iPhotoDraw 2.0 adds a pile of annotating extras
June 16, 2015 – 07:40 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

iPhotoDrawSimenu Wu has updated his freeware image annotator iPhotoDraw with a stack of essential new features.

There’s now a very complete set of line drawing tools – with/ without arrow, horizontal/ vertical elbow, polyline, Bezier, spline, freehand – and every aspect of a line’s arrowhead can now be customised: size, alignment, rotation, fill/ colour, thickness, opacity and more.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 8 adds boot-time defrag, System Advisor
June 16, 2015 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Auslogics BoostSpeedAuslogics has released Auslogics BoostSpeed 8, the latest edition of its freemium Windows maintenance suite.

The new build brings back System Advisor, which scans your system and suggests tweaks (programs to uninstall, Windows services you can disable, system settings which aren’t optimized – there are 56 recommendation types in total).

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How to protect your LastPass account from hackers
June 16, 2015 – 06:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

lastpass_ios-200x175So, the unthinkable has happened for millions of LastPass [http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/2214-lastpass] customers worldwide: LastPass’s servers have been hacked, and user data stolen. The good news – if it could be said to be good – is that your passwords are almost certainly safe… For now.

Doing nothing shouldn’t be seen as an option, so what can you do to ensure your LastPass account remains as tightly sealed as can be?

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Clean up your PC with Empty Folder Finder
June 16, 2015 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Empty Folder FinderEmpty Folder Finder is a tiny portable freebie which lists empty folders on your PC, then optionally allows you to delete anything you don’t need.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but what’s interesting about this one is you can also have it list “nearly empty” folders, anything with just a few small files.

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Optimize CSS and JavaScripts with Scriptm
June 15, 2015 – 07:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScriptmOne easy way to improve website performance is to optimize your graphics, and tools like FileOptimizer can significantly cut file size without any loss in quality.

If you’re looking to save every last byte then you could also try to strip down your JavaScripts or CSS files. FileOptimizer can handle that, too, but Scriptm is a free script optimizer for Windows 7+ which gives you a little more control.

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Download images from a Twitter account with dhIMG Twitter
June 15, 2015 – 05:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

dhIMG TwitterIt’s easy to browse the images on a Twitter account. Saving them is more of a challenge. Even the right-click menu may not have a “Save Image As” option.

DhIMG Twitter is a tiny free tool for Windows which avoids all these hassles by directly downloading the images (but not the videos) for a named account.

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Review: Nitro Pro 10
June 12, 2015 – 12:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Nitro Pro has been the budget alternative to Adobe’s expensive Acrobat PDF conversion and editing tool for a number of years now.

It’s been 18 months since Nitro Pro 9.0 was released, which added a smattering of minor new tools and refinements, and version 10 continues in the same vein, unveiling a handful of new tools, some useful improvements and the promise of better performance – up to 40% faster in fact.

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Norton Security 2016 beta is faster, Windows 10-ready
June 12, 2015 – 09:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Norton SecuritySymantec has announced public betas for Norton Security 2016 and Norton Security with Backup 2016.

This isn’t a major update, as the company admits, saying: “None of the changes we’ve made will be directly visible to you.” There are just a few under-the-hood changes to improve performance, while the package is now fully Windows 10-ready.

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Acronis True Image 2016 beta adds mobile backup, Try&Decide is back
June 12, 2015 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Acronis True Image 2016Acronis has unveiled the first public beta of Acronis True Image 2016 for Windows XP+ and Mac.

The headline addition this time is continuous mobile cloud backup for up to 10 iOS or Android devices.

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Take full control of your file system with NTFS Permissions Tools
June 12, 2015 – 05:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NTFS Permissions ToolsNTFS permissions are a great way to control exactly what users can access on your system, at least in theory. So it’s a shame that their standard Windows interface is so complex and tedious, yet still doesn’t give you access to all the features you might need,

NTFS Permissions Tools is a free portable utility which makes it easier to perform some common security tasks, and adds a few expert-level bonus features as well.

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Five free desktop comic viewers
June 11, 2015 – 10:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CDisplayExDigital comics often arrive in comic book archive files, with extensions like cbz, cbr, cbt, cb7 or cba. These aren’t commonly used outside the comic world and it may not be immediately obvious how to view them.

Fortunately, it’s quite easy, and you might be able to do it right away. These are just regular archives and something like 7-Zip can extract their contents just like anything else (right-click > 7-Zip > Extract…). Every page will be saved as a separate image.

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