Windows software of the day [July 8, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • WinMend Auto Shutdown: automatically shut down/sleep/hibernate/log off your computer
  • DriverView: get a handy list of Windows drivers
  • Greenshot: take screenshots with an incredibly configurable screenshot program

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Software for July 8, 2012

WinMend Auto Shutdown

Are you constantly leaving your computer on overnight to finish a twenty minute task? You should make it automatically shut down after a short period. WinMend Auto Shutdown is great for the task.

WinMend does more than automatically shut down your computer. It can automatically shut down, hibernate, sleep, or even log off of your computer. And if you’re constantly using your computer at odd hours, you can just use it to shut down your computer a given time from when you set it.

Want to only shut down your computer once? WinMend lets you shut it down on one date at a certain time, daily at a certain time, or just a certain time from whenever it’s set. If you’re looking for a pain-free auto power management tool, WinMend Auto Shutdown is a great program to check out.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.3.1

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 2.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

WinMend Auto Shutdown homepage

[via Gizmo's Freeware]

DriverView

What’s a bad driver do? If you’re a long-time Windows user, you know well that a bad driver can bluescreen your computer faster than you can navigate to Uninstall a Program to get rid of it. However, drivers can also do shady things, such as accompany keyloggers and rootkits. You should know what drivers you’re running!

DriverView is a tool for those who want to see their drivers laid out to dry. It gives you the filename, the memory address (for when you’re feeling fancy), company name, version, a quick description, and much, much more.

All in all, if you’re fairly technically minded, DriverView is a nice program to check out your installed drivers. Unfortunately, its matter of fact viewing style and lack of explanation make the tool much less useful for average computer users.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.41

Supported OS: Windows NT+

Download size: 39-51KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 1/42 | 64-bit: 1/41

Portability: No installation required!

DriverView homepage

[via Raymond.cc]

Greenshot

Want to take nice,  high-quality screenshots with plenty of upload options? Greenshot is the tool for the job. It’s rather like previously-covered Shotty, but it offers more and higher-quality upload websites and a much more useful editor.

With Greenshot, you can upload to a multitude of websites. There’s Box, Confluence, Flickr, Imgur, Jira, and Picasa support, and it can also automatically send photos to your Dropbox account. Uploading isn’t the only thing Greenshot does, though: it can capture screenshots of regions, windows, or your entire screen. If you opt for windows, it actually features Aero border support, as shown in the screenshot to the right. I actually captured that with Greenshot! As you can see by comparing it to the screenshot of DriverView, it’s not nearly as nice as Shotty, but it still gets the job done, and does it well.

Greenshot also lets you configure in advance. Rather than pulling a Shotty and requiring you to save an image each time, Greenshot lets you automatically save things, upload them, open them, or whatever else you need to have done with them. It’s overall a great program, and comes very close to beating Shotty in my book.

Note: I tested Unstable 1.0.0-1929 as it supports several new features, including Windows Aero borders. Stable v0.8.0 is also available.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: Unstable v1.0.0-1929

Supported OS: Windows 

Download size: 323-545KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Portable version here!

Greenshot homepage | Unstable download

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. Mr.Dave

    A Grand Slam today! All three of these look very helpful. Thanks Locutus!

    For screen captures I’ve been using a combination of Ashampoo Snap 4 and FireShot Pro (within Firefox). These are both paid licenses but both give a lot of flexibility and work well. There is a free version of FireShot available, and Ashampoo offers their software free from time to time. I especially like the markup / editing options in Snap 4, no need to load a separate editor for most things. Both programs can grab an entire webpage (the whole scrolling region) and save as a single file. Greenshot looks like it may add a few different features. I’ll give it a try!