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1.5.1 (Jul 4, 2014)
Excellent word processor. It has just the features you need for keeping notes and scraps, and is an excellent Windows Write replacement. I love the clean GUI, and portability always adds usefulness. This is a rare genre, being a "clean screen" word processor/text editor. The only other program of this type is WriteMonkey, which does not have an inline spell check and does not use RTF. While it reads and saves DOCX, I wish FocusWriter would read DOC. It does read ODT, which may become more popular. Don't be put off by the default configuration. It's full screen and the colors are drab. You can easily fix it by unchecking the "full screen" option, and going into the Settings,,, Themes, and changing the colors and fonts to your taste. I also like the optional typewriter sounds, which help you type faster and more accurately. Also, it saves the cursor position if you wish, which is great for note keeping, lists, and collecting quotes. Highly recommended!
XE 2014 Release 650 (Dec 25, 2013)
While not perfect, I think FC is the best out there. It's amazing how many file managers there are, and even more amazing how many shortcomings they have. Many of them simply do not work in an X64 environment, some do not work with external copy programs such as Teracopy, some have garish colors that make your eyes bleed, some have tiny tool bar icons which you can neither see nor adjust. FC is not really X64 compatible, but uses a satisfactory transparent workaround. I especially like the flexibility of FC, and I use single window and a tree (Explorer style). Personally, I think tabs make dual window file managers obsolete. You can do anything with tabs you can do with extra windows, and they're also more compact and flexible. FC tab implementation is very good, BTW. You can choose to close all non-locked tabs on closing FC, a feaure which some FM's inexplicably omit.
Try it, I think you'll like it!
126.96.36.199 Beta (Sep 20, 2013)
Simple, easy to use, and very useful! Runs from a single EXE on both ends, always convenient! Very handy for keeping a multimedia and/or file server in your closet and running it remotely. The best use of course is helping out friends and relatives remotely when helping over the phone isn't working out.
188.8.131.52 (Sep 12, 2013)
This is a first class text editor. Has more than enough features to do daily writing chores. Plenty of cool extras! I like to completely do away with the frame and title bar and type on a clean sheet of paper, as it were.
Bonus, it's portable. When you get all the settings as you like, be sure to export your settings. That way you can use it portable and import your familiar settings. 10 stars out of 5!
3 Beta 1.0 (Sep 11, 2013)
GUI is a bit nicer in this release, still works great. Only complaint is, it's a lot larger than a couple of other free 1 file uninstallers, but still not huge at 8mb.
3 Beta 1.0 (Jun 25, 2000 - 11:45 AM)
I think this one is not going to be well received! Looks like MS's goals are two fold: 1., to keep monthly income coming in from millions of people forever, and 2., to keep control over their software and customer base.
Well, I don't think most people will go for this. I agree with the poster that mentioned this is nothing more than reinvented time sharing. Microsoft's modus operandi in the past has been to entice millions of people to get hooked on inexpensive software, then drop the hammer. Sure, a few lamers will go for such a ploy, but most people will be extremely wary of trusting the Internet. As sure as you have an important job to do, the damn thing will go down for 2 hours. Or you wake up one morning and the price has doubled.
3 Beta 1.0 (Jun 19, 2000 - 10:55 PM)
99%? Get real! I have hand-picked, top quality components in my computer, and I can tell you that ME is only marginally stable enough to release. Scanner buttons don't work (Epson, HP), many installation programs simply don't work, programs crash, MS Publisher 2K doesn't work right, several programs (including ACDSee) aren't able to grab window focus properly. The MS Intellipoint software doesn't work right. The MS Intellitype software doesn't install. There are way too many "Explorer Crashes". Want more? There's a lot more! MS stopped including their Release Notes 2 or 3 builds ago, and I know why. It's because they have chosen to ignore many issues that were formerly under investigation, and wanted to keep this quiet. OK, it's a nice OS. It has some great features, and I'll end up using it. However, it's *far* from being finished and bug-free. It needed 2 or 3 more builds for de-bugging. Shame on MS for not going the extra mile for their customers and resolving more bugs.
3 Beta 1.0 (Jun 7, 2000 - 11:03 PM)
Maybe the people are, maybe they aren't capable of learning to install Linux on their machines. That's not the point. They don't WANT to use Linux. Linux doesn't run the software they have been collecting since 1994, and are familiar with. They don't WANT to throw away 6 years of learning Windows for a half-done OS that doesn't support their hardware and software. MS has the people addicted to Windows, plain and simple. MS knows it, and can manipulate things and capitalize on that addiction in an unfair way. Some day, this will not be the case, as Linux and perhaps Be OS will more usable and mainstream. But right now, Windows has no competition save for Linux used by a few of us.
3 Beta 1.0 (Jun 7, 2000 - 9:36 PM)
The real truth is that Windows IS a monopoly. Over 90% of the world's computers would turn into paper weights without it. MS dictates to all the hardware and software developers of the world, and they are powerless to argue with MS. Windows is a monopoly as certainly as your electric and water services. They have you by the balls, because there are no VIABLE alternatives to Windows. Sure, there are a few geeks like us that use Linux, but geeks like us are a tiny minority of computer users. Grandma and Uncle Ned don't want to fiddle with Linux or other works-in-progress. They want their scanners, cameras, TV cards, 3D games, fancy keyboards, and cheap sound cards to work INSTANTLY. They want a HUGE VARIETY of CHEAP but very good software to do every little chore imaginable. They want to use what their friends and family use, so they can learn together, help, and be helped with popular hardware and software. Windows is a monopoly for sure, but I'm not so sure this breakup is good for the average user. Time will tell...
3 Beta 1.0 (May 20, 2000 - 5:36 PM)
I've been wishing for a more usable personal firewall, so thanks to Betanews for pointing me to it. It's a little bloated, but it's easy to configure and not as confusing as some. Unlike BlackIce, it leaves me feeling confident that it's actually working. Unlike Zonealarm, it doesn't totally entangle your Internet Connection Sharing and leave me no choice but to uninstall it. This may be the magic bullet I was looking for. Time will tell, but right now I'm pretty happy with it.