View, measure and convert DWG/ DXF files with Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017
March 26, 2016 – 11:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DWG TrueViewWe’ve talked about simple DWG/ DXF viewers before – de-caff, Mini CAD – but while they’re compact and easy to use, they won’t open everything: CAD formats are just too complex.

If accuracy and reliability are key, then you might prefer Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 – it’s from the people who developed the DWG format, so you can be sure it’ll open just about anything.

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Google Maps for iOS adds taxi services to route options
March 24, 2016 – 08:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Maps for iOSLess than a month after its last update, Google has rolled out Google Maps for iOS 4.17. The big news here is the addition of taxi services when comparing route options for six countries, including the US, UK and India.

Supported taxi services include Uber, plus 99Taxis (Brazil), Ola Cabs (India), Hailo (UK and Spain), mytaxi (Germany and Spain), and Gett (UK).

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Game Fire 5 ships with Windows 10 support, new optimization engine
March 24, 2016 – 07:54 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Game FireSmart PC Utilities has shipped Game Fire 5, the latest edition of its PC gaming performance booster.

This release brings official support for Windows 10 – both 32 and 64-bit editions – but finally sees Windows XP support dropped.

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Reclaim lost disk space on a USB key with imageUSB
March 24, 2016 – 05:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

imageUSBThere are many tools to help you customise a USB key. You could make it bootable, run one or more LiveCDs, lock it to prevent unauthorised access, create encrypted storage areas, and more.

This will often work just as you expect, but sometimes, when you try to use the key to store files again, you might find that some of its drive capacity has disappeared.

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CCleaner 5.16 FINAL tweaks browser cleaning tools
March 23, 2016 – 08:17 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform Software has released CCleaner 5.16 and CCleaner 5.16 Portable for Windows PCs.

Once again, the latest release focuses on fine-tuning the program’s browser-cleaning tools, with tweaks for Opera, Chrome and Edge the major highlights.

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Freeware screen recorder oCam adds mouse click effects
March 23, 2016 – 04:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

oCamFreeware desktop capture and recorder tool oCam has been updated to version 254 with new mouse effects.

It’s now possible to highlight left and right mouse clicks with various animations, making your actions much clearer to the viewer.

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Can malware detect that it’s running in your sandbox?
March 23, 2016 – 03:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Paranoid FishIf you think an application is suspicious, then you might run it in a sandbox, a virtual machine, maybe use a debugger, and watch what it does. And if nothing happens then that means it’s safe. Right?

Well, maybe not. Malware will often try to detect this kind of trickery, and if it thinks it’s being watched, won’t do anything to raise an alarm.

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ShareByLink is a signup-free file sharing service
March 22, 2016 – 07:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ShareByLinkShareByLink is an open-source file sharing service and application for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The package is all about simplicity. There’s no registration, no account to create, nothing to set up: just install the program, then right-click a file and select “Share file(s) online…”

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Create stylish video slideshows with ScatterShow
March 21, 2016 – 17:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScatterShowScatterShow is a video slideshow creator from Smith Micro Software. Formerly a $29.99 commercial product, it’s now free to anyone willing to provide their email address to the developer.

Is it worth a few minutes of your time? We grabbed a copy to find out.

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Manage, move and resize your desktop windows with WinDock
March 21, 2016 – 12:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WinDockWindows snapping can be a convenient way to reorganise your desktop: just drag and drop a window to the left of the screen, for instance, and it automatically resizes to fill the left half of the display.

Not everyone is a fan. There are only a few snapping features. Some people find they’re easily launched by accident. And apart from turning them off, there’s no real configuration available at all.

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Make image PDFs searchable with ORPALIS PDF OCR Free
March 20, 2016 – 05:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ORPALIS PDF OCRORPALIS PDF OCR Free is a Windows tool which converts image-based PDFs into fully searchable documents.

There’s none of the complexity you can get with full OCR tools. Instead ORPALIS PDF OCR Free provides a simple front end for its core OCR engine – the excellent Tesseract – and manages all the low-level settings itself.

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