||January 2003, Week 4
--By the Booklet
|| Psst: Wanna print
booklets without going nuts? Well you're in luck. ClickBook, one of the best
print utilities of all time (computer time, that is) is out in a new version
with some new tricks.
| Printing a booklet is so easy
you'll want to do it for every list you have -- names and addresses, company
health benefits, rules for using the library, mail procedures, recipes,
music collections, whatever.
| Any time you go to the print menu
in any application, one of your choices will be ClickBook. Select that and
you then choose a template: to produce booklets, brochures, manuals,
invitations, catalogs, menus, etc. The default choice is printing a booklet.
|| Printing booklets is what this
utility was been about from the beginning. New features in version 6 include
more than 130 other layouts for items such as business cards, greeting
cards, day planner pages, doorknob hangers, CD jewel case covers, stickers,
and even photo albums. The utility instructions walk you through
double-sided printing if your printer isn't already set up to do it. Page
numbering, missing in previous versions, is now present.
|| The utility of this utility, if you
will, quickly exceeded its apparent utility. It automatically reduced and
aligned any text or photo files we wanted to print. This produced pages with
several photos or text pages on a single sheet of paper ready for folding or
cutting. Single sheets of paper can have many pages of text or photos and be
stored for archival purposes. Since the sheets can be printed double sided;
one piece of paper can hold a lot of information.
|| As we said earlier, booklets can be
printed from almost any application. We called up a file of World War II
speeches by P.G. Wodehouse and loaded it into Microsoft Word. PrintBook
automatically generated a 5x8 inch booklet, reducing the text to fit and
numbering each page. We put a bunch of children's drawings on a blank page
in Word, one by one, and the utility printed a booklet of pictures, two to a
page. Looked totally great!
|| It frequently happens in business
and schools that changes have to be made to an instruction manual or phone
list or benefits book. The utility has a one-click button for removing or
adding a page. If only small sections of a page are to be changed you can
adjust the layout. A small and subtle touch in the ClickBook is
"anti-shingling." When you print a booklet with more than a few pages the
extra thickness forces pages progressively back from the leading edge,
creating a sloping effect called "shingling" by printers. The program
automatically corrects this by adjusting the printing of each page in tiny
increments so the complete booklet will look normal when folded.
|| ClickBook 6.0 is $50
from the maker, Blue Squirrel www.bluesquirrel.com, or $25 as an upgrade from
earlier versions. A 15-day free trial can be downloaded from the web site.
There is a Macintosh available for $50, or for $10 as an upgrade.
||More utilities: the
| On to another utility: This one is
"Internet Cleanup," in a new Windows version from Aladdin Systems. It's
designed to work with the market leading Internet Explorer browser from
Microsoft and eliminates such supremely annoying Internet features such as
flashing ads, popups and banners.
| The utility can also remove Spyware,
Active X controls, tracking devices and unwanted cookies. Spyware is one of
the insidious features of the Internet. Downloading some programs, or just
visiting some sites or reading email can result in small spy programs being
placed on your computer. These can send messages back to the originator,
about your Internet usage or simply how often you use a certain program. The
object would be to put you on a mailing list for certain products or just
general junk mail. The spyware may also pester you to upgrade, which I
consider almost the same as junk mail.
|| For your own security the utility
can be set to delete instant messages and chat room conversations, and can
shred any deletion if you so desire. Shredding for a digital message means
it is overwritten many times, making it impossible to resurrect later with
"undelete" software. Only do this if you want, since accidental deletions
that are shredded cannot be recovered.
|| Aladdin Internet
Cleanup 3.0 works on Windows 98 and up and is $30 from
www.aladdinsys.com; upgrades are $15.
This version does not work with the Netscape, Mozilla or Opera browsers;
those users should get version 2.0.
||And still more utilities
| We're going to close by mentioning
a new upgrade of "Undelete," version 3.0, that works with Windows XP;
earlier versions work with previous versions of Windows.
| Undelete is much more powerful than
Windows own undelete feature. It replaces the Windows "recycle bin" and can
recover deleted files instantly, even if they were deleted from another
computer on a network. It can even recover files that were emptied from the
recycle bin, as long as they weren't overwritten. This can be a career
|| An overwritten file
can only be recovered in fragments. The more times the file is overwritten
the fewer fragments there are, until finally nothing is recognizable or
recoverable. Sometimes you want that, and so this utility includes a
"shredding" feature to make sure that deleted file can't be recovered.
Undelete is $30 from www.undelete.com.
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