Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

Owing to incessant onslaught of various web based and other malware, it is not possible to keep your PC secured unless you use a capable system security suite. As a matter of fact, it is better to use feature- rich Internet security software than a standalone antivirus app for this purpose. The former suites offer comprehensive protection to a PC from various types of threats. Present generation internet security suites even cover more than one PC under one license, giving users peace of mind.

  • Platform: WinOther

With attackers and malicious web users on the prowl, you cannot use a PC without a suitable security suite, for both online and general needs. While there is no shortage of anti-malware apps in market, a few entities have released software specifically meant for Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system. Bitdefender, one of the most popular and leading computer security solution firms, has come up with its Windows 8 Security suite.

Windows 8 Security can be downloaded from the Bitdefender’s website without much hassle.

  • Platform: Windows 8

Nowadays, it is literally not possible to carry on with daily activities and work without using the Internet and that is true for people belonging to all segments of society. However, with technological progress the form of web has also become more engrossing and complex with time. In place of static images and webpages, you get dynamic and interactive websites that contain plethora of media elements. While you may customize appearance of web browser and set parameters for page rendering, you cannot do much about annoying pop up ads and banners.

  • Platform: WinOther

With average computer users dealing with oodles of digital images, owing to proliferation of digital cameras and enhanced optics smart phones, using slideshow creation software can be necessary. You may feel like uploading the vacation pictures to Facebook or Flickr. However, combining the pictures in a slideshow replete with a background score and some jazzy transition effects seem a better idea. For such needs, you can pick from numerous freeware and commercial slideshow creation apps.

  • Platform: WinOther
  • Bitcasa
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
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The way computing technology evolves is quite amazing. Even a few years back data backup was limited mostly to external hard drives and DVDs. However, the proliferation of high speed internet access and emergence of cloud storage services have changed the scenario. Nowadays, you can pick from several popular and some lesser known cloud storage services to store your precious data securely online. In fact, picking the right service or software can be quite difficult for you.

  • Publisher: Bitcasa
  • Date: 06-11-2014
  • Size: 25600 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

In any office, using computers has become nearly mandatory nowadays and this is the viable way to streamline workflow and enhance productivity levels. However, computers also have the loopholes to let the employees find options for distractions. If you find the employees spending much time in chatting, using social networking sites and this is affecting workflow, there is a solution. There are stealthy monitoring apps that can help you track computer and web usage habits of employees in an organization.

  • Publisher: REFOG
  • Date: 06-11-2014
  • Size: 13261 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

For post-production and stunning visual effects creation, there are not many apps that can challenge supremacy of Adobe After Effects. Just like Photoshop trounces the competition in image editing and retouching segment, After Effects remains the default choice of motion graphics artists and video editing professionals worldwide. Like its other siblings from stable of Adobe, this app has also received some major updates in the latest release. As Adobe focuses more on cloud based services, this version of After Effects remains a major overhaul for all segments of users.

  • Platform: WinOther

PC users need to perform a myriad of tasks for media content handling and management. Rather than using different applications for tasks like video conversion, burning and online video download, it is better to use a versatile application that can cater to all such needs. If you want one such affordable application, try iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate. Apart from converting video files to various formats, it does a lot more.

iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate has a modest sized installer.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Nowadays, people just cannot seem to get a hard disk that is large enough to accommodate all their files and media content. With HD movies and gigabytes of music available for download and fast internet becoming cheaper, most PC users keep on downloading and collecting stuffs. This can fill large sized disks sooner than one can expect. When your hard disk gets filed with various types of files, using disc management software becomes essential. However, disc management is not only about checking for corrupt sectors and errors, you need a utility to keep tab on space usage by various type of files.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

There are so many image editing applications available nowadays and selecting the right one can be quite tedious. However, the selection becomes easier when you know exactly what you need from such applications. If dealing with digital images and performing same set of actions on batches is your primary need, you can find many affordable applications. For such needs, there is no need to subscribe to heavy duty tools like Photoshop. One such contender is PhotoBulk.

  • Platform: Mac Other, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8

Using a media player application to play back music files is something nearly every PC user needs to do. There are so many applications that the abundance can leave average users somewhat puzzled. If the bundled WMP does not suit your taste but you do not want to pay for third party applications, try Hanso Player. This versatile audio player comes with a funky UI, adequate features and decent functionality.
Hanso Player can be installed on PCs with Windows XP and later versions.

  • Publisher: HansoTools
  • Date: 28-10-2014
  • Size: 1432 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows 10, WinServer, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

When you end up with a myriad of video clips derived from different sources on your PC hard disk, using conversion software becomes prerequisite. Such applications enable you to convert diverse video clips to a format you want. You may also opt for formats playable on specific media player devices. However, it is not mandatory that you have to invest in a costly conversion application for such needs. VSDC Free Video Converter comes with enough features and customization options to cater to various video conversion requirements.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista

When it comes to selecting a suitable media player application, the profuse options can leave most PC users baffled. While the bundled WMP has become far more polished than its predecessors in latest releases of Windows, a section of users prefer not to use it. If you are among them and want a freeware alternative that does not compromise either in features or performance, give Daum PotPlayer a try. It scores over other freeware media player applications owing to its excellent codec support, customizability and feature list.

  • Platform: WinOther

Windows comes with its own file manager, namely windows Explorer and a majority of PC uses stick to this. However, advanced users can have access to third party alternatives, some of which are not free. One such example is Portable XYplorer. It is a lightweight, nifty file manager that offers more features than old Windows Explorer. The UI customizations and powerful search makes it ideal for demanding users. It even packs in some task automations.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Despite the unending criticisms and sarcasms leveled at Windows, there is no denying its popularity among computer users worldwide. The percentage of Linux aficionados is not huge and Mac users remain limited within a cult of their own. However, not all versions of Windows are equally received or accepted. After the debacle of Windows Vista, Microsoft came up with Windows 7 which is still being used by a significant section of users. They refuse to upgrade to its successor, Windows 8, citing stability and ease of use.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7

Average computer users use their laptops and desktops to run productivity applications, watch movies, browse web and perform other computing needs. However, seasoned users think beyond these and they need to find out in depth information about software and hardware configuration of their systems. At times, this can be a necessity too. You may want to know if the PC is capable enough to run a new strategy game that you are planning to buy. For such needs, you need capable third party tools as Windows built in utilities cannot offer detailed information on hardware parts or run benchmarks.

  • Publisher: CPUID
  • Date: 23-10-2014
  • Size: 3768 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

There are plenty of media player applications available for Windows and some of the popular ones are actually freeware. If you find the Windows media player inadequate or sluggish, give VLC media player a try. This versatile media player plays back literally every media file you throw at it and consumes moderate resources. The application is also available in a portable version, which eliminates need of installation.

The portable media player works on nearly all versions of windows.

  • Platform: WinOther

There are situations when you need to use a screen capture utility. There are so many third party applications that let you record screen events but WM capture is among the most user friendly ones. It lets you capture everything happening on the computer screen without fuss. This is ideal for making tutorials too.

WM Capture has a small sized installer and it can be installed on computers with Windows XP and subsequent versions. It is better if you have a multiple core CPU enabled computer with adequate memory.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista, WinOther

When you buy a Windows based laptop or desktop, there are two options for using it as per your needs. Either you can stick with the bundled applications offered by Microsoft or you can choose from numerous third party applications. The nice thing is that some third party applications can fulfill your needs without pinching your wallet at all. Columbus web browser is one such contender. If you are not interested in using the ageing Internet Explorer browser, which is losing market share steadily, Columbus can be your option.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

There are several applications that allow you to capture screen events while there are some others that allow video clip processing. However, when you want a mix of both in a single application, hardly anything comes close to BB FlashBack Professional. It is feature rich and can be used to make video tutorials and stunning animations without much fuss.

The application runs on PCs with Windows XP and later versions. It has a sleek and clean UI.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Nowadays, people use various types of devices to record video clips. Tablets, smart phones and even digital cameras can record HD video. However, not every user has suitable videography skills. As a result some video clips shot with those devices can turn out to be blurry or dismal, albeit in parts. To deal with such video clips, you may need suitable applications. Software like Bandicut can serve such needs well.

Bandicut runs on Windows XP and later version of operating systems.

  • Publisher: Bandisoft
  • Date: 20-10-2014
  • Size: 9614 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

If you want a feature rich screen capture utility that offers various functionalities in an intuitive interface, give Bandicam a try. This is an application that offers Desktop Screen Capture, Video Capture and game recording capabilities under its hood. It is lightweight in nature and performs really well.

Bandicam runs on PCs with Windows XP and subsequent versions. In trial version, the captured videos get watermark and there is time restriction as well.

  • Publisher: Bandisoft
  • Date: 20-10-2014
  • Size: 12451 KB
  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows2003, Windows Vista, Windows Media Center Edition 2005, Windows 8

Using parental control applications has become a necessity for those people who have tech savvy kids and computers at home. In fact, you should use such software even if your kid is not tech savvy. Needless to say, children depend on internet for several reasons including their education nowadays. They may fall prey to malicious people and traps laid by them, often unknowingly. Top anti malware applications can often be fooled by hackers and malicious users who are on the prowl to lure innocent minds online.

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Date: 19-10-2014
  • Size: 1116 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

With continued usage, even a very powerful desktop or laptop can become sluggish. You may feel boot time has increased and multitasking is no longer lag free. If that happens, it is not necessary to look for malware or faulty hardware. Over prolonged usage, temporary and junk files gather which can occupy disk space and slow down performance. Uncleaned web browsing history may be the reason as well. While you can always use Windows default utilities, there are capable third party tools as well.

  • Platform: WinOther

Everything in life has two sides to it and same can be said about technological innovations. It is quite hard to carry out most activities without resorting to the web these days. Yet the internet itself is also the reservoir of malicious applications and who try to exploit vulnerable computers and networks everywhere. To thwart such attempts and malware invasion, your PC actually needs more than typical antivirus software. There is the Windows firewall but it is not the most effective solution against exploit based attacks and security aware users will want something better for enhanced protection.

  • Platform: WinOther

Those into professional video editing and with a penchant for non-Adobe software are familiar with the name Pinnacle Studio. The tool has been a favorite with serious video editors for a decade or more. In last couple of years the editions of this behemoth software were plagued by bugs and instability, coupled with change of ownership. It made news after being acquired by Avid way back in 2005 and the Company sold the application to Corel. In Corel’s hands, Avid Studio got back its earlier name, aka Pinnacle Studio.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinVista, WinVista x64

People use computers for numerous reasons and even a casual user ends up running myriads of applications and performs tasks like media playback, browsing web and editing images etc. With time, the junk files pile up in sectors of hard disk, browser temp files accumulate and as a result the system runs slower and takes ages when you multitask. Windows does ship with some integrated tools to clean up junk files and tweak system performance but not every user is fond of those tools.

  • Platform: WinOther

There are plenty of data backup applications around and a lot of them belong to cloud backup segment. With fast web access price dipping with time, a majority of PC users are opting for cloud storage. From barebones free cloud storage packages to premium multi PC packages that cost a significant amount, you can choose any contender. If you want a versatile and flexible cloud storage service, give Carbonite a try.

Carbonite's entry level plan is for single PCs but it comes with unlimited online storage.

  • Publisher: Carbonite
  • Date: 12-10-2014
  • Size: 3277 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

When the concept of using firewall software became popular, standalone firewall solutions were abundant. However, you can find a majority of PC security suites shipping with a firewall component nowadays and Windows also ships with its own firewall module. Security conscious users still opt for dedicated firewall applications. Online Armor Premium Firewall will cater to needs of these people over casual users. There is a free version available as well.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

Nowadays, people from literally all age groups need to use computers and browse the web. However, you have to be a little cautious when your kids access the web in your absence. Even if they do not divert towards objectionable contents and sites by choice, they can be vulnerable to malicious users and online traps! To ensure your kids do not fall prey to malicious online sites and users, it makes sense to use a monitoring application. You can try out REFOG Personal Monitor.

  • Publisher: REFOG
  • Date: 08-10-2014
  • Size: 9447 KB
  • Platform: Mac OS X, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

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