Products Reviews Archive 1999

REVIEWS & AWARDS - 1999
ZDNet® Reviews Mass Downloader 1.2.059 Beta 1

ZDNet® Reviews Mass Downloader 1.2.059 Beta 1

Use Mass Downloader to handle your Internet downloads, so they won`t interfere with your normal Web browsing. It runs as a standalone program that monitors the Clipboard for file URLs and accepts drag-and-drops from your browser. Features include multithreading, FTP and HTTP support, resumed transfers, a connection speed monitor, and a built-in scheduler. Mass Downloader also includes its own dialer and can close the connection and shut down your computer when transfers are complete. A Zip Preview feature enables you to examine the contents of ZIP archives on remote servers and choose to transfer only the files that you want. On the downside, no "drop box" option is available. [This will be available in Beta 3 due to be released in December, 1999.] Overall, though, Mass Downloader is a fine utility that power-downloaders should enjoy. It`s free while in beta."

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ZDNet® Rates AutoDialogs

ZDNet® Rates AutoDialogs

AutoDialogs is a small system-tray utility that provides quick access to your commonly used folders. It allows you to build you own system-tray menu that consists of as many popular folder paths as you`d care to add. Just open an Open/Save As/Browse for Folder dialog box and select the appropriate menu item to jump to the corresponding path. If that seems a bit cumbersome, you can easily assign hotkeys to accomplish the same task. AutoDialogs provides similar functionality to help navigate your Registry. You can add Registry keys to the tray menu to save loads of time while working in Regedit. AutoDialogs is a snap to use, and yours to try for 30 days.

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BetaNews EFront FileForum Reviews Mass Downloader 1.2 Beta 2

BetaNews EFront FileForum Reviews Mass Downloader 1.2 Beta 2

Are you sick of slow speeds when downloading from HTTP and FTP? Looking for a way to give your downloads a boost? Mass Downloader can solve your problem, by opening mutliple threads to download the file. It works by downloading the file in a user defined number of chunks, all simultaneous. This means if you`re getting 0.5 k/s on the file, with Mass Downloader you can expect to get several times that speed. For modem users, this is a must: Download Now.

ZDNet® Reviews TrayIcon Menu 1.0

ZDNet® Reviews TrayIcon Menu 1.0

As you`d guess by its name, TrayIcon Menu lets you add icons for your favorite applications to a menu system that`s based in the system tray. This enables you to launch your favorite apps with just a couple of clicks. Besides creating shortcuts to programs, TrayIcon Menu can add icons for Control Panel applets as well as desktop and dial-up networking menus. TrayIcon Menu includes plenty of appearance and behavior options, and its interface is clean and intuitive. While there are many tray-based launchers around, TrayIcon 3.1 should definitely be on your short list of programs to evaluate. Note: TrayIcon Menu is a successor to the developer`s TrayIcon 3.1 (which is also available in our library).

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ZDNet Preston`s Picks: Offline Explorer

ZDNet Preston`s Picks: Offline Explorer

You`re not connected to the Internet all the time, so wouldn`t it be nice if you had some way of getting at Internet content when you`re not connected? Offline Explorer will do that for you. It downloads Web pages and entire sites to your computer and stores them, so that you can read them later when you`re not connected. You can also schedule the program to download sites at intervals you set, for automatic operation.

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It is a typical situation - there is an interesting site with a deep structure, rich with information and a large amount of money is being spent to view it online. How can you patiently read the site contents and not lose money while paying online access fees? There is only one way, actually, - to load all the site information to your computer and view these pages when you are offline. However, no standard browser is capable of loading a full site with graphics and preserve the directory structure. I faced this problem just few days ago. I like to read books about aviation and especially little-known facts, like on www.luft46.com: German Jet projects at the end of the second world war. After sitting several hours and reading this site I found with horror that my account is empty again. I then searched the Internet for a program to view pages offline. I found two utilities: WebSnake and Offline Explorer.

The first program - WebSnake 1.23, was released in 1997. It has a nice interface and many "Wizards", but I didn`t like it. It loads everything into one directory, renames all the files into messy filename, and it is difficult to view later. It was very hard for me to understand the site structure using the site map tool. And although I tried many times I was unable to view the site offline properly. I am writing about it here just for comparison. It is probably meaningless to use a program which was not developed during the last two years. By the way, the company which developed it has already disappeared.

It seemed to me that the second program, Offline Explorer, is also unable to build directories and a files structure tree of a site. However, its downloading mechanism was above any praises. It worked like a giant funnel loading ten files at a time from the server at once. Even my superslow connection through Russia-on-line showed record speeds. While files were loading the program built a directory and file tree so I could understand the location of the most important files. The program allows you to stop the downloading process and continue it again later. Unfortunately, it is not possible to click on some directory and load only its contents! In a given directory on hard disk, OE created a full site copy. So, I was able to run a common browser and surf through the loaded files, just like I do it on the Internet. But OE also offers an internal browser! While loading you may view documents within the Offline Explorer window and use the visual tree of loaded files. OE settings allow you to set the starting directory, server, domain. OE can load files from all linked sites. There are many filters, inlcuding protocols, file extensions, etc.

It is a wonderful program - fast, easy and clear to use!

C|Net Reviews Offline Explorer

C|Net Reviews Offline Explorer

Friends: Power Downloader is no bandwidth snob. No sir! Whether he has a T1 line feeding data intravenously to his noodle, or a slow-as-molasses 14.4-kbps dial-up connection, our downloading superstar maneuvers through the wild, wild Web with prowess. Granted, when available bandwidth comes at a premium, one must call upon a tool to hit page after page. Offline Explorer is such a tool.

With this app, our man can download up to 100 Web sites at the same time for later offline viewing. He can also schedule downloads for times when he`s away from his PC, use a regular ol` browser or the program`s internal one to view pages, and import IE Favorites and Netscape Bookmarks. Offline Explorer also lets our man selectively include or exclude individual servers, directories, and files using only keywords. What`s more, it handles cookies, FTP, Macromedia Flash files, JavaScript--practically any kind of Web content one`s apt to come across these days.

ZDNet® Reviews TrayIcon Standard 1.0

ZDNet® Reviews TrayIcon Standard 1.0

Many utilities let you add shortcut icons to the system tray, but none do it as well and as cleanly as TrayIcon Standard. It can not only create system-tray icons for your favorite apps, but it can add icons for Dial-Up Networking, Control Panel applets, and programs on your desktop as well. For each program link, you can specify shortcut name, program path, startup path, program arguments, icon, and the type of window you want the app to run in. There are several global options -- including playing a .wav file when an application is started (nice touch), choosing a single- or double-click to launch an icon, and hiding your desktop icons. Let TrayIcon Standard make your life in Windows easier by placing links to your favorite programs and system modules in the corner of the taskbar.

Program Pros: Lots of options; Nice feature set; The best utility of this type we`ve seen; Nice presentation; Well documented; Affordable. Program Cons: None.

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Divide and Conquer: Technology Tools for Greater Efficency

An automated tool called an offline browser can take the trudge out of the daily trek to your favorite Web sites. With this type of product, you schedule a time every day or every week as needed to go online to collect the Web pages you specify. As with metasearchers, you can collect that information during off-hours. Then it downloads those pages to your PC so you can view them later when you`re not connected. Typically, offline browsers only download pages that have changed since the last time it checked. Offline Explorer is a good one that is simple to set up and use.

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Jumbo Shareware Reviews Offline Explorer 1.0

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We know you`re asking yourself, `Self, why would I want to view web pages off-line?` The answer is simple: convenience. Just set up Offline Explorer to download your favorite sites (up to 100 of them) and when it`s done you can view them as quickly as your PC can access your hard drive (which is a lot faster than most internet connections). And don`t worry about staring into a webpage filled with broken images. Browsing off-line is exactly the same as it is on-line. Now you can set your favorite websites to load when there`s little network traffic and have them waiting for you when you get back into the office!

Home Office Computing Reviews Offline Explorer 1.0

Be a night-owl browser. Another way to procrastinate is to use an offline browser to collect Web information when your computer and phone lines aren`t in use. Our favorite is the new Offline Explorer. It`s simple to set up and flawlessly downloads the pages you specify to your hard disk, so you can view them later without connecting to the Internet.