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Tunestor -- Down Music from Internet to IPod in Just Two Clicks (Discovery)

I don't have an Ipod, but Tunstor looks like a great program for those who do. It lets you right click on an mp3 file download link on the web, select "Download Directly to iTunes" and Tunestor automates everything: "it automatically downloads the file to its music folder and adds it to the Tunestor playlist in iTunes. When you connect your iPod to your computer, all the music downloaded in this playlist will automatically get copied to your iPod!" This sounds like it would be a lot faster than manually downloading a file to a folder and then adding it to iTunes.

Ashampoo ClipFinder -- Find and Download Onlive Video

Ashampoo ClipFinder is a freeware program that lets you search online video portals like Youtube by keywords and view and/or download the videos it finds. Most programs for video downloading are browser addins that allow you to try to save the video playing on a page you are viewing. ClipFinder takes a different approach. It searches video sites for videos managing a search term and allows you to view and/or download one or more of the videos it finds.

IndieVolume -- Per Application Volume Control

One of the nicer features of Windows Vista is independent volume control for every application. IndieVolume brings this feature to Windows XP (also ME, 2000, and 2003) -- and apparently has done so for several years. This program is payware, unlike most of the programs I review, but it provides a unique feature that I haven't seen in any freeware application.

Safarp -- A Fast Uninstaller for 2K/XP (Discovery)

If you have ever used Add-Remove Programs on a computer well-stocked with software, you know that it can take forever and a day to load the list of installed software. Safarp loads blazingly fast and, according to the Safarp web site, has a number of extra features:

* Search function
* Obsolete list entries removal
* Export program list to a file (HTML, RTF, CSV...)
* New report templates can be written to export to other file formats
* Accessibility via the Control Panel (optional)
* Option to hide the Windows hotfixes

Custom Folder -- New Folder Done Right (Discovery)

Do you have a number of "New Folder" or "New Folder ##" (where ## is some number) scattered about your hard drive from times when you create a new folder with Windows Explorer's context menu but were too lazy to give the folder a meaningful name? If so, Custom Folder can help.

ClickOff -- Automatically Say You're Sure (Discovery)

Many programs have annoying dialog boxes that ask you if you are really sure that you want to do what you just told windows to do. Sometimes these are useful safety features ("Do you really want format drive C?") but often these dialogs are just pointless and annoying. ClickOff with "press" the necessary button to just continue on any dialog box you set it up to watch for -- without actually moving your mouse pointer.

Taskbar Shuffle 2.1 -- Shuffles System Tray Icons Too

I have written about Taskbar Shuffle before. It is a nice little program that allows you to rearrange buttons on your taskbar by dragging and dropping them. A new version (2.1) adds the ability to rearrange system tray icons (although this requires using a hotkey).

SpeQ -- Small Powerful Math Program (Discovery)

Windows Calculator is a joke -- who wants to use the on-screen version of a $5 dollar calculator. Most replacements are far more powerful but kind the "lots of buttons" calculator interface. SpeQ break the calculator-look mode. It looks more like a text editor that lets you enter calculations -- and even say your work. SpeQ can be used by anyone for simple math problems but it is powerful enough to be useful to engineers and scientists.

IcoFX -- Powerful Freeware Icon Editor

About a year ago, I reviewed SnIco Edit here at Software Gadgets. It was a nice little icon editor, however, its web site has disappeared and I've recently found an icon editor I like much better: IcoFX.

From the IcoFX web site:

IcoFX is an award winning freeware icon editor. It is an all-in-one solution for icon creation, extraction and editing. It is designed to work with Windows XP and Windows Vista icons supporting transparency.

HandyFind -- Finds Words As You Type (Discovery)

Bringing up a find dialog box can be a pain in some peograms -- and other programs don't even offer a search feature. HandyFind makes searching text easy in most Windows programs. Type the hot key (control-space is the default) and start typing your search term. The highlight will jump to the first match. Use the arrow keys to find the next or previous match. Esc or a mouse click exits search mode. It's simple, fast, and works in most Windows programs -- a nifty and useful program.

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