Norton 360 version 6 launches


Symantec today launched the latest version of its Norton 360 internet security and PC performance software suite. Norton 360 v6 is the first version of Norton 360 to be compatible with Windows 8. Norton 360 v6 costs £59.99 inc VAT for up to 3 PCs with a 2GB backup allowance, and £69.99 inc VAT for up to 5 PCs with 25GB.

The Norton engine recently came top in an internet security software test and, according to a recent PassMark test it is among the least resource hungry security suites around. But it would need to be at those prices, which are at the top of the range for security software. However, Norton 360 offers much more than the standard suite, so Symantec says. See also: Group test: what’s the best security software?

Symantec’s Norton Product Expert Jatinder Shetra told PC Advisor in an interview that key improvements in this version of Norton 360 include the adoption of the Norton Management interface. This cloud-based management module can also be found in Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012. It offers remote, web-based management of both your PC and your security software. This in turn means you can check your Norton account details, download and install (or uninstall) software, and check the security status of your PC, all from anywhere you have a web connection. See also: Norton 360 Everywhere ‘protects PC, smartpone and Mac’.

Norton Management

Norton Management offers remote access to your software

Norton 360 v6 also includes ‘Indetity Safe’, another NIS 2012 feature. This virtual locker is a place for you to store logins and password details for all your online accounts and services, accessible from a simple web interface from anywhere with a connection. Shetra told us that the Identity Safe has been improved and the user experience streamlined. See also: Norton One pilot launches.

Shetra was also keen to promote the virtues of Download Insight. This aspect of Norton 360 offers information on software downloads before the user installs them. Intriguingly, Shetra told us that in Norton 360 v6 Download Insight offers more than seciroty information, giving the user a steer as to how stable a program might be, for instance. This information, Shetra told us, is sourced from a combination of Symantec’s user community feedback and expert testing, in much the same way that the Anti-Phishing web-browsing tool does.

Norton Identity Safe

Norton Identity Safe

Norton 360 helps users to preserve bandwidth, Shetra said. The new Bandwidth Awareness tool allows 360 users to set rules for what their web connection can be used for. You may decide, for instance, to install only ‘critical’ updates when you are using a 3G connection. Other improvements that Symantec is claiming for version 6 of Norton 360 include faster and easier to navigate backups and automatic error recovery.

Google Nexus 7 goes up for pre-order

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O yesterday, has gone up for pre-order in the UK.

Eager Android fans can head to the Google Play Store now to pre-order a Nexus 7. The tablet debuts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and starts at just £159 and will ship in 2-3 weeks, according to the store. See also: Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Apple iPad comparison review.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Google said: “Nexus 7 is a no compromise Android tablet that’s designed to go where you go. With a stunning 7in display, powerful quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use, Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.”

For a limited time, pre-orders for the Nexus 7 will come with £15 of credit to spend in the Play Store on apps and content as well as free media such as Transformers: Dark of the moon. It’s powered by an nVidia Tegra 3 and has a 12-core GPU.

The sum of £159 will get you the 8GB model but there’s also a 16GB model available for £199. The 7in ISP screen has a resolution of 800 x 1280, there’s 1GB of RAM and a near-field communications (NFC) chip.

The Nexus 7, made by Asus, weighs 340g and measures in at 10.5mm. Remaining specs include a 1.2Mp front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a micro USB port.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8 is akin to a full-featured video editor with a plethora of output options

TechSmith has today launched Camtasia Studio 8, the latest version of its market-leading screen-capture software. Read our Camtasia Studio 8 review.

In fact the phrase ‘screen-capture’ may be selling Camtasia a little short, as the feature set of Camtasia Studio 8 is now nothing short of staggering, and it may be best described as a full-featured video-editing program.

TechSmith told us that Camtasia Studio has been rebuilt from the ground up in order to make it easy for anyone to create powerful, professional and interactive videos that can be used for education, training, marketing and sales. Additional features and media assets have been added, and the number of file formats supported for both import and export is comprehensive.

Projects can be exported to Flash or HTML5, and watched on iPads, Android tablets, most Android smartphones, on laptops and on PCs – and if you host the file on TechSmith’s servers, the process of selecting a format is seemless, delivering an optimized, interactive experience on nearly any device with just one output process.

Camtasia Studio 8 is available now, and costs £213 inc VAT for a single licence, and £70 for an upgrade. See all: Software Downloads.

Camtasia Studio 8: preview

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8In an exclusive one-to-one preview of the new software, TechSmith told us that it had invested ‘significantly’ in usability research, beta testing and user-experience design to improve on its market-leading screen recording and video creation application. To this end TechSmith has added interactive elements including in-video quizzing, in-video linking to web content and powerful video sharing options. We watched as a TechSmith executive demonstrated how easy it is to put together a presentation with an interactive quiz, and then harvested the results.

We watched as the new video “hotspot” capabilities were used to embed hyperlinks within video. Two dimentional presentations become interactive environments, similar to websites. The process is quick and simple, the result of what Camtasia describes as a ‘totally new engine’. As a result, TechSmith told us, Camtasia Studio 8 is optimized for high definition, high motion screen video capture and editing, and by default video is captured at a healthy 30 frames per second.

That Camtasia can now be described as a full-featured video editor can be seen in the way that multiple tracks are now encouraged, as the traditional tri-pane video recording interface is supplemented by a simple multi-track timeline. It’s also possible to import two or more high definition videos alongside any Camtasia-created screen recording. You can edit directly on the preview window canvas for immediate look-and-feel feedback, a process that at least looked straightforward and seemless on the demonstration we watched.

Camtasia also told us it had added new assets, animations and transitions, as well as online access to even more.

“We could not be more excited to unveil the new Camtasia Studio 8 to the world,” said TechSmith’s Shane Lovellette. “We put our heart and soul into the rebuild. The new Camtasia Studio 8 makes professional-grade video creation possible for everyone who has ever wanted to use it to share what they know. The interface is familiar yet much more intuitive, and major upgrades under the hood include high definition video production and the new TechSmith Smart Player that delivers an optimized viewer experience for nearly every screen size and type.”