Windows software of the day [July 11, 2012]

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Software for July 11, 2012

Gomigo

Want to quickly open your favorite applications with just two clicks? Gomigo is the lightning-fast tool for the job! It’s a system tray launcher that allows for hyper-speed control and lots of programs.

Gomigo adds a small icon to your system tray. Clicking on it opens up a pre-configured list containing Calculator, an Internet folder with your installed browsers inside, and an Office folder containing your Office programs. If you want to add more, just right click an element (folder or file/program) and click Add element. If you do that to a folder, it’ll add an item inside the folder, but if you do it to another item, it’ll add an item above the first item.

Gomigo starts up lightning fast when you click its tray icon. This makes it perfect for quickly opening files or programs–click, click, done! All around, Gomigo is an awesome program for opening your favorite files or programs instantly.

Note: the installer is in Spanish, but is easy enough to follow. It will automatically detect your system language upon launch.

Price: Free!

Version discovered:

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 595KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Gomigo homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

Install Monitor

Revo Uninstaller is really great! It allows you to uninstall programs and then some due to its advanced searching algorithm that finds files and registry entries left behind. However, what could be better? Something that monitors the installation and lets you essentially undo it! Install Monitor is just the program for that task.

I installed Gomigo, above, after installing Install Monitor. Then, when I was done playing around with it, I just ran its uninstaller with Install Monitor. It first launched the regular uninstaller, like Revo does, but when the uninstaller was done, it left me at a screen showing leftover files and registry entries. To remove them, I just had to check the box and hit Delete. It took a few times through to convince Install Monitor to fully remove all of the files, including some that were placed inside of My Documents, but this was probably Install Monitor trying to protect me from bad decisions.

Install Monitor is a really nice installation monitoring program, and it’s probably going to be one of those programs I actually keep, as it’s quite handy!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.93.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 2.1-2.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: XP 0/42 | Vista/7 32-bit 0/42 | Vista/7 64-bit 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Install Monitor homepage

[via Ghacks]

FluffyApp

Sharing files with other people can be a real pain. It’s often faster to just walk over to their house (even if it’s a dozen miles away) and hand them a thumb drive with data than it is to upload it to the cloud and have them download it. FluffyApp, along with CloudApp, is a way to undo that: a free filesharing service that doesn’t suck.

FluffyApp is based on a service called CloudApp that requires registration. After that, though, it’s free to use, and excels at uploading text files, screenshots, and other files. It also allows you to upload whatever’s in the clipboard with a keyboard shortcut, which is really nice.

To upload files with FluffyApp, just go to Advanced and enable Notification Icon Dropzone and drag files onto the system tray icon. If you’re not feeling experimental, you can always open up the full control panel and upload from the Upload tab. To get upload links, just right click a “drop” and copy the link. Voila, you’re ready to share!

FluffyApp is a nice way to share  files, texts, screenshots, or even your clipboard, and it’s entirely free.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0b4

Supported OS: Windows 7+

Download size: 787KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

FluffyApp homepage

[via Windows.Appstorm]

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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11 comments

  1. Jeanjean

    Wow… there is a menu too, but you must right clic on the toolbar to activate it (at least in the XP version)! There are two tools : disk defragmenter & disk cleanup but nowhere is the possibility of classifying programs.

  2. Janet

    @Jeanjean:

    In Install Monitor you can’t sort by column heading (e.g., date installed)?!?!?! I have over 300 programs–not having an option to put them in alphabetical order is crazy! Thanks for the heads-up–I won’t bother installing…..By the way, does it automatically install to C:?

  3. Janet

    INSTALL MONITOR 1.1 first installs SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 on your system (it asks you first), and then installs without letting you choose location. I quit the install there, not wanting to take a chance of having it install to C:. Does it install to C:?

    I have written to the developer who has written me:
    Install Monitor generally records background activity and then uses certain signals to determine what is related to an installation.

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    I at one stage considered using Revo, but I could not believe that it would remove everything.
    When I dug deeper, it appears that they have a more believable version, which monitors the installation, but that version has to be purchased. So I have never bothered with Revo.
    “Install Monitor” sounds promising, as it does monitor, and is free for home use. Also I trust programs much more when the ‘Greek bearing gifts’ also has a paid version for commercial use (not referring to Revo, it is just one of my philosophies).