VirusTotal Uploader for OS X arrives
May 27, 2014 – 05:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VirusTotal has released its first VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, a simple tool which scans a file, folder or application for malware with 50+ antivirus engines.

Using VirusTotal Uploader for OS X can be as easy as dragging and dropping a file onto the program window. It’s uploaded, there’s a delay while the site checks your file with all the main antivirus engines, and finally a “Detections” figure gives you the results (“0/53″, hopefully).

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Create a bootable antivirus disc with ESET SysRescue Creator
May 26, 2014 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

ESET SysRescue Live Creator is a handy tool for creating a bootable antivirus rescue CD or USB key.

There’s no shortage of competition in this area, of course, but Live Creator has one or two useful touches that you might appreciate.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Beta available to try, improves Start Center
May 26, 2014 – 11:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

LibreOffice 4.3The Document Foundation has unveiled the first public beta of the forthcoming LibreOffice 4.3. The new 4.3 release branch sees some notable user-interface tweaks, performance enhancements and a number of new and tweaked features.

The word processor Writer is the beneficiary of most changes in this next release, while users should also enjoy better quality imports of PDF files.

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Protect your personal messages with CTI Text Encryption
May 26, 2014 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

CTI Text Encryption is a lightweight, portable text encryption tool. It’s ideal for sending sensitive information via insecure channels (email, online chat, web forums), perhaps from someone else’s computer, although you can also use it to save confidential data in files or elsewhere.

The open source program is a tiny download (827KB), a single executable with nothing else attached. Copy the file to a USB stick and it’s ready to use almost anywhere.

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Auslogics Disk Defrag Touch is a very different defragger
May 23, 2014 – 12:51 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Australian developer Auslogics has released Auslogics Disk Defrag Touch, a very major touch-oriented revamp of its Auslogics Disk Defrag package.

The most immediately obvious change is the very Windows 8-like interface, and we don’t just mean “it uses a few colorful tiles”. The program runs full-screen, has the same bold design, a very similar layout for its controls and options: it actually feels like you’re running a Windows 8 app (although it also runs on Windows 7).

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Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone adds brand new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support
May 23, 2014 – 11:00 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Pixelmator 3.2 SandstoneThe Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator 3.2 for Mac OS X. Codenamed Sandstone, it’s a significant update with the promise of a brand new – and much improved – Repair tool.

The new release also extends 16-bits per channel support to all Macs and throws in two new features (Lock Layers and Convert Selection into Shape) alongside a selection of improvement, UI tweaks and general bug fixes.

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Easy file transfer app Dukto now available for Android
May 23, 2014 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Emanuele Colombo has announced an official Android release of his file transfer tool Dukto, which is also available for Windows, OS X, Linux, Symbian and more (there’s even a commercial iOS version).

Colombo suggests that there may be some compatibility issues, warning: “I tried my best to make it work flawlessly with any device, but I couldn’t do too much due to my very low free time and some limitations in current Qt support for Android.”

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CCleaner 4.14 tweaks browser cleaning, promises better OS detection
May 22, 2014 – 12:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

CCleanerIt’s that time of the month when Piriform Ltd issues another update to its popular Windows cleaning utility. This time, CCleaner 4.14 focuses on browsers – and Mozilla browsers in particular – with its latest release.

Version 4.14, also available in portable form, also improves Unicode support for its Startup tool amid a rash of other improvements.

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IObit Uninstaller 3.3 soups up Forced Uninstall tool, supports folder shredding
May 22, 2014 – 12:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

IObit Uninstaller 3.0IObit has released IObit Uninstaller 3.3, a minor update to its free, portable tool for more thoroughly removing programs from Windows.

Version 3.3 allows users to shred entire folders using the recently introduced File Shredder utility, plus improves the Forced Uninstall tool for removing stubborn programs.

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Clipboard History is a versatile text-only clipboard manager
May 22, 2014 – 09:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Clipboard History is a simple clipboard manager which remembers up to the last 20 text items copied to the clipboard, and makes them available for reuse later.

The program only supports text – not images, files or anything else – and so can seem a little basic. But don’t be fooled. There’s much more to Clipboard History than you might think.

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Nitro Pro 9.5 released, adds barcode creation, restores 64-bit build
May 22, 2014 – 07:33 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

nitropro-200x175Nitro has released a major new update to its award-winning PDF creation and editing tool with the release of Nitro Pro 9.5. The new build is accompanied by a resurrected native 64-bit build.

Version 9.5 introduces a new silent update mechanism to ensure users are always running the latest version, and adds support for creating and editing barcodes within Forms.

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