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Picks: FlexiMusic Composer, TweakMASTER PRO, iNetAdviser and more

Dr. File Finder reviews FlexiMusic Composer, TweakMASTER PRO, iNetAdviser, XnView , e-Campaign and CaptureWizPro Screen Capture.
Published: May 17, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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TweakMASTER PRO 3.0
Shareware
Download TweakMASTER Pro is a revolutionary Internet Optimizer.
iNetAdviser 4.5.39
Shareware
Download iNetAdviser is an IE based multi-window browser with integrated bookmark management that...
XnView 1.97.8
Freeware
Download XnView is a fast multi-format graphics browser, viewer, and converter.
e-Campaign 9.0.26
Shareware
Download e-Campaign is an HTML bulk e-mail and mailing list application for companies, e-zine...
CaptureWizPro Screen Capture 5.4
Shareware
Download Capture it all - images, scrolling areas, video and audio.

FlexiMusic Composer, by FlexiMusicis a full-featured program that lets you compose, edit, and even mix music. You use samples of sounds and it's amazing how you can blend them into some really cool music. Having played guitar for a very long time I had a blast checking out this program. And no, you don't have to sit and play your guitar into the program. It comes with a whole library of sounds to get you started. And not just a few instruments either, but everything you can imagine from percussion to woodwinds to brass. You get strings, organ, and lots more. Slick!

FlexiMusic Composer brings you over 600 instrument sounds to work with and that's plenty. One of the cool things is that you can create a song that has multiple instrument sounds in it. I made one that had over20 and it sounded really cool. The music is arranged in track that run in a loop. Loops of music was something The Beatles used in many of their later albums to create unique sounds. And you can do the same thing. You can create multiple tracks and each track can have it's own,unique sound pattern. Very cool.

FlexiMusic Composer gives you a lot of flexibility and power. At the same time I found the program easy-to-use and intuitive. And you don't have to be a musician to use it and have fun! Create tracks, add special effects, and let the music play. You can create your own songs and then save them as .WAV files. I was impressed with the programs many features, and I think you will be too. If you like music,give it try. I recommend it.


TweakMASTER PRO, by InfiniSource, Inc.is a nifty product for anyone who likes to "tinker" with things.In this case, the program lets you tweak things like your Internet connection. The program optimizes not only dial-up, but also wireless,cable, and DSL connections to the Internet. It utilizes a handy "wizard"which takes you through the process and then optimizes your connection based on your responses.

TweakMASTER PRO has a function called LinkFox that can speed the loading of specific pages in Internet Explorer. Pages that you select load the instant you want to open them. The program also has a feature called DU Meter that monitors the data flow of your machines network connection. I like the fact that this feature keeps a log for you so you can examine it at your leisure. Nicely done.

TweakMASTER PRO can check your Internet connection speed and tell you what your "throughput" is. It can also set your computers clock,speed up the loading of your favorite pages, run a traceroute, and much more. So, if you're looking for an all-around program that will make your Internet experience the best it can be, take a look at TweakMASTERPRO - it may be just the package you've been looking for.


XnView, by XnView.comis a slick utility for working with all of your graphics files. You can convert files from one format to another and you can even convert files in batches. The program lets you do all kinds of things with your graphics including resizing, changing the colors, adjusting the level of brightness, and adjust the contrast, to name a few. The program can pull in nearly 400 different graphic file formats which is impressive. At the same time it can save to about 50 formats. Cool.

XnView can capture the screen, create a Web page, add effects like emboss, blur, and more. I found the program to be easy-to-use and intuitive, making it perfect for users with all levels of experience.You can do slideshows, compare images, and more. So, if you've been looking for a program that can handle all of your graphics images,including digital photos, take the time to look at XnView. Loaded with solid features.


CaptureWizPro Screen Capture, by PixelMetricsis a powerful program for capturing not only your screen and graphics images, but audio and video as well! The program has an intuitive user interface and is easy-to-use. To me, that makes it perfect for both new and experienced users. I really like the interface because it gives you lots of options, and I like options. Like similar programs you can fire it up using a hot key. Ahh, but if you want the program will put up a "capture bar" that disappears when you don't need it. Slick!

The tools composing CaptureWizPro Screen Capture appear and are visible to you no matter what color background you have. From there, the program actually guides you through the steps to do your screen capture.And it knows no fear, it could capture everything I tried it on,including some screen savers, which some similar products can't capture.I found that it could also capture menu items and drop-down menus, which some programs can't grab either. You can save captures in a variety of ways. You can save to files in a number of popular formats including JPG, GIF, BMP, and PNG. You can also print, send your capture to a"sticky note" that will sit on your desktop, or even put it in the clipboard. Very nice.

With disappearing capture menu CaptureWizPro Screen Capture makes it easy to change capture options on-the-fly. You don't have to go into a setup area, you can just click the option you want and viola, you have it. You can capture a region, a window, the whole screen, and even a very long or wide screen. And the "sticky note" option is verycool and innovative. For example, you can see something of interest on a Web page, capture it to a sticky note and read it later. You can easily email your captures as well because the program has an option that will attach your captures to an email message.

Need an image editor? CaptureWizPro comes with one built right in. The program is impressive to me because it has a number or really original and innovative features. It gives you lots of options and it's so easy-to-use. You can capture video off your desktop, the Internet and more. And if you want, you can record audio on-the-fly as well. With a microphone hooked up you can record quick notes to yourself and listen to them later. Very neat.

CaptureWizPro is an impressive program that's loaded with cool features. It has all the things you'd expect from a "screen capture"program, and many things you wouldn't expect. I like it so much that it's not just a Pick, but I'm also making it one of my Dr. File Finder Favorites and those are few and far between. So, if you want to capture screens, audio, video, and lots more, check it out. I recommend it.


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
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e-Campaign is a cool tool for doing mass mailings, like email marketing campaigns. You can create personalized emails that will bring your message home to everyone who receives it. It features it's own built-in SMTP server, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and even supports background sound and images. So, if you have a need to send out personalized emails to your clients, Scout troop, home owners association, or others, this may be what you need.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

iNetAdviser looks like an interesting product because it seems to combine a bookmark program with a browser program. That's something I don't recall seeing before. The browser blocks pop-up ads, banner ads,and speeds up your surfing. One cool feature is that it highlights so you don't accidentally visit a site you already went to. The program has lots of features, and I'm working on my full review. If you need some help keeping your Internet stuff organized, you might want to check this one out.



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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