|Screen shot tool that not
only takes screen captures, but provides a document creation
system great for making software review, tutorials and so
forth. Click HERE for a
more in depth review with screen shots!
Abbyy PDF Transformer
|I've only tried the demo version of this program, but it
a great OCR capability. Some PDF files include text that has
scanned in and thus appears only as a graphic image in the
meaning you can't copy and paste or search in the text.
Transformer allows you to convert that image PDF into a
A bit expensive at about $100.
|Great notes program that sits in your system tray.
and Shareware versions available, and the freeware version
capable. I use it to organize and keep notes while I'm
during Internet browsing sessions. There are some other
Microsoft's One Note and Ultra Recall that let you drag and
graphics and such to your notes pages, but these work quite
a bit more
slowly and I don't like them slowing down my system.
fast, intuitive, and unobtrusive. Registration in the US
isn't as low
as I'd like it to be at about $45.
(Note: with faster PCs and the latest version of Microsoft's OneNote, I now find myself using that much more, but I still find AM-Notebook useful. Also, Aignes now offers a product called Local Website Archive that integrates with AM-Notebook and allows you to "drop" items from your web browser into notes pages.)
PDF Info Changer
|This freeware tool lets you change PDF Document
Metadata: Author, Title, Subject, Keywords. You likely have
files that are missing this information and many entries are
even correct.For example, I use PDF factory to "print" many
docs into a
single PDF (see below), but the default is to make my
author of the PDF. Sometimes I remember to change this
the PDF, but many times I don't.
|Formerly shareware, AudioGrabber now free and is a well
program with online database support
|Excellent "wasted space", privacy, and registry cleaner.
Dart CD-Recorder 4
|Commercial / Shareware program. I added this in addition
my Steinberg Clean/Wavelab light audio editing software.
of Dart is now a bit old and the interface takes a bit of
to, but it offers some audio tools that are quite handy for
relatively low price. Worth a look! (See the Audio
Editors page for a listing of the many alternatives
Easy PDF to Text Converter
|This tool is free. They also have a free limited verfsion PDF to HTML and PDF to Word converters. This tool extracts each PDF page to a separate text file.|
|I used to use CoreFTP as my
tool, but have switched to FileZilla once CoreFTP started
on me (I never did find out exactly why).
|Create thumbnails from your images with this well done
program (from the maker of NoteTab
Pro, see below)
|Heidi Computers Ltd
|Great, free hard drive erasing program. Clean up the empty
space of your hard drive to help ensure data that you
deleted is really
deleted, such as your old tax records! Configurable for a
schemes. Definitely use this tool before selling an old hard
Free Easy Burner
|Well done CD Burner. For some reason, Sonic stopped
recoginizing my external Plextor USB CD Burner. KoyoteSoft
came to the
rescue with this small but capable tool. It burns to CD or
disks only, not DVD videos) and also handles ISO images. It
rip tracks from CDs. Renan provides some other useful
programs at his
site as well.
I've only had one problem. I burn some audio CDs that have large WAV files, like 300-600 Megs. FEB "analyzes" the entire file, making a copy of it in its own directory. This takes up a lot of disk space, and takes quite a bit of processing time. They have quite a few other free video tools as well.
Financial Publishers and Wheatworks
Home Buyer's Calculator Suite
|A decent and free mortgage
calculator and more. Great for doing amortization tables on
home you are thinking of buying. Developed by Wheatworks,
seems to only be available from HSH.
|Nice, versatile, and fast free image viewer, batch
|Nice MP3 tagger, work on entire directories or subdirectories|
|Nice screen grab program.Getting a bit old as last version
was 2002, but works well on Windows XP. I am now using a
WinSnap program, but still like the simplicity of MWSnap.
|I have used this program for many years. It is an excellent text editor with tabbed interface, HTML tools, and many text manipulation tools. I often use this editor for typing up quick letters or notes, before importing into Word. I also use it when working with HTML files. It has a good HTML code stripper, and it has Clip tools that help you code in HTML. I don't use half the features available. I found it worthwhile to have the registered version of this excellent program.|
|One of the smallest profile
browsers available. Won't work for all the sites you might
visit, but is fast and likely won't have the security
found in the others
|Andrea Vacondio et al:
PDF Split and Merge
|PDF Split and Merge is an open source tool that lets you
split PDFs into smaller files, or to merge single PDFs into
file. Other capabilities are also available in an enhanced
|StudyLamp Software LLC
|My shareware Bible program of choice, with a focus on the
and a clean, easy to use interface.
|Great program for creating encrypted virtual disks, or to
encrypt entire partitions, disks, USB drives, etc.
|Excellent Disk catalog and search utility. Shareware
|Excellent 2-paned explorer replacement. Shareware.
version is good, but is missing the essential search tool! I