Windows software of the day [May 3, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • trimDesk: quickly hide and show your desktop and taskbar
  • Osiva: a quick image browser that makes each picture into a tile on your desktop
  • Free Launch Bar: get the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7, with more added features

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Software for May 3, 2012


Cluttered desktops. I hate them, and I’m sure you probably do too. Now, try to hide the taskbar and even disable the desktop background. I’ll be here when you’re done dealing with regedit, don’t worry.

trimDesk is a tiny app that lets you instantly hide your desktop background, taskbar, gadgets, and icons in just one click, either one by one or in sets. It also lets you do things like open an application while hiding various things — for instance, you can have it change your desktop background and open Word or Excel when it’s time to get some serious work done.

If you have a cluttered desktop and want a quick and easy way to clean it, try trimDesk.

Price: Free with $12.75 Pro version

Version discovered: v1.1.1

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 1.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: EXE – 0/42 | ZIP – 0/37

Portable version available?  No, but does not require admin powers

trimDesk homepage


Want to simply display a bunch of images as your desktop background, with each tile being an independently movable block? Try Osiva. It actually works quite well with trimDesk above, as when you use trimDesk to hide the icons and desktop background it can make images loaded in Osiva stand out more.

When you load images into Osiva, you’ll notice that they’re by default 1:1. However, you can easily resize them, either one by one or all at once, to various sizes like half size and eighth size. You can also load “transparent” images into them, where the transparency is actually just a white background. You can use this to make, for instance, certain overlays that don’t interrupt your background.

Osiva, while kind of a novel tool, isn’t really all that useful. However, it’s a free download and it’s worth checking out, if even for that “huh” factor it has.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.3.0

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 212KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? Yes

Osiva homepage

Free Launch Bar

The Quick Launch bar, which was gotten rid of in Windows 7, was many people’s best friends on Windows. It provided quick access to tons of programs, and was a great little organizational tool. Although it may be gone, however, you can still get it back with additional features with Free Launch Bar.

With Free Launch Bar, you can do all the usual Quick Launch stuff: launch apps, make folders, etc. However, FLB also allows you to edit various properties of the bar: should it just be icons? Just text? Both? You can decide. You can also set up various hotkeys for each item that allow you to launch them even quicker.

Free Launch Bar is a nice little tool if you want your classic Quick Launch bar back, and brings even more to the table.

Price: Free with $19.90 upgrade to True Launch Bar

Version discovered: v2.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 1.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? No

Free Launch Bar 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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