Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9.0 sports Windows 8-themed facelift, available for just $9.99
June 18, 2014 – 13:01 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9Emsisoft has released Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9.0, a brand new version of its dual-engine anti-malware tool for Windows users. Version 9.0 sports a major facelift, improved performance and “hundreds of detail improvements” for better usability.

To celebrate the release, users have a nine-day window in which to purchase 12 month’s protection for the special introductory price of just $9.99, a saving of 75 per cent on the usual MSRP.

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Greasemonkey 2.0 brings important security changes
June 18, 2014 – 10:35 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

greasemonkey-logo-200x175Firefox script manager Greasemonkey has been updated to version 2.0 with some important security tweaks.

The add-on now finally defaults to the unprivileged mode introduced in Greasemonkey 1.0, which means scripts must explicitly request the APIs they need with @grant. The developers say this shouldn’t pose a problem, as “many if not most or all scripts” work this way already, and the change won’t immediately affect installed scripts anyway. But if you then update, edit or reinstall a script which doesn’t follow the rules, it’ll probably break.

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1Password for Windows 4.0 released, tightens security, adds new features
June 18, 2014 – 10:22 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

1Password4Mac-200x175Toronto security firm AgileBits has completed its round of major updates to its secure password storage service with the release of 1Password for Windows 4.0. With version 4, AgileBits has revamped the Windows build, significantly closing the feature-set gap between it and the more fully developed Mac version.

Highlights of this release include tighter security, a number of significant new features and the promise of vastly improved performance, and follow on from the recent Android update.

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Create flowcharts, mind maps and more with Software Ideas Modeler
June 18, 2014 – 07:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you need to create a diagram then there are plenty of free options around, from basic drawing tools to more specialist freebies like NCH Software’s ClickCharts.

But if you’re looking for something serious, something industrial strength, with the power to handle a major project, the free (for non-commercial use) Software Ideas Modeler could be a great choice.

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Batch convert documents to PDF, PNG, TIF or JPG with DocuFreezer 1.0
June 17, 2014 – 13:19 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

DocuFreezer 1.0Anyone who’s tried Print Conductor will know how great it is for speeding up the wearisome process of printing out documents of different types in one go from your Windows PC.

Now the folk at fCoder are at it again, providing another free-for-personal-use tool to speed up batch processing. This time, however, DocuFreezer 1.0 is designed to speed up document conversion to PDF.

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Manage Windows services from the desktop with ServiceTray
June 17, 2014 – 13:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’re managing or troubleshooting a PC then it’s often useful to keep track of an important Windows service. The regular services applet handles the basics, but the free ServiceTray goes further with extra features and far better real-time feedback.

Setup is simple, mostly about choosing the service to be monitored (it only tracks one at a time) and your preferred system tray icon. ServiceTray can then generate an icon in the Startup folder, or your desktop, as required.

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Icaros enables Explorer thumbnails for almost any video type
June 17, 2014 – 11:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Windows Explorer does a reasonable job of displaying thumbnails for standard image types, but it’s not so good with videos. You might get lucky with a few basic formats, but others – FLV, MKV – are usually ignored, leaving you with basic placeholder thumbnails which tell you nothing at all.

If that sounds familiar then Icaros may be able to help. It’s a collection of Windows shell extensions, powered by a custom version of FFmpeg which can extract thumbnails from just about any media format every created.

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Stickies 8.0a allows text notes to contain images, adds desktop stack option
June 17, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Stickies 8.0aLooking for a digital solution to the raft of sticky notes plastered across your desk? ZHorn Software has just unveiled Stickies 8.0a, the first major update to its free desktop sticky tool for Windows since November 2012.

New features include support for inserting images in text stickies, the ability to stack desktop stickies together and periodic automatic backups.

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Extend your battery life with Comodo Battery Saver for Android
June 16, 2014 – 14:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

There’s no real secret to extending the battery life of your Android device: just keep your screen brightness and timeout to a minimum, while turning off, disabling or uninstalling everything you don’t really need.

Applying these tweaks at the right time is often a hassle, of course, and it could be simpler to allow the free Comodo Battery Saver to manage everything for you.

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Ashampoo Music Studio 5 adds Opus support, improves tag editor
June 16, 2014 – 11:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

German multimedia developer Ashampoo has announced the release of Ashampoo Music Studio 5, its all-in-one music management suite.

Improvements include an extended Analyze tool which checks your chosen audio files for common problems (missing tags, incorrect file extensions) and corrects them in a few clicks.

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MouseController records and replays your mouse actions
June 16, 2014 – 08:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Tedious PC tasks can sometimes by automated by scripting, command line switches, maybe an application’s own built-in scheduler. But if those options don’t work for you then you could try MouseController, a very lightweight tool which records and replays your mouse actions.

The program is absolutely tiny – a 32KB download – and doesn’t require installation. Just unzip it, launch the single executable and you’re ready to go.

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