Windows software of the day [July 16, 2012]

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Software for July 16, 2012

Volume²

Like many people, I find Windows’ built-in sound control to be lacking. It has no on-screen volume display, and takes a while to start up if you’ve not opened it recently. Volume² fixes these issues, and many more.

Volume² lets you do more than just click the volume control panel and the physical hardware buttons to change volume. You can set up keyboard shortcuts, but more importantly, when you scroll with the mouse wheel while over the system tray, you can change the volume. It also has a display that appears whenever you change the volume with a keyboard shortcut or hardware button.

Volume² is a very nice volume control program, and its display is quite nice. If you’re looking for a volume management program, Volume² is definitely worth a look.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.3

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 4.5-5.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: portable 1/42 | installer 1/42

Portability: Portable version available!

Volume² homepage

[via Ghacks]

Rylstim Youtube Downloader

Want to download the latest YouTube videos? There’s always Freemake Video Downloader for that, which supports a multitude of sites including YouTube and Hulu, but if you’re looking for something different try Rylstim Youtube Downloader.

Rylstim allows you to choose the quality of video to download. With the majority of videos, there’s a range of qualities to choose from: HQ WebM, HQ Flash, Medium WebM/Flash/MP4, and Low Flash/3GP. This allows you to choose for youself what size and quality of video to download.

It allows you to view the most common downloads downloaded with Rylstim, too. These are mostly music videos, including Katy Perry, Adele, and the occasional… well, you’ll just have to click to find out.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 3.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation

Rylstim Youtube Downloader homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

PicPick

Want to take the best screenshots in town? Try PicPick, it may be just what you’re looking for. It includes a multitude of screenshot types, FTP support, a built-in editor, and more.

PicPick can take full screen captures, window captures, scrolling captures, region captures, and even free-draw captures. It unfortunately does not have the ability to capture window transparency like Shotty, this author’s tool of choice and the creator of the screenshot to the right.

Once you’ve taken a screenshot, you can edit it using the built-in editor. It allows you to apply effects, draw on it, and basically do everything Paint can do. You can also set it up to open the file in your editor of choice, so you’re really limited only to your imagination.

PicPick is a very nice screenshot program, and if you’ve not already settled on a great screenshot program, it’s certainly a good choice to try out.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.1.6

Supported OS: Windows 

Download size: 10.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: Requires installation

PicPick 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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  1. JonE

    @Mpad: I have to agree with Ashraf; while WinRAR is great program, 7-Zip is the way to go; I’ve never had a problem with 7-Zip either extracting files or compressing and archiving files. The UI is a bit clunky compared to some pay for software like WinRAR or WinZip, but it works as well as either of those.

    I used to use a specific site as my default download site because they kept on top of software updates and upgrades and updated their site quite often, and when they updated a software title they would send me a notification to that effect, but after some time I noticed that they weren’t doing such a good job at keeping on top of things and updating what needed updated in an expedient manner. And so I started researching download sites; I researched them quite extensively. What I ended up with as my default download site is “Softpedia”. I believe the only other download site that I found that has a more extensive download database is “CNET” and that is a download site of last resort, at least for me. Softpedia does a top notch job at updating their files in an expedient manner, for the most part, and also notifies me when they update a software title I’ve subscribed to. On top of all that most of the titles they list reside on their own servers and they guarantee that any download you make from their site is 100% “malware” FREE. So when I see a title I’m interested in on “Windows software of the day” or anywhere else I head on over to Softpedia and more times than not it is listed. I very, very rarely download software from a developers site any more.

    It does bother me a bit when I see that a software title listed in “Windows software of the day” that does not have a completely clean VirusTotal scan. So after downloading “Volume2″ directly off Softpedia’s server I did do a TotalVirus scan and received the same result as “Locutus” received. I believe this to be a false positive, but does anyone have any experience with “Jiangmin” AV or know what “Trojan/Generic.bhzb” is or what it means? The only thing I was able to come up with is that “Jiangmin” came up with this same hit on various different software titles not associated with “Volume2″ or it’s developer. I think it got the hit because “Volume2″ is messing with OS registry settings; just a guess. But I’d love to hear from anyone who might have something to say or add to this.

  2. Subbrilliant

    You mentioned that Volume² allows changes to the volume level by scrolling over the system tray. Expanding on that it actually has more choices with regards to the control area. I find the option to make the entire taskbar a hot spot the most useful as it requires almost zero precision and is therefore much faster.

    There is also an option to call up the Windows volume mixer by double clicking the Volume² system tray icon that is very handy.