aria2 is an HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent downloader for the command line
April 2, 2014 – 09:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Downloading a file is usually very simple – just point your browser at the appropriate URL, and wait – so it’s hard to imagine why you might want to use a command line tool, instead.

Take a look at the open source aria2, though, and you might change your mind.

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O&O Syspectr debuts new email notification system
April 1, 2014 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

O&O Software has announced a major update for Syspectr, its remote PC monitoring and management service.

A new email notification system makes it much easier to define which events you’d like to track. A panel lists the event categories (“Security”, “Updates”, “Software”, more), and you can choose whether you’d like to be informed of problems, warnings or “information” alerts with a click.

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Discover and manage network devices with Advanced IP Scanner
April 1, 2014 – 07:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

As you’ll guess from its name, Advanced IP Scanner is a network scanner for Windows, which checks your network for connected devices and tells you more about them.

That doesn’t sound particularly interesting, especially as there are already so many similar tools around. But wait – Advanced IP Scanner does have some advantages which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Make sense of “unknown devices” with Hardware Identify
March 31, 2014 – 14:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Utilities developer has announced the availability of Hardware Identify, a tool which attempts to list the various devices on your PC – even if Device Manager (or other system information tools) currently show them as “unknown”.

Download, unzip and launch the program, and within a few seconds it displays a table listing all your hardware. Details include the device name, manufacturer, error code (if there’s currently a problem), class (USB, System, Port, Mouse and so on), driver version and hardware IDs. Clicking any column header sorts the list by that field.

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Manage music on your mobiles, tablets and PC for free with KiwiG PhoneTunes 2.5
March 31, 2014 – 08:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

KiwiG PhonTunesShunting music files between PC, Apple and Android is nothing new, but it can be a fiddly process if done manually, or expensive if you try to find a suitable third-party app to do the hard work for you. With the release of KiwiG PhonTunes 2.5, you can now enjoy quick and easy music transfer – including directly between Android and Apple – for free.

Version 2.5 has just been launched with a completely redesigned user interface, support for local music management and a built-in music player.

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Anki: an easier way to study almost anything
March 29, 2014 – 17:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Anki’s developer describes the project as “a program which makes remembering things easy”. That sounds a little vague, but it’s also very accurate. Anki is a smart and versatile flashcard-based tool which really can help you remember just about anything.

The program allows you to create, download and edit flashcards. Each card has a question on one side, its answer on the other. This could be simple text – a deck on capital cities might use “France”, “Paris” – but Anki also supports graphics, audio, video, even scientific markup (via LaTeX), so there’s plenty of scope to be inventive.

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Search and replace text in multiple files at the same time
March 28, 2014 – 15:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Most editors make it easy to replace text in the current document. Searching across multiple documents can be more challenging. And if you often need to replace text across a large number of files, perhaps of various formats, then it’s probably wise to call in some specialist help.

Multiple Search and Replace is a powerful free tool which can search multiple files – plain text, PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, archives and more – for the text you specify, then optionally replace it.

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Opera Next 21 sports hardware-accelerated Aura shell, promises more responsive UI
March 28, 2014 – 14:01 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera NextOpera has moved version 21 of its web browser for Windows and Mac from the Developer (alpha) stream to the Next (beta) stream with the release of Opera Next 21. Most of the changes are system ones, designed to improve performance, but some other interesting tweaks have been implemented.

The move to the Next stream is part of the browser’s rapid-release development cycle, which brought Opera into line with rival browsers Chrome and Firefox.

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Create interface mockups in minutes with Pencil
March 28, 2014 – 13:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PencilIt’s no secret that interface design is difficult. Very, very difficult. Even the biggest and best companies regularly make big mistakes.

There are ways to improve your chance of success, though – and you could start by creating a prototype of your app, program or website in the open source Pencil.

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Migrate to a new PC with ease thanks to the O&O Migration Kit – now on special offer
March 28, 2014 – 13:39 by Nick Peers in Featured, News, Promos | No Comment

Laplink PCmoverThe bells are finally tolling for Windows XP as End of Life rolls ominously closer. And while XP itself won’t suddenly stop working once April 8th rolls around, sticking with it long term is no longer a viable choice.

If you’ve realised the plunge is ready to be taken, then before diving in make sure you have the right tools ready to migrate from old PC or version of Windows to new. And the tools you need can be found in the O&O Migration Kit for Windows 8.

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HTML to PDF Tools: a different kind of PDF converter
March 28, 2014 – 08:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are lots of HTML to PDF conversion tools around, and most work in the same way: they’ll process the HTML code, convert it into an image, and save this as a series of JPEGs in the finished PDF.

This works, but the results are basic, image quality will be lost, and there can be various other problems (you might have to install a virtual printer driver, there could be dependencies on other software).

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