TUCOWS ARTICLE

Picks: Reviews of software to work with Word, with PowerPoint, to speed up your Web pages, and more

Reviews of NeoBook Professional Multimedia,PowerPointPipe, WordPipe, and Web Site Maestro.
Published: Sep 13, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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PowerPointPipe Replace for PowerPoint 4.4
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Download Search and Replace multiple Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
WordPipe Replace for Word 8.4
Shareware
Download Search for and replace multiple phrases or words in multiple Microsoft Word documents.
Web Site Maestro 8.7.6
Shareware
Download Web Site Maestro speeds up your site by optimizing both HTML and script code of your web...
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NeoBook Professional Multimedia, by NeoSoft Corp. is a really full-featured product that helps you to create your own software applications. I recall when this product first came out and has it ever improved since then. Of course so has the technology the program has to work with. NeoBook Professional Multimedia lets you pull in documents and text from other products. You can also import graphics and lay everything out exactly the way you want. The program also supports drag and drop so you can literally just drag the elements you want and drop them on the interface.

NeoBook Professional Multimedia gives you the tools to create an application that meets you needs. You an add buttons and other means of navigation. If you want to make changes to the content you can even pull up your word processor right from within the program. NeoBook Professional Multimedia has a scripting language that gives you real power if you need it. You can create your own "e-books" with text and illustrations and then compile them into EXE files. The EXE files can run on any computer and you can share your work.

NeoBook Professional Multimedia has a ton of cool features like screen transitions, email capability, text editor included, and lots, lots more. It's one of those programs that you simply have to try to appreciate. So if you've been wanting to try your hand at creating something interesting, give NeoBook Professional Multimedia a try. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite! Check it out.


PowerPointPipe, by DataMystic is a sister program to ExcelPipe that I reviewed not long ago. I got emails asking if there was something similar for PowerPoint and this is it. PowerPointPipe is a powerful tool for anyone who has to edit large numbers of PowerPoint decks. This program really has it all. I don't do a lot with PowerPoint so I borrowed a bunch of presentations from a friend so I could take a look. This product is fast!

You can use PowerPointPipe to edit a huge number of presentations if you like. Change the company address or update inventory numbers. It works great on a network so you could alter every PowerPoint set in the entire office. It's loaded with power so you and search and replace inside hyperlinks, inside properties, inside OLE links, and more. The program has an intuitive user interface and it's also easy-to-use, making it perfect for all levels of experience. While individuals could certainly use this program to advantage it will be of most interest to those who have to work with and edit lots of PowerPoint documents. This is an impressive product and if you have to search and replace in PowerPoint, this is your solution.


WordPipe, by DataMystic as you may guess, is another sister product in the "pipe" family of products. Since so many of you asked about solutions for Word and PowerPoint I decided to review them. Now, this is one that I didn't have to borrow files for to test. I have lots of Word documents. WordPipe is really fast and efficient. I went in and did search and replaces in several thousand of my documents, and then went in and changed them back. This was slick!

The cool thing is that you can alter or edit multiple items in your documents. So, in one batch I changed all the dates and all the names and all the phone numbers. Then WordPipe did the job in record time changing those items in every document I wanted changed. Very cool. This one can also work across a network so businesses can use it to change documents all across their server. In one test I even had it alter my invoices to next months date and name. I just told WordPipe what to look for, what to replace it with, where to find it, and what documents to look at and bam! It was done.

WordPipe really impressed me, perhaps because I work with more Word documents than I do PowerPoint or Excel. The interface is first rate and the program is really easy-to-use. Both novice and experienced users can handle it easily. This is one program that I may end up buying. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and in 25 years of evaluating software there haven't been many of those. Take a look for yourself. If you work with Word documents, and need to edit lots of them this is your solution!


Web Site Maestro, by Tonbrand Software is an interesting program that optimizes you Web pages. It goes through and "looks" at the HTML code in your pages and eliminates the stuff that simply isn't needed. What I thought was great is that the optimization makes it so your Web pages display correctly in all Web browsers. I tested it out on several of my Web pages and the program was very fast. I actually thought it would take longer to analyze and make the changes. I was wrong.

Another really cool feature of Web Site Maestro is that it also optimizes your graphics. That's right. It will reduce the size of the files, but keep the image quality good. Really well done. The result is that you get Web pages the load faster and are viewable in all Web browsers. Web Site Maestro can also upload your new pages. So, if you'd like to speed up your Web pages and make them more efficient, take a good look at Web Site Maestro. I recommend it!


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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