Recommended Software

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SoftwareVendorPrice In briefIssue Mos. on listBox score
QuickBooks 4.0 and QuickBooks Pro 4.0
Intuit 800-624-8742, 520-295-3221
$99 disk; $129 CD; $189 Pro (street)Eases the chore of starting a new business accounting system. 2/9635.0
Contact Manager
WinSales 3.0
WinSales 206-747-2464, fax 206-747-2955 $495; 5-user, $1,495Sales reps will appreciate its persistence. 7/9534.0
Quicken ExpensAble
Intuit 800-816-8025, 520-295-3220
$49.95 (street)An envelope metaphor makes sure nothing slips through the cracks. 10/9534.0
NetManage 408-973-7171, fax 408-257-6405 $139Offers great customization, workgroup scheduling and file synchronization. 9/9534.0
Business Matters 800-993-3600, 617-899-8700 $995 Works with as much information as you can give it. 2/9634.5
Microsoft Accounting Analysis Pack for Excel
Microsoft Corp. 800-426-9400, 206-882-8080
$99.95 (street)Deftly joins an accounting system's information and the spreadsheet's capability for modeling, analysis and reporting. 5/9614.5
Project Management
SureTrak ProjectManager 1.5
Primavera Systems 800-423-0245, 610-667-8600 $299 (street); $99 (upgrade)Has tools for budgeting labor and material resources. 2/9634.0
OnTime Enterprise for Novell NetWare 3.0
Campbell Services 800-559-5955, 810-559-5955 $427 (3 users)Usability improvements highlight this mature group scheduling product. 1/9634.5
Tax Management
TurboTax for Business
Intuit 800-964-1040, 520-295-3110
$69.95 (street)It may let you smile on April 15. 2/9635.0
FileMaker Pro 3.0
Claris Corp. 800-544-8554, 408-727-8227
$199 (street)Easy-to use FileMaker has entered the relational database world. It eschews programming for a script language. 1/9633.5
Visual dBASE 5.5
Borland International 800-233-2444, 408-431-1000 $349.95 (street)It's equally easy to build databases using point-and-click or code-twiddling with the new dBASE for Windows. 8/9534.0
Delphi 2.0
Borland International 800-233-2444 x1350, 408-431-1000 $500 Desktop; $800 DeveloperAll the power and ease of use you need for Windows 95 development. Support for Windows 95 and NT, has been added. 3/9635.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0
Microsoft Corp. 800-719-5577, 206-882-8080
$499 (subscription)Everything you need for development-including reference material-in one integrated environment. Right on target. 4/9624.5
HTML/Web Site Development
DeltaPoint 408-648-4000, fax 408-648-4020
$99You don't need any Web authoring experience to build a site-as long as you know what you want to create and your mouse is within reach. 5/9614.0
Crystal Info 4.5
Crystal Div., Seagate Software 800-877-2340, 604-681-3435 $350 per user, 5-user minimum Client/server decision support systems are easy to create and manage with this excellent tool. 4/9625.0
3-D Design
Extreme 3D
Macromedia 800-326-2128, 415-252-2000 $699 Its emphasis on animation and multimedia capabilities makes it perfect for use in both Director and Authorware. 4/9624.5
AutoCAD Release 13c4
Autodesk 800-964-6432, 415-507-5000 $3,750 CD; $3,995 diskImpressive interface with floating command window and a multitude of tool palettes. 2/9634.0
Harvard ChartXL 2.0 for Windows 95
Software Publishing Corp. 800-336-8360, 408-537-3000
$149; upgrade, $79ChartXL is an outstanding application for creating business, financial, technical and statistical graphs. 12/9513.5
Charting (professional)
Visio 4.0
Visio Corp. 800-24VISIO, 206-521-4500 $149 (street)Assign data to objects, summarize numbers and use MS Office 95's Binders. 10/95 34.0
Desktop Publishing
PageMaker 6.0
Adobe Systems 800-42-ADOBE, 206-470-7000 $895 Frame-free layouts, new drawing tools and plenty of mouse-activated menus. 10/9534.0
CorelXARA 1.1
Corel Corp. 800-772-6735, 613-728-3733
$289 Anti-aliasing, bitmap support and unique special effects. Xara provides easy-to-use capabilities not available in other programs. 3/9634.0
Multimedia Authoring
Macromedia Director 5
Macromedia 800-326-2128, 415-252-2000 $850 (street)Director 5 retains its position as the premier multimedia authoring program with improved text-handling and library features. 5/9614.5
Fractal Design Painter 4
Fractal Design Corp. 800-297-COOL, 408-688-5300 $549 The most innovative, natural media paint program on the market, with new combined vector/raster capabilities. 3/9634.5
ASAP WordPower 1.95
Software Publishing Corp. 800-336-8360, 408-537-3000
$99 Good gets even better in the latest release. Great-looking presentations without the pain; plenty of built-in smarts. 3/9635.0
Lotus Freelance Graphics 96 for Windows 95
Lotus Development Corp. 800-343-5414, 617-577-8500 $355 (street)Sleek and powerful presentation graphics package. 9/9533.5
Screen Capture
HiJaak 95
Quarterdeck Corp. 800-354-3222, 310-309-3700
$49 (street)It supports more than 75 different graphics formats and provides thumbnails of images in the Explorer views. 12/9533.5
QmodemPro 2.0 for Windows 95
Mustang Software 800-999-9619, 805-873-2500 $129 This 32-bit communications software lets you download in the background. It includes support for BBSes, including RIP graphics. 12/9533.5
File Transfer
LapLink for Windows 95
Traveling Software 800-343-8080, 206-483-8088 $149 (street); upgrade, $49The new LapLink offers simpler use for beginners and plenty of advanced features for pros. 4/9624.0
Internet Browser
Netscape Navigator 2.0
Netscape Communications Corp. 415-254-1900, fax 415-528-4140 $49 Good e-mail and newsgroup readers join the great Web browser. The easiest to use and most feature-laden available. *3
Remote Control
Norton pcAnywhere32
Symantec Corp. 800-441-7234, 541-334-6054
$149 (street)Wizards link you with what you left in the office. Well integrated with Windows 95, it uses the OS's Dial-Up Networking applet. 2/9634.0
Comm Suite 95
Symantec/Delrina Group 800-441-7234, 541-334-6054
$129 (street)Asynchronous communications, fax and Internet tools. Of particular note is the Internet connection scheme, Cyberjack. 12/9534.0
Terminal Emulation
Reflection Suite for X 5.0
WRQ 800-872-2829, 206-217-7100 $599 Several connectivity products, including TCP/IP and Windows VT terminal emulator, are bundled. 5/9534.0
OmniForm 2.0
Caere Corp. 800-535-SCAN, fax 408-354-2743 $349An especially easy-to-use tool. Ease of use is enhanced in version 2.0 by the new wizards. OmniForm has grown up. 3/9634.0
Collabra Share 2.0
Netscape Communications 800-474-7427, 415-528-2555
$995 (NT Server); $6,995 (100 users) Uses your installed VIM or MAPI e-mail system to create a groupware environment. 1/9634.5
TextBridge Professional Edition 3.0
Xerox Desktop Document Systems 800-248-6550 x3, 508-977-2000 $250 (street)Access this easy-to-use OCR package from within other applications. 11/9535.0
Microsoft Excel for Windows 95
Microsoft Corp. 800-426-9400, 206-882-8080 $339 (street) More Wizards and smarts make this one a pleasure to use. 11/9534.0
ClarisWorks 4.0 for Windows 95
Claris Corp. 800-544-8554. 408-727-8227 $49 (street)Full-featured word processor, database and spreadsheet. 2/9634.5
Microsoft Office for Windows 95
Microsoft Corp. 800-426-9400, 206-882-8080 $499 (street); $599 (w/Access) (street) Takes advantage of the best of Win95, especially the 32-bit-wide data path, which allows for more functionality in the applications. 11/9534.0
Word Processor
Microsoft Word for Windows 95
Microsoft Corp. 800-426-9400, 206-882-8080 $339 (street)Spell-check on the fly and use the terrific customizability. Word 95 is well integrated into Office 95. 9/9534.0
Word Processor
WordPerfect 6.1**
Corel Corp. 800-451-5151, 801-765-4000 $395 (CD-ROM)It offers superior file handling and a great interface. 3/9535.0
Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows 95
S&S Software International 800-701-9648, 617-273-7400 $125 A healthy dose of preventive medicine. 1/9634.5
Seagate Backup for Windows 95
Seagate Software 800-327-2232, 407-333-7500 $99 Has the features that the Windows 95 Backup applet lacks, including long-filename support and Registry backup. 3/9634.5
ColorFast 1.0
LaserTools Corp. 510-420-1319, fax 510-420-1150 $40 (street)ColorFast includes replacement drivers and excellent color control for popular HP and Canon ink jet printers. 5/9614.0
Systems Enhancer
Long File Names 4.0
VIEW Software 800-487-VIEW, 415-856-8439 $49.95Win 3.1x users can share Win95's long filenames transparently; this makes integrating Windows 95 into an office easier. 3/9634.5
Systems Enhancer
PowerDesk 1.0
MicroHelp 800-777-3322, 770-516-0899 $49.95 (street)Puts menus, applications and monitors within easy reach on your Win95 desktop. 1/9634.5
CleanSweep 95
Quarterdeck Corp. 800-354-3222, 310-309-3700
$29.95 (street)Lose unwanted files easily. 1/9634.5

*Not formally reviewed-consensus of WINDOWS Magazine editors.
**At presstime, Corel informed us that WordPerfect 6.1 will no longer be sold separately, but as part of the Corel WordPerfect Suite.