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Tools - Part IV - Apr 2012

Tools Part IV - April 11, 2012

Best e-book Management Tool

calibre e-book reader manager (Adobe Digital Edition sucks, needs registration, is bloated)

Can use this to download newspapers from all over the world ... for free!   v0.8.45


Best Free Desktop Search Utility

Everything search tool     -> finds filenames almost instantaneously

Free Full-Text Search Program for Windows (warn about ultraSearch as a separate product with hidden files)  -> looks inside files too


Diskspace Manager

Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

TreeSize Free is a free disk space manager for Windows. The software shows you the sizes of folders including all subfolders.

currently v2.7



Browser Sandbox

"Within the virtual sandbox provided by Sandboxie, your browsing (or other activities that you sandbox) are totally isolated from the vital portions of your PC. Any virus, trojan, worm, spyware or adware threats that 'infected' your PC while browsing will be eliminated.

It can cause problems on some PCs, so backup before installing.


Microsoft download from The Garage: Mouse without Borders


Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover

Kaspersky TDSSKiller  v2.7.26

Anti-rootkit aswMBR 0.9.8


Audio section

Best Free Audio Editor

Audacity v2.0

Even before the update, it scored a rare 10/10 in reviews

New features: equalization, noise removal and normalize, vocal remover

"It does all the recording and editing I need, and is much simpler and faster to use than a lot of pay products. It easily applies noise profiles and saves in multiple compressed formats."


Atmosphere ( Ambient Soundscape Generator ) allows you to turn your PC into a complete nature sound environment generator. No experience of sound editing is required and you can have your first soundscape running within seconds. Create your own relaxation CDs, sound effects for video or webpages, or just sit back and relax to the realtime natural sounds though your hifi, headphones or PC speakers.

Streamwriter - Internet Radio Stream Player/Recorder/Searcher v4.0.0.1 (also a portable version, both version are just 2M zipped, 4M exe)

There are many free players and apps for streaming internet radio stations, but this one blows them all away.

First, Streamwriter is a pretty good internet radio player with an inbuilt, categorised list of stations. So whether you want Celtic, rock, classical or anything else, just pick from the list and start downloading.

Second, Streamwriter can record what you're listening to, straight to an MP3 file. Actually, if you want to, you can record up to 10 stations at once.

Finally, Streamwriter has a programmable search facility that's absolutely amazing. Want to download lots of Beatles tracks? Fancy a copy of Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman? Just type a search phrase into the Wish List box, then leave the program to do the rest. It'll keep a constant eye on all the stations it knows about, and record the songs if/when they come up.

Note: default setting is to record, change that to listen


Lite (Free)

Best Free Streaming Media Recorder

Jing -

Mac and PC versions

Take Screenshots: Capture an image of what you see on your computer screen

Record Screencasts: Record up to 5 minutes of onscreen video

Collaborate: Jing’s older siblings – Snagit and Camtasia - are great for editing and enhanced sharing


--- Misc section

Hard Disk Space Finders. My New Top Choice

Treesize Free



In tools 1, Jacques showed you StarCalc, this blows that one away :)

Stellarium is a "planetarium for your computer," giving you a 3D view of the sky. You can look at constellations (for 12 cultures), planets and their satellites, galaxies, and a host of visualizations, among many other things.  v0.11.2

Stellarium is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.



Duplicate message removal tool  - Mozilla  - Outlook


Disabled Profile Manager

copy profiles even if COPY button greyed out (great to update default user profile)

Windows Enabler 1.1



Backup software

NTBackupRestore_x86.msi - Utility for restoring backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

NTBackupRestore_Win64.msi to computers running Windows Vista and Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008.

Ver 1.0 Dated: Mar 27/08 (32 bit 829k, 64 bit 886k)


Auslogics Disk Defrag

KDiff3 - Mac and 3-way ->

EverNote - share notes, images, voice, photos etc. On web (simple), or PC/Mac (60M d/l) or phone/tablet

Universal Net Boot Installer Readme.txt - create bootable flash drive from ISO

PCI recovery -> two types: NTFS and flash media (I previously showed one, now show the other)

no script add-on for FireFox - improves security while browsing


Types of Backup Software : What’s the difference between Disk Imaging, File Based Backup, or Synchronization, and which should I use?

Best Free Drive Imaging Software

Product ScreenshotParagon Backup and Recovery Free --

EaseUS® Todo Backup Free 3.5

Best Free Drive Imaging Program (better than paragon)

Macrium Reflect Free Information

Version: 5.0.4368

Size: 30.7MB

Date: 29 March 2012

MD5 Hash: 3A4D915608AB95F71951E68E10DA7CFA

Auto 32/64 detect


Best Free Partition Manager

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

EASEUS Partition Master (Home Edition)

Paragon Partition Manager 11 Free Edition


Best Free File Comparison Utility


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