Windows software of the day [April 19, 2012]

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Software for April 19, 2012


Are you looking for a quick file browser that starts instantly and automatically disappears when you’re done? Try miniWE. It’s dead simple: you open it, it takes you to a specified folder and you can just browse around through your hard drive.

If you want it to quickly find images, you’ll like its built-in image preview support. It automatically shows image previews, as well as other previews like specific file formats or special installer icons.

miniWE is a little confusing and not the best looking program in the world, but its quickness and specificity make up for that.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.0.0.16

Supported OS: Windows XP with .NET 3.0/Vista/7

Download size: 618KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/35

miniWE homepage

ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Want to create great-looking panoramas? ArcSoft Panorama Maker is a nice little tool for making great panoramas, and it won’t limit you to a certain type like many other panoramas. It’ll also help do basic photo editing like color adjust and exposure adjust.

It also lets you view panoramas in 3D. If you’ve got a 3D screen, you’ll love to see these panoramas in 3D. The rest of us will have to make do with just a standard red/blue 3D image. Alongside 3D, it also allows you to purchase a printing of your panorama, rather than having to find a site that lets you print panoramas yourself.

However, you need not even take a single picture to make a Panorama. ACPM lets you import a video and use it as a source — something I’ve seen in no other panorama maker. If you want to create high-quality panoramas, especially either from a video or in 3D, you’ve really got no other choice than ArcSoft Panorama Maker.

Price: $79.99

Version discovered: v6.0.0.94

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 40.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: File too big

ArcSoft Panorama Maker homepage


Mac users probably know about Launchpad, Apple’s new foray into the tablet-interface-on-your-computer. Even if you’re not a Mac user but you like actual, convenient launchers that are really nice looking, you should try WinLaunch.

WinLaunch is an awesomely smooth, really nice copy of Apple’s Launchpad. It’s a full-screen launcher that can be launched by either moving your mouse to the top left of the screen, pressing Shift+Tab, or opening WinLaunch.exe. After opening it and adding shortcuts, you can make folders by dragging two icons onto each other. It’s very well animated, and despite the tablet-esque interface of it, it’s actually a very quick launcher.

WinLaunch is a very nicely done launcher, and it even looks amazing.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.4.5.2

Supported OS: Windows Vista/7/8

Download size: 16MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

WinLaunch 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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  • @Dan: yes, 1/42 on WinLaunch. their site appears to have gone offline, so I’ve updated it with the developer’s deviantart page.

  • Dan


    “VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42”

    On WinLaunch? And the homepage seems broken. What’s up?

  • Charles

    Hey isn’t this just Program Manager from Windows 3.x again? Graphic groups with programs in it.

  • david roper

    Rob Down Under, you are not the only 70 year old who feels that way. I am 68 and feel the same as you.
    There’s two of us to start this revolution, don’t you love the new camera man who zooms in on fireworks
    so that we cannot see the overall beauty of the scene like people who are there see. Zooming in on a single piece of flaming material.

  • Reginald

    Don’t you start talkin bout using a gun mate! You got me and Ashraf and Locotus worried now! Don’t know what we would do without your humerous posts! Get a chuckle evey time lad…

  • Rob (Down Under)

    I am in favor of less space.

    Am I the only one in the world that does not want flashiness, transparency, graphics this, graphics that ?
    If I am the only one in the world, then that is because of two possible reasons –
    – All my life I have believed in, and practiced, KISS
    or is it because –
    – I am old (70), cranky, lacking available neurons, intolerant ?

    On a similar vein, if I had a hand gun, I would do an Elvis when this happens on TV.
    And it happens with every talent show (Though American Idol has backed off a wee bit).
    Instead of keeping just one or two cameras on the act, they pan and zoom, and jump to the judges faces, then the audience, then some idiot host who is off stage( on the side)
    It is infuriating, and they even do it when there is a intricate magic act, or some death defying action going on.

    I will spare you my thoughts on heavy rock, and rap music (but again it is lucky I don’t have a hand gun)

    Beware getting old,

  • Also, in regards to ArcSoft Panorama Maker, its being offered as the giveaway of the day at Daily Software Giveaway.
    I really was impressed by it, and the more I read up on it the more of an awesome tool it seems to be.

  • About WinLaunch :
    In the genre – and for XP (Win2K /Vista / Win7) – there is “8tart Launcher”, free & portable, which looks to take up much less space on the screen (
    Thanks Locutus.