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Ellp – A New PC Automation Tool

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Ellp™ is a new, free PC tool that lets you automate your daily routine with a flip of a switch, in order to boost your productivity, maintain high performance and security and revel in entertainment. Ellp is flexible, fun, and a real time-saver. It’s cool and colorful card layout allows you to identify and choose the actions you want to automate so that you can focus on what really matters most.

Ellp - Simplify your busy day with a flip of a switch

Ellp – Simplify your busy day with a flip of a switch

About Ellp
With the hectic lives we lead, it’s no wonder we turn to technology to ease our workload and help us out with our daily tasks. However, as great as technology is, it still presents some unpleasantries, especially since most PC tasks require so many different settings and interactions. This makes managing your device, its apps and the infinite number of tasks and activities it runs an absolute nightmare. Ellp can help with this, as it not only simplifies this process but also offers a personalized way of automating tasks, allowing you to manage your daily tasks with ease.

How does it work?
Ellp’s automation structure is built around a collection of Ellp cards, that cover four categories, mainly productivity, performance, security, and entertainment. These Ellp cards work on the basis of a trigger and action concept, with each card solely focused on helping you carry out a particular task. For example, ‘When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me’ or ‘When I download the same file twice, let me know’. The automation process is quite straightforward:

  1. Choose the cards that matter most to you
  2. Edit them according to your preferences
  3. Switch the activation toggle on

Once done, you can just relax and let Ellp do all the work for you, only alerting you when an action is required from your side.

User Interface
The design is simple and clean, allowing for easy navigation. Based on its simplicity principle, you can easily browse and access your favorite Ellp cards through the navigation menu and categories.

Ellp’s Beta version is available to all Windows (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10) PC and laptop users.

Click here to download Ellp.

Get the Start button back in Windows 8.1

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Windows 8.1 has some great new features, but a core Microsoft one is still missing: the Start button. With users having already complained about it Windows 8 launched, you would be correct in assuming that Microsoft might have rethought abandoning the Start button and brought it back with Windows 8.1. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to combine the best of both worlds, thanks to a couple of nifty apps:

Classic Shell:

Classic Shell offers a very simple solution to getting the Start button back. All you need to do is install it and let it run, with nothing more than that required. If you’d like to take it even further, Classic Shell even gives you the option to customize the look of the menu, and even goes as far as adjusting the appearance of Windows Explorer windows.

Start Menu Reviver 2:

This app combines the look of the original Start Menu with the style of Windows 8. You still get the Start button, but you also get a two-column layout, one column containing recently accessed programs and the other containing the actual list of programs.

Whichever app you choose, you’ll be that much closer to getting the look you know and love – and all combined with Windows 8.1, too.

Microsoft set to reintroduce the full Start Menu with Windows 8.2

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Microsoft acknowledged the backlash against Windows 8 by launching 8.1, and it seems they are about to go a step further. For those who absolutely hate the whole Metro UI, they can look forward to the return of the full Start menu with Windows 8.2. The desktop mode will integrate the Start menu Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95, while incorporating Metro apps to float on the desktop screen. While it may not be enough to appease the more hardcore of anti-Windows 8 users, it is an even bigger step forward (or backward, whichever way you look at it) than 8.1 was.

Windows XP expiry date countdown clock

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The support of Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will officially end on April 8th, 2014, so we have created a countdown clock (using the time zone of Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington) to remind you of the approaching date if you are using any of the expiring products.

To upgrade your operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, click here.

AMD Driver Autodetect – AMD Catalyst Drivers for Radeon

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 2 Comments

Download the AMD Driver Autodetect from SoftwarePatch.com to easily install and update the latest:

● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ R9 200 and R7 200 Series
● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ HD 8000, HD 7000, HD 6000 and HD 5000 Series
● AMD Mobility Radeon™ Notebook Drivers

AMD Driver Autodetect detects your graphics card and Windows operating system. If there is a new driver, the tool will download it with a click of a button and start the installation process.

The auto-detect tool gives you the option to download the latest official driver.

» Click here to download AMD Driver Autodetect for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions.

Windows 8 has two years left

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

According to the information on Microsoft’s website, Windows 8.1 is part of the lifecycle of Windows 8: Microsoft will support the Windows 8 family until January 2023, however users will be obliged to upgrade to Windows 8.1 within the next two years. Windows 8.1 was published on October 18th, and the countdown started on that day.

With this two-year limitation Microsoft is forcing users to upgrade, including the ones who wouldn’t be happy to do so. As of October 2015, users will stop receiving critical updates, new functions and improvements, and will probably be left out of apps developed by third parties. The only option for remaining safe and up-to-date is to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.

In the meantime, Microsoft is heavily campaigning to make users stop using Windows XP and Office 2003, as still lots of individuals and businesses are using these obsolete systems. Microsoft will stop supporting these in 2014.

By Gergely Sumegi

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Wow, the new Windows XP! Blue taskbar, green start button and the Bliss wallpaper from a Californian landscape photo. How fresh it looked after the boring gray of the previous versions when it came out – can you believe it was 12 years ago?

And in April 2014, just 8 months from now, Microsoft will finally stop supporting the operating system that is still being used on 37% of all desktop PCs in the world. This means that more than half a billion computers are still running the oldest supported Windows version, and the operating system of these computers will no longer be supported by Microsoft after next spring.

So, if you or your company is still using Windows XP on the computers, it’s time to start considering an upgrade to a newer version. If the new Modern user interface of Windows 8 is too unfamiliar for you, then you can still choose Windows 7, which is just as reliable and will be supported for many years to come.

By Gergely Sumegi

Top 5 Apps for Windows 8

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Whilst it’s fair to say that Microsoft has been late to the game when it comes to apps – where Apple remains in pole position – they are certainly doing their best in trying to catch up. The Apple App Store was answered with the Windows App Store, which to date now contains over 100,000 apps. We’ve tried to narrow down five essential apps that any Windows 8 user should have.

 

 

 

News Bento: This nifty app presents an interface combining top US news sites, with constant updates always coming through. Story summaries are neatly displayed in various panels – clicking on any of these will take you directly to the content app, which means you don’t need to switch to and from an external browser.

 

 

 

IM+: IM+ combines all the major messenger tools available, including Facebook, Google Talk, AOL, Yahoo, and so on. Rather than having to switch between different clients, you get access to your contacts in one streamlined place.

 

 

 

Skype: Regaling in its status as a Microsoft acquisition, Skype’s new interface complements Windows 8’s design – meaning that it gets full advantage of W8’s latest features. Even if your PC is locked or the app is closed Skype continues to run in the background, so you never have to worry about missing important calls.

 

 

 

8tracks: Quite possibly the best radio app on the market, 8tracks has already proved popular on the web, as well as on iOS and Android platforms. The new Windows 8 app only enhances the 8tracks experience: with a smooth interface that makes transiting between different songs and playlists a synch.

 

 

 

Fhotoroom: Out of all the photo-editing apps available Fhotoroom is probably the most comprehensive one. It’s brilliant for any rookie looking to get started in editing, with the tools you’d expect out of more advanced software at a beginner’s level. Experiment with exposure, saturation, and even vintage-style filters for you Instagram addicts.

 

Source: iOS App Store