Mike King

Keeping up with new product releases, bug fixes, and software enhancements can be a nightmare, but CNET has made the whole process simple and efficient with Catchup, a combination download/Web site that pinpoints new software levels and more.

Catchup currently supports a large amount of popular freeware, shareware and commercial software applications, as well as many hardware drivers.

Having downloaded the 790Kbyte executable cnetcup13.exe, a double-click takes you through a normal install. Once the installation is complete, you are automatically taken to a CNET page with three options to choose from.

"Software updates" scans your hard disc, identifying all applications and drivers on the system. You are then presented with a screen showing the items Catchup can find updates for.

A tick box allows you to select those items you are interested in. Clicking the "find updates" button returns a list of new software levels, with links to allow downloading.

"Security fixes" identifies known security issues in your software and operating system and provides you with all the information required to patch the problems.

Are you sure that all the software you are running is Y2K safe? The "Y2K" option operates in a similar way to the Catchup software update scan, validating the Y2K compliance of your software. Again, Catchup provides a list of patch links for any downloads required, as well as useful links to the originator's site in some cases.

With a user approval rating of 96% from nearly 700,000 downloads, Catchup could form a regular and necessary part of your normal PC maintenance regime.

Catchup product information

Version 1.3
Company: CNET Networks
Home page: home.cnet.com/
Download page: catchup.cnet.com/setup.asp
Download size: File size: 790K
System requirements: Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Catchup was tested on Intel PII 233MHz
the following system: 192Mbyte Ram
  4.3Gbyte hard disc
  56Kbyte modem


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This was first published in August 2000

 

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