Shredder8 – Version 2.0 sneak preview

I have been asked for updates on the Shredder8 application, as the current version has its problems with the latest Windows 8 updates, especially with Windows 8.1.

A complete rewrite of the application is currently in the works, with about 80% of it finished so far. Depending on my time (and health), I hope to finish it in the next 1-2 weeks.

Today, I purchased the licenses for some clip art that I will use in the new version, so I decided also to show some screenshot of the current work-in-progress. (Showing the screenshots without a proper licensing of the artwork, would have been a problem)

The user interface has been completely redesigned, this is how the initial start screen of the application now looks like:


The new start screen, click to enlarge.

From here, you can choose what you want to do: Clean the free storage space on a device, or shred files and folders. Simply click on the corresponding picture to go to the next screen.

The wipe function is pretty much finished, this is how the screen will look, when you choose the wipe function:


The wipe screen, click to enlarge.

As you can see, here I introduce a new major feature. The application now presents a list of all removable devices, that are connected to the system, plus the system device and the option to select a folder, as in the previous version. After selecting a folder, the free/used space and folder name is also displayed for that folder in the list.

The device information is shown in a scrollable horizontal list. After (or before) you selected a file or folder, you can select the algorithm. A short description of the algorithm is shown, when you select an option.

Finally, press the wipe icon. After a confirmation message, the wipe process will start:


A work in progress: The progress bar, click to enlarge.

The progress information is now much more accurate, the final version will also include an estimation of the time left and raw bytes written and left to write.

I have tested the wipe process with different computers, storage devices and especially possible error conditions. Apart of being much more responsive in updating the progress and being very stable, it is now very fast!

At the moment, the shred function is in the works. But it should be finished a bit faster, because it uses the new central wiping/shredding toolkit I implemented in this version.

I hope you will like the new version, stay tuned for the final release!

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Version 1.2.0 of the XXL Currency Converter is available through the Microsoft App Store.

It introduces a better currency selection, including flag symbols for the currencies.

Also, the upload date of the rate data is now displayed in the options panel.

Here is a screenshot that shows the new currency selection:


Currency Selection

Currency Selection

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XXL Calculator Version 1.1

Version 1.1 of the XXL Calculator is available through the Microsoft Windows store as of today.

It fixes a minor bug in the copy & paste functionality and now shows the localized application name in the Windows system.

Thank you for the great reception of this application, more is in the works.



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XXL Currency Converter Version 1.1

Version 1.1 of the XXL Currency Converter was published today in the Microsoft Windows Store.

The new version will remember the selected currencies and select them automatically when the application is started. This setting will also be applied to your other Windows 8 devices using the same account. Simply change your preferred setting on one computer, it will be applied automatically to your other Windows devices.

Some minor German translation mistakes were also fixed in this release.

Thank you for the overwhelming positive reception of this App, another update is in the works, bringing a better currency selection. Stay tuned!

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XXL Currency Converter App published by Microsoft

Another of my Apps has just been published by Microsoft. The XXL Currency Converter allows you to convert freely between 34 different currencies, show 90 day historic charts for the currencies and it has a built-in calculator.

You can download it for your Windows-8 operation system (all platforms are supported) directly from the Microsoft Store. It is free!

XXL Currency Calculator Screenshots

XXL Currency Calculator Screenshots

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XXL Calculator App published by Microsoft

My second Windows 8 App has just been released by Microsoft. The XXL Calculator is a calculator App with extra large Buttons and display. You can download it from the Microsoft App Store.

Some screenshots

Some screenshots

XXL Calculator: Extra large buttons and display

XXL Calculator: Extra large buttons and display

It is especially handy in snapped mode, aside another App:

In snapped view, aside an Excel sheet

In snapped view, aside an Excel sheet

Compact mode is also supported:

Compact mode: Size automatically adjusted

Compact mode: Size automatically adjusted

Of course, the full-screen portrait mode is also possible:

In portrait mode, full-screen

In portrait mode, full-screen

Also, there is a special dark theme for all modes, ideal for high contrast or night usage:

Dark theme: Works in all view modes, One-click toggle.

Dark theme: Works in all view modes, One-click toggle.

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First Windows 8 App Published: Shredder8


Earlier this morning, my first Windows 8 App, Shredder8, made it to the Microsoft App Store.

Click the Icon above to go to the Microsoft Store, where you can also download and install it.

Shredder8 allows to permanently destroy file contents and wipe previously used storage space, so that secret data can’t be restored even by advanced recovery tools.
Deleting a file or directory does not remove the contents. Recovery tools can be used to restore the previous content. Shredder8 allows you to destroy the file contents prior to deleting files and directories.
Shredder8 also allows you to clean the existing free space of a storage device, where old file content may still exist.
You can choose out of a variety of standard cleaning algorithms, like U.S DoD 5220.22-M, British HMG IS5 (Enhanced), Russian GOST P50739-95, German VSITR or just do a quick shred, which should be enough for most SSD based storage devices and USB flash drives.
  • Select multiple files and directories to shred
  • Cleans nested folders and their content
  • U.S DoD 5220.22-M, British HMG IS5 (Enhanced), Russian GOST P50739-95, German VSITR and quick shred algorithms
  • Clean (wipe) free space on any writable storage device (SSD cards, Hard Disks, USB flash drives etc.)
  • Can act as a share target from supported Apps

Here are a few screen shots:

Screenpart Algos AbortProcess WipeConfirm

For questions and suggestions, please use the contact form. Thank you!


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