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TaskSwitchXP — XP/2003
TaskSwitchXP provides the same functionality as the existing Alt + Tab application switching mechanism in Windows XP/2003 today. In addition to displaying an icon list, however, TaskSwitchXP show also a thumbnail preview of the window that will be switched to.

Desktop Sidebar — 9x/ME/2000/XP/2003
Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most desire by grabbing data from your PC and the Internet such as news, appointments, new email, weather, stock info, system information, and more. The result is a dynamic visual display you configure and control.

Lookout — 2000/XP/2003
Lookout is lightning-fast search for your e-mail, files, and desktop integrated with Microsoft Outlook. Built on top of a powerful search engine, it enables you to search all of your e-mail messages, contacts, calendar, Exchange data, PST files, public folders, files on your or other computers, and more from directly within Outlook – in seconds. Just enter your search and press Enter. Results are instant. No more waiting for slow Windows or Outlook search.

mTAIL — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
mTAIL is a Windows Program that emulates the TAIL Unix Command. It displays the last x lines of a file on the screen. A great tool for monitoring logs and other text files that are constantly updated.

Powerbullet Presenter
— 98/ME/2000/XP
Create a slick animated Flash presentation by typing, clicking and dragging. Drop in sounds and images from other sources. Paste in formatted text from other applications. Powerbullet Presenter is specifically designed for creating multi-page presentations that are commonly used in electronic sales brochures and catalogues, splash screens, slideshows and student projects. Or you can create a self-running show, specifying delays on each page, or you can link the timing to the sound attached to each page. For information kiosk functionality, you can specify a full-screen mode, which works with most modern browsers. Whenever you publish your creation, a self contained executable file is also created which you can play from any windows PC. New record facilities make it easy to add a narrative, and in self-running mode the page timing is automatically synchronized to the voice track.

CDBurnerXP Pro — 98/ME/2000/XP
CDBurnerXP Pro is a freeware CD/DVD-Writer program. The program can write CD-R, CD-RW DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW discs, it also supports BURN-PROOF, can import sessions, on-the-fly recording, does not require ASPI for NT/2000/XP, rips audio CDs to MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA formats, and more.

USPS Shipping Assistant — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
The USPS Shipping Assistant is a great desktop application provided by the US Postal Service. This freeware program combines a number of useful features such as tracking / confirming shipments, domestic and international rate calculation, shipping labels, Zip code verification, delivery time calculation, and more into one very user-friendly interface.

XDesk — 98/ME/2000/XP
XDesk is a very powerful and stable Virtual Desktop Manager / Desktop Assistant – features Quick View, AppBar, powerful rules, Reminders and Alarms, CPU meter, Applications AutoRestart, Memory Cleaner, TaskList, HotKeys, HotMouse, Mouse-Scrolling, Mouse-Knocking, HotCorners and more.

ArcSet — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
If you ever copied files from a CD-ROM to your hard drive, you’ve probably noticed that those files will be set to read-only, preventing you from modifying them. Removing the read-only attribute by hand can get really tedious, especially if you’re looking at hundreds or thousands of files. ArcSet is a utility that does the job for you. It can automatically reset file attributes on specified files on a drive or in a folder, even recursing through subfolders.

ZipGenius — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
ZipGenius is the file compression utility you were searching for: it is free and easy to use, plus it supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, inlcuded RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX and the excellent 7-zip. The powerful and highly customizable Zip tool suite includes encryption, creating self-extracting exe files, scanner support, Windows Explorer integration, and much more.

HTMopener — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
These days everyone has a CD burner. These devices have improved the ease and quality of data backups tremedously, and they’re great for music CDs as well. In addition to such personal uses, there’s no reason why you can’t create a professional quality presentation CD. Harnessing the incredibly broad capabilities of HTML should be easy. Simply create your presentation in HTML format, like you would any web page, complete with text and images, and even with movies and javascripting if you wish, then place the entire HTML structure on a CD. The problem is, how do you get it to launch automatically in the user’s computer? HTMopener.exe is a tiny executable that you can “call” with the autorun.inf file placed in the root directory of your CD. It will launch your HTML file and your presentation is available to users just like that. Use the following syntax when creating your autorun.inf file:

[autorun] OPEN=HTMopener \directory\presentation.html

Change to the appropriate path on the CD, and rename presentation.html to whatever you’ve named your HTML file. The easiest way to use HTMopener.exe is to place it in the root directory of the CD, but you can place it in a subdirectory if you like. Just change the path to HTMopener.exe accordingly. An example might be:

[autorun] OPEN=\Subdirectory\HTMopener \directory\presentation.html

Considering the space available on a CD for graphics and movies, and the speed with which your computer can access a virtual web site locally (on a CD ROM, not over some crackly phone line) you should be able to create some magnificent presentations. HTMopener is the key which allows you to spring your creative genius upon the world. Special props to Bernard and Al for making this gem available.

2X Explorer — 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
2xExplorer is an easy to use and very efficient alternative to the standard windows Explorer. It combines the user-friendliness of Windows Explorer with the increased efficiency and advanced features of good-old dual-pane file managers like Norton Commander. It is a package that will appeal to the power user, yet its similarity with Explorer will ensure that less experienced users will not be driven away either. It offers many additional features, including file filters, Drivebar navigation, printing, file sorting and a lot more.

TreePad Lite — 98/NT/ME/2000/XP
TreePad is a Organizer, PIM / Database, Personal Information Manager and Word Processor. Portability and compactness are smoothly blended into TreePad with its other distinctive features: versatility and power, as well as simplicity and intuitiveness of use.

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