Who Use My WiFi – Network Scanner (Pro) Review

Features

  • See who is using your network
  • Change icons
  • Add custom names
  • Port scan
  • View device manufacturer
  • Network monitor
  • View network configuration
  • Find default router password
  • Open router configuration page
  • Ping devices

Downsides

  • Limited amount of icons

Overall

  • Quality: Bronze
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Recommended: Yes

Ant Download Manager Review

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Everybody wants faster downloads, but many don’t know how to speed them up. The answer is a download manager. Not only do they make downloads faster, but they also provide a useful way to manage all your past downloads. Today we will be taking a look at Ant Download Manager.

A normal browser connects to a server and transfers the file to your computer. A download manager does the same thing, but makes multiple connections to the server instead. This means you can maximize your speed up to many times faster.

Ant Download Manager works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and more. Whenever you download a file, it will be downloaded with Ant Download Manager automatically. There are many different parameters you can control such as speed, category, and location.

Once the file is downloaded to your folder of choice, it will be added to the list of recent downloads in the application. You can filter by category, status, or date. If you want to know what you downloaded yesterday, switch to the yesterday folder in the history section. You can delete the history by right clicking and choosing Clear.

If there was an error during the download, Ant Download Manager will tell you what it was. Then you can choose the re-download the file if you still need it. To delete an entire, right click it and press Delete. Note that this will not delete the file, only the entry associated with it.

I like the features of Ant Download Manager and have no complaints about the download speed. However, it might be a little heavy for the standard user. Since not everybody knows technology like I do, I would like to see a Basic view be offered.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Proxy server support
  • Drag and drop
  • Video downloader
  • Free version
  • Browser integration
  • Schedule downloads
  • Anti-virus scan feature
  • Themes

Cons

  • Difficult for beginner computer users

The Verdict

If you are looking to speed up your downloads or keep them nice and tidy, I highly recommend Ant Download Manager

  • Quality: Silver
  • Rating: 9/10
  • Recommended: Yes

TaskBar Hide Review

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Sometimes when you work on a computer the taskbar gets cluttered with unnecessary icons. You could easily have five or more icons to work with, and you need to manage them in a smart way. This may mean hiding apps completely, so you don’t see them. Eusing TaskBar Hide is a tool that does just that.

The program can be a bit tricky, so we will go through it together. To minimize an app to the tray, you first need to select the checkmark next to the programs icon. Then, click the icon shown at the top of the screen that looks like a man running. To restore the application, find it in the notification area and double click on it.

To set an app to always stay on top, click its checkmark and press the UP icon at the top of the screen. Change the window mode to always on top. To reverse this function, set the window mode back to normal.

A really useful thing this utility can do is hide windows so they are completely out of sight. To do this, select the windows you want to hide and click the empty computer screen icon.

All in all, the application can be really useful when you need it. There is only one thing that I don’t like about it. The applications don’t automatically refresh. To refresh them after you open or close apps, you have to click refresh from the menu. I would like to see this be fully automatic.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Hide windows
  • Minimize any app to system tray
  • Change to always on top
  • Taskbar management

Cons

  • Some Store apps don’t get custom icons
  • No auto refresh

The Verdict

  • Quality: Bronze
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Recommended: Yes

3StepPDF Review

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PDF’s are one of the most common document formats, so you need a basic program that can modify and create them. 3StepPDF is of the easiest to use PDF editors. While it may not include the latest and greatest features, it will get the job done.

There are 6 functions in the program. The first is to simply create a PDF document. You can type text and add images. Formatting options include alignment, bold/italic, font size, and font. I don’t know if it was made this way, or if it is a bug, but the only font options are Times New Roman or Courier. This is a huge downside to me, because I love using interesting typefaces when I write.

The next is something that is actually quite useful, extracting text from a scanned document. You can select a scanned file from your computer and press the Extract Text button. You can make any changes to the text you want and then export it to PDF or TXT. The converter supports many image types for import, but not PDF. That’s a bummer for me, because I regularly scan in PDF format.

The third function can split a PDF into multiple individual PDF’s. This is really useful if you only want to send a few pages to somebody. The program is simple, but the controls get really advanced. If you only want pages 1-4, you can do that with an interval page split. If you want to split everything, you can just use the consecutive page split.

Alternatively, you can combine PDF’s. The Merge PDF Documents option will allow you to combine multiple PDF’s, one of the most common PDF functions. You select the PDF’s you want to join and reorder them how you would like. Then you can export them so all the pages are in one file.

The Crop PDF documents option is one of the less necessary ones, but can be useful in some instances. It does exactly what it says, crops PDF documents to any size. However, the cropping method is awkward. Instead of dragging a handle, you have to manually specify settings. This is not user friendly and should be changed.

Lastly, you can add a watermark to a PDF. A watermark will make sure nobody tries to use your file. You can choose a text watermark, or an image watermark. After that, you can specify a size. A preview of the watermarks size will appear in the right pane.

3StepPDF has nothing to do with three steps, so I don’t know why it is called that. On a more serious note, everything has something that I don’t really like. I do recommend the program, but it does have little quirks that make 3StepPDF less user friendly.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Supports more then just PDF
  • Functions are stated in a clear manner
  • Split and combine PDF’s
  • Watermark PDF’s for copy protection
  • OCR support
  • Built in PDF writer
  • Cheap pricing ($5)

Cons

  • Not user friendly
  • Font menus limited or not well designed
  • Cropping is complicated
  • No custom watermark positioning

The Verdict

If you don’t need much more then just basic functions, 3StepPDF is a useful tool to have on hand. It may not be the greatest, but it is there when you need it.

  • Quality: Plastic
  • Rating: 6/10
  • Recommended: Yes

BootRacer Premium Review

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Is your computer slow to start up? If so, it probably isn’t a hardware issue. Many slowdowns are caused by startup tasks. These startup tasks are installed by programs and you may not even realize that they are there. Malware and viruses also install startup tasks that can spy on your computer and put your data at risk.

BootRacer accurately calculates your systems startup time to see if it needs to be improved. It also has useful tools for limiting hidden background tasks and services. On the first run of the program, it will prompt you to restart your computer in order to run the startup test. The software considers a good boot time to be less than a minute.

If you take the steps in order, the next step will be to perform a clean boot. A clean boot doesn’t start third party services or startup items. This is very useful for troubleshooting. If you don’t get a good boot time on a clean boot, you most likely need to buy a new computer or upgrade it if possible.

If you get a good clean boot score, but a bad regular startup score, you can use some of the included tools in BootRacer to speed up your performance. The first is the Ultimate Service Optimizer. This feature will automatically detect services that aren’t being used and prompt you to disable them.

There are three tabs in the optimizer. The first tab is to Optimize, which is pretty self-explanatory. It will look for services that can be disabled to optimize startup time. Things such as filesystem, Hyper-V features, useless features, and useless hardware can all be disabled safely.

The next tab is much more advanced, the services tab. This works just like the Windows Services tool, but is more user friendly and contains more features. You can completely delete services this way, too, while Services only allows you to disable them.

The Restore tab is for if you mess up. Optimization logs are kept and backup files can be optionally created. You can restore from these if something goes wrong, but usually, you shouldn’t need this feature.

Another tool included with BootRacer is Startup Control. This program scans your computer for startup tasks and you can disable any of them. Unlike the normal Startup tab in Task Manager, Startup Control shows all the background tasks, even hidden ones. 

The most powerful feature of Startup Control is Anti-Malware. The software is made by Greatis, the creator of the powerful UnHackMe tool. This means that BootRacer can have it built-in. The antimalware will scan startup entries and tell you which ones are malicious.

The tool has many customization options too. You can personalize the button to look any way you want. You can change the background image, foreground image, and text. I don’t find it something worth upgrading to a Premium version for, but I’m not going to complain.

What I will complain about though is the bad layout of the program. The controls don’t just drop into place how I would like them too, instead they are all over the place.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Accurate readings
  • Control startup apps
  • Control services
  • Automatic service optimizer
  • Anti malware
  • Customization options

Cons

  • Interface design uses outdated style
  • Controls spread out
  • Not user friendly

The Verdict

If your computer is running slow, BootRacer will help you identify the problem. It also contains many tools that allow you to fix it yourself.

  • Quality: Bronze
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Recommended: Yes

UniPDF Pro Expert Review

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Sometimes we receive PDFs in emails that are missing information. We open it up in Word, and it converts the PDF automatically. Then you look at it only to see that the document is ruined. Images are all over the place, the font is wrong, and your headings are no longer in bold.

Word has been bad at PDF conversion since it was first created. It only works if the PDF has been created in the program to start with, so many have turned over to third party tools. When I came across UniPDF, it immediately stood out to me, and I had to try it.

The program was made very simple by the developers. There are only a few controls. The first is to add a file. You can drag and drop files into the program or add them through the dialog box. You can remove a file by clicking Remove or clear the entire list by clicking Clear.

After you press convert, the files will be converted in your desired format to your destination of choice. The converter currently supports Word, Image, HTML, or Text for output.

No PDF converter has ever been perfect, so let’s talk about some errors I have seen. I exported one of my emails to a PDF and converted it into a Word document. Everything was fine, except some of the text was ordered wrong. The ends of sentences had the last two words switched.

I tried another PDF I had and the conversion was flawless. All the fonts, images, and formatting was still in place. But with either matter, it was a lot better then what you would have gotten with just Word. And it was easily fixed by editing the text manually.

There is one small bug that won’t stop you from using the program, but may confuse users if they don’t know about it. After adding files, the buttons for Add, Remove, and Clear may not be showing up. If you face this issue, move your mouse around in the location where they should be. The buttons should appear now.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Converts to many different file types
  • Batch conversion
  • Drag and drop
  • Can specify default output folder

Cons

  • Small bug with buttons
  • Isn’t fully reliable

The Verdict

If you are wanting to be able to edit PDF files, you can get UniPDF to convert them. It is decently reliable, and can convert to all common formats.

  • Quality: Tin
  • Rating: 7/10
  • Recommended: Yes

UltraISO Review

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Finding a good piece of software for optical media is hard. CDs and DVDs are considered a thing of the past. We use ISO files more than we do actual discs. Why? Because they don’t hold enough data to be worth having. Files are much bigger now. For example, the Windows installation media is too big to fit on DVD anymore.

So if you are holding on to that optical drive, what should you use? Today we will be looking at UltraISO. It’s main purpose is to burn, rip, and browse optical media and image files.

The program does have a steep learning curve. The controls are not laid out in the best way possible. Some are in the menu bar, and some are in the toolbar. You just have to memorize where they are or what they look like.

I spent some time over the weekend ripping some old software DVDs with UltraISO. They all worked very nicely, except for the ones that had AutoPlay information. I think it might be because the media was being used by the AutoPlay service.

You can also compile your own image file with UltraISO. All you need to do is drag any files into the window to add them. Then you can burn the image to a disc within the software. If you don’t have a disc drive, you can export it as an ISO and burn it on a different device later.

You can open and edit any ISO files you would like by opening them in the program. If you just want to browse the image, you can mount it into the virtual CD drive included with the program.

I would like them to fix the corruption issue with AutoPlay media and simplify the layout of the program. The toolbar is very cluttered and not structured well. Other than that, I would recommend the program.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Rip optical media
  • Create ISO images
  • Burn discs
  • Calculates size of files

Cons

  • Software discs with AutoPlay become corrupted
  • Cluttered UI
  • Steep learning curve

The Verdict

If you are looking for alternatives to other expensive tools, UltraISO is a great program, but if you have trouble learning software, you may not like it.

  • Quality: Silver
  • Rating: 9/10
  • Recommended: Yes

ScanPapyrus Review

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People don’t bother getting third party scanning tools. Why? Because they just don’t think about it. Many people use the built in Fax and Scan feature. Some use the new and improved Scan app. But in my personal opinion, these don’t work well. They are either extremely cluttered, or too stripped down to be worth it. 

For an inbetween option, try ScanPapyrus. This scanning utility is easy to use and has many advanced features when you need them. All you need to do is load your image, start the program, and press Scan Page. Then you can choose to export to a folder and save your image. Much easier then what Fax and Scan has to offer.

You can configure the application for different paper sizes and DPI settings. To do this, click the drop down on Select Scanner. Here you can change the type of scanner, duplex (both sides) settings, and paper size. If you have multiple scanners, you can switch between them by clicking the button itself.

Under the Select Scanner options, you can choose Color, Grayscale, or Black and White. If you are not familiar, grayscale has many shades of gray, and black and white is pure black (100%) or pure white (0%). You can also set the quality to a DPI level of your choice. Stay at 200-300 DPI. High DPI takes a long time to scan, and a long time to load. Low DPI levels also cause pixelated images.

There are a few other scan options you can choose from. One is Photocopy. It scans the image and prints it. This can be useful if you are really picky about how your copies turn out. It also saves the Earth, because you can scan it and preview it before printing it.

Another option (which I really love) is called batch scanning. You can set a delay time and it will automatically scan after that amount of time. You won’t need to continue to press the scan button 67 times.

Once you are done, you can use the toolbox to edit your scans. Features include the ability to crop, sort, and rotate. You can even automatically crop and image with the new auto-crop feature. And just like Fax and Scan, you can change brightness and contrast, too.

You can export to many different formats. The first is PDF, which is really useful for multi-page documents. You can also choose DJVU, which is similar, but works best with images, not documents. If you want to export in normal format, you can choose JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or BMP

I do have some feature requests for the company. First off, I would love to be able to remove marks right in the program itself. Sometimes scanners put black dots on your pictures if they are not clean. This way, you could remove them.

My next feature request would be the ability to create an animated GIF with your scans. This is a last priority request, but it would be a fun feature.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • PDF, DJVU, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and BMP support
  • Grayscale, color, or black and white
  • Batch scanning and export
  • Cropping is built in and automatic
  • Supports all major scanner brands

Cons

  • Advanced features can be hard to find

The Verdict

If you are getting upset about Fax and Scan or you went ooh or aah from this review, definitely try ScanPapyrus.

  • Quality: Gold
  • Rating: 10/10
  • Recommended: Yes
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