New MS PowerToys for XP Added

In the movie Forest Gump, the main character says; “Life is like a box of
chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna’ get.” Likewise,
I occasionally go the
Microsoft Power Toys
site to see what may be there because you never know what
sweets you may find. As you probably know, the PowerToys are
utilities designed by Microsoft to help you do things that
out-of-the-box XP can’t. Not all them have mass appeal,
but some do (like the ClearType Tuner, which should be a
standard part of Windows because it can make on-screen type
easier to read). Some of the utilities that I haven’t seen
since that last time I visited include:

  • Color Control Panel Applet
    – Professional-level photographers and designers know
    that getting consistent, accurate color from file to
    screen to print and beyond is a requirement for great
    results. This new tool helps you manage Windows color
    settings in one place. Download or learn more.

  • SyncToy
    – With new sources of files coming from every
    direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell
    phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and
    laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and
    synchronize different directories. Download or learn
    more.

  • RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
    – Are you a serious photographer? Now you can organize
    and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer
    (much as you can with JPEG images). This tool provides
    thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display
    for RAW images. Download or learn more.

As I mentioned, not all of these utilities will have mass
appeal, but feel free to check out these new ones as well as
the others. Note, as Microsoft says, although they have taken
care to create useful programs, none of them are supported
(which is different from having a bra strap or underwire
break, but I digress). So, don’t come crying to them (or me)
if you try one and it causes all manner of problems for you.
YMMV. Use at your own risk. Insert disclaimer here.


Aloha!

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