TUCOWS ARTICLE

How to make screen captures, read internet newsgroups and more

Doc looks at ACA Capture Pro, Ozum News Reader
Published: Mar 29, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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ACA Capture Pro, by ACASystems is a screen capture program that was one of my Quick Picks a few weeks ago. The program used to be called SuperCapture Professional and it's a real powerhouse. You can use it to capture just about anything that's on your screen. The program can capture images from 3D games, Web pages, menus, and lots more. It can capture the screen and send it to your printer, save it to a file, keep it in the Windows clipboard, or even put it in an Office document. Personally nearly all of my screen captures get saved to files. ACA Capture Pro supports a range of graphics file formats, including JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, and even AVI! Pretty slick.

ACA Capture Pro gives you a lot more power than the Windows "Print Screen" key. Besides capturing images on the screen it can also capture video of the screen. This is great for creating little tutorials to show someone how to do something on the computer. You can have the program capture the cursor or ignore it. The program has a number of configurable options and I always like that. You can capture entire windows, rectangles, circles, and more. One feature not found in similar programs is the ability to send screen captures directly to Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel. It can even capture Macromedia "Flash" off of the Web.

ACA Capture Pro is a powerful screen capture program that can capture entire screens or portions thereof in 14 different ways! Pretty impressive. The program has an intuitive user interface and I found it very easy-to-use. I think it's perfect for both new and experienced users. So, if you'd like a way to capture screens and much more, you just might want to take a good look at ACA Capture Pro. Nicely done!


Ozum, by Oz Insight Pty Ltd is a cool newsgroup reader that was also one of my Quick Picks awhile back. This product has so many cool features and functions that I can't possibly cover them all here, but I will try to cover some of the high points. Most newsgroup readers do okay with text, but they don't tend to do well if media is involved. Trying doing things with audio, video, or graphics and some newsgroup readers will choke. Not Ozum! It was built to do newsgroups and do a great job working with media as well. One very slick feature is a built-in "cross group" search capability that will find what you're looking for if it's available. Put what you're looking for in the search interface and Ozum snags it for you.Impressive!

Ozum is an extremely powerful program for dealing with newsgroups. I've evaluated just about every newsgroup reader out there and none of them have the multi-media functions I found in Ozum. One unbelievable feature is the ability to actually preview just a part of any multiple part audio or video clips. The program can handle a huge range of file formats including, MP3, MPG, MPEG, AVI, ASF, WAV, and more. And what's possibly more impressive is that it automatically pulls in the files and decompresses them regardless of format. It can even unpack RAR format files and allows you to "look" inside them.

Ozum might almost sound like it's too complicated for new users, but that's not true at all. I found the program to be extremely easy-to-use and intuitive. I think it's perfect for both new and experienced users. In my opinion if you want to frequent the binary Usenet group, Ozum is a must have! It's one of those programs that have a lot of power "under the hood." The ability to "preview" digital content can be a huge time-saver allowing you to decide if you want to spend the time downloading 15 parts of some audio file. And if you do decide to download all the parts of a multi-part file, the program actually puts the parts together for you.

Some of the power of Ozum comes from the fact that it's a true multithreaded application. What does that mean? Well, to put it simply, multithreading means the operating system can run unique parts of a program, known as threads, at the same time. Because Ozum utilizes this function, you can be grabbing information from multiple newsgroups, looking at stuff you've already grabbed, and do it all at the same time. The only real limitation is the amount of memory you have on your computer and any limitations enforced by the news server.

Ozum, as you can see, is loaded with cool features that aren't found in other newsgroup readers. You can even have it check newsgroups for you on a schedule that you set up. Have it go out and search newsgroups once a day or 6 times a day, it's up to you. Ozum is a program that you have to try for yourself to really appreciate all it can do. It's loaded with things that make it unique among newsreaders in my opinion. And for that reason, it's not only just a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. So, if you want a newsgroup reader that is easy-to-use and powerful, take the time to check this program out. I recommend it!


Images: In Context!, by Liquid Mirror Software, Inc. is a slick product that I first talked about in one of my "Quick Picks." The program is extremely easy-to-use and has a very intuitive user interface. That makes it perfect for users with all levels of computer experience. And, if you're like me and graphically challenged you won't have to worry about understanding terms like "raster" and "vector" and "bitmap." Just install the program and you're off to the races. Once installed it become a part of Windows Explorer and it puts a lot of power right at your fingertips. Look in the Explorer display and right-click on a graphic. Amazingly, you'll see the graphic right there in the context menu. Ahhh, but that's not all. Images: In Context! gives you lots of ways to manipulate and improve your graphics, like pictures.

Images: In Context! gives you over 70 functions that you can use on your photos. In honor of her birthday, I was clicking on a lot of pictures of my granddaughter, Cahlia. The program lets me do a wide range of things with a picture including rotating it, making it my desktop wall paper, convert it to another graphics format, and more. You can also utilize a huge number of special effects to enhance your pictures. These include things like blur, distort, sharpen, resize, and even copy the image to your Windows clipboard. Goof something up? No problem! Images: In Context! lets you undo and redo the last 20 things you've done. So you can have the luxury experimenting without worrying about messing up your images. It's an impressive level of support for being able to undo operations you've made on graphics files. And, the program has some other nice features like being able to check for updates. That way you can be sure you always have the most current version. Slick!

Images: In Context! is a really clever utility that packs a lot of power under the hood. With this one program you can work with photos and resize, edit, remove "red-eye", correct the colors, sharpen, crop, and so much more. It gives you the ability to enhance and fix your digital photos and do it all right from Windows Explorer. If you click on multiple pictures at the same time you get even more options. You can rename all the photos, create a slideshow, do a batch file conversion, and even create a Web page with your pictures. This is one product you have to see to really appreciate. So, if you use Windows Explorer and you take digital photos, this may be the product for you. Enhance your photos and much more with just a few mouse clicks. Give it a try -- I recommend it!


WinBackup, by UniBlue, Inc, is a backup utility that's extremely well-done! The interface is intuitive and extremely easy-to-use and that makes it perfect for both new and experienced users. And while it's easy-to-use, it's still loaded with impressive features. The program allows you to make regular backups of all your most important files. And I can't stress enough just how important it is to keep your data backed up. WinBackup will let you schedule automatic backups so they can run while you're not using your computer. All you have to do is remember to put a fresh CD or DVD in the drive -- WinBackup can use both! And, if you're around when you run your backups you'll be pleased to know that WinBackup can "span" multiple disks. That means you can backup your entire hard disk if you want!

WinBackup utilizes file compression to make each file smaller. That means you can get more on each disc. At the same time it keeps your data secure, allowing you to encrypt it with either 128 or 256-bit encryption. And, if that weren't enough, the program even lets you password protect your backups. Want to know how your last scheduled backup went? No problem because the program keeps a complete log of its activities. Very slick! Another excellent feature is that WinBackup will do an estimate and calculate the approximate size of your backups that use compression. The program works quickly and efficiently and also works very well in the background. In several of my tests I had it backing up while I worked and it did an impressive job.

WinBackup is a backup utility that's both powerful and secure. You can password protect against unauthorized access and encrypt your data. Backups can be scheduled for different times and the program runs very well in the background. It backups up to CD or DVD, utilizes compression to save space, and keeps detailed logs of what it does. And yet, with all the things it provides, the program is still very intuitive and easy-to-use! I've evaluated a number of backup utilities, and for my money WinBackup is one of the best I've tried. So, if you've been meaning to backup all of your valuable data, don't waste another minute. Give WinBackup a try -- I think you'll be impressed!


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

Save Flash is a nifty little tool that lets you save Flash animations to your hard disk. As you're cruising around the Internet you can use this tool to grab Flash banners, cartoons, even Flash games. The program is easy-to-use and intuitive. You can preview images you've saved, check their file size and even the URL where you obtained it. Check it out.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

TracePlus Ethernet is a powerful tool that gives you information and provides an overview of your network performance. You can view 8 different "real time" charts that will span a two hour segment. The program can give you data on your bandwidth, track down IP addresses on your network, and monitor various network protocols. This program is simply jam-packed with great features. So, if you're really into networks, take the time to check it out. I'll get to a full review as soon as I can, but don't wait for me. Try it.


Dr. File Finder Quick PickCDMenuPro is a neat product that helps you create menus for CDs that will autorun when the CD is inserted in a player. I was impressed with all the templates it comes with because these make it easier for you to whip up a menu in no time. The program is really easy-to-use and gives you lots of flexibility. Even novice users can create a really professional-looking CD menu in no time at all. Make no mistake, the program is full-featured and you don't need any programming experience to use it. Take a look for yourself and I'll do a complete review as soon as possible.


Once again we've come to the end for this week. Take the time to download these products and try them for yourself. They're well worth the download time. And remember, if you download a shareware product and find yourself using it, be sure to pay for it. In this way the shareware marketing concept works for everyone! 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'll be back next week with more programs to tell you about. Until then, have a great week and happy downloading!


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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