Jarte 6.0 Plus adds Autohotkey scripting and automation
May 22, 2017 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Jarte 6.0 Plus adds Autohotkey scripting and automation

JarteCarolina Read Software has unveiled Jarte 6.0, a major update for its Windows WordPad-based word processor.

The $19.95 Jarte Plus 6.0 build now supports running custom AutoHotkey scripts when you open a document, hit a hotkey or click a custom toolbar button.

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Two ways to check your PC is patched against EternalBlue
May 20, 2017 – 05:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Two ways to check your PC is patched against EternalBlue

Check-EternalBlueExploits linked to leaked NSA hacking tools have been causing havoc recently, with the WannaCry ransomware infecting more than 200,000 systems.

WannaCry made use of the previously unknown SMB exploit EternalBlue, but the leak included details of several others. Microsoft has released patches, but are they in place on all your PCs?

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Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy
May 19, 2017 – 04:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy

PDF Anti-CopyPDF Anti-Copy is a free tool which protects PDF content by preventing users selecting or copying its text.

There are similar programs available, but they typically work by applying the standard PDF security restrictions. This can easily removed with the right software.

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Find website accessibility issues with Koa11y
May 18, 2017 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Find website accessibility issues with Koa11y

Koa11yKoa11y is a cross-platform tool for detecting accessibility issues in any web page you specify.

Problems detected include missing image Alt attributes, colour contrast issues, missing titles, lengthy ALTs, poorly designed forms, and anything else that doesn’t play nicely with accessibility software and APIs.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 15 revamps user interface, tweaks tools for faster performance
May 17, 2017 – 04:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Ashampoo WinOptimizer 15 revamps user interface, tweaks tools for faster performance

winoptimizer15_200x175Windows utilities specialist Ashampoo GmbH has released Ashampoo WinOptimizer 15.0, a major new update of its Windows maintenance and optimisation tool.

Version 15 has been rebuilt around making the program easier to use via a new usability concept and more intuitive user interface. It’s also fine-tuned many of its system maintenance tools for significant performance improvements.

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Webcamoid is a one-stop webcam capture and recording suite
May 17, 2017 – 02:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Webcamoid is a one-stop webcam capture and recording suite

WebcamoidWebcamoid is a surprisingly versatile open-source webcam suite for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Launch the program and it looks very simple. The image from the default webcam is displayed, there’s a small transparent toolbar at the bottom of the screen, and nothing else at all.

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Manage Windows 10 privacy settings with Privacy Repairer
May 16, 2017 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Manage Windows 10 privacy settings with Privacy Repairer

Privacy RepairerPrivacy Repairer is a portable tool for viewing and managing Windows 10 telemetry and privacy settings.

There’s now almost a whole sub-genre of software doing more or less the same thing, but Privacy Repairer has more than enough extra power and detail to justify its tiny download.

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Easily explore Windows’ hidden emojis with winMoji
May 15, 2017 – 17:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Easily explore Windows’ hidden emojis with winMoji

winMojiWindows has come with its own set of emojis for years, but they’re so well hidden that many users don’t realise they exist.

WinMoji is a tiny open-source tool which makes it easier to find and use the built-in emojis.

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LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages
May 14, 2017 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages

LanguageToolLanguageTool is an open-source spelling and grammar checker for Chrome, Firefox, the desktop (via Java) and more.

The browser extensions enable checking the text you’re entering a web text box, or any other selectable text on a web page.

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Convert JPEGs to ASCII art with ASCII Art Studio
May 13, 2017 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Convert JPEGs to ASCII art with ASCII Art Studio

Ascii Art StudioASCII art is one of the oldest computer graphics techniques, and can create surprisingly realistic pictures from the 95 printable ASCII characters (letters, numbers and symbols).

The idea was originally used in the 1960s to produce images on the line printers of the day, but the stark and high-contrast results can still deliver interesting designs today.

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Easily trim and cut your movies with VidCutter
May 12, 2017 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Easily trim and cut your movies with VidCutter

VidCutterVidCutter is an open-source Windows, Linux and Mac tool for trimming your videos.

The program’s use of FFMPEG enables opening just about any video type, and you’re then able to cut as many scenes as you need.

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