Zoom images online with Power Zoom (Chrome)
November 17, 2014 – 07:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Power ZoomPower Zoom is a Chrome extension which makes it easier to browse thumbnail images online.

There’s no clicking, no opening images in a new page or tab, no need to click Back afterwards: just hover your mouse cursor over the thumbnail, the linked full-size image is downloaded, and displayed in a pop-up over the current page. Move your mouse away, it disappears, and you can repeat the process elsewhere.

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Files 2 Folder: a faster way to sort, organise and move your files
November 16, 2014 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Files 2 FolderOrganising files in Windows can be a tedious experience. You’ll view your source files, maybe create a few destination folders, select each group of files, move them to their new home… Then start all over again.

Sounds familiar? Then Files 2 Folder might appeal. It’s a free Explorer extension which can automatically move files into new folders based on your preferred rules.

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CCleaner 5.0 first beta gets a flat new(-ish) look
November 15, 2014 – 14:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform has released the first beta for CCleaner 5.0, its popular system cleanup tool.

The only change so far is the move to a flat interface, and even that is largely cosmetic. Functions and features are organised just as they were before, but the toolbar icons are replaced by plain stencils, and the title bar is now also a stark-looking white, whatever your Windows settings happen to be.

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Review: Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro
November 14, 2014 – 13:26 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro

Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro is a comprehensive suite of tools which aims to clean, optimise and generally speed up your PC.

There’s plenty of competition around, but SystemCare impresses immediately with its lengthy feature list. It doesn’t just empty your temporary folders and display Windows startup programs: the package also removes malware, cleans and defragments the Registry, updates software and drivers, manages browser plugins, undeletes files, optimises internet settings, fixes common Windows problems, finds duplicate files, and a whole lot more.

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O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0 released, offers to repair corrupt data before recovery
November 13, 2014 – 09:03 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

O&O DiskRecovery 10O&O Software GmbH has released a major new version of its general-purpose data-recovery software for Windows, O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0. The update follows on from the recent release of companion product O&O MediaRecovery 10.0.

Version 10.0 ships with a redesigned user interface, adds support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and introduces new data repair capabilities.

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Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool out of beta
November 13, 2014 – 08:32 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Bitdefender Adware Removal ToolBitdefender has announced the final release of Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool, its free portable malware hunter.

As with the beta, the finished program is basic in the extreme. There’s no real-time protection, no Explorer integration, no choice about what to examine: just a single Scan button which checks your entire system.

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Microsoft launches free Visual Studio Community 2013
November 13, 2014 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Visual Studio Community 2013Microsoft has released Visual Studio Community 2013, a revamped edition of Visual Studio Professional 2013 which is free for individual and small business use (teams of up to five people).

It’s a versatile product. You can code apps and applications in C++, C#, VB, F#, HTML5, Python, JavaScript and more. Designers, editors, debuggers and profilers help to polish your work. There’s web tooling for ASP.NET, Node.js, and JavaScript, and Apache Cordova and Unity tools mean you can target iOS and Android, as well as Windows.

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VSUsbLogon: Log in to Windows with a USB device
November 12, 2014 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VSUsbLogonWindows 8 supports several ways to log on to your PC: password, picture password, PIN number, or of course automatic logon with no password at all.

VSUsbLogon is a free tool which also enables you to log in via a USB storage device, like a key, camera, phone and more. This is faster, arguably more secure, and you can also use the key to automatically trigger certain actions, perhaps shutting down your system as soon as it’s removed.

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Advanced SystemCare 8 ramps up its security tools
November 11, 2014 – 12:09 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

IObit Advanced SystemCareIObit has announced the release of IObit Advanced SystemCare 8, a major update for its comprehensive PC maintenance toolkit.

A new “Protect” module includes tools to clean and manage your browser toolbars, customise Windows security settings, block access to malicious sites and keep your Chrome, IE and Firefox home and search pages safe from unauthorised changes.

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Artweaver Free 5.0 adds new brush engine, improves file-saving options
November 11, 2014 – 09:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

ArtWeaverGerman developer Boris Eyrich Software has released Artweaver Free 5.0, a major new version of its painting tool for Windows. The app, also available in a more fully featured Plus version, boasts a number of new tools and improvements.

These include a new high precision 16-bit brush engine, better file-saving mechanism, support for the OpenRaster file format and support for exporting all presets. Plus users also gain a new Mirror Painting tool.

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Brainstorm at speed with Edraw Mind Map
November 11, 2014 – 08:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Edraw Mind MapIn theory, mind mapping software should help you generate ideas, then organise and arrange them for easier sharing with others.

But then you launch your chosen package, stare at a blank screen, and are left wondering exactly how to begin. The end result is you’re wasting time dealing with the mechanics of the program, rather than thinking about the core issue you’re trying to address.

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