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Checking out office productivity with Word Perfect Office and office utilities.

Doc checks out Word Perfect Office, Printer Activity Monitor, and more
Published: Mar 22, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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WordPerfect Office Small Business Edition, by Corel Corporation is a powerful, full-featured product that contains all the things you'd need for your home office or small business. To make this easier to read, I'll list what it contains for you:

  • WordPerfect 12
  • Quattro Pro 12
  • WordPerfect Mail
  • Presentations 12
  • Paint Shop Pro 9
  • WordPerfect Office Ready
  • Norton Internet Security
  • Task Manager

WordPerfect Office 12 is a complete package that allows you to handle everything from creating documents, doing presentations, creating graphics, handling your email, keeping on schedule, and much more. Obviously, this package offers so much that I can't cover all of it in just one review. So, I'm going to try to touch on each of the components and hit a few of the highpoints for you. Bottom line from my perspective, If you haven't tried WordPerfect Office, you really should!

WordPefect is a word process that's been around for a very long time and during that time it has evolved and matured into a top-level word processing system. You can utilize the power of WordPerfect to create documents that blow people away. It's everything a word processor should be and more. WordPefect can create a simple letter, a fancy CV, or even a newsletter. One really cool feature of this entire package is the "Workspace Manager". What's that? Well, it lets you change the work environment from WordPerfect to WordPerfect 5.1 or even to Microsoft Word! That can make it easier to adapt to a new system.

WordPerfect Office can create PDF files on-the-fly, comes with "OfficeReady" templates you can use, and has Paint Shop Pro for doing everything you need to do with graphics. The WordPerfect Mail is a program that I've reviewed separately and it's one of my "Favorites!" It does email, gives you a calendar, offers a powerful search function, and lots more. The package also comes with Internet protection from Norton Personal Firewall, Norton AntiVirus, and even Norton AntiSpam. You can even use the Task Manager to open up documents, run programs, and more with just a few mouse clicks. Impressive!

WordPerfect Office - Small Business Edition is an impressive package of programs that give you the power to compete. And by buying all of these programs together in one package you save a ton of money over purchasing them separately. You can do it all -- work with documents, work with spreadsheets, do email, create graphics, put together impressive presentations, keep your computer safe, and more. The WorkSpace Manager even makes it easy for you to transition a team from one set of products to another. I'm so impressed with the power and versatility of WordPerfect Office - Small Business Edition that it's not only a Pick, but it's also a Dr. File Finder Favorite and in 25 years of evaluating software, there haven't been very many of those. So, you owe it to yourself to take a long look at this very impressive suite of programs. Check it out -- I recommend it!


Printer Activity Monitor, by Red Line Software is a slick tool for keeping track of the activity on all of the printers used in your company. While testing it out I monitored the usage of three printers in my office and I was impressed with the results. The program gave me the power to monitor the usage of each printer and even show me which documents were printed on which printer. The program itself is very easy-to-use and only takes minutes to set up. There are actually two programs, one that does the real monitoring and another that can create reports and so on.

Printer Activity Monitor is a good way to save some money by watching how your printers are used. The program keeps a nice database that show which document was printed with which printer. Very slick and also very handy. Around here people sometimes forget which printer they sent a document to, but this program always knows. And you can print a wide range of reports that can help you see patterns and trends. For example, I found that one printer in particular was getting used more often than any other on the network. Armed with this information I went and reconfigured several of our laptops to print to other printers on the network. This spread out the work load. Slick.

Printer Activity Monitor can show you if one person is printing more than anyone else. You can have the software generate reports that show how many pages were printed by each printers, and what person or computer initiated each print job. According to the company, the printer usage of their customers goes down 15 to 40% within a month of installing Printer Activity Monitor. It's an excellent way to monitor how printers on your network are used, gauge how many supplies you need to buy, and so on. So, if you're in a situation with multiple printers going, give this program a try. Very nicely done!


Font Fitting Room, by Apolisoftis a nifty tool for dealing with fonts. The program has two different versions, Standard and Deluxe. As near as I can tell the "Deluxe" version gives you a way to organize your fonts more easily. The program lets you preview fonts that you haven't installed yet as well as ones that you have. A feature that I really liked is being able to look at how the fonts appear before I install them. Over the years I've installed various font collections and then found that there were some I didn't like. With Font Fitting Room you can preview the fonts ahead of time. Slick.

Font Fitting Room works with all of the most popular font types. The program lets you print out a list of the font previews. I find this handy because sometimes a font looks a bit different when it's actually printed on paper. Another neat feature is called "ClearType Tuning" which lets you adjust the contrast, smoothing, and so on. This feature is very handy if you're using an LCD monitor. The program is easy-to-use and has a nice interface. If you're really into fonts, you'll want to check this product out.


Simple Launch, by TweakAssist Software Inc. is a slick little tool that makes it easy to launch applications on your computer. When you install it the program displays certain default categories. These are things like Media, Office, Tools, Accessories, and so on. It then populates these categories with some shortcuts. Once installed you can add shortcuts quite easily. Include shortcuts to launch programs, open documents, and more. You can re-run the "category manager" and see if it finds new shortcuts

Simple Launch is run as a "Toolbar" application. Once the program is installed just right click on the Windows taskbar, move the cursor up to the "Toolbar" option and then select Simple Launch. This produces an icon that sits there until you click on it. When you do the Simple Launch toolbar appears on your desktop. Click on one of your shortcuts and the program quickly disappears. Handy for anyone who is tired of going to the Start menu, or who wants to have certain programs they can launch really quickly. Check it out


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

Corel Paint Shop Pro 10 is a powerful, new version of this award-winning product. Absolutely loaded with features I've watched this program grow since it first came out in the early 1990's. This latest version adds lots of new functionality and features. "Smart Photo Fix" is a tool that will analyze your pictures and then suggests how you can make a picture better! Pretty slick. The programs now much faster as well. The program is perfect for both novices and professionals. I'm still in the midst of reviewing it, but I wanted to take some time to call it to your attention. Take the time to check it out and see for yourself.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

ACA Capture Pro was formerly called SuperCapture Professional. The program can capture any part of your screen in multiple ways. It also supports a wide range of graphics file formats. These include JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF, ICO, AVI and more. You can capture images from just about anything including 3D games, Web pages, and lots more. When you do a capture you can elect to print it, save it to a file, put it in the clipboard, put it in an email, or save it in an Office document. I'll get to my full review as soon as I can. In the meantime, take the time to checkout this product for yourself.


Dr. File Finder Quick PickRecentX is a neat utility that makes it easy to access the folders and files that you use most. Just install it. You don't need to "configure" it because it knows what it's supposed to do. It shows you the files and folders you want to see while keeping all the ones you don't need out of your way. You can drag and drop things from any program and group files from different folders into one folder. One feature that I really love is the ability to quickly access files you've used on other computers in your network. No navigation, just click. In just the time I've been working with it I can tell this program is a winner. Check it out now and I'll get to my full review soon!


Once again we've come to the end of our time for today. Never enough time in a day. I do hope you'll take some time to download these programs and try them for yourself. And don't forget to use the Forums to participate. If you've already registered you can get into the forums by clicking HERE and if you need to register, you can click HERE. I look forward to discussing a wide range of topics with you in the Forums. I'm out of here for now, but I'll be back next week with more Picks to tell you about. Till then, be safe, be happy, and take care of each other.


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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