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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Programs I Value

When I am loading programs into a computer, I install them in order of usefulness and importance. I know I have mentioned these before, but

The first one that goes in is Ztree, probably the most versatile and powerful file manger. It doesn't do drag-n-drop, but it excels at everything else.

A few advantages of ZTreeWin/ZTreeBold:
    * No 640K memory barrier...log unlimited disks & files!
    * Supports long file and directory names
    * Graft, Prune and Duplicate entire branches with ease
    * Copy, Move, Delete, Rename, Time-stamp one or thousands of files in a single operation
    * Display Windows Module information for selected files
    * Disk Washing function with DoD Sanitize option
    * Create Shortcuts to selected files and directories
    * Simultaneously log ALL files on ALL drives, allowing you search for text or locate particular files
    * Flexible support of external archiving utilities to allow the management of ARJ, CAB, LHA, JAR, RAR and ZIP archives, to name a few
    * Compare branches, directories or single files down to the binary level to locate differences
    * Powerful internal file viewer with Hex editing ability
    * Supports integration of any third-party editor and file viewers
    * Can be run from floppy disk or USB flash-drive without installation

The second is Everything, the best file-finder ever.


"Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything"). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. Files can then be opened or deleted.

The third is JPSoft's Take Command, a combination of Windows File Explorer and the old DOS command line, but on steroids.

TC Screen

The ease of use of Windows File Explorer merged with the power of the command line - manipulate files at the command line and graphically see the results.
Run sessions in multiple tabbed windows (including TCC, CMD, bash and PowerShell)
Fully customizable - 25 startup tabs, up to 20 toolbar tabs with 50 toolbar buttons each, look and feel, etc
Find text in any tab window (Optional) Common command input window for all tab windows.
Integrated graphical IDE with tabbed edit windows and debugger with singlestepping, breakpoints, syntax coloring, tooltips, bookmarks, tabbed variable and watch windows.
Enhanced command line editor with history, filename completion and cut & paste.
Fast - 20-200% faster output display than the standard Windows console window.
Built-in screen scrollback buffer lets you review or print output from past commands at any time.
Enhanced Directory Navigation lets you quickly browse and change directories.
Built-in file viewer includes scrolling, search, and print capabilities .
Complete scripting language - massive superset of CMD with 174 commands, 277 functions and 174 system variables.
Complete flow of control structures including, IF-Then-Else, DO Loops, Switch, subroutines, batch libraries, etc.
Direct access to FTP, TFTP and HTTP (including SSL and SSH) directories and files in all file-handling commands.
Redefine commands through aliasing, create new commands and functions for your regular tasks, even assign frequently used commands to a single keystroke.
Select or exclude files by date, time, size, and extended wildcards or regular expressions for extraordinary flexibility in file management.

MyDefrag comes next.

MyDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer. It is freeware, no time limit, fully functional, no advertisements. Fast, low overhead, with many optimization strategies, can handle floppies, USB disks, memory sticks, and anything else that looks like a disk to Windows. Included are a set of easy to use scripts for endusers, a scripting engine for demanding users, a screensaver, and a combined Windows plus commandline version that can be scheduled by the Windows task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts.

Irfanview is my default multimedia file viewer. It supports MANY formats

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7. 

# Thumbnail/preview option
# Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
# Toolbar skins option
# Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
# Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
# Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
# Fast directory view (moving through directory)
# Batch conversion (with image processing)
# Multipage TIF editing
# File search
# Email option
# Multimedia player
# Print option
# Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
# Change color depth
# Scan (batch scan) support
# Cut/crop
# IPTC editing
# Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
# Screen Capturing
# Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
# Lossless JPG rotation
# Unicode support
# Many hotkeys
# Many command line options
# Many PlugIns
# Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like "I Agree" or "Evaluation expired"
# No registry changes without user action/permission!
# and much much more

There are other programs I use and cherish, but these little utilities are the cream of the crop and go on ANY computer I use.

"Memento mori"