Picks: KlipFolio, Timeline Maker Basic, Newsman Pro and more

Join Doc this week as he looks at programs for creating timelines, doing FTP, making tests, and more.
Published: Sep 13, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Klipfolio Personal Dashboard 5.3
Download Klipfolio Personal Dashboard is the world's smallest and most configurable sidebar and...
Newsman Pro
Download This is a multi-threaded newsreader that supports all Usenet text and binary newsgroups.
DigitalWeb InstallWizard Professional 5.62
Download Create setups via a visual interface adding files, registry entries, and other elements...
WS_FTP Professional 12.3
Download WS_FTP Professional is quick to install and very easy to use.
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Greetings and Welcome! Good of you to stop by to read about my Picks for this week. Moving into September and I can't get over how fast this year is going by. Before you know it I'll have to be picking out my Thanksgiving turkey! Anyway, as always I've been looking at a lot of good software and I have some excellent programs to tell you about. So, kick your shoes off, sit back, grab something to drink, relax, and lets take a look.

DigitalWeb InstallWizard Professional, by DigitalWebis a powerful programmers tool that's loaded with features. The program is easy-to-use and has an intuitive user interface. It's also extremely flexible and gives you lots of options when putting an installation package together. I found that it does all of the basic things, but it also has some unique features as well. It utilizes wizards to make the entire process quick and easy.

In testing out DigitalWeb InstallWizard Professional I found that it gave me a number of ways to create a setup package. You can go with a self-extracting EXE files, an MSI file, a installer that runs right from the Web, and more. It supports INI files, Registry entries, and a wide range of languages. When creating a project you can pick from twelve languages, but the program will output the dialog for French,English, German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, and more. Another cool feature is giving your setup the ability to detect what the current language is during an install. Slick!

DigitalWeb InstallWizard Professional is a powerful programming tool that gives you lots of options. I like the fact that it's so flexible and easy-to-use. You can customized things so your package comes out just the way you want it to. So, if you've been looking for a product that can put your install package together "just so", this maybe what you've been looking for. Check it out!

Newsman Pro, by NewsMan Prois a full-featured newsgroup reader that's also easy-to-use. The interface is clean and clear and very intuitive. I think the program is perfect for users with all levels of experience. It can handle both text and binary newsgroups as well as multiple news servers. It can also handle NZB files and lets you import them easily. I found the program does everything you need with attachments as well as providing you with powerful filtering capabilities. Utilize filtering to quickly find exactly what you're looking for based on a wide range of criteria.Nicely done!

Newsman Pro also includes a scheduling feature that will go out and access your newsgroups for you. While testing it out I had the program run every night so when I came to work in the morning the latest messages were right there waiting for me. Another very cool feature is the ability to automate processes so you don't have to do them.For example, you can have Newsman Pro keep or delete messages based on your specified criteria. This makes it a real time-saver because the news you get is just the news you want. You can also create virtual newsgroups that let you browse multiple related newsgroups all at the same time. Again, another great time saving function. Slick!

Newsman Pro is everything you really need in a news reader. The interface is easy-to-use and the interface is intuitive and functional.The program is simply loaded with excellent features that make it a real powerhouse for accessing text and binary newsgroups. I've looked at a number of similar programs and the only one that comes close is Agent by Forte,Inc., which is what I've used for years. NewsmanPro really outclasses the competition with lots of automation,scheduling, support for NZB, filtering, rules, virtual newsgroups, and lots more. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. So, if you're looking for a program to access newsgroups with, take a look an Newsman Pro. I recommend it.

Test Pro Developer, by Atrixwareis a great tool for creating your own testing and surveys. Focusing on the area of "eLearning" the program makes it easy to put together full-featured tests or surveys. This is perfect for teachers, people who home school, and so on. What's really cool is that you can have the program randomly generate a test from a topic and can even alter the positions of the possible answers, but the positions of the questions as well. At the same time, Test Pro Developer will also print out an answer key so you can correct the test. Cool! Ahh, but there's more.

Test Pro Developer also offers a feature where you can create self-correcting test. How cool is that? In my opinion, very cool and a real time-saver as well. The test give you the results at the end and it doesn't just give you a score or a percentage. Nope, it tells you what you got wrong and why. I'm extrapolating, but it seems to me that once you get a good number of topics and questions created, you could create a large number of tests quite easily. Even custom tests. Tell the program how many questions, that the topic is "Biology" and viola,you have a biology test. Wow!

Test Pro Developer is one of those rare programs that I like as soon as I install it. It's different, it's unique, and I think it can serve an important purpose. The program can create a wide range of tests and surveys, auto-correct them, randomize them, and lots more. It lets you create custom surveys that are displayed in Web pages and the responses are sent to you by email! I'm going to try it out for the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation for gathering demographics. This product, and other products by the company, have the ability to helpeducate and teach people of all ages. So, for all these reasons and more, it's a Pick and a Dr. File Finder Favorite. Not many of those in 25 years of reviewing software and I do two in one day. Impressive. So, if you're in business or education, if you're a teacher or a CEO, if you're someone who just needs to teach something or learn something, this is a product you need to try. I recommend it highly!

Timeline Maker, by Progeny Software, Inc.is a cool tool for creating "timelines" for projects. The program has an intuitive interface and is very easy-to-use. That makes it perfect for both new and experienced users. You can enter events and these can be very flexible in nature. In testing it out I had some"events" that were a day, and others that were a week. The program lets you enter notes for each event and these are very handy. I had a lot of fun just testing this program out and seeing what it can do.

You can use Timeline Maker to create timelines that pertain to a variety of topics or subject matter. For example, I did a rough one on the history of personal computers that highlighted the key events. You can cover a few decades or a few hundred years. You can put things by chronology or by categories, whatever works best for you! The programs supports drag and drop so it's easy to move things around.There are a number of styles to choose from and you can even include graphics, like photos, in your timelines. So, for example, you could create a timeline on battles of the Civil War and include pictures from that era. Slick.

Timeline Maker is easy-to-use and is perfect for a wide range of projects. Use it for school, Scouts, for projects, history, and more.Download it and give it a try for yourself. I think you'll like it.

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WS_FTP Professional 2007 is a powerful FTP program that's also easy-to-use. This latest version is loaded with cool new features including data backup to a remote location or even another device.WS-FTP Professional can synchronize drives and folders, upload and download files, work in conjunction with search engines, and lots more.I'm going to take a little time to go over it, but don't wait for me.Check it out for yourself and I'll have my full review soon.

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KlipFolio is a very cool "personal dashboard" that has a lot of configurable options and you know I like that. It has a built-inRSS viewer, it's skinnable, small, and supports multiple languages. It will bring you the news, weather, stock quotes, and even display your photos. I'm playing around with it now, but don't wait on me, download it yourself and give it try.

About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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