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Project Management Software Reviews

Project KickStart Review

Project KickStart is a project management software program developed by Experience In Software, Inc. The program is designed to provide solution for planning and managing projects for general business, consulting, government, education and more. There are two versions of Project KickStart: Pro and Standard edition. The Pro version has more feature and higher price.

It is simple to get start with new project. The program provides useful Planning Wizard that guides you through eight steps for planning your project including name, phases, goals, similar, people, obstacles, assign and tasks. Here are quick overviews of these steps:

  • Name: To start planning your project, give it a short, descriptive name.
  • Phases: Consider how your project will break down into major activities, or phases. Start by listing your phases, and then list the tasks that belong in each phase.
  • Goals: Goals are what you hope to accomplish in your project. Enter or select the goals for your project. Then you can list any new tasks to achieve each goal.
  • Similar: Projects often have tasks in common. In this step, you can borrow tasks from past projects to help you plan this project. Then you can add any new tasks from a similar project to the phases of your current project.
  • People: List the people, groups, or things that might provide resources for your project, including yourself. Then identify any new tasks these people might do or suggest for your project.
  • Obstacles: Each project has obstacles you can overcome if you anticipate them. List the obstacles you will face in your project, and then identify any new tasks needed to avoid the obstacles.
  • Assign: Assign tasks to people and other resources.
  • Tasks: Change the order of your tasks, add and delete tasks, and create subtasks. You can also edit tasks, change assignments, and add notes.

After completing all of above steps, you are now in schedule section where you can adjust your tasks as well as project schedule in Gantt chart.

The software provides five libraries that contain lists of useful phases, tasks, goals, people and obstacles where you can use by dragging and drop them into your project. All libraries, except the people library, contain sample entries that you can use in your projects. You generally build your own People Library from the resources that are available to you.

After completing your project planning, you can export to various file formats including ACT, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, Mindjet MindManager, Milestones Professional, WBS Chart and several more.

The program runs on Windows platform including Windows Vista and XP. The trial version is available to download and try for 20 days risk free. You can download with or without signing up an account.

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Project Management Software Reviews

RationalPlan And Milestones

RationalPlan Review

RationalPlan is a project management software solution by Stand By Soft Ltd. It is a cross platform project management program which is available for three popular operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. There are two editions of RationalPlan: RationalPlan Multi Project and RationalPlan Single Project. Multi Project version is designed for users who want to keep in one hand projects with shared resources or dependencies between tasks that do not belong to the same project. And the single project edition is designed for users who have the projects that are completely independent – no shared resources, no interdependencies.

The program provides simple and easy to use interface with guide along the planning process. You can quickly navigate from one section to other including create WBS, schedule tasks, define resources (human & equipment and materials), assign resource, level resources and define additional costs for tasks. The software provides five views features including WBS View, Gantt Chart, Resource, Task Sheet and Resource Sheet.

The trial versions for all platforms are available to download and try. The trial version has all the functionality of the full version but it limits your projects to no more than 20 tasks. You can use it for an unlimited period of time.

The program is also available for educational version with discount and cheaper price which can be purchased and used only by students, educational institutions and non-profit organizations and has the same features as regular version.

Milestones Review

Milestones is a project management software program developed by KIDASA Software, Inc. The program involves various color and design features; it is right for users who are looking for graphical project management. You can create project planning and scheduling with colorful and stylish Gantt chart.

There are several versions of Milestones: Professional, Project Companion and Simplicity. The professional version is the full featured product which is designed for those who need to manage projects of all sizes and create presentation project reports.

The program runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista or later. And the trial version is available to download and try with or without registration. With trial version, users are limited to 20 file saves. You can see how the program look and find out whether it is right for your needs or not.

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Project Management Software Reviews

TaskJuggler Review

Highlight Features of Good Project Management Software

There are many companies that offering project management software solution; from one to another package there are differences regarding to feature set and price. Here are some highlight features that you can found in good project management program:

  • Resource Scheduling and Management, Document Management, Project Planning and Management.
  • Easy to use program interface which allows user to work fast.
  • Auto-draw Gantt chart bars when adding task, duration and predecessors.
  • Flexible project views: including Calendar, Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Task Usage, Resource Graph, Resource Sheet, Resource Usage and more.
  • Customizable work space and toolbars.
  • Include various project templates and examples.
  • Collaboration features.
  • Comprehensive user guide and help system which allows users to utilize all program features.

TaskJuggler Review

TaskJuggler is a free and open source project management software program which primarily developed for Linux and Unix like systems. The program provides project planning and tracking solution with more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools. It is a project management software program for serious project managers. This project management tool offers complete solution of project management tasks from the first idea to the completion of the project including project scoping, resource assignment, cost and revenue planning, risk and communication management.

TaskJuggler also provides an optimizing scheduler that computes your project time lines and resource assignments based on the project outline and the constraints that you have provided. The built-in resource balancer and consistency checker offload you from having to worry about irrelevant details and ring the alarm if the project gets out of hand.

Highlight Features of TaskJuggler

  • Manages tasks, resources and costs in one package.
  • Automatic resource leveling, tasks conflict resolutions, and task filtering.
  • Built-in templates to get you started.
  • Project tracking and status reporting.
  • Easy to use interface for editing your projects, view and generate Gantt charts and reports.
  • Project breakdown and management team support.
  • HTML and XML report generation.
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

StuffIt Deluxe Review

StuffIt Deluxe is easy-to-use file compression software available on the market today. StuffIt Deluxe is a product of Smith Micro Inc. It allows user to compress, send, protect and backup. User can preview images within archives and compress JPEG images by up to 30% with no loss in quality.

StuffIt Deluxe is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website. User has to register to be able to download the software.

There are three versions of StuffIt: Standard, Deluxe and Free Expander. StuffIt Standard has only basic expansion and compression. StuffIt Deluxe has more features and higher price. StuffIt Expander is free edition that allows only expansion and decoding. StuffIt Deluxe has five main features: Compress and Expand, Send, Protect, Backup and Integrate Feature.

Compress and Expand Highlight Features:

  • Has Duplicate Folding function for smaller archives
  • Allows user to expand 7Zip archives
  • User can also expand segmented Zip archives
  • Lets user to create EXE archives with remote payload
  • Comes with patented 24-bit image compression
  • Has special TIFF, PNG, GIF & BMP compressors
  • Has optimized compressors for PDF, MP3 & more
  • Lets user re-compress Zips and MS Office docs
  • It can compress JPEG photos up to 30%
  • User can create StuffIt, Zip and TAR archives
  • Lets user browse archives without expanding
  • User can view thumbnails of archived images
  • Allows user to convert to and from Zip and Sitx archives
  • User can expand files with a single keystroke
  • User can add, delete, and change files in archives
  • Lets user search archives by name, date and more
  • It can expand over 25 compression formats

Send Highlight Features:

  • It has added support for any MAPI email client
  • It has built-in FTP and email file transfers
  • Allows user to split files apart to fit email size limits

Protect Highlight Features:

  • Comes with strong 512-bit and AES 256-bit encryption
  • Has built-in protection against data corruption
  • User can encrypt StuffIt and Zip files

Backup Highlight Features:

  • User can schedule backups from contextual menu
  • It uses file metadata to backup files
  • Allows user to backup directly to FTP
  • Lets user to burn archives to multiple CDs and DVDs, Blu-ray Disc
  • User can also schedule backup at shutdown

Integrate Highlight Features:

  • Has plug-in support for Photoshop CS2-4
  • Has plug-ins for Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007
  • Has multi-processor and multi-core enabled
  • Let user create cross-platform compatible archives
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

Quick Zip Review

Quick Zip is a free file compression software, a freeware application. Quick Zip developed by Leung Yat Chun Joseph. It can perform powerful archive operations over a wide range of archive types using a familiar explorer like interface.

Quick Zip is available for Windows XP only. User can download the software at this file compression software website.

Quick Zip Highlight Features:

  • Open All Kinds of Archives – Allows user to work with 22 encode and encryption formats and 44 archive extensions including the popular 7z format.
  • Script Support – Lets user run automated backups and other operations using the powerful aks and akp scripts.
  • Advanced File List – Highlights the files that match the user defined filter.
  • Shell Integration – User can drag and drop files and directories from file list to explorer to extract or add.
  • Bookmarks – Allows user to add archive bookmarks which perform like their browser bookmarks.
  • Search in Archive – User can search files in archives based on the name, directory, size and date.
  • Archive Finder – Allows user to extract multiple archives at the same time.
  • Multi Extract – User can specify filters (e.g. s>100;n=readme.txt) , only files that matched the selected filter will be shown on the file list.
  • Virus Scan Support – Automatically scan for viruses every time user extracts using their anti-virus software or the included free Clam-AV plug-in.
  • Mass Renamer – Simple but powerful tool that allows user to rename a group of files using masks.
  • Encryption – User can encrypt using Blowfish, Des, 3Dex and AES encoding methods.
  • And other tools including Repair Zip, Archive Convert, SFX and Disk Span.

To add more useful information for other users, if you ever experience using the Quick Zip program, I encourage you to write a short review about your experience with software and share it with us.

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Interior Design Software

Chief Architect Interior Designer Review

Chief Architect Interior Designer is formerly Better Homes & Garden Interior Designer, one of most popular interior design software on the market today. The program is designed to make it easy for interior design including kitchen, bath, room decorating, floor and space planning. The software allows you to design in both 2D and 3D view which make it possible to see how exactly it looks in plan and reality along the designing process. With 3D Walkthrough feature, you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design. You can also visualize realistic lighting with interior shadows. The program provides artistic rendering techniques for Watercolor, Glass House and Technical Illustration which make the design look more realistic.

All necessary tools are included to make design easier and fast. There are many furniture and accessories where you can browse from the libraries including sofas, chairs, tables, desks, beds, storage items, home office items and more. To speed up your design process, you can choose from pre-arranged furniture groupings, including bedroom sets, dining and living areas and more. You can also resize furniture to create any custom size you prefer including change the height, width and depth of any item. There are various bonus library files which you can also download and use including Event Planning, Kitchen Accessories, Rec Room Items, Home Gym Items, Fire Places, Kitchen Appliance and more.

This interior program also includes Project Cost Estimating feature which can help you quickly determine costs with the built-in materials list. It will do calculations for you including carpet, hardwood, countertops, windows, cabinets and more. To be more specific you can assign costs for materials such as descriptions, quantities, unit costs and so on. What make the project estimation so easy is that when you add items to your design, like cabinets, windows and furnishings, the program automatically places the item and the quantity in the Materials List.

Highlight Features of Chief Architect Interior Designer

  • Interior Design including Kitchen, Bath, Room Decorating, Floor and Space Planning.
  • 3D Walkthrough: you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design.
  • Over 5,000 items in the built-in library: furniture, lighting, appliances, cabinets, windows, materials and more.
  • Over 1,000 sample plans to speed up your design.
  • Project Cost Estimating and Materials List.
  • Video tutorials for new user to get start quickly.
  • Various bonus library files available to download.
  • System Requirements
  • Platform: Windows 7, Vista or XP.
  • CPU: 2.4GHz processor recommended.
  • Disk Space: 5 GB.
  • RAM: 2 GB of memory.
  • DVD drive.
  • Video card with 128 MB.
  • Internet for software activation and training video access.

Other Interior Design Solution from Chief Architect

There are several other packages available for interior design solution from this company. The programs are not just specific for only interior design but providing you both interior and landscape design features. The packages have more feature and higher prices. It is right for you if you are looking for complete home design software rather than just interior. Let find out what they are:

Chief Architect Home Designer Professional

This package is designed for the Serious Home Enthusiasts and Professional Home Designer. The software provides you Home Design, Remodeling, Decks, Landscaping, Kitchens and Baths, Interior Design, Cost Estimating all in one package.

Chief Architect Architectural Home Designer

It is a smaller and cheaper package comparing to professional version, but it provides you all home solution including Remodeling, Interior Design, Kitchens and Baths, Decks and Landscaping, Site Planning and more.

Chief Architect Home Designer Suite

This package is designed for home designer with medium level of needs with Home Design, Remodeling, Decks, Landscaping, Kitchens & Baths and Interior Design. It has fewer features regarding to sample plan, library items, design template and some 3D features.

You can see more detail and compare features of these products by using Product Chooser available at its official website. This tool can help you in choosing the right solution for your specific needs.

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Project Management Software Reviews

OpenProj Review

OpenProj is a free and open source project management software program by Serena Software Incorporated. The developer claims that OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. And it has been download more than 1,250,000 times in the few months since launch and is being used in over 142 countries. Yes, it does. Even it is not equal to MS Project, but this program provides various useful features for project planning, scheduling and management. And it is worth to download and have a look.

With simple and easy to use interface just similar to MS Project, you can quickly create a project, add tasks, set duration with specific start and finish date, define predecessors and assign resources to the project. You can also quickly access to view features for viewing your project in Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Resource View, Projects View, WBS Chart, RBS Chart, Report View, Task Usage Detail, Resource Usage Detail, Histogram, Charts, Task Usage and Resource Usage.

Highlight Features of OpenProj

  • Project Planning, Resource Scheduling and Management.
  • Easy to use interface, Microsoft Project alike.
  • Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Resource View, Projects View, WBS Chart, RBS Chart, Report View, Task Usage Detail, Resource Usage Detail, Histogram, Charts, Task Usage and Resource Usage.
  • Supported platforms: Linux, Mac and Windows.

The program released and distributed under the CPAL license. It is a desktop project management software program which is available for multiple platform including Linux, Mac and Windows. The OpenProj solution has been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean and Chinese.

To add more useful information for other users, if you ever experience using the OpenProj program, I encourage you to write a short review about your experiences with software and share it with us.

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Project Management Software Reviews

MindView Review

MatchWare MindView is a professional Mind Mapping software program that allows users to brainstorm and visualize ideas quickly and easily. It is one of popular mind mapping software on the market today. It is a product of MatchWare Company. The program provides useful tools for both business and education. It can be used for developing business plans, agenda, SWOT analysis, project management, Gantt chart, WBS, visual thinking skills, outlining documents, storyboarding and creating presentations.

Even it is not design specifically for project management, but it provides all essential tools for effective project planning and management. The program includes built-in Gantt chart, built-in project timeline, export and import to MS Office as well as integration with MS Project capability.

There are six interchangeable mind map views including Mind Map, Left Right, Top Down, Outline, Gantt chart and Timeline. With these feature, you can quickly change how your mind map looks. The program can also integrate with Microsoft Office including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS Excel MS Project and Other.

Highlight Features of MindView

  • Mind mapping and project management.
  • Easy to use interface, MS Project alike.
  • Variety of predefined Mind Map layouts, styles and galleries.
  • Six interchangeable mind map views including Mind Map, Left Right, Top Down, Outline, Gantt chart and Timeline.
  • Microsoft Office integration including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS Excel MS Project and Other.

Can be used for taking notes, organizing ideas, planning reports and proposals, task management, time management, project planning, problem solving, meeting agendas, brainstorm sessions, presentations, workshops, seminars, strategy meetings, and planning meetings.

MindView is available for both Windows and Mac users. The trial version is also available to download and try. To download, you need to fill out a form with name, email and address to get free trial serial and download link. The free MindView Viewer is also available to download; it lets anyone view MindView documents without having to install the full version.

System Requirements

  • Platform: Windows 2000, XP, Vista or higher; Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • CPU: 800 MHz or faster.
  • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB (300 MB for Mac).
  • RAM: 128 MB.
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

WinAce And WinRAR

WinAce Review

WinAce is a file compression software with its own powerful compression format ACE and built-in support for other popular compression types like ZIP, RAR and MS-CAB. WinAce is a product of e-merge GmbH. It enables user to compress, decompress, self-extract archive files and much more.

WinAce is available for Windows 2000 and XP. For Mac and Linux users, they call it, “Unace”. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

WinAce Highlight Features:

  • Lets user to compress the following formats: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, JAVA JAR
  • User can decompress the following format: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, RAR, ARC, ARJ, GZip, TAR, ZOO, JAR
  • Supports multi-volume (disk spanning) archives for ACE, ZIP, CAB
  • Has self-extracting archives (SFX) for ACE and ZIP
  • Comes with password encryption and recovery records for data protection
  • Has integrity check feature for ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, RAR, ARC, ARJ, GZip, TAR, ZOO, JAR
  • Has repair functionality for ACE and ZIP archives
  • Has authenticity verification for ACE archives
  • User can comment files in HTML, ANSI or ASCII for ACE- and ZIP-Archives
  • Has full command line access (compatible with DOS ACE)
  • Has detailed information for all archive types
  • Comes with Quickviewer for graphic files, Word Documents, HTML pages and ASCII files
  • Supports full Drag and Drop function
  • Has complete file-management (copying, moving and deleting of files and directories)
  • Has optimization of existing archives
  • Lets user access to their archives in Windows Explorer and via the context menu (shell extension)
  • Has table of contents in the “Properties” panel of ACE and ZIP files (shell extension)
  • and much more.

WinRAR Review

WinRAR is one of the most popular file compression software, aka a powerful archive manager. WinRAR is a product of RARLAB. It can backup user’s data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

WinRAR is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Pocket PC. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

WinRAR Highlight Features:

  • Lets user compress files by making smaller archives, saving disk space and transmission costs
  • Supports many files most of popular formats like: RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.
  • Comes with a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.
  • The “Wizard” mode feature allows instant access to the basic archiving functions. This avoids confusion in the early stages of use.
  • Offers the industry strength archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key of 128 bits.
  • Can support files and archive up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size.
  • The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.
  • User can create self-extracting and multivolume archives.
  • The recovery record and recovery volume feature allows user to reconstruct even physically damaged archives.
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Project Management Software Reviews

Project Management Softwares – Free & Paid Version

Paid Edition

When people talk about paid project management software solutions, Microsoft Office Project must be one of them, a leading project management program developed by Microsoft Corporation. Since it provides many useful features, the price is also high. There are several other project management programs available on the market today including MatchWare MindView, Project KickStart, RationalPlan and more (see in the table below). The price of the product ranges from less than a hundred to several hundred dollars.

Some people may say MatchWare MindView is a mind mapping software. Yes it is. Even it is not designed specifically for project management, but it provides all essential tools for effective project planning and management.

Free / Open Source Edition

What about free project management software? Is it worth to have a try? Sometime you don’t have to pay for commercial software. There are several outstanding free project management software programs available for you to download and use at no cost. Most of them are open source application, source code also available for free. Let me provides you some highlight:

OpenProj is open source project management software program that its developer claims that OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. Yes, it does. Even it is not equal to MS Project, but this program provides various useful features for project planning, scheduling and management.

Open Workbench is a free project management software program which is designed for project scheduling and management. It is also an open source application which runs on Windows platform including Windows 2000 and XP. The software can be downloaded and used for free for any number of users and it can also be used by individuals or any type of organization.

GanttProject is a simple and easy to use free project management software program by GanttProject Team. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. You can use it whether your computer is running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.

After reading the quick overview, I hope you get some ideas. Now let find out what are the solution available for you to choose.

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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

TUGZip And 7-Zip

TUGZip Review

TUGZip is another free file compression software for Windows. TUGZip is a product of Ivan Zahariev. It provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files, as well as very powerful features.

TUGZip is available for Windows XP users only. User can download the software at this file compression software website.

TUGZip Highlight Features:

  • Supports ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO archives.
  • Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.
  • Comes with Windows shell integration, for example Drag & Drop, Shell Context Menu and Drop Handlers.
  • User can create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.
  • Has script support which allows user to make automated backups.
  • Has basic features like: add, extract, delete, rename, run, view, checkout, install, test, comment, SFX, virus-scanning, disk-spanning and much more.
  • Lets user repair corrupted ZIP and SQX archives.
  • User can extract multiple archives at once using Multi Extract.
  • Allows user to encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).
  • User can also create self-extracting encrypted archives.
  • Has automatic updates using the “Web Update” function.

7-Zip Review

7-Zip is a free file compression software (open source software under the GNU LGPL license) with high compression ratio. 7-Zip is a product of Igor Pavlov. It can pack and unpack, self-extract, encrypt archived files and supports up to 74 languages.

7-Zip is available for Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and Vista and Mac OS X. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix. User can download the software at this file compression software website.

7-Zip Highlight Features:

  • The software has high compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression.
  • Supported Formats for Packing / Unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
  • Supported Formats for Unpacking Only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • It provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip (for ZIP and GZIP formats)
  • Comes with strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • It has self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Has integration with Windows Shell
  • It has powerful File Manager
  • Comes with powerful command line version
  • Has plug-in for FAR Manager
  • Has localizations for 74 languages
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Project Management Software Reviews

FastTrack Schedule Review

FastTrack Schedule is a project management software solution by AEC Software, Inc. The program is designed for both first-time and experience project manager for planning, tracking, and reporting project goals. The program contains over 30 pre-designed templates and examples such as Business Expansion, Business Startup, College Schedule, Commercial Construction, Conference Room, Deployment, Education Publications, Engineering Project and more. You can quickly start project planning from scratch using the examples.

The program allows you to view your project in three different views: Schedule View: display tasks and project in Gantt chart with detail of activity name, duration, cost per day as well as variance. Calendar View: view tasks and project milestones in the simplicity of a traditional wall calendar format. Resource View: Display resource allocation including assignments, costs and resource workloads and track the people and materials necessary to complete the project. Here are some more highlight features:

Highlight Features of FastTrack Schedule

  • Over 30 example schedules and templates to help in creating projects.
  • Resource work calendars account for variable work shifts, holidays, and vacations.
  • Hundreds of predefined columns for tracking date, duration, resource, cost, calculation, code, work, hyperlink, time, number and text.
  • Customizable bars and milestones.
  • Built-in outliner for organizing tasks.
  • Auto-styles per outline level.
  • Resource graphs and resource assignments.
  • Schedule, calendar and resource views.
  • Save schedules as JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP, WMF, EMF, and PICT images.
  • Export data as iCalendar, XML, MPX, HTML, Mindjet MindManager and images.

The program is available for both platforms Windows and Mac OS X. It runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Intel and PowerPC Mac. FastTrack Schedule trial version is available to download and try for free. To download from its official website, you will be required to fill out a request form.

System Requirements

  • Platform: Windows 7/Vista/XP/Me/2000/98SE/NT4 and Intel or PowerPC Mac running Mac OS X v10.3.9 or greater.
  • RAM: 16 MB.
  • Hard Disk Space: 60 MB.
  • Display: color monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or greater.
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

TurboZIP And ALZip

TurboZIP Review

TurboZIP is a file compression software which provides integrated solution to opening, creating, and managing all user’s archives. TurboZIP is a product of FileStream, Inc. It enables user to zip, unzip, encrypt archive files and much more.

TurboZIP is available for Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista and Windows 7. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

TurboZIP Highlight Features:

  • User can open all major archive and e-mail formats
  • Lets user create Zip, JAR, LHA and e-mail encoding
  • Supports extraction format like: 7z (.7z), Bzip2 (.bz, .bz2), ISO image (.iso) archive formats
  • Supports extraction for Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (.chm) format
  • Supports extraction Microsoft Windows Installer (.msi) format
  • Supports Microsoft Office 2007 archives
  • Comes with 64-bit Enhanced Deflated method
  • Allows user to thumbnail view of photos in archives
  • Has silent archive option
  • Has automated compress command
  • Supports 9 levels of compression ratios vs. speed
  • User can do the file spanning on HDD, Removable Drive, and CD/DVD
  • Supports unlimited file size, PKZIP 8.0, SecureZIP 8.0 and WinZip 9.0 compatible
  • Has extensive filter support to include and exclude files
  • User can display the internal subfolder structure in tree view
  • Has secure cataloging and archive management
  • Supports internal viewing of 200+ popular formats
  • Supports 128/256 Advanced Encryption Standards
  • Has transparent editing of photo and text within archive and automatically save it back
  • User can send selected files in an archive to E-mail or create a new Zip and send to E-mail
  • Has Vista style Compression Wizard and customizable interface

ALZip Review

ALZip is a cute and easy file compression software. ALZip is a product of ESTsoft Corp. It is designed for zipping and unzipping with more supporting file archives than any other file compression software programs.

ALZip is available for Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP and Vista. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

ALZip Highlight Features:

  • Zip Unzip in 2 Clicks – User can simply compress files and extract files in 2 clicks.
  • Extract 36 File Archive – Supports more file archives than any other file compression program.
  • ALZip Speed Extractor – By enabling this option, user can extract files with simply double clicking the file archive.
  • Lost Password Recovery for zip File Archive – If user loses a password, they can try to get it back with Lost Password Recovery tool.
  • Drag Drop and Done – This is an easy tool to add files to file archive.
  • Self Extracting Archives – Allows user to create SFX archive so they won’t have to worry when distributing their files to others.
  • Command Line Interface – Advanced user can use command line interface for zipping and unzipping their files.
  • Zip and Email – Lets user compress files and send file archive at a time. This reduces times and clicks for zipping and unzipping.
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Interior Design Software

Punch! Interior Design Suite Review

Punch! Interior Design Suite is an interior design software program from Punch! Software, one of top home design software companies on the market today. With this package, you can renew or redo your entire home including kitchen and bath design, bedroom decorating, basement remodeling and space planning. The program provides various useful features such as Cabinet Wizard for designing your own storage with color and style; Room Wizard for layout your rooms; make moldings and baseboards with the Trim Designer; frame your outdoor view with the Window Designer; build a fireplace for your home with the Fireplace Wizard and try new style with Decorator Theme Palettes.

Here are all the tools include within the program: 3D Custom Workshop, Animator, Cabinet Wizard, Door Designer, DXF/DWG Export, DXF/DWG Import, Estimator, Fireplace Wizard, Framing Editor, Layout Manager, Material Workshop, PhotoView, PhotoView Editor, Plant Editor, Roofing Wizard, Room Wizard, Trim Wizard, Window Designer. Now let see some highlight features:

Highlight Features of Punch! Interior Design Suite

  • Interior Design: kitchen and bath design, bedroom decorating and basement remodeling.
  • Thousands of objects and materials in Library.
  • Interior Lighting and Shadow Simulation.
  • Custom Material Designer.
  • Project Cost Estimator.
  • 3D Walkthrough: you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design.
  • Video tutorials for new user to get start quickly.
  • System Requirements
  • CPU: Intel Pentium, Celeron, Xeon.
  • Platform: Windows 98 or higher.
  • RAM: 64 MB of memory.
  • Disk Space: 3.25 GB.
  • VGA: 32 MB minimum video card memory.
  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution with 16 bit color depth.
  • Other Interior Design Solution from Punch! Software

There are several other packages available for interior design solution from Punch! Software. The programs are not just designed for only interior design but providing you a complete home designing. The packages have more feature and higher prices. It is right for you if you are looking for landscaping and interior design rather than just interior. Let find out what they are:

Punch! Home and Landscape Design Professional

Among Home and Landscape Design series, this professional version is full featured software package. It is a combination of Architectural Series 3000 and Architectural Series 4000 products with new technology. This package is designed for the Serious Home Enthusiasts and Professional Home Designer.

Punch! Home and Landscape Design Suite

This package has fewer features and cheaper price than professional version, and designed for home designer with medium level of needs. The program provides all necessary tools for your home design including interior, exterior and landscaping.

Punch! Home and Landscape Design

It is a basic package among Home and Landscape Design series, with fewer feature sets. It is designed for user who has basic home design needs rather than professional home designer.

Here are several other titles from this company: Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 5000 (the largest package), Professional Home Design Platinum, and Home Design Studio Pro (home design software solution for Mac users).

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Project Management Software Reviews

GanttProject Review And FusionDesk Starter Edition

GanttProject Review

Are you looking for free tool to help you in project scheduling and management? GanttProject is one of them, a simple and easy to use free project management software program by GanttProject Team. The program is straightforward. With user friendly interface, you can simply start project planning right away after installation. This program is an open source project management tool and released under the GPL license. Therefore, you can download and use it for free of charge. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. You can use it whether your computer is running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.

Even, it is not a complete project management software program like Microsoft Project. But it provides various useful features for project scheduling and management such as Gantt chart, resources management and PERT chart. Gantt chart feature: allow you to create work breakdown structure, draw dependencies, define milestones, set begin and end date, priority, predecessors, duration and coordinator. Resources feature: you can assign human resources to work on tasks, see their allocation on the resource load chart. PERT chart: you can generate PERT chart from Gantt chart. After completing your project planning, you can use export feature to save charts as PNG images, generate PDF and HTML reports.

FusionDesk Starter Edition Review

FusionDesk Starter Edition is a lightweight and free project management software program for individuals and small teams. The program provides basic project planning and management features. It may not the right solution if you are looking for complete project management program, since it lacks some vital project management features like Gantt charts and resource management.

The starter edition is a limited version of FusionDesk, while this company also sells a professional version call FusionDesk Professional Editions. The Pro version is paid edition (you need to purchase the license in order to use it) which has all features included in starter edition plus more advanced features such as recurring tasks and reminders, share projects: collaborate on projects, filtering and smart views, time tracking, work timer and several more.

The program has nice and easy to use interface. There are various build-in themes such modern, classic, black diamond, dream, MS office and Windows 7 alike, where you can change how the program looks. The program runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2000, 2003. You can download and use it for free of charge. You are required to register at its official website to get free key. The activation information will be sent immediately to the email address.

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Project Management Software Reviews

Service Desktop Pro And FusionDesk Professional

Service Desktop Pro Review

Service Desktop Pro is an integrated personal and business management software program for small and medium businesses. The program is designed for freelancers, software developers, web developers, graphic designers, consultants, professional service providers and various other small and medium business managers.

The program includes over 20 key business requirements such as contact management, leads management, project management, billing management, document management, expense management and customer service management.

Highlight Features of Service Desktop Pro

  • Contact Management
  • Time & Activity Scheduling
  • Leads Management
  • Billing & Expenses Management
  • Project Management
  • Digital Documents & Notes
  • Customer Service Management
  • Subscriptions & Passwords

This program runs on Windows operating systems including Windows XP, 2000, 2003, Vista. And it is available for several languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish. The trial version is available to download and try for free of charge.

FusionDesk Professional Review

FusionDesk is a lightweight project management software program for individuals and small teams. The program provides basic project planning and management features. It may not the right solution if you are looking for complete project management program, since it lacks some vital project management features like Gantt charts and resource management.

There are two version of FusionDesk, Professional and Starter editions. Starter is for entry -level users and available for free to download and use. The Pro version is paid edition (you need to purchase the license in order to use it) which has all features included in starter edition plus more advanced features such as recurring tasks and reminders, share projects: collaborate on projects, filtering and smart views, time tracking, work timer and several more.

The program has nice and easy to use interface. There are various build-in themes such modern, classic, black diamond, dream, MS office and Windows 7 alike, where you can change how the program looks. The program runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2000, 2003. The trial version is available to download and try for free. You are given 30 days to evaluate the program so you can better determine if it is suitable for your needs. After this period it will stop working.

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Project Management Software Reviews

Microsoft Office Project Features

When people talk about project management software, Microsoft Office Project must be one of them, a leading project management program developed by Microsoft Corporation. It provides complete project planning, resource scheduling and project management solution. There are two versions of Microsoft Office Project: Standard and Professional version. Microsoft Office Project Professional includes all the capabilities in the standard edition. In addition, the pro edition provides collaborative enterprise project management capabilities when used with Microsoft Office Project Server.

With the program, you can quickly create a project using built-in templates. There are various project templates to choose such as annual report preparation, commercial construction, home move, financial service offering launch, infrastructure deployment, internal readiness training, marketing campaign planning, new business, new product, office move, software development, product development planning and more. Or you can start new project for blank project.

The software includes various useful tools to create effective project planning including spelling check, autocorrect, document management, link between projects, import outlook tasks, change working time, assign resources, resource sharing, level resources, tracking, macro, organizer and more. With MS Project, you can also use the Compare Project Versions utility to review differences between the current version and an earlier version of the same project in a detailed report. You can also use this tool to compare the current version to a later version of the same project. Here are some more highlight features:

Highlight Features of Microsoft Office Project

  • Project planning, resource scheduling and tracking and project management.
  • Well structure and easy to use interface.
  • Variety of build-in project templates to get start.
  • Hundreds of predefined columns for tracking date, duration, resource, cost, calculation, code, work, hyperlink, time, number and text.
  • Auto-draw and connect Gantt chart when adding task, duration and predecessors.
  • Customizable Gantt chart bar (including shape, pattern, color and type) at start, middle and end of the bar.
  • Flexible project views: including Calendar, Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Task Usage, Tracking Gantt, Resource Graph, Resource Sheet, Resource Usage and more.
  • Flexible project task sort and filters.
  • Customizable work space and toolbar.
  • Toolbars: Standard, Formatting, Collaborate, Custom Forms, Drawing, Resource Management, Task Pane, Tracking, Visual Basic, Web, Analysis, Compare Project Versions, Network Diagram, PERT analysis.
  • Compare Project Versions utility.

The program is available to download and try for free 60 day trial. You can evaluate and see how the program work and look. And find out whether it is right for your needs or not. It runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

System Requirements

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later.
  • CPU: 700 MHz processor or higher.
  • RAM: 512 MB or higher.
  • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB.
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive.
  • Display: Minimum 800×600; 1024×768 or higher resolution monitor recommended.
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

PeaZip Review

PeaZip is a flexible, portable, secure, and free file compression software. PeaZip is a project of Source Forge. It allows user to save archive’s layouts, apply powerful multiple search filters to archive’s content, handle multiple archives at once, export job definition as command line, bookmark archives and folders and much more.

PeaZip is available for Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista and Linux. User can download the software at this file compression software website.

PeaZip Highlight Features:

  • Supports up to 87 file extensions
  • Full Supported Formats (Read and Write) – 7Z, 7Z-sfx, ARC/WRC, BZ2/TBZ2, custom, GZ/TGZ, PAQ/LPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, split, TAR, UPX, ZIP
  • Supported Read-Only Formats (Browse, Extract, Test) – ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, COMPOUND (MSI, DOC, XLS, PPT), CPIO, ISO, Java (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), LHA/LZH, LZMA, Mac (DMG/HFS), NSIS, Open Office files, PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, SMZIP, U3P, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, XPI, XZ, Z/TZ
  • Supported Repair Format – ARC
  • Supports multiple search filters
  • Comes with 7Z’s AES256 encryption, ZIP WinZip’s AE encryption based on AES256, FreeARC encryption based on AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256 and Serpent256, and PEA’s AES256 EAX authenticated encryption
  • Can decrypt PKZip’s AES encryption
  • User can create and extract multiple archives at once
  • Lets user create self-extracting archives
  • Allows user to export job definition as command line
  • User can save archive’s layouts and bookmark archives and folders
  • User can also scan and open with custom applications compressed and uncompressed files
  • Other features: strong encryption, robust file copy, split/join files (file span), secure data deletion, compare, checksum and hash files, system benchmark, generate random passwords and keyfiles.

Supported Languages:

Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, Galitian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and other languages.

Read more about such programs in our next articles.

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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

WinZip Review

WinZip is one of the most popular file compression software available on the internet today. WinZip is a product of WinZip Computing, S.L. It allows user to quickly zip and unzip files to conserve storage space, speed up e-mail transmission, and reduce download times.

WinZip is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

There are three versions of WinZip: Standard, Backup and Pro edition. WinZip Standard is designed for most users’ needs. Backup version is for users who need data backup facility. WinZip Pro edition has the most features and higher price. WinZip has four main features: Compress, Encrypt, Package and Share, and Backup / Automate feature.

Compress Highlight Features:

  • User can compress files to save space and reduce transmission times
  • Allows user to create Zip, LHA, and new Zipx files — the smallest Zip files ever
  • It can select the “best” compression method based on file type to maximize efficiency.
  • Can compress JPEG image files by 20 to 25% with no loss of photo quality or data integrity
  • Lets user to open and extract from Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, LHA BZ2, CAB, IMG, ISO, and more file formats
  • User can view international characters in file names through Unicode support
  • WinZip can create and read Zip files larger than 4GB.

Encrypt Highlight Features:

  • Lets user to secure sensitive data with FIPS-197 certified AES encryption (128- and 256-bit)
  • User can encrypt and decrypt confidential files and email attachments
  • Allows user to auto-wipe (”shred”) temporarily extracted copies of encrypted files (using the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) standard)
  • This feature allows user to set password policy by controlling complexity requirements
  • There is an option for setting or disable available encryption methods

Package and Share Highlight Features:

  • The software can bundle files into zipped packages, creating convenient, logical groups of related files
  • User can organize and secure email attachments, which transmit faster with smaller sizes
  • Lets user see the content of Zip file attachments in Outlook 2007 using the Zip file previewer
  • Allows user to double click on a file in the Zip file previewer for Outlook 2007 to open it for viewing
  • User can view photos in Zip files without extracting, using WinZip’s internal image viewer
  • Lets user to resize Photos when using Zip & E-Mail function
  • Allows user to use “Send To” to send new and existing Zip files as e-mail attachments
  • User can create Self-Extracting Archives with Self-Extractor Personal Edition
  • Allows user to split Zip files to make large Zip files fit on removable media
  • Uses Zip from Camera Wizard to quickly transfer, rotate, and compress photos from supported cameras

Backup / Automate Highlight Features:

  • User can prevent data loss with WinZip’s automated data backup facility
  • Allows user to burn back-ups to CD or DVD and automatically split them over multiple discs
  • User can upload their back-ups to an off-site server using WinZip’s internal FTP client
  • Lets user to create custom WinZip jobs to automate routine zip tasks
  • User can schedule WinZip jobs to run automatically and unattended
  • User can also email, FTP upload, or burn Zip files to disc using WinZip Job Wizard

Supported File Formats:

WinZip is able to unpack the following popular file format and extension.

  • Zip (.zip)
  • Zipx (.zipx)
  • RAR (.rar)
  • 7Z (.7z)
  • BZ2 (.bz, .bz2, .tbz, .tbz2)
  • LHA/LZH (.lha, .lzh)
  • Cabinet (.cab)
  • Disc Image (.img, .iso)
  • TAR (.tar)
  • GZIP (.gz, .taz, .tgz)
  • Compress (.tz, .z)
  • UUencode (.uu, .uue)
  • XXencode (.xxe)
  • MIME (.b64, .mim)
  • BinHex (.bhx, .hqx)
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File Compression Software Zip and Unzip Programs

IZArc Review

IZArc is a free file compression software which supports many archive formats. IZArc is a product of Ivan Zahariev. It allows user to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, create self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, convert from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more.

IZArc is available for Windows 2000, XP and Vista. User can download the software at this file compression software website.

IZArc Highlight Features:

  • Lets user to create an archive, add files to an existing archive
  • User can delete and extract files from an existing archive
  • User can test an archive file, convert archive and CD Images
  • User can also repair broken archive
  • Allows user to search for any files in many archives
  • User can obtain a detailed list of files and information like compression rate, path, or size from an archive file
  • The software supports both long and short 8.3 filenames
  • Allows user to disk span from and to multiple diskettes or other removable media
  • User can sort the list items by name size, date and etc.
  • Supports full Drag & Drop
  • Supports CD/DVD Images like: ISO, BIN, MDF, NRG, IMG, C2D, PDI, CDI
  • Has Windows Explorer context menu integration
  • Supports automatic installation of most software distributed in archive files
  • It has Add/View comments in an archive
  • By double-clicking onto a file in the file list, it’s opened with the program associated to this file type
  • Has CheckOut feature
  • User can create a self-extracting archive
  • Allows user to e-mail an archive
  • Has build-in multi-language support
  • Supports Virus Scan feature, UU/XX/MIME Encode/Decode
  • Create and merge Multi-Volume Set
  • Has UnSFX feature (Convert self-extracting (SFX) .EXE files to standard archives)
  • Encrypt files using Rijandael – AES (256-bits) encryption
  • It is Zip encryption (WinZip 9 compatible)
  • Has BZip compression for ZIP archives
  • User can decrypt files