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Text editors, Web managers, slideshow creators and more

Doc reviews Boxer Text Editor, Wondershare Flash Slideshow Builder, Magic Utilities, and MetaProducts Web Studio. These programs are text editors, slideshow creators, system tools and Web managers.
Published: Apr 26, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Pagos Spreadsheet Component for Java 4.2
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Download Build web and desktop applications that can read, execute, and create Excel spreadsheets...
All In One Keylogger 3.9
Shareware
Download All In One Keylogger is the best invisible and easy-to-use surveillance tool that allows...
Magic Utilities 2011 6.11
Shareware
Download Magic Utilities is a cute program designed to make your computer clean and more stable.
MetaProducts Web Studio 4.4 SR1
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Download This is a project oriented tool for developing and supporting Web sites.
Boxer Text Editor 13.0.0
Shareware
Download Save time and effort with this versatile, full-featured Windows text editor.

Boxer Text Editor, by Boxer Softwareis a text editor that I first started using when it first came out in1991. That was way back in the days of DOS, and it was truly an impressivetext editor. The Boxer Text Editor of today continues this finetradition and it's an excellent product. In fact, I'm writing these Picksusing it. The program is easy-to-use and has an intuitive interface.That, to me, makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience.It's full-featured, powerful, and has a lot of power under the hood.

Boxer Text Editor has excellent support for anyone who needs towrite HTML coding. With color syntax highlighting you always know what'sgoing on when you're writing things in HTML, VBScript, Perl, and more.It has all the "standard" features you'd expect in any good texteditor, but it goes the extra mile and gives you lots of nice extras. Ithas built-in spell-checking and event that isn't run-of-the-mill. What do I mean? Well, it has a spell checking feature that makes it skip HTML code so I can spell check this article without having the spell checker stop at each HTML code. Slick!

One of the things that makes the Boxer Text Editor really special is that it includes features that other text editors seem to have left out. For example, in most text editors, if you have a URL, likehttp://www.boxersoftware.com, you can't actually click on it. In Boxer you can and launch the URL in a browser. Or, if you want, you can open the document you're working on in a browser, which is another great feature. I sometimes have problems with my HTML tags and later find that one or more are missing. Well, Boxer Text Editor has a function called "Find Mate" that will find the "mate" to the code next to the cursor, or find that it's missing. Cool.

Anyone who knows me and/or reads my reviews knows that I like programs that give users some configurable options, and the Boxer TextEditor excels in that area. You can configure the toolbar to suit your needs, reconfigure colors, customized the keyboard functions using one of the "keyboard layouts" supplied or create your own. You can change the printer font, the screen font, customize or create templates,and configure a whole range of User Tools to use while you're using Boxer.

The Boxer Text Editor has all the features anyone could need and a lot of features that most people don't expect. A macro language, easy macro recording, and an HTML color chart, the ability to edit files up to 2gigabytes in size, column blocks, a calculator, a calendar, ANSIchart, the ability to edit files via FTP, and many, many, more. Heck, it even has support for dual monitors. The Boxer Text Editor is an impressive piece of programming and a wonderful program to use. It's intuitive even in the way it responds as you work. Impressive. So much so that it's not just a "Pick", but it's also a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. So,if you're looking for a text editor that has it all, this is what you need to look at. I give it my highest recommendation.


Wondershare Flash SlideShow Builder, by Wondershare Softwareis a slick program for working with all of your photos. The program utilizes Flash so you can create presentations that display your photos in new and interesting ways. You can create Flash slideshows that you can post on the Internet for friends and family to view. If you want, you can email your shows instead.

Wondershare Flash SlideShow Builder lets you edit your photos and make them look their best. You can turn your slideshows into an EXE file that doesn't require any software to run, pretty cool. Another neat feature is the ability to add sound to go with your pictures. While testing it out I found I could even narrate a slideshow - a great way to present the family album or a project for work or school.

Wondershare Flash SlideShow Builder lets you add special effects,includes over 200 "transitions" to keep things interesting, and lets youadd text and special effects. And you don't need to be a wizard with Flash in order to use it!

Wondershare Flash SlideShow Builder has an intuitive user interface and is very easy-to-use -- perfect for both new and experienced users. You can even put your photo slideshows on the companies Web site and get 100 megabytes of free storage. This is a cool package for easily putting your photos into slideshows have some real glitz! Check it out, I think you'll like it. <


Magic Utilities 2006, by EFREESKY SOFTWAREis a complete package of "tools" that are designed with your computer in mind. It comes with and uninstall function that makes it easy for you to remove programs from your computer. It also has a Startup Optimizer that shows you everything that starts when your computer does. You might be amazed at how many programs automatically load each time you turn on your computer. Once you know what's loading the program makes it easy to delete unwanted entries. You can view all the entries and even edit them. Slick.

Magic Utilities also comes with a Process Killer that lets you display a list of currently running processes. By letting you see details about these things you can often find harmful things like spyware. The program does a good job of uninstalling software and helping you to keep track of what's running on your computer. Take the time to check it out for yourself.


MetaProducts Web Studio, by MetaProducts Corporationis a cool tool for creating Web sites and maintaining them. The package makes it easy to work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more. The program is intuitive and easy-to-use. It's loaded with cool features including a built-in browser and FTP client. There's also a macro language built right in that allows you to create your own commands. I liked the fact that the program has "wizards" to help guide you through some tasks.

MetaProducts Web Studio has a "Style Builder" that makes it easy to use "style sheets" while creating Web sites. The program is loaded with tools that cover all aspects of Web page creation including a Template Editor, a Tags Designer for making your own toolbars, and even a basic text editor. The program lets you manage an entire project and makes the entire process easier. It also supports multiple users,spell checking, code verification, support for multiple FTP servers, and much more. So, if you're looking for a full-featured product for making and maintaining Web sites and Web projects, this may be just what you need. Check it out, I recommend it.


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

Pagos Spreadsheet Component gives you the ability to have server-side use of Excel spreadsheets. No conversion of spreadsheet file is needed, it supports over 250 Excel functions, it's scalable, and easy-to-use. Spreadsheets can be used by multiple users at one time and the program is fast and efficient. You can input XML data and export it. The program is easy-to-use and configure. So, if you need to work with Excel, take a look at this. It may be what you're looking for.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

All In One Keylogger is a program you can use to keep tabs on everything that's typed on a computer. Similar programs have been used by businesses to check up on employees. This product is also a good way to keep track of what your children do while their on-line without their knowing. It's there, but no one will know it but the person who installed it. It keeps track of everything and in testing it out I was very conscious of my systems performance. I couldn't detect any difference on my machine. So, if you feel the need to spy on employees,children, or spouses, this is a program to take a look at.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick602PC SUITE is an "office" product that has support for the programs found in Microsoft Office. It can work with Excel spreadsheets as well as Word documents. This is one of a number of "Office"alternatives that have become available recently. It also gives you the ability to export documents in PDF format. A full-feature product, it's a viable alternative, and less expensive. Check it out for yourself and I'll get to my full review as soon as possible.


Well, once again we're at the end of my Picks for another week! I really do hope you enjoyed reading about these fine products. All of them are excellent programs, and they're among the best you'll find on the Internet. Remember, if you try a shareware product and find yourself using it, but sure to pay for it. In this way, the "shareware" marketing concept works for all of us. I'll be back next week with more Pick just for you. And don't forget, the SIAF People's Choice Awards voting starts on May 1st. And you canvote right here on Tucows for all of your favorite software products. Until next time, have a great week, an excellent weekend, and enjoy yourself online!



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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