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Five downloads to simplify computing tasks

Free-up your time

There's never enough hours in the day, so rather than sitting at your PC why not spend them doing exactly what you want to do. These five free downloads while help you simplify a number of computing tasks so you can free up your time.

Launchy 2.5

Speed up access to your favourite programs with this handy little launcher utility-source application that's designed to simplify the process of accessing just about any file on your computer.

Rename Master 2.9.4

Renaming a single file is easy: just select the file and press [F2]. But if you find yourself confronted by a whole folder of files that require renaming then you need to employ something a little smarter than the Windows technique.

Enter, stage left, Rename Master. This beautifully formed, free and portable application enables you to rename large groups of files with ease. It also allows you to change the tags found in MP3 and JPEG files too, so if you've accidentally misspelled an important tag in 100 files, you can now change it with the minimum of fuss.

iSale Express 1.0.1

Selling unwanted items on eBay is a great way to make a little extra money, but the process of setting up an auction can be an arduous one. iSale Express is a listing tool that makes it quick and easy to put your goods up for sale.

With three auction templates to choose from, you can be certain of how your listing is gong to look without the need to keep checking the eBay preview page. If you are selling several similar items, individual listings can be created quickly and easily.

Synkron 1.6.2

Keeping folders synchronised is a simple way to backup data to protect against hard drive failure, accidental file deletion or other disaster. The tools needed to perform synchronisation tasks are often difficult to use or lacking key features - the same cannot be said of Synkron. The program is a cross-platform tool which can be used to synchronise the contents of pairs of folders either manually or on a schedule.

Transmute Portable 2.03

There are now a number of web browsers to choose from, but if you have been tempted to try out a new program there may be something putting you off. If you have been using your current browser for a long time, the chances are you have amassed a large collection of bookmarked sites. The prospect of having to manually re-create all of these bookmarks is enough to put most people off trying out a new browser, but Transmute can help simplify the transition.

The program is compatible with a huge number of web browsers - from the familiar Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera, to the less commonly used Flock, Chrome, Chromium and Konqueror - and transferring bookmarks could hardly be simpler. Launch the program, indicate the browser which has all of your bookmarks, select the browser you would like to transfer them to and everything else is taken care of for you.

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