Euler Math Toolbox is a versatile Matlab-like suite
July 11, 2016 – 03:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Euler Math Toolbox is a versatile Matlab-like suite

Euler Math ToolboxWe’ve revisited a few veteran applications recently, but nothing that quite competes with Euler Math Toolbox, which began life in 1988 as a program for the Atari ST.

These days, and still being regularly updated, the package has become a versatile suite of tools for exploring real and complex numbers, vectors, matrices and symbolic algebra.

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Monitor your PC’s RAM use with Memory History Tool
July 10, 2016 – 04:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Monitor your PC’s RAM use with Memory History Tool

Memory History ToolJust about every memory optimiser around claims that freeing up RAM will speed up your PC, but this isn’t necessarily true. It all depends on how your RAM is currently being used.

Memory History Tool logs the processes using your RAM and maintains a history of the main memory hogs, helping you understand where your resources are going.

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Create and edit animated GIFs with SoftDigi Easy GIF
July 7, 2016 – 03:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Create and edit animated GIFs with SoftDigi Easy GIF

Easy GIFSoftDigi Easy GIF is a $20.95 suite of tools for creating and editing animated GIFs.

The program doesn’t require any artistic or design ability. Open an existing animation and you can resize it, remove frames, change colours, set transparency and more, all in a few clicks.

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O&O DiskImage Professional 11 unveils complete redesign, new command-line tool
July 6, 2016 – 09:24 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O DiskImage Professional 11 unveils complete redesign, new command-line tool

DiskImage200-175O&O Software GMBH has unveiled O&O DiskImage Professional 11 64-bit, major new version of its disk-imaging tool for Windows PCs. Also available for 32-bit versions of Windows, the new release unveils a major facelift, giving the program a more modern look and feel.

There’s also a new command-line tool, as well as display improvements (including support for 4K displays), and the promise of faster performance.

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Cut your browser’s RAM usage with All Browsers Memory Zip?
July 6, 2016 – 07:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cut your browser’s RAM usage with All Browsers Memory Zip?

All Browsers Memory ZipAll Browsers Memory Zip is a free memory optimizer designed to cut your browser’s RAM usage.

The program doesn’t just work with Chrome, IE or Firefox– it recognises and supports almost 40 browsers, out of the box.

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LightZone: still a great image editor
July 5, 2016 – 06:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on LightZone: still a great image editor

LightZoneIf you’re looking for a free image editor then you’ll probably start with the big names, the latest updates, whatever’s made the headlines recently.

But there’s also a whole world of mature software out there which doesn’t make the news, and isn’t updated often, yet could still deliver everything you need.

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Monitor your CPU temperature with Core Temp
July 5, 2016 – 04:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Monitor your CPU temperature with Core Temp

Core TempCore Temp is a powerful CPU temperature monitor which has been helping users watch their hardware since 2006.

The project seemed to have faded away in the past few years, but a series of updates in recent months has seen it roar back to life.

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Icaros 3.0 extends and speeds up Windows Explorer thumbnailing
July 4, 2016 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Icaros 3.0 extends and speeds up Windows Explorer thumbnailing

IcarosIcaros is a free FFmpeg-powered tool which extends Windows Explorer’s thumbnail support to just about any video format.

The package can produce cover art thumbnails for Mkv, Flac, Ape, and Mpc files, and provides extended Windows Explorer properties for Mkv, Flv, Ogm, Ogv, Ogg, Flac, Ape, and Mpc.

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Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew
July 4, 2016 – 02:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew

DeskewDeskew is an open source package which can detect skewed text in scanned text documents, and output a straightened version.

It’s a command line tool, which is, well, inconvenient, but don’t let that put you off entirely – it’s still probably easier than you’d expect.

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Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor
July 3, 2016 – 02:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor

Notepad!Notepad.200.175 is a nicely balanced Notepad replacement, accessible to just about everyone but with plenty of bonus extra features when you need them.

The interface is an immediate plus, its Office-like ribbon organising the program’s main features across three tabs.

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Track your web traffic around the world with Open Visual Traceroute
July 2, 2016 – 05:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Track your web traffic around the world with Open Visual Traceroute

OOpen Visual Traceroutepen Visual Traceroute is a Java-based, cross-platform networking toolkit which displays the path of your web traffic on 3D world map.

Despite the “Traceroute” name, that’s not all. Bonus features include a Whois tool, and a WinPcap-powered packet sniffer which shows exactly what your traffic contains.

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