Windows software of the day [July 23, 2012]

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Software for July 23, 2012

Stayfocused

It’s time to write Windows Software of the Day. I’ll just–ooh, look an email! Ok, that’s taken care of, now it’s time to–look, new items in my RSS feeds!

Stay focused! Stayfocused is a program that can help you do just that. You add various activities you need to be focused to do, and it lets you open specific files, open websites, hide windows, and even go so far as to set your wallpaper. This can help if you’re getting distracted by that one little email notification that keeps popping up and if you need something motivational as your desktop background.

Its ability to set tasks a day in advance helps to keep you organized. Stayfocused is overall quite a nice program, and its configurability is useful as well.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0.0

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 2.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Stayfocused homepage

[via Ghacks]

Free Editor

Looking for an everything-editor? While there’s no program that can edit every file in the world, Free Editor certainly gets close. It can edit office documents (DOC, XLS, PPT, DOCX, PPTX, and more), image files (JPG, ICO, GIF, PSD, MBP, PNG, and more), and many, many more.

If you’re interested in a full list of available filetypes, you can see the list on Free Editor’s support page. It only supports basic editing, but that’s more than enough for most people: in documents, you can modify font, make tables, work with Excel sheets, and more; in images, you can rotate, crop, resize, blur, and apply other simple effects.

Free Editor has support for almost every format under the sun, and with that comes a relatively hefty filesize. It’s not too bad, however, considering once you’ve got Free Editor installed, you really don’t need programs for basic document editing, image editing, and more.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v2.0.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 34.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A — file too big

Portability: Requires installation

Free Editor homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

Direct YouTube Downloader

Looking for a way to download multiple YouTube videos at the same time? Direct YouTube Downloader claims to have you covered, offering the ability to download any format YouTube has available and even extract the audio.

When installing Direct YouTube Downloader, be very careful. It comes bundled with the evil Babylon Toolbar. After unchecking the toolbar, the homepage, and the search engine, you will be prompted to set your homepage, search engine, and toolbar all over again. Click Cancel on the prompt after the toolbar screen. Worse yet, you’ll be prompted to install another toobar… and then Babylon again. 

It also requires you to give it administrative access to your computer every time you run it, which if you think about it, should not be necessary for a video downloading program. In conclusion, Direct YouTube Downloader seems like a nice program if you look at only a few screenshots, but if you too closely, you’re going to see cracks in the finish.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.5

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 155KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 3/42

Portability: Requires installation

Direct YouTube Downloader homepage

[via Lifehacker]

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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17 comments

  1. Rob (Down Under)

    Free Editor alternative
    This is a web page where you can upload a file, and convert it
    doc to docx
    docx to doc
    ‘you name it’ to ‘you name it’
    I have provided a link to their page, where they list all the possible conversions (impressive) -
    http://www.zamzar.com/conversionTypes.php

    Rob

    PS I discovered it during the following.
    A neighbor works for a council, and is part of hard rubbish collections.
    He often collects laptops, but just lets them go to the dump.
    I mentioned that I could get them working, so he has brought a couple home to date.
    One of them has Microsoft Works.
    I Googled to find that MS Works uses unique file formats (eg wps)
    Why has the world not dropped a bucket on MS for doing that (weird formats that ain’t standard).
    Anyway that is how I came across the file converting web site.

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    @Josh:
    I will take your advice(s), and -
    - Not risk getting Free Editor
    - Use LibreOffice if I have the need to do a conversion
    For the moment I will store a link to it, so I remember that is the program I will use.

    Question for other members -
    Has anyone used the portable version of LibreOffice ?
    It appears to need to be part of the PortableApps suite, and be run from a usb stick.
    My definition of portable is you just shove it into a folder (even one on your C drive), and does not require any ‘suite’ to run it.
    Can one do that with LibreOffice Portable version ?

  3. Josh

    @Rob (Down Under):
    Thanks for the reply from Free Editor Support. It is rather brief and does not inspire much confidence, especially after the reported failure to open PDF files, which it also claims to do. Softpedia is still the only exterior site listing it and still no user feedback there. Have decided to give them a miss, so can not help. Perhaps Jeanjean (above), who has installed it, might be able to test it on docx and xlsx?

    I have also searched for easier docx/xlsx conversion elsewhere. The manual and command line methods are small nightmares and the UI apps have conflicting user feedbacks – Looks like LibreOffice is the easier and cheapest (free) option for now, apart from the MS PIA.

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    @Josh:
    I said I would post the reply, if I heard back from Free Editor support.
    Just received this email -
    Hello Rob,
    Yes, the program will allow you to do this. Simply, go to Save As in the menu.
    Sincerely,
    Free Editor Support

    On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM, Rob wrote:
    Name*: Rob Crombie
    Email*: robhp@iprimus.com.au
    Include some details:*: Does your program allow me to open a
    docX or xlsX
    and then save them as
    doc or xls

    Has anyone downloaded the program, and are sleeping soundly ?

  5. Jeanjean

    @ Josh
    Sorry for my late response, I went last night to VDSL2 but with an interruption of my internet connection.
    Yes, I can’t open any PDF. I’ve tried with files downloaded on the net.

  6. Josh

    @Rob (Down Under):
    They have address/contact details and they spell out their terms reasonably clearly, but the program features are rather vague and incomplete – just short, generalised hype, really. It looks wonderful, but the listed features seem too good to be true. Would love to hear what their response to your email is, because I did a quick search and did not find any other app that conforms to your docx/xlsx requirements, apart from the MS PIA and, perhaps, LibreOffice. Jeanjean’s experience with the Nova PDFs also worries me. Apart from Softpedia, I found no other site that offers the app for download and Softpedia has no independent review or feedback on it. If the app does all that it claims, without strings attached, it would be very useful, but I am loath to install apps which seem vague and unpredictable.

  7. Josh

    @Jeanjean:
    I assume that you have installed Free Editor, since you have tested it on the PDFs created with Nova. Have you tried it on PDF files created with a different application, such as Adobe? Perhaps the Nova files, for some specific reason, are an exception?

  8. Rob (Down Under)

    @Genny Lockett:
    There is this in fine print down the bottom of their main page -
    © 2011-2012 Grapefruit Software, LLC
    2637 E Atlantic Blvd #20604
    Pompano Beach, FL 33062
    (754) 444-7098

    However that does not guarantee that it won’t give us the pip

    The slightly good news is Softpedia has it listed -
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Other-Office-Tools/Free-Editor.shtml
    Which one of the DotTechies told me was usually reassuring

    Rob
    PS Regarding my docX to doc question, I noticed this on their Features -
    “As an added bonus, you have the ability to convert your documents into other formats with Free Editor.”

    Also I have sent them an email with my exact need.

  9. Rob (Down Under)

    Can Free Editor allow one to open MS’s PIA docX and xlsX and save them as doc and xls ?
    If not, is anyone aware of a program that can do that ?
    (Apart from MS’s ‘jump through the hoops’ offering)

  10. Josh

    Can Free Editor actually open, edit and save PDF files; as in typing in words, replacing, adding and deleting text and images in the document itself, or is it another misnomer for simply adding notations?

  11. Denis Hands

    Freemake is soo much better for youtube downloads, plus it can do direct to device (CD/DVD) or program interaction (iTunes). As well it can go the opposite way, device to youtube conversion