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From time to time some of our clients run into problems and come to us for support. We've found that, for the most part, one of these programs can solve their problem or help them achieve better results, faster.
With all the programs from ZD Net or PC Magazine. From time to time they change their web site and the links might not work. Go to their home page and do a search.

ACDSee  http://acdsystems.com/
What we consider the most useful image management/viewing program for PC's. Double click on a picture file opens the picture up full screen. Double clicking on the picture thumbnails the whole folder. From the thumbnail view, images can be dragged and dropped into other programs, like Photoshop. Our most used program. The Classic version is the one I use.
Acrobat Reader  http://www.adobe.com
Free reader of pdf files. The format almost every instruction manual is available in when downloaded or supplied on the program manufacturers CD.
AtomTime  http://www.atomtime.com/
Use it to check your computer's clock and adjust it to match Greenwich mean time or local time.
AZZ CardFile  http://www2.omnitel.net/zdramys/azzcardfile
The idea of AZZ Cardfile is simple paper cardfile or rolodex: pile of empty cards. No any fields. You have empty "paper" sheet when you start new card. Very intuitive.
CookiePal  http://www.kburra.com/
Small shareware program that enables control of cookies. Cookies are information that websites leave on your computer when browsing. They are able to identify you on return visits. Important to take from web site you purchase or download from.
End It All 2 http://www.pcmag.com/
Small free program that shuts down all the programs running in the background. Useful to run prior to burning a CD or running ScanDisk
Eudora  http://www.eudora.com/
Latest version of the premiere e-mail program. Now can be used for free with all the features that the pro version has but with minimal advertising. Enables checking of multiple e-mail accounts. Check your web site e-mail and your ISP's e-mail simultaneously.
FinePrint  http://www.fineprint.com/
Prints multiple pages on a single piece of paper or can print as a booklet.
Google  http://www.google.com
The number one, most accurate, search engine.
IconLock  ZDNet
Enables you to lock the icons on your desktop so they won't move when double clicking on them. Useful if you're constantly loosing icons because you push them into other folders or hide them under each other.
IrfanView  http://irfanview.com/
Free image viewing program similar to ACDSee
KeyText  http://www.mjmsoft.com/
Automate typing and other repetitive tasks. I use it for dropping in user name and passwords into their respective boxes. 
MusicMatch  http://www.musicmatch.com/
MP3 player and ripper (converts music CD's to MP3 files). MP3's are almost CD quality song files that play on your computer.
Netscape  http://home.netscape.com/computing/download/
A better place to download all Netscape versions  http://sillydog.org/narchive/
The number two browser (used to be number one until Microsoft gave away Internet Explorer to try to put Netscape out of business). More intuitive and easier to use than Internet Explorer.
NewsRover  http://www.newsrover.com
News group reading program. Contains a built in MP3 search engine.
Norton AntiVirus  http://www.symantec.com/
Buy it. Use it. Update the definitions weekly. What more can I say. I have mine set to update the virus definitions without asking. And to automatically delete or quarantine infected attachments that come in my e-mail. Practice safe computing. Don't open any attachments, even from people you know.
Opera  http://opera.com
Third most popular browser. Fast and streamlined. Loads pages and images faster then the other browsers. Good alternative to Internet Explorer and Netscape.
Pixie  http://www.nattyware.com/
Great little program that gives you the HTML or RGB color value of anything under the mouse pointer.
PhotoRescue  http://bermangraphics.com/coolpix/recover.htm
Great program for rescuing images from a trashed memory card. If you can see the thumbnails, paying the $29 for the full program lets you save the full size images.
PowerMarks  http://www.kaylon.com/power.html
The bookmark management program I've been searching for. Works with Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera. My bookmark folder now has 6,000 entries and I can find anything within seconds.
Printers Apprentice  http://www.loseyourmind.com
Manage the fonts on your PC. View a line of text in every different font to compare.
PrintFolder  http://no-nonsense-software.com/
Prints out a list of files contained in any folder in Windows Explorer as a right click option. 
PrintKey  http://www.geocities.com/~gigaman/
Use the PrintScreen button (on any PC's keyboard) to capture the contents of your screen or crop and save as a image file.
QuickTime  http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
Free program that plays QuickTime movies and works as a plugin to Netscape and Internet Explorer.
SnagIt  http://www.techsmith.com/
A very versatile screen capture program
Startup Cop  PC Magazine
Control what programs load when the operating system loads. Disable the programs that aren't necessary and improve your system resources lowering your chances of computer crashes.
TClock.exe  http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/tclockex/index.htm
Neat little replacement for the clock (bottom right hand corner of your monitor). Also can monitor system resources without draining them like Windows resource monitor does. Has a monthly calendar as a right click option that gives you the choice to start the week on Monday.
WinAmp  http://www.winamp.com/
Another MP3 player.
WinDates  http://www.rockinsoftware.com/
Provides an interactive calendar, event list, alarms, network support, printing, and many customization options including international date, time and calendar formats.
WinZip  http://www.winzip.com/
A must for every Windows computer. Opens those files you download from the internet.
Please make sure you have an antivirus program such as Norton's AntiVirus installed and update the virus definitions on a regular basis.
World Merge  http://www.world-merge.com/
Allows you to quickly and easily generate large numbers of personalized e-mail messages using your "internet-ready" database of recipients and a "template" e-mail message. This is the program that we use to contact our web site customers by e-mail.
Zone Alarm  http://www.zonelabs.com
Free program that creates a personal firewall for Cable Modem and DSL users (always live internet connection). Protects your PC from unsavory internet activity. Can disable your internet connection after a specified period of inactivity.

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