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VOLUME 6 NUMBER 15 SEPTEMBER 15. 1987

Price Waterhouse and PC Labs Join Forces:

59 Accounting Packages 2,100 Hours of Testing Over 300 Features Compared Prices from $50 to $5,000

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PC Lab Notes: Stack Commands, Create Keyboard Macros, and Change Colors With Free DOSKEY

Decision Support Software: 10 Programs Designed for Analyzing Your Options

TLirboC, Tlirbo Basic, Turbo Pascal and TUrbo Prolog: technical excellence

66 Borland International’s Turbo Pascal, Turbo Basic and Turbo Prolog automatically identify themselves, by virtue of their ‘Turbo’ forenames, as superior language products with a common programming environment.

The appellation also means to many PC users a ‘must have’ language. To us Turbo C looks like a coup for Borland. Garry Ray, PC Week 99

Tbrbo Basic introduces its powerful new Telecom, Editor and Database Toolboxes

NEW!

Turbo Basic* is the break- through you've been waiting for. The same power we brought to Pascal with Turbo Pascal has now been applied to BASIC with Turbo B^ic.

Compatible with BASICA, Tbrbo Basic is the high-performance, high-speed BASIC you’d expea from Borland.

Basically, llirbo Basic is all you need

It's a complete development environment which includes an incredibly fast compiler, an inter- aaive editor and a trace debug- ging system. It outperforms all its rivals, and becaase it’s compatible with BASICA, you probably already know how to use it.

Includes a free MicroCalc" ^readsheet complete with source code. Onfy $99.95!

A technical look at lUrbo Basic

0^ Full recursion supported 0 Standard IEEE flixiiing point format 0 Floating ptiim support, wth full 8087 (math co-processor) integra- tion. Software emulation if no 8087 present

0 Program size limited only by avail able memory (no 64K limitation)

0 VGA. CGA, and EGA suppK>rt 0 Access to local, static, and global variables

0 Full integration of the compiler, editor, and executable program, with separate windows for editing, messages, tracing, and execution 0 Compile, run time, and I/O errors place you in the source ctxle wiiere error ot-xiirred i

0 New long integer (32 bit) data tvpe

0 Full 80 bit precision

0 Pull down menus

0 Full window' management I

a Borland has created the most powerful version of BASIC ever.

Ethan Winer, PC Magazine 99

Telecom Toolbox is a complete communications package which takes advantage of the built-in communications capabilities of BASIC use as is or mtxiif>'.

Pull-down menus and windows

XMODEM support

VT 100 terminal emulation

Captures text to disk or printer

PhoncBook file

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Supports script files

Fast screen I/O

Supports most of XTalk’s command set

Manual dial and redial options

Use Telecom Toolbox to embed

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Database Toolbox means that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you write new Tlirbo Basic database programs. 0 “TYainer” shows you how B+ trees wofk. (Simply key in sample records and you’ll see your index being built.)

0 TUrbo Access instantly locates, inserts or deletes recwds in a database-using B+ trees.

0 Tbrbo Sort SOTts data on single items or on multiple keys and features virtual memory management for sorting large data files.

Source code included.

Onfy $99.95!

Editor Toolbox is all you need to build your own text editor or word processor. Includes source code for two sample editors.

First Editor is a complete editor ready to include in your programs, complete with windows, block commands and memory-mapped screen routines.

MicroStar" is a full blown text editor with a complete pull down menu user interface, and gives >’ou

Wordwrap

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Tab. iaseri, oversirike modes, line center etc.

Includes source code. ;

Only $99,951

Choose ALR’s l6-MHz 80386 system for less than $2,000, or a blazing 20-MHz system for less than $2,500.

1922

Until now, if you wanted three times the speed of an AT™ you paid about three times the price of an AT. Now Advanced Logic Research announces second-generation 386 systems designed to do to the price_ barrier what our, first generation did to the per- formance barrier.

Annihilate it.

Starting at S1990, ALR’s totally new 386/2 systems couple the power of 32 -bit processing with true 32 -bit memory. Even the system and graphics BIOS are implemented in a 32 -bit architec- ture. That simply means your

applications will run faster on a 386/2 than any other available computer. AndALR 386/2 systems let you use all the peripherals, graphics, enhance- ments and appiications developed for the most widely adopted computer operating environment in history.

Which makes’ you wonder why others -want thousands more for less flexible, first- generation 386 systems.

How to run circles around the competition.

Sure, Compaq and IBM use the fastest av^able hard disks and controllers with 1:1 interleaving,

Advanced Logic /.^

Research li,,

Compaq ® IBM

just like Advanced Logic Research. But they don’t buffer

a full 17-sector hard disk track, settling for sector by sector buffering. Our way makes the fastest even fester where it counts in the real world.

And with up to 2 MB of RAM on the motherboard, you get flexibility with your power.

Picture this.

Naturally the raw speed of 80386 means the 386/2 series make great EGA graphic work- stations for CAD/CAM. Or choose enhanced EGA™ or GA 786™ graphics from ALR and a variety of sources and get the most advanced resolutions a’vailabie.

The 386/2 series makes the best use of floorer desk space.

You can even run applications without memory limitations. Because all enhanced ALR sys- tems include the Phoenix Control/386 Software utilities with 32 bit disk Ml caching, Vdisk and Jjl EMS/EEMS Software.

Speed to bum. Without having money to bum.

Read the reviews and compare the 386/2 to the others. Then compare more. If you find more power, flexibility and quality somewhere else, buy somewhere else. You won’t find a more competitive price anywhere else.

Advanced Logic Research S4389

IBM *6995

Compaq *7094

The ALR 386/2 Model 40 with EGA adapter is similar to the IBM Model 80-041 and Compaq Deskpro 386 Model 40 with EGA adapter. Except fora lower price and twice their standard RAM.

Advanced Logic Research. Faster, first.

Advanced Logic Research got its start designing high- performance microcomputers for customers that demanded more power than they could get off the shelf. We designed one of the first IBM PC-compatibles. Developed the enhanced performance AT-compatible PC Magazine called “. . . the most judicious choice . . .” And introduced the first 386 system, which PC Tech Journal said “. . . brings up-to-date technology to affordable 386 systems!’

Our complete line of perfor- mance XT and AT-compatible systems offers the advanced technology of one of the world’s most exp>erienced PC

design teams. And the cost- ' effective quality of Singapore- based manufacturing. So you simply get more computing power for less money. From a growing international net- work of ALR dealers chosen for their abUity to deliver full- service and support.

Call Advanced Logic Research today for the name of your local ALR dealer. And discover the price of power isn’t as high as it used to be.

Performance Specifications 386/2 Model 10 S1990

ALR-<iesigned system board 101 -key keyboard

I MB 32-bU RAM. ecpandablc * l6-MHz 80586 processor

CO 2 MB on sysRm board (20 MHz optional)

1.2 MB floppy disk drive 8058“ support

Serial and panllel poru

8 expaiulon slots

386/2 Model 40 S3990

ALR-deslgned system board

2MB52-bicRAM

40 MB. 30 ms. or less, access time hard disk drive/ 500 Kba/s trans rate

EMSand EEMS software

1.2 MB floppy diskdrive

Serial and pa^kl ports

ALlt-deslgned system board •2MB32-btt RAM

70 MB, 30 ms. or faster, access time hard disk drive/ 500 Kbs/s trans nte

EMSand EEMS software

1.2 MB floppy disk drive

Serial and parallel ports

Desktop or floormouni

8 expansion slots

lOl -kc)- kc>-board

16-MHz80386pTOcessor (20-MHz optional)

8038? support

32-blcVdi^anddLsk caching software

S4690

Desktop or floormouni

8 expansion slots

101 -key keyboard

l6-MHz80586processor (20-MHz optional)

8038“ support

32 bic5dlsk and disk caching software

386/2 Model 80

386/2 Model 130

I ALR-destgned system board I •2MB32-bURAM I 130 MB. 30 ms. or faster, access time hard disk drive/ 500 Kbs/s uaiu rate

EMS and EEMS software I t.2MBnoppydiskdrive

* Serial and parallel pons

Enhancements

S7299

8 expansion slots

101 -kes- keyboard

16-.MHz80386processor (20-MHz optional)

8038“ suppon

32-bU3Uiskanddlsk caching software

Monitor not included

Acomplctc range of cnharKcmcnts. ifKluding4 MB 32-bit RAM and multifunction products as well as additional I/O options are available. 640 x 480 pixel AV EGA with )6 colors and GA 786 graphics adapters available third quarter.

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Incomparable!

It outperforms the competition at a price that is simply the best deal on the market.”

I’^search Corporation

"Wells American’s A*Star II stands out from the crowd. . . .This reviewer found the [keyboard] touch to be very good.... [The documentation] is well written and easy to understand and all the illustrations are clear and accurate.

We find the A*Star II to be a very attractive AT-compatible computer.”

Computer Buyers Quide.

Compatibles Report

“If you're looking for a bargain-priced AT type computer - and there are many to consider these days - the A ★Star is one that seems well worth the price."

Personal Computing Patrick Honan Slllll

"This computer is a ' ’’ whale of a buy.... In- side the case it is neat ESS

and well designed. HpH

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Computer Shopper Lon Andrews

“All in all, [the A ★Star] is a superior PCAT compatible unit. ...When one considers price, performance, upgradability, manufac- turer support and assembly within the GSA, it is a definite winner.”

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; “It is as compatible as the best units tested Its money-back guarantee is commendable. .. .[the A^Star] has the potential to be a low cost whiz.”

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Automating Your Books, Analyzing Your Options

Jim Seymour/Om special issue I on business management I software examines nearly 70

products that target one of the most important business con- siderations— the bottom line. Today, one of the key elements I of effective automated business I management includes the selection of the right software for setting costs, paying bills, calculating earnings, and exploring alternatives. This j issue of PC is loaded with accounting and decision support packages that can help you track your company’s financial activity and plot its

Operational accounting is merely one of the three subgnxjps that coastitule a complete financial management repixting system.

C-OVER .STOR^

Making Every Number Count

C. William Dauphinuis and Timothy J. LeelPC Labs reviews 59 accounting systems designed to help you boost profits, cut costs, improve ca.sh flow, and assemble marketing

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schemes. Backed by the consultants of Price Waterhouse and other experts in the field, we tell you what to look for before you invest in an electronic bookkeeper. Our analysis and testing covers more than 300 features from how well a package deals with new data to how it handles recurring entries 99

Economy-Class Auditors Good things often come in small packages, and the 1 7

low-end packages reviewed here are a solid starting point for the small business working its way up. Discover this choice set of accounting packages costing $500 or less. You'll find programs that possess all the features of their high-end

cousins 1(17

Summary of Features .... 116

Tailor-made Ledgers Reviews of five accounting systems that can be customized with the dBASE programming language. These are some of the most popular do-it-yourself dBASE accounting kits .... 151

Summary of Features.... 154

High-Priced Bookkeepers Get the lowdown on 37 feature- rich high-end accounting software packages. Built to go beyond the basic General Ledger. Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable, these systems are offered at prices that often exceed $500 per mrxiule 165

Summary of Features .... 187

Accounting System Profiles A special 2 1 -page section that takes an extensive look at the details of each accounting package's form, function, and approach 274

Searching for Solutions

Jared and William Taylor! Decide and conquer with our reviews of ten decision support programs that help you sort through the variables, examine the options, and identify a logical solution. Your decision making will be more than just a

coin toss 31 1

Direct Marketing

Connection 451

Marketplace 469

Advertisers’ Product Index 504

Index to Advertisers. . . 5(16

Reader Service Card . . SOy

Editorial Product Index 510

Coming Up 511

FIRST LOOKS

Hands On:

. IBM’s PS/2 Model 80

Tandy's new products, including its 386 machine and laser printer

NEC’s Multisync adapter for IBM’s PS/2 line

DESQview 2.0

Low-cost XT compatibles

from Vendex and CompuAdd « IRMA2 33

VTF.\\T*OINTS

LETTERS TO PC MAGAZINE 13

PC ADVISOR

MillJones/He\p in routing text directly to a printer, in running a PC on its side, in programming EGA cards, and in boosting DRAM chip speed 27

FROM THE EDITOR’S SCREEN

Bill MachronelLook-ani-Feei

Follow-up 59

JOHNC. DVORAK The BS/2 Operating System Scandal in Istancia S.S.R 65

Inside Track 67

JIM SEYMOUR

Software Sells Hardware 7S

STEPHEN MANES The Trade Show: Grab for

Cash 83

AFTER HOURS

WillWriter; Dinner at Eight: Bureaucracy : The Baseball Line Commander: NFL Trupline 516

PRODITTIVITA

PC LAB NOTES Expanding DOS at the Touch of a Finger Jeff Proj/je/DOSKEY stacks^ and edits commands, creates keyboard macros, and adds durable color settings 357

PROGRAMMING/ UTILITIES Adding Notes to Directories

MichaelJ. MeffordI DIRNOTES clears space in yourditectory listings 385

SPREADSHEET CLINIC Jared Tav/or/Disinheriting your ERRs; DOS commands in Symphony; range name rechristcning 405

CONNECTIVITY CLINIC Frank J. Derfler, Jr./Mini NetWare at a mini cost; .sync and a.sync auto-dialing modems; the cold water pipe controversy 413

TURBO POWER USER

NeiU. RubenkinglHov/ Turbo impostors can save your programs; saying Yes at the command line; beeping when compiling is done 421

USER-TO-USER Paul SomersonlPrinier driver mass production; commanding multiple arguments; a way to defeat FORMAT C: 433

PC TUTOR

Charles Perro/d/The zertvbyte file mystery; detecting ANSI. SYS; unreeling a hard disk directory listing 445

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WhAT’S inside

PC Magazine's reputation rests in no small part on all-encom- passing blockbuster issues de- voted to single topics. Earlier this year we reviewed 44 graph- ics programs, then 87 modems; in a few weeks you’ll see our annual smorgasbord of more than 100 new printers. And we’ve devoted this issue to business management, including 59 top accounting packages and 1 0 decision support programs . We are pleased to report that no oth-

er magazine has ever undertaken reviews of business management software on this scale.

Over the past 3 years, we have called upon the "Big Eight" ac- counting firm of Price Waterhouse for ongoing reviews of ac- counting software, and it was only natural to enlist its expertise for this special issue. Planning began nearly a year ago with William Dauphinais, a Price Waterhouse senior partner in St. Louis and team leader for PC Magazine's Price Waterhouse Report account- ing reviews.

Another Price Waterhouse associate, Timothy Lee, a manage- ment consulting services coordinator in PW’s New York office, assembled a testing script with PC Labs to identify and evaluate more than 300 features in accounting software. That 100-page script reigns as the largest ever used at PC Magazine, rcuuiring 35

hours of hands-on testing for each program. The summary of fea- tures tables alone fill mote than 30 pages.

For nearly 5 months, Tim continued as our technical adviser on the project. The 21 blocks from PW’s Manhattan office to PC Magazine became a pan of his daily commute.

Following our report on accounting software. West Coast edi- tor Jared Taylor and his brother. William, a specialist in artificial intelligence who represents the East Coast contingent of the family (Bill hails from New Hampshire), evaluate decision support soft- ware.

Also in this issue is DOSKEY, a free utility by our star pnt- gtammer Jeff Prosise that promises to become a classic , DOSKEY lets you recall, edit, and replay previous commands, change your screen colors effortlessly, and execute thorny DOS commands us- ing single function keys. Around the office we put lots of utilities onto our hard disks and end up erasing most of them. This one’s a definite keeper. To top it off, the issue also contains Michael Mef- ford’s useful DIRNOTES, which lets you add comments to the normally inscrutable filenames in your DIR listings. Tty them both. if

Dedicated to the memory of Iris Knittel

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Letters TO

PC MAGAZINE

THE MODERN MODEM

Winn L. Rosch’s assertion that the tele- phone system cannot carry direct current (DC) signals was a disquieting note (“The Modem Modem: Bridge to the On-line World," PC Magazine, Volume 6 Num- ber 9). Yes, the system cannot carry DC signals end to end, but it certainly does car- ry DC signals from the subscriber to the switch. Also, Mr. Rosch assumes that all modulation is amplitude modulation (AM) and explains that the 3(X)- to 3,000-Hz telephone band could carry data spread 1 ,650 Hz to either side of a 1 ,650-Hz carri- er. Simple math will tell you that only 1 ,350 Hz on either side of the 1 ,650-Hz carrier will fit into that bandwidth.

Before reading the article, I had read that various pulse transmissions systems in which the pulse is proportional to the