There are many times you may wish to capture something from the screen for future use or reference. Up until now, you may have used a combination of print screen, a paint program to edit, and then a final copy to your application.

Techsmith has blown open the simple printscreen button to give you many and varied screen capture options but how does it work in practice, and does it really offer enough beyond your current print screen / edit process to warrant its ~£40 price tag? Let’s find out….

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People go the extra mile when it comes to protecting their physical assets however worthless and depreciated they might be. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be any difference when it comes to securing digital assets too. A lost hard disk or a thumb drive can have more compromising data than you might expect. That’s why prevention is always better.

The safest and simplest way to secure your data is encrypting it. While it might sound complex, in practice encryption cannot be any more simpler. Just create a sensible master password or a key file and there are a bunch of commercial and open source apps to do all the heavy lifting. Today, let us see how to use the crowd favorite TrueCrypt to lock down all our data.
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Windows has been steadily used for years and the design has largely remained the same. We are the users of Windows that want customization and to make the UI ours. With applications like Rocketdock, Rainmeter, Window Blinds, Emerge Desktop, and more, we can infinitely customize the user experience until our heart is content! Everything from icons to wallpaper to menu bars to widgets, we have the power to change!

Customizing your interface is easy, painless, and fun! Follow along as I show you what you will need!

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With our lives getting more hectic by the day, it’s becoming harder to keep track of things we plan to do and projects we intend to complete. So what’s one to do to remember everything?

The team at 6Wunderkinder seems to have the answer with Wunderlist. With so many contenders out there looking to handle your tasks, is Wunderlist going to take home the prize? Let’s find out.

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Microsoft has, for quite a while, been a key player in the gaming industry; PC Gaming is a thriving platform, and the Xbox 360 almost dominates the console space. Consequently, speculation was rampant on the subject of a possible handheld Xbox console, or some other venture into mobile gaming.

Microsoft’s answer came in the Windows Phone 7 platform, in the form of a dedicated Xbox Live application, accompanied with a very strong selection of titles. Below you will find a list of my personal favourites, all of which I would recommend to any Windows Phone owner.

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Hard drive defragmentation has for many years remained an essential component of system optimization, but it has just been in recent history that software developers have truly pushed for the production of more robust defragmentation programs. Within this article, we will take an in depth look at one such application in the form of Piriform’s Defraggler, and demonstrate how it has evolved into a flexible platform bringing increased stability and power to computing maintenance.

This article is the second segment of a four part series in which we are examining the consumer grade products from Piriform Ltd, in CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, and Speccy. Read on for an in depth analysis and screenshots of what Defraggler has become, and to judge for yourself if it is worth the free cost of its download.

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Almost everyone reading the articles on this site will have spare computers languishing about. The rapid growth and improvements in hardware means that we cycle through a whole machine in only a few years.

If you have spare machines and parts languishing about, you can put them to good use! In this article I have outlined some of the purposes your old hardware can serve.

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Marketplaces Exceed 1,000,000 Members: Infographic!

Hey folks! I’m Jordan McNamara, the Community Manager for Envato and I wanted to share some exciting news with you about the Envato Marketplaces.

The 12th of September was an exciting day for me as a member of our thriving Marketplace community. I along with everyone here at Envato HQ watched eagerly as the global Marketplace member count steadily grew higher and higher and higher… We were close, very close to the 1,000,000 member milestone. With every page refresh the count grew higher and I began to reflect on just how staggering having 1,000,000 members really is and on just what a fantastic community everyone has helped to build here.

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System optimization, security, and maintenance are three of the most important functions of computer support specialists across all areas of personal computing. With that said, there are countless pieces of software and a deluge of services, which claim to beat out the competition in these specific areas. Within this four part series, we take an in depth look at the competitive advantages of Piriform’s quintet of free to use applications.

To begin, we start with Piriform’s flagship product, CCleaner, which was first launched in 2004. It has the primary function of optimizing systems by cleansing their resources of unused, unnecessary, and temporary files, allowing for better performance from Windows, and protecting your privacy by removing traces of online activity and application use. Does it work as intended though? Let’s find out…

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Finding a pain-free antivirus client is something most only dream of: most of the time, it almost always involves trying out countless different applications one after the other, paying for something you don’t want to pay for, or downloading software only to find out that it hogs system resources and slows your entire system down to a unbearable crawl.

Well, look no longer; Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an answer to your problems. It’s the best virus protection out there. Why? Let’s find out.

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