Best FREE Software (Used and Rated by Loungers)

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Rudi wrote:I do a LOT of screen captures in my daily work... I have gone through several freeware screen captors and a few stand out as excellent. This one however I'd like to streess due to its editor. It has the perfect set of arrows, text boxes and annotation features to add to the screenshot...VERY good pick!

See here: http://www.screenpresso.com/
Rudi,
This site apparently has a poor WOT rating, based on user ratings?
Any idea why?
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Edited to add: I went back to try again and this time it came up without any bad WOT rating. Don't know why or reasons.
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Hmmm, that's strange, Bob. I get a "green" when I go there.

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Rudi wrote:(...) This one however I'd like to streess due to its editor. It has the perfect set of arrows, text boxes and annotation features to add to the screenshot...VERY good pick!

See here: http://www.screenpresso.com/
However, it appears that editing is limited in the free version: you can edit a screenshot only once, and effects such as drop shadows are not available. You need to buy the Pro version for those...
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FWIW, I was surprised to find that Win 7 has a built in snipping tool. I've used it only a couple of time to do screenshots and haven't explored it fully.
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HansV wrote:
Rudi wrote:(...) This one however I'd like to streess due to its editor. It has the perfect set of arrows, text boxes and annotation features to add to the screenshot...VERY good pick!

See here: http://www.screenpresso.com/
However, it appears that editing is limited in the free version: you can edit a screenshot only once, and effects such as drop shadows are not available. You need to buy the Pro version for those...
That is true, but screenshots tend to have a short lifespan. You take a screenshot, edit it and then publish or use it. Its not like a piece of art or an image that needs continued development. Drop shadows (which actually are picture borders - not shadow options behind the arrows and annotations) too are only a nice to have addition that personally i do not need. Hint: If you need drop shadows and borders, you can add those within Outlook or Word from the picture effects.

All in all...a very nice user friendly screenshot capturer with the best annotation tools I have seen. (The limitations are hardly noticed!!!)
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BobH wrote:FWIW, I was surprised to find that Win 7 has a built in snipping tool. I've used it only a couple of time to do screenshots and haven't explored it fully.
The snipping tool is great for quick screen shots and VERY basic annotation. Its convenient but if you use screenshots daily for support or publications you would tend to want something that offers a bit more than the snipper!
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Rudi wrote:Drop shadows (which actually are picture borders - not shadow options behind the arrows and annotations) too are only a nice to have addition that personally i do not need.
Ah - I hadn't seen that, I thought they meant shadow effects for arrows and annotations.
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Here is a quick sample of the annotations...
Note: There are many more customization's in the menu and all the items have shadow options that also can be customized.
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That looks good!
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Add Chrome-style tabs to Windows Explorer

Clover adds Chrome-style tabs to Windows Explorer and allows you to quickly switch between multiple folders. The Clover tabs blend nicely with the standard Explorer window and feel like a natural addition. You can re-arrange tabs by simply dragging them into place, pin tabs so that they're always accessible. Clover also adds a bookmark bar to the Explorer window that you can use to quickly open frequently used folders or websites with the click of a button.

Pretty useful and avoids having to open multiple explorer windows...

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If you had to manually edit an XML document which (free) application would you use?

I guess it would need to have error highlighting for mismatched tags and inconsistent spelling, but also a way of entering expressions such as XPath?
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I don't dabble a lot in raw xml, but i have briefly used apps like NotePad ++, Easy XML Editor and Firstobject XML editor. (I just opened and reviewed these apps...no hardcore coding :))

There is a lot of editors out there...It may just involve some downloads and tryouts to find the one that's most suited to you!
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Thank you @Rudi
It seems there are quite a number of similarly featured tools. I'll have a look at XML Notepad 2007 firstly. But I'm not heavily involved with XML so my interest might wane quite quickly :)
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Don't know if it is common knowledge but DropBox has increased it's upload size of files to 250 MB for the unpaid version however it seems -from their forum- many are still looking for more capacity. Pity they have not come across https://www.wetransfer.com/ which is free and has a max of 2GB per upload. Just tried it and if one is using Broadband both the upload the download times are less than five mins for a 278 MB file. :cheers: Dave.

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Microsoft Expression Web and Expression Design are "all free today!"
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Don't know if this freebie has been posted before but it looks interesting for any who want to Merge / Split /Edit out sections etc of videos.....http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/idoo-vi ... the+Day%29
Only free till midnight today....Cheers Dave.

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Dave Davison wrote:Don't know if this freebie has been posted before but it looks interesting for any who want to Merge / Split /Edit out sections etc of videos.....http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/idoo-vi ... the+Day%29
Only free till midnight today....Cheers Dave.
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A neat little app to enhance ones File Explorer context menu is FilerFrog. It contains some nifty options for common file tasks all in one sub-menu. Some of the common options are:
  • Extract From Folder, Extract To Folder
  • Copy/Move
  • Delete Empty Files\Folders
  • Copy Path to Clipboard
  • Split and Join
  • List of Files
  • Encrypt/Decrypt
  • Rename Operations
  • Image Manipulation
See features here: http://www.filerfrog.com/features.html
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Hi,

I just found this "forum" while posting a request.

If this has not already been posted:
To keep passwords (& also in a portable means)
http://keepass.info/
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Seeing that we end up with so many p/wrds these days & the gurus advise not to use the same p/wrd in other logins etc.
you can append notes describing what the p/w is securing.
Also good to be used as a repository for applications that you've developed and deployed: forgetting the p/wrd to an MS Access Back-End for an installation done a few years ago is both embarrassing & a nightmare!

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A great site for finding freeware, it's HERE that I have found most of the free programmes I have at one time or another installed on my computer. I check it fairly regularly and today I found Caesium - Image Compressor.

As you can see in the first screenshot, the compression quality has been set to 50 and the resizing has been set to one-half resulting in a reduction in size of some 171.73 Kb yet without much noticeable difference between the two images.
Screenpresso_01.jpg
This is the image before resizing and compression:
Image_089.jpg
This is the image after resizing and compression:
Image_089_compressed.jpg
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