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Universal Media Server 11 unveils rich web interface redesign on top of below-the-hood improvements

The Universal Media Server Project has released Universal Media Server 11.1.0, a swiftly released patch to the recent major update of this open-source, cross-platform media server for Windows, Mac and Linux computers running Java.

The UPNP/DLNA-compatible media server boasts a significantly improved web interface, helping give the server a more modern look to go with its modernized code base.

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Camtasia 2022 unveils cursor editing, Blend Mode and revamped home screen

TechSmith has announced the release of Camtasia for Windows 2022.0.0 and Camtasia for Mac 2022.0.0, the latest versions of its heavyweight image screen recording and video-editing tool.

The new 2022 release focuses on improvements on the mouse cursor, which plays a key role in all screen recordings.

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Get Avast BreachGuard 2022 for as little as $5 to protect yourself from online breaches

It’s almost inevitable that at least one of your online accounts has been hacked in the past, and while you can manually check for such breaches using websites like Have I Been Pwned, keeping on top of new breaches (never mind existing ones) can be a chore.

This is where Avast BreachGuard rides to the rescue. This standalone tool provides a continuous monitoring service for all your email addresses and passwords, enabling you to take timely action whenever a new breach is detected.

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Revo Uninstaller Pro 5 adds uninstall history and dark mode

The VS Revo Group has unveiled Revo Uninstaller Pro 5.0 and Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable 5.0 for Windows PCs. This powerful tool allows users to more thoroughly remove unwanted programs, Microsoft Store apps and other elements (including browser extensions) from their PCs.

Version 5.0 adds new features to allow users to track all previous uninstall operations, more thoroughly clean programs installed across all user accounts and adds support for removing multiple Windows Store apps and browser extensions in a single action.

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1Password 8 for Mac unveils complete redesign, universal autofill

Toronto developer AgileBits has unveiled 1Password 8.7.0 for Mac, almost six months after it released 1Password 8 for Windows.

The app is the first Mac build developed using the cross-platform Rust and Electron tools, which has resulted in a brand-new design language -- code-named Knox -- that aims to provide a consistent user experience across Mac, Linux and Windows.

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Kamo 4 adds VPN technology to block more online snoopers

Piriform Software, best-known for its CCleaner cleaning product for PCs and Macs, has released Kamo 4.0, a major new update to its Windows privacy tool.

Kamo 4.0, which blocks online trackers through a range of tools built into a single application, has added location masking through the implementation of a basic VPN, which masks the user’s IP address and exact geographic location via an encrypted connection through another server in their own country.

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FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 adds rating system, promises better performance via new database

If you’re looking for an all-in-one image viewer, editor and batch converter for your Windows PC, then FastStone is the tool for you. And with the release of FastStone Image Viewer 7.6, this powerful freeware app just got a whole lot better.

Forget the point release -- 7.6 arrives more than two years after version 7.5 and could easily have been version 8.0 given the number of new and improved features. Highlights include a new database engine, rating system and pre-scan folders option.

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Avast Ultimate Security 2022 secures your entire household for two years for just $30

Security is always a hot topic, but recent world events have made it more critical than ever to review -- and potentially change -- the security you use to protect your PC. With governments worldwide reiterating their warnings about using Russian-made antivirus tools, now is the time to look for a trusted alternative, and we’ve got just the tool to protect your entire household for the next two years.

Developed in Europe, Avast Ultimate 2022 is designed to protect up to 10 devices across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. It’s a suite of four products: Avast Premium Security 2022, Avast SecureLine VPN 2022, Avast Cleanup Premium 2022, and Avast AntiTrack Premium 2022. Combined, you get comprehensive protection from all kinds of threats, not just against malware.

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Website X5 2022.1 Pro adds new Portfolio component for self-promotion, supports instalment payments

Italian developer Incomedia has released its first major point release to the Website X5 2022 line.

Both Website X5 Pro 2022.1 Pro and its cut-down sibling Website X5 Pro 2022.1 Evo introduce a new personal branding tool for individuals and businesses as well as support for integrating PayPal’s Buy Now Pay Later feature into their websites’ ecommerce stores.

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WhoCrashed 7 adds full support for Windows 11 and latest bugchecks to improve diagnosis

Blue-screen errors can be the hardest ones of all for Windows users to troubleshoot. Usually there’s a low-lying problem -- kernel or driver corruption, or even hardware failure. But how do you go about diagnosing the problem and finding the cure?

WhoCrashed is a tool designed to help you interpret these crashes, and with the release of WhoCrashed 7.0 Home Edition, this powerful diagnostics tool just got a lot better.

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Vivaldi 5.1 unveils horizontal tab scrolling, new Reading List feature

Just over two months after unveiling its landmark 5.0 release, Vivaldi 5.1 arrives on desktop and Android with more new features.

Version 5.1 highlights two major desktop improvements -- the introduction of horizontal tab scrolling using the mouse, plus a built-in Reading List feature. Android users benefit from better performance under heavy loads and more Theme color options.

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LibreOffice 7.3 delivers new features and performance improvements to improve Microsoft Office compatibility

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 7.3, the third major point release for its open-source, cross-platform office suite. Accompanied by the tag line, "More performance, more compatibility", the release boasts several noteworthy new features.

The key focus of this new release is better interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

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Rambox 2.0 allows you to consolidate all your major apps and services within a single workspace

Rambox LLC has started the New Year by relaunching its workspace consolidation tool with the release of Rambox 2.0. Available on Windows, macOS and Linux, the new app combines paid-for and free tiers within a single program for the first time.

Rambox originally launched in 2016 as an open-source beta under a 'Community Edition' banner. In 2018, a paid-for Pro version with additional functionality was added, and now Rambox has combined the two in a single program with both free and paid-for tiers.

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Krita 5.0 boosts performance, overhauls resource management

Open-source painting app Krita 5.0 has been released, almost four years since the 4.x branch first saw the light of day.

The cross-platform app, available for Windows, macOS and Linux, promises vastly improved performance, better gradients, a rewritten smudge brush engine and an overhauled animation system among other things.

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SnagIt 2022 adds cloud library support, improves picture-in-picture feature

Screen-recording specialist TechSmith has unveiled Snagit 2022 for Windows and Snagit 2022 for Mac, a major new release of its screen capture and recording tool.

The 2022 release offers several new features, including support for cloud libraries, improved picture-in-picture recordings and cross-platform compatibility improvements enabling users to move seamlessly between Mac and Windows builds.

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