Here is a summary of a recent Computing product reviews...

REVIEWS

August 10, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Financial Service

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

PenPoint. Comes installed on some pen PCs. From Go Corp., 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., No. 400, Foster City, Calif. 94404. (415) 358-2008.

Windows for Pen Computing. Comes installed on some pen PCs. From Microsoft Corp., One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Wash. 98052. (800) 227-4679.

NCR 3125. $3,920. From NCR Corp., 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45479. (800) 225-5627.

PenMate, for AT or compatible with serial port, DOS 3.3 or higher, 2 megabytes random-access memory, a hard disk and Windows 3.1. $349. From Mouse Systems Corp., 47505 Seabridge Drive, Fremont, Calif. 94538. (510) 656-1117.

The NCR 3125 shows no obvious flaws as a pen-based computer. It is light and compact, runs the major pen operating systems and is backed by a company that's been making computers and business equipment for years. Windows for Pens is an easy extension of the Windows operating system that so many are already using, can run DOS and Windows programs, and does a good job of recognizing handwriting. PenPoint seems slower at recognizing writing and suffers from not having DOS compatibility, but would probably be more easily learned by a newcomer to computing. PenMate is a good training tool for pens, sort of a "pen simulator" that doesn't actually go anywhere but lets you practice working the controls.

PenPoint

Performance: 2 computers

Ease of use: 3 computers

Value: 3 computers

Windows for Pen Computing

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 4 computers

Value: 3 computers

NCR 3125

Performance: 4 computers

Ease of use: 4 computers

Value: 3 computers

PenMate

Performance: 3 computers

Ease of use: 3 computers

Value: 3 computers

These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers.

Looking for an alternative to the pricey commercial word processors? Try PC-Write Advanced. This new version of a shareware classic can do just about anything its commercial counterparts can do. But its greatest strength is its simplicity. Its spelling checker is fast and easy to use. Its menus are clear and sensible. And it works well with a mouse.

When you register PC-Write Advanced -- for $89 plus $5 for shipping and handling -- you'll get a 180-page reference manual, an extra diskette with a thesaurus, a year's worth of a PC-Write newsletter and other goodies.

Some commercial word processors offer add-on programs that promise to improve your writing style. A new shareware program from Canada is a pretty fair competitor. It analyzes your writing for strength and simplicity. The Wintertree Writing Style Analyzer, WStyle for short, is easy and fun.

If you need to be nagged about "it's" and "its," WStyle will do the job. If you never have problems like that, you can set it to tackle more difficult ones. The registration for regular users is $25.

PC-Write comes in "light" and "standard" versions as well as the new "advanced" version. The first is great for laptops, but the "advanced" version is the one to try for desktop computers. The full name is PC-Write Advanced Level 4.0. WStyle may be harder to find, but you don't need to worry about version numbers. Like PC-Write Advanced, it's new. The only version available is 1.0.

(I'll send you PC-Write Advanced for $12. For $15, plus tax, I'll include WStyle. Or you can get WStyle alone for $4. Write to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Phone (310) 595-6870. Fax (310) 426-0110. A catalog on a disk costs $2. Please specify 5.25- or 3.5-inch disks.)

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