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Wi-Fi Analyzer Tool for Android Smartphones

Wireless NetworkIf you own a Laptop or a Smartphone you are properly connecting to wireless networks all the time. Wireless networks are great if they are configured correct because it gives you fast and reliably Internet access without using any cables. The problem occurs if you’re Wireless Router or Access Point is not properly configured. It might give you a lot of connection and speed issues that can be very frustrating. There can multiple issues why your wireless network is not working properly and it can sometimes be difficult to fix if you are not a specialist in this area. However this little App that I am going to introduce to you might make it a lot easier to fix the issue. The App is called Wi-Fi Analyzer and is only available for Android Smartphones.

What is an ISO file?

ISO files

ISO files
An ISO file or an ISO image is an uncompressed archive file containing an optical disk image of a CD-ROM or DVD. The name ISO is taken from the ISO 9660 file system. ISO files can contain all kind of data that you can put on a CD or DVD e.g. Operating Systems, applications, videos and anything else you can put on a disc. The smart thing about an ISO files is that you can burn it directly to a CDROM or DVD media. There are also tools available that let you mount an ISO file as a virtual disc drive and run the content from there. I have earlier written a post about one of my favorites named Virtual CloneDrive. If you prefer to burn the ISO file, Windows 7 has a built-in application that can do just that named Isoburn.

Google Drive Vs DropBox

Google recently released their free cloud service called Google Drive to take up the fight with Dropbox, iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

How to automate PDF email creation with BioPDF

You are properly using PDF files almost daily and you are properly also having a PDF printer installed on your PC’s make you able to print to PDF from any program you want to. There is a lot of free PDF printer available on the market today and one of my favorite is Biopdf PDF Writer which is freeware for personal use. One of the great things about BioPDF is that you can make a lot of customization to the software making it work just the way you would like. In this post I will show you how you create a small configuration file that will send your PDF file directly to an Outlook e-mail as an attachment.

How to make BioPDF Writer call Outlook with attachment

1. After you have downloaded and installed the PDF writer, you will have to go to “C:\Program Files\bioPDF\PDF Writer\” and create a new file named default@printername.ini file where <printername> is the name of your PDF printer. If you have used the default printer name the filename will be defaults@PDF Writer – bioPDF.ini

PDF_Writer_default.jpg

2. Open the ini file in a text editor like notepad and add the following lines:

[PDF Printer]
RunOnSuccess=”c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe” /c ipm.note /m test@gmail.com&subject=Status /a “%1”

Note that the path for Outlook might be different on your computer depending on your Windows and Outlook version. The path in this example is from a 64 bit Windows 7 with Outlook 20120 also 64 bit. The %1 parameter contains the path for your newly created PDF file.

3. Test the configuration by printing a document e.g. from Word to your PDF printer. This should now result in a new Outlook Message pop up looking something like this:

New Outlook Message

Additional resources:

Additional BioPDF Printer Settings

Documentation for Outlook command-line switches

Download Biopdf PDF Writer

BioPDF Supports these Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

That was all from me for this time. Hope you find this little guide useful and I am sure that you can come up with some other usefull settings you can use with BioPDF Writer. I would love if you will share this post with your friends and I will also like to hear what PDF printer you are using yourself. Please drop me a comment below 🙂

How to detect what Microsoft .Net Framework you have installed

If you are a developer, tech geek or just a normal person who needs to know what versions of Microsoft .Net Framework is installed on a computer this little tool from Asoft might be handy to you. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what already is installed and what you need to download yourself. Some operating system has some of the newer version built-in and some of the old operating system does not. You can see a list of built-in frameworks in different versions of Windows on Wikipedia.

What is .Net Framework and why do I need it?

.Net Framework (pronounced dot net) is a developed by Microsoft and is a large library of developer components shared by multiple programming languages like Visual Basic, Visual C++ and website development (IIS). Instead of including all those library functions in each programs, programs developed for the .Net Framework can share the same library functions based on the .Net Framework. In order to execute a .Net program on your Windows PC you will need to install the .Net Framework version that the specific program is targeted for. The .Net framework editions is backward compatible meaning if you have .Net 4.0 installed you can also have framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Regarding version 1.0 and 1.1 it might be another story, but not many programs are using those editions anymore today.

Get the free .Net Framework detector tool

Microsoft .Net Framework Version Detector

With this little .Net framework detector tool you can easily found out what versions of the .Net Framework is installed. It can also tell you what service pack level has been installed for each framework.

Download the .Net Framework detector tool (353 KB)
(No installation required, just a single exe file in a zip archive)