Nov 182012
 

SnapCrab is a feature rich screenshot capture program. Other than the various capture options one can send screenshots directly to Twitter, Facebook or Evernote.

SnapCrab

SnapCrab’s interface is a simple bar. Various capture options and program settings – the gear button – are accessed on the bar or by right clicking the program’s tray icon. From left to right the bar buttons are Capture window, Capture top level window, Capture whole desktop, Capture selected area, Post (to Twitter, Facebook or Evernote), Get color code under cursor (by default RGB and Hex values are copied to the clipboard but this can be changed) and Settings. The settings include back ground options such as transparency and fill color and others like inclusion of cursor and disabling hot keys. The hot keys are Alt+Print Screen for Capture Window and Print Screen for Capture whole desktop. Settings for all other actions such as Capture selected area, Post to Facebook, Save a capture in, Post image and tweet can be configured via Details –>Hotkey.

SnapCrab’s other settings, found by clicking Details, are configuring capture output location, (image) format, name, sound, timer, ‘capture the active monitor’ and automatic shrinking or resizing of the capture.

Captures can be named in various ways. SnapCrab comes with  “SnapCrab_{title}_”yyyy”-“m”-“d”_”h”-“n”-“s”_No-“vv, “SnapCrab_”gge”-“m”-“d”(“ddd”)_”h”-“n”-“s”_No-“vv, “SnapCrab_”yy”-“m”-“d”_”h”-“n”-“s”_No-“vv, “SnapCrab_”yyyy”-“m”-“d”_”h”-“n”-“s”_No-“vv, “SnapCrab_”yyyy”-“mm”-“dd”_”hh”-“nn”-“ss”_No-“vvvv and “SnapCrab_No-“vvvv. These are listed as such with the quotes creating confusion. Most are likely obvious however v represent increments starting from 0 and gge is year.

SnapCrab

The post to Twitter option requires authenticating from within the program. Facebook and Evernote also require authentication of course however SnapCrab opens a browser instance to prompt for details.

SnapCrab hot keys can be disabled and the program can remain open but hidden by unchecking the Use Hotkeys option. In this case the program’s tray icon turns gray. SnapCrab is brought to you by the developers behind the Sleipnir browser and runs on Windows XP and newer.

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Nov 132012
 

The giveaway has now ended, winners will be contacted shortly, thanks for participating.

Comment below to win a copy of the Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard valued at $29.95!

Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard is a straightforward tool to recover deleted files and not only files – documents, photos, video or music in 100s of formats –  from an internal hard drive but also from USB flash drives, media cards and any FAT or NTFS system. It also supports recovering damaged or formatted partitions and files in them.

Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard

Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard has four methods or modes of recovering data. The first three do a specific job and a fourth uses a deep scan algorithm that is often more successful in recovering lost data. The modes are Deleted Recovery, Format Recovery, Partition Recovery and Raw Recovery.

They are described as follows:

Deleted Recovery: Recover any deleted data
Format Recovery: Recover formatted files or partition with original file name and path.
Partition Recovery: Backup, restore and recover partition table
Raw Recovery: Perform data recovery with deep scan.

The first mode is relatively quick and presents its findings – with preview where possible – and the option to choose which ones to recover.

The second will try to recover files from formatted partitions and external drives and cards.

The third, the Partition Recovery, will rebuild damaged partition tables. It will also back up and restore partition tables and scan for data in them.

The fourth and final mode, the Raw Recovery, is for ‘seriously’ damaged files and is mainly meant to be a last resort. This will take longer. For example the raw mode found over 4000 files to recover (see image below) and much like other modes categorized them by format.

Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard

A complete help page with many more screenshots can be found at http://www.any-data-recovery.com/screenshot/datarecoverystandard.html

Data Recovery Standard should run on all Windows versions.

Activation will be handled by the software author and the cnet download version should be used.

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Nov 112012
 

Wolfcoders ScreenSnag is an attractive freeware screenshot grabber.

Wolfcoders ScreenSnag

Wolfcoders ScreenSnag works by enabling or disabling a number of options via its window and then proceeding to capture. The first option is to choose the ‘Input’. Here choose one of capture window, full screen or area. The corresponding properties button is for choosing a transparency – current or clean – for the capture. The ‘Output’ is a choice between a file and the clipboard. The file option has properties for choosing the file format – png, bmp or jpg – file name and quality.

More options are available to customize the screenshot. Caption is like watermark and includes automatic text in computer name, user name, date and time. Colors and transparency for the same text as well. The caption or watermark can be placed outside or inside the screenshot.

Border and scale customize the size of the output further. The cursor can be visible or not. Timer adds a delay to complete the capture. Sound – to remind that the capture is complete – can be turned off and ScreenSnag can automatically open the capture in the default image viewer or editor.

Wolfcoders ScreenSnag

The Storage button opens the output folder and the Capture button does the actual task of grabbing the screenshot.

The program’s settings (the button to the left of  minimize) includes starting the program with the system and enabling global hotkeys, among others. The hotkeys are limited and are not configurable however (see image.)

ScreenSnag runs on XP or newer.

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Nov 072012
 

Mouse Extender is a freeware launcher for mouse users, it seems that its development has stopped but at its last or current version (1.9.9.3) it is still a useful tool.

Mouse Extender

The default method of opening the program is the middle mouse button (or the F4 key) but this can be changed via the program’s settings.

Mouse Extender can launch files, folders, programs or web sites – it features proxy support for the latter. It also comes with (double click) buttons for the system control panel, reboot, shutdown, hibernate or sleep.

Right click on the program’s interface to add shortcuts or to add a tab (see image) to organize shortcuts. Right click on an icon to edit its target – to add arguments, to change its icon or working directory. The same right click can move or send shortcuts to different tabs to reorganize them. The option to ‘Add Running Program’ makes it easy to add a shortcut from a list of open windows, to save clicks.

The exclude option is also very useful, for example adding Firefox to the exclusion list frees the middle mouse button for Firefox’s use.

If the program was being further developed one suggestion would be add captions to shortcuts since in the case of a folder one must rely on its tooltip to remember which is being launched.

When starting the program’s its update check fails, presumably because the program is not active, but this can be ignored. Mouse Extender does not require installation, it does however require .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Works on XP and newer.

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Nov 032012
 

Recently site visitor Asen (thanks Asen) alerted me that Ultimate Calendar is now freeware.

Ultimate Calendar (Version: 1.5.1.5) at its basic level is simply a calendar display – with a monthly or yearly view – but it has a fair of number settings that make it more than that. The program’s settings are accessible from the right hand side of the program with holidays and user added events, notes or ‘personal dates’ also listed under the calendar.

Ultimate Calendar

Events can be added and a sizable set of country specific holidays can be toggled on and off via ‘Dates sets’. ‘Displaying’ offers several configurable methods of showing dates, one can choose to show four digit year with %Y or numeric month with a leading zero with %M for example.

Use ‘Calendar’ to set the first day of weeks,  if needed change the weekend days from the default Saturday and Sunday, change the three row display or display weeks vertically instead of horizontally.

‘Dates list’ changes the number of rows of holidays and events on display under the calendar and can filter them from all available to those within X number of days from today’s date.

To set what is shown when the mouse hovers over Ultimate Calendar’s tray icon change the ‘Popup window’ settings. Transparency and the aforementioned events within X number of days are available here too.

‘Face’ is the place to change the theme of the program and separately colors, fonts and alignment of the events list.

It is not very obvious why ‘Priority’ is useful, when two events coincide on the same date one can change which is shown first or given priority. In my tests I added a note for a day (see November 11th in the screenshot above) and then changed the priority of ‘Notes’ to the highest level. The note I had added just showed one cell above others of the same date and when I hovered over a date on the calendar itself. ‘Limitation’ works in the same vein and lets the user hide certain elements from the events list or calendar display.

‘Plugins’ adds Julian dates and Sun and Moon information and can be configured by location, country, town, latitude and longitude.

‘Export’ has several options that include ‘Export to Excel’, ‘Save as bitmap’ and ‘Save dates list as’ Text, RTF or Text UTF-8 (Unicode). Finally ‘Program’ has the autostart with system and minimize to tray settings and ‘Language’ is the place to override the default system language. Ultimate Calendar should work on Windows 2000 and newer.

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