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:
FoxPro 2.0, for PC or compatible with at least 512K RAM. $795. From Fox Software, 134 W. South Boundary, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. (419) 874-0162.
FoxPro 2.0 and Paradox are now the leaders in relational data base management for the PC. FoxPro has always been known for speed and dBASE compatibility and was very popular with custom data base program developers. This new version will please them, with new debugging tools, an Extended mode version, more instructions and even more speed. FoxPro will certainly become at least the No. 2 data base, and it has a shot at the top slot.
Rating: 3 computers
(These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers.)
Flexibak Plus. If you think we're nags when it comes to backing up your work, just wait until you install Flexibak Plus on your hard disk. You're told in no uncertain terms when you boot up that it's been days -- days! -- since you backed up. For our money, any backup program is better than none, so if you are reading this and realize that you not only haven't backed up your hard disk recently but don't even have a backup program, call your local bulletin board and download Flexibak Plus. There's an on-line manual (press the F1 key, and a window pops up for technical advice), and the rest of the program is pretty straightforward. Registration costs $43.95 from Shareable Software International, P.O. Box 59102, Schaumberg, Ill. 60159.
AnsiMouse. Faithful readers of this column must realize by now that we have actual jobs to pay the rent. Because if all we did was to review delightful programs such as this, we would long ago have turned into magnetic tape. AnsiMouse is a program for creating screen graphics. Why would you want to produce screen graphics? Perhaps you're doing some programming, or you're using the computer as a teaching aid in school. Or perhaps you just want a fun little program that also plays music. Look for version 1.11 on bulletin boards. Registration costs $15 from Alan Deala, 1288 Antrim Drive, Roseville, Calif. 95678.
(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.)