Picks: Reviews of RollBack Rx, Calendar Scope, FairStars Recorder, and Icon Searcher.
|Published:||Oct 29, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
RollBack Rx Professional, by Horizon DataSys Inc. is a cool tool that helps you to restore your system when you have problems. The product is perfect for both home and business users. This is more than just a backup program because it can save you in a variety of circumstances. In some ways it reminds me of "Time Machine" on the Mac because it can restore your system to a specific date and time. In testing it out I found it to both intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for users with all levels of experience. The program takes "snapshots" of your system and you can even set it up so snapshots are automatically taken at specified times. Now, say you install some software and your system starts to act crazy. No problem. Just use RollBack Rx to restore your system to a time before you installed that software. Viola. Your system is back to normal. In this respect it's quite similar to the rollback function found in virtualization products like VMware Workstation. For example, I tested about 20 different software programs and then just "rolled back" my system to the start of the day. As far as the computer was concerned it was like those 20 programs had never been installed. Slick. I like the fact that it can take snapshots in the background while not requiring a lot of resources. While the program is perfect for home users there's also an Enterprise version that's perfect for businesses. This version allows you to establish the program on a large number of computers and control the operation of RollBack Rx on all of them. The key thing to remember is that you never lose any data. Whether it's a bad software install, a virus, or a full-blown system crash, RollBack Rx guarantees that you won't lose a byte. So, if you're looking for an alternative to regular backups, this just may be what you're looking for. Check it out.
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Calendarscope, by Duality Software is a slick calendar program that's simply loaded with features and functions. In testing it out I used it for a wide range of time management functions. For example, I put in birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, and even slated a vacation for next year. Calendarscope also lets you schedule tasks including recurring tasks. Another cool feature of Calendarscope is reminders. You can customize things like colors, fonts, and so on to give it a personalized feel. Items can be color coded using a system you determine and tasks can have a status like completed, or active. The program also offers multiple views so you can see things by day, week, month, and so on. Another really cool feature of Calenderscope is that you can synchronize it with your mobile devices. The program supports Palm, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile devices and syncing is done via HandySync. In working with this program I was impressed with some of the little extras it has. For example, if you put in a yearly event like a birthday and tell the program the persons age, it will show you the correct age next year. So, you can know if it's someone's 16th birthday or 25th anniversary. Cool. Among some of the other cool features available in Calendarscope are encryption of data, configurable time scale, the ability to put your calendars on the Web, support for hyperlinks, archiving, backup and restore, and lots more. So, if you want a calendar that will keep you organized and working smoothly, this may be the solution you've been looking for. Give it a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
FairStars Recorder, by FairStars Soft is a full-featured program for recording audio. In testing it out I recorded audio from a microphone plugged into my PC and also directly from my sound card. The recording quality was very good from both. The program also supports a nice range of audio formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, and more. FairStars Recorder has a number of configurable options so you have control over the things your record. I always like having options. The program is both intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. In fact, if you aren't real confident the program even comes with a "wizard" to help you out. If you want you can have scheduled recordings and you can impose limits on file size so they don't get too large. Another cool feature is the ability to monitor for periods of silence, which many similar programs can't do. Slick. FairStars Recorder can help you to filter out extraneous noises with its filters which is a nice option to have. There's also support for editing of ID3 tags and you can import and view them as well. I was impressed with what a nice job FairStars Recorder did on every project I tried it on. So, if you're looking for a nice program for recording audio take a good look at FairStars Recorder. It may be just the solution you need.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista
Icon Searcher, by Softplus is nifty program that will help you find every icon on your computer. If it missed any on my computer you could have fooled me because it found a lot of them. Icon Searcher will scour your entire hard drive and find icons wherever they may be hiding. It can search a wide range of file types that might be hiding icons including EXE, DLL, ICL, CPL, VBX, and more. Icon Searcher is really fast and does a thorough job. When it's done it put all the icons it found in a list for you to look at. I really like the fact that it lets you save just the icons you want, which some similar programs don't let you do. The icons the program finds are compressed and put in a database, saving space. There's also support for a full range of icon sizes including even custom sizes. In addition, you can save the icons it finds in a variety of file formats including TIFF, JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and more. This program is really easy-to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience. Icon Searcher has some really excellent features like the ability to delete duplicates, delete icons, save all icons or just the ones you select, and more. So, if you're in search of icons look no further than Icon Searcher. It'll find every icon hiding in every cranny of your system and you might be surprised just how many icons you have. 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.