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Poll

What categories of software should we review next (each user gets five votes)?

(Hierarchical) Note Taking / Diary Programs
53 (5.1%)
Antivirus Programs
60 (5.8%)
Remote Control Tools
34 (3.3%)
Encryption Tools
20 (1.9%)
Clipboard Extenders
38 (3.7%)
Macro/Scripting Tools
28 (2.7%)
File Explorer Replacements
49 (4.7%)
Application Launchers
20 (1.9%)
Ftp Clients
20 (1.9%)
Newsreaders
18 (1.7%)
Internet Browsers
25 (2.4%)
Task Managers
19 (1.8%)
PIM/Appointment/Reminder Tools
30 (2.9%)
Disk Defragmenters
42 (4%)
Html (Web Page) Editors
30 (2.9%)
Webcam Tools
7 (0.7%)
Diet/Health/Excercise Programs
8 (0.8%)
Flowchart/Diagram Tools
19 (1.8%)
Programs for Kids (painting, writing, etc.)
10 (1%)
Web Log Analysis
9 (0.9%)
System Tray Tools
17 (1.6%)
Disk Catalogers
18 (1.7%)
Label Printers
7 (0.7%)
Sound Editors
13 (1.2%)
CD/DVD Authoring/Burning/Management
30 (2.9%)
Instant Messenger Tools
19 (1.8%)
PC Answering Machine Programs
3 (0.3%)
MP3 Players
16 (1.5%)
Network Analysis/Sniffing Tools
13 (1.2%)
File Renamers
11 (1.1%)
File Search/Replace/Dupe Tools
21 (2%)
Personal Databases (for movies, etc)
23 (2.2%)
Downloader Tools
28 (2.7%)
Blog Tools
10 (1%)
Password Managers
28 (2.7%)
Icon Tools
9 (0.9%)
Font Tools
15 (1.4%)
Screensavers
7 (0.7%)
Dialog Box / Window Extenders
11 (1.1%)
Registry Search/Edit/Clean Tools
33 (3.2%)
Repalcement Windows Shells
24 (2.3%)
Dictionaries
5 (0.5%)
Translators
11 (1.1%)
Partition Management Tools
22 (2.1%)
Undelete/Recovery Tools
19 (1.8%)
Archive Management (zip/rar)
14 (1.3%)
Favorites Manager
15 (1.4%)
RSS Reader
29 (2.8%)
Mp3/Music Organizer/Jukebox
16 (1.5%)
Cell Phone Tools
13 (1.2%)
*NO OPINION*
2 (0.2%)

Total Members Voted: 229

Last post Author Topic: Vote for what Review to do Next  (Read 26511 times)

mouser

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2006, 11:33:35 AM »
i would love to have us expand the concept of reviews to encompass things like more general purpose "guides"

like "guide to technical review sites" or "guide to backing up your computer" etc

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2006, 02:38:17 PM »
Can we highlight the topics in the list above that have been covered already? Also, do mini-reviews count or do you only count full fledged reviews?

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2006, 05:43:57 PM »
good idea about indicating what has been done already, i will put together a list.
the list above was meant to be for big FULL reviews (shootouts),
but this list reflects people's interests, so any mini review of any program falling into those categories would be welcome on the mini review section.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2006, 10:44:56 AM »
I've seen complaints that Adobe has become massive, slow and fills up the registry.
There are a lot of PDF reader/creator/editors available....
It would be nice to see a review of features/stability/speed etc.
For those that need to create PDF's, but don't require editting ability,
OpenOffice (freeware) converts documents to PDF:
http://download.open...en&version=2.0.3

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2006, 11:50:27 AM »
I have been working with a whole lot of different PDF tools lately in my job. I've been interested in doing a review of some type, probably starting with readers first (I know, a less useful topic for many) and then maybe moving on to simple PDF creators (print-based or direct Save As/Export) and then maybe ultimately real PDF creators that allow direct edits of existing documents. There's no telling when any of this might happen though so if someone gets to it before me I wouldn't mind. :D

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2006, 01:18:41 PM »
I am a bit surprised that Image Editing is not listed.  You did a good job on Image Management so it seems natural that you would also include Image Editing.  I would expect that Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop would be included along with some freeware linke the Gimp and Photofiltre.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2006, 01:31:13 PM »
it would be very nice to have a review of like, under $150 graphics editors..

as always for us it really comes down to finding someone willing to spend the time and effort to write a full shootout review.. they are long difficult things to write..

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An Idea - Reviewer "Champions"
« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2006, 07:51:17 PM »
How about using "Champions" (the ones who are the most enthusiastic) to do the leg-work? People tend to work harder for those things they really like.  These "Champions" could be the liaisons for contact and filling in the details.

[Edit - Clarification]
« Last Edit: December 08, 2009, 01:08:10 AM by CodeTRUCKER »

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2006, 07:58:15 PM »
Actually that is fairly similar to part of the structure being considered for the future of the review system. There is definitely thought and work being put toward some major improvements and structural considerations are certainly a fundamental part of that. So this kind of feedback is very valuable. As things move forward I'm sure more will be shared about the intended changes and - as ever on this site - feedback will be solicited in a broader fashion. For now in the earlier planning phases your comments will most definitely be taken into account.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2006, 08:19:54 PM »
Calvin, your idea has some real merit and like JavaJones says, part of the plan for the new review system is to break up the components so that some people may concentrate on filling in details and comments for one program, and some for another.

I like your idea of harnessing the fact that people naturally tend to champion one program or another, and the idea of having people who liason with the software authors; authors will also probably frequently want to be responsible for (and best informed for) talking about their own software.

The main puzzle that needs to be solved with this is to keep authors and others from saying their program is the best all the time and not giving an objective appraisal of strengths and weaknesses.

What I was thinking is that, while a main reviewer (or two) would be respoonsible for comparing and giving opinion on various performance of the apps, we could use people as you say to offer counter-opinions, rebuttal, and fill in details, feature matrices, etc.

In other words, I think we still need an objective reviewer(s) who can compare programs and critique them, and provide some consistency to the reviews, we could really benefit from a focused advocacy thing as you say to get more people involved in helping to write descriptions, elaborate feature matrices, and just in general make sure that each program is fairly treated and explain stuff and make sure the reviewer doesnt miss anything or get anything wrong.


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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2007, 11:41:24 AM »
I would like to see a review on Encryption Tools & Disk defraggers (if they have not been done already).

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2007, 06:01:13 PM »
For a variety of reasons, I think that these reviews, while useful would be better resolved in a slightly different way.  Farmsteader has a great idea, but I think it would help to change it one way.  Have a reviewer bring as many tools to the table with a general overview, then have other people take two of them and have a Shootout review comparing one to another.  I only have a few issues with this that maybe someone else could give a suggestion to overcome.

1) How do you ensure each package gets equal (or near equal) review and comparisons with other contenders - not just a feature for feature shootout between the two packages and that is all you ever hear about those two programs.  A corollary to this is to ensure all programs at least get reviewed instead of mentioned and left without comparison.

2) I would think the developer should not do the shootout with their product, but rather comment on other people's shootout review.  I see no reason they can't do a shootout between two competing products they compete with, however.

The merits of this that I see are that no one person has a bias toward a specific product over all the others and it limits the amount of time and effort any one person needs to put toward the project.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #37 on: July 15, 2007, 02:36:58 AM »
I'd like to see the older reviews updated, most are from 2005/6 and are out dated.. Would be good to see them all fresh and new for 2007/8.. Will be a lot of work, but well worth it.  :Thmbsup:
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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2010, 04:14:43 AM »
How about a review of the Dual Monitor Software at http://www.murgee.com/MurGeeMon/ ?. The Software can be really a handy tool for anybody who is using dual monitors with a windows computer.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2010, 12:49:14 AM »
Registry Search/Edit/Clean Tools.
I want to know Revo Uninstaller Pro compare with other free Uninstaller software?

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2010, 03:36:06 PM »
I want to know Revo Uninstaller Pro compare with other free Uninstaller software?

joel2007, check Gizmo's Best Free Program Un-installer review where Revo Uninstaller comes out top.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #41 on: July 10, 2010, 09:56:05 PM »
joel2007, check Gizmo's Best Free Program Un-installer review where Revo Uninstaller comes out top.
Yes, but joel2007 asked about Revo Uninstaller Pro, the commercial version of Revo Uninstaller.  If I recall correctly, Gizmo's review deals only with the free version (Revo Uninstaller), not the commercial (Pro) version.

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Re: Vote for what Review to do Next
« Reply #42 on: July 11, 2010, 11:11:47 AM »
Yes, but joel2007 asked about Revo Uninstaller Pro, the commercial version of Revo Uninstaller.  If I recall correctly, Gizmo's review deals only with the free version (Revo Uninstaller), not the commercial (Pro) version.

Gizmo's review does only deal with free software, but joel2007's post is confusing.  He's asking for a comparison of Revo Uninstaller Pro, which is payware, with "other free Uninstaller software," as if it were free.