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Picks: FantasyDVD Player Platinum, txt2pdf, Zoner GIF Animator, Diskeeper Professional Edition

Doc reviews FantasyDVD Player Platinum, txt2pdf, Zoner GIF Animator and Diskeeper Professional Edition.
Published: Nov 15, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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FantasyDVD Player Platinum 9.50
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FantasyDVD Player Platinum, by Fantasysoftis a cool program for anyone who's into DVDs. It's like most DVD players you'd find in a home, but it's got lots more features. One cool feature is the ability to determine what kind of disc you've put in the drive whether it's an audio CD, DVD, or a video CD. I tested it out with a number of DVDs and the program worked like a charm. I found the program to be easy-to-use and with a very intuitive interface. To me that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience.

FantasyDVD Player Platinum lets you zoom in and pan your movies.You can also use something called "time stretching" to alter the time it takes for a movie to play. You can speed a movie up or slow it down to suit yourself. What was cool was that this seemed to only affect the video and not the audio. Another really slick feature is the ability to bookmark scenes in movie. You can immediately jump to the scenes you like best. The program can also play audio CDs so you don't have to switch players when you go from movies to music. Slick.

FantasyDVD Player Platinum supports a huge number of file formats including WMV, WAV, MP3, MPEG, MP4, MIDI, VOB, AOB, and many more.You'll be dazzled by how many file types the program can handle. It has digital zoom up to 10X, support for Dolby sound, variable aspect ratio,and the ability to do screen shots from a movie! The functions of the program are really impressive. So, if you're looking for a great way to play DVDs, and more, on your PC or laptop, this is the program you need to try. Really well done.


txt2pdf, by SANFACE Softwareis a program I looked at because I got quite a few emails asking about converting text to a PDF file. This is a cool tool that makes it really easy to convert your text into full-fledged PDF files. The program is intuitive and very easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. In testing it out I used it as a stand-alone program, but you can also use it from within other programs. The program has versions that run under Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and more.

txt2pdf is simply loaded with features that I haven't seen in similar programs. For example, you can add borders, numbers, and text to any file. The program can also work with languages like Chinese and Japanese as well as Greek, Hebrew, Thai, and more. The program also has the ability to FTP the completed PDF file to your Web site, or to email it to someone as an attachment. Your PDF files can also have active links so you can include links to Web sites, email addresses, and even programs. If you've been looking for a full-featured program for turning text into PDF, take a look at txt2pdf.


Zoner GIF Animator, by ZONER softwareis a nicely done graphics application. The program has a nice user interface and I found it to be easy-to-use. Being graphically challenged I started out by importing some animated files. The program supports importing AVI, FLI, and FLIC file types. If you like you can also import bitmaps like BMP, ICO, TIF, GIF, JPG, and more. One cool feature is the ability to edit bitmaps right within the program.That makes it nice because you don't have to load something else, make modifications, and then reload Zoner GIF Animator. Cool.

Zoner GIF Animator give you a seemingly unlimited number ofundo functions, which is great for someone like me. I could make mistakes and quickly undo them. It also gave me the ability to experiment with different effects. I had a good time with the texture generator and really came up with some interesting texture effects. In working with new animations I found it was easy to lay out the borders,lock them, and even set the background. The program can handle plug-ins from Adobe which make it even more flexible. Nice!

In working with Zoner GIF Animator I found that ignorance truly is bliss. I had a great time just trying things out. I'm certain that nothing I created would win any graphics awards, but I was impressed that the program made it easy enough for me to create something. I really like the area of the program that showed me a little "film" of my animations. That was really handy for going back and making changes. If you're into graphics, check it out. I recommend it.


Diskeeper Professional Edition, by Executive Software, Inc. is an answer to a prayer, a solution to a problem, and lots more.You've often heard me talk about the importance of defragmentingyour hard drives. I just about preach about it just the way I do about backing up your data. The problem with defragmenting is that it's obviously very disk intensive. And, depending on the level of fragmentation, it can take quite awhile. Up to the plate stepsDiskeeper Professional to knock the problem right out of thepark.

Diskeeper Professional Edition takes the defragmentation process and makes it simple. How? Because it has this wonderful feature called "Set It And Forget It!"

And that's exactly what it means. You tell the program to come on at a certain time, or under certain conditions, and it does. For example, I have it working on my computer every night from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. That means I don't have any slow-downs while my drive is defragmented and it isdefragmented. You can set the program to run based on your work habits,your schedule, and so on. There's also a primary schedule and as well as a secondary one. Slick.

Diskeeper Professional Edition is a powerful product that'sperfect for both home and business. The user interface is very intuitive and the program is very easy-to-use. It's perfect for users will all levels of experience and I'll go so far as to say that you don't even have to understand what fragmentation is to eliminate it with Diskeeper. There are versions for home, small business, and even large corporations. I can tell you one thing, this is one program I would not be without. I have it on every computer I own. So, it's not just a Pick, it's also a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. So, check it out for yourself. In my opinion it's the only program you'll ever need to keep your hard drives defragmented. It has my very highest recommendation!


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

WinXP Manager 5.0.0 is one of those cool tools that let you fiddle with the settings of Windows XP. You can use it to optimize your machine, clean out junk, and even customize the way Windows works and looks. WinXP Manager will make your system more stable, more fun, and more secure. I'll be getting to a full review soon, but don't wait for me. Check it out for yourself.


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  • Wondershare Photo2DVD Studio 4.9.8 by Wondershare Software
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Wondershare Photo2DVD Studio 4.9.8 is a nifty product that helps you to put together slide shows and save them on DVDs. The program is very easy-to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience.You can add all kinds of transitions to your slideshows to make them look really unique. On top of all that, the program can easily burn your completed slideshows to DVD. Check it out for yourself.


Well ladies and gentleman, that brings us to the end for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading about these products. Take the time to download them and try them out for yourself.



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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