SUPER 2015 Build 65 gets H.265 support
June 2, 2015 – 08:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SUPERERightSoft’s veteran encoder SUPER has been updated to build 65 with new support for playing and encoding HEVC/H.265 4K video streams.

There’s no extra work involved to make this happen. Just choose an Output Video Codec as usual, and HEVC/H.265 appears in the “may not play on QuickTime” list for any appropriate container.

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Explore the innards of any file with Binary Viewer
June 2, 2015 – 07:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Binary ViewerYou’ve found a strange file. Maybe it has no extension. Perhaps it’s an unexpected email attachment. Could it be malware? You’d like to see what it contains. Sounds like a case for Binary Viewer.

This free program is a tiny download, with no installation required, and if you’ve ever used a hex editor you’ll immediately feel at home. Open your target file, it’s displayed in the usual Hex/ ASCII views, and you can browse the contents as required.

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GlassWire network monitor debuts commercial builds
June 1, 2015 – 07:05 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

GlassWireThe excellent free Windows network monitor GlassWire is now also available in Basic ($49), Pro ($99) and Elite ($199) versions.

All three builds have extra security features. “Ask to connect” blocks new network connections until they’re approved by you; “Lock down mode” blocks everything until you turn it off; a wifi monitor lists everything on your network and alerts you when devices join or leave.

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Quickly edit and share screen grabs with ScreenShooter
June 1, 2015 – 04:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenShooterSharing a screen capture with someone else can require many steps. You might take the screenshot, save it as a file, maybe attach that to an email, add a few text notes, then click Send and wait.

ScreenShooter is a free portable tool which allows you to capture an image, add text or highlighting, and share it immediately via the program’s own server.

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ExeWatch warns you of new executables
May 29, 2015 – 07:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExeWatchThere are many ways an attacker might try to compromise your PC, and one common option is to download and run an executable without your knowledge. If your antivirus engine doesn’t recognise the threat then that could leave you with a serious problem.

Run ExeWatch and it might be a different story. The program watches your local drives, looking out for new executable files, and raises an alert the moment anything appears – downloaded, extracted from an archive, written by some other program, whatever it might be. It has no malware-removal abilities, but that early warning may still save you a lot of pain.

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Pixelmator for iOS 2 launched, adds iPhone support
May 28, 2015 – 07:44 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Pixelmator for iOSThe Pixelmator Team has unveiled Pixelmator for iOS 2.0.1, a major new release for its renowned image-editing tool for Apple mobile devices.

It’s a landmark release because version 2’s headline new feature is that it now runs happily on all iOS 8-powered mobiles: iPad, iPhone and even the iPod touch 5G. This is joined by a number of signficant new features and improvements.

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Edit and explore Flash SWFs with Free Flash Decompiler
May 28, 2015 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Free Flash DecompilerIf you need to know more about a Windows executable then there are plenty of low-level tools which can help: PEStudio analyses the file itself, Resource Hacker gives you access to its icons and images, Process Monitor records what it does, and so on.

Flash files – SWFs – aren’t as well supported, but you do have a few options, and JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler is one of the best.

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Quickly create stylish icons with Seanau Icon Toolkit
May 27, 2015 – 09:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Seanau Icon ToolkitCreating Windows icons can be a challenge. Regular image editors aren’t optimised for the process – that’s if they have ICO support at all – while specialist icon designers are often bulky and complex.

Seanau Icon Toolkit is a free icon editor which applies a few tricks to make the process much more straightforward.

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CCleaner 5.06 FINAL released – adds support for forthcoming Microsoft Edge and IE12 browsers
May 27, 2015 – 08:41 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform has unveiled its routine monthly update to CCleaner with the release of CCleaner 5.06 for Windows PCs. The new release is also available as a portable build.

There’s only one new feature of note in this latest release, and it’s currently restricted to Windows 10 users. Nevertheless, a number of other improvements make it an essential update for existing users.

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Autoruns 13.4 displays Office add-ins, more startup locations
May 27, 2015 – 03:33 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AutorunsMicrosoft Sysinternals has announced the latest round of updates for its stellar PC maintenance tools.

Startup program detector Autoruns 13.4 now reports Office add-ins, showing you the associated DLLs, their location and VirusTotal score.

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Convert archives between formats with ArcConvert
May 26, 2015 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ArcConvertIf you’re an experienced computer user then you probably don’t spend much time thinking about archive formats. You’ve just installed something like 7-Zip and are ready to extract whatever you find.

Not everyone is as well equipped, though, so if you’re sharing something like a .gz with others then it might be wise to convert it to a more basic .zip, first.

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