Windows software of the day [May 15, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Gmail Notifier: get Gmail notifications in your Windows 7 taskbar
  • Metanull: wipe EXIF data from saved photos
  • Rumshot: take fancy screenshots with borders

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Software for May 15, 2012

Kwerty Gmail Notifier

Last month, we looked briefly at Gmail Notifier Plus. If you like the idea but would rather have a different execution, Kwerty Gmail Notifier is a downright copycat that also adds a few new things and is under active development.

Kwerty actually appears to be a relatively recent branch of Gmail Notifier Plus. However, it adds a better looking icon and is under development, meaning that it can in the future get better and better. While it’s really not much to write home about yet, there’s hope for the future and for both Kwerty GN and GNP.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2

Supported OS: Windows 7 with .NET Framework 4.0

Download size: 2.14MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Kwerty Gmail Notifier homepage (offline) | GitHub page


Remember yesterday’s PhotoGrok, which allows you to view all of the EXIF data from your photos? All that lovely, identifying information, potentially including things like GPS location data and the name of the super secret camera you’re testing?

Don’t let others see it. Spend around a minute of your time setting up and running Metanull to remove all of this data. When you’re done, take another look at your EXIF data: it’s gone. It’s disappeared, never to haunt you again. Obviously you won’t want to run this on your own personal copies of photos, but if you’re uploading them to the internet, it may be a good idea to scrub them first.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.4508.21633

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 7.51KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Softpedia page


Want to take fancy screenshots with custom borders? Try Rumshot, a tiny little utility that lets you do just that. With the click of a button, you can take a screenshot, and with the click of another button, have it saved.

Rumshot’s main focus is the custom borders, however. Along with a downloadable theme pack, it’s possible to create your own, and it’s also possible download 3rd party borders from sites like DeviantArt. If you’re looking for screenshots with some class, try Rumshot.

Note 1: be sure to download the theme pack as well! Just unzip it to My Documents/Rumshot Themes.

Note 2: due to how the screenshots work, you’ll need to temporarily disable “animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” from Performance Options.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.0 Preview

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 227KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/40

Portability: No installation required; creates folders in My Documents

Rumshot homepage

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