Be aware that Snow Leopard seems to have a problem with how guest accounts are handled on systems that had them enabled before upgrading from Leopard. In several cases, people have accidentally logged in to their guest accounts and upon logging out and back into their normal accounts have found their data missing. We reported on this problem in the past, but here are some extra options for restoring the lost home folder from a backup.… Read more
Ever wish iTunes would automatically import your non-iTunes music downloads? Well, like just about every other jukebox program ever made, iTunes 9 now includes the ability to automatically pull in any music that gets dropped into its new "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder.
Why, after years of complaints, Apple finally decided to relent on this feature is beyond me. Maybe the same genius who decided to put an FM radio in the iPod Nano thought of this one too. Whoever this guy (or gal) is, someone please buy them a beer for me.
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Bulk Rename Utility takes the pain out of renaming and managing files and folders, assuming you can get past the frightening user interface. This free application can handle everything from simple search-and-replace to Perl 5 regular expressions, but it suffers from a cluttered user interface that fails to offer tool tips and, somewhat incredibly, abbreviates labels and button names.
The application window offers 13 primary functions, including inserting and appending text, auto-numbering, cropping characters, and moving/copying files. Additional menu bar drop-downs let you set global options, such as time stamp formats, color-coding, and activity logging. Bulk Rename Utility tries … Read more
SecuKeeper is a sleek and intuitive program that offers users multiple ways to keep their files safe from prying eyes. Its many features make it a good choice for protecting sensitive information.
The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, and first-time users should have no trouble getting started. Our main complaint about the program is that despite its professional appearance, the text throughout the interface is poorly written. It's not incomprehensible, but it's obvious that English is not the first language of whoever wrote it, and this detracts from the user experience. The same is true of … Read more
PhotoRazor provides users with a fast and efficient way of shrinking photos without diluting quality. With only a few commands and impressive results, this will be an asset for frequent photo editors.
The program's interface is an intuitive affair that most will feel instantly comfortable with. By only offering a few well-placed command icons, users will understand almost immediately how the program works. A useful Help file is available. The program begins by users selecting a folder they'd like to convert. Each of the photos is listed along the right side, with one featured in the center of … Read more
Folder2MyPC allows users to create shortcuts for folders and applications in their Control Panel and My Computer. Though the program is easy to use and functions as promised, the lack of instructions for use is a significant drawback.
The program's interface is sleek and uncluttered, with separate tabs for creating both folder and application shortcuts. Users simply select the folder or application that they want to create a shortcut for, give it a name, and optionally select a custom icon for it. Folder shortcuts are created in My Computer, while application shortcuts can be added to My Computer or … Read more
With every new version of Windows, Microsoft tries yet again to give us a fast, simple, and customizable way to open, save, and view the files stored on our PCs. From what I've seen of Windows 7, we can't expect any revolutionary changes to Windows Explorer and the standard folder windows and dialog boxes.
I guess I've gotten so used to the same-old Explorer views that it's a genuine eye-opener when a free program such as Code Sector's Direct Folders gives file and folder management a whole new perspective. The program adds an icon to … Read more
Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder offers people a chance to seek out duplicate photos and clear some space on their hard drive. With extremely simple controls, this program excels in all the right places.
The program's interface is surprisingly simple considering the complex task it performs. Users can easily navigate through photo folders, select settings for the search, and begin finding duplicates with the simple click of a few buttons. The program also offers a Help file for people who may have questions about this basic setup. Users must know where their photos and possible duplicates are stored, as … Read more
Folder Copy & Backup provides people with a tool for copying large amounts of files with a program aimed at sidestepping any errors. Thanks to its simple controls and easy-to-use display, it achieves its goals nicely.
This program's interface is primitive enough that most users should feel instantly comfortable. A few large icons detail the commands and expandable file trees help navigate folders and their destinations. However, if you do begin scratching your head, the Help menu drops down and offers helpful how-to's and even defines terminology the program uses. We were impressed with the ease and simplicity … Read more
The more programs you install on your computer, the more cluttered your desktop. This free program alleviates the clutter by letting you drag and drop desktop icons to an unobtrusive slide bar that hides when not in use. It'll take a little time to customize it to your liking, but it's worth the extra time.
SideSlide appears as a black window that features modules for holding notes, tips, feeds, and icons for frequently-used applications. The window is tucked away, out of view until you click on it, and can be moved around to any location on your desktop. … Read more