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PhotoDemon Image Editor

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PhotoDemon is a portable photo editor. It is 100% free and 100% open-source.

The app provides a comprehensive selection of photo editing tools in a very small download. It runs on any Windows machine (XP through Windows 11), and as a portable app, you can carry it around on a USB drive or SD card. It never needs to be installed, and it does not require administrator access to run.

PhotoDemon is designed to work anywhere in the world under any language and locale settings. Volunteer translations are currently provided for more than a dozen languages.

Windows Batch File – Back Up DropBox to Removable USB drive

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Paste the following code into a .bat text file to create a runnable script that copies your DropBox folder contents to a specified folder on any removable drives (D: thru H:) present. This excludes the dropbox cache and other hidden and system files. Double-click the batch file or run from the command line. You can change the destination folder name (after ‘Destination=’) or the source dropbox folder location if different (“%USERPROFILE%\Dropbox”). You could also edit the example file (‘Excludefile.123’) to exclude other files and directories (.dropbox.cache) or types (like *.zip) – use spaces to separate multiple entries.

@ECHO OFF
TITLE Backup
REM
SET Destination=FolderOnUSB
SET Counter=0
ECHO.
ECHO  DropBox BackUp Job to folder '%Destination%' on removable USB drives
ECHO  *** Excluding hidden '.dropbox.cache' folder, system files ***
ECHO.
CALL :SLEEPSEC 5
REM loop thru drive letters
for %%x in (D E F G H) do (CALL :CopyToDrive %%x)
REM
ECHO  Finished - Drives updated = %Counter%
ECHO.
TIMEOUT 10

EXIT /B %ERRORLEVEL%
REM
REM  **************Functions*****************
:CopyToDrive 
SET DriveLetter=%~1
REM ECHO  Searching for %DriveLetter%:\%Destination%
if exist "%DriveLetter%:\%Destination%\" (
ECHO  %DriveLetter%: Data Drive updating
CALL :SLEEPSEC 5
Robocopy "%USERPROFILE%\Dropbox" "%DriveLetter%:\%Destination%" /MIR /FFT /Z /NP /TEE /XA:H /XD .dropbox.cache /W:5 /xj /xf ExcludeFile.123 /NFL /log:"%DriveLetter%:\%Destination%-CopyLog.txt"
set /a Counter=%Counter%+1)
REM
ECHO.  
EXIT /B 0

REM ========================================
:SLEEPSEC 
SET DelaySec=%~1
ping 127.0.0.1 -n %DelaySec%+1 > nul
EXIT /B 0

Windows Batch File – to create an empty folder structure in the same folder

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Paste the following code into a .bat text file to create a runnable script that makes a new empty folder structure within the same directory by double-clicking the file or running from the command line. You can change the CALL lines to reflect the folder names you require.

REM use path of script %~dp0 as working directory 
REM this ensures that working directory is set expicitly
REM if run from CMD prompt the script path might be otherwise ignored
pushd %~dp0
CALL :MakeFolder My-Config
CALL :MakeFolder My-Desktop
CALL :MakeFolder My-Documents
CALL :MakeFolder My-Downloads
CALL :MakeFolder My-Music
CALL :MakeFolder My-Pictures
CALL :MakeFolder My-Videos
popd
EXIT /B %ERRORLEVEL%
REM
REM create folder function
:MakeFolder 
SET fldr=%~1
if not exist %fldr% MD %fldr%
EXIT /B 0

AnyBurn Software

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  • Burn all CD / DVD / Blu-ray disc image files.
  • Backup or add files and folders to CD, DVD, or Bluray disc
  • Burn Audio CD which can be played in regular CD player from mp3, m4a, ape, flac, wma files…
  • Rip Audio CD to MP3, FLAC, APE, WMA, WAV files. 
  • Copy disc using sector by sector method. 
  • Create image files from hard disk files or CD / DVD / BD discs. 
  • Convert disc image files between various formats.
  • Create bootable USB drive for Windows 7, 8, 10, or Linux.
  • Test disc sectors.
  • Support both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
  • Link to Website