ColourGrab is a likeable colour picker for Windows
March 15, 2017 – 19:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on ColourGrab is a likeable colour picker for Windows

ColourGrabColourGrab is an easy-to-use colour picker which enables speedy capture of any colour on your screen, and reuse of its hex or RGB value elsewhere.

The program adds an icon to your system tray and can be activated with a click, or you can start grabbing immediately by pressing Alt+C (customisable).

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PhotoPageGen 5.1 takes the pain out of creating slick web photo albums
March 14, 2017 – 11:52 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off on PhotoPageGen 5.1 takes the pain out of creating slick web photo albums

PhotoPageGenOne of the simplest ways to share photos with others is through a web album. If you’re looking to avoid a third-party service, or would like to distribute your album locally, then take a look at the newly updated PhotoPageGen 5.1 from Brian Donahoe.

PhotoPageGen takes a folder of photos and allows you to create an interactive web-based catalogue, complete with mapping tools, privacy functions and even YouTube video support.

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mrViewer is a quirky but powerful media player
March 14, 2017 – 10:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on mrViewer is a quirky but powerful media player

mrViewerWhile most PC media players are identikit clones which bring nothing new to the playback, mrViewer is a rare exception. A program that has the courage to do things differently. Very differently…

This starts less than impressively with an oddball interface. Menu bars, ribbons, standard toolbars? MrViewer doesn’t have any of the usual UI chrome, and leaves you looking at tiny buttons with such informative text as “F” and “W”.

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NetAudit is a simple network toolkit
March 13, 2017 – 07:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on NetAudit is a simple network toolkit

NetAuditNetAudit is a portable network toolkit for Windows which combines simple Ping, Traceroute, Whois and connection monitoring features.

The program interface is a mess. There’s a useless list of processes; a Network Usage indicator which isn’t scaled properly so it’s almost always blank; big arrows with figures to presumably indicate total uploaded and downloaded data, although with no tooltips or labels it’s hard to tell.

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StExBar extends Windows Explorer with some time-saving extras
March 11, 2017 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on StExBar extends Windows Explorer with some time-saving extras

StExBarStExBar is a tiny freeware tool which extends Windows Explorer with some handy features.

The program has been around for years, but it’s just been updated to work fully on Windows 10, so we grabbed a copy to see how it would perform.

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RedMorph is an effective ad and tracker blocker
March 10, 2017 – 07:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on RedMorph is an effective ad and tracker blocker

RedMorphRedMorph is a free ad blocker and content filter for Chrome, Firefox, Android and more.

Install the Browser Controller extension and it seems to work much like any other ad blocker. No setup is required, you just browse as usual and the RedMorph icon displays the number of ads/ trackers/ etc it’s blocked.

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Browse, edit and convert simple databases with Exportizer
March 9, 2017 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Browse, edit and convert simple databases with Exportizer

ExportizerExportizer is a simple tool for viewing, editing and converting databases.

The program has a freeware build which works with simple file-based database tables, including .db, .dbf, .txt, .csv, and .xml.

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Hard Disk Sentinel 5.0 adds more test and repair tools
March 8, 2017 – 13:19 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Hard Disk Sentinel 5.0 adds more test and repair tools

HardDiskSentinelVeteran drive monitor Hard Disk Sentinel has just been updated to version 5.0, the first major release in more than a year.

The Professional build gets a new “Repair disk drive” method which scans for weak sectors and forces the hard drive to stabilize problems, or reallocate sectors if necessary.

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WebCatalog runs your favourite web apps natively
March 8, 2017 – 08:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on WebCatalog runs your favourite web apps natively

WebCatalogWebCatalog is an open-source cross-platform tool which runs your favourite websites and services as native desktop applications.

A huge list of supported services includes Amazon, Basecamp, BBC iPlayer, Bing, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Gmail (and just about every other Google app), iCloud, iCQ, OneDrive, Netflix, Outlook.com, Skype, Spotify, Twitter, WhatsApp, Wikipedia and more.

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wtrace is a process monitor for Windows
March 7, 2017 – 17:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on wtrace is a process monitor for Windows

wtrace.200.175Wtrace is an open-source console-based process monitor for Windows. It’s essentially a stripped-down version of Sysinternals Process Monitor which you can run at the command line.

The program is entirely portable, with no drivers or Windows services involved. Just unzip the single executable and run it from an elevated command line.

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Lossless Cut trims videos with no loss of quality
March 6, 2017 – 16:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Lossless Cut trims videos with no loss of quality

LosslessCutLosslessCut is a simple open-source video editor which enables cutting and trimming videos without any loss of quality.

The program imports videos via the regular File > Open dialog, or via drag and drop. LosslessCut’s player is based on Chromium, so most browser-friendly formats are accepted (MP4, MOV, WebM, MKV, OGG, WAV, MP3, AAC, H264, Theora, VP8, VP9).

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