Software, Virtual Audio mixer – Voicemeeter

Keywords: Voicemeeter, Voicemeeter Banana, Voicemeeter Potato, Audio Mixer, Software Mixer, Software Audio Mixer, Virtual Audio Mixer

Voicemeeter is a software or virtual audio mixer.

Some use cases include:

Combine more than two microphones to one output so that you can use them or record them in one application e.g. Skype, online meeting software, streaming.

It has three versions:

Voicemeeter: https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/

Voicemeeter Banana: https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/banana.htm

Voicemeeter Potato: https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/potato.htm

Voicemeeter is basic version, hence uses least recourses

Voicemeeter - Basic Version
Voicemeeter – Basic Version

Voicemeeter Banana has more features, it uses more resources

Voicemeeter Banana
Voicemeeter Banana

Voicemeeter Potato is an advanced version, which has the most features but also uses the most resources among three versions

Voicemeeter Potato
Voicemeeter Potato

Open Source and Free Downloader / Download Manager

Aria2

An open source and free downloader / download manager, it can download file via http, https, bittorrent, FTP etc.

It is a command line program.

e.g.

Download from WEB:

$ aria2c http://example.org/mylinux.iso

Download from 2 sources:

$ aria2c http://a/f.iso ftp://b/f.iso

More can be found here: https://aria2.github.io/

Persepolis Download Manager / persepolisdm

Based on Aria2, GUI for Aria2

Persepolis Download Manager User Interface
Persepolis Download Manager User Interface

youtube-dl

A downloader for YouTube and other video sites.

It is a command line program.

youtube-dl-gui

Based on youtube-dl, a GUI for youtube-dl

youtube-dl-GUI User Interface
youtube-dl-GUI User Interface

Useful Microsoft utilities – Sysinternals Suite

Download the Sysinternals Suite fro official website

Download each of them separately via Sysinternals Utilities Index from official website with description, version detail and release dates.

Detailed use case and command examples are also provided within PDF from official website, it also includes some basic FAQs.

Note: Keep in mind that some of these tools are very old, thus might not be suitable for modern operating systems.

Free and Open source Ramdisk – ImDisk Toolkit

RAM disk is useful when you want to have temporary fast disk access, it uses part of system random access memory (RAM) as storage like normal hard drive.

If you have plenty RAM, you can slice 10GB of RAM dedicate for temporary storage purpose, once the computer is restarted everything is cleared (Be careful with important files, do not store important data or files on the Ramdisk).

ImDisk Toolkit include a free and easy to use Ramdisk utility.

ImDisk RAMdisk settings
ImDisk RAMdisk settings
ImDisk RAMdisk settings
ImDisk RAMdisk settings

Project link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit

Download link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/files/latest/download

Free screenshot software

Greenshot

Price: Free

License: GNU General Public License (GPL)

Software Type: Open source

RAM usage: 19,804 K

Official screenshots: https://getgreenshot.org/screenshots/

Supports shortcut keys, Windows capture, custom size capture, upload commands, full screen capture, including a simple editor for quick editor which is very handy.

By default, after screen is captured, it will bring up a menu to save as, save to predefined location, open editor, print, copy to clipboard, open in Microsoft software upload to specified image hosting websites, open in Microsoft paint etc.

Can set to start on windows startup.

Has multilanguage support, but only supports four languages.

Greenshot Screenshot selection
Greenshot Screenshot selection
Greenshot Capturing menu
Greenshot Capturing menu
Greenshot Screenshot menu
Greenshot Screenshot menu
Greenshot Image builtin editor
Greenshot Image builtin editor

Snipaste

Price: Free. Pro version $19.99

Software: Proprietary software

RAM Usage: 7,160 K

Supports quick screenshot, has auto window detection and snap to edge function, very handy. You can adjust screenshot position even after you have set the screenshot portion which Greenshot doesn’t do. After screenshot, by press Enter key, you will have the screenshot quickly be saved to your clipboard which can then be pasted to Word etc. It also gives quick editing options right on the screen instead of open another Editor.

Can set to start on windows startup.

Has multilanguage support, way more languages than Greenshot.

Snipaste Screenshot selection
Snipaste Screenshot selection
Snipaste context menu
Snipaste Context menu

FastStone Capture

ShareX

Price: Free

License: GPL-3.0

Software Type: Open Source

RAM Usage: 52,848 K

ShareX user interface from official website
ShareX User interface from official website

Supports shortcut keys, Windows capture, custom size capture, upload commands, full screen capture, including a simple editor for quick editor which is very handy, has auto windows detection and snap to edge function. ShareX also has a builtin simple picture editor for quick edit purpose.

You can easily control action after the screenshot is captured from context menu.

ShareX Screenshot selection
ShareX Screenshot selection
ShareX User interface
ShareX User interface
ShareX After capture tasks
ShareX After capture tasks
 ShareX Image editor
ShareX Image editor

In conclusion, if you just want an clean and quick free screenshot software with quick editing capabilities for fast snap and paste experience, Snipaste is the right choise, it is simple, install and use, no confusion at all.

If you want more function with seamless experience and happy to do some configuration before start to use the software, Greenshot and ShareX is the right choise.

While running in background, Snipaste uses least memory resource (7,160 K), Greenshot uses 19,804 K, ShareX uses 52,848 K.

Windows 10 Built-in screenshot

Price: Free (But you’ll need Windows 10 license, or you can use preview version of Windows 10)

Software: Proprietary software

You can use Win + Shift + S shortcut to take screenshot easily, rectangular, any shape or full screen.

After screenshot is done, it’s copied to clipboard automatically, if you need to edit the screenshot, you can click on notification to bring up a simple image editor to edit the captured screenshot.

The quick editor has less function than Greenshot and ShareX. But enough for simple quick editing, including pen, pencil, highlighter, eraser, ruler, resize tool.

How to: Excel, paste value only with AHK (AutoHotkey)

Instead of clicking through menu or use key combination, to speed up the process and making it more efficient, we can use AHK to simplify the paste of value only or value with number format (potentially much more other actions).

With following guide, we can simply paste value only by hit F1 or paste value with number format by hit F2.


  • Download AHK from https://www.autohotkey.com/
  • Install AHK
  • Save following script to “excel_paste_value.ahk” (e.g. C:\ excel_paste_value.ahk)
/*
Excel Shortcuts
Blog-D
https://dannyda.com
*/

;Paste Value
F1::
SetKeyDelay , 0 ; time to wait between key press by Send command
Send, !h
Send, !v
Send, !v
return

;Paste Value & Number format
;https://dannyda.com
F2::
SetKeyDelay , 0 ; time to wait between key press by Send command
Send, !h
Send, !v
Send, !a
return
  • Double click on “excel_paste_value.ahk”
  • Now back to Excel, copy a text with color etc.
  • Hit “F1” key on the keyboard to paste only values

OR

  • Hit “F2” key on the keyboard to paste only values with number format