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DesktopOK v4.89 Updated

billon on 1 Dec 2017
  • 329KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by JohnW

DesktopOK contains a host of beneficial Windows interface tweaks. The program can save the current icon view by resolution and make it easy to swap between views, showing all saved view formats in a list. Other tools include basic screenshots, the ability to force-close programs, color tool, volume and more:

  • Interface tools include reducing clutter with a minimize-to-tray by right clicking on a window close button, mouse hiding and ability to hide desktop icons after a period of inactivity (click on the desktop to make them re-appear). You can even modify default icon spacing.

  • Window management tools include scrolling any window that your mouse hovers over (not just what's in focus) and alt+drag (for moving windows without having to hold your cursor over the top bar).

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. In this folder, create an empty text file and name it DesktopOK.ini. Launch DesktopOK.exe or DesktopOK_x64.exe.

Possible issues:
  • The program is in German: If not automatically set to the English, click the by clicking the flag in the lower left corner of the window for any of 24 world languages.
  • It saves to AppData: If you don't create an empty text file, it writes to %APPDATA%/DesktopOK/DesktopOK.ini. If you accidentally skipped this step, you can simply move this file over to the application folder.
Similar/alternative apps: AltDrag, ICU
What's new?
  • Further improvements and minor adjustments for Windows 10.
  • Updating the language files.
Latest comments
MIKLO on 2017-04-03 14:55

I still use & really like this program now using Windoze 10. I'm anal about my Desktop icons arrangement, and this program makes it so easy to line them up just as I want. Thanks to the maker for a program that I have used for a very long time across many different operating systems. Has always been flawless for me :)
MIKLO

Midas on 2017-04-04 12:44

It would be even better if DesktopOK didn't force an icon rearrangement with every resolution change -- in my laptop, a lot of those are temporary, resulting from user logon or the machine coming out of sleep state before, rerouting graphics to my higher resolution external screen. After some time it's galling to have to restore icon arrangement after every such hiccup. I've gone through all settings several times but up to now have been unable to disable this behavior.

MIKLO on 2017-04-20 14:18

@Midas strange because I have used on laptops for a very long time and have never seen this problem, now I really curious to see if I can make happen. More to be revealed.
MIKLO

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PicPick v4.2.8 Updated

billon on 18 Nov 2017
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Nov 2017
  • Suggested by Cornflower

PicPick is a versatile all-in-one tool for images on the desktop. Includes a powerful screen capture tool, editor, color picker and palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more. Can upload images automatically to FTP, Facebook, Twitter, default e-mail program, or send to installed Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, or PowerPoint).

Alternatively, PicPick Portable is stealth and automatically adjusts paths.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves picpick in APPDATA, Cloud Explorer in LOCALAPPDATA, and picpick in ALLUSERSAPPDATA.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use. Note that without a blank picpick.ini file, the program will offer optional installation of the Bing toolbar.
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create a blank file called picpick.ini in the same folder. Launch picpick.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: ShareX
What's new? Fixed:
  • Freezing on Windows 7 classic theme.
  • Small known bugs.
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2015-09-23 19:10

PicPick now at 4.0.7

fullbug on 2015-09-24 01:32

Love this program, thanx!

dmocha on 2016-12-10 17:51

A new url for portable version
http://ngwin.com/picpick/download_portable_start

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Screenshot Captor v4.21.1

billon on 8 May 2017
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 May 2017
  • Suggested by Ehtyar

Screenshot Captor (SC) is a tool for grabbing, manipulating, annotating, and sharing screenshots. The program is optimized for taking lots of screenshots with minimal intervention and makes it easy to add and edit callout arrows and text boxes. Allows automatic or on-demand uploading to image hosting services or sending by email. Can grab images from multiple sources including webcams and scanners, including lots of scanner acquisition tools and image correction. Supports multiple monitors, is able to capture Windows 7/8 partial transparency effects, and has a powerful scrolling capture tool.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Note: ColorCop's version included with SC is no longer natively portable -- you'll have to revert to v5.3 if you use the color picker.
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKCU\RtColorPicker registry key, if you use the color picker included.
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Registerware for personal use; a license key must be obtained from DonationCoder (either by donating or by registering in their forums for free) to remove the nag message.
How to extract:
  1. Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Rename the file ConfigDir_Default.ini to ConfigDir.ini
  3. Launch ScreenshotCaptor.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ShareX, PicPick, FastStone Capture
What's new?
  • Fixed GDI leak that could cause SC to hang after thousands of captures.
Latest comments
Midas on 2014-08-20 13:25

Has anyone tested recently if SC portability shortcomings are still extant?

ripu on 2015-02-18 09:00

@Midas I only tried the screenshot feature, and it did not create HKEY_CURRENT_USER\RtColorPicker or any other registry entry.

Midas on 2015-02-18 16:22

@ripu: thanks for reporting.

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Panchromatic v1.0

billon on 3 Jul 2017

Panchromatic is a very lightweight application which produces a simple monochrome line drawing of any image file. By reducing an image to only a handful of colours Panchromatic can draw lines where any two colours meet.

Line color is customizable as well as the amount of detail captured in the outlines.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: DotNET Framework 2.0
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Panchromatic.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Whitenoir
Latest comments
Loner on 2012-02-22 20:24

Tried it out, but was not impressed. Already had another free program called "Instant Photo Sketch" and its by far much better than this.

If you care to see the Instant Photo Sketch, its here http://www.snapfiles.com/get/iphotosketch.html

guinness on 2012-02-22 21:04

@Loner, the application you suggested isn't Portable! If you have a suggestion please post in the correct thread.

David Dollevoet on 2012-02-25 16:37

Tried it out and was disappointed. Better than many sketch programs, but still not satisfactory.
Thanks to Loner for recommending "Instant Photo Sketch". It is not portable, but it is by far the best sketch program in my experience.

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Photoscape v3.4

webfork on 19 Aug 2016

Photoscape is an all-in-one photo software that lets you fix, arrange, and enhance your photos. It includes a wide range of tools, including a viewer/editor, batch renamer, RAW format converter, animated GIF maker, collage generator, paper print, splitter, contact sheet, and more. Includes a meta-data viewer for camera model, software version, DPI, etc. and file renamer that lets you for example change file names to the date the camera gave them. A "Paper Print" feature even lets you print out customizable lined, graph, or various different calendar/planning documents.

Note:

  • v3.4 is the last portable version. Later versions are adware and write settings to the AppData folder, but a method is available to make it portable.
  • The program has an update check nag screen. If you know how to disable this, please post in forums.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Copy contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch PhotoScape.exe
Similar/alternative apps: RW Paint
What's new?
    v3.4 (2009-08-28)
  • Added paper print function:
  • Located at the 11 o'clock position of the start menu.
  • New feature that supports printing of lined, graph, music and calendar paper.
  • Supports netbook resolution: All features except ‘Batch Editor’, ‘Combine’ and ‘Print’ support 1024 x 600.
  • Retouched image screen: Smaller main menu icons, new tool bar at the bottom and icons that link to the web.
  • Upgraded DPI function:
  • Enables DPI assignment when saving photos via Editor or Bath Editor.
  • Shows DPI items at EXIF information.
  • Covers more DPI when printing.
  • 'Colored Pencil' filter added.
  • 'Watercolor Pencil' filter added.
  • 5 new frames added.
  • 50 new face icons and 29 new logos added.
  • New link for searching faces on the Internet.
  • Minor bugs fixed.
  • Supports 27 languages...

Full changelog at http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/history.php
Latest comments
Maatje on 2013-03-15 15:32

quote @tc: You can stop the intro photo by editing photoscape.cfg, and turning intro.photoOn from on to off. You could also edit the url, to point to a local image

I installed on USB with 7zip.
In addition to tc's message: if you make photoscape.cfg read-only, it will keep it's settings in the cfg file.

I also deleted the plugins dir (unwanted toolbar in there), and renamed the file PSMsgHook.dll in the main folder to PSMsgHook.dllold.

webfork on 2013-08-19 19:33

Although I've moved over to freeware options for most things I do, I've maintained use of Microsoft Photo Manager for years when working on my own photo collection. Today however, I was on a machine without it so I got PhotoScape up and found I actually prefer it.

webfork on 2015-02-26 23:23

Every few months I discover something new and cool with this program.  Animated GIF tricks, photo edit functions, framing tricks, and photo collages. Today it was dragging and dropping an image onto the program icon and seeing the wealth of edition, annotation, and symbol tools available.

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