Windows software of the day [August 23, 2012]

Today’s Software

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Software for August 23, 2012

Keyboard Shortcuts Manager

Every power user knows a different set of keyboard shortcuts that they use daily. Some use only Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, while others have a vast array of shortcuts set up to run almost any task possible. Keyboard Shortcuts Manager is a free program that helps the people in the first group turn into people in the second group: it creates custom keyboard shortcuts to do almost anything.

Keyboard Shortcuts Manager comes with an array of pre-programmed hotkeys to show off its abilities. However, what it really shows off isn’t that impressive: it by default adds shortcuts for opening various programs and websites, and turning off/restarting your computer.

When you create your own action, you can make it open a folder, turn off/restart/standby/hibernate your computer, open/close your disc drive, maximize/minimize windows, clear the clipboard, and most importantly run your own programs. If you’re an experienced scripter, this allows you to run your scripts with a tap of your keyboard, and even if you have no programming experience, it still lets you do a thousand different things previously not possible.

Keyboard Shortcuts Manager is a great little hotkey creation program, but be sure to uncheck its bundled crapware during install. If you don’t, you’ll be treated to a new homepage, search engine, toolbar, and probably other things no one dares speak about. After installation, it’s a nice program for anyone seeking to further speed up their day to day actions.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.5

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 666KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Keyboard Shortcuts Manager homepage

[via AddictiveTips]


Are you browser agnostic? If you are, you might just open any random web browser when you start up your computer, and you might find yourself losing track of websites you’d meant to bookmark. BrowsingHistoryView is a new free program from none other than NirSoft that lets you browse the browsing history of not one, but four web browsers at once.

BrowsingHistoryView is very easy to use. Start it up, and it’ll ask you which system or user folder you want to scan–helpful for anyone seeking to recover old data–and after its scans, it will open up a list containing the URLS, titles, visit times, and visit counts of all websites visited in Internet Explorer 4.0+, Firefox 3.0+, Chrome, or Safari.

If you think that having the history from the beginning of time is excessive, you’ll be glad to know Nir Sofer agrees. That’s why BrowsingHistoryView is by default limited to the last 10 days. You can extend it as far back as you want if needed. And, being a NirSoft listing program, it allows you to export various charts and files.

BrowsingHistoryView makes a great overall history viewer. It gets all of the available information about history–date, times, URL, and title–and makes it one large, organizable list. If you’re looking for a way to search through your browsing history, there’s really no better program than BrowsingHistoryView.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.00

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 205KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

BrowsingHistoryView homepage

[via Ghacks]

Fruit Ninja

Do you own a mobile device? If you do, you’ve probably heard of Fruit Ninja, the fun little game where you have to slice the fruit while avoiding slicing the bombs. Now, it’s on Windows 8: the awesome fruit slashing game has come to the desktop.

In terms of gameplay, Fruit Ninja leaves little to be desired. It’s a little simplistic, but it nonetheless makes for one of the best tablet-to-desktop games I’ve played so far on Windows 8. It lacks the design appeal that other games have had, though, as it feels much more like a full-screen Windows 7 game than a Metro not-Metro app.

The game is also only “for demonstration purposes”, and two of the three game modes are limited to 25 tries. It’s overall a fun, but not technically impressive in any way, game for your Windows 8 computer or tablet.

Price: Free!

Last updated: 8/11/2012

Supported OS: Windows 8

Supported processors: x86/x64

Download size: 51.6MB

Fruit Ninja on Windows Store

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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  • Eric

    I figured there must be a reason for the change other than just trying to annoy us. I thought with the new format that we would see an end to your alter ego’s (Locust’s) periodic contributions which I call Software that Sucks, but they have made their return. You know which ones I mean, the one’s where you say “Actually this software is crap.” I actually like those articles as well because at least we know what to avoid out of the hundreds of thousands of Window’s programs.

    Have you ever considered doing a monthly Windows Software of the Month that would highlight the best software featured on Dottech in the previous month. This would remind us of some of the real gems that you found for us that we otherwise overlooked or forgot to try out. I’m not talking about anything too big, just maybe 3 to 7 of the very best.

    Thank you for your contributions to Dottech.

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  • strugar

    Hi! What happened to this category? No Windows software of the day has been posted since 23. August?!…

  • Peter

    @Peter: sorry for being silly again (SCNR): As most keyboards got two windows keys, wouldn’t it be a nice idea to establish a shortcut Win-Win which starts an app bringing news from stock exchange (edited to be read by optimists) to your fingertips?

  • Peter

    Hi Locutus, I do not remember if you mentioned the NirLauncher yet. It will present you all (I guess) Nirsoft tools sorted by category or name. Easy to find, a plaesure to use. The last version from 08/18 2012 is a 13-14 megabyte download. Not too much for the capabilities IMHO.
    Thanks again for your great work! Peter

  • Peter

    1.) No. Simple, well known shortcuts like Win-Pause, Win-E etc. are not listed. Neither are shortcuts established by other programs (on my box e.g. Ctrl-Alt-rightArrow to switch to the next virtual desktop).
    2.) On my box, none of the default shortcuts of this program had been defined before. So I can’t answer this question (or I misunderstood it).

    3. (nobody asked, Peter answers): Maybe my Win7 is a bit out of shape because I try so many DotTech recommendations ;) but it is not possible for me to define Shortcuts like “Win-H” for ‘hibernation mode’ or any other yet unused Win-whatsoever combination.

  • Janet

    I would like to know the same two things as RobC!

  • RobCr

    One can get to the situation where earlier installed programs (still installed ) have created shortcuts without my permission (rarely do any programs ask permission).
    Thus you (me) end up with a gaggle of shortcuts, which can cause conflicts with subsequent program installs.

    I have uninstalled a few programs as they had hijacked (aka created) shortcuts with out my permission, and/or were causing conflicts with other programs, or creating nagging messages.

    The two criteria I would have for a program like your ‘offering’ today would be –
    1) Does it list all existing shortcuts ?
    2) Does it not add to the chaos, by creating it’s own shortcuts, without permission ?