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Desktop Dozen

Type of Program: Business productivity tools
Supported Platforms: Win 9X, NT 4.0, Win 2000
Company Name: Spud City Software Co.
Version: 2.1
Price: $15.95
Installed Size: 15Mb


From the Company:
I just wanted to let you know that the latest version is 2.4, and the
current price is $19.95.


OK, the installation was easy and effortless, it lets you have your way with it. In other words you can install it anywhere you want.

Here are the tools that come with the program:
Alarm Clock
Set messages to appear and programs to start at specific times. Includes countdown alarms, too.

Area Code Finder
Search for area codes by cities, or for cities by area codes.

Astronomy Calculator
Displays the rise/set times for the sun and moon. Also includes dates and times of season changes and lunar eclipses.

Displays your choice of a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month calendar. Calendar week numbers may be displayed, and weeks can start on whichever day you want. (You can show weeks running from Tuesdays to Mondays, for example.)

Date Calculator
Perform various calculations with dates. For example, what date is 100 days from today? If someone was born on March 6, 1960, how old is he?

Measurement Converter
Convert values of weight, length, area, temperature, and volume.

Postage Calculator
Calculate various U.S. Postal service rates for single pieces sent to domestic and international destinations.

Printing Calculator
Similar to a standard calculator, but includes a running tape display which can be printed out.

State Abbreviations
Shows you the official U.S. Postal service abbreviations for U.S. States and Territories, as well as Canadian Provinces. Includes other official Postal abbreviations, too.

It's a stopwatch. You know--start, stop, lap, reset.

Time Calculator 
It looks like a standard calculator, but you use Time Calculator to add, subtract, multiply, and divide hours, minutes and seconds.

Zip Code Finder Search for zip codes by cities, or for cities by zip codes.

All of these tools work just great. They each have a " Two-Minute Tutorial"
These are not your standard Windows type tools, the author is definitely marching to a different drummer. About time someone did too. He has made these invaluable tools look really slick, and they are controlled by either the Esc key or by right clicking. Really neat. 

The Documentation on these tools is SUPERB, something that is not seen as much as it should be. I also should point out that the documentation is rarely need these tools are really intuitive.

In conclusion. If you are in business the Desktop Dozen is an invaluable tool. About the only problem I have with it is the size of the download. It is 8Mb. hey good things come in big packages.

What are you waiting for, check it out you get 31 days to try it and the small nag screen isn't that intrusive.

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Reviewed by Joe Tex

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