Mike Williams

Milton is a minimalist painting tool with some smart tricks


Milton is a simple and straightforward painting tool which does its best to stay out of your way, but still has some unusual tricks of its own.

The core drawing tools are basic. Just one round brush, with color, size and opacity settings, and an eraser (or infinite undo) if you’ve made a mistake.

Continue reading

Cut PNG file sizes by 50 percent with S-Ultra PNG Compressor


S-Ultra PNG Compressor is a $14.95 Windows application for lossless compression of PNG files.

The program’s interface won’t win any design awards. It’s all very basic: click an "Add" button to select your files, check a couple of boxes to set compression levels and click "Start" to kick the process off.

Continue reading

Discover what malware is doing online with FakeNet


FakeNet is a clever Windows tool which tries to detect and display common web access attempts on your PC.

The program isn’t just another packet capture tool. Instead FakeNet redirects internet traffic and handles it locally, so you’ll see any attempts to download "www.server.com/trojan.exe" but they won’t succeed.

Continue reading

Resize and optimize web images with Tiny Beest Image Optimization for Chrome


Tiny Beest Image Optimization is a free Chrome extension which can resize and optimize web images to reduce their file size.

Once it’s installed, right-clicking an image displays a where you can resize the image to a few standard resolutions (1920px, 1440px, 1280px, 1080px, 600px, 300px). Alternatively, an "Optimize current size" option rewrites the image with lower quality settings.

Continue reading

NirSoft's LastActivityView now displays recent Wi-Fi network connects and disconnects


NirSoft’s user-tracking LastActivityView now displays all the recent wireless network connects and disconnects for the current system.

This is particularly handy for computer forensics, as it might help show where a laptop user has been over the past few days.

Continue reading

Nero 2017 adds HEVC support, 4K templates and effects, 256-bit encryption


Nero AG has unveiled its 2017 multimedia range, including Nero 2017 Platinum ($129.95), Nero 2017 Classic ($99.95), Nero Burning ROM 2017 ($49.95) and Nero Video 2017 ($49.95).

Top-of-the-range Nero 2017 Platinum gets support for playing, editing and converting HEVC/ H.265 video, and also ramps up its 4K support with 42 4K-optimised video templates and hundreds of 4K effects.

Continue reading

How to extract images from just about any file type


Extracting images from documents makes it much easier to reuse them elsewhere, and there’s a lot of freeware around to get the job done. Which is best for you? That depends on the file formats you want to use.

Weeny Free PDF Extractor provides a simple way to extract the contents of one or multiple PDF files. And not just images: it gives you embedded fonts and TXT files of any text content, too.

Continue reading

ungoogled-chromium is a completely Google-free browser


If you’re a Chrome user concerned about web privacy then you might have tried turning off telemetry settings, maybe switching to Chromium to lose all that Google code.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Even Chromium uses pre-built Google binaries and communicates with Google servers to provide various features.

Continue reading

Zone Photo Studio X ships with layers and cloud storage integration


Zoner Software has shipped Zoner Photo Studio X (aka version 19), the latest edition of its one-stop photo editor. Top of the "What’s New" list is full Layers support, with all the features and blend modes you need.

New effects include a smart Dehaze tool, non-destructive gradient filters, and a reworked Perspective tool where you can tweak horizons, perspective, and receding lines all from one place.

Continue reading

KC Softwares unveils 'Wi-Fi troubleshooter' dot11expert


SUMo and KCleaner developer KC Softwares has unveiled its latest project, Wi-Fi troubleshooting tool dot11expert. The package displays low-level details about your network adapters, local wireless networks and access points: signal quality, SSID, MAC address, channel, authentication and more.

A separate graph plots the signal strength of all detected networks.

Continue reading

Access 280+ Windows applets, settings and tools from Ultimate Settings Panel


Windows has never made it easy to find the tool or setting you need, and with options now split between "old" and "new" "Control Panels", it can seem more difficult than ever.

Ultimate Settings Panel is a once-commercial, now free tool which makes just about every Windows applet, settings panel or tool accessible from a single place.

Continue reading

View and import REG files safely with RegMerge


.REG files are a quick way of making multiple changes to the Windows Registry. Double-click one, REGEDIT asks if you’d like to apply its tweaks, and once you’ve said "yes" it'll update every key in the file.

Fast? Yes. Convenient? Certainly. But what if you don’t really want to make perhaps hundreds of Registry changes without having the slightest idea of what they’re doing?

Continue reading

Record or stream games, videos, your desktop and more with OBS Studio


OBS Studio (formerly OBS Multiplatform) is a powerful open-source streaming and recording package, crammed with high-end features, yet also with something to offer almost every level of user.

There’s support for a wide range of sources, including media files, audio input (microphone) and output (whatever’s playing through your speakers), application windows, your desktop, games, webcams and more.

Continue reading

Compress and decompress EXE’s with Free UPX


UPX is a popular open source tool which can pack Windows EXE and other executable formats to reduce their size.

The process typically compresses files more than zipping, but otherwise has no apparent effect on the file. Run a packed EXE and it quickly decompresses and launches the original image, with no sign that anything unusual has happened.

Continue reading

ripgrep is a fast, powerful cross-platform grep


Once you’re used to the power of grep, regular Windows text-searching tools can seem a little, well, basic.

Fortunately there some quality alternatives around, and ripgrep is an excellent open-source project with builds available for Windows, Linux and OS X.

Continue reading

© 1998-2016 BetaNews, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy.