Windows software of the day [August 5, 2012]

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Software for August 5, 2012

Auto Power Switch

Like many people, I have my computer set to do things overnight. However, leaving it to do that’s a giant waste of electricity. It probably finishes the tasks not 20 minutes after they’re assigned to start, yet I leave it on overnight. With Auto Power Switch, I can set my computer to turn off, restart, log off, lock, stand by, or hibernate at any given time. It also allows for closing programs at designated times.

Auto Power Switch is a fairly featureful application. You can select what power task you want performed when, and when you click Start, it’s off! You can also just click Now to perform the task now. Its application controls are more useful, allowing you to, for instance, turn off your torrenting program at 3am after running for a few hours. There’s really no end to the possibilities.

Overall, if you’re looking for a program to end certain programs at certain times, or turn off your computer at certain times, Auto Power Switch is for you. However, keep in mind many programs include the ability to turn off your computer when they’ve completed tasks such as video encoding, audio processing, torrenting, and more, so check the programs you wish to shut off before jumping to Auto Power Switch.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 662KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation

Auto Power Switch homepage

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To-Do DeskList

You’ve had several great ideas that never really panned out simply because you couldn’t or forgot to write them down. Though there are several mobile apps that excel in this exact area, To-Do DeskList is a great Windows app that helps you quickly tap out ideas, reminders, and Todos To-Dos.

To-Do DL allows you to add tasks with priorities, so you can see what’s most important. Writing a paper or generating a report would be top priority, but getting a new mouse would be decidedly low priority. It then shows todos in the bottom right corner of your screen, ready to be checked off or ignored.

Overall, To-Do DeskList is a nice little to-do app that helps you manage day-to-day tasks.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.70

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 20MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/40

Portability: Requires installation

To-Do DeskList homepage

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Extended Clipboard

There are roughly 30,000 clipboard managers for Windows out there in the world. Some are as basic as a programmer’s first graphical exercise, and some are more complicated than the Curiosity Mars rover landing tonight. Extended Clipboard falls squarely in the middle: easy to use, but with enough features to have you covered.

Extended Clipboard’s main feature is called FastPaste. It’s a simple menu called up with Alt+V that lets you paste anything from your clipboard history. You can also call up its main interface, as shown to the right, that allows you to see type of clip, date, and more. It even lets you search while in this mode.

Overall, Extended Clipboard is a great program for those who are constantly copying and pasting. It allows for quick recall of any clip, and searching for those with large numbers of clips.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v2.0.0.2

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 204KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: No installation required!

Extended Clipboard homepage

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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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5 comments

  1. Patrick C

    @David:
    Hi David,
    You write: “(…) cut ‘n paste of image files into Word (e.g.) which is not natively possible”.

    Now that’s strange. I’m, still using MS Office 2003 (with the plug in to allow reading Office 2010 files) and have been copy-and-pasting all sorts of images into Word, be it directly from websites, Google Images or from stand alone applications (e.g. my native photomanager or Picassa). I do this by rightclicking on the image and choosing Copy from the menu, then switch to an open Word.doc and paste from the toolbar or with Ctrl-v. Never had any problems.
    And it works in any of the Office applications (e.g. Access -provided you select the right field type-, Excel and -of course- Powerpoint…all of which I use frequently).
    I don’t know about higher versions of MS Office, but I never heard from any of my friends that it would be impossible or pose difficulties…
    Copying video-CLIPS into Word however is (of course) inpossible (in stead I paste the url when needed). A sidenote on Powerpoint: copying video- and audioclips (using suitable software) to a folder containing the PPT-file you’re currently working on will allow you to integrate (and thus play) the clips into your creation (i.e. as part of that PTT-presentation)…

    Have a nice day,
    Pat.

  2. David

    Extended Clipboard is buggy. Having copied an image file onto the clipboard (from an internet page) I double clicked in the image shown in EC’s GUI. This was added multiple times to EC’s list (a lot!) and the process usage jumped up many times the image’s size.

  3. Mr.Dave

    For a clipboard manager I highly recommend Ars Clip, been using it for several months now. It lets you pick recent clips from a list, or you can set hotkeys to scroll through the list one at a time (in a small pop-up window near your mouse cursor) and press space bar to paste it. It can also store permanent clips, and can paste with or without formatting. Nicely done! New version out 2 weeks ago at: http://www dot joejoesoft dot com/vcms/97/

    To-Do Desklist looks good. Not mentioned above is the ability to synchronize a list (and even share with others) across multiple PCs. This might be the simple tool I’ve been looking for at work to assign tasks to others across several projects. It’s also helpful for personal use. Good find!

  4. Patrick C

    I’ve used “Swift to do list” until my computer decided to return to it’s creator :-(
    One thing I missed is a configurable sound alarm for things I really mustn’t miss (BTW, I’m not -yet- on mobile devices…) And I’d love to be warned by my favourite short pieces of music (e.g. WAV files) in a loop than by standard “beeps and burps”… Preferably different tracks for different tasks…
    If “To-Do DeskList” doesn’t have such a feature, would DotTech team or readers here have any suggestions?
    Thanks & have a nice weekend,
    Pat.