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Picks: Reviews of programs that work with fonts, enhance your phone, create

This week I review FontTwister, CallClerk, Convert to PDF, and ExcelPipe. Some great solutions, just for you.
Published: Aug 30, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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CallClerk Caller ID Software 5.4.4
Shareware
Download CallClerk keeps you in touch with who has called. It includes many standard features like...
ExcelPipe Replace for Excel 6.4
Shareware
Download Search and Replace multiple Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx).
3D FontTwister text 1.4
Shareware
Download FontTwister lets you create impressive text effects for web pages, illustrations,...
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3D FontTwister, by A. & M. Neuber Software gives you a way to do some amazing things with fonts. I had a lot of fun just testing it out. The program has an intuitive user interface and is very easy to you. The program is quick and responsive and produces some slick results. Take a favorite font and giveit bevels, textures, embossing, and lots more.

The screen shot shows some of the cool effects that can be created with FontTwister. These would be great for creating signs or banners. A great way to add a little punch to your presentation or your letter to Grandma. So, if you've been wanting to do some special things with fonts, FontTwister is your solution.


CallClerk, by Rob Latour is a perfect solution for really dealing with phone calls. What can it do? Well, for one thing it can block calls that you don't want to receive. You can do this using a name or even Caller ID information. What I thought was very slick is that you can have Call Clerk play a message asking them not to call again. Great for dealing with solicitors.

CallClerk also puts a Caller ID window up on your screen. If you want it will even display a picture of the caller. In addition it will say their name and show the phone number. Another cool feature is the ability to assign custom ring tones, just like you do on most cell phones. CallClerk is easy-to-use is simply loaded with great features. I see it as an inexpensive way to give your home or small business a full-featured phone system. Another knock-out feature is the ability to send you an email telling you who called your phone.

CallClerk makes it easy to replace your answering machine and all the information you need is right on your computer. The program keeps track of all activity, plays standard or custom messages, and can even dial your outgoing calls for you. I was really impressed with the range of features found in CallClerk. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but it's also a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. If you're looking for a total solution for your phone this could be it. Check it out for yourself.


Convert to PDF, by PEERNET is a nicely done solution for turning your documents into PDF files. PDF format files have become the de facto standard for printable documents around the world. The program has an intuitive interface that's really easy-to-use. That makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. Convert to PDF is designed as a print driver so if a program can print it will also be able to generate PDF files. Slick.

I found Convert to PDF to be easy to work with and it has a nice range of options available. You can customize your PDF files in a number of ways including watermarking and making them secure. So, if you want a quick solution for creating PDF files take a good look at Convert to PDF. It may be exactly what you need.


ExcelPipe, by DataMystic is a powerful tool for anyone who has to edit large numbers of spreadsheets. ExcelPipe can search through thousands of spreadsheets, if needed, and replace text in each one. So, say you wanted to change in name in 10,000 spreadsheets, then ExcelPipe would be your solution. I tested it with all the spreadsheets I have and I was amazed with how fast it is.

In working with it I tested it by changing my phone number in 110 spreadsheets. ExcelPipe was done in no time. I even put the spreadsheets on a different computer in my network and it still finished with blinding speed. The product probably won't be of interests to users who don't deal with lots of spreadsheets, but for thos who do, this is your search and replace solution. Take a look 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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