Capture, record, annotate and share your desktop with Grabilla
July 4, 2014 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When it comes to capturing the Windows desktop, you’ve no shortage of options, and we’ve covered many of them here: SnagIt, QIP Shot, HotShots and more.

Of course there’s always room for another, and Grabilla is an especially interesting example, as the program comes packed with unusual extras to help it stand out from the crowd.

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TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0 adds offline support, improves mapping features
July 4, 2014 – 06:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0TripAdvisor LLC has unveiled a major update to its iPhone app with the release of TripAdvisor for iOS 9.0. The free travel planning app gets – according to TripAdvisor – it’s “biggest update ever” with the new release.

The major highlight of version 9 is offline support, but other new features include a shortcut for returning to the home screen and the ability to now find and reserve tables at restaurants.

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Quickly remap your PC drives with Drive Letter Changer
July 4, 2014 – 05:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Utilities developer Sordum has released Drive Letter Changer, a portable tool which allows you to reassign PC drive letters in two or three clicks.

The program is small (a single executable under 400KB) and has a very basic interface: mostly just a table with a list of your current drive letters, their labels and names.

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Secryptor Basic 1.0 offers cross-platform file encryption with a Dropbox twist
July 3, 2014 – 11:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Secryptor Basic 1.0Privacy’s a big thing nowadays, and with the US government in particular leaning on big businesses to make it easier for user’s private data to be shared, you’ve a right to feel uneasy. Whether you’re looking to encrypt files on your PC or even add another layer of encryption to files before uploading them to the cloud or sharing via email, a raft of free tools are emerging to help you do just that.

One of the latest to hit the market – albeit in somewhat unfinished form – is a free tool for Mac and PC called Secryptor Basic 1.0.

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3 ways to improve your chess-playing skills
July 3, 2014 – 11:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mastering chess can be difficult. Very difficult. Even if you have time, patience and a gift for strategic thinking, you’ll still need to find plenty of challenging opponents to develop your skills.

Still, if you’re running short of real-life candidates then you could always turn to your computer, where there’s plenty of help for players of every level.

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SecurityXploded releases Browser Password Remover 1.0
July 3, 2014 – 07:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Utilities developer SecurityXploded has released Browser Password Remover, a free tool for managing stored passwords across a range of browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer [v7.x - v10.x], Google Chrome, Google Chrome Canary/SXS, CoolNovo, Opera, Comodo Dragon, SeaMonkey, SRWare Iron, Flock).

The program can be used as a simple password viewer. Launch it, click Show Passwords, and you’ll see all stored credentials for every supported browser.

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Stella 4.0 makes it easy and fun to emulate classic Atari 2600 VCS games
July 2, 2014 – 09:23 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Stella 4.0When it comes to tapping into our fondness for old computing and gaming platforms, Stella has always been at the forefront. This cross-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator first saw the public light of day back in 1996, and now – 18 years later – it may just have delivered it most significant update yet with the release of Stella 4.0.

Version 4, also available in 64-bit form, sees the emulator ported across to SDL2, which brings many new features and performance improvements.

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Check files for malware before they’re downloaded with VTzilla/ VTchromizer
July 2, 2014 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VirusTotal is an excellent free web service which scans any file for malware against 50+ of the top antivirus engines. But it can take a moment to use, as you must visit the site, choose the type of scan you need (file or link), then point VirusTotal in the right direction.

VTzilla and VTchromizer are Firefox and Chrome add-ons which simplify this process by integrating VirusTotal scanning options into the browser, enabling you to check any file or URL with one or two clicks.

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View your rooms in any colour with Dulux Visualizer
July 2, 2014 – 04:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

You’re bored with your home’s look. It’s time for a change. Repainting could make all the difference, but which colour scheme will work best? Dulux Visualizer is a smart iOS/ Android app which can show you. Just point your camera at the wall and it’s repainted, in real time, to match whatever colour you like.

This all starts by selecting your preferred colour. One option is to browse a colour picker covering the entire Dulux range. Alternatively, you’re able to take a picture of any scene and extract a colour you like.

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New company Icecream Apps debuts its freeware range
July 1, 2014 – 15:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Icecream Apps is a new company which recently launched three freeware Windows tools: Media Converter, PDF Split and Merge and Image Resizer. Polished and professional, available in several languages and with Mac versions available “pretty soon”, the software suggests Icecream wants to be taken seriously. We downloaded the new range for a closer look.

Icecream Media Converter is a free tool for converting video and audio files between all the main formats (and most of the minor ones). The program can import multiple local files, or download its source videos from web URLs, before converting them to your preferred device, audio or video format.

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Convert images directly from Explorer with SendTo-Convert
July 1, 2014 – 14:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image conversion tools are supposed to save you time, at least in theory, but after you’ve chosen your source files, specified exactly what you’re like to do with them, and set up your destination options, it doesn’t always feel that way.

Send-To Convert makes your life easier by allowing you to set up a conversion task, and run it directly from Explorer. At its simplest you might select a few images, right-click, select Send To > Send-To Convert, and that’s it: your images are converted right away.

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