Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate
September 24, 2014 – 16:24 by Mike Williams in Featured, Reviews | No Comment

Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate

CyberLink PowerDirector has long been one of the most powerful consumer video editors around, packed with functionality, yet still remaining very usable for just about every level of user.

PowerDirector 13 doesn’t bring any radical changes, and the core of the package remains much as before. Import your source files – images, audio or video, even PowerPoint presentations – and arrange them on the 100 track timeline. Apply effects and transitions by dragging and dropping, then preview and tweak each one as required.

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Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0 released, add Shared Review, 2D Barcode Display features
September 24, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Foxit Reader 7.0In its first major updates for almost 18 months, Foxit Corporation has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0. Both builds gain Shared Review capabilities along with 2D Barcode Display.

Each build also gains unique functionality – user environment customisation is the biggest draw in Foxit Reader, for example, while Foxit PhantomPDF users gain an Outlook Add-in, plus PDF Portfolios and Document Sanitzation features.

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Norton Security 2015 now available
September 23, 2014 – 14:51 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Symantec has announced the first full release of Norton Security ($79.99) and Norton Security with Backup ($89.99), its one-stop replacement for Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

The most obvious change is the revamped interface. It’s recognisably Norton – if greener than usual – with its many functions neatly organised under Security, Identity, Backup and Performance tabs.

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Evernote for Mac 5.6 improves note editor and search tools, speeds up sync and startup
September 23, 2014 – 07:12 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

evernote-200x175Evernote Corporation has rolled out Evernote for Mac 5.6, a major update of its cloud-based note-taking client for Mac users. Version 5.6 comes with a rebuilt – and improved – note editor, as well as faster sync performance.

The update also comes with the promise of more relevant searches, integration with Spotlight and has been optimised to both launch faster and reduce its energy demands.

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Process Lasso 7.0 released, fine-tunes ProBalance Insights module, tweaks user interface
September 22, 2014 – 13:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

processlasso_200x175Tennessee software developer Bitsum has released Process Lasso 7.0 and Process Lasso 7.0 (64-bit), a landmark update of its PC optimisation tool.

Version 7.0 builds on recent releases, improving the newly added ProBalance Insights tool with the promise of improved accuracy for its embedded responsiveness meter, plus overhauling various user interface elements.

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TEncoder 4.4 adds DVD ripper
September 22, 2014 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Versatile video converter/ downloader/ editor TEncoder has expanded its range even further with the addition of a DVD ripper.

Point the program at your disc video folder (\VIDEO_TS, probably), and you’re able to choose the title, start and end chapters, audio and subtitle track you’d like to rip.

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Plane9 is a fun music visualiser/ screensaver
September 22, 2014 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Most big-name audio players come with a few visualisations to liven up playback. Right-click inside Windows Media Player, click Visualisations, and you can have it display swirling clouds, spectrum-type bars, psychedelic ripples and space flight effects, amongst others.

These aren’t always great quality, though. There may not be much choice, and smaller audio players often don’t have a visualiser at all. But if you like the core idea, you can always improve the situation by installing the free Plane9.

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Grabilla 1.23 adds scrolling window captures
September 20, 2014 – 05:06 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

All-in-one free screengrab tool Grabilla has been updated to version 1.23 with the ability to capture scrolling windows.

This is ideal if you need to capture a long web page or other document. There’s no need to take and edit multiple grabs, as the program should handle everything for you.

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EaseUS Todo PC Trans 8.0 adds support for non-direct transfer of data and apps
September 19, 2014 – 09:37 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

EaseUStodoPCTrans200-175EaseUS has released EaseUS Todo PCTrans 8.0 Free, an updated version of its PC transfer software for migrating data and applications to a new computer.

The new build no longer requires users to transfer directly between two active PCs on the same network. Instead, the program follows more established tools like Laplink in allowing users to save their data to an image file, which allows them to migrate in their own time, or install a new version of Windows on the same PC before transferring back their data and apps.

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epCheck: track your favourite TV shows from the Windows desktop
September 19, 2014 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The easiest way to track your favourite TV shows is usually to download a suitable app, or maybe sign up at a website. There are a huge number of options, and the only real challenge is finding out which one is best for you.

But what if you’d like a solution that works offline? One that doesn’t involve opening yet another account somewhere, and runs happily on the Windows desktop? Then you need to check out epCheck.

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LastPass for iOS 3.1.0 adds Safari extension, Touch ID integration in iOS 8
September 18, 2014 – 13:24 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

lastpass_ios-200x175Password-management service LastPass has unveiled LastPass for Premium 3.1.0 for iPad and iPhone users with paid-for LastPass accounts.

Version 3.1.0 taps into two new iOS 8 features to deliver direct support for Safari and Touch ID integration, allowing users to unlock LastPass using their finger rather than a passcode or master password.

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