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PC Performance Tuning & Upgrading

When people start using computers, it soon becomes clear to them that there is a huge amount to learn. Of course, the Internet can be a great resource, but a reference book like PC Performance can be more helpful in coming to grips with the technolog...

Restoring photographs: Part 2

Last time, this column covered the basics of getting started with image restoration. By now, your image should be scanned, rotated and ready for finer adjustments. Using most types of filters will make changes that are hard to reverse, so sharpen, bl...

Restoring photographs: Part 1

This month's column is the first of a series that will provide a step-by-step tutorial for restoring photographs. The tutorial will draw from tools covered in previous columns, and add some new tips.

PDFs - a quiet revolution

The PDF format is slowly changing the way in which documents are distributed, printed and managed. "So, what exactly are PDF files, how are they produced and why is the format so successful?

Scanning and resolution of graphics

Despite the rise of digital cameras, people are still needing to scan images onto their PCs. Scanning the image will enable it to be sent to other people, digitally restored or preserved to prevent further degradation. If you can get the scanning res...

Graphics screen captures

Taking screen captures can form an important part of everyday computing. A screen capture is simply a snapshot of what is currently being displayed on your computer screen. While this may have obvious applications in writing manuals and books, it can...

Batch conversions

The process of changing a collection of files is called 'batch conversion'. Instead of changing one file at a time, you merely set up the type of changes you wish to make, select the files that you want altered and the program will churn out the new ...

Resizing images

Manipulating the size of an image can be very confusing to both newbies and experienced users. How to resize an image to exact dimensions, while maintaining picture quality, can be tricky and sometimes plain old lucky.

Reducing red-eye

Many people have bemoaned the appearance of red-eye in photographs. Since many important events are held either indoors or at night, this unwanted effect can ruin treasured photographs.

Introducing HTML

If you think HTML is only for die-hard Web-heads, then you may be overlooking the versatility of this very simple computer language.

Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom In A Book

Photoshop Classroom In A Book deviates from the classic structure of the manual - instead of chapters dealing with a function of a tool, the information is presented in terms of performing tasks.

Graphics - Borders

Adding a border to an image may seem like a simple task, but ask three people how to do it and they will probably give three different answers - we'll go one better this month and show four ways.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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