Windows software of the day [May 25, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • SimillaEnlarger: enlarge photos using special algorithms to reduce pixelization
  • FilerFrog: uber-file management from within the Windows Explorer context menu
  • System Security Guard: compare running programs to an online database

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Software for May 25, 2012

SmillaEnlarger

Want to resize an image? That’s all fine and dandy if you’re scaling down. However, scaling up can be a real issue sometimes, as it leads to pixelization, or just plain blurriness. SmillaEnlarger aims to fix this using some fancy algorithms that result in slightly less blurring.

Smilla is also really easy to use, which is nice. To use it, you just drag and drop an image onto it and crop it by dragging your cursor in a box. Once you’ve cropped it to the area you want, hit Preview on the left and you’ll be greeted with the improved scaled image.

Smilla is just that easy and produces great results. While it’s obviously nothing like zooming in when you initially take the photo, it’s a great tool for zooming in to certain parts of images without pixellating them.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.9.0

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 6.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

SmillaEnlarger homepage

FilerFrog

Want an über-powered context menu powerhouse? FilerFrog is that tool. It lets you automatically organize your desktop, organize folders, resize images, and much more. It’s an all-around nice file management tool for everyday use.

FilerFrog lets you organize and sort your files. You can use it to move or copy all selected files to a specific folder, or move files up a level in folder hierarchy. And, if you have important files that you need quick access to, you can just add them to your favorites and access them from anywhere.

You can also use FilerFrog to encrypt or split your files. It uses RC4 when encrypting files, which is the same cryptography as such technologies as SSL and WEP, so it’s fairly secure. However, if you use FilerFrog’s split function along with its encryption, you can ensure very secure file transfer. You can split an encrypted file into multiple parts and send one over email, one over IM, and one over a file sharing site to ensure that it’s never in one piece except when it’s reconstructed at its destination.

FilerFrog also has many other functions, such as image resizing and file renaming. Everything you can possibly think of doing with file management is possible with FilerFrog.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.2.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 1.3-1.5MB

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

Portability: Requires installation

FilerFrog homepage

System Security Guard

Have you ever used System Explorer? It’s a free System Internals (not SysInternals) tool that lets you view detailed information about running programs. It’s nice as a standalone application, but there’s always been the possibility for more: now that possibility is a reality. System Security Guard is a free tool based off of System Explorer that checks all running programs against an online database to see if they’re malicious.

Compatible with all antivirus programs, SSG uses the online System Explorer database to see how common and how popular various files are. If executables are very common, they’re generally safe; less common ones generally have a greater security risk. It’s a nice tool to have if you don’t want to run a traditional antivirus, or if you’re looking for something more crowdsourced.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 1.4-1.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Portable: 0/42 | Installer: 0/40

Portability: Portable version available!

System Security Guard 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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16 comments

  1. newJason

    oh yes, Thank you for FILRFROG. it seems great after only using it for a half hour, every thing is so much more tidy looking. It makes me wish I had one to clean my house too :)

  2. newJason

    @RobCr:

    :) True Grasshoppa
    But that is why Paul Allen built for us the EMP.. :)

    Experience Music Project
    It’s that colored blob of weird under the Needle. It’s an amazing way to spend a day or two, if you are into music, and even if you are not, it’s still awesome. The Kids LOVE it! everything is hands ON..

  3. newJason

    @Steve:
    That’s not entirely true. We have had a few weeeks now of near perfect clear skies and sunshine. So much so I got a nasty sunburn :( last week. But yes It does Rain more days than not, it just makes the sunny days that much more enjoyable :)
    Friday and Saturday were more perfect sunny days. :) today was not bad, little over head cloud cover but still nice.
    Enjoy your stay and welcome Loutus.

  4. AT

    I did a few quick tests with the software SMILLAENLARGER. The source images were from a mobile photo at low resolutions and highly compressed JPEG. I enlarged them to 18xx X 2500 from xxx X 500. It is not perfect. I would consider using this software as a first step. You still need to use a proper photo editing software to finish the job. Output files other than JPEG would have been nice. A lossless file format like uncompressed TIFF is preferred.

    I stress that my tests are more extreme and images with more detail to begin with, should finish with better results.

  5. Locutus
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    Hey guys! I’m going on a short trip this weekend to Seattle and as such won’t be able to update Windows software of the day. I’ve already queued the next few days in advance, though, so there won’t be a disruption in articles.