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Picks: TaskMerlin, FantasyDVD Player Platinum, Word Struck, AdsCleaner, AccelClip, Beyond Compare

Doc reviews TaskMerlin, FantasyDVD Player Platinum, Word Struck, AdsCleaner, AccelClip and Beyond Compare
Published: Nov 1, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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TaskMerlin Task Management Software 5.2.0.6
Shareware
Download TaskMerlin is an intuitive and easy-to-use project management software program that makes...
FantasyDVD Player Platinum 9.50
Shareware
Download FantasyDVD is a exquisite and powerful software DVD player, Have with the same features...
Word Struck 1.0
Freeware
Download Match colors and letters in this card game to highlight the word you've chosen.
AdsCleaner 4.3.53
Shareware
Download AdsCleaner a perfect ad stopper and pop up blocker.
AccelClip 4.0
Shareware
Download This universal and secure clipboard extension tool is combined with a file viewer and can...
Beyond Compare 3.1.10
Shareware
Download Beyond Compare is a directory and file compare utility.

Word Struck, by Bad Games Inc.is a neat little game I found. The object is to match letters and colors to highlight a chosen word. In testing it out I played against the computer, but you can also play against human opponents. The game is fun and a bit challenging. Words can be no more than characters in length.Sounds simple, but it's not as easy as it sounds. The person who highlights the last letter in the word is the one who wins. The game is fun to play for children of all ages. Take the time to try it out for yourself.


TaskMerlin, by Interfathomis a nice task manager that can help you to get organized. I like the fact that it comes with sample data so you can get a feel for how it works. The program is intuitive and very easy-to-use and to me that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. The program makes it easy to create tasks and assign each one a priority. You can also set due dates, take notes, and keep everything in one spot. The program has a powerful search function that makes it easy to find things you've done. Slick!

In testing out TaskMerlin I found that you can make things simple or more detailed, it's all up to you and I like that. You can arrange tasks in folders which can help you to keep multiple projects straight. I created multiple folders and then found I could drag and drop things between folders. That makes it really easy to transfer or move things from one project to another. Another feature is the ability to filter your data so you can just see what you want. The program comes with some filters and you can make your own based on your needs and your criteria. Nicely done.

TaskMerlin is a full-featured program for managing all kinds of projects. Keep track of your progress, create folders, drag and drop items, and lots more. The program is flexible enough to let you do things the way you want, and I always like that. So, if you'd like to get yourself organized take a good look at TaskMerlin. I recommend it.


AccelClip, by Flexigen Softwareis a clipboard extender that was one of my Quick Picks not long ago. Like other clipboard extenders it adds power to the standard Windows clipboard which is very weak indeed. I personally don't know how anyone functions without this kind of program. You can copy or cut text,graphics, and portions of documents and use them over and over. You can easily paste your name, address, or even fill in forms online.

AccelClip lets you create collection of "Favorites" which can be clips that you'll use again and again. The program also lets you edit text clips and graphic clips. Speaking of graphics, the program supports viewing a huge number of graphics file formats including JPG,GIF, TIF, BMP, PNG, EPS, and many, many more. At the same time the program can also view text files, Word documents, and more. The program also has a background mode and bring it to the forefront only when you need it.

AccelClip has numerous other features including changing the case of text you've clipped. The Windows clipboard all by itself is very weak, but with AccelClip you can give it real power and make it extremely useful. Check it out for yourself and see what I mean.


Beyond Compare, by Scooter Softwareis a powerful tool for comparing files and folders. It has so many great features that I can't even begin to tell you all about it, but I'll try to hit some of the high point. For one, it's great for keeping folders synchronized, but it can lots more. For example, you can compare the contents of two ZIP format files. One feature I really like is that differences can be highlight in color. That makes it easy to see exactly where the differences are. In testing it out I used it to compare the contents of a folder on my computer with a folder on my Web site. The program was very quick and showed me exactly which files were missing, which were different, and so on. It was then an easy matter to get the folders totally synchronized. Slick.

Beyond Compare is extremely powerful, but it's also very easy-to-use. In my opinion it's great for users with all levels of experience. I like the fact that it does exactly what you want and provides you with what you need. It sometimes seems that some programs try to tell you what you want, but not Beyond Compare. The program is very flexible and intuitive. I really love the fact that it has so many configurable options. You can compare files side-by-side, automate various functions, view HTML as Web pages, and even take screen shots for later comparison. How cool is that? Very!

Beyond Compare is one of the programs that takes a task and does it well. It's obvious to me that careful thought went into creating the program because it shows. In testing it out it seemed that every single option I looked for, I found. Whether it was sending information to the clipboard or the printer, Beyond Compare did it and did it well.I like the program so much that I'm not only making it a "Pick", but I'm also making it one of my Dr. File Finder Favorites and those are few and far between. So, if you find yourself needing to compare something, whether it's two files of two folders, this is the program you need. I recommend it highly.


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

FantasyDVD Player Platinum 9.22 is a full-featured DVD player for your computer. It can play a wide range of video file formats including MPEG, WMV, MKS, and more. It also supports a range of audio options like Dolby, ProLogic, and SRS TruSurround XT. If you're into playing DVDs on your computer, take a look it and I'll get to my full review as soon as possible.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

AdsCleaner can block banners, clear your surfing tracks, and organize your bookmarks. The program even keeps track of information about the sites you visit. For example, you can enter a note on a page and the program also tracks the last day you were there, and provides you with a small "snapshot" of the site. Slick. Lots of cool features in this baby so download it and check it out.



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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