Our Download of the Day is Fraps 3.5.2.
The latest version of Fraps is here, where it has reached version 3.5.2. With it, comes a few fixes:
- Fixed missing audio at end of long recordings
- Fixed error preventing movie playback in Windows Media Player
- Fixed screen freezing when starting video capture in Minecraft & other OpenGL games
- Fixed crash during video mode switch in DosBox
You can download Fraps 3.5.2 here.
The Steam remote library management was only in beta for a little while, and has broken out of the beta and into full availability. Now you can lay in your bed, or on the bus or train and manage your library directly from your iOS- or Android-based device.
If you've got the Steam app for iOS or Android, you can start a download remotely, complete online purchases, and more. Here's what Valve have to say about it:
To kick off a remote download, simply visit your Games list on the Steam Community site, which can be accessed from your own profile using a web browser or the Steam mobile app on iOS or Android. If logged into the latest update of the Steam client on a PC or Mac, there you'll see which games are currently installed, and have the ability to install others from your library. Or, seamlessly complete your online purchase with remote installation: When a remote session is detected, the Steam store will ask whether you'd like to download your new purchases immediately.
Our Download of the Day is K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 8.80.
The latest version of K-Lite's Mega Codec Pack is here, with version 8.80. The changelog:
- Updated Media Player Classic Home Cinema to version 220.127.116.1142
- Updated ffdshow to version 1.2.4450
- Updated LAV Filters to version 0.50.5
- Updated AC3Filter to version 2.2a
- Removed VP7 encoder
- Updated Codec Tweak Tool to version 5.3.5
- Updated Win7DSFilterTweaker to version 5.3
- Updated MediaInfo Lite to version 0.7.57
You can download K-Lite's Mega Codec Pack 8.80 here.
Our Download of the Day is avast! Free Antivirus for Mac.
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A new update by German anti virus company Avira has brought millions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 PCs down better than a virus does. The update which has been downloaded millions of times around the world is falsely identifying important Windows processes and preventing them from running which also is keeping them from booting.
The update brings the software to version 18.104.22.168 and the anti virus definitions to version 22.214.171.124. This problem is only occurring for users of the paid version of Avira due to the fact that ProActiv isn't included in the free version and it is what is creating all of this mayhem. AntiVirProActiv now detects the following and more as malware:
The update is also blocking other Microsoft software and components along with third party applications. This poses a major issue for the numerous corporate users of Avira, along with home users. Avira has posted an update which should fix the issue, but this is quite the embarrassment. I imagine that many people will reconsider their use of Avira after this catastrophy.
Our Download of the Day is WinRAR 4.20 beta 2.
WinRAR has reached version 4.20 beta 2, and with it has the following change:
1. RAR compression speed is further improved in multi-core environment compared with beta 1.
A full changelog for version 4.20 beta 1 (which has tonnes of fixes/improvements) is available here.
Our Download of the Day is Dropbox 1.4.3.
Dropbox has been updated to version 1.4.3, and with it has some performance fixes, and Mac-orientated fixes.
- Fix performance problem when syncing a lot of files
- Fix inability to leave shared folder bug
- Fix Dropbox not starting on OS X sometimes
You can download Dropbox 1.4.3 here.
Our Download of the Day is OpenOffice 3.4.0.
If you didn't already know what OpenOffice was, here's what it's capable of:
OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.
OpenOffice.org is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.
Easy to use
OpenOffice.org is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice.org straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice.org is probably available and supported in your own language.
... And it's free
Best of all, OpenOffice.org can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.
Our Download of the Day is Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10.1.211.3382.
The latest version of Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is available, hitting version 10.1.211.3382. With it, brings a bunch of changes, with the full changelog below:
- Cached Scanning for faster scheduled scans.
- Cached schedule scans complete sooner.
- Performance improvements have been made to the engine
- Reliability improvements have been made to the file system drivers
Our Download of the Day is Skype 126.96.36.199.
Skype is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linus and PDAs. As well as mobile devices. The changelog for this version is below:
# Fixed issues:
- Issues with login window for some users
You can download Skype 188.8.131.52 here.
Our Download of the Day is The Gimp 2.8.0.
The latest version of The Gimp is out, if you haven't heard of it before, here's what it can do:
The GIMP is a multiplatform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction.
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
Our Download of the Day is Xfire 1.149 Build 45547.
* Fixed an issue where video uploads would fail with the "413 Request Entity Too Large" error.
* Fixed some, if not all, HTTP request errors.
* Fixed a connection bug with 'Games For Windows Live' games.
* Fixed a bug where Battlefield 3 would crash when Xfire In-Game is enabled on DirectX 10 graphics cards.
* Improved frame rate on broadcasts for viewers.
* Fixed minor bugs with game definition parsing.
* Updated IME system and added IME support for XIG Web Browser.
* Changed spelling of "Minimize to notification bar" to "Minimize to notification area" in Options.
You can download Xfire 1.149 Build 45547 here.
Our Download of the Day is ICQ 7.8.6800.
ICQ has been updated to version 7.8.6800, and with it, brings a few changes:
- # New
- * File Transfer
- - With ICQ you can send photos, videos and files to all your contacts including mobile phone, Facebook and Google Talk friends. All they have to do is click on the web link you sent them, and start downloading the file - as simple as that!
- * Easy Login
- - Use your Facebook account or mobile phone number to sign in to ICQ and start chatting with all of your mobile phone contacts, Facebook, Google Talk and ICQ friends.
- * Multi Instance Support
- - With ICQ you can stay connected on any platform simultaneously. Chat with all your friends while on the go and stay online no matter what device you are using.
You can download ICQ 7.8.6800, here.
Microsoft's next-generation operating system, Windows 8 is nearly here and with it will bring changes to Microsoft's "Windows Live" platform. The Redmond-based company has decided to retire the "Windows Live" brand once Windows 8 arrives.
This means that Windows Live-based services such as Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Calendar, and Windows Live Mail will be known as Messenger, Calendar and Mail, respectively. Services such as Hotmail will continue to run normally, but Microsoft wants to unify their services under a singular "Microsoft account". This seems like a wise idea.
What happens to @live.com accounts? Well, it seems like they'll be merged over onto the new system, with the same Microsoft account capable of being used for signing into Windows 8 and will be used for Xbox Live, Zune, and more. This is what Microsoft wants its services and products to look like under Windows 8:
Our Download of the Day is GPU-Z 0.6.1.
The latest version of GPU-Z is here, version 0.6.1. With it, brings plentiful NVIDIA Kepler support, mobile 7000 Series Radeon support, and more. On top of this, there's a PowerColor giveaway which shouldn't be missed!
- Added PowerColor giveaway
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, GTX 670, GT 640, GT 630, GeForce 605, Quadro 3000M, GTX 675M, GTX 670M
- Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7970M, HD 7450
- Added full support for Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge integrated graphics
- Fixed ROP count on GK107
- Improved NVIDIA Kepler Boost Clock detection
- Fixed crash on AMD Southern Islands when no graphics card driver installed
- Fixed installer not working properly on Windows XP
- Disabled broken BIOS save on NVIDIA Kepler
- BIOS files are saved as .rom now
- Fixed sensor graph redraw and improved its performance
You can download GPU-Z 0.6.1 here.
Valve have released a Steam beta client which has a new feature tucked into it called Remote Downloads. Remote Downloads is a feature that lets users manage their game libraries remotely. This means that users can login to the official Steam site and have access to their game list.
From here, they can start downloads and monitor their progress. The only requirement is that Steam has to be left running on their PC, which is obvious. Because Remote Downloads is done through a standard web browser, this means that smart devices like smartphones and tablets should be able to get in on the fun.
At the moment, the Steam apps for iOs and Android allow game purchases, but don't play well with a home installation of Steam. This function should be baked into the app once Remote Downloads makes its way out of beta, and into Steam as a proper feature. Nice work, Valve!
Our Download of the Day is Thunderbird 13 Beta 1.
Changes in Thunderbird 13 Beta 1:
- Filelink: Send links rather than attachments and prevent bounce back due to large attachments.
- The minimum system requirements for Windows are now Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later.
What can Thunderbird do for you?
Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before with the industry´s best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, extension support, and much more.
We designed Thunderbird from the ground up to boost users´ productivity. That´s why we´ve made it easier for you to simply get your work done, without the hassles of wading through advertisements and other junk mail. Emailing should be efficient and convenient. We make that possible using fully open and industry leading standards. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you should use Thunderbird as your mail and news client.
Microsoft have unleashed upon the world, the DirectX 11.1 specifications. There's a massive list of things that are being included, so don your thinking cap and get directly into it! We shouldn't expect too much to change until consoles are updated with next-gen GPUs, which should hopefully happen next year.
Until then, it's a nice list and we should expect some small changes to the way games are made, look and react. Nonetheless, the specifications are neat, and as a tech junkie, this is just another fix for me, and hopefully you. Check out the latest DirectX 11.1 specifications below:
Shader Tracing and Compiler Enhancements
Direct3D 11.1 lets you use shader tracing to ensure that your code is performing as intended and if it isn't you can discover and remedy the problem. The SDK for Windows 8 Consumer Preview contains HLSL compiler enhancements. Shader tracing and the HLSL compiler are implemented in D3dcompiler_nn.dll.
Our Download of the Day is foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4.
foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 is here, with a full change log:
- Fixed Musepack HTTP streaming bugs.
- Fixed incorrect MP3 decoder behavior on certain rare files.
- Fixed crash reporter dialog crash (duh).
- Detection of proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.
- Fixed multi-channel FLAC encoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
- Fixed multi-channel WavPack decoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
- Now possible to use HDCD & DTS decoder components with ALAC.
- Changed MP3 tag reading behaviors when multiple tags are present.
- ID3v2 content now takes priority over APE and then ID3v1.
- Various time-consuming operations such as conversion or ReplayGain-scanning now prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep (opt-out).
- Tuned ReplayGain scanner for fast multicore CPU / slow HDD scenarios (beta 4).
- Fixed Converter misbehavior on files with misplaced "cuesheet" tags (beta 4).
- Improved performance when playing MP3 files from internet HTTP sources (beta 4).
- Improved compatibility with Apple's HFS driver (beta 4).
You can download foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 here.
As demonstrated with the Flashback Trojan, most of the Macs around the world are generally unprotected from viruses and malware. I've been saying it for a while now: Macs need anti-virus software. An official in the actual field of anti-virus and security has come out and said that Macs are 10 years behind Windows in terms of security.
Someone must have been listening to me as avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is now available to protect your OSX based computer from viruses and malware. The makers of the capable Windows anti-virus software have ported it over to Mac so as to protect them from cyber criminals, just as cyber criminals are finding that they can beat Mac security.
"avast! users have been fully protected from malware like the Flashback Trojan - even when our app was just in the beta stage," said Vince Steckler, CEO of AVAST Software. "The popularity of Apple computers have made Macs an interesting - and wide open - target for the bad guys. With avast! Free Antivirus for Mac, we are ready to help close this window of vulnerability."
"Just as we have done with Windows and Android, we want people to know that while the risks are real, a free security app can be very good," said Mr. Steckler. avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is available from avast.com or many of the major download sites around the web. It's free and will help protect your Mac from becoming a botnet contributor.
Our Download of the Day is Fraps 3.5.0.
Fraps 3.5 adds the much requested feature to allow AVI movie files larger than 4 gigabytes. Fraps will now write hybrid OpenDML/AVI files and allow large movies on NTFS drives. There's still an option to split at 4 gigabytes for legacy AVI 1.0 support.
Please be aware that the minimum system requirements have changed in Fraps 3.5.0. We now require a CPU with SSE2 instructions (Pentium 4 & above). Windows XP or higher is also now required. If you have an older system (Win2K or non-SSE2 CPU) you can still download the previous Fraps 3.4.7 release from the download page.
Fraps 3.5.0 - 26th April 2012
- Support for large AVI movie files (above 4 Gigabytes) on NTFS drives
- Added option to split AVIs at 4 Gigabytes for legacy AVI 1.0 support
- Fixed loop recording using large amounts of disk space for short clips
- Fixed benchmark logs not being saved if game was quit before benchmark ended
- Fixed View folder not opening window on some machines
- NEW MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: CPU with SSE2 required (Pentium 4 & above)
- Windows 2000 is no longer supported (Windows XP & above)