WinZip continues to push off last year's momentum with version 17 to persuade users that it remains significant in today's world of computing.
Much of what's under the hood remains solid and hasn't aged. The latest entry builds upon the 64-bit ZIP engine from 2011 by adding additional OpenCL support for multicore CPUs like Ivy Bridge and AMD Fusion. But in version 17, WinZip's redesigned ribbon interface and workflow takes the spotlight.
WinZip has opted to simplify the way users manage their archives with a redesigned ribbon. The language is easier to understand and bears … Read more
Plenty of people don't want or need a big PDF app just to do something fairly simple, such as split or merge a handful of PDFs. Those people have many choices. For example, there's 7-PDF Split and Merge, a freeware version of the German software developer's premium tool. It has all the features of the Pro tool, but it will split only the first 50 pages and merge only five PDFs. We tried a fully portable version of the software, 7-PDF Split and Merge Portable.
As with similar tools, Split and Merge has a compact, all-in-one style … Read more
I don't use the iPad for typing anything longer than a URL in Safari or a line or two of an e-mail, and when I do use the keyboard, I rarely split it. This tip from a post on iPad Insight, however, might make me reconsider using the split keyboard.
Lurking along the inside edges of the split keyboard are six hidden keys. They simply repeat three of the available keys on the opposite side of the keyboard, but these hidden keys might help touch typists type faster.
Here's the deal: instead of using your right thumb to … Read more
Criticism of its recent stock split plan has evolved into a court case against Google. A shareholder filed a class action lawsuit in an attempt to block the plan on the grounds that it gives Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin too much power, according to Reuters.
Brockton Retirement Board brought the suit, alleging that Page and Brin "wish to retain this power, while selling off large amounts of their stockholdings, and reaping billions of dollars in proceeds." Brockton filed the complaint in Delaware, where Google is incorporated.
Google announced its first stock split -- or, if … Read more
After announcing its first-quarter earnings this afternoon, Google disclosed plans to issue what it described as "a new class of non-voting capital stock." In other words, a stock split. Here's more about the company's earnings results. The text of the 2012 Founders' Letter from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announcing the stock split follows:
Introduction Throughout our evolution, from privately held start-up to large, publicly listed company, we have managed Google for the long term--enjoying tremendous success as a result, especially since our IPO in 2004. Sergey and I hoped, though we did not expect, … Read more
If you've ever found yourself switching back and forth between browser tabs, or between your browser and a text document, and wished there was some way you could just look at both at the same time, wish no longer. Split Screen is an extension for Chrome that lets you view two Web sites side-by-side, or view one Web site next to a text editor. It's extremely handy and easy to use, and we think it's a great tool to add to Chrome's capabilities.
Once installed, Split Screen appeared as an icon to the right of Chrome'… Read more
LG wants to bring the joy of split screen gaming back--minus the cheating that inevitably goes with it--with its Dual Play technology.
Split-screen gaming has enabled players to compete against each other on the same machine since the early days of consoles, popularized by games such as the original "Goldeneye."
LG's passive Dual Play mode, available on 2012 TVs with passive 3D, enables two people to play on the same screen and is presumably compatible with any console game that includes a top-bottom split screen. With LG's Dual Play enabled and the special Dual Play glasses, … Read more
WinZip version 16 has hit the streets, bringing with it a few features aimed at keeping the venerable archiving tool in the cool crowd. Plus, with its all-new native 64-bit engine, this newest release runs just a bit smoother and faster than before.
But first things first--the guts of the program. WinZip 16 retains its large feature set, including drag-and-drop support and content-sensitive previews. It can compress images by up to 25 percent and has a "Zip from Camera" wizard, and deep context menu support enables you to perform most of WinZip's functions on the fly. However, … Read more
File joiners and splitters break apart large files into smaller segments that can be joined together easily. They make it possible to share, upload, and download files and data much too large for the typical PC to handle. If you share files online, over private networks, or via devices like thumb drives, you probably know how useful file joiners and splitters can be. HJ-Split is an easy-to-use application that bundles several versatile splitter and joiner tools from Freebyte. This portable freeware runs without being installed, making it a useful addition to portable devices. HJ-Split handles files up to 100 GB … Read more