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date 30.Sep.2018

■ Small is beautiful: 10 little, free and useful programs for your desktop

Once upon a time people were using little useful software tools for a variety of small tasks. Nowadays, even if you don't waste your day on Facebook or watching cat videos on YouTube, your software tools are likely to be huge by yesteryear's standards, offering everything and the kitchen sink on top. Even xplorer² grew from 900KB to a porky 3.5MB (but that's largely to foil the pirates :)

Anyway, over the years I have gathered various little tools that are useful in one way or other, all freeware (or even open source). I don't use them all the time, but each solves one small problem in an economical fashion (sizes well under 1MB, no installation required), and here they are in no particular order:

If money wasn't an issue, I would also mention the shareware Screen Calipers, and if small size wasn't an issue I would add paint.net (IrfanView beater for alpha editing). Another time I will write about tools more interesting to software developers.

What's your favorite little software tool?

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