Picks: Reviews of Remind-Me, WordPerfect Mail, Dupe Eliminator for iTunes, and Debrief Notes.
|Published:||Feb 20, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
Remind-Me, by Beiley Software is a nifty little calendar program that helps you keep track of your schedule. It has an intuitive interface and is very easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. It's great for keeping track of things like birthday and anniversaries. In testing it out I really liked the fact that Remind-Me could pop up a reminder to make sure I didn't forget something. That's a handy feature especially for things like appointments you don't want to miss. Even better is the ability to email a reminder to you. I tested this out and had Remind-Me send a reminder email to my BlackBerry and it worked perfectly. Oh, and it also shows you all of the most common holidays in the US. You can view the calendar in a number of modes including year, month, and list. I found the list view helpful for going down and checking to make sure everything I'd added was present. The program has a number of configurable options so it can work the way you want it to. If you like you can even install an optional add-on that lets you synchronize your Remind-Me calender. Slick. So, if you're looking for a good, all around calendar program, check it out. I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
WordPerfect MAIL, by Corel Corporation, is a slick email client from the people who bring you great products like WordPerfect Office, CorelDRAW, and many others. The program is intuitive as well as being easy-to-use and I think that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. WordPerfect Mail has an excellent set of features and is the kind of program that can easily be used at home and at the office. WordPerfect MAIL has a powerful search feature that can help you to find emails fast. That's an important feature when you do a lot of email. The program also lets you create multiple folders so organizing your email is a snap. In addition to folders you can also create categories that allow you to separate email in a variety of ways. The program also has a very cool feature called Smart Groups. This is a really powerful feature for anyone who subscribes to mailing lists or RSS news feeds. You can configure 'Smart Groups' to recognize incoming messages and places them in the correct group. You can, for example, create Smart Groups to automatically put email from a certain person into one folder, email from a certain group in another folder, and so on. WordPerfect MAIL also has some other cool extras that you don't find in other email programs. For example, you can have multiple address books. That makes it easy to let multiple people use the same program for handling their mail. It also has a very cool calendar function. There's lots more so give it a try for yourself. I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 98/2000/2003/XP/Vista
Dupe Eliminator for iTunes, by MarkelSoft is a program I had to look it because I always have problems with duplicates in iTunes. I don't know why, or how, but it always happens. And, because there are duplicates in iTunes I also end up with duplicates on my iPod. Having gone through countless times and deleted all the duplicates manually, I finally found Dupe Eliminator for iTunes. This baby finds all duplicates whether they're music or video. It went though my entire music and video collection quickly and easily and removed every duplicate. It also cleaned out any dead links I had that pointed to non-existent songs. Now that I've found it I'm using it to automatically keep iTunes clean and tidy. I like the fact that the program even lets me decide on what criteria is used to determine a duplicate. This is a neat little program that does exactly what it advertises. Check it out for yourself.
System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista
Debrief Notes 2.3, by Idealign, LLC is a program I found when I was looking for a good way to make notes during the course of each day. I used to use a different program and it seemed like no program I found did the trick. Then I found Debrief Notes. I bought it and now I'm telling you about it. This product is all about the notes. It has this great feature called Daily Notepad where it automatically creates a new note each day. That's exactly what I was looking for, but there's more. You can work with notes from different perspectives in Notepad, Folders, or Calendar. For example, if you go into Calendar mode you can click on a date and then see your notes for that day. You can go into Folders and create different folders for different things. I have folders for SIAF, Tucows, Personal, and so on. So, if you create a note within a certain folder, that's where you view it. You can look at your notes based on date, subject, folder, and so on. Debrief Notes utilizes Rich Text Format so you can really spruce up your notes. In addition, you can indicate that certain notes "need attention" or that others are "favorites." You can also show that a note is a "Work In Progress". I find these things useful because often I'm working on multiple things at once. Debrief Notes has another cool feature called a "Reference." What this does is let you view (or reference) one note while you're typing in another note. The note that's the reference is opened in read-only mode so you can't accidentally type your new news into it. Slick.
Debrief Notes is really an impressive program with all that it can do and I realized that I couldn't adequately cover it in the scope of my Picks. So, stay tuned and I'll be doing a full article on Debrief Notes so you can see all the things it can be used for. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and there aren't very many of those. Take a look for yourself and be watching for an in-depth review of Debrief Notes.
System Requirements: Windows 95/NT/2000/XP/Vista
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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.