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Shareware Sources

By Sandra E. Eddy

Download affordable shareware to experiment with varioussmall-business programs.

SoftSeek ( provides links toshareware and trial versions of programs. Click on the Business& Productivity link and then click on a subcategory. When youfind a program in which you are interested, click on the programname to reveal a page of information, including links to thedeveloper's Web site. You can find most of the sharewarementioned in this column at SoftSeek.

Windex: The Windows Index ( business programs under two categories: PersonalInformation Managers and Business & Productivity Applications.The entry for each program includes the program title, a link tothe developer's Web site (from which you can download one ormore programs), and a description of the program. ( provides linksto various programs. To find business shareware, type a keyword orphrase and click on a search button. The results include the filename, date, the file size, and a description of its features.

ZDNet Software Library ( is alarge library of shareware that includes hundreds of businesstitles. Each entry includes a program name and synopsis of itsfeatures, the date it was added to the library, a rating (by thewriters and editors of Ziff-Davis magazines) of one to five stars(or NR for no rating), and the number of times it has beendownloaded, which serves as a measurement of a program'spopularity.

Jumbo ( offers shareware, freeware,and trial versions of software. Click on business, financial, oranother category on the home page, select your computer operatingsystem, and then click on a subcategory to reveal a list ofshareware programs.

Intervue Digest's Egallery( is a valuable directory ofmany shareware sites. Each entry includes a long review of thefeatured site by Joseph Delgado, the creator, editor and Webmasterof Intervue Digest, a magazine with an online site.

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