Maxto is a free tool that lets you split your monitor into multiple regions. It can come helpful if you want to keep track of multiple applications or want to work on 2 or more projects simultaneously, in other words this can be used for multi-tasking which can save you hours every day. It can also work on your second monitor if you have a dual-monitor setup.
When started for the first time, the program will load in the system tray, the screen will be grayed out and you will be shown options to either split the screen vertically or horizontally, you can split the space as much as you want. Read More
One of our reader asked a simple question, “Do you have any idea how to reinstall trial software?
(after trial period)?” A simple Google search shows that most people are looking for it’s solution. I have two methods which you can try, one of them should definitely work.
Method 1: Backing Up Registry
Most trial software add a key in your system registry by tweaking it. When you uninstall a software after it’s trial period has expired, all files are deleted except the keys in the registry. Therefore when you try installing it again, it detects the key and gives you a message like for e.g, “Your trial period has expired”.
So the best way is to make a backup of the registry before installing any trial software. And when finally your trial has expired, you can uninstall the software, restore backup and try installing the software again. I have written a post explaining the steps of making a backup of your registry
If a virus attacks your system, the first thing you will do is to remove the virus with an anti-virus software. But what then? Your system will still likely to remain corrupted. This is because some types of viruses usually tweak the system registry and file systems. If you remove the virus, your system registry and file systems will still remain corrupted. Virus Effect Remover is a free opensource tool which helps you to remove the effect of viruses from the Windows Registry and File System easily. Also it can detect the registry error caused by a virus.
You must have noticed that some viruses disable task manger, registry editor, folder options, etc, you can use this tool to enable them back instantly. Read More
Image Resizer 2.0
is a clone of an original Image Resizer Powertoy build for Windows XP. This clone has been created to extend the support to non-XP and 64-bit versions of Windows (including Windows Vista and Windows 7). What are Powertoys? They are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. This tool adds Image Resizer in the Windows right-click context menu
making it easier to resize an image with a click of a button.
Microsoft’s free Zune software is a great place for managing your music collection, for $15 a month you can have access to unlimited music downloads and 10 DRM free downloads every month.You can download and manage your music playlists, but these playlists are not compatible with Windows Media Center. ZplToWpl is a free opensource tool that converts Microsoft Zune playlist to Windows Media Player/Windows Media Center compatible playlist.
My Advise To Microsoft: Making Zune playlist compatible with Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center gives users a choice to listen to their music anywhere they want. Wonder why nobody is buying Zune? One reason among many is that it’s not compatible with other Windows Media software, so for God’s sake fix this issue fast.
You cannot use your webcam with more than one application at a time and there is no such option in Windows to make it possible. If you want to collaborate between multiple people who are in multiple IMs, then you will need to split your webcam. SplitCam is a free virtual video clone tool that connects multiple applications to a single video capture source. At maximum you can connect 64 clients to a single video source. In other words, it splits the video stream coming from the video source and tunnels it to numerous other client applications such as ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Skype Video, Camfrog, AOL AIM, Pal Talk, etc.
Just install and run this tool, click Video, and select your webcam from the list of available devices as shown in the screenshot below. Read More
F.lux is a free cross-platform tool that adjusts your computer’s display with time of the day. You will have notice that a computer’s display usually looks better during the day,t he problem arises at night when the screen is too bright. The developer sums up the problem in a simple sentence,
During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
Once installed, it will automatically start in the system tray and your display will change according to the time of the day. Just tell this program the type of lightning you have and the place where you live, then forget about everything. It will do the rest automatically. Read More
Flickr .Net Screensaver is a free opensource tool for windows that let you view your flickr photos as screensaver. Apart from your own photos, you have the ability to display photos of your contacts, your favorites or a from a group or global tag. The feature that makes this tool worth is it’s ability to display photos that are private, but needs authentication. This tool is still under development but is very stable and requires .NET Framework 2.0 to run.
Just install this tool and it will open Screen Saver Settings with Flickr being the default screensaver. Read More
What if your Digital Camera memory card gets accidently formatted? Or worse an important office file from your hard disk or USB drive gets deleted. Fret not, since these deleted files are still recoverable. DiskDigger is a free portable app that lets you recover all lost files of any type(image, document, video, data, etc).
Run the executable file and you will see the list of drives detected(both internal and external). Read More
What’s the point of locking keyboard keys or mouse buttons? It’s the first question that comes to mind. If you are using a wheel mouse like me, you will know that there is a middle button. I have pressed this button thousand of times by mistake while scrolling down webpages, so I need to disable it in some way. Kid-Key-Lock is a simple free program that lets you lock keyboard and mouse functions easily.
Once you run this tool, it will sit silently on the system tray. Double-click this program icon and a Setup window will open. Read More
DVDStyler is a free cross platform DVD authoring software that allows you to create professional looking DVDs with full customization. The user interface is pretty simple and easy-to-understand, you will get used to it after navigating around for a few minutes.
To begin, first select the background image, then go to File Browser tab and drag the videos you want to add to the preview window(see screenshot below).
You will have to resize the videos once they have been added, they will also get a title assigned to them automatically. Now finally add some buttons by going to Buttons tab. Once done, you will have to right-click these buttons and go to their properties to edit text, change colors, define action, etc. Read More
Do you have multiple wallpapers and love them all? Instead of changing them manually, you can rotate between different wallpapers automatically. Desktop Manager is a free app for windows that allows you to manage your desktop wallpapers easily. It is still in development and have few bug issues, but managed to work great on system. Read More
Shape Collage is a free cross-platform tool that lets you create photo collage in any shape of your choice. It is a both powerful and easy-to-use. You can change the shape, size, and appearance of your photo collage instantly with few simple clicks. It is available for all operating systems(Windows, Linux, and Mac OS). Read More
In December I covered a way to permanently delete files
from Windows, but a reader meadowmuffin
points out another great app for completely removing sensitive files. Eraser
is a free opensource tool for Windows that completely removes files that you no longer need, in other words it’s a secure data removal tool. it works by overwriting your data several times with carefully selected patterns.
Note: When you delete a file from your hard disk using the Windows delete button, the file is only temporarily removed(even through you have emptied the recycle bin) and can be easily recovered. To permanently remove an important file and make it unrecoverable you have to use 3rd party tools like RightDelete, Eraser, etc.
Free Audio Editor 2009
is the most powerful audio editor I have come across that is both free and easy-to-use. I mentioned that it records, edits, and burns audio files, but actually it does a lot more than that. You can crop any piece of audio file and merge two different audio files, apart from that you can record your own audio and mix it with some background music. You can reduce noise with ‘Noise Reduction’ feature or add tons of custom effects. The build-in Text-to-Speech feature actually works pretty well and seamless.
AVM(A Video Manager) is a free opensource tool that lets you manage and keep track of videos that are either in your local computer or online. In short, you can keep track of both offline and online videos together. It is currently in Beta 2. You can add any video file from your computer and it will save it in a simple-to-use list where you can access it later. Another great feature is that you can add Youtube or Hulu videos and later watch them in a web player. Read More
MyLastSearch is a free portable tool that scans the cache and history of your web browsers and displays all the search queries you made with popular search engines in a list format. The results are displayed in the following columns: Search Text, Search Engine, Search Time, Web Browser, Number of hits, and the search URL. This tool can come handy if you want to keep a watch on your family, also if you want to remember the last search you made. Read More
The heading says it all, if you want to process some ANSI Text files instantly, xMarkup does the job. It is an opensource software for Unix/Linux, but on 31st January, 2009 it was released for Windows too with complete GUI. It’s main purpose is to batch-process a set of ANSI test files instantly, it was originally started as an amateur software but is now used extensively for preparing publications on different websites. Read More
PhotoMerge is a free application for Windows that lets you add text in your photos instantly. You can also add a specific date in all your photos, which can help bring old memories back. Once you have selected a text, you can batch apply it to all your photos inside a specific folder. Read More
BlueMirror(formerly known as Octopus) is a free software for Windows which you can use to index all CDs and DVDs, making them easily searchable later. You can search all indexed data at once saving you a lot of time, especially if you have a large CD and DVD collections.
Note: The latest release comes with a new feature: ability to index external hard disk. Read More