Moving can be fun, but packing sucks. The luster and optimism of a new home quickly diminishes when you’re busy shoving your stuff in boxes so it doesn’t break on the way. Here are some tips to make it all easier.
FileOptimizer is a file compression tool used to reduce file size without changing the quality, known as "lossless." This is done via wide variety of optimization and recompression tools and techniques. Original files are sent to the recycle bin for restoration in the event the uncompressed version is preferred. A long list of supported formats include audio/video (MP3, OGG, M4A), image (GIF, JPEG, PNG), office formats (DOCX, XLSX, ODT, PDF), and system files (DLL, EXE).
Supports drag-and-drop of files into the window or onto the program icon. Note that by default the program removes metadata for many file types. This information reduces overall file size and protects privacy but is important to some users (e.g. photographers) and file search tools.
A 64-bit version is available within the folder and the author reports the program is functional in WINE.
PeaZip is a feature-rich file archiver with broad support for 100+ archive types. The file manager interface includes a hash tool, file wipe, file associations, themes, estimated compression level, system benchmark, image crop/rename, and much more. Note that tools setup through the task scheduler are not portable.
Formats supported include most mainstream archive formats, including 7ZIP, ACE (read), BZIP2, CAB, GZIP, MSI (extr.), RAR (extr.), TAR, UPX, ZIP, as well as it's own PEA format.
Cross platform (Linux/BSD) and a 64-bit version is available. Alternatively, PeaZip Portable portablizes bookmarks and includes both 32 and 64-bit versions, automatically using the proper one on each PC.
If you need to resize a ton of images on your Mac, Automator is the way to do it in one fell swoop. 9to5Mac shows off how to quickly make your own Automator service for doing just that.
Slimjet is a fast, secure, and powerful browser built on top of the Google Chrome browser, integrating many more features and customizations without reducing speed. The program includes a fully customizable toolbar, form filler, Youtube video downloader, weather, photo upload enhance/shrink, translation, address aliases, webpage screenshots, auto-refresh, multiple proxy support, flexible new tab controls, and more.
Facebook integration is available and extensions designed for Chrome in Chrome Web Store should be compatible with Slimjet.
QTranslate is a front-end for various translation websites. Open the main window to enter or paste text (up to 100 characters), or simply select text and press a hotkey for a popup translation window. The program also has the ability to speak text and do a web search.
Translation services: Google, Microsoft, Babylon, Prompt, SDL and Yandex; dictionary services: Google, Wikipedia, Babylon, WordReference, ImTranslator, and Multitran.
Although the hotkeys can be modified, by default:
- Show the translation window: CTRL+Q (press CTRL twice for the main window)
- Speak text: Ctrl+E
- Perform a web search: Ctrl+W
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