Add style to your photos with ON1 Effects Free
April 6, 2016 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ON1 Effects FreeON1 Effects Free 10 is a collection of professional photo filters and effects which can be used stand-alone, and as Photoshop or Lightroom plugins.

Beginners can use the package much like other apps. Open an image, choose a preset – Cinematic, Color Grading, Haze Reduction, more – and just click a thumbnail to apply that effect.

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Vivaldi 1.0 FINAL released, promises uniquely customisable web browser for power users
April 6, 2016 – 05:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vivaldi200-175Vivaldi Technologies has unveiled Vivaldi 1.0 FINAL, the first stable release of a web browser aimed squarely at those who want full control over their web browsing experience.

Vivaldi has been developed by a team led by Jon S von Tetzchner, co-founder of rival Opera, and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Vivaldi’s moniker – ‘Not for everybody, just for you’ – highlights its different approach to other major web browsers.

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Ashampoo releases Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016, Ashampoo Backup 2016
April 5, 2016 – 06:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

GAshampoo Backup 2016erman developer Ashampoo has released two free programs: Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016, and Ashampoo Backup 2016.

Photo Optimizer 2016 is a stripped down version of the company’s commercial photo fixing tool, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6.

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Get the lowdown on your PCs storage devices with Diskovery
April 4, 2016 – 08:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

DiskoveryBvckup 2 developer Pipemetrics has released the first beta of Diskovery, a free system information tool which reveals all about your PC’s storage devices.

It’s a familiar idea, but Diskovery stands out for its thoroughness, using multiple technologies to discover and talk to drives.

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MacClean 3.0.5 promises to improve security and privacy as well as clean your Mac
April 4, 2016 – 06:14 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MacClean 3iMobie has released MacClean 3.0.5, a brand new version of its freeware Mac cleanup tool. The app, which boasts a large number of cleaning tools, returns with a new security bolt-on and completely redesigned user interface.

Version 3.0.5’s major new feature is the implementation of new privacy and security tools, the latter based around the open-source ClamAV malware scanning engine.

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Turn your PC into a wifi hotspot with NirSoft’s HostedNetworkStarter
April 2, 2016 – 07:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HostedNetworkStarterNirSoft has released HostedNetworkStarter, a free tool which turns your wifi-enabled PC or laptop into a wireless hotspot.

There’s no installation required, no network drivers or anything else involved: the program is just a simple front end for the standard Windows wifi hosted network feature.

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Adjust PDF brightness, contrast and gamma with YACReader
April 1, 2016 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YACReaderText-based PDFs are generally easy to read, with high contrast, crisp fonts, and a zoom tool if you need to check the small print.

PDFs of scanned images can be very different, especially if they’re old documents, maybe handwritten, and have faded over the years.

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Investigate your PC’s RAM use with ATM
March 31, 2016 – 07:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ATMATM is a portable tool which gives an in-depth, low-level look at your PC’s system memory use.

Forget the usual Task Manager clones, this is more about memory standby lists, the system file cache, Superfetch performance, page file effectiveness, even (on Windows 10) memory compression.

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Find, install and update popular PC software with RuckZuck
March 30, 2016 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RuckZuckMigrating to a new PC can be a lengthy and tedious business, especially if you have to manually find, download and install all the programs you had on your old system.

RuckZuck is an open source package manager which helps you manage the process in a few clicks.

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Evernote 6 Beta sees further user-interface revamp, existing features refined
March 30, 2016 – 07:01 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Evernote for Windows 6Evernote has unveiled Evernote for Windows 6.0.2 Beta, an early release version of the next major update of its desktop client for Windows users.

The new release sees another user interface revamp, plus focuses on refining existing tools rather than introducing major new features.

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Bitdefender releases free antiransomware tool
March 29, 2016 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

BitdefenderBitdefender Labs has released BDAntiRansomware, a free tool which keeps your PC safe from some of the most common ransomware threats.

The program “protects against known and possible future versions of the CTB-Locker, Locky and TeslaCrypt crypto ransomware families”, the company explained.

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