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DesktopOK v10.21 Updated

Andrew Lee on 21 Sep 2022
  • 674KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Sep 2022
  • 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:
Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
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? See: https://softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK/History
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2021-02-16 17:22

There are now separate zip packages for x32 and x64

AndTheWolf on 2021-06-20 20:41

Now at version 8.98

AndTheWolf on 2022-02-04 18:47

Now at version 9.61

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PicPick v6.3.1 Updated

Andrew Lee on 18 Aug 2022
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 2022
  • 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:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
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?
  • Hotfix: Fixed an issue of taskbar on Windows 7.
  • Support multiple desktop on Windows 10, 11
  • Added Start/Stop hotkey on Screen Recorder
  • Improved watermark effects
  • Improved frame effects
  • Improved Whiteboard
  • Fixed an issue of "Flatten All" menu
  • Fixed an issue where the "Repeat Capture" was not working as expected.
  • Fixed the Color Palette beeps on close
  • Language updates
Latest comments
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

smaragdus on 2018-06-26 16:25

The GUI is ruined in version 5.0.0, last usable version- 4.2.8.

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Screenshot Captor v4.41.0

Ennovy on 28 Nov 2021
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 May 2021
  • Suggested by Ehtyar

Screenshot Captor (SC) is a feature-rich image tool for grabbing, manipulating, annotating, and sharing images. While the program is optimized for taking lots of screenshots with minimal intervention, it also includes multiple sources including games, webcams, and scanners. The program supports photo edition, watermarks, text boxes, arrows, thumbnails, hotkeys, and can export to a host of new and old formats, including sending multiple files to a PDF or animated GIF.

For screenshots, the program supports multiple monitors, is able to capture partial transparency effects, and has a powerful scrolling capture tool. Numerous tools are available to emphasize, diminish, or hide screen elements, such as highlight, blur, and cover.

Sharing is available via automatic or on-demand upload to image hosting services or sending by email. Settings menu allows detailed control of program behavior, menus, automatic functions, and even memory usage.

Category:
Runs on: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? See: https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=3474.0
Latest comments
Midas on 2015-02-18 16:22

@ripu: thanks for reporting.

webfork on 2018-06-23 14:09

I just need to say again, good god this has a ton of features. It's far from smooth or intuitive, but if you do a lot with screenshots, you should get acquainted with what this can do.

vmars316 on 2022-04-15 15:55

An Excellent ScreenCapture Gadget , use it a lot !

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Panchromatic v1.0

Andrew Lee on 9 Feb 2021
  • 161KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Wolfghost

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:
Runs on: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:
Runs on: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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