InfoTag Magic Adds Handy Info to Mouseover Tooltips
By Gabe Gralla
InfoTag Magic (free beta) is a simple shell extension that makes it easier to browse for files–especially music files–on your PC. It enhances the often useless file tooltips (the white box which pops up when you hover your cursor over a file) with extra information, so you can learn more about a file without wasting time opening it. Improved music file tooltips are the main feature: InfoTag Magic displays MP3, WMA, and OGG tag information, including title, artist, album, genre, duration, bit rate, and sample rate, all in a quickly viewed tooltip. Windows by default already displays some of this information, but it is very unreliable, and will show nothing for OGG files. InfoTag Magic offers modest improvement in this area, but lacks some features which would make it a lot more useful, such as a way to customize the displayed information, and support for iTunes AAC files.
InfoTag Magic offers enhancements for other file types too. The most useful is for plain text files, including .txt, .ini, .log, and .bat. Where Windows would usually display only size and date for the file, InfoTag Magic shows the first few lines of text. It’s not even any slower. If you don’t already waste a lot of time finding the right files in Windows Explorer, InfoTag Magic may not do much for you. But if you work with music files extensively, or have lots of scattered text files, this is a very useful program.
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