Picks: Reviews of Job Timer, CATVids, Network Password Manager, and Task Manager.
|Published:||Aug 20, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
Job Timer, by Doc Design is a nifty application for anyone who needs to keep track of how much time they spend on a job working on the computer. In working with the program I found it to be intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. I like the fact that it had quite a few configurable options so you can make it work the way you want it to. Job Timer keeps track of the time you start, stop, when you have a "break" coming, and more. It will even set off an alarm to remind of things, like the fact that it's time for lunch! Cool. Job Timer tracks all your time and then calculates costs for you. You can use the program to create invoices for each job. I printed out some invoices and they looked good. You can also use Job Timer to track the invoices you've created. You can review all your invoices, and it will even give you a reminder about invoices that are due. Slick. I really liked the fact that you can include notes and update those as needed. That's a handy way to track little things that you may want to be reminded of about a particular job. Job Timer really makes it easy to track your time on the PC because it actually monitors the keyboard and mouse. To test it out I just stopped doing anything for a minute and the program automatically stopped the timer. That's an excellent feature because you don't have to remember to stop the timer or turn it back on. The program is loaded with nice features that make it a joy 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 25 years of reviewing software there haven't been many of those. So, if you work from your PC Job Timer may well be the solution you've been looking for to manage your time, and much more. Give it a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
CATVids, by FNProgramvare is a really cool tool getting your DVD collection into a catalog. The program has a wide range of data fields so you can catalog just about anything with it. The program will automatically grab DVD information off the Internet for discs you've purchased. I liked the fact that the program lets you put in your own custom fields which can often be handy. Some of the standard fields available include things like title, publisher, release year, price, purchase date, director, and even keywords. Plus, you can change the field names and even hide fields you don't want to use. What a cool feature. Nicely done. CATVids will let you put in lots of other information as well including things like recording speed, recording date, and even a summary of the movie or film. In testing it out I found it to be easy-to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience. CATVids has a powerful search function so you can easily find the DVD you're looking for. Another thing CATVids can do is create reports for you and it comes with over 100 pre-defined reports you can use. If you like you can save your reports in a variety of file formats including RTF, HTML, JPG, Excel, and more. Another feature I really like is the ability to keep track of discs you loan out to friends and family. So, if you loan a couple of DVDs to Cousin Bill, you'll have a record of it on file. If all this weren't enough CATVids also comes with a built-in backup and restore option that will keep all your data safe. So, if you've got a lot of media you'd like to catalog and track, this is your solution. Give it a try.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista
Network Password Manager, by SowSoft, LLC is a nice product for managing passwords in a business environment. It works using a client-server model and is perfect for handling the passwords for multiple employees. All passwords are stored in a secure database that utilizes 256-bit encryption. The program supports multiple users and lets them configure their passwords. Network Password Manager is intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for users with all levels of experience. It supports all the basic function like access right, users, user groups, and so on. If you like the program can also generate secure passwords for you. That's a handy feature because many users have a hard time creating passwords that are cleverly secure. Another slick feature is the ability to both import and export the data in the database. In addition, there's a built-in backup function as well so you can keep the company passwords safe and secure. Network Password Manager has configurable options and I always like that. So, if your company needs a way to create, manage, and maintain user passwords this is a program worth looking at.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista
Task Manager, by Orbisoft.com is a powerful yet easy-to-use "task manager" that has lots of excellent features. The program is flexible and lets you manage all of your tasks, appointments, and lots more. And it's great not only for individuals, but for groups as well. In fact, you can have it print out a list of every project, task, and job that's in the queue. Pretty slick. The program is simply loaded with cool features that you'll wonder how you got along without. Like automatic backup of your data, budgeting, and the ability to pull in information from programs like Word or Excel. Heck, you can even include audio and video. Task Manager can automatically schedule tasks for you and easily handles recurring tasks - a feature I really like. You can also monitor the progress that's being made on each task or job. You can generate reports and print them out. The program really provides a wide range of report formats so all your bases are covered. The program has lots of configurable options and features so the program works the way you want it to. The program comes with templates, excellent help, and lots more. Probably better suited to the business user than the home user. Very nicely done, check it out!
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/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.