February 2019
This Month's Library Files
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EarTrumpet - control volume settings per device when switching between audio devices
Greenshot - Open Source screen capture utility with lots of fratures
Paint.net - a powerful image editor that makes working with images easy
QuickLook - preview file contents inside the file manager
ShareMouse - control multiple computers from a single mouse and keyboard
VirusTotal.com - check a file or URL for viruses/malware against multiple virus and malware checking applications
Visual Studio Code - a do it all editor that replaces Notepad
EarTrumpet [25.3 MB] Win 10   Freeware

Windows 10 introduces a per-device volume control, where you can switch from speakers to headphones or any other audio device connected to your PC with a simple drop down on the volume control. There's one flaw, though, as it only shows you the master volume control for your computer. If you want to tweak the control for a specific app, you're dropped back into the old volume control that goes all the way back to Windows XP. Enter EarTrumpet.
•  is an alternative volume control that adds modern per-app controls
•  makes it easier to tweak and tune each device
•  switch between devices when you have more than one audio device on your PC


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Greenshot [1.7 MB] Win XP - Win 10/OSx   Open Source - Windows free, Mac $1.99

Windows' built-in screen capture tools have limited functionality. Greenshot has a more flexible and powerful way of capturing images for documentation and debugging. It's also free, as it's an open-source project. You can capture screens, windows, and regions. There's the option of quickly repeating actions too, so you can set up a window or a region and then take new captures each time it changes. A built-in editor handles initial image edits, with tools for adding annotations for saving files straight into Office documents.

•  Quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.
•  Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot.
•  Export the screenshot in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Office programs or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa, and others.


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The software "ShareMouse" lets you control multiple computers from a single mouse and keyboard. Move the mouse to the monitor of the computer you wish to control and the pointer magically jumps to that computer. Any mouse and keyboard input is transmitted to the corresponding computer.
Similar to a network KVM, ShareMouse transmits mouse movements and clicks through the local LAN. All traffic can be password-protected and AES encrypted.
To switch between computers, there is no KVM switch or press of a button required.
Similar to a keyboard switch, you can seamlessly operate multiple computers on your desk from any mouse and keyboard.
There is a free version with limited function for personal use. To get file drag-n-drop, shared clipboard, etc., requires the standard version or better.


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VirusTotal.com - Free virus web check

On the virustotal.com web site you can check a file for viruses/malware against multiple virus and malware checking applications. It can also check a URL

VirusTotal inspects items with over 70 antivirus scanners and URL/domain blacklisting services, in addition to a myriad of tools to extract signals from the studied content. Any user can select a file from their computer using their browser and send it to VirusTotal. VirusTotal offers a number of file submission methods, including the primary public web interface, desktop uploaders, browser extensions and a programmatic API. The web interface has the highest scanning priority among the publicly available submission methods. Submissions may be scripted in any programming language using the HTTP-based public API.

As with files, URLs can be submitted via several different means including the VirusTotal webpage, browser extensions and the API..


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Visual Studio Code

First there was Notepad, now there's Visual Studio Code. Microsoft's programmer's editor is more than just a tool for working with code, it's the all-singing all-dancing editor you've been looking for. Easy to configure and extend, it's there for everything from text files to web pages to IoT code development and beyond. While there are plenty of code-oriented features, support for Markdown means it's an ideal tool for writing blog posts or any other lightly-formatted documents. Code is built using web technologies on top of GitHub's Electron, and it integrates with Explorer, opening with the last open file each time you launch it. It's also updated monthly, so new features arrive quickly, as do new extensions -- so keep an eye on the Visual Studio marketplace for extensions that may do just what you need.


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Microsoft is slowly deprecating that old standby, Paint. While it's leaving Windows to make its way to the Store, another graphics editor has also made its way there. Originally an intern project, Paint.net is a powerful image editor that makes working with images easy, with tools that go above and beyond those in Microsoft Paint. Comparable with the editing tools built into expensive desktop packages, there's a lot here, including the ability to compose and edit complex images.

There are two versions of Paint.net. The Classic free  version and the Store version for $4.99 on the Microsoft Play Store. The store version allows for fully automatic updates.
all other functionality is identical bet ween the two versions.

Free version at https://www.getpaint.net/index.html
MS Store version at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/paintnet/9nbhcs1lx4r0?activetab=pivot%3Aoverviewtab

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Apple and Microsoft take very different approaches to OS development, and one key feature is missed by anyone moving from macOS to Windows. Apple's Quick Look previews file contents inside the Finder, simply by pressing space with the mouse pointer hovering over a file. There are several Windows add-ons that bring Quick Look to Explorer, but the easiest to use is also free and regularly updated. With a long list of supported file types, it lets you preview files quickly, without having to give screen real estate to Explorer's Preview pane or waiting for apps to launch. QuickLook is unobtrusive, and fast.


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