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   T he listing that follows is part of the current year's inducted Pricelessware software. If you encounter any broken links or changes to the status of any of the listings, please use the contact form on the contact page.

[ Character Map ] [ Clipboard Extender ]
[ Compare Text In Files ] [ Convert: HTML To Text ]
[ Convert: OCR ] [ Convert: Text To PDF ]
[ Convert: Text To Speech ] [ Editor: Notepad ]
[ Editor: Word Processor ] [ Font Manager ]

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Location:     Home / Text / Character Map

Extended Character Map Sony Arianto Kurniawan
 Version: 1.41
 Dated: 20 December, 1998
 Terms: Freeware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: Extended Character Map is like the Windows Character Map utility but uses much bigger, easier-to-see characters. The utility is especially useful for viewing the pictures in a symbol or Dingbat font. Characters can be seen up to 100pt size. No more squinting at Webding characters trying to figure out "is that a race car or a textile factory?". The keystroke name is displayed in the program's status bar. The Decimal/Hex/Oct/Binary values are also displayed. Additionally, you can view the fonts with one or more attributes selected (Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikeout). Using ExtendedCharacterMap, any character or series of characters can be quickly copied to the clipboard.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (extended.zip) (189 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Home page not available, but link takes you to PC World listing.

Location:     Home / Text / Clipboard Extender

Yankee Clipper III Joe LeVasseur, Konrad Krupa
 Version: 1.0.0
 Dated: 28 April, 2002
 Terms: Requestware
 Language: English / French / German / Italian
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: Yankee Clipper III (YCIII): Saves past 200 text and RTF, 20 BMP and Metafile, and 200 URL clipboard entries. Has the ability to save and re-use "boilerplate" clippings. Simply right-click on the item and select "Send to boilerplate". Unlimited boilerplate collections can be created. URL aware- links copied to clipboard can be instantly launched Has a "Load and Shoot" function to paste text anywhere Can float on top of other applications for fast pasting No size limits for "clippings" Prints any text clipboard entry, nicely word-wrapped This is a simple program to understand and use Has a global hotkey to make the application visible when hidden, and another to instantly show and select past "clippings" without showing the application. Clippings can be dragged and dropped to/from YCIII. Can strip unwanted "quote" characters from "clippings". Supports ordering of boilerplate items By popular request (They dragged me kicking and screaming...): the ability to "chirp" when a new clipping is detected. Just rename "clip.wav.Bak" to "clip.wav" or copy in the file of your choice and name it "clip.wav". You can now instruct YCIII to ignore pictures (METAFILES) from problematic apps such as MS Excel which copies metafiles of nearly infinite width to the clipboard when you select an entire row. This metafile isn't of much use at a later time anyway.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (YC3Setup.EXE) (1.04 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:

Location:     Home / Text / Compare Text In Files

ExamDiff PrestoSoft
 Version: 1.6i
 Dated: 23 December, 2002
 Terms: Liteware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: ExamDiff is a tool for visual file comparison of two text or html files. After selecting the two files to compare, ExamDiff will display them in a split screen and highlight all the differences The program offers a variety of handy features, like copying of text from the comparison panes via drag and drop and one push re-compare function which attempts to leave the viewer's focus in the same place as before the re-compare. ExamDiff can also remember a user specified number of last compared first and second files and saves the file differences in a standard UNIX DIFF file. The interface is clean,compact and there are several options to customize the comparison process, for example by ignoring white spaces and more.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (ed16i.zip) (204 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:

Location:     Home / Text / Convert: HTML To Text

Web2Text Stupendous Software
 Version: 1.6
 Dated: 02 March, 1999
 Terms: Freeware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / NT4
 Description: Web2Text is a HTML to ASCII text converter. The layout of the original HTML page is kept (as much as is possible) and URLs are kept visible in the text files that are output. Can convert single files or batches. A minimum of post-conversion editing required.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (web2text.zip) (186 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Version for Windows 3.1 is still available at [http://www.jetman.dircon.co.uk/software/w2t16v12.zip]

Location:     Home / Text / Convert: OCR

SimpleOCR SimpleScan Software, Inc.
 Version: 3.1
 Dated: 02 March, 2004
 Terms: Freeware (Non-commercial use)
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: Do you dread having to retype that document you are holding in your hand? If only you had the electronic file, your life would be so much easier. With SimpleOCR, you could easily and accurately convert that paper document into editable electronic text for use in any application including Word and WordPerfect. With optical character recognition up to 99% accurate, there is no better OCR application for the price. This increased accuracy greatly reduces the need for post-recognition proof reading and correction. SimpleOCR works with all versions of Windows. Your scanner need only a TWAIN driver, the driver that comes with a majority of all scanners sold. In short, SimpleOCR will most likely work with the PC and scanner you already have.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (SimpleOCR.exe) (9.28 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Based on WOCAR by Cyril Cambien

Location:     Home / Text / Convert: Text To PDF

CutePDF Writer Acro Software
 Version: 2.2
 Dated: 04 May, 2004
 Terms: Liteware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 98 / ME / 2000 / XP
 Description: CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a push of a button! Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (CuteWriter.exe) (1.04 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2004
 Notes: When you choose to "print" to CutePDF Printer, a "Save As" dialog is shown. Requires Internet Explorer 5+ and Adobe Acrobat Reader 5+ or Ghostscript
GhostScript and GSView (GhostView) Ghostgum Software Pty Ltd
 Version: 8.14
 Dated: 20 February, 2004
 Terms: Freeware / Open source / Unsupported
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: Multiple systems supported
 Description: AFPL Ghostscript is a PostScript/PDF interpreter that can be used to convert various types of documents to PDF. Using Ghostscript, you can produce a PDF document as follows: Create a document using any favorite application program (Word, Excel, etc.). Use printing software to create a Postscript version. Then use Ghostscript to create a PDF file from the Postscript one. To avoid the command line interface of Ghostscript, Windows users should also install GSView, the graphical interface. GSView can be downloaded from the same site and should be installed after Ghostscript is installed.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (gs814w32.exe) (6.99 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Requires having a Postscript printer driver installed. It is recommended that you also install GSview, a graphical interface to Ghostscript [ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/ghostgum/gsv46w32.exe] (GSView is Nagware).

Location:     Home / Text / Convert: Text To Speech

Speakonia CFS-Technologies
 Version: 1.0.3.5
 Dated: 26 February, 2003
 Terms: Freeware / Registerware
 Language: Multiple languages supported
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / XP
 Description: Speakonia is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) GUI (graphical User-Interface) Program which uses the Microsoft Speech Technology. The easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) is similar to Notepad. Speakonia reads aloud any given text with just one mouse click! The reading can be paused, resumed and can be exported to a wave file. In addition Speakonia is able to fetch webpages through an internal http interface and read them aloud for you. You can even have your mails read to you using the "Clipboard Reading" feaure. To enable Support for a particular language in Speakonia, download the appropiate language module from the Microsoft Page to your harddisk and double click it.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (speakoniasetup-1.0.exe) (2.58 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Also requires MS Language File. Registerware: Name and Email address. Links to Microsoft downloads are shown on the Speakonia web page.

Location:     Home / Text / Editor: Notepad

EditPad Lite Jan Goyvaerts
 Version: 5.3.0
 Dated: 04 March, 2004
 Terms: Liteware (Non-commercial use)
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: EditPad Lite is a light text editor and Notepad replacement. It has all the features a solid text editor needs without any bloat. You can open as many files at a time as you want, with no arbitrary file size limit.
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (SetupEditPadLite.exe) (973 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:
MetaPad Alexander Davidson
 Version: 3.5
 Dated: 17 May, 2002
 Terms: Donationware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: Metapad is a small, fast, 32-bit Notepad replacement. It includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more - without sacrificing any of Notepad's speed! Plenty of features for casual use and simple programming tasks alike. These include unlimited file size, drag and drop editing, auto-indent, support for Mac/Unix text files, enhanced find and replace, external viewers and more than 50 keyboard shortcuts. Metapad also features hyperlink support, favorites menu, stay on top window mode, custom font and background colors, a rich set of formatting commands and more. Additionally, you can set 10 quick buffers to paste frequently-used snippets of text. Recent additions include transparent mode and native Windows XP theme support. For spellchecking, one of Metapad's viewers can be configured for use with the Freeware Aspell (http:/aspell.sourceforge.net/).
 Download: !! Direct Download !!  ]    (mpad35.zip) (46 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Plugins available to support other languages.
NoteTab Light Fookes Software
 Version: 4.95
 Dated: 22 May, 2003
 Terms: Liteware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: The ultimate free Notepad replacement and a handy HTML editor. Handle a heap of files with a simple tabbed interface. Search files, strip HTML tags and format text quickly. Build libraries of text macros to speed up your work.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (ntfree.zip) (1.75 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:

Location:     Home / Text / Editor: Word Processor

AbiWord SourceGear Corporation.
 Version: 2.0.6
 Dated: 31 March, 2004
 Terms: Donationware / Open source (GPL)
 Language: Multiple languages supported
 Windows Ver: Multiple systems supported
 Description: AbiWord is a lean yet full-featured word processor. It features a familiar-looking interface, basic character formatting, paragraph alignment, a spell checker, interactive rulers and tabs, styles, unlimited undo/redo, find and replace, and image support. It can also import Microsoft Word 97 and RTF (Rich Text Format) documents, as well as support headers/footers, superscript/subscript, widow/orphan control and newspaper-style columns. Many plug-ins are available. Support for tables is currently limited.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (abiword-setup-2.0.6.exe) (4.78 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:
Atlantis Nova Rising Sun Solutions
 Version: 1.0.0.66
 Dated: 01 August, 2003
 Terms: Liteware
 Language: English / French
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: Atlantis Nova is a small, fast word processor. With it's WYSIWYG format, documents are displayed on the screen the way they will appear when printed. Atlantis lets you work with up to 50 documents simultaneously. It also supports many document formats (RTF, MS Word 6.0/95/97/2000, MS Write etc) as well as many graphics formats. With it's advanced toolbars, you are only one-mouse-click-away from most operations. More than 200 hotkeys are supported. Different zooming factors and Easy Hand mode make viewing documents extremely convenient. Other features include column support (including sum a column of numbers), drag and drop editing, clippy bank, unlimited document size, unlimited undo/redo, multiple ways to select text using keyboard and mouse, find and replace, advanced wheel mouse support, support for paragraph styles, a calculator integrated into the document window and much more.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (atlant10n_en.exe) (760 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2003 / 2004
 Notes:
Crypt Edit PolySoft Solutions
 Version: 4.1
 Dated: 14 April, 2001
 Terms: Freeware / Unsupported
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / NT4 / 2000
 Description: Crypt Edit is a very powerful multidocument word processor with enhanced cryptography features. It can easily save texts as HTML, DOC, RTF, ASCII (DOS, WIN, UNIX, MAC), WRI, UNICODE and PRT (Protected Text Format with 3 security levels), encrypt/decrypt binary files with compression, create desktop shortcuts for your documents, insert OLE-objects and pictures (gif, jpeg, bmp, emf, wmf). The program includes an advanced e-mail client with an address book, a spelling checker, a built-in clipboard viewer, various converters (Lowercase, Uppercase, ROT-13, OEM etc.), a character map, an autoformat tool and much more.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (cedit.zip) (1.10 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes: Program is no longer being developed.

Location:     Home / Text / Font Manager

The Font Thing Sue Fisher
 Version: 0.80 beta 2
 Dated: 22 December, 1999
 Terms: Freeware / Betaware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: With The Font Thing you can: Browse installed and uninstalled fonts; Browse fonts in subfolders as a single combined list; View sample text and individual characters in your choice of colours; Change sample text "on the fly" or easily switch between your own standard text samples; View detailed font information; Print font samples; Associate notes with fonts; Install or uninstall any number of fonts at once; Load (and unload) any number of fonts for temporary use; Copy or delete any number of font files at once; Rename font files to avoid file name conflicts; Filter fonts according to their type; Group fonts into collections for easier management; Use multiple font windows simultaneously for easy font comparison and management.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (tfti.zip) (1.09 Mb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
 Notes:
X-Fonter BlackSun Software
 Version: 4.1
 Dated: 21 December, 2003
 Terms: Freeware
 Language: English
 Windows Ver: 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP
 Description: X-Fonter is a user friendly Font Manager and Font viewer. It also allows you to make nice 3D Graphics that you can use for your webpages, emails and much more. Features: Supports TrueType, OpenType, Postscript Type 1, Raster and Vector Fonts; Preview Fonts without installation; Install or uninstall any TrueType Fonts; Search for fonts on any drive/directory; Network support included; Font Filtering by Font Family, Codepages and Font Style; Adjustable Colors, Styles and Sizes; View Fonts in 3D mode; Character map (ASCII and Unicode); Basic Image editor built in (with cropping); JPG output supported for 3D graphics; Most settings are saved and reused in next session; Very simple and intuitive interface; No extra DLL's required; Uninstall option; Compare fonts in Dual pane; Print font overview. NOTES: no GIF support.
 Download: Go to download page  ]    (X-Fonter-setup.exe) (886 Kb)
 Additional: Install:   No     Uninstall:   No
 Inducted In: 2003 / 2004
 Notes: No GIF support. Version 4.5 on site sounds like Crippleware, and 4.1 listed here may be the same. Have not verified yet.


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