Windows software of the day [May 28, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • WinAutoHide: hide windows to any side of a screen
  • SymLinker: link local and networked drives transparently
  • Hyperdesktop: take screenshots quickly and upload them

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Software for May 28, 2012

WinAutoHide

Want to get rid of a window for a short time without minimizing it? Hide it off to the side with WinAutoHide, a tiny little open-source tool. When using WinAutoHide, you can easily hide a window off to a side of your screen by simply pressing Win+<arrow key>: the window will magically disappear.

For instance, look at the screenshot to the right. You’ll notice that there’s a slight black gradient softly fading to the right. This is the indicator that a window is being hidden: if I press Win+Left again, the window will suddenly pop up out of hiding and be ready to use. It can be very useful if you’re, say, playing Solitaire at work again and your boss suddenly comes over. In all likelihood they’ll never notice the black band, and you’ll not have the game open any more.

Note: WAH gets a very high score on VirusTotal. This is most likely because it is a compiled AutoHotkey script, which generally tend to have very high false positive rates.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.00

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 194KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 12/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

WinAutoHide homepage

SymLinker

Want to make mount a folder somewhere else on your drive? Perhaps you’ve got a backup tool that refuses to backup over a network and instead wants to be backed up to a local drive. You can fool it into thinking it’s backing up locally by creating a link between a folder on your computer and on the networked drive.

SymLinker is just the tool to make those links. It lets you link drives and files so that your computer doesn’t even notice that it’s a different location. For instance, I can make D:/myFiles link to C:/Users/Locutus/Documents in such a way that no actual space is used on D: but the computer still thinks that I’m on the D: drive.

Note: if SymLinker is not working as intended, run it as admin using the context menu.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.1.3

Supported OS: Windows Vista/7

Download size: 86KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Entirely portable!

SymLinker homepage

Hyperdesktop

Need to take a quick screenshot? There are dozens upon dozens of screenshot tools available on the internet, and each of them has their upsides and downsides. Hyperdesktop is one of those many tools, and allows for basic editing including adding text and drawing on images.

One thing that’s neat about Hyperdesktop is its built-in Imgur capabilities. While Hyperdesktop does nothing to help you upload new screenshots to Imgur (which is a little odd), it does feature a dropzone on its main window that lets you drag and drop photos and screenshots onto Imgur. When you’ve uploaded an image, it’ll add its link to a list and you can easily access it whenever you need.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 217KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 3/41

Portability: Entirely portable!

Hyperdesktop homepage

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  1. Tami Jax

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  2. RobCr

    You may care to offer TrayIt to members as an alternative to WinAutoHide.
    http://www.teamcti.com/trayit/trayit.htm
    It has the added advantage that it gets the ‘button’ out of the Taskbar as well.
    I have used it for years.
    Not sure if FF and Thunderbird have yet added the ability to minimize into the Sys Tray.
    Certainly when I first got TrayIt they didn’t.
    So for years I have used TrayIt to hide FF and TB in the Sys Tray
    I also use it for Task Manager.
    I just noticed that Task Manager may have the ability, and may have had it, before.
    They have an option called ‘Hide when Minimized’ that probably scared the H..L out of me, when I first saw it
    It is Free
    It is Portable
    It is Great.

    Rob
    PS Softpedia says it runs in all Windows.