Windows software of the day [May 24, 2012]

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Software for May 24, 2012

Arrange Your Desktop

Want a nice clean desktop, but without all that hassle of organizing it? Arrange your desktop with Arrange Your Desktop, a nicely themed folder organizer. When you click Arrange, it’ll automatically move files on your desktop into a folder based on type, be it a shortcut to a program, a video, a picture, or something else.

Optionally, if you have a type of file on your desktop that you want to put in a certain folder that AYD does not automatically support, you can use the custom sorting option down at the bottom. You just type in an extension and a folder name and when you click arrange matching files will be added to their corresponding folders.

Sorting your desktop can be a real pain, but with tools like AYD, it can actually be quite easy.

Note: upon installation, AYD will attempt to install some adware. Be sure to deselect it when you’re installing AYD.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.0.0

Supported OS: unknown

Download size: 384KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Arrange Your Desktop homepage

Windows XP Snipping Tool

Windows 7′s built-in Snipping Tool is an awesome thing. It allows you to take quick screenshots of sections of the screen and easily mark them up. However, all is not good: it’s only included in Windows Vista and 7. If you want it in Windows XP, the only choice is to upgrade.

Not so fast! An intrepid developer by the name of stratemeyerjw has recreated a rough version of the Snipping Tool for Windows. While not perfect, this tool is much like the standard Windows Snipping Tool, and lets you crop and save screenshots. It’s also very lightweight, entirely free, and open source, so it’s not bad to just keep lying around on your computer.

If you’re still running Windows XP, Snipping Tool is a nice choice of a lightweight screenshot tool if you take screenshots seldom enough that having a heavy, bloat-y program isn’t worth it.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: Build 7-7-11

Supported OS: Windows XP

Download size: 344KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Windows XP Snipping Tool homepage

Smart Folders for Windows

Creating a new folder is something that most of us probably all know how to do. You right click, go to New>, select New Folder, name it, and drag the files you want in. It’s tedious! Make it faster with Smart Folders for Windows.

Smart Folders for Windows takes a page out of the iOS/Android book. It allows for the creation of folders by simply dragging and dropping files on top of each other. It’s not perfect, and doesn’t work for all file extensions, but works well for pretty much any file that’s not an executable or a shortcut. You can see how exactly to use it in this screencast by the developer:

As you can see, it’s easy to set up and also makes new folder creation quite simple. For something that simplifies a task so greatly, it’s oddly unpopular–try it out and see how nice it is yourself!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 399KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Smart Folders for Windows 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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15 comments

  1. RobCr

    Snippy download page gets a red harsh warning from McAfee Site Adviser.
    Not sure if I had McAfee when I downloaded Snippy.
    I was just playing with it again, and it is going to be handy to blend a snippet into a current PicPick capture in the PicPick editor.
    My question to you all is – Is there a program similar to Snippy that allows you to do an irregular capture, and when you paste it, the snippet has the irregular border ?
    Snippy pastes with a rectangle background.

    I am not even sure if the Windows clipboard is capable of pasting an irregular image ?

  2. ebony

    This programs says it is already running on my system when I try to install it but I do not have this program. And when I click finish, I cannot find where it installed.

    Any suggestions? Know of any instructions anywhere, there is none on the website.

  3. Jeanjean

    @ RobCr
    You’re right, Snippy isn’t a replacement for PicPick. I was in a hurry and I read the description too quickly… sorry.
    I’m still running Windows XP too and the soft I use – almost everyday – is “Ducklink ScreenCapture” (http://www.ducklink.com). It captures a window on your screen, region of your screen, or the contents of a tall web page that scrolls. Moreover, you can change your captured area or add more areas to one image.
    It’s not portable and weights more than PicPick (18Mb), but it’s free and, in terms of its possibilities, it is worth (for me).
    BTW, there is a Mac version too !

  4. RobCr

    @Jeanjean:
    I don’t see Snippy being a replacement for PicPick (as PicPick has many more capabilities), however as I have said before – I have an open mind, and will at least give other suggestions a try (not many people do).
    The fact that it is portable, meant I had no hesitation in trying it.

    I like it, and it is a keeper, thanks.
    I switched the settings to non html.
    I used Snippy to capture a small area.
    I used PicPick to do a full screen capture, and in the PicPick editor, I pasted the Snippy image into the full screen image. PicPick let me fine tune where the Snippy image was positioned, and I then saved the composite.
    Pretty cool

  5. RobCr

    There are many things I love about PicPick.
    One of them (that most others lack) is Tabs (in the editor) -
    You can be working away, and decide to capture something.
    If you don’t wish to stop what you are doing, you can minimize the PicPick editor, and carry on working and capturing.
    Later when you have time, you can bring up the editor and edit/notate the images, and then save them.

  6. Patrick

    I’ve tried to i nstall Windows XP Snipping Tool in several ways and always get an error saying that “installation failed because parts are missing” (or something like that).
    Just mailed the error report to the developpers – at least part of it, as the number of characters allowed in their textwindow seems to be limmited.

    Anyone else had that issue?

    Thanks & greetz from
    Patrick.

  7. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Ashraf: What makes Snipping Tool good is that it comes built in — no downloading required, you can be assured it is there on every Win7 PC for that occasional screenshot. In terms of functionality it is better than simple.screenshotters but not even close to the likes of PicPick.

    Oh and thanks Locutus. Keep up the good work!

  8. Rob (Down Under)

    Are there any members that have used both PicPick (which is free) and either of the snipping tools mentioned above ?
    Could you report back for our members – Which you prefer ?