Windows software of the day [March 21, 2012]

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Software for March 21, 2012

WinText

Corrupted files can suck. What happens if you accidentally somehow corrupt your only draft of your essay worth 50% of your grade!? You realize that you should use Google Docs. You grab a program that extracts readable text from just about any kind of document — a program like WinText.

Try WinText both on a non-corrupted and a corrupted Word DOC file and you will see it is able to extract the text beautifully. And it’s not just Word documents it works on: anything that contains unicode characters can and will have text extracted from it by WinText.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows (unknown)

Download size: 766KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

WinText homepage

Wireless Network Watcher

If you need to quickly know how many computers/devices are on your wireless network, NirSoft’s Wireless Network Watcher may be for you. It records the number of times a machine has been seen on the network, the machine’s name, its MAC address, and a bunch more useful information.

Need to see if your phone is on the network? There’s Murata Manufacturing, right there! Your tablet? Palm, Inc is right where you expect it. Wait, where’s my server? I’ll be right back.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.4.0

Supported OS: Windows 2000/Server 2003 & 2008/XP/Vista/7

Download size:

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

Wireless Network Watcher homepage

Sizer

Some times, you need a window to be a certain size. Be it 1024×768 to make sure documents look good on small monitors or 800×600 to make sure they fit in small places like an article or documentation, it can be a hassle to resize windows to just the right size. Sizer makes resizing window easy by adding a sub-menu to the right-click context menu (the one that pops when you right-click on the minimize/maximize/close buttons) that allows you to set windows to certain predefined resolutions automatically, even moving them or using your own custom resolutions with custom shortcuts.

Note that the current stable release, v3.3, does not work on 64-bit Windows. However, developer builds that support 64-bit Windows have been released.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.4 dev 462

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 28.7KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

Sizer homepage

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17 comments

  1. Terry Nachtmerrie

    @Ashraf: No, it’s a Windows feature. You can check it out for yourselft by opening Notepad. Maximized it will have no borders, while windowing it adds borders to it. You can work around it though by creating a few custom sizes ommiting the border pixels and/or taskbar size, but taskbar- and bordersize both depend on the windowversion. Vista and 7 have larger borders and a larger taskbar as previous Windows versions.

  2. RobCr

    @AFPhys:
    I assume that the maker of the laptop had that built specially, because they felt guilty about their screen’s inadequate size.
    I doubt that you would find a general program for more normal sized computers.
    However it would be possible for another program to be running quietly hidden, that is awaiting a signal (hot key or whatever) from you.
    When it gets that signal, it could grab the handle of the active ‘form’.
    It could then show itself, and somehow you would tell it –
    up or down or left or right
    and it would move the forementioned window for you.

  3. AFPhys

    @Ashraf: @Locutus –

    Sizer is all well and good. However, I am seeking something a bit more versatile, should you run across it, I would appreciate a heads up. I had this capability with one of my old laptops, but not with this one… eg.:

    Run ProgramX in a window, but it demands a larger window to accomplish its dirty work, so certain buttons or functions are off the bottom (or right side) of the screen.

    No problem, with that laptop – if I ran the mouse to the bottom (or right) edge, and the screen would scroll up (left) and the missing buttons or features would be available. With the very small netbook screens, that capability becomes more important.

    The “MagicSizer” program I am looking for would supply that capability to the current window when I hit a key-combination, or alternatively would force that capability before I ran the program.

    Regards, and thanks for your work.

  4. Terry Nachtmerrie

    The idea behind Sizer is good, except it doesn’t work. If you switch to a size, let’s say 640×480, you’ll occupy the full screen,but, there’s still a taskbar. Also, your windowed window comes with borders, while a full screen window looses the borders. Yes, it’s only a few pixels, but on smaller screens it’s those pixels that count.

  5. njwood60

    @RobCr:
    ‘Avast has recently changed the setting for the Sandbox to run programs in the Sandbox.’
    Thanks for that advice. I did have Avast set to ‘ask’ before sandboxing but I see there are a lot more settings there now. I have turned off ‘the file prevalence / reputation is low’ as a reason to sandbox. I think that was the one that tripped up Wintext. New or unusual apps are likely to have low prevalence / reputation so can’t see that check being much use.

  6. RobCr

    @njwood60:
    ‘Not sure if Avast is just being over-cautious lately or whether there is a problem’
    Avast has recently changed the setting for the Sandbox to run programs in the Sandbox.
    That has become a pain, and actually froze my file manager.
    You can go into settings, and change it back to the way it used to be – ‘It first asks you what you wish to do’

    Rob
    PS Avast has been nagging me to upgrade the program for the last couple of days.
    I am resisting, as I am still mentally recovering from the problems that last caused.

  7. njwood60

    wintext looks like a great idea. It’s a bit light on documentation. The download zip file has two exe files: wintext.exe and wintextc.exe and no information about which one to run (or what the difference is). I couldn’t find any documentation on the developer’s site either.

    I tried running both exe files and Avast wants to run them in the sandbox. Not sure if Avast is just being over-cautious lately or whether there is a problem.

    So running in the sandbox, I found that wintext.exe is the file that you need to run. There is no installer, the program just runs.

    Seems to do what it claims on Doc files. It doesn’t seem to work with pdf files.