Windows software of the day [March 31, 2012]

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Software for March 31, 2012

Desk Media

Sometimes it can be a hassle to manage all your thumb drives. Desk Media attempts to help this by loading all your removable drives (USB thumb drives, CDs, etc) as icons on your desktop.

Desk Media works by automatically creating links when you insert media. This means that you can do all the normal drive tasks: ejection, formatting, autoplay, etc.

Desk Media is a small, simple, and easy solution to mounting your drives on your desktop, and works in pretty much any version of Windows.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.7

Supported OS: Windows (any)

Download size: 353KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

Desk Media homepage

Clickie

If you’re a constant Command Prompt user you know how annoying it can be to have to type in the locations of folders you’re using. If you’re constantly dealing with files and file names, it can also take a while to find the file path and type it out.

Clickie solves these problems by adding “Copy Path Name” and “Open MS-DOS Prompt” to the right click context menu. By simply right clicking on a file and clicking Open MS-DOS Prompt, you’ll have a usable, typeable, 100% easy to access Command Prompt waiting your orders in just seconds. Copy Path Name does the same thing: it’ll copy the full folder path of any file or folder you throw at it.

Clickie is a fairly useful little utility that is light on resources and easy to use.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.1

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 500KB (64-bit) | 390KB (32-bit)

Malware scan: 0/42 (64-bit) | 0/43 (32-bit)

Clickie homepage

Bulk Rename Utility

BRU is a very, very powerful program. It can rename any and everything from the most basic CaSe CHanGE to removing certain parts of a file’s name. Even with its complexity, though, BRU is still easy to pick up and let you rename all your files based on various settings.

Using BRU, you can rename files in any way you’ve ever dreamed of. Want to add the dates to the beginnings or ends of your files? Done. Add the name of the folder they’re in to their names? Done! Make everything uppercase? Please don’t, but BRU can do it.

BRU can also number the files, mess with the extensions, and even copy parts of the filenames to paste later in the new filenames. BRU is a great free utility that’s definitely useful for anyone who spends a large amount of time working with files and needs to keep track of them all.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.7.1.2

Supported OS: Windows 98/NT/ME/2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Download size: 1.0MB (64-bit) | 964KB (32-bit)

Malware scan: 0/42 (64-bit) | 0/43 (32-bit)

Bulk Rename Utility homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  1. PapyLuc

    BRU is an excellent program that I use for a long time.
    See also :
    Bulk Rename Command >>>
    http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Command.php
    In addition to the conventional Bulk Rename Utility, we also now have a command-line version, called Bulk Rename Command.

    For those of you who grew up with Windows, the command-line is the non-GUI way to perform commands on your PC. With DOS everything was driven from the command-line, but with Windows you have to access the command-line by clicking Start, Run, then typing cmd (or command, if you use Windows 98). You might think this sounds convoluted and backward, but a command-line utility can wield immense power if you are performing repetitive tasks. For example, you can:
    Create scheduled jobs
    Create a set of batch files which perform a single task, safe in the knowledge they will do exactly the same thing each time.
    See exactly what command is being performed – no hidden settings
    Be sure that you will always keep the command details -there are no config files to lose.

    Bulk Rename Command (BRC) is targeted at system administrators and power-users, who need to perform specific tasks repetitively. For example, the renaming of log files, or the processing of backup files. As such, it does not contain…

    Au revoir & merci.

  2. John

    Thanks for BRU. It’s really nice. :-)

    You don’t need Clickie if you work with Windows 7, because the explorer context menu already contains these entries if you hold down the -key while right clicking.