After a quiet start to the week, today saw a rush of new releases and updates to popular software. This week Google Chrome 11 FINAL was introduced to the stable channel. The primary new feature is the addition of speech support, plus a brand new flatter icon. Exciting times. Still, it’s good to see healthy competition between the four primary web browsers.
Paragon Software released Hard Disk Manager 11 Professional this week and it’s our disk management and maintenance suite of choice. Everything you need to backup, copy, partition, restore and manage your drive or disk partition. There’s also cheaper Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite. If you only need to backup your files, EASEUS ToDo Backup 2.5 is a simple free backup tool.
CCleaner 3.06 was made available with a few improvements, including cleaning support for Core FTP, FileZilla, SmartFTP, A-Squared, MySpaceIM and others. There’s also a portable version for taking CCleaner 3.06 on the road.
Freemake Video Converter 2.1.4 was updated and this powerful free media conversion tool will enable you to quickly import a video/movie and export for a particular mobile device, such as your iPhone or iPad. You can use it to share converted video online. An alternative is aTube Catcher 2.3.570, although we still prefer Freemake’s free conversion tool. Of course, there’s always SUPER 2011.48, also updated this week.
Other highlights this week include Evernote 4.3.1, Dropbox 1.1.28, Dexpot 1.5.9, Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free 9.0.5 and Mozilla Firefox 4.0.1. Looking at the release notes, only minor fixes were included in this build. Expect a Firefox 5 beta to be available shortly.