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:
ProWrite Plus, for PC or compatible running Windows 3.0. $249. From Software Publishing Corp., P.O. Box 7210, 1901 Landings Drive, Mountain View, Calif. 94039-7210. (800) 336-8360.
JustWrite, for IBM PC or compatible running Windows 3.0. $199. From Symantec Corp., 10201 Torre Ave., Cupertino, Calif. 95014-2132. (408) 253-9600.
ProWrite Plus and JustWrite are inexpensive and unconfusing Windows word processors. Both are good programs and offer 60-day, money-back guarantees. ProWrite Plus has more precision for formatting and publishing short documents and has unique multiple-level undo, E-mail and grammar-checking features but can only open one document at a time. JustWrite can display only one page of any document at a time but has more features for handling long documents, can open more than one document at a time, has built-in outlining and is faster.
(These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers. Shareware programs are available from computer bulletin boards and computer clubs. Users try them, then pay a fee to register them if they decide to use them regularly.)
The Interest Analyzer. If amortization, appreciation and depreciation are the kinds of words that send you into moments of fiscal frenzy, and if you have an abiding hunger for software that will give new dimension to those words, here is a slick and useful shareware program for IBM and compatible computers that will bring out the accountant within you that is screaming to get out and crunch numbers. It has such nice touches as a manual that you can access from the main menu. While Interest Analyzer will figure out your mortgage payments, it also will get into such subjects as residual value when you're figuring depreciation. And you can figure out your interest compounded daily, monthly, annually and just about everything in between. There is a calculator for both simple and complicated loan and interest problems and lots of opportunities to print out reports for yourself, or if you are into financial consulting, for your clients. The Interest Analyzer runs on both monochrome and color monitors, and you don't need a hard disk. Look for version 1.12 on bulletin boards. Registration costs $20 from Insight Software Solutions, P.O. Box 354, Bountiful, Utah 84011.
PC-Punch. When you introduce a program with a quote from Benjamin Franklin about time being money, you've got a pretty good idea what's in store. PC-Punch is a computer-based time clock. The employee enters a password (Social Security number), and since your PC has a clock, the process is pretty much automated. PC-Punch even can tell if the employee forgot to punch out, and it keeps all the necessary data about the employee. To keep things simple, PC-Punch runs in no-nonsense monochrome, even on a color monitor. And it can print time cards. Time management doesn't get much better than this. Look for version 2.0 on bulletin boards. If you decide to keep using PC-Punch, do the right thing and register for $84.95, which includes a printed manual and technical support. Genesoft, P.O. Box 47611, San Antonio, Texas 78265.
(For copies of these try-before-you-buy shareware programs, send $4 each to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. A shareware catalog on a disk costs $1. Please specify 5 1/4 - or 3 1/2 -inch disks.)