Filedrop – Transfer files to and from nodes on your home network

Transfer files to and from nodes on your home network with this cool Windows system utility.

filedrop1Moving files between storage nodes on your home network isn’t always easy. Some may be Macs. Some may be Windows machines. Some may be varying differences of the same OS. Sometimes these differences create problems making it difficult for you to use standard file copying difficult or impractical. Some or most of these issues can now be bypassed with Filedrop. It’s a multiplatform file transfer tool that also runs on Windows.

Filedrop is an app for sending files between devices on a local network. Its really easy to use. All you have to do is launch Filedrop on any two devices on your network. After that you can drag and drop files between them.

Filedrop is designed to allow file transfers between any kind of device, to and from any platform, and as easy as handing someone next to you, a pen, pencil, or any kind of object. If you need to send a file from your Mac to a Windows laptop, you can do it without any extra settings or insuring that you’re using the correct drive format or transfer protocols. Simply launch Filedrop on both computers and drag and drop files between them.

FD-04There are many times when you’re stuck for a way to get a file from one PC to another. If you have a USB stick, you can often sneaker-net, or copy the file to an intermediary device, walk the copy to another computer and then copy it from the intermediary device to the target computer. If you don’t have a USB stick, sometimes, you can’t even do that. With Filedrop, you can use your phone as a Wi-Fi sub-stick. You can copy files to your phone and it will appears in the Downloads section. When you get to the other computer, all you need to do is filedrop it from your phone to the target PC. Its really kind of cool.

You can also use Filedrop to stream files from your phone opt your PC. If you have photos and want to view them on your monitor or laptop screen, all you have to do is select the photos you want to show. Then tap on the Stream button and your photos will appear on a the target screen. You can do the same thing with other multimedia content like music and video.

Filedrop is a pretty cool little app. Its free, and allows you to move data between one networked object to another. It works with Mac, Windows and iOS devices, and support is planned for both Android and Windows Phone, though both of those are still in the works.

Streaming features are new, and while streaming music works, streaming video, while technically possible, didn’t work for me. You’ll also need to watch your battery life while streaming content, as it could be eaten up quickly. This is a decent app. You should really give it a shot and keep an eye out for both Android and Windows Phone clients, as they are certain to make file transfer woes disappear.

A word of caution, however – Filedrop is an Adobe Air application. It had a great deal of trouble running via Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. I’m not certain if that was a Coherence issue or something else. The app’s display flashed a great deal, and lost connectivity when my iPhone slept.

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Autoruns from Microsoft has been updated to version 11

Autoruns is a Sysinternals utility that shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. Developed by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, this utility brings a deeper control in terms of auto-start applications and registry files. It represents everything that MSConfig cannot do.

Autoruns is a portable utility, so all you have to do is to copy it in a secure location on your hard drive and simply run it. The app starts instantly showing you 18 tabs including logon entries, Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons including Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), Appinit DLLs, image hijacks, boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers. It’s a classic chaotic interface for casual users, but I have to admit that this is the best way to view from a single look everything that breaths on your computer.

Overall, using this utility is simple if you know exactly what are the components running in your system. For example if you want to disable an auto-start entry uncheck its check box. This option is very useful in case you want to find out what that entry is doing in your system without taking the risk to delete it. To delete an auto-start configuration entry just use the Delete menu item or toolbar button. If you want to locate any registry file of an auto-start item just use the Jump menu item or toolbar button.

This utility works also in conjunction with other Sysinternals utilities. In case you want to view the properties of an executable configured to run automatically, select it and use the Properties menu item or toolbar button. If Process Explorer is running and there is an active process executing the selected executable then the Process Explorer menu item in the Entry menu will open the process properties dialog box for the process executing the selected image.

In addition Autoruns’ Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download archive is a command-line equivalent to Autorun that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

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Find subtitles with Sublight

Sublight is a freeware application ready to find the missing subtitle for your beloved movie. You just have to choose the video file from your hard-drive, activate the search function, and the application will connect to the database from where it will extract the right subtitle for your movie version.

Simple as that, the process of finding the right subtitle is now a manner of 2 clicks with the help of this application. But as fast it may be, the search process is not always successful. That’s because the Sublight database relies on the community activity, which at the moment is not enough to cover all movie files that are released worldwide. Plus, a lot of junk files will obstruction your search success.

In this case, when Sublight might return too many results, you can search for the subtitle manually by typing the title of the movie. If the number of results is still humongous, you can use filters based on language, rate, publisher and even number of discs for your video version.

For the best match, pay attention to the highlighted entries, as these subtitles are marked by members of the Sublight community as suitable for your video version. In general this means that the subtitle file is properly synced to your video file. You can also mark subtitles as properly synced by right clicking their entry and choosing the Link label. Same action goes for creating reports for false match-ups: right-click the entry and choose Invalid link.

Being a freeware product, Sublight requires .NET Framework 2.0-3.5 to be installed on your machine. At the moment this useful application runs only on PC’s running Windows OS.

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File Grinder – batch file renaming, based on file name templates and multiple file format meta-tags

If you’re anything like me, then you like your music files to be properly named. However, this means to listen to every single song to correct their names which is definitely a tiresome process that personally, I prefer to avoid. Well, this doesn’t mean that we’ll never have our music nicely named, we’ll just do it the easy way – using File Grinder. A similar scenario which requires lots of clicking and typing is when it comes to properly naming your pictures and the list of “what is File Grinder good for” goes on.

File Grinder is basically a tool for batch renaming, copying, and moving files. However, what makes it very useful to me, comparative with other tools with this purpose, is not the batch functionality, but more likely the ability to rename the files based on file templates and format meta-tags (e.g. the MP3 files).

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Convert any files to BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF images using a virtual printer

Joy Image Printer is a handy tool which enables you to print documents to image files, while at the same time keeping the exact look and feel of the original document. You must open the document in its associated application and then print it using the Joy Image virtual printer. Actually you can print to image files from any program that supports printing: word processors, browsers, image viewers, email clients, you name it.

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jDownloader is a complete file downloader and manager

jDownloader is a complete file downloader and manager which offers support for download sites and social networks such as Rapidshare, Megaupload, Fileserver, Hotfile, Facebook, Myspace, etc. With jDownloader you can kiss goodbye to the pop-up windows, AdSense boxes and to download links hidden into a maze of useless ads. You just need the download link, and rest of the detection and parsing process will be performed automatically.

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File Search version is a proper search application

Version is a major update for File Search. The application was improved in so many aspects that compared with the previous version it looks and feels totally different. The interface now is very compact and intuitive featuring expandable buttons and a dynamic search bar. With the addition of the search function in compressed files, File Search remains one of the fastest search application. The results are shown almost instantly especially if you use the sort function.

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Fast and small search utility which can be easily used as a basic file manager.

Sometimes finding a certain file in a huge amount of data (imagine you have hundreds of Gigabytes of stored data) may become frustrating and almost impossible to do. In this case you have two options: try and search the file with the Windows built-in file searcher or use a third party search and management tool. If you choose the second option, you can opt for File Search.

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