Uncover hidden PC troubleshooting messages with Trace Spy
March 24, 2014 – 11:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Software can fail for all kinds of reasons, but most programs will make at least some effort to explain the problem. Usually this is an error message, but it can also be worth checking the program logs, and maybe the Windows Event Viewer.

There is a more hidden option, though: some options generate debug output with low-level technical details on what they’re doing. This is intended to help developers troubleshoot any problems, but the messages are available to anyone – and all they need is a copy of Trace Spy.

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MobileFamilyTree 7.1 released for iPhone and iPad, sports new user interface, AirPlay support
March 24, 2014 – 09:10 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MobileFamilyTree 7.1Synium Software has released a major update to its Apple mobile family history app with the release of MobileFamilyTree 7.1. Aside from gaining an iOS 7-inspired facelift, the app also adds AirPlay video support, rebuilds the interactive tree from scratch and includes a number of other major and minor tweaks and improvements.

Despite the major changes, the app remains free to all existing users, while new users can take advantage of a special 50% off promotion and purchase the app for $6.99 before March 31st.

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Pretty Run is a versatile desktop search tool
March 23, 2014 – 06:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The standard Windows Search tool has improved a great deal in recent years, and the latest Windows 8.1 additions – especially its Bing integration – are another welcome step forward.

The technology still won’t be enough for everyone, though. And so if you’re looking for a more configurable, desktop search tool, you might like to try the free Pretty Run.

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iTranslate provides translation services for Windows 8 and RT devices
March 22, 2014 – 10:00 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

iTranslate for Windows 8Sonico GmbH has launched a Windows App version of its translation software with the release of iTranslate 1.1 for Windows RT and 8. The app follows the recent release of iTranslate Voice 2 on the iPad and iPhone.

As the name implies, iTranslate doesn’t come with any support for translating phrases spoken into the microphone; instead users, must type their word or phrase into the box, and then wait for the app to translate it.

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Express Points: a simple free presentation tool with PPTX import
March 22, 2014 – 09:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Express Points 1.04 is the latest release from Australian developer NCH Software, a lightweight free presentation tool for Windows and Mac.

We really do mean “lightweight”, too. Both installers packages are around 1MB in size, and they don’t download anything else: a full installation is barely 4MB in size.

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Now is the time to get your lifetime Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO license (before it’s too late)
March 21, 2014 – 12:53 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MBAM 2.0It’s no secret that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – MBAM to its friends – is a fast, effective and very popular Windows security tool, designed to work in tandem with your existing security software to offer a second – and often more accurate – opinion over whether your PC has been infected or not.

The free version offers basic, on-demand scanning and removal, but upgrade to the PRO version and you can safely run it in real-time alongside your existing security tool without performance penalty or conflict, maximising your security even further.

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Scan pages directly to PDF with STP
March 21, 2014 – 11:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Converting a printed document to PDF can sometimes be a complicated process, where you must import the pages into a graphics tool, clean them up, then pass the results on to something else to generate the final document.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Creating PDFs from scanned images can be quick and easy, and it certainly doesn’t require heavyweight applications: a tiny portable tool could provide everything you need.

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Recuva 1.51 adds support for non-GUID drives, Linux file systems
March 21, 2014 – 10:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

RecuvaPiriform Software has released Recuva 1.51 and Recuva Portable 1.51, new versions of its popular Windows freeware data-recovery tool.

Version 1.51 widens its file system support to cover Linux-formatted volumes, plus makes it possible to recover data from drives with no partition table data. It also includes numerous improvements and optimizations.

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Macrium Reflect 5.2.6504 delivers 30% speed boost, GRUB2 support
March 21, 2014 – 08:25 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Paramount Software has updated Macrium Reflect to 5.2.6504, and despite the very minor-sounding version number, it actually includes several important changes.

The company claims that backup performance has been improved by an impressive 30% or more.

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Create contact sheets of your videos with Thumbnail me
March 21, 2014 – 07:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Thumbnail me is an open source Windows and Linux tool which extracts frames from a video, then presents them as a single image, a quick and easy way to preview the movie’s contents.

The program imports most common video types: AVI, MP4, MPG, VOB, MOV, MKV, TS/ M2TS, FLV, 3GP, OGG, SWF and more.

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Blender 2.70 debuts new features, improved performance and better UI
March 20, 2014 – 09:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Blender logoNon-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.70, a major new release of its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. Version 2.70, also available in 64-bit and portable form on Windows, adds new features and begins a revamp of its user interface.

There’s initial support for volumetrics in Cycles, plus faster rendering of hair and textures. Also improved are the Motion Tracker, mesh modelling and game engine tools.

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