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8 min 54 sec ago Best Free Text Editors Bhat59

SynWrite needs to be looked at. I have just begun to use it as a simple text editor. I liked it because it has the best interface of the many editors I have seen. It has even themes! Download Crew gives it a four and a half rating. I don't know whether it should be in this section or along with Notepad++.

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1 hour 27 min ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software Remah

Thanks for the info. I'm currently testing it.

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1 hour 49 min ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

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2 hours 47 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Fairportfan

I keep thinking of going Pro ... but there are other packages i'd likely want to go paid/full version on, first.

...and there's a new version of PagePlus i have to consider...

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3 hours 24 min ago Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software mmseng

@crombierob,

I think your problem here is that, by using the VGA switcher, you actually only have one of the monitors physically connected at a time.

In your situation, if your monitor has multiple inputs, you would better off running both computers into a separate input of the monitor, bypassing the VGA switch altogether, and switching between the inputs using the monitor's Input/Source toggle button.

This way, both computers always see that they have a monitor connected, and the mouse sharing software doesn't get confused.

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5 hours 54 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Chaturanger

On Windows 8.1: Notepad and Wordpad. I have also Word 2013. That's enough!

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9 hours 59 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad toktok

I've also used EditPad Lite for years - excellent and recommendable - and for the last years I have used EditPad Pro.

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11 hours 37 min ago The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen Sgluber

*thumbs up*

:-)

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11 hours 38 min ago Best Free Text Editors Fairportfan

I looked at Poet. I was like "What?!?" and uninstalled it.

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11 hours 40 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Sgluber

"So why not check out all 3?"

Exactly, that's THE point!

Thank you, rob! :-)

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14 hours 2 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Rick Grunwald

Metapad will load huge files but probably not a quickly as others. For the number of times I do that in a year, I can deal with it although I am sure that would be a deal breaker for some.

I use the search / replace feature extensively as well as case changing features. Shortcuts and favorites are also a plus

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14 hours 7 min ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software dawnmaster

As of version 37, Chrome now have 64bit version.

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14 hours 7 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Rick Grunwald

That is a good point. There are some excellent alternatives for people that do a lot of coding. I use metapad as it goes a bit beyond notepad with things like favorites and case changing without loading menus that I will never use

It is definitely a personal preference based on needs

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14 hours 47 min ago See Who Your PC's Talking To Phylis Sophical

Thanks. Portable worked as advertised on Win7 32bit.
TeamViewer was listening in...hmmmm.

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17 hours 1 min ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad jbhq

From memory Metapad had 2 versions, one for general use and one for very large files ...

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22 hours 21 min ago See Who Your PC's Talking To Prof. Jewell

Found this at the bottom of the download page:

Received / Sent fields are always 0.

Due to Microsoft's decision, the information is no longer available on Vista (Service Pack 1) and later. It may still be accessible if you specifically "Login as an Administrator", but not by just "Run the program as an Administrator". There is no problem to use it as an normal user before Vista (Service Pack 1).

????

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1 day 57 min ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files johann07

ilove this

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

It doesn't support FTP downloads as of now, the download manager was released to the public only 2 months back, but the rapid strides it's made is astounding.

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1 day 4 hours ago See Who Your PC's Talking To pvilan

Thanks Rob for the useful Moo0 Connection watcher.
I am going to download portable version.
Years ago I decided to go in that direction because (I use your own words): "using portable software when available, as there's nothing to install and thus removing the product if you no longer use it is simply a case of deleting the files from your computer"

Peter

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1 day 5 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Latest changes:
- There is a new section on important features.
- Completed reviews of more products so some have short mentions in the Other Free Digital Image Editor section.
- Imagina - Virtual Lightbox has been added to the recommended advanced editors.

Remah - Category editor

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1 day 8 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Remah

For anyone who is interested, Windows Live Photo Gallery is recommended in Best Free Digital Photo Organizer.

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1 day 8 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

There is a separate category for online image editors and it's already recommended there.

I will be updating that category once I've finished reviewing software for this category.

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1 day 12 hours ago Dark Nebula (Wallpaper of the Week) rhiannon

You're quite welcome. :)

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1 day 15 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming tacenator

When I checked OneDrive, only 15 GB unless you have an Office 365 subscription where it goes to 1TB.
I recently loaded "Box" on my new Android LG Viper and it came with 50 GB for life as a promotion, able to sync with my desktop.

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1 day 15 hours ago Best Free Download Manager BrollyLSSJ

Today I tried Download Ninja and it seems it does not support ftp Downloads. It always added http:// before the ftp:// protocol. EagleGet works fine with ftp links.

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1 day 16 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor ChronicChaos

Remah, you missed a great one...Pixlr

"Pixlr has been a favorite online photo editor and mobile app for years. Now, you can get the same Pixlr experience with even more fun and powerful tools on your Mac or Windows computer."

https://pixlr.com/desktop

https://pixlr.com/mobile

https://pixlr.com/web

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1 day 17 hours ago Dark Nebula (Wallpaper of the Week) Sgluber

Outstanding image, rhiannon!

Thank you! :-)

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1 day 19 hours ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad Fairportfan

I've been using EditPad Lite for years - i don't do much code work, but EditPad is excellent for text entry and editing before i dump it to PagePlus for final formatting.

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1 day 21 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer richtea

Could 64-bit architecture be the problem here? Just guessing.

Irfan may not have IMPORT function named as such, but it sports ACQUIRE under File menu. I use it for scanning purposes only, so would not know about how it works with a particular camera. Once connected to your computer, the camera should show under the TWAIN sources button. See what happens when you specify it as the source.

Otherwise, I find MS (Live) Photo Gallery to be generally so useful that I would not be bothered looking for something else just for the sake of convenience. There are horses for courses, and some of my more involved snaps get worked over on a smattering of editors, not just a couple let alone one only.

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Limoo - a minimalist image viewer:
http://labs.sialan.org/projects/limoo

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... QWinFF is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful command-line media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. QWinFF provides an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you use ffmpeg easily without having to type a single command. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters like bitrate and sample rate in detail ..."

http://qwinff.github.io/

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1 day 22 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming Harry Harddrive

In the case of endpoint (user) encrytpion that need not be the case: the encryption key should remain on your system only, I agree it should definitely NOT be in the cloud! There are cloud services that provide you with precisely that feature. This way, even the cloud service providor cannot possibly see what is inside your files. One disadvantage being: incremental backup is not possible as a result, so if you make a change to a file, it needs to be uploaded in full again. But to me, that is a small disadvantage I can perfectly live with, given the protection of my privacy.

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... FOG is a free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite. FOG can be used to image Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8 PCs using PXE, PartClone, and a Web GUI to tie it together. Includes features like memory and disk test, disk wipe, av scan & task scheduling ...":
http://fogproject.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/?source=navbar

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1 day 22 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming bernardz

Mmmm I stand corrected, the problem with using a cloud encryption is that if someone has unauthorized by you access to the files in the cloud, then they probably have access to the encryption.

So I would suggest if security is important to you to use something like AxCrypt, then put it into the cloud. I agree it is a pain.

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has:

- first-class mouse support
- GUI editor-like keybindings
- copying/pasting with OS clipboard support
- undo/redo
- syntax highlighting for many languages
- a Sublime-like file sidebar
- select word to highlight other occurrences; double-click to select word
- easy-to-use finding with regex support
- bracket matching
... many other features that will make you leave nano, vim, and emacs behind ...":

https://github.com/slap-editor/slap

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

You are welcome ...

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1 day 23 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming Harry Harddrive

You would want drive encryption for other reasons (like computer theft) but here it won't do the trick I'm afraid: before uploading the file, that file will first be decrypted by your system software, in order to be able to upload it to your cloud. You could keep your files in an encrypted container, and upload that container file (seen as just one file once not opened) as it is, but from my experience working with these container files is a pain in the ....

What you would want is: end-point (user controlled) encryption of each file just prior to being uploaded. Google that, because Gizmo is not allowing me to mention any of these alternatives to the above advertised Dropbox.

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1 day 23 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojo Yee

Krita is now added to the list. Thanks Panzer for valuable suggestions.

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2 days 50 min ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming bernardz

As far as security is concerned, if you are concerned, I would suggest you look at a Drive Encryption Utility, so the cloud folder is encrypted by your computer and then uploaded to the cloud. That way if someone in the cloud is doing a dirty on you, your data is still safe.

Another tip make sure your cloud provider is in a different legal jurisdiction to you.

Any thoughts on this?

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2 days 6 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Yes, IrfanView is a good option but I deliberately omitted it because it is primarily an image viewer and has been recommended in Best Free Digital Image Viewer.

It will be reviewed as part of a later update that will cover digital image viewers with editing features.

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2 days 6 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Adobe Photoshop CS2 is available from free download sites but Adobe has not positively authorized its free use. In fact, Adobe's published comments on this issue say that it is not free (see http://prodesigntools.com/about-adobe-cs2-free-download-rumor.html):
http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/01/update-on-cs2-and-acrobat-7... says
"Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago, do not run on many modern operating systems, and are no longer supported.
Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. The serial numbers provided as a part of the download may only be used by customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products."
http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2013/01/whats-up-with-adobe-giving-away-cs2... responds to the question "Is it OK for someone who did NOT purchase CS2 to download this now for personal use?" with "No, it isn't. The download link is there only for the benefit of people who've paid for CS2. --J."

On the other hand, Adobe may have softened its initial stance. Adobe don't appear to have spent any time or money forcing sites to take down the downloads. Also the strongest statements are no longer visible on Adobe sites:
https://forums.adobe.com/message/4974662?PID=2159997#4974662
"On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated …
You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!
What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don’t require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.)"
http://www.adobe.com/jp/downloads/cs2_downloads?PID=2159997 which used to say
"The purpose of this measure was not to distribute software free of charge to a large number of people. Rather, the measure was initially put in place in order to make the software as user-friendly as possible for those customers with the proper license. Anybody using it without the proper license is in violation of the licensing agreement. We thank you for your understanding."

In either case, Photoshop CS2 does not meet our policy for free software so it will not be included in this review.

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2 days 10 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor century

Here is my humble opinion:
The usefulness of a image editor ( or any software ) depends on the needs of the user. The writer of this article quite properly went for three categories & gave us a good overview of some nice softwares. My thanks & gratitude for that.

IMHO the best free advanced category image editors are GIMP & Photoshop CS2. They are almost equally capable & have daunting learning curves. But they are "a must know" for young hobbyists interested in image editing. After all quality of the job is the last word.

For a majority of people Paint.net should prove an excellent choice. It is easy to use as an entry-level software as well as a more advanced one. Of course it is not as good as GIMP or Photoshop.

For cropping, resizing & minor adjustments of brightness/contrast any of the basic editors will do. The choice given by the writer is quite agreeable. Only that he missed the popular Irfan View.

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2 days 11 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming Chaturanger

OneDrive is free : 1 Tb

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2 days 11 hours ago Best Free DVD Ripper yatz

My expeience with WinX DVD Ripper was a failure. I only got to test non-encrypted disks, and it had no problem doing the job - the files were produced and I viewed them - but the program just hanged at "99% completed", and there was no way of shutting it down. Had to reboot. This problem consisted the several times I tried it. Uninstalled it - and then the uninstaller (having completed uninstallation) just hanged... At least I managed to shut it down without having to reboot.
I'm going back to the the HandBrake & DVDFab Passkey combo that has served me very well on my previous system (all Win 7 64-bit).

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2 days 17 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming bernardz

I suppose who are you trying to hid your files from. My main use of dropbox is to bypass iTunes and transfer books from my computer to my iPad.

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2 days 18 hours ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming Geekomatic

I have to ask:

Doesn't anyone worry about cloud storage security?

As in, anyone in the place shuffling through stuff? I know they aren't allowed/supposed to/can't....but really.

I am a staunch proponent of 2 onsite back-ups + one offsite. But I've yet to be convinced of a service 1st of all dependent on the business, but then also that your stuff is inaccessible if they go down for any reason.

I personally use Skydrive (free) & I've uploaded password-protected documents.

I cannot imagine the horror of uploading 4,000+ photos? And why?

Open to enlightenment- or just your personal uses, because I find it interesting & helpful,

Ta!

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2 days 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Camicri Cube is a portable package manager (Like Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Center, but a portable one) that can be used and run in any platform (Windows, Apt-Based Linux Distributions), online and offline, in flashdrive or any removable devices without installing anything. It enables you to download Linux Applications in any computer, and installs it back to your original computer ...":

https://launchpad.net/camicricube

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3 days 32 min ago My Favourite App For Joining MP3 Files DavidFB

Good tip. I already had it installed for converting video. Just make sure to select the MP3 profile and check the Settings before you start.

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3 days 32 min ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming bernardz

After I went into a promo with Samsung mobile and Dropbox, which they promised to raise my limit from 2GB which was the free plan to 4GB, they actually increased it for 2 years for free by 48 GB.

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3 days 1 hour ago Best Free Email Software MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. Is now updated. MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 3 hours ago Best Free File Manager JTAlsman

Thank you for the reply. I'll check out those mentioned. I have tried refreshing MC, but no luck. It might be an issue with the Beta version. I'll have to install the last stable, and see if it resolves the issue.

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3 days 4 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor DavidFB

Abobe tracks the number of installs. If you've previously installed the product more than twice and didn't deactivate an install, it will block further installs unless you talk to them. That's all I can suggest.

It is the serial number on Adobe as well.

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3 days 4 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor DavidFB

Thanks, Remah. I logged into Adobe and you're right. They're offering downloads and serial numbers for CS2 and Acrobat 7 products for Adobe Customers due to the validation server going down. But not for free.

That's not how it's being presented on legitimate download sites, which is a little surprising.

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3 days 6 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor movrshakr

SN put in was correctly done. I did it several times, used copy/paste to be sure it was right, and one time pasted it into notepad and copied out of there to be sure there were no extraneous characters in it. No go.

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3 days 7 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Adobe have not offered the program for free although is available on download sites. They have provided the keys for legal users only. This was done because they have decommissioned the server that used to automatically validate the license keys.

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3 days 7 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Thanks for the compliment.

This is a category that has many products of a high-standard and it is hard to go wrong with so much choice. But as you point out there are some significant deficiencies and strange design choices. Paint.NET's layer rotate tool is so good that I'm considering adding a list of desirable features. This would be at the end of the introduction to alert people to the best features, promote the programs that provide them, and hopefully raise the bar for the rest of the programs.

I will be adding a short review of MS Picture Manager at the end of the article because so many Office users are not aware of. I have been a heavy user of it for many years.

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3 days 8 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor ichabod

First, my kudos to Remah for a professional-quality article that should be a model and inspiration for other reviewers.

Second, my thanks to JediInverse for mentioning MS Picture Manager that comes free with MS Office. I knew, of course, that I owned the latter, but never realized that it included the former.

My story: On those infrequent occasions when I do image editing, I take a simplistic approach. I don't create fantastic but realistic-looking images of a sliced-open egg with its yolk replaced by a sliced-open kiwi fruit, or a cruise ship floating in a bowl of soup; I just do things that I think should be easy. Yesterday I edited an image that I wanted to rotate by 45 degrees. I used Paint.net and was appalled to discover that this sophisticated program--with so many features that I'll never need or know how to use--offered on the Image menu to rotate only in 90-degree increments. Now that I've read Remah's review, I see that all I had to do was move to the Layers menu to find its Rotate/Zoom tool, but why would a SW designer split those functions over two different menus without at least cross-linking them? And, now I know that next time I can also use Picture Manager to do the same job (and probably others that I'll soon discover) very simply.

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3 days 8 hours ago Best Free Email Software doxallday

The listed con for 'Opera (M2 Mail Client)' is not true. It is being offered as a stand-alone email client: http://www.opera.com/computer/mail

It's clean, responsive, and loads fast; wholeheartedly recommended.

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3 days 8 hours ago Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad SmAppsFan

I have been using Metapad for over a decade, as a Notepad replacement rather than as a serious editor. Have never felt the least desire to change editors, in that limited context.

For most editing of larger files you will want code highlighting and the ability to configure keyboard shortcuts.

For pure load-and-search operations on large files I usually use WinVi (http://www.winvi.de/en/). WinVi also has a Hexadecimal mode.

Will take a look at the most recent incarnation of EmEditor, which I used to use at version 1.xx, because it could hot link http://... text before that was routine, and Glogg.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Thanks for the suggestion. It's already on my list so I will be reviewing IrfanView soon.

I used to use it so it will be interesting to see how it has changed. It generally gets high marks for its features but it has always been hindered by its idiosyncratic interface.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

The issue applies to Lightbox and Photo! Editor because they are not being updated. I have changed the sentence to make that clearer.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Remah

Thanks for the suggestion. I will review it soon.

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3 days 11 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor joiwind

My vote goes for a must-see that should be on the list :

http://photodemon.org/

Fantastic numbers of effects and adjustments - check it out.

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3 days 11 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor DavidFB

I would check carefully that you're entering it correctly. It's easy to make a mistake. It was fine when I tried it a short while ago. And the feedback I've gotten from others has all been positive.

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3 days 14 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor movrshakr

The serial number listed on the techspot download page for this CS2 Windows FAILS as invalid.

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3 days 15 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor movrshakr

The following sentence is in the LIGHTBOX discussion--seems out of place:

"As for Photo! Editor, the biggest issue is that the program is not being updated although you do have an assured upgrade path by purchasing the more fully-featured paid version."

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3 days 16 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor gruff

This is the first time I've seen a list of the best photo editors where IrfanView was not included. Been using it for years and it's at least in the top five.

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3 days 17 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor BearPup

Wonderful review, hours of programs to try out. Thanks for the excellent job.

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3 days 21 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Krita is a free digital painting and illustration application:
https://krita.org/

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3 days 22 hours ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming Panzer

More:
http://www.codewars.com/
http://rubykoans.com/
http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/
http://www.codelearn.org/ruby-on-rails-tutorial

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3 days 22 hours ago Want To Develop Android or iPhone Apps? You Can, For Free. anandcoral

Did anyone downloaded it and published it to mobile platform ?
I am interested in Android (well who's not) but can not afford just on beautiful talks to download the 1.2 GB.

So need concrete proof that one can develop, publish with the free version in Android Play store.

Till then good article.

Regards,

Anand

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4 days 33 min ago The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen mmaker1234

I'm also dealing with log files of _gigabytes_ size on daily basis. And the reason to left this (otherwise great) editor about decade ago was exactly the restricted support for large files.

A reader interested in huge files can easily find my "research" on tools for their handling (not only editors but also readers) on Gizmo's site.

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4 days 4 hours ago Finds of the Week: Tuts+, Hextris (game), OSXDaily, Enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8 George.J

Tuts+ is an amazing tutorial site.

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4 days 13 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I got the joke and enjoyed the irony too : )

I stand by my comments re; OC in general but fair cop, I hadn't properly looked into the situation with Avast in particular.

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4 days 13 hours ago How to Use the Keyboard to Move or Resize a Window that is Too Big for the Screen sicknero

Nice tip, thank you... it never occured to me use the menu shortcuts before.

I normally use AltDrag for this but I'm trying to reduce my autoruns so this will be handy, thanks.

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4 days 17 hours ago Want To Develop Android or iPhone Apps? You Can, For Free. dasharp

From their download page:

"Get the free version of Unity for Windows. It’s fully functional, yours to keep and includes publishing support for the full range of mobile platforms, desktop and the Web."

It sounds like mobile publishing is now supported in the free version.

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4 days 18 hours ago Want To Develop Android or iPhone Apps? You Can, For Free. SwanKnight

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the free version of Unity doesn't allow to publish to mobile platforms, as I recall, even in the pro version, mobile platforms had extra cost individually.

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4 days 21 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... MakeHuman is the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for:

- Illustrations
- Animations
- Games
- Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting ...":

http://www.makehuman.org/

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4 days 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments ...":
http://nixos.org/nix/

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4 days 22 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Great minds think alike ... ;)

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5 days 2 hours ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors MrBrian

Wilders member stapp has requested that I pass on this information:

The listing for Emsisoft gives a 404 for the Online Malware Submission link.

It should either be

http://www.emsisoft.com/en/support/submit/ (English)
or
http://www.emsisoft.de/de/support/submit/ (German]

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5 days 4 hours ago Best Free iPhone Apps apilon51

Cardmuch is no longer available guess you guys are due for an updated list

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5 days 6 hours ago Best Free Online Books For Kindle johnsss

Could you please add our two sites

1) Kindle Free Book Search - www.freebookssearch.com

2) Cover View Curated Lists - http://www.zerofrictionbooks.com/free/today/

thank you very much.

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5 days 7 hours ago How to Use the Keyboard to Move or Resize a Window that is Too Big for the Screen calimesajim

Thanks V Laurie. Needed this info for my cloud backup window.

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5 days 12 hours ago Finds of the Week: Tuts+, Hextris (game), OSXDaily, Enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8 mjt328

Love the tip to re-enable F8 in Windows 8! I only have that OS on one rarely used computer - used strictly in desktop mode - and can never remember where they hid the instructions to do this! I'm going to make this change immediately.

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5 days 13 hours ago The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen rob.schifreen

I need to look through server log files at the place I work, which can run to a few hundred megabytes. Not huge, but large enough to slow down the search feature on most editors I've tried.

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5 days 19 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

The comic element was the entrance of WOT in this particular conversation, in a rebuttal of the claim that OpenCandy is benign. The opportune arrival of reinforcements. I apologize for the unclarity.

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6 days 1 hour ago Best Free Office Suite MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The name has now been changed. MC - Site Manager.

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6 days 1 hour ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Although you might like to think it's funny, our site rules are designed to protect visitors from potentially harmful links. Of course there are grey areas and situations when having a bad WOT rating does not present a hazard, but once we begin to make exceptions the whole system becomes meaningless. We do however expect members to read the rules before posting and abide by them for the benefit of the community. MC - Site Manager.

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6 days 5 hours ago NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) ShorePatrol

Thanks, forgot about this site!

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6 days 8 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

LOL. The link removed in the paragraph below because of the bad WOT rating was to OpenCandy's FAQ; accessed accessed 2011-03-27.

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6 days 9 hours ago Best Free Office Suite joeguru

Kingsoft is now called WPS Office.

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6 days 10 hours ago Free Activity Monitor Reports On What Your PC Has Been Doing joeguru

Good review, thank you.

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6 days 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Not sure why anyone would be comforted by the fact that the dll is removed, when (1) the snooping has already been done at that point, (2) it leaves a permanent identifier on the computer, what OpenCandy used to call a "non-reversible identifier" [link with bad WOT rating removed as per site rules], and (3) its dossier on you is kept remotely.

Thus it is, or was, FALSE that "nothing is left behind."

In any case, you are describing the typical case in which OpenCandy comes with an INSTALLER. This is NOT the case with avast.

The dll is in fact NOT removed in the case of avast (not that it matters). You may "verify" that via the avast forum thread linked above. It remains and gets triggered repeatedly by avast's Software Updater component (which is something akin to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector).

Sophisticated users can block OpenCandy, certainly, but those are likely not the users seeking recommendations for free anti-virus programs. Also, the presence of OpenCandy gives insight into the values and ethics of the avast company.

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6 days 12 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

According to Open Candy's own information, the OC component itself installs nothing on your system unless you accept one of the bundled offers. I've checked this for myself and it's true.

What happens is that when you run an installer that includes OC, the installer runs a dll which activates the bundled offers.

If you refuse all the offers then the dll is terminated and deleted after the original installer completes and nothing is left behind. I've also tested this for myself.

However, if you accept any of the offers then OC will install an auto-updater along with whatever offer you accepted.

The OC dll will "phone home" anyway, unless you block it, with the following information;

"A. Operating system version and language, country location and timezone of the computer running the installer, and the language of the developer’s installer
B. That the developer’s installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled
C. Whether any third-party recommendations were made and if so, whether they were accepted or declined
D. If a third-party recommendation was accepted, whether the recommended app’s installer has been downloaded and the installer initiated
E. That the recommended third-party installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled."

Note that the OC dll can be intercepted and blocked anyway, by programs like CIS.

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Excellent!

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6 days 19 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Your warning: "Take care to avoid the default inclusion of the Chrome browser and OpenCandy during the install process by using the custom install option" (accessed 2014-08-24). That has been bothering me. :)

It would be very unusual to be given the option to reject OpenCandy. What you can reject are the downloads suggested by OpenCandy, but those come only AFTER OpenCandy itself has been installed, assigned you a permanent identifier, snooped through your stuff, phoned home info about your computer, your software, your geolocation, etc. It then selects downloads based on that info and on its previous interactions with you.

Last I checked, the user could avoid OpenCandy by not including the Software Updater component when installing avast or by removing it later. Note that Software Updater is not the avast updater.

the other thing: The OpenCandy offers are not made, or not only made, during the installation of avast. They come when the Software Updater functions, as long as it is installed.

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