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Picks: Reviews of Business Card Designer, Personal Stock Monitor, HTMLpad, and more.

Read about software that monitors your stocks, saves your old recordings, makes your business cards, and more!
Published: May 9, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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AccuPlan 2.0.2
Demo
Download This program allows users to design step-by-step project plans including tasks, labor and...
HTMLPad 2014 12.2
Shareware
Download HTMLPad is an intelligent all-in-one HTML, CSS and JavaScript editor.
Bopup Messenger 6.3.5
Shareware
Download Bopup Messenger is a secure instant messenger designed to communicate over LAN and...
Business Card Designer Plus 11.2.0.0
Shareware
Download Business Card Designer Plus allows you to create stunning business cards on any Windows...
Personal Stock Monitor GOLD 9.3.5
Shareware
Download Personal Stock Monitor Gold enables the active investor to quickly research, track, chart,...
PolderbitS Sound Recorder and Editor 9.0
Shareware
Download This audio recorder saves your tapes and LPs to CD or MP3.
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! Just a reminderto everyone out there that Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13.Do something nice for your Mom. Don't worry, fellas, I'll remindeveryone about Father's Day too when June rolls around. For today,however, I'm going to go about the business of telling you about mysoftware Picks for this week. This is another good batch of somereally excellent programs so I hope you'll enjoy it. If you're set, justsit back, relax, and lets take a look.


Business Card Designer Plus, by CAM Developmentis a very cool program for creating professional-looking business cards.The interface is intuitive and easy-to-use and I think it's perfect forall user, regardless of their level of experience. The program ispowerful, yet very flexible, helping you to get exactly the results youwant. It's loaded with features and functions and gives you all kindsof ways to customize your business cards. For one, it provides supportfor all kinds of business card paper. And I don't just mean stock frombig companies like Avery. You can even define custom sizes! Very slick.

Business Card Designer Plus gives you lots of tools so youcan insert your own graphics logo, put in text effects, insertdifferent shapes, heck, even put in a barcode! One feature that I thinkis really cool is that it lets you do special things with text -- likeput it in an arc! Very neat. You can also put in shadows, select fonts,colors, and lots more. Another cool feature is that the program comeswith a wide range of templates to get you started. It also comes with anice selection of backgrounds and clipart. Hey, and if you want, iteven supports bringing in new images with your scanner! Slick with acapital "S". Even a "graphically challenged" person like myself can doa great job with this program. And it doesn't take long either. And,you can save the personal information of multiple people -- so you canmake cards for yourself, your assistant, as many people as you want.

Business Card Designer Plus, by CAM Development, can print outyour business cards on any printer that works with Windows. It's a full-featured program that comes with everything you need to really doa professional job. Lots of options and you know I like programs thatgive you lots of options. It comes with background and clipart, lets youdo fancy text effects, use your own graphics, and much more. I like thisprogram so much, that not only is it a "Pick", but it's also aDr. File Finder Favorite. And those arefew and far between. So, if you're in the market for a business card,you owe it to yourself to give this program a try. I recommend ithighly -- well done!


Personal Stock Monitor Gold, by DTLink Softwareis an excellent software tool for anyone who does any investing. Youdon't have to be a high-roller to take advantage of all the featuresoffered in Personal Stock Monitor. One thing I really like aboutthe program is that it lets you pull all of your investments into oneplace. If you have more than one portfolio, no sweat. This is theperfect tool for monitoring stocks that you want to buy or stocksthat you want to sell.

Personal Stock Monitor is much more than just a way to monitoryour investments. It's also a way to manage them. You can do things likecurrency conversions, monitoring exchanges in other countries, and lotsmore. You can also export your data in QIF format so you can import itinto programs like Microsoft Money, Quicken, and others. The program canhelp you with taxes and keep all of your investment updated in realtime.So, if you're into stocks you need to check it out. The program iseasy-to-use and you don't have to be a stock broker to understand it.Give it a try, I recommend it.


HTMLPad 2006 Pro, by Blumentals Softwareis a slick software program for writing HTML code. It has lots of coolfeatures that make it really powerful. For example, there's syntaxhighlighting for a variety of formats including CSS, HTML, XML, ASP,PHP, and more.

The screen shot shows the dialog that lets you setup the program foreach of the different types of coding. That way the program works theway you want it to. The program can also check your coding tomake sure it's correct and that's a handy feature. The program really isloaded with features. For example, it has a built-in JavaScript editor,autocomplete function, code preview, and even a spell checker. One ofthe more impressive products I've looked at recently.

HTMLPad 2006 Pro is powerful and yet it's also very easy-to-use.I found the interface to be intuitive and I think the program is perfectfor users with all levels of experience. It has all the features youneed in an HTML editor, but you can use it as a text editor as well. So,if you're into creating clean HTML code this is a program youneed to look at. Give it a try, I recommend it.


PolderbitS Sound Recorder and Editor, by PolderbitS Softwareis a really cool program that lets you digitize recordings.What's cool about that? Well, it means you can take recordings onrecords and tapes and get them ready to put on CD. For those who don'tknow a record is a vinyl disc that sounds are recorded on.

In testing it out I also found that Polderbits Sound Recorder andEditor can also be used to edit the recordings you make withit. If you wish you can also use it for basic recording tasks. Theeditor portion allows you to save files as MP3 or WAV files while alsoletting you listen to the file. Another cool feature is the ability tofade out, or in. I had some fun playing with the program and tinkeringwith old recordings that I'd digitized. You can get rid of hiss andclicks, and clean up your recordings before burning them to CD. So, ifyou have old recording on tapes and/or records that you'd like to savegive Polderbits Sound Recorder and Editor a try. Perfect!


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AccuPlan 2.0.2 is a cool project planner that's easy-to-use andintuitive. You can use it to keep projects on track and plan newprojects. The program has lots of features and lets you monitor tasksas well as resources. You can print reports, generate graphs, and lotsmore. I'm going to spend more time working with it, but don't wait forme. If you need to get organized check it out for yourself. I'll get tomy full review as soon as I can.


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Bopup Messenger 5.0.1 (and yes, that's spelled correctly) is anifty program for sending messages back and forth across your network. You can create groups and easily see when others are online. Youcan put URLs in messages which to me is always a good feature. You canalso change fonts and font colors, and more. The system is secureso it's an excellent option for use on a LAN. I'll be getting to my fullreview soon, but check it out for yourself. Nicely done.


Ahhh, that brings us to the end, at least for this week. I hope youenjoyed reading about the fine software products. All of them areexcellent and well worth your time. Don't forget to cast your vote forthe SIAF People's Choice Awards. It'syour chance to pick your favorite software programs. Voting endsMay 30th. I'm heading out for now, but I'll be back next week with morecool software to tell you about. I hope you'll join me then. Till thenhave a great week, a wonderful weekend, and happy downloading.



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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