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WinLab Reviews
Recommended List
Software

SOFTWARE -- Communications

Crosstalk inter.comm Suite 3.0

32-bit functionality-and the Internet-make this the best Win95 comm package. (9/96)

$179

Attachmate Corp.

206-644-4010

Extra Personal Client 6.2

Accessing a host has never been easier than with this top terminal-emulation package. (7/96)

$425

Attachmate Corp.

206-644-4010

FocalPoint 5.5

The best of the all-in-one communications programs; especially good for the traveler. (7/96)

$89

Global Village Communication

408-523-1000

LapLink for Windows 95

Strongest remote-control program on file transfer. (4/96)

$149

Traveling Software

206-483-8088

RightFAX NT 4.50

The top choice for a networked fax server; incorporates power and flexibility. (11/96)

$1,495

RightFAX

520-320-7000

DEVELOPMENT

Delphi 2.0

The top RAD environment with added support for Windows 95 and NT. (3/96)

$100

Borland International

408-431-1000

HAHTsite

The best professional development tool for Internet environments. (2/97)

$995

HAHT Software

919-786-5100

Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0

Our choice for an all-inclusive integrated development language/environment. (4/96)

$399

Microsoft Corp.

800-621-7930

PowerBuilder Desktop 5.0

The best platform-independent development program with client/server multitiered support. (9/96)

$295

Powersoft

508-287-1500

BUSINESS

AAA Map'n'Go 2.0

The best computer-based trip planner. (12/96)

$39

DeLorme Mapping

207-865-1234

ACT 3.0

Easiest-to-use professional customizable PIM. (10/96)

$200

Symantec Corp.

408-253-9600

GoldMine 3.2

Our pick for a contact manager suited for workgroups. (11/96)

$295

GoldMine Software Corp.

310-454-6800

HR Task Counselor 2.3

The most user-friendly interface we've seen in a human-resource management program. (11/96)

$499

JamLogic Designs

303-690-8113

Investor Insight

The best management program for fine-tuning your investments. (8/96)

$10/month

Intuit

415-944-6000

Janna Contact Personal

The most leading-edge features in an entry-level PIM at this price. (12/96)

$49

Janna Systems

408-356-6647

OnTime Enterprise for NetWare 3.0

The best standalone NetWare group-scheduling product. (1/96)

$427

Campbell Services

810-559-5955

Peachtree Complete Accounting

The best accounting and financial-management tool for expanding businesses. (8/96)

$199

Peachtree Software

770-564-5800

QuickBooks Pro 5.0 -- BETA

The best Windows accounting package for small business. (2/97)

$199

Intuit

415-944-6000

Quicken 6

The best personal-finance tool; this is the program others try to emulate. (12/96)

$30

Intuit

415-944-6000

Quicken ExpensAble 2.0

Its itemizing wizards make it the best expense tracker and report filler. (7/96)

$50

Intuit

415-944-6000

Quicken Financial Planner 2

The best planning/analysis tool at this price point; an inexpensive retirement-planning tool. (7/96)

$40

Intuit

415-944-6000

Microsoft Small Business Financial Manager

Tops for melding accounting information with a spreadsheet's capabilities. (5/96)

$100

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

SureTrak Project Manager 1.5

A good low-cost project manager with tools for budgeting labor and resources. (2/96)

$399

Primavera Systems

800-973-1335

Turbo Tax for Business -- BETA

The best Windows business-tax software. (2/97)

$70

Intuit

415-944-6000

DATABASES

Crystal Reports 5.0

The best report writer we've seen. It's incredibly flexible. (9/96)

$395

Seagate Software

604-681-3435

FileMaker Pro 3.0

The best entry-level database, and it's now relational. (1/96)

$199

Claris Corp.

408-727-8227

Visual dBASE 5.5

The best program for professional database development and use. (8/95)

$350

Borland International

408-431-1000

GRAPHICS

Premiere 4.2

A must-have for heavy video in multimedia authoring. (6/96)

$795

Adobe Systems

408-536-6000

ASAP WordPower 1.95

Easiest to use entry-level presentation program. (3/96)

$99

Software Publishing Corp.

408-537-3000

Fractal Expression

The best draw/paint package; it defines a new kind of graphics software. (2/97)

$449

Fractal Design Corp.

408-430-4000

Fractal Painter 4

The most innovative, natural-media paint program on the market. (3/96)

$549

Fractal Design Corp.

408-430-4000

FreeHand Graphics Studio 7

The best drawing tool for the Internet, with its included Shockwave technology. (2/97)

$449

Macromedia

415-252-2000

Harvard ChartXL 2.0

The outstanding entry-level charting product for creating graphs in Windows 95. (12/95)

$139

Software Publishing Corp.

408-537-3000

Lotus Freelance Graphics 96

The sleekest and most powerful Win95 presentation graphics package. (9/95)

$355

Lotus Development Corp.

617-577-8500

Macromedia Director 5

Simply the premier multimedia authoring program. (5/96)

$850

Macromedia

415-252-2000

Microsoft Publisher 97

Simplest desktop publisher; makes neophyte artists and Web designers look like pros. (11/96)

$80

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

PageMaker 6.5

The best for publishing pros, with improved page design, hi-fi colors and online publishing. (12/96)

$895

Adobe Systems

206-470-7000

PhotoImpact 3.01 with WebExtensions

The best image editor at this price point, especially with its Web capabilities. (2/97)

$199

Ulead Systems,

310-523-9393

Photoshop 4.0

The best image editor you can get. (1/97)

$895

Adobe Systems

408-536-6000

Visio 4.0

The choice for charting professionals. (10/95)

$149

Visio Corp.

800-248-4746

INTERNET

Agent .99

The best newsgroup reader and archiver. (1/97)

$40

Forte

619-431-6496

EchoSearch 1.04

This great Web searcher builds content-analyzed HTML documents from search queries. (11/96)

$50

Iconovex Corp.

612-896-5100

Eudora Pro 3.0

The best Internet mail reader. (2/97)

$69

Qualcomm

619-658-1291

HoTMetaL PRO 3.0

The best Web-authoring tool with WYSIWYG editing, drag-and-drop functionality. (9/96)

$129

SoftQuad

416-544-9000

IntraBuilder 1.0

The best Internet database tool for hosting data online. (1/97)

$100

Borland International

408-431-1000

NetObjects Fusion 1.0

The best general-purpose Web-authoring tool. Builds great-looking sites. (12/96)

$695

NetObjects

415-482-3200

Netscape Navigator Gold 2.0

The best Web browser has added editing tools. (6/96)

$79

Netscape Communications

415-528-2555

QuickSite

It's the top tool for those with no Web-authoring experience who need to build a site. (5/96)

$100

DeltaPoint

408-648-4000

WebAnalyzer 1.1

It's the greatest Web-site manager; an important weapon in a Webmaster's arsenal. (6/96)

$79

InContext Corp.

416-922-0087

OFFICE AUTOMATION

ClarisWorks 4.0

The best low-end suite for Windows 95. (2/96)

$49

Claris Corp.

408-727-8227

Microsoft Excel 7.0

Function for function the best spreadsheet for Win95, with more wizards and smarts. (11/95)

$339

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

Microsoft Office 97

Innovative; simplifies tasks; emphasis on the Internet and collaboration. (11/96)

Not set

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

Microsoft Outlook 97

Establishes a new paradigm for office functions with its PIM/e-mail/scheduling tool. (10/96)

$109

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

Microsoft Word 7.0

The definitive Win95 word processor with the features and capabilities you want. (9/95)

$339

Microsoft Corp.

800-426-9400

OmniForm 2.0

Easiest-to-use forms package with new wizards in version 2.0. (3/96)

$199

Caere Corp.

408-395-7000

OmniPage Pro 7.0

The best interface and a clever wizard make this the easiest OCR product to use. (7/96)

$499

Caere Corp.

408-395-7000

UTILITIES

Active Office -- BETA

The easiest way to add visual appeal to your documents. (2/97)

$50

Software Publishing Corp.

408-537-3000

ColorFast 1.0

Jazziest color ever with this print utility for popular HP and Canon ink jet printers. (5/96)

$40

LaserTools Corp.

510-420-1319

Disconnect

Nifty little communications utility that saves you precious online time. (12/96)

$30

Dagar Software

203-393-2000

Keyboard Express 1.5

This macro program generates an editable keystroke file that plays back with a key press. (7/96)

$25

Insight Software Solutions

801-295-1890

KEYview 5.1

Convert, view and extract many file formats, even from the Internet, on the fly. (9/96)

$50

FTP Software

403-735-8979

Kurzweil Voice 2.0

Voice control and input for the keyboard-phobic have never been better. (9/96)

$695

Kurzweil Applied Intelligence

617-893-5151

MediaAgent for CDs 1.0

The only truly effective software we've seen for tracking CDs across a network. (1/97)

$495 (10 users)

Media Path Technologies

800-357-0697

MicroHelp Zip

Simplest archive creator and viewer; allows easy viewing of archived files. (9/96)

$30

MicroHelp

770-516-0899

Norton AntiVirus 2.0

The best antivirus software for Windows. (2/97)

$70

Symantec Corp.

408-253-9600

Seagate Backup 1.15

The backup program Microsoft should have included with Windows 95. (3/96)

$99

Seagate Software

800-327-2232

UnInstaller 4

The best Windows program uninstaller, with lots of wizards and options. (1/97)

$40

MicroHelp

770-516-0899

Virtual CD-ROM

Unbelievably simple, turns hard drive space into an ultra-fast virtual CD-ROM. (11/96)

$70

Logicraft Information Systems

603-880-0300


Windows Magazine, February 1997, page 186.

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