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Upgrading to Windows 10

Published in Software by paul_smart on Jul 29, 2015
A few days before the 29th July I was send a USB with a ‘late build’ of Windows 10. As with all major alterations I approached this with more than a little trepidation, below is the story of what happened on Monday 27th July 2015.

842115 ABBYY PDF Transformer pluA PDF Solution

Published in Software by mfereday on June 24, 2015
The de facto standard for electronic documents is PDF. Software for the creation and working with such files can cost from £400 downwards. This review is based on a product costing under £60.

842031 filemaker pro 1FileMaker Pro 14

Published in Software by mfereday on June 23, 2015
Computer databases have come a long way since those of early days of the D-Base products developed by Aston Tate with libraries of instructional books written on the subject. While the ability to store and correlate different types of data might not be the sexiest task, it still serves an important role for both the home and office user.

841891 cyberlink power DVD 1Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra 15

Published in Software by paul_smart on June 15, 2015
Like several Cyberlink products this is very mature and so you should not expect mind blowing new features, however you do get increased speed and slicker functionality with tweaks and improvements to what was already a powerful product.

841492 cyberlink powerdvd 15 video editing softwarPowerDVD 15

Published in Software by mfereday on May 23, 2015
Ever since it was founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp has built up a reputation as a world leading consumer multimedia software company. A recent release from the company is its PowerDVD product which is now at version 15.

841218 avg tune up utilities 201AVG PC TuneUp 2015

Published in Software by mfereday on May 7, 2015
It is good bye and hello to a software application that has formed a regular part of my computer system for a number of years now.

840789 cyberlink power2go 1Power2Go 10 Platinum

Published in Software by paul_smart on Apr 5, 2015
This is the latest version of a product from Cyberlink it is called Power2Go and it burns and backs up, yes I know the latter is a bore but if you have not got a current working backup and the worst happens then your digital life ends.

839066 nero 2015 platinuNero 2015 Platinum

Published in Software by paul_smart on Jan 25, 2015
I first came across a crippled version of Nero tied to a CD-Writer. I have used various versions ever since and I still do to write CD’s, I know how it works and it has one very useful function that other writing software does not have.

838953 bullguaard internet securitBullGuard Protection

Published in Software by mfereday on Jan 10, 2015
Whatever the type of threat, it is up to you to ensure your computer is protected with a product such as developed by BullGuard.

838710 corel winzip 19 prWinZip 19 Pro

Published in Software by mfereday on Jan 6, 2015
Now firmly entrenched as part of the Corel family of products, the latest version of WinZip is now available.

838812 acronis true image 201Acronis True Image 2015

Published in Software by paul_smart on Jan 4, 2015
I have seen several versions of this software over the years, all were previously tied to a hard disc that enabled you to clone a disc to your new hardware. Here this is the full boxed version that not unsurprisingly can to this and much more.

838707 cyberlink director suite Taking the Director’s Chair

Published in Software by mfereday on Jan 1, 2015
With four main components and plenty of free add-ons, this next title will certainly take over a sizeable chunk of your hard disk.

837637 adobe photoshop elements 1Photoshop Elements 13

Published in Software by mfereday on Dec 23, 2014
While Adobe is intent on herding its business and professional clientele towards the Cloud with its Creative Cloud offering and various CS services, the more budget conscious consumer customer can opt for a product such as the company’s popular Photoshop Elements

837356 BitDefender Total Security 201Bitdefender 2015

Published in Software by mfereday on Dec 9, 2014
Like other important events such as Christmas, birthdays and the like, new versions of anti-virus and Internet security products appear, like clockwork, on an annual basis.

837854 Kaspersky Internet Security 201Kaspersky Internet Security

Published in Software by paul_smart on Dec 7, 2014
As the year draws to close many software companies make sure that 2015 versions of their software are on the dealer’s shelves. Internet Security is one such product, with virus writers now getting more destructive so must our guardians be more vigilant.

837246 norton security anti virus softwarNorton Security

Published in Software by mfereday on Dec 4, 2014
It is your responsibility to keep your computer safe from those who are intent on gaining unauthorised access.

837244 acronis true image 201Acronis True Image 2015

Published in Software by mfereday on Nov 29, 2014
When was the last time you made a backup of your valuable computer data? Hopefully it was within a period that could be called “recent”. I know it can be a bind to fit such activities into busy modern day living but back-up software, such as Acronis True Image, can be set to schedule this type of operation and automate the process for you so you do not have to bother.

836974 corel draw x7 home and studenCorelDRAW Home & Student Suite X7

Published in Software by mfereday on Nov 15, 2014
Although better known for its various graphics titles, some created in-house and other bought in, Corel does have another claim to fame. The company was responsible for helping kick-start the take up of the early optical drives as software quickly outgrew the available capacity of the floppy disks previously used for conveying commercial software, As a special promotion, Corel bundled a free CD drive with its CorelDRAW product. This was how I obtained

836621 nero 2015 platinuNero 2015 Platinum

Published in Software by mfereday on Oct 28, 2014
Arriving with the promise of containing “your 10 most wanted new features” is Nero’s latest version of its multimedia product. Now up to version 2015, this product is available in either Classic or Platinum editions with my review being based on the latter product.

836237 paintshop pro x7 pro ultimatPaint Shop Pro X7

Published in Software by mfereday on Oct 14, 2014
As I get older, time seems to pass by at a quicker rate. This thought occurred to me with the arrival of Paint Shop Pro X7. It hardly seemed like a year had passed since I had unwrapped and reviewed Paint Shop Pro X6 and now the all new version of the Corel package was occupying space on my desktop. Actually when I took the trouble to check on the dates, rather than rely on my flaky memory, this revealed that the gap between the two prod

836511 corel painter 201Corel Painter 15

Published in Software by paul_smart on Oct 12, 2014
A product I have reviewed a couple of times in the past. The ‘15’ in this case refers to 2015 and not to the version number. So for anyone owning an earlier version what does this version have to offer that earlier versions did not?