Windows software of the day [August 13, 2012]

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Software for August 13, 2012


Using Windows Explorer is like using Internet Explorer 6: there’s no tabs, and for no good reason. (It doesn’t help that it’s slow as pitch, either.) Unfortunately, 3rd party file browsers are almost as annoying as Windows Explorer, as they do nothing to integrate cleanly with your system (not that there’s much they could do, as Explorer is pretty deeply ingrained into Windows). Instead, TabExplorer takes a different approach: if you can’t make an Explorer replacement with tabs, why not make Explorer have tabs?

TabExplorer is very, very simple. It adds a row of tabs above the Aero glass bar of every Explorer window, and you can open new tabs using the button on the right, or switch between tabs by clicking on their titles or using the tab switcher on the left side. It’s a nice implementation of tabs, as you can drag and drop them out of and into windows much like you can in Firefox or Chrome. You can also set tabs to be all gray, or randomized colors.

Overall, TabExplorer is probably the best tabbed Explorer program I’ve found. It’s well-integrated with Windows, and while it has its own share of issues, they’re much smaller issues than any other tab programs I’ve ever tried.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.2

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 4.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

TabExplorer homepage

[via Freeware Genius]


Are you looking for the most versatile backup program ever known to mankind? Do you regularly dream of backing up not just files, but user profiles, favorites, fonts, registry settings, and more–all from within the same program? LojiklSweep is the free backup program you’ve been looking for… so long as you can spell it.

After registering for a free year-long license, you can freely use LojiklSweep. Backups are organized into Projects, and within each project, you can add files, registry settings, and more. You can set up Tasks for these projects: where and when do you want to run them? You can backup to networked drives, online storage (CloudMe, DropBox, Box.Net, FTP or WebDAV), local storage, or a CD/DVD image (which you would then need to burn yourself). You can optionally encrypt and compress the data, but that’s not necessary.

In short, LojiklSweep is a great little backup program with an incredible amount of malleability. You can use it to backup almost everything on a schedule of almost anything, and it’s entirely free.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 3.9MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

LojiklSweep homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

Instagram Downloader

Instagram is a weird place full of fake-old photos by people with smartphones that want to intentionally impede the evolution of phone camera technology. If you’re one of these people and want to download your or someone else’s photos off of the service, Instagram Downloader is a free program that’ll do the trick with ease.

To use Instagram Downloader, just click on the center and type in a username. You can of course download your own public photos, or download anyone else’s public photos. To get downloading, you must just select the photos you want and click Download Selected Photos–or just download them all with the Download All button. Alternatively, if you don’t want to download them, the Export the List button will export a list of all the loaded photo URLs.

All in all, Instagram Downloader is great at downloading Instagram photos. You can download some, all, or just the URLs of anyone’s public photos. It’s a free 3.8MB download, and is available on the developer’s website.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 3.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Instagram Downloader homepage

[via Freeware Genius]

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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  1. Peter

    @Ed: I could not believe that. So I downloaded the 64-bit version and tried it. It is really true. You’ll get a banner and a crash. This is definitely not in beta stage yet; pre-pre-alpha-candidate :(

  2. Ed


    This software is in no way ready for prime time. Downloaded and installed on Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and the program crashes when started, this is an issue which has been brought forward in their forum but there is no fix as of yet.
    This could be good software if an when it is completed.

  3. Subbrilliant

    Regarding TabExplorer: I have used a similar tab-adding enhancement for Windows Explorer named QTTabBar, (available on Sourceforge) with great results.

    It would appear that it has several additional useful enhancements included, (locking individual tabs, tab history, the ability to create tab groups, etc.), while at the same time has no negative impact on workflow. I recommend taking a look at it.

    Regarding LojiklSweep: This looks like an excellent program however…

    Is it permanently free or a trial, (or undecided)? The mention of a free year-long license is a bit concerning as it could indicate that the Developer’s business model could shift in the future. With so many good, (and free), backup solutions I’m always hesitant to try one that may become paid due to the fact that if a proprietary method is used that may render the user’s backups inaccessible when they’re needed at a later date.

    Thanks as always for the reviews.

  4. Janetb


    I believe it worked in my couple-of-days trial of CHROME, but I uninstalled Chrome because it was infinitely less customizable than IE8 and did not allow for use of the Google Toolbar which I really like. Strangely, Google’s Chrome does not have all the functions of Google’s toolbar! The things I like on IE8 that were missing in other browsers: buttons for much-used funtions (I didn’t like having to read through a drop-down menu for EVERYTHING), missed dropdown menu for Forward/Back, ability to toggle between Favorites and History, ability to keep the Favorites tree open while browsing, ability to drag address icon to relevant Favorites folder, etc. And in Chrome, I really missed the Google Toolbar……I even tried IE9, but they made it more like Chrome and FF. So I just went back to IS8…..

  5. Janet


    I just thought I might mention that the links at the very beginning of your articles do not work for me–I have to scroll down. Any ideas why? Thanks.

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit