As the end draws near for Winamp, how to migrate your playlists elsewhere
December 5, 2013 – 11:32 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

winamp-200x175With just 15 days until it’s pulled from the web, the future is increasingly looking bleak for popular media player Winamp. Now is the time to download the latest version while you still can before backing it up in triplicate.

With its end fast approaching, rival media players are looking to bite into the Winamp market share. One such tool is Freemake Music Box 1.0, with its makers keen to point out you can easily import your existing Winamp music playlists into Freemake Music Box.

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Batch convert PDFs to image formats with PDF to JPEG Expert
December 5, 2013 – 11:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

PDFs are great for distributing information, but not so convenient when you need to reuse their content elsewhere. Fortunately there’s now a host of free tools able to convert PDFs into other formats, and the latest is the entirely free 4dots Software’s PDF to JPEG Expert.

The program is simple to use. At a minimum you might import one document or an entire folder; choose your preferred image dimensions and resolution, then click Convert and wait for the results.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 7 released
December 4, 2013 – 13:32 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

IObit UltimateSystem utilities developer IObit has announced the release of Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 7, it’s all-in-one security and system optimisation suite.

The new version sees IObit’s antivirus engine enhanced, with more scheduling options and an expanded malware database for better protection (and as before, you get the Bitdefender engine as well).

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Open files of any size with wxHexEditor
December 4, 2013 – 12:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

The PC world has plenty of hex editors; does it really need another? Our first thought was probably not, but that was before we’d spent a little time with the fast, feature-packed and extremely capable wxHexEditor.

Some hex editors have annoying limits on file sizes, for instance. But not this one. WxHexEditor can handle files up to 2^64 in size, that’s 16 billion gigabytes, which will probably be enough for the foreseeable future.

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Install multiple programs automatically with Silent Install Helper
December 4, 2013 – 09:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

When you need to install several programs, perhaps because you’re configuring a new PC, then the obvious approach is just to run one setup program after another. It’s simple, straightforward, and will work. But it also takes a while, as you’re forced to repeat more or less the same tedious procedure each time: look at the splash screen, choose an installation folder, agree to the licence, and so on.

Silent Install Helper can make this very much easier, by running any supported installers silently. Point the program at 1, 10 or a hundred setup programs, it’s not a problem – they can all then be installed automatically, no user interaction required, the applications will just appear on your hard drive with their default settings.

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TeamViewer 9 out; adds Wake-on-Lan, tabbed interface, easier file transfer
December 3, 2013 – 12:55 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Remote access tool TeamViewer has left beta and been officially upgraded to version 9 with a host of time-saving tweaks and tools.

The new release makes it much easier to start work. A Wake-on-LAN feature allows you to wake up computers remotely; desktop shortcuts for any computer can get you connected with a double-click; and you can carry out simple file transfers without having to first establish a connection.

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Wavosaur now available in 64-bit
December 3, 2013 – 11:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Tiny yet powerful audio editor Wavosaur has been updated to version

This release introduces a native 64-bit edition, which allows the program to access all your RAM, and load 64-bit VST plugins.

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Biscuit deletes unwanted Firefox cookies, keeps everything else
December 3, 2013 – 10:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’d like to preserve your online privacy then it can be a good idea to clear your Firefox cookies, but there’s usually a price to pay. Even if you’re careful, the chances are you’ll delete genuinely useful cookies, and be forced to manually log in when you revisit some of your favourite sites.

Install the Firefox add-on Biscuit, though, and cookie management becomes much easier. It allows you to mark particular items for preservation, which means you’re then able to delete just the unwanted cookies while keeping everything else.

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GIMP 2.8.10 squashes more bugs, now works in OS X Mavericks
December 2, 2013 – 13:13 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

GIMPLogo200-175Popular open-source image-editing tool GIMP 2.8.10 FINAL has been released by the GIMP Development Team. The latest version of the cross-platform image editor includes a key fix that restores compatibility in OS X Mavericks, plus tweaks the Save/Export code to simplify both operations.

The new release is accompanied by the release of version 2.8.1 of the GIMP Manual, an online version of which can be accessed here.

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TunnelBear: an easier way to stay anonymous online
December 2, 2013 – 11:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VPN software can be great for browsing anonymously, bypassing trackers, perhaps avoiding some web censorship. But it can also be awkward to set up, tricky to use, with all kinds of potential pitfalls and issues to consider.

TunnelBear is, fortunately, a little different. It’s a solid and reliable VPN service with all the functionality you need (and more, probably), but smart design means it also keeps any of the usual hassles to an absolute minimum.

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Set window size, transparency, “always on top” with SmartSystemMenu
December 2, 2013 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

SmartSystemMenu is a small, open-source tool which adds five useful functions to your application window system menu.

“Information” displays various details about the window and its process. Most are aimed at developers (Handle, Class, Style), but the Process tab presents the full path of its executable, handy when you need to know where it’s stored.

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