This past week, we've seen a slew of worthwhile Windows news and products, making it tough to narrow it down to just a handful of the most interesting--but we're going to try our best. For one, Download.com posted its review of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, a premium security suite that continues to provide users with a high level of protection that includes tools not offered by many competitors. The $80 price tag may seem steep, but there's no doubt that the tools here are robust and comprehensive and the security the programs offer is more effective … Read more
True to its name, GraphicConverter's main functionality is converting graphic files, importing from some 200 formats and exporting to about 80 at last count, with a tremendously time-saving batch processor thrown in for good measure. But GraphicConverter also comes loaded with features for quick editing, color correction, resizing, and more, making it a steal at $34.95. This latest version includes minor feature enhancements and bug fixes.
Do you need to run Windows on your Mac for work or just want a safe environment to test out beta software? VirtualBox is a free program that offers an intuitive interface to help you set up virtual systems easily. This latest version features fixes for 3D graphics and several other minor enhancements.
Also this week, we have the latest update for AppDelete, the utility that makes it easy to get rid of unwanted applications and their associated files. Our game this week is Adventure, the original interactive fiction text adventure now ported to work on your modern Mac. Though … Read more
Acorn is an easy-to-use, but still relatively feature-filled, image editor that provides a lower-cost alternative to professional editing programs. With its slimmed-down interface--just a single palette and a document window--Acorn feels much like Apple's iLife applications, while still providing a full array of editing features. Grab this latest update that includes bug fixes and minor enhancements to the interface.
Also this week we have the latest update for File Juicer, a unique utility that lets you extract (just the) multimedia files from archives full of documents. Our game this week is iConquer, the strategy board game remake that closely … Read more
We love our Macs, but sometimes videos found on the Web won't play because QuickTime doesn't support certain media file types. Fortunately, there is VLC Media Player, a free media player that supports almost all common media files and even a few uncommon ones. It also has features for adjusting playback speed, AirTunes streaming, and it supports adding skins if you want to give the player a different look. If you find a movie that just won't play on your Mac, VLC Media Player is the software to have.
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If you're looking for a full-featured image editor at a relatively low price, Pixelmator fills the bill nicely. Sporting a smooth Mac-friendly interface, Pixelmator offers a layout much like Adobe Photoshop with separate toolbars offering standard selector and paint brush type tools, a color-picker, a layer manager, and a brush picker with large array of options. If you don't need the more advanced features and filters of Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator is an affordable and easy-to-use alternative.
On Tuesday, Microsoft released four security bulletins that fixed five holes in Office and Windows. We surveyed the mess, which included a critical vulnerability in a Windows Help and Support Center feature that has been targeted by attacks. The reparations also deal with vulnerabilities in the Canonical Display Driver and Microsoft Office Access ActiveX Controls.
Another noteworthy announcement is Evernote's introduction of "The Trunk," which is essentially an extra button where users can access a directory of third-party sites and tools that make the popular note-taking tool even more useful. In addition, Evernote will offer a feature … Read more
When you're working on your Mac, sometimes things happen in the background that you would like to keep track of while working in another application. Growl just received a big update and it works with hundreds of popular Mac apps to notify you of specific events, such as when a download is complete or when your CD-burning project is finished.
Also this week, MacPilot's update adds more ways to fiddle around with your Mac, optimizing it to run better, and unlocks the hidden potential of OS X. Our game this week is Jalada Boskonian, a 2D arcade shooter … Read more
On Tuesday, Mozilla revealed its Web browsing future with Firefox 4 beta 1. Apart from front-end changes such as tabs-on-top, a new Firefox menu button, and upgraded search functions in the URL field, the new beta has much to offer under the hood. Its upgrades include more HTML 5 support, including for the WebM video format that's been generating a lot of interest. You can expect to see a lot more Firefox news as Mozilla continues to develop this new beta version. In the meantime, check out Download.com's first look at Firefox 4 beta 1.
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