- Get feedback on your software. The guy behind 7+ Taskbar Tweaker uses it.
- Documentation isn't fun but here are some good reasons why you should give it your time and energy.
- Especially for developers with big monitors, WinSize2 can help with user interface testing to see how how different window sizes look
Sunday, June 18, 2017
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Back in 2007, I started having problems with an IBM ThinkPad. After two system reloads and tech support telling me I had to spend a bunch of money to get a RestoreCD, I decided that it was important to make my laptop easy to break down and bring back. So I started looking into software that didn't require an install, and mostly left the computer alone.
At the same time, I was doing tech support on the side and started coming across more and more tools that would help me. The great data recovery tools to get back files that were deleted or corrupted were a huge hit both just because I could occasionally fix things considered unfixable or undo my own mistakes.
I also liked being able to take my computer with me, whether on CD, DVD, or flash drive.
The whole thing really began with an excellent launcher program. Most importantly, the menu system for all of this software was critical. You can't just create shortcuts in Windows because those change depending on what drive letter the program is assigned to. It needs to behave the same whether it's in your CD drive (usually D) or on your flash drive (usually E or F).
Although there were a variety of programs available to do this, the best one I found (and still use) is something called PStart.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- The more time passes the more I like SumatraPDF. Undoubtedly Adobe Acrobat keeps getting bigger and more bulky but even the alternatives out there focus on features over speed. Meanwhile Sumatra has near-instant startup and is actually packaged into the next item ...
- I still find FileVoyager a little cumbersome to use as compared to other file management tools but it's ability to preview files (primarily PDFs) from a list view is irreplaceable. OS X is very good about this but FV is even better.
- Firefox's plugin "Print Edit" solves the problem of limited PDF editors out there by cutting out crap you don't need before you initially convert it. Also, this program has a TON of features under the hood.
- PDF SAM only comes up once in a while but I'm so glad to have it.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
This also reminds me a little of the "gamification" thing I'm constantly seeing (add game-like elements to improve something that's boring). While it can be used for good, sometimes like the paper tickets you get from playing Skiball: get 20,000 from $100 in video games and you can buy a $10 phone case.
Like any good PR person, I might spin it and point out how this is a good thing for portablefreeware.com and related sites: someone finds a drive, it has a lot of space, what could I do with it? As a result, wanted to point out a quick sequence of steps for making sure its not going to hurt you:
- Find a non-Windows device and Immediately format it, ideally to the FAT32 filesystem
- There is no step 2