People who use a lot of files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) but can't afford one of Adobe's high-end products often end up buying third-party utilities designed to make creating and managing PDFs easier, which they do, but since many cost $50 or more, it quickly becomes an expensive proposition. Fortunately, software maker Some PDF has several high-quality PDF utilities that have the added advantage of being totally free. One of them is PDF Image Extract, which extracts images from PDF files without having to cut and paste and saves files in a wide range of … Read more
X-Ripper is an intuitive program that lets users extract and save files of a particular type from a specific directory. There's not a lot to it, but it does work as advertised.
The program's interface is simple and easy to understand. Users select the source and destination folders they want to use and then select the file type(s) they're looking for. Users can select graphics, video, or audio files only, or hand-pick from among 19 file types. Once the desired file types are selected, the program goes to work searching for them in the specified location. … Read more
DupeRazor Duplicate Files Removal Kit offers to help clear up space on a computer by seeking out and destroying duplicate files. While it provides great results, its speed was a major concern.
The duplicate remover's interface is very simple and only offers a few variations, which kept us on task. There is a brief Help file, but the program is intuitive enough that we didn't need it. The program offered us the option to alter the size of our scan from the entire C: drive down to a single folder through a simple file tree. The scanning process … Read more
CHM Decoder takes the unpopular CHM file type, commonly used for Help files, and easily converts it to the more readable HTML. The program's simplicity is its biggest benefit, as it allows users of all skill levels to operate it.
The program's interface was simple for us to grasp; its major functions were divided into three tabs. Oddly, this program designed to convert Help files didn't contain one of its own. The three-step process was very intuitive, requiring us to locate the CHM file in question, select a destination for it, and simply convert it. We tested … Read more
Duplicate File Finder Lite is an easy-to-use program that allows users to locate and delete duplicate files on their computers. It's a pretty intuitive program, but don't expect guidance on whether or not it's safe to delete duplicate files.
The program's interface is very straightforward, with each step of the process arranged in its own tab. Users first select whether they want to search by file name or bytes, then select a location to search and the types of files they want to search for. The program scans the selected location and provides a list of … Read more
There are a couple of situations where files on drives may be locked, which will prevent them from being directly removed. As such, even though you have them in the trash and choose the option to empty the trash, the files will stay around and give an error that the files are locked.… Read more
CyberArticle is a powerful program that allows users to organize vast qualities of online information. Much more than a bookmarking application, CyberArticle would be useful to the average Internet user and indispensable to those doing serious online research.
CyberArticle organizes information in a familiar tree structure. Users create "books" on certain topics, which contain documents relating to the topic. Think of it a little bit like an electronic scrapbook. Did you find a relevant Web page? Save it in its entirety. Just need a portion of it? Highlight the part you want, and the program will save that, … Read more
Beginners and advanced users alike will appreciate the simplicity of Primitive File Size Chart, a utility that analyzes how much space files and folders are taking up on your computer.
The tool scans a specific disk or folder and lists the largest files and folders within. (By default, the program lists the 50 largest in each category, but you can increase or decrease this number.) The clean user interface displays the path, name, and size of each file and the name and size of each folder in sortable columns. The utility offers no Help file, although it arguably needs none. … Read more
Tolon NoteKeeper provides a simple set of tools for putting ideas and images into a note filing system. While the aim is good, we were turned off by the layout and felt lukewarm about the whole program.
The note-keeper's interface was a major hurdle for us to overcome. The screen was very simple and not too cluttered, but it provided no direction on how to get started. Even after reading the Help file's tutorial, we still needed to play around for a few minutes to find our footing. This was a frustrating way to start, but we were … Read more
Actual Search & Replace allows users to search for and optionally replace words and phrases in ASCII-based documents. Although it seems simple enough to use, we had trouble getting it to function as desired.
The program's interface is basic, and while its core functions--entering the word or phrase you want to search for, for example--are pretty obvious, the program's other options aren't completely intuitive. The program definitely assumes that users will have some familiarity with advanced search functions, including search-related programming syntax. The built-in Help file gives an overview of the program's features, but it doesn'… Read more