PDF Multitool 6.20 extracts audio, video from PDFs
January 28, 2016 – 06:10 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on PDF Multitool 6.20 extracts audio, video from PDFs

Bytescout PDF MultiToolByteScout’s do-everything freeware PDF Multitool has been updated to 6.20 with new options for extracting embedded audio and video from PDFs.

Smarter text extraction means the program does a better job of auto-detecting document tables and saving their data to CSV or XML.

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Soundnode is a stylish Soundcloud app for desktops
January 27, 2016 – 08:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Soundnode is a stylish Soundcloud app for desktops

SoundnodeMusic discovery website Soundcloud has some great mobile apps, but desktop users aren’t so lucky: it’s the browser, or nothing at all.

Fortunately there’s now an unofficial alternative in Soundnode, an open-source Soundcloud client for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Pale Moon 26.0 adopts new Goanna browser engine, fine-tunes interface
January 26, 2016 – 09:24 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Pale Moon 26.0 adopts new Goanna browser engine, fine-tunes interface

Pale Moon 26Moonchild Productions has unveiled Pale Moon 26.0, the first major update of its Firefox-based browser for Windows and Linux since October 2014.

The new build, also available in 64-bit, sees Pale Moon unveil its own browser rendering engine, Goanna, plus further fine-tune the browser user interface as well as introduce a number of other new features, changes and security improvements.

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Malwarebytes ships Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta
January 26, 2016 – 06:31 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes ships Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta

Malwarebytes Anti-RansomwareMalwarebytes has released the first public beta of Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, a stand-alone ransomware blocker for Windows XP or later.

The application is lightweight, and designed to run alongside other security products without conflict, looking out for ransomware-like behaviour and blocking the process before it can encrypt your files.

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Firefox 44 adds H.264 video support on desktop, supports cloud printing on Android
January 26, 2016 – 05:02 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on Firefox 44 adds H.264 video support on desktop, supports cloud printing on Android

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 44 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox 44 for Android hot on its heels. Like the previous release, the most visible changes are reserved for the mobile build.

Android users gain support for cloud printing and improved search tools, while desktop users can now watch H.264 video on supported systems. Most other changes are under the hood or aimed at developers.

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TreeMapFs is a versatile disk space analyzer
January 26, 2016 – 02:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on TreeMapFs is a versatile disk space analyzer

TreeMapFsStorage space may be cheap these days, but wasting it is still a bad idea: the more you fill a drive, the longer file searches, antivirus scans and other system-wide operations will take.

TreeMapFs is a Windows application which provides various ways to analyze drive space usage, highlight resource hogs, and generally help keep your system running efficiently.

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FBackup 6.0 debuts cloud backup
January 25, 2016 – 10:56 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on FBackup 6.0 debuts cloud backup

FBackup Softland has shipped FBackup 6.0, a major update of its freeware file backup tool for Windows.

The new release finally brings support for cloud backups, with an option to save your data to Google Drive.

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chrlauncher is a free Chromium updater for PCs
January 25, 2016 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on chrlauncher is a free Chromium updater for PCs

chrlauncherIf you like Chrome, but aren’t so keen on Google’s tracking code and other extras, then you could switch to Chromium, its open-source browser engine.

Sure, you’d lose the integrated PDF viewer, various codecs, the Flash player (actually, that might be a good thing).

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Calculate file hashes instantly with fHash
January 23, 2016 – 10:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Calculate file hashes instantly with fHash

fHashIt wasn’t easy to work up much enthusiasm for fHash, at least initially. It’s only an MD5, SHA1, SHA256 and CRC32 hash calculator, after all – how interesting can it be?

But then we tried it, and… Okay, fHash is “only” a file hash calculator, but nicely implemented, with a lightweight, easy-to-use interface that makes it well worth a few minutes of your time.

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O&O RegEditor is a handy free REGEDIT alternative
January 21, 2016 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on O&O RegEditor is a handy free REGEDIT alternative

RegEditorO&O Software has shipped O&O RegEditor, a powerful freeware Registry editor for Windows Vista and later.

The package extends RegEdit with enhanced search tools, full copy and paste support, improved editing and more.

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KillEmAll 5.0 instantly closes everything on your Windows desktop
January 20, 2016 – 12:48 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on KillEmAll 5.0 instantly closes everything on your Windows desktop

KillEmAllFoolish IT has released the first beta of KillEmAll 5.0, a portable tool designed to close all non-essential applications at the click of a button.

The program could be very useful in emergencies – maybe to close all open browser windows if you’ve got a malicious popup – but is also a handy timesaver whenever you need to clear your desktop in a hurry.

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