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Update: You can win one of three signed copies of this book here.

In this article, I interview Joan Lambert, author of Windows 7 Step by Step. At the conclusion of the interview, I share some highlights of her book and invite you to get your own copy.

Interview with Joan

Joan, thank you for taking time to share a little about yourself. Before we talk about your profession and book, I’m sure Windows Guides readers would like to get to know you better; tell us a little about yourself:

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Build Photo Collages Quickly and Easily with Collage Maker

Posted by Thomas On March - 27 - 2010

Time to send some photos of the kids to the grandparents ?
In desperate need of creating Greetings or Congratulations Cards ?
Do you love Scrapbooking ?
…Or just updating the family album ?

Collage maker, let you do exactly that, the easy way !

Windows Guides’ Rating Compatible with
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star3++ out of 5 Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROGRAM: Collage Maker

PROS: Easy to use. All Functions are available on the Right-Click Menu which really let you focus on your creative skills.

CONS: No Undo Function (Ctrl+Z) and no support for multiple pages in the document.

VERDICT: A Great program for those who like to create collages, both for printing and processing. Create your collages in a few clicks.

PRICE: From $34.95


Download Link for Demo version in the Article

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Protect your Computer with a USB Flash Drive

Posted by Thomas On March - 20 - 2010

It’s in all the movies and TV-series where a Government Employee log on a Secure Computer. He or She insert or remove a KeyCard to log on and off. Without the KeyCard the computer is rendered useless. If you like the idea, well …

Predator, let you do exactly that !

Windows Guides’ Rating Compatible with
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star4 out of 5 Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROGRAM: PREDATORPROS: PREDATOR locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened. It is very easy to use and the security seems to be very good.

CONS: Dark interface, makes it hard to read. Tho several users can have their own key it cannot be used to Log In to different User Accounts, which would have been a great asset.

VERDICT: If you are looking for a simple way to protect your Computer while you step away from it. This what you need.

PRICE: Freeware and Paid Version ($29)


Download Link in the Article

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Save Ink – Use the correct Font

Posted by Thomas On February - 19 - 2010

Did you know that by choosing the right font you can actually make your inkjet printer more cost-effective ?

From time to time you’ll find link to free typefaces and fonts here on mintywhite which I’m sure you have put to good use – I know I have. I always thought that it was heavy colors and graphics that caused my ink to run out faster than greased lightning. But now it turns out that by choosing the right font when printing your documents, you  can actually save lots of ink and money.

Designers Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth looked at ink usage of some commonly used typefaces, by hand-drawing them with ballpoint pens. And the results really amazed me.

Read on to see which font is more economical in use…

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10 WINNERS of Nitro PDF Professional Licenses

Posted by Thomas On February - 16 - 2010

Last week we reviewed Nitro PDF Professional the affordable feature packed PDF-Suite Nitro Professional (Click to read). The nice people at Nitro PDF Software and their Executive Director Richard Crocker were so happy about out review that they came up with no less than 10 licenses of their Pro Edition for some of our lucky readers.

After reading over 50 competition entries the jury have reached their verdict. It was an overwhelming task and a tough decision. There is no doubt that we have many deserving and lojal readers out there and the Jury would have loved to give each and one a prize. With that being said I know you are curious to see who won; so without further ado, here are the votes from the Mintywhite Jurors:

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Windows Guides’ Rating Compatible with
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star

4 out of 5

Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP

PROS:The program is easy to use, it feels light and everything you need is there – right in front of you. Microsoft Office 2007 look – makes you feel right at home.

CONS: Compressing documents can produce poor quality images and pixellated graphics when “pushing the limits”

VERDICT: An affordable PDF Suite packed with features that measures up to Adobe Acrobat in every way.

PRICE: $99 per license


DOWNLOAD: Nitro Pro Trial

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