Reduce Repetitive Typing with Tagkeys

Simply to say, Tagkeys lets you to automatically insert any text information, and objects, into document using tag or double mouse-click. It can insert up to 15,000 characters. Type .this and you can get this is the software that really saves your days or even much more. It works like the auto-correct feature of Microsoft Word, but with much expanded capability.

An example of its benefit
Since I wrote Two Helpful Digital Dictionaries, I decided to insert constantly what I call software info-box consisting of the publisher's website, OS required, version tested, and additional requirement if any, whenever I write a software review. By using Tagkeys, I tag the info-box content as .infobox. So, I type .infobox in my word processor (which is KeyNote) and it will be replaced automatically:

Website:
License:
For:
Version tested:
Additional requirement:

Next I just fill the appropriate information...

Unobtrusive Display
It resides on the right of your screen in the form of a small tab. No need to open it if you prefer to use tag to insert your snippet text. But if you choose to use mouse, the main screen must be displayed by left-clicking the tab. Next, select a tag name and double-click it to insert it.

Tags Management
You can have tags as many as you want. To prevent you having too many tags within one place, Tagkeys lets you to group them into different containers called Tagset. Tagset functions as a kind of custom profile. This is a good idea because it makes you possible to categorizing tags for different typing purpose. Practically speaking, you can have separate tags for your blog and for another project such as code writing. It says that you can have Tagset as many as you desire, too.

Easy Text Addition
You can manually type the text you want into its built-in word processor, and associating it with a unique preferred tag for the automatic insertion. Or, use its Auto-Add, claimed to be its special feature letting you to "capture" any highlighted text and get it populated at once in its ADD screen. How to use it? When you write, let's say, a paragraph that you think you will type it repetitively, highlight it and right-click on Tagkeys's tab (see picture). The ADD screen is opened immediately with the text already placed within its word processor. Then you can give the tag name, tag key, and description (optional).

The Text Editor
You can see its screenshot with simple guide of what to do with each section available. It has built-in text and RTF editor. Text editor is where unformatted text and macro can be inserted, while the RTF provides basic tools to format text. If you enable the Auto-Add, you should use the RTF as the default to keep the text-format captured intact.

What can be improved
- Its notable drawback is the font size. Unless in the text editor, the font size is too small (particularly in its main screen). How could anyone use the mouse and click the tag needed when the tag itself almost unable to read? It needs to be fixed soon by increasing the size or give the zoom option for the user.

- Probably it will be better if it can be hidden to the tray. Especially when a user decides to use only the tags to insert text.

- I personally think that the manual page fails to directly guide user of how to use the app. It describes the features fairly good, but the explanation of the usage is not so crystal-clear. For example, there is no direct example like a step-by-step tutorial of how to give a tag to a text. I managed to figure it out only after experimenting with the app by myself.

Conclusion
Despite its font-size problem and manual page, Tagkeys is a time-saver application and a promising one to keep up on the update. You can insert a very long text just with a single tag or use the existed macros to simplify your code writing process. In fact, it is also possible to treat it as a typing data container. Imagine having all your work right in front of you in one Tagset or more where they can be accessed merely by a few clicks.

Website: Tagkeys
License: Freeware
For: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Version tested: 1.4
Additional requirement: None

Windows Software Buzz, Saturday, September 29, 2007 At 11:37 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Two Helpful Digital Dictionaries for Nonnative English Speaker

Being a nonnative, the hardest part to deal with is probably improving our writing style. It doesn't only require a good grammr, but also a good vocabulary knowledge. These two dictionaries have been very useful to me all this time. Both are free and compatible with Windows. If you have tired with your huge-size printed dictionary already, check them out below.

WordWeb

Instant Word Look-Up
It is pretty easy to get the definition of a word within a page on another application such as browser. Just hold [Ctrl] while right-clicking on a word, and the minimized main window pops-out with the meanings. It can also be configured to use hotkey instead, both for opening and hiding to the system tray. Make your own hotkey to open and use the [Esc] keyboard to hide it.



Bookmark capability
Any word's definition can be bookmarked. I rarely use this feature because I can just type the word I want in its dialogue box to get the definition. However, it may help you when you want to bookmark a relatively new word and recall it from the list.

Related words list
Aside from its definition, WordWeb can show you its various related words synonym, antonym, mostly related word forms and compounds, less or more specific words, words for part of an object, words for a collection (e.g. paper is a part of a page), and words with similar meanings. All the related words are grouped into tabs, so it is quite easy to look what you need for. Moreover, each word is clickable to get its own senses.

You can also see its pronunciation along with the usage examples. You can even choose to display vulgar and offensive words.

A word can have many meanings. It means you are likely to get lots of synonyms. To show only the synonyms specific to a sense, hover your mouse over a sense number.

Fast access to the word types
I'm pretty sure you know already that a word may have several word types such as adjective, verb, noun, and adverbs. In this case WordWeb provides fast way to go directly to each simply by pressing the appropriate buttons. These buttons are located at the side of the definition box.

Nine English language versions to choose
International, America, Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia. My suggestion is set it to International version since you can flag other versions whenever they exist. As an example, look up for the word color. You will see that other versions available, which are Canada, America, and Britain, are flagged accordingly. Look at the screenshot for better understanding.

Hear the pronunciation
This feature is useful when you decide to sharpen your speaking level skill.

Website: WordWeb
For: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista
Version tested: 5.00

The Sage

Frankly, this is my first dictionary to use. I was happy to discover and use it before getting caught by WordWeb. Unlike WordWeb, to enable instant look-up you must highlight the word before pressing the hotkey. It can't be hidden to the tray using hotkey as well. In short, it is less practical than WordWeb.



Another notable weakness is that you can't go directly to the word-type based meaning. If it happens the word you type has more than one word-type, you have to scroll down to find the specific meaning, e.g. the adjective meaning, if the position is at the lower part.

However, it has distinctive features. Firstly, each word typed will be saved temporarily in individual tab. This is good particularly when you need to compare two synonyms usage. Secondly, all related wods can be configured to be displayed directly without having to click any icon. Moreover, each meaning is contained with all the specific related-words in one group.

It packs 145,000 reference along with more than 200,000 meanings, and around 1,200,000 relationships between the meanings. The color of the fonts and icons are customizable, too. It allows you to do a wildcard and anagram search as well.

Website: Sequence Publishing
For: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
Version tested: 1.40

Windows Software Buzz, Thursday, September 27, 2007 At 11:45 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


How to Move Firefox Tabs from Top to Bottom

What is the benefit of doing this? Why would anyone move it to an unusual place to look for? To be honest, I haven't managed to find the benefit. Still, if you're like me who is fond of discovering new ways to do something and experiencing new situations, the big chance is you will like it.

How to do it?
1. Install TabMixPlus if you don't have it yet.
2. After installation, run it and click the [Display] menu.
3. Go to [Tab Bar] tab; find [Position:]. Click the arrow next to it to display the options and select [Bottom].
4. Click [Ok] to exit and apply the setting at once.



After working with Firefox for so many months with tabs on top, I found this somehow gives a fresh, different look. No words could describe it better than trying it yourself. Try it, look at it, work with it, and feel it.

Windows Software Buzz, Wednesday, September 26, 2007 At 11:57 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


How to Prevent Firefox Tabs Gets Closed Accidentally

How many times have you closed the tabs unintentionally? How many times you have to restore these tabs back to their previous state? And probably the most important is how much times have you wasted waiting for the reloading Time is invaluable and irreplaceable, even if it is only one second. Firefox itself has several solutions to deal with this time-wasting situation, so why don't you take a look, and try at least one of them later on?



Don't use mouse

The simplest way to keep this "accident" from ever being happened again is stop navigating the tabs using your mouse. Instead, maximize the use of keyboard by utilizing these 6 shortcuts. Unless you get a sudden daydreaming, it is quite impossible you press the Ctrl+W hotkey by chance. Ctrl+W is the default hotkey for closing tab in Firefox.

Remove the close button

Get TabMixPlus installed. Reason? It gives more options for you to pick the most convenient way to manage the button's display behavior. The option I suggest you to take is:

1. After installation, open it and go to [Display] menu.
2. Within [Tab] tab, find [Close tab button] option. Clear the check mark away.
3. Click [Ok] to exit.

Immediately after you click the [Ok] button, the change is applied. The button for all tabs is removed from the display. You can close tab using the Ctrl+W.

If you feel this is just not the option for you, keep the mark checked and you have four more to pick one: on all tabs wider than (set the size) , on current (tab), on pointed for (set the time), on current and pointed for (set the time).

Windows Software Buzz, At 11:19 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


The Windows Right-Click Enhancer and Editor

This freeware FileMenuTools is probably the next best addition to the 6 Sexiest Ways to Pimp Windows Right-Click Menu to Access Files Faster. Why? Because it adds 24 useful functions you can freely select from, accompanied with the ability to make your own command, remove the commands you want from the display, and manage the Send-to menu.



For arrangement purpose, there are five things you can do:
1. Group all the commands created within the FileMenuTools submenu, or display all of them directly.
2. Add separator for grouping
3. Add submenu for hiding and grouping
4. Remove the commands you don't want to display
5. Move any commands up or down

And here you are some of the interesting options you can get:

Display the size of folders and drives
The size will be displayed in a pop-up window. Though it isn't resizable, you still can find which folders consume the most space from the representative colored icon. The look also fairly nice to me.

Delete Locked File
Sometimes there is a file gets mysteriously locked without knowing how it happens and which program does it, so it can't be deleted using the norm way. This option lets you to get it deleted for the next system boot before any application locks it.

Advanced Delete
Right-click on any single or several folders/drives and find or delete any filetype based on your filter using wildcards.

Advanced Renamer
It packs adequate features to do everyday renaming such as uppercase to lowercase, equipped with some powerful options. The use of regular expression, for example.

Copy Content
Anyone can copy content of a file simply by right-clicking on it and select this command. If it is a folder, then all the names of the subfolders and files within wil be copied to clipboard.

I download this freeware yesterday. Hence, I have no enough time to try all of the features. The most useful command I find at present is its ability to make custom commands. Like copy or move files/folders to any pre-defined locations (see screenshot above). You can add a specific external application command as well.

Website: LopeSoft
For: Windows XP/Vista

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Windows Software Buzz, Monday, September 24, 2007 At 11:17 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


The Fastest Way to Make A New Folder Within Windows Explorer!

Unlike other softwares that usually give the command within the Windows explorer menu-context, freeware bxNewFolder offers the fastest way to create new folder since it allows you to make a new folder only by pressing keyboard button F12. No longer you need to scroll through your crowded right-click menu while trying to catch where the location is.


If it happens that the button is already used for another program's command, you can map the keyboard's shortcut using a key-mapping software or hit the grey folder icon lying on the explorer's toolbar.

For a little advanced usage, hit the button icon located next to New subfolder's dialog to make the new folder within another location. After creating, hold SHIFT while pressing the OK button to navigate directly into the created folder.

I just wish that the user is given option whether or not to close the dialog box after creating a folder. Because it gets closed immediately afterward, we can't make several new folders repeatedly at once.

Website: BaxBex
For: Windows 98/ME/NT/2K/XP
Note: At the publisher's website, you need to scroll down to the middle to find it

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A Browser Evidence Cleaner that Does More



There have been so many cleaners available across the web, but not all are worthy downloaded. Some manages to come up to the surface and wins the heart of numerous users, but not the others. This software, while not as popular as CCleaner, has something that even CCleaner doesn't and that's why this is a worthwhile notice.

Clear History is a Windows freeware with its main function to clean browsing history and some applications tracks, and to clean junk files. On the other side, the additional functionality let you to manage the startup items.

Though it doesn't have many supports for third-party applications like what CCleaner does, it uses configurable shredding in deleting files for security purpose. So it is good for those who concern with their deleted files privacy as files that deleted in usual way will be able to be recovered simply by using the right software.

Another feature that caught my eyes was its junk remover. It is possible for the user to choose which drives and what file types are to be included in the scanning, and what the proper action from the four options available to be taken. The options are to delete, delete files beyond recovery, move to recycle bin, and move to another location.

You can also add any file type for the scanning. The backup or log files which are automatically created by third-party application, for example. This is another thing that CCleaner lacks of as well. As a result of this manually inclusion implementation is Clear History gives more bytes to be deleted than CCleaner. In a test of mine, CCleaner managed to scan approximately 98.67KB, while the junk remover alone on its default setting gave around 32MB junk files to be removed. A big difference, isn't it? Still, you should be careful in selecting what file type to be included in the scan. And by the way, the scan is similarly fast.

CCleaner is unreplaceable for sure since it is also equipped with a registry cleaner, nevertheless Clear History is a good alternative to get extra space. Recall also that shredder feature.

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Windows Software Buzz, Wednesday, September 19, 2007 At 9:29 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Change The Windows XP Instalation Location for Installing New Program

If you install a new program it is usually placed by default in C:\Program Files. What if you decide to change the program location? Like in E:\Program Files, for example. You will always have to change the location manually whenever you want to install a new application. Now, with this tweaking, the instalation program will automatically be redirected to a new location.



1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit within the Run box.
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion
3. Find the string value named ProgramFilesDir. Double-click it to open the Edit String box. Type the new location within the box. I moved mine to E:\Program Files.
4. Click the OK button and close the Registry Editor.

To see if the tweak works, try to install a new program.

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Windows Software Buzz, Monday, September 17, 2007 At 12:04 PM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Bookmark Windows Registry Tweaking For Future Reference

To get our Windows works better, sometimes we found a trick that pushes us to mess up the Registry. Once we are satisfied with the tweaking result, we close the Registry window. Most of the time we forget the location of the tweaked key. For returning a key back to its original state is simply by double-clicking the backup we have made before the tweaking, but to make a new modification to it is probably time consuming since we have to search for the forgotten location.

This is why bookmarking every modified key is necessary. Still, do not just bookmarking it. Give it a name. If you hack your placesbar then give the tweaked key the appropriate name. This bookmarking allows you to go to the needed key just by typing the name of the modification.


Do not forget to always back up any modification you make on any registry key. This will ensure your system can get back to work properly when something goes wrong with one of your registry modifications.

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Windows Software Buzz, At 11:58 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Clear All Text Formats of A Document At Once

Imagine this, you are in a situation when for some reason you need to totally re-format a long text document. This document has a lot of text formats such as italic, bold, and the like everywhere. What will you do?

Normally, people will remove all the formats one by one. An advanced Microsoft Word user may use advanced technique of finding and removing these formats at once. What many still do not know is actually this problem can be solved in a very simple way.

1. Open your text document
2. Copy all and paste it to Notepad.
That's it. All the formats are removed automatically once you paste the document into Notepad. Copy the result and re-paste it into your word processor. Do not forget to save it.

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Windows Software Buzz, At 11:52 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


How to Change Windows XP Drive Letter

I remember that one of my friends once asked how to change his Windows XP drive letter. He wanted to do that because when he added a new partition it showed up below his CD-ROM drive letter. It was a surprising for me since his friend, the guy who make the new drive partition for him, did not know how to do it. He could use Partition Magic to make a partition but not knowing how to change the drive letter?

At first I thought it was a little strange. Only after I found that another friend of mine did not know how to hibernate his Windows then I realized that still many Windows user out there are only familiar with Windows to some casual extent. Like typing, for instance.


Actually , changing drive letter is really easy. All you have to do is right-clicking on My Computer icon and select Manage to bring up the Computer Management window. Find the option Disk Management located on the left panel and click it. On the right panel, right-click the partition or the removable drive you want to change the letter and select Change Drive Letter and Paths... from the menu.


After that you should see a small windows shows up. Press the Change, then do the following instructions until the new letter is assigned to the drive. To get it completed you should ignore, on your own risk, the warning that comes up by pressing the OK button. Open your explorer to see that the drive's letter has changed.

Windows Software Buzz, At 11:44 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


6 Sexiest Ways to Pimp Windows XP Right-Click Menu to Access Files Faster

How many times do you use the right-click menu? That's the question I think there is no need to answer. What needs to be asked is how can I extend the menu's functionalities so I can access files faster? Read below to find it out!

6 - Add the Favorites function



Bring the Favorites feature into your right-click menu with Folder Guide and you will never move your mouse again to the place. It becomes easier and faster to reach. What is much better is that this freeware works in save/open dialog. The folder picking process is simple as well. Just right-click on any folder and select the option Add to Folder Guide.

5 - Hack Your Open With Menu with Open Expert



Open Expert allows you to control the open-with. Add or delete any program shortcut you want. Manage the order, or add a shortcut only for certain file types or all. This is a very handy program since a computer user tends to have more than one program to open a file type.

4 - Add A Temporary Storage for Copy, Move, And Paste Files



PikyBasket lets you to copy files from different folders across multiple drives into a container before finally you move or paste them all into other folders. If you do not want to paste them all, then select the ones you need to. The container can be emptied automatically after copying.

3 - Add A New Panel for A Selected Folder



I have a library data in which I collect and organize thousand files as my information source. This makes FolderBox becomes another handy utility since it makes me possible to open a selected folder in a new panel located in the bottom of the left panel. Moreover, you can browse folders in five tabs within this additional panel.

2 - Differentiate Important Folders with Colors



iColorFolder is what you really need if you unable to locate the target folder immediately among others. You can colorize any folders with it.

1 - Totally Tweak Your Right-Click Menu



If many of your installed program integrate some commands to the right-click menu, it will get too crowded and look cluttered. You're lucky if the programs give you options to manage the commands, but what if not? Use Mmm Free. With this freeware, you will be able to hide or group all the standard and additional commands within the right-click. Another free utility I recommend is Glary Utilities. Though it is a package of system optimization tools, it has a feature to completely hide the commands selected without making the right-click menu loads slower.

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Windows Software Buzz, At 10:17 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Favorite Firefox Wallpapers

These guys are not just playing with their design tools, or showing you how good their design skills are, or how wild their imagination can travel to design things. They show you their support to Firefox. Even some of them, as you can see from some of their creations below, strongly express their Firefox spirit.

I myself a big fan of Firefox. I hardly use other browsers. Only if there is a new one comes up then I try to use it for a couple of time just to know how it works. The wallpapers collected here is only a way for me to make another contribution to support Firefox and spreading its usage. I am a very picky person when I have to put things on my computer and I think all the wallpapers below are very good.

























Windows Software Buzz, Saturday, September 15, 2007 At 10:51 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


A Free Package of System Optimization Tools: Glary Utilities

The interface design looks appealing and promising when I first installed this freeware. The first impression I got at it just the same as the one I got when installing Ccleaner.

This app lets you to clean disk and registry, remove broken shortcuts, uninstall unnecessary softwares, manages startup items, optimize memory performance, manage context menu items, analyzing each disk space usage, find duplicate files and empty folders, split large files and join them, monitor running processes, and access several built-in Windows utilities that useful in keeping system stable and run smoothly directly in one place.

Some extra features it offers useful in keeping our files save which include file shredder to erase files permanently using a method developed by US Department of Defense, restoring hijacked IE setting and manage its add-ons, file encrypter and decrypter, and computer activity tracking eraser.

Publisher: Glarysoft
License: Free for private use
OS supported: Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/NT/Vista

Windows Software Buzz, Thursday, September 13, 2007 At 10:27 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


How to Check All Drives's Capacity At Once

Usually, we look at the properties of a drive which can be accessed by right-clicking it to check its capacity. Within this window we are able to see information on how much the free and used capacity along with other additional information.

May be I check individual drive many times so that I just remember yesterday that actually there is a fast and easy way to see all the drives's capacities at once without having to right-clicking each drive.

And here is how:
1. Open My Computer
2. Select all drives you want.
3. Right-click and select Properties.

By applying this tip, the properties of all drive are shown in multiple tabs. Each tab represents a drive.

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How to Launch Files, Folders, and Applications Fast Without Installing Any Additional Software

Think before you install a new software for launching files, folder, or/and applications. The more weight, the slower your system run. Not to mention the possibility to get it crashes with another already installed application, or another next new one. And when the crash really happens, is the error information provided enough for you to decide which program should be removed?

My point is, do not overload your system with a program offering features that you can have them with a little tweaking that everyone can easily do. For example, application "launcher". Do you know that this fast "launching" can be done simply through your Run dialog box? If you still do not know it yet, here I will show you how.

1. Copy any files, folders, and applications you want. As long as they are located in one place or one folder, you can copy them all at once.
2. Open the Windows directory (the location depends on which partition you install Windows, but usually it is c:/Windows).
3. Right-click on any empty part of the right pane and choose "Paste shortcut".
4. For standard Windows that has not been tweaked, normally all shortcuts have two additional words, they are "Shortcut to...". For easier launching, rename each to the original or shortener name. For example, "Shortcut to Data" to "data" only. This way you are able to launch them simply by typing their original names. Shorten the long ones to one word.

I tested this trick to open folders with my favorite QTTabBar, and it works perfectly! Each folder open as a new tab. I know that QTTabBar itself has an advanced folder launcher. But to open a single folder as a new tab you need to make a new group with the folder as its only member. Unless you want to make QTTabBar's groups look cluttered with so many groups, use the tip above.

So, unless a launcher does not provide additional worthful features, keep your system away from it. Thanks to Destinyking, one of Tech-Buzz's readers, for this tip.

Update: For files and applications, also remove the extensions to get this trick works. For example, replace ccleaner.exe with ccleaner only. The easiest way to do this is to activate the option "hide extensions for known file types" in Folder Option.

Windows Software Buzz, Tuesday, September 11, 2007 At 10:55 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Open Multiple Files and Folders At Once with SmartClose

Windows, Free - What is so smart from SmartClose is not how it closes all the running applications, but how it records them as a single file or profile that later can be re-activated.

Let's say you have active screen capturer, windows explorer with multiple folders opened using QTTabBar, and Microsot Word. Close them using SmartClose, pick the option to create a system snapshot file, save the file under a name, and click the Ok button to go. After that, it is possible for you to restore all the saved files and folders at once with the same position just as before they were closed.

If you don't intend to close, you still can have the snapshot file by only ticking the option to create a record. I found SmartClose can be very helpful if you often run some task requiring several files and folders to run together regularly.

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Windows Software Buzz, Saturday, September 8, 2007 At 9:59 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Let's Compress PDF to the Smallest Size

PDF Compressor is a Windows freeware that lets you to compress PDF documents by removing some unnecessary elements. It offers two compression algorithms, Flate and RunLength, and the possibility to decompress what you have compressed before.


To see how far its compression's capability can go, I tried to compress a PDF document containing a lot of images using the maximum level and Flate algorithm. The result, first ebook's 18,350KB down to 17,253KB with no significant change in page elements quality. The compression process itself ran relatively fast.

This tiny software is good enough when you need to, for example, transfer or upload a pdf file to an online storage. Combined with other compression softwares like IZARC or ZIPGenius, you will be able to get the smallest size so it can be transferred faster.

Still, use it cautiously. Whenever possible, always check the compressed pages to see if you loose anything too much, and backup first.

Windows Software Buzz, Wednesday, September 5, 2007 At 10:11 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


The Fastest Way to Change File Extension

To make my files look uncluttered, I hide the file extension. Consequently, I had to go to the Folder Option menu to show it up again every time I needed to change an extension. Impractical, wasn't it? So it was quite a big hand for me when I discovered this Extension Changer.

With this tiny software for Windows user, all you've got to do is right-clicking any file you want to change the extension, select the option Edit the extension to pop up a mini dialog window, and type the extension you demand for. That's it.
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Two Killer Free Alternatives to Commercial Screen Capturers

Screenshot Captor is a Windows software you don't need to spend a dime to use for, yet its features offer sophistication of some of the commercials have. Sure it still can't beat the excellence and completeness of the features of the giant SnagIt, but it is the best choice for a user with the need of more than "screen capturing" yet can't afford the SnagIt's or other similar sharewares's price.

So, what can you get from this screen capturer?

Beside standard capturing features, it has some notable instruments. The first reason I use this is its ability to capture scrolling windows, a feature that even some sharewares don't have. Next is the possibility to use delayed capturing--meaning that the capturing begins after a pre-defined delay period, and automatic capture timer to capture several images repeatedly without user intervention.

Screenshot Captor comes equipped with autosaving capability. Still, try to activate the option Show Post Capture PopUp Options. It pops up a resizable small preview window every time an image captured. After checking how an image looks like, you can do an appropriate action from this dialog, including saving, printing, giving a name instead of the automatic name or creating the image thumbnail.

In its main window, several effects can be applied to the image such as giving shadows or borders. The most interesting effect is probably what you can do with the blur options. See the pictures below to see what I mean.



Adding objects like arrow in conjunction with caption or embedded text is good to serve as additional explanatory element. Other shapes are available as well. Furthermore, it lets you to enhance the look of an image by giving frames or masks.

PicPick, still for Windows user, on the other hand, offers portability with its small size and its presence as a single file that doesn't require any installation.

This elegant application is a good choice for anyone who only need to do a little editing after capturing, or for they who demand simplicity in operation and interface so that the work can be done faster. Speaking about fast, user can do all the capturing actions and launch the tools provided by using customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Despite its simplicity, you have eight capturing modes available: full screen, active window, a user defined rectangular region, fixed region, freehand capture, capture window control, web page, and repeat last capture.

Every screenshot taken can be saved as BMP, JPG, PNG, or GIF. The saving process itself can go through four different ways for usage flexibility. Edit the image before saving, copy to clipboard to be pasted on another application, automatic saving, or it can be set to manually give a name for saving.

What about the image editing tools? Don't expect for a great list. It has only some basic instruments, including three shapes (rectangular, ellipse, and rounded rectangle), ability to insert text and images, to polish an image using several effects, resizer, cropper, rotater, brusher or pencil.

Almost everything works fine when I try this software. Everything but the web page capturer. It works only for IE. I really hope Firefox will be supported on the next version.

And by the way, before I forget, both softwares reside in the tray area and support dual monitors.

Windows Software Buzz, Monday, September 3, 2007 At 11:36 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Incredible Wallpapers Supply - Day 1

Here you are wallpapers I think are impressive, amazing, astonishing, or whatever you name it. I love watching wallpapers. I often minimize all my active application to watch my current wallpaper when I start feeling a little tired with my work.

Even though only high quality wallpapers I post here, I won't claim they are the best wallpapers as there are a huge number of them on the web. Still, they are worthy downloading.

LemonGras_SYM

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Dark Tiger HD

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Higher Wallpaper

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Waiting...

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Africa

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Windows Software Buzz, At 10:42 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Five Ways to Open Firefox Tabs Quickly

1. If you want to open a new tab, use this shortcut key: Ctrl + T.

Say you are opening many tabs that makes some of them are automatically hidden. You have to scroll left to find and click the first tab to open it. Now, use one of four tricks below to open your tab faster.

2. Click the down arrow icon located on the right corner of tab bar. A list of opened tabs will be displayed. Click any item you want to open.

3. Install Tab Mix Plus. Then, open the option menu and click Tab Bar menu. Find when tabs don't fit width, click the arrow to display the item listed and choose Multi-row. Below the option you will see Max. number of rows to display. Set a number.

With this configuration, tabs that don't fit width of the tab bar are displayed in other rows. You can, therefore, easily and quickly find all tabs. Explore this extension features to get more on tweaking Firefox tab.

4. Use Ctrl + (1 to 8) to select a tab based on its position on tab bar. For example, press Ctrl + 1 to open the first tab, and Ctrl + 3 to open the third.

What about the Ctrl + 9? It is used to open the last tab, not the ninth one.
What if I open, let's say, 10 ? How do I open the tenth? You can use the following tips.

5. Use Ctrl + Page Down to go to the next tab, and Ctrl + Page Up to go to the previous.

Windows Software Buzz, At 10:38 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


Detect Fake Email in Your Inbox

An email arrived from Paypal informing that you have to clarify your personal information, including user name and password, for some security reason. You click the link provided, then typing the information requested and send them. A few hours later, suddenly you can't access the account. Or say you can, but nothing is left. You are broke.

The above short story is only a simple example to show how phishing works. A phisher sends fake email pretending from a big company, ask you to fill information about an account to steal your money.

Checking the email originality from analyzing the email header is not a method everyone know. Luckily, a software labeled Iconix solves the problem in an easy way.

How it works?
With Iconix installed, incoming email is verified for its authenticity. When the verification result is positive, email is checked against the list of registered senders with Iconix, Inc. Then, after everything is passed successfully, the email is displayed with a check-lock icon.

As you can see in the picture, Truemark certificate for the sender shows up when you mouse over the check-lock.

There are over 300 websites registered currently. You can request new websites to be added in the list.

Iconix eMail ID works with Internet Explorer 5.0+, Internet Explorer 7 RC 1, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and Windows® XP/2000. It is free for consumers.
[ Iconix ]

Windows Software Buzz, Saturday, September 1, 2007 At 9:14 AM - Permalink | Post a Comment


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