Picks: People's Choice Awards Winners - Part 2

This is the fourth and final part of our series on the Shareware Industry Awards and People's Choice Awards winners.
Published: Aug 22, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows / Linux
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Ubuntu Linux, by Canonical Ltd. won the People's Choice Award in the Best Web Enhancement category. Ubuntu Linux has been in the news quite a bit lately since it was selected to go on certain Dell computers. This was a big jump forward for the entire Linux community. Ubuntu is a variation of Debian. To clarify, Debian Linux is focused on the creation of a completely free operating system. Debian is firmly grounded in the basic principles of Linux - free software created through collaboration. As a variation of Debian, Ubuntu is also free in all respects. Unlike some distributions of Linux there aren't different versions of Ubuntu for those who want to pay.

The goal of the Ubuntu Foundation is to provide free software, support open source, and to make sure the software is supported. Having run Ubuntu in virtual machines it's easy for me to see why so many users voted for it.

ICUII, by Cybration, Inc. is won the People's Choice Award in the "Best Internet Communications" category. The product has won multiple times and it's also won the Shareware Industry Award. This award-winning program is designed for doing video, voice, or even text chats. ICUII has the power and flexibility to let you chat in a variety of ways depending on the hardware you have. If you don't have a video camera, no problem! One of the things I really like about ICUII is it's flexibility. It gives you lots and lots of choices, and I like that in any program. That's the way it should be and with ICUII, it is!

ICUII will let you talk with sound using a microphone. Don't have a microphone? Doesn't matter because you can also use text. ICUII uses its own server, so you can connect to friends no matter where they are in the world. The program has an intuitive user interface and is very easy-to-use! Check it out.

Journal Bar, by Omega One Mobile Solutions won the People's Choice Award in the Best PDA Program or Utility category. This is a handy utility that's available for both the Pocket PC and Smartphone. The program really brings information to you on your mobile device. To start with you get the weather which is always great information to have. Journal Bar provides you with information for over 230 countries. You get the 5-day forecast right on your screen where it's easy-to-see. You can also elect to have multiple cities.

Journal Bar is one of those programs for mobile devices that you wonder how you got along without it. It supports a multiple languages including English, German, Italian, French, and more. It will give you your daily horoscope, movie times, world news, movie review, and lots more.

AceReader Pro, by StepWare, Inc. won the People's Choice Award in the "Best Educational Program or Game" category. It's an excellent program that can be used by anyone -- children and adults! The program will help you to improve not only your reading speed, but also your comprehension. AceReader Pro gives you the tools to assess what your reading level is now. Then, it also provides you with tests and drills to help you to improve your reading skills. Reading is so very important that nearly everyone can benefit! And the material is good for grades 1 through 12 as well as adults!

AceReader Pro keeps track of the tests you do and graphs them for you. That means you can easily see where you started and where you are now. An excellent way to keep track of your progress. And, not only can it help with the way you read "regular" material, but it also helps you to read better while online! AceReader Pro has won the award multiple times and it's easy to see why. Try it for yourself.

Windows Medial Player , by Microsoft Corporation won the People's Choice Award in the Best Sound Application or Utility category. This full-featured media player can manage all of your digital media. From music to videos Windows Media Player does it all. Because there are multiple versions the download link I've provided takes you to a place where you can pick the version you want.

Windows Media Player can even sync music with your mobile device. This versatile media player comes with Windows and it's free, so it's easy to see why it won... again!

About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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