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Found Deals and Discounts / O&O Software freebees
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:52 PM »
Does anyone know much about the O&O Software products?  There's a defragger, uneraser, file eraser, and cache manager.

Over at CyberNet News they have links to free licenses. I think most of the licenses are for older versions, but it appears you may be able to use them for discounted upgrades. I'm not familiar with their products.

General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol Plus - 99 Cents today
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:23 AM »
Thanks tomos - I should have checked the rest of the site a little more closely.

General Software Discussion / WinPatrol Plus - 99 Cents today
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:49 AM »
BillP Studios is offering WinPatrol Plus  today for only 99 Cents.

It was featured on Lifehacker today, so his site is getting hit pretty hard, but I was able to get it after a few tries.

General Software Discussion / Re: MAILSTORE EMAIL ARCHIVER
« on: September 24, 2009, 04:01 PM »
MailStore Home has a new Version 4 Beta out. A few of the new features are:

  • Portable version can be run from USB device
  • Up to 6 concurrent archiving profiles (used to be 3)
  • Improved email preview
  • Virtual folders for saved searches
  • Backups to hard drives or USB storage devices
  • Export single emails, folders, or entire archive
  • Simpler settings panel

I installed and ran it last night. It found my existing archive and imported and updated it with no problems seen so far.

Home version is STILL FREE!

General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone Using OmniPage and PaperPort?
« on: September 02, 2009, 09:34 AM »
I've been using PaperPort 11 for quite a while (I think the last version was 2006!), but have been waiting for an upgrade since version 11 doesn't seem to handle MS Office 2007 files very well (only displays an icon rather than a thumbnail of the file).

Nuance has just sent me an offer to upgrade to the new PaperPort 12, but the upgrade price is $100! (discount from the regulular $200 price) Probably a little to steep for me right now.

Has anyone use it yet? Can it display the Office 2007 file thumbnails?

I've tried many desktop search programs and was going to give Archivarius a try based on comments I've read in this thread. However, when looking at the Features page on their website, it does not show support for MS Office 2007 documents and email.

Does anyone know if it can index the Office Open XML format and Outlook 2007 email that I use here at my workplace? 

Thanks for your help.

40hz seems to have been on the right track.

Something about the way they're doing this (Win/Mac only and no export capabilities) makes me think they're planning to go to a fully proprietary product as soon as they get the bugs worked out. I'm guessing they intend to wed this puppy (as a client) to a closed fee-only online service as quickly as possible.

In their Beta 14 update today, they announce the ability to add the Lightning calendar and the opening of their online store. Beta users can buy a discounted version now ($30 now - regularly $40) and can buy a "Family Pack" for an additional fee ($10 now - regularly $20) to allow use on other computers in your household. They also have a "Lifetime Upgrade" option ($20 now - regularly $25) that they say will give you all future major upgrades.

On their blog they make this announcement
Our first product, Postbox 1.0, will be a fully-featured, advertisement-free, premium version of Postbox that will be made available for sale from our online store.

Does this suggest they will eventually offer other versions that may be free, but with advertising and fewer features?

I've been trying out Postbox in parallel with my other email client, and I've liked it pretty well, but I'm not sure it's good enough for me to pay $30 ($50 if you want the lifetime updates) to switch from my free client.

General Software Discussion / Re: Photo Scanner Software
« on: May 24, 2009, 10:48 PM »
I've done this many times using the Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Elements uses my scanner's Twain software to scan multiple prints I put on the glass into one Photoshop Elements image.

Once the image with the multiple prints is scanned into the Editor, from the Editor menu choose "Image - Divide Scanned Photos." Elements looks for the borders of the individual photos and separates them into individual files that can be edited or saved. I usually have my individual photos lined up pretty well, but I think it will auto-straighten them if they are tilted a bit.

General Software Discussion / Best Screen Capture Tool
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:42 PM »
Lifehacker has a Hive Five Call for Contenders for Screen Capture Tools. I see several votes for Screenshot Captor among the comments.

Living Room / Re: BumpTop
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:26 PM »
After signing up for the beta what seems like a couple of years ago, the other day I received an invitation to the Bumptop beta and an invite code. I recall signing up for the beta after seeing a demo of the software on

Looking at it now - I just don't get it. My desktop is usually pretty spartan - not much on it. That means that the Bumptop desktop doesn't have much on it, and there's not much to do. It seems like the only way to use all of the file manipulation and organization functions is to take a bunch of files out of my semi-carefully arranged folder structure, and dump them all onto the desktop.

Why would I want to do that?  I don't get it.

Calendering interoperability?


Does Postbox include a calendar?

    We recognize the importance of calendaring interoperability and we'll be working on this area in the future.

Linux "under consideration"


What platforms does Postbox support?

    At this time we support Windows and Macintosh.


Do you have plans for a Linux version?

    It's under consideration, but nothing to announce at this time.

Gonna give it a test drive.

The Google Earth 5.0 Beta is out, but downloading requires using the Google Updater which doesn't support authenticated proxy servers (which we have here at my workplace). For many months now I've gotten this message:

"As you've discovered, due to certain security changes in Microsoft Windows, Google Updater 2.0 isn't able to support proxy servers that require authentication. We understand that some users would like this functionality, and we've added it to our list of requested features. User feedback is very important to us. We're working on a variety of improvements, so please stay tuned."

Does anyone know if there is there a way to get this file without going through Google Updater? Is it a big issue for them to support authenticated proxies? I'm not familiar enough with it to know.

General Software Discussion / Photology - Photo collection filtering
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:44 AM »
I recently downloaded and am testing Photology, a free download that indexes your photo collection and then lets you find photos by applying filters like faces, sky, color, location, orientation, and time of day.

It doesn't get everything right, but not bad.

The initial indexing takes a while because it not only indexes the file names and locations, but it must do some sort of analysis of the images so it can apply the filters. You tell it which folders to index, and then it watches those folders for new images and adds them to the index.

The program used to be offered for sale, but earlier this month it was made available for free (donations accepted).

General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email?
« on: September 04, 2008, 11:01 PM »
I use Outlook 2007 both at home and work, but the way I handle my email at each location is very different.

I work for a fairly large company (4300+ employees) and there are policies and procedures put in place by our IT department (at the direction of our Legal department) that dictate how our email is handled. Each week, email in our Inbox and Sent folders that are older than about 2 months are purged and moved to a temporary trash can. We can retrieve those messages during the next week, but then they are gone. Email that we have filed into folders (either by moving it there or by the use of rules) is similary purged if it is older than 18 months. Same deal applies - we can retrieve it during the following week, and then it's gone.

The whole process is built around corporate document retention policies that take into account what can be considered "corporate records". Implicit in the policy are considerations about legal "discovery" procedures, etc. We are unable to archive email, move it into folders outside of Outlook, etc.

I do move email into folders according to projects, or topics, or by organization. I manage an R&D program and do a lot of projects with universities, national labs, consultants, etc. I do use some rules (for newsletters and other regular bulk mail), but for the most part I manually move email into folders. I also make pretty regular use of Outlooks ability to convert email into calendar appointments and tasks.

One product I have used for several years that I have found very useful is Nelson Email Organizer (NEO)
Makes it easy to see email from a particular sender (no matter what folder it's in), see all attachments, find by date, etc. Also has some easy ways to make rules.

At home I use a similar process, but use a lot more rules. I also don't have to worry about how long I keepstuff. We get a lot of email related our kids' school, shopping, banking and investments, books, newsletters, etc - so most of that stuff is handled by rules. With earlier versions of Outlook I used a spam filter (using whitelists) called Qurb. It looks like they were bought by CA.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GemX Crazy Summer Specials
« on: June 20, 2008, 10:32 AM »
Thanks jgpaiva! I meant to add that and just spaced out... :-[

Found Deals and Discounts / GemX Crazy Summer Specials
« on: June 20, 2008, 10:23 AM »
For anyone who still has an interest in GemX products, they're having a pretty big summer sale. Good through July 20, 2008.

$59 for the FULL do-Organizer (usually $162)
$25 for TexNotesPro (usually $50)
$10 each for all of their other applications

FARR was highlighted today in the "Product Tips and Reviews" newsletter I get from PC World, with this link to their download page.


Nice writeup by reviewer Laura Blackwell with a plug for "DonationCoder".   :)

FARR was highlighted today in the "Tips and Reviews" newsletter I get from PC World


Reviewer Laura Blackwell gave it a nice write up. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Let go of your bookmarks!
« on: June 16, 2008, 10:47 PM »
Like a lot of others, I Google more often than using my bookmarks - I guess I automatically remember certain words on the sites I'm looking for and use them as search terms.

But when I do want to get to one of my 1200+ bookmarks, Powermarks is just too speedy not to use.

General Software Discussion / Re: Software for use with scanner?
« on: June 03, 2008, 09:11 AM »
Take a look at VueScan Says it supports 750 flatbed and film scanners.

I think it's about $40 with a Pro version for about $80.

I don't know much about these, but here's a couple of others I found doing a "TWAIN Software" Google search.





I'm like many of the others who have commented here - I don't want my data on Evernote's servers - and have been preparing to start using OneNote or Surfulater or SQLNotes.

Two things I saw in the latest version of Evernote I downloaded (Ver (27500)) have made me take one more look at it.

The two things are:

1. Ability to make notebooks "local" and not synchronized to their servers.

2. A "Work offline" mode. When starting the application in this mode it doesn't ask you to log in to their server and it appears to be really "offline".

As far as I can tell everything is working OK. I'm going to try it in this mode for a couple of more days before deciding whether to dump it.

I'm sure there's a lot of CYA at our place too, but people would have to print out emails and keep them in a hardcopy file. Our SysAdmins run jobs every Sunday night that purge email older than 60 days from our mailboxes (for a week or so there is a way to retrieve stuff that should have been saved for coporate reasons). Outlook archiving is also deactivated.

Apart from the storage issues (we have many thousands of Outlook users), the main reasons are compliance with corporate document retention policies.

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