Here are summaries of some recent Computing product reviews. Each product is rated on a scale of one to four, with one computer indicating poor and four indicating excellent:
Personnel Policy Expert. $495. For IBM PC, PS-2 or compatible with at least 512K RAM and DOS 2.11 or later. Hard disk recommended. From Knowledgepoint, 1311 Clegg St., Petaluma, Calif. 94954. (800) 727-1133.
Mind's Eye. $695. For PC or compatible with at least 512K RAM, a hard disk, an EGA or VGA graphics adapter, and DOS 3.3 or later. DOS 4, a 386 and 640K RAM recommended. From Mind's Eye Inc., 18 Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. (800) 622-6746.
Personnel Policy Expert helps you create a personnel handbook for any business. This program does little more than put the boilerplate text into computer files. Because any result should be checked by a lawyer anyway, you're better off going directly to a lawyer.
Mind's Eye attempts to create a new category of software -- computer-aided management -- by putting the sophisticated abilities of an object-oriented database behind a slick interface with "hyperlinks" like those in HyperCard or ToolBook. But it's overloaded with new terms and backed up by a dense, unclear manual. The program crashes easily if you make a wrong move.
Personnel Policy Expert
Rating: 2 computers
Rating: 1 computer
HyperCard 2.0, for Apple Macintosh Plus or later. Free when bundled with other companies' HyperCard-based products; $49 upgrade from HyperCard 1.0 includes stacks, manuals and support from Claris; $195 Development Package from Claris includes upgrade stacks, manuals and support and adds more manuals. From Claris Corp., 5201 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara, Calif. 95052-8168. (408) 727-8227) (800) 628-2100.
HyperCard 2.0 adds a number of scripting commands and features that will please those who create programs and interfaces with this popular Macintosh software. It does not support color, nor does it offer complete compatibility with HyperCard 1.0, but it does retain the simple use and speed that made HyperCard famous.
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