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Author Topic: The Fifth Element: back to basic?  (Read 4303 times)

Curt

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The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« on: June 20, 2008, 06:29:11 AM »
http://www.ssuitesoft.com/

Here's one I found some time ago.
Could take a look at it and see if you like it.

- so I took a look at it, and, Boy, was I surprised!

This is not high tech design, but you may call it efficient design!

All this in merely 48 MB installed freeware:

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http://ssuite5elemen.../thefifthelement.htm

Application's list for the release version of 1.1 of SSuite Office - The Fifth Element:

Personal Productivity Software:
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WordGraph - { Updated - Now with Document Zoom }
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Accel - { Updated }
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Netsurfer - { Galaxy Class II  - Now with Popup / Advertisement Control }
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My EZMail  - { Updated } Send and Receive - POP3/SMTP
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PDF Memo Creator
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WordFormat 2
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SpreadForm One

Communications:
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Instant Lan Messenger - { Updated }
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Instant Lan Scan
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Instant Lan Chat
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VOIP PC Phone - LAN and Internet Compatible

Graphical Software:
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EZDraw
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EZDraw Photo Editor
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Quick Photo Album Viewer

Multi-Media:
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Wave Player - { Updated - Play wave, mp3, and wma files }
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Wave Recorder
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CD Wave Ripper - Rip to Wave, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis format's
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Trinity - { New Application - Ogg Vorbis Music Player with album playlist}
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Moving Pictures Player - Media Player

General Utilities:
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Search and Find Desktop Search Engine
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File Printer - { Updated - Print to any printer on your system - *.prn files }
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System Information Overview
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Envelope Printer - { Updated }
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Clipboard Viewer
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Address Book
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IntroChess
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The Sorting Machine

Security:

    *  Agnot Security Box - { New Application - Secure any file with a password or delete it without a trace }

Desktop Enhancements:
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Mac Dock for PC - { Updated to Handle more System Utilities }
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Floating Desktop Clock
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Floating Recent Documents Viewer - { New Application }

You will not want their clock to be placed in Start, and this auto-hide toolbar simply MUST be made smaller - mind you, this is merely a thumb-nail image, but then again it may be just what the visually impaired would need...:

5'thElement.gifThe Fifth Element: back to basic?

!! Can you see it?

However, so far I am all in all impressed - again... Now, begin testing!

http://ssuite5elemen.../thefifthelement.htm

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« Last Edit: June 20, 2008, 06:45:17 AM by Curt »

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008, 07:50:34 AM »
So basically a whole bunch of unrelated programs thrown together into one big package? Ugh :)
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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008, 08:20:36 AM »
However, so far I am all in all impressed - again... Now, begin testing!

Be interested in your ongoing thoughts  :)

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008, 03:02:01 PM »
So basically a whole bunch of unrelated programs thrown together into one big package? Ugh :)

So have you tried it fodder?

I wouldn't say unrelated at all.
It just might be surprising how related it is.

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2008, 05:41:53 PM »
cmpm: nah, haven't tried it, I pretty much have the needs that it could cover already covered. But I do believe that it seems like a pretty disjoint collection - it might all be integrated, but it seems like an odd bunch. CD Ripping, VoIP, lan scanning and IM, some office-like stuff, etc.? Hm.
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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2008, 07:21:44 PM »
I must say that my impression is less impressed... but I cannot be certain if all the malfunctioning situations were caused by my unstable PC or by outdated programs. Anyway, I am sure I will not have any of the programs placed in Start, but I will take some more days to see if maybe some part of this package will suit me.

By the way, it is 'an odd bunch'!  ;)

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2008, 07:33:50 PM »
I think it is just a simple package for a variety of needs running on low powered computers. And sufficient for simple needs.

The different packages do different things on startup, so experimenting with the different ones could help get a bigger picture of this little program.

Personally I use ms office 03 pro and Abiword for my needs.
Though I have a lot more office suites.

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2008, 09:57:10 PM »
I use OpenOffice at the moment, but I'm constantly considering going back to MS Office 2000... it's so lightweight in comparison, and just seems to work. OOo hangs on the simplest of things :/
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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2008, 04:05:48 AM »
The toolbar I was babbling about, Startup Desktop, somehow doesn't like the environment on my PC. It will start okay, but suddenly it will stop working, and restarting it doesn't help. The major problem is that it is vital for the package, it is The Central Station.

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I will not yet stop testing this package, but I will first have to "cheat" and create a new XP toolbar with all the same shortcuts. Maybe tomorrow.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2008, 04:08:22 AM by Curt »

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2008, 09:34:48 AM »
Creating the shortcuts, I noticed that 2 programs are stamped year 2006, 19 are stamped year 2007, and the remaining 17 programs are stamped year 2008. I decided to open each and every of them at once and have a closer look, and because of what I leaned I finally understood what all this is about. This is NOT about you and me, but about giving aid to the poor (maybe more precisely, any poor who can read English or Afrikaans). This is a package for the poor with access only to whatever computers we might have dumped in the prior millennium, and it is (also) a collection of programs for all the millions of people who cannot order software because they cannot get a credit card. And with this point of view in mind, I will not be testing this further, because the package was never meant for me in the first place, so why should (you or) the author care about what I would think of his programs?

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But this is how it is looking:


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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2008, 09:46:54 AM »
- I am sorry I forgot to first close FileBox eXtender 40.gif :-[

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Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2008, 10:40:12 AM »
Good review Curt, and a good pickup on what this program is designed for and it's relationship to us.