Organize Pictures with Adebis Photo Sorter

April 16, 2010

A photographer normally ends up with tons of photos in their computer and if not regularly maintained, the photos will end up everywhere and it is not going to be easy to search for the photos you wanted. If you normally save all your photos into one folder, you can easily organize it by moving them to the appropriate folder based on year, month and if possible date. An unmodified photo normally maintains the EXIF data where it saves the “Date Taken” value in the photo itself. Manually checking on the photo EXIF details is going to take you days to finish doing it.

You can try using Adebis Photo Sorter to automatically create folders based on year, month and date and move the photos to the appropriate folders. First you select the source of where the photos are located and you can set it to crawl subfolders too. And then set the destination of where you want the photos to move to. The subfolder drop down selection allows you to set whether the photos based on the date structure. There is filters for you to set the specific date and also file types.

Sort and Organize Photos

We have tested this application and it works only on untouched and unmodified photo. If the photo has been previously edited with Adobe Photoshop or any other similar photo editing software, then Adebis Photo Sorter doesn’t copy the photo to the structure. Adebis Photo Sorter works on Windows 95/98/Me/2000/2003/NT4/XP/Vista/7

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Easily Configure and Use Synergy to Share Keyboard and Mouse with QSynergy

April 16, 2010

We have previously covered Synergy++ which is an updated version of the old and outdated Synergy. It is a very useful free software that allows you to share a single keyboard and mouse to multiple computers. By doing this, you save space, money and also keeping your computer desk tidy without all the cables. Synergy++ works well IF you are able to configure it correctly because it is seriously lacking of an easy configuration window.

Because Synergy is open source, Fidra Software has taken the initiative to modify Synergy source code to make it easy to use and call it QSynergy. QSynergy comes with easy to use, yet comprehensive, graphical interface to access all of synergy’s powerful features without having to edit a configuration file. You can run synergy as client or server and also with an existing configuration or create your own.

Qsynergy configures Synergy

QSynergy is a Synergy configurator and you will still need to have Synergy installed. Setting up as a client is very easy, just enter the computer name of the server and click Start. As for being a server, select Interactively configure synergy and then click the Configure Server button. Click on the monitor at the top right and drag it to the grid where the computer is currently located at. When done, click OK button and then click Start.

QSynergy is free and supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

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BinManager Auto Delete Old Items in Windows Recycle Bin

April 15, 2010

Windows by default offers the user a chance of restoring the deleted files or folders by using the Recycle Bin. If an item is deleted normally by either using the Del key on the keyboard or right click and select delete, the file will go directly into the Recycle Bin. It stays there until the user decides to empty the recycle bin or if the user has ran a disk cleanup and selected to clear the recycle bin items. There are ways to disable the use of recycle bin but it is not recommended and one of the way to do that is by simultaneously pressing Shift+Del on a selected file.

As useful as it is, the Windows Recycle Bin lacks of a feature where it allows the user to set an interval of the items to delete. You can install BinManager which offers a simple and neat feature to auto delete items older than today, yesterday, 2 days, 3 days, a week or a month.

Recycle Bin Manager

All you need to do is right click on the recycle bin, go to Delete Items Older Than and select the desired value. Now you don’t have to worry about the Recycle Bin taking up too much space as it can remove items that are old and probably you won’t be restoring them back.

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Minimize Opened and Running Programs to System Tray

April 15, 2010

There are two shortcut keys you can use to easily hide all running programs and opened folders in Windows. The first one is Win+M which minimizes everything to the taskbar and the second one is Win+D which is meant to show the desktop by minimizing all opened programs. Basically both hotkey does the same thing and you can see combination is more comfortable to use.

However this command only minimizes to the taskbar which is still pretty visible and clear for other people to know what website you are on, or what folder/software is opened. One way to hide the current active window or application is by using Minime. Minime is a small, free and portable application that allows you to hide a program to the Minimi icon at system tray with a hotkey. By default Ctrl+Shift+Z is to hide the active window and Ctrl+Shift+A is to show the hidden window.

Hide Active Window to System Tray

There is a command to show all the windows by right clicking on the Minime icon at the system tray and select Show All. It currently lacks of a Hide All command which acts like a boss key where you can hide all opened and running programs with a hotkey. We felt that Minime is meant for hiding the active running window rather than adding a new minimize to system tray feature because the program that is minimized to system tray does not have its own icon but instead it is hidden inside the Minime’s icon.

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Check Multiple Webmails from Firefox with WebMail Notifier

April 15, 2010

There are a lot of free web email accounts that everyone can register to use. The earlier you sign up, the higher the chance of getting the username that you want. Having a short and easy to remember username is important so that people can successfully send you an email without having typing mistakes to your email address. As time goes by, most people have multiple email accounts and manually checking them from your web browser is troublesome. Some free email accounts require you to login at least once every 1 or 2 months or else they will temporarily deactivate your account and removing all the emails in your mailbox.

One of the easy way to automatically check for new emails for multiple accounts is by using WebMail Notifier. This is a Firefox add-on which allows you to add the email accounts login information to it and set the check interval. When found any new email, it will show an alert window and play a notification sound.

WebMail Notifier

By default WebMail Notifier supports Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Daum, Naver, Nate, Paran, POP3 and IMAP. However there are ready made scripts which allows support for other web email accounts such as Adsense, Arcor, DreamWiz, eBay, excite.it, Facebook, free.fr, GMX, Google Reader, Google Wave, korea.com, laposte.com libero, linkedin, lycos, mail.ru, netzero, QQ, rambler, rediff, squirrelmail, tiscali, twitter, yandex and etc.

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