Create HTML family trees with Genealogica Grafica
April 20, 2015 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GG200-175Genealogica Grafica is a Windows shareware application which creates various family tree charts and reports from GEDCOM files, saving them as HTML files ready for sharing on your own website.

If the program name sounds familiar, that’s no great surprise – the first release appeared way back in 2006. But after a long pause, development seems to have resumed again, with support for Unicode and (partially) stylesheets. We downloaded the latest release to see how it looked.

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PopTrayU is a very configurable email notifier
April 18, 2015 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PopTrayUAs email notifiers go, PopTrayU might seem a little old-fashioned. There’s no flashy interface, no specific support for webmail accounts, and the project’s SourceForge page takes care to highlight its “Vista/Win 7 compatibility fixes”, maybe not something to boast about in 2015.

But if you forget the first impressions, look a little deeper, you’ll find it’s a great way to see alerts about new emails in your POP3 and IMAP4 accounts.

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Reflector 2 adds Android mirroring, Google Cast support
April 17, 2015 – 11:10 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ReflectorSquirrels has announced Reflector 2.0 with new support for mirroring connections from Google Cast-enabled Chromebooks and Android devices.

As before, the program can mirror iPads and iPhones to Windows or Mac, and users are able to connect both iOS and Android devices simultaneously.

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Keep an eye on your network with EasyNetMonitor
April 16, 2015 – 09:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EasyNetMonitorWe’ve always liked tiny single-executable utilities, the type you’ll find at NirSoft and Sysinternals. The developers don’t waste time with gimmicks, massive icons or interface themes: they just concentrate on the core functions you need to get the job done.

So it is with EasyNetMonitor, a free tool for monitoring the availability of network and web hosts. While not up to NirSoft standards, it crams a lot of functionality into its very compact file.

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TripAdvisor 10 for iOS and Android adds Travel Guides, iPad-only optimisations
April 16, 2015 – 08:58 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0TripAdvisor has unveiled TripAdvisor for iOS 10.0 alongside TripAdvisor for Android 10.0. The app’s main highlight is the introduction of Travel Guides for selected locations.

The new release also allows users to submit up to 10 photos with each review, plus implements a number of optimisations for iPad users.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 15 is smarter, smoother, even more powerful
April 16, 2015 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CyberLink PowerDVDCyberLink has launched CyberLink PowerDVD 15, a worthwhile update of it’s do-everything media player for Windows Vista and later.

CyberLink’s playback-improving TrueTheater technologies are smarter than ever. TrueTheater Color enhances hue and vibrancy but leaves skin tones alone, while TrueTheater Sound amplifies vocal range audio for crisper, clearer speech.

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Adware-avoider Unchecky acquired by Reason Software
April 15, 2015 – 17:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Reason Core SecurityReason Software, developer of herdProtect and Should I remove it?, has acquired RaMMicHaeL’s smart adware-blocking Unchecky.

The program is an innovative free tool which monitors software installations, looks out for bundled adware, and automatically clears their checkboxes to ensure they’re not installed by default.

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Batch print documents, photos, PDFs with 2Printer
April 14, 2015 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

2Printer2Printer is a free (for personal use) Windows tool for batch printing PDFs, Office documents, photos, drawings and a whole lot more.

If you only print the occasional document then this isn’t the program for you. But if you run a business and need to print a folder of documents at the end of the month, say, it could save you some time.

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Opera debuts all-new Opera Mini for Android 8.0 browser
April 14, 2015 – 07:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera Mini for Android 8.0Opera Software ASA has unveiled Opera Mini for Android 8.0 a major new – and long overdue – version of its mobile-friendly browser for Android devices.

Despite appearing to be a simple upgrade from the previous release – 7.6 – Opera Mini 8.0 has been released to the Google Play store as a completely new – and separate – app, which means existing users will need to download and install it afresh, where it will subsequently appear and run in isolation alongside the original version.

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Kaspersky releases CoinVault Decryptor
April 14, 2015 – 06:18 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

KasperskyKaspersky Labs has released CoinVault Decryptor, is a free tool which may help victims of the CoinVault ransomware to decrypt their files.

The program works by using a set of decryption keys recovered by the Danish police. Unfortunately it isn’t a full set, and so the Decryptor won’t work for everyone.

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Chat with animated GIFs in Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Gmail
April 13, 2015 – 17:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GiphyThey’re old, horribly inefficient, seriously dumb, but let’s be realistic: there are times in every online conversation when only an animated GIF will do.

If you already have a big collection of face palms and laughing dogs then that’s not a problem, but if you’re more of an occasional GIFer then you might need a little help.

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