BOOT CAMP ARCHIVE 1998

  

 

BOOT CAMP 024

ESSENTIAL SHAREWARE, PART 2

 

Armed with good virus scanner and decompression utilities you and your PC are now ready to experience the wonderful word of shareware. We've collected together ten popular titles that should be on every Windows 95 PC. With several thousand programs to choose from it has been a difficult choice. Experienced shareware fans and Windows 95 users will doubtless have their own favourites, please let us know about them and we'll try to include them in a future edition of Boot Camp.

A quick recap of the ground rules before we begin. Shareware is freely distributed on the understanding that if you continue to use the program after the trial period has elapsed you should register, and where necessary pay for it. If you're downloading files from the Internet, run them through your virus checker before opening. Wherever possible download the program from the originating site. Although we've tried the programs, we cannot accept any responsibility for them; if you have any queries please direct them to the author or publisher, rather than us.

 

1. Blackboard File Wipe 2.1, Blackboard Software, Shareware, 710kb, Zip

Did you know that when you delete something from your PC, all that happens is the contents listing on the disc drive is removed, the actual data remains and can be recovered? If your PC contains private or sensitive files, that you don't want anyone else to see, this could be a problem.  Blackboard File Wipe makes sure nothing is left behind by overwriting the files, preventing even the most sophisticated recovery tools from prying into your business.

ftp://shareware.alberts.com/Win95/bwipe30.zip

 

2. CardBase 2.6, Software by Design, Shareware, 30-day trial, 196kb, Zip

The Card File address book and phone dialler utility in Windows 3.1 was much missed when Windows 95 was launched. CardBase is a new, uprated replacement, with all of the features of Card File plus additional enhancements. These include space for E-mail, Internet and fax numbers, there's room for notes and it will automatically log phone useage. CardBase can store up to 4000 records and it can be password protected, to prevent unauthorised access.

http://www.execpc.com/~sbd/CARDBASE.ZIP

 

3. Eudora Lite 3.03, Qualcomm Software, Freeware, 4.46Mb, Zip

Arguably the best Internet mail handling program. The 'lite' version contains everything you need to process your E-mail, including mail boxes and a scheduler, to regularly check if there's any new mail waiting for you. The comprehensive address book keeps track of contacts and it has sophisticated audio capabilities, to warn you mail is waiting and add voice attachments.

http://eudora.qualcomm.com/freeware

 

4. HotDog Express 1.7, Sausage Software, shareware, 1000-day trial, 3.5Mb Zip

If you've been following our short series on how to create your own Internet Web site you will know how simple it can be. HotDog Express makes it even easier, no need to learn HTML or complicate codes as it comes with a set of ready prepared templates, backgrounds and graphics, that you can modify to your own requirements. There's a built-in viewer, so you can see what your site will look like, when it is up and running. The only limitation is that you cannot upload web pages, until it is registered.

http://www.sausage.com

 

5. Make Your Own Screen Saver, Preferred Computer Services, Shareware, 15-day trial, 570kb, Zip

If you've ever wanted to create your own custom screen saver try this simple little program. Once installed it operates from the Screen Saver tab on the Display icon in Control Panel. Simply choose the image of your choice and it's instantly transformed into a moving screen saver. There are more than a dozen display options, including float, wipe, zoom and blocks. Endless fun and it's very easy to use.

http://www.customsavers.com/download.htm

 

6. Microangelo, Impact Software, Shareware, 30-day trial, 473kb. Zip

Described as the 'Swiss Army Knife' of tools for your desktop, it allows you to modify and design icons and eye-catching cursors. Facilities include paint, draw, colour and animation. It is very easy to use and within minutes you'll be creating your own coloured mouse pointers and wacky icons. http://www.impactsoft.com/muangelo/

download/muadnld.html

 

7. PaintShop Pro 4.14, Jasc Software, Shareware 30-day trial, 2.92 Mb, Zip

This is without doubt one of the most versatile graphics programs on the market, comparable with commercial products selling for significantly more than the £46 registration fee. It can handle dozens of different image file formats, with the facility to convert from one file type to another. There's an extensive range of drawing and colour tools, images can be edited, re-sized and manipulated with re-touching and cloning brushes. PaintShop Pro is very well presented and easy to use. It's quite large, so be prepared for a longish download, or seek out the magazine CD-ROM versions, which appear from time to time.

www.jasc.com

 

8. Powertoys, Microsoft, Freeware, 204kb

Powertoys is a collection of Windows 95 utilities designed to give you more control over your operating system. Microsoft created it and it is distributed as Freeware, but they do not support it. The most useful element is Tweak UI, which will appear in your Control Panel. It has a huge range of functions, including automatically emptying History and cache folders, cleaning up the Add/Remove list and getting rid of those annoying little arrows on shortcut icons. You can also control screen resolution and open desktop icons from the taskbar. Installation is a little tricky, so read the instructions, but once you have it, you won't ever want to be without it.

www.microsoft.com/windows/

download/powertoys.exe

 

9. Space Hound 2.0.479, Fineware Systems, shareware, 4.1Mb, Zip

Sooner or later you are going to run out of space on you hard disc drive. Space Hound identifies and searches out redundant, unused and duplicate files then deletes them, if they're no longer required. The program will also track down disconnected shortcuts and severed links, listing all target files by size, date and type.

http://www.fineware.com

 

10. Spam Exterminator 3.2, Unisyn, shareware, 1.3Mb, Zip

If you're irritated by unwanted E-mails then this versatile program can help you filter them out. It allows you to specify rules -- headers, addresses, subject etc. -- that recognises and deletes messages. It can also be used to send a message back to the spammer or their ISP, to ask them not to do it again! Simple to set up and use.

http://www.unisyn.com/spamex

 

 

JARGON FILTER

Cloning Brush

Graphics tool for touching up photographic images, by picking colours and textures from adjacent areas of the picture, to hide or mask features

 

HTML

Hypertext mark-up language, text-based codes and instructions used to compose Internet web pages

 

SPAM

Junk E-mail and it can be just as annoying as the stuff that comes through your letterbox

 

 

TOP TIP

You can easily change the font and size of the typeface used by Windows 95 for Explorer and icon labelling. It's worth trying if you find it difficult to read, you're using an unusually large or small monitor, or you simply bored with the default typeface. Right click your mouse on an empty space on the desktop and select Properties, when the Display window appears click on the Appearance tab. In the drop-down menu marked Item, choose Icon. You will then be able to select a new typeface from the Font menu. 

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