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Batch convert documents to PDF, PNG, TIF or JPG with DocuFreezer 1.0

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Anyone who's tried Print Conductor will know how great it is for speeding up the wearisome process of printing out documents of different types in one go from your Windows PC.

Now the folks at fCoder are at it again, providing another free-for-personal-use tool to speed up batch processing. This time, however, DocuFreezer 1.0 is designed to speed up document conversion to PDF.

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Stickies allows text notes to contain images, adds desktop stack option

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Looking for a digital solution to the raft of sticky notes plastered across your desk? ZHorn Software has just unveiled Stickies 8.0a, the first major update to its free desktop sticky tool for Windows since November 2012.

New features include support for inserting images in text stickies, the ability to stack desktop stickies together and periodic automatic backups.

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1Password for Android now supports on-device password editing and management

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AgileBits has unveiled 1Password for Android 4.0, a complete rebuild of its app for giving Android device users access to passwords stored securely using the 1Password service.

Previously, the app only gave users read-only access to passwords created on other platforms, including Windows, Mac and iOS, but is now a fully fledged password manager in its own right.

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Amazon rebrands Cloud Player with launch of Amazon Music 3 for mobile and desktop

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Amazon has refreshed its entire collection of cloud music apps with the releases of Amazon Music for Windows 3.0, Amazon Music for Mac 3.0, Amazon Music  for iPad and iPhone 3.0 and Amazon Music for Android 3.0.

All four platforms share similar updates, and accompany Amazon’s foray into music streaming with the launch of Amazon Prime Music, which initially is only available to US customers.

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Skype for iPhone 5 now available, sports new look, better performance

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Microsoft has released Skype for iPhone 5.0, a major new update to its voice, video and chat messenger for iPhone and iPod touch users. Version 5.0 sports a major new redesign, more in-app options and drops support for iOS 7.

The update has been released separately to the iPad version, with Microsoft claiming to be "hard at work on a new version" for iPad users.

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FIFA launches refreshed Android and iPhone/iPad apps in time for the World Cup

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It’s summer 2014, which means for fans of the beautiful game (football, in case you were wondering) it’s time to put away your domestic squabbles and unite under your national flag for the World Cup -- assuming your nation qualified, of course.

This year, it’s all happening in Brazil, so for those football (or "soccer") nuts who want to stay up to date wherever they are, world governing body FIFA has the solution. The non-profit organization has just released major updates to its official mobile apps with the release of FIFA for Android 2.0 and FIFA for iOS 2.1.

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Adobe releases Flash Player 14 and AIR 14

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Adobe has released a major update to its web media player and runtime platform with the release of Adobe Flash Player 14.0 and Adobe AIR 14.0.

The new releases deliver a number of new features and updates: a PPAPI Flash Player content debugger, support for Atom-based Android devices and -- of most interest to end users -- support for the AIR Gamepad API.

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Firefox 30 adds new Sidebar button, GStreamer 1.0 support for Linux

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Mozilla has released Firefox 30.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 30.0 also imminent.

Despite the landmark version number, Firefox 30 is a relatively minor release -- particularly on the desktop version -- with little in the way of new features for end users.

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Wise Care 365 version 3 sports major new interface, adds four new modules

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WiseCleaner.com has released Wise Care 365 3.11, a major update to its all-in-one Windows maintenance tool. Version 3.11, which comes in free and paid-for versions, opens with a complete redesign of its user interface.

The new release also adds four new tools, revamps two of its major engines and comes with a number of optimizations to other parts of the suite.

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Power up the OS X context menu with FinderPop

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It doesn’t matter how many refinements and new features are introduced into each new version of OS X, you always end up wanting more, particularly when it comes to the Finder. Thankfully there are usually a slew of third-party apps -- many free -- that can fill in the gaps.

Take the Finder context menu for instance -- if you feel like it could be a little more helpful at times, then you need to install FinderPop 2.5.5.

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PhraseExpress provides universal AutoCorrect and AutoText for Windows, unveils multiple improvements

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Bartels Media GmbH has unveiled Phrase Express 10.1, a major update to its versatile tool for extending AutoText and AutoComplete to any Windows app. Version 10.1 contains a number of improvements and adds a new cancellation hotkey.

The tool, which is free for personal use and is also available in portable form, allows users to build a personal library of text snippets and phrases for quickly inserting into documents, forms and other windows.

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Paint.NET 4.0 Beta 4 restores Line/Curve tool, improves rendering quality and performance

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dotPDN LLC has released the fourth beta of Paint.NET 4.0, the latest pre-release of this eagerly anticipated freeware image-editing tool for Windows.

The fourth beta -- build 5628 -- sees the Line/Curve tool restored, having previously been incorporated into the Shapes tool. It also sees a number of rendering quality and performance improvements alongside a slew of other minor tweaks and bug fixes as Paint.NET edges towards its final release.

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Pale Moon overhauls rendering engine, adds animated panorama support

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Moonchild Productions has released a relatively major update to its Firefox browser variant for Windows with the release of Pale Moon 24.6 and Pale Moon x64 24.6.

Version 24.6 comes with a major overhaul of the graphics rendering engine to boost stability, plus a number of important fixes, including all latest security fixes. It also adds support for animated personas.

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Camera Fx8 Free offers iPhone users free camera effects tool

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Bored with your iPhone’s camera? Fed up with taking dull, listless shots? Apalon Apps may have something for you, with its new Camera Fx8 Free app.

The app, a cut-down version of the existing Camera Fx8 (currently 99c in the App Store), allows users to apply filters and shapes to both live and previously taken photos. These can then be saved to the camera roll and shared via Twitter or email.

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WinPatrol tweaks cookie management, adds Pale Moon support

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BillP Studios has released WinPatrol 31.0.2014, a minor refresh of its Windows snapshot-based security tool. WinPatrol monitors key system areas for changes, alerting the user to program attempts to make significant alterations.

Despite the jump to version 31, the latest release is a relatively minor one, with the most significant changes made to its browser-monitoring SQLite database.

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