Windows software of the day [June 15, 2012]

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Software for June 15, 2012

AnalogX Extension Changer

Did you accidentally rename every file in your photos folder so that they don’t have extensions? How!? AnalogX Extension Changer is for you! It makes it as easy as can be to give every file a new extension: you drop them in, type in a new extension, and you’re golden.

If you ever make a mistake with AXEC, it’s easy to undo. Just go to config and select the undo tab. Since AXEC makes logs of every change, you can just select the relevant log and quickly undo it.

Although most people don’t have a need for a program like AnalogX Extension Changer, it’s still quite nice and feature complete for any who do need it.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.00

Supported OS: Windows 95+

Download size: 433KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation

AnalogX Extension Changer homepage

Saver Starter

Timed screensavers are nice, but don’t allow for much customization. Disabling them, even temporarily, is an annoying process, and starting them immediately is a no-go no matter what. That’s where Saver Starter comes in: it allows you to set hotspots in the corners of your screen to automatically start or stop your screensaver.

If you want your screensaver to come on instantly, you can just move your mouse to a selected corner of the screen for two seconds. If disabling it is more your style, just set up a “cold-spot” in a corner and move your mouse to it. It’s that simple!

Most people ignore screensavers, and rightly so. They’re not very customizable, and haven’t been interesting since Bubbles came out with Vista. But if you want to automatically start or keep your screensaver from starting, Saver Starter is the program for you.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.50

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 8KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portability: Entirely portable!

Saver Starter homepage

Hot Key Plus

Want to start programs instantly using nothing but your keyboard? You have two options: set up some complicated scheme involving a shortcut and some special properties, or use a program that unobtrusively sits in the background sucking up less than 2MB of RAM. Hot Key Plus is just that kind of program: it lets you create shortcuts using the Shift, Alt, Ctrl, and Win modifier keys.

Hot Key Plus is quite configurable, too. You can set a hotkey that needs to be pressed along with modifier keys, the specific program and parameters to run, and a working directory. It also comes bundled with programs that can automatically start your screensaver and resize windows.

If you’re looking for an entirely configurable hot key program, Hot Key Plus is definitely a great one to check out.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.01

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 36KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Hot Key Plus 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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  1. jivadas

    @RobCr:

    The problem of susbscribing to a thread without making a comment–is still here. This would be a very useful way to follow a thread without cluttering the page with irrelevant comments like this.

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  2. gpc111

    Thank you for the info on Saver Started. I was going to blow it off since I have and use Caffeine. But after trying it I found it is everything Caffeine is plus the ability to start my screen saver. I will be using this from now on.

  3. Bruce

    AnalogX Extension Changer seems just too specialized. Changing an extension is just one example of renaming a file. Bulk Rename Utility or any of the other renamers out there will handle this just fine, and provide lots of other capabilities as well.

  4. RobCr

    I tried the -
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    but it is not working.

    Thus the reason for this post, so I could tick the -
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  5. Locutus
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    So apparently typing “June 16″ will schedule a post for tomorrow, June 16th. Whoops :P

    EDIT: Also, just picked up a totally destroyed HTC HD2. Needs a new glass/touchscreen/etc part. I plan on doing some writeups on Windows Phone if this whole thing pans out :D