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Picks: Reviews of Registry Mechanic, MailBell Email Notification, and more.

Join Doc this week as he looks at some cool software including Registry Mechanic, MailBell Email Notification, and Snappy Fax 2000
Published: Oct 26, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Registry Mechanic, by PC Tools Software, is a really cool tool for maximizing the efficiency of the Windows registry. Every single thing on your computer, from hardware to software, has multiple entries in the registry. When things get installed, added or removed it tends to leave junk files clogging up the registry. That leads to decreased performance, system crashes and more. Registry Mechanic not only cleans junk out of the registry, but it can actually repair it. And, once the registry is clean and repaired, the program can also optimize it so you get peak performance.

Registry Mechanic works really quickly and scans the entire Windows registry. What's it doing? It's looking for broken or missing links, missing shortcuts, and all the other junk that can be left behind when you remove things. It removes the junk, fixes the things it can and then optimizes the registry. By compacting the registry the program makes the it smaller and more efficient. And that means your computer runs better. The program also has an option to backup the registry, just in case of a problem. And, if you want you can even restore individual registry entries. Slick.

Registry Mechanic can be set up so that it works in the background each time you start computer. Have the program look for problems and fix them. The program even keeps a log of what the program has been up to. Remember, if you take good care of your computer it will serve you well. So, take good care of your registry and give Registry Mechanic a try. It's fast, efficient and one of the nicest programs of its kind that I've looked at. Try it for yourself - I recommend it!


MailBell Email Notification, by EmTec, is a handy utility that notifies you when e-mail comes in. The beauty of it is that it works with all of the most common types of e-mail. This includes POP3, MAPI, IMAP and even Web-based systems like Hotmail. I've evaluated many e-mail notification programs and many of those don't have as many features as MailBell. Right from the moment I installed it I could tell I was going to like this program. And I'll tell you why.

MailBell Email Notification has a variety of ways to notify you when mail comes in, but it's smart enough not to get in your way. I hate when a program pops up and knocks me out of a program I'm working in. MailBell doesn't do that. I loved the fact that when it notified me of incoming mail it left me alone. It did the job and that's what I want. I have multiple e-mail accounts and I don't have time to waste. MailBell lets me preview incoming messages so i can act on them if I want. It lets me delete messages and it even lets me monitor multiple e-mail accounts. It sits quietly in my system tray and pops up when e-mail comes in. For testing I configured 3 accounts and I assigned a different color to each account. So, without even looking I could tell if I had an e-mail in my SIAF account just by the color of the e-mail notification. Now that is slick!

MailBell Email Notification does other things that similar products don't do. For one it can work across a LAN. Many e-mail notification programs can't. If you're on a dial-up connection it can tell when you're online, and if you're online all the time, like me, the program knows it. When mail comes in it's separated by account. So, if I highlight the account Doc in the top window, it shows me only the messages for that account in the bottom window. I can have the program play a sound or even start my e-mail program. I can tell it how often to check each account. Every 10 minutes, every 60, however often I want. The program gives you configurable options so you can make it work the way you want and I always like that in any program.

MailBell Email Notification still has more to offer. It helps you in the fight against spam and junk e-mail. How? By letting you flag certain people and subjects as good and other people and subjects as bad. It learns from you and grades your incoming e-mail. The e-mail you get that contains banned words will be marked as such. Another cool feature is that you can delete things off your e-mail server without ever downloading it to your e-mail program. I've used it to delete some e-mails with very large attachments that were sent to me. Use it to delete junk, mark messages for later deletion and more.

MailBell Email Notification is beautifully done. It's designed to do a job and it does it very well. No, it doesn't put spinning graphics on your screen, but it lets you know you have new e-mail without goofing up your typing. It deals with a wide range of e-mail servers including Web-based sites. It can handle secure e-mail sites. It has lots of configurable options, and it sits in your tray just waiting to work. It'll launch your e-mail program, play you a sound, and pop up each account in a different color. It works on LANs, it works with dial-up, it just works! So, for all the reasons I've mentioned, and more, it's not only a Pick, but I'm making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite, and in 23 years of evaluating software there aren't very many of those. This is one program that I'm going to buy multiple copies of, because I'll want it on all my computers. And it's one program that I suggest you try first if you're looking for e-mail notification. I've tried all of them, and this is the best and most carefully thought out I've found. Try it - it has my highest recommendation.


Snappy Fax 2000, by John Taylor & Associates, is a neat program for sending faxes from within any Windows program. The interface is intuitive and the program is easy-to-use. It's perfect for users with all levels of computer experience, and it's loaded with options. It can automatically forward faxes to either an e-mail address or a fax machine. It also supports a wide range of scanners including any that are compatible with the Twain standard as well as other scanners. You can even send faxes via e-mail, as an attachment or an image. Pretty cool. The program even lets you capture images from multiple programs and then combine those images into a single fax.

Snappy Fax 2000 can do even more and it does it well. For example, it can send your fax to a Web site where you, or someone else, can view the fax with a browser. A feature I really liked is the ability to filter out junk faxes. It supports fax queuing so you can send faxes out on-demand or at a particular time and date. Another cool feature is support for Optical Character Recognition which allows you to generate text you can edit right from a fax. You can save faxes as a PDF file, manipulate images in a variety of ways, and maintain an address book that you can import from Microsoft Outlook.

Snappy Fax 2000 is a full, and I do mean full, featured fax program that does everything you'd need it to do and more. Beside everything else it does you can also use it to design cover pages. Need to resend a fax? No problem ... you can send all of it or just specific page with just a few mouse clicks. It doesn't get any easier than that. So, if you've been looking for a program to handle all of your needs when it comes to faxing, check out Snappy Fax 2000. It's got a ton of power under the hood.



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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