Xpress Software's Advanced ID Creator Enterprise makes it easy to create professional-looking identification cards and badges. Businesses, schools, organizations, and anyone who needs to create attractive, legible, and unique IDs can save time and effort by using it. Maybe you're having a block party or similar event, and you want to control access: You can use AID Creator to whip up some ID badges or fancy name tags that clearly identify the holder, or enhance event security by producing and distributing IDs at the last moment, to prevent counterfeits. You can even use it to make Secret Agent … Read more
The Adobe Portable Document Format file format simplifies the conversion from paper to electronic documents and between file and document types across a wide range of programs and platforms, and it's the format of choice for posting documentation online. Businesses and individuals that frequently need to convert documents written in Microsoft's Word into PDFs need a PDF conversion utility. Word-Pdf-Convert's Word/Doc to PDF Converter & Creator makes it easy to create new PDFs and convert Word documents, but it does much more. It will perform conversions on and among any document in any program in Microsoft'… Read more
TXF Creator attempts to save you time and effort with its smooth ability to convert financial files from online investment sites and third-party financial software into tax-friendly formats. Its incredibly simple operation and fast results make for a sure-fire hit with those who invest a lot and file their own taxes.
The program's interface surely could have been more professional; however, its stark, white-space-heavy design did help us stay focused on the task at hand. We never felt confused or lost, thanks to its simplicity, or distracted, thanks to its dullness. The onscreen instructions break down the entire process … Read more
Star Fax Cover Sheet Creator helps you create a fax cover sheet for your business. It offers several built-in templates, and the ability to add your company's logo. Unfortunately, the e-mail feature failed to work for us.
The program's interface is fairly easy to use, though we did have to hunt for some features. We previewed the sample fax sheet that we had created and decided that we wanted to include our logo on the sheet. Figuring out how to do it required a visit to the Help file. The only file type that you can use to … Read more
PDF Creator Universal PDF Converter is an intuitive program that seamlessly integrates into Windows, allowing users to quickly and easily create PDFs from a wide variety of file types. The program's ease of use makes it a great choice for effortlessly converting files into PDFs.
PDF Creator's interface is intuitive and can be accessed in several ways. Users can right-click on a file, select the program from the list of printers, or find it in the Add-In menu in Microsoft Office programs. Users then simply select where they want to save the new file and PDF Creator does … Read more
Photo Collage Creator provides simple tools for making complex photo collages. By offering a great wizard, this program appeals to users of all skill levels.
The program's interface was a breeze to work with, thanks to a wizard that organized each step to design our custom collage. This was the highlight of a professional-looking setup that instantly felt comfortable to operate. We were able to select every aspect of our collage, focusing heavily on its design templates that provided a lot of different looks. The various backgrounds and themes all had a sleek appearance, which was appreciated, since we'… Read more
One of the coolest features for Spore gamers is the ability to create their own creatures. Now, anyone can assemble aliens through a new site set up by Electronic Arts.
Spore Creature Creator 2-D, released Wednesday, lets you conjure up and animate your own creatures using an assortment of eyes, arms, feet, horns, and various unidentifiable body parts.
Produced by EA's Maxis studio, the Flash-based game starts with a large egg cracking open to reveal a simple alien body that you mold online like a lump of clay. Thin, fat, long, or short--you devise your creature's basic shape. Then it's time to build your baby with the right parts.
Choosing from such categories as mouths, limbs, and graspers, just drag your favorite body parts onto your creature to evolve it from a formless blob into a fully-functioning whatever. The game helps you along, directing you to drop the parts in all the right places. You can bend and resize many of the parts, giving your creature big eyes and a small mouth or long legs and stubby feet. You can also add a splash of paint by choosing from a wide palette of colors.
As you develop your creation, it takes on life by showing off its animated parts, such as a mouth that opens and closes, eyes that blink, and graspers that try to grasp. If you're in a hostile mood, you can even add weapons, like the Problem-Solvent that sprays solvent, the Hockitlauncher that spits out water, or the Phlegmthrower that shoots, uh, well, you get the idea.
If you need a helping hand, you don't have to build your creature from scratch. Spore Creature Creator 2-D lets you tap into the Sporepedia, an online gallery of creatures designed by Maxis developers and other Spore gamers. Simply load one of the pre-existing creatures and then tweak it to assemble a totally new organism.
Once you're done, it's time to name and describe your creature. You can then take it for a workout in the Creature Trainer arena, where you move it around the screen to catch bouncing balls with its mouth, hands, or other parts.
If you're proud of your new creation, you can e-mail a postcard image of it to a friend or save it as a PNG file for your own picture gallery or Web site.
A variety of Spore masterpieces are viewable at the Sporepedia Web site. And for all you budding Spore artists, Maxis is offering a Creature Creator challenge. Recreate one of your favorite Spore creatures using Creature Creator 2-D for a chance to be featured on Spore.com.
Caryl Shaw, a senior producer at Maxis who helped bring Spore Creature Creator 2-D to life, told me the game came about because Maxis wanted to make Spore more accessible and let anyone with a Web browser experience the same creativity that Spore gamers enjoy. As one of the most popular features of Spore, the Creature Creator seemed a natural.… Read more
PDF conversion is an essential part of business. A program that quickly and easily does the job is always in demand. Unfortunately, Nitro PDF Professional still doesn't live up to these high expectations, but it has improved.
Nitro looks like the real deal. It has a start-up wizard that offers to answer any questions and walk users through the process of converting files to PDF, or vice versa. The program's interface has been refurbished to make it look more like Office 2007, offering a layout that mimics Microsoft's button design and layout. Create and Convert, Insert and … Read more
Creating ISO images has never been so easy, thanks to Free ISO Creator's basic, functional user interface. We just wish it had included a Help file for novice users.
The user interface is pretty plain, but extremely easy to figure out because it walks you through the ISO creation process. You'll see a tree-style menu file list, and commands for adding files and folders to that list. There are also commands for renaming files and deleting them. Each time you add a file or folder to the list, a size-limit bar at the bottom updates to let you … Read more
This Firefox add-on brings the capability to TinyURLize any Web page to your toolbar and menubar. Accessible from the Tools menu or as an added toolbar icon, it'll save you time from having to go to TinyURL.com to create a shortened URL. TinyURL Creator also offers several additional features that work expand on the utility of the TinyURL concept.
Click on the toolbar button to create a TinyURL for the Web site you're looking at, which then gets automatically copied to your clipboard. From the drop-down menu that's available, though, you can save TinyURLs so your … Read more