Magnifixer is a free magnifier tool for Windows that lets you magnify your screen up to 40x. You can place it anywhere you want, select the size, and choose any zoom level(magnification). It has been made specially for developers and graphic designers. If you are having a hard time reading a small text or you need a detailed view of the graphics you are working on, then this tool is for you.
Just run the tool and it will magnify the area where your mouse cursor resides. You will find 4 simple features on the bottom of the screen, Magnification level, Enable/Disable Magnifixer, RGB Color Values/HTML Codes, and Position of the cursor. Read More
Do you want to create a mosaic photo to use it as a greeting card, or just to share it among family and friends? Foto-Mosaic-Edda is a free tool for Windows that lets you create a mosaic picture(which are made up of many small pictures) from your own collection of photos. In short, it is a mosaic photo generator.
To begin, first create a new Database and add the folders that contains the photos from which you want to create a mosaic picture. Read More
Do you have multiple programs, or folders in the USB drive that you want to start every time it’s connected to the computer? AutoRunnerX is a free autostart tool for Windows that runs programs and folders when external hard disk or USB flash drive is connected to the computer. This can come handful when you have large number of portable applications in your USB drive.
To add a program, first click Add and then select whether to add a file or a folder. You can add as many files and folders as you want since there are no such limitations. Read More
is a free tool for Windows that can quickly burn videos of any format to a DVD with a few simple clicks. The DVD created can then be played on any DVD Player and Home Cinema Set.
Note: DVD Flick is not a new tool, the first version was launched back in early 2007. It is an opensource tool and the developers routinely make changes and fix bugs. I am reviewing this tool here for those AddictiveTips readers who have not heard about it yet. Personally, it is my default tool for burning Videos to DVDs.
To begin, first add videos by clicking Add Title. Every DVD can burn 4.3GB of videos, when adding video titles you will see the yellow percentage bar rising on the left side.
Want to launch an application quickly without having to find the right icon for the right program in a heavily cluttered desktop? Enter SliderDock
. It is a free tool for Windows that lets you launch any programs quickly by rotating between them.
Just run the tool and you will see a blue orb button on your desktop. Drag all program shortcuts to this Blue Orb and they will be added instantly. Now move your mouse pointer over to the Blue Orb and drag the mouse wheel up/down to rotate between these program shortcut icons. To open any program, simply double-click it’s icon. That’s it.
GPU-Z is a free, lightweight, and standalone tool designed to give you detailed information on your graphic card GPU. It supports both Nvidia and ATI Graphic GPUs.
Just run it(no installation required) and it will detect your GPU instantly. The information for your GPU will be shown in a simple-to-use window. It displays some basic information such as GPU technology, size, release date, shaders, DirectX support, pixel fill rate, memory size, bus width, bandwidth, GPU clock, etc. Read More
is a simple Windows Sidebar gadget that saves all clipboard history. You can view and access these saved clipboards with few simple hotkeys. All type of clipboards are supported, text, images, and files. They are displayed as a Preview in the sidebar. Apart from it’s simplicity, it also supports drag & drop functionality which makes it more easy to use.
Just Install this gadget and it will load up in your Windows Sidebar. Now Copy anything and it will automatically appear in this gadget. The default hotkeys for switching between clipboards are:
- Win + V (Previous Clipboard)
- Win + C (Next Clipboard)
Video Thumbnails Maker is free tool for Windows that takes multiple screenshots of the video and then create a thumbnail out of it. It supports wide range of video formats, such as, avi, wmv, rm, rmvb, mpg, flv, mov, vob, 3gp and mkv. Note that the video codec of all above mentioned formats must be installed on your system before you can create their thumbnails, otherwise the operation will fail.
To begin, click Add folder or Add Files and add the videos. You can batch create thumbnails by adding multiple video files to the list. I tested this tool by creating thumbnails of a movie called ‘The Guardian’. Read More
UTFCast is a small tool for Windows that lets you batch convert all text files to UTF-8 encoding. It can convert a directory full of text files and keep the whole directory structure intact. What is so special about UTF-8 encoding? First you need to understand about Unicode, which as Wikipedia puts it, is a computing industry standard for steady and orderly encoding, representation and manipulation of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. The most commonly used UTF encoding is UTF-8, used by over 50% of the global websites. Why? Because it is backward compatible with ACSII. Encoding a text to UTF-8 comes useful if you want to launch an application, website, or service to an international audience.
Chemix is a free portable flash tool that lets user create diagrams of lab equipments and lab setup of Science(both Chemistry and Physics) experiments. It is specially geared towards students, since it is not a professional tool, it can be used for making quick presentations.
Usability is a piece of cake, just select an item from the top toolbar and drag them to the workspace. There are a total of 5 different categories with 8 items per each. To change the category, click the smaller unlabeled buttons on each side of the toolbar. Read More
Sometimes we need to tell our computer what to do while we are away. Since this feature is not build inside Windows, there are many 3rd party tools that can perform such job. Once such tool recently grabbed my attention, apart from opening program it can also shutdown/restart your computer, take screenshots, and perform other tasks at any give date/time.
Ka Firetask is a free task scheduler for Windows, that can perform multiple tasks at any scheduled date or time. Apart from performing the above mentioned tasks, it can also run so called DNM Scripts. The tasks can be triggered via both hotkey, or a regular schedule.
To create a simple new task, go to Tasks tab and click New Task. Now enter the title of the task, select when the task should be executed and finally select the task action. When you have selected ‘Open File’ action, in the File dialog box type the destination of that file. Read More
Xrecode is a free audio conversion tool for Windows that can convert almost any audio formats. It supports vast number of audio conversions and can convert multiple files by taking full advantage of multi-core CPU(Parallel processing). Apart from audio-to-audio conversions, it can also extract audio from video files (avi, flv, mov, etc). This can come useful if you want to extract audio from music videos.
Just click Open and select multiple audio files that you want to convert. In the screenshot below you can see that I have selected 120 .mp3 audio files and 1 .wma audio file. Read More
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
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.