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Review: ZArchiver lets you view, create, and decompress some popular archives

ZArchiver lets you compress and archive, as well as view and decompress files and folders on your Android smartphone or tablet in a snap. Though it's missing support for one of the most popular archiving formats when creating archives, it makes up for it by giving you several different ways to compress your files. It saves you from moving your folders over to your computer to zip them up.

ZArchiver supports the popular ZIP and 7z formats, but it uses TAR instead of the more common RAR. While you'll be able to view contents of RAR archives and … Read more

Review: Docker changes the way your Dock looks

Docker for Mac allows users to customize a number of appearance features for their Mac Docks. The package is well designed and easy to use, making it a good option for those looking to change their computer's features.

Docker for Mac starts up by displaying an options menu. This menu shows good design and information display, with descriptive text and well-labeled buttons. Users can select from a number of categories along the top, from styles to stacks, among many others. The Dock can be changed from 2D to 3D, and viewed quickly, making it easy to identify and revert … Read more

Review: Practice playback skills with Disco XT Basic

Disco XT Basic for Mac offers some fundamental tools for mixing audio, supports most popular audio formats, and easily integrates with iTunes. While slightly complicated to navigate, the program offers most of the features one would need for quick DJ use.

This download offers a basic edition of Disco XT, which is a professional audio playback and mixing application. The program installs quickly and contains a number of documents, including an extensive user manual. The easy-to-read tutorial is helpful considering how complex the program menu appears. After linking to iTunes to load songs and playlists, the menu takes up an … Read more

Review: Got media? Pour it into CyberLink MediaEspresso for smooth conversions

CyberLink MediaEspresso costs more than many similar tools, but you get what you pay for: A sophisticated yet easy-to-use media converter that can handle most files and devices, including Apple, Android, and Windows smartphones, tablets, and media players, and popular game consoles, too. Plenty of tools can convert media files, including some capable freeware. MediaEspresso offers a robust, do-it-all capability in a streamlined interface, plus supports the latest graphics cards, multithread conversion, and direct upload to social media. CyberLink Media Espresso is free to try for 30 days (or 50 conversion runs) and costs $39.95.

We dragged a Flash … Read more

Send unlimited text

WhatsApp Messenger claims it's the easiest way to keep your contacts closer across all smartphone platforms. It does take only a few seconds and 99 cents to get it set up, and then you are ready to send unlimited text messages, photos, audio notes, and video content to your favorite contacts just by using your Internet connection.

The app has pretty good Yahoo Messenger-ish characteristics, as implied by its name, but the thing we liked best was how it handles messages. WhatsApp Messenger uses push notifications to deliver the messages your friends have sent to you, keeping you up-to-date.… Read more

Pretty good searching with Pretty Run

Pretty Run is a Windows search tool that can find and run programs quickly. Its roots lie in older versions of Windows that weren't capable of searching the Start Menu and other likely locations for shortcuts and executables. Though Windows now offers a search box, Pretty Run has stayed a step ahead, and its versatility keeps this free tool useful.

When it's active, Pretty Run resides in the system tray, though you can call up its simple, semiopaque interface from the Start Menu, an optional desktop icon, or with a customizable hot-key combination. Pretty Run starts searching as … Read more

Clean and freshen your computer with PC Shower

It's hardly uncommon to stumble upon Web sites that leave you feeling like you need to take a shower, but keeping your PC clean and free of junk files, invalid registry entries, and other issues pays off in not only enhanced security but also increased performance. Add in a variety of tweaks, tune-ups, and other system utilities and you have a versatile PC toolkit. That's what you get with Arafasoft's PC Shower 2011. It's a free bundle of useful tools for cleaning and tuning your PC. Unlike many free versions of premium tools, it actually cleans … Read more

Apple releases Snow Leopard font update

Apple has released an update for OS X that addresses font-rendering problems that cropped up for users who had upgraded to OS X 10.6.7. We initially reported on this issue in late March, where a number of people who had upgraded to OS X 10.6.7 were not able to read PDFs that were created in the latest version of the Mac OS. The issue was narrowed to how OS X was managing OpenType PostScript fonts.

If you check Software Update from within OS X 10.6.7 you should be able to apply the update there; … Read more

Bluetooth devices battery levels reported differently after 10.6.7

Recently a MacFixIt reader wrote in mentioning a problem people have been having after updating to OS X 10.6.7, where Bluetooth devices (namely Apple's wireless keyboards and mice) are being reported as having 100 percent battery level, even though the battery levels were at lower percentages immediately before applying the OS update.

Some initially suspected that the problem was a bug that always reported battery levels at 100 percent, regardless of the actual charge level. However, over time some people have found that the levels have dropped. In some instances the charge drops fast, but others seem … Read more

Supplemental OS X 10.6.7 patch available for MacBook Air

Yesterday Apple issued a supplemental update for OS X 10.6.7 that addresses a few hangs that owners of the 13-inch MacBook Air (late 2010 model) were experiencing after applying the initial OS X 10.6.7 release. The hangs happened when users would play and manage music in their iTunes libraries, and was caused by an error with how protected audio files were being handled.

The update is a small 461KB patch that addresses compatibility issues with the AppleUpstreamUserClient and AudioAUUC system components, which are extensions that help manage protected audio content. It should be available via Software … Read more