PowerArchiver 2015 adds new Explorer preview extension, tweaks user interface
November 27, 2014 – 07:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

powerarchiver-iconConeXware has unveiled a huge update to its Windows archiving software in the form of PowerArchiver 2015 v15.0. The paid-for tool offers support for a wide range of archiving formats presented in a user-friendly interface.

Version 15 focuses on delivering a large number of shell extension updates – including new PowerArchiver Mini tool – as well as interface changes, support for new formats, new skinning system and improvements to various supplementary apps.

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Xshell is a one-stop SSH, SFTP terminal emulator
November 27, 2014 – 05:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

XshellMost internet resources are accessed through a web interface, which means they’re normally very easy to use. You might have menus, text prompts, graphics, maybe wizards to walk you through whatever you’re trying to achieve.

For more low-level control, though – micro-managing your own web space, maybe setting up a remote server – you might still need a terminal emulator like the free-for-personal-use Xshell 5.

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Get free real-time backup/ versioning with AutoVer
November 26, 2014 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AutoVerAutoVer is a small, simple, and surprisingly capable free backup tool. Not only can the program monitor folders, detecting new and modified files, and backing them up in real time – it can maintain a library of their previous versions, too.

The program opens with a very straightforward interface. No menus, no complex dialogs or status displays, just a four-column table and a small toolbar.

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CCleaner 5 FINAL released – unveils redesigned user interface, improved Chrome support
November 26, 2014 – 06:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerJust weeks after unveiling a public beta, Piriform has released CCleaner 5.0 FINAL for Windows PCs. Also available as a portable build, version 5 shows off a new interface design.

The new release also widens support for Google Chrome, promises improved performance, detection and stability, and unveils optimised 64-bit builds for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

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Select random files in Explorer with Random Selection Tool
November 25, 2014 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Random Selection ToolLaunch Windows Explorer and typically you’ll have some specific task in mind: a particular folder you need check, some files you’d like to open.

Occasionally, though, your requirements might be a little more vague. You want to watch a video, maybe, or play some music, but you don’t know and can’t decide which files to choose.

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Comodo Dragon 36.1 unveils new Chromium-based look, tightens privacy tools
November 25, 2014 – 07:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Comodo Dragon 2014Comodo has unveiled a controversial new version of its Chromium-based browser with the release of Comodo Dragon 36.1.

The version number reveals that the browser is now based on version 36 of Google’s open-source Chromium browser, but the new release has already divided users with its major user interface changes. It also unveils an improved PrivDog privacy tool, plus fixes several issues with Adobe Flash.

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Batch rename your photos with Exif ReName
November 24, 2014 – 14:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Exif ReNameEveryone has their own idea of how digital photos should be named. This might change from time to time, cameras usually produce something entirely different, and the end result can be a hard-to-browse tangle of mismatched images.

It’s a familiar story, but the open source Exif ReName tries to restore order by renaming and sorting your pictures based on the date and time they were taken.

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Evernote for Mac 6 gets Yosemite-inspired redesign; Work Chat feature unveiled across all major platforms
November 24, 2014 – 10:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

evernote-200x175Evernote Corporation has released major updates across its four biggest platforms with Evernote for Mac 6.0, Evernote for Windows 5.7.2, Evernote for iOS 7.6.2 and Evernote for Android 6.2.

All four platforms roll out a new collaborative feature named Work Chat, while Evernote for Mac 6 also unveils a new Yosemite-friendly redesign. Evernote Premium users also gain a new business card scanning feature in Evernote for Android.

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Block webcam hijacking with WebCam On-Off
November 24, 2014 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebCam On-OffWebcam hijacking has been around for a long time, but recent stories about websites streaming live footage from thousands of hacked webcams have placed it firmly back in the headlines.

Fully protecting your own webcam requires tough security measures. A quality antivirus engine, smart firewall, strong passwords.

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Handbrake 0.10 adds H.265, ends XP support
November 23, 2014 – 18:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HandbrakePopular open source video transcoder Handbrake has been updated to version 0.10 with some major additions and improvements.

New encoders include Intel Quick Sync Video, a speedy hardware-based H.264 encoder. Basic H.265 support is provided by x265 1.4, while WebM’s libvpx can encode VP8 to MKV files (and sees Theora deprecated).

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Quick Review: UnityPDF
November 22, 2014 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

UnityPDFUnityPDF would like to be the tool of choice for batch PDF processing. It can split or merge files, extract all or selected pages, divide one file into several, rotate every page in a file, insert pages from one file into another, password-protect or set permissions for your PDFs, even display or clean metadata.

That’s a solid set of features, and we were interested to see that UnityPDF had once been a commercial product, if only briefly (it’s now free for any use). Time for a closer look.

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