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Folder Actions for Windows Editor's Review

You need to use several third party tools for accomplishing tasks like image editing, word processing, DVD burning and so on, in Windows based PCs. Those who need to perform a series of repetitive tasks in large amounts can also benefit from using specific third party applications. One such useful app is Folder Actions for Windows. As is evident from its name, the nifty app lets you perform several repetitive tasks on contents of folders on your computer’s hard drive.

The app has a meager download size of 4.7 MB and the interface is also minimal. However, it would be wrong to dismiss this app for the barebones appearance. The free version is meant for home users while companies can opt for the commercial version. It runs on windows OS versions starting from Windows XP.

The software is simple and most users will master the basics quickly. However, the company offers guides for basic tasks at its website. You need to add a folder in its interface and define an action thereafter. You can use it for conversion of image, video and audio files placed inside folders on your PC hard drive. Apart from that, the app offers a set of predefined actions. The ability to compress to and from folder is useful as well. Video and audio is converted using FFmpeg, which gets installed with the app itself.

When the conversion or compression is in progress, you can find details on files in system tray icons context menu. It can convert images to popular formats like JPEG, BMP and PNG. You also get the option to set compression for such formats. The option to rotate images is ideal for people who take lots of snaps with digital cameras and smart phones in perpendicular position. For audio files, the supported formats are MP3, WAV, and AC3 etc. You can also select a quality level. For video conversion, profiles for popular mobile devices are there including PSP and iPhone. Video files can be converted to formats like MPEG, AVI and FLV, which are supported by most devices nowadays.

For users who love tinkering with apps they use, the company offers an option to define their desired actions. It requires loading a BAT script which is something only advanced Windows users can manage successfully. Assignment of multiple actions to same folder is impossible though.

Positive Points:
 -  Free for personal usage.
 -  Offers solution for widely used tasks for most users.
 -  Simple interface, easy learning curve.
 -  Light on system resources, even when converting files.

Negative Points:
 -  Users cannot assign multiple actions to same folder.
 -  Creation of custom actions requires advanced Windows scripting knowledge.

Conclusion:
It is clear that Folder Actions for Windows is targeted at a specific set of users. Those who need to convert media and compressed files in bulk regularly will find this app convenient and time saving. The fact that it is available for free home usage earns the app some brownie points. However, advanced users will find its offerings somewhat limited for their needs.

Rating:4/5







Folder Actions for Windows Publisher's Description

Folder Actions for Windows will enable you to perform actions on files immediately after they were dropped in a folder. Te following actions are available: Show a new file alert, copy or move files; Rename files; Convert image files (bmp, jpg, tif, gif, png); Convert audio files (wav, mp3, etc.); Convert video files (avi, flv, etc.); Compress or decompress files (zip, 7z, etc.); Perform a user-defined action. User-defined action is the most powerful feature. It will allow you to implement virtually any file processing using Windows batch (.bat) files.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Just like for Mac, Folder Actions for Windows will enable you to perform actions on files immediately after they were dropped in a folder.

Publisher: FolderActions.com | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 1.11 | Size: 5526 KB | Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: 12-09-2013 | Rating: 5 | Title: Folder Actions for Windows

Author Url: http://www.folderactions.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.folderactions.com/
Download Url: http://www.folderactions.com/folderactions11.exe
Screenshot Url: http://folderactions.com/examples/tojpg1.png

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