Monday, March 30, 2009
Recover closed applications.
- Click the X or press Alt-F4 to close an application
- To recover, rightclick the tray icon and choose an application
- Doubleclick the tray icon to recover all applications
- If not restored, it is gone in 60 seconds
Continuing with my writing about only Donation Coder apps (what? you though i was done?) is GoneIn60s, this small and portable utility can recover closed apps from the system tray if they were closed using the big X or Alt + F4, after 60 seconds they are lost for good. What makes GoneIn60s useful is that it keeps programs in the memory even if they were closed, pretty handy if you were working in a Word document or something like that. GoneIn60s is a pretty nice app that is simple to use, try it if you want. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#GoneIn60s
Recently i have noticed that i have what Google calls "followers", now this is funny because i don't remeber starting a cult or anything like that recently. Anyway i added a little gadget to my blog in which you can see all of my loyal followers, it can also be used for joining the Elite Freeware's movement so feel free to throw away your free will and join us. It's nice down here, Oh yeah sorry for the lack of frequent updates recently, i just entered college again.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Eject removable drives by doubleclicking in a list of drives.
If you want a quick menu in which you can quickly eject/retract your drives then Removable is a pretty good option. This portable utility allows you to eject a drive by simply double clicking it's name. In addition Removable shows extra info like the drive's free space, capacity, file system, Etc. Removable could prove useful if you would like to eject your discs quickly. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#Removable
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sends Alt-Tab when the mouse is on the left edge of the screen.
AltEdge is a nifty portable app that can show the Alt-tab menu using only the mouse, all you have to do is to hover your mouse to left edge of your screen and AltEdge will cycle between windows. Then you can simply move your mouse away to select the window that you want up front. AltEdge works pretty well so try it if you don't want to Alt-Tab with your keyboard. Available for all versions of Windows.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#AltEdge
Monday, March 23, 2009
Dim the whole screen.
- Change the brightness by selecting a `% in the tray menu.
- Or use the hotkeys Ctrl++ and Ctrl+-.
- Change hotkeys using Settings in the tray menu.
- Doesn't work properly with video windows.
If you want a quick way of dimming your screen then DimScreen gets the job done rather easily, this portable app works in the system tray allowing you to choose a dim percentage. You can also use hotkeys for the same effect tough i found the default ones unworkable so i changed them in the settings menu. DimScreen does what it says so try it if you are interested. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#DimScreen
Friday, March 20, 2009
Automatically activates a window or a control when the mouse hovers over it, or autoclick if the mouse is left in the same place for 1 second.
- Edit the ini-file to change the settings.
- Activate a window or a control.
- Move the mouse to the upper left corner of the screen to show or hide the desktop.
- Move the mouse to the top edge of the screen to send the active window to the back.
- Move the mouse to the left edge of the screen to bring the bottommost window to the top
- Enable and disable by doubleclicking the tray icon.
If you are feeling lazy or you just want to decrease your clicking rate MouseActivate might be the answer. This simple and portable app can do a bunch of windows related tasks ommiting clicking on items entirely, for starters it can activate windows by hovering the mouse pointer on top of them and can show the desktop by pointing the mouse to the upper left corner of the screen. If you have more than one window open MouseActivate can send the active window to the back of the desktop and up in front again by placing the mouse pointer on the top the screen and the left edge respectively, all of this is pretty handy if you work with a lot of windows open. MouseActivate can autoclick stuff (off by default) if you leave your mouse on a single point long enough, i dunno why would someone would want to use this feature but it's nice that it's there. MouseActivate works pretty well and is easy to use, so i would recommend it if you are interested in less clicking. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#MouseActivate
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am not sure if any you heard or care at all but recently Donation Coder hit it's fundraising goal of 8000 dollars and that makes me happy. I am not sure if i managed to get any of you my dear readers to donate at all with my posting of only Donation Coder apps, probably not (if i am wrong let me say thank you so much to everyone who donated). However if you didn't donate and have a few bucks laying around you can still donate to the site by simply going to the main page since they still accept donations. For my part i will keep writing about programs that can be found there thorough all of march. Also visit Donation Coder if you have some spare time, the chances that you will find a free program there that will catch your eye are rather high in my opinion.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Detach embedded videos from your tabbed browser and show them in a window of their own.
DetachVideo is a small and portable utility that can actually detach videos that you are watching in your browser and place into it's own window which is pretty cool. All you have to do is to put your mouse over a video and press the hotkey (by default F12) so that the video player can be separated, after that the video will act like any other window except that it can't be resized otherwise you will probably encounter some weird glitches. To return the video to the browser all you have to is to close the detached video window. DetachVideo is an interesting app that works as intended so give it a try if you want. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#DetachVideo
Monday, March 16, 2009
DesktopCoral is an unusual program designed to "reserve" some portion of your desktop which is shielded from maximized applications.
Essentially, it acts like an invisible resizeable docking bar, which can be docked to any side of your desktop. This invisible dock acts as a barrier to maximized applications and essentially shields this area of your desktop from other applications.
Within this shielded area you might put certain application windows that you want to be always visible, or you might put one of the many desktop tools like a calendar or system information component.
If you want want a program that displays information right into your desktop to be always visible then Desktop Coral is worth a look. Basically the program will shield an area of your desktop from maximized applications making the shielded area always visible. Desktop Coral is pretty easy to use since all you have to do to shield an area is to drag a little window (second picture) to one of the four corners of your screen, you can then make the shield fully transparent and that's basically it. Desktop Coral could prove useful to people that use desktop calendars, apps that show CPU/Ram usage,Etc. Available for Windows 2000/Xp/Vista.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/desktopcoral/index.html
If you are just catching up to the blog now or if this is your first time visiting you may have noticed that i have been writing exclusively about Donation coder apps lately, this has been going on for the last two weeks and will continue thorough all of march. The reason for all of this is to showcase unnoticed apps from a great website and to perhaps get some people to donate to the site which really needs it. Anyway now i shall continue with my scheduled writing.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Disable the Close button (X) of selected windows.
My Donation Coder app of today is NoClose. I am sure most of us have accidently closed a Windows that we wanted to keep open so NoClose is a good program to prevent just that. Run it and NoClose will sit in the system tray allowing you to disable the close button of any Window by just pressing Ctrl + 1, optionally you can also press Ctrl + 2 to create a rule for a specific window that will make NoClose disable that window's close button everytime it's launched. Windows can still be closed with Alt + F4 so NoClose is not 100% foolproof but other then that little issue NoClose works pretty well and it only uses between 4 to 5MB of memory which is good. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#NoClose
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Disables mouse and keyboard input to stop toddlers messing up your PC, or to allow for cleaning.
My Donation Coder post of today is about ToddlerTrap, this small and portable utility will help you clean your keyboard or to stop annoying kids from playing with your keyboard and mouse which can potentially mess with Windows. All that ToddlerTrap does is to stop all input from the keyboard and mouse until you close the program by clicking on the "X", just be sure to move ToddlerTrap to the edge of the screen so that there's no possibility that a kid closes the program by chance. This is a useful apps that could come handy in several situations. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#ToddlerTrap
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Press Ctrl-V once to paste regularly, or twice fast to paste as text.
Continuing with my posting of only Donation Coder apps (Hopefully all my postings may persuade you to donate to the site if you can) today i bring you PlainPaste. This small and portable utility can strip text of it's formatting when pasting by simply hitting Ctrl + V twice very fast, you can paste normally just by pressing Ctrl + V once. The Window in which you need press Ctrl + V is very small tough you can adjust it by changing the "delay between double key presses" number located in the settings menu which can be accessed in the system tray icon. PlainPaste is a very good program for pasting only text. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#PlainPaste
Friday, March 6, 2009
Prevents the moving of desktop icons.
My Donation Coder app of today is DeskLock, this small and portable utility can lock down your desktop icons in their place so that they can't be moved. You can also disable right clicking on the desktop icons if for some reason you need to tough i can't think of why. Disabling or enabling DeskLock can be easily done by double clickling on it's system tray icon, there's is also a hotkey but unfortunately it can only be used to disable DeskLock which makes it less useful. The program used between 4 to 5Mb of memory on my PC which is good so you can use DeskLock constantly if you want.
In conclusion if you want to glue your desktop icons in their place then DeskLock is a pretty good way of accomplishing just that. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#DeskLock
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Hide the desktop icons when the mouse is elsewhere.
My second Donation Coder app of today is HideDesktop, what this program does is to hide your desktop icons when your mouse is not right on top of your desktop. If you have a cluttered desktop this may be a good method to at least make it seem like you have your stuff organized. You can change the hide/unhide time delay by choosing "settings" in the system tray icon and writing down your prefered time, a restart is required in order for the changes to take effect tough. HideDesktop worked pretty well and only used 5MB of memory which is pretty good so if you have any use for a program like this then give it a try. Available for all versions of Windows.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#HideDesktop
Close or kill the window under the mouse.
My self imposed challenge of only posting Donation Coder apps continues today with Kill, run Kill and a small skull will appear under your mouse which signals that you can now close any program by left clicking it with your mouse. You can also hold down CTRL and left click to "kill" a program which will end it's process which is handy for pesky software that freezes. Available for all versions of Windows.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#Kill
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Fill the screen with white color to use it as a lightbox.
The next Donation Coder app of today is White, all this program does is to display a white screen in your monitor to use as a source of light (press ESC to exit). White is probably more useful when used in conjunction with a Notebook or Netbook since those deviced probably have more chances of being placed in obscure places without any outside light sources, of course you could also use it in your desktop PC but i don't see the point unless you don't have any lightbulbs in the house. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#White
Press Shift-F1 to turn the monitor off.
My second Donation Coder program of today is PushMonitOff, this simple app will turn off your monitor using the default shift + F1 key. If that hotkey is not to your linking you can change it by selecting the settings in the system tray icon and writing your prefered combination, just look for the "button" and "modifier" lines. PushMonitOff is a simple program that works pretty well, available for all versions of Windows.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#PushMonitOff
Rightclick a file and select the contextmenu CreateShortcutThere... to choose where to place the shortcut.
The first Donation Coder program that i am gonna talk about today is CreateShortcutThere, this simple utility can install a context menu entry which you can use to quickly create shortcuts to files and choose the shortcuts location. If for some reason you don't want to use the app anymore just run CreateShortcutThere again and click on "Remove Context Menu" to delete the context menu entry. CreateShortcutThere was written at the request of a Donation Coder member which is something that still amazes me about Doco, one can request an app and people there sometimes will actually make it! Anyway CreateShortcutThere works pretty well and i think is available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#CreateShourtcutThere
Only Donation Coder apps will be posted here through all of March (or until i run out of apps to write about)
Yesterday i talked about the great Donationcoder.com and it's need for donations so in order to show you how good Donation coder really is i hereby declare that starting today i will only post programs that came from Donation Coder Through all of march or until i run out of programs to review, whichever happens first. Obviously this is a shamelessly attempt on my part to get you to donate to Donation Coder if you are able to but you can also see it as a showcase of many good apps that were made available for free and need more exposure, hopefully all of this doesn't bother all my readers too much tough if it does i am very sorry..
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Donationcoder.com the site where i have found many of the greats apps that i have featured in my blog like FAAR and WishList is having a fundraiser to help pay it's hosting expenses which are a lot, so if you have a few bucks laying around please consider making a donation to the site. Usually i wouldn't make an appeal for another site but Donation coder is special to me, it hosts a large number of good apps while also having one of the nicest communities that i have ever seen in a forum, sometimes people there will try make a program based on a request that you made which is simply awesome! I already donated and i hope that you do too if you can, Donation Coder is worth it in my opinion.
Monday, March 2, 2009
WebShot allows you to take screenshots of web pages and save them as full sized images or thumbnails. Screenshots images can be output in the JPG, GIF, PNG, or BMP formats.
WebShot is an utility for taking screenshots of whole (fully scrolled) webpages using the Internet Explorer browser. You can change how the screenshots will be taken by adjusting the browser resolution and the image resolution, by using these options is possible to capture a specific area of a site or make thumbnails of websites. You can also batch process a bunch of websites by simply placing their URL in a text file and selecting an output folder which is useful. Unfortunately WebShot doesn't come with any kind of documentation which made me stumble a little at the beginning but you'll probably get the hang of it in no time. Also while WebShot works well it lacks a lot of the features of it's paid versions which may be not so bad if you don't want any advanced features.
In conclusion WebShot it's a pretty good app for taking screenshots of websites. Available for Windows 2000/2003/XP.
Get it at http://www.websitescreenshots.com/