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Picks: Mozilla Firefox, ClipMate Clipboard Extender, SnagIt and more

Dr. File Finder reviews NoteTab Pro, GetRight, Mozilla Firefox, ClipMate Clipboard Extender and SnagIt.
Published: Feb 22, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Mozilla Firefox for Windows 20.0b6
Freeware
Download This browser provides pop-up control and a tabbed navigation mode that lets you open...
ClipMate Clipboard Extender 7.1.07
Shareware
Download Popular Clipboard Extender Holds Thousands of Clips, remembers clips for days, months, or...
SnagIt 11.2
Shareware
Download Snagit: The ultimate screen capture tool With Snagits capture, edit, organize and share...
NoteTab Pro 7.1
Shareware
Download A leading-edge text and HTML editor. Handle a stack of huge files with ease, format text,...
GetRight 6.3c
Shareware
Download Resume, accelerate, schedule, and manage your downloads.

When I'm out looking for software on the Internet I use Mozilla Firefox. I have a number of browsers on my computer including Netscape, NetCaptor, Opera, Wichio 27-in-1, and Internet Explorer, but my default browser is Firefox. I like the way it works and there are a lot of cool add-ins for the most recent version. Yes, it's also FREE, but this is a program I'd gladly pay for. Firefox is loaded with features and I like that. You can create your own toolbars, it works with programs like AI Roboform, and it has lots of configurable options so the program works the way I want it to.

Mozilla Firefox is very secure, it blocks pop-ups, it imports your "Favorites" from Internet Explorer, can view RSS news feeds, has Google built-in, and lots more. It includes the things you need in a Web browser and not a lot of things that you don't. That makes it fast and efficient. So, when I head out on the Web to look for software for my Picks, I'm looking with Firefox! Give it a try, I recommend it!


Once I find products that I want to look at, I have to download them. For that I use GetRight, by Headlight Software. This product is one of my "Favorites" and it's the product I use on all my computers. In 25 years of evaluating software I've looked at over 220,000 programs and I have downloaded all of them. Big or small I've watched each one download. In the early days I used Zmodem, a file transfer protocol that would let you restart broken downloads. In the days of the Internet, I use GetRight! It starts when my computer does and I often have 4 or more files downloading at one time. And if something happens, like a power outage, all of my file transfers are safe and I can resume them right where they left off. That's a big deal if you're downloading a 500 megabyte file. I won't download without GetRight.

GetRight can also be used to schedule downloads for a later time, dial an Internet connection, remember necessary passwords, and even turn off your computer after downloads have completed. It has so many features that you have to check it out for yourself. It integrates beautifully with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Opera. With the size of files getting larger, it's crazy, in my opinion, to download without "protection." Yes, I've tried many other download managers, but GetRight is the one I use. I don't do a download without GetRight ... Period! So, take the time to check it out.


When you test a lot of software you're bound to get some computer problems. Conflicts with DLLs, programs that are written poorly, programs that goof up memory, and so on. In testing over 200 programs every week I've had more than my share of um, mishaps. (Being politically correct) In the old days there wasn't much I could do about it. If things got too bad I'd just reformat my hard drive and restore my programs from backup. Recently, however, I've been using VMware Workstation, by VMware. This program lets you create virtual computers. You can create a computer that runs Windows 98, or one that runs Linux. You can install all your software in a virtual machine, or you can leave it simple. It's a great tool for software developers because they could have multiple machines running at the same time, all with different operating systems. Say you wanted to try Linux, but can't afford a new computer. Well, with VMware Workstation you can create a virtual computer on your computer and run Linux on that. Slick!

VMware Workstation lets you take "snapshots" which capture the state of a virtual computer at a specific point in time. So, now I test software in a "virtual" computer running Windows XP Professional. And when I'm done testing, I tell VMware to revert to the original snapshot. Viola! My virtual computer is back in a pristine state just as if I'd never tested anything on it. And my "real" computer is safe and sound and running like a clock. I also have virtual computers that run Windows 2000, and variations of Linux like Mandrake and Xandros. So, it's perfect for software authors who want to be able to test under different operating systems or for anyone who wants an easy way to have multiple operating systems on just one computer.

VMware Workstation by VMware, from my point of view, can save you a good deal of money that's spent on equipment -- computers, monitors, and more. It's perfect for me because I can now test software in a virtual computer without any risk to my physical computer. This is one program you need to take a look at! I recommend it and it's what I use!


Once I've evaluated a program and decided to write about it, I need something to write with. Just about everything I write is done in a "text editor". Then, if it needs fancy formatting I just paste the text into Word and format it. I once had a client comment on a Word document I'd sent them and say that the statistics showed I'd only worked on it for 43 minutes. In Word, yes, but I wrote the document in NoteTab Pro, by Fookes Software. NoteTab is an excellent HTML and text editor that's won many awards. It's loaded with features and functions, so many that I couldn't begin to cover them all here. The interface is intuitive, so both new and experienced users will find it useful.

NoteTab Pro gives you all the tools you need to do a great job. It can load large files, do HTML code, spell check what you write, gives you a thesaurus to find new words, and more. You can create bookmarks, change cases, create powerful "clips", and its "tabbed" interface lets you have multiple documents open at one time. I have "clips" that help me to easily insert things that I use often while writing Picks. This is another program that you really need to try for yourself. Give it a try!


In writing reviews and putting in links for information and downloads, I do a lot of cutting and pasting. I copy the links from Firefox and paste them into NoteTab, and for doing that I use ClipMate, by Thornsoft Development, Inc. This is another program that's on every computer I own. Even my wife and daughters wouldn't know what to do without it. 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. With the default Windows clipboard you can copy or cut one item. With ClipMate everything you copy or cut is saved. You 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. I've created clip collections -- one for my marketing business, one for Tucows, one for personal items, and so on. And you can designate a collection as being "safe" so that if you try to delete a safe clip, the program will warn you. You can have an "inbox" that automatically deletes clips once you get to 100 or you can make it unlimited. It's all up to you and I like that. You can sort them, print them, modify them, and lots more. ClipMate is the first program I install on any new computer. Try installing it on yours ... I know you're going to like it!


There are a few other programs I use when I'm doing Picks and I'll review those for you in the near future. Coming soon we're going to start having screen captures in reviews and articles. And, for doing those screen shots we're going to be using SnagIt by Techsmith Corporation.



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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