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Picks: Reviews of LocalCooling, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Or-Fin, and more.

Software reviews of programs to help you fight global warming, create your own graphics, organize your finances, and lots more.
Published: Apr 18, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Local Cooling 1
Freeware
Download Local Cooling - Fight Global Warming From Your Desktop!
PrivacyView Software 2.11
Shareware
Download Protecting your web activity and personal files is now easier than ever with the ultimate...
novaPDF Lite 7.4
Shareware
Download Using novaPDF Lite you can easily create high quality searchable PDF files in an...
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X4
Shareware
Download Corel PaintShop Photo Pro gives you the power to easily organize, edit and share...
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! I'm glad youcould take the time to drop by. As we round the corner and head for theend of April, the weather here has been pretty interesting. Flowersstarting to bloom, trees starting to bud, and it won't be long beforethe humming birds come back. As always, I've been looking at lots ofsoftware and I've picked out some good titles to tell you about. I hopeyou'll enjoy reading about them. So, if you're ready, so am I. Grabsomething to drink, sit back, kick your feet up, and lets take a look!


Local Cooling, by UniBlueis a power monitoring program that helps you fight "global warming." This isn't so much a reviewas it is an appeal for everyone to start saving energy! Get this:

>More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wastedbecause many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we�renot using them.

Think about that for a minute. Global warming is a factand it's going to have an effect on all of us. The diminished amount ofsea ice is already endangering penguins, polar bears, and other animals.Rising sea levels are threatening island nations and will eventuallyimpact costal cities. We look at each other and say, "But what canI do?

YOU and I can do something by changing the way we user ourPC's. If all of us used our computers more efficiently the energy costsavings would be more than $3 billion dollars! While computersdon't give off CO2, the power plants that generate the power do!So, what can we do to help?

Local Cooling is a 100% Free power management tool from Uniblue Research Labs that allows users to optimize their energy savings inminutes and as a result reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.Global warming is a very real threat to you, your children andyour grandchildren. I'm urging all individuals and families to installLocalCooling on your computers. I'm also issuing a challenge toall other companies to install LocalCooling on all theirmachines. Let's see your totals on the Local Cooling Web site. The way Isee it, everyone wins!


novaPDF Lite, by Softlandis a program I found when I had a need and it was so good I decided toreview it. The program I had been using to create PDF files startedacting quirky so I looked around for a replacement. This is whatI found and it really did the job! To start with the program is veryintuitive and extremely easy-to-use and that makes it perfect for bothnew and experienced users. Unlike some similar products, novaPDFprovides you with lots of power for creating PDF files. You can utilizefunctions like compression, shared printing on a network, security, andmore. The program makes it a snap to turn your Word documents intostry-standard PDF files. You can also convert files from Powerpointand Excel. Nice!

novaPDF lets you set it as the "default" printer. What does thatmean? Well, it means that in any program when you tell it toprint it will automatically generate a PDF file for you. Veryslick. Another cool feature is "user profiles." I used this to set updifferent criteria for creating PDF files. One profile used one set ofparameters and another would use parameters that were totally different.This gave me the flexibility to switch back and forth quickly andeasily. I was creating some PDF files for the Shareware Industry AwardsFoundation and I was pleased to find that the files created with novaPDFcould be searched! That's not true with many similar programs.Excellent.

novaPDF makes it easy to create top-notch PDF files thathave all the features you could want. You can compress them, passwordprotect them, print them, save them, and lots more. This is truly afull-featured program that lets you take advantage of the many featuresPDF files offer. So, if you've been looking for a product to help youcreate PDF files, you have to take a look at this one. Very nicelydone -- I recommend it.


Corel Paint Shop Pro, by Corel Corporationis a powerful paint program that I've been using for years. Infact, I was one of the very first people to review Paint Shop Pro theyear it was released by Jasc. That was back in the early 1990's and theprogram has evolved and changed a great deal since then. For thatmatter, the world of graphics and design has changed a great deal andCorel Paint Shop Pro has kept up with the times.

Corel Paint Shop Pro has won multiple Shareware IndustryAwards and SIAF People's Choice Awards. You can create graphics foryour Web pages and Paint Shop Pro gives you lots of tools to makethose graphics as fancy as you want. For most people, this is theonly graphics editor or "paint" program you're ever going to need.Create banners, borders, and lots more. And in this day and age ofdigital photos, you can also use the program to enhance your pictures.Lighten them, change the contrast, size them, and much more!

Corel Paint Shop Pro is perfect for both home and business use.And it's also relatively easy-to-use and comes with really excellenthelp. You can use it to convert graphics files from one format toanother -- either one-at-a-time or in batches. And it's lightning fast.And, if you want to get creative Paint Shop Pro comes with over 75special effects you can apply to your graphics and pictures. It can alsodo screen captures, let you fiddle with colors, layers, and even putborders and frames around your pictures. Impressive.

Corel Paint Shop Pro, by Corel Corporation, is a totallyimpressive graphics program. And I could have dedicated pages talkingabout all the things you can do with it -- both great and small. It'swonderful for creating images from scratch as well as modifying existinggraphics. This is one program that you have to try for yourself.There's no other way for you to see just how good it is. It's so goodthat it's not just a Pick, but it's also a Dr. FileFinder Favorite and those are few and far between. So, takethe time to check it out for yourself. Impressive!


Or-Fin, by dsa GmbHis an interesting tool for coming to terms with your personal finances.The program makes it possible to organize all of your financialinformation. You can gather information on pay, insurance, mortgages,and much more. It's a handy way to have all of your financialinformation in one spot.

Or-Fin fills a need that many of us have because too often we letfinancial information slide. The program is easy-to-use and intuitive,perfect for users with all levels of experience. It makes it easy foryou to manage all of your relevant financial information and keep it inone spot. So, if you'd like to have a better handle on your finances,check it out. It may be exactly what you need.


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PrivacyView Software 2.11 is a clever browser that keeps yoursurfing habits private. It takes a different approach thanprograms that erase or remove your surfing tracks.PrivacyView makes it easy for you to surf the Web and not have toworry about anyone seeing where you've been. It can be used in manysituations including for those who like to download pictures and movies.I'll get to my full review shortly, but don't wait for me. Check it outfor yourself.


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TreeSize Professional is a cool tool for managing all of yourdisk space. The program can analyze your hard drives and give youlots of pertinent information. You can get pie charts to show you diskusage, compression rates, and lots more. It also lets you print outreports that you can reference later. So, if you'd like to get a handleon disk space usage take a look at TreeSize Professional.


Alas, that's all I have time for today. Take the time to check out thesesoftware products for yourself. I think you'll find that they're wellworth your time. Also, don't forget that the voting for the SIAF People's Choice Awards starts on May1st. Start "picking" the software programs that you like best so you cancast your votes. I'll be back next week with more Picks to tell youabout. Till then, have a great week, a wonderful weekend, and happydownloading.



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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