Windows software of the day [May 9, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Media Preview: create thumbnails for even more types of files
  • Secure Bin: secure files and folders from prying eyes
  • Auto Lock: automatically lock/restart/sleep your computer after going idle

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Software for May 9, 2012

Media Preview

Windows’ video preview support is lackluster. Media Preview changes that: it adds previews for pretty much any format you can think of, and it does it with user-controllable quality for optimal speed/graphics optimization.

If you’ve got a large video library, Media Preview will definitely help you, and it doesn’t even matter which format your library’s in. It supports 3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, various MPEGs, OGG, and many more formats you’ve likely never used — but now, if you ever do, you’ll be able to get thumbnail previews.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.2.169

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 5.57MB or 5.66MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 0/42 | 64-bit: 0/42

Portability: Not portable

Media Preview homepage

Secure Bin

Securing files is serious business. So, you should use software that not only requires a password to get in, but optionally one to get information out as well: software like Secure Bin. You can add files and folders to Secure Bin and encrypt them with either a master password or even a special password per file/folder.

Secure Bin encrypts your files and places them in a subfolder called Secure, where they lay unreadable. While I don’t know which algorithm they use, it is probably safe to say that it’s impossible for people simply poking around your computer to find — and that’s just what we want.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 732KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Unclear — no install needed

Secure Bin Softpedia page

Auto Lock

Want your computer to automatically shut off if you go to sleep or, perhaps, lock if you take a short coffee break? Auto Lock is the tool for the job: it’ll automatically lock, log off, restart, shut down, or turn off the screen on your computer after a given period of time after your computer starts idling.

Auto Lock is a tiny, tiny program, and since it’s entirely portable, you can probably use it at work. So, you can just leave it running in the background and if you have to leave to take a break or talk to someone it’ll automatically lock it. Auto Lock is quite small, quite capable, and one of those little things you never knew you were missing.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.5.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 80.26KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Auto Lock homepage

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  1. Subbrilliant

    Regarding my previous comment I was mistaken about the objective of this program. I thought the intention was to provide a tooltip image when hovering over a video file while in details view within Windows Explorer.

    This tool does in fact allow thumbnail images of a wide variety of video formats when in an applicable view mode.

  2. Subbrilliant

    I tried the Media Preview program on a select few video formats. While it did add thumbnail previews for .Flv files on my machine, (Win7 64-bit), it did not add them for .Mkv or .Mp4 files. .Avi files had previews all along.

    A future update adressing these shortcomings would be most welcome.