Picks: Reviews of Clyton, ViceVersa PRO, Photo DVD Maker Pro, and AltDesk
|Published:||Jul 9, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
Clyton, by Gammadyne Corporation is a really cool email client that I found while I was poking around here on Tucows. Clyton has some impressive features among which is a dedicated SPAM filter. The company claims the program removes 85% of incoming SPAM right out of the proverbial box. In testing it out I can't dispute that because Clyton did a great job. On top of that you can tweak the anti-spam setting by having a whitelist to keep people in your address book safe. The program has support for POP and IMAP, spell checking, and a built-in editor that can handle HTML email messages. The program is multithreaded which in simple terms means it does well at handling multiple tasks, or threads, at one time. If you're concerned about privacy you can encrypt your email and password protect it. Clyton even supports the "DomainKeys" system from Yahoo! that lets you sign and verify email. Slick! In working with it I found Clyton to be simply loaded with cool and useful features. For example, it supports drag and drop, a viewer for attachments, automatic deletion of messages, message shredding, and even reminders. The program has obviously been very carefully thought-out and it shows. You can "skin" it to change the look, and there are lots of configurable options. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but it's also a Dr. File Finder Favorite and in 25 years of reviewing software there haven't been many of those. So, if you're looking for an email client with some punch and a good spread of features, this may be exactly what you need. Give it a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP
ViceVersa PRO, by TGRMN Software is a cool tool for synchronizing all of your files and folders. In testing it out I used it between a desktop and a laptop computer on my network. ViceVersa PRO can also work across a VPN, can compare files on external drives, and a wide range of other media. You can, for example, compare folders on two computers. ViceVersa PRO clearly shows you all the similarities as well as all the differences. You can clone one folder to another or have files move in both directions so the files are perfectly synchronized. As I've mentioned before, with similar products, synchronizing like this is also an effective way to backup you data. By syncing with another computer you're creating copies of all your important files. ViceVersa PRO lets you do backups, sync files, and replicate folders. While working with it I was impressed with how fast the program is. You can even use the program while you're working because it can work with files that are open, something that not all programs can do. The program also monitors to see if there are any conflicts between files and allows you to decide what to do. To make your work day smoother you can even schedule ViceVersa PRO to run at a time you specify. I found the program to be very easy-to-use and intuitive, perfect for users with all levels of experience. So, if you have multiple computers and you want to get your files synced and backed up, this may be the solutions you've been looking for. Check it out!
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
Photo DVD Maker Professional 7.50, by photo-dvd-maker.com is a nifty solution for all you photo people again who'd like to put your albums on DVD. This is a cool product and it supports a wide range of file formats. This includes MPEG, DVD, MPEG-4, FLV, and more. I have to say that it probably has the most transition effects I've ever seen in one program with well over 300! With that many transitions you can have a lot of photos and not use the same transition twice. This is just a great way to create a photo album that's really dynamic and then be able to view in a number of ways. With Photo DVD Maker Professional you don't just have to watch your photo album on DVD. What's really cool is that you can put your albums on your iPod, your cell phone, your Play Station, and more. People always want to see pictures of my grandchildren so I'm going to use this program to create an album that I can show on my Blackberry. Oh, and you can also put music in your albums. And captions. And pan and zoom effects. When I first picked this program to review I thought it was going to be really straightforward, but I was wrong. Photo DVD Maker Professional is an impressive product that gives you a lot of control over how your photo albums look and feel. You can set the tone with music, captions, and amazing transitions. I like this product so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it one of my Dr. File Finder Favorites and those are few and far between. If you're into photos and showing them to other, this is your solution. I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
AltDesk 1.5.1, by Gladiators Software is another powerful virtual desktop tool. I happen to use this one on my main computer and it gives me lots of flexibility. It's extremely easy-to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience. AltDesk lets you assign hot keys not only to the virtual desktops, but to other functions as well. Here again you can give each desktop a unique wallpaper, a hot key, and you can also have sticky applications. The screen shot shows AltDesk running from my computer. If you look at it you can see the icons in each desktop. If I want I can drag the icon for the Boxer Text Editor from the top left to the lower right. In the lower left pane an XP virtual machine is running on the virtual desktop. All kinds of virtual stuff at my house. AltDesk also has a wide range of skins you can use to spice it up, but I've stuck with one of the default selections. It takes up very little space on my real screen and if you want you can even configure it to take up less than mine does. AltDesk has a feature I haven't found in similar products and that's a security function. I can press a keystroke and all evidence of the program disappears. I'm not totally sure why you'd want to do that, but I tested it and it worked as advertised. AltDesk is both powerful and simple. So, if you're looking to expand your desk space perhaps this is your solution.
System Requirements: Windows 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.