Process Hacker 2.35 released
May 19, 2015 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Process HackerFabulous PC monitoring tools Process Hacker and Process Hacker Portable have been updated to version 2.35 with some welcome extras and enhancements.

One major addition is support for viewing the load time and load reasons for process modules, on Windows 8 and above. If a long-running process like Explorer.exe is developing problems, you can now sort its modules by load time to get clues about the cause.

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View 100s of retro graphics formats with RECOIL
May 19, 2015 – 04:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RECOILViewing images is easy these days. No matter which platform you’re on, or what application you’re running, just about everyone uses the same standard formats, and these can typically be displayed on your device’s native viewer, with no need to install anything else.

In the early days of computing, 30+ years ago, it was different. There was no JPG, no PNG, so companies like Atari and Commodore had their own graphic formats. Even these weren’t fixed, with new variations all the time, which makes it very difficult if you’d like to view any of them on a modern computer.

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EncFSMP: a real cross-platform encryption tool
May 18, 2015 – 11:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EncFSMPEncrypting your most confidential files can be very easy, at least with the right application. Create a container; choose a password; drag, drop, done.

Sharing those containers is often more difficult, especially if the recipient needs to install a copy of your original encryption tool, and it’s not available for their platform.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 adds Windows 10 support
May 18, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo WinOptimizerGerman developer Ashampoo has announced the release of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 ($49.99), its hugely comprehensive all-in-one PC maintenance toolkit.

Extended drive and internet cleaners work to free up more hard drive space. They can optimise multiple user accounts in a single operation, too – no need to log into each account individually.

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Extract, convert and process your PDFs with PDF MultiTool
May 16, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDF MultiToolPDF MultiTool” sounds like it’s going to be yet another PDF toolkit: the usual set of basic functions, none of which work very well, which only exists at all because the developer hopes you’ll install its assorted toolbars.

But no: this really is different. There’s no adware here, no toolbars or similar irritations, and the feature list includes plenty of interesting extras which you’ll rarely find elsewhere.

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Access folder contents instantly with Wincmder Shellex
May 15, 2015 – 06:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Wincmder ShellexIf your desktop is cluttered then you could create a few folders to hold shortcuts, important files, whatever you access regularly. That works, but it’s less convenient: you’re forced to open a folder to view the contents, then close it when you’re done.

Install Wincmder Shellex and just right-clicking a folder displays a menu listing its contents (shift+clicking gets you the previous context menu). Choose a shortcut or file and it launches as usual, no need to open the folder at all.

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5 open source remakes of classic PC games
May 14, 2015 – 11:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FreecivBuying the latest games will typically get you top-quality graphics and an iTunes-ready soundtrack, but that won’t necessarily translate into compelling gameplay. And even if it does, there’s no guarantee you’ll be kept entertained for more than a few hours.

The solution? Try one of these open source takes on classic PC games.

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Take up to 10x more photos/ videos on your phone with FotoFox
May 14, 2015 – 06:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FotoFoxNo matter how much storage your phone has, it’s easily filled, especially if you’re always taking photos and videos.

FotoFox is a free iOS/ Android app which compresses images and videos as they’re shot, reducing quality but cutting their size by up to 90%, and still giving you access to the originals when necessary.

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Comic Seer is a one-stop comic viewer/ manager
May 13, 2015 – 15:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Comic SeerViewing comics can be easy. Really, really easy. If you have a CBZ file, say, rename it to ZIP, open it in Explorer, and browse the images it contains – simple.

That works well for occasional viewing, but if you’re a big comic fan, or just want the best reading experience, it’s worth installing a specialist tool like the free Comic Seer.

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InPixio Photo Editor is a 1-click photo enhancer
May 13, 2015 – 11:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

InPixio Free Photo EditorPhoto editors for the Windows desktop typically compete on the length of their feature list: file formats support, range of selection tools, layer handling abilities, whatever it might be.

InPixio Free Photo Editor ignores almost all of that, and instead focuses on app-like ease of use, just providing a quick and easy way to tweak an image and share it with others.

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Postbox 4 unveils major new features and improvements to simplify email management
May 12, 2015 – 15:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Postbox 4Postbox, Inc has released Postbox 4, a major update to its Windows and Mac email client. Version 4 debuts a new Cloud File Sharing add-on, which adds support for Box and OneDrive in addition to Dropbox.

The new release also shows off an enhanced focus pane in addition to a number of other new tools and views, including features designed to help compose, edit and view email more easily.

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