Windows software of the day [April 8th, 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 8, 2012

CookieSpy

Managing your cookies is an ugly process. While there are products like CCleaner out there, they’re more for mass wiping and selecting cookies to keep, while possible, is not that much fun. CookieSpy is an entire application designed specifically to manage cookies.

Want to know what site a cookie is for? Check. The expiration date on your cookie? Check. Data in it? Check. CookieSpy also allows you to read cookies from not only Chrome or Firefox but all five of the most popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It’s great if you want to manage your cookies easily without the use of a cleaning suite like CCleaner.

Note: as this is a ClickOnce installer, it will stick itself in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Apps automatically.

Price: Free!

Version discovered:

Supported OS: Windows (unknown)

Download size: 484KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/42

CookieSpy homepage

Sunrise Seven

Want Windows to be yours? You’ll like Sunrise Seven. As one of the many customization suites that are available, Sunrise Seven allows you to change performance settings, adjust Windows Explorer, and generally tweak Windows to how you want it to be.

Sunrise Seven also includes some lesser-known tweaks, like the ability to change your start orb to a custom image, or one of the 70 built in. It’s a nifty little tool that a simple two-paragraph summary simply won’t put to justice.

Note: the website for Sunrise Seven is in Polish. To download Sunrise Seven, click on the KLIKNIJ ABY POBRA? WERSJ? DLA WINDOWS 7 x86, x64 button.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.61

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 2.6MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

Sunrise Seven homepage

ZipInstaller

Oftentimes software is only offered in installer format, while often people want portable apps so they can run them anywhere. But what about the cases where the exact opposite happens, and you want to actually install a program that is only offered as a portable app?

The solution is ZipInstaller. This tiny utility can install anything that’s in a ZIP file, and automatically find product information to boot. When you’re installing an app, you’ll be offered the ability to create a shortcut to an uninstaller, too, essentially making your portable app into a real, fully installed Windows app.

Besides just ease of installation and management, ZipInstaller also promotes ease of access. When you install an application with it, it can not only add a shortcut to the start menu but one to the desktop as well.

ZipInstaller is a nice little tool that’s nice if you constantly deal with portable apps that you wish had installers.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.21

Supported OS: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 38.5KB | 68.5KB with Help

Malware scan: 3/42 | 3/43 with Help

ZipInstaller 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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9 comments

  1. Mark

    @Skye-hook: I’ve used ZipInstaller for years. I’ve never created/edited a config file to use the program.

    Install the program then launch zipinst.exe. Click Options, enable “Add ZipInstaller to the context menu of ZIP files”, click OK and close the ZipInstaller window. That’s all the configuration I’ve ever done.

    Now anytime I want to install a program in a ZIP file, I simply right click it and select ZipInstaller from the context menu. I can change the installation settings (such as including an uninstall module in the program folder and the install location) right from the ZipInstaller dialog. I can even make those settings my default from the same dialog.

  2. IsItBroke

    Great Utilities each day thank you dottech.
    CookieSpy won’t pick up my Cookies in Portable Browsers (not surprising) so i sent them an E-mail as its a great little handy tool for checking .
    ZipInstaller great tool too can see myself using this a lot :)
    Sunrise Seven could do with Portability as a couple of other W7 Tweaking GUIs are . Lots of great tweeks on this tool .
    Thank you to the coders that provide their work free , its appreciated .

  3. Patrick

    Hi,

    What about CookieSpy? I usually use CCleaner taking care not to remove essebtial cookies. Junk gets thrown out… I still have to select which one’s to keep and which one’s to delete.

    In what way could CookieSpy perform differently?

    Have a nice Easter holliday – i.e. when this applie to your country…

    Pat.

  4. Jacal

    “Starting from v1.20, ZipInstaller allows you to easily change the default installation settings by using a simple configuration file.” You don’t have to use this, it’s just an additional option. No hassle.

  5. Duane Moore

    Sunrise Seven is like getting TweakUI back for Windows 7. Very nice product. Some very useful settings. My favorite is being able to turn off the insane

    Disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery

    on the Performance tab. Thanks for highlighting these great programs.

  6. Skye-hook

    ZipInstaller is more hassle than it’s worth, unless you have NO access to getting a different one. You have to put it’s config file into the file folder of every file you unzip with it. What a disappointment! Their webpage says this-
    “There are 3 different methods to use the configuration file.
    Load it from command-line by using /cfg parameter. For Example:
    zipinst.exe /cfg c:\temp\myconfig.zip
    Put the configuration file inside the Zip file that contains the program you want to install. You must add the configuration file as “~zipinst~.zic”, so ZipInstaller will recognize it and use it for configuring the installation. Some of the ZipInstaller settings (but not all of them !) are also loaded from the Registry, under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\NirSoft\ZipInstaller as the default settings for all installations.” In 2 months I won’t remember that, or even 1 month, & I won’t want to read up on it every time.
    BUT if you want it real bad, it does install portable aps on your PC. To me, it isn’t worth it. But Thanks, Locutus!:) I LOVE that you’re adding more than 1 offer a day here. :)