Archive for March, 2007

Like having 101 little helpers

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

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101 Clips is a slick multiple-item clipboard application that allows you to keep track of up to 25 items that you have cut- or copied to the clipboard. To use it, you just start it up and minimize the app, and it just waits for you to clip images. To paste an item that you’ve saved to the clipboard, you restore the app and then pick your item from the list that pops up. You can grab your entire screen as an image, select the active window, or even choose just a single picture from a web page.

Behind the scenes, 101 Clips uses the Windows clipboard, writing images off temporarily to your hard drive, and retrieving them as needed for pasting.

101 Clips is compatible with any version of Windows from Win95 through Vista.

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Recover Deleted Files

Friday, March 30th, 2007

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SoftPerfect File Recovery is a useful application that helps with the "oops" moment, right after you empty your Windows Recycle Bin, when you know you need to get that important file back.

With SoftPerfect File Recovery, you can un-delete files on both NTFS and FAT volumes and restore them to your system. The application works with compressed and encrypted volumes, supports other media as well, allowing you to recover files from thumb drives, ZIP disks, and most other storage media.

With a small footprint, and no installer, SoftPerfect File Recovery will run on any Windows system from Win95 up through Vista.

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Tremulous

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

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Whether you're a Human or an Alien, you'll enjoy Tremulous, an exciting multi-player first-person shooter that incorporates elements of real-time strategy. Based on Quake 3, the goal in Tremulous, of course, is to wipe out the opposition. This is accomplished not only through killing them, but also by destroying their "spawn structures," effectively keeping them from replenishing their ranks.

Humans advance by receiving credits that allow them to purchase new weapons and upgrade their arsenals, while Alians evolve into new classes of beings, each more powerful than the last. Start as a Dretch and do your job well and you may soon evolve into a Basilisk, Marauder, or Tyrant. The game ends when all players on a team have been killed and all of their buildings have been destroyed.

Tremulous is a free, open source project that is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. With a large support community and an active forum, there is a lot of interest in this exciting, award-winning game.

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PSPad: A text editor and more

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

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PSPad is a free text and code editor, with surprisingly many features for a free application. Along with its text editing capabilities, PSPad allows you to work with multiple documents simultaneously, features a fully-integrated hex editor, and has a smart spell-check tool that checks only your text (separate download necessary for dictionaries), and doesn't tell you that "href" and "iframe" are spelled incorrectly.

PSPad comes with templates for commonly-used languages, such as HTML, PHP, Perl, and others, and includes language-sensitive highlighting. It includes an FTP client, macro recording- and playback capabilities, and allows you to diff files, with color-coded highlights for your comparisons. PSPad cn integrate with any compiler, and features an output window to catch compiler messages.

A number of extensions are also available for download that enhance the abilities of PSPad even further. Installation is not necessary; the entire application can be unpacked in any directory and run as-is.

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Cobian Backup: It’s hard to forget to back your system up

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

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Do you back up regularly? You know that you should, but you just don't get around to it, and then, well, you know what happens.

Cobian Backup is a versatile open source application that will allow you to easily schedule backups to a different directory on your system, another location on your network, or even to upload via FTP to a remote server. Rather than using a complicated compression scheme, Cobian Backup simply copies files and folders in their original form. Cobian Backup can be run as an application, or as a service on your Windows box, keeping an eye on your schedule and backing up as necessary. The application writes to a log file that can be examined locally, or you can email it to a yourself or another location so that you can always keep an eye on your backups.

Cobian Backup uses .ini files instead of Registry entries (except those necessary to run as a service), meaning that your system doesn't get all cluttered up. Cobian Backup runs on Windows systems under NT, 2000, and XP; the author reports running into some issues under Vista.

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Create time-lapse movies on Mac

Monday, March 26th, 2007

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Gawker allows you to create time-lapse movies from a webcam. Set Gawker to snap a picture every five or ten seconds to record relatively faster events, or set it to a longer interval to watch grass grow or paint dry without all that pesky sitting-there while it happens.

With Gawker, you can also capture images from up to four cameras simultaneously, giving you a binocular (quadocular?) view of your subject, as well as streaming your images so that others can view and record them.

An open source project hosted at sourceforge, Gawker is only available for Mac and requires Tiger (OS X 10.4).

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DatePad makes it easy to track your progress and organize your work

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

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DatePad is a cross between a calendar and a text editor. You can use it to enter free-form comments and tie them back to a specific date. Use it as a diary, or to track progress on a project. You can search across days for text, so you don't have to remember which day you entered the information about widgets to be able to find it.

The main window consists of a tree on the left where you can browse to a specific date or time, and a large text-entry area on the right, where you can add huge amounts of text. It's easy to time-stamp your entries, inserting day, date, or time information. The application supports multiple documents, so that you can have separate calendars/journals for different projects, or separate personal and business lists.

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SysTray Timer is a reminder with a difference

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

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There are plenty of applications out there that will sound an alarm for you. Here's one that will actually do something for you.

SysTray Timer is a little application that sits in your System Tray and starts a program on your machine after a pre-set interval. Need to check your email every half hour, but don't want to keep your email client running all the time? Set SysTray Timer to open Outlook or Eudora, or any other app, every thirty minutes, and it will remember to do that for you. If you prefer, SysTray Timer can also be set to run your app just once after a desired period of time. You can optionally set SysTray Timer to start automatically whenever Windows starts up.

Completely self-contained, there is no installer to fuss with, and no DLLs scattered around your hard drive. System requirements are minimal: SysTray Timer will run on a '486 machine, so virtually anybody can use it.

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Batch File Modifier saves time with file changes

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

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Batch File Modifier does exactly what the name says: it enables you to modify attributes, time stamps, and text for a "batch" of files, all at once.

With Batch File Modifier you can also run HTML Tidy, the code-validation tool, on selected files, and build complied HTML help files. The interface is straightforward and easy to use. Click a radio button here and choose a folder there and you'll be processing multiple files in no time. You can build filters so that you modify only selected files, or you can select a folder and tweak all of its files. A checkbox allows you to include subfolders in your "batch" of files to process as well.

Batch File Modifier is only slightly more than 500KB in size, so it doesn't take-up a lot of space, and it will run on Win98 and later.

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Scaletron cuts your images down to size

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

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Resizing images while keeping their height- and width proportional can be a challenge. If you're creating a web page or posting to a blog and have a 350-pixel wide graphic and only a 200-pixel wide slot for it, how tall does the resized image need to be to maintain the proper aspect ratio? Enter Scaletron, the scaling calculator.

Scaletron will take the information you have–original height and width and desired new width, for example–and tell you what the new height needs to be, as well as reporting this increase- or decrease in size as a percentage. Or you can enter the original height and width values and enter a percentage to change, and get back the new height and width values. There is an option to get the effective resolution of your newly-resized image as well.

Scaletron runs on any version of OS X, and there is an older version available for users still running version 9 (or earlier) of MacOS.

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