KeePass 2.25 released, introduces new auto-key sending engine, improves entry attachment handling
February 4, 2014 – 13:26 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on KeePass 2.25 released, introduces new auto-key sending engine, improves entry attachment handling

KeePassDominik Reichl has released KeePass 2.25 for Windows. The open-source password management tool allows users to manage both offline and online passwords via a secure, encrypted container, and is also available in portable form.

Version 2.25 is a minor update, but introduces a new auto-type key sending engine that improves support for sending Unicode characters as well as sending keypresses into virtual machine and emulator windows.

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Opera Next 20 delivers a lightweight network installer, enhanced bookmarking
February 4, 2014 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Opera Next 20 delivers a lightweight network installer, enhanced bookmarking

Opera Software has announced Opera 20’s debut in the Next stream. There’s no revolution this time, perhaps fortunately, but the new build does bring some small but welcome improvements.

A tiny 804KB network installer for Windows grabs the latest version from Opera’s servers, retries the download as required, looks for security issues and starts the installation. The regular offline installer will also remain available, though, and that’s what you’ll see if you download Opera 20 right now.

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Registrar Registry Manager: like REGEDIT, only better. Much better.
February 4, 2014 – 11:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Registrar Registry Manager: like REGEDIT, only better. Much better.

Most PC users will need to edit the Windows Registry, at least occasionally, and the standard Registry Editor provides the basic functions you need to get the job done. It’s not always a quick or straightforward process, though, and if you regularly work in the Registry then you’ll probably benefit from the far more capable Registrar Registry Manager.

At first glance the program looks a little odd, as it opens with just a toolbar. This includes an address bar, though, so if you want to browse to a particular key – HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Nero\Nero 15\Nero Vision\Settings\ExpressUI, say – there’s no need to expand each folder manually. Just paste the full path into the address bar, press Enter, and a window will open at that location.

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Light is a fast-loading, stripped down Firefox fork
February 4, 2014 – 09:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Light is a fast-loading, stripped down Firefox fork

If you’re not happy with the performance of Firefox on your PC then you could try tuning the browser manually. This isn’t difficult, but could take a while, as there are many possibilities to consider.

If you’re in a hurry, then, you might prefer to grab a copy of Light, a Firefox fork where many components (developer tools, less common APIs) have been “slimmed down” or removed entirely to improve its speed.

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Scan Firefox downloads for viruses with Fireclam
February 4, 2014 – 09:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Scan Firefox downloads for viruses with Fireclam

Firefox is a great browser in many ways, but malware protection isn’t one of them. The program tries to keep you away from dangerous sites, but isn’t particularly effective, and in our tests both Internet Explorer and Chrome do a much better job of keeping you safe.

This isn’t a major issue, of course, because you should also have an antivirus package to monitor your downloads, but if you’d like to add an extra layer of protection then a free Firefox add-on may be able to help.

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Firefox 27 FINAL extends SocialAPI, now handles multiple providers simultaneously
February 4, 2014 – 07:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 27 FINAL extends SocialAPI, now handles multiple providers simultaneously

Firefox 27 FINALMozilla has released the latest version of its open-source, cross-platform web browser with the launch of Firefox 27 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 27.0 due to follow.

There’s only one major new feature of note in this latest release – the SocialAPI, which allows providers to provide social networking updates directly from within the browser, can now handle multiple providers simultaneously.

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ISO Workshop 5 debuts new Metro-influenced interface, widens format support
February 3, 2014 – 12:10 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on ISO Workshop 5 debuts new Metro-influenced interface, widens format support

isoworkshop_200x175Glorylogic Software has released ISO Workshop 5.0, a major update of its disc image management, conversion and burning tool for Windows PCs. Version 5 comes with a brand new user interface based on the minimalist design found in Windows 8, while it also adds support for burning RAW images as well as other new formats.

The update also adds ISO and UDF settings, promises improved stability and performance across the entire suite and comes with a completely rewritten SDK.

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MediaMonkey 4.1 improves Android and iOS sync, UPnP support
February 3, 2014 – 10:37 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on MediaMonkey 4.1 improves Android and iOS sync, UPnP support

mediamonkey_200x175Ventis Media, Inc has released MediaMonkey 4.1, a major update to its media management tool for Windows. Version 4.1, available in free and Gold editions, provides a powerful set of tools for managing and organising music and video.

Version 4.1 builds on UPnP/DLNA library sharing introduced in version 4 with a number of improvements, but most notably updates its mobile sync capabilities for both Android and iOS users with some significant enhancements.

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Quick Review: Hornil Photo Resizer
February 3, 2014 – 07:13 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off on Quick Review: Hornil Photo Resizer

Hornil, creator of the popular StylePix editor, has released Hornil Photo Resizer, a free batch image processing tool.

Despite its name, the program isn’t just about resizing images. It can also rotate and flip them, apply various filters (auto level/ contrast, sharpen, more), add an image watermark, and batch rename them according to various rules.

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Quickly change your DNS server with ChrisPC DNS Switch
February 2, 2014 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Quickly change your DNS server with ChrisPC DNS Switch

Chris P.C. has announced the release of ChrisPC DNS Switch, an easy-to-use tool for updating your PC’s DNS server.

The program comes with 34 DNS presets – OpenDNS, Google, Comodo, Norton, Yandex, DynDNS and more – and you can update the settings for one or all of your network adapters in a couple of clicks.

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Delete any locked or protected files with PowerTool
February 1, 2014 – 10:46 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Delete any locked or protected files with PowerTool

Low-level PC monitoring utility PowerTool has been updated to version 1.6.

This release has significantly enhanced the “force delete” option, allowing it to remove just about anything. Whether a file is locked by something, protected by Windows, malware, even antivirus software, it doesn’t seem to matter: click File, right-click your file, select “Force Delete” and it’ll disappear.

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