If you have a lot of portable tools running from the USB Drive, how will close them all? What if a program running from the USB gets stalled and you are in a hurry to eject the drive? EjectUSB
is a free portable tool for Windows that can kill all programs running from the USB drive and then eject it instantly, all with a single click. It can come handy for those users who love to carry portable tools with them and use them frequently.
Once you have unzipped the content of the archive, copy it to your USB drive. Before you run the program, you can change the settings too. If you are not an advanced user, I recommend that you leave the settings as default.
Remember, a few days back I wrote about a software
that lets you scan multiple pages of a document and then converts it into a PDF file. The biggest drawback is that it only worked with ADF(Automatic Document Feed) Scanners, and that too with a limited number of brands only. I wondered if there is a software, which we can use to scan multiple pages using a standard scanner and then it automatically converts them into a single PDF file. It turns out there is and its called VueScan
It not only scans documents and converts them into a PDF file
, it can also convert your scanner into a photocopier machine
. Whether you want to batch scan family photos or simply want to save an image, this tool does the job. You will find the details of few common tasks here
is a free add-on for both Internet Explorer/Firefox browsers and Outlook Express/2003/2007 desktop clients. It solves a very unique problem. Suppose you get an email from PayPal asking for some information, how would you know if it is legit?
Once Iconix is installed, it will scan all your emails when you visit your account and add Truemark icons before the sender’s name that it finds to be legit. It scans by sending some details of every email to the Iconix server and then determines whether the email is original or fake. It scans all emails in real-time and the process is relatively fast. The scanning takes place in the background and does not disturb your activity.
Services like UStream and JustinTv are a good platforms to broadcast live videos, but what if you want to convert your computer into a video streaming server? BroadCam is a free tool for Windows that let’s you stream live videos over both local network and internet. Apart from basic live streaming, you can also stream pre-recorded videos instantly. The pre-recorded videos can be either in Divx(AVI format), Windows ASF AND WMV files, or DV videos files. Read More
Alright, so you were browsing a folder or were running an important application and it got closed by mistake, what will you do? Panic, of course. But don’t fret yet, ReOpen
is a free portable tool for Windows that can restore all accidentally closed programs, folders, files, etc. It sits silently in the system tray and takes very less system resources.
To restore an accidentally closed program, you can either double-click the system tray icon or hit the Hotkey(Shift+PgUp). This will open the main window, where you can select the program that you want to restore and hit Open Selected.
Want to rip subtitle from a Bluray movie
can do it for you. It is a free portable tool for Windows that can rip subtitles from any blu-ray movie quickly. It has advanced features for subtitle ripping. Since Blu-ray movies use SupPicture(.SUP) files for subtitles, you will have to open the SUP file by clicking the Load button.blue
Once the file is open, click Auto-OCR and it will automatically scan the whole file leaving the unknown characters alone. If you want to check for any unknown characters, first check the ‘Automatically Continue’ checkbox and then click OCR. To save the subtitles, go to SRT tab and review the options, when done click Save.
Do you have a large sequence of Jpeg images and would like to create a time-lapse movie out of them? Luckily, I have found a tool that does exactly this.
PhotoLapse is a free portable tool for Windows that can create a movie in avi format from large sequence of jpg images. All you have to do is to browse the directories where the images are located and add them to the list. Next, you can check/uncheck the images that you would like to include/not include in the video. You can also mark every 2nd, 3rd, or any number of frame, which makes it easier to include less images in the video, thus saving the total video size. Read More
Sometimes a person needs to hide an important file somewhere in order to protect it from unauthorized access. Making it only hidden is not the best way to hide an important file since it can be accessed by using powerful 3rd party search tools. Why not hide the file inside a calculator?
does exactly that. It is a portable tool that is both a calculator and a secret safe. You can save only one file inside it, if you have multiple files, you can zip them and then save it inside the calculator. This is how it works, when you enter the secret PIN, and hit MS key, it will automatically turn into a safe where you can hide/extract/view the file.
This post is just for fun, it won't really hide large files. The best way is to use encryption software such as Windows 7's Bitlocker
or USB Safeguard
Removing Duplicate music files is nothing new, we have covered two posts before on removing duplicate audio files. Both DoubleKiller
and Audio Comparer
can find and remove similar audio files. But since no specific tool is 100% accurate in removing duplicate music files, it is always safe to test multiple software.
is free tool for Windows that uses three different algorithms to find duplicate music files. These algorithms are content based, tags based and experimental respectively. It supports the following file formats, MP3, MP2, OGG, WMA, ASF, FLAC, APE, WF, and WMA, and the following tags ID3v1, ID3v2, ASF, WMA, and Vorbis.
is a shell extension for Windows that can change the attributes, date, time, and NTFS compression of any file or folder. It is powerful tool that can also change the Image Exif data, such as, time and date. What makes it different from other tools is the ease-of-use. Once you have installed it, just right-click any file or folder and select Change Attributes from the list.
The sole reason I use this tool is because it allows you to change the advanced settings of any file more easily. For e.g, you right-click any file in Windows, then go to Properties, then select the General tab, and finally click Advanced in order to change the attributes. While with this tool, you only need to right-click the file and select Change Attributes. That’s it.
Suppose you have a hardcopy of a document with 20 or 100 pages, you want to convert them to a PDF file and burn it to a disk, what will you do? The most common way would be to first scan the document page by page, then convert the images to PDF format one by one, join them using PDFSam
, and finally burn them to a disk. Such a long method can take forever with a 100 pages or more document.
Update: Try using the new proper guide here.
If you have an ADF(Automatic Document Feed) Scanner, then there is an easier way to do it. ADF Scanner is a type of scanner where you insert pages of any document and it will scan them one after one automatically. QQScan2Disc
is a free tool for Windows that uses ADF scanner to scan all pages of the document, converts them to a PDF file and finally burns it to a disk, all with a single click.
QQlabeler is a free graphic tool to design and print optical disk labels. You can add objects and custom background to create a unique label. There are various design tools available, such as, Barcode, Line Tool, Background, Image Frame, and many others. These design tools can be accessed easily from the left sidebar. You can also set the Guideline/Grid easily and choose various unique colors for your fonts. Read More
Suppose you have 5-10 music CDs and want to rip them to hard disk, what will you do? The common way is to load up iTunes or Windows Media Player, depending on your need and then rip the CDs one by one, but this method is too long and boring. Isn’t there any easier method?
Well there is, and it can be done with a software called QQripper. It is a free autoloader tool for Windows that automates the ripping process of your music disks. Autoloader are devices that loads/unloads the disks one by one to the CD/DVD Drive. All you have to do is to choose the encoder(iTunes or Windows Media Player), and this tool will automatically load and unload the CDs to continue the ripping process from one disk to another, until all the disks have been processed.
Note: This tool will only work if you have an AutoLoader device.
I have found a much easier way to install Windows 7 from a USB Flash drive
. Unlike other methods where you have to write complicated commands, this method can be completed even by those who have very little computer background.
The whole process takes only two steps, run UNetbootin, load the Windows 7 ISO file, and finally restart your computer. See how we installed Ubuntu from USB using UNetbootin here
Before you begin, you will require the following:
- USB Flash Drive (4GB minimum)
- Windows 7 ISO Image file
Do you want to get first-hand information on latest natural disasters, such as, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, wildfires, or landslides? Earth Alerts does not have an eye-candy look but is definitely the most useful tool for those looking to get latest information on disasters both in US and Around the world.
You can add a US location or any location from around the world which you want to keep track of. You will get latest weather information of the location along with the disaster alerts. It collects disaster information from reputable US and Global Disaster Management Centers, for e.g it collects the details of Volcano eruptions from USGS Volcano Hazard program, Smithsonian Global Volcanism program, and Volcano World. Read More
Vista Firewall Control is a free portable tool that lets a user have complete control over his/her Windows Firewall. Unlike Windows default Firewall program, it lets you easily manage the Incoming and Outgoing connections of each and every app more quickly. Once a program tries to access the Internet, it will immediately notify you as a pop-up message. At the same time it will ask you to edit the application’s zone settings. Read More