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WinZip 17 review

It's not easy being WinZip these days. Windows has been able to open and create Zip files on its own for a while now, and free, powerful compression utilities like 7-Zip are readily available and actively maintained. And yet, the 20 year-old utility soldiers on with version 17, delivering impressive utility and showing a keen awareness of the rapidly evolving cloud storage and file sharing landscape. New integration with cloud storage services and social networks gives WinZip a firm foothold in the online world. It's available in $50 Pro and $30 Standard versions, each with a twenty-one-day free trial.


Kingsoft Office Suite review

Business still revolves around the Big Three software applications: word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. And Microsoft still charges an arm and a leg for Office licences. What's a cash-strapped small shop to do? There are, of course, a number of freebie alternatives to Microsoft Office, most notably and LibreOffice. However, OpenOffice faces an uncertain future, and LibreOffice is bogged down by a clumsy, outdated interface and iffy file compatibility. Allow me to suggest a lesser-known alternative: Kingsoft Office Suite 2012. Kingsoft offers Free, Standard, and Professional editions, the latter two priced at £31 and £45 respectively.


Zengobi Curio Core 7.4.3 review

Even the most organised souls can still find themselves drowning in a sea of clippings and notebooks in search of one elusive idea. Curio Core 7 (Mac App Store link) consolidates your thoughts into one useful digital space. Despite its arsenal of options, it mostly balances those powerful abilities with admirable ease of use.


Zim review

Take the power and flexibility of a wiki (like Wikipedia), wrap it with a friendly Windows installer, and make it run as a local application, no server needed. You've got Zim (free): a personal open source wiki for managing your knowledge, tasks, and calendar. You can even get the portable version, put it on a USB stick or in a Dropbox folder, and take it with you on the go.


VueMinder Pro review

In these days of cloud-based services like Google Calendar and Zoho, having a dedicated desktop calendar application almost seems like an anachronism (even Microsoft Outlook does email in addition to calendar duties). But VueMinder Pro (£32, 60-day free trial) is anything but anachronistic. This thoroughly modern calendar application synchronises with online calendars and offers a richer interface than its web-based competitors.


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Susan Self said: Does Word 2013 import SVG images We do a lot of technical illustrations in Visio and saving them as SVG makes them zoomable when published as PDF Thats important when they are very detailed I tried pasting SVG into Word 2010 but thats not a solid solution The image can be displayed but it doesnt really stick after you save the file Did Microsoft recognize this need or will we have to wait more years to have SVG supported fully

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