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:
Calendar Creator Plus. For IBM PC, PS/2 or compatible with at least 512K RAM, DOS 2.1 or later and a hard disk or two floppy drives. $69.95. From Power Up Software, 2929 Campus Drive, San Mateo, Calif. 94403. (415) 345-5900.
Alarming Events. For Macintosh Plus or later with a hard disk and System 6.0.2 or later. $129.95. From CE Software, P.O. Box 65580, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. (515) 224-1995.
Calendar Creator Plus is a print shop for calendars on the PC. You dictate the rules of your calendar (holidays and such), enter events, sort them by priorities, then view and print the results in any of many different forms and sizes (from daily to annual) with graphics and sharp text fonts and styles. It's a good deal if you're in charge of keeping a group's posted calendar up-to-date.
Alarming Events is a scheduler for the Macintosh that not only lets you enter and view lists of appointments and events but also pops reminders of them up on screen at the proper date and time. Its price is a bit high and isn't truly adapted to life in a network world, but could be useful if you're constantly in front of a Mac.
Calendar Creator Plus
Rating: 3 computers
Rating: 3 computers
KidPix. For Macintosh Plus or later with at least 1 megabyte RAM (for monochrome) or 2 megabytes for color; a hard disk or two 800K floppy disk drives; and System 6.0 or later. $49.95 ($119.95 for a School Lab Pack). From Broderbund Software, 17 Paul Drive, San Rafael, Calif. 94903-2101. (415) 492-3200.
KidPix is a colorful painting program for kids or adults with lots of strange and fun painting tools (dynamite erasures, electric mixers) and lots of wacky sounds. For kids, it is the most captivating program I've seen in years. For adults, it can be a lot of fun and also should be a reminder that we aren't squeezing enough innovation into most of our programs, for fun and business. Too many programs are busy piling up features and porting to Windows but ignoring the vast possibilities for new media, tools and approaches to computing.
Performance: 4 computers
Ease of use: 4 computers
Value: 4 computers