Here are summaries of some recent Computing product...

REVIEWS

May 27, 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:

3-D Charts To Go! and Org Plus for Macintosh. Charts To Go! for IBM PC, PS/2 or compatible running Windows 3.0. $99.95. From Bloc Publishing, 800 Douglas Entrance, Executive Tower Penthouse, Coral Gables, Fla. 33134. (305) 445-0903. Org Plus for Macintosh for Mac Plus, SE or II with at least two disk drives and System 4.1 or later. MultiFinder compatible. $195 From Banner Blue, P.O. Box 7865, Fremont, Calif. 94537. (415) 794-6850.

Specialized programs sometimes aren't worth buying because you can do most of what they offer with features in your general-purpose programs. 3-D Charts To Go! offers more 3-D bars, pies and ribbons than most other charting programs, though, and makes it easy to create and style these visually impressive graphics. If you use Windows and are looking for some spice in your charting life, the price isn't bad at all. Org

Plus for Macintosh only creates organization charts -- those family trees that show who works for whom. For many people these charts are only an occasional duty, so $195 and the time to learn a new program probably aren't worth the trouble. But if you're frequently changing organization charts and want to present the results with style, the price will be a trifle. Org Plus manages to automate this chore, and lets even org beginners create and change complex, polished charts.

3-D Charts To Go!

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 4 computers

Value: 4 computers

Org Plus for Macintosh

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 4 computers

Value: 3 computers

Lobotomy. Let us hope that John M. Simmons keeps his sense of humor and his day job. As chief programmer for a software company, Mr. Simmons found himself rebooting his computer several times a day to run Microsoft Windows, to get out of that operating environment to gain memory, to reboot to run other software and to reconfigure again to run Windows once more. The result: a spare-time shareware company called "Padded-Wall Software" and its first product: Lobotomy. It slices into the computer's brain to change the way the computer uses its mind. But changes are only temporary, the instructions are thorough and menus make the whole thing easy -- assuming you know DOS commands and know what should be in CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files for any specific application. You can get a copy of Lobotomy from a computer bulletin board, from a computer user group or from us. If you use the program regularly, send the $20 registration fee to Padded-Wall Software, 6954 Ballinger Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92119.

(We'll send you copies of these programs for $4 each, and our shareware catalog on a disk for $1. Send your check to Shareware, P.O. Box 7031, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Or call (213) 595-6870. Please specify 5 1/4 - or 3 1/2 -inch disks.)

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