Quickly retouch your portraits with Free Photo Blemish Remover
September 1, 2014 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

High resolution digital photos are great for most purposes, but can be a little cruel for portrait shots, where every skin imperfection is suddenly blown up in extreme detail.

Some photo editors have “beautifying” modules to help up clean such problems, or you can often fix them yourself with a little painting or clone work. And Free Photo Blemish Remover is another option, a specialist tool which can remove image imperfections with a click.

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WinLogOnView lists user logons for your PC
August 31, 2014 – 04:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If your PC has several user accounts then you might occasionally like to know when they’re being accessed, perhaps to confirm that your children are only using the computer at particular times.

You could install some heavy duty system monitoring package, or maybe enable a few Family Safety restrictions for that account. But NirSoft’s WinLogOnView is a much simpler option which could provide everything you need in a tiny, portable package.

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Voralent’s Antelope compresses JPGs and PNGs with a click
August 30, 2014 – 05:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Earlier this year we looked at Voralent’s JPGMini and PNGMini, easy-to-use tools which reduced JPG and PNG file sizes without affecting image quality.

The developer has now released a replacement, Antelope, which handles JPG and PNG files, and supports both lossless and lossy compression.

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Chrome 38 Beta makes user-switching feature more visible, adds 64-bit support to OS X and Windows
August 29, 2014 – 10:20 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has updated its Chrome Beta channel with the release of Google Chrome 38.0 Beta. The new release, also available as Google Chrome 38.0 Beta (64-bit) for Windows and Linux, has two major highlights.

The first is an improved – and more visible – way of managing and switching between multiple Chrome user profiles, while the other sees 64-bit support extended to the OS X platform.

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Display your internet IP on the desktop with Mr.IP
August 29, 2014 – 06:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Discovering your external IP address is generally very easy. Just visit a site like WhatIsMyIP.com and it’ll give you the IP, location, ISP, and a whole lot more.

If you need speedy access to this address all the time, though, it might be simpler to use Mr.IP, a tiny free tool which permanently displays your internet IP on the desktop.

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Easily inspect DXF files with de-caff DXF Viewer
August 29, 2014 – 05:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DXF is a very popular CAD file format which has been around since 1982, so you might expect there to be plenty of good viewers around by now.

Unfortunately, the reality is very different. DXF can be complex, and while there are free viewers to be found, they’re generally not much use.

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GlassWire is an easy-to-use network monitor
August 28, 2014 – 09:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Whether you’re concerned about security, or just hoping to optimise your PC’s performance, understanding what’s accessing your internet connection can be very helpful.

Network monitors will tell you more, but they’re often targeted at experts, weighed down with complex details which – even if you understand them entirely – you may not really need.

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MacBooster 2 released, adds System Status, Photo Sweeper and Security modules
August 28, 2014 – 08:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MacBoosterIObit has released MacBooster 2.0, a major new build of its shareware cleaning and optimisation tool for Macs. The app, which is available as a 14-day trial download, includes a number of new and improved features.

It also shows off a major redesign, switching to a black-themed UI more in keeping with the company’s Windows product portfolio.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 adds new Magic Fill erase tool, promises more responsive brush performance
August 28, 2014 – 07:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

PaintShop Pro X7Corel has released PaintShop Pro X7, a major new version of its venerable photo and image editor. Version X7 sees a number of new features, including Magic Fill erase tool. It also sees its popular tools redesigned to make them easier to use.

The app also comes with the promise of more responsive Paint Brush, Airbrush and photo retouching brush tools thanks to a performance gain of up to 30 per cent.

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KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC
August 28, 2014 – 07:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple – but there might still be room for improvement.

KDE Mover-Sizer is an open source, portable tool which brings a common Linux desktop trick to Windows. Instead of having to move your mouse cursor to the title bar or border, you just hold down the Alt key, then left-click anywhere inside a window and drag to move it, right-click and drag to resize it.

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Parallels Desktop 10 officially released, promises improved performance, adds new Disk Space Wizard
August 27, 2014 – 10:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Parallels DesktopParallels IP Holdings GmbH has unveiled Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac to the general public, one week after making it exclusively available to existing users.

The app, which makes it easy to run Windows in a virtual environment in OS X, launches with the promise of drastically improved performance and better battery life, plus adds new features and promises compatibility with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, currently in public beta.

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