- SMB Spotlight
The biggest news is the stable release of Chrome 13, both for Windows and Mac. Chrome 13 only ships with a couple of new features, which are an improved print preview (for the Mac) and instant pages, which will pre-render top search results to improve your browsing experience. In addition, over 5000 bugs have been squashed and browsing performance tweaked further.
This week there has been an important update to the ever-popular LibreOffice. Improvements are only minor but include official support for for business and enterprise deployment, as well as a new colour chart feature has been added to make life a little easier. The latest v3.4.2 update is available for both Windows & Mac.
Ashampoo GetBack Photo 1.0.0 is a brand new tool that enables users to recover any accidentally deleted or damaged image files. One useful feature with this recovery tool is the ability to locate lost images from formatted storage devices.
EssentialPIM Free 4.24 Free also receives a minor update which includes a number of bug fixes. This popular application helps users to manage all aspects of their personal and working life. The application includes a calendar, note tool and a contact manager.
Peazip 3.9 is the latest version of the popular and powerful archive manager that enables users to open or create their own archives. Highly rated and, best of all, it's completely free.
Skype 5.5 is another of the major releases. The latest v5.5 now ships with greater Facebook integration. You can now check when Facebook friends are online and instant message them from within the new Facebook Contacts Tab. You can also view and update your Facebook status and even view comments or 'like' posts from your Facebook Wall, directly from Skype. Skype 5.5 is available for Windows, but the Mac version, as always, lags behind and lacks some of the new Facebook features.
Comodo Dragon 12.2 is a Chromium-based browser from Comodo, the developers of popular free security applications, such as Comodo Internet Security, Comodo Firewall and Comodo Antivirus. As the web browser is based on Chromium, it should enable you to use some of the existing Chrome extensions. The developer's claim you get the best of Chrome, with the security of the Comodo apps.
New this week are a number of interesting Android apps. Adobe Flash Player for Android 10.3 enables users to watch Flash content via their mobile, gReader Pro (Google Reader) for Android 2.2.7 so you can read your Google-powered RSS feeds on the road, AndroZip Pro File Manager for Android 1.5.1 for creating, opening and managing archives from your mobile and the always useful Google Maps for Android 5.8 so you can quickly find your location and destination on your mobile, wherever you are.
Finally, a minor update to CCleaner 3.09. This highly rated application is a great freeware solution for those looking for a quick and easy way to clean files, browsing history, temporary data and other clutter from your computer. There's also a portable version, which you can take on the road.