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FocusWriter v1.6.15 Updated

billon on 21 Jul 2018
  • 138MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by Pyromaniac

FocusWriter is a full-screen word processor that aims for a distraction-free, immersive way to write and edit. The minimalist interface puts options and tools on the edge of the screen and auto-saves progress. Upon relaunch, the program reloads your last file to make make it easy to jump back into your work.

Alternatively, FocusWriter Portable is stealth and automatically adjusts paths.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves multiple Qt-related registry keys.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download "Windows (Portable)" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FocusWriter.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed automatic high DPI support.
  • Translation updates: Galician, Spanish.
Latest comments
JohnTHaller on 2013-06-30 17:03

AndTheWolf - It's fixed. Some editors keep pointing to static URLs instead of the download page for some reason. So, when it's updated, the download winds up wrong.

__philippe on 2018-03-31 15:31

Belatedly noticed FocusWriter's hefty 138MB footprint,
a tad rich for an alleged "minimalistic" word processor...;-)

webfork on 2018-04-11 22:29

philippe: true. I'll add a note that the minimalism refers to the interface.

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calibre v3.28.0 Updated

billon on 20 Jul 2018
  • 140MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

calibre is an e-book library management application with a variety of useful functions including device-specific e-book conversion, news download and conversion, viewer and content server for online access to your collection.

The program syncs automatically with many different physical devices. It supports a variety of e-book formats, as well as e-books contained in RAR and ZIP archives.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux. Alternatively, X-calibre is stealth and automatically adjusts paths. A WinXP-compatible version is available.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract: Download the "portable installer" and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch calibre-portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: TEBookConverter
What's new? See:
https://calibre-ebook.com/whats-new
Latest comments
filobus on 2015-05-28 07:38

@bzl333 weel, you have to bear criticism if you want to improve! (unkind criticism is another matter)
Calibre is "huge" (maybe it have to be like that, it's not a criticism, it's just a pity!), and I too don't like at all its way to make its own library (I have to put there only books I want to convert, and remove them, not a user friendly behaviour). It's a little too complicated, but it does its job well!
For me it's a must-have but also a could-be-better!! :-)

donald on 2015-07-24 19:38

Per CALIBRE Version: 2.33.0 beyond version 1.48x CALIBRE no longer supports XP.
Download XP Compatible from http://download.calibre-ebook.com/1.html

olliebean on 2018-02-24 08:29

Incidentally there's an official portable version available on the Calibre website (https://calibre-ebook.com/download_portable), which works fine and appears to be stealth. (No Trolltech keys.)

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Q-Dir v7.11 Updated

billon on 20 Jul 2018
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by Island Boy

Q-Dir is a quad-pane file explorer that supports favorites, file/color filtering, export to XLS/CSV/TXT/HTML, screen magnifier, quick preview etc.

Alternately, Q-Dir Portable at PortableApps.com automatically switches between 32/64-bit and is approved by the publisher.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Q-Dir.exe or Q-Dir_x64.exe (for64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: CubicExplorer
What's new?
  • Bug-fix in the portable version, improvements in the 4 Explorer list views.
  • Some minor adjustments.
  • Update of the language files.
Latest comments
Mithril on 2016-03-27 20:53

Well, i found the solution myself. Don't know if this option is new or not but its the first time i noticed. So, when dragging files into another window or tab in Q-dir, at the bottom it says "Start drop in new process"! (and recycle bin and email aswell) ha! and just drop it on this button.. nothing will freez! magic :) Thanks anyway folks.
Q-dir is great.

penthe on 2016-12-30 15:28

The Q-Dir 64 installer 6.47 is not installing, last time there was also a problem with the 64 installer. They should be checking first before releasing the installer.

starshakur on 2018-05-05 15:17

Can't recommend Q-Dir to anyone, freezes while copying, Q-Dir windows turns black, crashes. Windows 10 64-Bit, tried Q-Dir 32-Bit & 64-Bit, tried the PortableApps version, all of them buggy as hell. That*s probably the reason why the developer frequently updates it. 2 years back Mithril wrote about something that's still happening.

Time to start looking for an alternative, till then i'll use Windows Explorer.

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AutoHideDesktopIcons v3.41 Updated

billon on 15 Jul 2018
  • 95KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by USBman

AutoHideDesktopIcons allows you to hide/unhide all desktop icons after a preset time.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AutoHideDesktopIcons_p.exe.
What's new?
  • Various improvements and optimizations for Windows 10 Update Build 1804 - 17134 (Redstone 4) and Server 2016.
  • Update of the language files.
Latest comments
donald on 2011-09-16 17:56

I will attempt to post on application website but ...
"Always start minimized (To Tray)" option does not work.

I have not seen changes occur to the configuration file (AutoHideDesktopIcons.ini) for this setting.

I will also ask about command line option to start minimized.

donald on 2011-09-22 00:45

Please note the immediate response of the developer.

This is a very nice and handy piece of software from a very prolific developer.

I have only seen first rate software from this developer.

freakazoid on 2013-12-02 00:03

Neat little app. Uses around 1.0 - 1.5MB RAM. GUI is a little ugly like all SoftwareOK apps, but you'll probably want to start this in the system tray and forget it! :)

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Pazera Free Audio Extractor v2.8 Updated

billon on 12 Jul 2018
  • 34MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by jack

Pazera Free Audio Extractor takes the audio from most major video files without loss of sound quality or converts them to a variety of common audio formats. The program can also behave as a simple conversion tool from one audio format to another (e.g. AAC to MP3).

Some supported formats include (audio) MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, M4A, FLAC, OGG, WAV, ALAC, WavPack, AIFF; (video) AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, MOV, RM, 3GP, WMV, VOB, MKV, WebM and OGV.

Note: By default, the program will extract/convert to MP3. Select "Try extract original audio stream" to avoid re-encoding. This is faster, but may result in a format some devices can't read. Additionally, the program has a number of predefined settings (profiles) specially designed for novice users. More advanced users can easily customize audio encoding parameters with output parameters.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AudioExtractor.exe or AudioExtractor64.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary languages and styles.
Similar/alternative apps: Free Audio Extractor
What's new?
  • Updated conversion engine (FFmpeg) and multimedia information library (MediaInfo).
  • New module: Check for updates.
  • Added option to save the creation, last access and last write time of the source files in the output files.
  • A new control displaying a list of profiles. Now additional separators are displayed between the profiles, which increases the readability.
  • Fixed:
    • A bug that caused some of the conversion parameters reset when switching visual styles;
    • A bug that prevented closing the window with the conversion progress when the conversion ended with the minimized main window of the application.
  • A small changes to many controls: file list (table), buttons, audio volume slider, some panels...
  • Bug fixes and other enhancements.
Latest comments
rogerthedodger on 2014-08-02 05:25

Version 2.1 now out

Checker on 2014-08-02 09:36

@ rogerthedodger: Thanks ... and updated ;)

bitcoin on 2018-02-28 12:02

nice program, i use all the time

should be a pause button and also if the program is minimized the popup screen wont close when finished, have to close the entire program. other than that excellent

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