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Ashampoo Home Designer is a 3D home planning tool which makes it easy to see how your next home project will look, without having to pay for a professional designer.
You start by providing the dimensions of your room, then add walls, windows, doors, maybe carpets to create the initial shell. Then you'll add further objects - the tables, chairs, bath, TV cooker, whatever's appropriate - and reorganise, rearrange and relocate these until you find the layout you need.
And then you can dress it further for enhanced realism. Would your room look better with parquet flooring or granite tiles, for instance? Choose the appropriate material and you'll see, right away. You're even able to import your own photos to use as backgrounds, maybe a view of your garden as it will appear through the window, to give you the best possible idea of how your romm will appear in real life.
It's hard to tell what works from a standard 2D view, of course, so Ashampoo Home Designer also allows you to look at your new room from any angle and position: outside the room, inside, above or below, from the door, the window, with whatever perspective and zoom factor you like.
Whatever your viewpoint, professional lighting and ray-tracing algorithms mean the program will quickly deliver an attractive and very realistic view of your plan. And you can then share this with others in a variety of ways, from multiple bitmaps showing the room from every angle, to lists of the fixtures, fittings and materials you've used, perfect if you now want to ask a professional builder or other tradesman to carry out this work for you.
Go out and buy a new computer, turn it on for the first time and you’ll be amazed how quickly it boots and launches the installed applications. Your first thoughts will be that you were right to sell your old PC as this one is so much more speedy that you have become more productive.
Result? You settle in to your old habits of installing and testing software, removing them from your system and quickly misunderstanding that it’s the software that drives your computer, not the hardware. There’s little difference between a 1-year-old PC and a brand number computer. They all rely on the same element and that’s the operating system and installed applications.
After installing and removing software, then browsing the Internet for a few months, all sorts of temporary information is left strewn across your hard drive. Worse, the Registry, which is a database of information about your computer, is left with erroneous entries that point to long-deleted directories, link filetypes to applications that don’t exist and even attempt to launch startup applications that were removed from your machine.
The answer is a system cleanser and there are few better tools than the free CCleaner. This tool will remove unwanted information, temporary files, your browsing history, huge log files and even the settings left behind by previously installed software. It also includes a Registry cleaner and optimiser, which will find and remove entries and streamline the database.
CCleaner doesn’t stop there. It includes some security tools such as a data eraser so you can make sure files and information is completely removed from your PC.
This is CCleaner 4.08, which is a minor release. Changes include:
- Added Firefox 27 new cache location cleaning.
- Improved Chrome cleaning: Flash cookies and last download location.
- Improved Internet Explorer and Firefox Startup Items detection.
- Enhanced Thunderbird and Firefox detection algorithm.
- Improved context menu management.
- Optimized system restore detection routine.
- Improved secure deletion of files with long filenames.
- Added advanced scheduled task management for Windows Vista and newer.
- Improved portable browsers management in Startup screen.
- Improved live monitoring notifications and settings (CCleaner Professional only).
- Added CyberLink AudioDirector 4 and PowerDirector 12, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12, Nero Express 2014 and BackItUp 2014 cleaning.
- Improved Real Player, Real Player 15 and 16, Steam and Xfire cleaning.
- Minor GUI improvements.
- Minor bug fixes.