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GTDJedi Tips: Preme for Windows

Preme for Windows

Newest version: Windows 7

Free

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I can often become that guy. If I ever have to do work on a computer other than my own, I sit down, play around for a few seconds, sigh, and roll my eyes at you. Where is my smooth window scrolling? What's the DPI on this mouse? Is this a dome keyboard? The truth of the matter is I am being a jerk. But it's because I'm used to the conveniences I've spent so much time optimizing on my own devices. Sure, this is no excuse (seriously though, a single monitor?) but I am spoiled. Preme for Windows is yet another tool in my arsenal. It's something you didn't know you needed and now is part of everything you do.

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Preme is a very lightweight piece of background software that adds a multitude of new ways to utilize the wasted space in Windows without cluttering up the user interface. Much like gestures for iOS, Preme simply recognizes the kind of things you wouldn't normally do in an application and assigns it a new function. For example, scrolling on the task bar will adjust system volume. Middle clicking on the top of a window closes it. Dragging a window from the maximize button snaps it to the side of the screen. And, my personal favorite, you can scroll any window you mouse over without changing active windows. As you might be able to tell, these are the kinds of things you get used to in an operating system. The kinds of things you end up getting upset about if you, say, have to work on a computer other than your own.

Considering just how many new commands Preme adds to the OS its actually pretty amazing just how little system memory it uses. Running in the tray, Preme uses about 900kb of RAM. It will boot with your system (unless you tell it to do otherwise) meaning you won't have to run the app every time you want access to the commands. The tray icon even provides a quick toggle off and on just in case your new commands cause you trouble.

Each individual command can be easily toggled in the application settings. So if you, say, want to be able to long click windows to pin them always on top but you don't want to have your mouse automatically jump to the close button on the task bar menus, no problem. Preme excels in customization without sacrificing accessibility. Hot corners can be assigned to preform very specific functions. At the moment, I have Preme switching to Aero Flip whenever I put my mouse in the bottom right corner of my primary monitor. But you can also assign them to do things like aero peak the primary window, run an application, or open a file.

I'm loving Preme. So far I have no complaints. It has really sped up my desktop workflow and it does so without compromise. A full list of the many many features and a free full download are available on the developer’s website. However, donations are accepted. So consider throwing some money their way.

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