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    Powerdesk 6

    Hello -

    Am confused. This is touted as Free, but then when investigating a bit further, it seems to say it's a free Trial....

    Can someone clarify this for me, please.

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    PowerDesk Pro is a commercial product ($39.95).
    PowerDesk Standard Edition mentions Free Trial in the window title, but the web page unequivocally states
    <hr><big>PowerDesk 6 Standard Edition - Free!</big>

    Our Standard Edtion of PowerDesk 6 provides a number of the features of our more powerful PowerDesk Pro 6. This is fully usable without any time-limits.<hr>
    I haven't tried it myself, but from the description it appears to be totally free.

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Thanks, Hans. I had started the install process, got to the EULA page and then wanted to make sure I wasn't opening myself up to a charge later on.

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Started out with the free 5.0 version many years ago. Eventually upgraded to Pro 6.0. Its one of the best shareware programs I've ever purchased. Highly recommended.
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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Once upon a time there were two competing third-party sets of utilities for Microsoft products, Central Point PC Tools, and Norton Utilities. They were neck and neck among consumers and reviewers, but whether on merit or on who had the deeper pockets, Norton bought out or otherwise prevailed over Central Point. Software historians may be able to provide the details.

    This isn't recent. I have in hand my manual for Version 7 for DOS, yes DOS, of PC Tools DOS Shell/File Manager. Chapter 6 is on Managing Files, and that is an early version of what has since become PowerDesk 6. The manual is copyright 1991.

    I also have before me the CD for Symantec Norton Navigator 'Enhanced File Managment and Desktop Navigation' for Windows 95. My impression is that Symantec simply bought out a competitor and about the only thing they kept and sold, as a single application at a premium price on a single CD, was Norton Navigator. You guessed it. PowerDesk 6 is (essentially) Norton Navigator.

    PowerDesk 6 seems to me to run fairly slowly under modern operating systems, but that may have more to do with the vast increase in data that it must access on modern computers than anything else, and for me, it is familiar and comfortable.

    A single application that lasts that long with updates to keep it current and refinements to make it better must have something going for it, and I personally use it. There may be more efficient ways of performing some operations, but that simply means that if you buy it keep an eye out for its limitations - and remember that it can almost certainly do things that other applications cannot, or at least not as efficiently. Its Folder Synchronizer, run separately, is one example of an excellent application.

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Thank you, Jack and Peter, for your inputs.

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    I have been using Powerdesk 5 for years. Can't do without it - 1000 times better than Windows Exploder. I guess I should upgrade to the latest.
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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Robie -

    I've been trying to find Powerdesk 5 to download, without luck.

    Acer

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Does this site help? Scroll down.
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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Sorry about the dead link. Her is an active one.
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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Rob - Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, they are offering only PD6..............

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    but it's still <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> ...
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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    <hr>Norton bought out or otherwise prevailed over Central Point. Software historians may be able to provide the details.<hr>
    Although I'm not a software historian, I can report that Norton bought Central Point Software for the sole purpose of shutting it down and eliminating the competition. Antitrust objections were raised, but (alas) the Clinton Justice Dept. let Norton get away with it.

    I've been using computers for 20 years now, and there is no software I've ever been fonder of than the PCTools suite that Norton destroyed. As one example, its famous File Manager had a simple, flexible ability to produce a multi-directory varied-filespec file listing (and this was in 1993) that neither Windows XP Explorer or PowerDesk 6 (or, as far as I know, any Norton product) can match in 2007.

    (PowerDesk basically takes the same constipated approach as WinXP: If you want to "include subfolders," that option has to apply to every folder in your search; and if you want to specify one or more filespecs, those same filespecs have to apply to every folder in your search.)

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    Symantec also bought Delrina and only used WinFax, and bought PowerQuest for PartitionMagic. There was both a seller and a buyer in those transactions. They didn

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    Re: Powerdesk 6

    I was a big fan of PCTools also, I watched it evolve from a few core utilities to a comprehensive suite over the later 80's and early 90's - I practically ran my 386 machine around it.

    With the advent of Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 on the horizon, Central Point could see that the end was in sight for DOS, and was happy to be bought out.(it was May 1994) - that's why there wasn't much noise about the antitrust implications.
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