Saturday, July 30, 2005

Choose The Right Tools

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There are few things more frustrating than trying to do a job without the right tools. Think about it: When was the last time you saw a carpenter try to hammer a nail using the heel of a shoe, or a mechanic try to turn a screw using a butter knife? Yet, many people regularly try to perform tasks on their computers without using the "right" tool for the job. It is far easier to do much of your work if you have the utilities and tools at hand. With that in mind, I've created a list of some of my own favorite utilities. Feel free to try them out, or look for ones you like, and leave the butter knives in the kitchen drawer.

Utility: PikyBasket
What it Does: It makes moving files fast and easy. No more having to scroll through folders to find the right one to put your files. Move one file, or several, with just a couple of mouse-clicks. Add a Command Prompt to any folder. FREE.
Where to find it: Read More and Download

Smart FTP
What it Does: SmartFTP allows you to transfer files across the Internet. It features an Explorer-like, customizable interface and supports drag-and-drop functions. Multiple FTP connections can be opened at the same time, and you can copy files from one remote host to another (FXP). Remote-host directory information is cached for future viewing, and FTP URLs are supported. Other features include a Favorites list; the ability to resume broken downloads; a global history; background transfers; proxy support; a passive transfer mode; and the ability to perform recursive downloads, uploads, and deletes. Version 1.5.988.48 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes. Note: This program is free for private, noncommercial use only.
Where to find it: Find it Here

What it Does: Launches your applications. Category-Button interface; up to 50 categories with unlimited buttons.
Download: LaunchMate

What it does: A desktop organizer for your shortcuts and bookmarks. Tabbed interface.
More informaton: Ki-Bookmark

What it does: Find, edit and share the photos/images on your system.
Freeware from Google.
More information: Picasa

What it does: View and manage your photos and images easily.
More information/download: Irfanview

These are just a few programs I've found useful. Try them yourself, and if you find other great ones, be sure to let us know.