Suppose you have two DVD writers installed on your computer, both drives are under different letters but have same name, i.e ‘DVD-RW’. There is no way in which you can change their drive names, you can only change names of local drives. This is where DriveRenamer(Direct Download Link) comes in. It is a free portable tool made by PhilKC from DonationCoder that allows you to rename any drive.
Now with this tool you can change the name of Virtual Drives, External Drives, or your DVD-RW Drives instantly. Simply run the tool, select the Drive which you want to rename and give it a name. It’s that simple. Read More
There are various 3rd party tools for Windows that lets you clean up your system memory but they take their time. Sometimes a user needs to free up his memory quickly before the computer freezes or hangs up.
MaxMem is a free tool for Windows that lets you clean up the system memory both quickly and efficiently. It silently sits and monitors the memory from the System tray. To clean up the memory, right-click the MaxMem icon in the system tray, select Free, and now further select from the list of 3 options: Normal, Periodic, and Aggressive. Read More
Did you ever come across a file that is of unknown format? You try to open it with different programs but it fails to open, in fact, you don’t even know what type of file it is. In such situations most people fail to find the programs to open such unknown file, and some will go as far to delete it immediately from their computer.
OpenWith Desktop Tool is a free tool for Windows that shows you the complete details of the unknown file type and lists programs can open this type of file. Just right-click any file and select ‘How Do I Open This?’ from the context menu. Read More
Some external hard disks automatically go into sleep mode after a few minutes of inactivity. This is definitely not the case with my latest Western Digital 3200ME external hard disk, but it does happen with majority of other external hard disks made by various manufacturers. Going automatically into sleep mode is a bit absurd, and to add further insult to the injury there is no build-in feature to prevent it either.
NoSleepHD is a free opensource and portable tool that writes an empty text file every few minutes to the external hard disk which prevents it from going to sleep. Just run the tool, select the external hard disk or any sub-folder, and click Start NoSleep Mode. Read More
Tintii Photo Filter is a free standalone tool for both Windows and Linux operating system that lets you apply color separation effects to your images easily. It saves you the headache of having to use advanced tools such as Photoshop for this purpose.
When an image is loaded, it extracts the color profiles from the photo into a handful of major hues. Select which color to keep and the rest will turn Black & White. There is no need for complex masking and tracing. It is a great tool for both amateurs and professionals alike.
Just load the tool and click Open, now select the photo to which you want to apply color separation effect. Now in the Thumbs sidebar(left sidebar), select the color you want to keep and the rest will turn black & white. Read More
Did you ever forget your wireless network password? Or maybe you want to recover the keys of the wireless network in the office or at your friend’s apartment.
is a free portable tool for Windows that allows you to instantly recover your lost wireless network keys. It has been developed by Nirsoft, the same guys that bought you OpenFilesView
, and Asterisk Logger
among many others.
Just extract the zip file and run the program, it will list all the networks and their keys in a simple list view.
Have you ever arrived in a situation where you need to make a backup of your DVD Movie on the computer? Or simply rip the DVD movie so that you can watch it on the iPod, Gaming console, or Computer?
HandBrake is a free opensource and muti-platform tool that allows you to make a copy of your DVD movie on the local hard disk. You can save the DVD movie into either MP4, MKV, AVI or OGM formats. Apart from it you can also convert single video files into above mentioned video formats.
Note: Make sure you right-click this tool and select ‘Run as Administrator’ when running in Windows. For Linux and Mac OS, simply click and run this tool.
To begin ripping the DVD movie, click Source and select the DVD folder or drive. Read More
is a free online ‘Optical Character Recognition’ tool that can convert scanned images and PDF files into searchable text
. In other words, it extracts text fro any image or PDF file.
Just select the PDF file or an image from where you want to extract the text and click Upload. Once you have uploaded the PDF file or an image, it will show you the preview window from where you can verify the uploaded file.
Editor’s Notes: Auto shut down is one important feature that Windows OS lack. It would be great if Microsoft adds support for Auto Shutdown in Windows 7. It will surely save the burden of having to use 3rd party tools for such basic function.
Do you want to shut down your computer at a specific date or time
? If you are a computer or network administrator, you might sometimes need to shutdown, restart, or log off the system
at a specific date or time.
is a free tool for Windows OS that lets you shut down, reboot, log off, and power off both local and remote computer
at any specific date of time. Those running applications that prevent your system to shut down can also be automatically killed. You can also setup this tool to warn you a few minutes before initiating shut down.
Want to create simple banners for your website, forum, or MySpace profile without using any desktop tools? BannerFans is a free online tool to create and download banners in either JPEG, PNG, or GIF format. Also you can grab different HTML codes for your banner, such as code for putting it on Myspace profile, Forum, or any Website/Blog.
Creating the banner is a piece of cake. Customize the banner by going to the respective Layout, Text & Fonts, Shadows & Effects, Border, and the Format tabs. Once you have customized the banner, click Update My Banner to see the changes in the preview window. Read More
Do you sometimes need to hide a window due to privacy or security reasons? Sometimes when you are in office sitting next to your co-workers you might need to hide windows that contain private information. Or when your taskbar is full of different application and browser tabs, you might need to hide some windows in order to reduce the clutter.
is a free opensource tool that lets you hide explorer or browser windows running on the desktop and the tabs in the taskbar quickly using hotkeys. There are both installer and portable versions available, I would prefer the latter since it can be carried anywhere with ease.
Jut run the tool and it will load in the system tray. Now to hide all the windows press the default hotkey(F12+Ctrl+Alt) or right-click the system tray icon and select Hide All. To bring them all back press the Hotkey again or select Show All from the system tray menu. All hidden windows are listed in the System Tray menu, to bring any specific window back you can select it from there.
Subtitle Edit is a free opensource and portable tool for Windows that allows a user to edit any movie subtitle instantly. Apart from editing, you can quickly sync the subtitles with the video too.
Just run this tool and load the subtitle file, you will see the complete subtitle in list view. Here you can select any mistake in the subtitle and correct it. You can also Split/Merge any subtitle text and Auto Break/UnBreak them. Read More
from DonationCoder is a free portable tool that allows user to copy file location to the Command Prompt. Instead of manually typing the location of a file, simply drag the file to the Command Prompt and it's location will be written automatically
. If you are a heavy Command Prompt user, then this will come really handy since it can save both time and headache.
Just run the tool and it will load in the system tray, now drag & drop any file to the Command Prompt and it’s location will copy automatically.
O&O Disk Image
is a tool for Windows Operating System that lets you create an image of your entire computer for backup purpose. This image file can be used later to recover/restore any crashed drive.
When running this tool for the first time it will install a system file, restart your computer and run this tool again. Now click Create An Image and select the destination where you would like to save the Image file.
Note: Do not save the Image file in the local drive, it is recommended to save the Image file in the USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive.
Below is the screenshot showing the various feature of each button.
Tools like IrfanView, Gimp, etc are great for editing and resizing the images, but they lack one important feature: ability to resize animated gif images. Some image editors do support the resizing of static gif image files, but they cannot resize animated gif images.
GIF Resizer is a free portable tool for Windows OS that lets you resize animated GIF images instantly without any loss in quality. Just run the tool and select the GIF animated image file that you want to resize. It will automatically detect the size and frames, now enter the new destination where you would like to save the file. Enter the new Width and Height and click Resize, make sure you have checked the ‘Good Quality’ checkbox. Read More
What is .DS_Store?
.DS_Store, which stands for Desktop Services Store is a hidden file created in every local folder in Mac OS X. This file stores custom attributes such as position of folder icons and the choice of background colors. By default it will be created in every local folder accessed by Mac OS X.
Since it is hidden, it’s not a big problem through, it acts a bit similar to Thumb.db which is created automatically in every folder in Windows Operating System. Removing .DS_Store and Thumb.db is OK since they are not system files.
The question is why to remove .DS_Store when it is hidden in Mac OS X operating systems? When you copy any folder from Mac to your Windows OS, these files become visible and annoying.
Removing .DS_Store and Thumb.db
- Copy Folder From Mac to Windows = .DB_Store will become visible and annoying
- Copy Folder From Windows to Mac = Thumb.db will become visible and annoying