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Picks: MP3 Audio CD Burner, Genius Connect, IndustryPlayer, BestAddress HTML Editor 2007 Professional, Active WebCam, Agent

Dr. File Finder reviews MP3 Audio CD Burner, Genius Connect, IndustryPlayer, BestAddress HTML Editor 2007 Professional, Active WebCam and Agent
Published: Nov 8, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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MP3 Audio CD Burner 3.3.2
Shareware
Download With MP3 Audio CD Burner you can burn your own custom audio CDs that can be played in any...
Genius Connect 5.0.0.9
Shareware
Download GeniusConnect will synchronize Outlook / Exchange data with any relational database that...
IndustryPlayer 6.50
Shareware
Download IndustryPlayer is a multi-player business simulation game.
BestAddress HTML Editor 2008 Professional 11.4.0
Shareware
Download Split-screen previewing displays your site as you code in this HTML editor, which includes...
Active WebCam 7.4
Shareware
Download This utility captures images at up to 30 frames per second from any video device.
Agent 4.1
Shareware
Download This fully-integrated USENET and e-mail tool supports yEnc, MIME and UUEncoding, and...

Active WebCam, by Argus Surveillance Inc.is a cool tool for anyone who wants to record video from a video source.You can record from USB cameras, camcorders, analog cameras, and even TV cards. In testing it out I found you can use this program for a number of things. For example, I hooked up a spare Web cam and actually used the program to record surveillance of my basement. Not an exciting video, but it was very clear. I found the program to be easy-to-use and it has an intuitive user interface. To me that makes it perfect for both new and experienced users. What's cool is that the program not only records video, but it can also transmit or broadcast it. Slick.

Active WebCam can actually be set up to work with multiple cameras. That means you could use it to create your own surveillance system. The program can even upload your video to your Web site with built-in FTP. I setup the Web cam to watch my office and then send the video to my Web site. I could open a browser on a laptop upstairs and see my office right from the Internet. This would be a cool way to watch your house while you're away. In addition, the program has lotsof other features including the ability to edit videos, add captions,crop, and add time stamps. You can also zoom, pan, and password protect your videos.

Active WebCam is powerful yet easy-to-use. You can use it for fun projects or you can use it for surveillance. It can broadcast video,upload it to your Web site, and lots more. It supports USB and parallel port cameras, as well as other capture devices. The program has lots of impressive features that you really have to try for yourself. Check it out.


Industryplayer - Online Tycoon Game, by Tycoon Sistemas Ltd.is an interesting game that helps you to compete in the online world.There's a "virtual consultant" who will give you advice as you go along.Once you decide on a product to make you're on your way. You can buy materials and get offers to see if you can get the best prices. You'll have to make a decision at some point or you could waste money. Just like in the real world. Once you start producing things you'll have stock that you can sell. Ahh, but determining the best price to sell at is the trick. At one point, in testing it out, I didn't charge enough and ended up losing money. Tricky.

Industryplayer - Online Tycoon Game seems like a very realistic simulation of real life. You create you products, sell them, borrow from the bank, and lots more. I found the game easy-to-use and intuitive. You can fiddle with costs, decide to enlarge your company, and even to a"takeover". The thing I like about this game is that you learn throughexperience just like you do in life. You have a console that shows you all the key information and there's lots of help available. You can get help from other players online who you can also play against. Slick.

Industryplayer - Online Tycoon Game is fun and also educational.I found that "learning the hard way" in this game helps you to do better. Kind of like life. It's almost like a very adult form of the classic board game, Monopoly. No house or hotels, but really good competition. If you think you're tycoon material, give it a try for yourself. I think you'll like it!


Agent, by ForteInc. is a first-rate newsreader and this is a brand new version.Agent has been around for a long time, 1995, and it's always been the newsgroup program that I've used. The program is fast and efficient and easy-to-use as well. I think the user interface is very intuitive and that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. You can see where you need to go at a glance with toolbar titles that mean something like Action, Folder, Message, and the like.

Agent can handle multiple newsgroup servers, private newsgroups, and email. It also comes with some impressive filtering power so you can get exactly what you want from the newsgroups you subscribe to. It deals with text and binary newsgroups equally well and even supports "virtual servers." It provides the ability to have the program "pull" in content from multiple servers so you have optimum content with a "virtual server" -- a very slick option! Agent has quite a few options that you can configure, like the way it deals with headers for example.I personally always use Agent with me in control, but you can also let it work in the background doing the things you've told it to do. And,the ability to do email and newsgroups make it a great two-in-one tool.

Agent, by Forte Inc., is a powerful yet easy-to-use solution for both newsgroups and email. It's loaded with great features and lots of configurable options. You can customize it in so many ways including filters to route your information and different rules for different folders. The program also makes it very easy to find information that's in the program. Search for text in email or newsgroups and find what you're looking for! There are other newsreaders, but to me Agent is the best I've seen. So, it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite, and those are few and far between. I hope you'll give it a try and see for yourself just how good Agent is. Check it out - I recommend it!


Genius Connect, by Genius@WORK BVis a powerful program that lets you pull information from a database and use it in Outlook or Exchange. The program works with all relational databases that support ODBC. That would include all of the most popular and commonly used databases including Access, Oracle, SQL server, and more. The program helps you pull database information right into folders within Outlook.

Genius Connect becomes an integral part of Outlook and can be used with multiple folders. The program is intuitive to use, but I'd say it was more for experienced users. So, if you'd like to be able to utilize database information while you're using Microsoft Outlook or Exchange this may be exactly what you've been looking for. Give it atry.


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • BestAddress HTML Editor 2006 Professional 9.3.0 by Multimedia Australia Pty. Ltd.
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BestAddress HTML Editor 2006 Professional 9.3.0 is a slick program for creating Web pages. It's easy-to-use and intuitive. I like the fact that it comes with templates that make it easy for even newer users to create Web pages. It has some good tutorials and all the features most people would want or need. I want to spend some more time working with it, but don't wait for me. Download it and see for yourself. I'll get to my full review as soon as possible.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • MP3 Audio CD Burner 2.2 by Silver Eagle Software, Inc.
  • Check It Out!

MP3 Audio CD Burner 2.2 is a nicely done tool for burning CDs and DVDs. It supports a wide range of formats including CD+R, CD-R, CD-RW,DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and more. It gives you the ability to "clone" a CD even if you only have one drive and that's a nice feature. You can even make your own "bootable" CD or DVD. If you're into CDs and DVDs this is a program you should check out.


Once again I've come to the end of my time, at least for this week. I never get tired of talking about good software. Take some time and take a look at these programs.



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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