FBackup adds plugin support for IrfanView, qBitTorrent, and more programs

The freeware backup tool FBackup, has been updated to version 8.6.288. The new version adds supports for quite a few plugins that can be used to backup third-party applications.

fbackup irfanview backup

The list of programs supported by plugins includes the likes of IrfanView, qBittorrent, Teracopy, SPAMfighter (more at the end of this article). The biggest surprise for me is that these plugins were just added to Backup4all, which is a premium backup program offered by the developer, Softland. It’s nice to see the freeware solution get the same treatment.

What is the purpose of these plugins?

These plugins are useful in saving the settings of third-party software that is installed on the system. Once saved, you may restore the settings from the backup with a couple of clicks, after a clean install of the software, or even on a fresh Windows installation. This can be useful when settings are changed or when you set up a program anew or install it on a new device.

How to install the new plugins in FBackup?

Experienced users should know this already. But if you’re new, click on the file menu button in FBackup’s interface, and then on the “Plugins” option. This opens the application’s plugin manager window. It is divided into two sections: Local Plugins and Remote Plugins. The Local Plugins are the ones that are installed on your computer and Remote are those that you can install.

FBackup adds plugin support for IrfanView, qBitTorrent, and more programs

Warning: Though FBackup is freeware, it does promote Backup4all in the file menu. It does not impact functionality and is not much of a problem because of that.

Scroll down the list to find the new plugins listed on the top pane. Click on the one that you want to use, and then on the install button in the bottom pane. The plugin will be added to the “Local Plugins” instantly.  Optionally, click on the “plugin details” option in the add-on’s description to view more information about the add-on.

This should take you to the corresponding page on Backup4all’s site. Scrolling down the page to view the description of the data that will be backed up by FBackup. For e.g. the qBittorrent plugin saves the Appdata user files, User local files and Registry settings.

Now that you have installed the plugins you can use them. To do so, you’ll need to create a new backup job. Select the destination drive on the main screen of FBackup, and in the second step where you select the source, you’ll see the program that you added the plugin for on the left side-panel.

fbackup irfanview plugin backup

Click on the plugin, e.g. IrfanView as shown on the screenshot above, and the right pane will allow you to select the data that you’d like to save. You can exclude any option by un-checking the box next to it. Hit the save button and your new backup is ready to use.

According to the change-log posted on the official forums, the latest version of FBackup also adds support for Russian, and includes updates for the following languages: Spanish, German and Chinese Simplified.

FBackup 8.6.288 change log

You may notice that some plugins listed in the release notes are missing from my list (ImgBurn, FreeCommander, CDBurnerXP, Multi-Commander, Kodi and Plex). If you read the release notes again,  you can notice that it says “Backup4all 8.6.288” instead of “FBackup 8.6.288”. It is possible that Softland re-used the change log for the freeware program, while restricting the other plugins for the premium one. It doesn’t really make sense to restrict some plugins though.

There is however an option to manually install the plugins. Replace the name of the program in the following URL, with the name of the missing program. Do note that the name in the URL is case-sensitive.

https://www.backup4all.com/IrfanView-backup-plugin.html

For e.g. FreeCommander

https://www.backup4all.com/FreeCommander-backup-plugin.html

Click the “download XML file” button to save it to your computer. Use the “Load Plugin” option in the bottom left corner of the Plugin Manager window and select the downloaded XML to install the plugin. The add-ons that you install in this manner don’t have a description, but the process did work with Free Commander. It failed for Multi-Commander though, which is why I’m skeptical of whether it’d work for other software.

fbackup install missing plugins
fbackup install missing plugin

If you aren’t interested in FBackup, give Personal Backup a try, it is completely freeware too. On that note, we would like to wish you all a Happy World Backup Day.

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ScreenCloud is an open source image capturing tool that can optionally upload images to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Imgur

We have reveiwed many screen capturing tools at gHacks including Ksnip, Automatic Screenshotter, Auto Screen Capture, Ashampoo’s Snap 11, or Martin’s favorite program PicPick.

Today, we take a look at a tool that can also optionally upload images to cloud services.

ScreenCloud is an open source image capturing tool that can optionally upload images to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Imgur

This is ScreenCloud, an open source image capturing tool for Windows, Linux and macOS.

During the program’s installation process you will be offered options to select from the following hosting services: Dropbox, Google Drive, Imgur, OneDrive, FTP, SFTP, Shell Script. Select the ones you wish to use and click next, and the program will install the corresponding plugins. You can install the plugins anytime from the Preferences screen as well.

ScreenCloud hosting services

ScreenCloud runs as a system tray program. Right-click (or left-click) on the icon to access its menu. There are three options which you can use to take a screenshot.

ScreenCloud tray menu

Capture Full screen saves all content displayed on the screen. Capture Selection freezes the current frame, and you can draw a box to save the content inside it. You’ll need to press the “Enter” key to save the capture. Capture Window takes a snapshot of the active window.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to capture the snapshots.

  • Capture Full screen – Shift + Alt + 1
  • Selection – Shift + Alt + 2
  • Active windows – Shift + Alt + 3

Once a screenshot is taken, the program displays a pop-up window. This may be used to rename the screenshot, save it to the clipboard or one of the selected cloud services.

ScreenCloud save screenshot 2

Note: The tray menu’s Capture Window option is buggy on Windows. It captured the status bar. I also had some trouble with the hotkey method while using it with Chromium Edge running in the background. It’s either that or after I enabled the “capture window borders” option. The program kept capturing partially blank or completely blank window screenshots.

ScreenCloud issue with chromium edge

With Edge closed however, it seemed to function normally. The Linux version works perfectly fine.

ScreenCloud Linux
ScreenCloud options
ScreenCloud window capture linux

Image editor

Click on the image’s preview in the save screenshot window to open ScreenCloud’s built-in editor. The picture is displayed on the canvas in the middle of the screen. You can add an arrow, draw a rectangle or a circle, add some text, or numbered buttons using the tools available on the left side bar.

ScreenCloud image editor

Instead of a blur tool, ScreenCloud comes with an obscure tool that pixelates the area upon which you use it. The panel on the right can be used to change the brush’s color and size. You can save screenshots in the PNG or JPG image formats. The General tab of the Preferences screen has an option to delay screenshots (in seconds), use it to take timed captures.

Uploading to cloud services

ScreenCloud can’t upload any image to a cloud service without logging into your account. That’s a plus in my opinion, because you don’t want to accidentally upload screenshots to the cloud if you don’t plan on doing so.

ScreenCloud cloud service
ScreenCloud cloud service 2
ScreenCloud cloud service dropbox
ScreenCloud cloud service onedrive

For those of you who want to save images to the cloud, here’s how to do that. Click on the Preferences option in the tray menu, and switch to the “Online services” tab. This is where you can add/remove cloud services and login to them. Double-click on the service you’d like to use with the program, and a new tab should open in your browser.

It uses OAuth to authorize the sign-in, and prompts you to allow ScreenCloud access to store data in your cloud drive. Don’t worry, it can only manage folders and files that it created or opened.

To finalize it, copy and paste the authorization code generated by the cloud service into the box that the program opened for connecting to your account. You may choose the screenshot naming pattern such as Screenshot at %H-%M-%S representing the time (hours, minutes, seconds) when the screenshot was taken. The result will be something like Screenshot at 19-45-00. Select the folder name that the application should save content to, and whether you want it to copy the public link to the clipboard after the uploading process has been completed.

Hit the save button and you’re all set to use it.

The application isn’t portable. The lack of a crop tool in ScreenCloud’s editor was a slight let down for me, but this is intended to be a basic screen capturing tool, besides I’m too used to ShareX’s options.

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Vov Music Player is a minimalistic music player for Windows

Most music players have lots of options that you can use to customize the playback quality, interface, and other aspects of the player and playback. Players like AIMP, Musicbee or even classic Winamp have a lot to offer; but if you’re looking for a minimalistic experience, Vov Music Player may be worth a closer look.

Vov Music Player is a freeware music player for Windows. The interface opens in proximity of the system tray area.

Vov Music Player interface

The program asks you to choose the music directory when you run it the first time. When you select the folder, the program begins playing the first track in the directory. You’ll see an action center notification that tells you which song is currently playing but it disappears after a few seconds. Once you have added the folder, you can move the interface anywhere you want to.

Vov Music Player is a minimalistic music player for Windows

You can close Vov Music Player’s window which minimizes it to the system tray so that playback continues in the background. When you exit the application and reopen it, Vov Music Player plays the track which was loaded previously.

Use the slider at the top left to control the volume, and the one to its right to jump to a specific time position of the track. There are six buttons that you can use to control the playback: Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind, Forward, and Next. The other 2 options on the interface may be used to add a song to the favorites, or to select the source directory.

Note: The program takes tracks in sub-folders into account.

Right-click on the tray icon to access the player’s menu. You’ll find that it contains all options from the GUI, but there are some extras here. There’s a shuffle option to mix things up.

Vov music player context menu

The Current File menu can be used to open the track’s folder location, or to copy it to the clipboard. The List menu displays all files in the current folder, and you can double-click on a track to play it. The menu also has your play history and songs that you have added to favorites. Vox Music Player saves its settings in a Settings.INI file in the ProgramData folder, so you can edit it with any text editor. Songs that you mark as favorite are saved to a text file named Favorites.Txt.

Vov music player source list

Note: Though the Sound engine menu has options to switch between Mplayer and Bass, the former doesn’t appear to work. It throws out an error that says “cannot determine the device type from the given filename extension.” The only fix for this is to restart the music player. This isn’t a major issue because the “Bass” audio engine works fine.

You can disable notifications, and I recommend you do it if you keep the music player near the system tray, as it overlaps the interface albeit for just a couple of seconds when a track is changed.

Tese are the audio formats supported by the program: FLAC, MP3, WAV, OGG, MP2, MP1, OGG, WMA and AIFF.

Vox Music Player is nowhere close to programs like Foobar or Musicbee, but if all you want is to play music from a folder without adding them to a playlist or tinker with some settings, it’s a good program. It could really use an option to select the Previous track, and maybe a portable version.

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BowPad is an open source programmer-friendly text editor with a ribbon interface

Looking for a text editor that has a ribbon interface? BowPad has a nice one, offers all the features you could possibly want, and is programmer-friendly.

BowPad is an open source programmer-friendly text editor with a ribbon interface

The program displays a sidebar on the left; this is the file tree that you can use to browse for folders. If the selected folder has documents in it, they can be opened from the sidebar by double-clicking on files.

The large pane to the right of the sidebar is BowPad’s text editor area. It uses a line/paragraph indicator box which makes it easy to type when working with long documents. The application supports syntax highlighting for over a 100 file types (refer to the list at the end of the article). Documents are opened in tabs like a web browser.

BowPad context menu

Right-click in the editor to access its context menu. It can be used for undo/redo, using the built-in Spell Checker tool, perform an online search (uses Bing and Wikipedia). You may change the case of characters from lowercase, to uppercase or title case. The toolbar at the top has a ribbon interface, which is quite similar to Open Live Writer than Microsoft Word. BowPad has three tabs on the ribbon: File, Main and Other.

The main tab has basic tools like undo, redo, find and replace. The goto section is handy for switching between tabs or to navigate to a specific line in a document. Bookmarks can be added anywhere in a file for quick access. The Run command opens the selected document in Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or IE. You may use the CMD button’s menu to perform an online search, open the current folder’s location in Explorer, or open a command console. If you had multiple documents open when exiting the program, hit the “Load Session” option to can reload them all with one click.

If you’re a programmer, you can use it to configure up to 10 custom commands that can be executed from the menu. Speaking of which, the Code section has another set of programmer-friendly options including functions, open corresponding file, go to symbol, add/remove comments or to use the Lexer. The Other Operations part of the ribbon contains options to change the case, toggle line wrapping, line endings, duplicate/move/split/join lines and trim whitespaces.

The quick access toolbar is displayed on the title bar. Click the caret icon to customize it. The default options that are enabled are: Open, Save, Tabs. You can add Close Tab, New, Find/Replace and Lexer to this toolbar. Optionally, the quick access bar can be displayed below the ribbon.

BowPad’s File tab houses options to open, save, and print documents. The Summary window displays some useful stats such as the word count, number of lines, empty lines and paragraphs. The application can save text files in these document formats. TXT, LOG, LST, DOC, DIZ, NFO. The program supports many keyboard shortcuts that you can customize, it uses a Shortcuts.INI file for storing the settings, and you may edit it directly using the editor.

BowPad syntax

You can also use BowPad to save your text/code in the following formats.

Abaqus file (*.inp;*.dat;*.msg)
Ada file (*.ada;*.adb)
Apache Conf file (*.conf;*.htaccess)
ASN1 file (*.asn1;*.mib)
Assembler file (*.asm)
AutoIt3 file (*.au3)
Ave file (*.ave)
AviSynth file (*.avs;*.avsi)
Baan file (*.bc;*.cln)
Bash file (*.sh;*.bsh;*.configure;*.ksh;*.bash;*.bashrc;*.sh_once;*.zsh;*.zshrc)
Batch file (*.bat;*.cmd;*.nt)
Blitzbasic file (*.bb)
Bullant file (*.ant)
C Sharp file (*.cs)
C/C++ file (*.c;*.cc;*.cpp;*.cxx;*.h;*.hh;*.hpp;*.hxx;*.ipp;*.m;*.mm;*.sma;*.ispc;*.isph)
Ch file (*.ch;*.chf;*.chs)
CMake file (*.cmake;*.ctest)
Cobol file (*.cob)
CoffeeScript file (*.coffee)
Common Language Infrastructure file (*.il;*.ilasm)
CSound file (*.orc;*.sco;*.csd)
CSS file (*.css;*.qss)
D file (*.d)
DataFlex file (*.src;*.vw;*.dg;*.sl;*.pkg;*.bp;*.inc;*.dd;*.h;*.rv;*.wo;*.prn)
Diff file (*.diff;*.patch)
DMAP file (*.bdy;*.nam)
DMIS file (*.nom)
DocBook file (*.docbook)
E-Script file (*.em;*.src)
ECL file (*.ecl;*.eclattr;*.hql)
EDIFact file (*.edi)
Eiffel file (*.e)
Erlang file (*.erl;*.hrl)
Errorlist file (*.err)
Flagship file (*.prg)
Flash file (*.as;*.asc;*.jsfl)
Forth file (*.forth;*.f;*.spf)
Fortran file (*.f;*.f90;*.for;*.90;*.f95;*.f2k;*.app;*.apl)
Fortran77 file (*.f;*.for;*.90;*.f95;*.f2k;*.app;*.apl)
Freebasic file (*.bas;*.bi)
Gap file (*.g;*.gd;*.gi)
GetText file (*.po;*.pot)
Go file (*.go)
Gui4Cli file (*.gui;*.gc)
Haskell file (*.hs)
HEX Intel file (*.hex)
HEX S-Record file (*.mot;*.srec)
HEX Tektronix file (*.tek)
Hollywood file (*.hws)
Html file (*.html;*.htm;*.asp;*.shtml;*.htd;*.jsp;*.htt;*.cfm;*.tpl;*.dtd;*.hta)
IDL file (*.idl;*.odl)
InnoSetup file (*.iss;*.isl)
Java file (*.java;*.jad;*.pde)
Java-fx file (*.fx)
JavaScript file (*.js;*.es;*.bpj)
JSON file (*.json;*.eshintrc;*.jshintrc;*.jsonld)
Kix file (*.kix)
KVIrc file (*.kvs)
Latex file (*.tex;*.sty;*.aux;*.toc;*.idx;*.tui;*.tuo)
Lisp file (*.lisp;*.lsp;*.el)
Lout file (*.lt)
Lua file (*.lua)
Makefile file (*.mak;*.mk;*.configure)
Mako file (*.mak;*.mako)
Markdown file (*.mkdn;*.mkd;*.md)
Matlab file (*.m;*.octave)
Maxima file (*.wxm;*.mac)
MetaPost file (*.mp;*.mpx)
MMix Assembler file (*.mms)
Modula file (*.m3;*.i3;*.mg;*.ig)
MPT Log file (*.lot)
Nant file (*.build)
Nim file (*.nim)
NNCronTab file (*.tab;*.spf)
NSIS file (*.nsi;*.nsh)
Ojective Caml file (*.ml;*.mli;*.sml)
Opal file (*.impl;*.sign)
OScript file (*.osx)
Pascal file (*.dpr;*.dpk;*.pas;*.dfm;*.inc;*.pp)
Perl file (*.pl;*.pm;*.pod)
PHP file (*.php3;*.phtml;*.php)
Pike file (*.pike)
PLSQL file (*.spec;*.body;*.sps;*.spb;*.sf;*.sp)
PostScript file (*.ps)
POV file (*.pov;*.inc)
PowerPro file (*.powerpro)
Powershell file (*.ps1)
Properties file (*.properties;*.session;*.ini;*.inf;*.url;*.cfg;*.cnf;*.aut;*.editorconfig)
Purebasic file (*.pb)
Python file (*.py;*.pyw)
R file (*.r)
Raku file (*.p6;*.pm6;*.pod6;*.t6;*.raku;*.rakumod;*.rakudoc;*.rakutest)
Rebol file (*.r;*.reb)
Registry file (*.reg;*.registry)
Resource File file (*.rc;*.rc2;*.dlg)
Ruby file (*.rb;*.rbw;*.rake;*.rjs;*.rakefile;*.irbrc)
Rust file (*.rs)
SAS file (*.dta)
Scriptol file (*.sol)
Sliktest file (*.pln;*.inc;*.t)
Smalltalk file (*.st)
Sorcus file (*.ins)
Specman file (*.e)
Spice file (*.als;*.cir;*.sch;*.scp)
SQL file (*.sql)
Stata file (*.stata;*.dta)
Structured Text file (*.st;*.il)
TACL file (*.tacl)
Tal file (*.tal)
TCL file (*.tcl;*.exp)
Txt2Tags file (*.t2t)
Vala file (*.vala)
Verilog file (*.v;*.vh)
VHDL file (*.vhdl;*.vhd)
Visual Basic file (*.vb;*..bas;*.frm;*.cls;*.ctl;*.pag;*.dsr;*.dob;*.vbs;*.dsm;*.bpv)
Visual Prolog file (*.pro)
Vxml file (*.vxml)
Wix file (*.wxs;*.wxi;*.wxl)
X12 file (*.x12)
Xaml file (*.xaml)
Xml file (*.xml;*.xsl;*.svg;*.xul;*.xsd;*.dtd;*.xslt;*.axl;*.xrc;*.rdf;*.manifest;*.vcprojx;*.vsprops;*.user;*.filters;*.resx;*.nuspec;*.ui)
YAML file (*.yaml;*.yml)

Toggle the file tree, line numbers from the “Other” Tab in the ribbon. This is where you can set the tab size, right margin, the font style for various languages. The program has a rather nice dark theme that you can switch to.

BowPad dark theme

BowPad supports plugins written in JavaScript and VBScript. Clicking the Configure option (under the plugins section) fetches 2 plugins that allows you to disable Clear Type, and enable sorting of lines.

Portable versions of the program are available for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. BowPad is an open source project. The application’s installers are just under 2MB, and the directory sums up to about 5.71MB post the installation. The text editor is light on resources, and I didn’t face a single issue with it.

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Explorer Commander is a freeware file manager that supports quad or dual panes

Multitasking with Windows’ File Explorer is quite annoying, especially when moving files across different drives or folders. A dual pane file manager makes this job much easier.

Explorer Commander is a freeware file manager that supports quad or dual panes

But why stop at 2 when you can have quad panes with Explorer Commander. This reminds me of Q-Dir.

The interface of Explorer Commander is exactly the same as Windows Explorer’s, well, except for the menu bar at the top. Use the Layout menu to switch to the horizontal or vertical mode, these options use the dual-pane view. The quad mode is the one that offers the 4-pane GUI. Since the program uses Explorer as the base, you can perform all file operations like copying, moving, pasting files and folders, and use all available context menu options in a 4-pane or 2-pane view.

You may resize the interface using the Proportions menu’s Columns and Rows options. When enabled, they resize the panes according to the selected proportion, for e.g. 20/80 Columns will make the panes on the right size larger and the left pane narrower, while 80/20 does it the other way around. Hit the reset option to revert to the default layout size. The program’s Change menu is used to swap the position of one pane with another. Though numbered as 1-4, they aren’t arranged clockwise. The pane on the top left is 1, the right pane is 2, and similarly the ones at the bottom are 3 and 4 respectively.

While you can use the sidebar or the address bar in each pane to switch folders, Explorer Commander lets you jump to previously visited folders from the Load menu. Want to open a pane in Windows Explorer? That’s precisely what the Open menu is for.

Explorer Commander dark theme

Enabling the dark mode from the program’s View menu switches Windows 10’s night mode on, and changes the program’s interface to use Explorer’s dark theme. You may change the color of the program’s border (between the panes), pin Explorer Commander to stay on top of other applications, or minimize it to the system tray from the same menu. The program remembers the last open windows upon exit, and loads them back when you restart it. You can change this behavior from the Start Mode menu, which has options for setting the “This PC” folder or any custom folders as the starting mode.

Open a Powershell or Command window for a selected panel using the Advanced Menu. It’s the same as “open command window” here option, but the ability to open one for any of the four panels can be really useful. And Finally, there’s a Settings menu that lets you modify some basic options such as setting the border size, switch to the classic Font style and set the program to auto-start with Windows.

If you’ve minimized the program to the tray, you may use it to show/hide the window, refresh the view, open a selected panel in Windows Explorer, or move the application’s window to a different screen (providing you’re using multiple monitors).

Note: There is a small delay when starting the application. This is normal, according to the documentation on the developer’s website.

The application is portable. If you want to use Windows Explorer and its features, but with dual or 4 panes, Explorer Commander offers the best of both worlds.

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