This free start menu for Windows 8 melds the old functionality with the new look. If you want to ease into Windows 8, Start Menu Reviver is a good helper.
Peazip is a compress/decompress utility that handles all the major formats and a ton of more obscure ones. It won't create proprietary format archives like RAR, but it will read and extract files from them.
JPEGmini lets you easily compress your JPEG pictures to save room on your hard drive—without any significant loss in detail.
Samsung's new 840 EVO SSD ups the capacity and performance ante with drives from 120GB to 1TB
Sandisk announces two new portable, flash-based Wi-Fi drives for sharing data and streaming multimedia
These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.
The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.
Sorenson Squeeze 9 is expensive, but it's also a best-of-breed video transcoding app that's multi-threaded fast and produces sterling output.
OmniPage 18 Standard is a flexible program that will more than satisfy basic OCR needs.
Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.
This external USB 3.0 hard drive boasts write performance rivaling that of an external SSD.
For straight text extraction, you can't beat this competent freebie. You won't find advanced output options, but there's no price tag, either.
If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.
The HP Envy 120 is for those who do only a little printing and a little scanning, but who want to do it in style.
Undeniably good-looking, the Acer Aspire U all-in-one delivers a classy desktop computing and multimedia experience. We’ve selected it to serve as our reference desktop PC.