Music Label, 2009, AutoRun Typhoon, Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, and Pixelshop.
|Published:||Oct 1, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
Music Label 2009, by Code|Aero Technologies is a powerful program that makes it easy to catalog all of your music. Music Label 2009 has an intuitive user interface and it's also very easy-to-use, making it perfect for both new and experienced users. If you're really into music this is a program you'll want to check out. In testing it out I found that it quickly gathered information on all the files in my test library, First I had the program scan my hard drives and I do believe it found every music-related file I have. Impressive. At the same time it can also quickly process CD's you purchase and it utilizes the online music database to gather all the information about each track. I love the fact that I didn't have to sit there and type in track names, times, and so on. Music Label 2009 is loaded with lots of cool features you'll love. For example, it will manage any CDs that you loan out to friends or family and keep track of who has what. Slick. With Music Label 2009 your music collection is easy-to-search and you can quickly find any song lurking in your collection. You can manage multiple music collections, sort your music in a variety of ways, and even create reports on your music. Music Label 2009 is a full-featured program for anyone who loves their music. I like it 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. So, if you're into music take a good look at Music Label 2009, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
AutoRun Typhoon, by Typhoon Software is a really slick program for putting together your own multimedia presentations. In testing it out I found the program has some really nice features not found in some similar products. For example, if you wish you can put your entire presentation into an executable, EXE, file. That's perfect for distributing your presentation and those who receive it don't need any special software in order to view it. Nicely done. AutoRun Typhoon is a really complete package for creating truly impressive presentations. I'm "graphically challenged" and even I could create things that looked really good. On top of that the program is easy-to-use and intuitive, just the thing for users with all levels of experience. You don't have to be a programmer to use AutoRun Typhoon and get amazing results. I burned a couple of my creations to DVD and also made them into EXE's as I mentioned earlier. If you wish you can also make a CD or DVD secure so they can't be accessed unless the user has the proper access. That's a nice feature if you're presenting information that might be sensitive or under non-disclosure. So, if you're looking for a full-featured program that can help you put together impressive presentations, this may be exactly what you're looking for. Give AutoRun Typhoon a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, by Peter Frankenberger is a FREE program that does an amazing job of renaming files and folders. The program, which is also called PFrank, is designed from the ground up so you can rename large numbers of file in one pass. And I do mean large numbers of files. In testing it out I tried it out on a huge folder full of pictures. You know how photos have those quirky naming schemes like DCP_0078.JPG and so on. I tried a couple of different renaming schemes and in each case the program showed me a preview of what it would look like. Then, with just a click of the mouse, I renamed 1,000 photos. Amazingly simple. PFrank can also use the meta data from songs and photos and that provides even more ways to renames your files. I've reviewed this program before, but it seems to have gotten even better, and I didn't think that was possible. It's very intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. The program really is flexible and I like that. You come up with a naming scheme you want to use and Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit provides you with a way to do it. You can add comments to both images and songs, which is also a nice feature. Some of you may be asking, "Why do I need a program just to rename files?" Well, I'll tell you why. If you want to tackle the job of renaming thousands of photo files by right-clicking and selecting "rename", be my guest. PFrank gives you more options than you can imagine so you can rename files just the way you want. You can preview the results and in a click you're done. So, if you've got files that need to be renames, this is the program you need. There is nothing better. Period!
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista
Pixelshop, by Digitope Corporation is a cool tool for anyone who wants to create icons or cursors. The program makes it easy even for the graphically challenged to create icons that look good. You can use the program to pull in existing graphics you have and then convert them into icons. That's a great feature for someone like me who isn't very good at creating graphics. In testing it out I pulled in some cool graphics I have and then went through the process of turning those into cool icons. Pixelshop has support for the new Vista icons as well. Another cool feature is the ability to create what is called a favicon. These are the icons you see on some Web pages in the address bar. For example, if you look at the address bar while you're here on Tucows you should see a couple of cows right before the "http". With Pixelshop you can create a favicon for your own Web site and the program will give you the codes to put it in place. So, if you'd like to work with icons and cursors give Pixelshop a try. It may be just the solution you've been looking for.
System Requirements: Windows 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.