Chrome 34 FINAL supports responsive images, extends password manager
April 9, 2014 – 12:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google has released Chrome 34 FINAL for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

The headline addition is support for srcset, a new HTML attribute which allows web developers to specify multiple copies of a single image, with a range of resolutions.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings new mouse-friendliness
April 9, 2014 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft has announced the public availability of Windows 8.1 Update 1 (32-bit build is here).

The release is essentially a service pack, with security updates, performance enhancements and other low-level tweaks, but the most obvious changes are to the Windows 8.1 interface.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 14 adds HEVC support, cloud storage/ sync
April 9, 2014 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink Corp has launched PowerDVD 14, the latest edition of its universal media player.

The top-of-the-range PowerDVD 14 Ultra now includes a free year’s subscription to 10GB of space on CyberLink Cloud. There’s new support for syncing media between PC and mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows 8), while auto-transcoding of videos, photos & music from PC to Cloud should improve performance.

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CopyQ: a seriously powerful clipboard manager
April 8, 2014 – 09:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The Windows clipboard is useful, but limited, not least because it can hold only one item at a time. Copy in something else and the first has gone forever.

Clipboard managers can help, though, and at first CopyQ seems like a very typical example. It lives in the system tray; in a click or two you can be viewing a list of recent clipboard items (text or images); and any of these can then be selected or pasted into the current document.

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Run more accurate benchmarks with NonCompressibleFiles
April 7, 2014 – 11:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Benchmarking data storage or transfer speeds can seem straightforward, at least in theory. Assemble a group of test files on your PC; store, copy, upload or download them, and measure how long this all takes. Easy, right?

Well, not necessarily. Compression could be an issue. You might measure how long it takes to save a bunch of files to an SSD, for instance, but if the drive uses compression – as many do – then the speed you see will vary according to your test data.

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Lurch: enter math in a document – and check it, too
April 7, 2014 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Lurch is an open source math word processor which allows you to create documents, insert a full mathematical argument, and validate it, too.

This isn’t just a matter of checking that “2+2=4″, either. The program also supports and “understands” algebra, calculus and proofs.

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Convert .REG Registry data into BAT, VBS or AU3 scripts with Reg Converter
April 5, 2014 – 13:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

REG files can be a very convenient way to import Registry data. Double-click them, Regedit launches, reads their contents and adds them to your Registry, all in just a few seconds.

There can still be problems, though. Your system may have blocked REG files for security reasons. You might want to import the data as part of an unattended installation, or maybe you just need more control of the import process.

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DropIt 7.0 drag-and-drop file management tool offers raft of improvements and new features
April 4, 2014 – 14:00 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

dropit-200x175Drag-and-drop file mamagement tool DropIt 7.0 has been released. The open-source tool, also available in portable form, includes a raft of improvements, new features and a handful of bug fixes.

DropIt, which sits as a floating icon on the desktop when installed, allows users to process folders and files quickly via drag-and-drop, with up to 15 different actions (including move, copy, send by mail and upload) supported.Read More »

LightShot: capture, edit and share your screengrabs online
April 4, 2014 – 11:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LightShot is a simple free tool which makes it very easy to take, edit and share your screengrabs online.

The program doesn’t force you to learn new hotkeys, for instance. To launch it you’ll just press PrtSc, as usual.

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Automatically move, copy, upload or download files with LimagitoX FileMover Lite
April 4, 2014 – 09:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Moving a few files around your system is simple, and you’ll probably just do it yourself: drag/ drop, copy/ paste, whatever it might be.

When you regularly need to process a lot of files, though, it might be quicker to automate the task with LimagitoX FileMover Lite.

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jAlbum 12: adds embedded web browser, drops ad-supported free build
April 3, 2014 – 17:22 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

jAlbum AB has released jAlbum 12, a major update of its popular web album builder.

A major interface revamp sees the program now include an embedded web browser (Chromium), enabling you to preview changes as soon as you adjust your project settings.

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