Windows software of the day [July 22, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • MWSnap: a handy screenshot tool
  • WordWeb: look up definitions and synonyms quickly
  • Ocenaudio: an easy to use audio editor

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Software for July 22, 2012

MWSnap

There are innumerable programs available on the internet for you to take screenshots. MWSnap is one of those programs, letting you take screenshtos of windows, menus, the whole screen, menus, controls, or rectangles.

It also includes a set of tools, including zoom, a color picker, and a ruler. It also of course lets you take screenshots using keyboard shortcuts: Shift+Ctrl+F for a fixed-sized rectangle, Shift+Ctrl+A for a free rectangle, Shift+Ctrl+W for a window,  or Shift+Ctrl+D for your desktop.

You can also do some pretty cool image manipulation. Need a mouse cursor somewhere in your screenshot? No problem! MWSnap has a handy button devoted entirely to adding mouse cursors to your screenshots. You can also add frames, and flip the image horizontally.

Lastly, MWSnap lets you save screenshots automatically. It’s a great program if you’re not looking for something with Aero border support, and is free for all to use.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.00

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 601-643KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Portable 0/42 | Install 0/42

Portability: Portable version available!

MWSnap homepage

WordWeb

Want to look up a word quickly? While there’s not much that could be faster than simply Googling it, WordWeb manages to fit in there: one keyboard shortcut and you’re done.

When I found WordWeb, I was ebullient that I had found a definition program unencumbered with the necessity of web access. It’s quite easy to use, as you simply Ctrl+RightClick a word in most programs and it’ll pop up with the definition, references, synonyms, antonyms, and more.

Their licensing is a little bit weird. It says that if you take more than two flights a year (yes, flights in an airplane) you need to uninstall after the 30 day trial, or upgrade to the Pro version. As far as I know, there is no way for WordWeb to track your flights, so if you’re a non-business user who flies a lot I wouldn’t be worried.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a free program to quickly define words, WordWeb is a great choice.

Price: Free with $19+ “Pro” version

Version Discovered: v6.75

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 19.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

WordWeb homepage

[Thanks sl0j0n!]

Ocenaudio

Want to edit your audio files like a pro? Step over, Audacity: Ocenaudio is here.

Ocenaudio is essentially a much nicer version of Audacity. Its interface has an actual design, and its icons look like they were designed in the last decade, but it retains most of the powerful features Audacity is famous for. You can generate various effects, including fades, vibrato, random noise, silence, and more.

It also allows you to open virtually any audio file you can imagine, and export files as RAW, WAV, CAF, MP3, Mp4, OGG, and a number of other formats. If you’re interested in creating ringtones, it has a special option just for those, including automatic fade ins and outs.

Overall, Ocenaudio is quite a well-rounded program, and is a great audio editor for those looking to get started.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v2 Build 3834 Beta 19

Supported OS: Windows/Linux/OS X

Download size: 13.9MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/40

Portability: Requires installation

Ocenaudio homepage

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  2. David

    OcenAudio editor is unicode compatible (quite a number that seem based on the same code aren’t).

    It supports ‘save as’ into a very large number of formats, but doesn’t seem (or I couldn’t find it) to have a way to set any mp3 parameters.

    Noise reduction doesn’t seem to be supported, nor is there a help file.

  3. sl0j0n

    Hello, “Locutus”.
    WordWeb is one of the best ‘freeware’ programs the world has ever seen.
    I’ve been using the ‘free’ version for years, and no, I don’t have a SUV, and I’ve never flown.
    [Not in an airplane, anyway.]
    I use it to spell-check all the time.
    Just highlight the word, hit the keyboard shrtct “Ctrl+Alt+W”, and up pops WordWeb with a definition,
    IF you spelled it correctly.
    IF not, you may get a ‘suggested’ spelling, or just the list of words spelled similarly.
    Its a GREAT program.
    Maybe I buy a license, huh?

    Have a GREAT day, neighbor!

  4. David

    Josh, JeanJean – Duckcapture is much more reliable for scrolling captures e.g. Firefox web pages.

    Picpick’s scrolling capture only captures the part on the screen. I think it used to work better.. maybe there’s something I have set up that conflicts with it.

    I used to use MWsnap years ago..

  5. Josh

    @Jeanjean:
    Thank you for coming to the rescue. The DuckCapture app suggested by you is indeed a much better alternative for those who prefer editing without using a separate program. The full scrolling window capture function is also a very practical and time saving tool.

  6. Stephen

    I’ve used WordWeb (free version) for years and have been very happy with it. Lately, it occasionally
    “misreads ” the word the cursor is on. Perhaps this occurs with applications that use Unicode? Anyway, you won’t regret installing it.

    P.S. I haven’t flown in 2-3 years or more. I think the author is concerned about the air pollution caused by high-flying aircraft.

  7. Rob (Down Under)

    @Jeanjean:
    Thanks for the ‘heads up’,
    I have downloaded it, and will definitely check it out.

    Rob
    PS Not related to above, but I thought I would slip this in.
    I have a Galaxy S2
    Came across a wee USB cable adaptor that plugs into the micro USB socket on the phone, and has a normal USB socket on the other end.
    Apparently allows connection of things like keybaord and mouse.
    (I am a recent convert to Wireless Keyboard/mouse for my PC’s, so will be trying that out, when my order arrives).
    The cable adaptor only costs $2
    They are called –
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  9. Kelltic

    Love WordWeb. LIke you said, no intenet access necessary – but it will jump to an online dictionary with one click if you decide to go there. There is seldom any need since it is better than any online counterpart. It sits in the corner of one of my screens – every day – and has for many years. A thesaurus is embedded in the program and new words and definitions are added when updated.

    You show the pro price as $19.00. Must have come way down since I purchased my license. Or maybe that’s because I have a lifetime license. Whatever – it was well worth the price.

  10. Josh

    @Rob (Down Under): Oops, my apologies… I was referring to basic capturing of screenshots, which includes, in my definition, all the options the average non-geek, like me, would use. The editing functions are limited; rotating, adding some windows cursors, 3 picture frames, etc. I’m afraid it won’t meet your requirements. I usually save the image and add these things with a graphics program later.

  11. Rob (Down Under)

    @Josh:
    “Does everything the average computer user will need”
    I like to add Lines, Arrrows, Text with a bit of color.
    Can it do any of them ?

    Generally I prefer PicPick, as it can do those edits, and can handle multiple captures (in Tabs), so that you are not forced to finish off, and save each capture , before doing more captures.
    I also have Snippy running, as it provides me a ready way to blend snippets into some of my open captures in the PicPicks Tabs.
    I just tried doing that trick into MWSnap, and it discards the current image, when attempting to paste in a Snippy snippet.

  12. Josh

    Have been using MWSnap for some months now. Fast, easy, very small and with no unnecessary frills. Does everything the average computer user will need and does it well. Heartily recommended. And no, I have no affiliation with the author or whatever.