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:
HotShot ImageBase, for PC or compatible running DOS 2.1 or later with at least 512K RAM, a hard disk and a graphics adapter. $149. From SymSoft Corp., Call Box 5, Incline Village, Nev. 89450. (702) 832-4300.
ScanMan Model 32 Mac, for Macintosh Plus or later. Hard disk recommended. $499. From Logitech Inc., 6505 Kaiser Drive, Fremont, Calif. 94555. (415) 795-8500.
HotShot ImageBase creates catalogs of graphics files. It displays or prints them as thumbnails (condensed versions) so you can quickly view and choose from among large groups of images. It works alongside other programs so you can keep tabs on and import graphics images while word processing or desk-top publishing.
ScanMan Model 32 for the Mac is a hand scanner. Unlike the original hand scanners, ScanMan produces scans that are as good as you'll get from desktop scanners. It adjusts for your hand-movement variations and lets you scan large sheets by "stitching" successive scans together.
Rating: 3 computers
ScanMan Model 32 Mac
Rating: 4 computers
(These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and #i compatible computers.)
Hard Disk Floppy Cataloger. The name reflects the idea behind the program. That idea is simply that you can clear away a lot of space on your hard disk by moving seldom-used files onto
floppies and keeping a catalog of those files on the hard disk (or on a floppy for that matter). The program makes it easy to do
that. Menus and instructions for setup and use are clear. And the cataloging is automatic: Put a floppy in the drive, enter a two-character ID and the program records all file names and dates. You have a record on disk of everything on the floppy.
Ray Zimmerman, who developed the program, asks a $25 registration fee if you use the program for 30 days and decide to make it part of your computing life. That fee will go to Computer Specialties, P.O. Box 5694, Lake Charles, La. 70606. The current version is 1.0.
(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.)