Windows software of the day [March 25, 2012]

Windows has hundreds of thousands of programs. Because of this great volume and lack of a central store, software discovery (aka finding new and useful programs) is extremely difficult. With our Windows Software of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to change that. Everyday we post three programs, allowing our readers to discover new software, daily. Enjoy! [Subscribe to our Windows section to never miss an article: RSS Feed | E-mail]

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Software for March 25, 2012


As someone who uses a computer a lot, I know that sitting in the same position for too long can be a real pain. (Literally.) If you want to take steps towards being a healthier computer user but don’t know where to start, you can start by using a simple break timer like BreakTimer that gets you out of your chair for just a few minutes every once in a while.

After installation, BreakTimer will ask you to take a short break every once in a while–about once an hour. What’s the weather like outside? Are you thirsty?

If you ignore it or click “No thanks”, it’ll change its break schedule to every five minutes until you accept. It’ll also turn itself red so it’s more noticeable and in your face.

BreakTaker is a cool little tool that makes it really easy to get yourself to take a break. In fact, I’m off to take a short one now!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.0.3

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 402KB web installer w/ 1.87MB download

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

BreakTaker homepage

TinEye Client

That’s a beautiful picture. But what is it? If you have a great picture of a mountain, town, or other thing and you want to know what it is, you can always Google for various descriptive factors like “mountain” and “black and white”. However, that will get you nowhere fast, because that simply isn’t descriptive enough.

Now imagine there was a service where you could just right click any photo you have and find matching photos on sites probably have descriptions of that photo! With TinEye Client, you can easily upload pictures to that awesome service without having to find an image upload site, upload your image, get the link, and paste it in.

It’s that simple: click once and you’re ready to search.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows (unknown)

Download size: 333KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

TinEye Client homepage


Having a small monitor can be annoying, especially when you have to deal with tons of windows at once. WindowSlider is a small freebie that lets you put lots of windows on your screen without cluttering it by “sliding” your viewport around. As you can see to the right, although I have Firefox, Paint, and Notepad all open and visible, only Notepad is in focus so I can concentrate.

WindowSlider is a great utility that definitely has quite some thought and design poured into it. Rather than jarring and jumpy, the transitions and animations are smooth and look great.

Price: Free with the option to purchase a $15.00 Plus version

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size:496KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

WindowSlider homepage

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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  • Emrys

    @RobCr: Thanks for the post. Good info there.

  • RobCr

    You can go to Properties (of Shortcuts to programs) to set your own Hot Key.
    Hold down Shift key when deleting, to bypass the Recycle Bin.
    Alt F4 closes active program.
    Ctrl C to copy highlighted text, and Ctrl V to paste.
    Ctrl Z to undo last action (in all sorts of programs, and not only text actions)
    Depress middle button (wheel) of mouse in Tab, to close Tabs, in many programs.
    Ctrl T opens new Tab.
    Ctrl + or – to change zoom factor in browsers
    just type text into thin air in FF and it assumes that you wish to find that text on the web page. F3 finds the next, and the next.
    Windows key and e to get windows explorer (but search dotTech for my preaching on XYPlorer)
    Ctrl Shift Esc to get Task Manager.
    Type msconfig in the Run box, and go to the rightmost tab to untick a lot of crap that should not be starting with Windows.
    Turn off Indexing on all your drives, and use XYPlorer’s search (F12) instead.

  • Emrys

    @Ashraf: Well, evidently not. I wonder just how much else I don’t know. :D

  • Thanks for the Client Locutus !

  • Ashraf

    @Mattie: Locutus is being punished as we speak.

    On a serious note, thank you — I’ve fixed the link. We just forgot a simple http:// at the beginning. Sorry about that!

    @RobCr: “How can I be frank with you Frank” LMAO!

    @Emrys: What would we write about Alt-Tab? I thought everyone knew that. o_O

  • Emrys

    Alt-Tab! I never knew about it (kind of old to be such a noob). @ Ash and Loc, how about a post on just such little jewels?

  • RobCr

    Surely you can’t be serious ?
    Can I be frank with you Frank ?
    Locutus mentioned that he does not want the distractions of the other visible Forms on the screen.
    If all the apps were full screen, ‘Locust’ would probably say that your proposal ‘could fly’.
    But if they were not full screen, he would probably say that it is ‘not cricket(s)’

  • Frank

    @RobCr: What is wroong with “Alt-Tab”?

  • Mattie

    Hey guys, the link to “BreakTaker homepage” doesn’t seem to be working!

  • Ashraf

    @RobCr: What Locutus wrote is, in my opinion, clear. However, you also have a good point. I’ve changed it.

    And thanks for the tip!

  • RobCr

    Regarding TinEye Client
    What I do (instead), is right click any image in my hard drive.
    And choose open with FireFox (works with JPG and BMP and I am sure others)
    Then I right click the image in the FF Tab, and choose Search TintEye.

    I reckon that avoids the need to install TinEye Client

    PS Locutus, I had already worked that out, by visiting the web site.
    I was hinting that your comment is not ‘idiot proof’ (some idiots will have to visit the web site to see what you meant.)
    Perhaps it could have read –
    Price: Free (there is also a $15.00 Plus version)

  • Loutus

    @RobCr: you can get the functionality I talked about for free, or pay $15 for a “pro” upgrade. Lots of freeware operates like this.

  • RobCr

    In Blazing Saddles, the concerned towns folk are holding a meeting in the church.
    At one point an old bearded / bedraggled person stands up to speak.
    He rambles on in a gibberish, that no one can understand, but no one says anything till he finishes. Then the person chairing the meeting says –
    “Now who can argue with that”

    Locutus said –
    “Price: Free with $15.00 Plus version”
    “Now who can argue with that”

    (RobCr aka Rob Down Under)

    PS There were many applications that improved dramatically once Tabs were introduced.
    Browsers, Word Processors, File managers, Notepad (Ultra Edit, EditPad Lite someone tell Locutus)
    Has anyone come up with one for Windows ?
    Ideally the Tab bar should hide itself, and perhaps lower itself down from the top when mouse goes to extreme top of screen.
    And a ‘Desktop’ could be in each Tab