Here are summaries of some recent Computing magazine...

REVIEWS

February 17, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Here are summaries of some recent Computing magazine product reviews. Each product is rated on a scale of one to four, with one computer indicating poor and four indicating excellent:

Word 5.0, for Macintosh with 1 megabyte RAM (2 megabytes recommended). $495; $129 as upgrade. From Microsoft Corp., 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. (800) 426-9400.

AutoDoubler, For Mac Plus or later, with a hard disk recommended. $79.95; $29.95 as upgrade from Disk Doubler, through February. From Salient Software Inc., 124 University Ave., Suite 300, Palo Alto, CA 94301. (415) 321-5375.

Summary: Word 5.0 is the latest version of the most popular Mac word processor. It deserves that place, with new features that make it even easier to use and support of the latest software technology (System 7, OLE). AutoDoubler is a utility program that automatically compresses and decompresses all files on your disks, giving you more disk space at a bargain price and diminishing the congestion on your network. Every Mac owner could use both programs, especially at the upgrade prices.

Word

Ease of use: 4 computers

Performance: 4 computers

Value: 3 computers

AutoDoubler

Ease of use: 4 computers

Performance: 4 computers

Value: 4 computers

These shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers can be downloaded from bulletin boards for a small cost.

Need some help counting calories, managing your diet and getting in shape? Here's a shareware program for IBM and compatible computers that may help.

Better Diet Analyzer. Type in a food, such as olive, and you'll be prompted to choose from green or black. Tell BDA how many portions you want, and you'll instantly get a breakdown of calories and percentages from fat, carbohydrates, proteins and alcohol. Popular processed foods, including all your favorite sweets, are represented here (author John Byrd knows how you eat). Each time you take something to eat, you can keep a running total of how many calories you've used. More than 1,400 foods are represented, and you can add your own, complete with the number of calories, etc., you get from packages. Look for version 3.1 on bulletin boards. Registration costs $33.90 from Syntonic Software, 3824 Dunlanwood Circle, Charlotte, N.C. 28226.

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