Here are summaries of some recent Computing product...

REVIEWS

May 20, 1991|By Knight-Ridder Financial Service

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:

MenuWorks Advanced and PC-IQ MenuWorks Advanced, for IBM PC, PS-2 or compatible with at least 512K RAM, a hard disk drive and DOS 2.0 or later. $119.95. From PC Dynamics, 31332 Via Colinas No. 102, Westlake Village, Calif. 91362. (800) 888-1741.

PC-IQ, for IBM PC, PS-2 or compatible with at least 640K RAM, a hard disk drive and DOS 2.0 or later. $99.95. From A.I. Solutions Inc., 58 Creekview Drive, P.O. Box 128, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224. (800) 677-6670.

MenuWorks Advanced organizes your programs, DOS commands and its own utilities (macros, screen saver, text editor, file finder) into menus. It saves you from memorizing DOS commands but makes you learn its own set of commands and windows instead. It won't help beginners avoid PC fear.

PC-IQ also has menus for popular programs and DOS commands but adds to them a "natural language" technology that tries to translate typed English commands into official DOS-ese commands. It does this quickly and powerfully, though somewhat erratically. You're probably better off just learning those commands and doing without PC-IQ.

MenuWorks Advanced

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 2 computers

Value: 3 computers

PC-IQ

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 2 computers

Value: 2 computers

PC-WRITE LITE is a simpler version of Quicksoft's PC-Write program. It's aimed at people who don't need a whole lot of power, but do need ease of use. That would include writers of all varieties, students and teachers, and anyone with a lap-top computer (it takes as little as 150K of memory -- 384K with spell-check). PC-Write Lite is ideal for simple correspondence -- letters, reports and term papers.

Setup is easy, and its menu system makes word processing simple and friendly. PC-Write Lite costs $84 (including shipping) for full registration, manual and technical support from Quicksoft, 219 First Ave. N., No. 224, Seattle, Wash. 98109.

YOURMENU -- It's not all that difficult to learn the proper commands to get your favorite programs running on your hard disk. But even some power users I know don't want to bother. Here's a program that will do all the work for you. YOURMENU is as slick and as easy to use as the best commercial menu programs, and like them it includes a screen-blanking feature to turn off the display if you go to lunch or to bed without turning off the computer.

You can set up passwords to minimize the chances of unauthorized use of your programs. And you write the program descriptions that appear on the menu, so they can be as cute or as informative as you like.

When you're through, the menu will appear each time you start the computer.

After you've tried YOURMENU and decided it's right for you, send the $15 registration fee to the LESoft Co., 1980 S. Treasure Drive, Suite 3B, Miami Beach, Fla. 33141-4315.

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