My Family Tree 4.0 extends GEDCOM support
October 6, 2014 – 11:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Chronoplex Software has updated its free genealogy tool My Family Tree to version 4.0 with various small improvements.

The program’s relationship calculator – which displays the connection between any two individuals in the tree – now supports marriage (in law) and step relationships.

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OpenClonk 5.0 adds Worlds League, new scenarios, music, more
October 6, 2014 – 09:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

OpenClock.org has announced the release of OpenClonk 5, a major new version of its open source Worms/ Settlers/ Minecraft/ Terraria- like action game.

The new release adds two missions targeted at new players, two more “which can provide a challenge for the more experienced Clonkers”, and “an action-packed, cooperative scenario where you defend against waves of attackers”.

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Blender 2.72 adds new effects, tools and radial Pie menu feature
October 6, 2014 – 07:32 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Blender logoNon-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.72, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build finally debuts a long-anticipated “Pie menus” feature.

Also improved are the Cycles Render tools, animation editor UI improvements, a new “Face split by edges” modelling tool and new Sun Beams compositing effect.

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FixWin 2.0 for Windows 8 solves 50+ PC problems
October 4, 2014 – 04:54 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

The Windows Club has released FixWin 2.0 for Windows 8, a Windows 8/ 8.1-specific edition of its portable PC troubleshooting tool.

As before, the program lists 50+ common problems and symptoms across a range of categories: “File Explorer”, “Internet & Connectivity”, “Modern UI” and so on.

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Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 released, makes Mac cloning and imaging easier than ever
October 3, 2014 – 07:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Carbon Copy ClonerBombich Software has unveiled Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 for Mac, which it describes as “our biggest update ever”. The new build now requires OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later.

After 18 months of development, in which Bombich “tore CCC down to studs and completely rebuilt it on top of modern OS X facilities”, the new version boasts a brand new user interface, plus a host of new features, including the ability to edit scheduled tasks and a menu bar app.

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Lightweight Twitter client Tweetz Desktop goes open source
October 3, 2014 – 05:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Developer Mike Ward has announced that his lightweight Windows 7+ Twitter client Tweetz Desktop is now open source.

The program is essentially a desktop gadget, a simple tool with various timeline views, optional audio alerts for updates, a search tool and a compose window where you can drag and drop images and shorten links.

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First look: Windows 10 Technical Preview
October 2, 2014 – 16:26 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Windows 8 was a bold move by Microsoft, with some radical changes. But they were rejected by many users, who saw the system as focusing on tablets and touch at the expense of the desktop.

Windows 10 Technical Preview is Microsoft’s most comprehensive response so far. It’s an early preview of the next generation of Windows, something which tries to combine the best of both interface, and, crucially, gives users far more control over how they use their system.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview now available
October 1, 2014 – 18:36 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Technical Preview (64-bit build), an early look at the next generation of Windows with some major new features.

The Start Menu is back with a Windows 8 twist, live tiles keeping you up-to-date as your browse your various applications.

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WebSite X5 Evolution 11.0 debuts major new features, interface tweaks and feature improvements
October 1, 2014 – 11:14 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WebSite X5 11.0Incomedia has released major new versions of its wizard-driven web-building tool with the launch of WebSite X5 Free 11.0 and WebSite X5 Evolution 11.0.

Version 11.0 comes with a redesigned user interface and restructured five-step design process as well as enhanced template tools and page creation process alongside other improvements.

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NirSoft’s OpenSaveFilesView displays recently opened/ saved files
October 1, 2014 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

NirSoft has released OpenSaveFilesView, a tiny portable tool which displays files opened and saved by the standard Windows Open and Save dialogs.

This has various potential applications, from reminding yourself where you saved that document last week, to getting an idea what someone else might be doing on a PC.

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O&O SafeErase 8 brings smart Explorer integration
October 1, 2014 – 07:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Berlin developer O&O Software has unveiled O&O SafeErase Professional 8 ($29.95), a new edition of its commercial secure deletion tool.

Version 8 delivers enhanced Explorer integration. If you spot files or folders you need to delete permanently, right-click them, select SafeErase, and there’s no waiting for the full program to load: a simple dialog now quickly appears with the core options you need.

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