Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
KeyView Pro 6 Product
by Dunc Petrie
Many computer users are faced with a daily quandary:
how to view data files produced by applications that they
do not own. Windows 95 shipped with a "lite"
version of Quick View Plus; however, it had fewer filters
than its commercial sibling and now those are dated. I
obtained Verity's KeyView Pro, Version 6, originally to
use with Windows 95. When I upgraded to Windows 98, I
didn't bother determining its inherent capabilities;
instead, I re-installed KeyView Pro. If you have more
robust requirements, have a look.
KeyView Pro is a file utility that supports viewing
over 200 file formats without requiring the presence of
the application itself. Principal features include
- Documents - current and legacy formats from word
processors, spreadsheets, and presentation
graphics (includes Corel Suite 8, Microsoft
Office 97 and Lotus SmartSuite 97) and the
- E-mail - Eudora Pro, Lotus Notes, Microsoft
Exchange and Outlook, Netscape Mail, and others
- Browsers - Netscape (and most plug-in filters)
and Internet Explorer (as an ActiveX object),
Versions 3 or later
- Faxes (DCX and TIFF)
- Multimedia - sound (AIF, WAV, MID) and video (MPG,
- Graphics - most current file formats including
- Compression (Zip, Z-comp, GZ) and Encoding/Decoding
(BinHex, MIME, TAR, UU)
- Viewing documents as formatted, text or hex
- Searching for data within a file or copying data
from a file
- Converting files from one format to another -
including HTML and a versatile batch option
- Encrypting files with PGP (web download)
- Printing single or multiple files
The program integrates with Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0.
Using Windows 95 (OSR2) it installed readily and has
worked without problems for me (about three weeks of use).
I subsequently installed the Windows 98 upgrade: same
story. Choose either a typical (6.2 MB) installation that
disregards the legacy data formats or a complete (10.2 MB)
one. Netscape plug-ins provide support for Adobe Acrobat
(PDF), Autocad (DWG/DXF), Corel, MicroGrafx (Designer and
Draw), and RealAudio; there are others. Some might miss a
Custom option; however, the "hit" for the
complete installation is quite modest in this age of
It was refreshing, in this age of electronic
documentation, to find not only a printed manual but also
a coil-ring binding that will lie flat on your desk.
Specialty file viewer programs might offer more
formats in one category; instead, KeyView provides great
breadth with a realistic selection of filters for
mainstream use. At present, it could not display Access
files in native format although I expect that this
deficiency would be rectified. It is reasonably priced (about
$50 at local stores) and one- third less expensive than a
leading competitor. A 30 day, full-feature, trial version
is available from the website: http://www.keyview.com.
Proprietary package from Verity,
Web Site: http://www.keyview.com
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Computer Users' Group (OPCUG), Inc.
3 Thatcher Street,
Ottawa, ON K2G 1S6
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in these reviews may not necessarily
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