Windows software of the day [May 31, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • DXPurge: clean up after Mac OS X’s file littering and create ZIPs with drag and drop
  • Proto: browse files with an insanely fast keyboard-only file browser
  • Falco GIF Animator: create and edit GIF files

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Software for May 31, 2012


Do you use a Mac? They’re quite nice! However, they have a very annoying habit that crops up whenever you want to copy a folder from a Mac to a PC. It always leaves DS Store files and other random files that are generally supposed to be hidden. While not really the worst in the world, it can be a bit annoying, and if you’re looking for a way to get rid of those files, DXPurge is your tool.

DXPurge is simple. To use it, you just drag the folder that you copied from Mac OS X onto DXPurge and it cleans it up. And, if you’re looking to compress the files so you can send them somewhere, it also has the optional ability to create a ZIP folder when it’s done cleaning.

DXPurge isn’t the fix to the world’s biggest annoyance, but cross-system cleanup is generally a pain. The easier it is, the better, and DXPurge takes half of the difficulties away!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.0b

Supported OS: Windows 7 x64

Download size: 2.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Installation required

DXPurge homepage


Need to browse your files insanely quickly? Don’t start up Windows Explorer. Even with the keyboard, it’s a hassle to get exactly what you want. Instead, open up Proto. It’s entirely keyboard based, and has smart filename matching algorithms that allow it to expand partial names like s32 into full names like system32.

Proto allows you to do just about anything. Browsing files is as quick as typing in a part of their names, and it supports MP3 tags and regex so you can never stop getting better at searching. It lets you quickly convert images to various formats, as well as instantly copy a file to the clipboard. You can check out the full list of commands here.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.6.9.7

Supported OS: Windows XP+ w/ .NET 4.0 Framework

Download size: 3.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Proto homepage

Falco GIF Animator

Want to create your own GIFs? There are lots of pieces of software out there that let you do this, and one of them is Falco GIF Animator. You can either draw each from scratch, or you can create a chain of imported images such as screenshots. It also lets you do some basic effect editing with them, such as soft glows, masks, noise reduction, and more.

Falco’s really not the most amazing piece of software. It’s hard to use and comes bundled with bloatware, and it’s not even useful and wouldn’t be even if it was easy to use. However, some people like to create GIFs, and without expensive tools like Photoshop, there aren’ t many ways to do so. For people like that, Falco is worth a shot.

Note: be sure to deselect Babylon Toolbar and other bundleware when installing FGIFA.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.9

Supported OS: Windows 98, XP+

Download size: 22.79MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: Requires installation

Falco GIF Animator homepage

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  • naveed

    Proto is AMAZING! Needs a little work, but looks like it’s still in beta.

  • Sheldon Cooper, Phd


    Web of Trust is blocking it, too. Ashraf, I’m surprised you don’t have WOT add-on in your browser.

  • Ashraf

    @Jim-1: Ditto. dotTech is known for straight talk and Locutus is doing a good job at it.

  • Jim-1

    Kudo’s for the truth in advertising! :-)

    It’s hard to use and comes bundled with bloatware, and it’s not even useful and wouldn’t be even if it was easy to use.

  • Ashraf

    @Mardel: Could they be detecting Babylon Toolbar and other crapware that comes with Falco?

  • Mardel

    I am curious as to what pub.bundle installer is. Malwarebytes claims that the falco gif animator program includes this. Also when attempting to download this software with my new computer which has Trend Micro on it, it stops me from even getting to the page to download the program. It claims that the site is well-known for spam, etc. What gives? That is why I attempted to get the file on my old computer (xpsp3 running Avast) and I downloaded the .exe file. But after right clicking and scanning it with Malwarebytes, I got the above.
    Any ideas?

  • Koy Dillian

    “Pronto” needs .NET ….
    Falco Gif Animator … “It’s hard to use and comes bundled with bloatware”

    NOT good… I’m outa here!