Posts Tagged «freeware»

Last week I ran into a problem.  I have a computer that’s six months old and looking at my drive properties I discovered that I only have 40% free space left on a 200 GB hard drive.  After clicking through a maze of directories trying to identify where the largest space eaters were for about five minutes I decided to search for a better way.

WinDirStat ScreenshotEventually I discovered WinDirStat. It’s a free utility that scans your hard drive and represents files and folders graphically.  Each folder is represented by a rectangle with smaller rectangles inside it. Each rectangle drawn as one constant gradient represents a single file, and that makes it easy to identify which files and folders are taking up the most space.

WinDirStat allows you to click on each rectangle and zoom in further for more detail.  On the top pane it provides percentages for each file and folder, and there are also some color coding options.

Here’s to keeping your hard drive clean!

I publish files for a variety of web sites and it can become overwhelming to keep track of which files are up-to-date on the remote server. Surfing the web for a better solution last week I discovered WinSCP. It’s a free FTP client (though donations are welcome) that includes the ability to synchronize files between a local folder and a remote FTP server.

WinSCP That’s a pretty awesome because if you’re anything like me the local folders stay organized but the remote server gets pretty messy. This way it’s as easy as navigating to the relevant folder and choosing synchronize.

Another great feature is the ability to synchronize browsing. That means whenever you browse to a directory locally, the equivalent folder will open remotely.

Here are a list of features from their site:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • U3 support
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

Have you ever needed to rename 100 files to include a numbered series? Or maybe edit a set of mp3s that include a bunch of junk text at the end or beginning of the file name?

Here’s a utility for you, 1-4a Rename is freeware and it’s a single executable that when launched provides a variety of ways to rename groups of files. It also includes an undo function. Here’s a small sample of what it can do:

  • Capitalize the beginning letter of each word, or make all letters upper case or lower case
  • Insert a set of text at the beginning of each file name
  • Add a set of numbers to the beginning or end of file names that increment or decrement
  • Replace a set of text with different text, or remove it completely (for example change “pol1″ to “policy1″
  • Shorten file names to 64 characters
  • Filter results to work with in a folder using wildcards * ?
  • Restrict changes to file name, extension, or whole name

The list goes on. This is a must have utility for anyone who works with a multitude of files.