title_pc_software.gif - 8kb
 

essential windows utilities

Various utilities that I now can't live without. Special thanks to Chris Pirillo at Lockergnome for unearthing some of these.

Please note that some of these versions may have been updated since I last used them. If they have, or if you cannot find them, please let me know.

Atomic Clock Sync v.2.5 [431 Kb]

Developer's Site W9x / Me / NT / 2k / NT — FREE

Download | Developer's Site

"This freeware Atomic Clock Sync utility can help you keep your local computer up-to-date with the exact current time. This program will reference an atomic clock server to get the current time with the greatest accuracy available and update your PC's information. It can even be set to automatically check the time once a day to keep your PC's time accurate forever."

{^top}

Change Icon v1.2.1 [23 Kb]

Developer's Site W9x / NT4 / 2k / XP — FREE

Download | Author's Site

"Don't you think the appearance of explorer is quite monotonous ? You'd like to find your favorites folders easily ? Customize the appearance of each folder in Windows explorer by choosing which icon represents it, it is now possible with Change Icon. Internet Explorer 4 or up with integrated shell (active desktop) installed required.
14-03-2002

{^top}

Character Map Pro [254 Kb]

Download SiteW9x / NT4 / 2k / XP — FREE

Download

"If you feel that the Windows character map leaves much to be desired, then you'll love this great freeware program. Character Map Pro allows you to efficiently scrutinize each font and style that's installed on your system. The program's user-friendly interface makes browsing your collection a snap. You can use the drop-down window to find a particular font or simply type in its first few letters in the box. Once you've found a desired font, it's quickly loaded in the viewer. The program also enables you to look at fonts using over a dozen character sets.

Character Map Pro works hand-in-hand with the Windows clipboard to make your characters versatile. By activating the clipboard button, you can instantly copy a character to the clipboard. You may also copy a font name for quick pasting later. Some characters may even be copied in the Rich Text Format for painless application to a word processing or graphics design program. Better yet, Character Map Pro does everything without touching the Windows registry or system folders."
14-03-2002

{^top}

Cool Ruler v.1.2 [886 Kb]

Author's Site W9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

Download | Author's Site

Ever needed to measure something on screen? Well this is the utility for you. "Measurements can be set for Inches, Pixels & Centimeters. Create as many rulers on your screen as you need. Adjust the angle of the ruler to a vertical or horizontal position. Works with DOS and Windows programs"
14-03-2002

{^top}

The Font ThingThe Font Thing 0.80b2 [1.2 Mb]

W9x / NT4 — FREE

Download | Author's Site

The Font Thing is my favourite font explorer. With The Font Thing you can browse installed and uninstalled fonts, view sample text, print samples, install and uninstall fonts, rename fonts to avoid name conflicts, and a whole host of other things.
10-07-2003

qFileSync v.2.0 [120k]

Author's SiteW9x Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

Author's Site

Version 3.0 is now available as an Alpha release.

I use this great utility to sync files between my HTML folder in My Documents and my Personal Web Server. "qFileSync can be used to syncronize files between two directories... on a network, for example, or between a floppy and a hard drive. There is a readme.html that comes with it that explains all the options."

Back-up: to back-up your synchronization profiles use Regedit to export

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
    VB and VBA Program Settings\
    qFileSync

to a .reg file.

(Version 3.x uses an .ini file to store profiles.)

Restore: to restore your synchronization profiles simply double-click the .reg file to merge the data into the registry.

{^top}

Folder Size v.3.2 [166 Kb]

Author's SiteW9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

Author's Site

"Folder Size is a free shell extension for Windows 95/98/NT. It adds a new page to the Properties dialog for folders and drives. This new page allows you see the folders and sub folders sizes (in a hierarchical tree). To access to the options (units, sort, etc.) a contextual menu is provided."
14-03-2002

{^top}

Metapad v3.5 RC2 [42 Kb]

icon-metapad.gif - 1kbW9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

Download | Author's Site

While Notepad is small, simple and very useful it hasn't been updated remarkably since Windows 3.1x. It's GUI is awful. An alternative is Metapad which is small, fast and completely free! It includes a lot of great features.
14-03-2002

{^top}

PDF Tools

PDF pagePDF pagePDF page

  • Acrobat Reader
  • Ghostscript
  • GSView
  • For information on creating PDF documents see my Create PDF Free page.

    {^top}

    Print Folder v.1.2 [537 Kb]

    Author's SiteW9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

    Download | Author's Site

    A Freeware utility which allows you to print the contents of a directory. Oddly Microsoft has never included it in any distribution of Windows(r). The closest it allows is to list a directory in a DOS window and redirect the output to a file e.g. "DIR C:\WINDOWS >LIST.TXT" — the downside is that, of course, MS-DOS doesn't support long filenames, so you get lists of files ending in tilde (~) plus a number, e.g. "Rules for Mah Jong.txt" becomes "RULESF~1.TXT".
    14-03-2002

    {^top}

    THE Rename [2.2 Mb]

    Developer's SiteW9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

    Download | Developer's Site

    "THE Rename 2.0e (November 2001) is a freeware program designed to help you to rename files and folders en masse with a number of possibilities and options:

    • You can rename a series of files with a counter: pict0001.jpg, pict0002.jpg, pict0003.jpg...
    • You can rename files so the prefix is in upper case and the extension is in lower case
    • The program is useful for people who publish pages on Internet and need to convert file names to lower case
    • The file attribute changer is a very useful option for anyone using a CD recorder
    • You can rename pictures with their width and height
    • You can rename audio files (MP3, VQF and OGG files) based on their internal tags
    • You can rename files and folders"

    {^top}

    TreeSize v.1.61 [315 Kb]

    Author's Site W9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

    Download | Author's Site

    Another freeware application which Microsoft should have incorporated into Windows(r). It calculates the size of a directory, plus all its subdirectories. Options include: Sort by size, Soft by name, show bytes used, show bytes allocated, show percentage of total, etc.
    14-03-2002

    {^top}

    Tweak UI v1.33 [64 Kb]

    Developer's Site W9x / Me / NT / 2k — FREE

    Download | Developer's Site
    KB Article

    Note: There is a separate version for Windows XP

    "[This] allows you to fine-tune the Windows User Interface ("UI"). The Microsoft Windows Shell Development Team has put together a set of productivity tools called PowerToys. If you're a Windows power-user, go ahead and try them out, but realize these are unsupported tools. Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys." If you have an older version installed, uninstall it and upgrade to this one."
    An invaluable tool.
    14-03-2002

    {^top}

    X-Fonter 3.6 [787 Kb]

    icon-xfonter.gif - 2kbW9x / Me / NT / 2000 / XP — FREE

    Download | Developer's Site

    "X-Fonter is a user friendly Font Viewer, Font Manager and 3D Graphic creator. It also allows you to make nice 3D

    Graphics that you can use for your webpages, emails and much more...

    A few features:
    • Browse through and preview any installed fonts
    • Browse through and preview any not-installed fonts
    • Install or uninstall any TrueType Fonts
    • Search for fonts on any drive/directory, including networks
    • Character map (ASCII and Unicode)
    • Basic Image editor built in (with cropping)
    • Very simple and intuitive interface
    • No extra DLL's required
    • Compare fonts in Dual pane
    • print font overview
    14-03-2002

    {^top}

    WinZip v.8.1 [1.8 Mb]

    Developer's SiteW9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — Shareware US$29

    Download | Developer's Site

    "WinZip brings the convenience of Windows to the use of Zip files and other compression formats. The optional wizard interface makes zipping and unzipping easier than ever. WinZip features built-in support for CAB files and for popular Internet file formats such as TAR, gzip, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME. ARJ, LZH, and ARC files are supported via external programs. WinZip interfaces to most virus scanners."

    {^top}

    X-Setup v.6.1 [3.95 Mb]

    icon-xsetup.gif - 1kb W9x / Me / NT / 2k / XP — FREE

    Download | Developer's Site

    "Xteq X-Setup is a so-called "hacker" or "tweaker" program. It allows you to change settings that are normally hidden deeply in some configuration-files like the registry fast and easily. X-Setup offers several advantages, making it the "ultimate tool for black belt system tuning". It's runs on any Windows version, is clutter-free, easy to use, extensible, powerful, covers and aspect of your computer and has more configuration options than any other tweaker."
    14-03-2002

    {^top}

    contact us

    e-mail: +

    GJ5 forum



    links