Archive for February, 2011

How to control the volume level of specific application from command-line, on Windows 7/2008/Vista

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Windows 7/2008/Vista has a new feature that allows you to adjust the volume level of every application separately, by using the Volume Mixer utility that comes with Windows.

Windows 7 Volume Mixer

Windows 7 Volume Mixer

But what about changing the volume level of specific application from command-line and without any user interface ?

The new version of NirCmd (v2.50) allows you to easily set, change, or mute/unmute the volume of every application on Windows 7/2008/Vista.

There are 3 new commands - setappvolume for setting absolute volume lever, changeappvolume for increasing/decreasing the volume level, and muteappvolume which allows you to mute/unmute the volume.

For example, if you want to set the volume of Internet Explorer to 40%, execute this command:
NirCmd.exe setappvolume iexplore.exe 0.4

If you want to decrease the volume of Flash video inside Firefox Web browser by 20% of the maximum volume, execute this command:

NirCmd.exe changeappvolume plugin-container.exe -0.2

If you want to mute/unmute the music that you play on Windows Media Player, execute this command:

NirCmd.exe muteappvolume wmplayer.exe 2

In all 3 commands mentioned above, you can also specify a third optional parameter with the device name or device index that you want to use. When you don't specify the device, the default output device is used.

If you don't know which sound devices are available in your system, you can use the new showsounddevices command to get the list of all sound devices in your Windows 7/2008/Vista system:

NirCmd.exe showsounddevices

New utility that shows the details of Firefox downloads

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

FirefoxDownloadsView is a new utility that displays the list of the latest files that you downloaded with Firefox. For every download record, the following information is displayed: Download URL, Download Filename (with full path), Referrer, MIME Type, File Size, Start/End Time, Download Duration, and Average Download Speed.

You can easily select one or more downloads, and then save the list into xml/html/text/csv file or copy the downloads information to the clipboard and paste it into Excel or other spreadsheet application. You can also copy (With Explorer Copy - Ctrl+E) and paste the downloads list into HashMyFiles utility, in order to check the MD5/SHA1 hashes of the downloaded files.

For more information about this utility, click here.

FirefoxDownloadsView

FirefoxDownloadsView

New utility to view/change/delete drive letter assignments

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

DriveLetterView is a new utility that allows you to view the list of all drive letter assignments in your system, including local drives, remote network drives, CD/DVD drives, and USB drives - even if they are not currently plugged.
It also allows you to easily change a drive letter of USB devices and remote network shares, as well as to delete a drive letter of USB device that is not plugged, and to export the list of all drive letters into text/csv/html/xml file.

For more information about this utility, click here.

DriveLetterView

DriveLetterView

New console versions for WirelessKeyView and AlternateStreamView utilities

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

2 new console applications (Command-Prompt) were added to NirSoft Web sites:

  1. AltStreamDump: This utility is the console version of the AlternateStreamView utility. it dumps the list of NTFS alternate streams found in the current directory or in any other directory that you choose.

    AltsSreamTump

    AltsSreamTump

  2. WirelessKeyDump: This utility is the console version of the WirelessKeyView utility. it dumps the list of all wireless keys stored by the wireless networks module of Windows operating system.

    WirelessKeyDump

    WirelessKeyDump

New versions of MozillaCacheView and VideoCacheview can read the cache of Firefox 4 Beta

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

In the beta version of Firefox 4, there are some changes inside the cache files structure that caused to MozillaCacheView and VideoCacheView utilities to work  improperly with it.  In the new versions of these utilities, I made a few changes, so they'll also be able to read properly the cache files of Firefox 4 Beta.