Windows software of the day [May 18, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • PySort: quickly sort all of your files into folders based on type
  • sTabLauncher: A minimal, resource light application launcher
  • DomainHostingView: Get domain and hosting information about a website

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Software for May 18, 2012

PySort

Downloads and Documents: the scum of the Windows folder structure. Everything and anything stick themselves into these directories, and as a result they get absolutely filled with executables, images, music, and much, much more. However, it’s not the end of the world! You can painlessly sort any folder into its file types with a single click.

PySort is a simple program. After choosing a directory, just hit SORT — it’ll automatically put all your music into one folder, pictures into another, executables into a third, etc. And it’s that simple: your folders will be instantly sorted by type. It’s that simple and that easy.

Price: Free! 

Version discovered: v0.2 beta

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 5.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 6/42

Portability: Requires installation

PySort homepage

sTabLauncher

Want an extremely minimal launcher that takes up as few resources as possible while still providing customizability? Unlike the resource-heavy Mouse Extender covered yesterday, sTabLauncher uses a mere 2-5MB of RAM and allows users to change each individual part of its theme.

sTab allows for easy use and interaction. You can drag and drop new programs and documents onto it, and its beautifully-animated interface also allows for many apps and documents on each launcher.

While there are a lot of launchers in town, if you’re looking for one that’s small but doesn’t skimp on resources, sTab is definitely a good choice.

Note: sTabLauncher comes bundled with an opt-out toolbar. Be sure to de-select it when installing!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.3.3

Supported OS: Windows 

Download size: 4.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

sTabLauncher homepage

Thanks David!

DomainHostingView

If you’re looking for a webhost or domain registrar, you should take a look at the sites you know and love. Seeing what hosting and domain name services they use is a good way to get an accurate view of who’s who in domain hosting. However, accessing this information is an annoying, clunky process. Clean it up and make it readable with DomainHostingView, yet another NirSoft tool.

Using DomainHostingView, you can see which hosting and registration service each site uses. It’s not nearly as helpful as it could be, as many sites (including dotTech) use hidden data to ensure privacy, but it’s a good start, and can at least lead you to a company name. For instance, dotTech is hosted with Turnkey Internet (or perhaps some reseller thereof). Ghacks is hosted by Cogswell Enterprises. Udacity is hosted by Google.

All in all, DHV is a nice tool to see in human terms who is hosting with which company and which companies people buy their domains from.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.25

Supported OS: Windows XP+, 2000 with limitations

Download size: 114KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

DomainHostingView 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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14 comments

  1. ebony

    I tried the Pysort. It appeared to put my folder in alpha order but that is about all. I notice that this is a new project, so I will be patient however, I was hoping to have what it promised ” it’ll automatically put all your music into one folder, pictures into another, executables into a third, etc.

    Where is the out put file located and what is the name and extensions for the folders that are created. I think I missed something. Can someone shed some light on this for me so I can SEE what I missed?

  2. RobCr

    I notice Gizmo gave 8Start an award (the reviewer was probably very young, and thought it was pretty).
    I found it was horrible.
    Font too small for old eyes, and it is invisible when I use my screen magnifier.
    Also someone should take the programmer aside, and teach him some Windows conventions, and some commonsense conventions.

  3. Jeanjean

    sTabLauncher is finally much better than 8Start Launcher.
    Tips :
    – don’t forget to lock Form, otherwise you will lose your configuration
    – you can drag & drop the “dock” to the left or to the right if it hinders
    – you can choose to hide it complitely in the advanced tab.
    Many thanks to David & Locutus.

  4. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @ThomasK: Thank you, fixed. Ill be talking to Locutus about these silly wrong links.

    In regards to my personal availability: It is busy season for me right now which is why Im not in the comments more often.

  5. ThomasK

    I fear a wrong link is shown for PYSORT.

    The correct link should be http://psfw.sourceforge.net/. Its a typical sourceforge tool – easy to use and nicely done.

    @Ashraf: keep up the great work finding such gems. I also totally agree you have to look at the background for the 6/42 rating … the 6 which found “issues” are not exactly antivirus sets I would put my faith in. . . I also hope you will soon find more time to be personally present on your site.

  6. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @naveed: Why would we not? 6/42 rating from VirusTotal does not mean a file is infected, especially if you look at the products that detected it. If it was 20/42 or a higher number then you could make that argument. Nonetheless, if you don’t feel comfortable with the program, then don’t download it. We aren’t forcing you to use it; we did our job by telling you about the program and telling you VirusTotal scan results.

  7. Kyle

    You’re welcome! Glad you like it.

    Some tips:
    * If you want to drag & drop things into a container, first drop it onto the workspace and then move it to the container. Otherwise it might create an error or something of that sort (i can’t remember exactly what, just that it’s better to do it this way).
    * If you’ve created a container and placed shortcuts inside it, you can set the container to use one of the shortcut icons by right-clicking on the shortcut and selecting “use icon”
    * right-click on the workspace and select “save workspace”…i hardly ever do this as it’s not something you need to do all that time, but i believe it should be done after you’ve created a new container/note or else it might not be there after you reboot

  8. Kyle

    njwood, have you tried SideSlide? It’s my favorite and sounds like what you might be looking for. I have it where my most-used programs are placed directly on the ‘workspace’, while others are grouped in containers (system tools/games/pdf files/multimedia). It quickly slides off the desktop when you mouse away from it, and slides back into view when you move your mouse to the top of the the screen (or side if you choose to put it there).

    http://www.northglide.com/sideslide.html

  9. Dale

    On sTabLauncher…….”Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 can be downloaded here” ……… bummer

    On PYSORT … “VirusTotal malware scan results: 6/42″ ….. and their website is called: NoVirusThanks.org?

  10. njwood60

    Thanks for the launcher programs you have been suggesting. I still haven’t found one that works exactly the way I want.

    I installed sTablauncher but the real show-stopper for me is you can’t have a ‘caption’ under each icon. You have to hover on the icon to see what it is. Not a problem if the icon is just to open ‘Word’ but a real problem if you have a large number of Word documents as icons and you need to quickly see which one is the document you want.

    The best launcher I’ve found so far is FSL Launcher:

    http://fsl.sytes.net/launcher.html

    The ONLY feature it doesn’t have that I’d like is the ability to arrange icons in any order. At the moment they’re fixed in alphabetical order.