I am trying to find a good program to help me perfect my opening play. It needs to be something simple because I am no computer expert. I don't understand the opening trees and all that high tech stuff. I was wondering if there was any program that lets you make moves and it tells you what opening you are using and shows the most popular responses and right and wrong moves. If you could provide in your answer what it is exactly that the program does and how you use it I will greatly appreciate it. If it matters my rating is 1430.
Below 2000, you should not be spending too much time on openings.
I would suggest that you learn how to navigate opening trees and use chessbase light. Even better is to get a higher rated player to go over the openings and explain the concepts. This option gives better feedback.
Chess Opening Wizard (bookup.com) and Chess Position Trainer (chesspositiontrainer.com) are good. There was another provided by sourceforge.net, but I can not find it anymore. COW has a feature which you could load a pgn file and it would make an easy-to-use tree up to the number of moves you entered. This feature, IMO, is not worth the $67 cost. CPT does not have this convenient feature and is not worth $40.
Since pgns are mostly GM games, I suggest you find a chess club to get the opinion of average people.
lichess has a new opening explorer feature when you are using an analysis board that will tell you popular responses to moves and tells you the opening you are using.