874075 microsoft windowReinstalling Windows 7

Published in Software by paul_smart on 21 June 2017
My machine that I write with and collect my emails as well as numerous housekeeping tasks has been getting slower and slower, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and reinstall Windows 7 which I know would be a long job not least as my CD-ROM was not even Service Pack One.

874102 CyberLink PowerDVD 17 UltrCyberlink PowerDVD 17 Ultra

Published in Software by paul_smart on 16 June 2017
This is one of the few companies still willing to sell a boxed product rather than a download; however you can download it if you are without a drive. Whatever you want to do with video – and more – then this latest version from Cyberlink can handle it.

874074 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 201CorelDRAW 2017

Published in Software by paul_smart on 2 June 2017
This was launched via a Webinar and while there are new features the main difference was that anyone with a full licenced version (not academic or NFR) can upgrade to this latest version from any earlier versions not as normal the last two or three.

873671 MAGIX Movie Edit Pro PluMAGIX Video Editing

Published in Software by mfereday on 23 May 2017
Even though MAGIX has taken on board the latest version of VEGAS Movie Studio, the company has not neglected its own well-established Movie Edit Pro offering.

873502 coreldraw graphic suite 201CorelDRAW Suite 2017

Published in Software by mfereday on 16 May 2017
While no longer the market leader in the field of computer graphics software, CorelDRAW still has a lot to offer the digital designer.

873220 Corel Pinnacle Studio UltimatA Free Offering

Published in Software by mfereday on 2 May 2017
With its range of graphics products, Corel has taken the decision to give away the latest version of one of its titles to those who had purchased the previous version.

872762 Acronis True Image 201Acronis 2017 New Generation

Published in Software by paul_smart on 16 Apr 2017
Last autumn I saw what was described as Acronis 2017; my first tests were problematic but settled down once a build 5554 was installed. This is still called Acronis 2017 but has a far higher build number at 6116; the latest editions new features are mentioned below.

872570 Magix VEGAS Movie Studio 1VEGAS Movie Studio 14

Published in Software by mfereday on 23 Mar 2017
The last time I took a look at Vegas Movie Studio, the product was under the banner of Sony. However matters have changed as Sony has undergone a process of divesting itself of some of its software and hardware kit.

872568 nero backitup 201Backing Up Nero Style

Published in Software by mfereday on 21 Mar 2017
While most prospective customers would tend to think of burning software when the topic of the main area of the company’s expertise arises, Nero does have other strings to its corporate bow. One such offering is Nero BackItUp which is the subject of this next review.

872529 abbyy Finreader 1Abbyy Finereader 14

Published in Software by adrianmorant on 20 Mar 2017
Abbyy Finereader 14 is a universal OCR package that works with scanned images, PDF files etc. and, having recognised the text, can convert it to Word, Excel or other formats in addition to offering a range of advanced options.

872453 avg tuneup utilitieAnother Look at TuneUp Utilities

Published in Software by mfereday on 9 Mar 2017
There are a number of products that provide on-going spring cleaning facilities including one from AVG.

872304 Acronis True Image 201True Image 2017 Next Generation

Published in Software by mfereday on 7 Mar 2017
With a range of new features, Acronis backup software emerges in New Generation mode.

872126 magix rescue your video tapeSave Your Video Tapes

Published in Software by mfereday on 25 Feb 2017
As old classic films have been digitised and transferred to modern media, so you can do the same with your treasured home video tapes.

Free Anti-Virus Software

Published in Software by mfereday on 21 Feb 2017
A recently received email was my introduction to the subject of this next review.

872124 abby finereader 1FineReader 14

Published in Software by mfereday on 18 Feb 2017
The paperless office is an urban myth as 80% of document-based processes are depended upon paper with employees spending 25% of their time on the labour-intensive and time-consuming process of handling paper documents

872020 fix me stick antiviruFixMeStick

Published in Software by paul_smart on 17 Feb 2017
Most viruses are clever and even though you can often delete them they remain in memory and to remove them from there is trickier. So perhaps the best way to remove them is when they are not active and that means outside of Windows.

871692 bitdefender total security 201Total Security 2017

Published in Software by mfereday on 26 Jan 2017
As one of the leading players in the arena of computer protection, Bitdefender has a range of software offerings to suit the different needs of users. You can select from products such as the 2017 versions of Antivirus Plus, Internet Security, Family Pack, Antivirus for Mac or Total Security which is the subject matter of this next review.

871372 Panda Internet SecuritPanda Security 2017

Published in Software by paul_smart on 18 Jan 2017
Having told you about McAfee and Kaspersky the latest offering from Panda arrived. Most Notebooks I get to review come with some sort of Anti-Virus or Internet Security trial installed, so when one arrives without such security it’s an ideal testing medium.

871228 cyberlink powerdirector 15 ultrCyberLink 2017

Published in Software by paul_smart on 8 Jan 2017
In the autumn after a round of press/trade shows all the software companies rush to get their 2017 versions of software releases and updates on the market. Here I am looking at two such items from CyberLink who like Nero now reside in Germany.

871002 mcafee live safe device securitMcAfee Security

Published in Software by paul_smart on 25 Dec 2016
Yes security software is almost as boring as backup software but both are nevertheless essential software in the world we currently live in as there are vast numbers of people making their living from defrauding innocent people of their data and money.

871107 serif affinity designer workbooFrom Mac to Windows

Published in Software by mfereday on 22 Dec 2016
Adding to its portfolio of graphics software, Serif has developed an application that can run on the Mac and Windows platforms.

870998 Kaspersky Total Security 201Kaspersky 2017

Published in Software by paul_smart on 18 Dec 2016
Anti-Virus software was developed in response to people who wanted to harm your computer, then it was the whole Internet Security thing with people trying to get at your money, now the latest Kaspersky suite focuses on protecting your children from harm.

870680 nero 2017 platinum video softwarNero 2017 Platinum

Published in Software by paul_smart on 28 Nov 2016
This product has been around in one form or another since the CD-ROM first started to appear in PC’s. Other companies have come and gone but Nero has only undergone a name change and of course it now does so much more than oversee the burning of media.

870540 corel winzip 21 prFile Management Assistance

Published in Software by mfereday on 12 Nov 2016
It is time for an old favourite to make its annual upgrade appearance.

870435 corel winzip system utilitieWinZip System Utilities Suite

Published in Software by mfereday on 5 Nov 2016
Windows tends to slow down with age and I know how it feels. This next title offers to help.

870040 nuance power pdf version Power PDF Version 2

Published in Software by adrianmorant on 27 Oct 2016
Version 2 of Power PDF from Nuance is an update that has also been designed to take into account the latest features in Windows 10 including touch screen technology.

870099 magix photostory 2017 deluxPhotostory 2017

Published in Software by mfereday on 20 Oct 2016
Turning your digital images into a slideshow has never been easier with this next product from MAGIX.

869854 acronis true image 2017 backup softwarAcronis 2017

Published in Software by paul_smart on 16 Oct 2016
This is the latest version of the backup software that has protected me for many years. They do two versions one you purchase outright and other a 12 month subscription which of course will give you lots of updates during the year.

869975 Kaspersky Internet Security 201Kaspersky Protection

Published in Software by mfereday on 15 Oct 2016
Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 forms one-third of the company’s latest batch of protection software for PC, Mac and mobile users.

869976 Nero 2017 PlatinuNero Multimedia Suite

Published in Software by mfereday on 13 Oct 2016
In the middle of July during the year of 64AD, the city of Rome was engulfed in flames with the Emperor Nero an interested spectator. Nearly two thousand years later a company, called Ahead Software released burning software named Nero after the long dead Emperor. A further ten years was to pass as Ahead Software metamorphosis into Nero AG and the company’s software took on the role of a multimedia suite while retaining the Nero name.