Here is a summary of recent Computing product reviews.
AddressMate, for PC-compatible with at least 512 kilobytes random-access memory (uses 48 kilobytes itself), DOS 3.0 or later and HP LaserJet-compatible printer (except original LaserJet or LaserJet Plus). Hard disk recommended. $99.95 ($69.95 until Sept. 15). From AddressMate Software, 6715 Canyon Trail, El Cerrito, Calif. 94530-1705. (510) 237-7460. Fax:
(510) 237-7437. MCI Mail: 336.7147.
QuickLetter, for Macintosh 512KE or later. Compatible with System 7. $49.95. From Working Software Inc., Box 1844, Santa Cruz, Calif. 95061-1844. (408) 423-5696. CompuServe: 76004,2072. AppleLink: D0140.
AddressMate is a PC program that waits for you to print a letter from any word processor, then automatically finds the address in that letter and prints an appropriate envelope. With such automatic smarts and its ability to print 10-digit ZIP code bar codes (which can speed delivery and cut postage costs), AddressMate deserves to be a standard utility for anyone with a PC, a laser printer and a letter habit.
QuickLetter isn't as smart but does take advantage of the Mac's graphic nature to let Macintosh users create, store, and print envelopes complete with correctly spelled, styled text and graphic images. QuickLetter's box says it can print ZIP code bar codes, too, but the manual does not give the first clue about how to go about it.
On a scale of one to four, with one computer indicating poor and four indicating excellent, here's how the products rate:
Performance: 4 computers
Ease of use: 4 computers
Value: 4 computers
Performance: 3 computers
Ease of use: 3 computers
Value: 3 computers
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