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Picks: Reviews of Championship Chess, Directory Report, Find Desktop Standard, and more!

Reviews of software that will improve your chess game, sort out your file directories, find files anywhere on your hard disk, and get more out of MSN Messenger.
Published: Apr 11, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Directory Report 41
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! Good of you tostop by. Spring is in the air and so is your tax deadline here in theUS. So, if you haven't got your taxes done yet you've got four (4) days.Moving on to lighter topics the weather here has been great. In Coloradothat makes you a little nervous at this time of year because you keepwaiting to see if there's just one more snow storm ready to dump on you.I hope not. On the software side of things I've been looking at somegood products and I've picked some to tell you about. So, if you'reready I am too. Just grab something to drink, kick back, relax, and letstake a look.


Championship Chess Pro for Windows, by DreamQuest Software LLC.is a really nice game of chess. I started playing chess when Iwas 6 and I've always loved it. In fact, one of the first programs Ibought for the computer was a chess game. In this chess game you canplay against either Amber or Wes. The graphics are reallywell done and you can customize lots of things. I always like theability to add some personal touches to a program. Another cool featureis that you can pick from five (5) different levels of skill. Slick!

With five skill levels you can play Championship Chess Pro forWindows whether you're a beginner or a master. While you're playingyou can get hints from the program and that helps you to learn to playbetter. Once you get your skills honed you can even play the gameagainst online players. So, if you like chess or would like to learntake a good look at Championship Chess Pro for Windows. It givesnew meaning to the movie phrase, "How about a nice game of chess?"


Directory Report, by AMB Softwareis a neat utility that helps you to work with files. The program hasmultiple functions like renaming files, finding duplicates, printing outdirectory listings, and more. Just a little history here. Under DOS theareas that hold files were called directories and today they arecalled folders. The program is easy-to-use and has an intuitiveuser interface. To me that makes it perfect for both new and experiencedusers. I was impressed with how fast and efficient the program was.

You can use filters so your directory listing have exactly thefiles you're looking for. For example, in testing it out here I did onesearch that was just for JPG graphic files. Directory Report gaveme a listing of all the JPG files it could find. Nicely done. If youwant you can also print listings to a printer or you can alsosave the information as a file. File formats supported include HTML,XML, text, and more. The program can print out the information containedin files, like the properties of a MP3 or an EXE file. It canalso tell you if two files are exactly the same and if notexactly where they differ. Slick.

Directory Report is a powerful tool that lets you rename files ina batch instead of one by one. That's a cool feature and a verypowerful one. For example, I used it to rename all of the pictures fromour vacation. Directory Report is full-featured and it's reallylike getting multiple products in one. You can rename files, comparefile, print directories, and lots, lots more. Give a try, I recommendit!


Find Desktop Standard, by IdeaSolutions S.r.l.is a powerful product that does full-text indexing on yourcomputer. What does that mean? It means that you can search yourcomputer and find the exact document you're looking for. Look for oneword or a phrase and Find Desktop Standard goes out and finds it.In testing it out I found the program to be easy-to-use and intuitive,perfect for users with all levels of experience. And it's very fast.

Find Desktop Standard also utilizes O.C.R. which stands foroptical character recognition. That means that it can really get intoyour documents and find what you need. In testing it out I had it indexmy Reviews folder and my Editorial folder. In the screenshot you can see the listing it provided when I did a search on aspecific word. The program will also highlight the search term you use.I also indexed my email which was very cool. It allowed me tosearch through all my email (I have email going back 10 years) and findthe communications I wanted. Slick!

Find Desktop Standard is a powerful tool for finding textanywhere on your computer. I like it so much that I'm planning an extendreview in the near future. I'm also making it a Dr.File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. So,if you have lots of documents and you'd like to be able to pull up thecomplete text when you do a search, this is the product you needto try. I recommend it!


MessengerLog Pro, by foryoursoft.comis the perfect tool for anyone who uses MSN Messenger, Live Messenger,or Windows Messenger. The program records your chat sessions andunlike some similar products it records everything! It snags theemoticons, writing, the font, and lots more. One cool feature is theability to upload a logged chat via FTP or email. If you like you canalso encrypt a log and put it in a ZIP file, with no other programsneeded. Slick.

In testing it out I found that MessengerLog was very easy-to-useand intuitive, perfect for all users. The program sports some nicefeatures including the ability to save messages in rich text format. Youcan give the program the color you want, search through saved logs, andlots more. Check it out for yourself.


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Velneo vDevelop 6.4 is a tool for programmers who want tocreate database applications. It consists of a project editor calledvDevelop, and a project executor called vRunner. The program has somenice features including some open source template you can use foryourself. So, if you're into programming check it out for yourself.Nicely done.


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DeepTrawl 1.0 is a nifty tool that scans your Web pages lookingfor junk. By "junk" I mean dead links, bad images, and so on. Theproduct can do your whole Web site easily. One cool feature is abuilt-in HTML editor so you can fix the problems the problems theprogram finds. It's easy-to-use and I'll do a full review of it as soonas I have some time. Till then, don't wait for me, check it out foryourself.


Ahh, once again I've come to the end of my time for today. I hope youliked reading about these software products as much as I enjoyed writingabout them. In 25 years I've never gotten tired of looking at softwareand telling you about the really good and interesting ones. Ihope you'll take the time to download them and try them out foryourself. I'm heading out for today, but I'll be back next week withmore software to tell you about. I hope you'll join me. Till then, havea great week, a wonderful weekend, and happy downloading.



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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