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Picks: Reviews of PROTASM, Automation Anywhere, MSD Tasks, CryptoExpert, and more.

Reviews of software that will help you to create tests and surveys, monitor your Web site, automate tasks, maintain a complicated schedule, and more.
Published: Jul 11, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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PROTASM - Professional Test & Survey Maker 1.0.78
Demo
Download Create tests and surveys easily. No special viewers needed.
MSD Tasks 5.0
Shareware
Download MSD Tasks is a visual task manager that allows organizing visually the tasks of several...
Bello Network Monitoring WinGUI 5.3.3.642
Freeware
Download Our on-demand monitoring service makes it easy and affordable to detect network and...
Automation Anywhere 6.1
Shareware
Download <p>Automation Anywhere is an intelligent automation software for IT & business...
CryptoExpert 8 8.34
Shareware
Download CryptoExpert 8 uses a real-time on-the-fly encryption system to provide secure offline...
Zortam Mp3 Media Studio 17.80
Freeware
Download Zortam Mp3 Media Studio is all-in-one Mp3 application.
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! Today I'm atthe annual Software Industry Conference held this year inDenver, Colorado. On Saturday night we'll have the Shareware IndustryAwards banquet and the winners of the Shareware Industry Awards andPeople's Choice Awards will be announced. Should be an exciting time.I'll be bringing you coverage of some of the award winners in the Picksfor the next several weeks, so stay tuned. Today I've got some goodPicks to tell you about, so I hope you're ready. If you are just sitback, relax, and let's take a look.


Bello Network Monitoring WinGUI, by Paessler AGis a helpful tool for helping you to monitor your server status. Theprogram is actually part of a service that keeps an eye on all of yournetwork-related items. It can check to make sure your Web site is alwaysup and running. If it's not, the service will notify you via SMSmessage, pager, or ICQ message. That way you can find out aboutan outage quickly and do something about it.

Bello Network Monitoring WinGUI helps you to monitor a variety ofprocesses, as seen in the screen shot. To help you no matter where youare there's also a Web-based interface. The service monitors HTTP, POP3,SMTP, PING, and more. So, if you'd like to know when your Web site is down, check it out.


PROTASM - Professional Test & Survey Maker, by pcOffice Prois a really cool tool for creating tests and surveys. The program haslots of configurable options and really lets you customize things. Ialways like that. In testing it out I found it to be easy-to-use andintuitive, perfect for users with all levels of experience. I quicklymade up a couple of biology tests and also a survey. The program comesin three versions so you can pick the one that's right for you. I likethe fact that it can also help you to gather the results and put ittogether.

In working with PROTASM I was impressed with how fast I could puttogether a test or survey. The learning curve is short and that meansyou can start knocking out results right away. The program lets youdistribute your test by printout, email, or via the Internet. When youcollect the information the program really helps you to sort it all outand present it with reports, charts, and graphs;. PROTASM has anexcellent help system and wizards to guide you through the test-makingprocess. So, if you need to do tests or surveys check it out. Verynicely done.


Automation Anywhere, by Tethys Solutions, LLCis a powerful application that helps you to automate tasks onyour computer. A really handy feature is the ability to schedule tasksso they can run at any time of the day or night. In testing it out Ifound it to be easy-to-use and you don't have to be a programmer to useit either. The program can record all keystrokes and mouse movements soyou have it memorize a given task. For some tasks, however, you can usewizards to quickly create a specific task.

Automation Anywhere has a number of really cool features. Forexample, the program can login to a computer to perform a task even whenthe computer is locked down. It can also extract data from Web pages,and record Web activities. My favorite feature is the ability to turn atask into an executable file. Slick! That means one person can create anautomation sequence, generate an EXE, and then share it with multipleusers. Perfect for companies where multiple people all have to do thesame repetitive task.

Automation Anywhere can be used for tasks that are simple orcomplex. You can manage files, do things on the Internet, and evencreate tasks that will react to different circumstances. So, if you havetasks you'd like to automate, take a look.


MSD Tasks, by MSD Softis a powerful program that lets you manage tasks and activities.The program has a very intuitive interface and is easy-to-use. You cancreate different "Projects" and you can add clients as well. You canthen associate tasks with particular clients and/or projects. Theprogram can generate reports and I really like the fact that reports canbe saved in the increasingly popular PDF file format.

MSD Tasks allows you to selective limit which sections can beaccessed by which users. That means you have a level of control notfound in some similar products. Tasks can be marked as completed,pending, on hold, started, and so on. In working with it I found thatyou could use it to manage the tasks of a fairly large group or even byan individual who needs to track clients, appointments, and the like.So, take a look for yourself and see what you think.


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • Zortam Mp3 Media Studio 7.00 by Zortam Corporation
  • Check ItOut!

Zortam Mp3 Media Studio 7.00 is a nice little MP3 player thatgives you a range of cool features. It can handle cover art, get yousong lyrics and what's really neat is that it can display the songlyrics so you can sing along. A nice little program for managing yourMP3 collection. You can edit "tags", normalize songs, and lots more.Check it out for yourself and I'll get to my full review as soon aspossible.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • CryptoExpert 2007 Professional 7.0.3 by SecureAction Research, LLC
  • Check It Out!

CryptoExpert 2007 Professional 7.0.3 provides you with encryptionthat doesn't get in the way of what you want to do. You create a virtualdrive which can be assigned a regular driver letter. Mount and unmountdrives as needed and use them to store files. In testing it I found itto be very quick and easy-to-use. What's nice is that the encryptionpart is totally transparent, you don't have to do it, it just gets done.Some nice configurable options, and more. So, take the time to see foryourself and I'll get to my full review sometime soon.


There you have it for this week. I hope you'll download these programsand try them out for yourself. I'll be back next week with the winnersof the Shareware Industry Awards and the People's ChoiceAwards so be sure to come by. Till then, have a great week, awonderful 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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