have become a necessary part of my collection of computer programs. I use
some of them daily, while others are for special projects or applications.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
If you spend any time on the Internet downloading files, WinZip is one of those “Must Have” utilities. The program files that are available on the Net are usually in a “zipped” format requiring you to have a program to extract them to make them usable. I used PKZip at first like most, but quickly came to appreciate WinZip after trying it. I have been using WinZip for a couple years now after discovering how powerful and simple it is to use.
WinZip 6.2 is the latest version and support Windows 3.1, Win 95, Windows NT 3.51 and Windows NT 4.0. The current version of WinZip and has many improvements. WinZip now supports encryption, for those of you who are security conscience; also added is the new “Favorite” toolbar button, this keeps your zipped file close at hand.
You may also be interested in the Wizard Interface, it is designed to get the business of zipping and unzipping done with a few keystrokes. WinZip 6.2 now supports UUencode, XXencode, BinHex, and MIME which are all popular formats of Internet e-mail.
I like the added touch of the WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition added to WinZip 6.2. You can now create Zip files that unzip themselves. You can compress files so the are stored in less space and they transmit faster over the Internet. The Personal Edition is somewhat limited, for the full power of self-extraction you will need WinZip’s other product WinZip Self-Extractor.
WinZip 6.2 costs $29 for an individual copy and can be downloaded
SE version 2.0
WinZip Self-Extractor costs $49 for a license to create an unlimited number of freely distributable royalty-free self-extracting ZIP files at a single workstation.
For more details on both programs and eligibility for upgrades, visit the WinZip Web Site at http://www.winzip.com
Slicer 32 version 3.0
Freeware available on the Internet
There is a Batch Assistant function, compare funtion, and others. WinImage is available in Windows 3.1, Win 95 and Win NT versions.
Current price is $30(US)
LaunchBoard Software Package
LaunchBoard is a real handy utility, whether you use it for the Web, Programs or both. I must give you a word of advice; you may want to consider which function keys you program because when you hit F1 for help you may be launching your favorite Web Site. I have experienced this first hand, I needed the help key and boom!, off to the Net I went. I found the way to by pass the LaunchBoard program to get to the function keys standard function is CTRL+ ALT+LaunchKey. Please keep this shortcut in mind, or you to may find yourself headed for the Net not Help. Gamers may wish to review which keys are needed to play there favorite games.
The LaunchBoard is a hardware & software combination. The package includes a high quality Windows 95 104-key keyboard and the LaunchBoard Software.
Current price for The LaunchBoard Software Package is $29.95