Utilities for Windows
Compatible with all Windows versions from XP onward

Thank you for visiting this site, where you will find useful utilities to enhance your experience while working in Windows. All of the programs have been rated 4 stars or higher by ZDNet Software Library, a leading software distribution site.

Below is a brief summary of the programs. Full descriptions are in the individual program tabs, where you may download a trial version.

The trial versions are fully functional for 15 days after installation, and contain complete instructions on payment and registration. These instructions are also available on the How to Purchase tab.

For any questions please email me at galcott@nyc.rr.com.

Directory Printer Print and export listings of files and directories (folders), with many formatting options
Directory Compare Compare, synchronize and manage directories
Super Text Search Search files for any text, including powerful wildcard searches. In plain ASCII text files, text can be replaced.
PDF Merge-Split Merge or split PDF files, edit PDF document properties
Super Explorer Enhanced Explorer with multiple windows, file preview, many other features
Power Edit Text editor for multiple files of any size, with many powerful features - excellent replacement for Notepad

Directory Printer 4.1        

NOTE: Do not choose the "Buy It Now" option if you have already downloaded a trial version. Please follow the instructions given in the trial version or on the How to Purchase tab for purchasing the program.
Directory Printer enables you to print or export directory (folder) listings, a capability which is not provided by Windows itself. Features include:
  • Print file list for single directories or entire trees. When printing trees, the number of levels of subdirectories printed can be specified.
  • Choice of fields to print (long and short file name, file type, size, date/time, attributes, version information, image information, MP3 artist/title/duration, MS Word/Excel title/subject/author).
  • Sort by name, extension, file type, date/time or attributes
  • Prints total number and size of files.
  • Option to print summary listing (subdirectories only, without files).
  • Option to filter files by date.
  • Print in any of three different column formats, using any available font.
  • Ability to export to ASCII text, HTML, or comma-delimited files (which can be imported into word processing, spreadsheet or database programs).
  • Print preview available.
  • As an alternative to the regular listing, a tree view similar to the view in Windows Explorer can be printed.
  • Appearance of the program can be changed by choosing one of 60 provided skins.

Directory Compare 2.3        

NOTE: Do not choose the "Buy It Now" option if you have already downloaded a trial version. Please follow the instructions given in the trial version or on the How to Purchase tab for purchasing the program.
Directory Compare provides a comparison of the contents of two directories (folders) and the ability to synchronize the directories. It includes the following capabilities:

  • Compare the contents of two directories, optionally including their subdirectories
  • Copy and move files between the directories or to any other directory
  • Delete or rename files and directories
  • Open files in their associated application
  • Synchronize the contents of the directories
  • Print listings of the directories
  • Export listings to comma-delimited or HTML files
  • Get file version information
  • Visually compare text and image files
  • Find and delete empty subdirectories
  • Save comparision specifications for later re-use
  • Appearance of the program can be changed by choosing one of 60 provided skins.

Files in the selected directories are displayed side-by-side in a grid. You can choose various display filters to limit the listing to files existing in both directories, files which exist in one directory only, or files in both directories with a different size or date/time. Once displayed, files can be easily selected either individually or in groups and then copied, moved or deleted.

Super Text Search 3.1        

NOTE: Do not choose the "Buy It Now" option if you have already downloaded a trial version. Please follow the instructions given in the trial version or on the How to Purchase tab for purchasing the program.
Super Text Search is a utility which enables you to quickly search files for text. In plain ASCII text files it also allows you to replace text. You can search anything from a single file to an entire drive for any text you need to find.

Both plain text files (program source code, batch files, HTML files, etc.) and binary files (word processing and spreadsheet documents, PDF files, databases, even executable programs) can be searched, as can files archived inside ZIP, CAB or RAR files.

In addition to simple searches for words or phrases, the program allows you to use regular expressions (as found in Grep utilities, which will be familiar to the more technical among you) to perform more advanced searches including wild cards and various types of pattern matching.

After performing a search, files containing the search text can be viewed, edited or opened in their associated applications. Search results can also be printed or exported.

Power Edit 2.2     

Power Edit is a very powerful text editor for Windows. It is a far more functional replacement for Notepad and Wordpad, and an excellent tool for creating and editing Web pages.

With Power Edit you can simultaneously edit many files of large or small size, with lines of any length. You can quickly navigate between files with the simple tabbed interface, and can split each file window to see two views of the same file. The number of simultaneous open files is virtually unlimited.

Power Edit contains all the usual features expected of text editors and several that are unique. The search and replace function is especially powerful, including regular expression handling as well as soundex and approximate searches, which are found in few if any other editors. In addition, the program includes many text manipulation functions which are difficult to find elsewhere, such as removal of leading spaces, position-based text deletion, deletion of blank lines, conversion of data between fixed width and delimited formats, and extraction of e-mail addresses and Internet URLs.

The complete list of features includes:

File Operations

  • Open multiple files of large or small size, with unlimited line length
  • Preview files in the File Open dialog
  • Drag and drop files from My Computer or Explorer
  • Save all open files at once, save selected text as a file, save a copy of the file
  • Print and print preview with configurable font, margins, headers, footers, color syntax highlighting
  • Specify favorite files and folders in two different ways
  • Create projects to group files together for quick opening
  • Display file properties dialog
  • Compare files visually, showing added, deleted and modified lines
  • Insert file at cursor
  • Reload current file from disk
  • Delete current file from disk
  • View file in Web browser
  • Email file directly from the editor
  • Export to Adobe Acrobat PDF format with configurable font, margins, headers, footers
  • Export to RTF (rich text file) format
  • Open binary files for viewing only
  • Automatic timed backup available
  • When saving files, previous version can be saved as a backup
  • Cut, copy, paste, cut and append, copy and append
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • Select word, select line, select all
  • Delete word, delete line, delete to end of line, delete to start of line
  • Indent and unindent
  • Change case of selected text (upper, lower, invert case, proper case, capitalize every word)
  • Insert date/time
  • Column (rectangular) blocks available
Search and Replace
  • Regular expression search/replace
  • Soundex (phonetic) search
  • Approximate search (allows for one or more non-matching characters)
  • Search/replace in current file or all open files
  • Search/replace in files on disk without opening them
  • When searching current file, scope can be entire file or from cursor down
  • When replacing in current file, scope can be entire file, from cursor down or selected text only
  • Case-sensitive and whole word options
  • List of search results can be displayed in two different ways
  • Count occurrences of search text
  • Delete all lines containing search text
  • Go to line, go to column
  • Match brace characters
  • Set and go to bookmarks
Text Operations
  • Optional word wrapping
  • Reformat text within margins
  • Unformat text (convert to one long line)
  • Align text left, center or right
  • Sort ascending or descending, with selectable starting column
  • Remove leading spaces
  • Convert multiple spaces to single space
  • Insert specified text in each line
  • Delete text from each line by column position or by occurrence of a text string
  • Automatically insert line numbers into text, with various formatting options
  • Invert order of lines
  • Delete blank lines
  • Insert selected file names into text
  • Convert data between fixed width and delimited formats
  • Create list of distinct or duplicate lines
  • Clean up and reformat HTML using HTML Tidy
  • Convert text to HTML
  • Remove HTML tags
  • Extract email addresses or URLs from text
Other Features
  • Spell checker with dictionaries available for many languages
  • Thesaurus (English only)
  • Syntax highlighting for over 25 languages including C, C++, Visual Basic, Delphi, Java, Perl, HTML and many others
  • Clip lists available to store frequently used words/phrases for quick insertion into a file
  • Option to show line numbers
  • Option to show ruler
  • Option to show visible markers for spaces, tabs, line endings and right margin
  • Count words, lines, characters
  • Create list of all words in a file and number of occurrences of each word
  • View ASCII table; characters can be inserted into text
  • View Windows error code listing; copy to clipboard or insert into text
  • HTML color picker chart
  • Built-in calculator; results can be inserted into text
  • Convert numbers between decimal, hex, octal and binary
  • Run DOS command with output sent to the editor
  • Add up to 9 external programs to the menu
  • Display list of all open files for quick navigation
  • Split window into horizontal or vertical panes for two views of the same file
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts, fonts, file assocations
  • Various options to customize editor behavior
  • Right-click context menu for file and editing operations
Review by
Synergy Canada -
"Innovative and exceptionally useful"

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Review by
Kickstart News -
"Fast and the editing window is as clean
as anything we've ever seen...
One of the lowest cost serious choices...
Perfectly stable - rock solid actually...
Highly recommended.

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Super Explorer 1.5     

Super Explorer is a replacement for Windows Explorer which works much like the original but provides greatly enhanced functionality. Within the familiar Explorer interface, it adds the following features:
  • Multiple windows: Up to four windows can be opened simultaneously. They can be tiled, cascaded or arranged any way you want to make copying and moving files far easier.
  • File previews: An optional preview window can be opened to display the contents of files. The types of files that can be displayed include graphics, word processing documents, text files, PDF files, spreadsheets, multimedia files and others.
  • File filters to include or exclude files meeting particular specifications
  • Expand the folder tree for a specific folder or an entire drive to make all folders visible at once
  • Display and print listing of folder sizes (number of files and total bytes for each folder) for the entire tree or any part
  • Print files from the preview window
  • Convert graphics to different formats
  • View graphic thumbnails
  • Create and extract from Zip files, extract from RAR files
  • Group rename: change the extension of a group of files all at once
  • Change file date and time
  • Encrypt and decrypt files
  • Destroy files by writing over their contents so they cannot be recovered
  • System information display, including current memory usage
  • Go straight to a folder by name
  • Built-in command line to run any Windows or DOS command
  • Quick access to system functions such as Control Panel, clipboard viewer, calculator, command prompt
  • User-defined programs can be added to the menu
  • Thumbnail view of files available in any version of Windows

PDF Merge-Split 1.1     

PDF Merge-Split enables you to merge or split PDF files, and to edit some of the document properties. When merging, you may combine entire files or selected page ranges in any combination. This also enables you to rearrange or reverse the pages in a single PDF file. When splitting, you may split a file into single pages, by selected page ranges or by bookmarks.
If you have already downloaded the trial version of a program and wish to register it, you may do so in one of three ways:

1) Pay online at the ordering page. In addition to payment by credit card, this also allows you to pay by phone, fax or check.

2) Go to Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, you will need to create one. The payment should be sent to the email address galcott@nyc.rr.com and should contain the name of the program you are registering in the subject line.

3) Pay by check, cash or money order by printing this Registration Form and sending it to me with your payment.Immediately upon receipt of payment I will email you the registration code.

For Directory Printer, Directory Compare and Super Text Search, if you have not downloaded a trial version but would simply like to purchase the program immediately without trying it out, you may purchase and download a prepaid version that does not require a registration code by clicking the Buy It Now button on the program tab.

Please note that if you are registering for multiple users, you must pay the registration fee for each user. Contact me by e-mail for information on site license pricing.

Price List
The following prices are for orders placed online by credit card. For payment on Paypal or by check, cash or money order the price for each program is $4.00 less.

Directory Printer$29.00
Directory Compare$29.00
Super Text Search$29.00
Power Edit$29.00
Super Explorer$29.00
PDF Merge-Split$24.00
This shows Power Edit with several files open. The names of the open files are shown in the tabs at the top.
The current file is being viewed in split window mode, which offers two independent views of the same file.

This shows a typical listing of two directories being compared.
For files that appear in both directories, any differences in file date and size are shown in different colors.
The check boxes may be used to select files for copying, moving or deleting.

Main Window

Preview Window

Tree View Window

This is the window for merging files.

This is the window for splitting files.

This is the window for setting PDF properties.

This shows the Super Text Search window after a search has been performed.
The top section lists all the files containing the search text.
The middle section lists the individual lines from the currently
selected file which contain the text.
The bottom section is where all search options are set by the user.

This shows the file viewer window, where files containing the search text can be
viewed with all lines containing the text highlighted in a user-selected color.

This screen shot shows Super Explorer with two file windows and a preview window open.
The preview window displays the currently highlighted graphics file.
Each window can have its own view settings (details view on the top, large icons on the bottom).

This is an unsolicited review of Power Edit received by email.

Dear Mr. Alcott:

Synergy Canada develops and integrates new media web based products out of Toronto, Canada.

On occasion we review software technology that we sometimes classify as meritorious and well implemented.

I am pleased to inform you that after reviewing the evaluation version of your software, Power Edit 2.11, we have determined that your software is actually a very good text editor for web development on several scripting platforms.

Our scale for evaluation and implementation is as follows;

General Overview: 1 to 10 (10 excellent and 1 being poor).
Usability Scale: 1 to 10 (1 very abstract to 10 being very intuitive).
User Level Rating: 1 to 10 (1 for beginners to 10 for expert users).
Innovative: 1 to 10 (1 not very original to 10 for very innovative).

Each scale represents 25% of the total product rating. Each scale is determined individually by four different users (2 male, 2 female) and an average of each scale is applied to the final score.

Your software has scored as follows:

User (M=male; F=female)FMFM 
General Overview7879Avg: 7.75
Usability Scale7787Avg: 7.25
User Level Rating8887Avg: 7.75
Innovative8979Avg: 8.25

The scale is then rounded to the nearest whole number.

In your case, 8.0 is your final score calculation out of a possible 10.

Our scale determined that your software is both innovative and exceptionally useful. Your software should be targeted at intermediate to advanced users.