TUCOWS ARTICLE

Picks: Reviews of IrfanView, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and ClipMate

Reviews of software that provide solutions for you. These reviews were done because of requests by users like you. Read all about them and make your own requests.
Published: Oct 10, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Software that can help Good for Cow Rating
ClipMate Clipboard Extender 7.1.07
Shareware
Download Popular Clipboard Extender Holds Thousands of Clips, remembers clips for days, months, or...
IrfanView 4.38
Freeware
Download This free image viewer and converter supports an extensive list of formats.
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X4
Shareware
Download Corel PaintShop Photo Pro gives you the power to easily organize, edit and share...
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Editors Note: This weeks Picks are a direct result of input from users like you. If you need solutions to your software problems just email me.


    The question was "What is a good program I can use for working with graphics?" My reply is: IrfanView. IrfanView, by Irfan Skiljan has been one of my personal favorites for a number of years now. It's on every computer I use because it solves basic problems with graphics. I use it for resizing screen shots and pictures, I use it to send files to email and other folders, and lots more. It's absolutely loaded with features and functions. It's amazing to me that it's still free. So, for many issues with graphics IrfanView is going to be your solution. IrfanView has an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. It also has lots of configurable options so you can make it work exactly the way you want. IrfanView can handle an impressive number of graphics file formats, including BMP, JPG, AVI, PNG, GIF, and many more. You can put on a slideshow of your images and you can quickly make changes to graphics. I took a picture and with a few mouse clicks I reduced its size by half, made it a 3D button, made it a sepia color, and added some water drops for effect. It's so easy-to- use that even someone graphically challenged like me can use it. IrfanView lets you do all kinds of special effects including things like emboss, blur, explosion, and many more. You can do "batch" conversions of graphics files, extract icons from DLL files, and it also supports drag and drop. There are so many features and options that you really have to try this program to appreciate it. If you need to do anything with graphics this is the program you need to look at. It's won the Shareware Industry Awards and People's Choice Awards multiple times so it's the "pick" of users and software developers. For working with graphics, IrfanView is your solution.


    The question was "What can I use to create my own graphics?" My reply was: Paint Shop Pro. There are a lot of programs you can use to create graphics, but if you compare features and prices I think Corel Paint Shop Pro is your best bet. Corel Paint Shop Pro, by Corel Corporation is a powerful paint program that I've been using for years. I'm terrible with graphics and I admit it, but when I need to do something with graphics I use Paint Shop Pro.

    Corel Paint Shop Pro is perfect for both home and business use. The program is relatively easy-to-use and comes with really excellent help. If you're really into graphics it'll be even easier for you to use. You can use it to convert graphics files from one format to another one-at-a-time or in big batches. You can utilize over 75 special effects with your images, work with layers, manipulate colors, and add on borders or frames. Corel Paint Shop Pro has won multiple Shareware Industry Awards and People's Choice Awards so it's popular with both users and developers. For most people, this is the only graphics editor or "paint" program you're ever going to need. Create banners, borders, and lots more. And in this day and age of digital photos, you can also use the program to enhance your pictures. Lighten them, change the contrast, size them, and much more!

    Corel Paint Shop Pro, by Corel Corporation, is a full-featured program for creating, editing, and altering graphics. It's wonderful for creating images from scratch as well as modifying existing graphics. This is one program that you have to try for yourself. There's no other way for you to see just how good it is. If you want a high-power program for creating graphics, this is your solution.


    The question was: "What program can I use to get the most functionality out of the Windows clipboard?" My response was: ClipMate! ClipMate, by Thornsoft Development is the clipboard extender I use. It's on every computer I use and my entire family grew up using ClipMate. Over the years I've evaluated every other clipboard extender and in my opinion, ClipMate is the best! I do a lot of cutting and pasting. I copy the links from Firefox and paste them into Boxer and for doing that I use ClipMate It makes your Windows "clipboard" into something truly useful. It turns it from an apparent afterthought into a really powerful tool. ClipMate can hold hundreds of clips and you can even create folders to house special clip items. In the screen shot you can see my ClipMate folderrs. I have one just for Tucows-related items, one for my marketing business, one from private things like credit card numbers, and more. I have one collection called Hold where I keep clips that I may want to use again and I don't want them deleted. I can go back in and paste something multiple times and that includes things like graphics images. In writing I actually use ClipMate as an editing tool, helping to move something I've written from one spot to the next. Slick!

    ClipMate, is a powerful tool that you'll find yourself using all the time. In fact, try it and you'll find you come to depend on it. My clip collections were all created years ago and I've moved them from computer to computer. I denote them as safe collections which means ClipMate warns me if I try to delete something. You can move clips between collections, rename clips, remove useless characters from text, and lots, lots more. So, if you want a program that really extends the Windows clipboard, ClipMate is your solution!


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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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