Extract files from setups: Universal Extractor

•February 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Often we do not want to install softwares but want to use them as portable. But we do not find a portable version. You can try using Universal Extractor to extract files from the setup. Although some softwares may not work or may not get extracted, but often it is useful.

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Download (Portable version can be downloaded from same page)

Remove password from PDF files: Freeware PDF Unlocker

•January 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ever had a PDf file from which you wanted to copy text or print it? But could not as it was password protected. Try using Freeware PDF Unlocker. I think now the latest version of the software are shareware, but here is a link to its free version which is fully functional. Link

To use it just drag the pdf file on the icon at your desktop for PDF unlocker and you will get the decrypted file automatically.

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Quick News reader/ RSS reader

•January 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

RSS Bandit

Ever wanted to read top news from your favorite newspaper, or articles from website. But you find it annoying to click and wait till the page opens get a glimpse of the news? Try RSS readers. RSS readers download the current updates and let you get the glimpse of the article without going to the page. If you want to read it in detail, you can simply click the link. I have tried many RSS readers but I find RSS Bandit as the best. The best thing about it is that I can synchronize my Google Reader with the news I read in RSS bandit.  If you want to have a feel of a newspaper, you can change its appearance.

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Google Reader

If you like online RSS reader with offline mode, try Google Reader. I find it very useful and easy to use. In case you want to use offline feature, you need to install Google Gears.

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Download website and view it offline: HTTrack

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Now this is a evil Devil thing as far as the website owner is concerned, but anyways you want to view his website offline, you want to have all the .doc, .xls, .pdf and end no. of other formats of document on the site to be on your computer? You can do this by using HTTrack. This free software lets you download everything from the site without you browsing each and every page.

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Download (The same page provides portable version also)

Color Picker: Color Cop

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Preparing a presentation and want to use a particular shade of color, but do not know the RGB (code of color)? Just download Color Cop. It lets you copy color from any thing displayed on your desktop with great precision.

colorcop

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Download portable version

Screenshot capture and editor: Screenshot Captor

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Do you want to capture screenshot, but not the entire screen but a limited area? Also, want to quickly add comments or tweak it a little like shading some area or blurring it? You need Screenshot Captor.

Key reasons why I recommend it:

Highly configurable to make it work the way you want it to; stays out of your way in the system tray.
Lots of capture modes: Multimon (multiple monitors), Desktop, Active Window, Region, Windows Object. Each mode has a hotkey for quick access.
Unique Cool Effects, including automatic active window enhancement (see pictures below).

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(For installing it portably, download the exe file, right click and extract the files using zip. It will create a folder, now you can run it portably)

Compressing utility for files with better compression than winzip: 7-zip

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 

Most of us know about this free and open source software. But for those who do not know, 7-zip is a software similar to winzip. It can create compressed files in following formats:

  • Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
  • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.

Why should I use this?

Upto 10% better compression ratio than winzip, it is free and works with almost all the compressed formats including zip, rar etc.

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Download portable version