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Software Description

The following is a description of PowerDesk 8 Professional as per the developer:

6 Powerful File Utilities for the price you’d normally pay for 1!

The winner of numerous awards and sparkling reviews from PC Magazine, Windows Magazine, and PC World, to name a few, PowerDesk® 8 Professional completely replaces Windows® Explorer with a wide array of File and File Management tools that let you organise, search, edit, delete, move, sort, view and copy files, including those found on digital cameras or MP3 players.

  • FTP – Access PowerDesk FTP in an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface and view FTP sites as though they were ordinary folders! Once you’ve set up your favorite FTP sites, connecting with them is just 1-Click away. PowerDesk now supports Secure FTP!
  • Sync Manager – Compare and synchronise the contents of two folders. Especially useful for work on files that are shared between two computers, it’s also useful for backing up files and much more!
  • Size Manager™ – A powerful utility that shows you where and how the space on each of your drives is being used. Using Size Manager makes it easy to efficiently manage drive storage space.
  • Dialog Helper – Enhances Open dialog boxes and Save dialog boxes by adding a selection list for previously opened files and folders. It also provides a file viewer pane that supports over 150 file formats. Dialog helper also allows fixed dialogs to be easily resized.
  • Archive Manager – Easily compress and expand files from over 30 popular compression formats. See within archives to view entire file lists, selectively view the contents or extract selected files with a simple drag and drop operation.
  • File Finder – Quickly locate forgotten files with a powerful “search engine” type tool. Search by keyword, file type, size, or date range and see the “hits” displayed in a single-line reference. Search inside Zip files, archives, emails and attachments too!

Great File Management you won’t want to live without!

  • Dual pane operation – Easily drag and drop files between folders and drives.
  • Layout Manager – Single click icons save complete layouts or add layout icons to your desktop, so PowerDesk starts up exactly where you want it to!
  • Add File Notes – With a right-click of the mouse, add notes to help organise your files – displayed in a mouse-over window or details view, easily be reminded what’s in a file without having to open it!
  • Colour Customise Your File Folders – Easily customise and prioritise your file folders with eight distinct colours.
  • File Info Column – Display specific details about each file in the file pane viewer. MP3 files will show a song title and run time. Images will show the size and resolution. Word documents show document title and more.
  • MP3 Collection Management – Create and control portable MP3 playlist files as well as multimedia applications. Randomise feature ensures a complete random play order. Plus, cool tools to preview MP3 files, search for files, as well as rename and edit files groups in a single action.
  • File Viewer – Open the right file the first time! Improved file preview options allow users to view the contents of a file in a preview pane or as a thumbnail image. Browse files from digital cameras, whole directories of images, or MP3 players – where you can even view by artist name, album title, or your own personal notations!

Energise Your Desktop!

  • View file formats and convert images without the original software
  • Secure encryption to keep your documents safe from prying eyes
  • Folder synchroniser for easy sharing with other PCs, with your laptop, or for backups
  • Playlist Editor to play/manage your audio files
  • Plus- customisable toolbar, super search engine, zip compression, file annotation, mouse-over file summaries and lots more!

Privacy Protection

  • Encrypt files using PowerDesk encryption or DES encryption
  • File Shredder completely removes all traces of a file
  • Password protect your zip files

dotTech Quick Glance

PowerDesk 8 is a program that aims to be your go-to program for all your file management needs; it is a 137 MB bahamut that has many, many features ranging from FTP manager, archive manager, file finder and everything in between. In regards to functionality, PowerDesk 8 doesn’t provide anything groundbreakingly unique; there are many other programs – often freeware – that provide the functionality of individual components of PowerDesk 8. For example, 7-zip is an excellent archive manager; FileZilla is an excellent FTP client; there are many viable Windows Explorer replacements out there, such as QDir; Heidi’s Eraser or East-Tec Eraser 2009 delete secure files well; AxCrypt and TrueCrypt are go-to programs for encryption; GFI Backup has a sync component to it; Disk Space Fan is a “Size Manager” alternative; IrfanView is an excellent file viewer; FormatFactory can convert images; for desktop search, the built-in Windows Search is actually an excellent tool, and there is Everything for people that desire more; etc. The main attraction of PowerDesk 8 is not unique or special features but rather the fact that it provides multiple features in one package; an all-in-one, if you want to call it that.

That said, PowerDesk 8 will be attractive to people that like all-in-one programs; everyone else can save yourselves the headache of downloading a 137 MB program. (On a personal level, I prefer specialized software over all-in-one utilities.)

Freebie Details

To get PowerDesk 8 Professional for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v8.2.0.18 “Professional”

Free updates: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 137 MB

Note: Unless specifically stated otherwise, dotTech has not conducted a full, comprehensive review of PowerDesk 8 Professional. The content under “dotTech Quick Glance” is some quick, to-the-point advice to help advise dotTechies on PowerDesk 8 Professional. Please don’t take the “dotTech Quick Glance” as a know-all, be-all regarding PowerDesk 8 Professional – it is only quick advice gained by giving PowerDesk 8 Professional a quick look.

If you don’t understand German, here is a rough translation of the registration page:

If you do it properly, you should get a confirmation message similar to the following:

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from kontakt@avanquest.de with the subject of Ihr PowerDesk 8 Pro seriennummer: E-Mail-Bestätigung?. In the e-mail there will be a link you must follow to confirm you registration and get your serial key:

Once you follow the link, the webpage that opens displays your registration code to you:

  • Download and install PowerDesk 8 Professional. (The program is in English.) During installation you will be asked to register the program. Enter the serial number you received:

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting PowerDesk 8 Professional for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

Thanks krumpelt!

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60 comments

  1. Irv Spalten

    Ashraf, could be a country specific thing, but I bet it had to do with those on a LAN environment where others on the LAN also have it.

    I’m sure it is going to their servers too, I see 2 or 3 blinks when it first opens on the file list. When I stopped it from going out, it closed once the TCP/IP call timed out I think?

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Irv Spalten: Oh. I thought they were talking about dotTech. LOL! My bad… See this is why I don’t have lawyers at my disposal.

    My guess is that Avanquest found out that PD 8 Pro got posted about on websites – thanks dotTech for spreading the news more than wildfire – and they blacklisted the registration key they sent to everyone. However, I am not sure why some people can still use it while others cannot.

  3. Irv Spalten

    Ashraf, I do NOT for a minute think they were talking about you. It is the German arm of Avanquest. It is quite confusing to me who is running the show and doing what? It seems I am dealing with 3 entities. The USA (where I’m located) arm, that appears to be a subsidiary of the UK company. The German arm appears to be the same type of deal, a subsidiary of a UK company.

    I first wrote to the German site that hosted the program. I got back in German the answer that I can only use it on one machine. I then posted to the Avanquest web site support page, and got back and answer that I should contact the German page. Meanwhile Bruce gave me an e-mail address to write too, and that is the one that called it ‘illegal’. I gave all that I wrote to the web link and my confirmation message.

    Like anything else, the support people probably have NO CLUE what is going on, especially in other countries as far as promotions and offers I’m afraid.

    I had just gotten another e-mail from German Avanquest asking me to send confirmation e-mail. I’ve sent both mine and my wife’s, we both applied and got the file for our computer. Hers is STILL working, my closes immediately.

    I used PD Explorer 6 on my old XP system. It had problems on W7 x64 handling some folders, so I stopped using it. PD8 ‘worked’ like a charm. I had paid for PD6 but they had no upgrade to 7, and now 8. I was thinking of buying 8 when I saw the free offer. Got it, liked it, for 10 days and it shutdown. Now they want me to buy it. With the support like this, I don’t think so.

    I’m pretty sure since my wife’s is still running, the license that it seems is the SAME for everyone, is NOT closed off. What probably happened is the program reported back to Avanquest an IP Address and some info for my system and my wife’s. Who ever got there last was disabled. I assume a check is done when opening.

    You know, I just checked that with my ISS suite. I blocked the program from going OUT… it stays open. Nasty program calling home…

    I’ll probably just delete the thing if they don’t mail me a new license. Why they used the same one for everyone I don’t know, but it can cause problems. Nothing said ONE INSTALL per location. You can’t use it on more than one computer, but two people getting 2 copies in one location is NOT the same.

    Irv S.

  4. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Irv Spalten: Illegally hosting it my ***. The file is hosted on Avanquest servers; the registration page is hosted on Avanquest servers. All dotTech did was tell people about it, not “illegally host” it ourselves. If the promotion of PowerDesk 8 Professional was only for a select group of people, like may be a magazine, then Avanquest should have put that information on the promotion page – I wouldn’t have posted about this, then. However, there was no such information on the promotion page so one can only assume this promotion was available publicly.

    I should sue them for libel; that is how pissed I am right now. It is a good thing I don’t have an army of lawyers are my disposal.

  5. Irv Spalten

    Well, I got 2 answers, support@avanquest-uk.com :

    ———————-
    Thank you for your email.

    The website where you downloaded Powerdesk 8 from below was hosting the file illegally. This file has now been removed and the offer terminated. The serial number will no longer work.

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Kind Regards,

    Craig
    ———————————

    and from the German one (avanquesttecsupport@softwarehelper.de) :

    —————-
    Sehr geehrter Avanquest Kunde,

    vielen Dank für Ihre Anfrage!

    diese Problem stellt sich, wenn die Software auf einen anderm oder dem gleichen PC
    ein zweitesmal installiert wird.
    Laut Lizenzbedingen darf die Software nur auf einem Arbeitsplatz genutzt werden.
    Falls sie im Zuge einer Neuinstallation eine Ersatzseriennummer benötigen erhalten
    sie diese gegen Nachweis einer Rechnug oder einer Bestellnumer im Falle eines
    Downloadkaufes.

    Erstellen sie bitte auch noch einen Screenshot aus dem hervorgeht, daß die
    Seriennummer als ungültig abgelehnt wird

    Falls Sie noch weitere Informationen wünschen, sehen Sie auch in unseren
    FAQ Lösungen unter folgendem Link nach:

    http://softwaresupport.at/3.html

    Achtung: Bitte unbedingt die Ticketnummer in der Betreffzeile der
    E-Mail stehen lassen und einfach auf “Antworten” klicken.
    Sonst ist eine weitere Bearbeitung Ihrer Anfrage nicht
    möglich.(Nur wenn sie weiter Hilfe benötigen bitte antworten )

    Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse an unserer Software.

    Hans Kiemer

    Avanquest Service Center
    Tel. 09001/000386
    (Mo – Fr 9 – 17 Uhr, €1,50 pro Minute aus dem dt. Festnetz)
    ————————————

    It seems it can’t be used twice in the same house?

    Irv S.

  6. Irv Spalten

    Oddly enough, I did get 2 copies and 2 licenses, BOTH the same. My machine is the only one putting up the error, my wife’s still works? I wonder if they check each time to see if it is being used at more than one IP Address on the LAN with the same S/N?

    I sent them e-mail, we’ll see I guess?

    Thanks,
    Irv S.

  7. Bruce Fraser

    I also had the problem of the program not starting, and instead a German message coming up. I translated it in Google and is basically says, “This serial number is not allowed because it was already used.”

    That’s weird, since it was Avanquest who gave us the serial number. So I went to their tech support site and asked for a new serial number. After a bit of email conversation (very polite, and never trying to weasel their way out), I got this reply:

    =============
    Hello,
    Thank you for contacting Avanquest Technical Support.
    Here is a new serial number for the software: [I won't put it here. - Bruce]
    =============

    You can try it too. There is no need to be rude or insulting in your message. Just describe what happened, and ask for a replacement serial number.

    Here is what they need [taken from an email from Ivy at their customer service]. This is the email address: Support1@AvanquestUSA.com.

    ===================
    In order to provide you with a serial number and download link to install the software, we will need the following information sent to us.

    Complete First and Last Name:
    Address:
    Phone Number:
    Email Address:
    Software Title:
    Version:
    Purchase Date:
    Store Where Product Was Purchased:
    SKU No:
    (The product SKU number is found printed in the center of the CD and is 4 digits long.)

    Once we receive this information we will reply to this email with a new serial number for you.

    Thank you,
    ===================

    Obviously, I had not purchased the software nor did I have a physical disk, but obtained it for free directly from Avanquest as a download. I explained that as follows:

    ===================
    Following the instructions at the Avanquest website (see next paragraph), I asked for and received a legal serial number for PowerDesk Pro 8. This was not a pirate site or some other scam; it was a legitmate Avanquest promotion. Filling in the form on this site led me to another official Avanquest page which gave me my serial number. I DO have a copy of that webpage, but don’t see any way to include attachments with this message. That was on December 10, 2010, well within the 90 day limit.

    Website: http://register.avanquest.com/ABSOFT/produits/Promotion/enregistrement_presse/register_cov_gd.cfm?idcgd=517.

    That promotion has now disappeared, and one is redirected to the general Avanquest page. But you can still see a cache of the promotion page here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:i6i3CjIwxhEJ:register.avanquest.com/ABSOFT/produits/Promotion/enregistrement_presse/register_cov_gd.cfm%3Fidcgd%3D517.

    The program worked well for a few days. But now whenever I try to start PowerDesk Pro, I get an error message (in German), telling me “this serial number was already in use.”

    So, please send me a new working serial number. Thank-you very much!
    ===================

    That’s it! Sometimes all you need to do is a little leg-work, and be polite.

    – Bruce Fraser

  8. Irv Spalten

    Just today, after working for since I installed it on 12/15 is has done the same, opened up, a few seconds later I get the German Dialog box about a serial number and all I can do is close that box…

    What goes?

    Even if I had a different serial number I can’t enter it?

    Irv S.

  9. normofthenorth

    I thought I slipped under the line, because I got a Serial Number — not by e-mail, but displayed on a Web page. But it was from Avantquest UK, not Germany. Ser No. didn’t work with the German installer. It’s possible it was only for PD version 7 (which I don’t especially want), too.

    No joy yet. Hoping there will be more freebies before all the Advent and Christmas “gifts” are done!

    PD Pro is my fave Explorer sub, esp. because of the Dialog Helper and the File Viewer.

  10. normofthenorth

    1) I couldn’t get your German link to work, but I got the UK link posted at http://www.techno360.in/powerdesk-pro-serial/ to work. The Install file (yours) is still downloading; so far, so good.

    EDIT by Ashraf: The link at techno360 is for PowerDesk 7.

    2) I’ve loved PowerDesk, first Free, then Pro, for a long time. I paid for PD6, on a deep discount. Nobody’s mentioned what may be my fave feature: PowerDesk Dialog Helper. It’s similar to (but different from) a feature built into AnVir Task Manager. When you’re prompted for a Directory/Folder to save or open (etc.) a file, they both make it easy to review the last bunch you’ve selected. So, if (say) you’re alternating between two folders that are in very different parts of your HDD, you can just select the top selection and the second one, and skip all the navigating/browsing. Genius!

    I love having PD’s dialog helper AND AnVir’s, because they always make different suggestions! PD’s is relatively short-term evanescent, while AnVir’s seems to remember your all-time faves over a longer period.

    PDPro’s File Viewer is also one of the best, IMHO.

    I’m hoping that PD8 will work, and will add some functionality to the PD6 I usually prefer to QDir and FreeCommander and a bunch of other excellent Explorer replacements.

    It is true that PDPro sometimes slows to a crawl and needs to be re-started. And sometimes its fresh-start speed on one computer seems a bit sluggish. But I usually always keep it open, so that’s often not a problem.

  11. Jeoff

    Finally received the serial number, installed the program and everything worked fine. Today when I start the program, it starts, a box in German pops up and says something about the serial number and then the program shuts down. Went from working fine to dead. Anyone else have this problem?

  12. tekknokat

    PROMOTION IS OVER!!

    I registered last night with mail.com email address, it ends in techie.com, and I never got a response. Checked Spam. I went to bed, and when I woke up today I figured I could try a new address. Now when you click on the link to register your email address, you are redirected to Avanquest home page. Oh well, you snooze, you lose.

    Thank You — Ashraf and Krumpelt

  13. Spredo

    Installed and activated Ok.

    Tried to “take over” most of the tasks the program could do. Open zip-files etc. I have no big issues with this, most programs today try to do this. (just try to use a new web browser. “new web browser is not your standard web browser, do you want to change that, click here”. )

    On the plus side, the option to switch from Explorer to Power Desk would have to be ticked manually.

    I have now been using this program for the past day or so.
    The reason I got this program, was for the dual panel. Using two windows explorer windows, I sometimes forget where I am copying from and where I am copying to. To be able to do it all in ONE window should solve most of that.

    So far, I am not too happy about this program. It seems to be slow. Very slow. I get e feeling it is more like a “skin” than a “program”. It feels like every time I do something, the program has to do a lot of things “behind the scene” in order for it to happen.

    Copying is slow. Opening new windows is slow…
    I let the program take over handling of compressed files. And guess what. It is SLOW!!! And, when it finally opens, the file IN the .zip can not be opened because the program cannot find it. On screen I can clearly see “myfile.pdf” in the .zip “mytest.zip”, but clicking on the file inside the power desk windows gives me “windows can not find…” in whatever temp-area power desk has hidden it.

    Any other zip-handler (winrar, 7zip) has NO problem whatsoever to open the file.

    So, right now I am thinking about uninstalling and going back to using my regular programs.

  14. Mr.Dave

    Thanks very much for the chance to try out the newest PowerDesk. I used that program for many years from Win 98 through XP, but in Vista my old version no longer worked (very very slow as I recall). After trying about 40 different file managers I have settled in with Xplorer2-lite (free version). It does most of what I need very well, like handling large numbers of files, and it doesn’t get in the way all the time like Windows Explorer (which, in 32-bit Vista, can’t correctly sort by date unless you change the system’s date display format, and tries to force me to keep “media” separated from other files – one pic or mp3 in a folder and it refuses to show me the size and date columns for all the files, etc.).

    I also found a great program called FileMenu Tools (search on Softpedia) that adds a lot of extra capability to right-click menus in most file managers, you can choose which tools you need. Might be a good alternative for people who don’t want a “do everything” program like PowerDesk.

    Thanks Avanquest for making this available to us, definitely worth a try!

  15. jayesstee

    Well done Ashraf!

    I have used PowerDesk 4 thro’ 6, but missed free PowerDesk 7. What a find!
    Immaculate instructions as ever, thanks for the translation.
    AVG 2011 and Outpost firewall both queried, but otherwise a perfect installation on/in (?)
    Win 7 Home Prem. (64).

    By the way Ashraf, I noticed a reference in a post on another review (or forum) about adverts and income for dotTech. Therefore I have unblocked this site on Adblock and furthermore I pledge to follow the link of one or more adverts on each visit. Obviously you wouldn’t ask, but if all dotTechies do the same, it might help your rating.

  16. Sue

    I have registered two GMail addresses and have not gotten a response from Avanquest with a Registration Code. The only other account I use is a Yahoo account. Is it possible they are not responding to these “public” email addresses? Can anyone help? Is there ANY other way I can get the registration code? This is frustrating! Why would they make this offer and then not respond?

  17. Harlan

    I’ve tried several different file managers, and I like dual-panes, but I haven’t found enough advantages to any of them to permanently replace Windows Explorer. Maybe if I did more work directly with files. For those of you that do, however, I have recently compared Nexus File (from xiles.net) to QDir, and I suggest you try Nexus File. It’s only dual-pane, not “Q,” but it has a lot of nice shortcuts in a compact package. They also have a few other freeware applications that appear well-done.

    For anyone else who is wondering, “breadcrumbs” comes from a fairy tale about two children who leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind them to help them find their way back from a walk in the woods. Unfortunately, birds follow close behind and eat the breadcrumbs. It all works out OK in the end.

  18. Ed

    Too BIG a download & final file for me to want to try out. Windows Explorer is not that bad & I use some of the programs that Ashraf mentions with great success. While not free, I recently tried Total Commander, which has a rough GUI but is tiny in comparison, under 2 MB. I have also been playing with Directory Opus 9 at about 14 MB/s which does so many things and I REALLY like it but it is quite expensive at $80 US (Ashraf, can you approach them for a free version ;-) ). I’ll try to wait and see if Opus comes on sale as some point as I have seen it discounted once in the last year. Opus is really nice to use, but has a few glitches which the developer via the support forum seems to blame on bad coding in other programs or dlls. Too bad this program is so huge & with mixed reviews.

  19. Bruce Fraser

    @karsten:

    RE: “Backtrack, or breadcrumbs”
    Forgive me, please, if I’m not using proper terminology.

    What I mean is this: You are looking through various folders on your computer, and then you say, “I want to go back to the folder I was a minute ago.” Just click on the “Go Back” button on the toolbar, and it will show a list of the last nine folders you looked at. Select one and it takes you directly there.

  20. Jim Carter

    FYI….I tried my Yahoo address twice and never received the key. Finally I tried another address but also indicated a choice in the form for the type of software that interested me. The key arrived immediately on that occasion. Normally I only fill out what seems to be required info. Possibly I misunderstood those requirements originally. Anyway….this is a great program. I’ve used several older versions. At one time I experimented with many similar apps and never found one that came close to Powerdesk for my tastes.

  21. karsten

    It really has been some good days here on dottech, a lot of good programs thank you Ashraf

    I tried to look for a tutorial for this program, I found one bad on. Are there any one there know a tutorial for this program?

    Bruce Fraser said: Backtrack (some call it “breadcrumbs”). Can some one explain me what that is/means.
    I can’t find a translation for that word, even i have seen t many times, I really like to know what it means
    thanks.

  22. Spredo

    Looks like an interesting “little” program.

    One problem here. Windows installer keeps crashing. It does NOT stop the installation, but I am not happy with a program/installer that keeps windows installer shouting “Windows installer has stopped, check online and close program or just close program”.

    Ok, so it does not actually STOP the installation when you say “ok” to the “close the installer”-bit. But actually, I am not sure that is more “quality” than if the program/installation was actually stopped… This may be because of the installer. This MAY be because of the installer for the giveaway. This may also be MY problem, and something no one else experiences (W7 -64 bit). But I am not too happy about it.

    So, this MIGHT be a great program, but the installation process in itself has me wondering.

  23. phoenix_rising

    This definitely sounds interesting – and it is a program I’m interested in. Thanks for the heads-up Ashraf. I just spent a while looking at different reviews of the PowerDesk 8, and it seems that they are a mixed bag. I found this review to be particularly good – and others might want to have a look at it for guidance: http://scientificlanguage.com/page19.html

    I’m still not sure if I’ll install it just yet. I might take the coward’s approach and wait and see what others think after they have installed it.

  24. AB

    Thanks for a great program. I have a windows 7, home premium, 64 bit laptop. It installed in the program files folder for 32 bit programs. Do I have to do anything else to make sure it is optimized for my 64 bit computer?

  25. Bruce Fraser

    Ashraf,

    This is an EXCELLENT program! Thank-you!
    I have been using PowerDesk Explorer as my file manager for years. I recently downloaded and tested every single freeware file manager out there, and the free PowerDesk 7 was still the best.

    OK, forget about all the frilly stuff added on. Here’s what I like about the basic file manager tools in version 7 (haven’t yet installed version 8), but just wanted to encourage people to get this great program):

    * Can use one or two panes; easy to switch. Dual panes can be split horizontally or vertically.
    * Zip files are viewed as a folder
    * Favourites: quickly go to specified locations
    * Backtrack (some call it “breadcrumbs”)
    * Copy full path to clipboard (Edit – Copy path as text)
    * Undo file delete or file copy
    * Preview files (not in the usual free version; but available in this freebie of the Pro version!)
    * File wipe (secure delete)
    * With a file selected, click a toolbar icon to “File Associate”
    * Toolbar icon to open Command window
    * Very easy to use

    PROBLEMS (may have been fixed in the new version 8):
    Cannot undo File move
    Sometimes chokes on Zip files containing hundreds of files.

  26. Josh

    If it leaves behind a lot of debris after uninstallation, I am definitely not interested. I once had the same problem with some Ashampoo products and I have been avoiding them ever since. Whether it impacts on performance or not, I just hate it when programs leave garbage all over my system when I remove them. I know most programs do, but it’s usually just a few pieces and they can be easily cleaned up afterwards if you know how. But it’s irritating when they leave lots of stuff behind.

  27. Josh

    Likewise, I do not go for all-in-one utilities. I like their Sync Manager, but already have most of the other stuff (and they include things I don’t need in their package). Not going to download and install this huge file just for the sync manager. I find that, often, all-in-one utilities do one or two things well, but their other functions are mediocre when compared to my favorite stand alone tools. Using stand alone tools is also more practical when you want to perform a particular task well without firing up a whole steam engine.

  28. harris

    a word of caution when installing powerdesk pro v8 on window 7 home premium 32 bit…make sure you do a system restore before beginning installation. the program leaves more residue than itunes when uninstalling. after doing a system restore i get the message that restore did not restore correctly and if i have problems to go to advanced restore…
    anyways ashraf, i like your new design….

  29. Clodmore

    Thanks, Ashraf, for posting about this offer.

    I’ve been a user of PowerDesk since version 3 or 4. I did not upgrade beyond version 6 though, as I didn’t see much benefit in doing so. However, for free, I’ll upgrade and give it a try. I do like some of the functions of PowerDesk, but not enough to pay for them anymore. You’ve spoiled me with too many FREE subsitutes and offers. Please keep them coming as I like being spoiled! heh