Windows software of the day [May 22, 2012]

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Software for May 22, 2012

App Switcher for Windows 7 Aero

Want a zero-config, simple as can be app switcher for Windows? App Switcher is just that: it shows very large previews of your open windows, and has no configuration.

To open it, you just double tap the top row of your screen. This can seem a bit difficult at first; it’s definitely much easier if you use a computer mouse instead of a laptop trackpad. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be quite nice.

If you’ve been looking for something to speed up your workflow and don’t want to spend time fritzing around with the settings, App Switcher for Windows 7 Aero is the switcher for you: fast, painless setup, and easy to use.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: May 15th

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 689KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

App Switcher for Windows 7 Aero homepage

OpenWith Enhanced

Trying to use Windows’ built-in Open With… dialog is annoying most if not all of the time. It only shows up when you don’t have compatible applications installed, and it only ever shows applications that you do have installed. This can be an issue.

OpenWith Enhanced is a nice free application that lets you fix this issue. It has a database of file extensions and programs that can open them. For instance, if you try to open a Photoshop file without having Photoshop installed, it’ll recommend things like IrfanView and other photo viewers.

Once you choose a program to install, it’ll also lead you to the developer’s site, letting you install it right then and there. If you’re on the hunt for software to open a particular file extension, you can install OpenWith Enhanced to be prompted whenever you need to open it.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.05

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 463KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: requires installation

OpenWith Enhanced homepage


SimpleClock is a very aptly-named thing: it’s a simple text-based screensaver that shows you the time. In fact, it’s so simple, there’s barely anything to write about. It gives you the current date, the day, and the time in AM or PM.

SimpleClock is written in ActionScript, which means that you have to have Adobe Flash installed. Other than that, however, there are no real requirements for having SimpleClock and its minimal beauty.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 568KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portability: Requires installation

SimpleClock homepage

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    @five words: Odd. Thank you for letting me know. Ill look into it.

  • Skye-hook

    @Rick C.: Thanks so much! I never heard/saw that before! :) And yay! :)

  • five words

    @Ashraf: Although I have seen this happen a few times starting about four months ago and have seen others comment about this, earlier today was the first time it happened to me for probably a month. I always scroll to the bottom to change back to the regular theme but after a few tries with no luck I closed waterfox and started over and got the mobile theme again. I went ahead and commented to let you know and waited a minute and tried changing the theme again and it worked that time. It has occured when using firefox and waterfox that I am aware of. Running on a new install of Win 7 Home Premium 64 at this time. Hope this helps. Thanks, . . .

  • JohhnyG

    Regarding the clock screensaver: I’ve been using Gnat for many years now. It’s free and you can read about it and download it here:

  • Rick C.

    86 is for the 32 bit… System Type – 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)… Hope that helps you

  • Skye-hook

    Reading the page for it, it says for 86 or 64–I assume that means for XP & up BUT not if ya have a 32 bit? Mine is 32 bit. I had to reformat once when I tried using something that was for 64bit, so I didn’t download it yet. But it sounds really handy! I want it IF it won’t ruin my whole OS. If it won’t work, then I wish they’d make it for 32 bit also. Thanks for any help. :)

  • Ashraf

    @five words: I move between mobile and nonmobile with no issues. What device.are you using?

  • five words

    Stuck in mobile theme again. After posting this comment, and trying to change the theme one more time, I finally see the normal theme again.