Our guide to OpenCandy

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One name that frequently crops up as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) is OpenCandy, although its makers strongly deny that it’s malware. David Crookes takes a closer look OpenCandy (opencandy.com) is an advertising plug-in that many software developers now include within their installers. It allows them to recommend other developers’ tools during the installation process, … Read more

Wysiwyg Web Builder 10.3.3 Review

Wysiwyg Web Builder 10 Review

Don’t be constrained by website templates. Create a site any Roland Waddilove explores its capabilities. Read our wysiwyg web builder 10 review Required spec Windows XP or later, 1GB RAM, 1GHZ processor, 16MB disk space. There are three ways to build a website: you can use a content management system such as WordPress, you can create … Read more

DrawPlus X8 Review

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Serif rolls out its latest version of DrawPlus X8 Review for desktop designers The name DrawPlus pretty much sums up what this product is all about, because it’s not your normal illustration program; it’s much more than that. Combining traditional vector based drawing tools, with art style brushes, photo editing and animation, it’s more like … Read more

Abelssoft KeyDepot 2015 Review

Abelssoft KeyDepot 2015

THE FIRST RULE of web security is to use a different strong password for all your accounts. They’ll be much harder to hack, and if one account Is compromised the others should still be safe. There’s a big problem with this idea, of course: most people can’t remember cryptic logons for one site, let alone 10 or 20.

You could just forget about safety and use the same password for every account, but we’d recommend KeyDepot 2015 instead. It’s a capable password manager that stores your logons and makes them available even on another PC or laptop.

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To get started, you create a Safe: an encrypted file for storing passwords. Give it a name and a password and, if you use other PCs or laptops, choose the Activate KeyDepot Cloud-Service option. A copy of your Safe will be stored on KeyDepot’s server, letting you store and update logons on one PC and access them on another.

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SERIF Affinity Designer Review

SERIF Affinity Designer

THERE ARE FEW really good vector drawing packages for the Mac, partly because Adobe’s Illustrator rules the roost, but Affinity Designer – Serifs first foray into Mac software – looks as if it could shake things up.

It’s clear from the start that Affinity Designer has big ambitions. You can set up documents for print, press-ready print for commercial production, photo and the web. A devices preset includes settings for iPads and iPhones, a couple of Nexus models, two sizes of Kindle Fire and the Galaxy S5, or you can set up your own custom dimensions.

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Nero 2015 Platinum Review

Nero 2015 Platinum Review

Nero 2015 Platinum Review – Burn your files to disc or stream them to all your devices using this handy suite of programs

Nero’s disc-burning program has been around for ages and has now evolved into a suite packed with other media-related features. The latest 2015 Platinum release includes the core Nero Burning ROM software for burning DVDs, Blu-rays and other optical discs, as well as applications to manage, share and edit your video, audio and image files on your PC.

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Four-way Security Shootout

Four-way Security Shootout

Who has the best security software, Bitdefender, AVG, Kaspersky or Emsisoft? Roland Waddilove picks a winner and reveals how to get bargain prices.

There are many security companies and dozens of products all aiming to make your PC safer when browsing the web, fetching email and running downloading software. Choosing the right product can be a difficult decision, partly because there are so many to choose from. It can help to narrow down the choice, and there are many ways to do this. Here we take a look at the security software offered by four companies and see how they compare. An arbitrary selection perhaps, but they are among the best known and most popular, so they will be on most people’s shortlist.

Four-way Security Shootout

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Should you choose free security software? Many people do, but is this the best option? What do you get if you pay for your antivirus program or internet security suite? Free and paid software is examined. One thing that came out of this comparison is that the prices people pay vary greatly, with special offers coming and going from week to week. Fantastic offers of 50% discounts are available if you know the trick to getting them, and the secret is revealed here.

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SERIF PagePlus X8 Review

SERIF PagePlus X8

SERIF PagePlus X8 Review – Creating a worthwhile update to the excellent PagePlus X7 must have been no easy task, but SERIF PagePlus X8 has many new features and has addressed PagePlus X7’s most notable omission: its lack of a baseline grid for lining up text elements across columns. SERIF PagePlus X8 also has improved photo … Read more