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Picks: Reviews of A4Desk Flash, Rhapzode, PC Auto Shutdown and more.

Reviews programs that will help you diagram your network, shutdown your PC on a schedule, design Flash Web sites with ease, put your PowerPoint presentations on DVD, and more.
Published: Jun 27, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Rhapzode 3.0
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PC Auto Shutdown 5.8
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Wizardbrush 6.7.7.2
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A4Desk Flash Templates Web Site Builder 6.93
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LanFlow Net Diagrammer 6.20.2040
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! Well we've just about hit the end of June and the July 4th holiday is nearly here.Looking forward to going to see fireworks with my family again this year. I hope all of you have a safe holiday with good weather. It's been warmhere in Colorado and we've been getting plenty of rain as well. Thisweek I'm looking at some programs that will help you shutdown your PC, diagram your LAN, work with Flash on your Web site, paint, draw, and more. So, if you're all set just sit back, relax, kick your feet up, and lets take a look.


A4Desk Flash WebSite and Menu Builder, by FAICO Information Solutionsis a powerful tool for anyone who wants to design things with Flash. Youcan create complete Flash presentations, headers, and add Flash to yourWeb site. In testing it out I found it to be easy-to-use and intuitive,making it perfect for all levels of users. Everyone knows that I'mreally graphically challenged and even I created some coolthings. Good thing to know is that you do not have to be aprogrammer or an expert in graphics. The program takes care of thetricky stuff.

A4Desk Flash WebSite and Menu Builder is a program I've reviewedonce before, but I felt it was worth coming back to. This product issimply loaded with cool features including built-in FTP, support formultiple languages, global font settings, and lots, lots more. So, ifyou'd like to get into creating things with Flash, but don't have timeto learn how, check out A4Desk Flash Website and Menu Builder. Itwill give you great results and no headaches. I recommend it!


Rhapzode, by altaVENTE is an excellent product for anyone who works with Microsoft PowerPoint.What's really cool is that it lets you convert your presentations intoexecutable EXE files. On top of that it will also help you to protectyour presentations. How? By letting you password protect andencrypt them. I tested it out and created several EXE files thatI then put on DVD. From there I could take the DVD to another machinethat didn't have PowerPoint and play my presentations. Slick.

The screen shot gives you a rough idea of what the interface looks like.The program is really easy-to-use so it's perfect for users with alllevels of experience. Another feature that I found really cool was theability to require agreement to a non-disclosure agreement or aend user license agreement before someone views yourpresentation. That means you can present ideas that you want to keepprotected and force the viewer to agree to your terms. Very clever. I'mso impressed with Rhapzode that it's not only a Pick, but I'malso making it a Dr. File FinderFavorite and in 25 years of evaluating software there aren'tvery many of those. So, check it out, I recommend it.


LanFlow Net Diagrammer, by Pacestar Softwareis a great tool for creating diagrams of your network, a LAN, evenInternet communications. I tested it out using my own network and wasimpressed by how simple it was. You can add clipart and the program canshow wiring, flows, and the like. It has a few templates you can use oryou can create your diagram from scratch in no time at all. At the sanetime you can create your own templates for future use. Slick.

The screen shots shows an example of a simple network diagram. As youcan see your diagrams can be colorful and varied. It's a great way todocument how things were set up so someone can understand it.There are lots of configurable options and I always like that. Theprogram gives you lots of flexibility so you can do things your way. Forexample, you can import JPG, BMP WMF, and other file format to createyour own diagram images.

LanFlow Net Diagrammer works in both millimeters and inches,provides you with a full range of diagraming symbols, lets you add textwhere you want, and plenty more. So, if you're looking for a coolprogram for diagramming your network, look no further.


PC Auto Shutdown, by GoldSolution Software, Inc.gives you the power to schedule shutdown-related tasks for yourPC. You can set a time for the machine to power off, reboot, hibernate,and more. You can have your computer shut down every day at 6:00 p.m.,or have it hibernate every Friday. Ahh, but it doesn't just shut downthe computer.

Besides the obvious, PC Auto Shutdown will also clean up a fewthings before it turns out the lights. It will wipe out Web surfinghistory in Internet Explorer, empty the Recycle Bin, remove all thosepesky junk Internet files, and more. So, it not only saves power, but itcan also keep your computer clean and private. Another feature I reallyliked is a shutdown countdown that can also sound an alarm soyou'll know your machine is closing down. Nicely done, give it a try.


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MediaMan 2.65 is a slick little program for helping you to keeptrack of all your media. You can use it to keep track of video, music,books, and more. There are lots of configurable options and the programis loaded with extra features. If you have a lot of media thismay be what you need to get it all organized. I'll get to my full reviewas soon as possible, but don't wait for me. Check it out now!


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

Wizardbrush 6.7.2.8 gives you some cool ways to "paint" in avariety of media including water color, oil, chalk, charcoal, and more.You also get a wide range of tools so you can get different effects. Theprogram also comes with a nice assortment of filters that let you addall kinds of special effects. So, if you're into art check it out. I'llbe doing a complete review as soon as I can.


That does it for today. I hope you liked the Picks for this week and Ialso hope you take the time to try them out. I'll be back next weekwith more cool software Picks to tell you about and I hope you'll joinme. Till then have a great week, a wonderful weekend, and happydownloading. Also, have happy and safe Fourth ofJuly!



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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