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Nico Westerdale As part of the recent Bits du Jour update we've moved to a nice new forum! There were 88 posts on the old forum about your suggestions, and we've included them all here below in one long post.

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        Nov 15 2008 at 8:21am
Nico Westerdale jen Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 11:52 am
A few suggestions we've gotten so far:

from Claire: Just discovered ActiveWords and it looks extremely valuable. I'd love
to see it featured on Bits Du Jour. The url is

from Peng: This is the must-have tool a developer really needs. PowerGREP at I cannot say enough good things about it. Very very impressive tool.

from Chris: Any chance you could feature SnagIt from TechSmith at a ridiculous discount?

jen Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 11:54 am
And a few more, thanks to Harald:

Direct WAV MP3 Splitter:


Easy CHM:
Win CHM:

Sue Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 12:31 pm
More for Pocket PC, please. Maybe one day a week could be dedicated to PPC software to make it a little more predicatble?

TextPlus is one in particular I'd like to see.

Alexander Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 12:58 pm
I just came across Bits Du Jour a few days ago and I've been very impressed; thanks for a great idea and a great job done! Find my suggestions belowThey are all my personal favourites; I own licenses to all and wouldn't mind buying more as presents!

Hare from Dachshund Software; by far the best PC acceleration utility

Fax4Word; a non-bloated utility for sending faxes from MS Word, including merge features.

LinkStash; an excellent internet bookmarks manager.

MyBase; a cost-effective, recently updated alternative to UltraRecall.

MyLifeOrganized; an excellent task manager that syncs with Outlook

FinePrint; a fantastic print manager

CDBF; excellent DBF Viewer and Editor

SpyWare Doctor

OutlookSync; keep OutLook appointments/contacts/tasks in sync acroos different computers.

Zan Image Printer; print anything to BMP/JPEG/TIFF

That's the lot - for the moment.

Thanks again

mikeb Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 1:16 pm




PalmOS games (Bejewelled, etc.) $20 a pop is too much!

Vlad Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 2:31 pm
I will second Sue: More Pocket PC titles please, especially utilities, system, and security tools.

Ken Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 3:17 pm
It would be great to see the "GTD Outlook Add-In" offered on Bits du Jour at a nice discount. The Add-In helps implement David Allen's GTD (Getting Things Done) system in Outlook.

Dorene Haw Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 3:30 pm
Would love to have a geneaolgy program for PPC mobile 5 platform like Pocket Geneologist Ver.3 from Northern Hills Software: Thanks!

Jean Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 3:41 pm
Dragon Naturally Speaking! The current best voice to text program. I sooo want it, and can't afford it.

Andreas Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Andreas Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 3:52 pm
oops. I meant: Ideamason:

Sue Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 4:39 pm
I want to add a "me too" to Alexander's request for FinePrint.

Egbert Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 5:38 pm
SecureCRT (, a really handy SSH client. The only one with a tabbed interface, AFAIK.
And RegexBuddy ( from the makers of PowerGREP. It's the perfect tool for crafting regular expressions and integrates with PowerGREP.

Groxx Says:

July 20th, 2006 at 10:06 pm
I'd like to see some Palm OS apps as well. I think I'd prefer a small "pack" though, of decently-priced apps at a cheaper price. SO many Palm apps are several years old, but still priced (rediculously) at 30-50 bucks, I'd bet many would be willing to put them out for cheaper if contacted.

Erichd Says:

July 21st, 2006 at 1:46 am
I'd like to see more titles for the Palm platform, possibly even SD / memory cards? And keep going with the web-based products! I'm a Mac user, so these are the categories that appeal to me.

Mike Howard Says:

July 21st, 2006 at 12:07 pm
Here are my suggestions:

Active Webcam

Network Magic

Ovation for Powerpoint (or pretty much anything from Serious Magic!)

Camtasia Studio

Mike Howard Says:

July 21st, 2006 at 12:15 pm
.also how about bring back some of the previous Bits du Jour, or another Edition (Professional instead of just standard).

Lecter Says:

July 21st, 2006 at 1:39 pm
I'll second (or third):


And add:

Optimum XP: http://www.roemersoftware...info3.html
Tweak-XP Pro:

Lecter Says:

July 21st, 2006 at 1:42 pm
Just thought of one more:


Egbert Says:

July 23rd, 2006 at 6:40 am
ClipCache would be nice to have!
The current version 2.9 ( is a very good clipboard extender, especially useful for programmers and everyone who need to organize snippets of text.
Once the new version, ClipCache pro 3 (, is out, it'll probably be even more useful.

Tony Says:

July 27th, 2006 at 11:25 pm
Axialis IconWorkshop

Dave Taylor Says:

August 1st, 2006 at 2:19 am
First of all I'd like to thank you for such a great idea!
My own suggestions are:

LaunchIt NOW! Plus 2006
A shortcut launcher and organizer which is a huge time saver when using the computer

CloneDVD and AnyDVD bundle
Software for copying protected movie DVDs


Susan Says:

August 2nd, 2006 at 12:55 pm
Project-ing from Birdsoft

A simple project management tool for pocketpc

LM7 Says:

August 13th, 2006 at 6:17 am
I suggest the information organizer Omea Pro, from

Gordon Johansen Says:

August 14th, 2006 at 6:01 pm
I'd suggest !ntellect from Chaos Software. It's an upgrade of their old Time and Chaos PIM which is just great in my opinion.

Michael Plant Says:

August 16th, 2006 at 12:39 pm
I'd like to suggest a discount on GemX's (yes, their TexNotes Pro app is featured today!) do-organizier ( Looks great but is way out of my price range at the moment.

Tekipaq Says:

August 16th, 2006 at 1:30 pm

TextAloud was a good purchase, however, I now realize that the "cheap" voices that come with the initual purchase are difficult to listen to..

Please discount the AT&T professional voices starter pack (on TextAloud's site) as this is $25.00 for current owners and therefore more expensive than the original product. Perhaps you can do this like you did with the sleep module of Pzizz, which you discounted after the main program.

Please, Please so that we can use this software because now it is difficult to use, especially with the kids.



Frank Z Says:

September 14th, 2006 at 9:15 am
Any kind of video editing software would be very cool! I already have Sony Vegas but something from Magix, ULEAD, or a comparable company I'd be interested in.

Frank Z Says:

September 22nd, 2006 at 10:57 am
TreePad would be nice as well.

Leib Moscovitz Says:

October 16th, 2006 at 3:59 pm
I recommend: Total Uninstall (, an excellent program for monitoring and controlling installation of programs.

John Gallagher Says:

October 17th, 2006 at 5:15 pm
I'd like to see the product ChoiceMail One ( available in BDJ. It is a top-ranked spam filter.

Robert France Says:

October 27th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
My suggestion has to be keep doing what your doing.

Being a self confessed "let's get the job the easy way" BTJ slots totally into my scope of working. If there is a better app out there to get my work completed, I will use it.

BTJ is proving to be one of the most succesful Getting Thing's Done (GTD) tools out there, the software you guy's and gal's list really does make a difference.

To fill your weekends, why not have a round up of the week's listing's at 4 or 8 hour intervals, this way people get a second / third chance at getting their hands on the amazing bargains.

There is masses of software available, thanks for taking to time sort the wheat from the barley.

jen Says:

October 29th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
Thanks, Robert! We're working on at least some second chance offers on the weekends. I hope we'll have them available by the end of the year.

Myron Says:

November 1st, 2006 at 10:00 am
Shareware I use on a daily basis:

Beyond Compare: excellent file and folder comparison

SmartSync: backup or sync files and folders

Total Recorder: Record audio streams playing on your computer. Great for "time-shifting" NPR to your iPod

EditPlus: Inexpensive text editor. Works well. Just happens to be the one I started using years ago

SQL Compare: Compare and sync structure and data in MS Sql Server. Several hundred dollars, but if you work with SQL Server this can save you lots of time and grey hair

Freeware doesn't make sense for BDJ, but these are very useful

7-zip: free zip program

Keepass: free password organizer

FileZilla: free FTP program

jen Says:

November 2nd, 2006 at 2:31 pm
Thanks, Myron. I'm a big fan of both Beyond Compare and Total Recorder. I tried FileZilla but liked SmartFTP a lot better.

Beyond Compare was actually one of the first products we had when we first launched, and we've had some other equally good file comparisons too. I'm sure we'll have them again. And I'll add all your suggestions to our list to try to get.

Robert France Says:

November 2nd, 2006 at 6:48 pm
Tools that I can highly recommend:

Mostly aimed at IT professionals / developers, but these really are best of breed applications and I cannot live without them. All have trial versions.

Webuilder 2006 - The Ultimate IDE

SecureCRT - Terminal access to your servers and more.

RealVNC - Remote control of your windows based servers.

AVG Antivirus Professional - Ultimate Anit virus and small footprint in comparison to the popular brands.

Kerio Personal Firewall - Excellent Firewall for home and office

PRTG - Traffic Monitoring application with a mass of features. Corporate network Admins this is a must.

Color Schemer Studio - Great piece of software to get those web colours correct and balanced.

Carl Says:

November 8th, 2006 at 2:31 pm
I'd like to see "Mmm" from Hace Software ( It's a really useful utility with a somewhat unconventional pricing structure.

Also this for the Palm: Kinoma Producer (

AndyToo Says:

November 14th, 2006 at 7:46 am
Hi Jen,

I'd love to see some SEO tools so I can submits some sites to search engines more easily. And to help me tune my site's SEO-ness.


Claire Says:

December 2nd, 2006 at 7:42 am
Automise looked like a really useful product but rather complex. I've been looking for something similar and I found Keyboard Express ( It would be great if BDJ could feature this product.
with best wishes

Claire Says:

December 2nd, 2006 at 7:54 am
Can I also support Andreas' request for Ideamason ( It's something I've been looking for for ages, for my own use and to recommend to my students. If BDJ features it I'll email all my students and let them know!
with best wishes

Ben M Says:

December 4th, 2006 at 5:45 pm
Aurora Password Manager from is a great app that I'd love to see on BDJ.

Dom Says:

December 8th, 2006 at 4:18 pm
I can recommend IdeaMason very much (like Claire and Alexander in this forum).
It is the tool that fits my requirements and believe me: I have searched for more than six years to find such a tool. Important: Version 3.0 will be released until end December or early January.
But even the current version 2.2 is worth each dollar.

Dom Says:

December 8th, 2006 at 4:22 pm
Another suggestion:
TextPipe Pro

A very, very cool text conversion and manipulation tool.
The pro version is around US$ 400. If you can make a deal with them to get it for around US$ 40-60 I am the first to place the order!
(Automise was a perfect offer and I am so happy to have bought it during your promo period.)

Ben M Says:

December 11th, 2006 at 2:51 pm
Tune-Up Utilities would really be great to see on here, being that is is an absolutely outstanding system tool.

Richard Says:

January 5th, 2007 at 10:35 am
I missed the BootIt NG 40% discount offer on 11th October 2006. Any chance of having this 40% (or better) discount again ?

Harald Vogel Says:

January 9th, 2007 at 9:53 am
Conceptworld's new sticky notes program "Notezilla" looks very promising:

also great for sorting files in: Moveit2

Glen Says:

January 16th, 2007 at 1:58 pm
I would like to see this excellent note-taking program featured:

Milenix MyInfo

Anthony Says:

January 17th, 2007 at 10:37 pm
Any chance in bringing back Automise again, from November 29th, 2006?

Harald Vogel Says:

January 28th, 2007 at 5:35 am
Three niffty tools:

KO Approach: http:/
Handy Folders:

José Henrique (Zote) Says:

January 31st, 2007 at 8:27 am


DanB Says:

February 15th, 2007 at 7:28 pm
I've become addicted to this utility (adds a second task bar for multi-monitor setups):

Jim Says:

March 11th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
I second the request for a discount on myBase, which seems to be the best freeform PIM/Note keeping software available.

Tomas Says:

March 13th, 2007 at 10:33 pm
IdeaMason,, nicely surprised it seems rather popular request !

Jim Says:

March 17th, 2007 at 11:51 pm
I'd suggest trying to secure a discount off ArtRage, a very nice painting program from Ambient Design:


Chaim Krause Says:

March 28th, 2007 at 12:03 am
I would love to see True BoxShot, Quick 3D Cover, or Cover Commander on BDJ. I've been buying all this software to make software, now I need software to advertise the software I've built with the software.

CRC Says:

March 28th, 2007 at 5:38 pm
Another for Idea Mason, please

Tom Says:

March 29th, 2007 at 4:39 pm
another vote for MyInfo from Milenix
and UltraRecall Professional

Jim Says:

April 5th, 2007 at 3:59 pm
How about mst Defrag:

Tomas Says:

April 18th, 2007 at 7:17 pm
supernotecard from

Tomas Says:

April 19th, 2007 at 5:40 am
and Sciral Consistency,

Andy Says:

April 25th, 2007 at 3:23 pm
This suggestion may be absolutely useless - but anyway: FileMaker Pro 8.5 .

aram Says:

April 26th, 2007 at 3:33 am
Another vote for Sciral Consistency.

Also would like to see Calendarscope.

Harald Vogel Says:

May 6th, 2007 at 9:25 am
an excellent "File Notes Organizer"

Franz Says:

May 7th, 2007 at 2:17 am
Another vote for Ultrarecall Pro.

Glen Says:

May 10th, 2007 at 9:34 pm
Please consider the following two blogging tools:

etco at
blogjet at


Stephen Cohen Says:

May 23rd, 2007 at 8:36 pm
I would like to suggest that you offer myBase and the related WebCollect. I have found the combination to be a very useful PIM. The Web site is and contact is

Tomas Says:

May 26th, 2007 at 9:50 am
Aid4Mail from (They offer other nice software titles, too.)

Logan Says:

May 30th, 2007 at 8:10 am
Hi Jen,

here are my all-time favorites. I use them regularly for many years now:

Hypersnap deLuxe
Screenshot-Software, that takes almost anything from screen incl. editable text from message boxes

Directory Printer
Reads, prints and exports directory listings with many configuration features (dir, dir + files, specify subdir levels etc.)

Exports PDF to Word and other formats. Waaay better quality than Adobe Acrobat. Keeps almost anything from the pdf and creates incredible good word documents.

Old and never renewed but still one of the best. It's easier to use than Beyond Compare. Doesn't create snapshots but most progs don't.

Program from Russia that hides folders with a mouseclick. No big installation, no running task in the background, no registry modifications.
AND it even works on mobile data as usb-sticks, memory cards, external HDD. Once hidden even moving to another pc, using DOS or Linux won't show data. But using HidesFiles on another pc will make folders accessible again.

Keep on bringing us great software to small prices!


Raymond Says:

June 13th, 2007 at 2:32 am
Another vote:

The Bat mail client send mailling list

Becky mail client, this won't brother with outlook mailbox corrupt anywore.

MyUSBonly prevents theft of data through your computer's USB ports

David Says:

June 14th, 2007 at 10:11 am
I would like to suggest

Steganos Safe 2007

I spent a long time searching for a tool to perform this function. I found nothing else that comes close in terms of speed and dependability.

David Says:

June 14th, 2007 at 11:03 am
I would jump at discount offer on

Inksaver 2.0

It would nicely complement FinePrint, featured yesterday.

Glen Says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 9:08 am
Please consider JetTask at - an excellent little todo list manager (and more).

Chaim Krause Says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 2:56 pm
I can't justify a $99 purchase that would, for me, just be a toy. But with a 60% BdJ discount I could!

This is just one of those programs that I would purchase and use for fun like Lego blocks.

Dominik Says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 3:48 pm
I suggest Info Select 2007 as a Bitsdujour promotion.
The price for the full version is quite high: USD 249.
It would be very interesting to get this fine piece of software for a discount between 40-60%.

To request a 30 day free trial version:

PS: If you want to test this software please take enough time for the tests because the application is quite complex.

Andreas Says:

June 29th, 2007 at 1:46 pm
I suggest WebIdeaTree at

A nice content manager and website builder.

David Says:

July 18th, 2007 at 8:42 am
I am currently evaluating Anagram, and am finding it to be useful.

At $29.95, the price seems right for BDJ.

Chris Says:

July 24th, 2007 at 12:34 pm
Great work, as always on the website, Jen.

I'd love to see the following apps on BDJ's frontpage:

i. iMatch - - Industrial-strength image organiser

ii. myBase Network edition - - Note-taking tool

iii. Super Flexible File Synchroniser Professional - - Very customisable file backup software which can also monitor file modifications in real-time

iv. SnagIt - - Screen capture

v. MindManager - - Mindmap software, but too expensive

vi. Pzizz - - For us insomniacs

vii. Another vote for Sciral Consistency here

Would really appreciate it if you could have them on offer.

Much thanks!!

Leib Moscovitz Says:

July 24th, 2007 at 1:34 pm
Webresearch (, preferably Professional version - provides very powerful web clipping capabilities

jen Says:

July 25th, 2007 at 3:00 pm
Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. I'm writing to all the companies as you suggest them - I hope we'll get some of the products. I don't think we're going to manage SnagIt (I've tried - no interest) or Pzizz again (they seem to have backed off discounting, too bad), but am working on a lot of the others.

Al Brockman Says:

July 26th, 2007 at 9:28 am
Please - lose Trial Pay - new version of the same old same old with the addition of a helping of spam. Stick with your original concept. Only two comments additionally re Trial Pay - If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Second - there's no such thing as a free lunch.

jen Says:

July 26th, 2007 at 10:10 am
Thanks, Al. We certainly won't be doing TrialPay all the time, or even very frequently. It was an experiment today to see how popular it was. And if you want ListPro without TrialPay, we'll have it at a big discount all weekend.

Thanks for taking the time to comment - what people think of this offer was definitely one of the things we wanted to find out.

Chris Says:

July 26th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
Thanks for the update, Jen!

Too bad with SnagIt and Pzizz. Oh well, you've done more than enough for me in getting me some great deals since you opened shop!

Look forward to you cracking some crazy deals with the other developers.

Also, a quick question, but any chance that my purchase of the BDJ ListPro on May 8, 2007 would be covered by the free upgrade?

Thanks once again, Jen! Ta ta.

Caroline Says:

August 10th, 2007 at 8:35 am
Extora Pro -

An excellent todo list / calendar. I also download my BitsDuJour into its RSS feed feature.

Rick Says:

August 16th, 2007 at 11:23 am
Would be great to see some Blackberry Apps available:
trackIT: Custom Edition from Javatek Media

DataVault from Ascendo

Rick Says:

August 17th, 2007 at 9:35 am
slickedit -

Chris Says:

August 19th, 2007 at 4:03 pm
Ooooh ooooh!!!! *waves frantically*

SlickEdit user here!

Wouldn't mind a discount for an upgrade from my old version here! *wink wink*

Sam Weiss Says:

August 20th, 2007 at 10:32 pm
snappermail, a wireless email client for handhelds.
Plus, in general more applications for PDA's (Palms, in my case.)

Tomas Says:

August 22nd, 2007 at 11:19 am
Zoot from
.now that the 32bit version release is finally round the corner.
Tom Davis is the author, email is tech
        Nov 15 2008 at 8:21am
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