Small and Powerful but Free

  • Vivaldi Translator

    A few small tools you didn't think you needed til you used them.

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    "Volume² is an freeware app which is an advanced Windows volume control, a complete replacement for the default Volume Control on Windows. This application lets you easily change the sound volume just by rotating the mouse wheel or by using keyboard hot keys or just mouse move on screen border. The app comes with customization themes and interface and also other options like setting hotkey for changing volume."
    (As I often swap inputs and outputs this tool allows quicker access)

    Microsoft Garage: Mouse Without Borders
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    "Mouse without Borders is a product that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers.

    Supported Operating Systems:

    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 3

    .Net 2.0/4.0 and Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP SP3 (32/64 bit)."

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    "Ripcord is a desktop chat client for group-centric services like Slack and Discord. It provides a traditional compact desktop interface designed for power users. It's not built on top of web browser technology: it responds quickly to input, sips gently from computer resources, and gets out of your way. It does voice chat, too.


    • Not made from a web browser
    • Tabs
    • Multiple windows
    • Multiple accounts
    • Voice chat
    • Graphical emoji (including custom emoji)
    • Tab completion for user names and emoji
    • Powerful batch editing
    • Custom bookmark lists for easily accessing only the channels you actually use
    • Customizable fonts, colors, and sizes
    • Variable DPI and multi-monitor support
    • Low CPU and memory usage
    • Zero GPU usage
    • No tracking or analytics"

  • Moderator

    @Dr-Flay I like ripcord. The big issue for me is that it needs to use your account access token - tied to your password, and discord doesn't have a way to generate API tokens.

  • Vivaldi Translator

    @LonM Yeah a bit inconvenient for most users, but it never bothered me much as I am used to using my API keys from many web services in 3rd party tools.

    The problem is obviously trust of the app developer (who could just as easily grab your user and password), and in this case the inconvenient way you have to find your key.
    Thankfully ripcord provides a convenient way to show you how to find it.

  • WizTree - Directory usage statistics and visualisation. Free, fully featured, donationware.

    If you're kind of OCD (like I am) about managing disk space bloat, this tool is a must-have. I've used the very popular WinDirStat for years, but it's getting really old now (last stable release was 2007), and the scan is really slow. As an alternative I've also used the paid TreeSize Personal, but their license model means paying for a renewal every couple of years which is not to my liking.

    WizTree scans a drive in a couple of seconds and has the familiar treemap visualisation making it easy to find huge disk space hogs.

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  • Moderator

    @Pathduck This reminds me of a lot of the Sysinternals programs - particularly "Diskview"

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