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VOLUME  6 NUMBER  15 
SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 


Price  Waterhouse  and 
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TLirboC, 
Tlirbo  Basic, 
Turbo  Pascal  and 
TUrbo  Prolog: 
technical 
excellence 


66  Borland  International’s  Turbo  Pascal,  Turbo  Basic 
and  Turbo  Prolog  automatically  identify  themselves,  by 
virtue  of  their  ‘Turbo’  forenames,  as  superior  language 
products  with  a common  programming  environment. 

The  appellation  also  means  to  many  PC  users  a ‘must 
have’  language.  To  us  Turbo  C looks  like  a coup  for 
Borland.  Garry  Ray,  PC  Week  99 


Tbrbo  Basic  introduces 
its  powerful  new  Telecom,  Editor 
and  Database  Toolboxes 


NEW! 


Turbo  Basic*  is  the  break- 
through you've  been  waiting 
for.  The  same  power  we 
brought  to  Pascal  with  Turbo 
Pascal  has  now  been  applied 
to  BASIC  with  Turbo  B^ic. 

Compatible  with  BASICA,  Tbrbo 
Basic  is  the  high-performance, 
high-speed  BASIC  you’d  expea 
from  Borland. 

Basically,  llirbo  Basic  is 
all  you  need 

It's  a complete  development 
environment  which  includes  an 
incredibly  fast  compiler,  an  inter- 
aaive  editor  and  a trace  debug- 
ging system.  It  outperforms  all  its 
rivals,  and  becaase  it’s  compatible 
with  BASICA,  you  probably 
already  know  how  to  use  it. 

Includes  a free  MicroCalc" 
^readsheet  complete  with  source 
code.  Onfy  $99.95! 


A technical  look  at  lUrbo  Basic 

0^  Full  recursion  supported 
0 Standard  IEEE  flixiiing  point  format 
0 Floating  ptiim  support,  wth  full 
8087  (math  co-processor)  integra- 
tion. Software  emulation  if  no 
8087  present 

0 Program  size  limited  only  by  avail 
able  memory  (no  64K  limitation) 

0 VGA.  CGA,  and  EGA  suppK>rt 
0 Access  to  local,  static,  and  global 
variables 

0 Full  integration  of  the  compiler, 
editor,  and  executable  program, 
with  separate  windows  for  editing, 
messages,  tracing,  and  execution 
0 Compile,  run  time,  and  I/O  errors 
place  you  in  the  source  ctxle 
wiiere  error  ot-xiirred  i 

0 New  long  integer  (32  bit)  data 
tvpe 

0 Full  80  bit  precision 

0 Pull  down  menus 

0 Full  window' management  I 


a Borland  has  created 
the  most  powerful  version 
of  BASIC  ever. 

Ethan  Winer,  PC  Magazine  99 


Telecom  Toolbox  is  a complete 
communications  package  which 
takes  advantage  of  the  built-in 
communications  capabilities  of 
BASIC — use  as  is  or  mtxiif>'. 

• Pull-down  menus  and  windows 

• XMODEM  support 

• VT  100  terminal  emulation 

• Captures  text  to  disk  or  printer 

• PhoncBook  file 

• 300, 1200,  2400  baud  support 

• Supports  script  files 

• Fast  screen  I/O 

• Supports  most  of  XTalk’s 
command  set 

• Manual  dial  and  redial  options 

Use  Telecom  Toolbox  to  embed 

communications  capabilities  into 
your  own  programs  and/or  build 
your  own  communications  pack- 
age. Source  code  included  for 
all  Toolbox  code  and  sample 
programs.  Onfy  $99.95! 


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you  don’t  have  to  reinvent  the 
wheel  each  time  you  write  new 
Tlirbo  Basic  database  programs. 
0 “TYainer”  shows  you  how  B+ 
trees  wofk.  (Simply  key  in 
sample  records  and  you’ll  see 
your  index  being  built.) 

0 TUrbo  Access  instantly  locates, 
inserts  or  deletes  recwds  in  a 
database-using  B+  trees. 

0 Tbrbo  Sort  SOTts  data  on  single 
items  or  on  multiple  keys  and 
features  virtual  memory 
management  for  sorting  large 
data  files. 

Source  code  included. 

Onfy  $99.95! 


Editor  Toolbox  is  all  you  need 
to  build  your  own  text  editor  or 
word  processor.  Includes  source 
code  for  two  sample  editors. 

First  Editor  is  a complete  editor 
ready  to  include  in  your  programs, 
complete  with  windows,  block 
commands  and  memory-mapped 
screen  routines. 

MicroStar"  is  a full  blown  text 
editor  with  a complete  pull  down 
menu  user  interface,  and  gives  >’ou 

• Wordwrap 

• Undo  last  change 

• Auto- Indent 

• Find  and  Find, 'Replace  with  options 

• Set  left  right  margins 

• Bkx'k  mark,  move  and  cc^’ 

• Tab.  iaseri,  oversirike  modes,  line 
center  etc. 

Includes  source  code.  ; 

Only  $99,951 


Choose  ALR’s  l6-MHz  80386  system 
for  less  than  $2,000,  or  a blazing  20-MHz 
system  for  less  than  $2,500. 


1922 


Until  now,  if  you  wanted 
three  times  the  speed  of  an  AT™ 
you  paid  about  three  times  the 
price  of  an  AT.  Now  Advanced 
Logic  Research  announces 
second-generation  386  systems — 
designed  to  do  to  the  price_ 
barrier  what  our, 
first  generation 
did  to  the  per- 
formance barrier. 

Annihilate  it. 

Starting  at  S1990,  ALR’s  totally 
new  386/2  systems  couple  the 
power  of  32 -bit  processing  with 
true  32 -bit  memory.  Even  the 
system  and  graphics  BIOS  are 
implemented  in  a 32 -bit  architec- 
ture. That  simply  means  your 

applications  will  run 
faster  on  a 386/2 
than  any  other 
available  computer. 
AndALR  386/2 
systems  let  you  use  all  the 
peripherals,  graphics,  enhance- 
ments and  appiications 
developed  for  the  most  widely 
adopted  computer  operating 
environment  in  history. 

Which  makes’  you  wonder 
why  others  -want  thousands 
more  for  less  flexible,  first- 
generation  386  systems. 

How  to  run  circles  around 
the  competition. 

Sure,  Compaq  and  IBM  use 
the  fastest  av^able  hard 
disks  and  controllers 
with  1:1  interleaving, 

Advanced  Logic  /.^ 

Research  li,, 

Compaq 
® IBM 

just  like  Advanced  Logic 
Research.  But  they  don’t  buffer 


a full  17-sector  hard  disk  track, 
settling  for  sector  by  sector 
buffering.  Our  way  makes  the 
fastest  even  fester  where  it 
counts — in  the  real  world. 

And  with  up  to  2 MB  of  RAM 
on  the  motherboard,  you 
get  flexibility  with  your 
power. 


Picture  this. 

Naturally  the  raw  speed  of 
80386  means  the  386/2  series 
make  great 
EGA  graphic 
work- 
stations for 
CAD/CAM. 
Or  choose 
enhanced 
EGA™  or  GA  786™  graphics 
from  ALR  and  a variety  of 
sources  and  get  the  most 
advanced  resolutions  a’vailabie. 


The  386/2  series  makes 
the  best  use  of  floorer 
desk  space. 


You  can  even  run  applications 
without  memory  limitations. 
Because  all  enhanced  ALR  sys- 
tems include  the  Phoenix 
Control/386  Software 
utilities  with  32  bit  disk 
Ml  caching,  Vdisk  and 
Jjl  EMS/EEMS  Software. 


Speed  to  bum.  Without  having 
money  to  bum. 


Read  the  reviews  and  compare 
the  386/2  to  the  others.  Then 
compare  more.  If  you  find  more 
power,  flexibility  and  quality 
somewhere  else,  buy  somewhere 
else.  You  won’t  find  a more 
competitive  price  anywhere  else. 


Advanced 
Logic 
Research 
S4389 

IBM 
*6995 

Compaq 
*7094 

The  ALR  386/2  Model  40  with  EGA 
adapter  is  similar  to  the  IBM  Model 
80-041  and  Compaq  Deskpro  386 
Model  40  with  EGA  adapter.  Except 
fora  lower  price  and  twice  their 
standard  RAM. 


Advanced  Logic  Research. 
Faster,  first. 

Advanced  Logic  Research 
got  its  start  designing  high- 
performance  microcomputers 
for  customers  that  demanded 
more  power  than  they  could  get 
off  the  shelf.  We  designed  one 
of  the  first  IBM  PC-compatibles. 
Developed  the  enhanced 
performance  AT-compatible  PC 
Magazine  called  “. . . the  most 
judicious  choice . . .”  And 
introduced  the  first  386  system, 
which  PC  Tech  Journal  said 
“. . . brings  up-to-date  technology 
to  affordable  386  systems!’ 

Our  complete  line  of  perfor- 
mance XT  and  AT-compatible 
systems  offers  the  advanced 
technology  of  one  of  the 
world’s  most  exp>erienced  PC 


design  teams.  And  the  cost-  ' 
effective  quality  of  Singapore- 
based  manufacturing.  So  you 
simply  get  more  computing 
power  for  less  money.  From  a 
growing  international  net- 
work of  ALR  dealers  chosen 
for  their  abUity  to  deliver  full- 
service  and  support. 

Call  Advanced  Logic  Research 
today  for  the  name  of  your  local 
ALR  dealer.  And  discover  the 
price  of  power  isn’t  as  high  as  it 
used  to  be. 


Performance  Specifications 
386/2  Model  10  S1990 

• ALR-<iesigned  system  board  • 101 -key  keyboard 

• I MB  32-bU  RAM.  ecpandablc  * l6-MHz  80586  processor 

CO  2 MB  on  sysRm  board  (20  MHz  optional) 

• 1.2  MB  floppy  disk  drive  • 8058“  support 

• Serial  and  panllel  poru 

• 8 expaiulon  slots 

386/2  Model  40  S3990 


• ALR-deslgned  system  board 

• 2MB52-bicRAM 

• 40  MB.  30  ms.  or  less, 
access  time  hard  disk  drive/ 
500  Kba/s  trans  rate 

• EMSand  EEMS  software 

• 1.2  MB  floppy  diskdrive 

• Serial  and  pa^kl  ports 


• ALlt-deslgned  system  board 
•2MB32-btt  RAM 

• 70  MB,  30  ms.  or  faster, 
access  time  hard  disk  drive/ 
500  Kbs/s  trans  nte 

• EMSand  EEMS  software 

• 1.2  MB  floppy  disk  drive 

• Serial  and  parallel  ports 


• Desktop  or  floormouni 

• 8 expansion  slots 

• lOl  -kc)-  kc>-board 

• 16-MHz80386pTOcessor 
(20-MHz  optional) 

• 8038?  support 

• 32-blcVdi^anddLsk 
caching  software 


S4690 

• Desktop  or  floormouni 

• 8 expansion  slots 

• 101  -key  keyboard 

• l6-MHz80586processor 
(20-MHz  optional) 

• 8038“  support 

• 32  bic5dlsk  and  disk 
caching  software 


386/2  Model  80 


386/2  Model  130 

I • ALR-destgned  system  board 
I •2MB32-bURAM 
I • 130  MB.  30  ms.  or  faster, 
access  time  hard  disk  drive/ 
500  Kbs/s  uaiu  rate 

• EMS  and  EEMS  software 
I • t.2MBnoppydiskdrive 

* Serial  and  parallel  pons 


Enhancements 


S7299 


• 8 expansion  slots 

• 101 -kes- keyboard 

• 16-.MHz80386processor 
(20-MHz  optional) 

• 8038“  suppon 

• 32-bU3Uiskanddlsk 
caching  software 


Monitor  not  included 

Acomplctc  range  of  cnharKcmcnts.  ifKluding4  MB 
32-bit  RAM  and  multifunction  products  as  well  as 
additional  I/O  options  are  available.  640  x 480  pixel 
AV  EGA  with  )6  colors  and  GA  786  graphics  adapters 
available  third  quarter. 


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FAX:  (^4)  581-9240  TELEX;  5l060h525. 

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PC  MAGAZINE 


SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 

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CIRCLE  145  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Incomparable! 


It  outperforms  the  competition  at  a price  that  is  simply  the  best  deal  on  the  market.” 

I’^search  Corporation 


"Wells  American’s  A*Star  II  stands  out 
from  the  crowd. . . .This  reviewer  found  the 
[keyboard]  touch  to  be  very  good.... [The 
documentation]  is  well  written  and  easy  to 
understand  and  all  the  illustrations 
are  clear  and  accurate. 

We  find  the  A*Star  II 
to  be  a very  attractive 
AT-compatible  computer.” 

Computer  Buyers  Quide. 

— Compatibles  Report 

“If  you're  looking  for  a 
bargain-priced  AT 
type  computer  - and 
there  are  many  to 
consider  these  days  - 
the  A ★Star  is  one 
that  seems  well 
worth  the  price." 

Personal  Computing 
— Patrick  Honan  Slllll 

"This  computer  is  a ' ’’ 
whale  of  a buy.... In- 
side  the  case  it  is  neat  ESS 

and  well  designed.  HpH 

It  just  looks  like  Bi* 

quality!...!  would  find  ■{«=> 

it  hard  to  believe  that 
you  could  outgrow  the 
A ★Star  anytime  in  the 
near  future. . .If  I were  buying  a 
computer  now  it  would  be  this 
offering  from  Wells." 

Computer  Shopper 
— Lon  Andrews 


“All  in  all,  [the  A ★Star]  is  a superior  PCAT 
compatible  unit. ...When  one  considers 
price,  performance,  upgradability,  manufac- 
turer support  and  assembly  within  the 
GSA,  it  is  a definite  winner.” 

■Mw. . Computer  Dealer 

— Jake  Epstein 

; “It  is  as  compatible  as  the  best  units 
tested — Its  money-back  guarantee 
is  commendable. .. .[the  A^Star] 
has  the  potential  to  be  a low 
cost  whiz.” 

■ PCKc,.  ^e 

' — Jon  Piepper 

"What  the  world  needs 

■ now  is  an  AT  which  is  sig- 

■ nificantly  cheaper  than  all 

the  others,  while  provid- 
ing  a higher  level  of  per- 
formance  than  most,  with 
3 ^'9!^  degree  of  compat- 
ibility  and  good  quality. 
And  that’s  exactly 

Australian  PC 
— Ian  Davies 


The  A*Star 


"Graphics  screens  that  take  10 
and  20  seconds  to  redraw  at  6MHz, 
now  appear  in  three  or  four  seconds. 
If  it  doesn’t  run  at  12MHz,  in  5 seconds 
you  can  switch  to  a lower  speed.  We  were 
very  favorably  impressed.  ” 
DataPro  Research  Corporation 

Unsurpassed  quality.  Unbeatable  performance.  Exceptional  manufacturer  support. 

The  experts  agree!  There  are  no  other  IBM  PC/AT  compatibles  quite  like  our  A^Star 
microcomputers.  With  prices  starting  at  only  $1095  for  a 12MHz  unit,  it’s  no  wonder  so  many 
of  our  customers  are  saying  goodbye  to  IBM  in  favor  of  a “good  buy”  from  Wells  American. 

Call  or  write  us  today  about  our  31-day  trial  offer. 

^ Welb  American. 

Corporate  Headquarters:  3243  Sunset  Boulevard  • West  Columbia.  South  Carolina  29169  • 803/796-7800  • TWX  510-601-2645 

IBM  ana  PC  / AT  .i»e  H.ulem.icks  ol  intptn.Uion.ii  6us>ncs<!  M.vhinns  Co<po«aiion 

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volume;  6 N U M B K R 15 


Automating  Your  Books, 
Analyzing  Your  Options 

Jim  Seymour/Om  special  issue 
I on  business  management 
I software  examines  nearly  70 

products  that  target  one  of  the 
most  important  business  con- 
siderations— the  bottom  line. 
Today,  one  of  the  key  elements 
I of  effective  automated  business 
I management  includes  the 
selection  of  the  right  software 
for  setting  costs,  paying  bills, 
calculating  earnings,  and 
exploring  alternatives.  This 
j issue  of  PC  is  loaded  with 
accounting  and  decision 
support  packages  that  can  help 
you  track  your  company’s 
financial  activity  and  plot  its 


Operational  accounting  is  merely  one  of 
the  three  subgnxjps  that  coastitule  a complete 
financial  management  repixting  system. 


C-OVER  .STOR^ 


Making  Every  Number 
Count 

C.  William  Dauphinuis  and 
Timothy  J.  LeelPC  Labs 
reviews  59  accounting  systems 
designed  to  help  you  boost 
profits,  cut  costs,  improve  ca.sh 
flow,  and  assemble  marketing 


1 

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% ^ 

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schemes.  Backed  by  the 
consultants  of  Price 
Waterhouse  and  other  experts 
in  the  field,  we  tell  you  what  to 
look  for  before  you  invest  in  an 
electronic  bookkeeper.  Our 
analysis  and  testing  covers 
more  than  300  features — from 
how  well  a package  deals  with 
new  data  to  how  it  handles 
recurring  entries 99 

Economy-Class  Auditors 
Good  things  often  come  in 
small  packages,  and  the  1 7 

low-end  packages  reviewed 
here  are  a solid  starting  point 
for  the  small  business  working 
its  way  up.  Discover  this  choice 
set  of  accounting  packages 
costing  $500  or  less.  You'll 
find  programs  that  possess  all 
the  features  of  their  high-end 


cousins 1(17 

Summary  of  Features ....  116 


Tailor-made  Ledgers 
Reviews  of  five  accounting 
systems  that  can  be  customized 
with  the  dBASE  programming 
language.  These  are  some  of 
the  most  popular  do-it-yourself 
dBASE  accounting  kits  ....  151 

Summary  of  Features....  154 

High-Priced  Bookkeepers 
Get  the  lowdown  on  37  feature- 
rich  high-end  accounting 
software  packages.  Built  to  go 
beyond  the  basic  General 
Ledger.  Accounts  Receivable, 
and  Accounts  Payable,  these 
systems  are  offered  at  prices 
that  often  exceed  $500  per 
mrxiule 165 

Summary  of  Features ....  187 


Accounting  System  Profiles 
A special  2 1 -page  section  that 
takes  an  extensive  look  at  the 
details  of  each  accounting 
package's  form,  function,  and 
approach 274 

Searching  for  Solutions 

Jared  and  William  Taylor! 
Decide  and  conquer  with  our 
reviews  of  ten  decision  support 
programs  that  help  you  sort 
through  the  variables,  examine 
the  options,  and  identify  a 
logical  solution.  Your  decision 
making  will  be  more  than  just  a 


coin  toss 31 1 


Direct  Marketing 

Connection 451 

Marketplace 469 

Advertisers’  Product 
Index 504 

Index  to  Advertisers. . . 5(16 

Reader  Service  Card . . SOy 

Editorial  Product 
Index  510 

Coming  Up 511 


FIRST  LOOKS 


Hands  On: 

. IBM’s  PS/2  Model  80 

• Tandy's  new  products, 
including  its  386  machine  and 
laser  printer 

• NEC’s  Multisync  adapter 
for  IBM’s  PS/2  line 

• DESQview  2.0 

• Low-cost  XT  compatibles 

from  Vendex  and  CompuAdd 
« IRMA2 33 


VTF.\\T*OINTS 


LETTERS TO 
PC  MAGAZINE 13 

PC  ADVISOR 

MillJones/He\p  in  routing  text 
directly  to  a printer,  in  running 
a PC  on  its  side,  in 
programming  EGA  cards,  and 
in  boosting  DRAM  chip 
speed 27 

FROM  THE  EDITOR’S 
SCREEN 

Bill  MachronelLook-ani-Feei 

Follow-up 59 

JOHNC.  DVORAK 
The  BS/2  Operating 
System — Scandal  in  Istancia 
S.S.R 65 

Inside  Track 67 

JIM  SEYMOUR 

Software  Sells  Hardware  7S 

STEPHEN  MANES 
The  Trade  Show:  Grab  for 

Cash 83 


AFTER  HOURS 


WillWriter;  Dinner  at  Eight: 
Bureaucracy  : The  Baseball 
Line  Commander:  NFL 
Trupline 516 


PRODITTIVITA 


PC  LAB  NOTES 
Expanding  DOS  at 
the  Touch  of  a Finger 
Jeff  Proj/je/DOSKEY  stacks^ 
and  edits  commands,  creates 
keyboard  macros,  and  adds 
durable  color  settings 357 

PROGRAMMING/ 
UTILITIES 
Adding  Notes  to 
Directories 

MichaelJ.  MeffordI 
DIRNOTES  clears  space  in 
yourditectory  listings 385 

SPREADSHEET  CLINIC 
Jared  Tav/or/Disinheriting 
your  ERRs;  DOS  commands  in 
Symphony;  range  name 
rechristcning 405 

CONNECTIVITY  CLINIC 
Frank  J.  Derfler,  Jr./Mini 
NetWare  at  a mini  cost;  .sync 
and  a.sync  auto-dialing 
modems;  the  cold  water  pipe 
controversy 413 

TURBO  POWER  USER 

NeiU.  RubenkinglHov/  Turbo 
impostors  can  save  your 
programs;  saying  Yes  at  the 
command  line;  beeping  when 
compiling  is  done 421 

USER-TO-USER 
Paul  SomersonlPrinier  driver 
mass  production;  commanding 
multiple  arguments;  a way  to 
defeat  FORMAT  C:  433 

PC  TUTOR 

Charles  Perro/d/The  zertvbyte 
file  mystery;  detecting 
ANSI. SYS;  unreeling  a hard 
disk  directory  listing 445 


Cover  Photograph: 
Roberto  Brosan 


WhAT’S  inside 


PC  Magazine's  reputation  rests 
in  no  small  part  on  all-encom- 
passing blockbuster  issues  de- 
voted to  single  topics.  Earlier 
this  year  we  reviewed  44  graph- 
ics programs,  then  87  modems; 
in  a few  weeks  you’ll  see  our 
annual  smorgasbord  of  more 
than  100  new  printers.  And 
we’ve  devoted  this  issue  to 
business  management,  including  59  top  accounting  packages  and 
1 0 decision  support  programs . We  are  pleased  to  report  that  no  oth- 

er  magazine  has  ever  undertaken  reviews  of  business  management 
software  on  this  scale. 

Over  the  past  3 years,  we  have  called  upon  the  "Big  Eight"  ac- 
counting firm  of  Price  Waterhouse  for  ongoing  reviews  of  ac- 
counting software,  and  it  was  only  natural  to  enlist  its  expertise  for 
this  special  issue.  Planning  began  nearly  a year  ago  with  William 
Dauphinais,  a Price  Waterhouse  senior  partner  in  St.  Louis  and 
team  leader  for  PC  Magazine's  Price  Waterhouse  Report  account- 
ing reviews. 

Another  Price  Waterhouse  associate,  Timothy  Lee,  a manage- 
ment consulting  services  coordinator  in  PW’s  New  York  office, 
assembled  a testing  script  with  PC  Labs  to  identify  and  evaluate 
more  than  300  features  in  accounting  software.  That  100-page 
script  reigns  as  the  largest  ever  used  at  PC  Magazine,  rcuuiring  35 

hours  of  hands-on  testing  for  each  program.  The  summary  of  fea- 
tures tables  alone  fill  mote  than  30  pages. 

For  nearly  5 months,  Tim  continued  as  our  technical  adviser  on 
the  project.  The  21  blocks  from  PW’s  Manhattan  office  to  PC 
Magazine  became  a pan  of  his  daily  commute. 

Following  our  report  on  accounting  software.  West  Coast  edi- 
tor Jared  Taylor  and  his  brother.  William,  a specialist  in  artificial 
intelligence  who  represents  the  East  Coast  contingent  of  the  family 
(Bill  hails  from  New  Hampshire),  evaluate  decision  support  soft- 
ware. 

Also  in  this  issue  is  DOSKEY,  a free  utility  by  our  star  pnt- 
gtammer  Jeff  Prosise  that  promises  to  become  a classic , DOSKEY 
lets  you  recall,  edit,  and  replay  previous  commands,  change  your 
screen  colors  effortlessly,  and  execute  thorny  DOS  commands  us- 
ing single  function  keys.  Around  the  office  we  put  lots  of  utilities 
onto  our  hard  disks  and  end  up  erasing  most  of  them.  This  one’s  a 
definite  keeper.  To  top  it  off,  the  issue  also  contains  Michael  Mef- 
ford’s  useful  DIRNOTES,  which  lets  you  add  comments  to  the 
normally  inscrutable  filenames  in  your  DIR  listings.  Tty  them 
both.  if 


Dedicated  to  the  memory  of  Iris  Knittel 


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“The  PC’s  Limited  38616 
should  top  the  list  of  anyone 
wanting  today’s  utmost  in 
performance  and  power.” 


— PC  Magazine,  August  1987 


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PC’S  LIMITED  386' 


The  386*°  Monochrome  System 

Includes  the  foUoiving  standard  features  and  options. 

Intel  80386  running  at  16  MHz 
1024K  of  0 ’W^iit  State  Static  RAM 
12  Meg  floppy  drive 

Combined  floppy  and  haid  disk  Controller 
101  Keyboard 
192  watt  Power  Supply 

System  Clock/Calendar/Conflguration  Data  in  CM)S 
RAM  with  battery  backup 
Hercules  compatible  Monochrome  Graphics  card 
2 ferial  and  1 Parallel  port 
High  Resolution  Monochrome  Monitor 
Smart  Vii™  (Real  Time  Diagnostic  Display) 

12  month,  on-site  HoneyiveU  Bull  service  contract 
With  a 40  \feg,  28  MS  hard  drive  cind  standard  chassis 
$4,499 

\Wth  a 70  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 
$4,899 

With  a 150  kfeg,  18  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 

$5399 

The  386‘°  EGA  Color  System 

The  above  system  with  the  following  substitutions 

EGA  \^ideo  card 

The  EGA  High  Resolution  Monitor 
With  a 40  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 
$4,999 

Wth  a 70  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 

$5399 

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The  286*^  MonochitHne  System 

Includes  the  following  standard  features  and  options 
Intel  80286  running  at  6 and  12  MHz 
1024K  on  board  *13  Meg  floppy  drive 
Ccmbined  floppy  and  hard  disk  Ccmtrdler 
84  key  Keyboard  • 192  watt  Power  Suppiy 
Clock/Calendar  with  battery  backup 
Hercules  compatible  Monochrome  GrapAiics  card 
2 Serial  and  2 Parallel  ports 

High  Rescdution  Monochrome  Monitor  • Standard  chassis 
Smart  Vu™  (Real  Time  Diagnostic  Display) 

12  month  on-site  HoneyweU  BvU  service  contract 
With  a 40  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive 

.$2,699 

With  a 70  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive 

$2,999 

The  286*^  EGA  Cdor  System 

The  above  system  with  the  following  substitutions 
EGA  card  • 2 Serial  and  1 Parallel  port 
The  EGA  High  Resolution  Monitor 
With  a 40  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive 
$8,199 

With  a 70  Meg,  28  MS  hard  drive 
$3,499 


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1-800-624-9896. 

Our  Tblal  Satisfaction  Guarantee  works  like  this:  Any  item  bought  hx)m 
us  be  returned  within  30  days  from  the  date  it  was  shipped  for  a full 
refund  of  your  purchase  price.  Returned  items  must  be  as-new.  not  modi- 
fied or  damaged,  with  all  warranty  cards,  manuals,  and  packaging  intact 
Returned  items  must  be  shipped  prepaid  and  insured,  and  must  bear 
a PC^  Limited  Credit  Return  Authorization  (CRA)  on  the  shipping  label. 

Our  One  Year  Limited  Warranty  says  we  warrant  each  system  we 
manufacture  to  be  free  from  defects  in  materials  and  workmanship  for  one 
year  following  the  date  of  shipment  from  PC’s  Limited.  During  the  one 
year  period,  we  will  repair  or  replace,  at  our  (^tion,  any  defective  products 
at  no  additional  charge. 


The  286*  Monochrome  System 

Includes  the  following  standard  features  and  options 

Intel  80286  running  at  6 and  8 MHz 
1024K  on  board  *1.2  Nfeg  floppy  drive 
Combined  floppy  Eind  hard  disk  Controller 
84  key  Keyboard  • 192  watt  Power  Supply 
Clock/Calendar  with  battery  backup 
Hercules  compatible  Nfonochrome  Graphics  card 
2 Serial  and  2 Parallel  ports 
High  Resolution  Monochrome  kfonitor 
Smart  Vu™  (Real  Time  Diagnostic  Display) 

12  month,  on-site  Honeywell  Bull  service  contract 
With  a 20  Meg,  65  MS  hard  drive  and 
the  space  saving  chassis 
$1,799 

With  a 40  IVfeg,  40  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 
$2,149 

The  286”  EGA  Cdcw  System 

The  above  system  with  the  following  substitutions. 

EGA  card  • 2 Serial  & 1 Parallel  port 
EGA  High  Resolution  Monitor 
With  one  20  ^feg,  65  MS  hard  drive  and  the  space 
saving  chassis 
$2^99 

With  a 40  Meg,  40  MS  hard  drive  and  standard  chassis 
$2,649 


Optional  Honcvweil  Bull  On-Site  Service  Contract  provides  for  on-site 
service  for  parts  and  labor  within  the  next  business  d^  if  your  system 
is  located  within  100  miles  of  Honeywell  Bull’s  185  service  locations. 

A system  is  defined  as  a CPU,  monitor,  video  card  and  the  disk  drives 
indicated  above.  Your  co  operation  will  be  required  in  explaining  the 
problem  before  a customer  service  engineer  is  dispatched. 

Call  or  write  PC's  Limited  for  the  complete  terms  of  our  Ibtal  Satisfaction 
Guarantee,  our  One  Year  Warranty  and  the  Honeywell  Bull  Service  Con- 
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The  Turbo  Monochrome  System 

Includes  the  following  standard  features  and  opiums 

Intel  16-bit  8088-2  running  at  4.77  and  8 MHz 
640K  on  board  • 84  key  Keyboard 
130  watt  Power  Supply 
Hercules  compatible  Graphics  Adapter 
High  Resolution  Monochrome  kfonitor 
12  month,  on-site  Honeywell  Bull  service  contract 
With  one  360K  floppy  drive 
$799 

With  one  360K  floppy  and  a 20  Meg,  65  MS  hard  drive 
$1,199 

The  Turbo  EGA  Color  System 

The  above  system  with  die  following  substitutions 

EGA  card 

The  EGA  High  Resolution  Monitor 
With  one  360K  floppy  drive  and  a 
20  Nfeg,  65  MS  hard  drive 
$1,699 

With  one  360K  floppy  and  a 40  Meg,  40  MS  hard  drive 
$2,199 

AJ;  He^rcules,  and  Honeywell  Bull  are  registered  tmdemarks 


Tb  order  a PC’s  Limited  computer  call 
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Our  sales  lines  are  open  from  7 to  7 
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Saturday,  Central  Standard  Time. 

ORCLE  539  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 

PCSUMITED 

Dell  Computer  Corporation 


The  standard 

by  which  all  other  monitors 
are  monitored. 


MiilliSync 

So  iH’iJccl  a soliiiion  for 
husinc.ss  I’ruphics  it’s  become 
the  hcst-sellinj’  color  monitor. 


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THE  MODERN  MODEM 

Winn  L.  Rosch’s  assertion  that  the  tele- 
phone system  cannot  carry  direct  current 
(DC)  signals  was  a disquieting  note  (“The 
Modem  Modem:  Bridge  to  the  On-line 
World,"  PC  Magazine,  Volume  6 Num- 
ber 9).  Yes,  the  system  cannot  carry  DC 
signals  end  to  end,  but  it  certainly  does  car- 
ry DC  signals  from  the  subscriber  to  the 
switch.  Also,  Mr.  Rosch  assumes  that  all 
modulation  is  amplitude  modulation  (AM) 
and  explains  that  the  3(X)-  to  3,000-Hz 
telephone  band  could  carry  data  spread 
1 ,650  Hz  to  either  side  of  a 1 ,650-Hz  carri- 
er. Simple  math  will  tell  you  that  only 
1 ,350  Hz  on  either  side  of  the  1 ,650-Hz 
carrier  will  fit  into  that  bandwidth. 

Before  reading  the  article,  I had  read 
that  various  pulse  transmissions  systems  in 
which  the  pulse  is  proportional  to  the  anal- 
ogous signal  are  analog  systems.  Mr. 
Rosch  tells  me  that  digital  is  a series  of 
pulses,  but  when  the  digital  message  is 
transmitted  over  the  phone  lines  as  tones,  it 
is  an  analog  signal.  What  ate  the  teal  defi- 
nitions of  analog  and  digital? 

James  A.  Ross 

Adamstown,  Maryland 

Wirm  L.  Rosch  replies: 

Mr.  Ross  is  indeed  correct  in  that  an  edit- 
ing error  caused  the  1 ,350  Hz  of  deviation 
available  for  simple  modulation  to  appear 
in  print  as  1 ,650. 

Modulation  methods  other  than  strict 
AM  were  in  fact  discussed  in  the  article, 
but  the  fact  remains  that  communicating 
any  intelligence  requires  bandwidth.  Even 
a simple  CW  (carrier  wave)  signal — onJoff 
Morse  code  transmissions  at  a single  fre- 
quency— occupy  bandwidth  proportional 
to  their  information  content. 

Although  telephone  wires — or  any  cop- 


per pair — can  carry  direct  current,  there  is 
no  legal  way  for  a PC  user  to  introduce  DC 
onto  a dial-up  telephone  line,  nor  is  there 
any  guarantee  a DC  signal  will  travel  from 
one  end  of  a connection  to  another.  It  is 
thus  safe  to  conclude  that  a telephone 


channel  cannot  be  expected  to  carry  DC. 

Please  note  that  we  included  a glossary 
of  definitions  for  analog  and  digital  as  in- 
formation-coding  systems  with  the  article. 

I found  Winn  L.  Rosch’s  article  "The 
Modem  Modem:  Bridge  to  the  On-line 
World’  ’ an  excellent  and  enjoyable  discus- 
sion of  how  modems  interface  with  the 
telephone  world.  His  statement  that  most 
telephone  systems  remain  analog,  but  that 
communications  systems  are  likely  to  be- 
come increasingly  digital  in  the  future,  is 
quite  tme:  the  two  ends  of  the  telephone 
connection  that  the  modems  connect  to  are 
analog,  as  he  describes.  However,  within 
the  telephone  network  (maybe  only  a few 
yards  away  from  the  modem),  the  signal  is 
likely  to  be  converted  to  digital  format. 
Some  subscriber  carrier  systems,  many 
central  office  switching  machines,  most  of 
the  carrier  systems  between  nearby  central 
offices,  and  much  of  the  long-distance  net- 
work is  now  digital.  Since  the  basic  func- 
tion of  the  telephone  network  is  still  to  car- 


ry voice  signals,  these  digital  sections  have 
been  integrated  into  the  analog  telephone 
network  as  needed  to  supply  additional  ca- 
pacity or  to  replace  obsolete  equipment. 
The  result  is  that  a given  telephone  signal 
may  go  through  several  sets  of  analog/digi- 
tal and  digital/analog  conversions  in  its 
path  between  two  subscribers. 

The  A/D  conversion  consists  of  sam- 
pling the  analog  signal  8,(X)0  times  per 
second  and  digitizing  each  sample  into  an 
8-bit  code.  In  this  format,  a single  analog 
telephone  signal  requires  64  kilobits  per 
second,  gives  almost  undetectable  degra- 
dation of  the  telephone  signal,  and  is  capa- 
ble of  handling  the  9,60()-bit-per-second 
modem  signals.  However,  the  voice  signal 
needs  only  the  full  64-kilobit-per-second 
capability  for  occasional  speech  transients. 

More-sophisticated  encoding  protocols 
can  transmit  the  voice  signal  with  only 
slight  degradation  while  using  less  bits. 
One  early  subscriber  loop  multiplex  sys- 
tem used  “delta  modulation”  to  squeeze 
40  voice  channels  into  the  1 ,544-kilobit- 
per-second  bit  stream  nomially  used  for  24 
voice  channels.  So  even  though  the  voice 
signal  can  get  along  without  these  extra 
bits,  high-speed  modem  signals  cannot. 
Most  9,600-bps  modem  signals  have  com- 
pletely unacceptable  error  rates  when  sent 
over  channels  with  such  data  compression, 
and  even  4,800-bps  signals  are  a bit  iffy. 
(Note  that  these  comments  apply  only  to 
modem  signals  fed  into  the  telephone  net- 
work as  voice  frequency  analog  systems. 
Digital  channels  leased  from  the  telephone 
companies  ate  connected  directly  into  the 
digital  transmission  facilities  and  are  not 
subjected  to  either  A/D  conversions  or  data 
compressions.) 

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Holmdel,  New  Jersey 

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Winn  L.  Rosch  replies: 

Thunks  for  the  description  of  ike  tortures 
suffered  by  telephone  signals.  Note,  how- 
ever, ihol  9,600-hps  modems  do  actually 
work  reliably  at  high  data  rales  through 
the  dial-up  gauntlet,  mostly  through  the 
use  of  powerful  error-correction  schemes. 

After  reading  your  supposedly  compre- 
hensive modem  roundup  article  ("The 
Modem  Modem:  Bridge  to  the  On-line 
World"),  I was  very  disappointed  to  see 
that  you  failed  to  mention  Anderson  Jacob- 
son. a company  that  has  been  in  the  data 
communications  and  mtxlem  business  for 
the  past  20  years.  AJ  has  an  extensive  line 
of  feature-rich  modems  for  2,400  bits-per- 
second,  as  well  as  1 ,200  bps.  I doubt  that 
any  of  the  other  companies  listed  in  your 
article  have  as  many  2,400-bps  models 
with  as  many  features  as  AJ. 

Raymond  E.  Jacobson 
President.  Anderson  Jacobson 
San  Jose,  California 

PC  Labs  oinilled  the  AJ  modems  from  the 
article  simply  because  the  products  ar- 
rived at  our  office  loo  late  for  us  to  com- 
plete a fair  and  comprehensive  re- 
view.— Ed. 

Your  review  of  modems  has  left  me  con- 
fused ("The  Modem  Modem:  Bridge  to 
the  On-line  World"). 

The  article  stales  that  the  Amazing 
Things  I200B  and  2400B  modems  are 
identical  to  the  ones  sold  by  Leading  Edge. 
PC’s  Limited,  and  OmniTel.  and  that  they 
are.  in  fact,  made  by  OmniTel.  In  the  re- 
view of  the  Amazing  Things  2400B.  Mr. 
Wiswell  says  that  in  spite  of  the  noise-tol- 
erance problems,  the  24(X)B  is  his  choice 
for  an  inexpensive  Hayes-compatible 
2,400-bil-per-second  modem.  And  in  the 
review  of  the  PC's  Limited  2.4()0-bps,  the 
reviewer  concludes  that  the  PC  2400  B is  a 
winner.  This  version  does  not  even  include 
any  software,  although  priced  exactly  the 
same  as  the  Amazing  Things  and  Leading 
Eidge  versions. 

However,  Mr.  Wiswell  also  reviewed 
the  Leading  Edge  24(X)B  and  concluded: 
“Considering  this  pcrfonuance.  I don't 
think  the  price  is  low  enough  to  attract  me 
as  a potential  customer  . . ."How  can  the 
same  modem  at  the  same  price  be  a winner 


in  two  reviews,  but  too  expensive  in  anoth- 
er review? 

Dennis  Weinberg 
Northbrook,  Illinois 

Though  the  modems  in  question  all  came 
from  the  same  manufacturer,  there  can  be 
performance  variations  between  irulivid- 
ual  units.  In  addition,  the  PC  Labs  line 
noise  tests  are  only  one  of  the  factors  we 
used  to  evaluate  the  modems:  some  units 
may  perform  better  in  real-world  condi- 
tions than  in  the  testing  environment.  In 
daily  use.  the  Amazing  Things,  OmniT ei, 
and  PC's  Limited  models  performed  better 
than  the  Leading  Edge  and  were  rated 
higher  by  the  reviewers. — Ed. 

I would  like  to  express  my  disappointment 
with  the  review  of  the  Basic  Time  2400  ex- 
ternal modem  (“The  Modem  Modem: 
Bridge  to  the  On-line  World").  The  article 
in  general  was  poorly  researched,  and 
some  of  the  conclusions  drawn  were  inac- 
curate. Furthermore,  the  reviewer  chose  to 
be  subjective  rather  than  objective. 

We  feel  we  have  a right  to  expect  a fair 
and  unbiased  evaluation  of  any  product 
that  is  submitted  for  review.  This  review 
was  neither  fair  nor  unbiased. 

Charles  E.  Smith,  Jr. 
General  Manager.  Qubie 
Camarillo,  California 

We  challenge  your  review  of  our  modem 
in  the  article  "The  Modern  Modem: 
Bridge  to  the  On-line  World."  Howard 
Marks  claimed  that  because  the  Bytcom 
modem  forces  carrier  detect  and  data  ter- 
minal ready  upon  power-up,  and  because 
it  has  no  DIP  switches,  it  is  therefore  not 
Hayes  compatible.  In  fact,  the  Hayes  2400 
modem  shares  this  default  setting  and  has 
no  DIP  switches. 

Further,  the  Bytcom  supports  the  entire 
Hayes  command  set  (with  the  exception  of 
the  M command,  so  we  use  the  L com- 
mand for  speaker  control)  and  also  the 
Hayes  Synchronous  Interface  (HSl).  A 
clear  majority  of  other  modems  in  the  mar- 
ketplace do  not  support  HSL  and  therefore 
we  believe  we  have  perhaps  the  most 
Hayes-compatible  product  on  the  market. 

After  conversations  with  Howard 
Marks,  we  at  Bytcom  believe  that  the  TAS 
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grammable telephone  network  simulator 
used  in  the  PC  Labs  modem  tests. — Ed.] 
By  increasing  (rather  than  lowiering)  the 
signal  strength  and  by  not  adding  any  at- 
tenuation, this  test  did  exactly  the  opposite 
of  what  TAS  instructs.  I believe  that  is  why 
you  had  difficulty  with  many  modems,  in- 
cluding Bytcom.  It  is  irrelevant  that  other 
modems  could  run  under  these  circum- 
stances. since  it  was  not  an  accurate  simu- 
lation of  real-world  conditions. 

On  the  subject  of  line-noise,  it  has  been 
recognized  that  the  CTS  signal  processor 
on  the  Bytcom  modem  runs  20  percent 
“cleaner"  on  noisy  phone  lines  than  the 
Rockwell  SP  used  by  virtually  everyone 
else,  including  Hayes  and  Multitech,  We 
have  signal-to-noise  charts  (one  from 
Rockwell  itselO  to  show  this,  and  any  in- 
terested readers  can  call  us  to  get  copies, 

I submit  that  the  foregoing  refutes  Mr. 
Marks's  claim  that  we  are  not  Hayes  com- 
patible and  also  qualifies  the  Bytcom  as  an 
"impressive"  modem.  That  is  especially 
true  when  one  considers  its  low  list  price 
and  the  fact  that  there  are  thousands  of  Byt- 
com users  that  are  completely  satisfied. 

William  T.  Bagley,  Jr. 

President,  Bytcom 

San  Rafael.  California 

Howard  Marks  replies: 

Mr.  Bagley  is  correct  when  he  states  that 
the  Bytcom  modem  is  comparable  to  the 
Hayes  2400:  both  lack  DIP  switches  and 
have  similar  default  settings.  / still  believe 
that  all  serial  devices  should  follow  the 
EIA  Standard  RS-232C;  this  is  the  stan- 
dard I referred  to  in  my  review. 

The  one  command  from  the  Hayes  AT 
command  set  that  Bytcom  doesn't  sup- 
port— volume  control — is  not  very  impor- 
tant, except  that  since  the  Bytcom  modem 
has  no  volume  knob,  you  can  only  turn  the 
speaker  on  or  off.  I did  not  consider  HSI  in 
any  of  the  reviews  / did.  because  to  my 
knowledge,  nobody  uses  it. 

The  PC  Labs  modem  tests  were  created 
with  the  participation  of  the  technical  staff 
at  TAS.  The  tests  were  properly  and  fairly 
implemented;  the  simulation  unit  was  set 
up  to  provide  attenuation  similar  to  that 
found  on  actual  phone  lines.  The  testing 
parameters  were  clearly  defined  in  the 
magazine  and  applied  equally  to  all  of  the 


products.  Of  the  87  modems  tested,  only  5 
could  not  perform  the  te.sts. 

Furthermore,  Mr.  Bagley' s comments 
about  the  CTS  and  Rockivell  chipsets  don ' t 
correspond  to  our  test  results.  Our  experi- 
ence showed  more  variation  between  dif- 
ferent Rockwell-based  modems  than  he 
states  as  the  difference  between  the  Byt- 
com and  the  Rockwells. 


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dem 12(X)HC  as  mentioned  in  the  article 
“The  Modem  Modem:  Bridge  to  the  On- 
line World"  (PC  Magazine,  Volume  6 
Number  9). 

Point  Five  supports  variables,  rational 
numbers,  time/date,  predefined  constants, 
user-defined  constants,  summations,  in- 
version array  functions,  and  manual  com- 
putation control.  The  program  also  does 
manual  and  spreadsheet  input  or  import 
equations,  manual  and  spreadsheet  data  in- 
put or  import,  and  has  text  file  and  spread- 
sheet output  devices.  In  addition.  Point 
Five  also  allows  stepping  through  a range 
of  numbers  in  increments  of  one  or  more, 
and  it  supports  the  conditional  statements 
"If  . . . Then"  and  “If  . . . Then  . . . 
Else"  ("The  Scientific  1*C,"  PC  Maga- 
zine, Volume  6 Number  7). 

Gauss  supports  15  printers  and  plotters,  in- 
cluding the  IBM  Prowriter,  Epson,  HP  La- 
serJet Plus,  and  Corona  la.ser  printers,  and 
the  HP,  Epson,  Watanabe,  and  Houston 
plotters  ("The  Scientific  PC”). 


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10  BIG  REASONS  IT’S  TIME  YOU 
CHANGED  YOUR  EDITOR  TO  BRIEF 


1 FUNDAMENTAL  TRUTH.  If  you  are 

a programmer,  you  use  your  editor  more 
than  any  other  tool.  If  it  isn't  the  best, 
the  fastest,  the  most  versatile,  the  most  produc- 
tive. ..well,  then  neither  are  you! 


2 OUR  ENTHUSIASM.  While  we  do 
not  publish  BRIEF  we  vnsh  we  did.  We 
sell  so  many  BRIEFs  that  we've  been 
advertising  it  non-stop  since  it  was  introduced 
ivTO  years  ago.  We  re  not  alone  in  our  enthu- 
siasm. There  is  no  end  of  accolades  from  other 
admirers 


BRIEF  Encounters 

"The  word  is  getting  around  that  BRIEF  is 
simply  the  best  text  editor  you  can  buy  " 

John  Dvorak  in  Inloworld 

"In  the  last  five  years,  only  a handful  of 
applications  have  altered  the  way  we  use 
microcomputers  The  wmners'  impact  is 
astounding  BRIEF  is  a winner'  that  will  most 
definitely  change  the  way  we  develop  applica- 
tion software  " Data  Based  Advisor. 

"Overall,  BRIEF  is  an  excellent  and  effiaent 
editor  with  capabilities  that  are  truly  useful  if 
you're  a serious  programmer  or  developer  of 
commercial  applications,  the  BRIEF/dBRIEF 
package  is  one  of  the  best  investments  you 
can  make  " PC  Magaane.  7/86 

"Every  tune  I've  mentioned  text  editors  I’ve 
got  a raft  of  mail  urging  me  to  try  Brief  Now 
that  I've  tried  it  I see  why  (t  has  wmdows- 
boy.  does  it  ever  have  windows'  it  will  do  just 
about  anythmg  you  want  it  to  look  no 
further  recommended  ' jerry  Poumelle. 

12/88 

Best  editor  of  10  compared 
Dr  Dobb's  Software  Tbols 


5 UNDO.  NOT  UN-DELETE.  Don  i 

confuse  the  two.  BRIEF  doesn't  just 
keep  snapshots  of  recent  deletions 
should  you  want  to  pick  them  up  from  the  cut- 
ting room  floor.  It  can  reel  the  whole  film  back- 
ward undoing  any  command  that  affected  the 
cursor  or  the  text.  Watch  it  uiKio  a global  re- 
place. for  example  Uncanny.  It  can  back  up 
300  times,  all  the  way  to  the  beginning  of  a ses- 
sion "Works  like  a dream ’.said  TTieCJournal 


6 SHELL  GAMES.  Leave  BRIEF,  run 
your  compiler,  print  out  the  error  mes- 
sages. load  up  BRIEF  again?  No  way! 
Run  your  compiler  from  mstde  BRIEF*.  It  will 
point  to  each  error  line  in  your  source  pro- 
gram. still  loaded  in  memory,  for  immediate 
editing.  You  don't  have  to  leave  BRIEF  to  use 
EXDS  either.  BRIEF  disappears  from  the  screen 
to  get  out  of  your  way.  but  say  bye  to  DOS  and 
BRIEF  pops  back  to  the  screen,  as  do  all  the 
files  you  were  working  on. 


7 KEY  WHIZ.  You  can  reassign  BRIEF's 
command  keyhits  to  whatever  keys 
you're  used  to.  even  your  old  editor's, 
so  you  don't  have  to  send  your  fingers  back  to 
school.  Macro  execution  can  be  assigned  to 
single  keys.  Or  you  can  tell  BRIEF  to  listen 
while  you  tap  out  a complex  routine.  It  will 
save  and  playback  faithfully,  a shortcut  macro 
without  a single  line  of  coding. 


8MUXin-LINGUAL.  BRIEF'S  macro 
language  is  perfect  for  writing  format- 
ters for  your  language  which  indent, 
match  up  parentheses  and  brackets,  and  set 
up  statement  templates  for  fill-in.  BRIEF  comes 
with  C language  support  already  built  m. 
Others  have  written  macros  to  format  Pascal. 
BASIC,  USP,  Prolog.  FORTRAN. 


dBRIEF. 

The  Power 
Environment  for 
dBASE  Programming 

Many  worthy  utility  products  supply  needs  that 
dBASE*s  piogranumng  language  doesn'i- 
dUmTM,  dFLOWTM  and  a host  of  others 
lYouble  IS.  you  have  to  use  them  separately, 
then  combine  their  output  into  your  dBASE 
program  files 

No  longer  dBRIEFTM,  written  in  BRIEF  s macro 
language,  grabs  hold  of  BRIEF  and  turns  u into 
a complete  dBASE  111  and  111  Plus  programming 
domain  Using  BRIEF  s underlying  shell  capa- 
bilities and  Its  own  interfaces,  dBRIEF  can  run 
external  utility  libraries,  plus  dBASE  itself,  and 
link  to  the  Clipper  I'M , Foxbase + TM  and 
Quicksilver  compilers,  all  with  dBRIEF  still 
loaded  and  running  the  show  It  can  do  what 
BRIEF  already  does  plus 

• Convert  a screen  layout  into  dBASE  code  for 
interactive  data  entry 

• Display  dBASE  file  structures  in  windows. 

a great  convenience  alongside  your  program 
files. 

• Expand  keystrokes  into  full  dBASE 
statements 

• Indent  automatically  for  clegic  display 

• Create  databases,  index  files,  invoke  Ashton- 
Tate's dFORMA’TTM  and  dCONVERlTM. 
draw  lines  and  boxes 

Simply  marvelous  programming  environment 
for  writing  and  editing  dBASE  programs  . 

PC  Magazine.  1/86  Source  code  included' 
Requires  BRIEF  1 32  or  later  and  384k.  512k  to 
run  dBASE  within  dBRIEF,  640k  and  harddisk 
recommended 


3 WINDOWS  ON  THE  WORLD.  Why 

the  exatemenl?  First,  BRIEF'S  architec- 
ture. Any  number  of  files  of  virtually 
any  length  can  be  open.  (Start  BRIEF  with 
to  prove  It.)  Open  as  many  tiled  windows  as  fit 
the  screen— over/under  and  side-by-side— to 
work  on  any  of  your  files  Open,  close,  and 
resize  windows  as  you  go  In  each  window,  full 
screen  or  tiny,  all  Siting  techniques  are  at 
hand— high-speed  cursonng,  paging  up  and 
down,  horizontal  scrolling,  optional  word  wrap 
Load  the  same  file  in  any  number  of  windows 
to  view  different  areas  simultaneously  A 
change  m one  changes  all  Cut  and  paste  text 
blocks  between  windows  and  files,  or  into  buf- 
fers for  later  recall  All  hies  stay  in  memory,  so 
you  can  always  go  back  to  snip  some  more. 

4 WHOLLY  MACROS. 

Much  of  BRIEF  was  writ- 
ten in  Its  own  macro  lan- 
guage It  IS  that  powerful!  TTie  lan- 
guage and  Its  compiler  come  with 
every  copy,  as  do  many  standard 
macros,  with  source  code  for 
leamuig  by  example  It  is  a com- 
plete language  with  conditionals, 
loops,  recursion,  global  and  local 
variables,  even  data  types  It  can 
control  files,  windows,  and  the 
keyboard  It  has  structure,  32-char- 
acter variable  names,  and— not  at 
all  like  l-2-3*’s  cuneiform— is  en- 
tirely readable,  like  a hybrid  of 
LISP  and  C With  it  you  can  de- 
velop  a library  of  routines  to 
power  BRIEF  your  way 


9 QUICKER  PICKER-UPPER.  Look- 
ing for  something?  BRIEF  has  full  UNIX*- 
like  expression  search  tools  to  forage 
and  find  and  fix  any  file  in  memory.  Literal  str- 
ings with  wildcards  and  "?"  character  mask- 
ing. sure.  But  also  indifference  to  case  or  inter- 
vening characters,  [aeiou]  to  match  all  vowels, 
or  [ *-  aeiou]  to  match  anything  but  vowels, 
[a-f.l-m]  to  match  character  ranges,  begmrung 
or  end  of  line  searches,  even  multiple  choice 
pattern  matching  and  replacement. 

REASONS  U THROUGH  20: 

U.  BRIEF  COTies  with  a color  option. 
You  can  select  your  own  color 
scheme  anytime  12.  It  supports  EGA's  43-line 


mode  and  can  display  up  to  128  lines  long. 

13.  Full  8^it  ASCII  display;  the  whole  charac- 
ter set  can  show  on  screen.  14.  Full  path  sup- 
port. 15.  Command  line  start-up  flags  to  modify 
BRIEF'S  behavior,  change  a path  name,  or  run 
a macro,  for  example  "wp"  which  turns  BRIET 
into  a word  processor  with  wraparound  and 
margin  setting.  16.  Automatic  file  save  during 
idle  moments.  VL  Compatibility  with  most  stay- 
resident  programs  Oike  Sidekick™),  multi- 
taskers  (hke  Microsoft  Windows™),  and  net- 
works. 18.  A bulletin  board  with  public  domain 
macros  contributed  by  a mushrooming  cult  of 
macromancers.  19.  No  copy  protection. 

20.  Context  sensitive  help,  and  phone  support 
from  the  publisher 


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mics a typewriter.  You  choose  between 
two  output  modes — one  that  prints  each 
character  as  you  type  and  another  that 
prims  each  line — and  you  can  set  margins 
and  labs.  The  program  supports  a nice 
range  of  printers,  but  you  .should  call  to 
ensure  that  your  printer  is  included  before 
you  order. 


UPENDING  YOUR  SYSTEM 

I’m  toying  with  several  ideas  on  ways  to 
make  some  room  on  my  desk.  One  in- 
volves standing  my  computer  on  its  side  by 
using  one  of  the  stands  like  those  adver- 
tised by  Curtis.  What  effect  will  this  have 
on  my  hard  disk? 

Robert  Cameron 

Columbia,  South  Carolina 

Several  PC  Magazine  editors  have  been 
tucking  units  under  their  desks  in  this  way 
for  years,  and  they' ve  never  had  any  prob- 
lems as  a result— as  long  as  their  desks 
were  sturdy.  And  disk  drive  manufacturers 
will  tell  you  there  is  no  harm  in  running 
your  system  on  its  side,  or  even  upside 
down,  for  that  matter. 

However,  there  is  a slight  chance  that 
gravity  will  cause  the  hard  disk's  actuator 
heads  to  shift  a bit  in  relation  to  the  tracks 
on  the  disk  platters.  This  won't  damage 
your  disk  drive,  and  it  probably  won’t 


■ The  Typewriter  lets 
you  route  text  directly 
to  the  printer.  But  as 
its  name  implies,  it 
more  closely  mimics  a 
typewriter. 


cause  any  problems  whatsoever.  But  it  can 
create  errors  if  your  disk  uses  a band-step- 
per actuator,  found  in  inexpensive  and  old 
disks. 

If  that's  the  ca.se.  there  is  a safeguard 
against  this  problem,  though  it  may  he 
more  trouble  tium  it  is  worth — hack  up 
your  data  and  low-level  format  your  disk 
with  your  system  unit  placed  on  its  side. 
The  format  will  cause  the  heads  to  lay  new 
tracks,  so  even  if  the  heads  have  shifted. 
Ihe  new  tracks  will  be  aligned  correctly 
with  the  heads. 


EGA  MEMORY  MAP 

I have  just  purchased  an  XT  compatible 
and  plan  to  write  a program  that  will  use 
the  EGA  card.  Where  can  1 find  a publica- 
tion that  will  give  me  a very  detailed  mem- 
ory map  or  describe  locations  of  the  EGA 
graphics? 

Michael  Keylin 

Brooklyn,  New  York 

Enhanced  Graphics  Adapter,  an  IBM  pub- 
lication, fully  documents  the  intricacies  of 
the  EGA  .standard.  You  manipulate  the 
EGA  by  writing  directly  to  its  registers  or. 
preferably,  by  utilizing  EGA  BIOS  calls. 
This  IBM  manual  lays  out  all  the  informa- 
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the  nuts-and-bolts  level. 

To  obtain  a copy  of  the  Enhanced 
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■ PC  ADVISOR 


BOOSTING  MEMORY  CHIP  SPEED 

I'm  considering  replacing  my  PC's 
DRAM  chips.  Ads  today  show  256K-bytc 
chips  available  from  100  to  200  nanosec- 
onds. Will  adding  100-nanosccond  chips 
speed  up  my  system,  or  is  actual  speed 
limited  by  elock  speed  or  other  compo- 
nents within  the  computer?  Also,  is  there  a 
way  to  determine  the  optimum  chip  speed 
to  purchase? 

Ray  C.  Schaar 

Kansas  City,  Missouri 

Replai  infi  your  system's  memory  chips 
with  faster  chips  will  have  no  effect  on  the 
speed  of  your  system . 

To  use  a crude  analogy,  think  of  your 
system  as  an  assembly  line:  the  speed  of 
the  conveyor  belt  is  the  cltuk  speed:  the 
workers  are  the  different  components  of 
your  system,  including  your  memory 
chips:  and  the  product  is  the  correct  imple- 
mentation of  each  command.  The  .speed  at 


which  one  worker  can  do  his  or  her  part 
bears  little  or  no  relation  to  the  speed  at 
which  the  product  is  produced — as  long  as 
that  worker  performs  the  appropriate  job 
fast  enough.  If  the  worker  isn't  fast 
enough,  the  product  will  be  hopelessly 
flawed.  In  other  words,  your  .system  simply 
won't  work. 

When  you  install  an  accelerator  hoard, 
you're  changing  your  system's  clm  k speed 
in  one  way  or  another,  in  addition  to  add- 
ing a faster  processor.  Depending  on  the 
design  of  the  accelerator,  your  memory 
chips  may  he  e.xpected  to  operate  at  the 
new,  accelerated  rate.  If  your  .system  ap- 
pears to  operate  correctly,  leave  your 
RAM  alone.  If  your  system  fails  to  operate, 
however,  .slow  memory  chips  may  he  your 
problem. 

There  are  crude  ways  to  calculate  the 
necessary  DRAM  speed  rating  .But  to  keep 
it  simple  and  consersative . use  the  follow- 
ing guidelines. 


eUx-k  Speed  Wait  States  DRAM  Rating 


6 MHz 

1 

200 

6 MHz 

0 

120 

HMHz 

1 

ISO 

HMHz 

0 

100 

10  MHz 

1 

no 

10  MHz 

0 

80 

12  MHz 

1 

100 

12  MHz 

0 

80 

If  you're  in  doubt  as  to  whether  or  not 
your  .system  inserts  a wait  stale  when  ac- 
cessing memory,  check  the  technical 
specifications  or  contact  the  manufactur- 
er. These  guidelines  are  based  on  typical 
systems  and  may  not  apply  to  all  manufac- 
turers' models. 


ASK  THE  ADVISOR 

Send  your  questions  to  PC  Advisor,  PC 
Magazine.  One  Park  Avenue,  New  York. 
NY  10016.  Please  include  a description  of 
your  system.  ffl 


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BY  NORA  GEORGAS 

Watch  out  for  Tandy.  The  trend 
it  started  with  the  feature-rich, 
competitively  priced  3000  and 
1000  serie.s  has  accelerated  with 
the  last  round  of  introductions. 

The  new  goodies  include 
two  low-end  machines  that  offer 
superb  price/performance  val- 
ue. a PC-compatible  laptop  with 
768K  bytes  of  RAM  and  a back- 
lit screen,  a 6-page-per-minule 


laser  printer,  and  a fast,  compet- 
itively priced  386  computer,  the 
Tandy  4000  (see  sidebar 
“Tandy's  Top-of-the-Line 
4000:  16-MHz  386  in  the  Small- 
est Package  Yet“).  The  new 
products  fill  in  some  obvi- 
ous— and  some  not-so-obvi- 
ous — gaps  in  the  Tandy  line. 

It  didn't  take  any  particular 
powers  of  clairvoyance  to  pre- 
dict that  one  day  Tandy  would 
introduce  a laser  printer,  a lap- 
top machine,  and  a 386  comput- 
er. But  the  new  1000s.  the  HX 


and  TX.  are  a sur- 
prise— and  for  en- 
tirely different  rea- 
sons. they  may  be 
the  most  interesting 
machines  of  the  new 
hunch. 

Tandy's  small- 
est. cheapest  new 
desktop  machine  is 
( continues  on  page  34) 

Tandy  4000:  a 
compaci 

mpc. 


As  promised.  IBM  started  ship- 
ping its  fastest  PS/2  computer  in 
July.  The  PS/2  Model  80’s 
specs  and  performance  are  im- 
pressive: an  Intel  80386  running 
at  16  MHz  in  a 32-bit  architec- 
ture. with  80-nanosccond  RAM 
and  VGA  graphics. 

Compared  with  its  competi- 
tors. though,  IBM  has  still  got 
some  promising  to  do.  Com- 
paq’s Deskpro  386  and  the  PC's 
Limited  386  will  beat  the  top  of 
the  PS/2  line  on  most  applica- 
tions today.  That’s  because 
Compaq  uses  a static-column 
RAM  cache  and  PC's  Limited 
uses  static  RAM  running  with 
no  wait  states.  The  Model  80 


HANDS  ON 


IBM’S  PS/2  Model  80  Delivers 
16-I\/Ub 386 Speed  for  $6,995 


BY  GUS  VENDITTO 


VGA 

high-reso- 
lulion  text 
and  color 
graphics 
are  stan- 
dard on 
IBM's 
fast-run- 
ning PSl2 
Modem. 


megabyte  ESDI  drive,  is  beat  by 
Compaq  and  PC's  Limited. 

Of  course,  the  Model  80’s 
MicroChannel  Architecture 
holds  the  promise  of  multipro- 
cess operations  and  greatly  in- 
creased communications  speed 
when  OS/2,  Windows386,  and 
other  next-generation  programs 
arrive.  But  here  and  now, 
(continues  on  petpe  34) 


runs  with  one  wait  state.  Even 
the  better-performing  of  IBM's 
two  hard  disk  choices,  the  70- 


HAMDS-OII  INDEX 


IRMAZ 

[)CA  takes  control  away  from 
the  firmware  and  puts  it  in  the 


software  36 

Dm¥l£W2.Q 

Now  handles  up  to  50 
programs,  less  likely  to 
crash 38 

LmKMASTER2.0 

Opens  the  door  to  an  on-line 
software  library  ..,38 

moACCOimm 

PROGRAMS 

Migent's  In-House 


Accountant  and  BPl  Systems' 


EntryOne 43 

8088PCS 

CompuAdd's  Standard 
Turb^lOand  the  Vendex 
Turfao-888-XT 46 

PAMPHIIT 

Prints  your  text  files  in 
pamphlet  form....... 51 


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f I K S T I.  <>  <)  K S 


Tmly 

(amtinuedfivmpageSSf 

the  1000  HX.  The  $699  8088- 
based  HX  is  targeted  for  home 
use  and  is  housed  in  the  same 
all-in-one  chassis  as  the  1000 
SX  (which,  along  with  the  EX, 
will  continue  to  be  produced) 
that  integrates  the  CPU  and  key- 
board in  one  compact  plastic 


box.  The  computer  looks  solid, 
but  the  case  isn’t  strong  enough 
(or  for  that  matter,  big  enough) 
to  support  a monitor,  so  you 
have  to  either  spring  for  a moni- 
tor stand  (under  $50)  or  set  the 
monitor  and  computer  side  by 
side. 

Standard  RAM  on  the  1000 
HX  is  256K  bytes,  expandable 


you  turn  on  the  computer. 
Tandy  has  pul  the  DOS  2. 1 1 
command  processor  in  ROM, 
so  the  machine  boots  without  a 
disk.  Better  yet,  there’s  also  a 
clean  and  simple  interface  menu 
that  lets  you  run  Personal  Desk- 
Mate  2 (Tandy's  collection  of 
applications  programs),  set  the 
system  date  and  time,  get  a list- 


to  640K.  The  machine  is 
equipped  with  one  3’/2-inch 
floppy  disk  drive;  you  can  add 
another  microfloppy  drive  and 
hook  up  an  external  5 '/4-inch 
floppy  disk  drive  or  the  optional 
external  20-megabyte  hard  disk 
drive.  The  storage  options  look 
limited — no  internal  hard  disk 
option,  for  example — but  re- 
member the  $699  price  tag  and 
the  home  orien- 
tation of  the  ma- 
chine. 

One  thing 
you  won’t  have 
to  do  with  the 
HX  is  boot  up 
DOS  every  time 


The  Tandy 
1400LT  comes 
with  768K‘byies 
of  RAM 


TandyCorp- 
1 800  One  Tandy  Colter 
Rxi  Worth,  TX  76102 
(817)390-3700 
Tandy  1000  HX 
List  Price:  $699,  includes  25^ 
RAM,  one  3^inch  720K-byle 
flopi^  disk  drive,  poallel  and 
joysddc  ports,  RGB  and  en- 
hanced CGA  video  siqiport, 
GW-BASIC,  Personal  Desk- 
Afore  2.  DOS  2.11. 

Options:  Oock/calendar, 
$39.95;  addhkxia]  3V^-incfa  disk 
drive.  $149;  serial  port,  $59.95. 
In  Short:  DOS  in  ROM  and  a 
buih-in  user  interface  make  the 
Tandy  1000  HX  the  out-and-out 
winner  in  the  ease-of-use  catego- 
ry. Storage  and  expansion  are 
limited,  but  at  $699,  you  c«*l  go 
wrong. 

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Tandy  1000  TX 
List  Price:  $1,199,  includes 
64(HC  RAM;  one  3V^inch  floppy 
disk  drive;  parallel,  serial,  and 
joystick  ports;  RGB  and  en- 
hanced CGA  video  support; 
GW-BASlC;  Personal  De^- 
Afoie  2;  MS-DOS  3.2. 

Options:  Qock/cakndar, 


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$39.95;  80287  coprocessor, 
$399.95. 

In  ^KMt:  Stqierbprioe^perfbr- 
manoe  in  a hirt  286  maditiie. 
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Tandy  LP 1000 
List  Price;  $2. 199 
In  Short:  Hie  Tandy  LP  1000  is 
agood.  low-cost  laser  primer  tfut 
uses  the  6-pege-per-ininute  Ri- 
coh engine  to  produce  sharp  V 

black  text  and  graphics. 

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Tandy  1400  LT 
List  Price:  $1,599,  includes 
768K  RAM;  two  31>ViDCh  floppy 
disk  drives;  serial,  parallel. 

RGB,  conqxisile.  clock,  and  ex- 
ternal disk  drive  ports;  GW-BA- 
SIC;  MS-DOS  3.2. 

Options:  l,200-bp5 modem, 

$ 199.95;  spare  ba^  pack, 
$79.95;  8087  math  coprocessor, 
$399.95. 

In  Short:  A con^ietent,  if  imin- 
spiring,  portable  with  some  nice 
desi^  femures  and  a con^ietitive 
price. 

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PS/2  Model  80 

(continuedfrom  page  331 

IBM’s  cleanup  hitter  doesn’t 
match  the  stats  of  the  current 
league  leaders. 


If  you  need  top  speed,  you 
may  want  to  wait  until  the  end  of 
the  year  when  IBM  plans  to  ship 
its  20'MHz  Model  80.  Start  sav- 
ing now,  though:  it  will  carry  a 
$10,995  price  tag.  dS 


The  Model  80’ s hard  disk  controller  uses  one  of  the  eight  expansion  slots. 


FACT 

FILE 


IBM  PS/2  Model  80 
IBM  Coq). 

Contact  your  local  authorized 
dealer. 

list  Price:  Model  8580041 
with  1 Mbyte  RAM  and  44- 
Mbyte  hard  disk,  $6,995;  mod- 
el 8580-07 1 with  2 Mbytes 
RAM  and  7 1 -Mbyte  hard  disk. 
$8,495. 

Requires:  PS/2  adapter  or 
multisync  monitor  with  adapter 
cables,  DOS  3.3. 

In  Siort:  IBM's  fast-running 
cream  (rf  the  PS/2  crop  is  a mod- 
el of  excellent  engineering,  but 
it’s  not  the  fastest  386  PC  on  the 
market. 

CinCLE 443 ON  REAOOl  SERVICE  CARO 


ing  of  the  executable  programs 
on  the  disk  in  drive  A:,  or  start 
up  a program  from  a drive.  This 
last  option  is  a brilliant  i- 
dea — you  can  set  up  the  com- 
puter to  look  for  the  .EXE  file 
on  your  application  disk  and 
boot  it  automatically.  You  don’t 
have  to  remember  a program’s 
filename — just  hit  the  function 
key  assigned  to  this  feature  and 
the  program  will  boot  off  the 
floppy  disk. 

Om  of  the  best  things  about 
this  interface  is  that  it  doesn’t 
obscure  DOS:  the  menu  sits  just 
over  the  DOS  prompt,  and  you 
can  toggle  between  the  interface 
and  DOS  commands  by  hitting 
the  Esc  key.  It’s  the  best  of  both 
worlds — simplicity  that  doesn’t 
insult  your  intelligence. 

The  other  new  1000  should 
be  the  cash  cow  of  the  whole 
line.  The  1000  TX  isan8-MHz 
80286  machine  that  comes  stan- 


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f I K S I 1 O O K S 


dard  with  640K  bytes  of  RAM 
and  sells  for  $1,199.  Repeat. 
$1,199.  That  includes  parallel, 
serial,  and  joystick  adapters; 
one  3 '/2-inch  floppy  disk  drive 
and  a second  half-height  S'/i- 
inch  device  slot  for  another 
floppy  disk,  hard  disk,  or  tape 
backup;  and  five  10-inch  expan- 
sion slots.  That's  a lot  of  options 
for  a machine  in  this  price 
range.  More  than,  say,  IBM's 
Model  30,  which  is  slower,  has 
fewer  slots,  and  costs  $500 
more  than  the  TX. 

The  1400  LT  (the  LT  does 
stand  for  laptop)  is  the  weak  link 
in  an  otherwise  competitive 
lineup.  Manufactured  in  Korea 
to  Tandy's  specs,  it’s  a bulky 
13'/2  pounds — heavier  than  the 
machines  it’s  going  up  against, 
including  the  Toshiba  T1 100 
Plus,  NEC  MultiSpeed,  Zenith 
Z-181  Portable  PC.  and  IBM 
PC  Convertible.  The  backlit  su- 
perlwist  screen  is  nice,  the  re- 
movable rechargeable  battery  is 
very  nice,  and  the  standard 
768K  bytes  of  RAM  (there’s  a 
128K  RAMdisk)  is  great.  The 
$1,599  price,  however,  is  only 
average. 

The  laser  printer,  though,  is 
very  nice  ind^.  The  Tandy  LP 
ICKX)  is  based  on  a 6-page-per- 
minute  Ricoh  engine  with  3(X)- 
dot-per-inch  resolution;  it  has 
HP  LaserJet  Plus,  IBM  Pro- 
printer, and  other  emulation 
modes.  It  makes  sharp  black  im- 
ages and  has  a well-designed 
operator  panel.  At  $2,199,  it 


Tandy’s  Top-of’the-Une4000: 1B-MHz 
80386 PC  in  the  Smallest  Package  Yet 


With  its  80386  microprocessor 
purring  along  at  a full  16  MHz, 
the  new  Tandy  4000  pushes  the 
performance  at  the  top  of  Tandy 
Coip.’s  line  all  the  way  to  to- 
day’s upper  limit. 

Although  the  4000  is  nomi- 
nally a one-wait-state  machine, 
you  can  kick  in  a zero-wait-state 
afterburner  by  adding  a second 
megabyte  of  RAM  to  the  single 
megabyte  that’s  standard  issue. 

The  extra  megabyte’s  mem- 
ory bank  permits  interleav- 
ing— reading  from  alternate 
banks — ^giving  one  bank  time  to 
catch  up  to  the  microprocessor 
while  the  other  is  being  read. 

All  that  power  fits  into  an 
amazingly  small  package  (6 
inches  high  by  19  inches  wide 
by  18  inches  deep),  making  it 
the  smallest  80386  machine  that 
is  currently  on  the  market.  The 
shrunken  chassis  leaves  room 
for  only  one  disk  drive  bay, 
however,  that’s  tall  enough  to 
accommodate  three  514-inch 
half-height  devices.  Standard 
equipment  includes  a 1.44- 
megabyte,  314-inch  floppy  disk 
drive. 

The  controller  for  this  drive 


is  part  of  the  system  board  cir- 
cuitry, as  is  the  CMOS  clock, 
RAM,  and  setup  memoiy . A se- 
rial and  a parallel  port  (both  of 
which  use  AT-stylc  connectors) 
are  included  on  a short  expan- 
sion card,  which  fills  one  of  the 
two  8-bit  slots  in  the  4000.  All 
six  of  its  1 6-bit  slots  are  vacant 
in  the  base  machine,  as  is  the 
single  32-bit  proprietary  memo- 
ry expansion  slot.The  4000  key- 
tward  follows  IBM’s  enhanc^ 
keyboard  layout  with  101  keys 
but,  made  by  Key  Tronic,  has  a 
soft,  silent  touch. 

Pay  the  $2,599  price  of  the 
basic  system,  and  you’ll  get  the 
standai^  features  only.  You’ll 
need  to  add  a video  card,  a hard 
disk,  and  a controller. 

The  Tandy  mass-storage  up- 
grade, a40-megabyte,  28-milli- 
second-average-access-time 
Winchester  with  a controller, 
costs  $1,700  (somewhat  less 
when  bundled  with  the  basic 
system). 

On  the  other  hand,  Tandy 
does  include  enough  software  to 
get  you  started — MS-DOS  3.2, 
GW-BASIC,  and  Tandy’s  rudi- 
mentary Personal  DeskMate 


program  set.  An  extra  utility 
called  The  Monitor  lets  you  use 
extended  memory. 

On  a pure  performance  ba- 
sis, the  memory-enhanced  4000 
beats  all  but  a select  few  among 
its  80386  competition , while  the 
single-megabyte  basic  unit  rates 
midfield  among  80386s. 

Although  the  bargain  price  is 
somewhat  deceiving,  once  you 
add  in  all  the  truly  necessary  op- 
tions, the  4000  still  rates  as  a 
good  buy  and  one  of  Tandy's 
best  efforts  to  date. 

— Winn  L.  Rosch 
Tandy  4000 
Tandy  Corp. 

1 800  One  Tandy  Center 
Fort  Worth,  TX  76102 
(817)390-3700 
Use  Price:  With  I Mbyte 
RAM,  1.44-Mbylc  3‘4-inch 
disk  drive,  serial  and  parallel 
ports,  $2,599.  Same  system 
with  2 Mbytes  interleaved 
RAM,  $3,099. 

Requires:  Monitor  and  video 
adapter. 

In  Short:  A good  buy  in  a basic 
386  system,  but  remember  that 
with  a 20-Mbyte  hard  disk  drive 
and  EGA,  the  system  will  cost 
closer  to  $4,500. 

OnCLE  43a  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARO 


should  find  success  in  the  low- 
end  laser  printer  market. 

Over  the  last  year.  Tandy 
has  been  a sales  leader  with  its 


1000  SX,  1000  EX,  3000  HL. 
and  3000  HD  PCs.  With  these 
five  new  machines,  Tandy  goes 
a long  way  toward  catching  up 


with  the  technology  leaders, 
while  enhancing  its  position  as  a 
source  of  value.  OS 


B Benchmark  Ibsts:  IBM  PS/2  Model  80 
and  Ihndy  4000  vs.  Compaq  Deskpro  386 

Tan  monthe  after  its  Introduction,  the  Compaq  Deakpro  386  la  holding  up 
mbK  agalnat  new  386  computera.  The  Compaq  la  faater  on  the.lnatruction 


IMetIve  Times 

(RMto:  ie-MHzCom(Mq 
0Mkpro386  « 100) 


mogabyta  machinaa  is  an  edge  that  Ita  1-fTiegabyto  400Cto  don't  have.  The 
Ihndy  4000  results  ware  obtained  on  a 2-magab^  modal. 

100  / 
80  / 

PmeHernmnom  TImaa 

(TImee  gNen  in  seconds  SKoept  where  noted) 

NOP 

803M 

iBftractlOB 

Mil 

BIOS 

OiskStek 

(mlllltacaads) 

60  / 

40  / 
20  / 

Compaq  Deskpro  386 

2.1 

4.0 

27.5 

IBM  PS/2  Model  80 

2.1 

4.3 

33.0 

Tandy  4000 

2.1 

4.1 

27.1 

BIOS 

OfakSNk 


IBBM 

la^ractloa  Mix 


nwMOebanchmarkteliBdeeorwdlomeaifferaHr 
dock  mmd  and  memory  access  ttma  while  minMzing 
dherencee  In  mtocprooeeeora  end  the  effect  of  memory 
cachk^  The  test  SMsculBe  dmoet  riolhing  but  NOP  r No 
Operetton")  mechirte  code  Irwtructlon  In  e big  128K  loop. 


The  anaa  btstniction  Mbi  benchmark  test  meeeures 
twtimeXtakeetoewecuieeeelecledseffeeofprooee- 
aor-lnlensivetaeks.Theteetprogramueee803e6in- 
etrucOon  code.  These  inetrucUons  are  a subset  of  the 
total  processor  kwtruction  eel.  In  the  80386  processor 
these  become  single  Inetructlone,  whereee  in  the  aoaa 
end  80286  versione  of  the  bertohmark  test  they  remain 
mutuple  Inetructione. 


The  BtOSBiek  Seek  bertohmark  test  measures  the  time 
R takes  to  do  a rartdom  seek  usinQ  the  dtokb  ROM  BIOS. 
The  test  reeuN  ktokidee  minimal  software  OMerhead  and 
may  rtol  paraHei  the  manufacturer^  claimed  average  ao- 
case  time.  The  test  program  performs  1,000  seeks.  The 
average  raeull  is  shown  in  milHsecorMls. 


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I K S 


(M)  K S 


RAM-Based  IRMA2  Sanplifies 
Customization  of 3270 Links 


HANDS  ON 


BY  MKRV  ADRIAN 
Aflcr  nearly  5 years  with  the 
market-leading  3270  terminal 
emulation  board.  Digital  Com- 
munications Asswiates  (DCA) 
has  at  last  introduced  the  second 
generation — IRMA2.  The  new 
board  is  brought  to  life  by  a 
greatly  revamped  version  of  the 
IRMA  terminal  emulation  pro- 
gram. c78Plt4s. 

IX'A's  recent  acquLsiiion 
I'ortc  Communications  provid- 
ed some  of  the  key  technology 
forlRMA2.  The  original  IRMA 
board  is  ROM-based,  so  it  re- 
quires new  PROMs  for  up- 
grades: Forte's  boards  arc  soft- 
ware driven  and  excel  in 
graphics. 

IR.MA2  adapts  to  Forte's 
technique:  it  has  a RAM-based 
layout,  giving  it  the  nexibilily 
of  being  software-loaded.  In 
DCA’s  eyes,  this  represents  a 
platform  for  the  future,  making 
IRMA2  capable  of  being  up- 
graded with  new  software  as  re- 
quirements evolve. 

This  is  not  entirely  true;  to 
get  mainframe  graphics  or  3287 
printer  emulation,  you'll  need  a 
daughterboard.  Edge  connec- 
tors at  the  top  of  the  new  board 
make  the  upgrades  less  intimi- 


dating than  the  old  requirement 
to  add  PROMs.  But  other  than 
graphics,  the  new  design  seems 
to  be  clearly  more  flexible  and 
responsive  to  user  needs. 

ThelRMA2forlhcl»Clmks 
much  the  same  as  the  old 
IRMA,  aside  from  the  edge  con- 
nector at  the 
top  and 
one 


tures  and  an  improved  "\ook 
and  feel."  Menus  let  you  con- 
figure your  system,  and  screen 
writing  is  moderately  faster.  A 
keyboard  editor  lets  you  cus- 
tomize layouts  and  maintain 
distinct  sets  of  macros  for  dif- 
ferent keyboards,  even  if  you 
often  switch  between  the  two. 
e7HP(us  is  compatible  with  old 
IRMA  and  Forte  boards  as  well. 

Installing  1RMA2  is  as  easy 
as  ever — find  an  open 
slot,  pop  in  the 
board,  and 
connect 


njp  F A C T 
■ F I L K 


IRMA2 

Digital  Communications 
AssjK’iates  Inc. 

KXH)  Aldeniian  Dr, 

Alpharctia.  GA  302(H 
(4(U)442-4<XX) 
last  Price:  $1,195:  eJHPtus. 
S395:  upgrade.  575. 

Requires:  3270  coaxial  link. 

In  Short:  The  second  genera- 
tion for  the  IRMA  hoard  is 
RAM-based,  making  configu- 
rations more  flexible. 

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DCAi 

of  iheftrs!  htniriJ 
maktrx  lo  have  un  ID  number 
Irom  /HM  for  ihr  PS/2  art  hiifi  lure . 

The  IRMA2  PC  and  PS'2  biKirds  oljer  ihe  same  features. 


Other  significant  addition:  a set 
of  DIP  switches  at  the  top  al- 
lows you  to  easily  reconfigure 
the  base  memory  address  the 
board  uses.  This  can  be  very 
handy  in  avoiding  confiicts  w ilh 
other  hardware  or  software. 

The  PS/2  board  has  no  DIP 
switches,  and  its  daughterbtiard 
connectors  are  not  compatible 
with  those  on  the  PC'  btiard. 

The  new  terminal  emulator. 
e7HPlus.  has  a list  of  new  fea- 


your coax  line. 
Configuration  is  easy.  too. 
thanks  to  the  new  installation 
utilities  and  the  excellent  instal- 
lation diKumcntation. 

One  caveat:  the  keyboard 
driver  utility  allows  multiple 
configuration  profiles  lo  be 
loaded  and  selected,  but  unless 
the  CONFIG.SYS  file  properly 
identifies  the  keyboard  driver 
option,  you'll  get  only  one 
choice. 


If  you  have  ever  found  your- 
self in  the  position  of  being  the 
local  micro-io-mainframe  guru, 
then  you  will  really  appreciate 
the  new  IRMACHK  utility,  It  is 
a tremendous  improvement 
over  IRMADUMP,  which 
dumped  register  contents  all 
over  the  screen,  decipherable 
only  after  placing  a telephone 
call  lo  DCA’s  lech  suppt>rl.  IR- 
.MAC'HK  puls  a great  amount  of 
useful  information  on  the  screen 
and  is  well  documented.  IRMA- 
DUMP was  not  documented 
at  all. 

DCA's  ptxsiiion  as  industry 
leader  only  seems  stronger 
thanks  to  the  newly  available 
MacIRMA  and  IRMA2.  In  fact. 
IX'A  is  one  of  the  first  board 
makers  to  ship  an  add-in  card 
for  the  PS/2. 


NEC  Multisync  Runs  VGA, 
Thanks  to  a $19.95  Adapter 

You'll  have  to  excuse  your 
friends  who  own  NEC  Multi- 
Sync  monitors  if  they’re  walk- 
ing around  wearing  silly  grins. 

When  IBM  unveiM  PS/2s 
with  video  adapters  brandishing 
a totally  new'  connector  pin-out. 

Multisync  owners  were  left 
wondering  if  the  monitor  that 
was  supfxised  to  be  immune  to 
changing  video  standards  had 
met  its  match. 

In  mid-July.  NEC  Home 
Electronics  (U.S.A)  ended  the 
suspense  when  it  unveiled  the 
$19.9.5  IBM  System  2 Cable 
Adapter,  which  gives  .Multi- 


SF.C’s  IBM  System  2 Cable 
Adapter  fits  hetsreen  a PS  2 moni- 
tor port  and  the  NEC  MultiSvne 
4 able  to  I'ivr  the  MidliSsiu  full 
V'G'A  eompaiiNlils . 


% 


Sync  monitors  access  to  VGA 
graphics.  Our  tests  of  the  9-  to 
15-pin  converter  showed  com- 


patibility inevcr>'  mode,  includ- 
ing the  256-color  Mode  17. 
There  should  be  no  problem 


running  any  of  the  VGA  boards 
for  PCs  that  have  been  an- 
nounced but  are  not  yet  avail- 
able.—<i'w.v  Venditto 
IBM  S.v.st«m  2 ('able  .Adapter, 
Part  Nu.  44509 
NFC  Home  Fleclronics 
lU.S.A.)Inc. 

1255  Miehacl  Dr, 

W(hk1  Dale.  I L 60191 
(8(X))  6.^2-7875 
ITsI  Price:  $19.95 
Requires:  NEC  MulliSync 
nn)nilor;  P.S/2  computer  or 
VCjA  graphics  btwd. 

In  Short:  Adapter  cable  that 
gives  u MulliSync  access  to 
VCiA  graphics. 

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ttew  KSQview  Can  M^e  irp 
To  50  Programs,  250  Windows 


HANDS  ON 


BYM.  DAVID  STONE 

If  all  the  talk  about  OS/2  has 
made  you  hungry  for  multitask- 
ing but  you’ve  rejected  DESQ- 
view  because  it  wouldn't  work 
well  with  your  favorite  pro- 
gram, it’s  time  to  take  another 
look.  DESQview,  Version  2.0, 
from  Quarterdeck  Office  Sys- 
tems, is  filled  with  small  but 
significant  improvements. 

For  example,  you  can  now 
open  up  roughly  50  programs  at 
once  rather  than  9.  And  if  the 
programs  use  multiple  win- 
dows. you  can  open  up  to  250 
windows. 

One  of  DESQview's  more- 
impressive  feats  is  its  ability  to 
handle  text  and  graphics  simul- 
taneously. A 1-2-3  graph,  for 
example,  will  normally  take 
over  the  full  screen,  even  if 
you're  running  i-2-3  in  a partial 
window.  However,  by  giving 
up  color,  you  can  resize  the  win- 


dow and  look  at  the  graphic 
while  working  in  another  win- 
dow. You  can  also  scale  the 
graphic  down  so  that  it  will  fit 
entirely  in  the  partial  window. 
This  will  work  only  in  CGA 
mode,  although  you  can  still  use 
the  trick  on  an  EGA  monitor  by 
installing  1-2-3  with  a CGA 
driver. 


The  most  important  change 
in  DESQview,  Version  2.0,  is 
the  new  program  information 
flies,  which  help  give  it  greater 
stability.  Earlier  versions  of 
DESQview  fit  all  the  settings  on 
a single  screen.  These  versions 
also  had  a tendency  to  crash  un- 
predictably.  DESQview  2.0 
uses  two  screens’  worth  of  in- 


Shown  are  four  open  windints.  and  DESQview  can  keep  each  working:  the  double 
lines  around  the  spreadsheet  below  indicate  that  this  is  the  active  window. 


IM(Master2.0:An 
On-Btie  LattSng  Utrary 


HANDS  ON 


BY  EDWARD  MENDELSON 
LinkMasier,  from  Master  Con- 
trol Systems,  provides  access  to 
a rental  bulletin  board  for  soft- 
ware. It  operates  on  the  princi- 
ple "Give  away  the  razors, 
make  money  on  the  blades.  ” 
The  LinkMasier  communi- 
cations program,  which  con- 
nects you  to  the  network,  is 
free,  at  least  for  the  foreseeable 
future.  But  you  pay  connect 
charges  when  you  download  an 
application  and  rental  fees  when 
you  use  it.  The  programs  arrive 
at  your  computer  locked  in  se- 
curity code.  In  order  to  unlock 
them,  you  have  to  go  on-line  to 
the  network  and  ask  it  to  send 
the  open-sesame  command 


back  to  your  computer. 

The  system  sounds  ideal  for 
when  you  need  a program  in  a 
distant  hotel  room  or  it’s  too  late 
to  run  down  to  the  .software  su- 
permarket. Unfortunately,  the 
major  programs  available 
(WordPerfeci,  dBASE  III,  and  a 
few  others)  take  2 hours  or  more 
to  download,  lack  .some  auxilia- 
ry files,  and  can  be  used  only  for 
2-hour  periods  before  they  shut 
down.  You  have  to  work  with- 
out a manual  or  template,  unless 
you  order  copies  by  mail.  At 
least  you  can  download  games 
when  you  get  frustrated  by  the 
applications.  You  can  also  send 
electronic  mail  to  other  people 
in  your  company  or  get  access  to 
nationwide  e-mail  services. 

It’s  an  interesting  idea,  but 
Master  Control  will  have  to  add 


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(800)525-5108 
(804)420-3627 
List  Price:  Free  for  a limited 
lime  (officially  SI79. 95);  bulle- 
tin board  daytime  connect 
charges  $24/hour,  night  charges 
SI  2/hour;  program  rentals  set 
by  publishers  (normally  I5to50 
cents  peruse). 

Requires:  Modem,  DOS  2.0  or 
later. 

lo  Short:  Access  to  an  on-line 
network  that  rents  applications 
programs  and  games  and  ofiers 
e-mail  services. 

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becomes  worth  the  trouble,  ik^ 


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list  Price:  $129.95;  upgrade. 
$50;  Expanded  Memory  Man- 
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Requires:  640K  RAM.  two 
disk  drives,  DOS  2.0  ot  later. 

In  Short:  DESQview,  Version 
2.0,  provides  essentially  the 
same  features  as  prior  versions, 
but  it  works  with  more  programs 
and  is  far  less  likely  to  crash. 
Not  c(^y  protected. 

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formation,  letting  you  custom- 
ize windows  more  precisely  for 
each  program. 

Other  improvements  in 
DESQview  2.0  are  more  subtle. 
Many  solve  problems  with  spe- 
cific programs.  When  using  Su- 
perCalc  on  an  EGA.  for  exam- 
ple. putting  the  program  in  a 
partial  window  changes  Super- 
Calc's  yellow  borders  to  red  and 
sets  the  column  letters  and  row 
numbers  blinking.  With  earlier 
versions  of  DESQview,  the  only 
way  to  recover  was  to  close  the 
window  and  reopen  it.  With 
Version  2.0,  the  borders  go 
back  to  their  normal  color  auto- 
matically when  you  zoom  the 
SuperCalc  window  to  full  size. 

DESQview  provides  special 
"loader  files"  to  run  such  popu- 
lar. misbehaved  programs  as 
WordStar,  Microsoft  Word,  and 
1-2-3,  but  less-popular  pro- 
grams are  ignored.  If  you  havea 
386  machine.  Version  2.0,  in 
combination  with  Quarter- 
deck's  Expanded  Memory 
Manager,  runs  programs  in  vir- 
tual 8086  mode.  This  eliminates 
the  need  for  loader  files  for 
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DESQview  may  never  work 
with  every  program  available, 
but  DESQview  2.0  delivers 
more  of  what  DESQview  has  al- 
ways promised.  It  works  more 
smoothly  with  more  programs, 
and  it  works  well.  If  multitask- 
ing sounds  appealing,  try  it. 
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audio  tape,  and  other  plain- 
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at  all,  you'll  have  the  equip- 
ment in  and  the  network  up 
and  running. 

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At  the  same  time,  feel  the  full  network  power  in 
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It’s  even  easy  on  your  wallet.  Station- 
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1 is  left  for  your  application  after  deducting  the  size  of  DOS  and 
L the  DBMS  from  the  available  640K.  Second,  they  don’t  provide 
easy,  transparent  access  to  minicomputer  and  mainframe  data.  Finally, 
multi-user  applications  are  impractical  because  of  long  delays  caused 
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PC/AT,  and  the  new  Personal  System/2. 

The  ORACLE  kernel— the  relational 
DBMS  engine— executes  in  protected 
mode.  At>ove  the  640K  line  in  extended 
memory.  At  the  same  time,  your  ORACLE 
applications,  tools,  and  DOS  3.x  execute 
below  the  640K  line 
in  real  mode. 

ORACLE 


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OMCLEalhwi 
you  to  build  /orjer 
appUcations  than 
possible  with  any 
other  DBMS.  Now. 
Under  DOS  3.x. 


OTHERS 


This  software  breakthrough 
your  PC/AT  oui  run  the 
same  feature-rich  ORACLE  that 
mainframes  run.  Not  a down-sized  sub- 
set. Plus  it  leaves  you  plenty  of 
memory  to  develop  and  execute  major 
database  applications.  Without  giving 
up  your  memory-resident  utilities. 


When  other  PC  DBMSes  claim 
"connectivity,”  they  mean  terminal 
emulation  or  file  transfer,  downloading 
and  uploading  static  data  snapshots. 

With  Networkstation  ORACLE,  an 
ordinary  PC  (XT  as  well  as  286  or  386) 
becomes  a true  distributed  application 
processor.  You  can  dynamically  access 
and  update  a remote  database — either 
ORACLE  or  IBM's  DB2t— as  if  it  were 
stored  on  your  PC. 

What’s  more,  ORACLE’S  SQl>Star 
distributed  database  architecture— the 
first  ever  on  PCs— lets  you  query  or 
update  local  PC  and  remote  databases 
simultaneously.  Even  join  them  into  a 
single  view.  Without  Imowing  where 
your  data  is  located.  So  you  can  dis- 
tribute your  data  to  where  it's  used  the 
most.  Control,  secure,  and  back  it  up 
however  you  want.  And  still  netwoik 
it  all  together  whenever  you  need  ta 


ORACLE  Ccmecdvily— PC  to  Database  Server 

Speed  Class 

.Media 

Raw  Speed 

Low 

Async  Lines 

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Medium 

3270  Coax 

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High 

Ethernet 

10  Mbps 

Netwofkstation  ORACLE  works  over 
Ethernet  using  DECnet  protocols.  Over 
3270  coax  using  LU2  data  streams.  And 
over  RS-232  and  dial-up  phone  lines. 
With  TCP/IP,  APPC  LU6.2  and  other 
industry-standard  protocols  to  come. 


ORACLE  H 

^ fully  Utilizes  286/386  Technology 
y'  Seamless  Connectivity  To  Minis  & Mainframes 
Database  Server  For  PC  LANs 
True  SQLbased 

Portability  across  VM.  MVS,  VAX/VMS.  UNIX  & others 
Develop  Mainframe  & Mini  Applications  On  Desktop 
True  Multi-User  Concurrency 
Mainframe  Data  Integrity 
Distributed  Processing 
Distributed  Database 
Familiar  1-2-3-tike  Spreadsheet  Interface 


TVAIABASE  SERVERS 
MJfOR  LANs.  NOW. 

Using  an  Ethernet  LAN,  you  can  connect 
Networkstation  ORACLE  PCs  to  a variety 
of  powerful  ORACLE  database  servers. 
Such  as  the  MicroVAX  2000.  Soon,  you’ll 
be  able  to  connect  them  to  PC  ATs, 
Personal  System/2s  or  the  new  Compaq 
386  running  LANserver  ORACLE,  t 
Other  PC  DBMSes  execute  entirely 
in  your  workstation  PC. 
using  a network  file 
server  to  perform  file 
and  byte-range 
locking.  Their 
resuIU?  Excessive 
network  traffic. 


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frequent  waits  for  busy  records,  and 
corrupted  databases  from  aborted 
transaction  streams. 

ORACLE'S  database-server  architec- 
ture ensures  minimum  networic  traffic, 
maximum  concurrency,  and  data  integ- 
rity for  the  most  demanding  multi-user 
applications.  Just  like  a mainframe. 

And  at  one-fifth  the  cost  of  the  least  ex- 
pensive proprietary  database  machine. 


TRIBUTED  DBMS  FOR  286/386  PCs 


l^E  640K  Barrier  ONTte  PC 

ONS  ON  YOUR  DESKTOP  UNDER  DOS  3.x  NOW 


AS  IT  NOW. 

ORACLE 

dBASE  III 
PLUS 

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ORACLE  is  compatible  with  both  the 
ANSI-standard  and  IBM-standard  SQL 
database  language 
Which  means  you  can  develop  appli- 
cations in  ORACLE  on  your  PC  and  run 
them  on  the  largest  mainframe  under 
ORACLE  or  IBM’s  DB2. 


Xw  can  quickly  paint, 
prototype  anti  enhancf 
sophisiicaMl  fcrms- 
based  af^kations 
udti  minmum  effort 
and  majdmuin  ftexi- 
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optional  fadHtm 
os  SQL  triggers  and 
userexitt. 


UNRIVALED  ORACLE 
PORTABILITY.  NOW. 
Moreover,  your  ORACLE  PC  applica- 
tions also  become  automatically  portable 
to  over  30  minicomputer  and  mainframe 

families.  Under  VM,  MVS,  VAX/VMS, 
UNIX,  and  other  operating  systems. 

PRODUCTIVITY  FOR  NOVICES 
AND  EXPERTS  ALIKE.  NOW. 
Both  Professional  ORACLE  and  Net- 
workstation  ORACLE  come  with  a com- 
prehensive array  of  fourth-generation 


tods  for  reporting,  decision  support 
and  application  development.  Tools 
that  are  the  envy  of  our  mainframe 
and  PC  competition  alike. 

Tools  like  SQL*  Plus.  For  perform- 
ing complex  queries,  updates,  and 
database  administration  with  ease. 


ORACLEi  S(^*5lar  distributed  architecture  atlows 
you  to  maniputate  your  database— across  multiple,  dis- 
similar systems  and  operating  enuironments—as  if  all 
the  infbrmatiot}  were  in  a single  database  on  your  PC 

SQL*  Report.  The  comprehensive 
multi-table  report  generator. 

SQL*  Forms.  The  versatile  forms- 
based  application  builder.  So  you  can 
develop  applications  in  record  time 
and  train  users  in  no  time. 

Uanipulale  your 
database  from 
within  5QL*Cok 
by  embedding 
SQL  statements 
in  spreadsheet 
ce/a.  juU  like 
formulas. 


SQL*Calc.  The  1-2-3-like  spread- 
sheet that  marries  the  world's  most 
popular  PC  user  interface  with  the 
world's  most  powerful  PC  DBMS 
Optional  precompilers  also  let  you 
access  ORACLE  from  embedded  SQL 
in  COBOL  or  C-language  programs. 

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You’ve  stretched  your  budget 
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Migent’s  In-House  Accoun- 
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in  the  Accounts  menu.  The 
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together,  sorting  by  name  or  ac- 
count number.  These  are  then 
used  to  generate  accounts  re- 
ceivable, accounts  payable,  in- 
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The  user  interface  is  the  best 
part  of  the  package.  If  you  can't 
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counts in  512K  bytes  of  RAM 
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counts will  need  a more  sophis- 
ticated package. 

Entry  One  by  BPI  Systems  is 
strikingly  similar  to  BPI’s  origi- 
nal General  Ledger  System  sold 
4 or  5 years  ago.  Now,  as  it  was 
then,  it  requires  some  knowl- 
edge of  accounting  to  use  the 
program  properly. 

Instead  of  the  simple  choices 
used  by  In-House  Accountant, 
Entry  One  has  three  menus  with 
many  choices  for  edits,  reports, 
and  maintenance.  To  start  your 
books,  you  assign  numbers  to 
ledger  accounts,  vendors,  cus- 
tomers. and  employees  and  en- 
ter them  into  the  appropriate 
screen.  With  the  number,  you 


have  one  line  of  text  to  describe 
the  item,  such  as  the  name  or  ac- 
count description. 

All  seven  transaction-entry 
programs  are  similar,  usually 
asking  for  a document  number 
(invoice,  check  number,  and  so 
on),  the  date,  and  a master  code 
for  the  customer,  vendor,  or 


employee.  Although  you  previ- 
ously entered  the  master  items 
in  a specific  screen,  you  still 
must  provide  Entry  One  with  a 
prefix  (such  as  C for  customer) 
when  you  enter  the  master  item 
For  example,  you  use  ClOO  to 
enter  customer  100.  To  com- 
plete the  transaction,  you  enter 
the  debit  account,  the  amount, 
and  the  offsetting  entries  until 
the  transaction  equals  zero. 

You  can  print  a journal  for 
each  of  the  seven  entry  screens, 
which  are  very  similar.  You  can 
also  print  payables  checks  and 
sort  your  master  listings  by 
number  or  alphabetically.  Once 
you've  completed  your  batches, 
you  post  them  to  the  ledger  and 
print  a trial  balance,  predefined 
financial  statements,  and  master 
file  listings. 

After  seeing  In-House  Ac- 
countant, Entry  One  is  some- 
what disappointing.  It  does  an 
adequate  job,  but  it  complicates 
the  rather  simple  task  of  book- 
keeping. You  must  go  to  the 
third  menu  to  add  master  items 
and  create  a company,  yet  it's 
the  first  thing  you  must  do  to  use 
the  system.  When  you  enter  a 
menu  choice,  it  is  put  in  a queue 
until  you  select  menu  choice  1 
to  run  the  queue.  It’s  a great  idea 
if  you  are  doing  a month-end, 
but  it’s  tedious  from  day  to  day. 

Entry  One  isn’t  a bad  choice 
if  you  like  the  traditional  ap- 
proach to  PC  accounting.  It 


works  and  you’ll  get  valuable 
information  from  it.  But  In- 
House  Accountant  talks  to  the 
soul  of  the  nonaccountant.  [iS 


rnfl  FACT 

M F I L E 


In-Houst  Aeeountant 
Migentlnc. 

865  Tahoe  Blvd. 

Incline  Village.  NV  89450 
(702)832-3700 
List  Price:  S99 
Requires:  384K  RAM,  two 
disk  drives,  DOS  2.0  or  lata*. 
RAM-iesident  data  may  require 
more  memory. 

In  Shut:  A powerful  yet  inex- 
pensive bookkeeping  system  for 
the  nonaccountant.  Not  copy 
prxTtected. 

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Entry  One 
BPI  Systems  Inc. 

3001  Bee  Cave  Rd. 

Austin,  TX  78746 
(800)531-5236 
List  Price:  S89 
Requires:  2S6K  RAM.  two 
disk  drives,  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  The  old  BPI  account- 
ing system  repackaged  with  a 
lower  |Mice  and  a few  extra  fea- 
tures. Not  copy  protected. 

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In-  House  Accountant  lets  you  print  reports  for  all  detail  items  or for  groups  of  transac- 
tions. You  can  sort  by  name  or  account  number. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
43 


t 1 K S I looks 


AST’s  AtU-Itt  Board  Conoects  PCs  to 
DEC  Through  Use  of  VT‘220 Emulation 


A controller  board  from  AST 
Research  connects  IBM  PCs 
and  compatibles  to  Digital 
Equipment  Coip.  's  VAX  or  Mi- 
cro VAX  systems.  The  AST- 
220  occupies  asinglePC  expan- 
sion slot  and  lets  the  PC  operate 
in  the  DEC  environment  as  a 


windowing  VT-220  terminal . 

The  $525  AST-220  board 
consists  of  a PC  add-in  board, 
an  RS-232  port  mounting  brack- 
et for  two  VT-220  ports,  and 
software.  The  ports  may  be  con- 
nected to  two  different  ports  on 
a DEC  host  or  to  two  separate 


Hew  Toshiba  Chassis 
For  moo  Pius,  T3100 
Has  Siots  for  PC  Cards 

A whole  cottage  industry  has 
fonned  to  expand  the  capacity 
of  laptops,  with  Axonix  and 
Meg^ertz,  both  of  Salt  Lake 
City,  leading  the  way.  Now  one 
of  the  major  laptop  makers,  To- 
shiba America,  is  offering  its 
own  solution.  Toshiba’s  $999 
expansion  kit  includes  a chassis 
with  five  fully  IBM-compatible 
slots  and  an  interface  cable.  In- 
terface cards  for  the  TI 100  Plus 
or  the  T3 100  are  each  priced  at 
$199. 

List  Price:  Toshiba  Expansion 
Chassis,  with  cable.  $999.  Interface 
cards,  $199  each.  Requires: 
Toshiba  T 1 1 00  Plus  or T3 1 00 
laptop  computer  and  appropriate 
interface  card.  Toshiba  America 
Inc.,  information  Systems 
Division,  9740  Irvine  Blvd. , 

Irvine,  CA 92718; (714)380- 
3000. 


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proaching  those  of  hard  disks 
are  achieved  with  a disk  cache 
on  the  Pelican  6.6  controller 
card. 

Pacific  Micro  Systems  says 
the  drive  can  back  up  a 20- 
megabyte  hard  disk  onto  four 
Hoppy  disks  in  less  than  15  min- 
utes. 

Floppy  disks  for  the  system 
are  manufactured  by  Verbatim, 
and  they  cost  $100  per  box  of 
five  floppy  disks.  Tbe  Pelican 
6.6  also  reads  conventional 
360K  and  1. 2-megabyte  5'/4- 
inch  floppy  disks. 

List  Price:  Pelican  6.6,  with 
cache/conuoller  card  and  utility  and 
backup  software.  $695  for  the 
internal  version;  $895  for  the 
external  subsystem.  Pacific  Micro 
Systems.  l60Gate5Rd.,Sausalito. 
CA  92714;  (415)331-2525. 


CIRCLE  439  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARO 


9 


The  Peiicrin  6.6  ($695 for  the  internal  version!  brings  mass  storage  and fast  access 
times  to  the  S'A-inch  disk.  The  system  reads  and  writes  special  high-density  floppy  disks  from  Verbatim. 


SVd-Ittch  Floppy  Drive 
Reads,  Writes  to  Hew 
S^-Hleg  Floppy  Disks 

Even  as  all  the  eulogies  for  the 
5'/4-inch  floppy  disk  drive  are 
being  heard.  Pacific  Micro 
Systems  has  now  introduced  a 
new  subsystem  that  can  store  up 
to  5.5  megabytes  per  5‘/i-inch 
disk  with  access  times  of  85  mil- 
liseconds. 

The  Pelican  6.6  system 
($695  for  an  internal  system. 


$895  for  an  external  system)  is 
based  on  Kodak’s  new  6.6- 
megabyte  high-density  floppy 
disk  drive.  The  drive  stores  384 


tracks  per  inch;  standard  360K- 
byte  floppy  disks  store  48  tracks 
per  inch.  Access  times  ap- 


DEC  mainframe  systems. 

The  AST-220  system  soft- 
ware is  downloaded  to  the  AST- 
220  card,  which  is  driven  by  an 
Intel  80186  processor  with 
128K  bytes  of  RAM.  'Hie  soft- 
ware contains  a multitasking 
(^)erating  system  with  up  to  five 
windows^ available  simulta- 
neously. 


Windows  allow  con- 
current operation  of  two  DEC 
sessions,  a DOS  session,  and 
two  notepads.  Data  can  be  cut 
and  past^  from  one  window  to 
another. 

List  Price:  AST-220.  $525. 
Requires:  Monochrome  monitor, 
monochrome  video  card.  EXDS  2. 1 
or  later.  AST  Research  Inc.,  2121 
Alton  Ave.,  Irvine.  CA927I4; 
(714)863-1333. 


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PC  MAGAZINE  ■ S EPTE  M B ER  1 5.  I 98  7 
44 


Replacement  Drives 
ForMotlelsSO.BOAdd 
Capacity,  Boost  Speed 

Early  criticism  of  IBM's  PS/2 
Model  50  has  focused  on  the 
plodding  hard  disk  drive  that 
IBM  included  in  the  otherwise 
hot  system.  CMS  Enhance- 
ments has  introduced  a faster 
disk  drive  for  the  Model  50,  as 
well  as  large-capacity  hard  disk 
drives  for  the  PS/2  Model  60. 
The  $1,295  H40-I  isa40'mega- 
byte  internal  hard  disk  drive  that 
installs  in  the  slot  occupied  by 
the  existing  20-megabyte  disk 
drive  in  the  Model  50.  CMS 
says  the  H^-1  has  an  average 
access  time  of  40  milliseconds, 
or  about  half  the  access  time  of 
IBM's  original  equipment 
drive. 


Two  other  CMS  replace- 
ment drives  significantly  in- 
crease the  storage  capacity  of 


Replacement  harddisk  drives  from  CMS 
Enhant  emenis  provide  larger  mass  stor- 
age for  the  PSi2  Model  60.  The  F60M60 
stores  60  megabytes,  while  the  FI20M60 
holds  120  megabytes  of  data. 


($1 ,795)  stores  60  megabytes  of 
data  and  has  an  average  access 
time  of  28  milliseconds.  The 
FI20M60  holds  120  mega- 
bytes— quadruple  the  capacity 
of  IBM's  original  equipment 
disk — and  is  rated  at  the  average 
access  time  of  28  milliseconds. 
List  Price:  H40-1.  $1,295: 
F60M60.$1.795;FI20M60. 
$3,295.  Requires:  H40-I;  IBM 
PS/2  Model  SO.  F60M60and 
FI20M60:  IBM  PS/2  Model  60. 
CMS  Enhancements  Inc.,  1372 
Valencia  Ave. . Tustin.  CA  92680: 
(714)  259-9555. 


CIRCLE  440  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Logitech  Enters  PS/2 
World  with  a Plug-in 
Mouse  for  Mew  IBMs 

Logitech  has  introduced  the 
Series/2  Mouse  for  use  with 
IBM's  PS/2  microcomputers. 
The  mouse  plugs  directly  into 
the  PS/2  mouse  port  and  has  a 
suggested  list  price  of  $99. 
While  other  mouse  manufactur- 
ers have  simply  added  adapters 
to  existing  bus  mice,  Logitech 
designed  an  entirely  new  mouse 
for  the  PS/2.  The  mouse  is  sold 
with  Logitech's  complete  Plus 
software  package. 

List  Price:  Series/2  Mouse.  $99. 
Requires:  PS/2  series 
microcomputer.  Logitech  Inc.,  805 
Veterans  Blvd. . Redwood  City.  CA 
94063;(415)  365-5051. 


CIRCLE  443  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Desktop  Publishing  Kit 
Adds  DDL  to  Laser/ets 

Page  description  languages, 
such  as  DDL  (Document  De- 
scription Language),  unleash 
the  full  power  of  laser  printers. 
The  PC  Publisher  Kit,  from 
Imagen  Corp.,  upgrades  the 
Hewlett-Packard  LaserJet  and 
other  Canon  CX-based  lasers  to 
full  desktop  publishing  capabil- 
ities. DDL  is  at  the  heart  of  the 
$1,895  PC  Publisher  Kit. 

The  kit  is  composed  of  a ras- 
ter image  processor  on  a PC 
board,  cables  and  a panel  re- 
placement for  the  printer,  and 
software,  including  the  DDL 
system,  eight  printer  emula- 
tions, and  18  fonts. 

The  board  allows  construc- 
tion and  output  of  full  pages  of 
graphics  and/or  mixed 
text/graphics  images.  The  kit  al- 
lows full  font  scaling  and  rota- 
tion of  any  font  used. 

List  Price:  PC  Publisher  Kit. 
$1,895.  Requires:  Canon 
CX-based  laser  printer,  hard  disk 
with  1 .5  Mbytes  of  available  space. 
Imagen  Corp. . 2650  San  Tomas 
Expwy.,P.O.  Box  58101.  Santa 
Clara,  C A 95052-8 101;  (408)  986- 
9400. 


CIRCLE  441  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Imagen  Corp.  's  PC  Publisher  Kit  upgrades  Canon  CX-based  la.ser  printers  to  full 
desktop  puNishing  capabilities,  with  full-page  graphics . 


HOT  PROSPECT 


Asher  Technology’s  PC-to-Fax  Board 
Sets  a Low  Price  for  PC  Fax  Capahility 


There  are  plenty  of  add-in  cards 
that  give  your  PC  facsimile  ca- 
pability, ^t  how  many  of  them 
cost  $395?  The  JT  Fax  from 
Asher  Technologies  provides 
Group  HI  fax  functionality — in 
the  background — for  less  than 
half  the  cost  of  competitive 
models.  Like  other  such  prod- 
ucts, the  JT  Fax  accepts  ASCII 
or  scanner  input  and  can  trans- 
mit documents  from  either  the 
screen  or  a stored  file. 

Asher  has  also  introduced 
what  may  be  the  first  PC  fax  unit 
designed  for  use  with  portable 
PCs.  The  $495  JT  Fax  portable 
measures  3V^  inches  by  6 inches 
by  1 inch  (HWD).  An  external 
unit,  the  portable  fax  attaches  to 


a serial  pwt.  It  features  an  on- 
board speaker,  LED  status 
lights,  arid  a carrying  case.  The 
JT  Fax  portable  has  two  phone 
connectors,  allowing  telephone 
use  when  the  fax  is  inactive. 

Software  included  with  both 
the  JT  Fax  and  the  JT  Fax  porta- 
ble allows  unattended  transmis- 
sion of  documents. 

List  Price:  JT  Fax,  $395;  JT  Fax 
pntable,  $495.  Requires:  JT  Fax: 
expansion  slot.  JT  Fax  portable: 
RS-232  port,  cable.  Asher 
Technologies  loc.,  1009-1  Mansell 
Rd..  Roswell,  G A 30076;  (800) 
334-9339. 


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The  JT  Fax  from  Ash- 
er Technologies  is  by 
far  the  least  expen- 
sive PC-to-fax  board 
to  offer  background 
operation.  TheJT 
Fax  portable  brings 
fax  capability  to  por- 
uMe  and  laptop  sys- 
tems. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
45 


^ I K S 


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The  8088 PC  Lhres:  CompuAtM, 
Vendex  Offer  the  Basic  ^tem 


[SI 


HANDS  ON 


BY  JONATHAN  MATZKIN 


With  386  machines  and  PS/2s 
hogging  the  spotlight,  it's 
tempting  to  dismiss  the  good  old 
8088  as  a dead  issue.  But  the 
clones  of  IBM's  original  XT 
still  have  a bright  future,  courte- 
sy of  low  prices  and  a huge  body 
of  available  software. 

New  machines  from  Com- 
pu  Add  Corp.  and  Vendex  Pacif- 
ic provide  value  and  perfor- 
mance for  less  than  $1,000. 
CompuAdd’s  Standard  Turbo- 
10  ($495  for  a base  system)  of- 
fers speed  and  a range  of  config- 
uration options  for  business 
applications.  The  $995  Vendex 
Turbo-888-XT  is  a complete 
package  for  the  neophyte  user. 

CompuAdd's  basic  Turbo- 
10  is  built  around  an  eight-slot 
system  board.  Clock  speeds  of 
4.77  and  10  MHz  are  keyboard 
selectable.  Your  $495  also  gets 
you  a single  360K-byte  floppy 
disk  drive,  640K  of  RAM,  a 
150- watt  power  supply,  and  a 
keyboard  with  the  original  AT 
layout. 

Beyond  that,  you  choose  the 
options  to  complete  the  system, 
l^e  configuration  I tested  had  a 


standard-brand  EGA  card 
($169);  a 30-megabyte,  68-mil- 
lisecond  Seagate  hard  disk 
($429);  a second  Panasonic 
floppy  disk  drive  ($99);  and  an 
8087  math  coprocessor  ($219), 
bringing  the  total  price  to 
$1,411. 

This  configuration  is  a result 
of  several  compromises.  No  I/O 
ports  are  included,  and  the  flop- 
py and  hard  disk  controllers  are 
on  separate  bus  cards. 

On  the  plus  side,  the  solidly 
built  system  unit  comes  with  a 
front-mounted  keylock.  The 
front  panel  also  sports  a reset 
switch,  which  is  nice.  But  the 
switch  has  a soft  enough  touch 
that  I accidentally  reset  the  sys- 
tem a few  times. 

The  Turbo- 10  comes  with 
the  usual  mushy  clone  key- 
board, in  this  case  a Maxi- 
Switch. 

Performance  is  definitely 
what  you  would  expect  from  a 
10-MHz  machine — the  Turbo- 
10  ran  more  than  twice  as  fast  as 
the  original  IBM  PC-XT  in  our 
benchmark  tests. 

The  Vendex  Turbo-888-XT 
may  be  the  most  complete,  self- 
contained  hardware  and  soft- 
ware package  ever  for  the  home 
user. 


For  $995,  you  get  a dual- 
floppy-disk system  unit  with 
seven  slots,  5 1 2K  bytes  of 
RAM.  an  old  AT-style  key- 
board. and  a Hercules-compati- 
ble monochrome  graphics 
adapter  and  monitor.  Also  in- 
cluded are  one  serial  and  one 
parallel  port,  a game  port,  a bus 
mouse  port,  and  a keyboard. 

In  addition  to  the  hardware, 
Vendex  provides  a wealth  of  ap- 
plications software,  including  a 
word  processor  (Executive 
Writer)  and  a flat-file  database 
(Executive  Filer)  from  Paper- 
back Software.  The  Software 
Toolworks*  MyCaic  spread- 
sheet is  also  bundled  with  the 
system. 

The  8088-2  processor  is 
switchable  between  a 4.77-  and 
an  8-MHz  clock  speed.  In  turbo 
mode,  the  Turbo-888-XT  ran 
about  one  and  a half  limes  faster 
than  the  IBM  PC-XT. 

CompuAdd's  Standard  Tur- 
bo-IO  is  a solid  system  for  users 
sophisticated  enough  to  know 
their  needs  and  to  choose  the  ap- 
propriate configuration.  The 
Vendex  Turbo-888-XT  is  for  a 
different  audience.  It  would 
make  an  excellent  system  for 
anyone  venturing  for  the  first 
time  into  the  PC  world.  [2 


H Benchmark  Ibsts:  \^ndex  'I\irbo-888-XT  and 
ffta  CompuAdd  Standard  lUrbo-lO  vs.  IBM  PC-XT 

noth  the  Vandex  TUrbo-SSS-XT  «xl  CompuAdd  Corps  Standard  Turtx)- 
Dio  offer  tm  speeds.  Ws  ran  our  benchmark  test  at  the  taster  speed  in 
both  cases:  8 MHz  for  the  VbfKtax  and  10  MHz  for  the  CompuAdd.  At  the 
siowar  speed,  both  run  e^«n  with  the  IBM  PC-XT  a one-sp^  computer. 


Relative  Times 

(Ratio:  IBM  PC-XT -100) 


(TImaa  glvan  In  Mcorvta  ecoapi  wfwra  noted) 


Isstrveties 

Mix 


DOS 

Disk 


(millliseondt) 


IBM  PC-XT 

10-14 

32.02 

234.70 

Vendex  Turbo.886.XT 

6.05 

19,39 

211.17  / 

SUndard  Turbo-10 

4.78 

15.43 

211.33 

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FACT 

FILE 


Standard  Turbo-lO 
Co{iq)uAdd  Coip. 

1 2303-G  Technology  Blvd. 
Austin,  TX  78727 
(800)643-0992 
Lbl  Price:  With  640K  RAM. 
one  360K-byte  flc^ipy  disk 
drive,  t50-wattpowersu|^ly, 
$495;  30-Mbyte  Seagate  hard 
disk  drive,  $429;  standard  EGA 
adapter.  $169;  Samsung  EGA 
mcHiitM',  $439;  Samsung  mono- 
chrome mcmitor,  $109;  8087 
math  co|Mt)c»SOT,  $219. 

In  Short:  A two-speed  system 
that  comes  in  a wide  range  of 
configurations. 


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Vendex  Turbo-ttS-XT 
Vendex  Pacific  Inc. 

40  Cutter  Mill  Rd.,#438 
Great  Neck,  NY  11021 
(516)  773-4883 
List  Price:  With  monochrome 
monitor,  $995;  with  cokv  moni- 
tOT,  $1 .295;  20-Mbyte  hard  disk 
on  a card,  $549. 

In  Short:  A complete  two- 
speed  system  with  an  assort- 
mern  of  entry-level  software. 


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Tha  NOP  banchmark  laal  U daaignad  to  measure  raw 
clock  speed  and  memory  acceastirrte  while  mirWntzirtg 
dWaiai  itea  In  micfOpfDoesaori  ar<d  Sw  effeci  o)  memory 


The  BOSS  InetructiortMtebenchnwfk  teat  maaaufaelha  The  DOS  Disk  Acceae  benchmark  teat  meaaureeihe 


time  it  takes  to  execiAe  a selected  serlea  of  processor- 
Intenaiva  teaks.  The  lest  program  uses  8066  inabuetton 


Sme  N takes  to  do  a random  sector  reed  using  DOS.  DOS 
buffers  wa  ael  at  3 and  the  Interleave  factor  la  left  at  the 


caching.  ThN  teat  executes  simoet  nothing  but  NOP  ("No  code.  These  Irwiruciions  ere  a subset  of  the  total  proces-  drtva’a  default  aetltng.  This  last  adds  OOS'sovarhead  to 


Opara^")  machina  code  kwtructlon  in  a big  128K  loop,  aor  instruction  saL 


Sta  BIOS  and  hardware  times.  The  test  program  per- 
forms the  aaclor  reed  1 .000  Smaa  wMhin  the  008  dWk 
perlitlon.  The  average  reauR  la  shown  in  mWlBecorKN. 


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Graphics  Thatibink  with  the  Best 


HANDS  ON 


BY  BILL  HOWARD 

If  you’ve  seen  the  Macintosh 
TV  ads  in  which  the  silver- 
haired  executive  marvels  at  the 
quality  of  his  underlings’  re- 
ports and  presentations — he 


except  indirectly.  You  can 
stretch  a graph  left-right,  up- 
down.  or  proportionally.  You 
can  have  multiple  graphs  on  a 
page,  and  you  can  overlay 
graphs  on  top  of  each  other. 

It’s  the  ability  to  manipulate 
the  graph  with  a mouse  that  sets 
Windows  Graph  apart  from  the 


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Windows  Graph's  three-dimensional  shading  is  not  a true  J-D  perspective,  it's  merely 
a dramatic  effect.  And  its  spreadsheet  won't  make  you  ihrowaH-ayyour \‘2‘3  disks,  but 
it's  extremely  handv.  since  data  and  chart  can  he  seen  and  worked  upttn  side  hy  side. 
The  spreadsheet  window  can  he  moved,  shrunk,  or  expanded. 


can't  believe  it  was  done  in- 
house — this  is  what  Windows 
Graph  brings  to  the  PC. 

Just  beware,  you  can  be- 
come so  engrossed  in  ultra-fine- 
tuning  your  charts,  you  might 
lose  track  of  time  and  lose  sight 
of  Rule  1 for  good  graphs:  sim- 
pler is  belter.  This  $395  wonder 
from  Micrografx,  the  company 
behind  In*a*Vision  and  W/n- 
dows  Draw,  produces  graphs  of 
exceptional  quality  and  detail.  It 
ranks  with  the  PC’s  best:  Har- 
vard Graphics,  Freelance,  and 
The  Gallery  Collection.  (Sec 
"Graphics  Software  on  Dis- 
play,’’ PC  Magazine,  Volume  6 
Numbers,  for  reviews  of  44  top 
graphics  programs.) 

No  Word  Charts 

Windows  Graph's  repertoire 
includes  area,  column  and  bar, 
line,  pie,  scatter,  and  table 
(data)  graphs,  but  no  word 
charts  or  organization  charts. 


pack.  A mouse  may  or  may  not 
make  word  processing  easier, 
but  on  graphics,  the  verdict's  in: 
Mouse  I , Keyboard  0. 

Bells  and  whistles  include 
log  and  semi-log  charts,  high- 
low  marks.  3-D  shading  (but  not 
true  Perspective/ Boeing  Graph 
3-D),  a rudimentary  paint/draw 
facility,  and  the  ability  to  clip- 
and-paste  information  into  or 
out  of  any  other  Windows  appli- 
cation. For  instance,  you  might 
create  a logo  in  Windows  Draw. 
clip  it  into  your  Windows  Graph 
chart,  then  blend  it  with  text  in 
PageMaker.  And  if  you  have  a 
laser  printer  with  multiple  fonts. 
Windows  Graph  can  access  ev- 
ery one  of  tho.se  fonts.  The  re- 
sulting output  is  good  enough 
for  commercial  publications,  to 
say  nothing  of  in-house  reports. 

The  raw  numbers  for  your 
chart  are  imported  or  entered 
into  Windows  Graph's  work- 
sheet. where  you  can  perform 


basic  math  and  sorting  func- 
tions. You  can  read  in  1-2-3, 
Multiplan,  and  VisiCalc  work- 
.sheets  directly. 

If  you  have  to  produce  the 
same  graph  over  and  over,  you 
can  save  the  graph  style,  import 
the  updated  figures  next  month, 
and  then  all  you  have  to  do  is 
pull  down  the  File  menu  and 
click  the  Print  button.  Just  think 
of  it  as  the  equivalent  of  a Mi- 
crosoft Word  style  sheet  for 
graphics. 

The  best  and  worst  features 
of  Windows  Graph  are  those  of 
Windows:  because  it  runs  under 
Windows,  it's  a pig  on  anything 
less  than  an  8-MHz  AT.  And. 
after  an  initial  burst  of  rapid 
learning,  you'll  need  more  than 
a few  hours  to  learn  where  Mi- 
crografx tucked  all  the  features. 
In  true  Windows  tradition, 
choices  are  dispersed  in  schizo- 
phrenic fashion  among  the  doz- 
ens of  commands.  For  instance: 
In  the  Options  menu,  is  it  the 
Attributes.  Axis,  or  Legend 
command  that  lets  you  box  in 
the  whole  chart?  (Answer:  the 
Grid  command.  Gotcha.) 
Also,  in  Version  1 .0.  you  can’t 
format  numbers  that  appear  on 
the  axes  or  in  labels,  so 
4,165,292  and  127  percent 
show  up  in  your  chart  as 
4165292  and  1.2711458904. 


ACT 
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Micrografx  Inc. 

1820  N.  Greenville  Ave. 
Richardson. 'TX  75081 
(800)272-3729 
List  Price:  $395 
Requires:  SI2K  RAM  (640K 
RAM  recommended),  AT-class 
PC  recommended,  two  disk 
drives,  Microsoft  Windows, 
graphics  adapter,  mouse,  DOS 
2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A superior.  Win- 
dows-based presentation  graph- 
ics program  on  par  with  the 
PC’s  best.  Really  needs  an  AT 
or  386.  Not  copy  protected. 

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In  addition,  you  can  only  read 
in  values  (not  formulas)  from 
1-2-3.  Micrografx  promises  to 
have  these  flaws  fixed  in  time 
for  Version  1.1. 

But  those  setbacks  are  mi- 
nor. Dollar  for  dollar,  and  chart 
for  chart,  Windows  Graph  of- 
fers as  much  flexibility  and 
more-impressive  results  than 
just  about  any  of  its  competitors 
in  presentation  graphics — who 
aren't  standing  still,  either.  The 
latest  Harvard  Graphics  (Soft- 
ware Publishing  excised  Pre- 
sentation from  the  name)  espe- 
cially  bears  watching.  The 
heightened  competition  makes 
the  user  the  real  winner.  (IQ 


Windows  Graph  is  exceptionally  fle.xible  in  formatting,  sizing,  and  ntraking  graphs. 
The  program  makes  good  use  of  the  mouse  interface  for  easy  stretching  of  the  graphs  in 
one  or  both  dimensions. 


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BY  EDWARD  MENDELSON 
Recipe  for  printing  a pamphlet: 
take  one  LaserJet,  add  Pam- 
phlet, pour  in  a text  file,  and 
stir. 

Martin  Beatties's  Pamphlet 
does  one  thing  and  does  it  well. 
If  you  give  it  an  ASCII  file  of, 
say.  24  pages,  it  will  set  your 
LaserJet  to  landscape  mode.  se> 


lect  the  small  internal  font,  and 
then  print  out  pages  1 and  24 
side  by  side  on  the  first  sheet,  3 
and  22  on  the  second  sheet,  and 
so  on.  It  then  prompts  you  to  put 
the  pages  back  in  the  paper  tray 
in  exactly  the  same  order  they 
came  out  of  the  printer.  Then  it 
prints  the  pages  that  belong  on 
the  reverse  sides  of  the  ones  it 
printed  earlier.  When  it’s  fin- 
ished. it  asks  if  you  want  it  to 
print  a separate  title  page. 


You  can  fold  the  sheets 
along  a line  printed  down  the 
middle  and  have  your  file  in 
pamphlet  form.  Or  you  can  print 
binder-ready  pages  by  cutting 
the  sheets  in  half  and  punching 
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program  and  devote  a few  hours 
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does  for  you  automatically. 

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HANDS  ON 


BY  BARBARA  KRASNOFF 

It's  not  unusual  for  software  to 
react  rather  oddly  to  a particular 
printer.  Perhaps  your  spread- 
sheet’s compressed  mode  isn't 
as  clean  as  your  word  proces- 
sor’s; maybe  your  database  in- 
sists on  using  draft  quality  on 
documents  you  need  in  near  let- 
ter quality. 

Users  who  need  more  con- 


trol over  their  printers  may  need 
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Send-lt  and  FixPrint. 

Together,  the  programs  are  a 
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block  printer  control  codes. 

Send-lt  allows  you  to  in- 
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printer  through  a single-line 
menu  on  the  bottom  of  the 
screen.  Once  you’ve  entered 


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HANDS  ON 


BY  EDWARD  MENDELSON 

Imagine  a speedy  word  proces- 
sor that  only  lets  you  read  files 
and  won’t  let  you  edit  or  create 
new  ones.  That’s  what  you  get 
with  INFOH’s  file-reading  pro- 
gram. Reader,  designed  to 
make  reading  text  files  easier. 

Reader  lets  you  scroll  at 
varying  speeds,  search  for 
strings,  and  Jump  to  a line  num- 
ber or  to  a percentage  of  the 
length  of  a file.  You  can  also 
leave  temporary  “bookmarks” 
while  you  scan  different  parts  of 
the  text. 

The  program  uses  a unique 
Readerscroll  mode  when  scroll- 
ing through  a file.  Instead  of 


displaying  text  as  it  moves  con- 
tinuously up  the  screen.  Reader 
makes  each  new  text  screen  rip- 


ple gradually  over  the  old  one, 
while  a dividing  line  moves 
down  the  screen  to  indicate  the 


progress  from  old  to  new  mate- 
rial. When  it  reaches  the  bottom 
of  one  screen,  the  divider  jumps 
to  the  top  and  displays  the  next 
screen.  The  manufacturer  says 
this  mode  “coincides  with  the 
way  one  normally  reads  a print- 
ed page.’’  I imagine  some  peo- 
ple will  welcome  the  change;  I 
found  it  distracting  and  uncom- 
fortable . 

I suppose  if  you  read  vol- 
umes of  text  on-screen  and 
aren't  satisfied  with  your  word 
processor’s  scrolling  speed, 
Reader  might  be  the  solution.  I 
prefer  to  read  at  my  own  pace. 
List  Price:  Reader,  $69.95. 
Requires:  256K  RAM.  one  disk 
drive,  DOS  2.0  or  later.  Not  copy 
protected.  INFOH,  P.O.  Box 
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Readar  lata  you  uae  lofical  oparatora  (MU,  01,  ate.)  wkan  aearcktap 
'or  atrlafs  in  fraapt  of  (llta.  So  If  yoa  aaal  a profraai  that  can  locate 
'ilaa  with  tha  wor4a  axpenaiva  Ml  pratantloua  hat  NOT  iapraaalva  , yoar 
march  la  ovar. 


fcan  llffarent  parta  of  tka  taxt.  ani  you  can  liaplay  two  fllaa  In  fall-i 

lealar  uaaa  a ualaaa  ” laaiar  tcroll"  aoJe  when  aeroillaf  tbroafk  a 
ila.  Inateal  of  liaplayiag  text  aa  It  wowaa  contiauoualy  4ewn  tka  acraan 
(aa  in  the  DOS  TYPt  coaMol),  Raa^ar  aakaa  oack  naw  taxt  acraan  rippla 
tralually  owar  tha  oU  oaa,  while  a diviiiaf  lino  iralually  wowna  lown 
the  acraan  to  iiUlcata  tka  dlwllias  lino  oil  tnl  new  Batarial.  Mkan  It 
machea  the  bottow  of  one  acraan.  tka  liwilnr  Jaape  tka  top  anl  atarta 
liaplayiaf  tha  next  acraan.  Tha  Manal  clataa  that  tkla  aola  '‘coiacilaa 
ilth  tha  way  oaa  norwally  raale  a printal  papa"  anl  wahaa  raallnp  wore 
’natural."  noat  uaara  will  prokahly  finl  It  ilatractinf  anl  aacaifortakla. 
Tortunataly,  Raalar  alao  lata  you  pafe  tkroafh  a file  one  acraan  at  a 

Yoa  can  cuatawita  Raalar  'a  lliplay  coiora,  hut  tka  lafault  uaa  black 
:karacteri  on  a white  kackyroanl.  The  Manal  clalM  thli  to  ha  the  wont 
. So  It  la  puanllnn  to  finl  that  tka 


Reader  text  files  in  an  unorthodox  h'o)'.  Instead  of  scrolling  the  entire  screen 

line  by  line,  for  example,  one  screen  scrolls  onto  another. 


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51 


I 


Manuscript 
Laser  Support 


Datavue 

Laptops 


MBfUEF 


IBM  Switching 
to  PS/2s; 

ATs  Going, 

XTs  Gone 


Lotus  Development  Corp.  \s  Manuscript  has 
added  drivers  for  six  laser  printers:  the  HP  La- 
serJet IL  Xerox  4045  Laser  CP  Model  50. 
Canon  LBP-8  AT  and  LBP-8 II.  Epson  (iQ- 
3500.  and  IBM  PageprinleraSU.  The  Laser- 
Jet driver  enables  Manuscript  to  access  two  font 
cartridges  and  several  HP  downloadable  fonts. 
Registered  users  can  obtain  all  six  drivers  for 
$20.  Lotus  Development  Corp.,  Cambridge. 
Mass.:  (617)  577-8500. 


Datavue  has  announced  an  upgrade  program 
(hat  allows  all  Datavue  laptop  owners  to  up- 
grade to  its  gasl  it  screen . For  $875 . owners  of 
early  models  without  RGB  ports  can  exchange 
their  old  portables  for  a new  gaslil-scrccn  mixl- 
cl  with  768K  bytes  of  RAM  and  one  disk  drive. 
Owners  of  later  mixlcls  can  purchase  the  new 
screen  for  $350.  In  addition,  Datavue  has  re- 
placed the  90-day  warranty  for  its  Snap  1 + 1 
and  Spark  laptops  with  a I -year  program.  Da- 
tavuc,  Norcross.  Ga.;  (404)  564-5668. 


Quadram  Corp.  has  reduced  the  price  of  its 
QuadLaser  I laser  printer  by  $700.  to  $3,795. 
and  its  QuadLaser  Plus  by  $500,  to  $4,495. 
Quadram  Corp. . Norcross,  Ga.;  (404)  923- 
6666  . . . XYZ:Query.  Version  1 .3.  has  an  in- 
creased limit  of  256  columns  per  spreadsheet 
and  expanded  reporting  options.  Registered  us- 
ers should  contact  intex  Solutions  at  (617)43 1 - 
1063  to  arrange  for  a disk  exchange.  The  cost  is 
$20  . . . Version  2.0.  adds  many 

new  features,  including  an  80,0(X)-word  spell- 
ing checker.  Version  2.0  is  priced  at  $99.  Up- 
grades arc  free  to  registered  users.  April  Soft- 
ware. Davis.  Calif.:  (916)  758-8088. 


PS/2  WATCH 


_ 


Microsoft 
Mouse 
Adapter  for 
thePSiZ 
Mouse  Fort 


The  Microsoft  Mouse  IBM  PS/2  Version 
plugs  into  (he  mouse  port  on  IBM  PS/2s.  Priced 
at  $ i 75,  the  PS/2  version  is  compatible  with 
Microsoft’s  current  Version  6.0  drivers.  The 
mouse  is  bundled  with  Brightbill-Roberts’s 


Slum-  Partner,  Version  2.0,  and  Microsoft 
Paintbrush.  Microsoft  Corp  . Redmond. 
Wash.:  (206)  882-8080. 


IBM  has  changed  its  mind  about  its  PC  line. 
Despite  assurances  made  when  the  Personal 
Sys(em/2  line  was  introduced  on  April  2 (hat 
IBM  would  continue  to  make  XTs  and  ATs, 
IBM  vice  president  William  Lowe  announced 
in  late  June  (hat  PS/2s  will  be  the  only  personal 
computer  sold  by  IBM  before  long. 

•We’re  out  of  PCs— the  PCI . PC-XTs 
we’re  still  producing,  but  what  we  arc  produc- 
ing are  already  committed.  We  anticipate  being 
out  of  286  XTs  within  the  next  60  to  90  days. 
We're  working  with  our  distribution  channels 
to  determine  how  many  ATs  to  bu i Id . " 

Lowe  said  he  expects  the  company  will  dis- 
continue the  AT  line  in  coming  months. 

Demand  for  PS/2s  has  been  so  strong,  he 
maintained,  that  a third  assembly  line  has  been 
added.  In  June.  IBM  reported  building  3,800 
PS/2s  a day;  2,000  Model  30s.  1 .000  Model 
50s,  and  800  Model  80s. — Gus  Venditto 


TeemarESA  Tecmar  now  has  a driver  for  its  EGA  Master 
Master  480  and  EGA  Master  800  display  boards  that 

480, 800  provides  BIOS-level  compatibility  with 

VGA’s  16-color  mode,  while  still  taking  ad- 
vantage of  Teemar’s  800  by  600  pixels  in  16 
colors.  Registered  owners  can  upgrade  for  free 
by  calling  the  company  at  (216)  349-1009. 
Tecmar.  Solon.  Ohio. 


ShOWPartner  ShowPartnerF/X,  upgraded  from  Show  Parl- 
F/X/ff  2Sfi  ner.  Version  2.0.  supports  IBM's  VGA  640by 
Coll^  * 6-color  and  320  by  200  256-color  modes. 

Among  the  53  special  effects  is  the  ability  to 
shake,  spiral,  or  drip  an  image.  A memory 
management  scheme  reduces  disk  access  dur- 
ing animated  sequences.  Show  Partner  FIX  re- 
tails for  $350:  registered  users  of  earlier  ver- 
sions can  receive  a $50  credit  toward  the 
purchase  of  F/X.  Brightbill-Roberts.  Syracuse, 
N.Y.:(315)474-3400. 


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192  Watt  Power  Supply,  Dual  Hard  Drive 
& Roppy  Controller  Card,  AT  Style  Keyboard 
and  ctocic'calendar  with  Battery  Back-up. 


SYSTKM  A 

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SYSTSMC 

SYSTBMD 

MIT  XT  Monochrome  System 

MIT  XT  Color  System 

MIT  AT  Monochrome  System 

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MITTurboXT 

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11^  Swivel  TUt  Stand 

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MIT  I/O  Serfal  Clock  Card 

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Storni  Warning 


And  btfore  thai. 

the  PC  Poriahlf  was  IBM's  top  product. 

^Sanla  Maria.  Calif..  Times.  February!,  I987i 


Fill  in  the  Missing  Gaps  in  Y our 
PC  Magazine  Library 

— House  ad  for  bacA:  issues. 
Volume  6 Number  12 , page  409 


Toshiba’s  240-Pin  Printer  Packs 
New  Features  in  a Smaller  Case 
— Headline,  Volume  6 Num- 
ber 12,  page  45 


A reviewer  inadvertently  in- 
cluded his  MCI  Mail  password 
in  a screen  shot  accompanying  a 
review  of  Crosstalk  Mark  IV. 

— Volume  6 Number  14 


Several  readers  taking  out  $28 
PC  Magazine  subscriptions  re- 
ceived a computer-generated 
‘ ‘ limited  offer-^xtend  your  or- 
der for  2 more  issues  by  sending 
acheck  for  $48.97.” 


The  Model  30  ‘‘even  comes 
with  the  cache  of  an  AT-style 
system  lock-and-key.” 

— Volume  6 Number  10, 
page  45  (make  that ' 'cachet' '} 


Bestseller 

Query  Processing  Techniques 
for  Disturbed  Rational  Database 
Systems 

— Book  title.  Discount 
Books  catalog,  Vineland,  N.J. 


Seventeen  of  the  20  stocks  on  a 
USA  Today  “death  list”  of 
stocks  to  avoid,  compiled  by 
market  technician  Stan  Wein- 
stein (the  editor  of  the  Profes- 
sional Tape  Reader),  are  high- 
technology  related,  including 
AGS  Computers.  Ashton-Tatc. 
Autodesk.  Compaq,  Micropo- 
Hs.  MiniScribe.  Microsoft.  Mo- 
torola, Oracle,  and  Seagate 
Technology. 


Could  Your  Copy 
Of1-2-3DoThis? 

“Like  Lotus  1-2-3.  (Ova- 
tion’s! integrated  program 
had  a strong  word-prtKcss- 
ing  function  and  could  move 
numbers  to  text  from  a 
spreadsheet  with  ease.” 

— The  Wall  Street  Jour- 
nal, inm-  12.  I9H7 


Talk  About  Smart 
Spelling  Checkers 

“The  [$599  Magnavox)  Vi- 
deoWriter:  An  efficient  combi- 
nation of  screen,  printer  and 
disk  memory  that  corrects  mis- 
takes before  they’re  made.  ” 

— Arizona  Republic.  May 
24.  1987 


Crackdown 

“With  cooperation  from  U.S.  and  foreign  government  officials, 
publishers  also  hope  to  conduct  raids  on  (overseas  software]  pirates 
and  persecute  them  for  copyright  violations.” 

— InfoWorld.  June  1,1987 


Heard  or  seen  anything  offbeat,  unusual,  or  just  plain  dumb  about  the  computer  indus- 
try? Send  your  offerings  to  Communiques,  PC  Magazine.  One  Park  Avenue,  New  York. 
NY  10016  or  MCI  Mail  157-9301  .Contributors  receive  SSOandaPC  Magazine  T- 
shirt.  In  case  of  duplicate  entries,  the  earliest  postmark  prewils.  Sorry,  but  entries 
can't  be  acknowledged.  Please  include  your  name  and  address  (print  legibly),  a day- 
time phone  number.  and  your  T-shirt  she.  Andplease.  don’ I send  classified  ads  for 
sloppy  drives  or  leather  quality  printers. 

Winners  this  issue:  Robert  Cidtb  (pirate  persecution).  Claire  Pieierek  (Ovation). 
Bill  Toyer(VideoWriter).  Dean  Hannotte  (disturbed  rational  database).  Roger  Lembke 
(missing  gaps),  Karl  Meadows  (2  more  issues),  Terrence  Kneebone  (PSl2  cache), 
Charles  Aker  (top products). 


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54 


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Likewise. 


Totally-compatible  with  the  IBM  AT,  right 
down  to  keyboard  layout.  But  with  a more 
resilient  feel. 


14"  132  column,  high  resolution  screen 
gets  more  out  of  programs  like  Multiplan  and 
Lotus  1-2-3. 


Likewise. 


Boosts  productivity  with  easy  to  read 
character  set  and  advanced  ergonomics. 

Manufactured,  serviced  and  supported  by 
the  company^at  ships  more  terminals  than 
anyone  out  IBM? 

At  $599,  the  Vfyse  WY-60  delivers  unrivaled 
value  if  you’re  looking  for  sharp  resolution, 
advanced  features  and  superior  overall  quality 
in  an  AT-compatible  alphanumeric  termind. 


Likewise. 


Likewise. 


At  $649,  the  Wyse  WY-99GT  delivers 
likewise  in  agraphics  terminal,  with  Hercules 
and  IBM  CGA  compatibility. 


So  if  you’re  looking  for  the  best  terminal  to  turn  your  AT  into  a multi-user  system,  there’s 


¥>u  can  get  more 
just  haverft  put 


Just  put  your  finger  on  a Microsoft*  Mouse 
and  you’ll  be  getting  more  done  in  no  time. 

Because  the  Microsoft  Mouse  comes  with 
a fistful  of  software  including  presentation 
graphics  programs  like  Show  Partner™  and 
Miaosoft  Paintbrush®  and  Expert  Mouse 
Menus  for  your  favorite  business  programs. 

To  enter  a command  with  a Microsoft 
Mouse,  just  find  it  on  the  on-saeen  menu  and 
click.  Not  having  to  enter  a handful  of  key- 
strokes means  you  can  work  much  faster. 

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because  it’s  easy  to  highlight  and  change 
or  replace  text. 

And  when  you’re  finished,  use  an  Expert 
Mouse  Menu  to  back  up  a Display  Write™  3 
document  with  just  two  clicks.  Or  use 
our  mouse  to  load  Multi  Mate®  documents 
without  ever  having  to  type  out  a file 
name  again. 

This  mouse  knows  its  1-2-3’s. 

The  Expert  Mouse  Menu  for  use  with 
Ijotus®  1-2-3®  gives  you  faster  access  to 

C II  I till 


And  now  you  can  use  the  numeric  keypad 
on  your  PC  because,  with  our  Expert  Menu, 
you’ll  never  suffer  from  not  being  able  to 
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Draw  attention  to  your  presentation. 

Show  Parmer  and  Microsoft  Paintbrush 
help  you  and  your  Microsoft  Mouse  create 
presentation  graphics  and  special  effects  that 
will  keep  your  audience  focused  on  the 
point  at  hand. 

Show  Parmer  lets  you  bring  your  presenta- 
tions to  life:  Like  building  a graph  piece  by 
piece  as  you’re  presenting  your  case  point  by 
point.  It  even  lets  you  pull  graphic  images 
from  other  programs  like  Paintbrush  or  1-2-3. 


You’ll  never  be  alone  with  a 
Microsoft  Mouse. 

The  Microsoft  Mouse  is  supported  by  over 
200  software  applications  and  multitudes  of 
users.  In  fact,  the  readers  of  PC  World  maga- 
zine have  given  the  Microsoft  Mouse  the 
World  Class  Award  for  the  past 
three  years.  No  wonder  it’s  the 
best  selling  mouse  on  the 
market. 

Buy  a Microsoft  Mouse  and  get  a ton  more 
done  by  just  lifting  a finger. 

MicrosofrMouse 

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After  you've  tried  SmarTerm  terminal 
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■ FROM  THE  EDITOR’S  SCREEN  ■ BILLMACHRONE 


Look-and-feel 

FOLLOW-UP 


Hell  hath  no  jury  like  the  wrath  of  a buying  public  scorned.  Just  ask  General  Motors.  ' ‘Look 
and  feel’  ’ may  do  the  same  for  the  software  industry. 


Out  there  in  the  consumer  market, 
customers  telegraph  their  prefer- 
ences with  changes  in  buying  hab- 
its so  subtle  that  a tenth  of  a percent's 
change  can  galvanize  the  captains  of  in- 
dustry. Market  research  has  become  a 
highly  evolved  art  form.  Yet  the  captains 
sometimes  can’t  read  a sea  change  even  as 
the  killer  WJave  is  breaking  over  the  bows. 

Things  are  different  in  the  personal 
computer  industry.  The  opinion  leaders 
are  people  like  you,  the  readers  of  PC 
Magazine.  They  make  informed  decisions 
on  what  products  to  buy  and  are  generally 
key  players  in  their  organizations. 

That's  why  we  solicited  your  opinions 
about  the  look-and-feel  litigation  back  in 
our  May  26  issue.  So  glad  we  asked.  More 
than  40.000  of  you  responded,  an  un- 
heard-of level  for  such  polls  in  magazines. 
Here  are  the  results.  If  the  captains  of  this 
industry  have  a lick  of  sense,  they’ll  take 
notice. 

First  and  foremost,  78  percent  of  the  re- 
spondents felt  that  the  look-and-feel  litiga- 
tion is  having  a negative  effect  on  the  in- 
dustry overall.  But  they  weren’t  deterred 
from  purchasing  clone  software.  In  fact, 
only  14  percent  of  the  respondents  said  the 
suits  would  make  them  less  likely  to  buy. 

Our  respondents  also  have  a fairly  liter- 
al interpretation  of  what  constitutes  clone 
software.  We  gave  them  two  choices: 
products  that  duplicate  the  appearance  and 
command  structure  of  another  product,  yet 
sell  for  a lower  price,  and  products  that  use 
the  same  command  structure  and  general 
appearance  but  provide  additional  com- 
mands, functions,  or  greater  performance. 


Only  29  percent  felt  that  the  second  cate- 
gory should  be  considered  clones. 

Companies  that  bring  look-and-feel  liti- 
gation would  do  well  to  examine  the  effect 
it  has  on  their  public  relations.  The  re- 
sponse most  often  mentioned  (27  percent) 
was ,“  It  scares  me , you  never  know  whom 
they’ll  turn  on  next.”  The  next  most  popu- 
lar response  was,  ’’They’re  forcing  train- 
ing costs  up  by  causing  needless  change 
when  consistent  operation  is  more  impor- 
tant.” Only  15  percent  felt  that  the  compa- 
nies were  justified  in  suing  as  a means  of 
protecting  their  intellectual  property.  A 
solid  20  percent  said  that  they’re  ignoring 
the  best  interests  of  software  users.  A mere 
10  percent  bought  the  oft-advanced  notion 
that  nonduplication  of  command  sets 
makes  other  software  vendors  more  cre- 
ative and  keeps  the  state  of  the  art  moving. 

Training  costs  versus  acquisition  costs 
are  a hot  topic  of  debate  in  corporate 
America.  An  eyeball  analysis  of  the  results 


says  that  our  respondents  demand  that  a 
product  be  60  to  KX)  percent  better  than  its 
predecessor  before  they’ll  take  the  plunge. 
No  wonder  they  don’t  want  each  and  every 
product  to  have  a new  user  interface. 

PRICE  SENSmvmr  The  most  com- 
monly mentioned  reason  for  buying  clone 
software  was  price.  Sixty-three  percent  of 
the  respondents  have  bought  clone  soft- 
ware, and  86  percent  of  them  said  that  it 
saved  them  or  their  companies  money. 
Another  13  percent  bought  because  it  of- 
fered a superset  of  features. 

Only  18  percent  of  the  respondents 
have  rejected  clone  software  from  consid- 
eration. The  most  commonly  cited  reason 
for  doing  so  (44  percent)  was  that  they 
needed  greater  support  than  smaller  soft- 
ware publishers  can  offer.  The  second 
most  popular  reason,  at  36  percent,  was 
skepticism  over  the  clone  software’s 
claimed  compatibility.  A quarter  of  those 
who  rejected  clone  software  did  so  because 
the  clones’  performance  didn’t  meet  with 
their  expectations . 

Coming  back  to  the  price  issue,  only  16 
percent  of  those  who  rejected  clone  soft- 
ware did  so  because  price  is  not  an  issue  to 
them.  Clearly,  even  those  who  won’t  have 
anything  to  do  with  clone  software  remain 
aware  of  the  cost.  I wonder  when  the  big 
manufacturers  last  did  price  sensitivity 
testing? 

Our  survey  included  a. trick  question. 
The  questionnaire  was  formulated  by  PC 
Magazine's  editors  and  by  representatives 
from  a variety  of  software  and  hardware 
companies,  (^r  list  included  the  compa- 


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nies  currently  involved  in  litigation.  The 
question  read,  "Suppose  one  of  the  largest 
hardware  or  software  companies  (call  it 
'Goliath  Corporation’)  embarked  on  a 
strategy  to  continually  survey  small-com- 
pany software  offerings  (for  example, 
from  'David  Enterprises’),  picking  the 
best  of  them,  replicating  the  look  and  feel 
of  those  packages — perhaps  with  minor 
modifications — and  selling  them  under  the 
Goliath  brand  name.  Should  Goliath  (a)  be 
found  guilty  of  copyright  infringement  and 
be  required  to  forfeit  the  profits  on  the  Da- 
vid Enterprises  clone,  or  (b)  be  allowed  to 
continue  the  practice  legally?" 

It’s  a straight  role  reversal.  In  this  hypo- 
thetical case,  the  big  company  preys  upon 
the  creativity  of  the  little  one.  The  real  is- 
sue before  us  is  whether  the  little  guys  are 
preying  on  the  big  guys’  creativity.  The 
question  plays  right  to  the  American  sense 
of  fair  play,  equal  chances,  and  rooting  for 
the  underdog.  A solid  61  percent  of  the  re- 
spondents saw  the  situation  for  what  it 
was.  They  declared  the  practice  should  be 
legal  no  matter  who  was  doing  it. 

WHO’S  MHO?  Some  of  the  most  inter- 
esting survey  results  came  out  in  the  demo- 
graphics. The  results  of  the  survey  closely 
match  what  we  know  about  our  overall 
base  of  subscribers.  For  instance.  36  per- 
cent work  in  MIS/DP  or  an  inf(x;enter/PC 
services  group.  Of  those  who  do  not  work 
in  a directly  computer-related  area,  32  per- 
cent work  in  general  management  or  ad- 
ministration. The  next  largest  group,  at  28 
percent,  is  engineering.  The  rest  ran  the 
gamut  of  finance,  accounting,  purchasing, 
sales,  and  other  corporate  functions. 

Our  final  question  was  aimed  at  the  re- 
spondents’ point  of  view.  A quarter  of 
them  are  involved  in  the  manufacture  and 
sale  of  PCs  or  related  products.  We  can 
isolate  them  statistically,  but  from  what 
we’ve  seen,  the  responses  ran  about  the 
same  on  both  sides  of  the  fence. 

Can  the  industry  afford  to  ignore  the  re- 
sults of  this  survey?  Of  course  not.  The 
people  who  answered  it  are  precisely  the 
targets  of  the  major  marketing  campaigns. 
The  hearts  of  the  respondents  are  worth 
immeasurably  more  than  their  minds. 
Backlash  is  alive  and  well  in  the  computer 
industry,  and  we’ve  seen  only  the  first 
wave. 


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Peachtree 
Complete  Accounting 
for  Just  $199 

Everyone’s  Asking  How  Can  We  Do  It? 


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When  you  reduce  the  price  of  an  8-package  accounting  system  from 
14,800  (or  $600  a module)  to  $199  for  the  complete  set,  people  are  bound 
to  ask  questions.  Here  are  some  of  the  most  popular  ones  we're  hearing 
attechtree: 

Q.  How  can  we  afford  to  sell  techtree  Complete  at  such  a low  price? 

A.  Wve  reduced  our  costs  without  reducing  product  features.  Peachtree 
Complete  has  been  repackaged  into  one  set  fiiat  includes  more  thorough 
and  better  organized  user  instructions.  Wve  also  streamlined  order 
processing  and  reduced  overhead.  It  is  faster  and  easier  to  buy  our 
produa. 

Peachtree  has  long  been  the  first  name  in  accounting  software,  so 
we've  had  time  to  completely  amortize  our  originai  development  costs 
plus  make  over  100  major  additions. 

These  enhancements  include 
multi-company  capability,  menu 
driven  installation  and  removal  of 
copy  protection.  Consequently, 
you're  getting  a proven  product  at 
a better  price 

% ^ "unbundled " support 
(so  you  only  pay  for  what  you 
need  when  c^ing  our  toll-free 
technical  support  hotline)  and  esta- 
blished a network  of  local  dealers 
to  serve  as  Independent  Rachtree 
Support  Centers. 

Q.  What  does  Peachtree  Complete 
Mude? 

A.  1.  Eight  Integrated  Software 
Modules: 

•Genera]  Ledger  • Accounts  Receivable  ^Sales  Invoicing  • Accounts  {^able 
• [n\Tnlor>’ Control  •Faed  Assets  •Job  Cost  •fti>'roll 

2.  An  Installation  Guide  to  lead  you  step  by  step  through  our  simple 
installation  procedure 

3.  An  Accounting  Primer,  written  for  Peachtree  users  by  an  industry 
expert,  to  explain  accounting  concepts. 

4.  ■ftitorials  on  each  module  with  sample  data  to  make  learning  easier. 

5.  A complete  Reference  Library  with  detailed  instructions  in  plain 
English  on  all  software  funedons. 

Q.  Is  Peachtree  Complete  really  the  same  produa  that  used  to  sell  for 
$«X)  per  module? 

A.  Peachtree  Complete  is  basically  the  same  aaounting  system  that  both 
Peachtree  and  IBM  sold  for  about  $5,000  but  with  substantial  improve- 
ments in  function  and  presentation. 

With  more  than  150,000  users  to  its  credit,  Peachtree  Complete 
has  been  the  PC  World  Qass  Winner  in  its  category  for  two  of  the  last 
three  years. 

Q.  What's  the  difference  between  Peachtree  Complete  and  the  $69  95 
systems? 

A.  Peachtree's  system  is  called  Complete  because  it  contains  the  eight 
most  needed  accounting  packages  (Including  payroll)  and  all  reference 
materials  for  one  price  Remember,  it  was  designed  as  a $4,800 


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accounting  software  system. 

The  $69.95  systems,  on  the  other  hand,  are  incomplete  They  were 
designed  to  sell  for  $69.95  and  require  the  purchase  of  additional  modules 
to  be  comparable — payroL,  $49.95  more;  tutorials,  $19  95  each;  etc. 
Everything  is  a la  carte 

Q.  How  soon  will  I outgrow  the  system? 

A.  ftachtiee  Complete  handles  revenues  up  to  $21,000,000,  so  only  the 
largest  companies  will  outgrow  the  system.  The  ability  to  process  ^ta 
for  an  unlimited  number  of  companies  is  one  of  the  system's  biggest 
selling  points. 

An  optional  multi-user  module  soon  to  be  available  allows  i^achtree 
Complete  to  be  installed  in  a Local  Area  Network.  And  Peachtree  Data 
Query,  for  just  $199,  lets  you  quickly  transfer  your  accounting  data 

to  many  popular  spreadsheets  and 
databases,  as  well  as  produce 
custom  reports. 

Q.  What  if  I'm  not  satisfied  with 
Peachtree  Complete? 

A.  When  you  purchase  Peachtree 
Complete  diiecUy  from  Peachtree 
Software,  you're  protected  with 


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(an  option  even  the  most  expensive 
accounting  products  don't  offer). 

If  you're  not  satisfied,  simply 
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VIEWPOINTS 

■ JOHN  C,  DVORAK 


The  bs/2  operating 

SYSTEM— SCANEAL 
INISTANCIAS.S.R. 


Some  strange  doings  in  a far-off  land  may  sound  vaguely  familiar  to  students  of  the 
microcomputer  scene.  But  be  careful  not  to  read  too  much  into  them. 


Only  a few  insiders,  some  admen, 
and  the  CIA  know  about  it.  and 
none  of  them  understand  the  phe- 
nomenon completely. 

It's  the  mystery  that  surrounds  a small- 
ish. little-known  country  near  the  Yugo- 
slav border  calling  itself  Istancia  S.S.R.  It 
has  a technology  industry  that  could  com- 
pete on  the  international  market  if  its  so- 
cialist government  would  only  allow  ex- 
portation. Nonetheless,  it  has  managed  to 
thrive  on  its  own  juices  and  has  produced  a 
microcomputer  industry  much  like  ours.  A 
few  sharp  marketing  types  visit  there  once 
in  a while  to  see  if  they  can  learn  anything 
about  our  own  microcomputer  business, 
which  it  coincidentally  parallels.  Recently 
a few  fellows  have  returned,  and  I’ve  man- 
aged to  piece  together  some  of  the  facts 
they've  gathered. 

IN  BED  WITH  BIG  RED  The  Istancia 
software  industry  is  dominated  by  Milli- 
soft  Corp.  and  has  been  dominated  by  it 
ever  since  Millisoft  got  into  bed  with  the 
big  mainframe  maker  Istancia  Business 
Machinesky.  coincidentally  called  IBM  in 
Istancia  and  nicknamed  Big  Red.  Millisoft 
is  owned  (with  state  support)  by  Gil  Bate- 
sky.  a young  entrepreneur.  Batesky  started 
off  by  designing  the  language  Ivan  BASIC 
for  the  first  minicomputer  from  Istancia. 
named  the  Polaris  707.  It  used  the  Volga 
777  milliprtx;essor.  the  first  milliprocessor 
used  for  minicomputers.  I should  mention 
that  minicomputers  are  sometimes  called 
People's  Computers.  There  are  even  a few 
interesting  magazines  like  People's  Com- 
puting. PC  Pravda.  PC  Weeksky,  CCCP 


PC.  Doublehyle,  and  Ben  Pulaski's  Com- 
puter Gazette. 

The  big  dough  in  the  industry  was  made 
over  the  years  by  two  hardware  compa- 
nies: the  Stem  Computer  Company,  whose 
founder.  Steven  P.  Zbrinskovsky.  claims 
falsely  to  have  invented  the  whole  notion 
of  a People's  Computer  with  his  Stem  II. 
and  Istancia  Business  Machinesky  with  its 
IBM  PC  (not  to  be  confused  with  our  IBM 
PC).  Batesky  hooked  up  with  IBM  and 
sold  it  an  operating  system  to  use  on  its  ma- 
chines. The  operating  system  was  called 
Gil's  Operating  System,  or  GOS  for  short. 

PEOPLE’S  SYSTEM/2  Anyway,  the 
history  of  all  this  is  little  known.  What's 
most  interesting  is  the  latest  developments 
in  Istancia.  A few  months  back  IBM  an- 
nounced its  new  line  of  People's  Comput- 
ers. called  the  People's  System/2.  It  in- 
cludes a new  architecture  and  one  of  the 
models  has  the  nifty  Volga  799  double  16- 


bit  milliprocessor.  The  hubbub  and  gossip, 
though,  surround  the  announcement  of  a 
new  operating  system  for  the  machine. 
Dubbed  BS/2.  the  new  operating  system  is 
supposed  to  be  ready  in  the  first  quarter  of 
1988.  but  all  the  insiders  know  that  this 
isn't  true  and  BS/2  won't  hit  the  streets  un- 
til 1990.  if  then.  The  company,  mean- 
while. is  charging  designers  an  ungodly 
450,000  Istancia  Rubles  (U.S.  $3,000)  to 
take  a free  seminar  to  learn  how  to  use  the 
new  system. 

At  the  most  recent  free  seminar  all  hell 
broke  loose  as  developers  rioted  and 
burned  down  the  Millisoft  headquarters 
when  they  found  out  that  Millisoft  didn't 
know  a dam  thing  about  BS/2.  "This  is 
just  like  what  VisiPeoples  Software  did  to 
us  years  ago  with  its  ridiculous  VisiOn- 
Off,”  said  a dissenter.  VisiOnOff  was 
supposedly  a tme  windowing  operating 
system  for  use  on  the  PC.  It  was  an- 
nounced before  it  was  designed.  By  the 
time  it  came  out.  nobody  cared.  Dis.scnters 
think  the  same  thing  will  happen  with 
BS/2. 

SMOKY  WINDOWS  Even  mote  inter- 
esting is  that  Millisoft  seems  to  be  promot- 
ing its  operating  system  shell,  called  Les'o- 
lors.  It  seems  that  to  write  for  BS/2  you 
have  to  write  Levolors  applications.  Most 
analysts  wonder  now  if  BS/2  is  nothing  but 
hot  air — a smoke  screen  for  other  projects. 
Nobody  knows  for  sure. 

Most  of  this  information  has  been  given 
to  the  CIA  forevaluation.  I honestly  don't 
see  how  it  applies  to  anything  happening 
here. 


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message.  Touch  the  star  to  listen  to  what 
you've  recorded".' 

ratSOML  MESSMES 
FORFREQUBITCMIBS 

“Hello,  Tm  not  ...0...  Dadf  I'm  not  here, 
but  my  computer  knows  exactly  where  I am 
and  will  pass  your  message  on  to  me 
immediately.  Watt  for  the  tone  and  tell  me 
where  you  are.  I'll  call  you  right  back'.' 

REMIT  PBKOMM  MESSMES 
RM  FREOUEHT  CMIERS 

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Sweetheart!  Tm  in  the  car.  picking  up  your 
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MESSME  FORWMDWR 

"Hello.  This  is  your  answering  machine 
calling... S...  Three  new  messages. 
Message  one  was  received  at  3:52PM 
today'.' 


MUIVU  VOICE  MMl  sons 

"Hi.  This  is  the  operating  systems  group 
We're  out  to  lunch,  but  you  can  leave  a 
private  message  by  dialing  11  for  Chip  12 
for  Morris.  13  for  Joe!  and  14  for  Bob.  Or 
you  can  wail  for  the  tone  to  leave  a 
message  for  our  secretary'.' 

■CREiUED  SECRETMIM  nHmiCTIVnT 

“This  is  Gordie's  voice  mailbox.  Please 
wait  for  the  tone  and  leave  a message.  My 
computer  knows  where  I am  at  all  times  and 
will  call  me  immediately  with  your  message. 
If  you  need  to  speak  to  someone  right  away, 
touch  zero  to  transfer  to  my  secretary'.' 

OORT  FORGCT  MOMI 

"This  is  Chip  Please  ...0...  Hi,  Mom.  I've 
been  wailing  for  your  call.  Haw's  Europe? 
Thanks  for  remembering  my  birthday.  Sorry 
I missed  you,  but  1 had  to  run  Some 
errands.  See  you  Thursday  at  the  airport'.' 

OUTGOIM  MESSMB 

"This  is  Joel's  computer  calling.  Just  a 
reminder  for  Lynne  and  Bonnie  — VMr  have 
a budget  review  tomorrow  morning  at  B.-OO 
o'clock.  See  you  there'.' 


Answering  machines  are  irritating 
because  they  are  so  dumb.  Even 
the  best  of  them.  For  only  $349, 
we’ll  give  you  personal  voice  mail  for 
your  PC,  and  turn  it  into  the  world’s 
smartest  answering  machine.  All 
without  disturbing  whatever  else  you’ve 
been  doing  on  the  PC. 

How  smart  is  “smartest?”  The 
examples  above  . . . uh  . . . speak  for 
themselves.  Sure,  your  PC  can  answer 
the  phone  in  your  voice,  and  let  you 
retrieve  messages  remotely  from  any 
touch-tone  phone.  And  it  can  call  you 
to  deliver  your  messages. 

But  give  your  friends  and  associates 
their  own  voice  mailboxes.  The  ability 
to  interrupt  your  greeting  and  start 
recording  immediately.  To  deliver 
messages  to  each  other  as  well  as  to 
you.  The  ability  to  transfer  to  other 
extensions.  Even  let  them  change  their 
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all  this  and  you’ll  never  again  have  to 
apologize  for  making  people  talk  to  a 
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In  your  business,  it  will  relieve  your 
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messages.  And  relieve  you  of  the 
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numbers.  In  business  or  in  personal  use, 
it  works  24  hours  a day.  Without 
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We  call  the  world’s  smartest 
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V 1 K W P ()  I N I S 


■ JOHN  C.  DVORAK 


Inside  track 


Atlanta  Comdex  steps  on  some  toes,  but  sheds  light  on 
some  previously  hidden  beauties. 


The  Interface  group  and  its  Spring 
Comdex  will  be  back  in  Atlanta  next 
year.  That  was  the  good  news  for  this  ill- 
timed  show.  I say  ill-timed  because  its 
dates  were  changed  to  compete  with  the 
faltering  National  Computer  Conference 
(NCC),  but  instead  it  stepped  on  the 
.show  dates  for  that  giant  beast  of  a 
show — CES,  the  Consumer  Electron- 
ics Show.  This  annoyed  a few  exhibitors 
who  noted  that  CES  always  gets  top  pri- 
ority with  news  organizations  for  nation- 
al coverage.  CES  didn’t  like  the  coinci- 
dence one  bit,  either.  In  fact,  it  was 
national  marketing  wiz  David  Birch- 
Jones  of  Onkyo  (he  coincidentally  fol- 
lows the  computer  scene)  who  made  the 
CES  officials  aware  of  the  simultaneous 
show  dates,  and  CES,  at  least,  moved  its 
show  ahead  2 days  to  awkwardly  start  on 
a Saturday.  Maybe  these  guys  should 
have  a talk  next  time.  Neither  group 
wants  the  shows  to  conflict. 

Be  that  as  it  may,  I like  this  Comdex. 
While  it's  the  perfect  time  for  a trade 
show,  it  seems  unlikely  that  this  show 
will  unseal  the  primary  microcomputer 
show  for  the  trade.  November’s  glitzy 
Las  Vegas-based  Fall  Comdex — a Fly- 
ing Dutchman  of  a show  that  exhibits 
products  for  no  particular  buying  season 
and  long  after  the  Christmas  purchasing 
period  is  kaput.  Traditions  die  hard. 

As  usual  at  a Comdex,  the  big  news 
was  in  the  back  rooms  and  out  the  side 
doors.  Here  are  a few  goodies  I gleaned 
from  searching  for  that  juicy  tidbit. 

First  of  all.  I stumbled  into  Doc  and 
Mary  of  Rix  Software,  who  invited  me  to 
what  turned  out  to  be  a riotous  private 
dinner  with  some  top  U.S.  and  Japanese 
executives  from  Sony  (no  baloney) 
Corp.  It  seems  that  Sony  is  going  to  take 
another  serious  run  at  the  American 


microcomputer  arena.  Its  past  efforts 
have  failed  miserably.  This  time  the 
company  promises  that  it  will  become  a 
dominant  force  in  the  peripherals  market. 

Sony  will  start  with  some  impressive 
high-resolution  Trinitron  monitors. 
These  monitors  are  nothing  less  than 
fantastic.  Look  for  Apple’s  Mac  II.  Next 
Computers,  and  possibly  Sun  Microsys- 
tems to  use  them  as  the  .standard  fare.  Its 
newest  multiscanning  monitor  is  already 
considered  to  be  the  “in”  monitor  for  the 
PC  user  in  the  know.  Sony  intends  to  sell 
branded  lines  of  disk  drives,  too.  It  in- 
vented and  patented  the  3'/2-inch  drive, 
yet  never  marketed  a branded  version. 

So  expect  to  see  the  Sony  name  more 
frequently  than  before.  When  the  compa- 
ny gets  rolling  it  will  probably  try  its 
hand  at  a computer — ^again.  It  will  be  in- 
teresting to  see  what  it  does  wrong  this 
time  around.  Anyway,  keep  an  eye  on 
Sony. 

While  on  the  subject  of  graphics, 
keep  an  eye  im  Number  Nine  Comput- 
er Corp.  Named  after  a Beatles  ditty 
("Number  nine,  number  nine  . . . ”), 
this  company  has  the  inside  track  on 
high-performance  graphics  cards.  The 
cards  aren’t  cheap  at  $ 1 ,495  and  up,  but 
what  they  do  has  to  be  seen  to  be  be- 
lieved. If  1 was  an  earnest  user  of  Auto- 
CAD, still  the  definitive  PC-based  CAD 
software.  I’d  look  seriously  at  the  Num- 
ber Nine  cards. 

The  trick  used  by  these  guys  is  simple. 
While  dozens  of  pundits  grind  their  Jaws 
and  wring  their  hands  during  arguments 
over  the  relative  merits  of  the  TI  34010 
32-bit  graphics  microprocessor  and  the 
Intel  82786  graphics  controller.  Number 
Nine  has  designed  a line  of  cards  that  use 
both  chips  together!  To  add  further  val- 
ue, it  developed  an  operating  system 


called  NNIOS  to  talk  to  the  chips  and 
take  and  send  messages  to,  say,  DOS  or 
whatever.  Hot,  hot,  hot. 

Even  in  CGA-compatible  mode,  the 
cheapest  cards  boost  the  cell  size  to  1 6 by 
19  dots,  making  CGA  graphics  look  as- 
tonishing. The  Pepper  1^  card  has  a 
16-  by  38-pixel  cell  array  with  a 1600-  by 
1 200-pixel  noninterlaced  viewable  reso- 
lution . Stunning  color  stuff.  There’s  not 
enough  room  in  this  column  to  praise  the 
performance  of  these  designs.  Try  call- 
ing or  writing  the  company  AS  AP.  Num- 
ber Nine  Computer  Corp.,  725  Concord 
Ave.,  Cambridge,  MA  02138;  (617) 
492-0999.  Look  for  a knockout  VGA- 
compatible  card  from  these  guys  before 
year-end. 

Finally,  the  most  mind-boggling 
thing  I saw  at  the  show,  though,  was  the 
incredible,  and  as  yet  to  be  released.  Pub- 
lisher’s Type  Foundry,  from  Atlanta- 
based  Z-Soft.  This  is  a font  lover’s 
dream  come  true,  and  Z-Sofi  hasn’t  the 
foggiest  notion  what  to  do  with  it.  Sell  it 
cheap?  Sell  it  to  the  highest  bidder?  No- 
body knows.  Developed  in-house  for  in- 
house  management  of  the  type  library, 
the  product  was  too  good  for  Z-Soft  to 
keep  to  itself.  Simply  put,  it  will  scan  in  a 
typeface  or  take  a bit-mapped  face  or  take 
a PostScript  outline  and  allow  you  to  infi- 
nitely edit  the  faces  in  ways  that  will 
make  your  heart  stop.  Then  it  will  create 
a bit-mapped  face  or  a genuine  Post- 
Script file. 

I can’t  stress  enough  that  this  incredi- 
ble tool  is  not  just  a hokey  font  editor. 
It’s  unbelievable,  what  it  does.  I just 
hope  they  don’t  overprice  it.  My  recom- 
mendation to  the  company  was  to  blow  it 
out  at  $149  and  let  it  take  the  world  by 
storm.  To  be  honest,  you’d  never  have  to 
buy  a typeface  if  you  owned  this  pack- 
age. They  expect  someone  to  sue  them 
because  it’s  a tool  that  could  be  used  to 
infringe  someone’s  copyright.  What  a 
world.  I expect  it  to  sell  for  around  $450. 
Worth  every  penny.  liS 


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per  inch. 

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With  DrawingBoard  you  get  a complete 
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Compared  to  a disk  drive, 
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Your  applications  like  spreadsheets,  data  base 
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which  are  all  disk  intensive,  benefit  from 
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The  design  qualities  that  make  BATRAM  such  an 
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Popular  programs  which  support  the  Lotus/Intei/ 
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Santa  Clara  Systems'  exclusive  EMS  software  gives 
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purchasing  an  expensive  EMS  board  for  each 
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BATRAM  ADDS  ERROR  CORRECTION 
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BATRAM  only  occupies  one  expansion  slot,  versus 
up  to  4 for  competing  memory  boards.  And  no 
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hen  it  comes  to  the  everyday 
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Thats  why  we  intro- 
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VIEWPOINTS 

■ JIM  SEYMOUR 


SOFTWARF.  SET  J .S 
HARDmRE  . . . 


Old  truisms  never  die.  They  just  keep  coming  back  to  haunt  those  who  didn’t  understand  the 
jirst  time.  PC  vendors  seem  especially  dense  this  year. 


There  is  no  cliche — I should  say,  no 
truism — more  often  repeated  in  the 
personal  computer  business  than: 
Software  sells  hardware,  not  the  other  way 
around. 

Why,  then,  do  vendors  keep  forgetting 
that? 

Anyone  who  thinks  software  is  inciden- 
tal to  hardware  should  take  a look  at  to- 
day's '/4-inch  tape  backup  systems.  Since 
most  all  the  vendors  of  full-size  DC600 
tape  units  use  drive  mechanisms  from  Ar- 
chive or  Wangtek,  these  tape  backup  units 
must  all  be  pretty  much  alike,  huh? 

Not  a chance.  Speed,  convenience,  and 
reliability  vary  tremendously — as  a func- 
tion of  the  software  provided  with  the  units 
by  the  companies  that  repackage  the  Ar- 
chive and  Wangtek  drives.  Get  a backup 
unit  with  lousy  software  and,  I promise 
you,  you'll  come  to  appreciate  the  differ- 
ence good  software  makes. 

Software  sells  hardware.  . . . It's  the 
same  story  in  PC-fax  units.  Here  the  add-in 
fax  boards  vary  all  over  the  lot,  instead  of 
coming  from  just  one  or  two  OEMs,  but 
the  key  is  still  software.  I haven't  seen  a 
PC-fax  unit  yet  with  anything  approaching 
tightly  integrated  software. 

We  should  be  able  to  pick  functions 
from  a single  menu.  Those  functions 
should  include  automatic  read-in  of  im- 
ages from  scanners  and  of  text  files,  for 
sending.  They  should  include  similarly 
automatic  saving  to  disk  and  printing  of  in- 
coming text  and  pure  graphics — converted 
precisely,  of  course,  from  Group  III  fax's 
maximum  200  by  200  dots  per  inch  to  the 
300  by  300  dpi  of  a laser  printer,  or  to  the 


very  good  but  demanding  high-resolution 
output  possible  from  modem  dot  matrix 
printers,  such  as  Epson  LQs  and  the  NEC 
P-series. 

1 have  high  hopes — I've  seen  some 
very  promising  alpha  software  knocking 
around  in  the  shops  of  still-unannounced 
vendors  about  to  jump  into  the  PC-fax 
market — but  why  have  the  first  half-dozen 
or  so  fax  card  vendors  come  to  market  with 
such  inadequate  software?  Could  that 
lousy  software  have  anything  to  do  with 
the  fact  that  fax  cards  aren't  exactly  burn- 
ing up  the  market? 

Software  sells  hardware.  . . . The 
clatisic  ca.se  of  hardware  gening  ahead  of 
software  has  been  the  IBM  PC  AT,  of 
course.  It's  been  a long,  long  time  since 
August  1984,  when  IBM  rolled  out  the 
AT.  Surely  a “286  DOS”  was  coming 
soon?  Surely  a chip  that  could  address  16 
megabytes  of  RAM  wouldn't  be  expected 
to  limp  along  in  its  perversely  misnamed 


"real”  mode,  aping  an  8088,  for  more 
than  a few  months? 

Surely  . . . hah.  Certainly  the  AT  has 
sold  well — lots  of  us  needed  true  turbo 
PCs — and  now  even  386s  are  selling, 
when  vendors  can  find  chips  to  put  in 
them.  But  imagine  how  much  better  286 
boxes  might  have  sold — and  how  much 
further  along  the  line  we’d  be  towards  an 
AT  world,  instead  of  being  trapped  in  an 
XT  world — if  we’d  had  software  more 
closely  attuned  to  the  capabilities  of  the 
hardware. 

Software  sells  hardware.  . . . Now 
come  the  vaunted  IBM  PS/2s.  Nice  ma- 
chines, to  be  sure;  1 bought  one  myself. 
Cute,  fairly  small,  nice  graphics,  easy  to 
tear  down,  and  easy  to  fix.  But  . . . 
ummmm  . . . just  what  is  it  you  can  do  on 
a PS/2  that  you  can’t  do  on,  say,  a nice 
$ 1 ,500  AT  clone?  (Want  to  try  another  ca- 
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management  tools  and  techniques  we  use 
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industrial-society  goods),  when  it  clearly 
doesn't  work? 

More  than  a decade  after  The  Mythical 
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people  to  the  team,  with  development  time 
locked  into  an  inverse  relationship  with  the 
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but  years  . . . and  too  often,  very  nice 
hardware  products,  such  as  the  PS/2s, 
stranded  on  the  runway  for  lack  of  fuel. 

At  Spring  Comdex  in  AUanta  in  early 


■ Anyone  who  thinks 
PS/2  sales  are  going  to 
soar  before  we  have 
software  incentives  is 
goofy.  PC  users 
and  DP  managers 
are  smarter  than  that. 


June,  a kind  of  keep-your-clothes-on  sau- 
na for  the  masses,  there  were  lots  of  new 
hardware  products  but  precious  little  inter- 
esting software,  he.  a promising  new  kind 
of  free-text  searcher,  was  being  shown  in  a 
hotel  suite,  and  a very  few  new  and  mar- 
ginally interesting  programs  made  it  to  the 
floor. 

Comdex  is  a reasonably  effective  pre- 
dictor of  the  next  year  in  the  PC  business, 
so  we're  still  stuck  in  the  hardware  part  of 
the  cycle. 

I really  don't  care  what  sells  hardware. 
But  I care  very  much  about  what's  coming 
in  software,  because  software  adds  the  in- 
telligence in  a computer.  And  our  comput- 
ers. while  getting  impressively  muscle- 
bound  over  the  last  few  years,  are  still 
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saying  “fine  body”  and  “cute  nose”  as  a 
bartender  poured  a glass  of  Mercuro- 
chrome-colored  wine  from  a screw-top 
bottle.  I vaguely  recall  making  a rude 
noise,  and  then  somebody  . . . uh  . . . 
turned  off  the  juice  to  my  headbone's  dy- 
namic RAM. 

Sore  head,  sore  feet:  trade  show  time 
again.  Right  on  the  floor  at  Spring  Com- 
dex 1 discovered  the  perfect  metaphor  for 
the  show  itself:  a large  transparent  pla.stic 
box  with  U.S.  currency  blowing  around  in 
it  beneath  a sign  that  boldly  urged.  Grab 
for  cash.  Once  each  hour,  some  lucky  soul 
whose  name  was  drawn  would  be  invited 
into  the  booth  and  given  the  opportunity  to 
take  home  as  much  cash  as  he  or  she  could 
pick  up  in  a minute's  time. 

Or  something  like  that.  My  notes  are  in- 
complete. Your  notes  on  these  shows  are 
always  incomplete.  You  dutifully  attempt 
to  see  everything;  after  hours  of  tramping 
around  on  carpets  that  are  just  a little  too 
thin  (IBM  generally  has  the  thickest  nigs, 
to  soften  the  arrogance  it  generally  makes 
its  users  .stand  for),  you  begin  to  get  a little 
punchy. 

Every  hour  on  the  hour  I managed  to 
miss  the  cash-grabbing  because  I could  not 
pry  from  my  lapels  the  desperate  mitts  of  a 
salesman  or  flack  insistent  on  explaining 
the  manifold  virtues  of  his  or  her  all-new 
just-like-the-la-st-one  clone,  modem,  print- 
er, magazine,  cable  adapter,  or  three-ring 
disk  binder.  But  I did  come  away  with  the 
important  point  about  the  cash-grab  meta- 


phor: it  left  me  with  no  clue  as  to  the  name 
of  the  company  or  product  whose  booth  it 
graced. 

You  begin  to  question  the  rationale  of 
the  trade  show  when  you  notice  the  longest 
lines  in  the  place  ate  for  Tandy's  quarter- 
scale  ba.sketballs  autographed  by  a eager 
named  “Spud.”  I never  found  out  precise- 
ly what  this  was  intended  to  promote,  ei- 
ther. Every  time  I stopped  by  the  booth  to 
ask,  “Spud”  was  out  to  lunch  with  every- 
body who  could  enlighten  me,  and  a come- 
ly model  proffered  a button  as  a consola- 
tion prize;  or  else  “Spud”  was  on  the  case 
and  the  line  was  so  long  you  couldn't  get 
near  the  booth.  My  rough  guess  is  that 
Tandy  is  about  to  introduce  a new  SCSI- 
interface  basketball-form-factor-changer. 

BEATLEMANIA  The  one  promotion 
that  made  any  sen,se  was  the  one  dreamed 
up  by  Number  Nine  Computer  Corp. , 
maker  of  the  SGT  and  Pepper  graphics 


boards.  The  firm  raffled  off — what 
else? — copies  of  the  brand-new  Beatles 
Sgl.  Pepper  CD.  Elsewhere,  people  on  the 
floor  tried  to  hand  me  tiny  stuffed  pandas 
with  plastic  goo-goo  eyes,  imprinted  yo- 
yos (these  actually  helped  me  make  an  im- 
pression with  my  showstopping  rendition 
of  round-the-world),  guides  to  go-go 
bars — no,  I guess  that  la.st  one  was  outside 
on  the  street,  where  the  air  was  ten  degrees 
cooler  than  the  average  temperature  of  Ha- 
des. 

In  the  apparent  belief  that  sweat  breaks 
down  sales  resistance,  the  powers-that-be 
always  manage  to  hold  these  things  in  such 
heat  sinks  as  Atlanta,  Las  Vegas,  or  mid- 
summer Manhattan.  The  air-conditioning 
in  the  halls  is  always  set  in  the  discomfort 
zone,  but  except  for  women  and  unruly 
members  of  the  press,  a business  suit  and 
tie  ate  de  rigueur.  I keep  telling  vendors 
that  the  single  most  desirable  freebie 
would  be  a folding  fan;  everybody  in  the 
place  would  wave  its  ad  message  around 
with  asphyxiated  urgency. 

However,  the  fan  must  be  made  of  plas- 
tic. The  most  important  law  of  a trade 
show  is  “no  paper  by  hand.  ” If  you  accept 
even  a fraction  of  the  printed  material 
pressed  upon  you  by  enthusiastic  product- 
pushers,  you  wake  up  with  sore  shoulders 
and  an  overflowing  hotel  wastebasket. 
Veterans  hand  over  their  imprinter-card 
and  let  servants  of  the  U.S.  Government 
deliver  the  literature  to  the  office,  where  a 
secretary  can  dispose  of  it  safely. 

The  second  law  is  that  the  nearer  to  the 
perimeter  of  a booth  you  find  a particular 
person,  the  lowlier  and  mote  ignorant  that 


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VIEWPOINTS 


■ STEPHEN  MANES 


person  is.  Corporate  heavies  are  always 
immersed  in  conference  with  potential 
buyers  deep  in  the  booth's  inner  sanctum 
or  back  at  the  hotel  suite  and  can't  be  inter- 
rupted by  mere  quantity-one  peons. 


Then  there  are  the  bring-the-bicarb  par- 
ties. It  is  an  ironclad  rule  during  trade 
shows  that  all  alimentation  must  be  accom- 
plished standing  up.  I suspect  a chic  no- 
hands beverage  holder  would  be  another 


popular  giveaway.  So  might  a hip  flask: 
certain  born-again  corporations  serve 
nothing  more  potent  than  Coca-Cola, 
which  rarely  produces  the  aching  head  and 
bleary  eyes  so  essential  to  the  trade  show 
mystique. 


Irect  Access  professional 
hard  disk  menu  system 
speeds  the  vyay  to  your 
software.  One  keystroke  takes 
you  anywhere  on  your  hard 
disk ..  .via  the  Direct  Access 
express  route. 

Direct  Access  Is  non-memory  resi- 
dent and,  once  installed,  lets  you 
choose  from  a menu  that  you 
define,  you  can  move  Quickly  to 
word  processing,  a data  base  or 
to  any  program  on  the  hard 
disk.  Direct  Access  usage  Track- 
ing will  follow  your  every  move 
and  print  out  detailed  or  sum- 
marized reports  of  computer 
usage.  Custom  Applications  allow 
you  to  execute  up  to  20 
lines  of  commands  with 
a single  key  stroke.  Pass- 
word protection  at  all 
levels  keeps  your  valua- 
ble data  secure. 


Let  Direct  Access  speed  you  past 
complicated  DOS  commands  to  a 
more  productive  and  efficient 
computer.  Take  the  Express 
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Delta  Technology's  direct 
access  was  the  most  complete 
package,  offering  ease  in  use, 
customization  of  menu  selec- 
tions, and  a sorting  function 
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Why  do  we  endure  these  things  (with 
the  exception  of  Lotus  and  Ashton-Tate, 
who  lately  have  found  better  things  to  do)? 
Two  reasons:  to  meet  people  and  to  see 
products.  In  the  almost-human  realm,  you 
meet  old  acquaintances,  make  new  con- 
tacts, and  occasionally  run  across  a high- 
light such  as  Bill  Gates  bouncing  like  a 
kangaroo  to  the  tune  of  Philippe  Kahn's 
sax;  in  reality  the  highlight  portends  abso- 
lutely nothing,  but  it  always  seems  fasci- 
nating at  the  time. 

On  the  floor  you  learn  the  real  nature  of 
the  business  (Crab  for  cash)  and  wade 


■ I keep  telling  vendors 
that  the  single  most 
desirable  freebie  would 
be  a folding  fan. 


through  the  many  varieties  of  flattering  im- 
itation and  label-swapping  to  find  the  odd 
interesting  new  product.  Still  hot  at  Spring 
Comdex  were  such  things  as  Sharp's  re- 
writable 380-megabyte  disks  using  some- 
thing the  company  calls  magneto-optical 
technology,  whose  mysterious  workings 
nobody  could  explain  to  me.  Sota  Tech- 
nology's add-in  286  board  for  PCs  and 
XTs  claimed  OS/2  compatibility,  some- 
thing current  turbo  boards  do  not  pretend 
to  oBer,  thereby  making  it  an  apparent  first 
in  a field  that  could  conceivably  heal  up 
sometime  in  the  1990s  when  relevant  ap- 
plications arrive.  (Juadram  was  even  tout- 
ing a 386  add-in  board  for  PC-class  ma- 
chines. 

And,  no  question,  these  events  do  pro- 
vide educational  opportunities.  Until  now, 
I never  really  knew  what  single  hardware 
or  software  feature  most  vendors  consider 
most  important.  By  eavesdropping  on  a 
couple  dozen  conversations.  I finally 
found  out:  the  profit  margin.  SS 


Think  You 
Need  an  AT? 


Think  Again. 


TABLE  OF  BENCHMARK  RESULTS 


This  table  shows  the  results  of  the 
processor/coprocessor  speed  tests  us- 
ing the  April  1986  release  of  PC 
Magazine's  TC  Labs  Benchmark 
Tests'.  These  are  public  domain  pro- 
grams, and  are  available  on  diskette 


from  PC  Magazine,  or  via  the  PC 
Magazine  bulletin  board.  These 
results  were  obtained  by  us  at  PCSG, 
and  are  not  yet  official  published  PC 
Magazine  figures. 

The  last  line  in  the  table,  the 


Norton  System  Information  Test,  is 
not  from  PC  Magazine,  but  is  part  of 
the  popular  'Norton  Utilities.'  The 
version  we  used  was  3.1,  which  is  the 
latest  version  but  may  not  give 
identical  results  to  older  versions. 


IBM  PC  IBM  AT 

BREAKTHRU286 

Clock  speed  in  MHz  (IBM  PC  is  4.77) 

4.77 

6 

8 

12 

Empty  Loop 

Integer  add  from  memory 

1 

1.99 

3.34 

5.15 

1 

3.35 

4.41 

6.02 

Integer  multiply  from  memory 

1 

6.06 

6.55 

8.3 

Floating  point  without  coprocessor 

1 

3.33 

4.42 

5.76 

Prime  number  test 

1 

1.95 

2.85 

3.7 

Lotus  123  macro  {640K) 

1 

2.64 

3.69 

4.62 

Lotus  123  macro  (256K) 

1 

1.77 

3.54 

4.38 

Norton  System  Information  Test 

1 

5.73 

7.34 

10.2 

In  every  case  but  clock  speed  the  numbers  indicate  how  many  times  faster  a test  is 
performed  than  on  a regular  IBM  PC. 

Breakthru  286 


"The  Breakthru  286  performed  flawlessly  vrith  ..Breakthru  286  is  a good  value  and  a quality 
every  application  we  handed  it,  including  copy-  product  backed  by  effective  support." 
protected  programs  and  nine  memory-resident  Dan  A.  Griffin 

utilities  at  once  " Neweletter  of  the  AutoCAD  User's  Group 

Stephen  Manes,  PC  Magazine 


Make  Your  IBM  PC  Faster  Than  an  AT  in  Just  5 Minutes! 


Accelerator  Cards:  Speed  and  Value 

Speed  figures  art  consoMaied  rssuits  from  10  tests  d 
pehormance  (See  Acceleraior  Boards  Special  Report. 

December  l.  tssa) 


□ Microspeed  hist  88 

$149 

□ Mkrosoft  Mach  10 

$395 

□ Untvation  Dream  Board 

$512 

□ Orchid  Turbo  EGA 

$945 

□ SlikO  Standard  286 

$995 

□ Qassic  Speedpack 

$995 

□ Orchid  PC-Turbo  286e 

$1^195 

□ Breakthru  286>12 

$595 

REPRINTED  FROM  INFOWORLP,  APRIL  27, 1987 


Bnakthru  286-8MHz-$395  UGHTNING™-FREE  with  Breakthru 

Breakthru  286-12MHz-$595  speedup  hardware— $89.95  puiehased  separately 


We  are  excited  about  our  three 
speedup  products.  You  probably 
know  about  our  Lightning  disk 
access  speedup  software  that  was 
awarded  PC  magazines's  Best  of 
1986  award  (see  box).  After  the 
smashing  success  of  Lightning,  we 
developed  the  Breakthru  286  board 
to  be  literally  the  most  advanced,  fast- 
est, most  feature-rich  board  available. 
Now  we  go  ourselves  one  better 
with  the  Breakthru  286-12.  This  new 
board  has  the  clock  speed  cranked 
up  from  8 to  12  MHz  for  speeds 
up  to  10.1  times  faster 
than  an  IBM  PC. 


nked 


The  Next  Generation 
in  IBM  PC 
Speedup 
Boards 


DON'T  TAKE  OUR 
WORD  FOR  IT. 
USE  EITHER 
BREAKTHRU  286 
SPEEDUP 
BOARD 
FOR  60 
DAVS.  IF 
ARE  NOT 
SATISFIED 
RETURN 
FOR  A 
FULL 
REFUND. 


From  September  1986  we 
guaranteed  that  Breakthru  was  the 
best  designed  and  most  functional 
speedup  card  available. 
And  the  runaway 
success  it  has 
enjoyed  truly 
proved  that 
assertion. 


LIGHTING 


But,  no  speedup  board  cuts  disk  access  time  in  half 


software  can 


■ *8955 

or 

FREE 

vw/Breakthru 


"Lightning  is  almost  mandatory....  It  has  been  utterly  trouble  free  in  the 
year  I haiv  used  it."  - Steve  Manes,  PC  Magazine  Best  of  86  review. 

Loads  wilti  the  DOS  - always  ready  as  a background  program  to  accelerate  disk  access.  Ibu  do  nothing 
-everything  is  automatic 

UGHTbdNG  does  what  a speedup  board  caittttxi  are  gang  to  be  so  amazed  when  you  sbilbmrkwih 
UCHIbtNG  rstaled.  Most  programs  lhallrequently  access  the  disk  (hard  disk  a npppy)  lie  dabbases  a word 
processors  are  made  rslanlly  faster  ■ up  to  2 Ip  4 times  faster. 

UCHTbtNG  enables  ary  program  to  approach  ihe  same  laprd  speed  as  a RAM  Disk,  but  it  does  it  without 
the  RAM  Dtek  danger  ot  losing  precious  data  i ytu  iorget  to  sore  1. 1 works  ty  a principle  bonowed  (and  greatly  enhanced) 
(tom  main  (tame  technology  caled  caching,  art  it  doesnl  speed  up  the  mcropracessor:  itxi  need  a speedup  board  to 
imprae  ooerational  speed. 

UGHTNING  is  Ihe  sfandard  against  whrch  al  our  competition  measures  Itsell  because  wo  achiew  univetsal 
compatbiity  wlh  other  soltware  and  with  complete  reiaUily  Data  is  neicr  test  UGHIUNG  luly  erpiorls  Aboo 
Board  memotv 

Order  UCHTNUG  separately  g get  i tree  wUh  joui  Breakthru  286  board, 


"...the  Brmkthru  286  was  the  card  of  choice." 
PC  BusinesSoftwaieview  (Rated  #1) 

"The  ll-MHz  Breakthru  286-12  speedup  board 
is  the  fastest  of  those  tested,  but  not  the  most  ex- 


pensive. On  a dollar  per-horsepower  basis,  it 
could  be  called  the  cheapest  boost  available  for  an 
XT." 

Mark  VMElch,  InicMbrId  (Rated  #1) 


"The  PCSC  Breakthru  286achieoed  thebest  per- 
formance results  of  the  caching  boards  tested." 
Ted  Mirecki,  PC  Rich  Journal  (RaM  #1) 


Faster  and  smarter  than  an  AT- 
PCSG  guarantees  it. 


HERE’S  WHY  THESE  TWO 
BOARDS  ARE  SO  SPECIAL. 

First,  they  install  so  easily. 

It  is  a half-slot  card,  only  five 
inches  in  length.  You  don't  even  have 
to  give  up  a full  slot.  What's  more, 
unlike  competing  products  it  works 
in  the  Compaq  Portable  and  most 
clones.  Easy  diagrams  show  how 
you  just  place  the  card  in  an  open 
slot,  remove  the  original  processor 
and  connect  a single  cable.  There  is 
no  software  required.  From  that 
moment  you  are  running  faster 
than  an  AT. 

Second,  it  is  advanced.  The 
BREAKTHRU  286  replaces  the  CPU 
of  the  PC  or  XT  with  an  80286 
microprocessor  that  is  faster  than 
the  one  found  in  the  AT.  You  have 
your  choice  of  8MHz  at  $395  or  12 
MHz  at  $595.  You  can  plug  in  an 
optional  80287  math  coprocessor  chip 


for  numeric  intensive 
applications.  A 16K  cache 
memory  provides  zero- 
wait-access  to  the  most  recently  used 
code  and  data.  Look  at  the  bench- 
mark tests  box  to  see  how  our  two 
boards  compare  with  the  PC  and 
the  AT.  Speed  is  addictive.  Youll 
never  want  to  go  back  to  slow  again. 

'Third,  you  have  full  compati- 
bility. All  existing  system  RAM, 
hardware,  and  peripheral  cards  can 
be  used  without  software  modifica- 
tion. Our  boards  operate  with  LAN 
and  mainframe  communication 
products  and  conform  to  the 
Lotus/Intel/Microsoft  Expanded 
Memory  Specification  (EMS).  Soft- 
ware compatibility  is  virtually 
universal. 


Fourth,  these  are  the  best.  There 
are  several  other  boards  on  the 
market.  We  at  PCSG  have  compared 
them  all,  but  there  simply  is  no 
comparison.  What  we  discovered  is 
that  many  cards  being  sold  offer  only 
a marginal  speedup  in  spite  of  their 
claims  and  others  are  just  poorly 
engineered.  For  example  some 
boards  have  a cumbersome 
mechanical  switch  for  going  back  to 
8088  speed,  but  the  Breakthru 
boards  have  speed  switching  soft- 
ware that  allows  you  to  drop  back  to 
a lower  speed  on  the  fly  for  timing 
sensitive  applications.  The  8MHz 
BREAKTHRU  286  and  the  12MHz 
are  unequivocally  the  best  executed 
and  most  completely  reliable 
speedup  boards  manufactured  today. 


expense. 
But  when  you 
get  ready  to  spend  $395.00  or  $595.00 
you  want  to  be  sure  your  choice  is 
the  very  best. 


We  are  so  pleased  with  the 
BREAKTHRU  speedup  card.  We  use 
them  on  our  own  PC's  to  make 
them  faster  than  AT's.  We  are  really 
excited  about  this  product. 

PCSG  makes  the  unabashed 
statement  that  the  BREAKTHRU 
286  card  represents  more  advanced 
technology  than  boards  by  Orchid, 
Quadram,  PC.  Technologies, 
Phoenix... we  could  go  on.  The 
Breakthru  286  is  undisputedly  the 
fastest  turbo  board  with  the  biggest 
bang  for  the  buck.  And  we  include 
FREE  the  $89.95  acclaimed  Lightning 
software,  which  complements  the 
Breakthru  286  by  dramatically 
speeding  up  disk  operations. 

But  an  ad  can't  let  you  experience 
it  for  yourself.  That's  why  we  sell 
either  BREAKTHRU  286  8MHz  or 
12MHz  on  a 60-day  trial.  If  you 
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And  now  we  have  a new  Breakthru 
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faster  than  the  regular 
Breakthru  or  regular 
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Accounting  and 
decision  support  packages 
touch  the  heart  of  an 
enterprise — recording  and 
analyzing  everything 
from  who  and  what  your 
company  owes  to 
which  of  many  options 
offer  the  greatest 
opportunities  for  growth. 


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Business  software — it’s  as 

hard  to  define  as  it  is  to  buy. 
In  one  sense — forgive  the 
tautology — business  soft- 
ware is  any  software  used  in 
business.  But  that's  too  broad  and  easy  a 
definition  to  be  useful.  After  all,  WordPer- 
fect is  certainly  widely  used  for  business 
correspondence , 1-2-3  for  business  bud- 
gets, and  dBASE  for  business  records. 
Many  businesses  have  come  to  depend  on 
these  programs,  whose  success  in  turn  de- 
pends on  their  widespread  use  in  business. 

Certainly  1-2-3  spreadsheets  have  an 
enormous  range  of  business  applications. 
Certainly  many  business  PC  users  have 
come  to  depend  on  1-2-3,  almost  to  the  ex- 
clusion of  other  programs , for  their  work  at 
the  computer.  The  same  case  could  be 
made  for  WordPetfeci,  dBASE,  and  a hun- 
dred other  programs  in  a dozen  other  appli- 
cations categories.  However,  we  prefer  to 
define  programs  like  these  as  personal  pro- 
ductivity tools;  hence  none  of  them  appear 
in  the  reviews  and  articles  in  this  issue. 

In  practice,  such  programs — powerful 
business  tools  in  their  own  right— have  be- 
come firmly  entrenched,  not  because  they 
inherently  advance  a business’s  purpose, 
but  because  they  empower  the  iiidividual 
worker.  These  programs  act  as  levers  for 
the  minds  of  dedicated,  intelligent  people 


COVER  STORY  JIM  SEYMOUR 


who  find  in  them  the  tools  they  need  to 
gather  and  analyze  information  and  to  con- 
vey that  information  to  others.  Since  the 
main  impact  of  these  programs  is  at  the  in- 
dividual level,  we  consider  them  personal 
productivity  tools. 

What,  then,  do  we  mean  by  “business 
software”? 

At  PC  Magazine  we  apply  that  term  to 
software  that  is  used — and  that  has  im- 
pact— enterprise-wide.  That  is,  these  pro- 
grams encompass  a wider  view  and  have 
wider  impact  than  any  single  personal-pro- 
ductivity package.  They  fall,  gener^ly, 
into  14  categories:  accounting,  decision 
support,  business  forecasting,  project 
management,  practice  management,  per- 
sonnel management,  time  management, 
tax  platming  and  preparation,  order  entry, 
telemarketing,  investment  planning  and 
analysis,  spreadsheets  and  related  utilities, 
databases  and  related  utilities,  and  voice 
mail  (WrUson-like  products  that,  basically, 
turn  a personal  computer  into  a telephone 
answering  machine). 

Accounting  software  is  the  classic  ex- 
ample of  software  that  has  an  enterprise- 
wide impact.  For  that  reason  the  greater 
part  of  this  special  blockbuster  issue  is  de- 
voted to  comprehensive  reviews  of  ac- 
counting programs.  These  pack- 
ages— which,  in  a mote  precise  lexicon. 


would  be  called  bookkeeping  pro- 
grams— ate  really  nothing  mote  than  data- 
bases (as  are,  arguably,  most  business 
software  packages).  They  don’t  look  like 
databases,  in  most  cases  quite  by  design. 
In  practice  they  consist  of  nothing  more 
than  multiple-file  databases  with  nice 
forms-oriented  input  screens  and  a series 
of  mote-or-less  attractively  formatted  out- 
put reports,  which  just  happen  to  look  like 
things  we  call  paychecks,  balance  sheets, 
and  income  statements. 

Because  accounting  programs  gather  a 
business’s  most  sensitive  records — from 
who’s  owed  what  by  your  company  (Ac- 
counts Payable)  to  who  owes  your  compa- 
ny and  how  much  (Accounts  Receivable), 
to  how  much  people  at  the  company  make 
and  how  often  they  ought  to  get  paid  (Pay- 
roll), to  what’s  on  the  shelf  and  in  what 
quantities  (Inventory),  and  so  on — they 
cut  across  individual  productivity  issues 
and  go  directly  to  the  heart,  and  health,  of  a 
business. 

Similarly,  decision  support  systems, 
which  ate  also  covered  in  this  special  is- 
sue, help  analyze  enterprise-wide  trends 
and  opportunities.  Although  these  pro- 
grams ate  used  most  intensively  by  one 
person  or  a small  group,  they  contribute  re- 
sults that  affect,  and  ate  used  by,  people 
throughout  the  company. 


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CLONING  DOWN  FROM  MINIS  Un- 
til the  last  couple  of  years,  most  PC-based 
business  software  came  down  to  the  world 
of  personal  computers  from  minicomput- 
ers, carrying  along  both  the  strengths  and 
weaknesses  of  that  environment. 

Among  the  strengths  of  that  environ- 
ment are  such  welcome,  mature  character- 
istics as  robust  data  stmctures  and  (at  least 
the  possibility  of)  concurrent  access  by 
several  users.  But  its  weaknesses  are  that 
little  has  been  done  to  improve  the  mini- 
computer world’s  ugly  and  often  illogical 
data-entry  screens  or  to  redefine  printed  re- 
ports, such  as  balance  sheets,  to  reflect  the 
peculiarities  of  a given  business.  Most  pro- 
grams that  have  come  down  to  PCs  from 
the  mini  environment  are  about  10  to  20 
years  old,  predating  such  concerns  as  hu- 
man factors.  And  the  batch  orientation  of 
minicomputer  software,  as  opposed  to  the 
interactive  approach  of  software  devel- 
oped in  the  PC  environment,  reminds 
many  users  just  why  they  fled  minis  in  the 
fust  place. 

Now  we’re  seeing  serious  business 
software  developed  specifically  for  (if  not 
necessarily  on)  PCs.  The  differences  are 
dramatic.  We  would  have  been  unlikely  to 
see  Q.  W.  Page  Associates’  NewViews  ac- 
counting software  developed  for  the  mini- 
computer community,  f^or  example:  its 
novel  approach  would  have  been  an  even 
bigger  heresy  there  than  it  is  on  the 
PC — ^and,  worse,  it  would  have  baffled 
mini  users.  Why  would  mini  users  want  to 
be  able  to  slice  and  dice  data  in  as  many 
new  and  useful  ways  as  they  can  with  \ew- 
Views — right  at  the  PC — when  they  ate  ac- 
customed to  thinking  of  “the  accounting 
system"  as  stacks  of  printouts  that  are  al- 
ready obsolete  when  they  arrive?  But,  in 
fact,  the  program  has  brought  a “new 
view”  to  accounting  software  with  its 
many  views,  or  presentations,  of  informa- 
tion. It  flouts  accounting  conventions  and, 
for  that  reason,  is  not  often  applauded  by 
traditional  accountants. 

That  issue — the  “aliveness,”  flexibili- 
ty, currency,  and  usefulness  of  the  data 
manipulated  by  the  system — is  one  of  the 
keys  to  understanding  the  most  important 
strengths  of  business  software  on  the  PC. 
When  you’re  accustomed  to  using  the  re- 
sults of  a computer  system  by  flipping 
through  a sheaf  of  1 1 - by  15-inch  gieenbar 


sheets  stuck  in  a data  binder,  the  idea  of  sit- 
ting down  at  the  machine  yourself  and  ma- 
nipulating the  data  to  see  what’s  happening 
in  the  company  is  at  lea.st  odd,  and  proba- 
bly frightening. 

Yet  that  is  exactly  how  most  businesses 
that  keep  their  books  on  larger  computer 
systems  work;  you  batch  the  data  in  (data 
entry);  batch  the  data  out  (run  reports);  and 
batch  the  analysis  (pore  through  page  after 
page  of  printout,  ttying  to  divine  What  It 
All  Means). 

UP-TO-DATE  FLASHES  To  be  sure, 
that  system  has  its  strengths,  especially  for 
larger  enterprises  in  which  the  idea  of  top 
management  sitting  at  a PC  and  fiddling 
with  the  current  month’s  financials  is  he- 

it’s  hard  to  imagine 
General  Motors 
chairman  Roger  Smith 
sitting  down  at  his 
AT  and  scrolling 
through  this  week’s 
parts-inventory  records. 


retical.  It’s  hard  to  imagine  General  Mo- 
tors chairman  Roger  Smith  sitting  down  at 
his  AT  and  scrolling  through  this  week’s 
parts-inventory  records  or  work-in-prog- 
ress report  or  last  month’s  income  state- 
ment. In  one  of  business’s  deadliest 
phrases,  he  has,  ahem,  people  to  do  that, 
ahem,  for  him.  And  of  course,  they  don’t 
work  at  the  computer  directly,  either;  they 
paw  through  printouts — which,  no  matter 
how  quickly  delivered,  unavoidably  entail 
a costly  and  frustrating  time  lag  between 
the  end  of  the  period  being  reported  and  the 
arrival  of  the  data  on  your  desk. 

But  with  the  size  and  complexity  of 
GM’s  business,  and  the  resulting  need  for 
layers  of  specialists,  we  don’t  expect  to 
find  Roger  Smith  bent  over  his  PC. 


But  it’s  not  hard  at  all  to  imagine  senior 
management  at  thousands  of  middle-sized 
companies  sitting  at  their  PCs  looking  at 
and  working  with  current-period  data,  or 
monthly  results  just  a day  or  two  into  the 
next  month.  Though  the  printouts  may  re- 
main— it’s  niee  to  have  something  to  carry 
around  in  your  briefcase,  and  it  makes  you 
look  terribly  important  on  a long  airline 
flight  when  you’re  writing  little  marginal 
notes  opposite  subtotals — they’re  recog- 
nized for  what  they  are:  lifeless  snapshots 
of  how  the  business  was,  not  live,  up-to- 
date  flashes  of  how  things  are. 

That’s  what  the  PC  has  done  for  ac- 
counting at  many  businesses.  It’s  brought 
immediacy  and  widespread  usefulness  to 
businesses’  accounting  data.  And  it’s  what 
PCs  will  be  doing  for  many  mote  busi- 
nesses— and  much  larger  ones — as  PC- 
based  system  capacity  grows  in  huge  leaps 
over  the  next  2 years  (thanks  to  the  ability 
of  the  80386  chip  and  the  OS/2  operating 
system  to  address  much  mote  program 
code  and  data). 

THE  INTERACTIVE  MODE  Outside 
the  world  of  green  eyeshades  (should  we 
find  a more  up-to-date  metaphor,  perhaps 
“green  phosphors”?),  business  software 
is  also  taking  major  strides.  Decision  sup- 
port systems  (DSS),  for  example,  have 
sprouted  on  the  PC  and — because  of  the 
speed,  economy,  and  sheer  pleasure  of 
working  in  an  interactive  mode — have  be- 
come popular. 

In  “Searching  for  Solutions,”  PC 
Magazine's  Spreadsheet  Clinic  proprietor 
Jar^  Taylor  and  his  brother,  William, 
tackle  the  idea  of  decision  matrixes  as  a 
part  of  DSS . Constructing  a weighted  deci- 
sion matrix  is  not  so  different  from  what 
most  of  us  already  do  when  we’re  deciding 
whether  to  buy  a new  car  or  at  which  lend- 
ing institution  to  refinance  our  mortgage. 

But,  as  the  Taylors  point  out,  DSS  soft- 
ware brings  order  and  structure  to  the  pro- 
cess, to  say  nothing  of  getting  the  numbers 
added  up  right.  M.B.  A.  ’s  may  be  comfort- 
able doing  decision  matrices  on  the  backs 
of  envelopes;  for  the  rest  of  us , using  a pro- 
gram that  prompts,  pokes,  guides,  and 
chides  us  through  the  process  is  both  safer 
and  more  productive. 

DSS  itself  is  such  a variously  and 
vaguely  defined  area  that  business  people 


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can  legitimately  point  to  several  kinds  of 
programs,  claiming  each  as  a DSS  tool. 
What’s  DSS?  Try  this;  a system  capable  of 
modeling  a situation  in  a way  that  performs 
a quantitative  analysis  on  the  outcomes  of 
various  courses  of  action  that  might  be  tak- 
en within  that  situation. 

Certainly,  then,  1-2-3  is  the  most  wide- 
ly used  decision  support  tool  in  business: 
we  use  it  to  turn  out  little  spteadsheets  to 
lest  profitability,  to  do  sensitivity  analyses, 
to  calculate  and  compare  internal  rates  of 
return  on  capital  investment  alterna- 
tives— all  as  a basis  for  making  business 
decisions.  But  1-2-3  is  far  from  the  classic 
DSS  package. 

Javelin,  from  Javelin  Software 
Corp. — and  especially  the  new  Javelin 
Plus — is  an  exceptionally  powerful,  yet 
intellectually  accessible  DSS  tool,  al- 
though, again,  far  from  conventional  DSS 
turf.  For  time-series  financial  analy- 
sis— which  is  to  say,  over  95  percent  of 
business  DSS  activity — it’s  difficult  to 
imagine  a quicker  and  easier  tool  to  use 
than7ave/m. 

If  you’re  a business-school  graduate  of 
the  late  seventies  or  early  eighties,  or  a 
devotee  of  Box-Jenkins  time-series  fore- 
casting, The  Forecasting  Edge  from  Hu- 
man Edge  Software  is  an  under-SlOO  DSS 
tool  of  remarkable  power  and  ease  of  use. 
But  few  would  call  it  mainstream  DSS  ei- 
ther. 

THE  NEW  ARRIVALS  Many  will  claim 
that  only  traditional  modeling  languages 
produce  true  DSS.  But  we  have  those  now 
on  PCs,  as  well.  One  of  the  sleepers  in  the 
PC  business  software  market  is  Execucom 
Systems  Corp.’s  IFPSIPersonal.  A de- 
scendant of  IFPS,  a well-known  and  wide- 
ly used  mainframe  modeling  system, 
IFPSIPersonal  is  a powerful  English-lan- 
guage-based tool  for  creating  and  manipu- 
lating models  that  provide  sophisticated 
decision  support.  IFPS  comes  much 
nearer  the  traditional  definition  of  comput- 
er-based DSS. 

Lotus  users  weep  when  they  see  how 
easily  IFPSIPersonal  statements  can  build 
what  would  be  a vast,  complex,  time-con- 
suming spreadsheet,  one  that’s  tough  to 
build  and  tougher  still  to  debug  and  main- 
tain on  1-2-3.  The  fact  that  those  state- 
ments appear  in  the  English  language,  not 


in  Lotus’s  cryptic  @-sign  function  nota- 
tion, is  icing  on  the  cake.  Ferox  Microsys- 
tems’ Encore!,  another  PC-based  itKxlel- 
ing  language,  is  also  a gem — a system  of 
unexpected  sophistication  and  power  well 
suited  to  the  DSS  needs  of  corporate  plan- 
ners, treasurers,  and  controllers. 

Because  personal  computers  (even 
those  once  tied  so  closely  to  the  character- 
only  world  as  IBMs  and  compatibles)  can 
handle  graphics  well,  we’ll  see  major 
strides  in  the  ability  of  PC-based  DSS  soft- 
ware to  report  their  analyses  of  our  options 
in  graphical  form. 

Lotus  graphs  are  clearly  meant  to  serve 
that  purpose.  As  ugly  and  inadequate  as 
they  are  when  printed  or  plotted  and  used 
as  presentation  graphics,  1-2-3  and  Sym- 

w — 

T T hen  we  venture 
into  business  software’s 
companywide  impact, 
we  also  enter  a 
difficult  and  threatening 
world  of  data  security 
issues. 

phony  graphs  are  superb  analytical  tools. 
Define  the  graph’s  parameters,  look  at  the 
graph  to  make  sure  it’s  right,  then  name 
and  save  it.  Hit  the  Spacebar,  and  you’re 
back  in  the  worksheet.  Change  some  val- 
ues, hit  F9  (recalc)  and  FIO  (redisplay 
graph),  and  you  see  the  effect  of  your 
what-iffing.  Or  buy  a second  monitor: 
you’ll  get  the  Lotus  worksheet  on  one  and 
the  graph  on  the  other,  and  you  can  watch 
the  graph  change  instantly  to  reflect  new 
worksheet  values. 

When  Microsoft’s  Excel  for  the  PC  ar- 
rives in  a couple  of  months,  we  can  com- 
bine all  that  on  one  screen,  thanks  to  the 
Windows  operating  environment — and 
with  far  better  graphs,  thanks  to  Excel's 
superior  design. 


Lightyear.  one  of  tbe  programs  in  this 
review,  is  a super-simple  (and  perhaps 
oversimplified)  DSS  program  for  PCs  that 
emphasizes  graphics  output  of  weighted 
alternatives.  We’ll  surely  see  more  Light- 
year-like  packages  in  the  future,  some 
with  greater  emphasis  on  features  than  on 
marketing  hype. 

THOU  SHALT  BACK  UP  When  we 
leave  the  safe,  secure  world  of  personal 
productivity  software  and  venture  into 
business  software’s  companywide  impact, 
we  also  enter  a difficult  and  threatening 
world  of  data  security  issues.  It’s  bad 
enough  if  George’s  spreadsheet,  analyzing 
how  much  we  might  bid  on  tbe  SteelCo 
contract,  strays  (and,  worse,  winds  up  in  a 
competitor’s  hands);  but  it’s  catastrophic  if 
our  accounts  receivable  system  is  lost  and 
we  are  reduced  to  wondering  who,  if  any- 
one, owes  us  money.  That’s  called  putting 
yourself  out  of  business. 

But  both  problems  go  largely  unad- 
dressed by  PC  users  in  business. 

Data  integrity  stands  on  two  legs:  good 
backup  practices  and  good  data  security 
policies.  Installing  good  backup  routines 
ought  to  be  as  fundamental  to  installing  a 
PC-based  accounting  system  as  building 
the  chart  of  accounts  for  the  system. 

The  fust  step  is  obtaining  a reasonable 
backup  medium,  such  as  a Bernoulli  Box 
cartridge  hard-disk  system , or  a streaming- 
tape  drive  under  the  control  of  a reliable 
image-based  software  package.  The  next 
is  helping  the  people  doing  data  entry  to  es- 
tablish a rotating,  grandfather-father-son 
system  of  multiple  backup  tapes  or  car- 
tridges. Requiring  frequent  backup  cycles 
(sucb  as  twice  daily — before  lunch  and  be- 
fore going  home  in  the  evening)  makes  it 
possible  to  bring  the  system  back  up  in 
nearly  current  form  when  there  is  a system 
failure.  And,  finally,  the  last  step:  setting 
up  a workable,  regular,  and  secure  system 
of  off-site  storage  of  daily  or  weekly  back- 
ups to  protect  against  the  catastrophe  of 
fire,  wind,  water,  or  theft  of  the  computer 
system. 

For  DSS  and  other,  more  widely  dis- 
tributed business  software  applications, 
ensuring  frequent  backup  and  attention  to 
data  access  issues  is  extremely  difficult. 
Trying  to  get  midlevel  management  peo- 
ple to  back  up  hard  disks,  for  example,  is 


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ETHICS  AND  ARTICLES  OF  FAITH 

Words  of  interest  on  vested  interests  from  the  viewpoint 
of  clients,  accountants,  and  editors  at  PC  Magazine . 


It's  nearly  an  article  of  faith  at  PC  Mag- 
azine that  no  one  should  move  from 
manual  to  computer-based  accounting 
without  the  guidance  and  help  of  an  ac- 
countant experienced  in  computerized 
bookkeeping.  But  within  that  faith  are 
complex  subtexts  and  ethical  questions 
over  such  issues  as  accountants’  involve- 
ment with  specific  software  packages 
and  the  companies  that  prtxluce  them, 
the  Big  Eight  accounting  firms’  efforts  to 
sell  software  that  they  have  written  and 
published  themselves,  and  even  the  role 
Price  Waterhouse  has  played  in  helping 
PC  Magazine  develop  the  comprehen- 
sive accounting  software  reviews  in  this 
issue. 

A common  complaint  of  small-busi- 
ness owners  is  that  their  accountants  are 
not  particularly  computer  literate — and 
thus  of  little  help  in  putting  the  books  on 
the  PC.  Cost  pressures  at  the  accoun- 
tants’ own  firms,  as  well  as  their  interest 
in  their  own  professional  development, 
have  begun  to  change  that  situation.  It’s 
hard  to  imagine  an  accounting  firm  of 
more  than  two  or  three  professionals  sur- 
viving today  without  in-house  computer 
support  and,  at  least,  PC  experience. 

As  practicing  accountants  have  put 
their  own  work  on  PCs  and  have  moved 
client  write-up — data  entry  of  clients' 
transactions — onto  those  same  PCs,  a 
large  number  of  them  have  become  rea- 
sonably familiar  with  what  to  look  for, 
and  what  to  avoid,  in  PC  accounting  soft- 
ware. Some  have  been  burned  along  the 
way  by  packages  with  inadequate  audit 
trails,  inadequate  predefined  reports,  and 
limited  (or  non-existent)  ability  to  modi- 
fy those  reports  or  create  new  ones  to 
meet  a client’s  specific  needs. 

JOHNNY  ONE-NOTE  This  has  led 
many  accounting  fums  to  adopt  one  or 
two  name-brand  PC  software  packages. 


in.stall  and  support  them,  and  perhaps 
even  sell  them.  And  that  leads  to  at  least 
two  potential  problems: 

■ First,  that  a firm’s  interest  in  making 
profits  from  the  sale  of  an  accounting 
software  package  will  lead  it  to  promote 
the  package,  with  the  firm’s  professional 
endorsement,  more  vigorously  than  the 
quality  of  the  package  may  warrant — and 
possibly  in  ways  that  ate  unseemly  in  the 
context  of  a professional  relationship 
with  a client. 

■ Second,  that  an  accounting  firm  will 
begin  promoting  a single  accounting 
package  to  all  or  nearly  all  of  its  clients, 

M 

1.  T Xany  computer- 
literate  accounting 
firms  adopt  one  or  two 
name-brand  PC  software 
packages,  install  and 
support  them,  and 
perhaps  even  sell  them. 


whether  the  package  is  suitable  for  them 
or  not. 

The  first  problem,  a sticky  one,  has 
been  a topic  of  wide  discussion  within  the 
accounting  profession.  In  practice,  the 
real  added  value  that  an  accountant 
brings  to  an  engagement  is  his  profes- 
sional knowledge  and  counsel — and,  by 
and  large,  accountants  recognize  that. 
They  are  unlikely  to  try  to  make  extra 
profits  by  selling  an  inadequate  or  inap- 


propriate software  package  at  the  risk  of 
alienating  the  client  and  thus  losing  a 
continuing  stream  of  revenue.  (The  ac- 
countant’s self-interest  in  behaving  well 
is  clear:  no  CPA  wants  to  work  with  a 
buggy,  clumsy,  error-prone  accounting 
system.) 

Although  many  accountants  would 
prefer  that  their  colleagues  sold  nothing 
but  their  time  and  advice,  the  thin  and  un- 
even distribution  of  most  accounting 
software — even  the  very  good  pack- 
ages— compounds  the  problem.  If  there 
is  no  local  distribution  of  and  support  for, 
say,  Solomon  III  or  Great  Plains  Ac- 
counting Series  or  BPI  Enterprise  Series 
in  Waukegan  or  Wilmette  or  Waxaha- 
chie,  ate  accountants  in  those  areas  doing 
their  clients  a service  by  recommending 
those  packages — then  patting  them  on 
the  head  and  wishing  them  luck  finding 
them?  Delivering  the  software  itself  (al- 
ways asaclearly  ancillary  product,  never 
sold  without  the  accountants’  advice  and 
expertise)  seems  an  ethical  and  proper 
step. 

Moreover,  given  the  depressing 
amount  of  really  awful  accounting  soft- 
ware on  the  market,  isn’t  there  also 
something  commendable  about  an  ac- 
counting firm  learning  what  works  and 
then  sticking  with  it? 

COVERING  AIX  BASES  The  second 
problem — recommending  a single  soft- 
ware package  on  a fallacious,  one-size- 
fits-all  basis — is  more  subtle  and  can  be 
traced  more  to  human  laziness  than  to  av- 
arice and  ethical  conflicts.  It  takes  a good 
deal  of  time  to  develop  an  intimate 
knowledge  of  an  accounting  package: 
what  it  will  and  won’t  do,  when  data  can 
and  cannot  be  recovered,  and  how  to  cus- 
tomize the  package  for  individual  needs. 
Once  an  accounting  firm  develops  that 
experience  with  a single  package  (usual- 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  1 .S.  1987 
94 


ly  on  the  nickel  of  an  unsuspecting  client  act  retribution  for  a client’s  turndown  of 
or  two),  the  temptation  is  very  strong  to  an  internally  developed  accounting  soft- 
sit  back  and  put  that  package  into  every  ware  package.  That  would  be  unprofes- 
client’s office.  sional.  a poor  business  decision,  and 

Sales  pitches  such  as  "We  recom-  plainly  stupid, 
mend  and  support  CYMA  for  all  our  cli-  But  should  Big  Eight  firms — or  any 
ents,”  or  “We  recommend  and  support  accounting  firm,  regardless  of  size — put 

OpfnSysremsforallourclients,’’canbe  their  clients  in  a position  where  those 
either  a sign  of  hard-earned  confidence  in  concerns  arise? 
a good  product,  or  a lazy  CPA’s  way  of 

trying  to  turn  a single  accounting  pack-  PROFESSIONAL  CONCERNS 
age  into  a Swiss  Army  knife:  a little  bit  of  Readers  of  this  special  issue  of  PC  Mag- 
everything,  but  not  necessarily  what  you  azine  will  be  encouraged  to  know  that  the 
need.  accounting  profession  is  sensitive  and 

alert  to  these  potential  conflicts,  as  well 
HOUSE-BRAND  PROGRAMS  An-  as  eager  to  encourage  ethical  behavior 
other  area  of  ethical  concern  has  been  the  and  to  expand  accountants’  expertise  in 

move  by  Big  Eight  firms,  especially,  into  working  with  small  systems, 
developing  custom  accounting-related  As  the  computer  industry  trooped  off 
software  packages  for  sale  to  their  cli-  to  Comdex  in  Atlanta  in  early  June,  the 
ents — systems  for  internal  auditing.  For  American  Institute  of  Certified  Public 
example,  Arthur  Andersen,  Arthur  Accountants  was  holding  its  annual  Na- 
Young,  Deloitte  Haskin  & Sells,  and  tional  Microcomputer  Conference  at  the 
Price  Waterhouse  all  promote  such  soft-  Infomart  in  Dallas.  I was  a participant  in 
ware  packages . that  program  and  can  report  that  comput- 

It  is  a fair  question  whether  some,  per-  er-related  ethical  questions,  plus  the  need 
haps  many,  corporate  clients  accede  to  for  CPAs  to  become  better  educated 
their  accounting  firms’  suggestions  to  about  installing  and  supporting  small- 
buy  these  house-brand  programs  simply  computer  accounting  systems,  were 
because  they  do  not  want  to  rupture  the  among  the  hot  topics, 
highly  valued  relationship  with  their  ac- 
countants. THE  BUCK  STOPS  HEBE  Finally, 

Clients  may  not  know  whether  the  we  here  at  PC  Magazine,  while  welcom- 
package  is  really  needed  or  works  well,  ing  the  expertise  and  insight  of  Bill  Dau- 
They  may  be  wary  of  any  action  that  they  phinais,  Tim  Lee,  and  the  other  Price 

fear,  however  unreasonably,  would  in-  Waterhouse  experts  we  have  consulted 
vite  a “qualified  opinion”  note  in  their  for  this  special  issue,  have  throughout  re- 
annual report,  as  retaliation  for  not  ante-  served  as  the  sole  province  of  the  editors 
ing  up  for  the  software.  They  may  even  the  final  evaluation  of  all  the  software 

fear  that  their  accountants  would  resign  packages  reviewed,  the  editing  of  those 

the  account  (leading  to  an  abrupt  change  reviews,  and,  especially,  the  Editor’s 
of  auditors — an  even  more  damning  note  Choice  recommendations, 

in  the  annual  report)  if  they  didn’t  buy  the  Price  Waterhouse  has  been  an  invalu- 
programs.  able  source  of  outside  expertise,  but  the 

But  good  clients  are  hard  to  find,  and  buck,  as  the  man  said,  stops  here. 

Big  Eight  firms  are  highly  unlikely  to  ex-  — Jim  Seymour 


unbelievably  hard — an  exercise  in  funda- 
mental behavioral  change  on  a scale  daunt- 
ing to  most  workplace  psychologists.  Yet 
most  nasty  data-loss  problems  in  corpora- 
tions arise  not  from  the  corrupt,  who  steal 
data  and  sell  it,  but  from  the  merely  lazy, 
whose  sloppy  work  habits  tempt  disaster 
once  too  often. 

Allen  Krull,  a witty  and  perceptive 
IBM  ln.stitute  speaker,  has  the  only  answer 
I know  of  that  works  for  both  backup  and 
data  security:  Make  every  PC  user  his  own 
DP  manager,  responsible  for  the  security 
of  the  data  he  generates.  Also,  help  those 
people  understand  that  the  information 
they  are  creating,  manipulating,  analyz- 
ing, storing,  and  reporting  to  one  another 
with  their  PCs  and  business  software  is  it- 
self a powerful  and  valuable  corporate  as- 
set for  which,  as  a condition  of  continued 
employment,  management  holds  them  re- 
sponsible. 

Business  people  often  worry  more 
about  what  the  boss  will  think  if  they  spill 
coffee  on  the  carpet  than  about  letting  their 
hard  disk  go  down  unbacked-up.  Behavior 
is  easy — well,  easier — to  change  when 
people  have  a clearly  understood  stake  in 
the  outcome  of  that  behavior;  inviting  peo- 
ple to  help  save  their  own  jobs  works  better 
than  writing  “Thou  shalt  make  backups” 
memos. 

MOVING  FORWARD  Buying  and  im- 
plementing business  software  isn’t  an  easy 
job.  We  know  that;  that’s  why,  on  ac- 
counting software  alone,  we  assigned  44 
reviewers  to  tackle  nearly  60  software 
packages,  each  following  a script  an  inch 
thick. 

But  the  impact  of  good  business  soft- 
ware, carefully  chosen  and  implemented 
as  if  the  business’s  very  life  depended  on  it 
(which  it  often  does),  can  be  very  great. 
This  special  business  software  issue  of  PC 
Magazine  is  your  guide  to  that  process, 
with  tips,  reviews,  and  products  suitable 
for  businesses  from  mom-and-pop  size  to 
hundreds  of  times  larger.  The  next 
step — the  big  step,  from  using  PCs  as  le- 
vers for  personal  productivity  to  using 
them  to  move  the  whole  business  for- 
ward— is  yours. 

Jim  Seymour  is  a contributing  editor  of  PC 
Magazine. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
95 


Enter  A New  Age  In  Accounting  Software. 


Dac-Easy  Version  2.0, 

The  Most  Amazing 
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Power,  Klexibilitv,  Ease 
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We  proudly  announce  Dac-Easy 
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Accounling  2.0 
offers  you  an  in- 
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of  powerful  new 
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industry's  long 
running  best 
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inal  Dac-Easy 
And  for  the  same  incredible  price! 

While  others  continue  to  provide  far 
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has  dramatically  improved  the  revolu- 
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PC  World's  1986  World  Class  Award. 

Naturally,  we’ve  kept  all  the  impres- 
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200,000  users  worldwide  to  rely  upon 
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Accounting  2.0  has  over  50  major  en- 
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Experts  Will  Love  Its  Power. 
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Redesigned  in  C language. 
Dac-Easy  is  amazingly  fast  in  areas 
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and  Balance  Sheet,  which  most 
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modification.  And  because  new 
Dac-Ea.sy  is  intuitively  programmed,  it 
saves  you  even  more  time  and  key- 
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Feature  For  Feature,  The 
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Never  before  have  seven  powerful 
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service  or  product  based  businesses. 
Data  that  is  entered  once  is  automat- 
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I 

General  Ledger 
Accounts  Payable 
Accounts  Receivable 
Inventory 
Purchase  Order 
Billing 
Forecasting 


New  capabilities  include 
departmental  profit  & loss  by  product 
line  or  customer,  multi-company,  point 
of  sale  invoicing,  automatic  back  order 
control,  sample  Chart  of  Accounts  & 
Financial  Statements,  service  business 
billing,  full  help  screens,  on-line  and 
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Add  these  to  the  features  which 
have  made  Dac-Easy  the  fastest  selling, 
most  highly  praised  accounting 
package  in  history,  and  you'll  see  why 
Dac-Easy  Accounting  2.0  is  the  best 
accounting  software  for  your  business. 


JmA!IGIM]ES 

GENERAL: 

•MuIlKiHTipany.  mulli-dcpanmcnial  •Pu-sswonJ 
proiected  •Extensive  430  page  manual  with 
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module  for  services  •Free  i^one  support* 
availahle  •Batch  & on-line  processing 

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SERVICE): 

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Illinois  transmit  analyzed  data  to  .. . 


. . . the  London,  England  office  of 
UOP,  via  GiRemote  Bridge. 


“G/Remote  Bridge"  saves  us  up  to 


Says  Dennis  O’Brien,  project  manager/marketing  services  for  UOP  Inc.,  a unit  of  Allied-Signal. 


UOP  develops  refinery  technology,  sells  catalysts, 
and  provides  services  to  refineries  and  petrochemical 
plants  throughout  the  world.  With  the  center  of  the 
company  in  Des  Plaines,  Illinois,  communications  to 
the  home  ofBce  is  vital  for  remote  offices  and  field 
engineers.  Responses  to  sales  proposals  with  techni- 
cal analyses  flow  to  these  remote  sites  from  Des 
Plaines. 

Under  Pressure  For  Quick  Data. 

“We  used  to  have  a problem  exchanging  data  with 
the  field  offices.  The  number  of  steps  we  went  throu^ 
to  provide  accurate  data  was  unacceptable:  it  seemed 
to  take  forever  to  communicate  the  data  back  and 
forth.  Our  specialists  were  always  under  a lot  of  pres- 
sure to  get  the  information  back  quickly. 

“With  the  help  of  A1  Chaney,  a Gateway  VAR,  we 
recently  bridged  our  G/NEU"  LAN  in  our  London, 
England  office  to  our  G/NET  LAN  in  the  Des  Plaines 
office  with  Gateway’s  G/Remote  Bridge.  This  con- 
nection helped  us  to  resolve  our  information  sharing 
and  processing  problems,  and  saved  us  as  much  as 
four  days  per  proposal. 

“The  G/Remote  Bridge  even  provides  us  with  the 
ability  to  connect  any  NetWare  LAN  to  any  other 
NetWare  LAN.  In  fact,  we  could  expand  up  to  32 


LANS  in  a common  worldwide  network  using  X.25 
synchronous  links,  which  take  care  of  all  the  routing 
and  error-correction  functions. 

Transparent  Data  Access. 

“The  best  thing  about  the  G/Remote  Bridge  is  once 
you  set  up  the  initial  configuration,  it  is  totally  transpa- 
rent to  the  user.  We  even  run  Gateway’s  G/SNAnet™ 
mainframe  connection  over  the  bridge  for  3270/3770 
access  from  our  LAN  to  our  IBM  mainframe  to  further 
expand  the  information  sharing. 


“Our  Houston  office  will  be  linked  to  the  Des 
Plaines  LAN  later  this  year  to  gain  access  to  market- 
ing data  and  mainframe  services.” 

For  more  infoimation  on  how  you  can  share  informa- 
tion with  products  from  Gateway  Communications, 
just  call 

1-800-367-6555 
(714)  553-1555  in  California 


conroncartions,  inc.^^ 

2941  Alton  Ave.  • Irvine,  CA  92714 

G/Remote  Bhd«.  G/NET,  and  G/SNAnet  are  trademarks  of  Gateway  Comnumka- 
tints.  Inc.  NetWare  is  a registered  trademark  of  Novell  Inc.  Copyright©  1987 
Gateway  Communications.  Inc.  All  ri^ts  reserved. 


CIRCLE  340  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Making  Every 
Number  Count 


Automating  your 
company's  books  can  help 
you  improve  profits, 
minimize  taxes,  design 
better  marketing  programs, 
and  improve  cash  fiow. 


COVER  STORY 


r 


Americans  spent  nearly 
$6,265,000  on  28.400 
PC  accounting  packages 
in  the  first  quarter  of  this 
year.  And  nearly  40  per- 
cent of  those  packages  will  remain  on  an 
office  shelf,  never  seriously  implemented 
by  the  companies  that  purchased  them.  Es- 
timates by  CPA  professional  societies  sug- 
gest that  percentage  may  be  even  higher. 
Why? 

Many  accounting  software  systems 
were  designed  for  use  on  a minicomputer 
and  simply  rewritten  for  the  DOS  environ- 
ment. Very  often,  these  programs  earned  a 
good  reputation  in  the  mini  world  but  have 
not  lived  up  to  the  expectations  of  PC  us- 
ers, particularly  when  the  users  are  the 
owners  of  small  to  medium-sized  compa- 


nies. See  sidebar  “Missing  Links." 

Many  early  programs  developed  for 
PCs  were  written  in  BASIC  or  COBOL. 
BASIC  was  often  an  early  choice  because 
of  its  wide  availability  and  because  there 
was  a large  group  of  people  who  could  pn>- 
gram  in  it.  COBOL  was  chosen  because  it 
allowed  easy  conversion  of  minicomputer 
and  multiuser  systems,  and  in  some  cases 
it  increased  system  performance.  General- 
ly, though,  programs  in  these  languages 
are  slow  and  cumbersome  on  a PC.  As  us- 
ers look  more  and  more  for  portability  and 
performance,  C has  become  the  language 
of  preference  because  of  its  speed  and  effi- 
ciency. 

No  maner  what  language  they're  writ- 
ten in,  accounting  systems  require  training 
to  use.  Once  they  are  learned  and  applied. 


they  can  make  you  more  productive — if 
you’ve  chosen  the  right  program. 

Ending  up  with  the  one  that's  right  for 
you  first  requires  that  you  have  a good  un- 
derstanding of  your  business  needs  and  of 
the  kind  of  functions  you  want  your  ac- 
counting package  to  perfotm.  Choosing  a 
package  successfully  requires  an  expert 
who  can  plan,  select  and/or  develop  a fi- 
nancial management  reporting  system  ap- 
propriate for  your  type  of  business,  imple- 
ment it,  and  train  you  or  your  staff  to  use  it. 
Very  often,  that  expert  will  be  your  ac- 
countant. 

THREE  ELEMENTS  To  manage  a 
business,  a reporting  system  should  en- 
compass three  types  of  information  (see 
the  accompanying  chart  "Managing  Busi- 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


Managing  Business  Information:  The  Big  Picture 
Elements  of  the  complete  financial  management 
reporting  system 


FINANCIAL  ACCOUNTING 


Accounts  payable 
Accounts  receivable 
General  ledger 
Payroll 


OPERATIONAL  ACCOUNTING 


Budgeting 
Cost  accounting 
Inventory  control 
Purchasing 
Receiving 
Shipping 

Materials  planning 
Materials  ordering 
Materials  harKlHng 
Order  entry 
Point  of  sale 
Production  scheduling 
Time  billing 


DECISION  SUPPORT  ACCOUNTING 


Cash-flow  analysis 
Order  forecasting 
Price/cost  analysis 
Tax  alternatives 


Sales  analysis^control 
Lease/buy/make  analysis 
Return  on  investment 
Insurance  analysis 


ness  Information:  The  Big  Picture”); 

■ Financial:  managing  your  assets,  liabil- 
ities, and  net  worth. 

■ Operational:  managing  the  critical  op- 
erations in  producing  your  goods  and  ser- 
vices. 

■ Decision  support:  integrating  your  in- 
ternal financial  and  operational  informa- 
tion with  external  information  such  as  mar- 
ket conditions  to  help  you  make  sound 
management  decisions. 

The  cornerstone  of  a financial  manage- 
ment reporting  system  is  how  it  tracks  and 
forecasts  cash  flow,  profitability,  basic  in- 
come, and  expenses.  Sound  business  man- 
agement depends  on  tracking  collections 

T 

X he  cornerstone  of 
a financial  management 
reporting  system  is  how 
it  tracks  and  forecasts 
cash  flow,  profitability 
income,  and  expenses. 


from  cash  sales  and  receivables  and  on 
timing  payments  to  suppliers,  utilities,  and 
government  agencies. 

These  functions  are  absolutely  essential 
to  every  business.  For  that  reason  PC 
Magazine  limited  this  review  to  evaluating 
the  three  core  modules  of  each  program 
that  represent  the  operations  basic  to  a fi- 
naiKial  management  system:  general  led- 
ger, accounts  payable,  and  accounts  re- 
ceivable. 

GlAPPAR  In  industry  slang,  “glappar" 
is  the  term  used  to  describe  the  three  basic 
financial  operations:  general  ledger,  ac- 
counts payable,  and  accounts  receivable. 

Accoimis  payable  helps  you  manage 
check  preparation  and  pay  your  bills.  Ac- 
counts receivable  helps  you  track  custom- 
er purchases  and  accounts,  manage  the 
credit  you  extend  to  customers,  and  ana- 
lyze their  purchases.  The  general  ledger 


lets  you  organize  and  record  information 
about  your  business  transactions.  It  allows 
you  to  use  that  information  to  produce  ex- 
ternal financial  reports,  internal  manage- 
ment reports,  or  separate  reports  to  support 
tax  repotting. 

To  fully  explore  the  features  of  each 
package,  we  had  our  reviewers  enter  2 
months'  worth  of  data  on  two  companies 
into  a single  PC.  We  began  automated  ac- 
counting on  November  2,  using  the  ac- 
count balances  from  our  manual  system, 
and  ran  the  packages  through  a December 
3 1 year-end  closing. 

Reviewers  tested  more  than  300  fea- 
tures, the  most  significant  of  which  are 
shown  in  the  features  tables  that  accompa- 
ny this  article.  They  entered  transactions 
that  created  new  vendors  and  new  custom- 


ers. New  accounts  were  required,  but  they 
also  made  recurring  entries.  They  ran  a va- 
riety of  reports  and  examined  how  well  in- 
formation was  carried  from  period  to  peri- 
od. They  also  did  a year-end  closing. 

Most  of  the  accounting  systems  re- 
viewed here  include  modules  that  cover 
company  operations  such  as  payroll,  in- 
ventory, and  job  costing.  Very  often,  the 
software  in  those  modules  is  complex, 
geared  to  the  unique  needs  of  particular  in- 
dustries and  defined  markets.  For  exam- 
ple, program  features  important  to  manu- 
facturers that  deal  with  taw  materials  and 
union  employees  from  different  states  will 
be  very  different  from  those  needed  by  a 
retailer  who  hires  standard  hourly  employ- 
ees and  whose  largest  capital  investment  is 
an  inventory  of  finished  goods. 


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AN  ACCOUNTING  LEXICON 


Adjusting  journal  entries  Transactions 
entered  at  the  end  of  an  accounting  period 
to  adjust  general  ledger  accounts  so  that 
they  represent  the  true  financial  position 
of  the  company.  These  correct  enors,  re- 
cord revenues  or  expenses,  or  adjust  the 
ledger  for  amounts  that  should  have  been 
spread  over  two  accounting  periods. 
Aging  Categorizes  accounts  payable  or 
accounts  receivable  invoices  by  the  num- 
ber of  days  from  the  date  that  they  were 
due  for  payment  or  collection. 
Balance-forward  method  All  transac- 
tions for  the  previous  accounting  period 
are  summarized  into  one  amount,  the 
balance  forward.  All  transactions  for  the 
current  period  are  listed  and  added  to  the 
balance  forward  to  create  a month-end 
balance. 

Book-tax  differences  The  differences 
created  by  reporting  revenue  and/or  ex- 
penses in  one  period  for  tax  purposes  and 
in  another  period  for  financial-reporting 
purposes.  For  example,  the  tax  laws  may 
allow  aggressive  depreciation  of  an  item. 
However,  the  company  may  want  to 
show  a mote  reasonable  depreciation  on 
its  financial  statements  to  its  investors. 
Chart  of  accounts  The  accounts  that 
make  up  the  general  ledger.  An  account 
is  made  up  of  a description  and  a unique 
number  to  which  transactions  (journal 
entries)  are  posted. 

Current-period  balance  sheet  ac- 
counts The  balaiKe  sheet  accounts  that 
are  affected  by  transactions  in  the  current 
period. 

Current-year  data  files  Information 
that  applies  to  the  current  year’s  account- 
ing activities  such  as  transactions,  bud- 
gets, and  month-end  balances. 
Dollar-value  variance  calculations 
The  difference  between  the  amounts 
budgeted  for  an  accounting  period  and 
the  actual  results  of  that  period. 
Double-entry  accounting  A method  of 


Many  of  the  packages  we  have  re- 
viewed here  range  from  being  suitable  for 
use  by  a one-person  consulting  firm  to 
“Fortune  100”  companies. 


recording  accounting  information  in 
which  the  positive  amounts  (debits)  in  a 
transaction  equal  the  negative  amounts 
(credits).  The  sum  of  all  the  account  bal- 
ances in  the  chart  of  accounts  will  be  zero 
if  the  transactions  were  posted  properly. 
Five-and  five  account  structure  Ac- 
count numbers  are  usually  made  up  of  a 
natural  account  (cash,  sales,  and  so  on) 
and  a subaccount  (department  10,  divi- 
sion 5,  and  so  on).  A package  with  a five- 
and-five  account  stracture  allows  you  up 
to  five  characters  for  the  natural  account 
and  five  characters  for  the  subaccount. 
Force  Zero  Proof  option  Requires  a 
group  or  batch  of  hansactions  to  balance 
(debits  equal  credits)  before  it  can  be  ac- 
cepted as  valid. 

Generally  accepted  accounting  princi- 
ples (GAAP)  A collection  of  standards, 
inteqtretations,  assumptions,  and  meth- 
ods followed  by  members  of  the  account- 
ing profession  to  ensure  that  financial 
statements  for  all  companies  are  consis- 
tent from  year  to  year  and  consistent  from 
company  to  company. 

Hash  totals  Totals  created  by  adding 
nonfinancial  information  such  as  the  ac- 
count number.  If  the  total  differs  from  an 
adding  machine  tape  made  from  the  same 
items,  then  one  of  the  items  listed  on  the 
report  was  entered  into  the  computer  sys- 
tem improperly. 

Open  items  Only  those  transactions  that 
remain  unpaid  remain  in  the  customer’s 
account.  Subsequent  cash  receipts  and 
adjustments  must  be  applied  to  a specific 
invoice  and  the  invoice  must  be  paid  in 
full  before  it  will  be  removed  from  the 
system. 

Query-vendor  feature  Lets  you  review 
vendor  information  while  entering  ac- 
counts payable  transactions. 

Pre-check  reports  Concerns  check 
writing.  Reports  that  help  identify  ac- 
counts payable  items  that  need  to  be  paid , 

Price  tags  and  dBASE  Accounting 
consultants  are  most  often  asked  two  fun- 
damental and  important  questions;  “How 
do  I distinguish  between  accounting  sys- 


as  well  as  to  preview  the  checks  that  will 
be  created  before  the  checks  are  achially 
printed. 

Prior-year  account  history  informa- 
tion such  as  transactions,  budgets,  and 
month-end  balances  that  applies  to  the 
accounting  activities  in  the  year  that  pre- 
cedes the  current  accounting  year. 
Prior-year  amount  Dollar  amounts 
posted  to  the  chart  of  accounts  in  the  year 
that  precedes  the  current  accounting 
year. 

Retainage  percentage  A percentage 
used  to  calculate  the  amount  to  be  with- 
held from  invoices  when  they  are  paid.  A 
services  contract  often  allows  a company 
to  retain  part  of  the  fees  due  (usually  10 
percent)  until  the  contract  is  completed. 
Reversing  entries  Entries  made  at  the 
beginning  of  an  accounting  period  to 
undo  the  effects  of  adjusting  entries  made 
in  the  prior  period.  Accrued  items,  such 
as  income  earned  but  not  received,  are  re- 
versed so  that  only  the  amount  belonging 
to  the  current  period  will  remain  in  an  ac- 
count. 

“Split-transaction”  procedure  Post- 
ing a single  amount  to  one  general  ledger 
account  while  posting  the  other  side  of 
the  transaction  to  multiple  general  ledger 
accounts.  For  example,  many  packages 
allow  you  to  post  an  entire  invoice 
amount  to  accounts  payable  and  then 
post  the  other  side  of  the  entry  to  one  or 
more  expense  accounts. 

Sunk  cost  Costs  incurred  for  an  item 
that  cannot  be  recovered  even  if  the  item 
is  sold.  The  difference  between  the  origi- 
nal cost  and  the  amount  received  when  it 
is  sold  is  the  sunk  cost  of  owning  the 
item. 

Time-series  financial  analysis  Analyz- 
ing historical  information  using  statisti- 
cal methods,  such  as  regression  analysis, 
to  develop  trends  and  comparative  infor- 
mation.— Mike  Falkner 


terns?"  and  “What  features  and  functions 
do  1 require?” 

There  are  often  significant  differences 
in  the  features  and  functions  you  receive 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


OUR  REVIEWERS 

Mary  Ellen  Andersen  is  a consultant 
with  the  Price  Wateihouse  Management 
Consulting  Services  group  in  the  compa- 
ny’s Los  Angeles  office. 

Margaret  Balochko  is  a senior  consul- 
tant with  Price  Waterhouse  in  the  compa- 
ny’s Pittsburgh  office. 

Christopher  Barr  is  the  manager  of  the 
PC  Magazine  Interactive  Reader  Ser- 
vice. 

Claude  Bartel  is  a principal  of  Bartel 
Associates,  a fmancial/microcomputer 
consulting  firm  based  in  Westport,  Con- 
necticut. 

Harold  Berry  is  a consultant  in  Cuperti- 
no, California,  specializing  in  the  selec- 
tion and  installation  of  microcomputer 
accounting  systems. 

Michael  L.  Brown  is  a manager  of 
Weinberg  & Wilfong,  Certified  Public 
Accountants,  and  of  Management  by  Mi- 
cro— both  in  Rockville,  Maryland. 

Brian  D.  Callow  is  a senior  consultant 
with  the  Price  Waterhouse  Services 
group  in  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada. 

Mike  Calyniuk  is  a senior  manager  with 
the  Price  Waterhouse  Micro  Computer 
Consulting  Services  group  in  Vancou- 
ver, British  Columbia,  Canada. 

John  CashdoUar  is  a senior  consultant 
with  the  Management  Consulting  Ser- 
vices department  of  Pfanner  & Tate  in 
Sacramento,  California. 

Jeffrey  Cohen  is  a manager  for  Applied 
Business  Systems,  a Bethesda,  Mary- 
land, value  added  reseller  of  accounting 
software. 

Terri  C.  Connor  is  a senior  consultant 
with  Price  Waterhouse  in  the  company’s 
Chicago  office. 

Dave  R.  Coulomhe  is  a senior  consul- 
tant with  Price  Waterhouse  in  Edmon- 
ton, Alberta,  Canada. 

Susan  Davis  is  vice  president  of  the 


Stemp  Group,  a New  York  consulting 
firm  specializing  in  accounting  software. 
Mike  Falkner,  an  independent  micro- 
computer consultant  in  Orangevale,  Cal- 
ifornia, has  previously  reviewed  ac- 
counting packages  for  Price  Waterhouse 
in  the  company’s  Sacramento,  Califor- 
nia, office. 

Patrick  Fitzhenry  is  a Price  Waterhouse 
Management  Consulting  Services  man- 
ager in  the  company’s  Sacramento,  Cali- 
fornia, office. 

Michael  Friedlander  is  a consultant  in 
accounting  and  administrative  software 
in  Westchester,  New  York,  where  he  is 
active  in  the  Westchester  PC  User 
Group. 

Harold  C.  Gellis  is  a Professor  of  Ac- 
counting and  Taxation  at  York  College 
of  the  City  University  of  New  York 
(CUNY).  He  is  a member  of  the  New 
York  State  Society  Committee  on  Tax 
and  Computer  Use  and  Data  Processing. 
Steve  Gentino  operates  PC  Services,  an 
accounting  consulting  firm  in  the  Wash- 
ington, D.C.,  area.  He  is  active  in  the 
Capital  PC  User  Group. 

Wayne  Harding,  an  accountant  and 
consultant  in  Denver,  is  an  active  mem- 
ber of  the  Colorado  Society  of  Certified 
Public  Accountants  and  the  American  In- 
stitute of  Certified  Public  Accountants. 
Keiuieth  J.  Hilty  is  president  of  Horizon 
Micro  Systems,  an  accounting  micro- 
computer consulting  firm  in  Hudson, 
Ohio. 

Leo  Lelkowits  is  an  independent  busi- 
ness systems  consultant  in  Houston. 
Peter  Loppe  is  a consultant  with  Price 
Waterhouse  in  Vancouver,  British  Co- 
lumbia, Canada. 

Jacqueline  Masloff  is  a microcomputer 
consultant  in  Boston. 

Mariaime  L.  Meyers  is  an  accounting 


services  consultant.  She  had  previously 
worked  for  the  “Big  Eight”  accounting 
firm  Ernst  & Whinney. 

Thomas  A.  Meyers  is  director  of  inter- 
nal audit  for  a large  insurance  company. 
He  had  previously  worked  for  the  “Big 
Eight”  accounting  firm  Ernst  & Whin- 
ney. 

Patrick  Nicholas,  based  in  New  York 
City,  is  a free-lance  writer  who  frequent- 
ly writes  on  computer-related  topics. 
Robert  E.  Ogle  is  a partner  in  the  Hous- 
ton office  of  Oppenheim,  Appel,  Dixon 
& Co. , an  international  accounting  fum. 
He  is  an  active  member  of  the  American 
Institute  of  Certified  Public  Accountants 
and  the  Texas  Society  of  Certified  Public 
Accountants. 

Gail  Horowitz  Rosen  is  president  of  an 
accounting  consulting  firm  in  Watchung, 
New  Jersey,  that  specializes  in  account- 
ing services  and  tax  preparation. 

Jay  A.  Rosen  is  an  independent  micro- 
computer consultant  based  in  Watchung, 
New  Jersey. 

Brent  V,  Shirley,  a microcomputer  con- 
sultant in  Vancouver,  British  Columbia, 
Canada,  had  previously  worked  as  a se- 
nior manager  with  Price  Waterhouse. 
Gene  Smilgiewicz  is  president  of  UBM 
Corp.  in  New  York  City,  a consulting 
firm  specializing  in  database  and  net- 
work applications. 

John  Somoza  is  a tax  accountant  practic- 
ing in  New  York  City. 

Morris  W.  Stemp  is  president  of  the 
Stemp  Group,  a New  York  firm  special- 
izing in  accounting  software. 

William  H.  Stewart  is  a principal  with 
the  accounting  firm  of  Price  & Paige,  in 
Clovis,  California. 

Randall  Swearingen  is  the  owner  of 
Swearingen  Software,  a microcomputer 
consulting  firm  in  Houston.  He  is  an  ac- 


for  your  purchase  price.  The  accounting 
software  packages  reviewed  here  are  cate- 
gorized into  three  groups;  low  priced,  high 
priced,  and  packages  that  work  with 
dBASE. 

There  are  literally  hundreds  of  account- 


ing programs  on  the  market.  For  this  arti- 
cle we  focused  on  those  that  met  three  cri- 
teria: The  companies  had  to  have  been  in 
business  for  over  a year  and  had  to  have 
had  sales  of  mote  than  100  packages  a 
year.  (We  used  market  research  firms  for 


information  on  package  sales.)  Third,  the 
software  companies  had  to  be  listed  in  in- 
dexes of  independent  software  programs 
such  as  Datapro  and  ICP  Data  Sources. 

A properly  designed  automated  finan- 
cial repotting  system  can  be  the  key  to  bet- 


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live  member  of  the  Independent  Comput- 
er Consultants  Association. 

Shelby  T.  Thiessen  is  a microcomputer 
consultant  with  Price  Waterhouse  in 
Vancouver,  British  Columbia,  Canada. 
Rex  M.  Vincent  is  a member  of  the 
Management  Consulting  Services  de- 
partment of  Pisenti  & Brinker,  an  ac- 
counting firm  located  in  Santa  Rosa,  Cal- 
ifornia. 

AUyn  S.  Vineberg,  a former  manager  in 
the  New  York  office  of  the  “Big  Eight” 
accounting  firm  Ernst  & Whinney,  is 
currently  a parttrer  in  the  New  York- 
based  consulting  firm  Advantage  Busi- 
ness Systems. 

Charles  Weinberg  is  a principal  of 
Weinberg  & Wilfong,  Certified  Public 
Accountants,  and  of  Management  by  Mi- 
cro, both  in  Rockville,  Maryland.  He  is 
an  officer  of  the  Capital  PC  User  Group 
in  Washington,  D.C. 

Kenneth  H.  Werner  is  the  founder  and 
owner  of  a Houston  information  consult- 
ing firm. 

Jeffrey  Williams  is  a senior  consultant 
with  the  Price  Waterhouse  Management 
Consulting  Services  group  in  the  compa- 
ny's Sacramento,  California,  office. 
William  Winberg  is  an  internal  auditor 
and  microcomputer  consultant  based  in 
Springfield,  Illinois.  He  is  an  active 
member  of  the  Illinois  Society  of  Certi- 
fied Public  Accountants  and  the  Illinois 
Institute  of  Internal  Auditors. 

Oliver  L.  Wright  is  a microcomputer 
systems  consultant  based  in  Santa  Cruz, 
California. 

John  J.  Xenakis  is  president  of  Xenakis 
Consulting  Service,  a microcomputer 
consulting  firm  in  Framingham,  Massa- 
chusetts. He  is  software  editor  of  Com- 
puter  Update  Magazine,  published  by 
the  Boston  Computer  Society. 


ter  cash  flow  management  and  growth 
within  your  company.  It  provides  an  accu- 
rate barometer  of  your  current  situation 
and  helps  you  minimize  cash  flow  risk.  By 
standardizing  the  handling  of  payables  and 
receivables,  you  can  leam  much  sooner  if 


you’ll  need  to  borrow  money  or  if  you’ll 
have  excess  funds  to  invest.  You  may  also 
find  you  have  better  access  to  credit.  By 
generating  more  of  your  necessary  reports 
in  greater  detail,  you  can  give  potential 
lenders  greater  confidence  in  your  compa- 
ny’s overall  credit  worthiness. 

By  producing  more  accurate,  timely, 
and  comprehensive  information  at  a 
cheaper  cost,  an  automated  accounting 
system  can  help  you  minimize  taxes,  im- 
prove profits  with  better  cash  manage- 
ment, perform  sales  analyses  to  design  bet- 
ter marketing  programs,  and  improve 
management  through  the  use  of  profit-and- 
loss  statements,  cash  flow  projections,  and 
break-even  analyses. 

Compared  with  time-sharing  plans,  ser- 
vice bureaus,  or  manual  systems,  an  auto- 
mated system  of  your  own: 

■ gives  you  better  controls, 

■ gives  you  better  access  to  data  and 
helps  you  set  priorities, 

■ allows  greater  data  security, 

■ improves  clerical  productivity, 

■ reduces  administrative  costs, 

■ stabilizes  cost  as  volume  increases, 

■ improves  professional  quality,  and 

■ integrates  with  other  software  to  per- 
form decision  analysis. 

However,  for  most  businesses,  it  is 
wise  to  continue  using  service  bureaus  for 
large  and  complex  tasks  such  as  payroll. 
(See  the  sidebar  “Building  a Successful 
System.’’) 

THE  MULTIUSER  ROUTE  Executing 
transactions  and  recording  them  in  an  or- 
ganized way  often  involves  many  people. 
Multiuser  and  network  systems  are  grow- 
ing more  important  as  the  need  for  data 
sharing,  resource  sharing,  and  data  man- 
agement increases.  Once  you  select  the  ba- 
sic features  of  a system,  as  we  did  in  our 
evaluations  of  single-user  packages,  find- 
ing a package  that  can  implement  these 
features  in  a multiuser  environment  is 
straightforward.  However,  because  of  cost 
and  complexity,  you  may  require  outside 
assistance  to  define  requirements,  do  eco- 
nomic feasibility  analyses,  prepare  a Re- 
quest for  Proposal  (RI^),  analyze  RFP  re- 
sponses, help  negotiate  the  hardware  and 
software  contracts,  and  assist  in  imple- 
mentation and  testing. 

In  the  sidebar  “Cashing  In  on  the  Net- 


works,” PC  Magazine  contributing  editor 
Frank  J.  Derfler,  Jr. , discusses  what  ques- 
tions to  consider  if  you  install  and  imple- 
ment a multiuser  system. 

PROVERBIAL  CAVEATS  Automated 
accounting  systems  can  help  an  organiza- 
tion compete  and  succeed.  However,  there 
are  things  the  system  won’t  do:  it  won’t 
make  decisions  for  you,  improve  poor 
judgment,  or  eliminate  jobs. 

i 

^Automated  accounting 
systems  can  help  an 
organization  compete 
and  succeed — it  won’t 
make  decisions  for  you, 
improve  poor  judgment, 
or  eliminate  jobs. 


Most  business  people  realize  that  an 
automated  accounting  system  will  not  re- 
place a bookkeeper.  Those  who  have  im- 
plemented automated  systems  have 
learned  that  they  can  make  more  effective 
use  of  their  accounting  staff  by  having 
them  manage  receivables  and  payables  in 
ways  that  improve  profit.  The  manager 
with  an  automated  system  may  decide  to 
perform  more  sales  analyses  and  undertake 
more  marketing  initiatives  for  select  cus- 
tomers by  tracking  and  examining  their 
past  purchases.  Once  the  system  auto- 
mates repetitive  tasks,  people  are  able  to 
turn  their  attention  to  more  challenging 
and  satisfying  work.  We  don’t  see  jobs  be- 
ing eliminated — we  see  them  being 
changed  for  the  better. — G.  William 
Dauphinais  and  Timothy  J.  Lee 


G.  William  Dauphinais  and  Timothy  J. 
Lee  are,  respectively,  management  con- 
sulting services  partner  and  management 
consulting  services  coordinator  for  Price 
Waterhouse. 


PC  MAGAZINE  u SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
103 


HotlaoD  AiiUnet 

P^2ar3 


FIRST  HALF  RESULTS 


For  die  fim  foor  months  of  the  year  sales  fell  below  budfet  by  38%  caused  by  delm  in 
addinf  new  roues  to  the  system.  However,  in  May  and  June  salu  exceeded  budget  by  ) 2%  as 
the  new  routes  caine  on  line  and  noo-businm  uaN^  expanded.  With  the  new  routes  on-line, 
sales  tbould  continue  to  exceed  budget  by  10%  dirough  the  end  of  the  year.  First  half  sales  do 
represent  a 12%  ^a  over  the  tame  period  a year  aga  The  bui^i  numbers  were  set  a little  high 
for  the  first  half  m tntictpatkM  of  adding  all  the  new  routes  by  Nbruary. 


NEW  DIRECTIONS 


'ss 


While  we  mabitaia  a oommitmeat  to  of^rade  and  expand  ou  passea^  service,  Horixon 
is  also  progressing  sritfa  new  business  ventues.  The  on-Une  reservation  qrslem  (RS)  has 
eaperipKcd  dgrdivaai  volume  increasea  and  will  be  aggressively  promoted  for  die  next  two 
years  to  simll  and  medium  siae  agencies. 

Airficiglu(AF)KnricciarenowofIaedon80%ofHariaoii’sroutes.  Veriumets 
building  slowly  and  will  benefit  fiooi  Mgressive  buaneis  advertisiag  ia  the  second  half  of  the 
year,  ^ao,  hi  thafcfad  quarter  leverriKygiiflnmewAnuM  add  dgnificau  voiirmr  asthf 
dbect  sales  force  signs  t^  ccrporite  accounts. 

^ Hnaliy,  a new  dheci  ales  ftarce  will  be^Q  selling  a vuietv  of  products  and  services  (AS) 
toagenaetoralisiKS,  The  matfcetreseaicb  conducted  at  the  end  of  last  year  suggested  that 
dieie  offerfaifi  sriD  be  very  much  b deonnd.  Horiaon  will  use  the  introcwctioiim  the  products 
and  services  to  emphasize  Horizon’s  commitment  to  meetif^  the  needs  of  afftliaied  agencies. 


MOST  PROFITABLE  ROUTES 


In  die  first  half  the  so  most  profitable  routes  originated  fhim  nine  cities  located  m every 
region  of  the  country.  In  die  west,  die  ddes  with  highly  prontable  nates  included  Portland. 

San  f^aodteo  and  Los  Angeles.  In  die  midwest,  MOwawee,  Chicago  and  Dnlla  were  the 
ori^  of  die  proftiabie  routes,  while  m the  east,  the  cities  were  Atlanta.  Boston  and  New  York. 

■ It  is  important  to  now  that  ia  the  first  half  of  the  year,  we  added  cities  b the  east  and  west 
10  oirBst  of  most  profitable  organizatiQR  cities.  Hus  is  t significant  accompUdunent  and  was 
..  oaeofdwmqjaranie^otijectlveifordieyear.  h suggesta  diac  attempts  to  stabilize  prices  in 
nme  of  iboae  conqielinve  mvkcts  are 


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way  you  present  them  lacks  impact, 
your  audience  may  never  get 
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Freelance  Plus  works  with  your 
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With  Freelance  Plus  you  can 
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■ ACCOUNTING 


Economy-Class 

Auditors 


Almost  all  of  these  packages  cost 
less  than  $125  per  module,  and 
many  offer  a complete  set  of  modules  for 
less  than  $250.  Companies  that  may  even- 
tually migrate  to  a larger  multiuser  system 
may  want  to  begin  with  a smaller  software 
investment  to  develop  the  procedures  and 
prove  the  worth  of  a computerized  ac- 
counting system. 

These  packages  differ  from  their  high- 
er-priced brethren  in  features  and  func- 
tions. Most  notably,  they  rarely  offer  mul- 
tiuser veisions.  Their  charts  of  accounts  do 
not  easily  accommodate  organizations 
with  many  departments  or  divisions.  Their 
ability  to  track  product  costs  is  often  limit- 
ed. On-screen  lookup  of  field  values  (such 
as  vendor  names)  often  is  not  available. 
Customization,  typically,  is  not  an  option, 
and  the  packages  are  often  unable  to  im- 
port transactions  from  other  systems.  Very 
often,  too,  training  and  support  is  not  as 
extensive  as  with  higher-priced  packages. 
But  the  argument  can  be  made  that,  with 
good  documentation  and  an  easy-to-use 
system,  there  is  less  need  for  training  and 
support.  The  better  packages  help  you 
manage  your  payables  and  receivables  and 
do  the  necessary  reconciliations. 

Dac  Easy  Accounting,  which  originally 
sold  at  $69.95  and  included  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Receivable,  and  Accounts 
Payable,  dominated  this  end  of  the  market 
soon  after  it  was  released  in  1985.  Other 
vendors  saw  the  low-price/high-volume 
equation  and  began  to  follow.  Peachtree 
Software,  an  early  leader  in  microcomput- 
er accounting,  repackaged  eight  modules 
in  its  complete  accounting  series,  which 
originally  sold  for  $4,760,  and  offered  it  at 
a new  retail  price  of  $199.  Two  packages 
reviewed  here  were  developed  in  Lotus’s 


I-2-3\  FrontRunner’s  CPA*  and  Manu- 
soft's  Ready-lo-Run  Accounting. 

Initially,  many  of  these  packages  were 
geared  to  small  businesses  with  basic 
bookkeeping  and  accounting  needs.  They 
gave  users  an  inexpensive  introduction  to 
automated  accounting.  Now  the  second 
wave  has  begun:  vendors  committed  to 
this  market  have  developed  new  software 
releases  that  offer  improved  flexibility, 
documentation,  ease  of  use,  ability  to  ex- 
tract data,  and  other  modules.  The  range  of 
companies  they  can  serve  has  been  grow- 
ing. Many  have  added  inventory  modules 
and  are  developing  job  cost  modules  that 
can  be  used  by  small  manufacturers,  con- 
tractors, or  even  service  profession- 
als.— Timothy  J.  Lee 


Accounting  for  Micros 

The  James  River  Group,  a 4-year-old  Min- 
neapolis-based software  company,  origi- 
nally wrote  Accounting  for  Micros  on 
CP/M-based  systems  and  translated  the 
package  to  tun  under  DOS. 

Accounting  for  Micros  is  sold  as  indi- 
vidual modules  that  can  be  integrated. 
Documentation  for  each  module  is  typical 
of  that  supplied  for  the  General  Led- 
ger— just  33  pages — but  it  is  well  assem- 
bled and  can  guide  any  user  thnxigh  imple- 
mentation. 

The  modules  contain  no  parameters, 
options,  or  report  writers.  The  General 
Ledger  gives  you  a basic  balance  sheet  and 
income  statement  in  one  format  but  does 
not  provide  for  multiple  companies,  de- 
partments, and  subaccounts,  or  for  a gen- 


F A C T 


FILE 


AccoutUu^  for  Micros 
James  River  Group  Inc. 
125  N.  First  Si. 
Minneiqxriis.  MN  5S40I 
(612)339-2521 
list  Price:  CJeneral  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv- 
able, and  Accounts  Pay- 
able. SI  25  each.  Also  available:  two  other 
modules  ($325  for  three,  $395  for  four.  $465 
for  all  five). 

Rcqukes:  192K RAM;  1X)S  l.Oor  later. 
Hard  disk  recommended. 

In  Short:  A simj^,  low-cost,  integrated 
package  with  limited  reporting  capabilities. 
Not  copy  protected. 

ciRCLE  SiT  0N~READER  SERVICE  CARO 


Acrounting 
for  MicTOt 


eral  ledger  or  trial  balance  report.  This 
makes  the  program  suitable  for  small  busi- 
nesses with  simple  needs  but  could  pose 
problems  for  large  companies  with  many 
departments. 

Installation  is  straightforward.  Hard- 
ware configuration  is  entered  easily,  and 
the  programs  are  easily  copied  to  a hard 
disk.  Setting  up  information  about  the 
company  is  also  easy. 

Start  programs  in  the  General  Ledger, 
Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Receiv- 
able modules  guide  you  through  the  initial 
housekeeping  chores  of  setting  up  ac- 
counts, customers,  and  vendors.  Initial 
general  ledger  balances  can  be  loaded  with 
year-to-date,  budget,  and  last-year  bal- 
ances by  the  month. 

Setting  up  the  General  Ledger  chart  of 
accounts  requires  some  care.  You  can  en- 


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Accounting  for 
Micros’  accoufUs 
payable  voucher  input 
system  uses  the 
vendor  s name  as  the 
file's  key.  and  the 
screen  shows  the  data 
used  during  input. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
107 


■ ACCOUNTING 


ter  opening  balances  at  the  same  time  that 
you  enter  the  account  description.  The  ac- 
counts must  be  numbered  between  I and 
32,000  and  identified  by  type.  The  type 
designation  determines  how  the  account  is 
classified  on  the  financial  statement.  There 
is  no  provision  for  multiple  company 
codes,  departments,  or  subaccounts.  Iden- 
tical numbers  for  different  accounts  are  ac- 
ceptable to  the  system;  this  can  be  confus- 
ing. The  general  ledger  can  be  entered  out 
of  balance,  so  you  should  review  it  careful- 
ly to  see  if  it  was  set  up  properly. 

FINANCIAL  STATEMENTS  Format- 
ting financial  statements  is  easy  because 
you  have  no  options.  Journal  entries  and 
cash  disbursements  are  also  quick  and  sim- 
ple to  input  and  to  post  to  the  General  Led- 
ger. However,  the  presentation  of  the  fi- 
nancial statements  does  not  comply  with 
generally  accepted  accounting  principles 
(GAAP  standards). 

Thirteen  pages  of  basic  accounting  in- 
structions in  an  appendix  to  the  documen- 
tation provide  useful  information  for  the 
beginning  bookkeeper. 

The  program  offers  only  a small  num- 
ber of  reports,  although  others  can  be  had 
from  utilities  supplied  in  the  Business  Toot 
Box  Series. 

Accounts  Payable  and  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable use  the  customer/vendor  name  in- 
stead of  an  account  number.  This  is  easy  to 
use  for  a small  number  of  accounts  but 
would  be  cumbersome  if  you  had  many.  A 
misspelling  would  leave  you  unable  to  lo- 
cate an  account.  If  a mistake  is  made  dur- 
ing input,  the  entire  record  must  be  rein- 
putted: you  cannot  change  just  a portion  of 
an  incorrect  entry. 

Accounts  Payable  gives  you  four  for- 
mats for  invoices  and  a flexible  system  for 
modifying  them.  Each  voucher  to  be  paid 
must  be  identified  and  selected  for  pay- 
ment manually  (that  is,  by  you)  rather  than 
being  selected  by  the  computer  according 
to  due  dates  or  amounts.  The  manual  se- 
lection process  can  be  a very  time-consum- 
ing activity. 

Both  the  Accounts  Receivable  and  the 
Accounts  Payable  interface  with  the  Gen- 
eral Ledger,  and  a chart-of-accounts  valid- 
ity check  is  made  by  the  system.  However, 
new  accounts  must  be  entered  into  all  three 
modules,  or  posting  errors  will  occur. 


Accounting  for  Micros  is  easy  to  install, 
operate,  and  maintain.  The  James  River 
Group  offers  excellent  support,  an  inex- 
pensive maintenance  option,  and  a useful 
newsletter  with  ideas  and  helpful  hints. 
Accounting  for  Micros  would  be  useful  for 
a small  business,  but  its  abilities  are  limit- 
ed. The  addition  of  a parmer,  creation  of  a 
department,  or  acquisition  of  another  com- 
pany could  necessitate  its  replace- 
ment.— Robert  E.  Ogle 


The  Accounting  Partner 

Hundreds  of  PC  accounting  packages  to- 
day range  in  price  from  under  $ 1 00  to  over 
$10,000.  The  Accounting  Partner  (TAP), 
from  Star  Monogram,  lists  for  $99,  and  it’s 
worth  it. 

Don't  expect  sophisticated  reports. 
Don’t  expect  secure  audit  trails.  Don’t  ex- 
pect built-in  backup  routines  or  the  ability 
to  export  data  files  to  any  other  system. 
You  can  expect,  however,  to  enter  a small 
volume  of  limited  transactions  and  to  pro- 
duce basic  financial  reports  with  a mini- 
mum of  effort  and  training. 

Installing  The  Accounting  Partner  is  a 
completely  menu-driven  process.  You 
need  a password  to  set  up  the  data  files  ini- 
tially, but  not  to  operate  the  system. 

The  system  itself  is  also  menu  driven, 
with  easy-to-understand  menus  and  stan- 
dard conventions  throughout.  Entering  the 
chart  of  accounts,  vendor  master,  and  cus- 
tomer master  requires  more  effort  and  time 
than  should  be  necessary,  though,  because 
of  all  the  yes  and  no  responses  required  for 
each  entry.  Although  this  tedious  proce- 


F A C T FILE 


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The  Accounting 
Partner(TAP), 
Version  1.22-1 
Star  Monogram 
367  Van  Ness  Way 
Torrance.  CA  90501- 
1494 

(213)533-1190 


List  Price:  Complete  package.  $99;  pmgram 
IS  multita.sking  but  not  multiuser. 

Requires:  1 28K  RAM;  two  disk  drives  or 
hard  disk;  condensed  type  w 1 32-columns 
printer;  DOS  2. ! tw  later. 

In  Short:  Basic  accounting  system  with  lim- 
ited features  for  small  businesses  with  limited 
volume,  accounting  experience,  and  needs. 
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dure  should  not  be  a significant  problem 
considering  the  low  volume  of  transaction 
data  for  which  die  system  is  recommend- 
ed, it  can  be  bothersome  during  the  initial 
setup. 

Editing  is  also  designed  for  clarity  rath- 
er than  for  ease  of  entry.  If  you  want  to 
change  a field.  The  Accounting  Partner 
sets  up  a temporary  work  area  next  to  the 
old  value  so  that  you  can  see  what  you  are 
replacing  as  you  replace  it.  But  you  cannot 
edit  a long  field.  Instead,  you  must  replace 
the  entire  data  element. 

If  you  must  enter  data  for  a new  account 
(general  ledger,  customer,  or  vendor),  you 
cannot  add  that  account  during  transaction 
entry . Rather,  you  must  exit  that  part  of  the 
system,  enter  the  master  file  u|^te,  add 


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also  lets  you  enter  a 
description  that  is 
printed  on  the  check. 


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solved  that  problem. 

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Some  of  Eureka’s 
key  features 

You  can  key  in: 

A formula  or  formulas 
A series  of  equations — and 
solve  for  all  variables 
M Constraints  (like  X has  to  be 
<or=  21 
A function  to  plot 
^ Unit  conversions 
^ Maximization  and  minimization 
problems 

M Interest  RatelPresent  Value 
calculations 

Variables  we  call  "What  hap- 
pens?," like  “What  happens  if  I 
change  this  variable  to  21  and 
that  variable  to  27T' 


Anyone  and 
everyone  who 
routinely  works  with 
equations  needs 
Eureka:  The  Solver 

It  solves  the  most  com- 
plex equations  in  seconds. 
Whether  you're  a scientist, 
engineer,  financial  analyst, 
student,  teacher,  or  some 
other  professional,  you 
need  Eureka:  The  Solver! 

Any  problem  that  can  be 
express^  as  a linear  or  non-linear 
equation  can  be  solved  with  Eureka. 
Algebra,  Trigonometry  and  Calculus 
problems  are  a snap. 

Eureka:  The  Solver  also  handles 
maximization  and  minimization 
problems,  does  plot  functions, 
generates  reports,  and  saves  you 
an  incredible  amount  of  time. 

X+exp(X)  = 10 
solved  instanpy  instead 
of  eventki^fy! 

Imagine  you  have  to  "solve 
for  X"  where  X + explX)  = 10,  and 
you  don't  have  Eureka:  The  Solver. 
What  you  do  have  is  a problem, 
because  its  going  to  take  a lot  of 
time  guessing  at  'X"  Maybe  your 
guesses  get  closer  and  cbser  to  the 
right  answer,  but  it's  also  getting 
closer  and  closer  to  midnight  and 
you're  doing  it  the  hard  way. 

With  Eureka:  The  Solver,  there's 
no  guessing,  no  dancing  in  the  dark— 
you  get  the  right  answer,  right 
now.  IPS:  X = 2.0705799,  and 
Eureka  solved  that  one  in  .4 
of  a second!) 


How  to  use  Eureka: 

The  Solver 

Ifs  easy. 

1.  Enter  your  equation  into 
the  full-screen  editor 

2.  Select  the  "Solve"  command 

3.  Look  at  the  answer 

4.  You're  done 

You  can  then  tell  Eureka  to 

■ Evaluate  your  solution 

■ Plot  a graph 

■ Generate  a report,  then  send  the 
output  to  your  printer,  disk  file 
or  screen 

■ Or  all  of  the  above 


Eureka:  The  Solver  Includes 

^ A full-screen  editor 
1^  Pull-down  menus 
1^  Context-sensitive  Help 
^ On-screen  calculator 
1^  Automatic  8087  rrtath 
co-processor  chip  support 
Powerful  finarKial  functions 
1^  Built-in  and  user-defined 
math  and  financial  functions 
^ Ability  to  generate  reports 
compete  with  plots  and  lists 
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■ ACCOUNTING 


the  account,  reenter  transaction  entry,  and 
then  add  the  transaction. 

MEMORY  AID  Accounts  Receivable 
and  Accounts  Payable  are  almost  exactly 
alike.  A noticeable  difference,  however,  is 
that  with  Accounts  Receivable  you  can 
have  one  field  default  to  duplicate  the  entry 
from  a previous  field.  In  both  modules,  if 
you  cannot  remember  a customer  or  ven- 
dor number,  you  can  simply  enter  the 
name  and  The  Accounting  Partner  will  re- 
trieve the  appropriate  account— probably 
its  most  user-friendly  aspect. 

Accounts  Receivable  accepts  invoices 
to  increase  customer  balances  and  pay- 
ments, and  credit  memos  to  decrease 
them.  Accounts  Payable  increases  vendor 
balances  through  invoices  and  decreases 
them  with  payments  and  debit  memos.  If 
you  want  to  increase  a customer  (vendor) 
invoice  through  a debit  (credit)  memo,  you 
must  enter  another  invoice  instead  of  a 
memo  transaction. 

In  General  Ledger,  journal  entries  are 
restricted.  The  same  voucher  caimot  in- 
clude multiple  debits  and  credits.  The  first 
enUy  can  be  either  a debit  or  a credit,  but 
all  subsequent  ones  must  be  the  opposite. 
Thus,  if  you  have  a voucher  with  multiple 
debits  and  multiple  credits,  you  must  use 
two  unbalanced  vouchers  to  create  the  one 
balanced  voucher. 

Limited  reports  The  Accounting 

Partner's  reporting  capabilities  are  also 
limited.  Accounts  Payable  does  not  print 
checks  but  rather  produces  worksheets  that 
you  can  use  to  determine  how  much  you 
wish  to  pay  to  each  vendor.  This  method 
gives  you  maximum  flexibility  regarding 
payments,  but  at  the  cost  of  reduced  auto- 
mation. Of  course,  a low-volume  opera- 
tion might  prefer  to  use  the  worksheet 
method. 

The  Accounting  Partner  maintains  all 
customer  and  vendor  accounts  on  the  bal- 
ance-forward basis,  limiting  the  informa- 
tion on  file,  as  well  as  your  flexibility  to 
pay  selected  invoices.  You  cannot  preview 
reports  on  the  screen  before  printing  them. 

The  Accounting  Partner's  documenta- 
tion is  poorly  organized,  and  the  limited 
index  makes  finding  answers  to  specific 
questions  a chore. 

If  you  have  plans  for  business  growth. 


you’ll  want  to  be  wary  of  The  Accounting 
Partner's  lack  of  flexibility.  But  if  your  ac- 
counting needs  and  your  experience  are 
limited  and  your  business  volume  is  small. 
The  Accounting  Partner  is  a basic  bar- 
gain.— Leo  Lefkowits 


Acctgl  Series 

For  just  $99.50,  Cougar  Mountain  Soft- 
ware will  send  you  the  Acctgl  Series  Gen- 
eral Ledger,  Accounts  Payable,  Accounts 
Receivable,  Order  Entry,  Inventory,  and 
Payroll  software.  But  don’t  be  fooled  by 
the  price:  Acctgl  is  serious  accounting 
software. 

The  Acctgl  Series  is  designed  to  allow 
for  multiple  companies.  You  use  the  sys- 
tem installation  menu  to  define  each  com- 
pany, and  the  application  installation 
menu  helps  you  define  the  modules  each 
company  will  use.  You  define  the  pass- 
word at  the  application  level.  The  last  step 
before  setting  up  each  module  is  to  defme 
the  fiscal  calendr  of  each  company.  The 
fiscal  calendar  can  have  up  to  1 3 user-de- 
fined periods.  Acctgl  is  date  sensitive  and 
automatically  posts  to  the  right  accounting 
period. 

To  set  up  the  General  Ledger,  you  enter 
the  chart  of  accounts,  define  the  interface 
for  Uansactions  created  in  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, and  create  report  formats.  Enter- 
ing the  chart  of  accounts  is  fast  and  easy. 
Account  numbers  are  user  defined,  with 
up  to  a maximum  of  1 5 alphanumeric  char- 
acters. Acctgl  can  track  monthly  budget 
and  prior-year  comparative  numbers  for 
each  account,  but  you  can  set  up  only  bud- 


F A C T 


FILE 


Acctgl  Series 
Cougar  Mountain 
Software 
2609  Kootenai 
P.O.Box  6886 
Boise,  ID  83707 
(800)344-2340 
(208)344-2340 
LM  Price;  $99.30.  Also  available:  Job  Coat, 
$199.30;  multiuser  version. 


Rcquhca:  236K  RAM;  hard  disk;  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 


In  Short:  An  inexpensive  though  serious  ac- 
counting package  that's  powerful  and  flexible 
but  somewhat  dilTicuh  to  master.  Not  copy 
protected. 

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gets  while  loading  the  chart  of  accounts. 
Die-hard  accountants  will  love  the  hash 


totals  the  Acctgl  Series  calculates  for  the 
general  ledger  account  and  date.  The  sys- 
tem uses  hash  totals  to  verify  the  accuracy 
of  the  transaction  data  you  enter. 


STRENGTH  AND  WEAKNESS 

Acctgl' s financial  report  is  a major 
strength  and  weakness  at  the  same  time.  It 
can  generate  just  about  any  financial  state- 
ment design.  Powerful  and  flexible,  it  can 
also  be  extremely  difficult  to  master. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  setup  is 
smooth  and  simple.  The  Acctgl  Series 
processes  accounts  payable  invoices  by 
batch,  so  you  have  to  create  a batch  num- 
ber and  assign  your  name  to  the  batch  be- 
fore entering  invoices.  Small  businesses 
may  find  this  requirement  annoying. 


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Acctgl  Series  lets  you 
distribute  an  invoice  in 
the  general  ledger 
accounts.  The  number 
at  the  bottom  right 
references further 
information  in  the 
user  manual. 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


You  can  use  one  of  the  preformatted 
check  designs  or  design  up  to  nine  check 
formats.  The  Accigl  Series  can  distribute 
an  invoice  to  up  to  2S0  general  ledger  ex- 
pense accounts.  You  can  enter  each  line 
item  in  the  distribution  as  a direct  expense, 
prepaid  expense,  or  future  liability.  Acctgl 
automatically  posts  to  the  General  Ledger 
during  the  invoice  posting. 

Accigl 's  method  of  selecting  invoices 
for  payment  could  be  better.  You  have  to 
print  a Cash  Requirements  report  for  a 
range  of  vendors  and  say  yes  to  create 
transactions.  If  you  want  to  defer  a select- 
ed invoice,  you  have  to  use  the  Accounts 
Payable  Transaction  Maintenance  func- 
tion to  delete  the  payment  transactions. 
Similarly,  if  you  want  to  pay  invoices  that 
were  not  identified  on  the  Cash  Require- 
ments report,  you  have  to  add  a payment 
transaction. 

Accounts  Receivable  is  by  far  the  hard- 
est of  the  three  modules  to  set  up.  The 
Acctgl  Series  uses  Accounts  Receivable 
Codes  to  identify  different  types  of  Ac- 
counts Receivable  eustomers.  It  uses 
Transaction  codes  (of  which  there  are  a 
minimum  of  seven)  to  define  customer 
charges,  payments  received,  finance 
charges,  and  so  forth.  Acctgl  uses  a com- 
bination of  Accounts  Receivable  codes 
and  Transaction  codes  to  map  customer 
transactions  to  accounts  in  the  General 
Ledger.  The  system  does  this  mapping  in 
the  General  Ledger  interface  table. 

Setting  up  the  interface  table  for  even 
the  simplest  business  is  difficult,  especial- 
ly if  your  business  uses  multiple  sales  ac- 
counts to  capture  sales  by  product  category 
and/or  customer  type.  On  the  plus  side, 
Acctgl  allows  you  to  define  up  to  nine  dif- 
ferent statement  formats,  or  you  can  use 
the  preformatted  customer  statement. 

The  Acctgl  Series  menu  structure  is 
quite  good,  but  some  of  the  menu  option 
names  could  be  better.  The  system  makes 
good  use  of  the  function  keys.  Unfortu- 
nately though,  Acctgl  cannot  perform  on- 
screen lookups.  For  example,  if  you’re  en- 
tering a vendor  invoice  and  don't  know  the 
vendor  number,  you’re  out  of  luck.  The 
Acctgl  Series  is  a serious  accounting  pack- 
age with  features  that  belie  its  low  cost. 
Unfortunately,  its  power  makes  Acctgl 
difficult  to  set  up  and  sometimes  awkward 
to  use, — Ailyn  S.  Vinebei^ 


Bedford  Integrated 
Accounting 


F A C T F I L E 


Bedford  Integrated  Accounting  is  proof 
that  it’s  possible  to  design  a simple,  effec- 
tive PC  accounting  program  that  most  peo- 
ple can  use — with  little  previous  account- 
ing and  computer  knowledge.  The  $249 
package,  from  Bedford  Software  Corp., 
consists  of  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Pay- 
able, Accounts  Receivable,  Inventory , Job 
Cost,  and  Payroll  modules. 

The  package  includes  the  Accounting 
Manual,  a user  guide,  a foldout  menu  hier- 
archy reference  chart,  and  a program  disk 
(in  either  3 '/2-inch  or  S'A-inch  format). 
The  Accounting  Manual  devotes  special 
attention  to  the  needs  of  users  who  know 
nothing  about  accounting  or  bookkeeping; 
the  user  guide  has  clear,  concise  installa- 
tion instmctions  and  a tutorial . 

A menu  bar  across  the  top  of  the  screen 
displays  the  six  easy-to-use  accounting 
modules  and  a system  tiKxlule.  You  use 
the  cursor  keys  and  the  Esc  key  to  quickly 
select,  enter,  and  leave  any  module. 

To  set  up  accounts  in  Bedford,  you  first 
use  the  not-ready  mode  to  enter  data  for  the 
master  files,  unrestricted  by  etror<heck- 
ing  routines  and  other  controls.  Then  you 
convert  the  relevant  modules  to  the  ready 
mode  to  begin  processing  daily  transac- 
tions. The  entire  process  is  quick  and  easy. 
You  can  also  use  the  modules  indepen- 
dently, which  avoids  setting  up  and  con- 
verting all  the  modules. 

When  converting  to  the  ready  mode. 


1 Bedford  Integrated 
inisBraed  Accounting 

Bedford  Software  Corp. 
15008  NE40ih  St. 
Rcdinond.  WA  ^8052 
(206)  883-(K)74 
lAsI  Price:  S249 

1 Requires:  256K  RAM; 

iwo  di.sk  drives;  DOS  2.0  or  lalcr. 

In  Short:  An  ea.sy-to-leam  integrated  book- 
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the  program  checks  the  master  file  data  and 
account  balances  to  ensure  that  all  ac- 
counts are  balanced.  If  they  are  not,  error 
messages  are  displayed. 

EXPECTED  LIMITS  Bedford  has  some 
limits,  as  you’d  expect  in  a simplified  ac- 
counting system.  You  cannot  exceed  500 
General  Ledger  accounts  (limited  to  100 
accounts  in  each  of  the  five  General  Led- 
ger categories:  assets,  liabilities,  equity, 
revenue,  and  expenses).  The  maximum 
number  of  customers,  suppliers,  employ- 
ees, inventory  items,  and  jobs  that  each  of 
the  other  modules  supports  is  999.  The 
number  of  invoices,  cash  receipts,  cash 
disbursements,  or  journal  entries  that  the 
program  can  store  depends  on  the  available 
disk  space.  You  can  create  additional 
space  by  purging  transaction  details  from 


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I SalesTai  8.2Sx  Ronbtful  Accounts 122s 

I Account  1. . ResitlentiaU  Single  Faaily  Advances  Receivable 124 

‘ Rroject  Receivables!  Net 126 

t Freight  Fregail  Expenses 132a 

TOTAL  CURRENT  ASSETS 110 

INWEKTORY  ASSETS IS0 

Concrete  Hocks 162 

lr<#<all 153 

Sa«2  I Crave! ISS 

Hariware 157 

luaber 160 


Bedford  Integrated 
Accounting  lets  you 
scroll  through 
available  accounts  to 
select  the  correct 
account  for  the 
transaction. 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


the  program  periodically.  Also,  the  pro- 
gram limits  the  size  of  total  dollar  amounts 
to  $9,999,999.99. 

The  Accounts  Payable  and  Accounts 
Receivable  modules  are  simple  yet  practi- 
cal subledgers.  They  don't  track  due  dates 
or  calculate  interest  charges  or  supplier 
discounts.  They  use  only  an  open-item  ba- 
sis for  tracking  invoices  and  offer  only 
standard  formats  for  checks,  invoices,  and 
statements. 

General  Ledger  financial  reports,  the 
year-to-date  trial  balance  (with  compara- 
tives), the  balance  sheet,  and  the  income 
statement  (without  comparatives)  ate  in 
standard  fixed  formats.  Bedford  does  not 
have  a separate  report  writer  feature,  but 
you  can  p^uce  standard  reports  covering 
a specified  period  of  time  within  the  cur- 
rent fiscal  year. 

The  program  can  convert  all  reports  to 
.WKS  (Lotus’s  1-2-3).  .DIF,  or  ASCII 
foimat.  You  can  export  standard  reports 
using  the  various  export  formats  and  modi- 
fy them  to  fit  your  needs  and  style.  The 
1-2-3  conversion  utility  even  sets  up  Lotus 
formulas  (for  example,  ^SUM)  in  the 
.WKS  file. 

Bedford's  data  entry  menus  give  you 
access  to  master  file  information,  using 
context-sensitive  screens.  One  handy  dis- 
play is  the  calendar  feature  that  you  can  ac- 
cess when  the  program  prompts  for  specif- 
ic dates.  The  similar  features  that  supply 
account  numbers,  customer/vendor  num- 
bers, project  lists,  and  other  information 
can  increase  your  accuracy  and  reduce  data 
entry  time. 

Regular  program  enhancements  contin- 
ue to  solidify  Bedfords  position  as  one  of 
the  better  low-end  accounting  packages. 
One  weakness  that  the  program  developers 
should  address  in  a future  release  is  that 
you  must  print  of  all  journal  entries  before 
or  when  you  purge  transactions  from  the 
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Business  Accountant 


Business  Accountant  is  designed  for  the 
small-business  owner  who  wants  to  keep 
the  books  on  a computer  but  does  not  know 
a great  deal  about  either  computers  or  ac- 
counting. Marketed  by  Decision  Support 
Software  for  $150,  the  system  achieves  its 
objective  through  the  unusual  setup  of  its 
software  and  the  detail  in  its  documenta- 
tion. 

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ness  Accountant  has  no  accounts  payable 
or  accounts  receivable  modules,  although 
some  neat  features  perform  related  func- 
tions that  will  more  than  suffice  for  many 
users.  General  Ledger  account  codes  can 
accommodate  only  six  digits;  however, 
you  can  define  groups  of  accounts  to  report 
balances  and  budget  figures  for  these 
groups,  and  you  can  specify  a departmen- 
tal code  with  each  transaction. 

Setting  up  Business  Accountant  is  easy 
and  straightforward.  You  can  modify  the 
sample  chart  of  accounts  or  start  with  your 
own.  The  documentation  gives  a lot  of  at- 
tention to  the  types  of  accounts  you  are  go- 
ing to  need;  the  average  person  should  be 
able  to  set  up  a pretty  good  chart  of  ac- 
counts without  requiring  the  help  of  an  ac- 
countant. The  documentation  also  con- 
tains detailed  instructions  and  examples 
for  entering  the  kinds  of  transactions  that  a 
small-business  owner,  perhaps  with  some 
financial  investments,  is  likely  to  need  in 
the  course  of  his  bookkeeping , 

For  each  transaction,  you  specify  a 
Uansaction  amount  as  well  as  the  codes  of 
the  accounts  to  be  debited  and  credited.  A 


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special  “split-transaction”  procedure  is 
possible:  you  can  split  either  the  debit  or 
the  credit  amount  among  two  or  mote  ac- 
counts. Another  procedure  allows  you  to 
specify  up  to  nine  recurring  transactions, 
which  you  can  request  for  posting  at  any 
time  so  that  either  the  amount  is  always  the 
same,  or  the  amount  is  specified  at  the  time 
of  posting.  Unlike  some  more-sophisticat- 
ed packages.  Business  Accountant  adjusts 
the  account  balances  immediately  when 
you  enter  a new  transaction,  so  you  always 
know  exactly  how  much  is  available. 

One  of  the  highlights  of  Business  Ac- 
countant is  its  budgeting  capability.  When 
you  request  this  function,  the  screen  dis- 
plays a matrix  showing  account  codes 
down  the  side  and  months  of  the  year 
across  the  top.  You  use  the  cursor  keys  to 
move  around  the  matrix,  just  as  you  would 

(coniimirs) 


Business 
Accountant'.^ 
budgeting  module  lets 
you  move  through  a 
matrix  of  accounts 
and  months  as  if  it 
were  a spreadsheet. 


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116 


jrn  Summary  of  Features: 

r Low-Pri^  Accounting  Packages  (Module  Prices  and  Extras) 


Accoaallat 

far 

MNret 

TIm 

Acceaetiat 

Psrtnof 

Acd|1 

Saries 

[2 

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latefratad 

Accaaatiai 

Batiaeu 

Accoistaat 

Tlw 

Ceaipany 

Beekt 

CPA* 

DacEasy 

Atcaaatim 

Basic  pries* 

$325 

$99 

$99.50 

$249 

$150 

$150 

$199 

$69.95 

General  Ledger 

$125 

included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Accounts  Payable 

$125 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Accounts  Receivable 

$125 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Payroll 

$125 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

O 

Rxed  Assets 

o 

o 

O 

o 

O 

o 

o 

o 

Inventory 

$125 

O 

o 

Included 

O 

O 

O 

Included 

Job  Cost 

O 

O 

$199.50 

Included 

O 

O 

o 

O 

Materials  Management 

O 

o 

O 

O 

o 

o 

o 

o 

Purctiasir>g 

o 

o 

O 

O 

O 

o 

o 

Included 

Report  Writer 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

0 

o 

o 

Sales/Order  Entry 

o 

o 

Included 

o 

o 

Included 

o 

O 

Sales  Analysis 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

O 

o 

o 

Time  Billing 

o 

o 

O 

o 

o 

O 

o 

o 

Network  version 

o 

• 

• 

o 

o 

0 

o 

o 

Networks  supported: 

SComCorp. 

o 

• 

• 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

Novell  Inc. 

o 

• 

• 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

IBM  Corp. 

o 

• 

• 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

Multiuser  version 

o 

o 

• 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

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Acceantinf 
Seflware 

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TAB  Books 

Basic  price* 

$149.85 

$350 

$785 

$199 

$499.50 

$149.85 

$595 

$395 

$99 

General  Ledger 

$49.95 

$150 

$295 

Included 

$199.95 

$49.95 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Accounts  Payable 

$49.95 

$150 

$245 

Included 

$199.95 

$49.95 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Accourtts  Receivable 

$49.95 

$150 

$245 

Included 

$199.95 

$49.95 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Payroll 

$49.95 

N/A 

$245 

Included 

N/A 

$69.95 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Fixed  Assets 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Inventory 

$49.95 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

N/A 

$69.95 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

Job  Cost 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Materials  Management 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Purchasing 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Report  Writer 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$199 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Sales/Order  Entry 

$49.95 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

N/A 

Ind.  in 
Inventory 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Sales  Analysis 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Time  Billing 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Network  version 

Networks  supported: 

O 

O 

O 

O 

O 

O 

O 

O 

• 

3Com  Corp. 

O 

o 

O 

o 

O 

O 

O 

o 

• 

Novell  Inc. 

O 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

O 

• 

IBM  Corp. 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

O 

O 

o 

• 

Multiuser  version 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

O 

o 

• 

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■ ACCOUNTING 


Summary  of  Features:  Low-Priced 
Accounting  Packages  (General  Items) 

For  an  axtanaive  swnmary  of  these  packages'  character’ 
taOcs.  see  the  spec/a/  section  “Accounting  System  Profiles" 
fohowing  the  reviews. 


Accountisg 
for  Micros 

Tko 

Accounting 

Portoor 

Acctgl  Sorifs 

Bedford 

Integrated 

Accoonting 

Boslness 

Accountant 

The 

Company 

Books 

CPA* 

Chart  of  accounts  coda  size* 

5N 

6N 

15A 

3N 

6A 

4N.30A 

5N 

Dofautt  account  structure* 

NNN 

None 

User  defined 

NNN 

AAAAAA 

User  defined 

NNNNN 

No.  of  predefined  accounts 

None 

None 

None 

30 

45 

1,600 

97 

No.  of  characters  for  entry  description 

24 

25 

40 

34 

39 

250 

72 

Itansactfon  entry  IlmH 

$9,999,999.99 

$16,770,000 

$9,999,999.99  $9,999,999.99  $10  million 

$99,999,999.99  $100  million 

Accounting  periods 

12 

13 

13 

1to365 

12 

13 

99 

No.  of  standard  reports 

7 

13 

5 

6 

6 

45 

15 

Aop«MlsPayabto 


No.  of  characters  for  vendor  code 

5 

6 

ISA 

999 

None 

4N.30A 

None 

No.  of  characters  for  invoice  entry  description 

19 

25 

15 

7 

None 

250 

None 

No.  of  standard  reports 

6 

12 

8 

3 

None 

24 

57 

Aeeoimts  Itoc^ivabto 


No.  of  characters  for  customer  code 

5 

6 

15A 

999 

None 

4N.30A 

None 

No.  of  characters  for  salesperson  code 

8 

3 

3 

None 

None 

4N.30A 

None 

No.  of  characters  for  Invoice  entry  description 

40 

20 

15 

26 

None 

250 

None 

No.  of  standard  reports 

7 

13 

5 

4 

None 

24 

46 

“Ship-to"  address  for  customer 

• 

O 

• 

• 

O 

• 

o 

“BilMo”  address  for  customer 

• 

• 

• 

o 

O 

• 

• 

Installation  and  Setup 

Menu-driven 

• 

• 

O 

o 

• 

O 

• 

Includes  checklist 

• 

• 

0 

o 

o 

o 

o 

includes  system  operation  procedures  lists 

• 

• 

• 

o 

• 

o 

• 

Includes  demonstration  data  files 

O 

o 

• 

• 

• 

o 

• 

Estimated  installation  time  (hoursrminutes) 

0:30 

1:20 

0:10 

0:05 

1:30 

0:02 

0:05 

Comes  with  tutorial 

o 

o 

O 

• 

• 

O 

• 

Includes  on-line,  context-sensitive 
documentation 

O 

0 

0 

O 

• 

o 

• 

Includes  data  entry  forms 

o 

• 

• 

0 

• 

o 

O 

Miows  access  to  master  files  during  data  entry 

• 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

• 

Data  Sacurity  and  Accoss 

IrNthridual  passwords 

o 

• 

o 

• 

O 

• 

o 

Passwords  for  Individual  modules 

o 

• 

• 

• 

o 

o 

• 

Passwords  for  individual  menu  functions 

0 

• 

o 

o 

o 

o 

o 

Qrartts  menu-item  access  rights  to  user 

o 

o 

o 

• 

o 

o 

o 

Maridoo  to  Olhar  Syatams 

Selects  and  extracts  data  In: 

.CNF  format 

o 

• 

o 

• 

o 

o 

o 

ASCII  format 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

o 

• 

Other  output  formats  supported 

None 

.SDF 

None 

f-2-3 

r-2-3. 

Muitif^an 

TeM 

None 

Loads  master  Ale  data  from  other  systems 

• 

O 

• 

O 

O 

O 

o 

Loads  transaction  Ale  data  from  ottter  systems 

O 

O 

• 

O 

O 

O 

O 

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118 


Print  Master 

lets  people  share  printers 


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move  around  a spreadsheet.  You  can  fill  in 
the  budget  values  for  each  account  for  each 
month  of  the  year,  and  the  program  auto- 
matically updates  the  totals  by  row  (ac- 
count) and  by  column  (month).  You  can 
get  up-to-date  comparisons  of  budget  ver- 
sus actuals  in  either  tabular  or  bar  chart 
form. 

WRITING  CHECKS  Although  Busi- 
ness Accountant  has  no  Accounts  Payable 
module,  its  Qieck-Writing  hmction  has 
quite  a bit  of  flexibility.  You  may  specify 
that  one  or  more  General  Ledger  accounts 
are  for  checking  accounts.  Whenever  you 
enter  a transaction  for  such  an  account,  the 
software  will,  if  desired,  write  a check  for 
the  specified  amount,  printing  it  onto  pre- 
printed tractor-feed  forms  that  you  can  or- 
der. The  software  automatically  keeps 
track  of  the  check  number  and  increments 
it  each  time  a check  is  written,  although  the 
software-generated  check  number  can  be 
overridden.  In  addition.  Business  Accoun- 
tant can  write  checks  not  associated  with  a 
transaction  and  can  define  sets  of  checks  to 
be  printed  automatically  upon  command. 

Of  course.  Business  Accountant  tracks 
the  current  balance  in  all  General  Ledger 
accounts,  but  if  the  account  is  for  a check- 
ing account  or  a credit  card,  it  can  also 
track  which  items  have  been  cleared  and 
which  have  not.  The  program  can  track 
two  balances  for  such  accounts:  the 
amount  according  to  your  books  and  the 
amount  on  the  bank’s  books. 

Business  Accountant  has  no  report  writ- 
er to  allow  you  to  define  your  own  reports, 
but  various  options  control  the  range  and 
types  of  information  you  get  in  standard  re- 
ports. Besides  the  standard  reports,  you 
can  also  get  instantaneous  reports  showing 
current  balances.  No  historical  reports  are 
available,  since  the  software  keeps  figures 
only  for  the  current  year,  throwing  away 
last  year’s  figures  at  year-end  closeout.  For 
more-complicated  reporting  tasks,  you  can 
use  the  export  capability,  which  produces 
worksheets  for  1-2-3,  Multiplan,  or  Visi- 
Calc. 

Business  Accountant  even  has  a built-in 
desk  calculator.  In  short,  it’s  a fast,  easy- 
to-use  bookkeeping  software  package — a 
good  choice  for  the  small-business  owner 
who  is  not  yet  ready  for  a full-fledged  ac- 
counting system. — ^John  J.  Xenakis 


The  Company  Books 

If  you  suffer  from  bookkeeping  stress, 
consider  The  Company  Books,  from 
Swiedler  Information  Systems.  The  $150 
program,  complete  with  General  Ledger, 
Accounts  Receivable,  and  Accounts  Pay- 
able functions,  is  designed  for  small  busi- 
nesses whose  owners  or  managers  may  be 
unfamiliar  with  sophisticated  accounting 
and  personal  finance  systems.  But  if 
you’re  an  experienced  accountant,  you’re 
likely  to  be  disappointed  with  this  pro- 
gram’s slow  select-the-unit-and-follow- 
the-prompt  form  of  bookkeeping. 

The  Company  Books  accommodates 
four  journal  types,  up  to  three  levels  of  ac- 
counts, three  types  of  budgets,  two  resi- 
dent account  charts,  long  remarks,  subor- 
dinate chart  copies,  customized  reports, 
and  consolidated  reporting  of  subsidiary 
companies,  as  well  as  invoicing,  check 
writing,  and  payroll.  The  program  easily 
handles  saving  and  restoring  data  and 
prompts  you  when  it  is  time  to  back  up 
data. 

Setup  and  configuration  procedures  are 
straightforward.  The  setup  procedure 
prompts  you  to  insert  the  disk  when  need- 
ed, and  a menu  helps  you  configure  the 
program  for  your  hardware. 

The  program’s  consistent-looking  in- 
terface is  easy  to  use.  The  screen  is  divided 
into  three  areas,  with  the  top  half  resem- 
bling part  of  a typical  handwritten  journal. 
The  lower-right  quarter  gives  the  charts, 
and  the  lower-left  quarter  gives  the  instruc- 
tion menus  that  walk  you  through  the  pro- 
gram’s functions. 


MFACT  FILE 


The  Company  Books, 
Version  2.02 
Swiedler  Information 
Systems  Inc . 

8825  Roswell  Rd..#592 
Atlanta.  GA  30350 
(800)  542-W84 
(4(U)  642-6484 

List  l*rice:  SI  50 

Requires:  320K  RAM:  two  disk  drives; 

DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A simple-to-u.se  program  for  small 
businesses  with  a large  number  of  features  for 
its  price:  a simple  select-thc-unit-and-follow  • 
lhe-promptformofbix>kkeeping.  Not  copy 
pnnected, 

CiRC’.~6»40NRgAD£QS£RVIC£CAfl0 


Selecting  a menu  instruction  or  a chart 
account  is  simple.  You  use  the  cursor  keys 
to  locate  the  desired  item;  then  you  press 
the  Enter  key  to  mark  it.  Displayed  above 
lower-  level  menus  are  the  menu  instruc- 
tions you  select  to  reach  the  current  menu 
depth.  This  setup  permits  you  to  retrace 
your  steps  visually. 

You  move  back  a step  by  depressing  the 
Esc  key  if  you  change  your  mind,  make  a 
wrong  selection,  or  enter  data  in  error. 
Pressing  Esc  again  undoes  the  preceding 
entry  or  selection. 

SMALL  QUIRKS  None  of  the  minor 
quirks  I found  were  bothersome.  A month- 
ly and  a yearly  option  and  their  invoked 
functions  were  reversed.  Prompt  text  re- 
quested a ZIP  code  when  it  needed  entry  of 
a year.  Requests  for  certain  screen  reports 


The  Company  Books 
has  an  easy-to-read 
screen  that  is 
arranged  in  three 
areas.  It  includes  a 
' 'ship-to'  ’ as  well  as  a 
mailing  address. 


The  CcMpaiis  Bogfcti  Uercion  2.0  tekit  Credit 


n«il in)  Addresi^ 

Ueierstort*  Unliaited 
<1973  Front  Rtrrrl 

Hewporl  Beech  CM  92660 

Fkoive  RMnher’  (7M)  610-3569 
Contect:  Jeff  Htilthntb 
Teras  Pue  in  30.  no  diecount 


Ckartt 

nodif)  Account  Inforaetion 
peyor  Account  inforantioii 
type  in  tpeci*l  pnyaent  terns 


Shippin)  Address: 

Usterstorts  Unliaited 
3116  Wrinont  Rnnil 

Los  ftnseies  CA  9B07I 

Shipper; 


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121 


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received  a “Printer  not  ready"  response. 

The  Company  Books  has  one  notable 
fault,  though:  the  user  manual.  Although 
the  manual  contains  370  pages,  divided 
into  12  chapters  and  five  books,  it  does  not 
adequately  tell  you  what  to  do,  and  it  laeks 
a section  on  how  to  set  up  an  existing  com- 
pany. There’s  no  overall  table  of  contents, 
index,  or  nitorial;  and  what  could  pass  as  a 
glossary  is  positioned  near  the  back  as  the 
ninth  chapter.  Menu  illustrations  in  the  text 
are  not  headed  with  titles,  and  none  are 
screen  shots,  making  it  difficult  to  distin- 
guish a menu  from  text.  A simple  scieen- 
by-scteen  tutorial  would  eertainly  speed 
comprehension. 

On  the  plus  side,  Swiedler’s  exemplary 
telephone  support  personnel  are  informed, 
patient,  and  eouiteous.  The  company  sells 
the  program  in  a one-month  encrypted  trial 
mode.  If  you’re  not  satisfied  at  that  time,  it 
refunds  the  purchase  price. 

The  true  potential  of  The  Company 
Books  will  go  unrealized  until  Swiedler 
corrects  several  inconsistencies  and  im- 
proves the  user  manual.  But  if  you  need  a 
simple  beginning  accounting  package  with 
good  vendor  support,  you’ll  find  The 
Company  Books  eminently  user-friendly 
and  easy  to  use,  despite  the  inadequate 
user  manual.  On  the  other  hand,  seasoned 
users  may  not  have  the  patience  to  work 
with  its  slow,  beginner-oriented 
speed. — Kenneth  H.  Werner 


CPA+ 


CPA* , from  FrontRunner  Development 
Corp.,  is  a relatively  inexpensive  add-on 
to  what  has  become,  for  many  small-busi- 
ness accountants,  their  stock-in-trade 
spreadsheet:  Lotus’s  1-2-3.  The  $199 
CPA*  is  actually  a well-designed  series  of 
1-2-3  templates. 

Because  of  the  template  format,  install- 
ing CPA*  and  setting  up  a company  is 
easy.  First,  you  enter  descriptive  informa- 
tion (name,  address,  and  so  forth)  and  des- 
ignate the  eompany  type  as  serviee,  retail, 
or  manufacturing.  This  designation  deter- 
mines the  format  of  statements  available  as 
standard  reports.  At  this  stage,  you  also 
define  journal  sizes  (number  of  entries)  ac- 
eording  to  guidelines  based  on  your  PC’s 
memory. 


FACT 


FILE 


CPA* 

RtmlRunner 
Development  Cofp. 
I46S6  Oxnard  St. 
VmNuys.CA  91411 
(800)6S4>7494 
(818)376-1322 
List  Price:  $199 
Requires:  384K  RAM;  two  disk  drives  os 
harddisk;  Lotus'$y-2-i.  Release  lAor2.0; 
DOS  2.0orl^er. 

In  Sbwl:  An  easy-to-use,  menu-driven, 
7-2-i-driven  accounting  program  that  inte- 
gr^es  general  bookkeqnng  functions 
through  the  use  of  journals.  Best  suited  for  a 
small  company  with  basic  accounting  needs. 
Not  copy  protected. 

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Next,  you  set  up  your  company's  led- 
ger. The  program  includes  a basic  chart  of 
93  accounts  that  you  can  quickly  modify 
by  adding  new  aceounts  or  by  deleting  or 
ehanging  existing  ones.  The  account  struc- 
ture is  based  on  ranges  of  five-digit  ac- 
count codes,  which  may  not  be  adequate 
for  companies  desiring  reports  on  a depart- 
mental or  other  subaecount  level. 

When  entering  beginning  balances  into 
the  ledger,  as  well  as  details  of  aeeounts  re- 
eeivable  and  payable  balances  into  the  ap- 
propriate journals,  you  can  either  follow 
the  CPA*  prompts  or  enter  data  directly 
through  1-2-3.  The  program’s  prompts  en- 
sure proper  formats,  completeness,  and 
mathematical  accuracy  by  issuing  error 
messages  when  appropriate.  Direct  data 
entry  is  fa.ster,  but  CPA  * does  not  identify 


errors  until  the  ledger  is  updated. 

You  must  verify  the  accuracy  of  the  be- 
ginning balances  manually,  since  CPA* 
does  not  flag  an  out-of-balance  condition 
at  this  point. 

The  information  CPA*  maintains  for 
customers  and  vendors  is  limited  to  cur- 
rent-period activity  and  names,  addresses, 
and  telephone  numbers  that  you  enter  into 
the  Names  journal,  from  which  the  pro- 
gram prints  mailing  labels,  envelopes,  and 
checks.  CPA*  uses  six  other  journals  for 
entering  various  transactions:  Purchase 
and  Expense,  Sales,  Check/Cash  Dis- 
bursements, Deposit/Cash  Receipts,  Em- 
ployee Payroll,  and  the  General  Journal. 

ENTERING  TRANSACTIONS  The 

program  records  vendor  and  customer 
transactions  in  the  Purchase  and  Expense 
and  the  Sales  journals,  respectively.  Infor- 
mation entered  includes  company,  trans- 
action date,  the  reference  number,  total 
amount,  allocation  amount,  account  and 
due  date  (for  accounts  payable  only). 
CPA*  checks  agreement  of  the  allocations 
to  the  total  amount  at  this  time,  but  checks 
account  validity  during  the  ledger  update. 
In  addition,  the  program  maintains  the  bal- 
ance of  each  item  and  automatically  up- 
dates it  for  receipts  or  disbursements. 

When  applying  cash  receipts,  CPA* 
first  lists  all  open  receivables  and  then 
prompts  you  to  enter  the  amount  received 
as  well  as  discounts  taken  for  each  item. 
Next  you  enter  the  deposit  date  and  the 
number;  then  the  program  automatically 
posts  and  displays  the  Deposit/Cash  Re- 
ceipts journal. 

To  process  cash  disbursements  (ac- 


iue:  mm 

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CPA  * lets  you  enter  a 
lot  of  information  on 
vendors — an  asset 
when  you  need  to  track 
the  account. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
122 


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Rist\™i  Hercules. 


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Hercules  RamFont  lets  spreadsheets  like  I-2-3  display  neariy 
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counts  payable),  you  go  directly  to  the 
Print  Checks  option  instead  of  a data  entry 
option.  You  may  choose  to  pay  either  all 
payables  or  a range  of  payables;  the  range 
may  be  a specific  vendor  or  transactions 
within  a specified  date  range.  Unfortunate- 
ly, the  date  range  is  based  on  the  transac- 
tion date  and  not  the  due  date. 

Once  you  make  your  selection,  the  sys- 
tem displays  all  items  that  meet  your  crite- 
ria and  prompts  you  to  enter  the  desired 
payment  amount  and  any  discount  for  each 
item.  Warning;  no  edit  procedures  here 
prevent  you  from  paying  an  amount  great- 
er than  the  balance.  When  the  entry  pro- 
cess is  complete,  CPA  *'  prompts  you  for 
the  check  date  and  the  first  check  number. 
It  prints  the  checks  and  automatically  posts 
and  displays  the  Check/Cash  Disburse- 
ments journal. 

The  General  Journal  records  all  adjust- 
ing and  closing  entries,  as  well  as  any 
transactions  that  do  not  fit  into  the  other 
journals.  It  does  not  allow  for  automatic 
entries  (recurring  or  reversing). 

The  CPA*  user  manual  is  well  orga- 
nized and  comprehensive.  Its  mtorial  takes 
you  through  a sample  of  the  main  transac- 
tions you  are  likely  to  perform,  making  the 
actual  use  of  the  software  easy. 

Although  larger  businesses  will  want  to 
look  elsewhere,  small  businesses  with 
modest  accounting  needs  will  find  CPA*  a 
very  gtxxl  alternative  to  more  expensive 
accounting  software. 

— ^Thomas  A.  Meyers 


Dac  Easy  Accounting 

Dac  Easy  Accounting,  from  Dac  Soft- 
ware, has  earned  a reputation  as  a low-cost 
($69.95),  functional  accounting  package 
and  has  earned  a place  among  the  nation’s 
top  sellers  since  it  was  released  in  April 
1985.  Version  2.0  has  the  same  seven 
modules,  but  more  features  and  reports. 
It's  also  easier  on  the  user,  with  improved 
screens  and  on-line  help. 

The  new  version  includes  an  automatic 
installation  program.  Your  first  task  is  to 
set  up  the  General  Ledger  by  designing 
your  chart  of  accounts.  Dac  Easy  Account- 
ing allows  six  alphanumeric  characters  in 
the  account  number.  You  can  enter  yearly 
budgets  by  using  the  General  Ledger  or  the 


Dac  Easy  Accounting, 
Version  2.0 
Dac  Software  tnc. 

4S0I  Spring  Valley  Rd. 
Bldg.  I lOB 
Dallas.  TX  75244 
(800)992-7779 
(214)458-0038 


Requires:  256K  RAM;  two  disk  drives;  con- 
den^  type  or  132-coluninprinter.  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 


In  Short:  The  nation’s  top-selling  account- 
ing program.  A flexible,  iiKxpensive  pack- 
age with  many  unexpected  features;  sur- 
passes the  original  version  in  Irxrk, 
organization,  and  ease  of  use.  Not  copy  pro- 


tected. 


CinCLEaiO  ON  HEAD6B  SERVICE  CABO 


Forecasting  riKxIules,  and  you  can  alter 
budgets  during  the  year.  If  you  intend  to 
use  other  modules,  you  set  up  the  General 
Ledger  interface  file  once  you’ve  estab- 
lished the  chart  of  accounts.  Finally,  you 
specify  whether  or  not  your  business  uses 
profit  or  cost  departments. 

Dac  Easy  Accounting  requires  that  you 
enter  General  Ledger  transactions  grouped 
in  batches  by  journal  type.  The  other  mod- 
ules automatically  assign  journal  types  to 
batches  of  transactions.  You  can  delete  or 
change  transaction  batches  until  the  time 
they  are  posted,  as  long  as  another  module 
has  not  automatically  prepared  them. 

Two  accounting  periods  can  be  open  at 


the  same  time.  You  don’t  have  to  wait  until 
all  prior-period  transactions  are  entered  be- 
fore proceeding  with  the  next  period.  The 
only  requirement  is  that  transactions  not  be 
posted  to  the  new  period  before  the  old  pe- 
riod is  closed. 

When  an  accounting  period  is  closed, 
Dac  Easy  Accounting  automatically  de- 
letes all  uansactions  for  that  period.  You 
must  save  month-end  backups  if  you  want 
to  look  at  prior-period  transactions  on-line. 

NEW  REPORTS  Dac  Easy  Accounting 
can  produce  Audit  Trail  reports  by  batch  or 
account  code  for  the  period.  New  reports 
in  Version  2.0  include  a standard  balance 
sheet,  income  statement,  and  statement  of 
changes  in  financial  position.  The  ability 
to  calculate  financial  ratios  such  as  liquid- 
ity, turnover,  and  profitability  is  also  new. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  is  flexi- 
ble and  easy  to  use.  You  can  set  up  vendors 
as  open  item  or  balance  forward,  so  you 
can  track  transaction  information  in  detail 
or  at  a summary  level.  The  program  enters 
opening  balances  through  the  vendor 
maintenance  screen,  which  creates  a batch 
of  transactions  with  a (System  Setup)  jour- 
nal type.  It  posts  the  total  to  the  Journal 
Difference  account.  This  account  balance 
is  reversed  when  you  input  your  opening 
general  ledger  account  balances. 

New  in  Version  2.0’s  Accounts  Pay- 
able module  is  the  payments  and  adjust- 
ments screen,  which  displays  all  transac- 
tions for  a vendor  and  allows  you  to  scroll 
through  and  select  invoices  for  payment  or 
adjustments.  Also  new  is  a Payments  and 


Dac Easy 

Accounting'r  General 
Ledger  chart-of- 
accounts  nutintenance 
provides  on-tine 
inquiry  into  an 
account's  previous 
balance,  the  period 
balance,  and 
historical  balances 
and  variances. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
124 


De-cl(xie%ur  Compatible 
\^%h  Hercules. 


Most  popular  IBM  PC/XT/AT 
compatible  computers 
really  stand  out  with  Hercules 
Graphics  Cards. 

That’s  because  our  cards  can 
actually  improve  the  way  soft- 
ware runs  on  the  COMPAQ 
DeskPro  286/386,  Lead- 
ing Edge  Model  D,  and 
IBM  compatible  models 
from  Epson,  Hewlett- 
Packard,  Kaypro,  NCR, 

Thndy,  Zenith,  and 
many  others. 


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can  have  the  true  text  speed 
display  of  italics,  subscripts 
and  superscripts.  And,  it  ena- 
bles add-on  packages  to  open 
up  whole  new  areas  of  font  and 
foreign  character  display  for 
programs  like  WordPerfect, 
WordStar,  and  Multimate; 


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Three  Modes  You 
Need  for  Your 
Software. 


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Both  the  Hercules  Graphics  Card  Plus 
(for  TTL  monochrome  monitors)  and  new 
Hercules  InColor  Card  (for  multi-sync 
and  enhanced  color  “EGA  type”  monitors) 
contain  the  three  modes  you  need  to  get  the 
most  out  of  software  on  your  compatible. 
High  Resolution  Graphics:  Your  PC  benefits 
from  Hercules’  crisp  720x348  resolution- 
the  highest  popularly  supported  standard- 
in  monochrome,  or  up  to  16  colors. 
RamFont  Mode:  This  powerful  new  mode 
allows  popular 
programs  to  dis- 
play up  to  3,072 
software  definable 
characters  instead 
of  the  fixed  256 
ASCII  character 
set. 

Tkct  Mode:  Thou- 
sands of  standard 
text  programs  run 
on  both  Hercules 
cards. 

With  RamFont, 

Lotus  1-2-3  and 
Symphony  display 

nearly  twice  their  regular  spreadsheet  data . . 
with  no  loss  in  scrolling  speed.  Microsoft 
Word  runs  up  to  four  times  faster.  Lotus  Man 
uscript,  and  many  other  word  processors. 


while  providing  power- 
ful capabilities  for  soft- 
ware of  the  future. 

We  Love  Compatibility 

Our  Graphics  Card 
Plus  and  new  InColor 
Card  are  completely 
compatible  with  each 
other.  So  you  can 


Hercules  720xS48  resolution  and  RainForit  are  now  available 
in  up  to  16  colors  on  your  multi-sync  or  “EGA  Tk/pe”  monitor. 

easily  move  your  software  from  mono  to 
color  systems  and  back  again  without 


Graphics  Card 


worrying  about 
video  drivers. 

So  to  get  the 
most  out  of  your 
software,  specify  a 
Hercules  Graphic 
Card  Plus  or  a 
Hercules  InColor 
Card  for  your  sys- 
tem. And  make 
your  compatible 
more  than  a clone. 


Hercules  Graphics 
Card  Plus 

(Fttr  mtmiH'hr’tme  numUors) 

Incliidfs  the  ihrt't*  nitKlfs  your 
softwsire  im'imLs  numt. 

• SuituUini  Tktl—Fnrlhtnmamh 
of  test-based  programs 

• Hercules  72(kcd4f{graphics— 
highe.st  popularly  supported  standard 

• Hermit  RamF(mt~^,07li  software 
d^nahle  characters  impmte  many  popular 
soflu'are  programs.  (C^ for  the  latest  list.) 


Hercules  cards  with  RamFont  let 
2'2’3,  and  other  popular  spread- 
sheets, display  nearly  twice  the  data 
with  no  loss  in  scrolling  speed 

Hercules  InColor  Card 

(Pormulii-sync  and  enhanced 

cotor  ‘EGA-type"  monitors.) 

Runs  all  Hercules  monochrome  software  in 

2 colors,  most  popular  software  in  up  to  16 

colors  selected  from  a palette  of  64. 

• .S'fandanf  Tkxt — All  programs  run  in  i 
ormorecotors. 

• Hercules  TSOr.i^S graphics  in  up  to  16 
colors — 15%  higher  resolution  than  EGA 

• Hercules  RamFont — .%072  softu^art 
d^nable  characters  in  16  colors  up  to 
12,288 in  2 colttrs. 


For  more  information  call  Hercules  toll-free  at 
1.800-532-0600  Ext.  302.  In  Canada,  1-800-323-0601  Ext.  302. 

Hercules 

nmyour  software  better. 


Hercules  (’()mputerT>‘chnolo©’.  25.50  Ninth  Str«H*t.  Berkeley,  CaliforniafMTlO; Tech  sumM»rt;(4 15)  540-074H;  Sales:  (4 16)  .540-02 12.  Hercules.  RamFont  an«l  Int  ‘olor  are  trademarks  ttf 
Hercules  Computer 'nH-hiiol(»Ky.  t Xht'r  pnsiucl.s  are  trademarks  of  their  resp«H-tive  holders.  C 1UH7  Hercules  Computer  ItH-hnoiotty. 

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■ ACCOUNTING 


ac  Easy  Accounting 
continues  to  have  a 
lineup  of  extras  you’d 
expect  to  find  only  in 
expensive,  high-end 
programs. 


Adjustments  journal  that  lists  computer- 
generated and  manually  prepared  checks. 

The  program  supports  multiple  bank 
accounts  but  restricts  you  to  one  bank  ac- 
count per  check  mn.  It  can  produce  Check 
Preview  and  Check  Register  journals  for 
validation  purposes.  Other  reports  include 
a vendor  listing,  detail  aged  analysis,  state- 
ments, and  labels,  all  of  which  can  be  sott- 
ed by  one  of  five  main  categories  and  ten 
subcategories. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  mir- 
rors the  Accounts  Payable  module.  New  in 
Version  2.0  is  the  cash  receipts  screen, 
which  displays  all  transactions  for  a cus- 
tomer and  allows  you  to  scroll  through  to 
select  invoices  for  payment  or  adjust- 
ments. The  module  processes  transactions 
in  batches,  and  it  can  print  a journal  for 
validation  before  posting  to  the  Accounts 
Receivable  subledger  and  the  General 
Ledger. 

Daily  reports  include  a Sales  journal 
and  a Cash  Receipts  journal.  As  in  the  Ac- 
counts Payable  module,  other  reports  in- 
clude a customer  listing,  detail  aged  analy- 
sis, statements,  and  labels,  all  of  which 
can  be  sorted  by  one  of  five  main  catego- 
ries and  ten  subcategories.  Dac  Easy  Ac- 
counting can  print  statements  on  preprint- 
ed or  general-purpose  Accounts 
Receivable  forms. 

The  Version  2.0  documentation  is  bet- 
ter than  that  of  Version  1 .0  but  should  in- 
clude more  detail  on  how  to  set  up  opening 
balances  and  departments.  The  manual 
also  includes  an  accounting  tutor. 

Back  in  October  1985,  PC  Magazine 
chose  Dac  Easy  Accounting  as  its  first  Edi- 


tor’s Choice  for  low-cost  accounting  pro- 
grams. The  latest  version  maintains  the 
original's  ease  of  use  but  far  surpasses  it  in 
form  and  function.  Despite  its  amazing 
low  price , Dac  Easy  Accounting  continues 
to  have  a lineup  of  extras  you’d  expect  to 
find  only  in  expensive,  high-end  pro- 
grams.— Dave  R.  Coulombe 


Indian  Ridge 
Accounting  Software 


Indian  Ridge  Accounting  Software  sports 
some  high-end  features  without  a high-end 
price  tag.  With  each  module  only  $49.95, 
Indian  Ridge  Enterprises  intends  to  take  a 
whack  at  Dac.  the  vendor  of  the  highly 
successful,  also  low-priced  Dac  Easy  Ac- 
counting (also  reviewed  here). 

Although  the  fact  that  you  can  either 
purchase  each  Indian  Ridge  module  sepa- 
rately for  standalone  use  or  integrate  them 
together  is  a clever  approach,  no  main 
menu  lets  you  access  all  the  modules  with- 
out exiting  to  the  operating  system.  A sep- 
arate product.  Window  Masters,  links  the 
modules  more  efficiently. 

A menu-driven  routine  makes  installing 
the  software  easy.  Novice  users  can  quick- 
ly choose  preselected  parameters  for  ac- 
counting and  system  features  and  later  re- 
fine them  for  greater  sophistication. 

The  General  Ledger  account  structure 
is  fairly  rigid,  as  is  typical  in  low-end  pack- 
ages. A four-digit  code  defines  the  prime 
accounts,  with  a two-digit  code  added  for 
departments.  Because  financial  statement 
formatting  is  hard-coded  into  the  program. 


FACT 


FILE 


B Indian  Ridge 

Accounting  Software 
Indian  Ridge 
Enierprises  Inc. 
508Seci>ndSt..Jack 
London  Sq. 

Oakland.  CA  94607 
(8(X))  992-9255 
(800)  992-9245  (in  Calif.) 
(415)258-1631 


List  Prices:  $49.95  per  mixlule. 

Requires:  1 28K  RA.Vl;  two  disk  drives: 
DOS2.0or  later. 

In  Short:  A low -end.  inexpensive,  menu- 
driven  accounting  system  with  mcxlules  that 
work  separately  or  together;  especially  effec- 
tive for  companies  that  w ant  to  start  out  by 
automating  a single  application.  Not  copy 
protected. 

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the  accounts  must  fall  into  system-desig- 
nated ranges. 

Each  data  entry  screen  prominently  dis- 
plays the  company  name — a big  help  if 
you’re  working  on  more  than  one  compa- 
ny. (Although  Indian  Ridge  supports  mul- 
tiple companies,  it  cannot  consolidate 
them.)  The  running  total  on  the  journal  en- 
try screen  helps  track  multiple-line  entries. 
Unlike  low-end  systems  that  require  a mi- 
nus sign  to  signify  a credit  entry,  Indian 
Ridge  uses  the  unconventional  (and  con- 
fusing) approach  of  requiring  a minus  sign 
when  a debit  is  made  to  an  account  that 
normally  carries  a credit  balance,  and  vice 
versa. 

Fixed  financial  statement  formats  like 


WAVE'S  SUKFBOARBS 

ACCOUNTS  FAYAILE 

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Indian  Ridge 
Accounting 
Software's  voucher 
entry  screen  in 
Accounts  Payable  lets 
you  record  prepaid 
bills  in  one  step — a 
task  that  often  takes 
two  steps  in  other 
packages. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SE  PT  E M B E R I 5.  1 98  7 
126 


Networks  Love  Hercules. 


Mono  to  Color  Compatibility  Make  Driver 
Worries  a Thing  of  the  Past. 

If  you’re  trying  to  tie  together  your  IBM 
compatible  PCs,  you  don’t  need  us  to  tell  you 
about  the  hassles  of  different  kinds  of  color 
and  monochrome  monitors  and  graphic 
cards  requiring  different  video  drivers  for 
different  software  spread  throughout 
your  network. 


A single  unified 
driver  nms  man  g 
f)rogramsin 
rnonockroTne.. 


installed  with  the  program  at  the  file  server 
will  work  with  both  your  mono  and  color 
PCs.  And  that’s  one  less  thing  to  worry  about. 

We  Run  Software  Better. 

That  gre^  compatibility  and  unified  driver 
concept  is  just  one  of  the  ways  we  improve 
the  way  software  runs,  on  or  off 
a network. 


. . . avd  in  full  color 
imdifferent 
{‘C/monitor 
combination.':. 


Ltn, .■■-ITrt A 


Hercules  can  make  your  life  a bit  easier. 
And  while  we’re  at  it,  improve  the  way  yom 
software  runs.  Our  suggestion: 

You’ve  probably  already  standardized  on 
Hercules  cards  for  your  monochrome  PCs. 
We  suggest  you  also  standardize  on  Hercules 
for  your  enhanced  color  systems. 

Good-bye  Driver  Worries. 

Our  new  InColor  Card  is  fully  compati- 
ble with  Hercules  monochrome  cards.  This 
means  it  will  run  every  one  of  the  thousands 
of  programs  written  for  those  cards  in  two 
colors,  using  the 
standard  mono- 
chrome driver 
included  with  the 
software. 

And  most  popu- 
lar programs... 
like  1-2-3,  Sym- 
phony, Frame- 
work, AutoCAD, 
and  many  others 
use  a single  driver 
to  run  in  full  color 
(up  to  16  colors 
selected  from  a 
palette  of  64)  on 
our  InColor  Card, 

and  in  mono  on  our  monochrome  cards. 

What  it  all  adds  up  to  is  this:  If  you’ve 
standardized  on  Hercules,  a single  driver 


Your  software  also  benefits  from  Hercules’ 
crisp  720x348  resolution— the  highest  popu- 
larly supported  standard  in  monochrome  or 
full  color. 

And  Hercules  exclusive  RamFont  mode 
improves  the  performance  of  spreadsheets 
and  word  processors  (1-2-3,  Symphony, 
FrEunework,  Word,  Manuscript,  and  many 
others)  by  letting  them  display  up  to  3,072 
software  definable  characters  instead  of  the 
fixed  256  ASCII  character  set. 

So,  to  get  the  most  from  your  software  and 
your  network,  specify  the  Hercules  Graphics 
Card  Plus,  or  the  Hercules  InColor  Card 
for  your  systems.  Your  network  will  love 
you  for  it. 


1-80(^532-0600  ExL  302.  In  Canada,  1-8003231)601  ExL  302. 

Hercules 

nmjmir  software  better. 


Graphics  Card 


Hercules  Graphics 
Card  Plus 

(FormtnuH'hwnir  nnmilors) 
ku'ludt's  ihf  Uiret*  mtKlosyour 
software  ihhhIs  m«mt: 

• Standard  Tkrt — For  thousands 
of  text-based  proffraTns 

• Hercules  72(kcS48 graphics— 
highest  popularly  supported  standard 

• Hercules  RamFont — 3,07S  so/luiare 
d^nable  characters  imprmv  many  popular 
so/tware programs.  (Caiifor  the  latest  list) 


Hercules  InColor  Card 

(For  multi-sync  and  enhanced 
color  "EGA-type"  monitors. ) 

Runs  all  Hercules  monochrome  software  In 
2 colors,  most  popular  software  in  up  to  16 
colors  selected  from  a palette  of  64. 

• StojuiardTket — All  programs  run  in  2 
ormorecolors. 

• Hercules  720x34S  graphics  in  up  to  16 
colors — 15%  higher  resolution  than  EGA. 

• Hercules  RamFont — 3.072  software 
dutiable  characters  in  16  colors  up  to 
12,288 in  2 colors. 


For  more  information  call  Hercules  toll-free  at: 


Hercuks  Computer ’Ibchnoloa^aMONInlh^l.  Berkeley.  (Wornia  9471(1;  TWhsuppt>it:(416)fM04)749:Sales;(415)54(M)2 12.  Hernjles.RamFonl  and  liK^otor  are  traded 

of  Hercules  ( omputer  Ibchnology.  Other  products  are  trademarks  of  their  respective  holders.  O 1987  Hercules  Computer  'frchnology. 


CIRCLE  142  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


Our  new  desktop  manager  is  more 
than  you  bargained  for. 


No  matter  how  you  define  “desktop 
accessory  products,”  Metro"  rewrites 
the  category. 

PC  Wjrld  calls  it  ‘ 'the  most  com- 
prehensive assemblage  of  desktop 
accessories  to  date.' ' And  Info  Wsrld 
says  simply,  “At  $85,  it  qualifies  as 
one  of  the  year’s  best  bargains .' ' 

The  all-things-are-possible 
program. 

But  what  is  Metro?  And  what  will  it 
do  for  you? 

According  to  PC  Magazine,  it's  an 
unprotected,  “all-thin^-are-possible 
terminateandstay  resident  (TSR) 
progr™  that  can  potentially  replace 
most,  if  not  all,  of  the  TSRs  you  cus- 
tomarily use.” 

A powerfnl  macro  function  and 
12  ambitions  accessories. 

Quite  a mouthful.  But,  then  again, 
quite  a product.  Metro  combines 
a powerful  macro  processor  with 
12  other  accessories.  Of  the  macro 
function.  Info  World  writes, "...  (it) 
goes  further  than  similar  products 
and  provides  the  elements  of  a 
simple  programming  language.” 

“In  a word,’ ' continues  FC  M^- 
zine,  “excellent.” 

Of  the  12  other  accessories.  Info 
World  noted  “ ...  we  expected  a few  of  them  to  be  of  limited  use- 
fulness or  poorly  implemented.  Vk  did  not  find  this  to  be  true.” 
These  accessories  indude: 

• The  fitet  which  organizes  data  and  program  files,  and  performs 
DOS  functions. 

• The  editor,  which  allows  you  to  write  memos,  letters,  and  reports 
without  leaving  Lotus  1-2-3*  or  Symphony.* 

• The  Phonebook,  which  dials  your  phone  and  produces  mailing 
labels. 

• The  dipboard.  which  moves  data  fiom  one  Metro  accessory 
to  another,  and  transfers  data  fiom  one  application  program 
to  another, 

• The  list  manager,  which  maintains  to-do  lists,  and  tracks  tasks 
and  projects. 

• The  watch,  with  alarm,  which  times  up  to  100  individual  tasks. 

• The  calculator,  with  exponential  display,  which  performs  arith- 
metic and  financial  calculations. 

• The  notepad,  which  records  ideas,  memoranda,  and  notes. 

• The  appointment  book,  with  audible  alarm,  which  maintains  daily, 
weekly  and  monthly  calendars. 

• The  kaleidoscope,  which  custonrizes  the  accessory  display  for  color 
monitors. 

• The  configuration,  which  manges  the  memory  allocation  of 
Metro  and  customizes  its  functionality. 

• And  the  spedal  characters,  which  serve  as  a reference  for  ASCII 
characters. 


A real  solution  to  EAM-Cram. 

What  makes  Metro  more  functional 
than  any  comparable  product  is  that 
all  12  of  its  accessories  need  not  be  in 
memory  at  the  same  time.  Once  the 
Metro  kernel  is  loaded,  you  mt^  call 
up  any  or  all  of  the  12  accessories, 
customizing  your  own  program. 

In  the  words  of  P.C.  Letter, ' 'Metro 
offers  a comprehensive,  essentially 
bullet-proof,  single  vendor  alterna- 
tive’ ’ to  using  other,  incompatible 
accessories.  And  you  can  unload  it 
fiom  memory  with  a single 
keystroke. 

' 'What’s  most  attractive  about 
Metro,”  continues  P.C.  Letter, 

' 'is  that  you  don’t  have  to  worry 
about  its  accessories  killing  each 
other  or  the  applicatiori  ’ you’  re 
using  Metro  essentially  provides 
“that  iong  awaited,  mudi  debated 
solution  to  what’s  fondly  known 
asRAM-Cram.” 

An  ever-expanding 
environment. 

Metro  saves  you  time.  Makes  you 
more  efficient.  And  accepts  standard 
Lotus*  commands.  What’s  more,  it 
provides  an  ever  growing  environ- 
ment that  will  mSte  it ' 'even  more 
far-reaching  and  powerful  ’ ’ (PC  Magazine). 

$85  and  available  now. 

Amid  all  this  praise,  there  must  be  a problem,  you  think,  ftrhaps 
it’s  difficult  to  use?  Not  so,  says  Info  ^rld.  had  Metro  up  and 

running  20  minutes  after  tearing  off  the  shrink  wrap.’  ’ 

Now  you  can,  too,  Fbr  only  $^,  you  can  have  Metro,  the  software 
PC  Magkine  has ' 'vying  for  honors  as  the  king  of  the  TSR  programs.’  ’ 
Unprotected,  customizi)le,  sure  to  save  you  time  and  trouble, 

Metro  is  the  management  tool  you’ve  been  longing  for. 

So  visit  your  authorized  Lotus  dealer.  Or  call  1-800-345-1043 
today.  Ask  for  product  no.  QS- 1690.  (For  more  information,  ask  for 
QS  2821.)  Order  your  copy  of  Metro  now.  For  only  $85,  you'll  be 
getting  more  than  you  bargained  for. 

Lotas  Metro 

The  memory-resident  desktop  manager  combining  twelve 
accessories  and  a povverful  macros  program. 

System  Requirements:  Lotus  hlelJD  runs  on  KM*  PC/XT  (btuble  PC.  Rirtable  AT* 

COMPAQ  POCTABL£.*  (XMRAQ  PLUS.*  COMMQ  DGSKPRO*  T«d  5. 25*  double  sicM  disk  drivfs 
(hard  disk  reaimmended  foropumal  performance).  Minimum  of  80K  required  for  RAM-resident 
kernel  (rf Metro.  DOS  2.0or  hi^er.  hfotro  is  unfHotected  and  can  be  removed  from  roemorv 

Lotus  Metro  runs  with  a wi^  variety  of  software  programs,  including  1-2-3*  Symphc^* 
Symphony  SpeUingChedter,  Symphony  IhxtOuUiner,  1-2-3  Report  Whterr  and  Si^ 

® 1987  l/Aus  Development  Corporation. 

Lotus.  12-3  and  Symptwny  are  registered  trademarte,  and  1-2-3  Report  VMer.  Signal  and  Metro 
are  trademarks  of  LcAus  Development  Corporation. 


CIRCLE  349  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


■ ACCOUNTING 


Indian  Ridge’s  require  little  effort  to  set  up 
and  are  often  all  that  a small  company 
needs.  General  Ledger  produces  the  stan- 
dard journals — Original  Entry,  Summary 
Trial  Balance,  and  Detail  Trial  Balance. 
Indian  Ridge  offers  no  provision  for  bud- 
geting or  comparisons  with  prior  actuals. 

Accounts  Payable  neatly  records, 
tracks,  and  pays  the  bills.  It  sports  high- 
level  features  such  as  recurring  vouchers, 
and  it  is  able  to  record  a bill  as  prepaid  in 
one  data-enlry  session.  You  can  transfer 
data  from  Accounts  Payable  to  the  General 
Ledger  in  detail — a great  help  in  reconcil- 
ing accounts. 

You  must  set  up  a chart  of  accounts  in 
the  Accounts  Payable  module,  which  is 
necessary,  of  course,  when  running  in 
standalone  mode  but  redundant  when  in- 
terfaced with  the  General  Ledger.  Another 
drawback:  you  access  each  vendor  by  a 
system-assigned  vendor  number  instead  of 
an  easy-to-remember  user-deftned  code. 

You  enter  bills  via  a voucher-entry 
screen  that  allows  expense  distribution  to 
multiple  accounts.  Indian  Ridge  handles 
bills  and  payments  flexibly  and  quickly, 
giving  you  various  options  to  accommo- 
date your  needs. 

You  can  generate  management  reports 
that  show  an  aging  of  payables  and  the 
cash  requited  to  pay  bills  that  are  due  as  of 
a user-designated  date.  An  admirably  flex- 
ible routine  can  change  any  bill's  due  date 
and  set  up  any  bill  for  partial  payment. 
Also,  a vendor  history  report  shows  pur- 
chase and  payment  history  by  vendor. 

Basic  functions  Accounts  Receiv- 
able records  credit  sales,  cash  sales,  cred- 
its, and  payments  and  produces  various  re- 
ports and  statements.  It  also  handles 
recurring  invoices  set  up  as  installment- 
type  sales  or  simple  recurring  periodic 
ch^es.  The  payment  application  screen 
offers  no  on-line  access  to  unpaid  in- 
voices. 

The  aged  trial  balance  ages  invoices  or 
balances  by  three  user-defined  periods. 
The  listing  includes  the  customer’s  phone 
number,  handy  when  you  have  to  c^l  de- 
linquents. A helpful  summary  shows  per- 
centages, numbers  of  transactions,  and  av- 
erage invoice  amount. 

Also  available  ate  Inventory  and  Order 
Entry/Invoicing  modules  and  business 


tools,  including  windowing,  word  pro- 
cessing, and  mail-merge.  Each  module’s 
manual  is  over  100  pages  and  includes  a 
brief  tutorial,  but  they  could  use  mote  em- 
phasis on  accounting. 

Indian  Ridge  is  an  effective  low-end  ac- 
counting system  for  companies  that  want 
to  start  out  by  automating  a single  applica- 
tion. Accounts  Receivable  and  Accounts 
Payable  each  offer  a low-priced,  simple, 
standalone  solution  that  can  eliminate  a lot 
of  time-consuming  manual  work. 

— Steve  Gentino 


LH  Chief  and 
The  Golden  Eagle 


Li'l  Chief  and  The  Golden  Eagle,  from 
Thoughtware  Publishing,  Co.,  ate  two  ba- 
sic small-business  accounting  systems  that 
can  work  together.  Golden  Eagle  helps  to 
make  up  for  some  deficiencies  in  Li'l 
Chief  s Generai  Ledger.  Wl  Chief  has  its 
roots  back  in  the  world  of  CP/M.  It  was 
brought  into  MS-DOS  as  a low-end,  no- 
frills system.  Its  three  ttKxlules — General 
Ledger,  Accounts  Receivable,  and  Ac- 
counts Payable — ate  available  for  $150 
each  or  $350  together. 

Since  The  Golden  Eagle's  slightly 
mote  sophisticated  General  Ledger,  which 
sells  for  $400,  can  read  Li'l  Chief  files,  ac- 
countants whose  clients  use  Li'l  Chief  may 
find  it  helpful  for  maintaining  the  general 
ledgers  and  producing  financial  reports. 
Both  programs  will  handle  multiple  com- 
panies, but  without  consolidation. 

Installing  Wl  Chief  is  simple,  but  the 


FACT  FILE 


U‘l  Chief  and  The 
Golden  Eagle 
Thoughlware 
Publishing  Co. 

P.O.  Box  669 
Grants  Pass.  OR  97526 
(503)476-1468 
List  Price:  U'l  Chief  . 
General  Ledger.  Accounts  Receivable.  Ac- 
counts Payable.  $ 1 50  each  or  $350  for  all 
three.  The  Golden  Eagle:  $400  for  GenenJ 
Ledger;  one  other  module  available . Can  be 
used  together  or  separately . 

Requires:  64K  RAM;  two  floppy  disk 
drives,  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  U'l  Chief  is  a no-frills,  fast,  easy- 
to-use  program,  but  it  requires  extra  key- 
stix^es  to  enter  repetitive  data  and  lacks  secu- 
rity measures.  Golden  Eagle's  General 
Lolger  can  be  used  by  accountants  to  main- 
tain their  clienLs’  U'l  Chief  General  Ledgers 
and  produce  financial  reports.  Not  copy  pro- 
tected. but  requires  unlock  code  obtained  by 
telephone. 

CinCLEBSTONREADeRSERVlCECARO 


manual  is  sketchy  and  bounces  around 
fiom  topic  to  topic. 

To  start  up  the  General  Ledger,  you  en- 
ter the  chart  of  accounts  using  a 12-charac- 
ter  alphanumeric  account  number.  Then 
you  enter  the  beginning  account  balances 
through  the  journal.  The  program  makes 
no  provision  for  budgeting . 

Wl  Chief  does  not  use  dates  to  identify 
accounting  periods.  Every  time  you  enter 
each  of  the  modules,  the  program  displays 
the  last  access  date,  which  it  uses  on  re- 
ports; you  can  accept  it  as  the  current  date 


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In  Li’l  Chief  r 
balance-forward 
system,  any  balances 
can  be  rrumually 
changed  from  this 
screen — a risky 
proposition  that  could 
throw  accounts  into 
chaos  if  not  carefully 
controlled. 


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129 


■ ACCOUNTING 


or  overwrite  it.  When  you  start  to  enter 
transactions,  you  must  once  again  type  the 
date. 

All  entries  in  the  General  Ledger  for  a 
month  go  into  that  one  journal.  You  have 
to  assign  a three-character  “type”  code  to 
each  entry  to  identify  it.  Since  you  can 
print  separate  listings  of  journal  entries  by 
type  code,  the  code  is  helpful  for  catego- 
rizing transactions. 

Li'l  Chief  does  not  automatically  inte- 
grate monthly  totals  from  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable and  Accounts  Payable  directly 
into  General  Ledger.  Like  General  Led- 
ger, both  these  modules  assign  a type  code 
to  different  types  of  transactions,  since 
they  summarize  totals  for  the  month  only 
by  type  code.  (In  the  case  of  Accounts 
Payable,  you  must  use  the  type  code  for 
the  account  distribution  to  get  a breakdown 
of  expenses  by  (jeneral  Ledger  account; 
no  other  account  distribution  list  is  avail- 
able.) You  then  manually  reenter  the  type 
code  totals  into  the  General  Ledger  jour- 
nal, again  using  a type  code  to  identify  the 
source. 

This  method  seems  cumbersome  be- 
came of  the  amount  of  manual  entry  and 
the  repeated  entry  of  totals  from  Accounts 
Payable  and  Accounts  Receivable.  You 
can  run  an  edit  list  of  the  General  Ledger 
journal  and  make  corrections  before  the 
journal  is  posted. 

Accounts  Payable  and  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable keep  transaction  details  only  dur- 
ing the  month  and  close  the  total  into  a bal- 
ance forward  in  the  month-end  routine. 
They  identify  vendors  and  customers  with 
a 12-character  alphanumeric  code.  Ac- 
counts Receivable  cannot  handle  invoic- 
ing; it  simply  keeps  track  of  billing,  pay- 
ments, and  customer  balances,  but  it  also 
prints  statements.  Accounts  Payable  does 
write  checks,  but  you  must  input  the  items 
to  be  paid  after  printing  a cash  require- 
ments report. 

WEAK  SECURITY  You  cannot  acci- 
dentally delete  an  active  account,  but  you 
can  alter  any  balances  in  general  ledger, 
customer,  and  vendor  accounts  via  the  ac- 
count maintenance  function.  Unfortunate- 
ly, you  can  change  all  balances  to  zero  and 
then,  if  there  is  no  current-month  activity, 
delete  the  accounts.  Thus,  U’l  Chi^h  ap- 
propriate only  for  companies  in  which  no 


BUILDING  A SUCCESSFUL  SYSTEM 

Price  Waterhouse’ s guide  to  getting  the  most 
from  your  resources. 


■ Identify  your  company's  critical  suc- 
cess factors:  cash  investments,  equity, 
and  trade  credit  should  support  them. 

■ Determine  which  information  sys- 
tems set  clear  objectives  for  what  you 
will  automate. 

■ Avoid  these  commonly  made  mistak- 
en assumptions: 

1 . That  having  a computer  will  make 
your  company  competitive . The  object  is 
first  to  be  effective,  then  to  be  efficient. 

2.  That  you  must  interview  alt  users. 
A lengthy  requirements  analysis  process 
can  overwhelm  your  efforts  to  imple- 
ment the  solution.  Spend  your  time  wise- 
ly as  you  prepare  to  convert. 

3.  That  you  should  automate  as  much 
as  possible.  Pareto's  Rule  (the  old  80-20 
rule)  holds  here.  Try  to  make  compro- 
mises so  that  you  can  take  care  of  80  per- 
cent of  your  needs  with  20  percent  of  the 
cost. 

4.  That  you  wilt  eliminate  only  man- 
ual tasks. 

5.  That  a poor  manual  system  will  be 
improved  by  a good  automated  system. 
Good  prtxedures  and  policies,  plus  the 
discipline  to  use  them,  are  as  necessary. 

6.  That  hardware  will  be  the  greatest 
expense.  It's  actually  about  20  percent. 
Your  internal  costs,  training,  and  the 
time  spent  implementing  the  new  system 
will  represent  the  largest  part  (about  45 
percent)  of  the  real  expense. 

■ Consider  automating  if  you: 

1 . have  more  than  50  transactions  in  a 
particular  accounting  function  during  the 
month, 

2.  have  more  than  three  clerks  in  any 
single  financial  record-keeping  area, 

3.  spend  over  $500  a month  for  a ser- 
vice bureau,  or 

4.  have  processing  requirements  that 
make  a good  fit  with  an  unmodified  com- 
mercial package.  Avoid  customizing  a 
program. 


■ Look  for  value,  not  the  lowest  cost. 

■ Before  implementing  a computerized 
system: 

1 . Train  the  useis  so  that  they  under- 
stand their  roles  and  responsibilities 
within  the  new  system. 

2.  Prepare  die  site  with  adequate  elec- 
trical power,  and  ventilation:  eliminate 
excessive  dust,  heat,  cold,  and  so  on. 

3.  Notify  your  insurance  carrier  of 
your  automation  plans. 

4.  Order  all  the  forms  and  supplies 
you're  going  to  need. 

5.  Design  a security  system  and  back- 
up methods  (see  “Security  Strategies: 
Hardware  Protection  for  PCs,”  PC  Mag- 
azine, Volume  6 Number  8 for  a wide 
range  of  possible  schemes). 

6.  Devise  a training  manual  that  in- 
cludes proper  closedown  and  backup 
procedures,  cross-training  responsibil- 
ities, and  security. 

7.  Develop  a sensible  and  controlled 
method  to  convert  your  manual  data. 
Consider  “running  parallel” — that  is, 
maintaining  both  a manual  and  automat- 
ed system  until  you  are  confident  that 
both  yield  the  same  results  and  the  new 
system  is  running  without  glitches. 

8.  Refine  your  accounting  calendar. 
Keep  a checklist  of  what  should  be  done 
daily,  weekly,  monthly,  and  at  year-end. 
Develop  a report  set  that  contains  your 
necessary  information.  Then  “cutover” 
and  commit  to  the  computer  operation 
when  everything  is  in  place. 

■ Manage  situations.  Enforce  logging 
of  procedures  checklists. 

■ Keep  up  with  the  newsletter  from 
your  software  company.  It  should  inform 
you  of  coming  up^ades  (but  only  imple- 
ment them  when  desired),  improve- 
ments, or  fixes  available  to  the  code.  Par- 
ticipate in  the  user  group  if  one  exists. 
Advice  from  experienced  users  is  the  best 
kind. — Timothy  J.  Lee 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
130 


THE  TWELVE  COMMANDMENTS 

Bylaws  for  computerizing  your  accounting  system. 


■ Don't  computerize  a very  small  busi- 
ness’s accounting  system — especially 
not  the  payroll. 

■ Consider  the  usefulness  of  a nonauto- 
mated  spreadsheet-based  bookkeeping 
system. 

■ You  don’t  have  to  computerize  every- 
ihing — general  ledger,  accounts  receiv- 
able, accounts  payable,  and  so  on — only 
what’s  most  important  to  you. 

■ Start  with  general  ledger . . . then  ac- 
counts receivable,  maybe  . . . then  ac- 
counts payable,  possibly  . . . then  slop 
for  at  least  a few  months. 

■ Choose  the  start-up/changeover  date 
with  care,  allowing  plenty  of  time  for 
your  staff  to  set  up  the  new  system. 

■ Run  your  old,  manual  system  in  tan- 
dem with  the  new,  computerized  system 
for  90  days.  If  you’re  unwilling  to  do 
this,  don’t  put  the  books  on  the  computer 
in  the  first  place! 

■ Keep  supporting  paperwork,  espe- 
cially invoices,  for  2 years  (or  more,  if 
your  CPA  recommends  it). 


■ Make  sure  that  at  least  two  or  more 
people  in  the  office  can  use  the  system, 
including  you. 

■ Involve  your  CPA  before  you  begin 
platming  (let  alone  buying)  to: 

1 . judge  the  adequacy  of  the  systems 
you’re  considering  and  recommend  au- 
dit-trail procedures, 

2.  ensure  the  sufficiency  of  the  sys- 
tem’s reports,  and 

3.  draw  up  the  chart  of  accounts. 

■ Don’t  try  PC  accounting  without  a 
harddisk. 

■ Establish  good  backup  proced- 
ures— weekly,  daily,  maybe  even  twice 
daily. 

■ Arrange  for  off-site  storage  of  backup 
disks  or  tapes,  even  if  it’s  nothing  fancier 
than  taking  every  second  set  of  backups 
to  a safety  deposit  box  at  your  bank.  Ac- 
cidents and  floods  do  happen. 

— ^Jim  Seymour 

© Copyright  1987  by  Jim  Seymour.  All 
Rights  reserved. 


more  than  one  or  two  individuals  have  ac- 
cess to  the  system. 

The  Golden  Eagle’s  General  Ledger 
can  read  U'l  Chiefs  files.  On  the  plus 
side,  the  menus  have  been  restructured 
somewhat,  and  there  are  a few  more  op- 
tions for  financial  reporting.  On  the  minus 
side,  it  runs  a bit  slower.  Accountants 
whose  clients  use  U’l  Chief  may  find  The 
Golden  Eagle  General  Ledger  helpful  for 
maintaining  client  accounting  needs,  but 
most  accountants  will  want  a general  led- 
ger with  more  features — such  as  recurring 
entries — and  a more  flexible  report  writer. 

Li' I Chief  and  The  Golden  Eagle  fall  at 
the  low  end  of  the  sophistication  range  in 
accounting  programs.  Only  the  smallest 
businesses  should  consider  them.  Howev- 
er, Thoughtwaie  has  introduced  a new 
product,  Superchief,  at  $795  per  module. 
This  enhancement  of  U'l  Chief  and  The 
Golden  Eagle  is  designed  for  larger  com- 
panies, includes  an  on-line  manual,  and 


offers  mote  customizing  capabilities.  Un- 
fortunately, it  was  not  available  in  time  for 
our  reviews. — Harold  Berry 


One-Write  Plus 


The  concept  behind  Great  American  Soft- 
ware’ s One-Write  Plus  is  wonderfully  sim- 
ple: it  adapts  the  format  of  the  popular  one- 
write  manual  accounting  systems  to 
software.  Great  American  advertises  the 
basic  accounting  program  as  “accounting 
software  for  anyone  who  can  write  a 
check,"  and  the  claim  is  true  to  some  ex- 
tent. But  with  One-Write  Plus's  simplicity 
comes  inflexibility.  As  users  become  more 
sophisticated,  they  will  most  likely  out- 
grow the  program. 

Installing  One-Write  Plus  is  easy.  You 
must  choose  which  of  the  available  charts 
of  accounts  you  want  One-Write  Plus  to 
load — you  cannot  enter  your  own  from 


FACT  FILE 


HOne-Wrile  Plus 
Great  American 
Software  Inc. 

P.O.  Box910 
Amherst.  NH  0303 1 
(800)  S28-S010 
List  Price:  Ma.sicr  mod- 
ule (General  Ledger), 

$295;  Accounts  Receivable.  Accounts  Pay- 
able. $245  each.  Also  available:  Utility  disk, 
$79.95;  one  other  module. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  An  easy-to-use  entry-level  ac- 
counting program  based  on  the  familiar  one- 
write  manual  accounting  system.  Designed 
for  first-time  users,  it  includes  many  useful 
features,  but  more-experienced  users  will 
find  it  inflexible.  Not  copy  protected. 

CinOE  6MON  READER  SEf^VlCS  CARD 


scratch.  If  you’d  rather  start  completely 
fresh,  you  must  key  in  One-Write  Plus’s 
partial  chart,  delete  its  accounts,  and  re- 
place them  with  yours. 

The  “welcome”  screen  will  alleviate 
the  fears  of  first-time  users;  it’s  a picture  of 
a familiar  one-write  checkbook.  Next,  the 
program  asks  if  you  are  using  a color  or  a 
monochrome  monitor.  (Instead  of  having 
to  answer  this  query  each  time  you  use  the 
program,  you  should  be  able  to  configure 
the  video  setup  initially  and  be  done  with  it 
once  and  for  all.) 

One-Write  Plus  is  truly  one  of  the  easi- 
est accounting  programs  available.  Once 
you  are  set  up,  using  it  is  second  nature. 
Menus  are  concise  and  contain  descrip- 
tions that  users  of  manual  one-write  sys- 
tems will  recognize  instantly. 

Considering  its  target  market  (first-time 
users),  the  program  offers  a relatively  large 
number  of  features.  The  Master  module 
(the  General  Ledger)  can  maintain  three 
cash  accounts.  You  set  up  the  receipts  and 
disbursements  journals  for  these  accounts, 
which  look  exactly  like  the  manual  one- 
write  versions. 

One-Write  Plus  treats  all  journals  as 
batches  that  can  be  posted  only  at  month- 
end  closing.  It  caruiot  post  transactions  in 
the  middle  of  a month  to  produce  an  inter- 
im statement.  And  One-Write  Plus  sup- 
ports recurring  journal  entries,  but  it  has  no 
option  for  reversing  a journal  entry. 


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Onc-Write  Pliis'5 
Accounts  Payable 
purchase  entry  screen 
offers  such  advanced 
features  as  one-time 
vendors  and  vendor 
ID  number  lookup. 


One-Write  Plus’s  Accounts  Receivable 
and  Accounts  Payable  modules  also  offer  a 
wide  range  of  features,  and  data  entry  is 
extremely  convenient.  Both  modules  sup- 
port phonetic  matching  of  customer  and 
vendor  numbers,  if  you  enter  an  approxi- 
mation. the  program  produces  the  closest 
match.  You  can  then  go  forward  or  back- 
ward to  find  the  customer  or  vendor  num- 
ber you  want.  If  the  customer  or  vendor 
doesn’t  exist,  the  module  gives  you  the  op- 
tion of  adding  it  during  transaction  entry 
instead  of  making  you  go  to  another  screen 
to  enter  it.  One-Write  Plus  also  handles 
mailing  labels  for  customers  and  vendors. 

In  keeping  with  its  assumption  that  the 
program's  users  are  inexperienced.  Great 
American  has  written  strong,  well-orga- 
nized manuals  that  make  finding  the  right 
answers  easy.  Each  screen  is  well  illustrat- 
ed and  explained. 

With  simplicity  comes  inflexibility, 
though.  One-Write  Plus  does  not  offer 
many  of  the  choices  available  with  more 
sophisticated  software.  You  can  keep  in- 
formation on  only  one  company  on  a hard 
disk;  you  must  use  floppy  disks  for  data  on 
any  other  companies.  One-Write  Plus  has 
no  report  writer;  only  the  default  set  of  re- 
ports is  available. 

To  relieve  you  of  the  task  of  learning 
the  DOS  commands  needed  to  back  up  and 
restore  data,  One-Write  Plus  includes 
DOS  batch  files  to  accomplish  these  tasks. 
But  each  time  you  back  up.  you  are  forced 
to  format  disks,  with  no  option  to  skip  this 
step.  Great  American  supplies  file  struc- 
tures to  users  who  want  to  set  up  their  own 
batch  routines. 


The  easy-to-use  One-Write  Plus  can 
handle  your  basic  accounting  needs  simply 
and  for  a good,  long  time.  But  as  your  ex- 
perience and  needs  grow,  you’ll  probably 
get  tired  of  being  spoon  f^  and  yearn  to 
bite  into  a more  sophisticated  system. 
However,  if  you’re  using  a manual  one- 
write  system  and  have  litUe  or  no  computer 
experience,  you  can’t  go  wrong  with  One- 
Write  Plus  for  your  first  attempts  at  auto- 
mated accounting. — Charles  Weinberg 


Peachtree  Complete 
Business  Accounting 
System 


Yes,  Peachtree  Complete  Business  Ac- 
counting System  is  still  around — and  it’s 
still  surprisingly  competitive.  The  Peach- 
tree system  has  been  available  on  the  PC 
since  IBM  introduced  the  computer  in 
1981.  In  June  1986,  Peachtree  Software 
reduced  the  price  of  the  eight-module  sys- 
tem from  $4,760  to  $199.  The  program 
has  some  unbeatable  capabilities  and  func- 
tions— some  found  only  in  a few  “high- 
end’  ’ products  and  in  Peachtree. 

On  one  hand,  Peachtree's  handy  and 
capable  system  features  include  easy  in- 
st^lation,  fast  and  easy  data  entry,  good 
audit  trails,  excellent  batch  controls  with 
hash  totals,  and  an  Esc  key  to  release  you 
from  an  input  field.  The  package  has  well- 
written  and  well-indexed  manuals. 

On  the  other  hand,  Peachtree  does  not 
offer  dynamic  file  sizing  (you  have  to  indi- 


F A C T 


FILE 


Peachtree  Complete 
Business  A ccounting 
System 

Peachtree  Software  Inc. 
43SS  Shackleford  Rd 
Norcross.  GA  30093 
(800)247-3224 
(404)564-5800 

Requires:  128K  RAM;twodiskdrives(hard 
disk  recommended);  condensed  type  132- 
column  printer;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A high-value,  low-cost,  low-end 
accounting  program  that's  easy  to  use  and  of- 
fers some  unbeatable  capabilities  and  func- 
tions for  small  busirtesses  to  implement.  Not 
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cate  how  much  disk  space  to  use  for  data). 
It  also  limits  you  to  a numeric  sbt-digit 
chart  of  accounts  number,  enters  credits  as 
negative  numbers,  lacks  help  screens,  and 
accommodates  only  a yearly  budget  in 
conjunction  with  the  previous  year’s  data. 

In  addition,  Peachtree  posts  mainly  by 
using  real-time  procedures  instead  of  the 
batch  method.  It  updates  the  General  Led- 
ger and  all  subsidiary  ledgers  after  you  en- 
ter data  rather  than  when  you  tell  it  to  post. 
While  the  real-time  method  saves  tinte  and 
ensures  that  the  General  Ledger  always  re- 
flects current  information,  it  necessitates 
using  adjusting  journal  entries  to  correct 
posting  problems.  You  can,  however,  de- 
lete some  transactions  after  posting  in 
Peachtree  without  using  adjusting  journal 
entries. 

WORKHORSE  Peachtree's  General 
Ledger  is  a workhorse.  You  can  depend  on 
it  to  get  the  job  done:  every  entry  can  have 
a printed  audit  trail,  you  can  use  cost  cen- 
ters, depreciation  and  amortization  sched- 
ules are  available,  and  the  program  permits 
recurring  journal  entries. 

However,  the  General  Ledger  is  clearly 
not  a show  horse.  The  only  financial  re- 
ports it  produces  ate  balance  sheets  and  in- 
come statements,  both  combined  and  de- 
partmentalized. Another  $199  Peachtree 
Software  product.  Peachtree  Data  Query 
(PDQ),  is  available  to  manage  the  ac- 
counting files  and  export  information  in 


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Unlike  some  "low- 
end"  packages, 
Peachtree  Complete 
Business  Accounting 
System’s  General 
Ledger  lets  you  make 
inquiries  about 
accounts. 


ASCn,  .DIF,  .WKS,  and  SYLK  file  for- 
mats. According  to  the  product  literature, 
PDQ  can  create  on-screen  queries,  format 
custom  reports,  graph  data,  provide  con- 
text-sensitive help,  and  produce  some  pre- 
defined reports. 

Peachtree’s  Accounts  Receivable  per- 
formance matches  or  exceeds  that  of  some 
higher-end  packages.  Its  main  feature  is  its 
ability  to  handle  an  unlimited  number  of 
sales  tax  districts,  along  with  reports  to 
help  you  complete  sales  tax  returns.  Also, 
you  can  enter  noninventoty  items  as  well 
as  their  costs. 

The  program  reconciles  open  items, 
matching  payments  to  unapplied  invoices. 
You  can  print  invoices  and  statements 
without  using  special  forms.  Moreover, 
the  program’s  reports  are  useful  and  easy 
to  r^.  But  unfortunately.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable doesn't  store  shipping  addresses, 
lacks  customer  number  lookup  screens, 
and  won’t  let  you  add  new  customers  on 
the  fly. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  tracks 
the  basics:  year-to-date  purchases  and  pay- 
ments, last-check  information,  and  current 
balance.  Selecting  certain  invoices  for 
payment  is  easy  and  flexible,  with  screen 
prompts  to  guide  you.  But  once  you  select 
the  invoices  to  pay,  you  carmot  get  a pre- 
payment report.  The  screen  displays  only 
the  total  amount  to  be  paid. 

A new  version  of  Peachtree,  Version 
4.0,  will  be  available  in  July.  It’s  sched- 
uled to  include  on-screen  lookup,  a new 
menu  design,  range-printing  capabilities,  a 
13-month  accounting  period  option, 
monthly  budgets,  easy  handling  of  voided 


checks,  auto-invoicing  and  service  invoic- 
ing through  receivables,  and  user-defined 
aging. 

Peachtree  is  an  excellent  low-end  ac- 
counting program  with  a great  track  record 
and  responsive  technical  support.  It’s  a 
good  choice  for  the  small  business  that’s 
looking  for  a no-nonsense,  no-frills  low- 
cost  accounting  system. 

— Wayne  Harding 


Rags  to  Riches 

Rags  to  Riches,  from  Chang  Labs,  is  an 
easy-to-use  accounting  program.  Howev- 
er, if  you’re  taking  your  company  on  the 
road  from  rags  to  riches,  the  program’s 
lack  of  budgeting  capabilities  and  security 
feamres  could  cause  some  trouble  along 
the  way. 

The  program  has  three  modules  that  op- 
erate as  separate  programs,  but  some  files 
are  connected  by  a link  (payables  and  re- 
ceivables are  fed  into  the  General  Ledger). 
Each  module  costs  $199.95,  or  you  can 
buy  all  three  for  $499. 50.  Chang  Labs  says 
it  will  soon  release  a Retail  Inventory  mod- 
ule with  point-of-sale  features  that  will 
cost  $199.95.  Rags  to  Riches  is  designed 
to  be  used  by  nonaccountant-type  entre- 
preneurs, so  even  executives  with  a modi- 
cum of  bookkeeping  experience  can  install 
the  program  and  set  up  the  accounts. 

When  you  initially  open  your  books  in 
the  General  Ledger  module,  you  can  de- 
fine your  own  accounting  period.  Rags  to 
Riches  sets  up  accounts  in  a rather  unique 
way.  Account  numbers  are  not  necessary. 


FACT  FILE 


RagstoRkkes, 
\adoa43 
Chang  Labs  Inc. 

5300  Stevens  Creek 
Blvd. 

San  Jose,  CA9SI29 
(800)972-8800 
(408)246^020 
LW  Price:  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable. Accounts  Payable,  $ 199.95  each; 
$499.30  for  aU  three. 

Requires:  2S6K  RAM;  two  disk  diives; 

DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  Rags  to  Riches,  designed  for  small 
companies,  lets  you  track  accounts  on-screen 
and  has  a separate  svindow  with  a summaiy 
of  all  accounts.  But  its  user  interface  is  clum- 
sy, and  it  has  no  security  or  budgeting  capa- 
bilities. Not  copy  protected. 

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Rags  to  Riches  can  have  thousands  of  ac- 
counts, but  account  numbers  come  into 
play  only  when  reports  and  financial  state- 
ments are  printed.  The  rest  of  the  time,  ac- 
count numbers  are  invisible.  Instead,  the 
program  uses  single-key  codes — for  ex- 
ample, a,A,b,B,2,(® — to  identify  and  lo- 
cate each  account.  This  tactic  is  helpful 
when  you  are  working  with  a small  num- 
ber of  general  ledger  accounts,  but  it  is  ex- 
tremely limiting  if  you  have  more  than  93 
(the  number  of  keys  available)  accounts  re- 
ceivable. 

The  General  Ledger  screen  is  divided 
into  thirds,  with  the  top-left  window  re- 
served for  account  information  that  shows 
one  class  at  a time.  You  can  view  the  ac- 
count’s single-key  code,  name,  outstand- 
ing balance,  and  percentage.  The  top-right 
window  displays  a summary  income  state- 
ment and  b^ance  sheet  so  that  you  can  see 
at  any  time  whether  you’re  making  money 
and  what  your  net  worth  is. 

In  Rags  to  Riches,  on-line  help,  which 
is  limited,  is  displayed  along  with  error 
messages  in  the  summary  window.  The 
bottom  partition  of  the  screen  is  the  trans- 
action entry  window. 

There  are  five  transaction  types,  and 
each  is  treated  as  a batch.  You  are  prompt- 
ed for  the  two  accounts  involved,  the 
amount,  the  memo,  and  the  transaction 
date.  You  can  post  or  reverse  the  transac- 


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135 


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Rags  to  Riches' 
AccounJs  Receivable 
screen  is  divided  into 
three  windows.  The 
top  left  window 
displays  all  of  the 
accounts  and  the 
outstanding  balance, 
the  upper  right  shows 
the  aging  for  one 
account,  and  the 
bottom  displays  the 
initial  account  setup 
data. 


tion  or  move  to  the  next  or  last  transaction 
in  the  sequence.  The  General  Ledger  mod- 
ule produces  1 1 standard  reports,  includ- 
ing an  audit  trail,  a transactions  Journal, 
and  sales  and  teceipts  journals.  You  can 
choose  to  print  either  consolidated  or  de- 
partmental income  statements  and  balance 
sheets. 

POINT-AND-SHOOT  MENUS  In 

place  of  a tricky  command  interface.  Rags 
to  Riches  uses  simple  point-and-shoot 
menus.  But  you  must  read  the  manual  be- 
cause the  commands  ate  not  self-explana- 
tory. It  also  uses  the  Esc  key  in  an  unusual 
and  confusing  manner:  sometimes  Esc  is 
used  logically  to  back  out  of  a command 
sequence;  at  other  times  it  is  used  to  get  to 
the  next  lower  menu  level.  Most  of  the 
function  keys  come  preprogrammed  to 
help  with  keyboard  input,  although  FI 
calls  the  main  menu  and  F9  calls  help. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  lets 
you  produce  standard  invoices  and  state- 
ments, as  well  as  seven  types  of  reports, 
including  customer  or  invoice  aging,  gen- 
eral ledger  distributions,  and  sales  and  te- 
ceipts journals.  The  same  simplicity  is  evi- 
dent in  Accounts  Payable. 

Rags  to  Riches  does  not  have  a wealth 
of  features,  and  its  lack  of  security  could 
be  damaging.  For  instance,  checks  could 
be  issued  more  than  once,  or  records  ad- 
justed, and  no  one  would  know  about  it. 
Moreover,  to  move  from  one  module  to 
another,  you’re  required  to  save  your 
work,  quit,  and  then  load  the  next  module. 
And  unless  you  manually  compare  results. 


you'll  ftnd  no  budgeting  capability. 
— Christopher  Barr 


Ready-to-Run 

Accounting 


Ready-to-Run  Accounting,  a $49.95-per- 
module  accounting  system  from  ManusofI 
Coip.,  is  based  on  Lotus’s  1-2-3.  Both  its 
strengths  and  its  weaknesses  stem  from  its 
reliance  on  that  program.  Sophisticated  in 
its  adaptation  of  the  spreadsheet’s  features, 
Ready-to-Run  offers  above-average  edit 
procedures  and  audit  trails,  but  its  frequent 
prompts  make  it  slow  (though  easy  to  fol- 
low). And  while  its  macro  routines  save 
keystrokes,  they  also  consume  data  entry 
time. 

Customizing  Ready-to-Run  for  your 
company  is  easy.  You  can  modify  the  sam- 


F A C T FILE 


Ready-to-Run 
Accounting 
Manusoft  Corp, 

8570  W,  Washington 
Blvd. 

CulverCily.CA  90323 
(800)292-6123 
(213)559-1561 
List  Ihrice:  General  Ledger.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, AcctxinLs  Payable.  $49.95  each; 
Also  available:  two  other  modules. 

Requires:  384K  RAM;  two  disk  drives  or 
hard  disk;  condeased  type  or  1 32-cnlumn 
printer;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A /-2-J-ba.sed  accuHinting  system 
with  above-average  edit  procedures  and  audit 
trails,  easy  but  slow  data  entry,  and  some- 
what limited  reporting  capabilities.  Not  copy 
protected. 

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pie  chart  of  accounts  or  create  a new  one. 
Ready-to-Run  lets  you  enter  account  num- 
bers manually  or  have  the  system  automat- 
ically assign  them  at  intervals  of  I , S,  or 
10.  While  this  option  is  user  friendly,  it’s 
also  time-consuming:  it  forces  the  program 
to  go  through  a series  of  macro  routines 
frequently  while  entering  account  infor- 
mation. 

Ready-to-Run  automatically  compiles  a 
series  of  standard  ftnancial  statements  with 
accounts  grouped  according  to  the  summa- 
ry headings  you  specify  in  the  chart  of  ac- 
counts. In  addition,  if  several  accounts  are 
grouped  into  a one-line  item  on  a ftnancial 
statement,  you  can  elect  to  have  Ready-to- 
Run  display  detailed  information  in  a sup- 


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Ready-to-Run 
Accounting’5 
Accounts  Receivable 
displays  all  open 
invoices  for  the 
customer  number 
entered.  You  can 
apply  a payment  to  the 
open  balance  or  to 
specific  items. 


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menu-driven  package  is  adequate  for  a 
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revenues.  (RealWorld's  system  for  larger 
businesses,  RealWorld  Accounting  Sys- 
tem, is  also  reviewed  here.) 

The  “four-in-one”  in  the  name  refers 
to  the  four  unified  program  elements:  Gen- 
eral Ledger,  Accounts  Receivable,  Ac- 
counts Payable,  and  Payroll.  Other  func- 
tions included  are  bank  reconciliation. 


FACT  FILE 


RealWorU  4-in’i  Aosic 
Accounting 
RealWorld  Corp. 

282  Loudon  Rd. 
Concord,  NH  03302- 
2051 

(603)224-2200 
List  Price:  $595 
Requires:  1 28K  RAM;  two  disk  drives  or 
hard  disk;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A complete  small-business  ac- 
counting {HX)gram  offering  many  feanires 
normally  fmind  mly  in  hi^i-end  accounting 
packages;  easy  to  install  and  operate.  Not 
copyprotected. 

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check  registers,  and  a loan  amortization 
schedule. 

Even  users  with  minimum  experience 
in  automated  accounting  will  find  Real- 
World  4-in- 1 Basic  Accounting  easy  to  in- 
stall and  operate.  If  you  have  your  data 
ready  for  input,  you  can  install  the  system 
in  about  only  30  minutes. 

You  can  select  from  three  standard 
charts  of  accounts  (retailer,  distributor,  or 
manufacturer)  or  set  up  your  own.  If  you 
choose  a standard  chart,  the  system  also 
loads  a standard  balance  sheet  and  profit- 
and-loss  statement,  both  of  which  can  be 
customized.  The  program  allows  four-dig- 
it account  numbers  with  a three-digit  sub- 
account number  for  job  costing  or  depart- 
mental reporting.  Passwords  can  restrict 
access  to  each  function  selectively. 

4-in-I  Basic  Accounting's  data  entry 


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RealWorld  4-in- 1 
Basic  Accounting 
offers  an  excellent 
data  reconstruction 
utility  that  lets  you 
rebuild  specific  files  if 
they  become  corrupt. 
Rebuilding  will  repair 
files  up  to  the  entry 
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screens  are  easy  to  understand.  Pressing 
the  F I key  automatically  brings  up  the  next 
account,  transaction,  or  invoice,  and  a run- 
ning total  appears  at  the  bottom  of  the 
screen.  You  can  change  or  delete  entries 
by  exiting  to  the  transaction  entry  menu 
and  making  the  proper  selection.  All  trans- 
actions must  be  in  balance  before  4-m-I 
Basic  Accounting  will  post  them.  The  pro- 
gram does  not  input  transactions  in  batch- 
es, and  it  posts  all  transactions  as  you  input 
them.  4-in-l  Basic  Accounting  prints  a 
transaction  register  during  posting.  The 
system  also  allows  you  to  set  up  recurring 
transactions  that  you  must  activate  man- 
ually for  posting. 

After  you've  set  up  the  General  Ledger, 
you’ll  need  to  access  it  only  occasionally, 
to  activate  the  recurring  entries,  make  ad- 
justments, and  print  the  trial  balance  and 
financial  statements.  4-in-l  Basic  Ac- 
counting supplies  an  adequate  audit 
trail — as  long  as  your  disk  space  is  suffi- 
cient to  store  the  data. 

IMMEDUTE  AND  AUTOMATIC  Ac- 
counts Receivable  uses  the  customer 
name,  instead  of  an  account  number,  as 
the  identifier.  When  you  enter  a customer 
name,  the  system  verifies  that  it  is  valid. 
One  notable  feature  is  the  immediate  entry 
of  new  customers,  with  automatic  return  to 
transaction  processing. 

The  program  can  issue  statements  at 
different  frequencies,  and  it  can  print  in- 
voices for  individual  transactions.  Option- 
al fields  include  address,  contact,  phone 
number,  first  date  (default  is  system  date), 
comment,  and  sales  rep’s  initials.  The  pro- 
gram can  also  print  a customer  list,  which 
supplies  account  history  and  aging,  as  well 
as  labels. 

The  invoice  entry  screen  is  easy  to  un- 
derstand. and  you  can  use  up  to  99  lines  of 
description  with  itemized  amounts.  All 
distributed  amounts  are  automatically 
posted  to  the  General  Ledger.  The  system 
also  accommodates  recurring  sales  trans- 
actions. Cash  receipts  processing  allows 
for  discounts,  for  entry  of  the  bank  number 
on  the  check  to  print  deposit  slips,  and  for 
entry  of  the  deposit  account  number  during 
installation. 

Like  Accounts  Receivable,  Accounts 
Payable  uses  the  vendor  name  as  the  iden- 
tifier, and  you  can  add  vendors  while  en- 


tering transactions.  Vendor  entry  provides 
a default  expense  account  for  distribution 
purposes.  You  can  distribute  the  entry  to 
multiple  accounts. 

Disbursement  processing  allows  for 
computer-printed  checks,  discounts,  and 
automatic  creation  of  a vendor  bill  if  the 
bill  was  not  previously  entered.  You  can 
print  and  review  a checklist  before  the  pro- 
gram prints  checks.  The  program  cannot 
accommodate  recurring  bills  and  disburse- 
ments automatically,  and  it  does  not  track 
1099  forms,  but  the  vendor  list  gives  year- 
to-date  amounts  for  each  vendor. 

The  documentation  covers  the  menu 
screens  step  by  step  and  is  rea.sonably  com- 
plete. 4-in-I  Basic  Accounting  also  in- 
cludes a report  writer  for  defining  financial 
statements  and  other  reports. 

RealWorld  4-m-I  Basic  Accounting  of- 
fers features  similar  to  those  of  several 
high-end  accounting  packages.  Small 
businesses  can  get  a lot  of  real-world  ac- 
counting value  from  this  value-packed  ba- 
sic program. — Rex  M.  Vincent 


Shoebox  Accountant 


CYMA/McGraw  Hill,  long  known  for  its 
accounting  packages,  has  introduced  a 
$395  low-end  accounting  package  called 
Shoebox  Accountant . It’s  a single  package 
containing  simple  General  Ledger,  Ac- 
counts Payable,  Accounts  Receivable,  and 
Payroll  modules. 

Installing  Shoebox  Accountant  is  sim- 
ple; it  takes  only  about  5 to  10  minutes. 
Setting  up  the  modules  also  goes  fast.  Dur- 
ing setup,  you  can  assign  a three-character 


FACT 


FILE 


Shoebox  AccounUuti 
CYMA/McGraw-Hill 
l4tK)  East  Soulheni  Park 
Level 

Tempe.AZ  85282 
(8(K))  292-2%2 
(602)831-2607 
List  l*ricc:  $395 
Requires:  128K  RAM;  two  di.sk  drives; 
IX)S2.  ( or  later. 

In  Short:  Simple  low-end  package  with  bud- 
geting capability  and  pa.ssword  pn>tection. 
Lintilcd  fealurcs.  Not  copy  pnMected. 

ClHfTr.eTTQjRtADrRSEHVKTCARfJ 


password  to  each  module  if  you  like. 

The  system  comes  with  a standard  chart 
of  accounts,  predefined  journals,  and  pay- 
ment terms  codes,  all  of  which  you  can  use 
or  replace  with  your  own  entries.  The 
chart-of-accounts  code  is  a four-digit  ac- 
count code  followed  by  a four-digit  subsid- 
iary code  that  the  system  assigns.  'The 
modules  use  the  subsidiary  codes  for  cus- 
tomers, vendors,  and  employees. 

When  you  set  up  an  account,  you  give  it 
a predefined  classification  as  well  as  speci- 
fying a balance  forward  and  a descripbon. 
You  can  add  account  codes  at  any  bme 
during  system  operation,  as  well  as  delete 
them  if  they  have  a zero  balance.  In  addi- 
tion, Shoebox  Accountant’s  budgebng  ca- 
pability allows  you  to  maintain  up  to  four 
different  budget  amounts  per  account. 

All  hansacbons  ate  organized  into  a set 
of  journals  that  you  set  up  initially.  When- 
ever you  enter  a transacbon,  the  system 


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With  Shoebox 
Accountant,  you  enter 
the  letter  F to  edit  or 
‘ ’fix' ' infortnation  in  a 
customer's  record. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
143 


■ ACCOUNTING 


asks  you  to  identify  the  journal  in  which 
the  transaction  should  be  recorded.  This 
procedure  controls  printing  of  the  transac- 
tions prior  to  posting.  But  when  you  decide 
to  post  your  transactions,  all  journals  are 
posted  together,  including  those  from  the 
General  Ledger,  Accounts  Payable,  and 
Account  Receivable  nuxlules.  You  cannot 
hold  transactions  from  one  module  while 
completing  another  module’s  transactions. 

PAY  CLOSE  ATTENTION  Since  SAoe- 
box  Accounlani  does  not  generate  any  in- 
ternal transactions,  it  cannot  handle  recur- 
ring or  reversing  journal  entries.  In 
addition,  although  the  program  is  date  sen- 
sitive, it  does  not  use  a periodic  accounting 
calendar,  so  the  periods  defined  are  at  your 
discretion.  For  each  financial  account,  the 
General  Ledger  maintains  a balance  and  a 
record  of  the  postings  made  since  the  last 
update.  You  must  pay  close  attention  to 
how  transactions  are  entered  and  dated  and 
to  when  the  account  balances  ate  updated. 

General  Ledger  reports  include  a list  of 
journal  entries,  a list  of  accounts  in  ledger 
format,  a funds  flow  worksheet,  detailed 
and  summary  trial  balances,  and  a balance 
sheet  and  income  statement.  The  program 
can  list  journal  entries  chronologically,  by 
calendar  date,  and  by  a user-defined  docu- 
ment number.  Three  types  of  financial 
statements  are  available:  a standard  state- 
ment, a budget-type  statement  comparing 
the  budget  to  actual  with  variances,  and  a 
comparative  statement  showing  cutrcnt- 
and  prior-period  balances  and  the  net 
changes. 

With  the  Accounts  Receivable  module, 
you  can  create  and  maintain  customer  in- 
formation, enter  sales  order  data,  print  and 
review  these  transactions,  post  entries,  and 
print  several  other  reports.  The  program 
can  handle  customer  accounts  on  a bal- 
ance-forward or  an  open-item  basis. 

You  enter  billings  through  the  Print  In- 
voices function.  The  system  first  requires 
you  to  set  up  a six-character  product  code 
{breach  item,  along  with  a price.  Although 
the  billing  function  is  simple,  it  allows  you 
to  define  each  line  of  the  invoice  and  adkl  a 
message  of  up  to  19  lines  at  the  bottom. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  mirrors 
the  simple  operation  of  the  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable module.  Although  you  can  make 
changes  to  each  invoice  before  posting,  the 


program  gives  you  no  indication  of  what 
has  been  posted  and  what  hasn't.  No  check 
preview  listing  is  available  for  you  to  re- 
view before  printing  checks.  The  module 
produces  check  registers,  an  accounts  pay- 
able ledger,  and  an  aging  report. 

Like  a macro  program,  the  program’s 
autopilot  remembers  your  keystrokes.  It 
enables  you  to  store  options  for  formatting 
reports  with  special  titles  or  messages, 
avoiding  the  sometimes  annoying 
prompts.  The  program  also  includes  a 
helpful  tutorial.  The  manual  is  brief  and  to 
the  point. 

Shoebox  Accounlani  is  a workable  yet 
simple  package.  It  offers  password  protec- 
tion, a unique  autopilot  option,  and  a bud- 
geting capability,  but  it  is  limited  in  its 
ability  to  handle  some  transactions  auto- 
matically.— Gail  Horowitz  Rosen  and 
Jay  A.  Rosen 


TAS  Books 


TAS  Books,  from  Business  Tools,  consists 
of  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Payable,  Ac- 
counts Receivable,  Order  Entry,  Inven- 
tory, Purchase  Order,  and  Payroll.  At  a 
cost  of  $99,  this  package  gives  you  one  of 
the  best  price-to-performance  ratios 
around. 

It  comes  with  a database  that  can  be 
used  to  add  or  change  screens,  functions, 
and  reports.  You  use  a batch  program  to 
install  the  package.  You  can  quickly  set  up 
a company  through  a chart-of-accounts 
screen  that  is  easy  to  understand  and  use. 


FACT 


FILE 


TAS  Books 
Business  Tools  lnc.> 

1125  I2ih  Avc.  NW 
Suite  B2 

Ivsaquah.  WA  98027 
(8(X))  64X-f>258 
(206)  f44-2015 
List  Price:  $69.  includ- 
ing source  c(kSc;  $99  if  purchased  with  rela- 
tional database. 

Requires:  340K  RAMitwo  disk  drives  or 
hard  disk;  condensed  type  or  1 32-c'olumn 
printer;  IX)S  2. 1 w later. 

In  Short:  A fcalurc-rillcd  package  at  a bar- 
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it  not  for  beginners.  Not  copy  protected. 
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You  must  work  through  a second  screen, 
though,  to  load  data  from  the  previous 
year. 

Life  becomes  more  complex,  however, 
after  you  load  your  chart  of  accounts,  ven- 
dors, and  customers — largely  because  the 
manual  is  formatted  aiKi  indexed  by  screen 
functions  and  doesn’t  give  enough  detail  to 
answer  most  questions. 

The  package  requires  that  you  have 
some  knowledge  of  accounting.  It  offers 
no  sample  reports  and  no  help  on  setup 
procedures  (for  example,  how  to  input  be- 
ginning balances). 

For  the  accounting  purist  and  those  who 
are  strong  on  management  reports,  TAS 
Books  is  a bit  weak.  There  is  no  detail  trial 


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lookup  window  for 
customer  numbers 
and  names  in  Us 
Accounts  Receivable 
module.  You  can  also 
use  this  screen  to  enter 
irformation  on  new 
customers. 


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balance  or  period-to-date  transaction  list- 
ing for  Accounts  Payable  and  Accounts 
Receivable.  One  particular  screen  allows 
out-of-balance  entries  that  do  not  show  on 
the  detail  general  ledger  trial  balance,  but 
that  do  affect  the  financial  statements.  I 
recommend  that  you  use  the  password  pro- 
tection offered  in  the  package  to  lock  ev- 
eryone out  of  this  screen. 

TAS  Books  uses  real-time  or  on-line 
processing,  which  means  that  all  modules 
are  updated  as  new  information  enters  the 
system.  Reversing  improper  entries  in  real 
time  can  be  inconvenient,  but  the  program 
helps  overcome  that  problem  by  letting 
you  make  reversals  through  the  same 
screen  you  use  to  enter  the  data. 

The  package  offers  multiple-company 


• Bedford  Integrated  Accounting 

• Dac  Easy  Accounting, 

Version  2.0 


Version  I. Oaf  Da:  Easy  Account- 
'mg„  from  Dac  Software,  was  a pret- 
ty good  buy  when  it  appeared  on  the 
market  in  J 985 — even  if  it  did  lack  a 
few  things  like  a standard  balance 
sheet  and  income  statement.  In  Ver- 
sion 2 .0  Dac  Software  added  new 
Junctions  and  features  and  kept  the 
$69.95  price,  and  now  the  pro- 
gram's not  Just  a good  buy — it's  a 
great  one.  Then,  too,  there’s  Bed- 
Jord  Software  Coip.'s  $249  Bedford 
Integrated  Accounting.  This  is  truly 
a system.  Bedford’s  six  modules, 
which  include  Job  Cost,  Inventory, 
and  Payroll,  are  easy  to  install,  easy 
to  use,  and  so  well  integrated  with 
one  another  that  it  makes  account- 
ing a snap — even  for  nonaccoun- 
tants. 

Also  noteworthy  is  RealWorld 
4-in-l  Basic  Accounting.  Real- 
World  Corp.'s  4-in-l  is  a $595 
package  with  some  limitations,  but 
nevertheless  it  can  handle  the  books 
for  businesses  with  revenues  as  high 
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AS  Books  gives  you 
a choice  of  screen,  file, 
or  printer  output  for 
reports.  The  payment 
selection  for  Accounts 
Payable  is  easy  to  use 
and  screen-intensive. 


capability,  but  none  for  cost  centers  or  de- 
partments. Context-sensitive  help  is  avail- 
able in  some  screens.  Also  you  can  add 
vendors  and  customers  while  in  the  vouch- 
er entry  or  sales  entry  screen,  and  there  are 
windowing  capabilities  that  allow  you  to 
look  up  general  accounts,  customers,  ven- 
dors, and  invoices,  nie  lookup  function, 
usually  found  only  in  much  more  expen- 
sive accounting  packages,  is  well  done  and 
easy  to  use. 

TAS  Books  also  gives  you  a choice  of 
screen,  file,  or  printer  output  for  reports. 
The  payment  selection  for  Accounts  Pay- 
able is  easy  to  use  and  screen-intensive. 
There  is  a preliminary  check  register  for 
payables,  and  cash  receipts  for  receivables 
can  be  automatically  applied  to  the  oldest 
invoice  first;  alternatively,  you  can  use 
lookup  windows  to  view  the  status  of  the 
account. 

The  package  has  some  weaknesses. 
Manual  checks  have  to  be  entered  through 
the  General  Ledger  and  there  is  no  on- 
screen inquiry  on  account  activity  for  both 
customers  and  vendors.  TAS  Books  has  no 
form  alignment  function  to  ascertain  if 
your  invoices  and  checks  are  properly 
aligned,  and  the  General  Ledger  cannot 
handle  recurring  entries. 

TAS  Books  is  a good  accounting  pack- 
age with  some  advanced  features,  but  first- 
time users  should  probably  avoid  it.  They 
will  get  little  help  with  their  questions  from 
the  sketchy  documentation. 

— Wayne  Harding 


CIRCLE  126  ON  READER  SERVICE  CARD 


PC  MAGAZINE 


SEPTEMBER  15,  11 
146 


Recent  PC 
ann(xiricerrients 
have  left 
Conpaq 

in  an 
enviable 
position. 


Coimaq  still 


In  the  midst  of  the 
clamor  surrounding  the 
new  IBM*  PS/2  personal 
computers,  one  thing  is 
perfectly  clear  to  people 
who  really  know  PC’s. 
COMPAQ^  personal  comput- 
ers still  work  better.  They 
enhance  your  produc- 
tivity within 
the  industry 
standard,  and 
give  you  metxi- 
mum  perform- 
ance from  the 
world's  largest 
library  of  busi- 
ness software. 


different  storage  devices  on  all 
COMPAQ  desktops. 

Examine  compatibility.  We 
let  you  use  all  the  industry- 
standard  software  and  ex- 
pansion boards  that  you 
already  own. 


Still  the 

performance  leader 


COMPAQ  personal  com- 
puters prove  superior  in  overall 
performance. 

Thke  speed.  The  COMPAQ 
DESKPRO  286*  runs  your  soft- 
ware up  to  20%  faster  than  its 
PS/2'''"  counterpart.  And,  the 
COMPAQ  DESKPRO  386™ 
sets  all  records  for  speed  in 
advanced-technology,  industry- 
standard  personal  computers. 

Consider  flexibility.  Compaq 
offers  5V4"  diskette  drives,  and 
allows  you  to  add  SVz'  drives. 
In  fact,  you  can  add  up  to  four 


Demand  for  the  12-MHz 
COMPAQ  DESKPRO  286  has  nearly 
doubled  since  the  PS/2  introduction. 


LElIl 

is  the  smallest,  most  powerful  full-function  portable  there  is. 


Look  at  exp>andability.  Our 
industry -standard  slots  enable 
you  to  add  many  extra  func- 
tions. So  you  can 
configure  your  sys- 
tem exactly  the  way 
you  want  it. 

Finally,  compare 
portability.  You 
can't.  The  12-MHz 
80286-based 
COMPAQ 
PORTABLE  III™ 
is  the  undisputed 
leader.  It  offers  the 


COMPAQ 
fixed  disk  drives 


performance  of  a desk- 
top without  any  of  the 
compromises  you'll  find 

in  other  portables. 

Compaq  applies 
innovative  technology 
within  the  industry 
standard,  without  sac- 
rificing compatibility. 

Earn  higher  returns 
on  yoin  investment 


xess  data  upto  2'n 
faster  than  ^2  drives. 


American  business  has 
$80  billion  invested  in 


It  still  simply  works  better. 


* IBM,  OS/2  and  PS/2  are  trademarks  of  International  Business  Machines  Corporation.  MS  OS/2  is  a product  of  Microsoft  Corporation. 
©1987  Compaq  Computer  Corporation.  All  rights  reserved. 


wksbetta: 


Two-way  compatibility 


the  current  PC  standard,  in- 
cluding 72  million  software 
and  hardware  products,  and 
hundreds  of  millions  of  hours 
in  training. 

Compaq  designs  its  comput- 
ers to  protect  your  investment. 
And  because  they  do  more, 
they  also  maximize  it. 


Compaq  has  be- 
come famous  for 
its  legendary 
compatibility 
and  connectiv- 
ity. Our  per- 
sonal computers 
will  run  thou- 
sands of  pro- 


grams, without  modifi- 
cation, far  faster  than 
other  computers.  And 
they  work  with  all  the  other 
compatible  computers  in  your 
office,  without  time-consuming 
diskette  conversions. 

As  for  the  future,  all  80286- 
and  80386-powered  COMPAQ 
personal  computers  will  run 
the  new  MS  OS/2  operating 
system,  allowing  you  to  di- 
rectly access  up  to  16  mega- 


The  COMPAQ 
DESKPRO  386 
sets  the  standard 
for  high-performance, 
advanced-technology 
desktop  computing. 


bytes  of  memory.  And  they'll 
run  all  the  applications  de- 
veloped for  OS/2’'“.  Again, 
much  faster. 

We  don’t  bum  bridges, 
we  build  them 

At  Compaq,  advances  are  mea- 
sured by  our  ability  to  push 
technology  forward,  without 
leaving  you  behind. 


The  new 
MS  OS/2  oper- 
ating system  will  run 
on  aU  80286-  and  80386- 
based  CX>MPAQ personal  computers. 


COMPAQ  computers  let  you 
incorporate  developing  technol- 
ogy, emd  take  advantage  of  the 
latest  technology  in  a way  that's 
fully  compatible  with  the  hard- 
ware, software  and  add-ons 
you  cilready  own.  So  Compaq 
protects  your  investment. 

These  are  all  reasons  why 
recent  surveys  show  COMPAQ 
owners  are  the  most  satisfied 
personal  computer  users. 

Call  1-800-231-0900,  operator 
39,  for  information  and  the  loca- 
tion of  your  nearest  Authorized 
COMPAQ  Computer  Dealer.  In 
Canada,  call  416449-8741. 


mmPAo: 


lit^Haid1)BujldASuccessful 


If  your  business  doesn’t  have 
the  right  communications  system,  you  could  be 
losing  valuable  customers.  Without  even  knowing  it 
It  may  be  time  to  contact  your  nearby  Sears 
Business  Sykems  Center.  We  can  analyze  your  present 
system  from  top  to  bottom.  So  you’ll  find  out  esadfy  what 
you  need.  And  exactly  what  you  don’t 

If  it’s  time  to  update  your  system,  we  offer  the  latest  in 
voice  and  data  communications.  Whether  it’s  a fecsimile,  a tele- 
phone ^/stem,  or  a local  area  network,  our  systems  engineers 
will  help  you  plan  how  to  manage  it 

^id  no  matter  what  you  buy  fixim  Sears  Business  Systems 
Center,  you’ll  always  receive  dependable  service. 

For  the  one  nearest  you,  call  1-800-533-2535.  Or  in 
Illinois,  call  1-800428-2426. 

Now  is  a good  time.  Because  if  your  communications 
aren’t  woridngforyou,  th^^  working  against  you. 


■ ACCOUNTING 


Tailor-made 

Ledgers 


Ashton-Tate’s  dBASE  has  shipped 
over  a million  copies  and 
spawned  a huge  market  for  other  products. 
Accounting  packages  represent  just  one 
type.  Most  people  familiar  with  dBASE 
know  of  Nantucket’s  Clipper,  which  com- 
piles command  files  for  greater  speed  and 
portability.  The  report  writer  in  Alpha 
Software  Corp.’s  A/p/iai,  which  uses 
dBASE  files  without  modification,  can 
quickly  create  custom  accounting  reports 
ftom  these  files. 

dBASE  accounting  packages  find  a 
market  because  of  their  easy  use  of  data 
files  for  custom  reports,  and  the  ability 
they  give  the  user  to  customize  the  pro- 
gram. dBASE  III  is  required  for  using  these 
programs  in  their  source  versions,  al- 
though the  packages  also  typically  come  in 
compiled  versions  that  can  be  run  without 
dBASE  m. 

Besides  dBASE,  other  major  micro- 
computer database  languages  such  as 
MDBS — and  programs  such  as  Oracle, 
Paradox,  and  Revelation — which  have 
their  own  programming  languages — are 
used  for  microcomputer  acccxinting  sys- 
tems. You  can  also  modify  programs  that 
are  written  in  BASIC,  C,  COBOL,  or  Pas- 
cal. Many  of  these  packages  can  extract 
data  into  dBASE  format  or  into  formats 
suitable  for  other  powerful  relational  data- 
bases. 

Customization,  however,  is  not  without 
a number  of  risks.  Many  users  find  that 
their  needs  are  met  by  the  standard  features 
of  a package.  The  language  of  a program  is 
not  signifieant  to  users  who  want  a system 
to  work  without  modification  of  the  system 
code.  The  quality  of  the  internal  system 
design  and  the  hardware  that  you  use  affect 
system  performance  at  least  as  much  as  the 


choice  of  the  language. 

Many  users  customize  their  program  to 
create  an  order  entry  or  billing  system 
unique  to  their  company  and  to  create  re- 
eords  that  can  be  added  to  the  accounting 
system  without  having  to  be  retyped. 

— ^Timothy  J.  Lee. 


AccountMate 


AccountMate,  from  SourceMate  Informa- 
tion Systems,  is  a feature-filled  dBASE 
Ill-based  system  that’s  fast,  powerful,  and 
user  friendly.  You  don’t  need  to  know 
dBASE  to  use  AccountMate , but  dBASE  III 
source  code  is  included  in  the  $495  priee  of 
the  General  Ledger,  and  in  the  $295  price 
of  the  Aeeounts  Payable  and  Aecounts  Re- 
ceivable modules.  With  the  source  code, 
you  can  customize  the  program.  Without  it 
you  can  mn  standard  operations.  Account- 
Mate  should  bring  smiles  to  any  book- 
keeping staff. 

Every  menu  option  has  a corresponding 
chapter  in  a manual  that’s  enlivened  by 
meaningful  graphies,  ieons,  and  screen 
views.  Major  sections  begin  by  introduc- 
ing any  jargon  that  will  follow,  and  al- 
though good  documentation  should  have 
an  index,  its  absence  is  never  felt.  Brows- 
ing through  the  manual  may  not  even  be 
necessary,  since  the  menus  are  well  de- 
signed and  include  on-line  descriptions  of 
each  selection. 

You  can  initiate  inquiry  into  general 
ledger  accounts,  customer  and  vendor 
codes,  and  invoice  numbers  by  entering 
“?”  in  any  field  awaiting  input.  Typing 
“SMI?”  displays  all  Smiths,  followed  by 


FACT  FILE 


AccountMate 
SourceMate  Informaiion 
Systems  Inc. 
20Sunnyskle  Ave. 

Mill  Valley.  CA  94941 
(800)  228-8896 
(800)  762-7788  (in 
Calif.) 

List  Price:  General  Ledger.  $495;  Accounts 
Receivable,  Accounts  Payable.  $295  each. 
Also  available:  five  other  modules;  multiuser 
vosion.  dBASE  III  source  code  included. 
Requires:  5 12K  RAM;  10-Mbyte  hard  disk; 
DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  An  easy-to-run,  full-featured  sys- 
tem with  excellent  documentation  and  perfor- 
mance. Included  source  code  and  dBASE 
files  make  it  a natural  for  custom  modifica- 
tion. Not  copy  protected. 

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all  Smithes,  and  so  on.  Data  entry  screens 
are  easy  to  read  and  consistent  in  format. 
You  don’t  have  to  worry  about  making  an 
irreversible  error  because  each  operation 
offers  an  escape  route — a teal  confidence, 
and  competence  booster. 

Creating  a new  chart  of  accounts,  copy- 
ing it  to  a second  company,  and  adding  the 
budget  and  beginning  balances  takes  a lit- 
tle over  an  hour.  Each  account’s  budget 
figures  are  promptly  apportioned  once  you 
supply  the  yearly  total.  Complete  screens 
and  individual  fields  are  easily  entered  or 
revised  by  the  fiill-scteen  editing  feature  of 
dBASE  III. 

All  postings  are  automatically  re- 
versed, and  the  program  requests  confir- 


AccountMate'r 
screens  are  clearly 
defined  and  easy  to 
edit.  Invoices  show 
a customer's  credit 
limit  and  balance. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
151 


■ ACCOUNTING 


■nation  whenever  an  account  with  a normal 
dehit  or  credit  balance  is  posted  with  a 
“wrong”  amount.  You  can  edit  any  post- 
ing in  the  current  batch  before  it  is  perma- 
nently added  to  the  books.  You  can  even 
change  a double  entry  to  a multiple  entry. 
The  ledger  allows  adding  new  accounts 
during  posting,  so  you  never  have  to  back 
out  of  the  posting  .screen  becau.se  of  a miss- 
ing account. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module 
comes  complete  with  an  inventory  system 
for  detailed  invoicing,  if  desired,  each 
item  may  be  a.ssigned  a separate  sales  and 
cost  account,  thereby  enabling  tight  con- 
trol over  profit  and  cost  centers.  Customer 
accounts  may  be  entered  with  different 
shipping  and  billing  addres.ses.  and  terms, 
discounts,  and  the  option  to  bill  finance 
charges  are  all  user  defined.  Most  of  the 
statistical  information  you  could  want  is 
instantly  available  for  both  customer  and 
inventory.  Invoices  may  be  altered  after 
printing — a feature  missing  from  many 
packages.  You  can  omit  paid  invoices 
from  statements,  and  you  have  the  option 
to  print  statemenLs  for  one  customer,  all 
customers,  or  only  those  with  balances. 
Even  UPS  COD  tags  may  be  printed. 

COMPARl^G  VOUCHERS  Vendors 
ate  a.ssigned  up  to  30  default  expense  ac- 
counts. which  ate  made  available  for  dis- 
tribution at  the  time  of  voucher  entry.  This 
is  a boon  when  paying  credit  card  charges 
that  must  be  expensed  for  travel,  food,  car 
rentals,  gas.  and  so  on.  Bills  may  be  en- 
tered and  approved  in  full,  partially,  or  not 
at  all.  Later  approvals  may  be  selected  ei- 
ther by  vendor  or  by  due  date,  with  any 
available  discounts  suggested  on-screen.  If 
two  identically  numbered  vouchers  ate  en- 
tered for  the  same  vendor,  the  first  is  dis- 
played for  compari.son — a nice  touch. 

Most  reports  may  be  viewed  on-screen. 
Many  have  Sort  and  Date  Range  options, 
and  all  are  formatted  for  80  columns. 
While  General  Ledger  reports  may  be 
printed  for  any  period,  comparisons  be- 
tween periods  arc  not  available.  The  Ac- 
counts Receivable  aged  trial  balance, 
showing  who  owes  what  and  for  how  long, 
lisLs  only  the  customer  crxle  and  name. 
The  program  would  have  benefited  if 
SourceMate  had  included  the  customer 
contact,  as  well  as  the  contact's  phone 


number.  There  is  no  report  writer,  but  Ac- 
couniMaie  uses  dBASE  III  files,  which  al- 
low you  to  create  special  reports  by  using 
either  the  dBASE  reprrrt  writer  or  one  of  the 
many  dBASE  add-on  products. 

The  program  is  surprisingly  quick.  It's 
not  just  fast  for  dBASE — it’s  fasl.  The 
nuxlulcs  supplied  are  Clipper  compiled, 
and,  on  an  AT  compatible,  moving  be- 
tween menu  options  is  almost  instanta- 
neous. The  compiled  code's  small  size  is 
indicative  of  efficient  programming.  The 
sample  stxirce  code  fragment  follows  gen- 
erally accepted  dBASE  programming  prac- 
tices and  is  easy  to  follow.  The  source  code 
is  included  in  the  price  of  each  module,  as 
is  free  support  for  all  registered  users. 

AccountMate  may  not  have  enough  ca- 
pacity in  the  General  Ledger  for  the  For- 
tune SOO.  The  reports  aren't  flawless,  and 
dBASE  file  sizes  grow  likeTopsy.  But  Ac- 
coutuMate  is  well  worth  its  purchase  price 
and  well  worth  inve.stigating  for  any  .small- 
to  medium-sized  business  or  any  depart- 
ment of  a large  corporation.  This  package 
isn't  perfect,  but  it  has  so  many  good  fea- 
tures that  you  may  never  discover  any 
faults.  SourceMate  truly  thought  of  the  end 
user  when  it  designed  this  .system. 

— Michael  Fiiedlander 


Assistant  Controller 


Assislanl  Controller,  from  Lake  Avenue 
Software,  is  a dBASE  III  accounting  pack- 
age that  is  compiled  in  Clipper  for  speed. 
The  modules,  designed  and  written  by 
CPAs  and  priced  at  $595  each,  include  the 
General  Ledger,  Accounts  Payable.  Ac- 


F A C T 


FILE 


< 'onintller 

l^c  Avenue  SoKwaa* 
65()  Sierra  Madiv  Villa 
Pasadena.  CA^I  1 107- 
2013 

(8IK)35!-54«3 
List  Price:  Cieneral  Ixrd- 
ger.  Accounts  Receiv- 
able, and  Accounts  Payable,  S595  each.  Also 
available;  six  other  rmxlules.  multiuser  ver- 
sion. 

Requires:  .3K4K  RAM;  IX).S  2. 1 or  later. 
Hard  disk  reci>ninKnded-  tIHASh  III  l*lu.\  re- 
quired to  operate  source  ctKle  version;  no 
required  hn compiled  version. 

In  Short:  A MiASE  III  accounting  package 
designed  arnl  written  by  CPAs . Has  stnmg  a*- 
porling  capabilities  hut  a weak  user  interi'acc. 
Not  copy  proteeled. 
CinCLteaeONHEADERSLRVia  CAHO 


counts  Receivable,  Payroll.  Inventory, 
Job  Cost,  Order  Eintty , Ftnancial  Reporter, 
and  Time  Billing.  Source  code  is  available 
for  all  modules. 

Since  the  system  asks  you  for  certain 
account  numbers  during  setup,  it  is  wise  to 
design  your  chart  of  accounts  ahead  of 
time.  Assistant  Controller  can  maintain  in- 
formation for  up  to  1 ,000  locations/depart- 
ments. Each  location  must  have  its  own 
chart  of  accounts  defined.  Location/de- 
partment 0 is  used  for  consolidations. 

Assistant  Controller  requires  five-digit 
account  numbers.  To  use  the  firtartcial-re- 
porting  capabilities  of  the  General  Ledger, 
you  must  set  up  your  chart  of  accounts 
within  the  following  .structure:  Ixxxx  = 


RUHNIHC  BALANCE 


frest  R to  Reset  or 
to  liRr|i  Ike  Riinnia) 


tReturn) 

lalaiu-e 


Vendor  Co4e 


Invoice  No  [QJQjQyi  Invoice  Date: 

ir  Paqee  it  to  receive  an  IRS  Fora  1899.  Tq»e  an  X | 


Frets  <Retura>  to  Mi  Recoril.  (Okange.  or  (SItart  Over;  . 


Entering  invoices  with 
multiple  accffunt 
distributions  is  a 
clumsy  tmk  with 
A&sisUinl  Controller. 
The  general  ledger 
account  number  is 
buried  in  the  middle  of 
the  screen,  with 
invtfice  number  and 
data  It  Hated  at  the 
bottffm. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
152 


The  Diconix  150.  Take  it  or  leave  it 


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In  the  U . S . . for  the  dealer  nearest  you . 
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ACCOUNTING 


imary  of  Features:  dBASE  Accounting  Packages 
le  Prices  and  Extras) 


Asststant  Controller 


CtMinpionlil  tfPROGfUMMER  ‘ 


Accounts  Receivable 

Payroll 

Rxed  Assets 


Report  Whiter 
Sales/Order  Entry 


TknsDHfcig 
Notororti  voroion 
Networks  supported: 
3Com  Corp. 

Novell  Inc. 
IBMCorpw 
Multiuser  version 


$1,065 

$495 

$295 

$295 

$495 

N/A 

included 

$795 

$995 

$195 

N/A 

$195 

N/A 

$395 


$1,785 

$595 

$595 

$595 

$595 

N/A 

$595 

$595 

N/A 

N/A 

$295 

$595 

N/A 

$595 


$1,185 

$395 

$395 

$395 

$395 

N/A 


N/A 

N/A 

$249 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

O 

O 

O 

O 

o 


$295 

$295 

Included 

Included 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

O 

O 

o 

o 

o 


$396'' 

$395 

$100 

$395t 

$295t 

$295 

$395 

$395 

$295 

N/A 

$295 

N/A 


•— Vm  O— No  N/A— Not  applicable:  module  not  offered.  'Basicpnceisthecofnbmedcostoftheihreesingle'UserGeneralLedger.  Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Recaivabie 
modules,  shown  here  tor  comparison.  fNol  available  in  multiuser  version. 


Assets,  2xxxx  = Liabilities,  3xxxx  = 
Equity,  4xxxx  = Revenues,  5xxxx  = Cost 
of  Goods  Sold,  and  6-9xxxx  = Expenses. 
If  your  company  uses  a unique  chart  of  ac- 
counts, you  may  find  this  mandatory  ac- 
count structure  restrictive. 

MENU  STRUCTURE  Lake  Avenue 
Software  claims  that  people  who  have  nev- 
er worked  with  accounting  software  before 
find  the  system's  menu  structure  easy  to 
use  and  understand,  but  I found  it  to  be 
backward.  For  example,  instead  of(l) 
Add,  (2)  Change,  Delete,  or  Review,  and 
(3)  List  being  submenu  choices  under  En- 
tering Transactions,  Assistant  Controller 
elevates  these  choices  to  the  main  menu, 
with  (1)  Transaction  File  and  (2)  Chart  of 
Accounts  File  being  submenu  choices.  In 
addition,  the  line  numbering  of  the  same 
choice  name  (for  example.  Chart  of  Ac- 
counts Flic)  may  be  dilTerent  within  the 
Add  and  List  submenus. 

Loading  the  chart  of  accounts  is  fast  and 
easy.  The  system  asks  for  cmly  four  types 
of  information:  location/department.  Gen- 
eral Ledger  account  number,  account  title, 
and  beginning  balance.  Bui  Assuitani  Con- 


troller could  do  a better  job  with  error  trap- 
ping during  input.  The  system  tested  lets 
you  enter  duplicate  information  (account, 
vendor,  and  customer  numbers),  even 
though  it  beeps  a warning.  Lake  Avenue 
Software  says  that  a May  1987  update  cor- 
rected this  problem. 

l^oading  the  chart 

of  accounts  is 
fast  and  easy  with 
Assistant  Controller. 


If  your  company  produces  financial  re- 
ports with  budgets  and  prior-year  compar- 
ative information,  you  will  need  the  Finan- 
cial Reporting  module,  which  integrates 
with  the  General  Ledger. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  is  a 
basic  system  that  maintains  a minimum  of 


information.  It  can  send  transactions  to  the 
General  Ledger  on  a cash  or  accrual  basis. 
The  setup  routine  for  Accounts  Receivable 
lets  you  define  the  number  of  days  in  each 
of  five  aging  periods.  In  addition,  you 
must  select  either  balance-forward  or 
open-item  accounting  for  all  your  custom- 
ers. The  customer  master  file  maintains  the 
customer  number,  name,  and  address,  as 
well  as  last  payment  date  and  pay- 
ments/purchases to  date. 

Customer  invoices,  credit  memos,  and 
debit  memos  are  all  entered  into  the  main 
transaction  file.  The  system  does  not  dis- 
tinguish between  invoices  and  debit 
memos.  Credit  memos  are  distinguished 
by  a negative  amount. 

The  package's  Accounts  Payable  mod- 
ule is  equally  basic.  The  information  that 
the  system  maintains  on  the  vendor  record 
is  scant:  vendor  name,  address,  contact, 
telephone  number,  budget  amount,  pay- 
ments/purchases to  date,  and  discount  tak- 
en to  dale.  Since  Assistant  Controller  does 
not  maintain  vendor  terms  for  each  vendor 
in  the  vendor  file,  you  will  have  to  calcu- 
late the  discount  dale  and  payment  date  for 
every  invoice  emered  into  the  system.  In 


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134 


Summary  of  Features:  dBASE 
Accounting  Packages  (General  Items) 

For  an  extensive  summary  of  these  packages'  character- 
istics. see  the  spwiai  section  "Accountir}g  ^stem  Profiles" 
following  the  reviews. 


SBT  Database 


AccountMate 

Assistant 

Controller 

Champion  III 

dPROGRAMMER 

Acconnting 

Library 

Qanaral  Ladgar  ' 

vi-iiejjikjrfvJ;; 

Chart  of  accounts  code  size* 

7N 

8N 

10  A 

10  A 

8A 

Default  account  structure* 

NNNNN-NN 

NNNNN-NNN 

AAAAAAAAAA 

AAAAAAAAA 

AAAAA-AAA 

No.  of  predefined  accounts 

60 

None 

69 

Info,  not  available 

8 

No.  of  characters  for  entry  description 

30 

26 

20 

30 

35 

INrtsacfion  entry  limit 

$1  billion 

S99  million 

$100  million 

$100  million 

$999  minion 

Accounting  periods 

12 

13 

24 

12 

13 

No.  of  standard  r^>orts 

18 

30 

6 

12 

24 

AcccunUPayMa  t 

No.  of  characters  for  vendor  code  6 

No.  of  characters  for  invoice  entry  description  10 

No.  of  standard  reports  1 4 


11 

56 

20 


6 

30 

3 


6 

35 

11 


No.  of  characters  for  customer  code 

6 

11 

8 

6 

6 

No.  of  characters  for  salesperson  code 

5 

3 

25 

0 

2 

No.  of  characters  for  Invoice  entry  description 

29 

56 

Unlimited 

30 

35 

No.  of  standard  reports 

21 

20 

8 

3 

11 

“^ip-to"  address  for  customer 

• 

O 

• 

o 

• 

"BilMo”  address  for  customer 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

Instanatlem  and  Satup 

Menu-driven 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

includes  checklist 

• 

• 

• 

o 

• 

Includes  system  operation  procedures  lists 

• 

• 

• 

0 

• 

Includes  demonstration  data  files 

• 

• 

o 

• 

• 

Estimated  installation  time  (hours:minutes) 

0:10 

1:00 

0:15 

2100 

0:30 

Comes  with  tutorial 

O 

O 

O 

• 

• 

Includes  on-iine,  context-sensitive  documentation 

• 

o 

• 

o 

• 

Includes  data  entry  forms 

0 

o 

• 

o 

• 

Allows  access  to  master  files  during  data  entry 

• 

o 

• 

o 

O 

Sacurity  Mid  Amrfic 


Individual  passwords 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

Passwords  for  individual  modules 

• 

• 

o 

o 

• 

Passwords  for  individual  menu  functions 

O 

o 

o 

0 

o 

Grants  menu-item  access  rights  to  user 

O 

o 

• 

0 

• 

m. 


Selects  and  extracts  data  In: 
.DIF  format 
ASCII  format 

Other  output  formats  supported 


Loads  master  file  data  from  other  systems 
Loads  trartsaction  file  data  from  other  systems 


o 

o 

• 

O 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

• 

dBASE  III. 

f-2-3 

J-2-3. 

Info,  not  available 

dBASE. . 

PFS 

O 

• 

dBASE  HI. 
Mailmerge. 
WordStar 

O 

o 

• 

O 

• 

O 

O 

• 

— Kw  O— »to  ‘A — Alphmunteric.  N — Numeric- 


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155 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


addition.  1099  status  is  maiked  during  in- 
voice entry  rather  than  in  the  vendor  Hie. 

The  invoice  entry  process  is  also  a bit 
backward.  General  ledger  account  distri- 
bution is  buried  in  the  middle  of  the  entry 
screen,  with  invoice  number  and  date 
pu.shed  to  tbe  bottom.  Entering  an  invoice 
that  has  multiple  distributions  is  awkward. 

Assistant  Controller’s  strength  is  its  re- 
porting abilities.  The  reports  produced  by 
the  Financial  Reporter,  General  Ledger, 
Acctrunts  Receivable,  and  Accounts  Pay- 
able modules  are  excellent.  iLs  weakness  is 
its  user  interface. — Allyn  S.  Vineberg 


Champion  III 

Champion  III  is  a real  contender.  A 
snHxith,  easy-to-use  $395-per-module  ac- 
counting package  from  Champion  Busi- 
ness Systems,  it  offers  a fast-moving, 
fully-integrated  system  with  a dBASE 
background. 

Champion  Business  Systems,  special- 
izing in  accounting  programs,  has  put  its 
expertise  to  the  test  effectively  in  this  pack- 
age. Champion  is  basically  a Hrst-ratc 
General  Ledger  system  with  integrated 
Accounts  Receivable  and  Accounts  Pay- 
able modules  plus  a help  program.  The 
Accounts  Payable  and  Receivable  mod- 
ules cannot  stand  alone,  but  you  can  add 
other  modules  to  the  basic  system. 

A careful  reading  of  the  installation  in- 
.structions  is  all  you  need  to  make  the  in- 
stallation go  smoothly.  Everything  is  autrv 
mated.  The  install  program  on  the  first  di.sk 
even  creates  its  own  subdirectory. 

Champion's  basic  acounting  structure 
follows  current  accounting  principles  and 


FACT  FILE 


Champion  tit 
('hampion  Husinevs 
Sysiciits 

17301  W.  C olfax 
Ave,,  #250 
Denver,  CX)  80401 
(800)  24.3-2626 
(303)278-8666 
List  Price:  $395  per  module. 

Ketiuires:  432K  RAM;  5'Mbylc  hard  disk: 
1X)S  1.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A fasl-nKwing.  fully-integrated  aa- 
oHinling  package  that  can  compete  with  the 
top  packages  in  tlK*  iniuiket . yet  is  easy  to  use. 
C'opy  pn>tection  schenK*  lets  you  copy  di.sks, 
but  the  copicxl  disk  t(X.'ks  up  after  528  transac'- 
tioas  and  asks  for  a security  cixle.  which  is  is- 
sued to  regi.stcred  users  or  is  obtainable  by 
calling  the  company. 

ClHai  <4$  ON  Ht  Ain  R HVICI  CARD 


has  adequate  .space  for  coding  account, 
customer,  and  vendor  numbers,  as  well  as 
in  the  de.scription  and  comment  fields. 

The  General  Ledger  is  a fully  integrated 
program  that  includes  a built-in  chart  of  ac- 
counts so  that  you  can  get  up  and  running 
quickly.  It  posts  entries  automatically  after 
you  set  up  the  journals.  Simply  stated,  the 
General  Ledger  system  is  first-rate. 

Champion  has  several  special  strengths 
in  its  user  interface  and  data  recovery 
scheme.  A command  key  brings  up  a help 
screen  no  matter  what  stage  you  are  in  and 
immediately  takes  you  back  to  continue 
the  regular  prxxessing.  Also,  the  package 
enables  you  to  move  smoothly  and  easily 
within  and  between  programs.  The  manual 
gives  considerable  attention  to  Champi- 


Opea  Or^ar  Lift 

lUafC  of  Opea  Orier  Noaiberf  oa  Fl 

.0.  1 ll  LoMlt  OaO 

IB  la  Hifhett 

1 ll«t  Ortlar  Naatiar  (or  Sloflo  Orfrr  Look  apt 

2.  L(*t  CoatOMr  Mookor  (or  Slajle  Cottcaer) 

3.  LUt  ky  Coatoaer  Ntaikor  for  Solectof  Skip  late 

Soirrt  Liar  Naokrr  Froa  Akovr 
(To  Ciit  - Freit  lacapo  leq) 

E 

lator  F For  Faper  or  S For  Scrota 
Cator  Skip  »a(e  (ftt^M-Tf) 

(To  Salt  - froai  Ctcapo 

The  Open  Order  list  in 
Champion  111  lets  you 
look  up  order 
numbers  and  list  their 
ship  dates. 


on’s  valuable  data  recovery  methods, 
which  many  programs  neglect  altogether. 

ConUols  over  data  entry  in  Champion 
are  top-notch.  The  package  automatically 
verifies  account  numbers,  vendor  num- 
bers, and  other  key  data,  cross-referencing 
them  with  other  files  before  proceeding.  In 
the  report  subroutine.  Champion  alerts  you 
to  quickly  review  the  output  of  the  ac- 
counts receivable  invoices  for  accuracy.  If 
they’re  OK,  you  simply  hit  one  key  and 
proceed;  if  not,  you  can  correct  any  in- 
voice errors  before  mailing. 

Champion’s  weakne.ss  is  in  preparing 
reports.  Its  format  for  financial  reports  and 
budget  comparisons  is  somewhat  limited. 
The  vendor  claims  that  a new,  soon-to-be- 
released  version  improves  the  package's 
repotting  format  and  adds  a capability  for 
preparing  mailing  labels  and  1099  forms. 
Until  the  new  version  is  available,  you 
have  the  option  of  purchasing  the  compa- 
ny’s Freeway  package,  which  offers  a 
wide  assortment  of  report  generators. 

Other  Champion  modules  currently 
available  include  Payroll,  Job  Costing, 
and  Inventory.  The  package’s  documenta- 
tion is  clearly  written,  but  you’ll  need  to  in- 
vest some  time  and  effort  to  understand  the 
processing. 

THE  dBASE  CONNECTION  The 

package  is  fast  on  iLs  feet;  to  enhance 
speed,  the  programs  are  all  compiled  ver- 
sions. For  that  reason,  you  cannot  custom- 
ize them  to  any  extent.  But  you  can  go  out- 
side the  programs  and  use  dBASE  to 
generate  specialized  reports  and  perform 
additional  analyses. 

Champion  III  is  a real  pro.  You  can  rely 
on  it  as  a highly  accurate  on-line,  real-time 
program,  with  all  the  necessary  checks  and 
balances.  This  outstanding  feature  trans- 
lates into  reliability,  savings,  and  confi- 
dence in  your  financial  reports. 

— William  Winberg 


dPROGRAMMER 

Developed  by  Sensible  Designs  and  sold 
for  $295,  dPROGRAMMER  was  designed 
to  be  used  as  a dBASE  add-on  product . The 
package  includes  such  standards  as  Gener- 
al Ledger,  Accounts  Payable,  and  Ac- 
counts Receivable  nxxlules,  as  well  as  a 


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157 


■ ACCOUNTING 


dFtOCIA^E  wr  3.8  Uave's  Surfboard  fl^factunng 
Standard  accounting  reports 


C0»  DISCKIPTKW 


IS 

BS 

;l 

it 

AT 

BV 


Incone  stateient 
Balance  sheet 
(enera!  ledger  report 
Journal  register  reports 
Accounting  transaction  reports 
Budget  variance  report 


To  select  an  item,  enter  the  code  on  the  left  and  KClVIfl. 
Tou  Mg  also  enter  a code  not  on  this  renu  if  you  know  it. 
Inter  a code  or  just  SITKIh  to  exit  V 


dPROGRAMMER 
uses  unusual 
mnemonics  for  menu 
selection,  and  it  uses 
the  Return  key  as  the 
exit  key. 


custom  applications  development  system. 

[>isappointing  may  be  too  kind  a word 
for  dPROGRAMMER.  It  takes  advantage 
of  very  few  of  dBASE's  capabilities  and 
has  more  than  a few  faults.  However, 
Hank  Lautenbach,  president  of  Sensible 
Designs,  said  that  dPROGRAMMER  was 
not  designed  to  be  a standalone  accounting 
package,  but  is  normally  developed  for 
specific  applications  after  purchase.  He 
said  the  company  has  no  plans  to  enhance 
the  program  but  will  update  dPROGRAM- 
MER if  new  versions  of  dBASE  are  re- 
leased. 

dPROGRAMMER's  italic-text  manual 
lacks  an  index  and  gives  instructions  on  in- 
stallation with  dBASE  //  rather  than  ///. 
Lautenbach  said  that  the  instructions  for 
installation  with  dBASE  III  are  contained 
in  a separate  appendix  sold  with  the  pro- 


FACT 


FILE 


ttPROGRAMMER, 
Vcnloa3.0 
Sensible  Designs 
10791  TietTOsanta  Blvd. 
San  Diego.  CA  92124 
(6I9)26»4)I23 
List  Price:  S293 
Requires:  2S6K  RAM 
idBASE  Ilf}',  two  disk  drives  or  hard  disk; 
dSASb'/l/:  condensed  type  or  132-colufnn 
printer:  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  A pocily  designed  accounting 
package  written  in  dBASE /// that  uses  vety 
few  of  dBASE" % capabilities.  Net  copy  pro- 
tected. 

OHCtfSPOHReADCRSgtVCECABD 


ilFIIOCRAMMER 


gram.  However,  the  appendix  was  not  in- 
cluded in  the  package  we  reviewed.  The 
instructions  in  the  manual  we  received  as- 
sumed you  were  using  a CP/M  system 
with  two  floppy  disk  drives.  Following 
these  instmetions  would  have  made  the 
system  fail  because  of  syntax  differences 
between  dBASE  II  and  dBASE  III. 

When  we  called  Sensible  Designs  to 
see  if  a dBASE  III  version  of  the  manual 
was  available,  the  call  was  not  returned,  as 
were  all  subsequent  calls  to  the  vendor. 
Not  so  sensible.  Lautenbach  contacted  PC 
Magazine  after  editors,  who  were  also  un- 
able to  get  a response  when  they  called  the 
company,  sent  a letter  to  Sensible  Designs 
expressing  concerns  about  the  program. 

dPROGRAMMER's  menu  system  is 
unusual:  you  select  options  by  typing  mul- 
tiple-character mnemonics.  Those  who 
count  keystrokes  will  find  this  system 
slower  than  it  should  be. 

Data  entry  is  also  different — and  both- 
ersome. When  you  enter  your  own  data 
into  the  General  Ledger  chart  of  accounts, 
you  must  change  dPROGRAMMER's 
sample  data  to  yours  rather  than  setting  up 
another  company  fde. 

INSECURE  FEELING  dPROGRAM- 
MER’s controls  are  so  lax  that  any  internal 
control  would  depend  almost  solely  on  the 
integrity  of  your  personnel.  You  can 
change  the  account  number,  name,  and 
balance  at  any  time  during  the  year,  and 
you  can  also  change  the  budget  allocation 
and  the  type  of  account.  Remarkably,  you 
could  enter  transactions  in  the  chart  of  ac- 
counts and  leave  absolutely  no  audit  trail 
of  the  entry. 


After  verifying  that  you  have  entered 
the  chart  of  accounts  correctly,  you  must 
conftrm  that  the  accounts  are  in  balance. 
Since  dPROGRAMMER  has  no  option  for 
printing  a trial  balance,  you  can  try  select- 
ing the  General  Ledger  report — but  watch 
out!  When  we  did  it,  dPROGRAMMER 
crashed  because  of  a syntax  error:  the  vari- 
able was  omitted  from  the  command  line. 
When  we  tried  to  print  a balance  sheet  for  a 
last-resort  verification  that  the  accounts 
were  in  balance,  the  system  crashed 
again — for  the  same  reason. 

When  entering  our  payables  and  receiv- 
ables, as  was  the  case  throughout  the  sys- 
tem, we  found  that  dPROGRAMMER 
used  only  a limited  number  of  dBASE' s ca- 
pabilities. The  program  lets  you  allocate 
each  check  and  invoice  to  a maximum  of 
only  six  accounts.  Also,  you  can  assign 
each  check  and  each  cash  receipt  to  Just 
one  invoice. 

Essentially,  dPROGRAMMER  is  a sys- 
tem for  accumulating  your  manual  records 
into  a report  format.  It  is  not  an  accounting 
system  capable  of  generating  records.  Nei- 
ther Accounts  Payable  nor  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable can  produce  management  aged 
reports.  Accounts  Payable  does  not  print 
checks,  and  Accounts  Receivable  does  not 
print  either  invoices  or  statements. 

Security  is  unusually  weak,  even 
though  dPROGRAMMER  uses  a password 
system.  The  program  displays  the  pass- 
word you  enter  on  the  screen  in  full  view. 
In  addition,  anyone  on  the  system  can  find 
the  passwords  by  using  the  DOS  TYPE 
command  to  list  the  file’s  contents. 

According  to  Lautenbach,  dPRO- 
GRAMMER was  designed  to  serve  only 
the  basic  accounting  needs  of  small  com- 
panies with  dBASE  systems.  In  our  tests  it 
proved  to  be  more  than  just  disappointing: 
it  was  downright  deficient.  If  you’re  look- 
ing for  a capable  accounting  program,  one 
you  can  use  with  minimal  frustration,  look 
elsewhere. — Michael  L.  Brown 


SBT  Database 
Accounting  Library 


SBT  Database  Accounting  Library y from 
SBT  Corp.,  is  a solid,  basic  integrated  ac- 
counting system — one  that  you  can  use  for 


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just  one  company  or  for  up  to  99  compa- 
nies. SBT  Corp.,  a pioneer  in  the  field  of 
integrated  accounting  packages,  offers  this 
anay  of  programs  for  $395  per  module. 
Capable  of  being  used  either  as  a stand- 
alone accounting  package  or  as  a dBASE 
add-on,  it  includes  impressive  dBASE  cus- 
tomizing features. 

Whether  you  use  the  modules  individ- 
ually or  as  an  integrated  system,  SBT  Da- 
tabase Accounting  Library’s  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Receivable,  and  Accounts 
Payable  programs  are  versatile  and  de- 
pendable. Even  an  inexperienced  user  can 
master  them  quickly.  The  program  logic 
follows  dBASE,  and  you  can  leave  SBT 
(with  the  established  file  structure)  and  run 
your  own  dBASE  applications.  In  addition, 
two  levels  of  passwords  are  available  for 
each  module,  giving  you  the  option  of  lim- 


(&FACT  FILE 


SBT  Iktiabase 
Accounting  Library 
SBT  Cofp. 

One  Hartxjr  Drive 
Sausalilo,  CA  94965 
, ■ (415)331-9900 

List  Price:  $395  per 

1 tTKxJulc:  nine  other  mod- 
ules available.  Multiuser  version  available. 
Requires:  5 1 2K  RAM;  haixl  disk;  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 

In  Short:  A solid,  basic  menu-driven  system 
of  integrated  nKxIules  that  also  offers  built-in 
editing.  pavswk>rd  protection,  a dBASE-com- 
patible  option,  and  customizing  features.  Not 
copy  protected. 

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iting  access  to  certain  applications  or  even 
modules. 

SBT  permits  you  to  use  nine  different 
account  classifications,  with  each  account 
number  represented  as  a nine-digit  alpha- 
numeric code.  Thus  you  can  have  a five- 
digit basis  number  and  a three-digit  ac- 
count number. 

SPECIAL  REPORTS  The  field  len^ 
and  user-defined  variables  make  inputting 
the  initial  accounts  receivable  clients  and 
payable  vendors  iraxlerately  slow.  But  the 
slow  speed  is  later  offset  by  the  versatility 
of  special  management  decision  reports 
that  are  built  into  the  systems.  For  exam- 
ple, in  the  Accounts  Receivable  module 
you  can  select  reports  for  analysis  based  on 
dollar  volume,  territory,  salesman,  indus- 
try , and  even  a user-defined  miscellaneous 
code. 

The  SBT  Database  Accounting  Library 
programs  have  several  unique  features.  A 
built-in  edit  system  prevents  serious  file 
structure  problems,  out-of-balance  ac- 
counts, invalid  data  field  values,  and  du- 
plicate accounts.  Frequent  warnings  help 
guard  against  losing  or  corrupting  data. 
And  the  flexible  system  permits  you  to 
move  from  function  to  fimetion  easily. 

EXTRA  PROTECTION  When  transac- 
tions span  two  modules,  you  need  to  com- 
plete processing  in  one  irxxlule,  and  then 
log  on  with  your  password  to  process  in  the 
second  traxluie.  For  example,  when  you 
finish  the  Accounts  Receivable  transac- 
tions for  automatic  input  to  the  General 
Ledger,  you  quit  the  Accounts  Receivable 
module,  log  on  and  select  a General  Led- 


[^E D 1 T O R ’ S 
inc  H O I C E 


There  are  better  ways  to  automate 
your  books  than  using  « dBASE  ac- 
counting package.  Although  we 
don't  have  an  Editor’s  Choice  in  this 
category,  if  you  must  have  a dBASE 
package,  we  suggest  you  comider 
AccountMate,  made  by  Source- 
Mate  Information  Systems.  It's  user 
friendly.  It’s  fast  for  dBASE.  And 
its  $1 ,085  price  includes  the  source 
code. 


ger  company  code  for  processing,  supply  a 
password,  and  then  begin  processing  the 
general  ledger  Uansaction.  The  extra  edits 
time  and  password  protection  ate  a trade- 
off for  increased  security  and  control. 

SBT's  adequate  documentation  in- 
cludes sample  screen  images  that  assist  the 
first-time  user  and  present  a step-by-step 
approach  to  using  the  program.  Each  ttKxl- 
ule  includes  an  excellent  built-in  sample 
company,  which  is  a great  help  for  learn- 
ing the  system.  The  main  menu  of  each 
module  gives  you  the  tutorial  company, 
and  at  this  stage  you  can  add  a new  compa- 
ny (up  to  99),  select  one  already  estab- 
lished, or  quit.  SBT  Corp.  recommends 
that  you  work  with  the  tutorial  company  to 
get  a feeling  for  the  flow  of  the  program 
before  setting  up  the  files  for  your  own  ap- 
plications. 

One  of  the  best  features  of  the  SBT  Da- 
tabase Accounting  Library  is  the  ability  to 
customize  the  packages  for  your  individual 
needs.  The  standalone  compiled  version  is 
excellent,  but  the  dBASE  version  gives  you 
unlimited  use  of  dBASE  applications  from 
the  existing  file.  And  you  can  add  other 
SBT  modules  to  expand  your  system,  in- 
cluding Asset  Accounting,  Professional 
Time  and  Billing,  Project  Accounting, 
Property  Management,  Purchasing,  I*ay- 
roll,  and  Ordering. 

SBT’s  menu-driven  accounting  pro- 
grams are  slow  but  dependable,  user 
friendly,  and  highly  functional.  SBT’s 
built-in  edit  system,  d0A5£-compatible 
option,  and  the  ability  to  customize  the 
programs  add  to  its  flexibility  and  pow- 
er. — ^WilUam  Winberg 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
160 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


Jiigh-Priced 

Bookkeepers 

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I I igh-end  accounting  packages 
A A generally  cost  from  $500  to 
$2,500  a module.  They  represent  quite  an 
investment — even  if  you  install  only  the 
basics:  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Pay- 
able, and  Accounts  Receivable.  What  re- 
turns can  you  expect  from  these  packages? 

They  tend  to  be  feature-rich.  They  typi- 
cally possess  larger  databases  and  transac- 
tion capacities,  multiuser  configurations, 
and  features  that  let  you  customize  without 
changing  source  code. 

These  packages  generally  excel  in  their 
ability  to  integrate  the  features  of  the  mod- 
ules. Often,  too,  they  will  be  vertical  pack- 
ages suited  to  the  particular  needs  of  spe- 
cific industries.  Although  in  general  we 
avoided  reviewing  vertical  packages,  we 
did  review  those  with  strong  core  modules 
that  can  be  used  for  general  accounting. 
For  example,  in  addition  to  its  core  mod- 
ules, Excalibur  Plus  promotes  a specialty 
package  for  the  publishing  industry,  and 
Myle  Myke  is  known  for  the  features  it  of- 
fers in  manufacturing. 

Finally,  if  you  invest  in  a high-priced 
package,  you  should  be  able  to  expect 
strong  support  from  the  vendor:  an  800 
telephone  number,  insightful  newsletters, 
and  support  for  independent  user  groups. 
— ^Timothy  J.  Lee 


ABS  Accounting 
Modules 


ABS  Accounting  Modules,  made  by  Amer- 
ican Business  Systems  and  sold  for  $300 
per  module,  runs  in  RM/COBOL.  They 
are  well  suited  for  medium-sized  to  large 
companies  in  which  many  people  share 


data  entry  and  other  accounting  duties. 
The  programs  can  handle  up  to  99  compa- 
nies, each  with  up  to  99  departments. 

The  programs  work  on  UNIX  systems 
as  well  as  on  PCs,  and  the  DOS  version  has 
features  and  a user  interface  consistent 
with  the  other  versions.  A growing  compa- 
ny can  upgrade  to  a minicomputer  system 
and  essentially  keep  the  same  ABS  data 
files  and  use  the  same  menus  and  screens. 

The  resemblance  to  a minicomputer 
system  brings  with  it  some  good  news  and 
some  bad  news.  The  good  news  is  that  the 
ABS  programs  have  excellent  password  se- 
curity, transaction  controls,  audit  trails  of 
tran.sactions,  and  ma.ster  file  updates.  The 
bad  news  is  that  the  programs  lack  some  of 
the  features  and  speed  of  newer  PC  ac- 
counting programs.  On-line  help,  for  ex- 
ample, is  not  available.  In  addition,  you 
must  confirm  all  menu  selections  with  the 
Enter  key;  you  cannot  use  cursor  keys  to 
move  around  the  screen;  and  you  must  al- 
ways enter  the  date. 

Furthermore,  vendor  and  customer 
master  files  do  not  include  the  general  led- 
ger account  number  normally  used  for 
posting.  ABS  does  not  display  journal  en- 
uy  lines  cumulatively  as  they  are  entered, 
and  the  screen  lacks  a display  of  the  total  to 
help  you  know  if  you  are  in  balance;  the 
system  will  accept  an  out-of-balance  en- 
try, but  it  must  be  balanced  before  posting. 
The  system  is  also  relatively  slow  in  trans- 
ferring transactions  from  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable and  Accounts  Payable  to  the  Gen- 
eral Ledger,  and  in  posting  entries  to 
accounts. 


MFACT  FILE 


ABS  Accounting 
Modules 

American  Business 
Systems  Inc. 

3 Ultleton  Rd. 

Westford.  MAO  1 886 
(617)692-2600 
List  Price:  (jeneral  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Payable,  Accounts  Receiv- 
able. $300  each.  Also  available;  Multiuser 
version. 

Requires:  t28K  RAM;  hard  disk;  DOS3.t. 
In  Short:  Package  has  excellent  audit  and 
password  controls  and  mullicompany  capa- 
bility; allows  growth  from  single-PC  version 
to  network  with  the  .same  user  menus  and  pro- 
cessing procedures.  Not  copy  protected. 
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NEAR-COMPLETE  LEDGER  General 


ledger  account  numbers  use  five  digits  for 
the  account  and  two  digits  for  the  depart- 
ment. You  can  keep  transaction  details  un- 
til the  end  of  the  year  or  purge  them  period- 
ically, and  you  can  m^e  entries  to  prior 
and  future  periods.  Another  nice  feature 
allows  you  to  post  trial  entries  and  print  re- 
ports using  them.  Also,  you  can  change 
transactions  before  final  posting. 

A system  this  complete  should  also 
support  recurring  journal  entries.  Al- 
though it  supports  automatic  entries  for 
calculating  the  cost  of  sales  each  month 
based  on  a percentage  of  sales  and  for  fed- 
eral and  state  taxes,  no  other  recurring  en- 
tries are  possible. 


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ABS  Accounting 
Modules’  Accounts 
Payable  module  can 
access  the  system  to 
record  and  pay 
invoices.  The  module 
keeps  cumulative 
data,  (tnd  the  program 
flags  invoices  that 
require  special 
handling. 


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Financial  reporting  in  the  General  Led- 
ger is  unusually  flexible,  though.  You  can 
define  the  content  and  the  vertical  layout  of 
99  different  reports,  which  ABS  can  print 
in  any  of  ten  preset  columnar  formats.  A 
separate  bridge  Report  Writer  module 
(also  $300)  lets  you  create  custom  reports 
and  screen  displays  and  transfer  report  data 
directly  to  popular  applications  programs. 

Accounts  Payable  uses  a voucher  num- 
ber for  each  invoice.  When  installing  the 
module,  you  can  choose  to  have  the  sys- 
tem set  the  numbers  automatically  or  enter 
numbers  you  have  preassigned.  3^en  you 
enter  invoices,  the  system  checks  for  du- 
plicate voucher  numbers,  but  not  for  a du- 
plicate invoice  number  for  the  same  ven- 
dor. The  program  can  proce.ss  accounts  on 
either  a cash  or  an  accrual  basis. 

Accounts  Receivable  cannot  create  in- 
voices; you  must  use  the  order  and  inven- 
tory module  for  invoicing.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable can  have  both  open-item  and 

P 

M,  inancial  reporting  in 
ABS  Accounting  Modules’ 
General  Ledger  is 
unusually  flexible. 


balance-forward  accounts.  When  you  en- 
ter a payment,  you  can  apply  it  to  the  oldest 
items  or  to  specific  invoices  partially  or  in 
full  (open  invoices  are  displayed  for  selec- 
tion), or  you  can  leave  it  unapplied  on  the 
account. 

All  the  ABS  manuals  are  comprehen- 
sive, but  trying  to  find  the  information  you 
need  can  be  frustrating,  since  they  lack  in- 
dexes, the  tables  of  contents  do  not  include 
page  numbers,  and  headings  do  not  stand 
out  well  from  the  text.  Fortunately,  the 
vendor  is  revising  the  manuals.  A helpful 
management  guide,  with  worksheets  for 
organizing  data,  comes  with  the  system. 

ABS  is  a well-conceived  package  with 
the  look  and  feel  of  a minicomputer  sys- 
tem, and  with  some  of  its  advantages  and 
disadvantages.  It  offers  a tightly  controlled 


accounting  system  with  flexible  features, 
but  it  should  give  you  more  speed,  an  im- 
proved interface,  and  some  new  enhance- 
ments for  its  relatively  high  price  tag. 

— Harold  Berry 


The  Accounting 
Partner  Plus 


A small  business  that’s  just  beginning  to 
use  computers  can  pick  up  a bundle  in  The 
Accounting  Partner  Plus — without  putting 
out  a bundle.  For  $795,  The  Accounting 
Partner  Plus,  from  Star  Monogram,  gives 
you  a combination  of  basic  accounting 
programs,  the  CalcPartner  Spreadsheet, 
the  Popcorn  Desktop  pop-up  utility,  and  a 
set  of  utilities  that  will  restore  corrupted 
fries. 

First-time  installers  of  accounting  sys- 
tems get  extensive  guidance  for  preparing 
the  data  requited  to  set  up  The  Accounting 
Partner  Plus.  The  installation  guide  esti- 
mates the  time  for  gathering  and  entering 
master  file  data,  provides  worksheet 
forms,  and  gives  extensive  coverage  to  a 
schedule  of  daily  operations. 

You  can  move  through  the  menu-driv- 
en programs  relatively  quickly,  but  you 
cannot  type  ahead  by  using  a keyboard 
buffer  nor  use  keyboard  cursor  keys  to 
move  around.  And  unfortunately,  you’ll 
find  yourself  having  to  enter  the  same  in- 
formation repeatedly. 

The  General  Ledger  is  mote  flexible 
than  you’d  expect  for  this  price  range.  It 
uses  a four-digit  account  number  and  a 


FACT  FILE 


The  Accounting 
Partner  Plus 
Star  Monogram 
367  Van  Ness  Way 
Twrance,  CA  9()5<U 
(213)533-1190 
List  Price:  $795  (in- 
cludes General  Ledger. 
Accounts  Receivable,  Accounts  Payable. 
Payroll,  spreadsheet,  and  desktop  utility). 
Alst)  available;  five  other  tmxlulcs. 
Requires:  256K  RAM;  two  disk  drives; 
IX)S  I . I or  later. 

In  Short:  These  ba.sic  programs  hn  a small 
business  that's  just  becoming  coniputeri/ed 
do  a sound  job  of  accounting  but  are  short  on 
features  fiKcrru^  handling  and  streamlining 
data  entry.  Not  copy  pnMcclcd. 

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two-digit  department  number.  You  can 
customize  standard  financia]  reports  by  ac- 
count headings,  subtotal  control,  and  com- 
bination of  accounts.  You  can  print  sepa- 
rate department  reports  and  enter  budgets 
for  1 2 months  to  get  ntonth-  and  year-to- 
date  comparative  income  statements.  But 
since  The  Accounting  Partner  Plus  keeps 
all  accounts  on  a balance-forward  basis  for 
the  current  year  only,  you  can’t  get  prior- 
period  reports. 

Unfortunately,  you  can  delete  active 
accounts  if  there  are  no  current-month 
transactions.  When  you  discover  the  error, 
you  can  reenter  the  accounts.  Even  though 
it  gives  a warning  message.  The  Account- 
ing Partner  Plus  will  accept  and  post  un- 


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Partner  Plus’j 
Accounts  Receivable 
module  creates 
customer  invoices.  It 
obtains  the  product 
description,  price 
level,  and  account 
distribution  from  this 
item  master  file  when 
you  enter  the  item 
number. 


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"Our  company  has  seen  a payback  of  the 
RealWorld^  Accounting  System  in  one  year!” 


“RealWorld  Accounting  System  with  Synchronies™ 
Point  of  Sale  has  really  benefitted  our  company 
tremendously.  The  system  has  helped  us  maximize 
efficiency  and  effectiveness.  Now  we  always  have 
up-to-date  information  on  inventory  trends  and 
our  sales  and  cost  situations.” 

"The  software  is  excellent  in  terms  of  ease  of  use 
and  flexibility.  The  User  Manuals  are  dear,  concise 
and  very  helpful." 

“Thanks  to  RealWorld  Accounting  System  and 
Synchronies  Point  of  Sale,  we  have  faster  access 
to  accounting  information  allowing  more  time  to 

manage  our  business.”  . . . . 

J.  Jones,  Assistant  Manager 
French  Country  Imports 
Memphis,  TN 


“I  strongly  recommend  Real  World  software.  The 
sizing  is  adequate,  processing  is  fast;  the-software 
is  user-friendly  and  easy  to  install.  It  has  quality 
documentation,  labor  saving  features  for  inputting 
data  and  processing  flexibility.  As  a manager,  we 
also  need  to  carefully  look  at  internal  control  fea- 
tures to  maintain  the  integrity  of  the  accounting 
system  in  terms  of  data  accuracy,  audit  trails  and 
security.” 

“...you  need  to  look  at  the  cost  benefit  analysis 
which  is  foremost  in  our  minds  today.” 

“Our  company  has  seen  a payback  of  the  system 
in  one  year.” 

William  Brouwer,  Clinic  Administrator 
Albert  Lea  Clinic,  P.A. 

Albert  Lea,  Minnesota 


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MISSING  LINKS 

An  insider’s  view  of  what  you  need  (but  rarely  get)  from  accounting  software. 


In  the  last  3 years  The  Price  Water- 
house  Report  has  reviewed  well  over  a 
hundred  different  accounting  products 
for  the  PC.  Some  were  good.  Some  were 
bad.  And  some  were,  well  . . . yes, 
ugly. 

There  is  a lot  of  solid  accounting  soft- 
ware out  there,  the  best  of  which  has 
been  reviewed  for  you  in  this  issue.  PC- 
based  accounting  packages,  as  a direct 
result  of  their  increasing  sophistication 
and  the  heightened  power  of  today’s 
hardware,  are  beginning  to  make  dramat- 
ic headway  in  some  very  large  corpora- 
tions. But,  overall,  accounting  lags  be- 
hind the  rest  of  the  software  industry. 

Hardware  manufacturers  have  put 
power  on  our  desktops  that  could  have 
been  found  only  on  mainframes  a few 
years  ago.  Database  software  has  be- 
come more  powerful  and  truly  relational. 
Companies  like  Borland  International 
continue  to  spawn  exciting  new  user  and 
programmer  productivity  tools  such  as 
Turbo  Lightning  and  Turbo  Basic.  New 
word  processing  tools  such  as  WordPer- 
fect and  Microsoft  Word,  have  become 
so  feature-packed  as  to  deny  their  text 
editor  heritage.  (Remember  when  word 
wrap  seemed  so  spectacular?)  Today  we 
have  built-in  spelling  checkers,  window- 
ing, and  search-and-replace  functions. 

The  developers  of  accounting  soft- 
ware have  not  stood  still.  There  is  little 
question  that  today,  for  about  $10,(XX), 
you  can  have  the  kind  of  multiuser  ac- 
counting system  that  cost  well  over 
$50,000 just  S years  ago.  But,  with  some 
exceptions,  accounting  software  has  not 


been  as  well  adapted  to  the  PC  as  word 
processing  or  spreadsheet  programs. 

Other  than  simply  tweaking  the  inter- 
face to  make  the  system  more  friendly, 
developers  of  PC-based  accounting  soft- 
ware generally  have  not  stretched  them- 
selves to  develop  truly  innovative  ap- 
proaches. 

What’s  missing  from  most  of  the  PC- 
based  accounting  software  you’ll  find  to- 
day? 

■ Partial  transactions  Most  ac- 
counting software  requires  you  to  have 
all  the  information  on  transactions  avail- 
able to  you  when  you  enter  the  data.  In 
real  life,  unfortunately,  that  is  not  always 
possible.  Why  not  allow  users  to  enter 
whatever  elements  of  a transaction  are 
known  and  complete  the  transaction  as 
new  data  becomes  available? 

Say,  for  example,  that  you  want  to  en- 
ter cash  disbursement  transactions  but 
don’t  know  the  financial  account  codes  to 
which  the  amounts  should  be  di.stributed; 
it  would  be  helpful  if  you  could  enter 
most  of  the  transaction  information  and 
later  have  your  accountant  or  bookkeeper 
call  up  the  transaction,  complete  it,  and 
ready  it  for  processing.  There  is  no  rea- 
son why  software  should  not  include  a 
special  function  that  allows  this  kind  of 
flexibility  for  all  types  of  transactions. 

■ Text  annotation  One  of  the  tough- 
est things  for  users  to  give  up  when  they 
automate  an  accounting  system  (or  any 
manual  system  for  that  matter)  is  their 
ability  to  write  notes  in  the  margins  of 
their  ledgers  and  journals.  Pick  up  any  set 
of  inventory  records  maintained  by  hand 


and  you  see  notes  like  “Slock  returned 
by  shipping”  or  “Reserve  20  gallons  for 
shade  blending.” 

At  least  two  products  marketed  to- 
day— SmartNotes  (Personics  Corp. , 
Concord,  Mass.)  and  Tornado  Notes 
(Micro  Logic  Corp.,  Hackensack, 
N.J.) — let  you  append  notes  to  the  indi- 
vidual cells  of  a spreadsheet.  Developers 
of  PC-based  accounting  software  should 
follow  that  lead. 

■ Cash  management  Small-busi- 
ness owners  and  operators  care  about 
three  things:  customers,  cash,  and  inven- 
tory. Most  software  vendors  offer  a re- 
ceivables package  to  track  customers.  In- 
ventory management  modules  are  also 
relatively  common.  But  while  full-fea- 
tured payables  and  receivables  packages 
help  with  elements  of  your  cash  flow, 
few  vendors  seem  to  have  pulled  the 
components  together  in  a comprehen- 
sive, easy-to-use  treasury  management 
system.  TTiis  seems  odd,  considering  the 
importance  of  cash  to  all  of  us. 

Users  would  welcome  a cash  plan- 
ning feature  that  extracts  information 
from  both  payables  and  receivables  and 
exports  it  to  a spreadsheet  where  that  in- 
formation can  be  combined  with  other  in- 
formation that  affects  cash  flow.  This 
would  help  the  manager  coordinate  dis- 
bursements and  cash  receipts. 

■ Transaction  templates  Most  mod- 
em accounts  payable  systems  contain  a 
helpful  feature  that  allows  you  to  make 
recurring  vendor  payments.  This  is  at- 
tractive. But  few  software  developers 
have  extended  this  flexibility  to  other 


balanced  entries,  although  you  cannot  access  master  file  data  and  minimize  the  to  the  General  Ledger  in  month-end  clos- 
close  the  month  until  the  error  is  corrected,  need  to  enter  information  repeatedly  ing.  The  Accounting  Partner  Plus  alerts 
Recurringjoumal  entries  are  not  supported  through  the  keyboard.  you  to  the  problem  with  an  incomplete 

by  the  program.  Accounts  Receivable  offers  stronger  transfer  report. 

You  can  enter  cash  receipts,  cash  dis-  features  than  Accounts  Payable  offers.  You  can  create  and  print  customer  in- 
butsemenLs,  and  purchases  directly,  and  Both  modules  use  up  to  ten  alphanumeric  voices  in  Accounts  Receivable.  An  item 

print  checks  in  the  General  Ledger.  You  characters  for  customer  and  vendor  codes,  file  keeps  master  data  with  five  price  lev- 

may  want  to  record  most  of  these  traasac-  Both  modules  accept  invalid  account  num-  els,  one  of  which  can  be  coded  into  each 

tions  in  other  modules  at  the  same  time  to  bers,  but  when  the  program  transfers  them  customer  master  file.  When  you  enter  a 

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modules.  Repetitive  transactions  are 
common  to  most,  if  not  all,  of  the  func- 
tions in  a modem  accounting  system.  It 
would  be  helpful  if  accounting  software 
let  the  user  set  up  a template  (something 
like  the  style  sheets  found  in  Microsoft 
Word)  for  any  transaction  posted  to  any 
of  the  accounting  modules.  Each  of  the 
templates  could  be  called  up,  modified, 
and  processed  for  applications  such  as  re- 
curring orders,  similar  transactions  for 
sister  companies,  and  standard  journal 
entries. 

■ Complementary  systems  Many 
small  businesses  cannot  afford  the  kind 
of  accounting  expertise  that  is  requited  to 
develop  and  maintain  an  effective  finan- 
cial reporting  system.  PC-based  account- 
ing software  has  put  that  expertise  within 
teach  of  most  businesses  and  has  brought 
the  accounting  function  in-house.  But 
that  places  new  demands  on  the  entrepre- 
neur and  his  staff.  Small-business  people 
may  be  experts  at  the  production,  service 
delivery,  or  marketing  aspects  of  their 
businesses,  but  very  often  they  have  little 
knowledge  of  or  interest  in  doing  the 
books. 

The  software  could  improve  their 
ability  to  handle  that  new  challenge  by 
making  available  an  easy  record-keeping 
system  that  maintains  basic  business  re- 
cords, as  well  as  by  supplying  a comple- 
mentary bookkeeping  and  finatKial-re- 
porting  system  to  formalize  them.  With 
this  approach,  basic  operating  reports 
could  be  developed  each  day.  Anyone  in 
the  company  could  record  the  transac- 
tions, give  them  to  an  outside  or  part- 


time accountant,  and  have  that  trained 
professional  transform  the  raw  business 
transactions  into  a refined  set  of  financial 
and  management  reports.  It  is  a “have- 
your-cake-and-eat-it-too”  approach,  and 
it  very  well  could  save  money  for  a small 
business  and,  at  the  same  time,  make  for 
better  reporting. 

What  you  really  need  is  an  automated 
checkbook  supplemented  with  the  ability 
to  record  financial  account  distribution. 
Vendors  who  combine  record  keeping 
and  a fully  integrated  accounting  system 
ate  on  the  right  track  for  addressing  the 
needs  of  many  businesses. 

■ Batch  file  processiiig  A common 
problem  in  business  accounting  is  clos- 
ing out  the  month-end  and  ensuring  a 
complete  set  of  management  and  excep- 
tion reports.  Some  people  do  this  with 
desktop  utility  packages  that  allow  you  to 
keep  a calendar  and  to  record  keyboard 
macros.  But  that  kind  of  system  has  its 
limits.  Procedure  checklists  and  account- 
ing calendars,  which  ensure  that  all  steps 
ate  completed  in  the  right  order  every 
month,  improve  accuracy  and  promote 
completeness.  Software  could  help  if  it 
let  users  record  the  executed  commands, 
edit  those  files  into  general  procedures, 
and  tun  them  again  and  again. 

USOMCWHArSNEW  New  hardware 
and  software  packages  give  vendors  an 
ever-increasing  opportunity  to  make  our 
lives  easier.  Scanners  and  CD  ROMs 
have  introduced  a way  to  attach  images 
of  source  documents  to  vouchers  or  in- 
voices as  graphic  images  or  as  text  input. 


Since  most  people  now  keep  paper 
copies  to  back  up  their  electronic  files, 
using  electronic  image  storage  would 
make  the  paperless  office  a reality.  I look 
forward  to  the  day  when  a vendor  will 
make  this  ability  an  ea.sy-to-use  software 
feature. 

As  increased  disk  space  and  basic  ex- 
pert system  programming  become  more 
readily  available,  vendors  should  be  able 
to  figure  out  how  to  give  users  a system 
log  of  the  way  they  actually  use  the  sys- 
tem. And,  by  looking  at  the  patterns  of 
use,  supply  interactive  help  that  goes 
way  beyond  today’s  context-sensitive 
help  screens.  One  day,  it  shouldn't  be  too 
much  to  ask  for  software  that  looks  at 
how  you  have  used  the  system  for  a few 
months,  anticipates  the  next  step  you 
might  want  to  take,  and  suggests  that  cer- 
tain system  features  be  used  to  assist  you. 

Graphic  possibilities  are  expanding. 
Good  graphics  in  data  entry  screen  de- 
sign and  menus  decrease  data  entry  train- 
ing and  improve  users’  productivity.  For 
instance,  software  could  show  how  a 
check  appears  in  your  checkbook  and 
then  give  you  the  ability  to  edit  the  fields. 

There  is  plenty  of  opportunity  in  the 
area  of  accounting  for  a software  devel- 
oper to  improve  business  productivity, 
minimize  the  time  employees  spend  us- 
ing an  accounting  system,  and  enhance 
management  information  for  sound  deci- 
sion making.  Innovations  and  enhance- 
ments that  make  our  lives  easier  will  be 
rewarded  in  the  marketplace.  We’re  im- 
patient for  them. 

— G.  William  Dauphinais 


customer  order,  the  item  code  brings  up  WEAK  POINTS  You  can  prepare  and  printing  a vendor  status  report,  you  must 

the  description  and  account  codes,  and  it  print  purchase  orders  in  Accounts  Payable  enter  all  information  manually,  except  for 

extends  the  invoice  amount.  You  must  cal-  from  vendor  master  file  information,  al-  vendor  name  and  address.  Again,  if  you 

culate  and  enter  sales  tax  and  other  though  the  module  does  not  track  their  sta-  make  an  error,  you  must  reenter  the  in- 
charges. If  you  accept  the  invoice,  the  sys-  tus.  Since  the  module  maintains  vendor  ac-  voice  and  write  a new  check, 

tern  posts  it,  after  which  you  cannot  m^e  count  balances  on  a balance-forward  basis  The  Accounting  Partner  Plus  will  print 
any  changes.  If  you  discover  an  error  later,  only,  it  is  the  weakest  module  of  the  three  an  aging  of  payahles,  but  the  total  is  accu- 

you  must  enter  a credit  memo  to  offset  the  basic  accounting  modules.  rate  only  after  closing  the  month.  Invoices 

invoice  and  then  reenter  the  invoice.  Check  writing  is  inconvenient.  After  are  add^  to  the  total  only  in  the  month-end 


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closing.  To  assess  the  true  status  of  an  ac- 
count, you  must  print  a separate  report  for 
each  vendor.  The  package  is  inconvenient- 
ly unable  to  display  any  reports  on-screen. 

The  Accounting  Partner  Plus  offers 
small  businesses  a bundle  of  programs  and 
many  good  functions  for  the  price.  But  its 
developeis  should  take  a clue  from  some 
of  the  market’s  more-sophisticated  com- 
petitors; like  them.  The  Accounting  Part- 
ner Plus  should  offer  better  error-handling 
features,  display  reports  on-screen,  and 
eliminate  the  need  for  the  repeated  entry  of 
account  numbers  and  reference  informa- 
tion.— Harold  Berry 


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The  information  in 
ADS  Business 
Software’ jmos/er 
files  is  easy  to  access 
ami  change,  which 
you  do  by  using  a 
menu  at  the  bottom  of 
the  screen  that  is 
common  to  ail  its 
modules. 


ADS  Business  Software 


ADS  Business  Software  is  a series  of  $395 
accounting  ntodules  from  ADS  Software. 
It  is  aimed  at  the  Tirst-timc  user  but  offers 
enough  capacity  to  handle  the  simple  ac- 
counting needs  of  small  to  medium-sized 
businesses. 

ADS  Software  has  been  developing  and 
refining  its  accounting  software  since  1980 
and  has  sold  approximately  12,0(X)  mod- 
ules to  date.  This  current  version  includes 
a set  of  general-puipose  programs — Gen- 
eral Ledger,  Accounts  Receivable,  and 
Accounts  Payable — that  can  either  stand 
alone  or  support  any  of  several  specialty 
packages.  The  specialty  packages  include 
Payroll  and  Client  Write-up  modules  for 
bookkeeping  services.  Accounts  Receiv- 
able modules  for  private  clubs,  retail  flo- 
rists, veterinarians,  and  residential/com- 
mercial services,  and  a Church 
Contribution  Accounting  naxlulc. 

While  the  system  requires  only  I28K 
bytes  of  internal  memory  and  can  be  run  on 
a dual  floppy  disk  system,  ADS  recom- 
mends that  you  use  a hard  disk.  Installing 
the  packages  on  the  hard  disk  is  a simple 
process. 

FAST  AND  EASY  Setting  up  the  chart  of 
accounts  in  the  General  Ledger  is  easy  if 
you  use  the  standard  chart  ADS  supplies, 
even  if  you  need  to  modify  it  slightly.  If 
you  want  to  create  your  own  chart  of  ac- 
counts, you  can  erase  the  standard  file  and 
then  enter  your  own  aecounts  from 
scratch. 

The  simple  account  sUacture  uses  a ten- 


digit number  (no  letters  allowed),  with  no 
subaccounts  or  prefixes  assumed  (al- 
though you  may  embed  them  within  the 
ten  digits).  Maintaining  the  chart  of  ac- 
counts is  fa.st  and  easy. 

ADS  Business  Software  produces  re- 
ports by  using  simple  “programs"  that 
you  can  create  and  modify.  ADS  has  in- 
cluded standard  balance  sheet  and  profit- 
and-  loss  reports,  but  you  must  create  other 
statements  you  may  need,  such  as  the 
Changes  in  Financial  Position  statement  or 
departmental  operating  statements.  You 
can  print  operating  statements  with  com- 
parisons to  budgeted  or  historical  figures. 
ADS  docs  not  supply  a comparative  bal- 
ance sheet,  but  you  can  create  one. 

The  budgeting  capability  is  very  sim- 
ple. with  one  annual  budgeted  amount  per 
account  distributed  to  1 3 monthly  periods 
using  percentages. 

(General  Ledger  handles  more  than  one 
organization  easily,  and  it  can  even  con- 
solidate the  general  ledgers.  Again,  how- 
ever. you  mu.st  create  the  report  yourself. 

Accounts  Receivable  has  separate  pro- 
grams for  the  balance  forward  and  open 
item  methods.  You  must  choose  one  or  the 
other.  (Other  accounting  packages  make 
this  an  option  within  the  Accounts  Receiv- 
able module,  enabling  you  to  switch  meth- 
ods or  to  use  different  methods  for  differ- 
ent customers.) 

Customer  records  contain  a minimum 
of  information.  The  program  keeps  only 
one  address,  for  example,  rather  than  sepa- 
rate “ship-to”  and  “bill-to”  addresses. 
Accounts  Receviable  will  produce  mailing 
labels,  but  nonaccounting  information 
kept  in  the  master  file  is  limited,  and  the 


program  does  not  produce  dunning  letters. 

The  method  that  ADS  Business  Safi- 
ware  uses  to  move  summary  data  from  Ac- 
counts Receivable  is  flexible  but  some- 
what complex.  To  avoid  making 
unbalanced  entfies  to  the  General  Ledger, 
you  must  use  special  care  to  set  up  this  pro- 
cedure properly. 

Accounts  Payable  can  track  vendor  his- 
tory (again  with  a limited  amount  of  non- 
accounting information),  write  checks, 
and  interface  directly  with  the  General 
Ledger.  It  enters  invoices  and  prints  a 
“disbursement  worksheet"  to  help  you 
decide  which  vendors  and  invoices  to  pay. 
The  system  prints  checks  as  the  disbutse- 


MFACT  FILE 


ADS  Business  Software 
ADS  Software  Inc. 

P.O.  liox  I.V)X6 
RoaiHike.  Va  24<).^6 
(WK))  672-4422 
(703).U4-6«1« 

List  lYice:  (kncral  Ix*d- 
gcr.  Accounts  Receiv- 
able. Accounis  Payable,  S395  each,  with  dis- 
counts for  nwre  than  one  package.  Also 
available;  specially  packages  ranging  from 
$595  to  $995. 

Keiiuires:  12SK  RAM;  two  disk  drives  (hard 
disk  rccomnK'ndc\i);  condensed  type  <k  1 32- 
column  printer;  [X)S  2. 1 later. 

In  Short:  A gotxl  midrange  accounting 
package  (hat  is  simple,  yet  powerful  emnigh 
R>r  medium-si/.ed  businesses;  the  company 
offers  several  specialty  packages.  Not  copy 
protected. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
170 


Boeing  Calc.  The  next  step. 


Boeing*  Calc  is  the  next  logical  step  in 
spreadsheet  evolution.  It’s  a unique  pro- 
gram that  lets  you  build  related  spread- 
sheets as  separate  pages  within  a 
single  file. 

The  result:  quick,  accurate  consolidations 
between  pages  automatically  even  if  the 
pages  are  formatted  differendy.  Business 
Scfiware  magazine  says  that  once  you  try 
this  faster,  more  efficient  spreadsheet 
you’ll  never  go  back  to  your  old  one. 

And  you  won’t  exceed  memory  limits  or 
need  expensive  expansion  boards  for 


your  IBM  PC  XT,*  AT,*  Personal  System/2™ 
or  compadble.  Boeing  Calc  memory  man- 
agement techniques  let  you  use  its  16,000 
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as  large  as  32  MB. 

The  multi-user  version  supports  Local 
Area  Netrorks.  As  many  as  32  users  can 
access  the  same  spreadsheet  at  the  same 
time,  with  separate  security  levels  for 
each.  Right  down  to  the  cell.  The  system 
administrator  has  foil  control  and  can 
match  task  and  security  requirements 
to  each  user. 


You  can  automatically  import  1-2-3*  and 
Symphony*  files  ditecdy  — formulas, 
macros  and  all.  Boeing  (^c’s  command 
structure  works  like  Lotus*  and  permits 
you  to  move  quickly  to  its  more  efficient 
command  option. 

Fbr  a demo  diskette  and  the  name  of 
the  neatest  dealer,  call  1-800-368-4555. 
Or  write  Boeing  Computer  Services, 

P.O.  Box  24346,  WS  7W-05,  Seatde,  WA 
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Boeing  ik  a registered  trademark  oVrhe  Boeing  Company. 
IBM  PC  XT  and  AT  are  registered  trvemarks  of  Inter- 
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^ Nimbus  users  can  make  hard 
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PUNTING 


menUi  are  entered  under  numial  prcx;ess- 
ing,  but  it  also  accomniodates  manual 
checks. 

Accounts  Payable  distributes  amounts 
to  General  Ledger  accounts  by  entering 
one  or  more  account  numbers  and  distribu- 
tion amounts.  This  method  is  simpler, 
though  more  woric  for  the  user,  than  that 
used  by  Accounts  Receivable. 

IDEAL  FOR  SMALL  BUSINESS  The 

brief,  simple  ADS  documentation  occa- 
sionally sacrinces  comprehensiveness,  but 
it  includes  a simple  tutorial  to  get  you  off  to 
a good  start.  Support  for  the  package  is  ex- 
cellent: unlimited  telephone  support  is 
available  for  approximately  $100  per 
package  per  year. 

ADS  Business  Software  is  ideal  for  the 
small  or  medium-sized  business  that  needs 
the  capacity  and  the  flexibility  of  a full- 
blown modular  system,  yet  whose  ac- 
counting needs  and  level  of  sophistication 
do  not  warrant  a more  expensive  high-end 
package.  Though  not  covered  in  this  re- 
view, ADS  software's  specialty  packages 
are  another  attractive  feature. 

— ^John  Cashdollar 


BPI  Enterprise  Series 

The  BPI  Enterprise  Series  accounting  soft- 
ware is  highly  regarded  in  the  high-priced 
accounting  software  market,  as  it  rightful- 
ly should  be. 

The  series  includes  General  Ledger, 
Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Receiv- 
able modules  at  $793  each,  and  features 
other  modules  (see  PC  Magazine  “An  En- 
terprising Accounting  Series  from  BPI,” 
Volume  5 Number  II).  Software  installa- 
tion isn't  tough.  Once  the  system  disk  is  in- 
stalled, you  accomplish  the  rest  through  a 
menu.  Ihe  program  establishes  all  the  nec- 
essary data  directories  and  copies  the  files 
fiom  Ihe  supplied  disks. 

In  configuring  the  program  for  your 
company,  you  should  assign  user  IDs. 
With  these  IDs,  the  system  remembers 
certain  things  about  each  user,  like  pre- 
ferred screen  colors,  or  supplies  a unique 
and  useful  pop-up  calendar  that  can  record 
appointments,  future  accounting  process- 
es, and  activities  accomplished  during  the 
entry  session. 


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UAUE  : Ttitf-r  Invoices. 

Entry  No. : 1 of  2 

■ Period  1 

Entry  Date 

12/31/87  Trans  Type:  NI  Charge 

• CustoHer  ID:  7 

■ Nane:  Santa  Barbara  Surf  ERporiun 

• Invoice  No 

: 9911 

Due  Date:  01/30/88  Discount  Date:  01/16/88 

Renark:  1 

• ^ Account  • Description 

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Sales 

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Sales 

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Sales 

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Sales 

- The  Windsurfer 

0066*690 

■ 

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9060-090 

0000-000 

6000-060 

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Invoice  Total  $ 

OX?  (V/N)  N Batch  Total  $ 

BPI  Enterprise  Series 
makes  good  use  of 
wildcard  selection. 
Items  withan 
next  to  a data  field 
allow  window  lookup 
tf  related  lists. 


BP!  Enterprise  has  a queuing  function 
that  allows  processes  and  reports  to  be 
stacked  for  execution  at  a later  time.  You 
must  be  careful,  however,  not  to  mix  Ihe 
printing  of  statements,  checks,  and  in- 
voices, since  each  requires  a different  type 
of  paper,  and  you  must  tell  the  program 
when  you  change  it. 

PASSWORD  PROTECTION  BPI  En- 
terprise allows  password  protection, 
which  is  not  to  be  confused  with  user  IDs. 
Passwords  will  lock  out  access  by  applica- 
tion, not  menu  level . Systems  that  offer  se- 
curity at  Ihe  menu  level  are  more  flexible 
in  terms  of  what  operators  are  able  to  do  or 
see.  For  instance,  some  programs  will  al- 
low users  without  a password  to  input  data 
but  will  not  allow  them  to  write  checks. 
With  BPI  Enterprise,  it's  an  all-or-nothing 
proposition. 

An  especially  nice  feature  of  BPI  Enter- 
prise is  its  ability  to  execute  DOS  com- 
mands direedy  from  the  program  and,  if 
memory  permits,  to  temporarily  leave  the 
program  and  load  another  program.  Back- 
up is  not  dependent  on  this  Access  DOS 
selection:  it  is  available  elsewhere  as  a 
menu  selection. 

General  Ledger  features  flexible  fman- 
cial  reports,  budgets,  and  comparative  re- 
ports as  well  as  automatic  journal  entries. 
Setting  up  General  Ledger  is  straightfor- 
ward, although  BPI  Enterprise  keeps  only 
two  accounting  periods  open  at  any  otre 
time,  which  can  make  required  adjust- 
ments to  prior  periods  somewhat  difficult 
to  accomplish. 


UNUSUAL  JOURNAL  Journal  Irartsac- 
tions  arc  limited  to  12-line  items  per  entry 
and  cannot  be  saved  without  your  fust  ap- 
proving tbe  entry.  Once  an  entry  is  accept- 
ed, it  irmnediately  posts  to  General  L^- 
ger.  That  automatic  posting  can  mean 
many  corrections  later  if  you  do  not  care- 
fully prepare  journal  input  and  review  your 
work  on-screen  before  approving  it.  Tbe 
General  Ledger  allows  up  to  ten  lines  of 
40-characler  text  per  journal  entry  to  de- 
scribe each  transaction.  This  is  unusual, 
and  it  is  a good  idea.  Most  systems  allow 


FACT 


FILE 


BPI  Eiuerprise  Senear 
VcnioalJ 
Computer  Associates 
International  Inc. 

2195  Famine  Dr. 

San  Jose.  CA  95131 
(408)432-1727 
Usi  Price:  (jcnetal  Led- 
ger, Accounts  ReceivaUe,  Accounts  Pay- 
able. $795  each.  Abo  availaUe:  two  other 
modules;  Toolkit.  $195;  Productivity  Con- 
nection. $95;  Bn  En&y  to  Emetprise  Coo- 
version,  $50. 

Requires:  320K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
Qrpe  or  132-c(dumo  printer,  DOS  2. 1 or  later. 

stqipoit  requires  384K  RAM  and 
DOS  3.  lor  later. 

In  Short:  Full-featured,  easy-to-use  integrat- 
ed accountii^  software.  Transactions  are 
posted  inunedialely  to  General  Ledger.  Good 
on-screen  help.  Not  copy  protected. 
ORCLEailONREADgrSERI^CAro 


VI  ENraOW$E  SOORI 


BQ 


PC  MAGAZINE  u SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
173 


■ ACCOUNTING 


20  or  so  characters  per  transaction  line. 

Accounts  Payable  allows  complete 
voucher  processing,  vendor  account  de- 
tail, automatic  account  aging,  bank  recon- 
ciliations, and  good  control  over  the  pay- 
ment process.  It  creates  well-organized 
management  reports  that  can  be  printed  or 
viewed  on-screen. 

It  also  tracks  a great  deal  of  useful  infor- 
mation by  vendor,  although  it  cannot  accu- 
mulate payments  for  1099  reporting.  If 
1099  reporting  is  important  in  your  opera- 
tion, it  might  be  possible  to  be  creative 
when  establishing  vendor  ID  numbers, 
then  select  relative  information  by  using 
BPI  Enlerprise’s  wildcard  feature. 

The  program  also  issues  a warning 
when  duplicate  vouchers  are  entered,  al- 
lows default  general  ledger  accounts  as- 
signed to  a vendor  master  record,  and  of- 
fers payment  selection  by  voucher, 
vendor,  due  date,  or  available  discount. 

Accounts  Receivable  carries  balance- 
forward  or  open-item  accounts  on  a re- 
volving, fixed-payment,  or  normal  basis. 
It  allows  for  cash  discounts,  automatic  fi- 
nance charges,  and  variable  billing  cycles. 
Like  Accounts  Payable,  this  module  also 
creates  good  reports  that  can  be  sent  to  the 
screen  or  printer. 

BPI  Enterprise’^  Accounts  Receivable 
module  can  produce  invoices  as  well  as 
statements — something  many  programs 
do  through  an  additional  Order  Entry  mod- 
ule. With  this  feature  you  can  indicate  a 
“ ship  to”  address  that  differs  from  the  bill- 
ing address,  or  you  can  alter  either  address 
as  necessary. 

A credit  limit  for  customers  is  estab- 
lished in  a master  customer  record,  and  the 
program  issues  a warning  at  invoice  entry 
if  the  credit  limit  is  exceeded. 

BPI  Enterprise  makes  good  use  of  an 
information  selector  function,  which  is 
useful  as  an  on-line  method  of  accessing 
lists  such  as  account  numbers,  names,  cus- 
tomers, and  more.  BPI  Enterprise  makes  it 
easy  to  create  financial  report  definitions 
and  has  an  excellent  on-line  help  text. 
However,  the  documentation  is  not  partic- 
ularly well  organized,  and  the  tutorial 
ought  to  be  separated  from  it. 

BPI  Enterprise  is  a speedy,  capable 
package  with  a good  user  interface.  It 
would  fit  many  business  applications. 
(BPI  Enterprise  Series  was  ^eloped  by 


BP!  Systems.  Computer  Associates  has 
bought  the  company,  but  continues  to  mar- 
ket the  product  under  the  name  Enterprise 
Series. — Ed.] — ^William  H,  Stewart 


Bristol  Integrated 
Accounting  System 


Bristol  Integrated  Accounting  System  has 
had  a previous  life.  Written  in  Bisiness,  a 
Datapoint  language  product,  the  package 
was  first  a minicomputer  accounting  sys- 
tem. Bristol  Information  Systems  ported 
the  $8(X)-per-module  package  to  the  PC 
and  enhanced  it  for  the  new  environment. 
Despite  the  package's  new  guise,  some  of 
its  old  ways  haven’t  changed. 

Although  full  of  features  and  replete 
with  on-line  help,  Bristol  Integrated  Ac- 
counting System  is  not  for  nontechnieal  us- 
ers. Menus  are  inconsistent  from  module 
to  module.  The  data  entry  screens  offer 
new-style  help,  but  a residue  of  old-style 
methods  remains,  such  as  having  to  use 
99999  to  exit  a screen.  It’s  up  to  you  to  re- 
member to  use  many  of  the  expected  ac- 
counting controls. 

In  addition,  the  package  accepts  invalid 
dates  and  posts  invalid  accounts  automati- 
cally to  the  General  Ledger.  It  also  posts 
batches  directly  to  master  ftles  without  giv- 
ing you  the  opportunity  to  edit  them,  and  at 
certain  times  you  must  perform  a sort  be- 
fore a function  will  work  correctly. 

Setting  up  the  General  Ledger,  which 
accommodates  eight-digit  account  num- 
bers, is  not  difftcult.  You  enter  transac- 


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list  Price:  (jeneral  Lec^,  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, Accounts  Payable,  S800  each.  Also 
available:  1 7 other  modules;  multiuser  ver- 
skm. 

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type  or  1 32-colunn  printer,  E)OS  2. 1 or  later. 
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pack^  with  lots  of  features  and  a leskhie  of 
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lions  at  the  bottom  of  a screen  that  looks 
like  a columnar  journal  sheet.  As  you  enter 
information,  the  program  clears  the  top  of 
the  screen  and  displays  a help  message. 
After  you  enter  data,  it  displays  the  batch 
balance.  If  you  make  a mistake,  you  must 
post  another  journal  entry  to  fix  it.  Batches 
need  not  balance,  and  you  can  post  the 
same  batch  more  than  once. 

Bristol  prints  a ledger  each  time  you  post 
a batch,  and  you  can  print  the  ledger  for  any 
period  on  demand.  Ledgers  include  a sim- 
ple trial  balance  along  with  a predefined  in- 
come statement  and  balance  sheet  based  on 
user-specifiedaccountranges.  Youcanalso 
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takes  a simple 
approach  to  data  entry 
with  descriptive  help, 
but  it  relies  on  old- 
style  methods,  such  as 
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■ ACCOUNTING 


Paying  vendors  The  master  vendor 
file  uses  a five-character  vendor  ID  and  in- 
cludes name  and  address,  terms,  and  1099 
information  on  the  vendors.  The  Accounts 
Payable  module  enters  transactions  direct- 
ly into  the  open  invoice  file  and  posts  gen- 
eral ledger  distributions  immediately  to  a 
General  Ledger  journal . It  verifies  the  ven- 
dor number  against  the  master  file;  you  can 
add  new  vendors  by  entering  a special 
code.  If  you  want  to  post  to  multiple  ac- 
counts, you  must  remember  to  use  a spe- 
cial routine. 

You  can  print  a list  of  invoices  due,  a 
trial  balaiKe,  and  an  aged  payables  list. 
Bristol  does  not  include  a feature  that  se- 
lects and  prints  invoices  to  pay.  You  can 
use  the  chrek-writing  program  to  select  the 
checks  to  be  paid  on  the  basis  of  the  in- 
voice terms,  or  you  can  enter  selections 
one  at  a time.  You  must  also  remember  to 
sort  your  invoice  file  for  the  selection  pro- 
cess to  work.  After  the  check  run,  you 
print  a check  register  and  post  the  checks  to 
the  General  Ledger. 

Bristol  uses  a six-character  customer  ID 
in  the  Accounts  Receivable  module.  You 
use  the  package’s  invoice  entry  program  to 
enter  all  invoices,  credit  memos,  and  ad- 
justments directly  into  the  open  invoice 
file.  The  module  verifies  the  customer 
number  and  tests  the  invoice  number  for 
duplicates.  An  action  code  identifies  the 
invoice  type;  you  follow  it  with  the  sales 
amount,  tax  amount,  other  charges,  and  a 
ledger  account.  A special  action  code  is  re- 
quired to  distribute  the  amount  to  more 
than  one  sales  account. 

The  package  can  apply  cash  receipts 
and  credit  memos  to  invoices  in  full,  as  a 
partial  payment,  or  on  account.  You  can 
recall  the  oldest  invoice  automatically,  and 
the  screen  shows  the  remaining  check 
amount  as  you  apply  payments.  You  can 
print  a list  of  cash  receipts,  sales,  or  both 
combined.  At  month-end  you  get  an  aging 
statement,  a sales  analysis  by  customer, 
and  a General  Ledger  Sales  journal . 

The  documentation  is  adequate  but  of- 
ten overly  technical.  For  each  function,  it 
describes  internal  filenames  and  processes 
that  most  users  shouldn’t  need  to  know. 

Bristol  Integrated  Accounting  System 
has  all  the  basics  and  more,  including  ver- 
tical market  modules,  but  it  operates  like 
the  minicomputer  packages  of  a decade 


ago — confusing  to  use,  with  too  many 
ways  to  make  mistakes.  At  $800  a module, 
the  old-style  package  looks  unimpressive 
competing  with  sophisticated,  new-style 
products  that  are  easier  to  use  and  offer 
much  more  value  for  the  cost. 

— Mike  Falkner 


Business  Partner 
Accounting  Software 


Business  Partner  Accounting  Software 
was  known  as  Business  Libraries  until  it 
was  purchased  this  year  by  Accountants 
Microsystems  Inc.  (AMI),  a company 
well  known  for  Datawrite,  its  accountant’s 
write-up  software. 

A supervisory  module  that  controls 
passwords  and  company  IDs  must  be  load- 
ed before  the  accounting  items.  You  must 
unlock  each  package  with  special  codes  or 
you  will  be  limited  to  20  records  per  file. 
Before  creating  a new  file,  you  must  pre- 
pare a list  of  expected  file  sizes  and  control 
items,  or  you  will  have  to  expand  the  files 
with  a database  refresh  program  later. 
Someone  who  knows  the  system  should 
help  you  with  installation. 

Business  Partner's  ledger,  customer, 
and  vendor  file  codes  are  flexible,  and  the 
documentation  includes  detailed  checklists 
and  descriptions  with  good  screen  exam- 
ples. But  a ceitain  amount  of  fine-tuning 
could  help  the  package. 

It  is  not  as  consistent  and  friendly  as  it 
could  be.  Entry  errors  are  reported  with  no 
hint  as  to  the  proper  answer.  Some  printing 


FACT 


FILE 


Business  Partner 
Accounting  St^iwaee 
Accounlants  Mkrrosys- 
tems  Inc.  (AMI) 

3633  136th  Place  SE 
Bellevue.  WA  98009 
(206)643-2050 
list  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv^le.  Accounts  Pay- 
able. $795  each.  Also  available:  five  other 
modules;  network  version,  $200  extra . 
Requires:  384K  RAM.  hard  disk.  DOS  2. 1 
or  later. 

In  Short:  The  Accounting  Series  gives  ade- 
quate support  to  the  Manufacturing  Series. 
Not  recommended  to  stand  alone.  Not  copy 
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and  posting  functions  are  called  from  the 
entry  screen  in  one  module,  while  the 
same  functions  are  main  menu  items  in  an- 
other. Reports^  belonging  in  the  reporting 
menus  are  found  in  transaction  processing 
menus.  Upper-  and  lowercase  letters  are 
not  the  same  when  used  for  customer  and 
vendor  IDs,  and  it  is  easy  to  create  what 
looks  like  duplicate  items. 

AMI  also  sells  the  Manufacturing  Se- 
ries (Inventory  Control/Bill  of  Materials, 
Order  Entry,  Purchasing)  and  the  Produc- 
tivity Series  (Information  Retrieval,  Letter 
Writer,  Business  Analyzer,  and  Informa- 
tion Couriers  to  and  from  Datawrite).  The 
old  Business  Libraries'  Manufacturing  Se- 
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181 


■ ACCOUNTING 


manufacturing  system  is  what  you  need, 
the  Accounting  Series  will  give  you  ade- 
quate support.  At  $795  per  module,  how- 
ever, the  Accounting  Series  by  itself  is  not 
your  best  buy. — Mike  Falkner 


CertiFLEX 


CertiFLEX,  the  CertiFLEX  Systems  pack- 
age that  sells  for  $695  per  module,  gets  the 
job  done  but  is  cumbersome  to  use. 

Setting  up  CeniFLEX’s  General  Led- 
ger is  straightforward,  but  you  must  start  a 
chart  of  accounts  from  scratch.  For  each 
account,  you  enter  account  number  and 
name,  financial  statement  line,  print  sta- 
tus, and  year-to-date  balance.  Account 
numbers  may  be  up  to  ten  characters,  and 
your  coding  structure  determines  the  ex- 
tent to  which  you  can  use  CertiFLEX's 
sublevel  or  departmental  reporting  feature. 
CertiFLEX  can  support  an  elaborate  num- 
bering scheme,  but  you  must  create  each 
report  individually — a time-consuming 
task. 

Each  account  must  have  a financial 
statement  line.  CertiFLEX  includes  a com- 
prehensive financial  statement  line  listing, 

F- 

ertiFLEX  can 
support  an  elaborate 
numbering  scheme,  but 
you  must  create  each 
report  individually. 


on  which  its  standard  reports  are  based. 
Fortunately,  the  standard  reports  are  ade- 
quate for  most  companies’  needs;  you 
wouldn’t  want  to  tackle  the  overly  in- 
volved process  of  modifying  CertiFLEX's 
financial  statements  and  reporting  struc- 
ture. 

CertiFLEX  lets  you  enter  transactions 
into  the  General  Ledger  manually  or  up- 
date them  automatically  from  other  Certi- 
FLEX modules,  such  as  Accounts  Payable 


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file  displays  a 
summary  of  historical 
information,  as  well  as 
detail  of  open  items. 
Invoices  may  be 
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divided  for  partial 
payment  at  any  time. 

and  Accounts  Receivable.  You  can  set  up 
automatic  monthly  or  annual  journal  en- 
tries and  designate  whether  you  want  them 
to  reverse  in  the  subsequent  period.  A clos- 
ing entry  report  indicates  whether  these  en- 
tries have  been  posted , but  CertiFLEX 
does  not  report  any  deletions  or  modifica- 
tions to  these  entries.  Other  CertiFLEX 
General  Ledger  transaction  reports  include 
a General  Ledger  audit  trail,  a General 
Journal,  and  registers  of  transactions  that 
have  been  entered  manually,  like  sales  and 
checks. 

CertiFLEX's  Accounts  Payable  mod- 
ule posts  transactions  to  the  General  Led- 
ger immediately.  When  you  set  up  each 
vendor,  you  choose  one  of  six  payment  op- 
tions. Other  options  allow  you  to  set  up  a 
retainage  percentage  and  designate  pay- 
ment to  a third  party.  You  can  quickly  lo- 
cate vendors  by  typing  in  the  first  few  let- 
ters of  the  vendor  name,  but  CertiFLEX 
lacks  a system  check  for  duplicate  invoice 
numbers — a major  shortcoming. 

Accounts  Payable  transaction  reports 
include  voucher  transactions,  voucher  and 
check  registers,  and  a recurring  expense 
voucher  report.  Master  file  reports  include 
vendor  master  file  listing  and  recurring  ex- 
pense listing.  CertiFLEX  also  generates 
Accounts  Payable  Detail  and  analysis  re- 
ports. 

CertiFLEX's  Accounts  Receivable  sys- 
tem uses  the  same  numbering  process  for 
customer  accounts  as  the  Accounts  Pay- 
able system.  When  you  set  up  each  cus- 
tomer account,  you  designate  whether 
sales  ate  taxable  and.  if  so,  the  appropriate 
lax  rate,  the  type  of  statement,  the  terms, 


and  the  credit  limit.  You  use  sales  codes  to 
enter  Sales/Accounts  Receivable  transac- 
tions in  customer  accounts. 

A FEW  MORE  STEPS  The  Accounts 
Receivable  system  requires  a few  mote 
steps  to  update  transactions  to  the  General 
Ledger.  After  you  have  posted  or  written 
invoices,  you  must  print  sales  re- 
ports— first  daily,  then  monthly  reports.  If 
you  fail  to  do  so,  the  module  will  not  post 
transactions  to  the  General  Ledger.  If  you 
go  directly  to  the  option  to  update  the  Gen- 
eral Ledger,  CertiFLEX  fails  to  indicate 
that  certain  transactions  have  not  been 
posted. 

Before  running  statements,  you  must 


IMPACT  FILE 


CertiFLEX, 

Version  3.15 
CertiFLEX  Systems 
2290SpringIakeRd. 
Dallas,  TX  75234 
(800)  237*8435 
(214)484-7676 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Receivable,  Accounts  Pay- 
able, $695  each.  Also  available:  five  addi- 
tional modules. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  two  floppy  disks  or 
hard  disk;  condensed  type  or  i32-^unin 
fainter,  DOS  2. 1 or  later. 

In  Short:  A menu-driven  accounting  system 
with  integrated  modules  covering  a wide 
range  of  businesses;  many  features,  but  cum- 
bersome to  use.  Not  copy  protected. 

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Disk  C^tiinizer™piits  the  zip 
back  into  your  hard  disk 


Your  hard  disk  will  run  faster  when  it’s 
not  chasing  around  after  hies. 

E^member  the  old  days  when  your  hard 
drive  was  new?  Remember  that  smooth,  fast, 
slick  perfarmance?  Tl^ose  quick  retrievals, 
rapid  saves,  lightning-like  database  sorts? 

^11  ever  since,  DOS  has  been  doing  its 
best  to  slow  your  hard  drive  down.  Not 
by  slowing  down  the  motor,  but  by 
breaking  your  files  up  into  pieces. 

Storing  different  chunks  in  different 
places.  Data  files,  programs,  over- 
lays and  batches  that  staned  out 
in  one  seamless  piece  are  now 
scattered  all  over. 

Loading  is  slower.  percent  fracmentation 

Sorting  is  slower.  the ■«.«»« 

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Retrieving,  backing-up. 

Everything  takes  lon^  because 
your  disk  has  to  work  harder. 

Problem  is,  it’s  something  that  happens  so 
gradually  you  may  not  notice  the  difference. 

At  least,  not  until  you  see  the  dramatic 
improvement  after  using  Disk  Optimizer. 

File  fragmentation — It’s  a problem 
you  can  see. 

Watch  your  hard  drive  the  next  time  it 
reads  or  writes  a file.  Each  "blip”  of  the  LED 
means  the  drive-head  is  moving  to  another 
place  on  the  disk — either  to  pick  up  or  lay 
down  another  chunk  of  data. 

And  the  truth  is,  head  movement  takes 
time.  Far  more  time  than  aaual  reading  and 
writing.  What  s worse,  all  this  head  move- 
ment causes  extra  wear  and  tear  that  can 
shorten  the  life  of  your  driw. 

Disk  Optimizer — Tunes  up  your  disk 
by  cleaning  up  your  Ales. 

Disk  Optimizer  works  by  finding  all  the 
scattered  pieces  of  your  files  and  putting  them 


back  together  where  they  belong.  Next  time 
your  drive  reads  it,  there’s  just  one  place 
to  look. 

' ; And  the  results  are  often 
too  I dramatic.  Reading  and  writing 

times  may  be  cut  by  as  much  as 
two  thirds.  Database  sorts  that 
used  to  take  hundreds  of  head 
moves  now’  proceed  quickly  and 
efficiently.  And  since  head  move- 
ment is  now  at  an  absolute  mini- 
; mum,  your  disk  drive  will  lead 
a longer,  more  productive  life. 

Analyze,  scrutinize,  optimize. 

Before  you  optimize,  you’ll  probably 
cionatf  {o  analyze.  So  Disk  Optimizer 
shows  you,  in  percentages,  how  much 
fragmentation  has  taken  place — on  the 
entire  disk,  in  individual 
directories,  or  for  groups  of  p 
files  you  specify  using  global 
or  wildcard  names. 

Plus,  there’s  built-in  data 
security  that  lets  you  assign 
passwords  to  as  many  files  or 
file  groups  as  you  want. 

And  the  File  Pecker  gives 
you  an  inside  look  at  the 
structure  of  files.  It’s  a great 
way  for  non-programmers  to 
learn  more  about  computers, 
and  a powerful  tool  for 
professionals  who  want  to 
analyze  the  contents  of  their 
disks. 


e\’en  better  than  before.  Not  only  will  it 
optimize  your  disks  in  far  less  time  than  it 
used  to,  but  it  actually  speeds  up  retrievals 
even  more  by  letting  you  give  priority  treat- 
ment to  your  most  used  files,  like  programs 
and  batches. 

When  you  think  abi^ut  it,  it’s  simple. 

The  longer  you  own  yt>ur  hard  drive,  the 
more  you  come  to  depend  on  it.  But  the 
longer  you  wait  to  get  Disk  Optimizer,  the 
less  performance  you’ll  get. 

Use  it  just  once  and  discover  what  thou- 
sands of  satisfied  PC  users  already  know- 
$59.95  is  a small  price  to  pay  to  restore 
the  speed  and  performance  you  count  on. 

Buy  Disk  Optimizer  at  better  computer 
dealers  everyw’here,  or  order  today  by  call- 
ing SoftLogic  Solutions  at  800-272-9900 
(603-627-9900  in  NH). 


Get  your  hard  disk  back  in 
shape— with  new  improved 
Version  2.0 


^Disk  Optimizer 

Here’s  what  people  are  saying  about  Disk  Optimizer. 

“1  feel  this  is  essential  software  for  anyone  with  a hard  drive.” 
-D.  SjaTuon,  TEXACO,  Ctdifomui 

“I  find  Disk  Optimizer  excellent.  Disk  access-even  at 
4.77MHz-is  much  faster.  And  loadir^  1(X)+  Fantasy 
fonts  now  takes  seconds." 

Jcun  Oovtir,  liufuru 

“Disk  Optimizer.. .(has)  found  a permanent  place  on  my 
software  shelf.” 

-Stephen  R.  DiHii.  PC  MAGAZfNH 

SoftLogic  Solutions,  Inc. 

One  Perimeter  Road 
Manchester.  NH  03103 
800-272-9900 
(603-627-9900  in  NH) 


ScttLogk: 

SOLUTIONS 


Call  today:800'272'990Q, 


Hard  to  believe,  but  new  . l,\^ViClY  y y\J\J  \ 

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■ ACCOUNTING 


recalculate  the  age  of  accounts  and  calcu- 
late finance  charges.  You  set  up  aging  and 
finance  charge  dales  in  your  company 
master  file,  the  Percentage  to  Calculate  fi- 
nance charges,  and  indicate  if  the  charge 
will  be  compounded. 

CertiFLEX’%  user  manuals  are  ade- 
quate but  lack  indexes.  Quickly  locating 
the  information  you  need  can  be  difficult. 

While  CeniFLEX  offers  a number  of 
useful  features,  as  well  as  alternative  meth- 
ods for  processing  most  transactions,  its 
report  capabilities  are  limited,  and  it  lacks 
an  audit  trail  of  master  file  maintenance  as 
well  as  some  important  system  checks. 
These  drawbacks  make  CeniFLEX  cum- 
bersome to  use.  More  important,  they 
make  its  features  pale  in  comparison  with 
those  of  other,  more-sophisticated  pack- 
ages in  its  hefty  price  range. 

— ^Thomas  A.  Meyers 


CharterHouse 

ChanerHouse  is  a fast,  flexible,  compre- 
hensive accounting  system  with  many  ad- 
vanced features.  Its  developer,  Charier- 
House  Software  Corp. , was  established  in 
1978  and  has  software  currently  installed 
at  more  than  3,000  sites.  The  system, 
which  is  easy  to  set  up  and  use,  includes  14 
modules  ranging  in  price  from  $700  to 
$1,700, 

The  install  program  creates  a separate 
directory  for  the  ChanerHouse  modules. 
Using  menu  selections,  you  set  up  the 

e — — 

fast,  flexible  accounting 
system  with  many 
advanced  features. 


companies  to  be  maintained  and  the  mod- 
ules each  company  will  use.  During  com- 
pany initialization,  a program  verifies  the 
room  needed  on  the  hard  disk.  Chaner- 
House automatically  expands  to  accom- 


•••  CHART  or  ACCOUNTS  miNTDIANCE 


action:  <A>  <C>  <D> 

<I> 

Q/l  Account: 

Account  Description: 

Account  Type:  INCOHE  STATENENT  TOTAl 

Print  Colunn: 

Beginning  Account: 

Nomally  it: 

Ending  Account: 

<D> 

<C> 

Line  Skip: 

Force  $ (V/N): 

CharterHouse'r  chan- 
cf-accounts 
formatting  can  be  set 
up  with  the  account 
type  asOto  facilitate 
coding.  Financial 
statements  can  be 
formatted  at  the  end  of 
all  account  codes. 


modate  your  company  as  it  grows. 

All  the  modules  use  function  keys  to 
full  advantage.  The  most  detailed  part  of 
the  setup  is  the  chart  of  accounts.  You  can 
use  one  of  the  three  charts  that  come  with 
the  General  Ledger  or  create  your  own.  Ei- 
ther way,  you  should  print  out  one  that 
comes  with  the  system  and  note  any 
changes  or  additions  you  want  to  make. 
Then  modify,  add,  or  delete  to  create  ac- 
count codes  that  will  work  for  you.  Once 
your  chart  is  created,  you  can  clone  your 
version  for  your  other  companies. 

According  to  ChanerHouse,  you  can 
set  up  the  chart  of  accounts  without  the  fi- 
nancial statement  structure.  You  can  for- 
mat reports  separately  to  get  the  required 
consolidation  of  accounts  and  formats.  A 
new  Data  Link/Report  Writer  is  available 
for  more  user-defined  reporting  needs. 

CharterHouse' s General  Ledger, 
which  sells  for  $1,000,  lets  you  maintain 
and  post  to  26  open  accounting  periods:  1 3 
in  the  current  year  and  13  in  the  next  year. 
The  prior  year’s  (13  months)  detail  num- 
bers are  retained  for  comparison  reporting, 
so  you  have  3 years  of  data  for  fmancial  re- 
porting. 

The  system’s  error  detection  and  veri- 
fying features  are  complete  and  flexible. 
Some  of  ChanerHouse's  added  features 
are  automatic  inventory  adjustment  entries 
based  on  a percentage  of  gross  profit,  and 
automatic  state  and  federal  tax  accmal  en- 
tries based  on  your  estimated  tax  rate  for 
each.  And  ChanerHouse  allows  you  to  do 
multiple  interim  closings  before  the  final 
year-end  closing. 


THREE  IN  ONE  Accounts  Receivable, 
Inventory,  and  Sales  Analysis  are  offered 
together  in  one  flexible,  economical  mod- 
ule as  well  as  separately.  Selection  of  open 
item  or  balance  forward  is  made  on  a per- 
customer  basis.  You  can  track  sales  by  ter- 
ritory, salesman,  and  state,  and  you  can  set 
up  as  many  tax  rates  and  as  many  “ship- 
to”  addresses  as  you  can  create  in  the  five- 
digit  customer  number.  The  inventory  sec- 
tion maintains  three  prices  for  each 
inventory  item.  You  can  track  quantities 
committed  to  orders  as  well  as  quantities 
sold,  received,  and  used.  Items  are  valued 


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ChanerHiHise  Software 
Corp. 

31324  ViaColinas. 

#107 

Wesllake  Village.  CA 
91362 

(818)991-5077 

List  Price:  General  Ledger.  S I .(XX);  Ac- 
ctxinls  Payable.  S7(X);  Accounts  Receivable. 
$700.  Also  available:  five  other  modules; 
multiuser  and  network  versions. 

Requires:  384K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
typew  132-column  printer;  DOS  2.1  or  later. 
In  Short:  Versatile,  comprehensive  account- 
ing system  with  capability  of  25  or  more  users 
on  multiuser  system.  Short  on  accounting 
controls.  Two-level  pavsword  pn>tcction. 

Not  ci>py  protected. 
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PROBLEM:  Handling  your  need  for  more  megabytes, 
without  spending  megabucks  on  a new  drive. 

THE  SOFTLOGIC  SOLUTION:  Cubit™ 


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Now  get  up  to  twice  the  capacity  from 
all  your  storage  media. 

You  know  what  happens.  The  more  you  use 
your  computer,  the  more  information  you 
create.  And  the  faster  you  fill  up  your  disk. 

The  10MB  drive  that  once  seemed  enor- 
mous is  now  jammed  with  important 
files.  That  20MB  that  should  have 
lasted  years  is  crowded  in  a 
matter  of  months. 

Of  course  you  could  keep 
buying  bigger  hard  drives. 

Or  you  could  get  Cubit  and 
get  the  maximum  storage 
space  from  the  drives  you 
already  have. 

What  is  Cubit? 

In  brief,  Cubit  is  an  advanced  software  tool 
that  automatically  reduces  the  number  of 
bytes  required  to  store  a file,  then  converts  the 
file  back  to  its  original  size  when  retrieved. 
Some  programmers  call  this  effea  "data 
compression,"  others,  "disk  expansion.”  Either 
way,  the  result  is  the  same. 

Here’s  how  it  works.  When  Cubit  com- 
presses a file,  it  first  compares  each  word  to  its 
massive  English  word  dictionary.  Wsrds  that 
match  are  reduced  to  a predetermined  code  of 
just  one,  two  or  three  bytes  each . It  then  saves 
the  abbrev'iated  version  to  disk.  Decompres- 
sion works  just  the  opposite. 

To  accommodate  other  words  and  symbols, 
Cubit  uses  two  more  compression  techniques. 
One  assigns  new,  shorter  codes  to  unusual 
words.  Another  compresses  according  to  the 
frequency  of  charaaer  strings  in  non-text  data. 
So  no  matter  what  kind  of  files  you  create. 
Cubit  ensures  maximum  space  savings. 

Best  of  all,  you’ll  be  using  the  same  fast, 
reliable  data  compression  techniques  used 
on  mainframe  computers  for  decades. 


How  much  disk  space  will  you  save? 

Because  the  vast  majorit>’  of  data  created 
on  PC’s  is  standard  ASCII  te.'ct— letters, 

numbers  and  other  English 
language  symbols— we’ve 
optimized  Cubit  for  word 
processing  and  database 
files.  With  these,  you’ll  get  a 
minimum  of  50%  expansion  on 
up  to  a full  100%  or  more. 

At  the  same  time,  you  can 
expect  a significant  30%  to 
50%  improvement  with 
other  kinds  of  data.  Including 
spreadsheet  files,  program  code, 
graph  and  Image  files, even  binary 
data. 

And  Cubit  works  just  as  well 
with  floppies  and  tape  cassettes  as  it 
does  with  hard  disk  drives. 

Run  Cubit  where  you  want, 
when  you  want. 

Maybe  youll  want  to  use  Cubit 
for  all  your  files,  or  maybe  just 
some.  So  Cubit  lets  you  specify 
exactly  which  files  to  work  on 
and  which  ones  to  leave  alone. 

In  RAM  resident  mode. 

Cubit  works  quickly  and 
invisibly,  compressing  and 
decompressing  right  from 
within  any  program  you  run. 

Or  use  Cubit’s  powerful  file 
management  mode.  It  supports 
w’ild-card  and  global  file  names, 
and  addresses  sub-directories 
up  to  thirty  levels  deep. 

Save  time  and  money,  as  well 
as  disk  space. 

A compressed  file  is  a smaller 
file.  So  with  Cubit,  back-ups 


take  less  time,  as  well  as  less  space.  And 
communicating  compressed  files  mean.s 
significant  savings  on  phone  line  charges. 

Any  way  you  look  at  it.  Cubit  will  pay 
for  itself  in  no  time. 

So  why  buy  a bigger  drive 
when  you  can  have  smaller  files? 

Cubit  is  already  saving  time,  trouble 
and  money  for  thousands  of  PC  users 
nationwide-by  giving  them  up  to  twice 
the  storage  capacity  from  all  their  mag- 
netic media.  And  all  for  just  $49.95* -a 
mere  fraction  of  the  cost  and  K)rher  that 
ctime  with  a bigger  hard  drive. 

L(H)k  for  Cubit  at  better  computer  deal- 
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Solutions  by  calling  800-272-9900  (603- 
627-9900  in  NH).  Or  mail  the  coupon 
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■ ACCOUNTING 


by  average  cost,  UFO,  or  FIFO  with  un- 
limited layers. 

A unique  feature  of  the  CharterHouse 
Accounts  Payable  module  is  that  it  can 
handle  both  cash  and/or  accrual  account- 
ing. With  a one-character  selection  in  the 
payables  setup  screen,  you  can  change 
from  cash  to  accrual,  print  reports,  and 
switch  back  again.  The  voucher  entry  of- 
fers unlimited  distribution  capabilities. 

CharterHouse  has  two  levels  of  pass- 
word protection:  one  for  full  access  and 
one  for  what  CharterHouse  refers  to  as 
limited  access.  But  if  you  want  to  allow  ac- 
cess to  one  of  the  limited  selections,  you 
must  allow  access  to  all.  CharterHouse' s 
audit  trails  are  not  as  good  as  they  could 
be.  Unfortunately,  the  package  doesn’t 
fonre  you  to  print  reports  that  cannot  be  re- 
print^, although  you  do  receive  a warning 
message.  In  addition,  a less-than-desirable 
feature  lets  you  alter  all  General  Ledger 
entries  (one  of  the  password-protected 
fields.) 

CharterHouse  also  includes  a unique 
timesaving  feature:  you  can  pull  up  needed 
information  white  you  are  entering  data. 
All  in  all,  CharterHouse' s speed,  flexibili- 
ty, and  ability  to  grow  as  your  company 
grows  makes  it  a great  accounting  pack- 
age.— Mary  Ellen  Andersen 


CYMA  Professional 
Accounting  Series 


The  CYMA  Accounting  Series  was  one  of 
the  fust  accounting  packages  to  appear  af- 
ter IBM  aruiounced  the  PC.  Now  owned 
by  McGraw-Hill,  the  CYMA  Professional 
Accounting  Series  is  a much-revised  high- 
end  version  of  that  original  product.  It 
comprises  many  modules  plus  a variety  of 
specialty  items  such  as  job  costing,  medi- 
cal and  dental  accounting,  and  a data 
bridge  for  interfacing  to  other  packages. 
General  Ledger  sells  for  $795,  while  Ac- 
counts Payable  and  Accounts  Receivable 
sell  for  $695  each. 

The  package  is  easy  to  install,  but  you 
must  display  a registration  screen  and  call 
CYMA/McGraw-Hill  during  business 
hours  for  a special  code  that  unlocks  each 
package. 

With  a little  creativity,  you  can  design  a 


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Some  functions  in 
CYMA  Professional 
Accounting  Series  are 
accessed  in  peculiar 
ways:  here,  for 
example,  you  can  edit 
a budget  ora  prior- 
period  screen,  as  well 
as  enter  the  account 
name. 


chart  of  general  ledger  accounts  with  many 
repotting  levels.  By  using  a wildcard  se- 
lect option  available  in  most  of  the  reports, 
you  can  easily  print  the  detail  you  want. 
New  accounts  are  entered  quickly,  but 
budgets  and  prior  periods  are  time-con- 
suming, requiring  you  to  enter  the  period 
number  and  the  amount.  Account  numbers 
are  verified  when  you  enter  transactions. 
The  screen  shows  a document  total,  a 
batch  total  (daily),  a journal  total  (one  of 
26),  and  a total  for  the  entire  ledger.  Jour- 
nal reports  can  be  listed  by  date,  by  ac- 
count, or  in  order  of  entry,  or  you  can 
choose  to  develop  custom  reports  with  a 
report  formatter. 

Transaction  entry  in  the  Accounts  Pay- 
able module  is  quick  but  inadequate.  Mul- 
tiple general-ledger  expense  accounts 
must  be  entered  as  separate  transactions. 
When  paid  invoices  ate  purged  at  month- 
end,  the  record  number  changes,  and  it  is 
difficult  to  find  a transaction  without  print- 
ing a vendor  ledger. 

You  can  modify  the  check  format  in  the 
Accounts  Payable  module  by  using  a re- 
port design  program  that’s  available  for  all 
modules  in  the  system. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  lets 
you  customize  your  billing  form  to  make 
bills  or  statements  by  using  the  general  re- 
port formatter  included  with  the  system. 
Customer  codes  can  be  tracked  as  open- 
item  or  balance-forward  customers. 

Data  entry  with  CYMA  is  fast,  even  on 
an  XT,  but  saving  and  editing  can  be  clum- 
sy. For  saving,  some  screens  requite  an  S 
to  be  entered,  while  others  automatically 
save.  Entering  F takes  you  back  one  ques- 


tion— most  of  the  time.  When  you  edit, 
you  must  know  the  record  number  and  re- 
turn through  all  questions  to  complete  the 
edit. 


CYMA  offers  no  tutorial.  However, 
sample  files  are  given  so  that  you  can  play 
with  the  package  before  you  register  it. 
Training  is  provided  by  C^YMA  dealers, 
authorized  CYMA  consultants  (indepen- 
dent accounting  firms  and  data  processing 
consultants  approved  by  CYMA),  and 
from  CYMA  in  selected  cities  all  over  the 
United  States.  You  can  also  contact 
CYMA  for  direct  support,  but  have  your 


FACT 


FILE 


CYMA  Professional 
Accounting  Seriesy 
Version  2.3 
CYMA/McGraw-Hill 
1400  E.  Southern 
Tempe.AZ  85282 
(800)292-2962 
(602)831-2607 
list  Price:  General  Ledger,  S79S;  Accounts 
Receivable,  Accounts  Payable,  $695  each. 
Also  available;  two  oth^  modules;  mul- 
tiuser. CP/M  86,  MP/M  86  versions;  addi- 
tional multiuser  module  that  makes  all  other 
modules  multiuser,  $695. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  two  disk  drives  or 
hard  disk;  condensed  type  or  1 32*coluinn 
printer.  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  Fast,  flexible,  and  complete.  Sup- 
ports monochrome  or  color  monitor.  The 
screen  could  use  a little  work.  Not  copy  pro- 
tected. but  registration  procedure  requir^. 

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11/  1/87 

DOUBLE  ENTRY  — General  Journal  Uoucher  Entry 

Uersion  1.38  - 10/26/05 

Ref.  Ho.: 

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Acct  No. 

Account  Description 

Dept  No.  Debit  Credit 

1026 

Cash  - Operating 

M 1 VVtM 

6006 

Sent 

M 1 see.n 

6010 

Utilities 

M ! 73.9 

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credit  card  ready  when  you  do.  CYMA's 
report  formatter  is  a bit  technical,  but  a lit- 
tle study  will  give  you  a powerful  reporting 
tool. 

The  CYUA  package  has  come  a long 
way  since  1981.  It  lacks  a sophisticated 
user  interface,  but  its  reporting  flexibility, 
report  formatter,  and  speed  make  it  a good 
contender  in  your  search  for  an  accounting 
system. — Mike  Falkner 


Double  Entry 

Double  Entry,  from  Systems  Plus,  is  an 
entry-level  accounting  system  derived 
from  Accounting  Plus,  another  package 
from  the  same  company.  The  $595-per- 
module  package  has  many  feanires  appro- 
priate for  small  businesses  with  simple  ac- 
counting needs,  and  it's  fairly  easy  to  use. 

The  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Receiv- 
able, and  Accounts  Payable  modules, 
which  cost  $495  each  when  purchased  to- 
gether, make  up  a well-integrated  system. 
The  Accounts  Payable  and  Receivable 

Entry's 

Accounts  Payable  and 
Accounts  Receivable 
are  comprehensive 
and  powerful. 


modules  perform  well,  but  General  Ledger 
lacks  budgeting  capabilities  and  has  only 
limited  repotting  capabilities. 

Double  Entry’s  user  manual  shows  you 
how  to  install  die  program  into  the  root  di- 
rectory, but  a better  method  is  to  create  a 
subdirectory  for  the  program.  Installing 
the  program  goes  strraothly,  but  setting  up 
a chart  of  accounts  and  beginning  balances 
can  be  a little  awkward.  Although  you  use 
the  General  Ledger  module  to  set  up  new 
accounts,  you  must  exit  and  enter  the  Utili- 
ties rtKxlule  to  create  beginning  balances 
for  your  new  accounts. 


The  PC’s  function  keys  access  all  of 
Double  Entry's  capabilities,  and  the  bot- 
tom of  each  screen  displays  their  use.  But 
function  key  assignments  that  are  consis- 
tent from  screen  to  screen  would  improve 
the  efficiency  of  the  on-line  help. 

A more  successful  attempt  to  make  the 
system  easier  to  use  is  Double  Entry's 
friendly  data  entry  mode.  It  gives  you  con- 
tinuous, on-line  access  to  all  master  flies 
and  their  codes.  The  information  you  need 
is  usually  only  a keystroke  away. 

A minor  yet  troublesome  problem  can 
occur  when  you  enter  the  day’s  date,  as 
Double  Entry  prompts  you  to  do  each  time 
you  begin  to  use  the  software.  If  you  enter 
a date  other  than  the  current  system  date. 
Double  Entry  changes  the  DOS  date.  You 
must  then  remember  to  reset  it  when  you 
exit  the  system. 

POWER  PLUS  The  Accounts  Payable 
and  Receivable  modules  are  comprehen- 
sive and  powerful.  Accounts  Payable  al- 
lows recurring  transactions  and  handles 
discounts  and  dates  very  well.  After 
you’ve  established  the  terms  for  a vendor. 
Double  Erury  automatically  calculates  the 
due  date,  the  discount  amount,  and  the  dis- 
count date  when  entering  accounts  payable 
transactions.  When  you  pay  invoices,  the 
system  notifies  you  if  the  discount  period 
has  passed.  Selecting  invoices  for  payment 
is  simple,  and  you  can  make  partial  pay- 
ments. 

Accounts  Receivable  allows  recurring 
transactions  and  permits  flnance  charges 
as  well  as  periodic  payments.  The  only  ap- 


Double Entry  keeps  a 
running  balance  of  the 
journal  at  the  bottom- 
right-hand  corner  of 
the  Journal  entry 
screen  so  that  you  can 
easily  detect  out-of- 
balance  journals. 


parent  drawback  is  that  you  cannot  store  a 
“ship-to"  address  in  the  customer  master 
record,  so  you  have  to  input  it  every  time 
you  invoice  a customer  who  has  one. 

Double  Entry  produces  all  the  standard 
reports  most  businesses  need.  It  requires 
preprinted  forms  that  comfotm  to  the  sys- 
tem’s fixed  formats  for  invoices,  state- 
ments, checks,  and  so  forth. 

The  package’s  security  system  is  ex- 
tremely flexible.  You  can  assign  each  user 

(continufs) 


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Double  Entry, 

Vmkm  IJO 
Systems  Plus  Inc. 
SOOOydeAve. 
Mountain  View,  CA 
94043 

(800)  222-7701 
(800)  222-7707  (in 

Calif.) 

(415)969-7047 

List  Price:  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Pay- 
able, Accounts  Receivable,  $595  each;  $495 
each  when  you  buy  three  or  more  modules  to- 
gedier.  Also  availk»le:  two  other  modules, 
(dus  utilities  disk. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
type  or  1 32-column  printer,  DOS  2.0  or  later. 
In  Short:  A solid,  fairly  easy-to-use  account- 
ing package  that  is  limited  in  capabilities  con- 
siding  its  cost;  performs  the  tiic  account- 
ing functions  tftat  small  businesses  require. 
Not  c<^y  protected. 

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DataBase. 

The  tool  for  the 
applications  generation. 


By  now  almost  everyone  knows  what  a 
PC  can  do  for  them.  The  problem,  though, 
for  most  people,  is  getting  the  PC  to  do  it. 

Because  powerful  application  develop- 
ment systems  are  often  too  difficult  to 
learn.  And  easy  systems  quickly  become 
too  limiting  once  you've  learned  them. 

That's  why  most  of  the  FORTUNE  500 
companies  are  now  using  DataEase"” 
DataEase.  No  other  system  builds 
powerful  applications  as  easily 
People  start  building  applications  imme- 
diately with  DataEase.  Even  people  with 
no  PC  experience.  Because  DataEase  lets 
you  concentrate  on  what  you  want  to  do 
instead  of  how  to  get  the  PC  to  do  it.  Menus 
and  prompts  help  you  set  up  your  forms, 
files  and  reports  while  DataEase  does  the 
programming  for  you. 

And  experienced  users  build  complex 
applications  quickly  with  DataEase.  The 
automatic  programming  features  along 
with  a powerful  relational  query  language 
make  it  easy  And  the  power  of  DataEase 
increases  as  you  demand  more.  Making 
the  transition  to  building  complex  applica- 
tions smooth.  And  easy 
And  changing  a DataEase  application 


is  as  easy  as  changing  your  mind.  So 
your  applications  can  grow  to  meet  your 
needs. 

With  DataEase  you  can  create  applica- 
tions that  integrate  text,  graphics  and  data 
from  a variety  of  sources -including  main- 
frames. In  the  comfort  of  your  own  PC. 

DataEase.  Now  it's  easy  for  every  mem- 
ber of  the  applications  generation  to 
generate  their  own  applications. 

Send  usthecouponforafree 
DataEase  demonstration  disk.  Orcall 
1 -800-334-EA5E.  In  Connecticut, 
374-8000. 


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ji  n High-Priced  Accounting  Packages  (Module  Prices  and  Extras) 


TBs 

Bristol 

Business 

CYMA 

ABS 

Accounting 

ADS 

BPI 

Integrated 

Partner 

Professiooal 

Accounting 

* Partner 

Business 

Enterprise 

Accounting 

Accounting 

CBarter- 

Accounting 

DouMe 

Modules 

Plus 

Software 

Series 

System 

Software 

CertIFLEX 

House 

Series 

Entry 

Basic  price* 

$900 

$795 

$1,185 

$2,385 

$2,400 

$2,385 

$2,085 

$2,400 

$2,185 

$1,785 

General  Ledger 

$300 

Included 

$395 

$795 

$600 

$795 

$695 

$1,000 

$795 

$595 

Accounts  Payable 

$300 

Included 

$395 

$795 

$800 

$795 

$695 

$700 

$695 

$595 

Accounts  Receivable 

$300 

Included 

$395 

$795 

$800 

$795 

$695 

$700 

$695 

$595 

Payroll 

$300 

Included 

$395 

$795 

$800 

$795 

$695 

NA 

$695 

$245 

Fixed  Assets 

$300 

N/A 

N/'A 

N/A 

$800 

N/A 

$695 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Inventory 

N A 

$395 

N/A 

$795 

$800 

$895 

$695 

$1,700 

$995 

$595 

Job  Cost 

N A 

N A 

NA 

NA 

$2,000 

N/A 

N,'A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

Materials  Management 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$400 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Purchasing 

N'A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$600 

$695 

$695 

$700 

NA 

NA 

Report  Writer 

$300 

$395 

N A 

N'A 

Included 

N/A 

$349 

$700 

NA 

N/A 

Sales/Order  Entry 

Included 

N'A 

N/A 

NA 

$1,600 

$895 

$695 

$700 

incl.  in 
Inventory 

N/A 

Sales  Analysis 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Ind.  in 

N/A 

N/A 

ktd.  in 

NA 

NA 

Accts.  Rec. 

Inventory 

Time  Billing 

N/A 

$950 

N/A 

N/A 

$800 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Network  version 
Networks  supported: 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

3Com  Corp. 

• 

o 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

O 

• 

O 

Novell  Inc. 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

IBM  Corp. 

O 

o 

O 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

Multiuser  version 

• 

o 

o 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

o 

Easy- 

Great  Plains 

IBM 

Ubra 

Macola 

Business 

Excalibur 

Focus  on 

Accounting 

Business 

Accounting 

Accounting 

Systems 

Plus 

Fleiware 

Business 

Series 

Harmony 

Adviser 

Income  II 

Software 

Software 

Basic  price* 

$2,085 

$2,085 

$2,385 

$1,950 

$2,085 

$1 .797 

$1,745 

$2,085 

$5,850 

$2,385 

General  Ledger 

$695 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$599 

$995 

$695 

$1 ,950 

$795 

Accounts  Payable 

$695 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$599 

$995 

$695 

$1 .950 

$795 

Accounts  Receivable 

$695 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$599 

$995 

$695 

$1,950 

$795 

Payroll 

$795 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$599 

$995 

$995 

$2,500 

$795 

Fixed  Assets 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

NA 

$895 

Inventory 

$595 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$799 

$995 

$995 

$1,950 

$895 

Job  Cost 

$795 

$695 

$795 

$650 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$1,950 

NA 

Materials  Management 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

$2,500 

NA 

Purchasing 

N/A 

$695 

$795 

N/A 

$395 

N/A 

NA 

$995 

N/A 

$695 

Report  Writer 

$195 

N.'A 

Included 

N/A 

$395 

$299 

N/A 

$995 

N/A 

$895 

Sales/Order  Entry 

$595 

$695 

$795 

$650 

$695 

$799 

$995 

$995 

$2,500 

$895 

Sales  Analysis 

$395 

N/A 

Incl.  in 
Sales/Order 
Entry 

N/A 

N/A 

N'A 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Included 

Time  Billing 

$995 

N/A 

N'A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

Network  version 
Networks  supported: 

• 

• 

• 

0 

• 

O 

• 

O 

• 

• 

3Com  Corp. 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

O 

• 

• 

• 

Novell  Inc. 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

O 

• 

• 

• 

IBM  Corp. 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

• 

• 

0 

• 

Multiuser  version 

• 

• 

• 

o 

• 

O 

• 

• 

• 

• 

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cost  of  the  three  sirtgleHiser  General  Ledger.  Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Receivable  modules,  shown  here  for  comparison. 


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MCBA 

Medallion 

MiCA 

Applications 

(Most 

M*A*S 

Business 

Business 

Accounting 

Accounting 

ValuaMe 

90 

Software 

Series 

Series 

Software 

Parkier) 

Myte  Myke 

NewViews 

Basic  price* 

$2,385 

$2.25G-$3.600 

$1,875 

$1,485 

$1,785 

$1,485 

$2,385 

$695 

General  Ledger 

$795 

$750-$!. 200 

$625 

$495 

$595 

$495 

$795 

Included 

Accounts  Payable 

$795 

$750-$1.200 

$625 

$495 

$595 

$495 

$795 

Included 

Accounts  Receivable 

$795 

$750-$1,200 

$625 

$495 

$595 

$495 

$795 

Included 

Payroll 

$795 

$750-$1.200 

$625 

$495 

$595 

$495 

$795 

Included 

Fixed  Assets 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$395 

N/A 

NA 

Included 

Inventory 

$795 

$750-$1.500 

$625 

$595 

$595 

N/A 

$795 

Included 

Job  Cost 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$995 

$595 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

Materials  Management 

N/A 

$750-$1.500 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

Purchasing 

$795 

$750-$1.500 

N/A 

N/A 

$395 

N/A 

$795 

Included 

Report  Writer 

N;A 

$750-$1,500 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

N/A 

Included 

Sales/Order  Entry 

$795 

$900-$1.500 

N/A 

$495 

N/A 

Included 

$795 

Included 

Sales  Analysis 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Included 

$795 

Included 

Time  Billing 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$495 

N/A 

NA 

Included 

Network  version 
Networks  supported: 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

O 

• 

3ComCorp. 

O 

• 

• 

• 

O 

O 

• 

• 

Novell  Inc. 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

• 

• 

IBMCorp. 

o 

• 

• 

• 

o 

O 

• 

• 

Multiuser  version 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

• 

O 

Opsn  Systems 

RealWorld 

Accouatlag 

TheProFit 

PRO-IV 

Accoenting 

Software 

ji? 

Software 

Platinum 

Powerpac 

Series  Accountant 

System 

A La  Carte 

Solomon  III 

TCS 

Basic  price* 

$2,385 

$2,365 

$765 

$6,185 

$2,100 

$2,085 

$1,499.85 

$2,385 

$2,385 

General  Ledger 

$795 

$795 

Included 

$2,995 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$795 

$795 

Accounts  Payable 

$795 

$795 

Included 

$1,595 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$795 

$795 

Accounts  Receivable 

$795 

$795 

Included 

$1 ,595 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$795 

$795 

Payroll 

$795 

$795 

N/A 

$1,595 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$795 

$795 

Fixed  Assets 

$695 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

$525 

N/A 

N/A 

$795 

$595 

Inventory 

$795 

$795 

Included 

$1,595 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$795 

$795 

Job  Cost 

$695 

N/A 

N/A 

$2,995 

N/A 

$695 

N'A 

$995 

NA 

Materials  Maruigement 

$895 

N/A 

N/A 

Incl.  in 
nventory 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

N/A 

NA 

Purchasing 

$695 

$795 

N/A 

$1,595 

$700 

$695 

NA 

$695 

$795 

Report  WrKer 

$595 

$995 

N/A 

N/A 

N'A 

$695 

N/A 

$695 

$100 

Sales/Order  Entry 

$695 

$695 

N/A 

Incl.  in 

Job  Cos! 

$700 

$695 

$499.95 

$695 

$795 

Sales  Analysis 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Incl.  in 

Job  Cost 

$525 

$350 

$299.95 

$295 

NA 

Time  Biilir>g 

$995 

N/A 

N/A 

$2,295 

N/A 

N/A 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Network  version 
Networks  supported: 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

O 

• 

• 

SComCorp. 

• 

• 

O 

• 

O 

• 

O 

O 

• 

Novell  kK. 

• 

• 

o 

• 

O 

• 

O 

• 

• 

IBM  Corp. 

• 

• 

o 

• 

o 

• 

O 

o 

O 

Multiuser  version 

• 

• 

o 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

• 

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195 


ABUITYPLUS 


GENERAL  FEATURES 

• 6 Modules  for  One  Price 

• Both  5.25"  and  3.5"  Media 
Included 

• Vertical  or  Horizontal  Windows 

• Perform  DOS  Functions  from 
Main  Menu 

• System-Wide  User  Macros 


INTEGRATION 

• Two  or  More  Applications 
Working  at  One  Time 

• Real-Time  Links;  Changes 
made  in  one  Application  are 
Reflected  in  All  Other 
Applications 

• Include  “Live"  Spreadsheet. 
Calculated  Fields  and  Graph 
in  Document 


WORDPROCESSOR 

• Spelling  Checker 

• What  You  See  Is  What  You 
Get  Formatting 

• Mail  Merge  (On-Screen 
Preview) 

• 7 Type  Styles  (On-Screen) 

• Fields  Perform  All  Built-in 
Math  Functions 


SPREADSHEET 

• 9999  Rows  X 702  Columns 

• Global  and  Local  formats 

• 46  Built-in  Functions 

• Sort  on  Row  or  Column 

• Link  Multiple  Spreadsheets 
and  other  applications 

• Sideways  Printing  10, 12, 

15-17  CPI 

• Vertical  & Horizontal  Windows 

• Spreadsheet  Macros 


Wl^AI^tynus  , 

should  be  your  first  ch(^ 

Fact  is,  only  Ability  Plus"  gives  you  so  much  choice. 

Start  with  the  five  most  often-used  business  applications— 
wordprocessing,  spreadsheet,  graphics,  database,  and  tele- 
communications. All  packaged  in  one  convenient  program. 

What’s  more,  everything’s  surprisingly  easy  to  use. 

The  applications  are  practically  intuitive.  And  they  all 
work  the  same  way.  Once  you’ve  learned  one,  you  know  how  to 
use  all  five.  A level  of  mastery  that  takes  only  a couple  of  days. 

Now  here’s  the  really  ingenious  part.  Ability  Plus  ties 
them  all  together.  So  if  you  make  a change  to  data  in  one 
application,  that  change  is  instantly  reflected  in  any  other 
application  where  that  data  appears. 

Impressive  capabilities,  yes.  But  the  power  and  ease  of 
Ability  Plus  let  you  accomplish  something  equally  impressive; 


DATABASE 

• Simple  Set-up  and  R>rm  Design 

• Relational  Database 

• Data  Helds  Perform  Built-in 
Math  Functions 

• Multiple  Held  Types 

• 64,000  Records  Per  Hie 

• Recover  Records  After 
Accidental  Deletion 

• Backup  Feature  to  Prevent 
Losing  Data 


COMMUNICATION 

• Baud  Rate;  300-9600 

• Simple.  RIe-Based 

• Use  Other  Application  While 
on  Line 

• Communication  Macros 

• X Mtxlem 


Ability  Plus  is  » iniilcmark  ot  Miitcni.  Inc. 


Concentrate  on  your  work  instead  of  your 
software. 

Which  means  Ability  Plus  begins  to  pay  for  itself 
immediately.  And  continues  to  pay  off  for  a long,  long  time, 
thanks  to  our  long  list  of  features. 

Want  to  find  out  more  about  our  choice  software?  Just  call 
1-800-633-3444.  Or  return  the  coupon. 

Ability  Plus.  Its  features 
make  it  your  first  choice.  What 
it  will  do  for  your  organization 
makes  it  your  best  choice. 

Ability  Pius 
Business  software  for 
everybody  in  your  business. 


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Yes!  I'd  like  more  information  about  Ability  Plus.  | 


Name 

Ability  I 

Tiilc 

Company 

Address 

City  Stale  Zip  A+  PC  M m 

Send  to:  Miueni.  Inc., 

865  Tahoe  Blvd..  Call  Box  6.  Incline  Villaite.  ^ 
Nevada 894.50-6062.  Alin:  Alexis  ^ 

■ ACCOUNTING 


an  optional  individualized  password, 
which  can  give  him  access  to  certain  sys- 
tem functions  and  not  others,  according  to 
your  company's  needs. 

A dependable,  fairly  easy-to-use  ac- 
counting package.  Double  Entry  can  han- 
dle the  simple  accounting  needs  of  a small 
business,  but  the  current  version’s  capabil- 
ities are  limited  in  comparison  with  those 
of  similarly  priced  packages.  Systems  Plus 
says  that  a version  designed  to  handle  more 
advanced  accounting  needs  is  in  the 
works,  but  hedges  on  giving  any  release 
date. — Randall  Swearingen 


EasyBusiness  Systems 

Computer  Associates  International’s  Ea- 
syBusiness Systems  accounting  software 
has  been  on  the  market  for  some  time  un- 
der a variety  of  names.  Formerly  known  as 
lirformation  Unlimited  Software  (lUS)  and 
briefly  as  SorciumllUS,  the  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable modules  retail  for  $695  each. 
Password  protection  is  not  included  but 
can  be  purchased  for  $10  more. 

Inst^lation  is  accomplished  through  a 
batch  file  that  comes  with  the  software. 
You  must  retype  the  install  command  for 
each  disk  you  install. 

Data  input  is  generally  smooth,  al- 
though you  must  use  all  caps  or  numbers 
when  assigning  alpha  IDs  to  vendors  or 
customers.  These  are  case  sensitive  and  an 
account  ID  established  as  “Travis”  will 
not  work  with  ‘ ‘TRAVIS  ” or  “ travis . ’ ’ 

The  system  lets  you  input  dollars  with- 
out requiring  a decimal  for  pennies — a 
nice  feature  except  that  when  the  decimal 
is  used,  the  system  ignores  it.  For  exam- 
ple, if  $1,200.00  is  input  as  1200.00  (us- 
ing the  decimal  where  indicated),  it  be- 
comes $12.00.  It  would  be  helpful  if  the 
program  worked  like  most  calculators,  let- 
ting the  decimal  mean  something  when  it 
is  input. 

(^neral  Ledger/Financial  Reporter  is 
the  centerpiece  of  the  EasyBusiness  Sys- 
tems line.  As  with  other  modules,  first  en- 
trance to  General  Ledger  places  you  at  the 
Company  Configuration  screen,  where 
you  set  fundamental  company  information 
and  software  switches.  Once  the  system  is 
in  use,  some  choices  may  not  be  altered,  so 


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Fiscal  Period 
January  31.  1987 
February  26.  1987 
Karch  31.  1^7 
April  30,  1987 
Rag  31.  1987 
June  3i.  1987 
July  31.  1987 
August  h,  1987 
lePteNber  30,  1987 
October  31.  1987 
NovoNber  36,  1987 
BeceNber  31,  1987 


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EasyBusiness 
Systems  provides  an 
excellent 
“worksheet” 
environment  for 
reviewing  and 
developing  budgets. 


you  should  carefully  consider  how  you  in- 
tend to  use  the  system  before  making  any 
choices. 

Recurring  and  reversing  transactions 
are  archived  and  retrieved  as  needed  in 
subsequent  periods,  a feature  that  works 
well  with  recurring  transactions  like  stan- 
dard depreciation  entries.  But  the  method 
is  not  as  useful  for  reversing  entries  that  are 
most  beneficial  if  automatically  reversed 
in  the  next  period.  So,  unless  several  trans- 
actions are  involved  in  recurring  or  revers- 
ing entries,  this  feature  may  not  be  a time- 
saver. 

The  Financial  Reporter  allows  numer- 
ous reporting  possibilities,  but  it  counts 
printer  line  feeds  and  will  issue  a form  feed 
even  if  it  needs  only  one  line  to  complete  a 
financial  statement.  Computer  Associates 
says  you  can  avoid  this  by  insetting  a page 
command  with  a column  heading  specifi- 
cation at  logical  places  within  the  specifi- 
cation document.  This  isn’t  very  flexible 
but  it  does  work. 

Accounts  Payable  has  good  manage- 
ment reporting  characteristics,  which  in- 
clude aging  reports  with  flexible,  user-de- 
fined aging  periods  that  can  be  printed  or 
viewed  on-screen.  It  maintains  basic  ven- 
dor statistics  and  offers  good  control  over 
payments. 

The  company  has  responded  to  the 
growing  need  for  governmental  reporting 
of  payments  to  vendors  for  services.  The 
system  will  accumulate  these  payments 
when  a vendor  is  specified  as  a 1 (W  candi- 
date. 

Duplicate  invoices  are  monitored,  but 
are  reported  only  when  the  posting  journal 


is  printed.  They  are  deleted  from  the  sys- 
tem and  must  be  reinput  if  the  invoice 
should  be  paid,  a method  that  is  less  dis- 
raptive  at  input  than  receiving  on-screen 
warnings  that  require  verification  before 
continuing. 

GOOD  REPORTING  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, like  Accounts  Payable,  has  good 
management  reporting  characteristics. 
The  system  includes  the  option  to  maintain 
customers  as  open-item  or  balance-for- 


T FILE 


EasyBusiness  Systems, 
Version  4.2 
Computer  Associates 
International  Inc. 

2195  Fortune  Dr. 

San  Jose.  CA  95131 
(408)432-1727 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receivable,  Accounts  Pay- 
able. $695  each.  Also  available:  eight  other 
mcxlules;  Network  Manager:  (four  units), 
$395;  (eight  units).  $595;  EasyPius  Window- 
ing System,  $149;  password  protection  sys- 
tem. $10. 

Requires:  256K  RAM  (5I2K  reconuiKnd- 
ed);  with  EasyPlus  Windowing  System,  two 
360K  disk  drives  (3'/>-inch  disk  formats  also 
shipped  with  Version  4.2);  condensed  type  or 
132<olumn  printer;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  This  system  is  standalone  in  de- 
sign. with  the  ability  to  import  data  from  vari- 
ous modules.  Windowing  integrates  the  sys- 
tem better  and  allows  integration  with  other 
pRigrams.  Not  cq)y  protected. 

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PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
198 


In  a direct  comparison  between 
printer  sharing  device^  our  competition 
would  like  lo  remain  anonymous. 


• 2,  4 or  6 input  ports 

• Serial  or  parallel  output 

• 0 Kb  to  I MB  of  RAM - 
often  soldered,  not  adapt- 
able for  memors  expansion 

• Sequential  scanning  or 
concurrent  input 

• Warrafity—  90  days  to  one 
year 

• Cxmpatible  with  most 
printers 


• Up  to  eight  serial  input 
ports 

• Serial  and  parallel  outputs 

• Concurrent  input  and  out- 
put for  all  ports 

• Easy,  menu-driven  config- 
uration 

• Separate  baud  rate,  flow 
control,  parity  and  messages 
for  each  port 

• Multiple  copy  command 

• Priority  print  command 

• User  defined)le  print 
direction 

• Field  expandable  memory 
up  to  2MB 

• Printer  emulation  codes 
and  prompt /response 
messages  stored  in  RAM 


Automatic  lop-offomt 
generation 
Self-testing  features 
Buffer  clear,  pause  and 
top-of-form  controls 
LEDs  display  buffer 
status,  airrent  port  activity 
and  printer  ready 
Optional  parallel /serial 
converter 

Campatible  with  virtually 
all  printers  and  plotters 
Quality  and  reliability 
backed  by  a one-year  war- 


Unlimited  hotline 

support 

UL  approved 


LASERNirr™  allows  up  to  eight  users  to 
quickly  and  easily  share  any  two  printers 
or  plotters. 


For  the  advanced  features  you  demand  from 
a printer  sharing  device,  at  an  attractive  price, 
LASERNET  is  your  only  choice  — for  general 
business,  CAD/CAM  and  desktop  publishing. 
And,  after  23  years  of  market  leadership,  you 
know  that  Western  Telematic  will  continue  to 
support  its  products  and  customers  for  years 
to  come  So,  don’t  get  left  holding  the  bag.  Call 
us  now  for  a FREE  brochure  at  (800)  854-7226, 
in  California  (714)  586-9950. 


^Vjpfynghl  Wfilrrn  Trienuilir  Ine.,  litUT  AN  rights  rrsrrvrd. 


A Product  of  Western  Telematic  Inc. 

western  tetematic  iitc.  5 sterling,  irvine,  California  92718 
(800)854-7226  • in  California  (714)586-9950  • telex  467741 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


ward  accounts.  It  allows  for  automatic 
posting  of  finance  charges  with  the  ability 
to  set  a minimum,  and  it  will  round  upward 
to  the  minimum  when  the  calculated 
amount  is  less. 

Statements,  letters,  and  mailing  labels 
can  be  customized.  The  credit  limit  estab- 
lished for  each  customer  is  tested,  but  the 
system  does  not  issue  a warning  until  the 
posting  journal  is  printed. 

Both  Accounts  Payable  and  Accounts 
Receivable  create  detail  or  summary  en- 
tries for  import  to  General  Ledger.  When 
retrieved  by  General  Ledger,  these  con- 
solidated entries  are  assigned  a unique 
batch  number  and  become  like  any  other 
batch  of  transactions  entered  directly  into 
General  Ledger. 

In  Version  4.2.  the  company  separated 
tutorial  lessons  from  reference  informa- 
tion— a nice  improvement,  but  the  index 
might  have  been  mote  intuitive.  There  was 
no  reference  to  recurring  transactions.  Ea- 
syBusiness  Systems  considers  recurring 
transactions  as  Archived  Batches. 

Although  help  text  intended  for  on- 
screen use  is  included  on  disks,  the  help  is 
not  accessible  without  the  aid  of  the  Ea.sy- 
Plus  Windowing  System,  a separate  mod- 
ule. In  addition,  the  Windowing  System 
allows  modules  to  run  concurrently  behind 
a window,  speeding  data  transfer  between 
modules. 

Procedurally  and  fundamentally  sound, 
Computer  Associates  EasyBusiness  Sys- 
tems is  proven  accounting  software  and 
should  be  considered  when  making  a pur- 
chase decision. — William  H.  Stewart 


Excalibur  Plus 


Excalibur  Plus,  a $695-per-module  pro- 
gram from  Armor  Systems  of  Maitland, 
Florida,  can  tun  on  a variety  of  hardware 
and  operating  system  configurations.  It  of- 
fers General  Ledger,  Accounts  Payable, 
Accounts  Receivable,  Payroll.  Inventory 
Control,  Purchase  Orders,  Point  of  Sale, 
Billing,  Order  Entry,  Work  in  Process, 
Customer  Information,  and  Fixed  Assets. 

Installation  is  menu  driven.  You  begin 
by  placing  a utilities  disk  in  drive  A:  and 
typing  A:INSTALLP.  The  system  will 
prompt  you  for  a second  utilities  disk  and 
will  ask  you  to  specify  the  type  of  terminal 


DeAo/?r«cticc  AR  Syrten 

Custoner  Naster  Uer.E7AI«i:fll  .05  04/25/B7| 

Custoncr  Munber 

CurrtCost  Of  Sales 

OistoBcr  NdBC 

; :ReguIar  Sales 

Address  1 

:0ther  Sales 

Aildress  2 

:Discounts 

Address  3 

:Paynents 

Zip  Code 

:Paynents/Resale 

Key  Contact 

AccunlCost  Of  Sales 

Telephone 

iRegfuIar  Sales 

Category  Code 

:0ther  Sales 

Salesperson  No. 

:Discounts 

Last  Activity 

:Paynents 

Ship  Uia 

:Paynentt/Besa]e 

Pricing  Class 

:Credit  Linit 

Tax  Cxenpt  No. 

:Curreat  Balance 

Purge  Type 

:(6:Nomal.l=6aI.Fwd.,2^ne)  :Current  Purch. 

Service  Charge 

:Pct. 

:Tax  i;  :2: 

:3:  :i: 

Custoner  Status 

:(l=Cash  Only) 

:?ay.  Days:  iFron  1st:  :(y/N) 

Federal  ID  No. 

:Disc.Days:  :Fron  1st:  :(y/N) 

Default  Carrier 

:<e-25S) 

:Discount  Pet. 

: 

Select-  Quit. Add.Change.Delete.tliew. Turn  Sure  Off: 

The  Customer  Master 
screen  in  Excalibur 
Plus’s  Accoitfi/j 
Receivable  module 
lets  you  assign  each 
customer  to  a pricing 
class  to  make  sure  that 
he  is  charged  the 
proper  amount. 


you  are  using.  You  then  select  the  modules 
you  would  like  to  install,  and  the  system 
prompts  you  for  the  appropriate  disk.  Ap- 
plications programs  and  sample  data  files 
are  loaded  next.  Then  you  specify  printers, 
create  production  data  fries,  and  specify 
data  and  applications  program  locations  on 
your  hard  disk.  System  utilities  handle 
data  file  expansion,  as  well  as  changes  to 
report  formats,  reorganization  of  data 
files,  and  backup  and  restore  functions  that 
you  may  need. 

Excalibur's  General  Ledger  contains  a 
total  of  32  programs,  including  a calcula- 
tor-like amortization  scheduler  (it  doesn't 
automatically  tie  into  a journal  entry).  Ac- 
count numbers  are  seven  digits,  with  digits 
I through  3 indicating  the  prime  account, 
digits  4 and  5 the  department,  and  digits  6 
and  7 the  subaccount.  When  setting  up  a 
new  account,  you  enter  the  account  num- 
ber, account  type  (asset,  liability,  and  so 
on),  account  description,  current  month, 
and  year-to-date  balance,  as  well  as  prior 
month  of  the  current  year,  prior-year,  and 
budget  information  by  period. 

Making  journal  entries  is  easy,  espe- 
cially since  Excalibur  has  both  a one-time 
and  a monthly  recurring  journal  format.  Be 
careful,  though,  because  the  system  will 
accept  journal  entries  that  are  out  of  bal- 
ance. Some  of  Excalibur' s unique  features 
include  an  Employee  Master  File  for  track- 
ing after-the-fact  payroll  information,  the 
ability  to  print  W-2  and  1099  forms,  and 
various  financial  change  reports. 

Excalibur  comes  with  both  detail  and 
summary  (formal  balance  sheets  and  prof- 


it-and-loss  statements,  as  well  as  a finan- 
cial change  statement,  profit-and-loss 
analysis,  comparative  analysis,  and  quar- 
terly reporting  (if  you  are  tracking  after- 
the-fact  payroll).  Excalibur  does  not  have 
general  ledger  report  writer,  but  it  does 
have  a very  useful  report  formatter  utility 
that  allows  you  to  make  new  copies  of 
standard  reports,  alter  the  length  and  width 
of  print  on  a page,  move  or  suppress  data, 
modify  text  (such  as  field  descriptions, 
page  headers,  or  footers),  and  accommo- 
date report  designs  up  to  240  columns 
wide.  Besides  the  report  formatter,  the 
system  will  also  print  any  report  to  the 
screen,  to  the  printer  in  any  one  of  ten  print 
fonts,  or  to  an  ASCII  file. 


FACT 


FILE 


ExcaUbyrPlus 
Annor  Systems  Inc. 

324  N.  Orlando  Ave. 
Maitland.  FL327SI 
(305)62W)753 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv- 
able. Accounts  Payable. 
$695  each.  Also  available:  nine  other  mod- 
ules; multiuser  version. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  haid  disk;  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 

In  Short:  Strong  high-end  accounting  pack- 
age with  excellent  Accounts  Receivable 
module.  The  documentation  could  be  im- 
proved. Copy  protected. 

CIRCLE  ear  ON  REAPeRSERVICe  CARD 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


COVERING  ALL  BASES  Excalibur  lets 
you  enter  invoice  General  Ledger  distribu- 
tions for  both  the  debit  and  credit  sides  of  a 
transaction,  a nice  feature — not  found  in 
many  of  the  leading  accounting  pack- 
ages—that  lets  you  code  a single  invoice  to 
multiple  liability  subaccounts.  The  ability 
to  individually  distribute  Accounts  Pay- 
able liability  and  bank  codes  on  an  invoice- 
by-invoice,  item-by-item  basis  gives  you  a 
system  that  can  account  for  multiple  enti- 
ties and  can  accurately  track  their  individ- 
ual balance  sheet  items.  Cash  disburse- 
ments can  be  handled  individually  or 
automatically  by  selecting  invoices  for 
payment  by  range  based  on  vendor  num- 
ber, vendor  category,  invoice  date,  dis- 
count date,  due  date,  or  invoice  balance. 

The  system  will  also  allow  you  to  cap- 
ture work-order  number  information  for 
generation  of  work-in-process  reports. 
The  system  offers  you  many  reports  in- 
cluding a check  register,  aging  schedule. 
Account  Payable  trial  balance,  and  vendor 
history. 

You  can  use  the  Accounts  Receivable 
module  individually  or  integrated  with  In- 
ventory, Point  of  Sale,  Order  Entry,  and 
Billing  modules.  It  creates  a very  detailed 
Customer  Master  File  with  fields  for  key 
contact,  ship  via,  default  carrier,  pricing 
class,  tax-exempt  ID,  and  customer  status. 
You  can  set  up  user-defined  tables  to  cre- 
ate multiple  "ship-to”  addresses  per  ven- 
dor, valid  salesperson  with  associated 
commission  data,  departments,  sales  tax 
tables,  and  statement  messages.  You  can 
also  enter  invoices  directly  through  Ac- 
counts Receivable  or  interfaced  through 
Order  Entry.  The  system  will  calculate  and 
post  service  and  finance  charges.  Pay- 
ments may  be  applied  as  either  cash  or 
credit  card.  The  system  can  create  a num- 
ber of  reports,  including  an  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable aging  schedule,  cost/sales  analy- 
sis, commission  statements,  and  1099 
forms  (for  resale  or  commission). 

The  documentation  is  not  impressive.  It 
contains  a lot  of  pages  but  is  difficult  to 
read.  Moreover,  it  lacks  hints  on  what  to 
do  with  common  errors  and  gives  no  field- 
by-field  data  entry  descriptions.  Armor 
System  offers  a 2-day  introductory  course 
on  Excalibur  Plus  products  and  a 4-day 
Advanced  Technical  Training  course  for 
$395.  Telephone  support  is  available  at  a 


cost  of  $ I (X)  per  module  for  6 months,  but 
you  must  pay  for  the  call . 

Excalibur  Plus  is  a strong  high-end 
product,  particularly  for  retailing,  whole- 
saling, and  light  manufacturing.  It  can  be 
integrated  with  cash  drawers  and  bar  code 
readers.  If  Accounts  Receivable  is  your 
area  of  greatest  interest,  this  product 
should  be  on  your  list  for  considera- 
tion.— Patrick  Fitzhenry 


Flexware 

Flexware,  a series  of  $795  accounting 
modules  from  Microfinancial  Corp.,  is 
aptly  named.  It  can  run  under  a number  of 
operating  systems  and  can  be  reconfigured 
by  dealers.  The  program  is  based  on  the 
Flexware  Database  Development  System, 
written  in  UCSD  Pascal,  which  promotes 
versatility  but  which  can  create  problems 
for  DOS  installations. 

Over  the  past  10  years,  Microfinancial 
has  evolved  from  systems  house  to  appli- 
cations developer,  with  over  1 .0(X)  instal- 
lations serviced  by  200  dealers  in  2 1 coun- 
tries. The  company  focuses  the  efforts  of 
its  ten  staff  people  on  development,  leav- 
ing most  of  the  marketing  and  service 
functions  to  dealers. 

This  comprehensive  package  is  not  de- 
signed for  end-user  installation;  the  system 
supplied  for  this  review  came  preinstalled 
on  a hard  disk.  Even  then,  at  the  outset 
there  were  a few  problems  with  the  config- 
uration, but  the  knowledgeable  techni- 
cians at  the  Micro  Clinic  of  Buffalo,  the 
dealer  that  installed  and  supported  Flex- 
ware for  us.  solved  them  quickly. 


FACT 


FILE 


f<uinn,Vcnion4.4 
Microrinanctal  Coip. 

1 5404  E.  Valley  Blvd. 
City  of  Industiy.  CA 
91746 

(8l8)%l-0237 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv- 
able. and  Accounts  Payidile.  $795  each.  Also 
available:  five  other  modules;  other  ^if^ica- 
lions  frcrni  ihird-parly  developefs;  develop- 
ment systems  for  programmers,  ranging  from 
S 1 .000  to  S2.700;  multiuser  version. 
Requires:  5I2K  RAM  (640K  RAM  fccom- 
meiided);  20-Mbyte  hard  disk  (30-Mbyte  or 
larger  recommend);  DOS  2.0  or  later 
in  Short:  Batch-controlled  system  that  ofTeia 
unusually  flexible  configuration  and  operat- 
ing options  but  hampered  by  UCSD  P^al 
p-System  requirements.  Copy  protected. 

gflCLEaaiONnEADEBSEHVICECARD  


Accounts 
* Receivable 


In  a number  of  respects,  Flexware  is  in- 
telligently structured  and  offers  sophisti- 
cated features  and  options,  especially  if  it 
is  fine-tuned  by  the  dealer.  However,  the 
overall  look  and  feel  of  the  package  is  not 
exactly  aesthetically  pleasing,  and  some 
aspects  of  the  configurations  in  the  review 
package  were  downright  unorthodox  and 
irritating. 

Flexware  will  perform  the  basics  of  re- 
cording accounts  receivable  and  accounts 
payable  transactions,  creating  invoices  and 
checks,  interfacing  to  the  general  ledger, 
and  producing  financial  statements.  How- 
ever, accounts  payable  transactions  are  not 
based  on  vouchers;  they  are  identified  by 


rieuHtre  - Uier  0 fSYSTETI  Hultl  Uier  - Co  6t  n«in  CoopAiiy 
nicro  Clinic's  Fleaw«re  for  Peoo  Systea  Onl^ 

Acfounts  favnltlr  / R.'P  lAtrh  IP0?  / 406-10) 

Batch  ii INNNSNJ 

Cntpv  Pmon.  . . 

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Enter  Journal  hatch  information 

This  is  a typical  batch 
header  screen  in 
Flexware. 

Transaction  batching 
demands  disciplined 
data  entry.  Flcxware'j 
batch  control  reports 
also  eliminate  the  need 
for  external,  nuinual 
logging  procedures. 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
203 


■ ACCOUNTING 


the  vendor  code  and  vendor  invoice  num- 
ber. General  ledger  account  numbers  have 
five  digits,  with  the  decimal  point  after  the 
third  digit.  Perhaps  most  important.  Flex- 
ware  enters  all  transactions  in  a batch 
mode  that  requires  calculation  of  control 
totals  before  entry . 

Flexware's  approach,  especially  its 
batch-control  orientation,  has  some  advan- 
tages but  takes  some  getting  used  to.  While 
the  architectute  of  the  database  and  access 
methods  may  be  elegant,  the  user  interface 
leaves  much  to  be  desired.  The  system 
tested  for  this  review  did  not  use  any  func- 
tion keys,  used  Ctrl-key  sequences  instead 
of  the  usual  cursor  keys,  and  had  a nonde- 
leting Backspace  key. 

Transitions  between  menus  are  punctu- 
ated by  an  annoying,  nonremovable, 
copyright  notice.  On  some  occasions  the 
program  would  go  into  beeping  loops, 
stopped  only  by  using  Ctrl-Break.  In  addi- 
tion, entry  screens  do  not  use  video  attri- 
butes such  as  bright/dim  or  reverse  video 
to  distinguish  between  prompts  and  data 
fields.  Flexware  cheeks  data  fields  requir- 
ing validation  only  on  completion  of  a 
screen  instead  of  at  the  point  of  entry. 

NIFTY  FEATURES  Although  Flex- 
ware  is  not  a pretty  program  and  is  cum- 
bersome in  spots,  it  does  offer  some  nifty 
features.  Foremost  is  its  ability  to  run  in  a 
distributed  environment  incorporating  dif- 
ferent types  of  computers.  Microfinancial 
Cotp.  says  it  has  a system  running  on  a 
configuration  combining  a DEC  VAX 
minicomputer,  several  68000-processor- 
based  computers  (like  the  Macintosh  and 
Stride  microcomputers),  and  DOS-based 
machines.  Instead  of  shuttling  whole  data- 
bases through  the  network  from  central 
storage  to  individual  workstations,  the  sys- 
tem transmits  only  the  data  needed  to  re- 
trieve and  update  records. 

The  report  writer  lets  you  access  any 
field  in  the  database  that  integrates  all  Gen- 
eral Ledger.  Accounts  Payable,  and  Ac- 
counts Receivable  data.  Context-sensitive 
help  is  available  at  any  point.  If  you  invoke 
it  while  you're  entering  data  for  a key 
field,  the  help  system  displays  a list  of  re- 
cords on  file  and  allows  you  to  select  an  en- 
try. Flexware  prints  to  disk,  so  hard  copy 
can  be  produced  at  a more  convenient 
time.  It  has  some  of  the  most  useful  dun- 


ning utilities  and  mail-merge/label  genera- 
tors I have  ever  seen.  It  supports  multiuser 
aceess  with  file  and  record  locking,  multi- 
tiered password  protection  down  to  the 
field  level,  and  multiple  department/profit 
centers  that  you  can  consolidate. 

All  in  all,  Flexware  may  be  just  the 
right  choice  for  companies  with  diverse 
hardware  and/or  unusual  requirements. 
But  those  companies  would  be  wise  to  first 
locate  a dealer  who  can  take  advantage  of 
its  architecture  to  spruce  it  up  a bit,  while 
customizing  some  features  quickly  and  at  a 
reasonable  price  compared  with  the  cost  of 
BASIC-  and  COBOL-based  packages. 

— Gene  Smilgiewicz 


Focus  on  Business 


Yes,  software  that  forces  an  operator  to 
work  as  if  the  year  were  1967  still  exists! 
Despite  its  high-end  price  ($650  for  each 
of  the  modules  testedL  Focus  on  Business 
by  International  Micro  Systems  does  not 
measure  up  to  today's  standards  for  PC 
software, 

Y ou  must  renumber  General  Ledger  ae- 
eounts  to  fit  the  unalterable  default  ranges, 
and  each  account  number  must  have  five 
digits,  a decimal  point,  and  three  digits. 
Nothing  shorter  will  be  accepted,  and  the 
code  makes  you  type  that  blasted  period 
every  time. 

Even  though  Focus  on  Business  is  a 
multiple-company  system,  there  is  no  op- 
tion to  copy  a chart  of  accounts.  Journal 
entries  are  batch  entered,  with  each  post- 


F A C T FILE 


■ Focus  on  Biuiness 
International  Micro 
Sysienis  Inc. 

6445  Metcalf  Ave. 
Shawnee  Mis,sk>n.  KS 
66202 

I (800)255*6223 
I (913)677-1137 

List  l*rice:  GerKTal  Ix^ger.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, Accounts  Payable.  $650 each.  Also 
available;  four  ikher  nunJules;  Huml  Ac- 
c'tHiniing,  $750;  QuickBASIC  source  cixJc, 
$400;  nctwi>rk  version. 

Requires:  5 1 2K  RAM;  hard  disk;ci>ndcnscd 
type  or  1 32-colunin  printer;  IX)S  3. 1 or  later. 
Network  version;  64()K  RAM  on  file  server; 
512K  on  each  work.siation;  20-Mbyic  hard 
disk. 

In  Short:  An  expensive,  outnuxled.  un- 
friendly system.  Not  copy  protected. 

; «7»ONfieAD£HS£RVJC£CARD 


ing  printed  as  it  is  entered.  No  posting  ref- 
erence numbers  link  debits  and  eredits,  so 
tracing  an  entry  depends  entirely  on  your 
own  reference.  Reports  print  for  the  cur- 
rent month  only;  no  faeility  exists  to  re- 
view previous  months  or  compare  periods. 
Recurring  monthly  postings  and  reversals 
are  unavailable. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  ap- 
proves each  voucher  as  it  is  entered.  The 
program  gives  you  no  option  to  print 
checks  by  priority,  due  date,  or  discount 
date  other  than  by  reviewing  each  voucher 
manually.  It  also  won't  let  you  get  an  ap- 


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Focus  on  Business 

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entries  on  your  screen 

to  edit  data.  The 
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prra  the  apiil  UKn  akkjkt 

formatting,  so  data 

entry  is  slow. 

PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
204 


Product  Excellence 
AND  a Commitment  to  Service! 


Solomon  III  General  Accounting  has  established  the  leading  reputa- 
tion for  product  excellence  in  accounting  software.  But  product  excel- 
lence alone  is  not  enough. 


When  you  buy  Solomon  III.  you  benefit  from  the  broadest  service  and 
support  network  available: 


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implementation  and  ongoing  support.  These  trained  consultants 
-from  the  nation's  leading  accounting  firms-combine  their  microcom- 
puter and  accounting  knowledge  with  their  Solomon  III  experlise. 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


proved-to-pay  report.  Every  voucher  re- 
quires manual  distribution  to  the  correct 
General  Ledger  accounts,  since  the  system 
remembers  only  the  Accounts  Payable  ac- 
count number.  Vendor  terms  and  posting 
accounts  must  be  entered  every  time,  and 
there  is  no  on-screen  reference  or  lookup 
function  for  General  Ledger  accounts  any- 
where in  the  system.  Once  the  voucher  list- 
ing and  check  register  are  printed,  they 
cannot  be  summarized  or  reprinted  at 
month-end. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  invoice  entfy 
screen  displays  none  of  the  customer  infor- 
mation necessary  to  complete  an  invoice. 
You  have  to  calculate  all  the  dates  and 
amounts  (tax,  discount,  and  net)  while  re- 
ferring elsewhere  for  the  data.  If  you  ex- 
ceed a customer's  credit  limit,  you  will  be 
rudely  kicked  out  of  your  invoice,  with  all 
the  data  lost.  You  have  to  leave  invoice 
posting  to  change  the  credit  limit  in  the 
customer  file,  then  return  to  reenter  the  in- 
voice, thereby  leaving  the  customer  with 
an  incorrect  credit  limit.  No  option  exists 
for  customer  additions  during  invoice  en- 
tty  in  the  Accounts  Receivable  module, 
nor  is  any  equivalent  function  provided  in 
Accounts  Payable  or  General  Urdger. 

The  user  interface  can  only  be  de- 
scribed as  downright  inconsiderate.  At 
$650  for  each  of  the  tested  modules.  Focus 
on  Business  is  easily  outcla.s,sed  by  soft- 
ware that  sells  for  less. 

— Michael  Friedlander 


Great  Plains 
Accounting  Series 


Once  marketed  under  the  hardware  de- 
scriptive name  the  Hardisk  Accounting  Se- 
ries. the  current  accounting  series  from 
Great  Plains  Software  is  now  known  sim- 
ply by  the  company's  name.  Version  4.0 
of  the  Great  Plains  Accounting  Series  was 
introduced  in  April  1986.  This  year  Great 
Plains  has  improved  its  already  powerful, 
flexible,  and  ea.sy-to-use  program  through 
its  release  of  Version  4.1. 

New  to  Version  4.1  are  lookup  win- 
dows that  pop  up  in  each  program.  If  you 
cannot  remember  the  vendor  ID  number 
when  entering  accounts  payable  invoices, 
for  instance,  you  merely  type  a few  charac- 


Grcat  Plains 
Accounting  Series's 
vendor  window  lets 
you  look  up 
information  and  in  a 
few  keystrokes  paste 
relevant  data  to  the 
screen. 


ters  of  the  vendor  name  and  a lookup  win- 
dow appears  with  the  cursor  on  the  vendor 
most  closely  matching  the  characters  you 
typed.  When  you  select  the  proper  vendor, 
all  relevant  vendor  data  is  pasted  to  the  in- 
voice entry  screen.  Similar  lookup  win- 
dows can  access  the  customer  list,  general 
ledger  accounts,  employee  list,  inventory 
item  numbers,  and  so  forth.  Lookup  win- 
dows are  used  in  every  module  whenever 
you  make  a choice. 

Great  Plains  gives  you  a number  of  fea- 
tures to  simplify  data  enny.  The  Accounts 
Payable  module  lets  you  enter  the  vendor 
name  and  address  during  invoice  entry 
without  plodding  through  a lengthy  setup 
for  vendors  who  will  not  be  used  in  the  fu- 
ture. 

General  Ledger  lets  you  keep  the  fiscal 
year  open  for  three  periods  before  it  be- 
comes necessary  to  do  the  year-end  clos- 
ing, which  is  useful  because  many  compa- 
nies are  not  ready  to  close  the  books  on  the 
day  after  year  end. 

The  batch  method  of  transaction  entry 
is  used  in  all  modules  except  Inventory, 
which  is  handled  on-line.  With  most  ac- 
counting software,  the  entire  group  of  un- 
posted batches  must  be  posted  all  at  once 
or  not  at  all.  Great  Plains  requires  each 
batch  to  be  marked  for  posting;  only  the 
marked  batches  will  be  posted  when  Mas- 
ter Post  is  selected.  This  allows  a book- 
keeper to  enter  all  transactions  without 
having  unfinished  or  unverified  batches 
posted  with  good  data. 

The  Great  Plains  documentation  is 
thorough,  well  researched,  and  easy  to  un- 


derstand. Each  screen  is  pictured  in  the 
manual,  accompanied  by  a description  of 
its  purpose.  Each  line  and  command  on  the 
screen  is  described  in  detail,  and  the  pages 
are  numbered  by  screen  for  quick,  easy 
reference. 

General  Ledger  requires  all  the  finan- 
cial statement  formatting  codes  to  be  in- 
cluded with  the  normal  chart  of  ac- 
counts— one  of  the  few  cumbersome 
features  in  this  program  because  it  tends  to 
clutter  up  the  chart  with  nonpostable  ac- 
counts. In  some  cases,  only  one  cash  ac- 
count in  General  Ledger  can  be  posted  to 
Accounts  Receivable  and  Accounts  Pay- 
able. 


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Great  Plains  Accounting  Series  has  a 
wide  range  of  capabilities  and  is  a pleasure 
to  use  and  operate.  Its  protection  of  data  is 
remarkable.  During  testing,  the  power 
went  off  as  transactions  were  being  en- 
tered. Only  the  current  record  was  lost;  the 
rest  of  the  data  was  fine.  All  of  the  backup 
and  recovery  programs  in  the  world  caruiot 
compare  to  using  a system  that  rarely  re- 
quires them. — Charles  Weinberg 


Harmony 

Harmony,  a new  release  from  Open  Sys- 
tems (best  known  for  its  Open  Systems  Ac- 
counting Software),  is  an  impressive  high- 
end  integrated  accounting  package  with 
some  interesting  financial  analysis  tools. 

These  include  the  ability  to  make  on- 
screen, bar  chart  analyses  of  up  to  four 
general  ledger  accounts;  the  charts  allow 
some  useful  graphic  comparisons  between 
general  ledger  account  balances  and  bud- 
get figures,  last-year  results,  or  any  other 

pen  Systems 
markets  Harmony  as  a 
“work  processing” 
program  that  is  easy 
to  install,  learn, 
and  use. 


general  ledger  accounts.  Additionally,  the 
system  can  analyze  loans  and  prepare  loan 
amortization  schedules. 

Installation  is  simple,  made  even  easier 
by  documentation  that  is  well  written, 
clear,  and  to  the  point.  Once  the  installa- 
tion program  is  started,  there  is  nothing 
more  to  do  but  read  and  respond  to  the 
screen  prompts  and  insert  the  disks  re- 
quested. As  other  applications  are  in- 
stalled, the  System  Manager  (a  separate 
module)  lets  you  customize  the  main 
menu.  The  result  is  a ready-to-run  system. 


in  addition  to  loan 
analysis,  amortization 
schedules,  and  pres- 
entifuture  value 
analysis.  Harmony 
provides  bar  graphs. 
These  can  be  saved  to 
a word  processing  file 
and  later  used  with 
text  to  produce  high- 
quality  reports. 


complete  with  basic  company  informa- 
tion. 

Data  backup  is  possible  from  within  the 
system.  When  invoked,  the  utility  has  a 
nice  feature  that  calculates  how  many 
disks  it  will  take  to  complete  the  backup. 
Backup  can  be  accomplished  at  various 
levels  within  the  system. 

You  also  receive  password  protection, 
which  allows  lockout  by  module  and  by 
activity.  For  example,  it  will  allow  data  in- 
put but  will  prevent  access  to  sensitive  fi- 
nancial information. 

The  year-end  results  need  not  be  held 
open  for  closing  entries.  The  system  will 
transfer  current-year  data  files  to  a last- 
year  data  directory  so  that  operations  can 
proceed.  Year-end  adjustments  can  then 
be  made  to  last  year’s  data,  and  the  Update 
Current  Year  function  will  revise  current- 
period  balance  sheet  accounts. 


vendor’s  master  record,  the  system  will  ac- 
cumulate payments  made  and  will  produce 
the  required  1099s.  This  module  would  be 
better  if  it  warned  when  duplicate  vendor 
invoices  were  encountered.  Also,  voucher 
input  speed  might  increase  if  Harmony  al- 
lowed expense  account  numbers  to  be  es- 
tablished in  a vendor’s  master  record,  then 
allowed  them  to  appear  by  default  when 
the  vendor  was  selected. 

The  payment  process  is  aided  by  a Cash 
Needs  report,  which  can  be  printed  to  the 
screen  or  printer.  Specified  invoices  can  be 
withheld  from  automatic  payment  until 
you  choose  to  release  them.  After  checks 
are  prepared,  they  can  be  voided  by  reap- 


F A C T 


FILE 


AUTOMATED  STATEMENTS  Gen- 
eral Ledger  is  the  heart  of  the  system.  You 
must  assign  code  numbers  to  each  account 
to  build  the  chart  of  accounts.  These  help 
generate  financial  statements  quickly  and 
automatically. 

Reversing  journal  enuies  immediately 
reverse  against  the  subsequent  period 
when  posted.  Reversing  entries  in  this  sys- 
tem may  not  be  used  in  the  final  period  of 
the  year — a time  when  reversing  accruals 
are  more  likely  to  be  required. 

Accounts  Payable  answers  many  of  the 
needs  associated  with  the  accounts  payable 
accounting  and  payment  process.  By  en- 
tering the  vendor’s  federal  ID  number  in  a 


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plying  the  check  in  reverse.  This  reinstates 
the  invoice. 

Accounts  Receivable  tells  a lot  about 
customers’  habits,  including  who's  bought 
the  most,  who's  paid  up  and  who’s  not, 
and  who  hasn’t  bought  lately.  A paiticular- 
ly  good  Accounts  Receivable  feature  is  a 
Cash  Flow  report  that  tells  when  you  can 
expect  money  to  come  in.  Used  with  the 
Accounts  Receivable  Cash  Requirements 
report,  this  furnishes  excellent  manage- 
ment information. 

The  Setup  Assistant  (a  supplementary 
manual  supplied  with  each  module)  con- 
tains an  excellent  description  of  the  mod- 
ule’s structure  and  requirements.  It  also 
explains  some  of  the  logic  behind  certain 
required  decisions.  On-screen  context- 
sensitive  help  is  also  available  whenever 
you  need  it. 

Open  Systems  markets  Harmony  as  a 
‘ ‘work  processing"  program  that  is  easy  to 
install,  learn,  and  use.  It  is  sensitive  to  user 


needs  and  it  makes  good  use  of  a function 
that  allows  on-screen  inquiries  of  often- 
needed  information. 

— William  H,  Stewart 


IBM  Business  Adviser 


The  IBM  Business  Adviser  series,  from 
IBM  Corp.,  is  a full-featured,  fully  inte- 
grated accounting  system  for  the  small  to 
medium-sized  business.  IBM  sells  the  es- 
sential elements  of  the  system  as  a pack- 
age: for  $1,745  you  get  the  General  Ac- 
counting Edition  module,  the  Information 
Management  Edition  module,  plus  instal- 
lation, training,  and  90-day  support.  The 
General  Accounting  Edition  combines  a 
general  ledger  with  limited  accounts  pay- 
able, accounts  receivable,  and  payroll  ca- 
pabilities. The  series  can  be  expanded  with 
other  modules — the  Accounts  Payable 
Edition,  Accounts  Receivable  Edition, 


Payroll  Edition,  Inventory  Edition,  and 
Order  Entry  Edition — available  for  $995 
each. 

IBM  Business  Adviser  is  distinguished 
by  its  integrated  approach  to  data  entry  and 
by  its  use  of  terminology  that  simulates  a 
manual  system. 

An  install  program  handles  the  initial 
installation  of  the  system,  and  you  install 
the  remaining  modules  by  choosing  a com- 
mand on  the  main  menu.  One  drawback  is 
the  disk  space  it  requires:  you’ll  need  a 20- 
megabyte  hard  disk  to  safely  handle  three 
modules.  To  back  up  the  complete  system 
in  a reasonable  amount  of  time,  you’ll 
need  a tape  backup  or  fast  floppy  disk 
backup  utility  like  Corefast  (see  "Better 
Tools  for  Backup,”  PC  Magazine,  Vol- 
ume 6 Number  8). 

The  IBM  Business  Adviser's  General 
Accounting  Edition  module,  which  func- 
tions as  a General  Ledger,  is  enough  for 
most  needs.  It  can  handle  a 14-digit  ac- 


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Entering  InfarvMtim  into  the  Voucher  Journal 

I This  comand  enters  infomation  into  the  Voucher  Journal.  The  Voucher 
Journal  records  a vendor  invoice  as  a voucher,  which  is  an  internal 
docunent  prepared  when  a vendor  invoice  is  received.  Use  this  cowund  also 
to  change  voucher  infonution  and  to  approve  autonatic  vouchers  for 
patient. 


On-line,  context- 
sensitive  help  is 
available  in  IBM 
Business  Adviser. 
Entries  can  be  made 
from  this  screen 
directly  to  general 
ledger,  accounts 
payable,  and  accounts 
receivable  journals. 


count  number,  which  can  be  split  into  divi- 
sion, main,  and  department.  Alternative- 
ly, you  can  use  a predefined  chart  of 
accounts.  The  program  can  maintain 
memo  accounts  for  nonfinancial  data.  You 


also  can  set  up  to  S3  open  accounting  peri- 
ods in  a year,  which  gives  you  a lot  of  flex- 
ibility in  setting  up  the  accounting  cycle 
that  is  most  advantageous  for  the  bmk- 
keeping  needs  of  your  company. 


FIXED-FORMAT  REPORTS  IBM 

Business  Adviser  can  produce  simple  auto- 
matic balance  sheets,  income  statements, 
and  trial  balance  reports  in  any  of  23  pre- 
defined columnar  formats  that  compare  ac- 
tual, budget,  and  historical  balances  with 
percent  or  dollar-value  variance  calcula- 
tions. The  formats  are  extensive  but  ate 
ftxed,  so  they  will  not  suit  all  businesses. 
A limited  report  writer  included  in  the 
General  Accounting  Edition  module  pro- 
duces customized  financial  statements  and 
schedules  by  rearranging  the  grouping  or 
selecting  specific  subsets  of  the  chart  of  ac- 
counts. 

General  Accounting  Edition  lets  you 
build  accounts  receivable,  accounts  pay- 
able, and  payroll  subledgers.  You  also  can 
print  balance-forward  accounts  receivable 
statements,  plus  accounts  payable  and 
payroll  checlu  based  on  input  data  at  the 
time  of  check  preparation.  However,  the 
amount  of  data  maintained  on  the  custom- 


We  can  top  that! 


For  the  ultimate  in  monochrome,  the  432 
features  a large  14-inch,  Dat-surfece  screen  that 
actually  displays  larger  type  for  easier  viewing. 
And  because  ttie  Amdek  732  and  432 


are  compatible  with  IBM®’s  new  Personal 
System/2™  Video  Gic^hics  Array  (VGA)  and 
Multicolor  Graphics  Array  (MCGA),  tlie  image 
of  all  your  programs  will  look  better  than 
you’ve  ever  imaginecL 

At  Amdek,  we  weren’t  content  with  just 
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Om- goal  was  to  exceed  it! 


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211 


■ ACCOUNTING 


FACT 


FILE 


IBM  Business  Adviser, 
Versiun  1.2 
IBMCorp 
P.O.  Box  720576 
Atlanla.  GA  30358-2576 
(800)426-2266 
List  Price:  Solution 
package  {General  Ac- 
counting Edition  nxxlule;  Infomiatiun  Man- 
agement Edition  nxxlule;  installation,  initial 
training,  and  90-day  support  by  an  autho- 
rized IBM  dealer).  $1 .745.  Also  available; 
General  Accounting  Edition  nxxlule,  six  oth- 
er mcxlules.  $995  each;  Network  Extension 
Edition  rrxxlule.  $245. 

Requires:  384K  RAM  (5I2K  RAM  recom- 
mended for  Order  iintry . Inventory  Conuxr!. 
aixl  Information  Management  Editkm  mod- 
ules); hard  disk;  DOS  2.0  or  later.  Network 
version:  640K  RAM;  IBM’sPC UK'ulAreu 
Network  Program  or  NETBIOS-compatible 
program;  DOS  3.2  or  later. 

In  Short:  A full-featured,  well-contnriled. 
integrated  accounting  system  that's  .sold  and 
supported  by  IBM . Suitable  for  many  small 
to  medium-sized  busines.se.s.  Copy  protected. 
CIBCLE67tONR£^R^^>CECAW) 


er,  vendor,  or  employee  is  limited,  and  if 
you  require  aging,  automatic  check  prepa- 
ration, or  automatic  payroll  deductions 
calculation,  you  must  add  the  specific 
module  requited. 

The  Accounts  Payable  Edition  module 
works  on  a voucher  basis  and  includes  the 
facility  to  create  automatic  vouchers.  You 
can  use  a * command  to  have  an  appropri- 
ate table  shown  on  the  screen.  The  pro- 
gram can  maintain  multiple  discount 
terms.  The  system  also  can  print  vendor  la- 
bels and  index  cards  and  can  accommodate 
multiple  bank  accounts. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  Edition  mod- 
ule can  handle  a combination  of  balance- 
forward  and  open-item  accounts.  It  can 
also  maintain  revolving  accounts  with 
fixed  payments  each  month,  and  it  deals 
well  with  finance  charges. 

The  menus  can  be  tedious  to  work 
througb  once  you  understand  the  system. 
When  you’ve  completed  a particular  task, 
you  are  often  left  at  the  main  menu.  If  you 
wish  to  do  a similar  task,  you  must  work 
back  through  the  menus.  After  you  select 
an  operation,  the  program  has  to  be  loaded 


for  that  particular  function,  causing  a 2-  to 
15-second  delay. 

The  written  documentation  is  not  exten- 
sive, but  the  initial  setup  instructions  are 
clear  and  to  the  point.  The  documentation 
is  supplemented  with  extensive  context- 
sensitive  help,  a built-in  on-line  reference 
capability,  and  a tutorial. 

IBM  Business  Adviser  meets  most  of 
the  needs  of  small  to  medium-sized  busi- 
nesses, but  it  requires  a lot  of  disk  space 
and  is  not  particularly  quick  or  responsive. 
Its  built-in  report  writer  is  limited.  IBM 
backing  may  outweigh  the  program’s 
faults  in  the  perception  of  some  people,  but 
the  high  cost  should  make  them  think 
twice. — Brent  V.  Shirley 


Income  II 

Income  II,  a $200-per-module  program 
from  MC  Software,  can  handle  up  to  100 
separate  companies. 

Installation  is  noublesome.  MC  Soft- 
ware recommends  that  your  dealer  install 
the  program,  and  that’s  a good  idea.  Install 
it  yourself,  and  you  invite  irritation.  In- 
come II  gives  you  no  screen  instructions, 
and  subdirectories  are  not  automatically 
set  up.  During  installation  you  must  speci- 
fy the  terminal  you  are  using  from  a 26- 
item  menu.  Enter  the  wrong  one,  and  you 
get  an  error  message  that  is  not  explained 
in  the  manual.  Installation  also  requires 
you  to  enter  a number  of  values  for  screen 
control,  such  as  Clear  Screen  and  direct 
cursor  positioning.  Phone  assistance  is 
available  and  recommended. 

As  you  set  up  the  chart  of  accounts,  all 


FACT 


FILE 


Income  II 
MC  Software  Inc. 

F.  O.  Bt)xl377 
Davis.  CA  95617 
(80())756-8KM 
(916)756-8104 
Elsl  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. AccixinLs  Payable. 
AcctxjnLs  Receivable.  $695  each,  Alst’)  avail- 
able: five  (Hher  nxxlulcs;  multiuser  version. 
Maintenance  contract.  S2(X)  per  nxxlule  per 
year;  lelephone  suppt)n.  S3(X), 

Requires:  512K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
type  or  132-ck>lumn  printer;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 
In  Short:  A pt>werful  program  designed  for 
use  in  big  companies  with  many  departments 
and  accounts.  Tough  to  install,  however,  and 
the  d(x;unientation  isn’t  much  help.  Not  copy 
pKtxectcd. 

ORCLI 663  ON  READEB  CATO 


accounts  are  assigned  a number,  a letter 
denoting  type  (A  = Assets,  S = Sales,  and 
so  on),  and  a code.  Department  numbers 
are  optional.  The  required  code  number 
identifies  titles,  detail  accounts,  and  totals. 
It  also  sets  up  underlines  (single  and  dou- 
ble) and  line  spaces  to  put  your  financial 
statements  in  the  proper  format.  Assigned 
department  numbers  can  be  used  to  pro- 
duce departmental  income  statements. 

The  various  menus  are  confusing.  The 
selections  number  as  many  as  22,  and  they 
do  not  use  function  keys.  You  can  set  up 
selective  password  control  for  each  com- 
pany and  each  journal  by  using  the  pro- 
gram’s Password  Access  module.  The 
module  offers  100  unique  passwords. 


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COPYRIGHT  (C)  BY  nC  SOFTUARE.  IhC 
INCCnE  (r)  iHTECIIATEO  COtlPAKY  ttANAGDIENT  ACCOUNTING  SERIES  Uer  0 4 


1.  - General  Ledger 

2.  - Aceoiintt  Pagahie 

3.  - Accounts  Xeceivakie 

4.  Inventory  Control 

5.  - Purchasing 
h.  - Order  Entry 

7.  - Terainal  Configuration 

6.  - Select  Coapany 

9.  - General  Systeo  Features 
IB.  - Set  PassMord  Arcest 
11.  - Stop  Prograo 

BS^OG/67  COnPAKY  HARE  HOT  SET 
*4av  Enter  prograa  nuaher  desired 
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Income  IV  s screen  has 
unusual  prompts  that 
clutter  the  screen  arui 
make  it  difficult  to 
follow.  It  has  no  time 
display,  which  makes 
it  difficult  to  control 
time-wasting 
procedures. 


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212 


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dtani  about.  But  ils  pticr  makes  it  as  itght  on 
ytxir  budget  as  i is  m your  hauls. 

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Genigia  30093.  (<04)564-5555. 


EZQueue  3000 . . . 

Peripheral  Sharing  Plus! 


Giltronix  EZQueue™  allows  from  six  to  twenty-four 
computers  to  simultaneously  share  one  or  more  laser 
printers,  dot  matrix  printers,  or  plotters.  In  just  a 
few  minutes,  you  can  configure  EZQueue  to  efficiently 
manage  a single  shared  printer  or  multiple  printers 
depending  on  your  need.  Ten  simple  to  use 
and  expandable  models  are  offered, 
each  with  up  to  two 

megabytes  of  | -p|jj| 

dynamic 
buffering. 


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TmiuTOM 

Increased  Productivity 

EZQueue  goes  beyond  the  cost  advantages  of  sharing  expensive  printer 
resources.  Files  containing  data  for  printing  mailing  labels  can  be  directed 
through  EZQueue  to  a dot  matrix  printer.  At  the  same  time,  letter  quality 
files  can  be  directed  to  a laser  printer  containing  the  desired  paper  style. 
Accounting  departments  can  share  the  various  printer  resources  needed  to 
print  invoices  or  checks.  The  flexibility  of  EZQueue  can  enhance  productivity 
and  reduce  total  system  cost  in  virtuaUy  any  workgroup  environment. 
Dynamic  Buffering  for  Simultaneous  Inputs 

Buffering  is  dynamically  allocated  to  one  or  more  printer  queues  allowing 
simultaneous  input  from  each  of  the  attached  computers  with  no  waiting. 
When  a shared  printer  is  busy,  files  are  stacked  up  in  EZQueue's  buffer  and 
output  to  the  designated  printer  when  it  is  ready  to  receive  the  next  file. 
Multiple  Printer  Sharing 

EZQueue  is  ideally  suited  to  simultaneous  access  and  share  multiple  printer 
resources.  Each  EZQueue  is  provided  with  Giltronix  GX  software,  a DOS 
compatible  program  that  makes  selecting  a desired  printer  a snap.  Once  in- 
stalled on  a computer,  a few  keystrokes  will  invoke  GX  from  within  any 
software  program  to  quickly  select  the  desired  printer  resource.  Both  serial 
and  parallel  interfaces  are  supported. 

Simple  Installation 

No  special  cables  are  required  because  each  EZQueue  serial  port  automatically 
adjusts  to  signal  directions.  "Smart"  ports  and  Giltronix  toll-free  tech  support 
guarantee  a successful  installation  with  minimal  effort. 

Expandability 

Unlike  competitive  systems,  EZQueue's  buffer  size  and  number  of  ports  can 
be  expanded  as  your  system  grows.  A minimum  EZQueue  starts  with  six 
serial  ports,  two  parallel  ports  and  256K  bytes  of  dynamic  buffering.  Serial 
ports  can  be  added  in  six  port  increments  up  to  a total  of  twenty-four  serial 
ports.  Buffering  can  be  added  in  256K  byte  increments  up  to  a total  of  2 
megabytes. 


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Palo  Alto,  CA  94303 
(415)  493-1300  Telex  345542 

For  more  information  call 
• Giltronix  toll-free  at  (800)  531-1300; 

CA^llllirOniX  in  California,  call  (800)  521-1330. 

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■ ACCOUNTING 


POOR  DOCUMENTATION  The  docu- 
mentation is  confusing.  Income  II  operates 
in  three  environments — DOS,  CP/M,  and 
MP/M — and  instructions  for  all  three  are 
in  a single  loose-leaf  manual.  Sections  are 
not  well  organized,  and  IX)S  users  must 
sift  through  documentation  on  the  other 
environments.  That’s  time-consuming  and 
annoying,  given  that  the  DOS  world 
dwarfs  the  other  two. 

Open-credit  memos  in  the  Accounts 
Payable  module  can  be  automatically  ap- 
plied when  payments  are  made  or  when 
you  are  handling  recurring  expendi- 
tures— such  items  as  rent  and  notes.  The 
module  accommodates  up  to  997  expense 
categories.  Overdue  accounts  are  high- 
lighted, and  discount  due  dates  are  moni- 
tored. You  can  list  up  to  IS  invoices  to  be 
paid  on  a single  check  stub,  and  each  com- 
pany can  have  up  to  32,000  vendors. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  lets 
you  manage  each  customer  under  open- 
item  or  balance-forward  methods.  It  also 
gives  you  credit  memos  and  recurring  in- 
voice processing  and  provides  a detailed 
sales  analysis  of  up  to  1,000  sales  ac- 
counts. 

The  General  Ledger  gives  you  an  audit 
trail,  12-month  budgeting,  recurring  jour- 
nal entries,  and  the  flexibility  to  design  the 
format  of  financial  statements.  Out-of-bal- 
ance journal  entries  are  highlighted. 

The  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Receiv- 
able, and  Accounts  Payable  can  operate  as 
standalone  modules  or  can  be  integrated 
with  others.  You  can  have  as  many  as 
32,000  records  in  one  file.  The  program 
will  output  in  formats  that  meet  the  re- 
quirements of  preprinted  forms  from  De- 
luxe Computer  Forms. 

The  $200-per-module  price  for  support 
buys  you  maintenance  and  regular  mail- 
ings of  technical  notes;  hot  line  help  on  the 
series  is  $300  more.  MC  Software  sug- 
gests you  first  call  your  dealer  when  you 
need  help  and  call  directly  if  a dealer  is  not 
available. 

Income  II,  with  its  confusing  documen- 
tation, cluttered  menus,  and  expensive 
support  requires  too  much  from — and 
gives  too  little  to — the  user.  With  its  elabo- 
rate and  convoluted  menus,  it  would  be 
more  appropriately  positioned  in  an  art 
gallery  than  it  would  on  an  accountant's 
PC. — John  Somoza 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15,  1987 
214 


Thequeenof 
the  PROM  has  jiast 
graduated  at 
thetop  of  her  dass. 


IRMA"  has  been  the  most  reliable  and  most  popular 
PC-to-mainframe  link  ever  created.  But  as  good  as  our 
IRMA  is,  we’ve  never  said  we  couldn't  do  b^er.  Fact  is,  a 
PROM  is  still  a PROM.  And  you  have  better  things  to  do 
with  your  time  than  sp)end  it  upgrading  PROMs. 

But  now  there's  IRMA  2";  it  marks  a whole  new  era  in 
terminal  emulation  technolo^ 

IRMA 2 is software-loadedSo you  can  upgrade  by 


simply  changing  diskettes  instead  of  PROMs.  What  you 
also  gain  is  an  easy  path  to  multiple  host  sessions,  sophis- 
ticated mainftame  graphics,  and  all  that  DFT  technology 
can  offer  you  down  the  road.  And  with  our  new  E78  Plus™ 
software,  you  gain  even  more. 

like  Mod  5 support  And  easy-to-use  menus  for  ouick 
custom-ccHifiguiations.  And  keyboarchemappingand  key 
programmability  And  perhaps  best  of  all,  you  gain  speed. 


InttDcteing  IRMA  2. 

The  most  reliable 
software-loaded  PC^o- 
rtiainfiaroelirik. 


All  this  new  power  of  IRMA  2 is  available  right  now 
for  the  IBM*  PCr  XT^  and  AT“  and  the  PS/2"'  Model  30. 
And  soon  for  all  other  PS/2  Models. 

There's  some  especially  good  news  for  our  current 
IRMA  and  Forte  PJ  customers,  too.  Because  they  can  also 
take  advantage  of  the  new  power  of  E78  Plus  software. 
For  not  a lot  of  money 

For  a limited  time,  you  can  get  E78  Plus  at  a special 


low  conversion  price.  But  you’ll  have  to  act  soon. 

Contact  your  local  DCA  distributor  for  all  the  details 
of  IRMA  2 and  E78  Plus  software.  Or  call  1-80&-241-IRMA, 
Ext  5 18.  In  Georgia,  call  1-404-442-4500. 


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cnutM 


You're  looking  at  all  the  printer  you'll  ever  need.  For  any 
application  you'll  ever  have.  . 

- The  Citizen™  Tribute™  224.  A 24-pin  dot  matm  solution  of- 
fiering  superb  word  processing,  spreadsheet;  graphics  and  data  pro  - 
cessit^applications.  At  a price  you'll  find  surprisingly  affordable. 

The  Tribute  224  delivers  true  letter-  (quality  prindrw  at  66  , 
cps,  correspondence-ciuality  at  132  cps,  and  drafts  at  200^cps 
(at  10  cpi).  In  standard  or  proportionial  spacing.  And  optional 
IC  cards  enable  fonts  and  emulations  to  be  easily  expanded. 

You  also  get  high-resolution  graphics.  A built-in,  push-  -■ 

feed,  variable-width  traaor  and  automatic  paper  loading  sy^--; 
tern.  Both  serial  and  parcJlel  interfaces  fcir  flexible  hardware  - ' 
compatibility  Front  panel  access  to  most  print  functions.  And 
compatibility  with  virtually  every ‘major  software  package. . Y q • 
All  this,  and  it's  backed  by  our  natioriwide  service,  excel-*" 
lent  dcxumentation,  and  12-month  warranty  . ^ 

For  more  information,  call  l-8(X)-556-1234,  Extension  34. 
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Printers  that  run  like  clockwork. 

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■ ACCOUNTING 


Libra  Accounting 
Software 


Libra  Programming  has  specialized  in  ac- 
counting applications  for  IBM  environ- 
ments since  1976.  Its  PC  product,  Libra 
Accounting  Software,  is  a flexible,  heavy- 
duty  package  with  a number  of  features 
and  options. 

Libra  has  flexible  reporting  features 
and  good  audit  trails;  it  also  lets  you  pro- 
gram its  modules  to  flt  your  needs.  But  at 
$1,950  per  module,  it  is  one  of  the  most 
expensive  programs  reviewed  here.  Li- 
bra’s error-handling  and  control  features 
are  weak,  and  the  program  limits  access  to 
master  files  during  data  entry.  It  also 
makes  you  remember  a host  of  options  and 
abbreviated  fields. 

A brief  tutorial  with  sample  data  helps 
you  get  started.  Setup  starts  with  the  "En- 
vironment Diskettes,”  which  define  the 
system  hardware  and  offer  a program  to 
customize  menus.  System  security  can  be 
installed  through  the  menus  to  restrict  ac- 
cess to  individual  users  and  establish  re- 
quired user  IDs.  Each  module  (General 
Ledger,  Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts 
Receivable)  requires  about  I megabyte  of 
storage. 


FACT  FILE 


UBim 


Ubra  Accounting 
Si^iware 

Libra  Programming  Inc. 

1 954  E.  7000  South 
Salt  Lake  City,  UT 
84121 

(800)  453-3827  (sunnit) 

(801) 943-2084  (genoal) 
Lfat  Price:  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, Accounts  Payable,  $ 1 ,950  each. 
Also  available:  six  odta  modules;  multiusa 
version. 

Requires:  256K  RAM;  20  Mbyte  hard  disk; 
math  coprocessor,  condensed  type  or  204- 
column  printer,  DOS  2. 1 or  latv. 

In  Short:  A heavy-duty,  flexible  package 
with  excellent  audit  trails  and  report  selec- 
tkin.  Poor  emtr  handling  and  controls 

in  some  areas.  Not  copy  protected,  but  re- 
quires Key  Cotie  from  dealer. 
cinrxearaorrHeAoeRSERvCECAno  ~~~ 


Libra  Accounting 
Software  givetyou  a 
variety  of  options  to 
print  reports.  You  use 
this  menu  to  print  a 
general  ledge.' trial 
balance. 


Manuals  of  several  hundred  pages  ac- 
company each  module.  They  include 
worksheets  and  some  useful  tips  on  esti- 
mating file  sizes.  Completing  the  work- 
sheets requires  a knowledge  of  account- 
ing, but  Libra  support  is  excellent.  You 
can  call  the  company's  8(X)  number  and 
have  a representative  walk  you  through  the 
installation — a g(X)d  idea,  since  the  man- 
uals contain  inaccuracies. 

Utility  programs  include  file  status  re- 
ports and  a spool  facility;  they  also  allow 
direct  access  to  DOS  BACKUP,  RE- 
STORE, and  FORMAT  conunands.  The 
system  remembers  which  of  two  alternat- 
ing backup  disks  is  next — in  either  the  A: 
or  B:  drive — but  it  does  not  verify  that  the 
right  disk  has  been  inserted. 

General  Ledger  first  stores  all  transac- 
tions in  one  of  nine  transaction  files,  mak- 
ing it  possible  to  separate  batches  or  work- 
stations. You  specify  which  transaction 
file  is  to  be  posted. 

You  sttucture  your  own  eight-digit  ac- 
count number.  The  chart  of  accounts  can 
be  copied  for  multiple-company  opera- 
tions, but  Libra  has  no  ‘■ready-to-run’’  fi- 
nancial statements.  You  ne^  to  define 
those  as  part  of  the  initial  setup,  and  it’s  a 
time-consuming  and  complicated  process. 
Once  the  statements  have  been  defined, 
you  can  choose  from  mote  than  70  differ- 
ent style  options  that  determine  the  time 
periods,  comparison  formats,  and  calcula- 
tions to  be  used. 

General  Ledger,  Accounts  Receivable, 
and  Accounts  Payable  have  a series  of  run- 
time options  (such  as  which  company,  the 
period-ending  date)  and  program  defaults 
(print  zeros,  number  of  copies,  dollar 


signs,  and  so  on),  which  can  be  saved  and 
recalled  when  printing  reports. 

Self-reversing  entries  must  reverse 
within  the  same  year,  and  you  can  enter 
budget  numbers  into  each  montli  of  the 
year  as  '/ir  of  an  annual  total . However,  no 
monthly  closings  are  required.  Statements 
can  be  run  at  any  time.  Libra  has  no  mes- 
sage feature  to  alert  you  if  active  accounts 
with  balances  are  deleted;  the  books  sim- 
ply show  up  out  of  balance. 

NEW  RECEIVABLES  Libra  is  produc- 
ing a new  version  of  its  Accounts  Receiv- 
able tTKxIule,  in  which  the  screens  and 
commands  will  resemble  those  in  the  Ac- 
counts Payable  and  General  Ledger  mod- 
ules. In  the  present  version,  cash  receipts 
on  everything  but  prepaid  items  can  be  en- 
tered only  for  invoices  already  in  the  sys- 
tem. The  Price  File  option  keeps  price, 
cost,  tax.  and  other  information  for  prod- 
ucts, which  can  be  called  up  by  the  data  en- 
try program.  Billing  and  or^r  entry  are 
combined  to  interface.  Reports  are  sorted 
by  customer  class  and  price  codes  that  you 
define.  Transactions  can  be  easily  edited, 
but  once  a transaction  has  been  posted,  you 
must  make  a new  entry  to  change  dollar 
anuHints. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  requires 
a voucher  number  for  each  transaction. 
The  system  will  accept  duplicate  invoice 
numbers  but  will  not  duplicate  voucher 
numbers.  It  also  handles  job  cost  coding, 
encumbrances,  and  retention  data 

Ubra  is  a comprehen.sive  package,  one 
that’s  suitable  for  many  users  if  they  are 
willing  to  pay  the  price  for  its  features. 
— Claude  Bartel 


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1.  CUSI  NO  (weiee  uniius  John  O.  Conpany 

BAL  METHOD:  OPEN  I TEH 
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2.  CHECK  NO  106 

3.  REXIPT  DATE  09/06/67 


A.  CHECK  ANT 

10,006.00 

ANT  REHAINING: 

10,000.06 

5.  CR  A/R 

APL-IO  TYPE  DOC-DATE 

DUE- DATE 

BALANCE 

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887  D 

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03/00/07 

166.23 

APPLV-TO  TVPE  DOC-DATE  2. 

2000  I 

06/11/87 

07/11/87 

1,058.35 

3. 

2801  I 

06/22/87 

07/22/07 

1,448.94 

A. 

2002  I 

06/23/87 

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400.23 

5, 

3000  I 

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6.  ANT  PAI  6. 

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Macola  ’ s entry  screen 
for  cash  receipts  lets 
you  choose  which 
invoices  you  want  to 
pay  at  a given  time. 


Macola  Accounting 
Software 


Comprehensive  and  well-designed,  Ma- 
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class,  offering  a mix  of  features  and  flexi- 
bility not  seen  in  most  systems.  As  a de- 
scendant of  MCBA's  minicomputer  soft- 
ware for  accounting,  distribution,  and 
manufacturing,  this  mature  system,  sold 
by  Macola  for  $795  per  module,  incorpo- 
rates feedback  from  more  than  20,000  so- 
phisticated users  over  the  pa.st  1 5 years. 

Both  small  and  large  businesses  will 
benefit  from  the  program’s  inherited  fea- 
tures plus  the  company’s  enhancements 
for  the  micro  version.  Macola  Accounting 
Software  is  written  in  Micro  Focus  CO- 
BOL, the  IBM-standard  COBOL  for  the 
new  IBM  OS/2. 

We  tested  the  software  on  a standalone 
IBM  PC  AT  and  on  a Proteon  network  run- 
ning Novell’s  Advanced  NetWare/286. 
Even  with  four  users  on  the  network, 
speed  was  not  noticeably  diminished.  In- 
stalling the  software  on  any  system  is  as 
simple  as  copying  each  program  disk  into 
any  directory.  Macola  includes  detailed 
insuoctions  and  DOS  commands  to  create 


Macola  Accounting 
Software^  Version  3.0 
Mac(Ma  Inc. 

196  S.  Main  St. 

Marion.  OH  43302 
(800)468-0834 
(800)  468-0833  (in  Ohio) 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Receiv^>le.  Accounts  Pay- 
able, $79S  each.  Also  available:  seven  other 
modules;  single-user  run-time  version.  $99; 
multiuser  run-time  vmion  (which  makes  all 
odier  modules  multiversion),  $49S. 
Requires:  5 12K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
type  or  132-column  printer,  DOS  2.0or  later. 
In  A conqirdiensive,  well-designed 
accounting  packr^  th^  combines  flexibility 
with  a wealth  of  fe^ures  and  reporting 
lions,  Macola  Accounting  Software  is  suit- 
aUe  for  both  large  and  small  growth-oriented 
businesses;  an  excellent  performer  in  network 
environments.  Not  copy  protected. 
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directories,  copy  programs,  and  initialize 
data  files. 

DYNAMIC  EXPANSION  Some  pack- 
ages make  you  specify  the  expected  num- 
ber of  records  in  each  file  during  a lengthy 
file  setup  procedure.  Macola  alleviates  this 
burden  by  dynamically  increasing  the  file 
size  as  required. 

Macola  works  with  both  on-line  and 
batch  processing.  The  ability  to  review  the 
data  before  posting  is  critical  to  maintain- 
ing the  integrity  of  the  accounting  data  and 
eliminates  the  need  to  post  correcting  en- 
tries frequently.  When  you  need  up-to-the- 
minute  data,  as  in  inventory  backing,  Ma- 
cola does  not  require  the  posting  step. 

A convenient  windowing  facility  lets 
you  look  up  required  master  file  data  with- 
out exiting  the  data  entry  screen.  Multiple 
levels  of  password  protection  and  exten- 
sive audit  bail  reports  protect  your  data. 
The  menu-driven  file  recovery  utilities  re- 
store the  integrity  of  corrupted  data. 

Macola  currently  offers  ten  integrated 
modules,  including  a Report  Writer.  If  you 
prefer,  you  can  forgo  buying  the  General 
Ledger  module;  each  of  the  other  account- 
ing modules  provides  a file  of  account 
numbers  for  account  validation  and  prints 
detail  distribution  reports,  which  you  may 
use  to  post  a manual  General  Ledger. 

The  program  supports  up  to  1 3 periods 
and  a ten-character  alphanumeric  account 
structure  divided  into  a main  account  num- 
ber and  a department  number.  You  can 
print  all  reports  and  financial  statements 
for  an  entire  company,  a single  depart- 
ment, or  a combination  of  departments. 


Macola  requires  no  month-end  processing 
routines,  and  you  may  make  enbies  for 
any  past  or  future  period  at  any  time.  This 
date  and  cutoff  flexibility  is  critical  to 
maintaining  smooth  monthly  processing 
cycles. 

The  strength  of  Macola's  Accounts 
Payable  module  is  its  flexible  invoice  entry 
options.  Macola  uses  a voucher  system 
whereby  each  invoice  is  assigned  an  inter- 
nal voucher  number.  The  voucher  types 
are  regular  invoice,  credit  memo,  prepaid 
invoice,  cancellation  voucher,  and  general 
ledger  distribution  adjustment.  You  can 
enter  each  voucher  with  a 30-character  de- 
scription and  a default  general  ledger  dis- 
tribution. Macola  easily  handles  recurring 
prepaid,  and  canceled  invoices.  It  fully 
supports  cash  accounts,  maintains  a com- 
plete check  history  for  each  cash  account, 
and  allows  check  reconciliation. 

You  may  use  the  Accounts  Receivable 
module  alone  or  integrated  with  the  Order 
Entry/Invoicing  module.  The  Order  Entry 
module  supports  up  to  9,999  “ship-to” 
addresses  for  each  customer.  Macola  gives 
you  a number  of  sales  analysis  reports  that 
other  packages  usually  make  available 
only  when  you  buy  a separate  sales  analy- 
sis module.  These  reports  list  sales  by  cus- 
tomer, salesman,  type,  state,  and  territory, 
in  both  detail  and  summary  formats. 

To  go  from  a single-user  to  a network 
environitKnt,  you  simply  add  the  pack- 
age’s multiuser  run-time  ttKxlule.  Macu- 
la’s technical  support,  documentation,  and 
customization  assistance  meet  the  high 
standards  set  by  the  software.  The  fea- 
tures, flexibility,  and  ease  of  use  of  the 


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modules  reviewed  here  are  repeated  in  the 
other  modules. 

Macola  Accounting  Software  is  a flexi- 
ble, powerful  system  that  is  well  suited  to 
many  different  businesses  with  varying 
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M*A*S90 


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For  all  its  features,  M*A*S  90  does  not 
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Master)  utilities,  $195  each;  multiuser  ^ 
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quires the  Thoroughbred  Operating  System; 
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INVOICE  NlfBER:  0060108' IN 
ICUSTONER  NUNBCR:  00-001900 
IWOICE  DATE:  12/31/87 


COWANY:  Nn/hir^  Hospital 
PROGRAN:  invoice  DATA  ENTRY 


NM1E:  CentruH  Electronic* 


SALES  TAX  - STATE;  CA  CNTY: 
TERNS  CODE;  01  net  30 
SALESPERSON;  0001  Super  SalesMii 


PRINT  INVOICE?:  V 
ISHiPPING  HETHOD;  IH>S  BLUE 
loiSTONER  P.O.  i:  5^3854 

CONHENT;  Appears  on  inwice  I stateaent  NET  INVOICE  ANT 


CREDIT  LINIT 

A/R  BALANCE 

THIS  IMIOICE 

OVER  BY 

10,000.00 

7.425.00 

25,000.00 

22,425.00 

CURRENT 

30  DAYS  60  DAYS  96  DAYS 

120  DAYS 

7,425.00 

.00 

.06  .00 

.60 

CUSTOMER'S  CREDIT  LINIT  EXCEEDED 

DO  YOU  HANT  TO  ACCEPT  THIS  INVOICE?  (Yet,  DELETE); 


M*A*S  90  alerts  you 
if  an  invoice  is  about  to 
put  a customer  over 
his  credit  limit.  On- 
line access  to 
information  helps  you 
decide  whether  or  not 
to  process  the  invoice. 


screens — a problem  with  other  compre- 
hensive systems.  Many  functions  are  con- 
figured through  setup  screens,  and  the  sys- 
tem brings  up  required  fields  during  data 
entry  only  if  needed.  Parameter-driven  re- 
porting gives  a broad  range  of  useful  man- 
agement reports.  However,  M*A*S  90's 
relatively  weak  audit  trail  reporting  may 
cause  accountants  to  spend  more  time  ana- 
lyzing accounts  than  they  should  have  to. 

M*A*S  90’s  on-line  access  to  master 
and  transaction  file  information  makes 
data  entry  easier;  the  program  allows  you 
to  browse  and  search,  as  well  as  retrieve 
account  numbers,  customers,  vendors, 
and  invoice  numbers.  You  can  set  up  ven- 
dors and  customers  on  the  fly  during  in- 
voice entry,  and  you  can  move  around  the 
screen  easily  to  edit  transactions. 

EASY  INSTALLATION  Installing 
M*A*S  90  is  as  easy  as  installing  any  simi- 
lar system  on  the  market.  Files  do  not  ex- 
pand dynamically,  but  file  maintenance  is 
simple.  Data  entry  screens  tell  you  how 
much  space  is  available  in  the  file  you're 
updating.  Changing  a table  of  required  rec- 
ords/files  expands  or  contracts  the  files. 

General  Ledger  gives  you  a good  com- 
plement of  the  basic  features  available 
from  most  other  packages  on  the  market, 
but  without  much  refinement.  General 
Ledger  accounts  can  be  up  to  nine  alpha- 
numeric characters  long,  divided  into  a 
maximum  of  three  segments — one  of 
which  you  can  designate  for  departments 
for  profit  center  reporting.  While  the  sys- 
tem does  not  come  with  predefined  charts 


of  accounts,  you  can  create  one  and  copy 
it,  as  well  as  report  formats  to  new  compa- 
ny databases.  A/M *5  90  assigns  budgets 
and  prior-period  balances  to  accounts  for 
each  period.  It  can  automatically  spread 
the  first-period  budget  to  the  other  periods. . 

M*A*S  90  offers  automatic  reversals. 
You  can  set  up  recurring  transactions,  but 
the  program  gives  you  little  control  over 
whether  they  are  run  at  the  right  time.  En- 
tries must  be  in  balance,  but  M*A*S  90 
makes  no  provision  to  hold  incomplete  or 
out-of-balance  batches. 

Updating  transactions  requires  many 
printing  and  updating  steps.  You  can  con- 
veniently post  to  a fuhire  period  or  fiscal 
year,  but  posting  to  prior  periods  takes  a 
great  deal  of  effort.  Tlie  closing  proceduie 
prompts  for  the  printing  of  required  reports 
before  the  period  is  closed. 

The  General  Ledger  report  formatter  is 
capable  but  difficult.  You  can  combine 
separate  companies  with  dissimilar  charts 
of  accounts,  but  the  companies  must  use 
the  same  fiscal  year. 

Accounts  Payable  and  particularly  Ac- 
counts Receivable  are  distinguished  by  ex- 
cellent functionality,  good  data-entiy  fea- 
tures, and  flexible  handling  of  different 
transaction  types.  Both  offer  exceptional 
parameter-driven  management  reports. 

Accounts  Payable  allows  discounts 
earned  or  lost  (many  systems  handle  only 
discounts  earned),  1099  forms  printing, 
retention  of  monthly  check  regi.ster  detail, 
and  integration  with  the  Check  Reconcilia- 
tion and  Job  Cost  modules.  You  can  set  up 
Accounts  Receivable  to  print  invoices  that 


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can  reference  sales  codes.  Sales  codes  of- 
fer some  features  available  only  with  an  In- 
ventory module  in  other  systems. 

M*A*S  90  does  not  have  on-line  help, 
but  the  documentation  is  excellent,  with 
useful  tips  for  new  users.  Password  main- 
tenance offers  security  at  four  levels.  The 
Library  Master  module,  which  you  need  to 
tun  any  module,  also  contains  an  easy-to- 
use  Report  Master,  which  can  access  data 
from  any  file  and  produce  custom-written 
reports.  Since  the  module  lets  you  print  re- 
ports to  the  screen,  the  printer,  or  a disk, 
productivity  tools  like  dBASE  III,  Lotus’s 
1-2-3,  and  word  processors  can  use  the 
data.  In  addition.  State  of  the  Art  plans  to 
release  a Data  Import  module. 

Overall,  M*A*S  90  is  well  suited  to 
handling  the  accounting  functions  of  small 
to  medium-sized  businesses. 

— Jeffrey  Cohen 


MCBA  Business 
Software 


Formerly  called  Minicomputer  Business 
Applications,  MCBA,  the  maker  of 
MCBA  Business  Software,  was  one  of  the 
original  pioneers  in  packaging  accounting, 
distribution,  and  manufacturing  software 
for  microcomputers.  Today  a base  of 
22,000  users  runs  MCBA’s  software  on 
hardware  ranging  from  micros  to  super- 
minis, including  MCBA,  a versatile, 
menu-driven  accounting  package  sold  by 
value-added  resellers  for  $750  to  $ 1 ,200 
per  module. 

MCBA  is  the  basis  of  two  other  major 
PC  accounting  packages;  Macola  Ac- 
counting Software  and  RealWorld  Ac- 
counting System,  both  of  which  are  also  re- 
viewed here.  While  MCBA  retained  the 
rights  t6  market  the  microcomputer  ver- 
sion, it  permitted  Macola  and  RealWorld 
to  use  the  code  for  microcomputers  for  a 
limited  time.  Although  the  three  systems 
began  with  the  same  COBOL-based  code, 
they  each  have  evolved  different  features 
and  specialties. 

MCBA  is  designed  for  small  to  medi- 
um-sized businesses.  Its  flexible  General 
Ledger  nruxlule  uses  a five-and-five  ac- 
count structure,  with  up  to  five  alphanu- 
meric characters  for  the  prime  account  and 


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MCBA  Business 
Software  tracks 
customer  balances 
and  lets  you  know  if 
they  are  beyond  their 
credit  limits.  This  can 
help  you  manage  your 
cashflow. 


up  to  flve  alphanumeric  characters  for  the 
subaccount.  It  supports  12  or  13  user-de- 
fined accounting  periods  and  permits  ad- 
justments to  prior  and  future  periods. 
MCBA  tracks  General  Ledger  transactions 
by  source,  maintains  balances  for  the  cur- 
rent and  prior  year  with  budgeted  amounts 
for  each  month,  and  performs  a complete 
year-end  procedure. 

MCBA's  Accounts  Payable  features  in- 
clude enUy  and  editing  of  vendor  invoices, 
manual  and  partial  payment  of  vouchers, 
cash  requirements  reporting,  on-line  inqui- 
ry into  all  vendor  activity,  check  and  1099 
forms  printing,  and  a check  reconciliation 


FACT 


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425  W.  Broadway 
Glendale,  CA9I204- 
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(818)242-9600 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger, Accounts  Payable,  Accounts  Receiv- 
able, S750to$l,200cach(priccsvaiyac- 
cording  to  dealer  and  amount  of  training  and 
support  offered).  Also  available:  multiuser 
version. 

Reriiiires:  256K  RAM;  hard  disk;  condensed 
type  or  1 32.cohunn  printer,  DOS  2.1  or  later. 
In  Short:  A versatile  menu-driven  account- 
ing package  suitable  for  small  to  medium- 
sized businesses;  runs  on  hardware  ranging 
from  micrDcomputers  to  superminis.  Not 
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function.  The  package  also  allows  you  to 
enter  recurring  invoices  into  the  system  as 
transactions  at  any  time  during  the  month. 

FLEXIBLE  DNVOICINC  The  program 
offers  five  ways  to  select  invoices  for  pay- 
ment. You  can  select  all  open  invoices,  all 
invoices  due  within  a specific  date  range, 
all  invoices  eligible  for  discount,  all  open 
invoices  for  a particular  vendor,  or  only 
specified  invoices.  In  addition,  you  can 
make  partial  payments,  cancel  vouchers, 
and  defer  invoices  for  payment.  You  can 
then  print  checks  for  selected  invoices. 

The  report  subsystem  allows  you  to 
view  a spooled  report  on  the  screen  and  to 
print  and  delete  reports.  It  will  print  any 
number  of  copies  on  any  primer  and  offers 
protection  against  unauthorized  access  to 
reports. 

Accounts  Receivable  closely  mirrors 
the  Accounts  Payable  module,  making  the 
system  easier  to  leam.  Setting  up  both 
modules  is  easy.  For  both,  you  specify  the 
account  numbers  to  which  the  transactions 
generated  in  the  module  will  be  post- 
ed— for  example,  for  Accounts  Receiv- 
able control  account(s),  finance  charges, 
or  miscellaneous  charges. 

Using  MCBA's  versatile  Cash  Receipts 
processing  function,  you  can  enter  all  rele- 
vant information  about  checks  received 
from  your  customers  and  specify  which 
unpaid  transactions  should  be  paid.  You 
can  record  in  complete  detail  the  General 
Ledger  disUibutions  that  result  from  Ac- 
counts Receivable  processing,  including 
disUibutions  of  sales  to  multiple  sales  ac- 
counts. 


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CASHING  IN  ON 
THE  NETWORKS 

LANs  and  minicomputers  represent  a substantial 
investment,  but  they  may  save  hiring  a second  shift. 


MCBA  offers  some  useful  marketing 
and  customer  information.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable analyzes  period-  and  year-to-date 
sales  and  costs  by  salesman,  customer, 
customer  type,  state,  territory,  and  sales 
volume. 

Besides  the  three  basic  accounting 
modules.  MCBA  offers  five  other  mod- 
ules. all  fiilly  integrated  in  the  package: 
Customer  Order  Processing.  Inventory 
Management . Purchase  Order  and  Receiv- 
ing. Payroll,  and  Bills  of  Materials  Pro- 
cessing. Each  module’s  source  code  fol- 
lows advanced  coding  standards,  using 
conventions  that  make  maintenance  easi- 
er. MCBA  offers  demonstration  sets  of 
each  module,  which  include  the  complete, 
easy-to-follow  user  manual,  demo  pro- 
grams. and  sample  data.  All  the  MCBA 
modules  are  available  only  through  value- 
added  resellers,  who  also  provide  installa- 
tion. training,  and  support. 

MCBA  is  comprehensive  and  versatile, 
as  well  as  flexible  and  easy  to  use.  The  fact 
that  MCBA  can  tun  on  systems  ranging 
from  micros  to  superminis  is  another 
strong  selling  point,  especially  for  compa- 
nies that  have  a mixed  hardware  environ- 
ment or  plan  to  switch  hardware  sys- 
tems.— Margaret  Balochko 


Medallion  Business 
Series 


Timberline  Software’s  Medallion  Bu.<:i- 
ness  Series  is  a powerful  but  easy-to-use 
integrated  accounting  system  that  can  han- 
dle a wide  variety  of  record-keeping  func- 
tions. Designed  primarily  to  meet  the 
needs  of  construction  and  architectural 
companies,  its  basic  modules  offer  a sound 
accounting  system  that  can  be  used  in  any 
business . But  it  takes  a while  to  get  started . 
Before  you  can  use  any  of  the  accounting 
modules,  which  cost  $625  each,  you  mu.st 
first  install  the  hardware  protection  device 
into  your  PC’s  parallel  port  and  then  obtain 
an  activation  code  for  each  module. 

When  you  enter  a transaction  in  Medal- 
lion's General  Ledger,  you  must  specify 
which  of  the  99  user-defined  journals  con- 
tains the  transaction.  The  program  prints 
each  journal’s  transactions  with  a distribu- 
tion to  the  affected  General  Ledger  ac- 


S ingle-user  accounting  systems  satisfy 
the  needs  of  businesses,  large  or 
small,  that  have  relatively  few  transac- 
tions. But  as  soon  as  the  number  of  in- 
voices, checks,  and  payroll  entries  ex- 
ceeds the  ability  of  one  person  to  enter  all 
the  data,  you  face  two  choices:  put  on  a 
second  shift  or  switch  over  to  a multiuser 
system. 

Neither  solution  is  perfect.  Putting  on 
a second  shift  is  a stopgap  measure  with 
operational  limitations.  Work  is  frag- 
mented. and  the  second  shift  can’t  call  on 
anyone  to  resolve  problems.  On  the  other 
hand,  installing  a multiuser  system  is  a 
long-term  investment  that  adds  complex- 
ity. Multiuser  systems  have  up-front 
costs  and  create  long-term  increases  in 
overhead,  such  as  maintenance.  For  in- 
stance. the  multiuser  versions  of  the 
RealWorid  Accounting  System  and  Busi- 
ness Partner  Accounting  Software  will 
cost  you  $100  more  per  module  than  the 
single-user  version.  But  they  also  have 
the  potential  to  generate  increases  in  pro- 
ductivity that  you  won’t  get  from  adding 
a second  shift. 

Multiuser  accounting  systems  are 
available  on  local  area  networks  and  on 
minicomputers.  Typically,  the  LAN  al- 
ternative is  lower  in  cost,  partly  because 
the  PCs  on  the  network  probably  repre- 
sent a sunk  cost  and  partly  because  every- 
thing associated  with  minicomputers,  ex- 
cept terminals,  seems  to  be  priced  higher 
than  everything  associated  with  PCs. 
Minicomputer  manufacturers  and  pro- 
grammers charge  what  the  market  will 
bear.  Either  the  LAN  or  the  mini  alterna- 
tive lets  you  share  centralized  printers, 
though  with  different  levels  of  ease.  Both 
alternatives  also  give  you  the  security 
you  want  for  your  accounting  data, 
though  again  with  many  different  de- 
grees of  protection. 


SOFTWARE  HRST  The  choice  be- 
tween minicomputer  or  LAN-based  mul- 
tiuser systems  to  support  the  accounting 
function  is  really  secondary  to  choosing 
an  accounting  software  package  that  fits 
your  needs.  Examine  the  functions,  fea- 
tures. reports,  and  formats  and  identify 
desirable  programs.  Then,  if  you  find 
you  can  use  programs  in  both  the  LAN 
and  minicomputer  categories,  make  your 
decision  on  factors  such  as  resource  shar- 
ing and  security. 

LANs  and  minicomputers  have  dif- 
ferent abilities  to  apportion  printers  and 
other  peripherals  among  several  users.  A 
minicomputer’s  operating  system  allows 
programs  running  on  the  computer  to 
send  print  jobs  to  a spool  file.  The  operat- 
ing system  sends  the  spooled  jobs  to  a 
shared  printer.  A LAN  can  be  used  in  the 
same  way.  but  only  on  a LAN  any  appli- 
cation tun  anywhere  in  the  network  can 
take  advantage  of  shared  devices.  The 
applications  program  doesn’t  have  to  be 
networked  or  multiuser  to  use  the  shared 
printers,  modems,  plotters,  or  other  de- 
vices on  the  LAN.  The  oldest  copy  of 
WordStar  can  drive  the  newest  laser 
printer  over  a LAN.  Because  of  this,  in 
an  organization  with  many  PCs,  a LAN- 
based  accounting  system  reduces  the  cost 
and  increases  the  productivity  of  shared 
peripherals  mote  than  a minicomputer 
would. 

Multiuser  operating  systems,  like 
tho.se  in  LANs  and  minicomputers,  must 
handle  the  contention  of  several  people 
asking  for  the  same  record  of  the  same 
file  at  the  same  time. 

MS-DOS  3.1  introduced  some  ele- 
mentary procedures  for  handling  simul- 
taneous requests,  but  minicomputer  op- 
erating systems  have  more-sophisticated 
ways  of  dealing  with  them.  In  LAN- 
ba.sed  systems  following  the  DOS  3.1 


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conventions,  when  one  station  writes  to  a 
record,  all  other  stations  are  locked  out 
for  all  other  purposes,  including  reading. 
This  means  that  if  one  station  is  finished 
writing,  but  the  program  still  has  the  re- 
cord locked,  any  reports  being  generated 
that  need  to  read  the  locked  record  will 
either  skip  the  record  and  give  inaccurate 
results  or  abort  the  report  task.  Neither 
outcome  is  desirable.  Some  programs  get 
around  this  DOS  limitation  by  issuing  re- 
peated calls  for  the  data,  hoping  that  the 
record  will  become  unlocked.  Minicom- 
puter operating  systems  mediate  the 
competing  demands  of  the  program  and 
at  times  may  call  for  human  assistance. 
As  a matter  of  operational  procedure, 
though,  it’s  not  wise  to  run  reports  when 
anyone  is  keying  in  data. 

SECURITY  LAN  and  minicomputer 
systems  have  similar  security  features. 
Both  systems  rely  primarily  on  pass- 
words for  program  access.  The  LAN  net- 
work administrator  or  minicomputer  sys- 
tem  programmer  can  often  restrict 
specific  users  to  certain  subdirectories  or 
sets  of  files.  These  security  restrictions 
are  over  and  above  the  limitations  created 
by  the  screens  and  menus  in  the  applica- 
tions program.  The  operating  system  re- 
strictions ensure  that  certain  commands 
or  files  aren’t  entered  by  mistake  and  pro- 
tect against  deliberate  abuse  of  the  sys- 
tem itself 

The  network  or  minicomputer  operat- 
ing system  can  be  used  to  give  individ- 
uals levels  of  privileges  such  as  read 
only,  write  only,  modify  only,  create,  or 
various  combinations  of  these.  For  in- 
stance, a data  entry  clerk  might  be  autho- 
rized by  the  operating  system  only  to 
modify  files.  Even  if  the  clerk  uses  the 
accounting  program’s  menu  stmcture  to 
try  to  read  other  files,  they  will  remain 
closed.  An  auditor  or  secretary  might  be 
authorized  to  read  files  only  in  order  to 
create  reports. 

The  floppy  disk  drives  on  microcom- 
puters are  another  security  hazard.  If  ac- 


counting data  can  be  read,  it  can  be  cap- 
tured on  disk  and  carried  away.  As  more 
people  use  the  system,  the  danger  of  data 
being  copied  increases.  Dumb  terminals 
attached  to  minicomputers  don’t  present 
this  threat,  but  a PC  used  as  a minicom- 
puter terminal  does.  Diskless  worksta- 
tions for  LANs,  marketed  by  half  a dozen 
companies  including  Novell  and  3Com, 
remove  the  danger  of  copying  to  disk 
from  the  LAN  environment. 

The  physical  security  of  the  LAN  and 
minicomputer-based  systems  varies.  In 
many  cases,  the  physical  security  of  a 
LAN-based  system  is  better  than  that  of  a 
minicomputer  because  of  the  removable 
media  storage  systems  available  for  PCs. 
Removable  hard  disk  drive  cartridges 
and  devices  such  as  Iomega’s  Bernoulli 
Boxes  allow  megabytes  of  data  to  be  re- 
moved and  protected  in  a safe.  Addition- 
ally, some  network  operating  systems 
such  as  Novell’s  NetWare  restrict  access 
to  the  hard  disk  drive  even  to  someone 
who  gains  physical  access  to  the  server. 
Technically,  data  can  be  destroyed  with- 
out a password  if  physical  access  is 
gained,  but  the  data  cannot  be  read. 

Because  files  are  more  vulnerable  to 
deliberate  or  accidental  destruction  in  a 
multiuser  system,  making  backups  and 
storing  them  properly  is  extremely  im- 
portant. You  can  decide  how  often  a 
backup  is  needed  based  on  how  many 
hours  of  work  you  ate  willing  to  lose,  but 
be  sure  to  store  a reasonably  current 
backup  outside  your  organization's 
building.  A single  fire  or  flood  shouldn’t 
put  all  of  your  backups  at  risk. 

At  some  level  of  activity,  all  business- 
es will  need  to  make  a multiuser  account- 
ing system  choice.  Consider  the  program 
first,  but  if  equivalent  programs  are  avail- 
able on  both  LAN  and  minicomputer  sys- 
tems, then  cost  factors  will  probably  fa- 
vor a LAN-based  system. 

— Frank  J,  Derfler,  Jr. 


Frank  J.  Derfler,  Jr.,  is  a contributing 
editor  of  PC  Magazine. 


counts,  thereby  providing  an  audit  trail. 

You  can  add  new  accounts,  customers, 
and  vendors  while  entering  transactions  in 
the  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Receivable, 
and  Accounts  Payable  modules.  In  the 
General  Ledger,  new  accounts  are  posted 
to  a suspense  account. 

Accounts  Receivable  handles  13  types 
of  transactions  including  credit  and  cash 
sales,  returns,  discounts  and  finance 
charges,  and  debit  and  credit  adjustments. 

Accounts  Payable  can  handle  entering 
purchases;  printing  checks  and  invoices, 
account  status  reports;  making  full,  partial, 

M- — 

- ..  T M.edallion  Business 
Series  is  a powerful  but 
easy-to-use  integrated 
accounting  system 
that  can  handle  a wide 
variety  of  record- 
keeping functions. 


and  direct  payments;  and  voiding  invoices 
and  checks. 

Error  handling  during  data  entry  is 
cumbersome.  If  you  discover  an  error  im- 
mediately, you  can  void  it  using  a special 
key.  But  an  error  in  an  earlier  transaction 
in  the  General  Ledger  such  as,  for  in- 
stance, a $IS0  debit  to  cash  that  should 
have  been  $1  ,S00,  is  harder  to  correct  and 
involves  a time-consuming  process  with 
too  many  steps.  In  addition,  a debit  enuy 
that  should  have  been  a credit  requires  a re- 
versing entry  to  correct  the  error. 

Medallion  Business  Series  cannot  dis- 
play on  the  screen  all  the  transactions  en- 
tered before  the  error,  nor  does  it  number 
transactions  automatically  in  sequence. 
And  when  you  resume  entering  transac- 
tions, the  proofs  at  the  bottom  of  the  data 
entry  screen  do  not  reflect  the  earlier  trans- 
actions entered. 

Initially,  you  can  select  the  Force  Zero 


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Address  1 
Address  Z 
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State 
Zip 
Phone 
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Purchases  Discounts 

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Year-to-date 
Last  vcar 


Distribution 

Preference 


FI  Accept  chaoses  FI  FS  Set  tab 

F2  Cancel  changes  f4  76  Clear  tab 


Templates  in 
Medallion  Business 
Series  can  be  used  to 
produce  customized 
financial  statements, 
reports,  and  lists.  The 
Accounts  Payable 
template  shown  here 
displays  all  fields  on  a 
vendor  record. 


Proof  option  to  prevent  debit  and  credits 
from  being  posted  to  the  general  ledger  if 
they  are  not  in  balance.  But  if  you  select 
this  desirable  option  and  make  an  error 
during  data  entry,  the  program  will  not 
produce  a hard  copy  listing  of  the  transac- 
tions to  help  you  discover  the  error.  You 
must  first  balance  debits  and  credits,  per- 
haps with  a plug  Hgure.  If  you  do  not  select 
the  Force  Zero  Proof  option.  Medallion 
will  produce  a printout,  helping  you  locate 
an  error  but  introducing  the  possibility  of 
posting  a group  of  transactions  that  are  out 
of  balance. 

To  delete  erroneous  entries  to  customer 
or  vendor  accounts  in  the  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable and  Payable  modules,  you  must 
access  the  customer  or  vendor  number  di- 


F A C T FILE 


Medallion  Business 
Series 

Timberline  Software 
9405  SW  Gemini 
Beaverton,  OR  97005 
(503)626^775 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv- 
i^le.  Accounts  Payable.  S625  each.  Also 
available:  three  other  mtxlules;  multiuser  ver- 
sion. 

Requires:  5 1 2K  RAM:  hard  disk:  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 

In  Short:  Well-documented,  illustrated,  and 
ea.sy  to  learn,  but  tacks  on-screen  capability 
to  correct  muisaclions  during  data  entry. 
Geared  to  construction/architectural  compa- 
nies. Not  copy  protected. 

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rectly  and  then  delete  each  transaction  in- 
dividually. 

REPORTING  OPTIONS  Medallion’s 
General  Ledger  produces  a standard  in- 
come statement,  balance  sheet,  and  state- 
ment of  changes  in  financial  position. 
Screens  preconfigured  with  fields  such  as 
column  contents,  width,  headings,  and  ac- 
count ranges  facilitate  the  production  of  in- 
formative financial  statements.  You  can 
have  up  to  four  columns  of  information  on 
any  financial  statement  that  you  make. 
Medallion  uses  25  reporting  periods,  rang- 
ing from  current  activity  to  year-to-date 
budget  variances,  and  it  assigns  each  one 
an  individual  code  number. 

You  can  produce  customized  fmancial 
statements,  reports,  and  lists  using  a tem- 
plate. You  can  also  use  templates  to 
preenter  the  same  information  on  different 
records  and  to  locate  all  the  records  in  a file 
that  have  a specific  value  for  a field.  The 
screen  image  above  shows  a template  from 
the  Accounts  Payable  module  in  action. 

The  Medallion  Business  Series  docu- 
mentation is  divided  into  two  distinct  parts: 
daily  operations,  which  includes  a step-by- 
step  guide  for  the  day-to-day  use  of  the 
program;  and  setup,  which  presents  a de- 
tailed description  of  how  to  set  up  the  mas- 
ter file  for  each  separate  module. 

Medallion’s  instructions  and  illustra- 
tions ensure  that  you’re  up  and  running 
quickly,  and  that's  an  important  advan- 
tage. But  the  required  initial  activation 
codes  and  difficulties  in  entering  data,  es- 
pecially correcting  the  inevitable  errors, 
are  weak  points  in  an  otherwise  fine  pro- 
gram.— Harold  C.  Gellis 


MICA  Accounting 
Series 


The  MICA  Accounting  Series,  a series  of 
ten  easy-to-install  modules  from  Micro 
Associates,  pnxluces  all  the  basic  reports 
for  a small  business  in  a short  time.  Be- 
sides the  General  Ledger,  Accounts  Pay- 
able, and  Accounts  Receivable  modules, 
which  sell  for  $495  each,  the  series  in- 
cludes Inventory  Control,  Job  Cost,  Sales 
Invoicing,  and  Payroll.  The  outlay  re- 
quired to  use  the  MICA  Accounting  Series 
(you’ll  need  at  least  three  or  four  modules) 
puts  it  into  the  high-priced  category,  with 
ease  of  use  but  without  high-end  features 
and  options. 

Micro  Associates,  which  has  been  in 
business  since  1981,  has  15,000  applica- 
tions in  the  field.  Its  attempts  to  m^e  the 
MICA  Accounting  Series  easy  on  the  new 
user  have  paid  off.  The  program  menus  are 
descriptive  and  the  entry  screens  intuitive. 
Although  the  manuals  do  not  have  index- 
es, it’s  easy  to  find  pertinent  information. 

The  installation  instructions  are  handy: 
they’re  in  the  floppy  disk  packet,  saving 
you  from  having  to  consult  the  user  man- 
uals. Each  module  has  a small  program 
that  automatically  installs  the  files  on  your 
disks.  The  modules  do  not  have  a tutorial 


FACT  FILE 


MICA  Accounting 
Series 

Micro  Associates  Inc. 
2349  Memorial  Blvd. 
Port  Arthur.  TX  77640 
(409)983-2051 
List  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receiv- 
able. Accounts  Payable.  $495  each.  Also 
available:  four  other  modules;  Pnxluctiviiy 
Interface.  Applications  Manager.  $295  each; 
Network  Manager.  $695. 

Requires:  256K  RAM:  two  disk  drives;  con- 
densed type  or  1 32-column  printer:  DOS  3 . 1 
or  later. 

In  Short:  Expensive  and  limited  but  biMh 
easy  to  iiLstall  and  operate  for  ntwicc  u.scfs  in 
small  to  medium-sized  businesses.  Not  copy 
protected. 

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This  screen  shows  the 
flexibility  that  MICA 
Accounting  Series  has 
built  into  selecting 
customers  to  include 
in  the  Accounts 
Receivable  aging 
report. 


or  on-line  help,  but  Micro  Ass(x:iates’  cus- 
tomer support  personnel  are  prompt  and 
knowledgeable. 

COORDINATED  UNIT  All  the  mod- 
ules work  as  a ctwrdinated  unit.  Their  set- 
up, menus,  data  entry,  report  designation, 
and  periodic  closeout  methods  are  similar. 
Their  batch  processing  and  review  of 
transactions  before  posting  are  effective 
tools  for  the  first-time  user. 

M 

, T M.ICA  produces  all 
the  basic  reports  for  a 
small  business  in  a short 
time. 


General  Ledger  uses  a sixnligil  chart  of 
accounts,  and  you  can  use  the  last  two 
numbers  for  department  numbers.  Setup  is 
simple  because  the  fixed  financial  state- 
ment formatting  does  not  rely  heavily  on 
the  chart  of  accounts.  The  setup  and  edit 
.screens  provide  for  a full  year’s  account 
balance  history,  as  well  as  the  current- 
month  and  year-lo-datc  budget. 

You  can  enter  transactions  in  the  Gen- 
eral Ledger  sy.stem  directly,  as  journal  en- 
tries, or  indirectly  from  other  modules. 
MICA  can  make  Journal  entries  to  pa.sl  and 
future  periods,  and  the  number  of  line 


items  allowed  is  adequate.  The  program 
asks  if  the  amount  is  a debit  or  a credit,  and 
it  computes  and  enters  the  final  amount  of 
the  entry  when  you  press  the  dollar  sign  in 
place  of  debit  or  credit. 

Setting  up  the  MICA  Accounts  Payable 
and  Receivable  modules  is  similar  to  set- 
ting up  the  General  Ledger  module.  Both 
the  Accounts  Payable  and  the  Accounts 
Receivable  modules  have  a history  screen 
for  the  vendor  or  the  customer,  in  which 
you  can  enter  all  the  required  information. 
They  both  have  six-digit  numeric-only 
vendor  and  customer  numbers. 

The  Accounts  Payable  and  Receivable 
modules  interface  with  the  General  Ledger 
through  a code  number/general  ledger  ac- 
count number  cross-iefeience  table  that  is 
maintained  in  each  of  the  modules.  Thus 
you  do  not  use  the  general  ledger  account 
number  in  data  entry:  rather,  you  use  the 
code  number  designated  in  each  of  the 
modules.  You  have  the  option  of  having 
summary  totals  posted  automatically  to  the 
General  Ledger  during  closing,  or  of  get- 
ting an  account  distribution  summary  for 
manual  posting  to  the  General  Ledger. 

While  the  ea.se  of  setting  up  the  General 
Ledger  is  an  advantage,  it  is  also  one  of 
mica's  main  drawbacks.  The  easy  setup 
is  accomplished  by  having  only  six  digits 
for  account  numbers  and  fixed  financial 
statement  formats.  The  only  way  to  get  dif- 
ferent financial  reports  is  to  export  the  data 
files  to  a spread.sheet  or  similar  program. 
Micro  Associates  sells  a $295  program  for 
exporting  data. 

The  main  drawback  to  the  Accounts 
Receivable  program  is  that  it  allows  only 


one  sales  distribution  for  each  invoice.  To 
get  around  this  limitation.  Micro  Asso- 
ciates offers  a Sales  Invoicing  module, 
which  also  lists  for  $495. 

The  MICA  Accounling  Series  is  limited 
in  other  ways,  too.  If  you  make  a mistake, 
you  have  to  retype  the  entire  data  line.  In 
addition,  the  package  allows  spaces  and 
blanks  in  ZIP  codes,  fails  to  capitalize  the 
two-letter  state  codes  automatically,  de- 
mands that  vendor  and  customer  codes  in- 
clude numbers  only,  uses  inconsistent 
phone  number  formats,  and  allows  the  de- 
letion of  an  account  with  a balance  in  the 
General  Ledger. 

While  the  MICA  Accounling  Series  is 
easy  to  set  up,  works  well,  and  has  good 
customer  support,  the  programs  are  limit- 
ed by  significant  drawbacks  that  make 
them  seem  antiquated.  And  the  high  price 
Micro  Associates  is  charging  for  a nov- 
ice's level  of  accounling  support  puls 
MICA  in  the  overpriced,  you-can-do-bet- 
ter  category. — Oliver  L.  Wright 


Micro  Business 
Applications  Accounting 
Software 


Micro  Business  Applications  Accounting 
Software,  from  the  company  of  the  same 
name,  is  a comprehensive  set  of  15  inte- 
grated accounting  modules,  each  selling 
for  $595.  Micro  Business  Applications, 
which  has  been  in  business  since  1 98 1 , has 
sold  in  excess  of  30,000  applications.  In 
addition  to  the  standard  General  Ledger, 
Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Receiv- 
able modules,  the  company’s  package  in- 
cludes 12  mote  modules — most  notably,  a 
relational  database. 

System  installation,  required  only 
when  you  install  the  first  module,  is  sim- 
ple. Each  module  is  set  up  in  a consistent 
manner,  and  the  process  is  menu  driven. 
One  main  menu  calls  all  the  modules, 
which  function  similarly.  You  enter  trans- 
actions in  batches  that  include  the  month 
the  transaction  should  be  posted  to  in  the 
General  Ledger.  The  next  .step  is  posting  to 
the  subsidiary  ledgers,  such  as  Accounts 
Receivable  and  Payable,  then  posting  to 
the  General  Ledger.  Micro  Business  gives 


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ij  Inter  account  infornation  or  X to  eXit;  then  press  SEUIKn 

With  lurrent,  prior- 
year,  budget,  and 
memo  accounts. 

Micro  Business 
Applications 
Accounting  Software 
has  extensive 
reporting  capabilities. 
This  screen  shows  the 
data  entry  for  these 
accounts. 


you  both  control  over  which  batches  are 
posted  and  good  audit  trails. 


REroRTlNG  CAPABIUTIES  The  Mi- 
cro Business  General  Ledger  can  maintain 
up  to  four  records  for  each  account:  current 
year,  prior  year,  budget,  and  memo.  These 
records  enable  you  to  compare  actual  cur- 
rent- and  prior-year  monthly  with  year-to- 
date  information,  current-year  budget  with 
actual  on  a monthly  basis,  and  statistical 
information  with  actual  or  budget.  The 
four  types  of  accounts  and  the  report  writer 
give  Micro  Business  its  strong  reporting 
capabilities. 

How  much  detail  the  General  Ledger 
and  other  riKxlules  maintain  is  flexible.  In 


FACT 


FILE 


Micro  BiisineuAppfi- 
cationsAccotuUuigSpft- 
wore,  Vmtai  3.25 
Micro  Business 
Applications 
1 2223  Wood  Lake  Dr. 
Burnsville.  MI  55337 
(612)894-3470 
Uat  Price:  General  Ledger.  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable, Accounts  Payable.  5595  each.  Also 
available:  12  other  modules;  multiuser  ver- 
sion. 

Rcqidrea:  I28K  RAM;  DOS  2.aor later. 

In  Short:  A comprehensive,  integrated  set  of 
modules  with  extensive  tepotling  capabili- 
ties. Excellent  lepotl  writer  in  the  General 
Ledger,  but  cumbersome  data  entry.  Not 
copyprotected. 

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the  General  Ledger  setup,  you  can  tag  each 
account  as  subject  or  not  subject  to  sum- 
marization by  posting  source.  Also,  in  all 
the  modules  you  can  tag  an  account  for  de- 
tail or  summary  posting  to  the  General 
Ledger. 

The  Accounts  Receivable  module  can 
prepare  detailed  invoices  with  general  led- 
ger distribution  by  line  item.  It  can  also  ex- 
tend the  price  of  items  on  the  basis  of  the 
number  of  units  shipped  or  another  prede- 
termined amount.  The  customer  master  re- 
cord shows  total  monthly  sales  for  the  cur- 
rent and  prior  year.  Unfortunately,  the 
Accounts  Receivable  module  does  not 
automatically  compute  and  account  for 
cash  discounts,  and  you  cannot  print  an  in- 
voice more  than  once  unless  you  reenter 
the  invoice  information. 

The  Accounts  Payable  module  has  a 
good  1099  repotting  capability  andacheck 
reconciliation  feature.  General  Ledger  ac- 
count designation  can  be  by  line  item,  and 
each  line  can  have  a distinct  comment  that 
appears  in  the  General  Ledger.  Both  the 
Accounts  Payable  and  the  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable modules  come  with  standard  in- 
voice- and  check-printing  formats,  but  you 
cannot  change  them  without  customization 
from  the  company. 

CUMBERSOME  DATA  ENTRY  Enter- 
ing data  is  cumbersome  in  all  of  the  mod- 
ules. Micro  Business  does  not  fully  imple- 
ment all  the  normal  IBM  cursor  keys.  In 
many  cases,  the  Return  key  does  not  move 
the  cursor  to  the  next  field;  instead,  it  signi- 
fies the  end  of  entering  data  on  a screen. 
Many  of  the  screens  require  three  key- 


strokes to  move  on  to  the  next  screen.  Fur- 
thermore, most  operations  and  reports  re- 
quire a date,  and  the  default  date  is  the 
system  date.  Continually  changing  the 
dates  becomes  annoying. 

Ease  of  use  is  enhanced  by  on-disk  tuto- 
rials, and  the  manuals  are  well  organized 
and  comprehensive,  with  extensive  use  of 
screen  illustrations.  The  Micro  Busine.ss 
Applications  customer  support  personnel 
are  prompt,  courteous,  and  knowledge- 
able. 

On  the  downside  is  the  package’s  lack 
of  on-line  help,  cumbersome  keysuokes, 
failure  to  fully  implement  IBM  cursor 
movement,  and  inability  to  handle  cash 
discounts  automatically  in  the  Accounts 
Receivable  module.  On  the  up  side  is  the 
structure  of  the  General  Ledger  and  the  re- 
port writer  it  includes,  the  ability  to  inter- 
face the  data  files  with  outside  programs, 
and  the  additional  relational  database  mod- 
ule. Micro  Business  Applications  Account- 
ing Software  is  suited  to  the  knowledge- 
able business  manager  who  wants  an 
integrated  system  with  all  the  important 
modules  and  unusually  flexible  reporting 
capabilities. — Oliver  L.  Wright 


MVP  (Most  Valuable 
Partner) 

MVP  (Most  Valuable  Partner),  a $495- 
per-module  accounting  program  from 
Cascade  Software,  gives  its  users  a friend- 
ly and  colorful  menu,  cursor-sensitive  on- 
line help,  search  functions,  screen  swap- 
ping, arid  a slick  translate  facility. 

Applications  installation  is  menu  driv- 
en and  easy.  If  there  are  less  than  five  buff- 
ers and  ten  files  in  your  CONHG.SYS, 
you  need  to  edit  it  to  include  those  mini- 
mum numbers.  The  MVP  installation  pa- 
rameter screen  prompts  you  through  instal- 
lation. As  you  tell  the  system  the  name  of 
your  company,  it  creates  its  own  directo- 
ries and  subdirectories. 

After  installation,  you  must  check  your 
AUTOEXEC.BAT  file  to  make  sure  it 
contains  PATH=C:\MVP  and  SET  DIC- 
TIONARY  = C:\(Company  Name)\ 
MVP.  DBF.  If  these  commands  do  not  ex- 
ist, you  must  add  them. 

General  Ledger  has  a very  good  ac- 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
237 


■ ACCOUNTING 


MVP  fMosl  Valuable 
Partner)  has  a variety 
(^colorful  viewing 
screens  to  display 
journal  entries, 
current  accounting 
balances,  and  activity 
cf  any  account  for  any 
fiscal  period. 


count  coding  structure.  There  is  a Con- 
stants Maintenance  routine  that  gives  you 
the  flexibility  to  define  account  numbers 
with  up  to  20  characters  ( 1 5 digits  and  5 
separators).  The  General  Ledger  journal 
entry  screen  is  easy  to  use.  You  simply  in- 
dicate the  date,  account  number,  and  the 
description  (up  to  30  characters)  of  the  en- 
tries you  will  make.  You  can  add,  delete, 
edit,  post,  and  print  journal  enuies.  But  the 
system  docs  not  handle  recurring/repcat- 
ing  or  closing  journals,  and  it  lets  you  enter 
budgets  only  for  income  and  expense  ac- 
counts. 

MVP  comes  with  a detail  and  summary 
balance  sheet,  income  statement,  prior- 


FACT  FILE 


MVP  (Most  Vaiuabie 
Fartner)i  Version  U 
Cascade  Software  Inc. 
P.O.  Box  19205 
W,  7309  Will  D.  Alton 
Cifcie,  Suite  E 
Spokane.  WA  99204 
(509)624-7072 
List  Price:  Ocncral  Ledger,  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable. Accounts  Payable.  $495  each.  Also 
available:  two  other  modules;  multiuser  ver- 


Requires:  256K  RAM;  20-Mbyte  hard  disk 
for  all  modules;  DOS  2.0  or  later. 

In  Short:  Easy  to  use.  Extensive  on-line 
help.  Ability  to  add  records  while  doing  en- 
try. Selective  report  capability.  Not  copy 
protected. 

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year  comparison,  and  year-to-date  budget 
comparison.  General  Ledger  accounts  are 
organized  into  levels,  with  Level  I for 
posting  amounts  and  Levels  2 through  S 
for  organization  and  totals  that  are  auto- 
matically calculated  after  posting  the 
amount  to  the  first  level.  There  is  no  Gen- 
eral Ledger  report  writer.  There  is  a trans- 
late facility  to  pull  data  out  of  an  MVP  file 
and  put  it  into  other  formats,  including 
spreadsheets,  databa.ses  and  word  proces- 
sors. 


STANDARD  VOUCHER  ENTRY  Ac- 
counts Payable  gives  you  the  standard 
voucher  entry  and  edit,  as  well  as  selection 
of  vouchers  for  payment  by  invoice  num- 
ber, invoice  date,  or  due  date.  It  allows 
manual  entries  and  lets  you  void  checks. 
The  vendor  master  file  has  a comment 
line,  a calculated  average  float,  and  a refer- 
ence field  that  stores  your  account  number 
with  the  vendor  and  the  vendor's  payment 
terms. 

The  search  function  allows  you  to  key 
in  part  of  a vendor’s  ID,  a voucher  num- 
ber, or  a range  of  numbers.  Hit  F4,  and  a 
list  of  all  the  possibilities  appears  on  the 
screen.  There  is  also  a swapping  function 
that  lets  you  leave  one  data-entry  screen  by 
pressing  Alt-F6  to  go  to  another  and  then 
return  by  pressing  F7.  This  is  useful  if, 
when  entering  vouchers,  you  discover  that 
you  haven't  already  set  up  the  vendor. 
There  is  also  a check  reconciliation  func- 
tion and  a number  of  predefined  reports  in- 
cluding Cash  Requirements,  Open  Vouch- 
ers, Paid  Vouchers,  and  a Check  Register. 


MVP's  Accounts  Receivable  module  is 
called  “The  Billing  System."  It  includes 
order  entry,  invoicing,  cash  applications, 
deposit  reporting,  sales  analysis,  and  state- 
ment generation.  Customers  may  be  set  up 
on  an  open-item  or  balance-forward  basis, 
and  you  can  define  whether  a customer  is 
to  be  charged  late  fees,  given  discounts  for 
early  payment,  or  be  sent  a statement.  You 
may  set  up  product  IDs  to  cut  sales  orders. 
This  is  not  a full  inventory  system  with 

M— 

...T  XyPisasolid, 
midpriced  product  that 
is  user  friendly.  If 
you’re  willing  to  create 
some  reports  in  your 
favorite  spreadsheet,  it 
may  be  for  you. 


multiple-costing  quantity  on  hand,  but  it  is 
a useful  reference  for  persons  who  sell  on  a 
standard  cost  basis.  Using  these  pixxiuct 
IDs,  sales  orders  can  be  cut  and  General 
Ledger  entries  will  be  created  to  update  the 
income  and  Accounts  Receivable  ac- 
counts, as  well  as  the  Inventory  and  Cost 
of  Sales  accounts. 

The  Billing  System  also  has  several 
output  options.  You  can  print  invoices, 
statements,  and  a number  of  reports  in- 
cluding order  confirmations,  aging  sched- 
ules, open  invoices,  deposits,  sales  analy- 
sis, and  a sales  tax  summary  report. 

MVP's  documentation  is  accurate,  but 
it  lacks  detailed  examples,  data  entry 
forms  and  operations  schedules,  and 
checklists.  It  has  no  tutorial,  but  sample 
company  data  files  are  supplied.  Tele- 
phone support  is  available  to  registered  us- 
ers for  a fee. 

MVP  is  a solid,  midpriced  product  that 
is  user  friendly.  If  you’re  willing  to  create 
some  reports  in  your  favorite  spreadsheet, 
it  may  be  for  you. — Patrick  Fitzhenry 


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238 


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■ ACCOUNTING 


Myte  Myke 

The  Mytc  Myke  General  Ledger,  Accounis 
Receivable,  and  Accounts  Payable  iikkI- 
ules,  sold  by  M & D Systems  for  $79,‘i 
each,  arc  designed  to  work  with  the  com- 
pany's full-featured  manufacturing  and 
distribution  system.  As  standalone  pack- 
ages. they  arc  limited. 

To  set  up  the  programs,  you  mu.st  enter 
appropriate  journals  into  the  General  Led- 
ger nnxlule  to  capture  transactions  gener- 
ated from  the  Accounts  Receivable  and 
Accounts  Payable  mtxiulcs.  You  can  cus- 
tomize these  journals  to  post  entries  to 
specified  accounts,  allowing  for  a signifi- 
cant amount  of  flexibility  in  configuring  a 
system. 

Since  the  system  is  able  to  handle  only 
one  set  of  figures  for  comparisons,  you 
must  choose  at  the  start  whether  to  main- 
tain budget  or  prior-year  comparative  fig- 
ures. Alternatively,  you  can  maintain  a 
separate  directory  to  hold  the  master  file 
containing  the  second  set  of  comparatives. 
At  month  end.  you  could  copy  each  set  to 
the  active  directory,  update  them  in  turn, 
and  then  print  out  reports.  Myte  Myke 
maintains  a maximum  of  1.7  comparative 
“buckets."  At  month  end.  it  rolls  the  tiv 


FACT 


FILE 


UyuMyke. 
VerskNi3.63 
M & D Systems  Inc. 
3885N.Bunak>Rd. 

P.O.  Box  108 
Orchaid  Parte.  NY  14127 
(716)662-6611 
list  Price:  Genera)  Led- 
ger. Accounis  Receivable,  Accounis  Pay- 
able. $795  each:  up  to  len-user  network. 

S 1 .095  per  module;  more  than  ten  users  or 
minicon^ier  version.  SI  ,495  per  module. 
Also  available:  14  other  moduli,  source 
code.  Runtime  CX)BOL. 

Requires:  256K  RAM:  hard  disk:  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 

In  Short:  Limited  input  and  screen  handling 
are  somewhat  offset  by  flexibility  forcu.sto> 
mization  and  operation  in  many  environ- 
ments. Best  u.s^  with  related  manufacturing 
or  distributions  systems.  Not  copy  protected. 
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Myte  Myke  uses  the 
same  data  entry  screen 
in  the  General 
Ledger,  Accounts 
Payable,  and 
Accounts  Receivable 
modules.  Pred^ned 
distribution  choices 
are  listed  at  the 
bottom  of  the  screen. 


lals  in  the  buckets  forward  by  one  peritxl. 

Myte  Myke  can  run  as  a single-user  PC 
system  or  on  certain  networks  and  larger 
systems.  As  a result,  at  least  partly,  of  al- 
lempis  to  accommodate  these  environ- 
menls,  ihe  system's  screen-  and  error-han- 
dling abilities  are  weak. 

You  must  make  most  entries  in  capital 
letters,  and  if  ytnt  try  to  print  a report  when 
the  printer  is  off-line,  the  system  often 
throws  you  back  to  DOS.  When  entering 
transactions,  you  cannot  use  the  cursor 
keys  to  move  through  the  .screen  but  in- 
stead must  complete  each  entry  line  by 
line;  to  change  a line,  you  mu.st  give  the 
system  the  line  number  and  then  complete- 
ly reenter  the  contents.  You  cannot  use  the 
Esc  key  to  back  out  of  incorrect  menu 
choices.  In  addition,  Myte  Myke  has  no  fa- 
cility to  cu.stomize  screen  colors,  print  re- 
pt>rts  to  screen,  or  spix>l  printouts. 

PROGRAM  FEATURES  The  General 
Ledger  nuxlule.  which  has  most  of  the  fea- 
tures common  to  all  the  modules,  verifies 
accounts  at  time  of  entry  and  maintains 
control  totals  by  each  transaction.  It  uses 
the  chart  of  accounts  as  the  basis  for  de- 
signing output  reports.  Myte  Myke  identi- 
fies accounts  as  narrative,  heading,  sus- 
pense, profit.  pt)siing,  or  accumulator  with 
a type  cixJe.  Depending  on  the  type  chosen 
and  its  order  in  the  chart  of  accounts.  Gen- 
eral Ledger  can  generate  a balance  sheet 
and  income  statement. 

General  Ledger  can  at.so  maintain  up  to 
24  predefined  profil-and-loss  .schedules. 
You  can  define  a schedule  to  select  only  a 
division  or  a deparimcnl  and  to  be  in  de- 


tailed or  summarized  fonn.  You  can  give  it 
a unique  title,  and  once  it's  defined,  you 
can  invoke  it  at  any  time.  Although  the 
program  warns  you  when  an  unbalanced 
journal  entry  is  about  to  be  posted.  General 
Ledger  r/w.v  allow  the  posting  of  the  unbal- 
anced entry.  It  also  allows  the  deletion  of 

M 

- ..  T M^yte  Myke  can  run 
as  a single-user  PC  system 
or  on  certain  networks  and 
larger  systems. 


an  account  with  history  or  current  data, 
creating  an  unbalanced  general  ledger. 

Although  limited,  the  Accounts  Pay- 
able and  Accounis  Receivable  modules  arc 
sufficient  for  many  needs.  For  $150,  you 
can  buy  Ihe  .source  cixic  for  forms  (checks, 
statements,  and  so  forth)  in  a format  you 
can  modify.  The  system  does  not  maintain 
a file  of  checks  for  bank  reconciliation,  al- 
though it  will  print  1099  fomis.  The  Ac- 
counts Receivable  can  handle  Canadian 
federal  sales  tax  and  has  a reasonably  flexi- 
ble way  of  dealing  with  finance  charges. 
Both  these  modules  can  pnxiucc  customer 
labels. 

Myte  Myke  is  well  known  for  its  manu- 

facturing system,  but  it  is.  at  best,  only  an 

adequate  standalone  accounting  system. 


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Myle  Myke  becomes  more  attractive  when 
the  manufacturing  or  distribution  modules 
are  added,  especially  because  it's  able  to 
run  in  many  operating  environments. 
Without  those  modules,  however,  Myte 
Myke's  cumbersome  screen  handling  and 
limited  error-detection  routines  make  it 
more  difficult  to  use  than  many  other  pack- 
ages.— Brent  V.  Shirley 


NewViews 


NewViews,  from  Q.  W.  Page  Associates,  a 
Canadian  company,  was  introduced  in  the 
United  States  last  year.  Designed  around 
four  hierarchical  levels,  or  “views” — 
Home,  Reports,  Accounts,  and  DisUibu- 
tions — it  significantly  changed  the  way  ac- 
counting records  can  be  processed.  This 
nonmodular,  real-time  package  replicates 
a set  of  books  and  uses  spreadsheet,  data- 
base, and  word  processing  features.  New- 
Views can  process  multiple  companies  and 
perform  consolidations. 

NewViews  won  a PC  Magazine  1986 
Award  for  Technical  Excellence  for  bring- 
ing a new  standard  to  accounting  (see 
"NewViews:  A New  Paradigm  for  Ac- 
counting Software,"  PC  Magazine,  Vol- 
ume 6 Number  10).  But  while  it  handles 
data  efficiently,  the  program  suffers  from  a 
lack  of  accounting  controls. 

In  April  Q.  W.  Page  introduced  Re- 
lease 1 . 10,  which  is  faster,  supports  color 


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Requires:  156K  RAM;  hard  disk;  DOS  2.0 
or  later. 

In  Short:  Rcal-litne  a^vounting  in  a hierar- 
chical structure  with  spreadsheet  churdcleris- 
tics.  Requires  heavy  user  preparation;  lacks 
definitive  accounting  controls.  Not  copy  pro- 
tected. 

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NewViews’ /7u//- 
down  menu,  at  the 
center  of  this  screen, 
can  be  accessed  with 
the  Slash  key  as  in 
Lotus's  1-2-3,  the  Ctrl 
key  as  in  WordStar, 
Alt-key  combinations, 
or  an  optional  mouse. 


monitors,  and  has  a keystroke-logging 
routine  that  lets  you  rebuild  files  in  the 
event  of  a power  failure,  glitch,  or  acci- 
dental rebiKiling  of  the  system.  In  the  orig- 
inal version,  your  data  would  have  been 
lost. 

Also  with  Release  1.10,  users  no  longer 
have  to  call  Toronto  to  receive  a registra- 
tion number  after  year-end  processing.  In 
the  past,  companies  were  given  ten  ses- 
sions to  call  and  get  a new  cixle.  or  they 
would  be  locked  oul.'I'hose  using  the  earli- 
er version.  Release  1 .06.  will  still  have  to 
call  to  get  this  number. 

Although  only  the  reports  (general  led- 
ger). accounts  receivable,  and  accounts 
payable  operations  were  tested,  this  sys- 
tem can  be  used  for  costing,  tracking  in- 
ventory and  payroll  records,  and  perform- 
ing time  and  billing  prtx:edurcs. 

Bringing  up  a new  set  of  btx^ks  requires 
extensive  preparation.  You  must  plan  your 
reports  and  the  accounts  they  will  contain. 
As  in  I •2-3.  recalculations  can  be  switched 
ofi  and  on  to  allow  for  a large  volume  of 
entries.  There  arc  no  tutorials,  and  the  in- 
dex in  the  diK'umentation  is  rather  difficult 
to  follow. 

USKR  DKFINKD  General  Ledger  and 
subsidiary  ledgers  such  as  General  Jour- 
nal, Accounts  Payable,  and  Accounts  Re- 
ceivable arc  also  user  defined.  Report 
arithmetic  must  be  structurcd  so  that  each 
transaction  ripples  from  the  Distributions 
view  through  the  Accounts  view  to  the  Re- 
ports view.  It  is  possible  to  add  reports  and 
accounts  later,  but  this  can  be  time-con- 
suming. 


Various  account  ledger  views  allow 
you  to  review  history,  debit,  credit,  open, 
and  closed  transactions.  This  option  is  ide- 
al for  reviewing  customer  payments  or 
cash  disbursements.  However,  the  system 
alone  cannot  properly  handle  discounts, 
and  it  inaccurately  ages  payables  and  re- 
ceivables from  the  month-end  date  rather 
than  the  day  of  the  report  run.  These  must 
also  be  defined  by  the  user. 

Each  level,  or  view,  in  the  hierarchy 
also  has  three  subviews:  Setup,  Rir  report 
arithmetic  and  transaction  entry;  Analysis, 
for  custom  reptirting  options,  and  Notes 
for  entering  comments. 

The  Analysis  view  can  generate  an  al- 
most limitless  variety  of  reports.  It  allows 
for  entry  of  budget  figures,  revised  bud- 
gets, forcca.sts,  and  history  up  to  10  years. 

Many  standard  accounting  controls 
built  into  mixlular  packages  arc  optional 
with  NewViews.  You  are  not  forced  to 
print  tran.saction  edit  lists  prior  to  posting 
because,  since  NewViews  is  a real-time 
system,  each  transaction  automatically  up- 
dates the  respective  account. 

Those  who  possess  programming  skills 
and  have  unique  accounting  requirements 
can  use  the  NewViews  procedural  lan- 
guage (NPL)  to  cu.siomi/.c  procedures. 
This  is  not  convenient  for  many  u.sers, 
however,  and  a number  of  basic  functions 
included  in  most  structured  packages  must 
be  run  through  sophisticated  and  some- 
times cumbersome  pixK'cdures  with  New- 
Views. 

NewViews  compromises  accounting 
control  for  flexibility  and  real-time  infor- 
mation. This  package  offers  some  very 


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242 


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good  processing  capabilities  but  could 
pose  a problem  for  an  inexperienced  user 
or  one  accustomed  to  a structured  account- 
ing routine. — Brian  D.  Callow 


Open  Systems 
Accounting  Software 


Open  Systems  of  Eden  Prairie,  Minnesota, 
provides  source  code  for  all  the  nuxlules  in 
its  $795-per-module  Open  Systems  Ac- 
counting Software  program — an  attractive 
bonus  for  anyone  wanting  to  customize  the 
accounting  package  to  suit  his  business. 
This  makes  Open  Systems  a good  option 
for  an  integrated  financial  management  re- 
porting system.  However,  many  features 
in  the  individual  modules  are  not  as  im- 
pressive as  those  in  other  comparably 
priced  packages. 

The  General  Ledger's  journal  entry 
screen  is  simple  to  use:  you  enter  the  com- 
pany ID,  entry  date,  accounting  period,  a 
source  code,  entry  description,  reference, 
and  the  General  Ledger  account  code.  Edit 
controls  prevent  you  from  posting  an  out- 
of-balance  entry  or  from  posting  to  a non- 
existent account. 

The  program  computes  the  balance  as 


Open  Systems 
Accounting  Sojhi'ore 
Open  Systems  Inc. 

6477  City  We.st  Pkwy. 
Kden  Prairie.  MN  55344 
C (800)328*2276 

” (612)829-0011 

List  Price:  Gencnil  Led- 
ger. Aeeuunts  Receivable.  Accuunis  Pay- 
able. S795  each:  $295  Re.vHia’e  Manager 
must  be  in-slallcd  to  run  any  nKidulc.  Also 
available:  len  other  imxlulcs.  multiuser  ver- 
skm. 

Requires:  5 1 2K  RAM:  10-Mbyle  or  larger 
hard  disk:  Open  Systems  Resource  Manager. 
Version  3.0:  condensed  type  or  t32-column 
primer:  IX3S  2. 1 or  later. 

In  Silort:  A fully  integrated  and  (texible  ac- 
counling  system,  but  with  cumberstrme  entry 
and  exit.  The  company  supplies  BASIC 
stHiice  code,  making  third-pany  customiza- 
tion an  attractive  option.  Not  cxrpy  protected. 
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Open  Systems 
Accounting  Software 
lets  you  quickly  access 
a customer's  account 
status  and  open 
invoices  by  using  the 
customer  and  invoice 
inquiry  function. 


you  enter  each  line  of  the  transaction  and 
prompts  you  with  the  necessary  debit  or 
credit  to  balance  the  entry.  However,  since 
Open  Systems  does  not  allow  you  to  edit  in 
the  field,  data  entry  is  cumbersome.  The 
full  data  field  has  to  be  retyped  to  make 
changes. 

Open  Systems  lets  you  define  recurring 
entries.  However,  it  does  not  offer  stan- 
dard or  reversing  journal  entries  that  allow 
quick  transactions. 

Although  you  can  define  your  own 
chart  of  accounts.  Open  Systems  does  not 
go  quite  far  enough  into  facilitate  modem 
financial  reporting.  The  account  number 
is,  essentially,  a single  element. 

You  must  close  the  year  before  begin- 
ning a new  year's  transactions.  This  can  be 
awkward  for  organizations  that  close  the 
bcKiks  a few  weeks  into  the  next  period. 

HAIVDUNG  CUSTOMERS  Accounts 
Receivable  recognizes  three  types  of  in- 
voice transactions:  credit  sales,  cash  sales, 
and  credit  memos.  Freight  and  miscella- 
neous charges  can  also  be  entered  on  the 
invoice.  The  cash  receipts  screen  is  simple 
and  effective  for  recording  payments  re- 
ceived from  customers,  as  well  as  for  re- 
cording noncustomer  receipts  and  apply- 
ing prepayments. 

Sales  history  is  maintained  for  each 
customer.  You  can  generate  customer 
statements  and  add  dunning  messages, 
such  as  “Your  account  is  60  days  past 
due." 

The  system  has  a hold-or-release  func- 
tion that  lets  you  put  certain  invoices  on 


hold  so  that  they  won't  appear  on  the  cus- 
tomer's statement.  Credit  memos  and  cash 
receipts  can  also  be  held.  The  customer 
and  invoice  inquiry  functions  let  you 
quickly  assess  the  status  of  a customer's 
account  and  open  invoices. 

Besides  the  standard  journals  and  re- 
ports, Open  Systems  also  lets  you  report 
cash  flow,  cjstomer  analysis,  sales  histo- 
ry, and  other  useful  management  informa- 
tion. But  the  interface  to  the  General  Led- 
ger allows  only  one  cash  account  and  one 
accounts  receivable  account — and  they 
cannot  be  overriden. 

You  can  process  vendor  invoices,  pre- 
pare debit  memos  for  returned  goods,  print 
checks,  and  employ  on-line  inquiry  into 
vendor  accounts. 

Since  terms  for  each  vendor  are  stored 
in  master  files,  the  system  automatically 
calculates  due  dates  and  discount  dates. 
You  supply  the  warehouse  ID,  invoice 
number,  date,  purchase  order  number,  and 
invoice  detail.  For  each  payment  cycle, 
you  enter  a specific  date,  and  all  invoices 
due  on  or  before  that  date  will  be  selected 
for  payment.  This  process  is  disappointing 
and  limiting.  Comparable  systems  offer 
several  options. 

You  can  review  and  edit  the  invoice  list 
and  make  partial  payments,  hold  invoices, 
or  release  invoices  for  payment.  The  cash 
flow  report  allows  you  to  project  your  cash 
outlays  for  up  to  three  dates  that  you  sup- 
ply to  the  system. 

Documentation  is  gOExl.  Each  manual 
offers  you  lessons  with  sample  data  for 
hands-on  experience,  installation  instruc- 


PC  MAGAZINE  ■ SEPTEMBER  15.  1987 
245 


■ ACCOUNTING 


tions,  and  operating  instnictions.  On-line 
help,  however,  is  not  available. 

Open  Systems  Accounting  Software’s 
strengths  lie  in  the  range  of  modules  inte- 
grated in  its  family  of  applications  and  the 
opportunity  to  customize  the  software. 
Thirteen  modules  are  available.  It  is  gener- 
ally not  a good  idea  to  make  unnecessary 
modifications  in  the  Open  Systems  soft- 
ware, but  if  your  business  practices  are 
unique,  the  customization  option  could 
make  all  the  difference. — ^Terri  C.  Connor 


Platinum 


Platinum  accounting  software,  from  Ad- 
vanced Business  Microsystems  (ABM), 
appeared  in  late  I98S.  In  its  cuirent  state,  it 
is  a full-featured  package,  and  according 
to  the  company's  literature,  there  are  many 
iiKxtules  yet  to  be  released. 

Installation  is  easy.  You  put  the  system 
manager  disk  in  drive  A:  and  type  “in- 
stall" at  the  system  prompt.  The  installa- 
tion program  does  the  rest. 

As  each  application  is  installed,  the  sys- 
tem evaluates  the  available  hard  disk  space 
and  advises  how  much  disk  space  will  be 
required  by  the  module  being  installed.  If 
you  have  insufficient  space,  you  can  stop 
the  process.  This  is  a useful  feature  if  you 
have  a lot  of  other  software  installed  on 
your  hard  disk  and  might  risk  not  having 


FACT  FILE 


Platinum,  Version  4 
Advanced  Business 
Micnisystcms  Inc. 

19712  Mat  Anhur 
Blvd..#2IO 
Irvine.  CA  92715 
(714)851.»722 
Lest  Price:  General  Led- 
ger. Accounts  Receivable,  Acx-ounts  Pay- 
able, $795  each.  Also  available:  seven  other 
modules;  System  Manager.  $95;  .Spn:ad.shect 
Interface.  $995;  nclworL  version. 

Requires:  5 1 2K  R AM ; 360K  hard  disk;  con- 
densed type  or  1 32-column  printer;  System 
Manager;  tX3S  3. 1 or  later. 

In  .Short:  New.  with  some  outstanding  fca- 
turcs.  Could  use  some  enhancements  but  well 
worth  considering.  Not  copy  pnttcctcd. 

Clfv;:  f 66#fJNnEADERS£RVICt  CARD 


Platinum's  automatic 
journal  entries 
provide  interim 
management financial 
statements.  Gross- 
prefit  inventory 
adjustments,  tax 
accruals,  and  account 
reallocations  are 
available. 


enough  space  for  installation. 

Setting  up  a company's  initial  data  can 
be  trying,  due  mostly  to  awkward  docu- 
mentation and  the  use  of  some  unique  ter- 
minology. 

Platinum  lists  a keystroke  sequence  that 
is  intended  to  summon  pop-up  help,  but 
the  help  simply  isn’t  there — yet.  The  docu- 
mentation ^vises  that  help  text  will  be 
supplied  as  it  is  developed.  However, 
Platinum  does  give  you  the  ability  to  write 
your  own  help  and  procedural  prompts. 
This  user-defined  help  can  be  recalled  with 
a keystroke  sequence. 

General  Ledger  contains  some  very 
powerful  and  very  useful  features  not 
found  in  many  other  systems.  Among 
these  are  the  ability  to  automatically:  ac- 
crue state  and  federal  income  tax  (at  user- 
deftned  rates),  adjust  cost  of  sales  through 
inventory  using  an  estimate,  and  reallocate 
account  balances  to  other  accounts  or  de- 
partments. 

Within  Platinum,  budget  maintenance 
is  very  basic.  Unlike  many  systems  that 
provide  the  means  to  replicate  one  month’s 
figures  for  all  other  months,  divide  an  an- 
nual figure  by  12,  or  use  a base  figure  with 
a growth  percentage,  this  system  makes 
you  input  each  month’s  budget  figure  input 
directly.  But  to  this  program’s  credit,  there 
are  two  budget  colurrms  that  allow  for  the 
original  budget  and  a revised  budget  when 
conditions  change. 

Platinum's  Spreadsheet  Interface 
should  be  considered  if  budgeting  is  done 
frequently.  The  interface  will  output  re- 
ports directly  to  an  interactive  1-2-3 
spreadsheet  (complete  with  all  the  neces- 


sary formulas),  let  you  tun  1-2-3,  and  re- 
turn the  revised  budget  to  Platinum — all 
with  menu  selections  from  within  Plati- 
num itself. 

Most  accounting  systems  will  allow 
only  financial  comparisons  of  current-year 
balances  with  the  prior  year.  This  system 
can  compare  account  balances  for  any  ac- 
counting period  using  several  years  be- 
cause the  balances  are  maintained  in 
“year”  fries.  Such  reporting  is  particularly 
useful  for  trend  analysis. 

Accounts  Payable  includes  all  the  stan- 
dard management  reports  and  gives  you  a 
provision  to  define  some  of  your  own.  It 
offers  payment  selection  with  security 
built  into  a “responsibility"  hardware 
key,  which  is  useful  if  mote  than  one  per- 
son approves  payments.  The  system  also 
tracks  1099  candidates. 

In  many  systems,  if  a vendor  has  not 
been  established,  during  voucher  input, 
the  operator  must  stop  and  setup  that  ven- 
dor before  the  system  will  accept  the  in- 
voice. Platinum  eliminates  that  interrup- 
tion by  backwriting  necessary  vendor 
information  and  certain  vendor  defaults  at 
voucher  input,  collecting  the  information 
now  and  putting  it  into  the  vendor  file  later 
on  in  the  process. 

All  reports  available  through  Accounts 
Payable  (as  well  as  other  modules)  can  be 
printed  to  the  screen.  Interestingly,  even 
checks  can  be  printed  to  the  screen  and 
then  posted  as  payments  to  voucher  histo- 
ry. This  is  odd  because  the  system  fur- 
nishes adequate  pre-check  reports. 

Accounts  Receivable,  like  Accounts 
Payable,  includes  all  the  standard  manage- 


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246 


ment  reports  and  also  allows  backwriting 
of  customer  defaults  at  the  point  of  input. 
In  addition,  it  gives  you  the  ability  to  de- 
fine reports  that  will  provide  analysis  by 
salesperson,  customer,  territory,  or  inven- 
tory item. 

Accounts  Receivable  invoices  contain 
expandable  room  for  item  numbers  and  de- 
scriptions; the  program  automatically  ex- 
tends the  invoice  for  the  quantities  shipped 
based  on  the  unit  price  for  the  item.  Up  to 
four  sales  tax  rates  may  be  linked  to  each 
customer.  When  the  sales  tax  "key”  is  en- 
tered. sales  tax  is  calculated  unless  the  key 
indicates  that  the  sale  is  tax  exempt. 

Platinum  has  some  unique  features, 
seems  to  be  powerful  and  capable,  and  has 
some  extremely  flexible  report  writing  ca- 
pabilities. But  it  suffers  in  some  ways  from 
its  youth,  and  it  is  probably  not  a system 
for  accounting  departments  that  lack  good 
and  well-established  internal  accounting 
procedures. — William  H.  Stewart 


Powerpac 


With  nary  a riKxlule  in  sight,  Powerpac  is  a 
fully  integrated  accounting  package  sold 
by  Financial  Information  Systems.  For 
$765  total,  you  get  General  Ledger,  Ac- 
counts Payable,  Accounts  Receivable,  In- 
voicing, and  Inventory — everything  but 
Payroll. 

Installing  the  system  calls  for  creating  a 
System  Profile  for  the  Main  Default  ac- 
count numbers.  According  to  the  vendor. 


FACT  FILE 


Powerpac 

Financial  Informalion 
Systems 

4 1 1 Industrial  Dr. . # 107 
Richardson,  7X7.1081 
i2l4)68(F8<i% 

List  Price:  $765 
Requires:  .120K  RAM; 
hard  disk;  DOS  2. 1 or  later. 

In  Short;  .A  fa.st.  fully  inteitratcd.  nonnKKlu- 
lar  accounting  system  that  accommodates 
douhle-entry  accounting.  .Menu-driven 
through  function  keys:  has  good  pa.s.sword 
protection  Not  copy  protected. 
cinCLEewoNREADensEnvcecAno 


Powerpac  lets  you 
perform  a multilevel 
search  rf  accounts- 
receivable  custorrrers. 
This  could  be  useful 
for  isolating 
customers  with  large 
outstanding  balances. 


using  this  profile  helps  the  program  woik 
as  fast  as  it  does.  Finishing  this  step  leaves 
you  in  the  subdirectory  \PPAC;  typing 
POWER  gets  you  into  the  program. 

You  then  set  up  your  chart  of  accounts 
with  the  same  numbers  used  in  the  System 
Profile.  Subaccounts  appear  only  in  the 
chart  of  accounts.  To  enter  the  journals, 
you  must  use  a password,  either  the  one 
from  the  sample  data  or  any  one  you  desig- 
nate. Entering  Accounts  Payable  and  Ac- 
counts Receivable  requires  an  on-line 
printer  as  well. 

The  tutorial  section  for  each  journal 
helps  you