Windows 11 apps to get another visual facelift with new design material

With Windows 11 22H2 “Moment 1” update, Microsoft is apparently bringing tabs to File Explorer. This version of File Explorer apparently uses a new variant of “Mica” material called “Mica Alt”. It’s essentially the same Mica, but there are some noticeable tweaks to better support apps with tabs. For those unaware, Mica is a new design material part of the Fluent Design System and it aligns the background colour of apps like Settings, Microsoft Edge and others with the desktop. Microsoft officials have already dismissed the claims that the new Mica material could have a negative effect on performance. With Mica, Microsoft wants to create a “colour hierarchy” and the

Microsoft Edge is getting another visual facelift with Windows 11 look

Windows 11 is now widely available for supported hardware, but the operating system is far from complete. In addition to missing features, another problem with Windows 11 refresh is that not all apps have been updated with a new look. However, Microsoft has been trying to give some of its most-used apps more of a refresh. Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has already received a Windows 11-friendly makeover, but more improvements are coming. Microsoft is now working on rounded corners for tabs in the Edge browser alongside the Mica effect for the tabs strip which will be enabled by default. The most recent update for Edge Canary enables support for a new

Foxit PDF Reader 11 unveils major facelift and new 3D tools to accompany minor name change

Foxit Software has taken the opportunity to rebrand its popular PDF viewing and editing products with its latest major release. Foxit Reader is now Foxit PDF Reader 11.0, while PDF-editing tool Foxit PhantomPDF is reclassified Foxit PDF Editor 11.0. Both newly renamed tools unveil revamped user interfaces with the promise of being leaner, simpler, and more intuitive to use. They both also gain support for more 3D functions and digital signature enhancements. Aside from simplifying the product names, both Foxit PDF Reader and Foxit PDF Editor gain the same redesigned user interface: a minimalist-looking ribbon with pared-back icons and panels, and the promise of a clearer arrangement of tools. Advertisement

System Mechanic 21 unveils major facelift alongside new network and process scanning tools

iolo Technologies has unveiled System Mechanic 21, a landmark new version of the venerable — but still acclaimed — system tune-up tool for Windows PCs. It’s a noteworthy release thanks to a major user interface update, but also boasts two new scanning tools, step-by-step guides and — in the Pro release — improved antivirus protection. The new redesign is immediately apparent the first time the product is run, accompanied by a streamlined install process, clean and simplified dashboard, and pop-up guides that can steer users through their first run with major parts of the program. As before, System Mechanic is split into four components: System Mechanic itself, the performance tune-up

VirtualBox 5.2 overview - A nice, practical facelift

  Every few months, there’s a major VirtualBox update, bringing in a range of visible changes and improvements to this handy, free hypervisor product. I’m an old time user, and have written about VirtualBox many times in the past. Recently, I had the chance to test the new version, 5.2 (actually 5.2.2). The official list of enhancements is quite impressive – the GUI now features revamped virtual media and host network managers, easier snapshot management, and unattended guest installations. Sounds neat. So let us see what gives. Overview When you start the program, the interface will show a slightly redesigned layout than before, which might confuse you at first. If