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First alpha of Paint.NET 5.0 released, packed with new features and performance improvements

Rick Brewster has announced the release of Paint.NET 5.0 (alpha). This early pre-release, which is also available as a portable build for existing users keen to try out the new features without affecting their current, stable release, promises significant performance increases, resurrected support for pressure-sensitive pens and tablets, plus a brand-new plugin system.

In addition, there are several new adjustments and effects, and a raft of improvements across existing tools. The new build does, however, jettison support for 32-bit systems and older versions of Windows.

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O&O DiskImage 18 Pro rebuilds core engine to deliver major performance improvements

O&O Software’s imaging and file backup tool gets another new upgrade with the release of O&O DiskImage 18 Pro. Version 18 promises a complete rebuild of the underlying O&O DiskImage engine, plus adds further refinements to its support for backing up virtualized machines.

O&O DiskImage 18 Pro provides a comprehensive suite of backup tools, with support for incremental and differential drive imaging for updating backups as efficiently as possible.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 13 promises full Windows 11 support, fully customizable dashboard


Auslogics has released a major update to its Windows optimization suite with the arrival of Auslogics BoostSpeed 13.0. The latest version is the first to fully support Windows 11, but also ships with several improved features.

Implementing full support for Windows 11 PCs means that BoostSpeed 13 can target specific parts of the new OS -- for example, users are able to delete documents from the 'Recommended' section of Windows 11's Start menu, while other new tools include a multi-uninstall manager and add-ons manager for removing unwanted browser and shell extensions.

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Adobe debuts Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023 with new photo and video effects

Adobe has unveiled brand new versions in its consumer photo and video range with the combined launch of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2023 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2023 for Windows and macOS.

Both new versions showcase new visual effects, but also come with the promise of usability, performance and stability improvements. They’re also accompanied by the launch of new companion web and mobile apps.

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IObit Driver Booster 10 expands driver database, promises faster scans and updates

IObit has released major new version of its Windows driver and game component updater tool. IObit Driver Booster 10 simplifies the task of finding and updating drivers across Windows PCs, and comes in both ad-supported free and paid-for versions.

Version 10 sees the tool expand its driver database to now include more than 8.5 million device drivers and game components.

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Firefox 105 promises improved stability in low-memory situations, touchpad improvements

Mozilla is rolling out Firefox 105 for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Key takeaways from this new build include improved stability and efficiency in low memory situations in Linux and Windows, as well as an option to print just the current page from the print preview dialog.

Major new features, then, are hard to find in Firefox 105. Swipe to navigate -- using two fingers on a touchpad -- has been implemented in Windows allowing users to swiftly move back and forwards through their history. The new build also promises a doubling of speed when searching large lists for individual items.

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Blender 3.3 unveils latest LTS release with multiple new and improved tools

The Blender Foundation has unveiled its first Long Term Support release of the Blender 3.x series with the release of Blender 3.3 LTS. LTS releases are supported for two years from release.

Also available as a portable Windows build, this is the third major point release in the 3.x series since it debuted in December 2021.

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WinZip 27 offers two new tools for sending files securely and cleaning duplicates

Corel has unveiled WinZip 27, a major new version of its flagship compression tool for Windows. Its headline changes are the addition of two new standalone tools in the form of a duplicate file cleaner and tool to facilitate the quick and secure sharing of zip files online.

The first new addition to all three editions of WinZip -- including the entry-level Standard version -- is WinZip SafeShare. This standalone tool is designed to make it easy to zip up, encrypt and share files securely with others via a three-step wizard.

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Behind the Microsoft Office compatibility drive, LibreOffice 7.4 still manages to surprise with more new features

The fourth major point release of The Document Foundation’s open-source, cross-platform office suite has landed. As with the previous release in February, LibreOffice 7.4 is targeted towards improving the experience for those migrating from Microsoft Office.

The focus on improving compatibility with Microsoft Office -- both for those migrating away from the platform and others who need to share documents with MS Office users -- is an ongoing process, and the 7.4 press release focuses a lot of attention on LibreOffice’s "highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment".

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Calibre 6 debuts full-text search, updates API to Qt6

Renowned eBook management tool Calibre has a new landmark release. Calibre 6.0 makes its bow on Windows (64-bit only), Mac and Linux.

Version 6.0 unveils one major headline new feature -- full text search across entire eBook libraries. It’s also the first version to support Apple Silicon and Linux ARM64 architectures, but also drops support for Windows 32-bit users.

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Foxit PDF Reader 12 and Foxit PDF Editor 12 show off new redesign, gain welcome additional features

Foxit Software has unveiled Foxit PDF Reader 12.0 and Foxit PDF Editor 12.0, major new versions of its PDF flagship products.

Both tools -- available for Windows and Mac -- sport a redesigned user interface, plus unveil a series of new and improved features including the ability to view two views of a document side-by-side in the same window.

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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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