Find hidden data on your computer with PCFerret
March 9, 2015 – 10:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PCFerretHow well do you know your PC, the data it holds, how it’s really being used by others? PCFerret is a freeware tool for Windows Vista and later which claims it can help you find out.

Despite the intriguing pitch, PCFerret opens with a relatively ordinary system information report. It covers the core details you’d expect – hardware, network, drive statistics, user accounts etc – and can be saved to HTML for easy sharing, but it can’t compete with the more specialist competition.

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FotoSketcher 3.00 adds amazing “brushstrokes” effect
March 9, 2015 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FotoSketcherDavid Thoirin has announced the release of FotoSketcher 3.00, a freeware Windows application for transforming digital photos into works of art.

The headline addition this time is a new Painting 10 (brushstrokes) effect, which turns your source image into a painting – complete with the look of layered brush strokes – in a couple of clicks.

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Turn videos into self-playing EXEs with Audio/Video to EXE
March 7, 2015 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Audio/ Video To EXEWhen creating media files to share with others, it’s normally best to save them in a standard format, maybe MP3 or MP4, something you know just about everything in the world can play.

Audio/Video to EXE is a free tool which does something a little different, converting almost any audio or video format into a stand-alone executable. Launch the file and it just plays your media, no other player or codecs required.

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WeatherMate 4.0 now portable, supports 100+ US weather maps
March 6, 2015 – 10:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WeatherMateIts last big release was back in 2007, but Windows weather monitor WeatherMate has jumped back to life with the release of version 4.0, and a host of major improvements.

The program can now display a vast number of detailed US radar and weather maps, organised into categories like “Current Conditions”, “Forecasts”, “Severe Weather”, “Travel”, “Health”, “Aviation”, “Marine”, “Golf” and “Farming”.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 Preview unveiled – final release due later this year
March 6, 2015 – 07:15 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Office for Mac 2016After a five-year gap, Microsoft has unveiled the first public beta of its forthcoming Office 2016 for Mac with the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 Preview. The new release is free for all Yosemite users during the remainder of the product’s pre-release phase, with the final version slated for release later this year.

Office for Mac 2016 Preview ships with five components: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It boasts a refreshed and optimised codebase, Retina-friendly visuals and support for full-screen mode.

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SyMenu now a launcher for SysInternals, NirSoft, more
March 6, 2015 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SyMenuPortable start menu and program manager SyMenu has been updated to version 4.06 with new Sysinternals support.

You can now browse the full catalogue of Sysinternals tools, select and download Autoruns, Process Explorer, or whatever else you need. Whatever you choose is downloaded to your USB key (or other destination), and added to the program menu.

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Monodraw is the Visio of ASCII art
March 5, 2015 – 14:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MonodrawAt first glance, Monodraw’s first public beta looks much like any other OS X diagramming tool. Choose from various themed palettes, drag and drop shapes around on the page, link them up, add captions, tweak colours and more.

The program is versatile, too, able to build flowcharts, layouts, even entity-relationship diagrams.

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Unreal Engine 4 now free for all
March 5, 2015 – 13:04 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Unreal EngineEpic Games has announced that its development suite Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone.

Where’s the catch? You might have to pay a royalty per product (although you might not).

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List the contents of a folder with DirList
March 5, 2015 – 08:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DirListWindows Explorer makes it straightforward to view the files in a folder, but if you’d like to do something with that information – share it with others, maybe save it for future reference – then life gets more difficult.

If you only need to do this occasionally, a quick workaround will probably be enough. Take a screengrab, say, or use the command line for more control (dir “c:\program files\*.exe” /b /s | clip lists all executable files under C:\Program Files, sending the results to the clipboard).

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds Pro version, easier folder sharing
March 4, 2015 – 12:46 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

BitTorrent SyncFile sharing tool BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 with a new $40/ year PRO version.

Sync 2.0 introduces the “personal identity”, which automatically gives access to every added folder on all of your linked devices (sync a folder anywhere, and it’s immediately available everywhere else).

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MRG Effitas releases latest Online Banking Browser Security report
March 4, 2015 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

KasperskySecurity research company MRG Effitas has released its Q4 2014 Online Banking Browser Security report, awarding certification to the top four products: Kaspersky Internet Security, Quarri POQ, Webroot SecureAnywhere and Zemana Antilogger.

MRG also tested security suites from 14 other vendors: avast!, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, G Data, McAfee, Microsoft, Norton, Panda, Trend Micro, VIPRE and Wontok.

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