Disclaimer: The images on this page are from the "Electronics Boutique 1996 Spring CD". This was a promotional CD catalog given out at Electronics Boutique & Waldensoftware stores in early 1996. The images are only 256 color because that was the depth of the source files (keep in mind this was 1996).
PC Utilities & Graphics
OK, I'm a nerd. I absolutely get a kick out of reading the PC Utilities section of this CD catalog. Most of this stuff is useless today but I have fond memories of dorking with them a decade ago.
Want a great way to slow down your PC? Try Remove-It which continuously scans your computer for stuff to delete. Keep in mind, a 2gb hard drive was freakin' expensive in 1996.
I guess pcAnywhere is still going strong today. I couldn't find a reason to try it back in 1996.
If Microsoft was good at one thing it was adding free features to Windows that put specialty companies out of business. WinFax Pro is one such program.
WebAuthor is another program that Microsoft gave away for free. It's a plug-in to export Word documents as HTML.
QEMM was semi-essential for playing DOS and Windows 3.11 games. The memory management improvements in Windows 95 also made this a thing of the past.
CleanSweep 95 was another package to remove unused stuff from your hard drive.
I used UnInstaller pretty frequently. I installed a lot of demos and games on my 1.2gb hard drive and none of them seemed to uninstall gracefully.
25,000 clip art images for for $49.99.
Handwritten Fonts, then $29.99, now free.
For the same price as the 25,000 pack you can get 40,000 images, f-it let's go for 100,00 next time.
Print Shop Deluxe was a pretty steady seller even at $80. Guess there was a big demand to print your own cards and crappy banners.
Corel Print House was a competitor to Print Shop for $29.99.
At $49.99 Corel Draw 3 was marketed as an entry-point to the Corel Draw family.
Corel Draw 6, on the other hand, was $249.99. Not sure what happened to Corel Draw 4 & 5.
4000 Color Photos "supports popular file formats including .BMP, .TIF, .EPS".
Greeting Card Magic, $29.99.
SuperPrint might have served some purpose in Windows 3.11 but was worthless in Windows 95.
TurboCAD was a product that never did particularly well. From time to time we'd get someone who insisted they needed AutoCAD but didn't know why. The significantly cheaper TurboCAD probably would have worked for them but they didn't buy it.
Abuse of "3D" was quite common in in the mid-90s. Instant 3D, for $49.99, was one of many crappy products to create "3D".
Simply 3D was another crappy "3D" program.
The cover of Key Design Center 3-D makes it look pretty sophisticated. Like most of the Softkey product it was a low-budget, largely pointless, program.