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Absolute must have tools. These are the tools that every computer should have installed.

Today I decided to tell you about some of my personal, favorite programs. These are programs that are on everycomputer I use. Programs I wouldn't want to be without. Programs I recommend to my friends and family.
Published: May 26, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
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ClipMate Clipboard Extender 7.1.07
Shareware
Download Popular Clipboard Extender Holds Thousands of Clips, remembers clips for days, months, or...
NoteTab Pro 7.1
Shareware
Download A leading-edge text and HTML editor. Handle a stack of huge files with ease, format text,...
GetRight 6.3c
Shareware
Download Resume, accelerate, schedule, and manage your downloads.
ClipMate, by Thornsoft Development, Inc. turns your ordinary Windows clipboard into a powerful clip-handling machine. Unlike the default clipboard, which holds only one item, ClipMate can hold hundreds! This is one program that I've personally used for years and wouldn't be without. Each time you "copy" or "cut" something new, the program 'remembers' or saves that clip. You can actually have collections of items you paste into things often. And that includes text and graphics. For example, say you have a number of things you often paste into your email messages. Create an "Email" collection and put all those clips in there. You can give each one a unique name so they're easy to remember. You can also designate any collection as a "safe" collection. That means that if you should forget and try to delete a protected clip, you'll be prompted first. That way, nothing gets deleted accidentally. You can also have collections that are limited by size, or by the number of days they've been in the program. You can also print your clips, edit them, and lots more. ClipMate can even reformat quoted sections of email and remove all of the ">" quote symbols. A great way to clean-up jokes and other material you get via email. And I've just scratched the surface. ClipMate, by Thornsoft Development, is a powerful tool that you'll find yourself using all the time. In fact, try it and you'll find you come to depend on it. It provides a great way to work with all the things you cut, copy, and paste each day. You really owe it to yourself to give this one a try! Excellent! One of my Dr. File Finder Favorites!
NoteTab Pro, by Fookes Software is a an award-winning text and HTML editor. It's won the Shareware Industry Awards and People's Choice Awards multiple times, so it's a pick by users and developers alike. NoteTab Pro is a powerful replacement for the "notepad" tool that comes with Windows. And it's also easy-to-use. NoteTab Pro lets you do everything including format text, spell check, use a thesaurus, load large files, bookmark documents, and much more. It also features a powerful search engine so you can find text easily. Very slick! And talk about power, wait till you see its "Clipbook" function. It comes with a huge selection of clips that help you with everything from HTML code to unit conversions. And, you can create and edit your own clips. I personally use NoteTab Pro every day, and much of the layout of my "Picks" is done using NoteTab clips. If you like to create Web pages, the clip library is outstanding and will help you to create great-looking pages. NoteTab Pro can also do text-to-HTML conversions, color codes, and more! NoteTab Pro, by Fookes Software, is all the text editor you'll ever need. There's also a light and standard version of you don't need this much power under the hood. Check it out! And yes, it's another of my Dr. File Finder Favorites and those really are few and far between.
SureThing CD Labeler, by MicroVision Development, Inc. is a powerful program for doing anything you want or need to do with CD labels. I burn a lot of CDs. I send out programs to people, give them away when I speak at user group meetings, send them out to press contacts, and so on. And this is what I use. You can create, edit, and print beautiful color labels for all of your CD's. Print labels for jewel cases, DVD's, and more. It makes the entire process so easy that absolutely anyone can do it! Even the "graphically challenged" like me. SureThing CD Labeler has truly extensive support for music playlists. The latest version of SureThing CD Labeler also features "SureThing Playlist Plus!" This really cool feature lets users of Windows Media Player and/or MusicMatch Jukebox print colorful labels right from their compilation CDs without re-typing all of the song titles. It comes with a huge number of backgrounds and clipart. SureThing CD Labeler comes with even more backgrounds and clipart in this most recent version. And, it also has some neat, new features like an online design gallery, spoke designs, spiral designs, circular text, and more. It's billed as "The world's most popular CD labeling software!" and I'd say that's pretty accurate. I personally use it to label all of the CDs I create, whether they're data CDs or audio CDs. And CD Labeler provides templates for both types. And, you can use CD Labeler with all of the most popular brands of CD labels and jewel case inserts, including Memorex, Avery, NEATO, CD Stomper, Stick-It, and more! The templates in SureThing CD Labeler are called "SmartDesigns" and they really take the guess-work out of creating labels. At the same time, you have complete control over what your labels look like. And I like that! SureThing CD Labeler, by MicroVision Development, is just loaded to the brim with features. The interface is intuitive and so easy to use. It has clip art, backgrounds, text effects, and you can even use your own pictures and graphics. You can save your labels, modify them, and use them again. For CDs, DVDs, jewel cases, and more this is the program you need if you want a label. This is more than just a "Pick", it's one of my Dr. File Finder Favorites! so give it a try -- you won't be disappointed! I give it my highest recommendation!
GetRight, by Headlight Software, Inc. is a tool that I've used for quite some time. And, if you download anything off the Internet, you should use it too! File sizes just keep getting bigger and bigger. And what do you do if you're downloading an 40 megabyte file and your power goes out? Or your computer freezes up? Or you get disconnected from the Internet? You start over, that's what! Well, not when you're using GetRight! With this in place you can resume downloads that have stopped. And they start back up right where you left off! Very slick and also very handy! The program also lets you "pause" a download ... so you can start it up again at a later time. Nicely done, but there's lots more!GetRight can also be used to schedule downloads for a later time. So, say you're wandering around the Internet and spy a file you want. Put it in your schedule and move on. And schedule as many downloads as you want. Later, at a time you determine, GetRight can dial the Internet, download the files you've selected, and then log off!! How cool is that? VERY! Heck, if you want, it can ever turn your computer off! Another neat feature of the program is that it can divide a large file into sections and divide different sections from different servers. That may sound odd but it can really increase the speed that files download at as compared to downloading the entire file from one server. GetRight can also keep track of passwords for you, let you browse FTP sites easily, and it integrates beautifully with Netscape, Internet Explorer, and Opera. And that's perfect!GetRight, by Headlight Software, Inc., is a powerful tool for managing downloads on the Internet. The program is loaded with features, but it's also very easy-to-use. GetRight is the kind of program that's ideal no matter what your level of experience. It lets you resume downloads that have stopped -- whatever the reason. It lets you schedule downloads, pause them, and even divide a download between multiple servers. It integrates with the most popular browsers and it's one of those programs I wouldn't be without. So, for that reason, besides being one of my "Picks", GetRight is also a Dr. File Finder Favorite! And those are few and far between. So, if you're on the Internet, and you download files, take at look at GetRight. I give it my highest recommendation!
Well, that's it for this week. I really hope you like these "Picks." And I hope you'll take the time to download them and try them out. You may just find something you can't be without! I'm off to download more programs to tell you about. And I'll be back next week with more great programs to tell you about. Until then, be safe, be happy, and have a good time on the Internet!


About Michael E, Callahan

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.

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