Capture.NET: A Swiss Army Knife For Your PC [Windows]
So how about a tool that is “an exquisite, powerful and multi-functional desktop utility. (It is an) All-In-One, Multi language, Simple and Standalone (no install).”
Sounds interesting? Well that is what was quoted on the developer’s site and instantly caught my attention. After trying it (and ignoring minor quirks in UI and spellings) I must say I have not been disappointed.
I am talking about capture.NET [Broken URL Removed]. The tool is aptly called the Swiss army knife of PC tools because it just does so many things. I must confess that after looking at the site and its presentation I was a little wary of malware. However I submitted the file to VirusTotal and the results were 0 positive on 38 engines, so I went ahead and double-clicked to launch.
The tool has a Professional Version and a Free Version. The Professional version requires you to pay $15 for a license. However the Free Version is quite a handful in itself. The features I am discussing are all available in the free version. If you need something extra than you may like to have a look at the Professional offering.
Let’s just have a look at some of the features that capture.NET has to offer:
Capture.NET allows you to take screenshots. Just like some of the commercial applications you can take screenshots by isolating windows, regions or take full screen grabs. The tool offers you a zoomed in view of the screen to help you precisely grab just the area you like.
Basic Image Editing
The captured image is then presented to you within an image editor, where you can do some basic editing. The image editing features include the ability to:
- Add edge effects like shadows, torn edges, soft edges
- Convert pictures to Ascii (Cool!)
- The basic cut, copy paste, save etc
Post it Notes
Capture.NET provides you the capability to post notes on your screen. Just hit Ctrl + Shift + N and type in your note. You have now got an instant sticky note. You can also manage your sticky notes from the context menu accessed via the tray icon.
A Privacy Eraser
A mini tool that allows you to clean temporary files, the recycle bin, clipboard, cookies, MRU lists, Windows Events Logs and perform some minor tweaks like clearing the pagefile on shutdown.
A Color Picker
A great tool for web designers and programmers. The color picker allows you to pick any color off the screen. It also provides you with sliders to generate color schemes or if you are really stuck, hit the random button to get a random color suggestion.
A File Format Convertor
This allows you to inter-convert between the various image formats. Just browse to images you wish to convert on your hard disk, select all images that you want to convert and choose the appropriate command. File Format Converter also allows you to convert chm files to html files.
Tweaker allows you to perform some basic registry tricks on your system. It provides you with detailed information about your system and ready access to the device manger and the Windows System Information utility. Tweaker also has options to restore the settings for a hijacked Internet Explorer.
A Backup Expert
Backup Expert allows you to backup your mail (Outlook) as well as Internet Explorer favorites and feeds. Though honestly I missed Firefox support here.
Alarm Clock, World Time, Timer and Time Synchronization
Apart from the basic alarm clock functionality, the tool also offers count-down/count-up timer and time synchronization with a NTP server. You can also view the different time zones and time differences readily accessible through keyboard shortcuts.
Some Other Utilities
There are plenty of other features offered by capture.NET which I would have to leave for you to explore yourself. Some of them are great for programmers like the customizable Ruler or the Window Spy which gives you important information about windows, buttons, and other UI elements. Indispensable if you are into writing Autohot key scripts, Windows Programming or something similar. Others like the font viewer, calendar and lunar phases are more for your general use.
Definitely give it a try and let us know which ones you liked or if you use any other tools for accomplishing similar tasks.