Sunday, July 26, 2009

Software Review: VisualCron(Advanced Task Scheduler)

Application Name: VisualCron

Type: Shareware

Trial version has full functionality for 45 days.


Business license: 197 $ (For single server,includes maintenance and support for 1 year)
Private license: 117 $ (Includes maintenance and support for 1 year)

Free minor updates,have to buy maintenance packs(1 year-47 $ per server or 297 $ per site) for major upgrades(version 4 to 5,etc)


Version: 5.1.6 (Latest,as on 26.07.2009)

Size: 27.4 MB


Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/2008/Vista/7
Supports 32 bit and 64 bit processors

Description and Advantages:

VisualCron is an advanced task scheduler/automation tool designed specially for Windows.It can be used to automate tasks with the help of a trigger,which may be based on time or system events.These system events may be change in service status/when a process starts or ends/when a registry changes and so on.VisualCron will mainly find its use in business and they are also willing to develop any custom Task,functionality/feature,console application based on request for a price.

VisualCron has lots of features like
  • Unlimited number of clients can connect to one server.
  • Ability to view current status and next run.
  • Supports many languages.
  • Ability to control anything in the Server programmatically.
  • Perform uploads/downloads against common protocols as FTP/FTPS/SFTP/SSH/HTTP.
  • Print documents and encrypt/decrypt files.
  • Drag and drop tasks between servers.
  • Dynamic variables can be used to report result to a file/log or even by email.
  • User manager - control access and permissions of the internal VisualCron users
  • Ability to execute commands locally and remotely.
  • Ability to exclude certain days like holidays.
Other features can be found here.


Private users may find the price high.

Screen shot:


VisualCron can be downloaded from here.

Author's Rating:9/10


Forums/email/skype/screen sharing.They operate from Sweden and can also be contacted through phone depending on mutual convenience.

Free support is available through forums.It's worth a look for all who are looking for a task scheduler with multiple features.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Software Review : Color Picker 1.0

Application Name: Color Picker 1.0

Type: Freeware

Price: 0 $

Version: 1.0 (Latest,as on 21.07.2009)

Size: 56 KB

Compatibility:Microsoft Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 ;minimum 32 MB RAM

Description and Advantages:

This is a freeware useful for both beginners and advanced users alike.Many times we come across variations of colors that we would like to have in our own work.It's just too difficult to get that colour just by trial and error,and that is where Color Picker comes to the rescue.There are various commercial sharewares available,but this one is very small and absolutely free.

Color Picker helps to pick 'any' color that may be available on any part of the PC screen.All you have to do is to run the application and click a point where the desired color is located.Once you click a spot, the value of the color in long,HTML and RGB values are displayed.You can also choose from a variety of skins available.


Not much helpful when dealing with varying shades of color.

Screen shot:

Author's Rating: 8.5/10

Download link: Download (16KB Zip File)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Free remote computer access - Log Me In

This is one of the best sites that I have come across via google ads.LogMeIn helps you to access multiple remote computers just by installing a free software.Using this you can access the remote computer's desktop and the files in the system.Once installed,this software will auto start once the remote computer is switched on.

It can be used to provide tutorials or help with the technical stuffs.As it is visual display,it is easier to explain and understand.You can also use it to access your home computer from office.There will be a small box at the right hand top corner displaying that the remote computer is remotely accessed.

My friend has been successfully using LogMeIn without any problems to connect and able to video chat with people,for whom even these simple steps can be quite tedious.Also,it is 100% free and Mac compatible.So,basically you can operate two computers which has internet connection.

Although the free edition has remote access,the pro edition has more benefits like
  • Hear music and to get alerts,
  • Share/Transfer files
  • Print files from remote computer via local printer.
Depending on the need of usage,there are different types of pro editions available.