Windows 10 Transformation Pack 3.0 and Windows 10 UX Pack 3.0 released
April 29, 2015 – 10:41 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Windows 10 Transformation PackWindowsX has released Windows 10 UX Pack 3.0 and Windows 10 Transformation Pack 3.0, new builds for its Windows skinning tools.

Each tool allows users to emulate the forthcoming Windows 10 user interface on PCs running older versions of Windows from XP upwards, the difference being that the UX Pack is less radical and promises not to touch any system files, making it easier and safer to use.

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Caddy is a hassle-free web server
April 29, 2015 – 10:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CaddyRunning your own local web server can make it easier to develop and test websites, but there’s one small obstacle to install first: you’ll have to find, download and install one, and figure out how to set it up.

Caddy is a simple but surprisingly capable server which cuts through the usual hassle and can handle simple sites with no configuration at all.

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Scan your Mac for malware with KnockKnock UI
April 29, 2015 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KnockKnock UIWindows malware may get all the attention, but OS X can be vulnerable too, and if you think your Mac might be infected by something dubious then it’s important to take a closer look.

KnockKnock UI is a tiny free application which lists persistently installed Mac software (modules which are loaded when your system starts), submits them to VirusTotal for checking with 50+ antivirus engines, and reports the results.

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treev is a Chrome search bar for your cloud files
April 28, 2015 – 12:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

treevIn theory, storing your files in the cloud means you can access them from anywhere. But in practice, there’s often a complication: you’ll have to find them first.

Treev is a free Chrome extension which can search all your Google Drive, Dropbox, Trello or Box accounts from a single search bar.

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Opera FINAL 29 adds tab sync across devices, customisable keyboard shortcuts
April 28, 2015 – 09:31 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Opera 29 FINAL has been released for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, bringing major improvements for those who like to browse across a range of devices with the ability to sync tabs between mobile and desktop platforms.

Version 29 also adds support for customisable keyboard shortcuts as well as a new indicator tool to help pinpoint which browser tab audio is being played from. The update also includes some useful minor tweaks too.

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Create, convert, encrypt, annotate, and watermark PDFs with PDF-Pro
April 28, 2015 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDF-ProIf you need to work with PDFs then you’ve probably built up a whole library of tools to help out: a viewer, a creator, maybe a conversion tool, something else to split or merge files, and the list goes on.

EPapyrus PDF-Pro tries to replace all of these – and a whole lot more – with a single free (for personal use, $49 otherwise) package.

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Synfig Studio’s 2D animation suite hits version 1.0
April 28, 2015 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Synfig StudioAfter more than 18 months of intense development, open source 2D animation tool Synfig Studio has at last hit version 1.0.

The release brings a pile of professional features, including a complete bone system with automatic shape deformation, a new cutout tool, a dynamics converter with automatic friction effects, a bitmap painting engine, initial support for bitmap frame-by-frame animation, and more.

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Find the best wifi networks around the world with wiMAN
April 27, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

wiMANRestaurants, malls, trains, hotels: it can feel as though wifi is everywhere these days. Until you’re travelling, when you can still spend an age trying to find a network, only to find it’s password-protected or the local winner of Slowest Wifi 2015.

WiMAN is a free wifi manager for Android and iOS which can display a map of all your local wifi networks, along with estimates of distance (x minutes by foot/ car), and flagging them as “verified” (another wiMAN user has connected), “authentication provided” (another user has connected but you need a user name/ password) or “not verified” (no-one has connected yet).

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NovaBACKUP 17 brings installation assistance, phone/ email tech support
April 24, 2015 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

NovaBACKUPNovaStor has announced the release of its industrial-strength backup solution for Windows, NovaBACKUP 17 (priced from $49.95 for PCs, $349.95 for servers).

The update sees NovaStor’s remote installation service “Setup Assistance” included with the sale of every server product: a 30-minute online appointment with a product technician who will remotely install NovaBACKUP, configure it and schedule a first backup job for you.

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Create quality HTML prototypes with Pingendo
April 24, 2015 – 04:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PingendoPingendo is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG application for prototyping web pages. It uses Twitter’s Bootstrap as a base, and responsive web design support ensures your sites will adapt to fit phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

Getting started is as easy as dragging and dropping. Organise your layout; add lists, tables or forms; add some text, maybe a few images (single pictures, thumbnails, a carousel), and insert media objects including YouTube videos and Google Maps.

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Outlook for Android comes out of preview
April 23, 2015 – 09:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft Outlook for AndroidMicrosoft has dropped the “preview” tag from its free Outlook for Android app, following a host of recent updates and improvements.

The interface has received a colorful revamp, and been redesigned to better follow Android design principles.

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