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Create professional-quality PDFs using PDFCreator 3
September 22, 2017 – 05:27 | No Comment

You may ask yourself why on earth would you need a specific tool to create a PDF from an application when Windows 10 has the ability to quickly print as a PDF?
A few years ago, …

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Surf the web securely and anonymously with Hotspot Shield 7
September 15, 2017 – 12:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Hotspot ShieldWhen it comes to protecting yourself online – particularly when surfing through insecure public connections – then nothing beats a good old VPN. Virtual Private Networks create encrypted tunnels in which you can surf the web, check your email and connect to remote networks secure in the knowledge you can’t be hacked.

If you’re a Windows user, then the recently released Hotspot Shield 7.1.2 may appeal, offering a free, ad-supported (and bandwidth-limited) way of connecting via VPN.

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iTunes 12.7 improves by removing key features
September 13, 2017 – 05:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

iTunes200-175How many people still use iTunes? For us, many of our old tracks were sourced from iTunes, and we like to synchronise our music across our iOS devices, it’s still our daily music manager.

Overnight iTunes received a major upgrade. At first, that’s how it appeared. Look more closely and you’ll soon find that the upgrade was a reduced level of functionality. As Apple states, iTunes now focusses on music, TV shows and movies, primarily.

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Blender 2.79 adds new and improved tools, enhances cycle rendering feature
September 12, 2017 – 11:51 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Blender logoNon-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.79, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build further improves its Cycles Rendering feature, bringing feature parity with NVIDIA CUDA and improved performance to AMD OpenCL hardware.

Other highlights include additional tools and options being added to the Grease Pencil, Alembic, Mesh Modelling tools, while simplified video encoding and user interface improvements have also been implemented.

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Quickly access your Office 365 files using My Workspace
September 11, 2017 – 11:11 by Chris Wiles in News | No Comment

myworkspace-200x175There are so many methods for keeping up with your daily tasks that you need a task manager to keep them all centralised. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had various calendars auto-group our events into one central database, multiple times.

My Workspace from Microsoft is an Office 365 menu bar tool for Mac users. Although it’s only in development stage, it has potential. The basic idea is to bring all your Office 365 information into one central location, so it’s immediately accessible.

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Mountain Duck 2.0 adds support for client-side encryption of cloud storage
September 7, 2017 – 11:44 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MountainDuck.200.175Bern software developer iterate GmbH has released Mountain Duck 2.0 for Windows and Mac. Mountain Duck is designed to make it easy for users to mount server and cloud storage through File Explorer and Finder.

Version 2.0 adds several new features, most notably support for transparent client-side encryption of data using Cryptomator. It also adds support for Microsoft OneDrive accounts.

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Resilio Sync enables you to sync and share files without the cloud
September 6, 2017 – 10:00 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

resilio-200x175There are many cloud-based synchronisation services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync and others. These services all use the same method of synchronising your files. Choose the data you want across your computers and the content is uploaded to the cloud and then made available across your other devices.

The issue here can be where you do you have fast broadband, so uploading huge files can be problematic. The answer is a peer-to-peer service where your data remains on one device whilst it’s synchronised to others, whether you own these devices or they are authorised users.

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Thwart ransomware and protect your data with our O&O Disk Image 10.5 Downloadcrew Giveaway, worth $49.95
September 1, 2017 – 05:21 by Nick Peers in Freebies, News, Promos, Tips | No Comment

DiskImage200-175Everybody needs a backup – with ransomware added to the list of threats to your data, now is the perfect time to take full advantage of our latest Downloadcrew giveaway: a full copy of O&O DiskImage 10.5 Professional, worth $49.95, across this coming weekend.

What makes O&O DiskImage special is that it allows you to back up both individual files and folders as well as take a full drive image, so you can protect key data alongside your fail-safe drive image covering your entire Windows installation – all from one application.

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Novabench 4.0 offers quick and dirty benchmark solution for PC and Mac
August 31, 2017 – 10:13 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

NovabenchNovawave Inc has released Novabench 4.0, a major new update for its Windows and Mac benchmarking tool. Version 4.0 unveils new and updated benchmarks, plus an interface redesign.

The tool opens with updated CPU tests to support the latest processor features, and debuts new graphics tests – a cross-platform OpenCL GPU compute test, plus Direct3D 11 (Windows) and Metal (OS X) tests. There’s also a new disk read speed test.

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Ashampoo Music Studio 7 is your one-stop music center
August 29, 2017 – 11:49 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

musicstudio-200x175They say everyone has a book in them. Using this theory, everyone should have a song, too. But, it’s not as easy to create a track from scratch. You can lay down a beat, but you really need a keyboard to control input and also some basic composition understanding, such as how to create a chord.

An easier way is to, well, borrow from other people. Effectively that’s how a DJ will learn his trade. They take songs created by other bands and add their own components or simply mix together for one continuous track. Obviously, it goes without saying that you need permission if you use their songs commercially, but having the right tool helps too.

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Google Maps will now help you find a parking space
August 29, 2017 – 09:56 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

google-maps-200x175When you head away on your travels, we always recommend hiring a car to find the best locations and get away from the tourists. But, hiring a car and driving around a new city can be time-consuming and stressful when you look for a location to park your car.

We’re not sure about everyone else, but we have a tendency to over-rely on the fantastic Google Maps and/or Waze when travelling as both apps will direct you to your destination, usually offering the quickest method available, whilst you focus on your driving.

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Acronis Revive 2017 will find and recover lost files
August 25, 2017 – 13:20 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

revive-200x175We have quite a few external drives, mostly with content we never use. Backed up old data. It wasn’t that long ago we’d backup data to an external drive long before using the cloud.

You could make use of these drives for other purposes (for example, why not shift your music collection on to one), but you go and wipe the contents and then realise, later, you deleted all your old accounts or important photos.

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