Windows software of the day [April 6th, 2012]

Windows has hundreds of thousands of programs. Because of this great volume and lack of a central store, software discovery (aka finding new and useful programs) is extremely difficult. With our Windows Software of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to change that. Everyday we post three programs, allowing our readers to discover new software, daily. Enjoy! [Subscribe to our Windows section to never miss an article: RSS Feed | E-mail]

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Software for April 6th, 2012

Hardwipe

File wiping is no joking matter. If the wrong files get into the wrong hands, people could lose their job, or worse, their livelihood. However unlikely as this is, it’s good to wipe any critically secure files. Hardwipe lets you do that.

Recently updated to version 2.0, Hardwipe lets you wipe not just individual files but entire drives. It also allows multiple passing methods, from a simple one pass to the Gutmann 35 pass method.

If you’re looking for a free way to wipe your files and drives, Hardwipe is perfect.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download size: 5.7MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/42

Hardwipe homepage

Document.Editor

Document.Editor is a really nice looking editor that follows the Ribbon rules while still maintaining ease of use. It’s a little like a cross between WordPad and Microsoft Word: it has more functionality that WordPad (including the ability to spell check and things like tables) but still maintains a limited feature set.

However, it also has some features of its own. It supports tabbed documents, which is common in many other editors, but not any other Ribbon-based ones. It also supports Text to Speech and automatic translation, which are nice to have

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2012.2

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download size: 3.30MB ClickOnce; 2.5MB EXE

Malware scan: Setup.exe 0/42

Document.Editor homepage

Seam Carving GUI

Power lines. Tourists. Awkward flag poles.

What do all these things have in common? They’re all really annoying to have in your pictures. Seam carving, a technique that uses a special algorithm to remove specified parts of images without impacting the rest of the image by finding curvy lines of least importance to remove, is a great way to take all of these things out, but it usually requires a complicated program or a special brand name and a copy of Photoshop.

Seam Carving GUI is a simple program designed to get you in, remove the part you don’t want, and get out. For instance, I decided that I didn’t want the flower in the lower right of this picture. So, I selected it with the removing pen and clicked Remove. A few seconds later, I got this picture back — no more flower!

Seam Carving GUI is a great and easy-to-use program that’s perfect for removing objects from your photos.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.11

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X, etc

Download size: 7.3MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/42

Seam Carving GUI 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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7 comments

  1. Mr.Dave

    Seam Carving program looks great, the examples on their site make it easy to see the capabilities: Shrink or stretch the picture, remove objects, preserve others from being stretched or shrunk.

    Thanks for pointing out this one, don’t think I would have found it otherwise.

  2. Mike

    And further to the above:

    Odd, to me at least: if you download and use the “secondary” Setup.exe file to install Document.Editor, you get a regular Windows install process, including being asked where to install the program files. But then when I check at that location having installed the program using the recommended ClickOnce Installer, there is no such location and no files there . . . . What the?

  3. Mike

    OK, regarding Document.Editor, for you tech types out there:

    I installed it (using the developer site recommended ClickOnce Installer download) to check it out, fine. But where is the program actually stored on one’s computer?

    Nothing is stated during the installation process and the only thing that happened visually, in the end, was that a shortcut to start the program was put on the Desktop–no “normal” installation process asking where to store the program files, etc. I’ve searched for the program and don’t find it anywhere, beyond 2 small files: the Document.Editor shortcut (1 KB) and the file Document.Editor.application (3 KB). And when I go to Programs under the Control Panel, no location is listed for the program (but it can be uninstalled).

    Color me confused? A but ungracious for the installation process, to say the least–I look to be in charge of my software, not the other way around . . . .

  4. RobCr

    Regarding Document.Editor can we hide/minimize the RIBBON ?

    After MS introduced it, and others followed, I wrote to MS saying what a great idea it was.
    I went on to say why not introduce it everywhere.
    EG they could take over (permanently) , the top 20% of the computer screen, and put all sorts of things there.
    Just before I hit the Send button, I had second thoughts, and deleted the email.
    I was worried that they might take my suggestion seriously, and implement it.

    Rob
    PS I suggested they get rid of XP’s Classic Start Menu, for Win 7, and just have a ‘Lucky Dip’ search box instead.
    They took that seriously, and implemented it.