Picks: Reviews of FolderCloak, 4DiskClean Pro, TaskMerlin, and PDF Annotator.
|Published:||Apr 30, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
FolderCloak, by filesee.com is an interesting utility that lets you hide folders so others can't see them. I had to kind of laugh when I looked at the developers site. I had assumed that the term "cloak" was taken from the cloaking device used by the Klingons. Not so. On the Web site it says that the program puts a "Harry Potter invisibility cloak" on your folders. So, same concept, different source. In any event, FolderCloak makes the folders you select not only totally invisible, but the files can't be accessed in any way. In testing it out I tried a few tricks to see if I could unhide the folders I'd hidden, but no dice. FolderCloak is very easy-to-use and perfect for both new and experienced users. While your hidden folders are un-cloaked you can work with them just like always. When you cloak them, however, they can't be seen or accessed. That means you don't have to worry about anyone getting at your private files. I also found that should you uninstall the program all of your folders are still there and visible. So, if you'd like to hide the contents of certain folders FolderCloak might be the solution you've been looking for. Check it out.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/XP
4DiskClean Pro, by byRSS is a neat program that takes care of cleaning up your computer and a whole lot more. For example, 4Diskclean Pro can clean the Windows Registry. In testing it I found that this module works quite well - very fast and efficient. It scans the Registry, looks for and find problems, and then fixes them. The program has an intuitive interface and is very easy-to-use and that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. The overall concept of the program is to keep your computer running smoothly by removing all kinds of junk. It cleans up the Internet cache, scans for adware, removes cookies, and more. When it comes to spyware it not only helps eliminate spyware as you encounter it, but it can also stop existing spyware from working. At the same time it performs a number of other functions that are extremely useful. For example, it can find and delete not only duplicate files, but duplicate DLLs as well. The program will also give you a graphical analysis of your disk space usage. The program has a lot of nice features and it functions quite well. So, if you've been looking for a program that will take care of adware and spyware, while keeping your computer free of junk, this might be just what you're looking for. Give it a try!
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
TaskMerlin, by Interfathom is another clever program that helps you to get and stay organized. I've reviewed this product before, but I'd made a note to come back and look at it again. I had fun playing with TaskMerlin and found it to be both intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. The program really has a lot of features to help you manage both tasks and projects. One thing I like about this product is that it's flexible and lets you use it the way it suits you! The program provides a great way to keep everything you need for a project in one place. Keep notes, manage tasks, utilize due dates, assign jobs to specific people, and even filter your data. The ability to filter things lets you see exactly what you're looking for. TaskMerlin has a powerful search function which also lets you find what you're looking for. I like the fact that it allows you to deal with multiple projects at one time and not get things mixed up. TaskMerlin comes in two version, a Personal Edition and a Professional one. I tested the Personal one which would be perfect for a home office or small business. If you need a bit of collaboration in a group setting they you'd want to check out the Professional flavor. I like TaskMerlin so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. With the ability to handle multiple projects, do email, keep notes, and so much more this may be the perfect solution for you! Try it!
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP
PDF Annotator, by GRAHL software design is a really slick program that lets you add notes to PDF files. I have to say that I tried this program because the last time I tried to add something to a PDF file I had lots of hoops to jump through. So, for me, PDF Annotator was a very pleasant surprise. Testing it out I used a variety of PDF files that I knew had been created from different sources, because I'd created them. Didn't make a difference because PDF Annotator let put notes in all of them. This would be a great product for anyone who shares and comments on multiple documents. The program provides an easy way to insert comments right into the PDF text. Great for suggesting changes, reviewing content, making wording comments, and lots more. Working with it I found I could even paste in items from my clipboard. What to me is very cool is that you don't need any software installed to view documents that have been altered with PDF Annotator. I sent some modified PDF files to a virtual machine and I thought for kind of viewer application, but not so! The program is very easy- to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience. If you find yourself needing to comment or annotate PDF files, this is your solution. I highly recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/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.