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Find out about software and driver updates with RadarSync

radarsync If you’re a Windows user it’s pretty easy to find out about updates to Windows itself, but what about all of your other software or even the various driver files you have installed?

RadarSync is a program that is able to compare the software applications you have installed with an online database to see if a newer version is available but it doesn’t stop there–RadarSync can also check on your drivers to see if a driver update is available.

For $29.95 per year you can get the full version that allows you to schedule scans and give you access to tech support but if neither of those is a big deal to you they also offer a free version that’s missing those two options.

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via Download Squad]

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Microsoft releases Popfly Game Creator

popfly_game_creatorIn an effort to make creating casual games easier while expanding its installed base of Silverlight browser add-on users, Microsoft today announced Popfly Game Creator.

Last year Microsoft launced Popfly to help make creating widgets and mashups simple using Silverlight and now, using Popfly Game Creator, you can make games just as easily.

Popfly Game Creator is completely browser-based and was built with non-programmers in mind, so don’t worry about not knowing a computer programming language–looks like you won’t need it.

For more info check out this Popfly team’s blog post or the Popfly Wiki here.

[Via TechCrunch]


Foxit Reader updated to 2.3, adds tabs

foxit_readerIf you need a PDF reader for Windows, forget the bloated Adobe Acrobat reader–Foxit Reader is faster, free, and has just been updated to include a few new tricks.

The biggest addition in the new version 2.3 is the inclusion of tabs, allowing you to open multiple PDF files in different tabs of the one application the same way Firefox (among others) let you do this with web pages.

Also new in version 2.3 are:

  • Bookmarks
  • Multimedia playback in PDF files (please, please don’t let embedding media into PDF files catch on)
  • Text tool for adding comments to documents
  • Rules for helping align documents
  • Magnifier for zooming into parts of a document
  • Automatic scrolling
  • Improved ability to print just a part of a document

Windows users can grab a copy here.

[Via Download Squad]


Tame runaway Windows programs, reduce system hangs with Process Lasso

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One of the most frustrating things a Windows user runs into is a system hang. Did it completely freeze? Will it come back?

To help take control of runaway programs that hog your CPU, take a look at Process Lasso.

Designed for all versions of Windows after Windows 2000, Process Lasso is able to monitor your CPU and when a process consumers too many for too long, the priority of that process is automatically lowered, making your computer responsive again.

Process Lasso can also do things like always start a certain program at lower than normal process priority, only let a program use your first CPU, etc.

If you’re interested, it’s a free download and you can get it here.

[Via Lifehacker]