Monthly Disk December 2011

Freeware

Anti Virus

AVZ Antiviral Toolkit - Ver: 4.37

AVZ Antiviral Toolkit is a freeware application designed to delete adware and spyware modules, network worms, trojan horses (Trojan, TrojanDownloader, TrojanSpy) and Dialers.

The utility implements specialised algorithms for detecting keyloggers, finding and blocking rootkits, etc.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Ver: 4.1

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software; including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom.

When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Audio

Listen N Write (Ascolta e Scrivi) Ver: 1.2.0.10

Listen N Write is a lightweight tool that will help you to listen and transcribe recorded lectures and interviews, fast and easy.

The program allows you to listen to any media file, audio and video, with a difference from the common player: it is equipped with convenient buttons that let you move back and forth a few seconds and a built-in text editor, also every time you press Press "pause" to transcribe the text we have heard the program sends the playback of one second back and facilitate the playback of the last words that are often difficult to understand (often truncated or not "stored" at the top), preventing the user side this manually, allowing you to perform transcripts quickly and, especially, without "going crazy" who in turn must move the progress slider back and forth to listen to the words or phrases not included (the precise point I do not never guess!).

Listen N Write is especially designed for students who record lectures for professionals such as journalists, the nature of their work, are often forced to continue exhausting and transcripts of interviews can also be used by all those who attend refresher courses or conferences.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Desktop

ClearType Switch - Ver: 1.1

Below is a description of the program as written by it's author:-
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"Difference between LCD and CRT text output - CRT monitors' pixels are formed by several dots of different colour. On small resolutions a single CRT display pixel can consist of more than 9 coloured points. If the screen resolution is huge, the CRT tube pixel contains only 3 coloured dots. Moreover, pixels standing side by side can share the same dots! So, on CRT screens low-contrast transitions are blurred, but high-contrast junctions obtain geometric distortions.

LCD displays have square pixels of fixed size. Each pixel consists of 3 rectangular (usually vertical) nonintersecting coloured areas. So, diagonal lines and text characters, which are automatically smoothed on CRT monitors, become jagged on LCD screens.

Anti-aliasing algorithms help to solve these problems when rendering raster images. If "Smooth edges of screen fonts" feature is enabled, Windows analysers a picture around the particular text and adjusts colour. of surrounding pixels to get a better visual result.

ClearType technology was developed to improve visual result of text rendering especially for LCD panels.

ClearType and anti-aliasing in Microsoft Windows
ClearType technology first appeared in Windows XP. This technology renders the text in a way which makes it look much better on LCD screens with rectangle pixels instead of circle CRT dots.

There are RGB and BGR types of screens, this depends on the colour. order inside the pixel. ClearType algorithms are absolutely different for each type of displays. Text rendered for RGB monitor looks absolutely ugly on BGR display and vice versa, that's why many people hate ClearType. There are also different Clear Type algorithms for portrait orientation of the screen.

As you can see, the ClearType settings should be individually tuned for every LCD display. And remember that ClearType is useless for CRT monitors.

Where is this option?
Options for text anti aliasing ("Smooth edges of screen fonts") and ClearType are located in different places depending on Windows version. This is very annoying and confuses users much!

In Windows XP all these options are accessible via "Display properties" -> "Appearance" -> "Effects". Quite logical, isn't it?

In Windows Vista, if you have Aero enabled, you'll have to click on "Open classic appearance properties for more colour. options" in "Window Colour. and Appearance" Control Panel applet. A little bit strange...

Windows 7 went even further! You cannot turn off ClearType without completing a useless wizard I've wasted about 15 minutes looking for the "smooth font edges" option but wasn't able to find it at all! Only googling helped to solve this quest. The option was separated from ClearType settings and moved to "Control Panel" -> "All Control Panel Items" -> "Performance Information and Tools" -> "Adjust Visual Effects", in a huge list of checkboxes there is a "Smooth edges of screen fonts" item... AAAAAAAA! Insane!!!

I don't like what Microsoft does with Windows usability. And I don't want to spend my time digging in future versions of their system. So I've created a small program that keeps Smooth edges and ClearType options in a same place."

Minimum requirements: Windows Vista/ 7

Dead Pixel Locator - Ver: 1.3.5.1

Dead Pixel Locator is a handy and reliable utility designed to help you check the LCD monitor or plasma display for dead pixels.

Still, every manufacturer has a dead pixel policy, which you should read carefully. If you find any defective pixels on your new LCD monitor or plasma display during the warranty period, it may qualify for a replacement.

There are 3.9 million sub-pixels (red, green and blue) on a standard 1280x1024 resolution LCD monitor, and each of these is a microscopic transistor.

While the defective rate of pixels on LCD panels and plasma displays is very low, due to the large number of sub-pixels, manufacturers cannot guarantee 100% error-free panels at an affordable price.

To make things more difficult, it is not possible to test any pixels before full assembly of the panel, and fixing any pixels is not possible after assembly.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

DesktopCal - Ver: 1.0.6.1290

DesktopCal is a handy and reliable utility that turns your desktop into a calendar.

It's a cool calendar placed on your windows desktop. It will help you manage appointments, to-do lists, schedules, and more

Here are some key features of "DesktopCal":-

  • Multi-language supporting
  • Record anything by double-click on desktop
  • Make a Multi-Picture wallpaper as you like
  • Make your work and life easier

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Logitech: Setpoint - Ver: 6.30

Logitech SetPoint is the software used to install and control Logitech mice. It contains drivers and software enabling you to take full advantage of your mouse.

IMPORTANT: Before installing this software, please review the notes below.

  1. Close all open applications and documents before installing this software.

  2. If you have an older version of SetPoint installed on your system, it will be removed while installing this version of SetPoint and your system will reboot during the installation process.

  3. Settings from previous versions of SetPoint 4.x will not be preserved when you upgrade SetPoint. Settings from SetPoint 5.x will be preserved.

  4. If you don't see a picture of the device you are configuring in this latest version of SetPoint, check to see that you are connected to the internet. The device image should download automatically in the background.

  5. If your mouse or keyboard is connected to the PS/2 port and you want it to be recognised by SetPoint, you will need to activate the PS/2 driver. To do this, open SetPoint, select the Tools tab, and click the "Install PS/2 Driver" button. If the button is grayed out, it means a PS/2 driver is already installed.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Stickies - Ver: 7.1b

Stickies is a PC utility to try to cut down on the number of Post-It® notes you leave stuck to your monitor. It is a computerised version of those notes.

The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores all information in a single text-based ini file.

Stickies will never support animated dancing figures, or play "Greensleeves". They are instead yellow rectangular windows onto which you can put some text notes. Once created, they will stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.

Features:-

  • Once on screen, stickies will remain where placed until closed, even through reboots
  • Stickies appearance can be customised; fonts, colours and buttons may be changed, and styles saved. Stickies can be resized.
  • Stickies can store text or images
  • Stickies can snap to each other and to the sides of the screen to keep them neatly lined up
  • Stickies can be attached to a web site, document or folder so they only show when it's on screen
  • Stickies can be transferred from one machine to another either over a TCP/IP network connection, or by using an SMTP mail server or MAPI client:
  • Hierarchical friends list, which may be automatically transferred from other friends
  • Play a sound file on receive
  • Signature for transmitted or emailed stickies
  • Favourite friends, and custom lists can be made
  • Stickies can be hidden for a certain period, until a specified date and time, or to wake every day, week or month, to act as reminders.
  • Stickies can have alarms set to ensure you notice them at a point you choose
  • Stickies can be transferred to and from your Palm or PPC PDA.
  • International language, Unicode and RTL text support
  • Stickies works with Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Stickies is small and simple, it writes to a single text file, and does not alter the registry
  • AD network administrators can use Group Policy to control settings
  • API to allow integration with other applications
  • ...and Stickies is completely free
Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

TheAeroClock - Ver: 1.44

The desktop clock with alpha transparency. TheAeroClock is a unique desktop clock with transparency. This very decorative desktop clock shows the local time at the Desktopt.

The basic functions: total transparency, size, setting, and the selection of the Clock-texture or the appearance are available.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

VueMinder Calendar Lite - Ver: 8.3.1

Are you looking for a free and easy-to-use calendar program to help you manage your schedule, remember key dates, or gain a competitive edge in the business world? Look no further, because VueMinder Calendar Lite is the solution.

Forget the traditional wall calendar or calendar+email office suites. Those may help you schedule an appointment, but do little to help you visualise how your schedule appears based on event priorities, categories, or locations. For those capabilities, you need software specifically designed with a clear focus on providing the best free scheduling solution available. With VueMinder, you can define events and contacts - and then easily link those with files.

Events can be organised into multiple calendars and selectively layered or filtered in a variety of calendar views, as well as an interactive component that seamlessly integrates into the Windows desktop and provides quick access to upcoming events. Despite the free price, this software is fully capable of performing features that you'd need to pay for elsewhere.

For example, Google Calendars can be synced to your computer and even accessed while offline. You can also subscribe to other online calendars. Data can be imported or exported via the
iCalendar (ICS) file standard, for sharing data with other people and calendar programs. Calendars can also be saved to web pages.

VueMinder is packed with a multitude of other innovative features to help make organising your schedule easy.These include many simple touches, like showing details when hovering the cursor over an event, the ability to undo accidental dismissal of reminders, and a dynamically
updating print preview window. Combined into a single package, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. If you're looking for even more, consider trying VueMinder Calendar Pro, which extends the Lite version with many additional features, such as calendar sharing over a LAN, 2-way Google Calendar sync, and email/SMS reminders.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

WinFontsView - Ver: 1.10

WinFontsView is a small tool that will enumerate all fonts installed on your computer and display them in one simple table. For each font, WinFontsView draws 5 samples of the font in different sizes, in order to allow you to easily find and choose the desired font that you need.

WinFontsView also allows you to view the fonts as Bold, as Italic or with underline, as well as it allows you to export the fonts list into html file.

If you need to find a font in non-English character set, WinFontsView also allows you to choose the right characters set of the fonts and to type the characters displayed in the sample text of each font.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Digital Imaging

ArtSage - Ver: 1.00.08

ArtSage is a small graphics viewer. It displays the image files in a folder tree. ArtSage is freeware for personal non-commercial use.

Features:-

  • Slideshow (slideshow, timer, windowed/full screen/wallpaper, stay on top)
  • Transparency (blend, opacity)
  • Loop (loop/pause/exit, reshuffle)
  • Sort (forward/reverse/random, tree/name/date, case sensitive)
  • Navigate (next/previous w/gears, first/last/current, next/prev folder, mousewheel)
  • Scroll (mouse, arrow keys w/gears, autoscroll)
  • View (exhibit/favourites/desktop/archive, image folder, link target)
  • Exhibit (folder, refresh, subfolders, hidden folders, autorefresh)
  • Formats (bmp, emf, gif, ico, jpg, png, tif)
  • Find (find/filter/exclude, find next, landscape/portrait, bookmark, goto)
  • Favourites (send shortcut/copy, favourites folder, shortcut/copy to desktop)
  • Archive (move to archive, confirm, archive folder, log)
  • Catalog (thumb size, hide viewer, show on launch)
  • Standard Catalog (navigation, sort, find, block recycle/archive/favourite)
  • Wrap (resize window to wrap around each image)
  • Crop (remove borders and unused background)
  • Squeeze (scale down to fit window/desktop)
  • Shrink (scale down to fit one side)
  • Stretch (scale up to window/desktop)
  • Zoom (in, out, 100%, 1% gear, zoom step, zoom lock, zoom quality, mousewheel)
  • Rotate (rotate, rotate left, rotate lock, aspect filter, flip horizontal)
  • Collage (fixed-size roaming images)
  • Transitions (select effects, overlap/wipe)
  • Window (caption, status, tray icon, decor, bg colour, centre/roam, corral, draggable, show/hide hotkey, single instance)
  • Presets (save/restore 5 window positions)
  • Layout (image centred, at corners, roaming within window)
  • Fullscreen (caption, cursor, centred/roaming image)
  • Wallpaper (centre/tile/stretch, clear, restore)
  • Shell (view, explore, open with, copy file, move/rename, save as, copy image, copy view, paste, recycle, confirm, view with, explore with, blackbox)
  • Settings (save now, save as, save on exit, save folder)
  • Info (F1 menu, menu pins, menu at cursor, help, about)
  • Drag and Drop in main window to exhibit (folders/files/shortcuts, Shift appends)
  • Command line (inifile, options, path)
  • Portable (no install, settings in program folder, relative paths)
  • Language support (unicode, language files for translation) 32-bit and 64-bit versions included

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Image Components - Ver: 3.2.2.3

Image Components is a component suite software which includes:-

  • ImgEdit - Image viewer component
  • ImgThumbnail - Image thumbnail component
  • ImgScan - Image scanner component
  • ImgAnnotations - Image annotations component
  • ImgBarDecoder - Barcode image reader component
  • ImgBarCoder - Barcode image generator component

Some of the Image Components functions are: opening file or directory and saving most common images file types (*.tif, *.jpg, *.bmp, *.gif, *.png) and convert between them. Thumbnail view of the image multi or single page. Navigation between the pages, by thumbnail click or by toolbar. Image fit to the screen (original, best and width). Rotate left, right, flip and mirror. Zoom + and Zoom -. Inserting, appending, deleting or moving pages. Cropping by selection or auto cropping, resizing, undo, redo, copy and paste. Many filters like invert, grayscale, etc. Image enhance (colour, brightness, smooth, sharpen, etc.). Many edge detectors. Glass tool to zoom a particular part of the image...

Twain support using ADF or flat bed, multi page or single page. Save and Scanner options by image type or compression (None, JPG, CCITT3, CCITT4, LZW) .PDF export, multi, single or selected page. Simple page or zone OCR scripts.

Full customised image annotations including, Note, Stamps, Highlight, Hide, Ellipse, Line, Arrow and Image.

Barcode encoder and decoder. Supports Code11, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, Code 93, EAN8, EAN13, UPCA, Code128. Automatic barcode detection and scan direction.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

LazPaint - Ver: 4.6

LazPaint is an image editor that is written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). The application includes BGRABitmap and a set of drawing routines.

Now you can edit your images with this easy-to-use and handy instrument.

Features:-

  • antialiasing
  • multiple undo
  • alpha blending
  • BGRABitmap
  • selection of any shape
  • rotation
  • filters
  • update checker

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ vista/ 7

Disk Tools

CrystalDiskInfo - Ver: 4.1.1

CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD health monitoring utility. It displays basic HDD information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values and disk temperature.

Features:-

  • Show S.M.A.R.T Information
  • Show HDD Information
  • Change dialog design
  • Internationalisation (i18n)

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Directory Hog - Ver: 1.2

Directory Hog is a small, free utility for Windows which will scan a drive of your choice and list the total size of each folder in a list. The list also shows the largest file size found in the folder as well as the number of files found in the folder. You can sort the columns in this list. To view the contents of a folder, simply double-click the folder in the list.

Other options are: ability to print the list to a selected printer and the maximum folder size to ignore when scanning. By default, DirHog will ignore all folders less than 10MB. You can change this option by clicking on the Options button.

Additionally, you can instruct Directory Hog to ignore a folder or file in future scans. To do so, right-click the row and select either "Ignore this folder" or "Ignore this file". When ignoring a file, you can select either the file in the specific folder only or just the filename in any drive/folder. Scan the drive again to refresh the list. To manage the ignored folders/files list, click on the Options button.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/Vista/ 7

Free HDD LED - Ver: 0.7b

Free HDD LED is a small utility designed to show the hard disk drive activity in real time in the systray area and on the screen.

It monitors all physical hard disk drives connected to the computer (ide/sata/usb). It allows you to set the HDD refresh interval.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

RAMDisk - Ver: 3.5.130R20

RAMDisk is Freeware (up to 4GB disk size). It creates a virtual RAM drive, or block of memory, which your computer treats as if it were a disk drive.

By storing files and programs into memory, you can speed up internet load times and disk-to-disk activities, accelerate databases and reduce compile times.

Save and load features allow RAMDisk to appear as persistent storage, even through reboots.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Email

Free Mail Commander - Ver: 10.6

Free Mail Commander is an easy-to-use and portable e-mail software with a user-friendly interface. Program supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, can receive and read plain text and graphic html messages with embedded images,works with secure connections (ssl/tls) for gmail and other email systems, provides powerful html message editor with full formatting capabilities.

Program automatically completes the recipient name you are typing using information, highlights the misspelled words in your message by spelling checker supporting different dictionaries.

You can also disable remote images, scripts or other nasties. It protects you from even the worst HTML-borne virus and trojans, and protects your privacy by intercepting web bugs.

Change message statuses, colour, read/unread status, priority and other advanced options. Sort your mail by date, size, sender, subject, in ascending or descending order You can set relative custom folders for attachments, email databases and run program from removable storage device such as a USB flash drive.

You can download and use Free Mail Commander 100% free of charge for an unlimited amount of time. The free Mail Commander download is not a demo or a trial version - you may use and enjoy it for as long as you wish.

There are Deluxe and Professional versions available for purchase which upgrades the free version, but by no means are you required to upgrade to this version if you don`t want to.

Here are some key features of "Free Mail Commander":-

Fast and lean program - lets you process vast amounts of correspondence.:
· Free Mail Commander is a super-fast portable e-mail program with user-friendly interface. The program is not only easy to use (you can pick it up in minutes), it's also a very lean application - yet has all the features and power of it's "weightier" counterparts. You can set relative custom folders for attachments, email databases and run program from removable storage device such as a USB flash drive.

Powerful message editor:
· Receive and read plain text and graphic html messages. Program supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, different user autointoxication methods and secure connections (ssl/tls) for gmail and other email systems. Create multi-part html messages with embedded images using program's powerful html message editor with full formatting capabilities. You can also disable remote images, scripts or other nasties. It protects you from even the worst HTML-borne virus and trojans, and protects your privacy by intercepting web bugs.

Spelling checker:
· Program automatically completes the recipient name you are typing using information, highlights the misspelled words in your message by spelling checker supporting different dictionaries.

Multiple e-mail accounts:
· You can create various names from which you send and receive email with the Mail Profile settings. For example, you might use one personality (email address name) for friends and family and another personality for business correspondence.

Message filtering and sorting:
· Automatic filtering of incoming messages based on preset criteria and their placement in individual mailboxes. For example, you can have messages automatically placed in folders or mailboxes to be viewed at a later time. Advanced filters can be applied to any field of a message header or in the body of messages. Assign colours to sort your mail either manually or automatically using filters. Change message statuses, colour, read/unread status, priority and other advanced options. Sort your mail by date, size, sender, subject, colour or thread, in ascending or descending order

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Games

Atomic Puzzle - Ver: 1.0

Your task in this nice original puzzler is to remove atoms in the right order and predicting the merging of the molecules so that there's none left at the end of each level.

Use your mouse and click on an atom that is attached to two or more of the same colour to collide them together. Continue to combine the colours until there is nothing left on the screen. How much will you be able to score?

NOTE: Unless you opt out, the program will install the Hi Games Toolbar and change your home page.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

The Domino Knight - Ver: 2 1.0

Guide the knight through puzzling levels while collecting coins. The goal in each level is collect all of the coins and reach the hourglass.

To do so, you will have to push blocks out of your way and slide on ice. Use the arrow keys to move. Can you find the right path?

NOTE: Unless you opt out, the program will install the Hi Games Toolbar and change your home page.

Licence: Free
Minimum requirements: windows all

Home/Office

Kingsoftsoft Spreadsheets Free 2012 - Ver: 8.1.0.2948

Kingsoft Spreadsheets Free 2012 is a worksheet application alternative to Microsoft Excel that offers a wide range of easy to use features that suits both beginners and advanced users.

With Kingsoft Spreadsheets, it is easy to create professional looking Spreadsheets and analyse data with minimal effort.

Kingsoft Spreadsheets will open and save documents from a wide variety of formats, including the latest version of Microsoft Excel in addition to its own document format. This saves money on software purchases while maintaining compatibility and high performance. These factors ensure that Kingsoft Spreadsheets is ideal for everyone.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ 7

Marble - Ver: 1.2.0

Marble is a very useful geographical atlas and a virtual desktop globe designed to enable you to explore other places on our home planet with the utmost ease.

Users can use this tool to look up places, to easily create maps, measure distances and to retrieve detail information about locations that you have just heard about in the news or on the Internet. The user interface is clean, simple and easy to use.

Of course it's also possible to measure distances between locations or watch the current cloud cover. Marble offers different thematic maps: A classroom-style topographic map, a satellite view, street map, earth at night and temperature and precipitation maps.

All maps include a custom map key, so it can also be used as an educational tool for use in class-rooms. For educational purposes you can also change date and time and watch how the starry sky and the twilight zone on the map change.

Use Marble to explore the world map and enrich your geographic knowledge.

Here are some key features of "Marble":-

  • You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and roads.
  • A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective Wikipedia article.
  • You can measure distances between locations.
  • It offers different thematic maps: A classroom-style topographic map, a satellite view, street map, earth at night and temperature and precipitation maps. All maps include a custom map key, so it can also be used as an educational tool for use in class-rooms.
  • For educational purposes you can also change date and time and watch how the starry sky and the twilight zone on the map change.
  • Supports multiple projections: Choose between a Flat Map ("Plate carré"), Mercator or the Globe.
  • Promotes the usage of free maps.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Monex - Ver: 0.731

Personal finance manager based on double entry bookkeeping principles. You will be able to organise your accounts into a tree structure. Branch expense and income accounts or join accounts by currency or type. Create, remove or change your account tree structure depending on your needs.

View current, cleared and total balances of a single account or a whole branch of accounts.

Select a list of transactions to calculate expenses/incomes and sums. Let transaction history help you input similar transactions.Search and filter transactions with various filter fields. Calculate filtered transactions expenses/incomes and sums.

Supports multiple currencies and exchange rates. Calculate account balances or transaction sums in different currencies or just exchange currencies.

Schedule repeating transactions and let Monex do the work for you. Organise transactions additionally with categories.

Here are some key features of "Monex":

Accounts tree view:
· Organise your accounts into a tree structure. Branch expense and income accounts or join accounts by currency or type. Create, remove or change your account tree structure depending on your needs.

Balances of accounts:
· View current, cleared and total balances of a single account or a whole branch of accounts.

Transactions:
· Select a list of transactions to calculate expenses/incomes and sums. Let transaction history help you input similar transactions.

Search and filter:
· Filter transactions with various filter fields. Calculate filtered transactions expenses/incomes and sums.

Multiple currencies and exchange rates:
· Calculate account balances or transaction sums in different currencies or just exchange currencies.

Transaction scheduling:
· Schedule repeating transactions and let Monex do the work for you.

Working with stocks and funds:
· Account stock purchase and sale, view how much profit you have made or are about to.

Transaction categories:
· Organise transactions additionally with categories.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Open Office - Ver: 3.3.0

OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.

It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

OpenOffice.org 3 is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software. The result: OpenOffice.org 3 does everything you want your office software to do, the way you want it to.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Portable RedNotebook - Ver: 1.2.0 Rev 2

Portable RedNotebook is the portable version of RedNotebook developed to be able to run from a USB flash drive or any other portable device.

This application is a modern journal that supports calendar navigation, while also containing personalised templates, word clouds and backup options. You can also format, tag and search your entries.

Here are some key features of "Portable RedNotebook":-

  • Tagging
  • Spell Check
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognised automatically
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Word Clouds with most often used words and tags
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed
  • Translated into more than 20 languages

Minimum requirements: Windows all

WinTopo - Ver: 1.74

WinTopo Freeware is a handy graphic editor which is ideal for the home user and office environment. Originally developed in 1999, the WinTopo project was instigated to provide a quality raster to vector conversion solution as good as high priced commercial products.

Free from the encumbrance of old legacy techniques, WinTopo benefits from recent and established research in the field of image processing. Since the product launch, WinTopo has gained the approval of hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.

How much would you expect to pay for such useful software? Nothing! WinTopo Freeware is offered completely free and unrestricted.

WinTopo Freeware was the springboard for the WinTopo Pro professional product. In December 1999 SoftSoft Ltd in the UK was enlisted to create a commercial version of this popular software tool. Before work started on WinTopo Pro, SoftSoft Ltd removed many bugs from WinTopo Freeware and added the immensely useful Polyline Reduction function.

Although not quite as efficient as WinTopo Pro, WinTopo Freeware is the complete solution for users wanting to do small volumes of raster to vector conversion.

Here are some key features of "WinTopo"-

  • Load BMP, TIF, GIF, JPG and PNG raster files.
  • Perform raster thinning, or edge detection.
  • Vectorise the thinned raster to single colour vectors.
  • View the vectors overlaying the raster.
  • Scale the vector drawing.
  • Save the vectors to DXF, SHP, MIF, WMF or other vector formats.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Internet

Apple Safari for Windows - Ver: 5.1.1

Safari renders web pages at lightning speed. It works on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. It shows you your favourite sites at a glance. And it’s so smart, it even checks your spelling and grammar. Meet Safari, a browser unlike any you’ve ever seen.

Features:-

VoiceOver Screen Reader
Safari features built-in support for Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader in Mac OS X. VoiceOver describes aloud what appears on your screen and reads the text and links of websites. Using VoiceOver, you can completely control the computer with the keyboard instead of the mouse.

ARIA Support
Safari supports Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). The ARIA standard helps web developers make dynamic web content more accessible for people with disabilities. With ARIA, sites taking advantage of advanced technologies like AJAX and JavaScript can now easily inter operate with assistive technologies.

Enhanced Keyboard Navigation
Thanks to the enhanced keyboard navigation options in Safari, you can navigate the web without a mouse. Press the Tab key, and Safari jumps to the next password field, pop-up menu, or input field. For increased keyboard control, you can hold down the Option key while tabbing to have Safari skip through every link on the page. And if you press the Return key, Safari opens the highlighted link, letting you “point and click” with just a few keystrokes.

Full-Page Zoom
Zoom in or out on web content using keyboard shortcuts, Multi-Touch gestures, or the Zoom toolbar button for more comfortable reading. Images and graphics scale up while your text remains razor sharp, keeping the web page layout consistent as you zoom. To add the Zoom button to your toolbar, simply choose Customise toolbar from the View menu and drag the button onto your toolbar.

Zoom Text Only
You can choose to zoom in on only the text when you take a closer look at a web page.

Closed Captions for HTML5 Video
Safari can now deliver an accessible video experience. If a video embedded in a web page using the HTML5 tag includes closed captions, click on the “CC” button in the video controls to display them.

Custom Style Sheets
Apply a custom style sheet — that you download or create yourself — that sets default fonts, font sizes, colours, and contrast, making your favourite websites more readable.

Minimum Font Size
If you find that text on some websites is too small to read (such as photo captions or fine print) Safari can increase the font size to make it more legible. Just set the minimum font size in the Advanced pane of Safari preferences.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Google Chrome - Ver: 14.0.835

Google Chrome was developed to be a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favourite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps
Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favourite web applications easily and quickly.

Features:-

  • Speed: Fast to launch, fast to load web pages
  • Quick to start up from your desktop
  • Loads web pages in a snap
  • Runs web applications faster than ever
  • Simplicity: Designed for efficiency and ease of use
  • Search and navigate to web pages from the same box
  • Arrange and organise tabs however you wish — quickly and easily
  • Get to your favourite websites with just a click, from the thumbnails of your most visited sites in the New Tab page
  • Style: Themes to add delight to your browser
  • Try Minimalist, Star Gazing, or Google Chrome Artist Themes.
  • One box for everything
  • New Tab page
  • Application shortcuts
  • Dynamic tabs
  • Crash control
  • Incognito mode
  • Safe browsing
  • Instant bookmarks
  • Importing settings
  • Simpler downloads

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

GreenBrowser - Ver: 6.0.1002

GreenBrowser is your best choice of a flexible and powerful green web browser. Amongst it's features are the following:-

AD Filter, Mouse Gesture, Mouse Drag, Auto Fill Form, Auto Scroll, Auto Refresh, Auto Save, Auto Hide, Search Bar, Identity, General Form, Auto Submit Form, Send Key to Page, External Toolbar, Collector, Page Manager, Download Manager, Group, Plugin, Skin, Proxy, Start Mode, URL Alias, Quick Key, Link List, Status Bar Setting, Sort Save Page, Clean System, Page Download Control, Page Zoom, Page Background Colour, Speed Dial, Top Video Player...

Search Engine
You can customise GreenBrowser search bar. Drag and drop text into the search button to search directly. Search by drag and drop quick menu

Auto Fill Form
There are many intimate convenient features to help you fill form fastest. Identity, General form, Multi-account form, Auto submit form.

Mouse Drag
When you can drag link, image, text, you can perform different operations for them, such as open, search, collect, copy and so on.

Mouse Gesture
Move mouse with right mouse button pressed, you can perform some operations by diff rent track. You can view tips of mouse gesture in the status bar.

Ad Filter
GreenBrowser have powerful ad filter. Such as filter popup ad window, filter duplicate window, filter embedded ad content, filter floating ad.

Collector
Collector can help you to collect text, save and ad filter record, run script. Click the first button of status toolbar to open collector.

Groups
You can save several pages as a group, then with one click to open the group. You can use special download control scheme when save page to group.

Plugin
GreenBrowser have many useful plugins, you can add plugin to external toolbar. External toolbar also built-in some commonly used plugins.

Tab Bar
Tab bar show all opened pages, tab icon show the state of page, for example: blank, complete state, lock, protect, mark and so on.

Status Bar
GreenBrowser status bar are highly customisable. It has there parts: Tips area, toolbar area, information area. You can custom the toolbar and information area.

Boss Key
If you do not want others see that you are browsing web pages, you can press boss key to quickly hide GreenBrowser.

Shortcut Key
You can set custom shortcut key for most often used function, such as search engine, plugin, auto fill form. You also can forbid build-in shortcut key.

Page Manager
GreenBrowser have a strong page manager, you can easily view and manage last visited, last closed, current visited and current closed page.

Save Page
GreenBrowser provide powerful and comprehensive save function. You can auto save page quickly. You also can easy to sort save page and manage saved pages.

Link List
Link list dialog list all links in page, you can filter out the interesting links by input name or URL, and quickly open or copy the selected links.

Quick Menu
Image, flash, media, frame are common elements in page, GreenBrowser provides quick menu for them. By the quick menu, you can edit, copy, save, hide or filter.

Speed Dial
Speed dial on blank page help you open web site quickly. You can edit or delete the speed dial item. You can modify the speed dial content and format.

Top Video Player
Some video can be independent of web page to the top GreenBrowser player window, so users can switch to another web page or program when view video.

GreenBrowser is free to download and use. If you think our software are good! It's welcome for you to donate. We will provide best support for donative user and make the software better! Thanks for your support.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

iMacros for Firefox - Ver: 7.4.0.4

Use iMacros for Firefox to easily automate your web browser. Record and replay repetitious work. iMacros for Firefox relieves the repetition of checking on the same sites every day, remembering passwords and filling out web forms. Web professionals can use the add-on for functional and regression web testing of web applications.

Form Filler & Password Manager:
With iMacros for Firefox, you no longer need to check the same sites every day, remembering passwords, and filling out web forms. iMacros is the only form filler that can autofill web forms that stretch over several pages. All information is stored in human-readable, plain text files that can be easily edited.

Passwords are stored securely with 256-Bit AES encryption. Users memorise only one master password and iMacros remembers all the others, providing a truly automated login experience, that beats the Solution to Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO).

Automated Download & Upload:
iMacros can automate the download of images, files, or entire pages (with or without images). In the other direction, it can automate the upload of data to websites. You can use variables inside the macros and import data from CSV files.

iMacros includes a user agent switcher, PDF download and Flash, and ad- and image-blocking functions. When combined and controlled with Javascript, the recorded Macros can script even very complex tasks.

Data Extraction, Web Scraping/Mining & Enterprise Data Mash-Ups:
The iMacros EXTRACT command automatically reads data from a website and exports it to CSV files – the exact opposite of filling out forms. iMacros includes full Unicode support and works with every language, including multi-byte languages such as Chinese. You can use this feature to download stock quotes, gather and compare web store prices, and more.

Web Testing:
Web professionals can use iMacros for functional, performance, and regression testing of web applications. The built-in STOPWATCH command captures precise web page response times. iMacros also includes support for many AJAX elements.

Social Scripting (Social Bookmarking):
Sharing your favourite iMacros with friends and colleagues is easy. Simply right-click the macro to add it as a bookmark, or select "Run Everywhere" and embed the complete macro in a simple link. You can send the link to others, or embed it on your homepage, blog, or company intranet.

Instead of telling your site visitors how to fill out a form, let iMacros do it for them. All the information is stored inside the link as a text string, with nothing stored on our servers, which is why iMacros work on intranets, too.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ Firefox 4.0 - 9

Transmission-Qt - Ver: 2.40

Transmission-Qt is a powerful and easy to use BitTorrent client that enables users to share files. Transmission-Qt is an unofficial build that brings to Windows users all the features of the original application.

Here are some key features of "Transmission-Qt":-

  • Prioritisation to select which torrents, and which files inside those torrents, to download first
  • Supports Magnet links
  • Selective downloading
  • Optionally move torrents to a different folder when they finish downloading
  • Encrypted peer connections
  • Torrent file creation
  • A built-in web server so that users can control Transmission remotely via the web (using RPC or WebUI)
  • Automatic port mapping (using UPnP/NAT-PMP)
  • Fast Resume — with peer caching
  • Blocklists for bad peers, periodically updated with the same bluetack peer list used by PeerGuardian and PeerBlock
  • Single listening port for all torrents
  • Scheduled bandwidth limits
  • Global and per-torrent bandwidth caps
  • Sorting/filtering options
  • HTTPS tracker support
  • IPv6 support
  • Local Peer Discovery support

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Virtual Wi-Fi Router - Ver: 2.0.1

Windows 7 Virtual WiFi Router download for free. You can create a WiFi hotspot for WiFi Reverse Tethering for wifi supported mobiles and other wifi enabled computer to create a network and to share internet. Convert your PC into a WiFi hot spot for free.

Features:-

  1. Attractive simple , light weight and portable
  2. Simplified and less process consuming
  3. One Click Internet sharing directly from the application
  4. Lists the users ip address and host name who are connected to your network
  5. Size of this tool is very small

Minimum requirements: Window 7

Multi Media

Ecran media - Ver: 4.1

Ecran Media is an incredible small Media Player to watch videos or play music. Ecran Media is an alternative to other players. With this application you can open and play the most regular media files.

Ecran Media uses Windows Media Player as a host application, making use of its capabilities without stressing your computer.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ .NET Framework 4

Reckon Player - Ver: 2.2.4 2011 Titanium

This is a simple media player, yet with very sophisticated features and tools that help bring entertainment to a whole new dimension. RMP like most advanced player has the ability to play almost all variety of media file formats with the right codec installed. It has an intuitive, simple, yet attractive interface.

As said earlier, RMP possesses features of every standard player but goes a step further by providing the most advanced and sophisticated media tools and features. Give Reckon Player a try to fully assess its capabilities!

Here are some key features of "Reckon Player":-

  • Quick Open File
  • Open Folder and play contents
  • Open and stream from a URL (internet link or network path)
  • Add folder to library Adding folder or by Searching disks
  • Save current playback to selected disk (Save As)
  • Allow searching within Media Library and Play list
  • Configuring Default Paths to save your Play lists, Bookmarks, Lyrics & Sound Effects
  • Backing up or restoring you Media Library
  • View Play history
  • Swapping Window On top of other windows and vice-versa
  • Allow you to swap its main Tabs at your own convenience
  • Minimise to tray
  • Provide you with total information of Media File
  • Bookmark and apply/manage your Bookmarks anytime
  • Save Play lists internally or externally
  • Merge Play lists
  • Categorise your Media Library
  • Edit Mp3 Tags
  • Add Album Cover Arts
  • Launch as different copies (instancing) based on your preference
  • Loop a selected part of a track's sequence using the A-B FX
  • Auto save last played selection
  • Allow you to set its Transparency
  • Allow you to Control its Playback speed and Balance
  • Allow you to Control its After-playback behaviours, such as: shutting down, play & remove, quitting player after last or current track and so on.
  • Allow you to Control its Drag and Drop behaviours
  • Allow you to manage its File Association easily
  • Select and use from a variety of Skins
  • Launch installed third party RMP Add-ins
  • Allow you to browse from its inbuilt Browser
  • Allow manipulation of Extra Volume channels
  • Book marking - (Save a current position of your current playback and apply it when ready to continue)
  • FM DJ Interlude Style - (Apply available installed sound effects to you current playback like an FM D-Jay)
  • Multiple Screen Mode - (Play double videos in two separate screens)
  • Sound Recorder - (Record sound to a mind blowing quality)
  • Screen Capture - (Snapshot your entire desktop and save to file)
  • MP3 Merger - (Merge multiple mp3's into one single mp3 file)
  • Lyrics Viewer - (Save lyrics of your favourite music, run it and read as you listen to the music)
  • Album Cover Art Finder- (With a secure internet connection, search for any Album Cover Art with just a mouse-click)
  • Lyric Finder - (With a secure internet connection, search for any Lyric of a song with just a mouse-click)
  • Play list Auto Swapper and much more - (List your several play lists and have the player automatically swap and play them all for you.)
  • Media Converter - (Enables you to convert your audio and video files from one format to the other)
  • Free Previews - (Watch music videos, short movies and listen to music from international and local source via Softreckon® Entertainment Network - SEN)

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Wav Player - Ver: 1.1.3.6

Play all your media files, it can, play WAV, MIDI, MPG and AVI files. Play all your media files ... The title of Wav Player is a little misleading, as it can also, play MIDI, MPG and AVI files, if you have all the necessary codecs and dll in your computer.

Wav Player is software that allows you play media files.

Can receive command line arguments like "vbwav.exe {path}/something.wav" to play only the files and auto exit. Its called that way, just because it started life as a simple WAV player.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Registry

Registry Help - Ver: 1.78

Just with a few clicks, Registry Help can clean and repair your registry, speed up your computer, and optimise your system.

It is safe! Registry Help will backup all the registry operations you made in Registry Help and restore the changes if you want. It is reliable! Registry Help can take a snapshot for your registry at any time, and compare it at a later time, which ensure you knowing the changes in your registry and enable you to rollback the undesirable changes.*

With an advanced search engine, Registry Help can help you search in the whole registry easily and quickly. In addition, Registry Help provides 11 colour themes.* Registry Help cares not only functionality but also your individuality! Try it now, it is safe, easy-to-use, and really effective!

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Security

Comodo Personal Firewall - Ver: 5.8

Secure your system against internal attacks such as Trojan viruses / malicious software and external attacks by hackers. With a user-friendly single click interface you can allow or block access to the Internet offering complete immunity to attacks and total protection of your personal information.

Real time traffic monitoring enables you to react instantly to threats and identify bandwidth bottlenecks. Silent Security Technology means no needless alerts with out-of-the-box protection against hackers, Trojans and other unknown threats. Comodo Personal Firewall is the powerful and effective, easy to manage barrier that keeps hackers out and personal information in. Comodo Personal Firewall helps you connect in a secure way to the internet and global networks. Total peace of mind is FREE!!

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) - Ver: 2.0.0.4002

The Secunia PSI is a free security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer against vulnerabilities in programs. 98 out of 100 PCs have 1 or more insecure programs installed. Download the free Secunia PSI and check your PC for insecure programs exposing you to security threats. VULNERABLE ?
Did you know that many of the hacker attacks and security threats today exploit software vulnerabilities and code flaws?

UPDATED ?
Keeping your PC and, especially, your third-party programs updated requires you to search the Internet for updates and patches on a regular basis - for all the programs installed on your PC.

WHATS ON YOUR PC ?
The typical user has 30-60 programs installed. Do you know which programs you have installed? Do you know which programs expose you to security threats?

SECURE ?
Is your PC secure? Do you have all the latest security updates and patches?

PROTECT YOURSELF !
Security patches are usually free and available for download from the program vendors. Let the Secunia PSI pinpoint exactly which patches you need to secure your PC.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Sentry Vision Security - Ver: 2.3.0

Sentry Vision Security is a handy tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of video recording.

You can set the software to start capturing as soon as motion is detected in front of the webcam. It will turn a regular webcam into a complete security system.

Here are some key features of "Sentry Vision Security":-

  • Motion detection
  • Motion alerts (text msg, and E-mail)
  • Motion audio alarm
  • Hidden mode
  • Auto startup on Windows login
  • Time stamp
  • Multiple Camera support
  • Saves recordings as AVI video files

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ Webcam

SSDownloader - Ver: 2.1

SSDownloader or Security Software Downloader is a small, easy to use download manager specially designed for security software.

Now you can download all the security software you want with the help of this accessible and handy tool.

Here are some key features of "SSDownloader":-

  • Download the most popular free and paid security software with only one click.
  • Don't worry about OS or 32bit/64bit, the right version will be automatically downloaded.
  • Stay up to date, always newest versions of the software will be downloaded.
  • Just choose what you want to download and you will see a notification as soon your downloads finished.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Utilities

Bandizip - Ver: 1.0.3

Bandizip is an intuitive and fast archiving application that supports WinZip, 7-Zip, and WinRAR, as well as other archive formats.

Bandizip supports for ZIP, 7Z, RAR, ALZ, EGG, TAR, BH, LZH, GZ, BZ2, ISO, CAB, WIM, XZ, ARJ, and Z archives files and users can create self-extracting files (.EXE) and multi-volume (split) archives files.

Bandizip has very fast Zip algorithm for compression & extraction by "Fast Drag and Drop" and "High Speed Archiving" function.

When you archive multimedia files (AVI, WMV, MP3...) or archived files (ZIP, RAR, 7Z...), you can't get good compression results. These files are hard to compress and sometimes the file size could be bigger than the original one. Bandizip's "High Speed Archiving" function will allow you to compress or bypass the files its own algorithm. It will increase the archiving speed dramatically.

A number of file archiving software extract files to temporary folder, and then it copies the files to the targeted folder. Bandizip's "Fast Drag & Drop" function does not use temporary folder, and it just extracts to the targeted folder directly. It will increase the extraction speed dramatically.

Another advantage of Bandizip is that it supports Unicode system perfectly. Bandizip has "Code Page", and it will allow you to select a language in archive without breaking international characters.

With "Fast Drag & Drop", "High Speed Archiving", and "Code Page" functions, Bandizip might be the sensation in archiving software market.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

BlueStacks - Ver: Alpha

BlueStacks runs Android OS and apps on Windows PCs with instant switch between Android and Windows - no reboot is required. End consumers can now enjoy their favourite Android apps on Windows PCs. Android apps can appear either as icons on the Windows desktop, or within a full-blown Android environment.

BlueStacks helps PC manufacturers to ride the Android momentum by enabling Android apps on x86-based tablets, netbooks, notebooks, convertibles and AiO Windows PCs. With the new hybrid convertible form factors, BlueStacks completely eliminates the need to carry two devices. The end consumer benefits from getting both Android and Windows at the price of a single PC.

BlueStacks integrates seamlessly with Citrix and Microsoft software delivery infrastructure and with Citrix’s Enterprise App Store. With BlueStacks, enterprise IT can deliver Android apps securely and effortlessly to any end point running Windows.

The seamless user experience, simultaneous use of Android and Windows apps, and multi-touch enablement are built on ground breaking vitalisation technology which requires zero configuration and is transparent to the end consumer.

NOTE : This is an alpha version of the program which means it has not been fully completed. We have tried the program and it seems to work as advertised.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Clikka Mouse Free - Ver: 1.3.1

This handy application allows physically disabled people to control the functions of the mouse. This can be done both in Windows and in any other program which requires the use of a mouse device: left or right click, double click, scrolling, ecc.

Clikka Mouse Free should be used together with other mouse emulator programs such as head or eyes pointers or any other processing system designed for people with disabilities.

Clikka Mouse Free (with its bars hidden on the left side of the screen allowing the whole view of your desktop) “silently” provides us the possibility to click whenever we want to, just leaving the cursor rested over a given button on the screen, allowing us to rest too, putting all the functions in stand-by.

The program, once started, will display a bar, hidden on the left side of the screen; the bar will show some buttons which can be enabled or disabled simply resting with the cursor over the selected one for a certain amount of time.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Clipboard Master - Ver: 2.0.1 Build 1175

Clipboard Master is a handy utility designed to keep all previous texts, pictures and files copied to the clipboard in a list, for later use. Organise your text modules and snippets and paste them in any Windows program whenever you like.

Clipboard Master includes automatic and manual collections. Paste multiple items or only the part of an item. Search within the clipboard lists. Clipboard Master is optimised for use with your mouse and keyboard.

Configurable hotkeys can be easily used. With Clipboard Master, you can even paste in temporary edit fields such as when renaming a file in the Explorer. Clipboard lists are kept even when restarting Windows.

Here are some key features of "Clipboard Master":

Clipboard extension:-

  • Stores all your textes, files and pictures copied to the clipboard
  • Paste any item in any windows application
  • Define any shortcut to show the clipboard list
  • Default is + V)

Text modules/snippets:-

  • Store often used text snippets in Clipboard Master and they are available in any application with a few keys
  • Organise them in folders

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Depeche View - Ver: 1.5.0.3

A real time text finder and viewer based on swiss file knife technology for file tree processing and binary-to-text conversion. Depeche View allows you to load, view and search all text of a directory tree in one window, with the least possible mouse clicks and key presses.

Search a phrase just by clicking on it. Fly through results by the turn of your mousewheel. Copy text, and create bookmarks with the same ease.

If you have to read through many small ASCII text files, e.g. source code, this tool allows text analysis at extreme speeds.

For example, to search a word, forget about opening a dialogue, setting options, clicking through results lists to open one result file after another. Now, just type the word - and land within the first matching line in the first matching file, instantly. Then, if you see another word of interest, don't even type it - click on it! And again, you will land at the first match for this word, instantly, no matter in what file.

Depeche View will make text searching and viewing a very easy task!

Minimum requirements: Windows all

FlySpeed SQL Query - Ver: 2.9.4.6

FlySpeed SQL Query provides all of the features that you need yet is still easy to learn and use. This program, supporting all of the popular database structures amongst some lesser known ones, makes the task of accessing and exporting your data easy. You can also use a visually-based SQL query builder which again makes your job much easier.

Many of the features of this program allow you to carry out tasks that are simply far too complicated to carry out manually and at a very modest sum of money, it provides a must-have resource for professionals and beginners alike.

The interface is designed in an easy to learn manner, allowing you to get started quickly and with minimal trouble. Though a free version is also available, the standard version of this SQL query tool also allows you to export your data to popular, better known formats such as Microsoft Excel, TXT, HTML and XML amongst others.

Here are some key features of "FlySpeed SQL Query":-

Full support of SQL syntax for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft Jet 4 (MS Access, MS Excel), PostgreSQL, InterBase, Firebird, IBM DB2, Informix, Sybase, SQLite.

Support of the other ANSI SQL/92, SQL/89 and SQL/2003 compatible database servers such as Teradata, Netezza and desktop databases (Paradox, FoxPro, dBase (DBF).

Native connection to Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS Access, InterBase/Firebird. Connection to any other database via ADO or ODBC driver.

Common features:-

Simple and convenient graphical user interface.

  • High-speed data retrieval.
  • Full Unicode support.
  • Portable installation to work from a USB Flash drive.
  • read-only mode for selected connections.

Simple and convenient database object browser:

  • Quick access to all data-contained database objects.
  • · Saving queries to connection's object browser.
  • Database objects and queries incremental search and filtration.

Easy SQL query building and fast data browsing:

  • Easy-to-use visual query builder to build even complex queries.
  • Dragging objects and saved queries to the query builder.
  • SQL Editor with code completion and syntax highlight.
  • Quick data search, sorting and filtration.
  • Copying selected records to clipboard.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Network Notepad - Ver: 4.6.9

Network Notepad is a specially designed application for creating interactive network diagrams. Now you can use this accessible and easy-to-use instrument to create or manage the diagrams you need.

Features:-

  • Point-and-Click Telnet/ Browse/ User-definable
  • Network Management.
  • Simple Drag and Drop interface.
  • Open, Text Based File Format.
  • Printing.
  • Linked Diagrams.
  • Flow Charts.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

O&O SpeedCheck - Ver: 2.0.45.0

With O&O SpeedCheck you can simulate your Windows system in a fragmented and defragmented state. No data is written but only read test data from the hard disk.

After completion of the simulation will output a comparison of the two test periods and a possible increase in speed.

You will be able to see how much your PC could be accelerated via regular or thorough defragmentation.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Portable Text Filter - Ver: 1.5.0 Build 1323

Portable Text Filter is a handy utility designed to enable you to read, search and filter text files with ease. Text lines are instantly filtered as you type your search phrase, with all matched terms highlighted in a contrasting colour.

Here are some key features of "Portable Text Filter":-

  • Fast as-you-type searching
  • Search phrase auto suggestion
  • Full support to regular expressions
  • Multiple query modes and filter modes

Minimum requirements: Windows all

QuickWayToFolders - Ver: 1.2.7

QuickWayToFolders is an easy-to-use application created to offer you a quick folder content access.

The four display possibilities are:-

Desktop : Act like your desktop, with possibility of navigate through subfolders
Small Browser : Act like windows explorer
Menu : Display folder content in menu
Multiple Folders Menu : Display multiple folders content in a single menu

Each entry is added to the taskbar notification area (near to windows clock).

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Spartan Lite Multi Clipboard - Ver: 7.10

Multi clipboard, organiser, text and graphics editors all rolled into one Typing something you've typed before? Searching for that graphic file, web address or phone number you know you have somewhere? Want to browse your digital photos and paste them straight into your email or word processor?

Spartan Lite Multi Clipboard is more than a clipboard application, being a complete information centre for your computer.

Note: If you want to store more than 500 clips you can use the Spartan Multi Clipboard version.

Here are some key features of "Spartan Lite Multi Clipboard":-

You can save:-

  • Often used text
  • Form letters to paste into emails or word processors.
  • Graphics
  • Screen shots (There's an Inbuilt graphics editor to add text Etc.)
  • Web pages
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Email addresses
  • To do lists
  • Prompts for tele-sales operators
  • Notes for business contacts
  • Students web research
  • Recipes, poems, jokes, shopping lists, scripts, virtually anything you need to remember.

You can make things easy to find:-

  • You can arrange things visually by position or by colour and you can sort any group alphabetically.
  • And when you come to reuse your clips
  • Spartan shows a preview of each clip and provides you with:
  • A picture browser for your digital photos
  • A browser launch button when the clip contains a web address
  • An email launch button when it contains an email address
  • A dial button when it contains a phone number
  • And a run or open button where it is a program or file on your computer
Limitations: The Lite version has no time limit and no nags. The only difference between it and the full version is that it can only store 500 permanent clips whereas the full version can store 10,000.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

System Mechanic Free - Ver: 1.0.0.8

System Mechanic Free is a complete suite of powerful system repair and maintenance tools. The 7 core tools included in System Mechanic Free are designed to boost speed, fix problems, and instantly improve PC performance.

Using the same award-winning technology and user-friendly design that makes the full version of System Mechanic the expert’s choice and the #1-bestselling software in its class, System Mechanic Free empowers people of all skill levels to keep their computer running at peak performance.

The 7 core tools in System Mechanic Free are:-

Registry Tuner: The most effective tool of its kind, Registry Tuner uses regularly updated research to safely repair registry errors and stabilise Windows computers

Startup Optimiser: Eliminates the top 25 most common startup bottlenecks in order to noticeably speed up Windows start time

Memory Mechanic: Reclaims more RAM memory for an instant performance boost

PC Cleanup: Cleans up system-clogging junk files and clutter

Drive Accelerator: Defragments hard drives to improve drive speed and performance

Shortcut Repair: Reconnects broken icons and shortcuts

Internet Connection Repair: Heals broken internet connections to get PCs back online

iolo technologies believes no one should unnecessarily experience the stress, lost time, and financial burden that can be caused by a poorly-performing PC—and System Mechanic Free provides the basic tools necessary to ensure Windows computers remain stable and optimised for the entire lifespan of the investment. Now, you can use the same research-driven tune-up tools and features that are trusted and recommended by millions of computer users worldwide to fix and speed up your home PC.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Task ForceQuit Pro - Ver: 1.0.0.0

Easy-peasy process management. Unlike Windows built-in task manager this one just gives you a quick and easy access to all your running applications and a single-click way to force them quit!

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

TreePad Lite - Ver: 4.3

PC World Editorial Review of TreePad Lite:-

"TreePad Lite is a free personal information management tool. Its feature set, though sparse, nonetheless provides all the basics. Ideal for tight resource environments, it's a useful PIM for netbooks, older laptops, or carting around with you on a USB Flash memory stick.

The design and interface of Treepad Lite is fairly familiar: On the right is an expandable/collapsible tree which lists all of your topics, subtopics, and sub-sub-topics. On the left is, well, your topic--the actual text associated with the subject. Topics can be easily added, deleted, and moved, and it's simple to rearrange subtrees as well, promoting, demoting, or shifting them as needed.

There aren't a lot of options in TreePad Lite. You can choose one font for the tree and one for the text, with no word or paragraph level styling--not even bold or italic. You can sort a subtree (but not its children), or the entire tree, but not "this subtree and all of its children, but nothing else." You can search for text in the current article, or in the whole tree. You can also export an article or a subtree (or the whole tree) as a plain text or HTML file (note the HTML file does not have any kind of links or navigation, it's just a dump of the file from top to bottom). There is a fairly limited linking function--you can link to a file or a Web page, though the link isn't clickable--you need to position the cursor in the link and then click a toolbar button. You can't link from one node to another.

Treepad Lite is missing many of the features its "big brothers," TreePad PLUS and Treepad Business have: true word processing (multiple fonts and styles), hyperlinks between articles in a tree, table layout, and calendar functions. That said, it also doesn't constantly nag you about upgrading or offer you apparent choices which result in a dialog telling you "Not in this version, cheapskate!" It does what it does, and it's free, and for free, you get a solid, fast, well-maintained program. The TreePad family has been actively supported for 15 years now, an eternity in computer time.

Treepad Lite is ideal for anyone who needs a quick and simple tool to organise thoughts, text snippets, and other bits of data (Even though articles can be up to 1 MB in size, this probably isn't the best tool for such huge blocks of text). The fact it can be run directly from a portable USB drive makes it handy for bringing data with you or having a personal notepad you can easily bring from computer to computer."

Minimum requirements: Windows all

TreeSize Free Portable - Ver: 2.6.0.159

Provides reports on the space occupied by a user defined folder or drive. TreeSize Free will scan a user defined location and provide you with a report on the space allocation for each file.

Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Win7 X Folder - Ver: 1.5.0.0

Win7 X Folder is a handy and reliable utility designed to enable you to search, manage and rename files.

It helps users to do various tasks which are needed in daily life such as batch rename with unique templates to do renaming task in a different and simple way,a search functionality which can be used to search both filenames and contents of files, Win7 X Folder also had a save to file feature which can be used to save list of all files and folders to a file.

Here are some key features of "Win7 X Folder":-

  • Very easy to use and simple tabbed interface.
  • Very small in filesize 260KB (90kb when zipped).
  • No installation needed just run it directly,which makes it very easy to carry around using a pendrive.
  • File and folder list can be saved to a file along with their sizes. (.txt or .csv)
  • A very different search functionality allows users to perform search on file names and folder names or contents of files.
  • Search results can be saved to a file.
  • Batch renaming (or Mass renaming) feature enables users to rename files and folders in bulk.
  • Batch rename is made easy with unique templates which makes it very easy to use for newbies.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Windows File Analyser - Ver: 2.1.0.0

The application decodes and analyses special files used by Windows. Windows File Analyser decodes and analyses thumbnail databases, Prefetch folder, shortcuts, Index.DAT files or Recycle Bin files, specific for Windows OS. In these files is interesting information for forensic analysis.

Every analysis results can be printed in user-friendly form. It's designed in Multiple Document Interface.

Here are some key features of "Windows File Analyser":

Thumbnail Database Analyser:
· This analyser reads Thumbs.db file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.

Prefetch Analyser:
· It reads files stored usually in Prefetch folder and diggs out stored information.

Shortcut Analyser:
· This tool reads all shortcut files in specified folder and displays data stored in them.

Index.DAT Analyser:
· This analyser reads specified Index.Dat file and displays its content. Index.Dat files store usually data of Internet Explorer cookies, temporary files or history.

Recycle Bin Analyser:
· This analyser decodes and displays Info2 files that hold recycle bin content information.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

WSUS Offline Update - Ver: 7.0

Using WSUS Offline Update, you can update any computer running Microsoft Windows safely, quickly and without an Internet connection.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Video

ccextractor - Ver: 0.59

ccextractor is a fast, easy to use closed captions extractor for MPEG files and not only. Supports HDTV transport streams, DVD and Replay TV.

In short ccextractor is a small program that processes MPEG 2 files and extracts closed captions data to generate subtitle files.

You can use this program to create .srt (subtitles) files for your TV captures, have transcripts so you can edit subtitles, etc.

You can pass as many input files as you need. They will be processed in order.
Output will be one single file (either raw or srt). Use this if you made your
recording in several cuts (to skip commercials for example) but you want one
subtitle file with contiguous timing.

What's the point of generating separate files for subtitles, if they are already in the source file?

There are several reasons to have subtitles separated from the video file, including:

· Closed captions never survive MPEG processing. If you take a MPEG file and encode it to any format (such as divx), your result file will not have closed captions. This means that if you want to keep the subtitles, you need to keep the original file. This is hardly practical if you are archiving HDTV shows for example.

· Subtitles files are small - so small (around 250 Kb for a movie) that you can quickly download them, or email them, etc, in case you have a recording without subtitles.

· Subtitles files are indexable: You can have a database with all your subtitles if you want (there are many available), so you can search the dialogs.

· Subtitles files are a de-facto standard: Almost every player can use them. In fact, many setbox players accept subtitles files in .srt format - so you can have subtitles in your divx movies and not just in your original DVDs.

· Closed captions are stored in many different formats by capture cards. Upgrading to a new card, if it comes with a new player, may mean that you can't use your previously recorded closed captions, even if the audio/video are fine.

· Closed captions require a closed caption decoder. All US TV have one (it's a legal requirement), but no European TV does, since there are not closed captions in Europe (teletext is used instead). Basically this means that if you buy a DVD in the US which has closed captions but no DVD subtitles, you are out of luck. This is a problem with many (most) old TV shows DVDs, which only come with closed captions. DVD producers don't bother doing DVD subs, since it's another way to segment the market, same as with DVD regions.

What kind of files can I extract closed captions from?

CCExtractor currently handles:-

  • DVDs.
  • Most HDTV captures (where you save the Transport Stream).
  • Captures where captions are recorded in bttv format. The number of cards that use this card is huge. My test samples came from a Hauppage PVR-250. You can check the complete list here.
  • DVR-MS (microsoft digital video recording).

Usually, if you record a TV show with your capture card and CCExtractor produces the expected result, it will work for your all recordings. If it doesn't, which means that your card uses a format CCExtractor can't handle, please contact me and we'll try to make it work.

Minimum requirements: Windows all