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Type of Program: Desktop Utility
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98
Company Name: Pepsoftware Int'l Ltd
Version: 1.2
Price: $18.00
Installed Size: 942kb


MagicBar is a program launch bar. I know you are thinking there are a lot of them out there and you probably already have one installed on your computer. I am telling you that this one is different. You can put it where you want it. You can choose to have it auto-hide, stay on top, display small icons, and auto-detect. What is auto-detect? That is one of the things that makes this program different. I remember all the time I spent adding programs (buttons) to other launch bars and the time I spent getting them in a certain order. With MagicBars I don't have to spend all that time setting it up. I just run a program and as long as I have auto-detect activated it is added to MagicBar automatically. Another way to add programs (icons) to MagicBar is to drag and drop from the Windows Explorer. Arranging the icons is as easy as left clicking on the icon holding the left button down, dragging it to where you want it on the launch bar, and releasing the left mouse button. Right clicking on the icon will let you edit the path and the hint that is displayed when you put the cursor over it. You can also choose to have MagicBar not auto-detect the program and delete it by right clicking on the icon and choosing the option. You can also delete the icon by dragging it to the "*" on the MagicBar.

MagicBar also lets you choose which drives you don't want it to auto-detect on under settings. You get to the settings menu by left clicking on the "-". This is truly the easiest launch bar program I have seen yet. It is great for the novice and power users. I recommend that you take advantage of the 30 day free trial to find out for yourself.

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Reviewed by Zonia J. Heath

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