF file sizes with GIF Optimizer
June 3, 2016 – 04:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cut your animated GIF file sizes with GIF Optimizer

GIF Optimizer FreeIf you’ve ever tried creating animated GIFs, you’ll have noticed that they can get very large, especially when using complex sources like TV footage.

That’s no great surprise – the format was designed for simple animations, not full colour video – but GIF Optimizer Free may help you shrink your file sizes.

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Auto-close unused Firefox tabs with Dustman
June 2, 2016 – 04:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Auto-close unused Firefox tabs with Dustman

DustmanYou can resize Firefox tabs, group them, send them to another window, but it won’t make any difference: there’s never quite enough tab space to go around.

Dustman is a free Firefox extension which helps out by automatically closing tabs which haven’t been used in the last 20 minutes.

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Manage virtual CD, DVD, HD-DVD or BD drives with ImgDrive
June 1, 2016 – 04:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Manage virtual CD, DVD, HD-DVD or BD drives with ImgDrive

ImgDriveImgDrive is a free tool which can mount multiple disc images as virtual CD, DVD, HD-DVD or BD drives.

The program works with iso, ccd, cue, isz, mds and nrg images.

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Tor Browser 6.0 released
May 31, 2016 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Tor Browser 6.0 released

Tor ProjectThe Tor Browser team has announced the first stable release of Tor Browser 6.0.

This edition adds code-signing for OS X, which should allow Mac users to install Tor without any Gatekeeper hassles.

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Image to PDF or XPS is a portable PDF creator
May 31, 2016 – 03:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Image to PDF or XPS is a portable PDF creator

Image To PDFImage to PDF or XPS is a compact tool which imports multiple image formats, saving the results to PDF or XPS files.

Supported source formats include BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF, WMF, EMF, XPS, JPG, JP2 and J2K files.

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Calendar and Countdown: quick and easy task countdowns for Chrome
May 31, 2016 – 01:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Calendar and Countdown: quick and easy task countdowns for Chrome

Calendar & CountdownCalendar and Countdown is a free Chrome extension with some handy calendar and task management features.

Click C&C’s address bar icon and a full year calendar appears, along with week numbers and links to view different years.

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KOPLAYER is an Android emulator for Windows
May 30, 2016 – 03:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on KOPLAYER is an Android emulator for Windows

KOPLAYERKOPLAYER is a free Android emulator which allows mobile gaming on your PC’s desktop.

It’s a bulky 300MB download – VirtualBox and an Android image, mostly – but installs easily enough, and within a minute or two your virtual Android device appears.

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Squeaky Mouse plays WAVs when you click mouse buttons
May 30, 2016 – 01:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Squeaky Mouse plays WAVs when you click mouse buttons

Squeaky MouseSqueaky Mouse is a quirky Windows application which plays custom WAV files when you click specific mouse buttons.

This could be useful audio feedback for anyone who can’t clearly see the mouse, perhaps because they’re visually impaired, or they’re some distance away, perhaps watching an in-person software demonstration.

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Stop data leaks with GiliSoft USB Lock
May 29, 2016 – 03:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Stop data leaks with GiliSoft USB Lock

GiliSoft USB LockNetworks, Internet, USB, wifi, Bluetooth, CD, DVD, Blu-ray– modern PCs make it easy to exchange files with the outside world.

Sounds great. Unless you’re running a business, perhaps managing several PCs, each packed with confidential files which you don’t want copied or shared without permission.

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Cryptomator: free client-side encryption for your cloud files
May 29, 2016 – 02:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cryptomator: free client-side encryption for your cloud files

CryptomatorKeeping your data in the cloud offers some protection against disaster, but also brings privacy issues: could anyone else access your files?

Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption to keep your data safe, and allows access on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS (a $4.99 commercial app), and via Java (Android is “coming soon”).

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Grover Podcast is a smart podcast manager for Windows 10
May 28, 2016 – 13:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Grover Podcast is a smart podcast manager for Windows 10

Grover PodcastYou’re running Windows 10, enjoy browsing podcasts, but really don’t want to install the bulky iTunes?

Grover Podcast is a free, easy-to-use Windows 10 app which covers all the podcast basics – and more – and just might have everything you need.

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