Snagit 13.0 for Windows and Snagit 4.0 for Mac released, introduce Panoramic Capture and animated GIF tools
June 7, 2016 – 10:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SnagitTechSmith has released Snagit 13.0 for Windows, a major new release of its screen-capture, edit and share tool for Windows PCs. The release is accompanied by Snagit for Mac 4.0.

Headline new features include a Panoramic capture tool, redesigned Capture Windows on the PC platform and a number of new tools, including the ability to create GIFs from video recordings with a single click.

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Firefox 47 FINAL widens HTML5 video support to include DRM-protected streams
June 7, 2016 – 04:38 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 47 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 47 adds support for Google’s Widevine CDM, enabling compliant sites including Amazon Video to stream DRM-protected video natively using HTML5 rather than via a third-party video plugin.

Elsewhere the new build drops support for add-ons that use the Firefox User Extension Library, plus implements a tweak that allows pages in Reader Mode to be read aloud to the user.

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Shotcut is a versatile open-source video editor
June 7, 2016 – 01:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ShotcutShotcut is a powerful open-source video editor for Windows, Linux and Mac.

It’s quirky in places, not always easy to use, but spend a while learning the basics and you’ll find an array of high-end features to explore.

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Newsprompt displays breaking news on Chrome’s new tab page
June 6, 2016 – 02:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NewspromptNewsprompt is a free Chrome extension which finds, sorts and displays 50+ of the latest news stories on your new tab page.

The add-on scans 1,000+ top websites covering broad and niche categories, uses smart algorithms to remove any duplicates, and presents you with the results: a picture, headline, source and date per story.

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Explore deep space with Aladin
June 5, 2016 – 01:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AladinAladin is an interactive sky atlas enabling users to visualise and explore a host of astronomical images and data.

Or, if that sounds too complicated, you could just use it to look at gorgeous pictures of deep space. Which works for us.

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Typora is a distraction-free markdown editor
June 4, 2016 – 05:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TyporaTypora is a minimalist markdown editor for Windows and Mac.

Markdown is a simple language which uses plain text formatting to create rich text documents, but you don’t need to understand any of that to get started.

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Cut your animated GIF file sizes with GIF Optimizer
June 3, 2016 – 04:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GIF Optimizer FreeIf you’ve ever tried creating animated GIFs, you’ll have noticed that they can get very large, especially when using complex sources like TV footage.

That’s no great surprise – the format was designed for simple animations, not full colour video – but GIF Optimizer Free may help you shrink your file sizes.

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Auto-close unused Firefox tabs with Dustman
June 2, 2016 – 04:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DustmanYou can resize Firefox tabs, group them, send them to another window, but it won’t make any difference: there’s never quite enough tab space to go around.

Dustman is a free Firefox extension which helps out by automatically closing tabs which haven’t been used in the last 20 minutes.

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Manage virtual CD, DVD, HD-DVD or BD drives with ImgDrive
June 1, 2016 – 04:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ImgDriveImgDrive is a free tool which can mount multiple disc images as virtual CD, DVD, HD-DVD or BD drives.

The program works with iso, ccd, cue, isz, mds and nrg images.

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Tor Browser 6.0 released
May 31, 2016 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Tor ProjectThe Tor Browser team has announced the first stable release of Tor Browser 6.0.

This edition adds code-signing for OS X, which should allow Mac users to install Tor without any Gatekeeper hassles.

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Image to PDF or XPS is a portable PDF creator
May 31, 2016 – 03:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image To PDFImage to PDF or XPS is a compact tool which imports multiple image formats, saving the results to PDF or XPS files.

Supported source formats include BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF, WMF, EMF, XPS, JPG, JP2 and J2K files.

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