Automatically optimise an entire folder of photos with Perfectly Clear Desktop
May 5, 2014 – 10:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Athentech Imaging is best known for its Perfectly Clear Photoshop/ Lightroom plugins, clever tools which can optimise thousands of photos, entirely automatically.

At $199 each, this technology isn’t for everyone. But if you’d like to get a feel for how it works, Athentech is currently working on a standalone equivalent, Perfectly Clear Desktop, and the beta is free to download and try.

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XBMC 13.0 FINAL released, adds stereoscopic 3D support, Android hardware decoding
May 5, 2014 – 08:16 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

XBMC 13.0After a relatively short two-month period in beta, Team XBMC has released XBMC 13.0 FINAL. Codenamed “Gotham”, XBMC 13 is packed full of new features and improvements across all platforms.

The open-source cross-platform media powerhouse gains support for Android hardware decoding, and stereoscopic 3D rendering, plus promises improved touchscreen support, UPnP capabilities and a radically reworked audio engine.

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Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium 2
May 5, 2014 – 06:14 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off

Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium 2

Install a good antivirus tool and it’ll keep you safe from most online threats. But there are no 100% guarantees, of course, and it’s possible that some malware will avoid detection and sneak through the cracks.

One way to reduce the risk of infection is to install a “second opinion” scanner, which runs alongside your main antivirus engine and – hopefully – detects any threats it might miss.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been a popular “second opinion” scanner since 2008. Its free version is good, but the commercial Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium goes further, offering real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and the ability to block malicious websites.

It’s an appealing feature list, especially as the program gives you all this without conflicting with existing security tools. But how does it work in real life? We downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium 2 to take a look.

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Google launches standalone Google Docs and Google Sheets app for Android, offers offline access as carrot
May 2, 2014 – 12:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Google Docs and SheetsGoogle has released standalone apps for viewing and editing text documents and spreadsheets through its Google Drive service. Both Google Docs 1.3 and Google Sheets 1.3 offers users lightweight alternatives to the main Google Drive app.

The key difference marking out these standalone versions from the more comprehensive Google Drive app is support for offline editing of files.

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Microsoft OneNote for Mac 15.1 adds new features, still lags behind Windows version
May 2, 2014 – 07:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Microsoft OneNoteMicrosoft has released OneNote for Mac 15.1, the first major update to its note-taking tool that was released back in March.

Version 15.1 comes with printing support, a new Format Painter tool and support for embedding web links. It’s joined by OneNote for iPhone 2.2.1, which is now capable of creating notebooks and sections from scratch as well as bundling Office Lens functionality for document scanning.

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Windows 8 UX Pack and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.1 ship with major bug fixes
May 1, 2014 – 11:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Transformation UX Pack 8.0WindowsX has refreshed its pair of skinning tools with the dual release of Windows 8 UX Pack 8.1 for PCs running Windows 7, and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.1 for earlier versions of Windows, including XP.

The latest version of the tools, which aim to give users the Windows 8.1 look and feel in earlier versions of Windows, have been updated to squash bugs and generally improve each pack’s stability.

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Find, browse and reuse PowerShell scripts with Microsoft Script Browser
May 1, 2014 – 10:20 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has released Script Browser 1.1, an excellent PowerShell ISE add-on which makes it easy to find, view and download PowerShell scripts.

The program equips the ISE with a simple TechNet search tool. Enter a keyword or two here, click Enter and it displays a list of any matches, including script name, rating, description and author. Double-clicking displays more details – including the script itself – and you can copy it to the clipboard, or open it in the ISE.

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doPDF 8.0 gains Microsoft Office add-in, preserves Word bookmarks and hidden links
April 30, 2014 – 13:16 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

doPDF 8.0Softland has released doPDF 8.0, a major new release of its free PDF printer driver that allows Windows users to output any document in PDF format for sharing or viewing.

Version 8.0 adds the NovaPDF plug-in for converting Microsoft Office documents from within Office with one click. It also comes with new predefined forms to take the total number supported to over 80.

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Anvi OneStart is a Start Menu replacement with a (small) difference
April 30, 2014 – 11:23 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Anvisoft has released Anvi OneStart, a Start menu replacement for Windows 8.

If you’re thinking “not another one”, then we know what you mean, but this one is a little different: it can also be set up to show the Start Screen, but on the desktop – not maximised.

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Ditch the Firefox Australis look with Classic Theme Restorer
April 30, 2014 – 08:18 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | Comments Off

Firefox 29 FINALHi, my name’s Nick and I like the new Firefox Australis user interface. There, I’ve said it. However, it seems an awful lot of you hate the new look unveiled in Firefox 29, which is why you’ll want to install the Classic Theme Restorer 1.1.8 add-on immediately.

As its title suggests, Classic Theme Restorer pretty much dumps everything Australis introduces, except the new menu accessible via the hamburger-like button on the main Firefox toolbar. In its place is the Firefox you know and love, complete with Firefox button in Windows.

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Windows Repair 2.7.0 improves Windows 8/8.1 support, tweaks permission handling
April 30, 2014 – 06:43 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Windows Repair 2.7.0The website has released Windows Repair 2.7.0, a major update to its collection of Windows fix-it tools. Also available in portable form, version 2.7.0 adds a new start-up check for reliability purposes.

The new release also includes a new repair tool – Repair Service Permissions – to take the total number of fix-it tools to 30, and has been rewritten in parts to work better with Windows 8 and 8.1 machines.

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