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WinSnap v2.0.3 - digitally signed release

WinSnap v2.0.3 is the first digitally signed release. A valid digital signature helps to tell you the identity of the publisher (the company, website, or individual distributing the file) and whether the file has been tampered with since it was signed.

WinSnap - Digital Signature

If the file has no valid digital signature, you cannot be certain that the file is actually from the source it claims to be from, or that it has not been tampered with.

Signed code is not necessarily safe code, but a digital signature does provide accountability – something that is often missing in a world of anonymously distributed software.

Ensure that you are using the original software: Verify digital signatures!

Other changes in v2.0.3:

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 05-Mar-07 06:13


Visual Subst v1.0.5

Visual Subst is a little utility to manage virtual drives in a GUI way. Using virtual drives, you will be able to turn a long path (C:\Users\Alexander\Documents\Projects\) into just one drive letter (P:). It may be very useful when working with deep folder hierarchies as well as when working with projects copied from another system.

Visual Subst on Windows Vista

This is just a minor update containing a few small improvements. Yesterday, I bought a Code Signing Certificate, and Visual Subst v1.0.5 is the first digitally signed release. I will write an article explaining the benefits of using digital signatures soon.

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 01-Mar-07 11:27


WinSnap v2.0.2 released

A new minor version of WinSnap has been released today:

Since version 2.0 WinSnap is a shareware program and you must purchase a license if you wish to continue using it. Though, if you do not need new features, you may still use old version 1.1 which is completely free for personal use.

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 17-Feb-07 21:38


WinSnap v2.0 Ultimate

Well, three weeks of hard development and it is going to be released. Of course, I have not implemented all features I wanted from the beginning. But there are really major improvements in this version.

WinSnap v2.0 Ultimate is the first release with full Windows Vista support. It was especially designed to capture the new Aero theme and can handle all possible issues with rounded corners and shadows.

Explorer on Vista with shadows

WinSnap can draw a drop shadow effect which is very similar to the new Windows Vista UI. There is no need to place certain windows over a white background and then crop a fullscreen image.

I have rewritten all image processing algorithms to provide full alpha-channel support. Now you can save your screenshots as transparent PNG or TIFF. It allows really easy image compositing, and it is very useful when placing your screenshots on multi-colour backgrounds.

The third "big feature" is the Multi-Object capture mode which allows you to select multiple windows (and controls) on the screen and easy combine them into one screenshot image. Use Ctrl + left-click or mouse middle-click to do it.

WinSnap v2.0 contains a configurable External Tools menu, Fixed-Size Region capture mode, and many other small improvements and core optimization.

You may find some tutorials and examples of usage here:

WinSnap v2.0 makes screenshots even better!

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 13-Feb-07 02:26


Windows Developer Power Tools

"Windows Developer Power Tools" is a book by James Avery and Jim Holmes. It describes the growing number of free and open source software for developers who work on Windows platform.

23.11. Managing and Switching Tasks with TaskSwitchXP

«It's amazing how dependent we become on the simple Alt-Tab or Alt-Shift-Tab keystrokes in our daily workflow. Task switching is a critical part of getting around in the Windows multitasking environment. Unfortunately, Alt-Tab task switching isn't very helpful when you've got a lot of applications open, because the list of icons gets muddled and confusing. And what if you have several instances of the same application running - how do you tell which application icon refers to the instance you're looking for?»

Windows Developer Power Tools

Annotation: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527549/

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 08-Feb-07 16:04


Hstart v1.1 released

Hstart is a little utility which allows you to run console applications and batch files without any windows. There is an updated version of Hstart with new /WAIT and /HELP flags.

Hidden Start Help

When using this /WAIT flag with multiple command lines (e.g. hstart /WAIT "command1" "command2"), Hstart starts command1 and command2 continuously and returns an unsuccessful code (non-NULL) if one of these processes return it.

Discussion at: http://www.ntwind.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=129

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 01-Feb-07 14:25


WinSnap v1.1.10 released

A new version of WinSnap has been released today. A week ago I have started to develop version 2.0, so I think it is the latest v1.x release.

Changes in v1.1.10 (January 31, 2007):

Today you may get a free license key for WinSnap at www.giveawayoftheday.com

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 31-Jan-07 08:03


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