The developers of All-in-One PDF Lite say their research showed that people want a light, fast PDF reader that doesn't hog much in the way of system resources. Ya think? People who have wondered why they need to load some bloated big-name app just to read a product manual can appreciate the thinking behind All-in-One PDF Lite. This freeware opens and displays PDFs with all the standard viewing options, but it doesn't edit or convert files; for that you'll need a full-featured PDF tool, such as the available paid upgrade. But it makes sense to use a … Read more
When some of the files in a zipped archive become corrupted, it often makes the entire archive inaccessible. ZIP2Ffix is a free tool that can recover many of the uncorrupted files in a corrupted ZIP or SFX archive. The program attempts to extract good files from a corrupted archive and save them to the same destination with the same file name, only with _ZFX.zip added. It's totally portable and small in size, so you can save it to a USB thumbdrive and run it on any Windows machine from Windows 2000 to Windows 7.
ZIP2Fix has a simple … Read more
When you delete a file from your system, it's gone, right? If you used the delete method built into Windows, it's not gone from your disk until it's overwritten by other data, and even then it's recoverable. To purge a file from your PC, you need a stronger tool, one that offers secure delete methods and multiple overwriting paths. Secure Wipe is a free tool that makes it easy to delete single or multiple files and folders and be confident that they are gone.
Secure Wipe's user interface is very plain--just two entry fields, one … Read more
Race to Kill is a free arcade-style Flash game from Rhouma Games. It's an old-school driving game in which players use their arrow keys to steer the car. In the game scenario, you're a skilled driver who is hired to blow up an enemy base while eluding the SWAT team and other obstacles. It's fun and remarkably challenging.
Race to Kill's controls are minimal: Start Game, How to Play, Settings, Credits, and More Games. The Settings involve playback quality and enabling sound and the volume control; there's also a keyboard test. We clicked How to … Read more
Banners are perhaps the most obvious way to customize a blog or Web site, especially if you're using an otherwise generic template. Creating a banner isn't always easy, though, if you don't have any graphic design skills. Easy Banner Creator (Free Edition) is an extremely simple utility for creating basic banners. It's nothing fancy, but it will do the job if you need to create a banner without a lot of hassle.
The program's interface is straightforward and easy to navigate. Down the left side there are controls for size, background, text, and animation. From … Read more
There's no shortage of calendars for Windows if you use the Gregorian calendar, the standard Western date-keeping method. However, millions of people use different systems, such as the Hijri calendar, also known as the Islamic calendar. Hijri-Georgian Calendar and Converter is a small, free add-in for Microsoft Excel that converts dates between the Gregorian and Islamic calendars. It can also export Hijri calendar pages in as Excel spreadsheets or PDFs.
We extracted the add-in's installer, which placed Hijri-Georgian calendar as a tab on Excel's add-in ribbon. When we clicked its icon, Hijri-Georgian Calendar opened as a dialog … Read more
Most people are familiar with ZIP files, which let users compress one or more files into a smaller format that's easier to store and transport. 7z is a format similar to ZIP that uses a higher compression ratio, shrinking archives to an even smaller size. Win7z is a simple tool that lets you compress files in both the ZIP and 7z formats. It's easy to master and is a good alternative if you find that the ZIP format isn't quite meeting your needs.
The program's interface is attractive and easy to navigate, with menus and well-labeled … Read more
We love a good racing game, and Ultra Nitro Racers certainly qualifies as one. This well-done program lets players challenge their driving skills in three different game modes. It's not easy, but it's a lot of fun.
The program's graphics and sounds effects are both professionally done; we had no complaints about either. To get started, select your desired game mode and car. At first there's only one car to choose from, but earning points as you advance through the game unlocks other options. Ultra Nitro Races offers three games modes: Competition, Quick Race, and Time … Read more
If you can't be out there whipping your souped-up Audi around the racetrack, perhaps the next best thing is a computer game that lets you compete virtually. Audi 3D Racing is a basic car-racing game in which you can compete in four different locales. It's definitely not the best racing game we've seen, but it's not bad for freeware.
The game is Flash-based, and from the opening menu you select where you want to race. There are four options, City, Desert, Alpine, and Forest, but only City is available at the start. Users must win the … Read more
There's nothing more annoying than trying to open a file, only to find that you don't have the right program on hand to do the job. That's where Free Opener comes in. It opens a large variety of files without any hassle. We rarely keep the applications we review, but this is one that we plan on keeping around for personal use.
The program has a very simple user interface, with only three menu options: File, Edit, and Help. Using the File menu, we were able to browse for and select different files to view in the … Read more