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Caesium - open source lossless image compression tool

Caesium : Open source tool for loss-less image compression

If you are a blogger or running a website then you must be knowing the importance of reducing the page load time. In turn to achieve this the first thing we look at is reducing the image size. But as we try to re-size or convert this images the visual quality of the image is also compromised. There are very few free tools available which we can use to reduce the size of image without much affecting the visual quality of it.

Caesium is one such open source software which uses loss-less image compression technology to reduce the image size. Even the users who are looking to save some precious hard disk space can be benefited by using this tool. You can see some of its samples over here.

Caesium - open source loss-less image compression tool

This tool is really easy to use. One can select individual pictures or batch upload them and compress them altogether. Processing time is negligible compared to other image processing tools. This is an open source application so you can download and use it for free. You can select to download the Windows installer and install it on your system just like any other application or you can use the portable version to carry it with you wherever you go. Choice is yours 😉

Download Caesium Windows installer (7.91 MB)

Download Caesium Portable (Windows only) (10 MB)

 

 

Copy entire file path to clipboard

Copy full file path including file name from right click menu

Copying files and folders is easy in Windows but when it comes to copying file paths with file name, it is not that user friendly. You will have to first copy the path, paste it somewhere and then append the file name to it, not so efficient..right? Those who have to deal with file paths more often would find it really irritating, specially developers and web designers.

Path Copy Copy is a small open source tool which can come handy in such situations. This small shell application will allow you to quickly copy the file path to clipboard using right click->PathCopy->Copy path and then you can paste it anywhere using ctrl + v.

Copy entire file path to clipboard

It also supports multiple path formats like short name, long name, short path, long path, web path, unix path and many other (Read more about it from here). You can enable or disable the formats from settings as per your needs. And if the path format you need is not available then you can create your custom command as well and that is something cool if you are working in different environments where path formats are different. For e.g  linux machines support forward slashes (/) whereas Windows uses backward slashes (\). So in such scenarios you can customize the output as per your needs.

Requirements

  • Any latest Windows OS , Windows XP SP2 minimum
  • .NET Framework 2.0

You can download this small free tool from the link below.

Download Path Copy Copy (842 KB)

 

 

 

 

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Chrome styled tabbed file explorer for Windows

Windows 8 has gone through many changes, but the concept of file browser remained very much same.  No doubt, the new improved ribbon interface looks good but not everyone would satisfy with a cool looking explorer.  Usability and efficiency is also important.

Whenever we open a drive or a folder in Windows explorer, it opens in a new window and at some point in time it becomes difficult to manage all open windows and switch between them unless you keep closing previous windows.

Clover - Chrome style file explorerClover is a small application which works as an extension to Windows explorer.  It allows you to open multiple folders in tabs just like you open different sites in different tabs in Google Chrome.

Apart from this,  Clover also lets you add files and folders to bookmark toolbar for quick access just like your web browser or you can use scroll click on your mouse to open the folder in new tab. It supports keyboard shortcuts like ctrl+t,  ctrl+d and many more. You can even use different themes with it.  So basically it brings the experience of Chrome to your file explorer.

Clover is a freeware and you can use it on Windows XP,  Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.  If you like the concept of tabbed browsing then this one is for you. You can download it from the link below. Just download the file and double click on it to get started 😉

Download Clover (Windows Explorer with tabs) (3 MB)