Windows software of the day [May 1, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Crusper: run tasks or scripts by moving your mouse to your screen corners
  • PDF Preview: add PDF support to the Windows preview pane
  • USB Disk Ejector: an alternative to USB Safely Remove, quickly unmount USB devices

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Software for May 1, 2012

Crusper

Performing simple tasks on your computer that you do every day, such as opening a certain file or program, can take some time if you add up how long you take performing them over a while. Try Crusper: when you move your mouse to one of the corners, you can run various programs, open documents, or even shut down or restart your computer.

When you first start up Crusper, it’ll ask you to do some basic calibration. After that, you can create various “tasks”: open a program, open a file, open a folder, go to the desktop, type something, open a website, restart/shut down/log off your computer, or even disabling restarting/shutting down/logging off your computer.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.99Beta

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 749KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portable version available? No

Crusper homepage

PDF Preview

Did you know Windows 7 has a built-in preview pane? If you’re anything like me, you never use it, because it has absolutely terrible format support and takes up half the screen. You can at least begin to solve the former with PDF Preview, which adds PDF support to the pane.

After installing PDF Preview, you’ll notice it actually also installed a PDF Viewer. If you don’t already have a nice, lightweight PDF viewer like Sumatra, this can be an added bonus; for those that do have Sumatra, it’s just yet another PDF viewer. However, if you want to start using the preview pane to speed up your workflow, PDF Preview is definitely a good choice.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.00 Build 36

Supported OS: listed as Windows 2000+ or Windows Vista/7/8 only

Download size: 3.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? No

PDF Preview homepage

USB Disk Ejector

Anyone who ever uses a flash drive knows about and totally ignores Windows’ Safely Remove Devices window. It’s a hassle to know which drive to pull: is it USB Mass Storage Device, or USB Mass Storage Device? Oh, it’s neither, it’s USB Mass Storage Device.

USB Disk Ejector simplifies that by making the name and drive letter very prominent on each drive. And, if you’re used to using Command Prompt, USBDE comes with a few built-in features you’ll probably enjoy: you can eject devices using various command line flags, too. All in all USB Disk Ejector is a nice, simple program that makes ejecting your thumb drives as easy as can be.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.3.0.3

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 924KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? 

USB Disk Ejector homepage (offline) | Softpedia page

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  1. Philippe

    Preview panel.

    I’m surprised that you didn’t use it. It makes so easy to find docs when the name don’t says to much.

    But my biggest complain is about LibreOffice and the lack of preview of their documents. I do not have MS Office, so I use LibreOffice, I really miss this feature to have a fast look at the documents, even CorelDraw has it, it show at least the graphic.
    So if someone has good connections with the people of LibreOffice, make this happening…….Ok, at least let them know about it. ):

  2. Jacal

    I have tested the USB Disk Ejector more than two years ago and it was OK. But I have never really used it since. I like it, but obviously don’t need it. No problems with mysterious mass storage devices here, although I use them all the time.

  3. Janet

    I have Windows 7 and get the exact same picture you have for the PDF Preview screenshot–without any added programs! And the Windows preview pane can be sized simply by dragging. I can preview
    ALL image formats (including .tga, multiple page tifs, etc…..), all pdf’s (even multiple page) and even CorelDraw vector files (all pages)! I suggest learning Windows..:-)…..