In part one of our restoration series, we show you how to bring faded, tatty and creased photos back to life and even add colour to black-and-white pictures
If you fancy being an architect but haven't got the skills, Google's Sketchup lets you design anything from a garden shed to St Paul's Cathedral
Want to be a better computer artist? Take the tablet
MPEG Streamslip can handle a large number of different video formats
Fancy yourself as a crossword compiler? Find out how free software can help
Sound too good to be true? We've found some programs that are so good we're amazed there is no price tag. We cast our eye over 30 of the best
Software giant trials Google Plus project, where users can share messages, comments and photos and use a video-chat function – but will it rival Facebook?
We've created a project home on Codeplex
Digital cameras make taking pictures much easier, but storing them uses a lot of disk space. Free software will compress image files without losing their quality
Company offers discounts on software for those in education
If you have no use for the pictures and text, you can export the audio
A reader bought software that won't work on his computer, and has had his money refunded. But the name on the refund is spelt wrong – what are his legal options?
Use free tools such as Imgburn to copy a DVD-Video disc, but watch the copyright
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