Picks: Reviews of Atlantis Word Processor, PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition, File Scavenger Data Recovery, and SafeHouse Professional File Encryption.
|Published:||Apr 16, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
Atlantis Word Processor, by Atlantis is a powerful, yet easy-to-use word processor that's a great alternative to Word. The program is extremely easy-to-use and very intuitive, perfect for both new and experienced users. In testing it out I liked the fact that the program gave me lots of configurable options. For example, you can change around the colors, hot keys, even the programs toolbars. Slick. Another cool feature is that the Atlantis Word Processor can go "portable!" I installed it to my Sandisk USB drive with all my other portable applications and it worked perfectly. It does everything most people need in a word processor. You can format text, have headers and footers, bullets, and lots more. The program also has a cool feature called "Power Type" that learns the words and phrases you type the most. Then, as you're typing it anticipates what you're working on writing and makes it easy to fill in the rest of the word or phrase. The Atlantis Word Processor handles the hyphenation, has a full-featured spell checker, and a built-in "Auto Complete" feature. With powerful search capability, the ability to encrypt your files, and lots more, the Atlantis Word Processor is both powerful and sleek. So, if you are looking for a word processor that won't cost you an arm and a leg, this may be just the solution you need. Check it out for yourself.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition, by PC Tools is a perfect solution if you're looking for online protection at zero cost. This baby does it all. It protects you from viruses, worms, and other online threats. It has one of the nicer interfaces I've seen in antivirus programs and it's really easy-to-use. To me that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition also watches over your email so you're protected by threats via email. PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition lets you customize the scan settings so you get the protection you want and need. Unlike the pay version which is only $29.95 US, you don't get phone support, 24/7 tech support, or high-speed updates. You do get access, however, to the growing community of users who use PC Tools products. This product monitors your computer in real-time so any threat that attempts to invade your machine is going to fail. So, if you've been looking for a way to protect your computer from all the threats that are on the Internet, look no further. PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition is t he perfect solution and it's FREE!
System Requirements: Windows NT/2000/2003/XP
File Scavenger Data Recovery 3.2, by QueTek Consulting Corporation is a really handy utility for anyone that uses the NTFS (NT File System) on their computer. While NTFS has a number of benefits it also poses some new problems. Among them is the ability to "unerase" files. Well, File Scavenger can recover files and lots more from your NTFS drives. The program can recover files that you deleted from your Recycle Bin, from your file manager, or even from DOS. Very slick, but there's more! File Scavenger can go so far as to help you recover a reformatted drive! Wow! Now that's impressive! And the program is fast and very efficient. In all of my testing I was very impressed with the way it was able to recover data. File Scavenger makes the entire process very easy! File Scavenger is an impressive utility for everyone who utilizes the NTFS file system. I can recover files deleted from a DOS command line, the Recycle Bin, from within Windows, and more. This unassuming powerhouse can even help to recover a reformatted drive. It can "find" lost partitions, and recover them. Very cool. All of us accidentally delete things and it's really nice to be able to use a program that quickly brings that data back -- whether it's a file or a drive! So, if you use the NTFS file system, you really owe it to yourself to take a good, long look at this program. I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista
SafeHouse Professional File Encryption 3.00, by PC Dynamics, Inc. is a cool tool that lets you protect your important data by using high-level encryption. In using the program I was impressed with how fast it is. It creates an expandable area on your hard drive and assigns it a driver letter. You can only access this drive using the password you assigned. So, if you have documents, photos, music, or any other data that you want to keep from prying eyes you can store it on your SafeHouse volume. In addition you can create more than one "drive." The program is easy-to-use making it perfect for users with all levels of experience. While testing it out I made a couple of 5 gigabyte "storage vaults" and moved files into them. When I closed the vaults the drive letters disappeared, making those files and folder completely hidden and encrypted. You can create storage vaults on any hard drive, USB memory device, and even on CDs and DVD's. SafeHouse Professional File Encryption also supports drag and drop so you can easily move files into these secured areas. Another unique feature found in the program is the ability to create a virtual smartcard. Slick. The process is very simple and it works with your standard USB drive. Once you've done it you can access any of your SafeHouse vaults without having to enter the passwords just by having the drive plugged in. The program is safe and secure and remarkably easy-to-use. 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 over 25 years of evaluating software there haven't been very many of those. So, if you're looking for a slick way to protect data, this may be the solution you need. Give it a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
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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.
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