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Here you will find detailed reviews and recommendations on freeware software that cover every different category, from Personal Information Managers, to Image Editors to Desktop Managers…and more!
New v6 of PC Tools Firewall Plus adds in 64-bit and Win7 support and makes Firewall Plus #1 best free firewall in terms of protection
My post on how to create your own security software suite for free is one of the most popular posts on dotTech [.org]; I am sure many of you are familiar with it (if not you really should met her him it).…Read More »
Leave the paper, pencil, canvas, and paintbrush behind: digitally draw or paint with SmoothDraw (now freeware)
I am one of those people who use more of their left side of the brain than the right. However even I can recognize a really cool, and useful, art-creating tool when I see one. SmoothDraw is one of these tools; SmoothDraw aims to bring artists into the digital age by providing them the tools to paint or draw right on their computer instead of the traditional canvas or paper:
SmoothDraw has many tools to help you create your very own masterpiece including but not limited to “many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many effects…”.…Read More »
Back in August I wrote an article about Partition Wizard, one of the only free partition management software which supports 64-bit users and businesses. In my article I stated the only major caveat I noticed with Partition Wizard is the lack of a bootable CD.…Read More »
Be sure to check out dotTech’s review on Best Free Clipboard Manager for Windows!
At one time or another everyone of us has copied something then copied another thing (effectively overwriting the former copy) without remembering we already had important data copied (a few obscene and censored words usually follow after the fact).…Read More »
I have never really been a fan of memory optimization programs. The reason for this is most of the memory optimization programs I have come across actually make your computer slower(as opposed to faster) because of the way they are designed to work and the lack of effectiveness.…Read More »
Perfect Utilities is an excellent freeware system maintenance/optimization software… because it is a copy of WinUtilities!
UPDATE2: It seems like the developer of Perfect Utilities is no longer providing it freeware. Anyone that tries to download Perfect Utilities will get WinUtilities ($49.95)!
UPDATE1 – WARNING: Since I reviewed Perfect Utilities, the developer has made update to the software.…Read More »
Here is an interesting utility for us insane multitaskers out there. WizMouse is a software which allows you to scroll a window without making it active. You simply have to place your mouse over the inactive window you want to scroll and use your scroll wheel to scroll.…Read More »
Update: DiskDigger is no longer freeware. It now costs $15.
Ever had an “oh crap did I seriously delete that file” moment? Sometimes it is as easy as looking in the recycle bin and recover your posture. However for other times (which seem to happen more often than the former) when you cannot just restore the file from recycle bin, programs like DiskDigger become handy:
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DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read.
Free and feature filled Partition Wizard one-ups the competition by supporting 64-bit users and businesses (in addition to the norm home user)
When I think of partition management three five big names come to mind: GParted (Linux based), EASEUS, Norton, Acronis, and Paragon. GParted and EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition of course being free while Norton, Acronis, and Paragon focusing more on commercial tools.…Read More »
Many dotTechies know about WinX DVD Ripper because it was given out on Giveaway of the Day sometime ago. However it seems now the developer of WinX DVD Ripper has made it freeware…
…and has added a new “Platinum” edition which you can pay $25 to upgrade to.…Read More »
JetScreenshot is a screenshot software by the makers of Folder Marker.
Software description as per JetScreenshot.com:
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Jet Screenshot is a freeware utility enabling you to share screenshot via the internet in seconds. It allows you to take a screen snap, edit it and send it to the Web, so that you can immediately provide anyone with a link to the image.
NetDrive is a small program developed by Solution Box, Inc. It allows you to mount an FTP or WebDav server as a networked drive. For instance, when you upload files to a web site (if you have one) then you can just open up the My Computer window and open up your site. …Read More »
As most of you know I recently changed web hosts for dotTech. In the process of changing web hosts, all my emails were left at the old web host with copies in Outlook on my computer. Now this got me a little worried because now I have no access to my old web host so if anything happens to my computer I lose all my emails (important emails at that).…Read More »
Driver Magician, a commercial driver backup and restore software, is often given out on GOTD. For what it is worth, Drive Magician is a good program. Today I am here to tell you about a program that allows you to backup and restore drivers in a similar manner as Driver Magician; however the program is freeware and is very easy to use.…Read More »
I hate keyloggers. Hate, hate, hate. I am not sure anyone likes keyloggers (besides the scum who use them for evil purposes). If you like keyloggers please tell me so I can ban you. I am only half joking.
To protect ourselves from scumware such as keyloggers, there are security programs such as Avira, Kaspersky, Norton, Threatfire, Malwarebytes, etc.…Read More »
Remember Stickies? Well the developer of Stickies has some other note worthy programs; one of them is Caffeine. Caffeine is a very simple program designed to accomplish one task and one task only: to prevent your computer from locking/going to sleep/turning on the screensaver/turn off monitor/etc.…Read More »
Unless you specifically tell a program otherwise, most programs nowadays will add themselves to your start menu when you install them. If you navigate your start menu often you know how annoying it is to view the dozens (hundreds?) of entries there.…Read More »
Process Tamer is a program that allows you to control how much CPU one specific program/process uses. We all have encountered programs that allow us to “set CPU priority” for that specific program (i.e. FormatFactory). Process Tamer is a program that works in a similar way with the only difference being that Process Tamer can control CPU priority for all programs instead of just it’s own.…Read More »
For me booting up the computer is a touchy subject. Not because of the actual turning on the computer, waiting for it to load, blah blah; rather the idea of some idiotic program making itself start up on Windows boot makes my blood boil.…Read More »
Ever been asked “what are the specs of your computer” or “what [insert hardware component here] do you have” or “does your computer have a [insert hardware product here]” or “what programs do you have installed” or [insert hardware related question here]?…Read More »
I am sure many of you have read my post on 7 free software to image/backup/ghost your computer (free alternatives to Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, etc.). For those that have not, you really should. In my post I explained the difference between file backup and image backup software (keep in mind the differences between the two type of backup software are quickly becoming “gray” instead of black and white as developers continue to add new features to their programs… features that may or may not venture into non-native territories if you get what I mean) and also pointed out which image backup software, in my opinion, was the best freeware one out there (at the time of that post).…Read More »
Today I will leave out the the usual brouhaha and cut right to the chase. I am here to tell you about an extremely powerful freeware file/folder renaming tool (if you somehow missed what the title said =P):
Rename Master is a complex, yet elegant (in a weird way), software that allows to you rename files/folders in multiple different ways:
- Add characters/words to the beginning/end of file/folder names.
Oh PrintScreen how well you have served us over the years; always there, willing and able, when the need arrived to capture that very special moment in our computing lives. So simple, yet so empowering: press PrintScreen, paste into Paint and go.…Read More »
Ever wanted to be able to reorder the buttons on your taskbar – place them in an order that fits your needs the best? Maybe you want your Firefox button to appear before (to the left of) your Word button but you opened Word first and therefore it appears first.…Read More »
Mixed in with all the brouhaha over today’s giveaway Video to Flash Converter, Giovanni, the great free-alternative software conquistatore (otherwise known as ‘conquistador’ to us culturally insensitive Americans), posted about a program that allows you to turn your PowerPoints into SWF flash videos.…Read More »