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    1. ACT! 2005 - Contact & Customer
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    3. Microsoft OneNote 2003 [Capture
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    4. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner
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    1. ACT! 2005 - Contact & Customer Manager
    by Best Software, Inc.
    list price: $229.99
    our price: $204.99
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    Asin: B0002LXRXY
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 63
    Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    ACT! 2005 ACT! 2005® organize your data for quick and easy access, manage and grow your business relationships, stay on top of your schedule 24/7, forecast and track sales opportunities, and share customer information securely. ACT! 2005 program code has been rewritten. ACT! now is using Structured Query Language (SQL), which provides a relational database (instead of dBase code which provides a flat database). This will give ACT! the ability to accommodate many more records in both a single and multiple user settings with more flexibility and stability. In addition, less frequent database maintenance is required with this new relational database structure.Create new Company and Division records to get a more complete picture of the entire relationship with any company, including all Notes, Histories and Opportunities. Link contacts to companies so that when core company information changes, the changes push to each contact for easier updating. Easily convert Groups into Companies. And create Companies from Contacts (or vice versa). ... Read more

    Features

    • Link to Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds
    • Forecast, track, and report on sales opportunities
    • Easy-to-use contact and customer-manager software
    • Access, organize, and manage contact details
    • Stay on top of schedule 24/7; share customer info securely

    Reviews (94)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Do It!
    Please do not buy this software. This rush to release VERY bad software should not be encouraged. It is virtually unusable as it now is. I am an ACT user since the DOS days and have always upgraded when avaialable. I'm cured now. I have a new Dell Pentium IV 3.3 GHz Computer with 1 GB of RAM. Even with all that this program is a DOG! Any stars associated with this product is laughable.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed
    I'm a New Jersey real estate agent who needed a product to track prospects, transactions and clients. The features in Outlook where limited and I wanted a complete depository of letters, faxes, documents and pdf's.

    I was familiar with ACT's past reputation as a solid business tool and hoped that this new release would be the answer to my CRM needs.

    I downloaded the trial version, experienced difficulties from the get go, (slow load, crashes, freezing), and I foolishly assummed that the full product would perform as advertised.

    I am soooo sorry I did not come to this forum before purchasing ACT! 2005 at CompUSA. I've spent an inordinate amount of time trying to transfer Outlook records to mediocre results. The Outlook integration has never been totally resolved. The program is incredibly slow to load and react. I never got beyond loading contacts so I can't attest to any of the other glitches expressed here.

    Bottom line: I'm still using Outlook and have almost given up on ACT. I'm afraid to rely on it for my business. I agree with all those who have enumerated the severe problems and limitations of this program. It is not a program that I would recommend to any of my colleagues.

    Best Software should go back to the drawing board

    1-0 out of 5 stars ACT needs to get its ACT together
    This version of ACT is full of bugs. For example, 1) It could only print labels for a max of 50 people with some of the printers, 2) The export CSV function is buggy and the exported data columns are not in the order specified but they end up in some random order.

    Just about every function I tried using is buggy. I am just amazed they got this product out like this.

    Whereas the USER fields modification on 6.0 was intuitive this one requires a 4 year college degree to master. Every time I use it I need to beat my brains out and try remember what I did before. It is bad.

    Stick with 6.0 or earlier versions of ACT

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a mistake!
    I am a long time Act user and after enjoying last version (6.0) I was extremely dissapointed with the bad performance of the new version.
    I spent two weeks on the phone with the technicians and if you are patient, Best Software has great employees that take ownership and do the best they can. Unfortunately, the technicians can't overcome products limitations:
    1. RAM HUNGRY. I had 512 MB and upgrated to 1 GB and still is slow.
    2. Does not link with Palm OS. I was promissed several times that "it's comming". Not delivered. They have a new "link" that performs extremely poorly.
    3. If you use Earthlink and have Total Access installed on yourcomputer (for your safety), Act will not be able to send emails through Outlook.
    I am so upset that I will delete this software from my computer and go back to Act 6.0 which was great. Unfortunately Best Software will not pay me for the expense of the software and my time.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it
    We tried to use this product, bought a 3 license package, we are a small sales company.The product became Unusable.We have 3 fairly new Dell computers, all with pentium 3 or 4 and the system slowed to a point where you could not tolerate it.The Sync by email feature which we liked is gone.You have to open a port in order to sync now.The amount of work that would have been required to figure this out not worth it.Next upgrade may be GoldMind. ... Read more


    2. ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 3.0
    by Scansoft
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00094OT7C
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Scansoft
    Sales Rank: 241
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    PDF Converter Pro 3.0 ... Read more

    Features

    • Combine multiple source files, such as JPEGs,Word files and Web pages, to create a single PDF file to share your work as an integrated document.
    • PDF Converter delivers everything the business user needs, including powerful document and form creation, conversion and editing.
    • Instantly create 100% industry-standard PDF files that can be read, printed, or processed.
    • For the first time you can edit directly within a PDF file. Add copy, rearrange words, even change the position of charts and graphics.
    • Convert PDF Files into Microsoft Word, Excel and Corel WordPerfect documents.

    Reviews (4)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Better than Version 2...I hope!
    Version 2 of this product was highly overrated in my opinion, with PDF-to-Word conversions fair at best.Format preservation is usually mediocre and requires significant post-conversion editing.Upgrade rebate/cost is an insult to users who were, and will be, ScanSoft's beta-testers.Supplied macros often cause Microsoft Office applications to load slowly and/or crash. Updates and needed fixes to Version 2 rarely materialized during its life-cycle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I had hoped
    I have wanted to buy Acrobat for a long time, but couldn't rationalize 300 bucks to get it.Then comes along this beauty for under $100.The PDF to Word with formatting is like magic.PDF for the masses for sure.Saving 200 bucks and getting magic...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Where's the upgrade rebate?
    Where's the upgrade rebate for the loyal customers that bought the prior version, which is not as good as the claims? Oh, but this is the company that charges you money to tell them of a flaw in their own program. Incredible how poor these clowns run this company.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid alternative to Adobe Acrobat
    I found this to be an amazing PDF product - but its not from Adobe.I have used Acrobat in the past, but this does things that Acrobat doesn't do - like turn PDF back into Word, and turning forms into fill-able forms. I use scansoft Paperport too, and this works perfect with the PDF files from scanners. ... Read more


    3. Microsoft OneNote 2003 [Capture all your information in one place]
    by Microsoft
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $84.99
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    Asin: B0002HE2IW
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 118
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Microsoft OneNote 2003.OneNote 2003 is a new program in the Microsoft Office System that enables you to capture, organize, and reuse your notes on laptop computers, desktop computers, or Tablet PCs. It gives you one place to store all your notes and the freedom to work with them how you want. OneNote 2003 also helps you capture information in multiple ways and then organize and use it according to your needs.OneNote 2003 combines the freedom and flexibility of paper notes with the efficiency and power of digital organizational tools, enabling you to work with your notes and information more productively.Capture Information in Multiple Ways Take notes and collect information the way you want. Organize Information Easily Organize your notes the way you want and be more productive. Access Information Quickly Have one convenient place to capture all of your notes and information. Reuse and Share Notes Easily OneNote makes it easy to reuse and share your notes after you have captured them. ... Read more

    Features

    • Great for in meetings, classes, phone conferences, and more
    • Capture and use notes on laptop or desktop computers or Tablet PCs
    • Versatility of paper notes; efficiency of digital organizational tools
    • Capture info in multiple ways; store in one place; easy to use
    • Be more productive anywhere you work with notes

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product! Does exactly what it promises.
    This is an outstanding product. If you check out the Microsoft Office site, you'll see a tremendous amount of support and information.

    It does what is promised. You can take virtually any kind of information, arrange it any way you want to, and come back to it later, finding precisely what you're looking for. One of the best feature is Side Note; it stays open with any other application, letting you take notes or paste information. There is even an Explorer add-on that lets you paste whole web pages, or selected material to your notebook, citing where the information came from.

    You can move information anywhere you want to, instantly e-mail it from Outlook, or create a Word document from it.

    I don't understand the reviewer who says that you can do this with Word and "special" folders. You could do try to do it with a pen and paper, too, but the product is all about efficiency and organization.

    In my opinion, this is one of the bes MS Office products--maybe they'll include this in the standard edition next time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product!
    Think of this as a tabbed notepad program that can take input from just about any source, index all the words and allow you to search them.(though searching could be beefed up - with that improvement, it could blow away infoSelect or AskSam)

    The tabbing has two levels.Across the top are the tabs for different projects. down the side are different pages for each project.

    For instance, I am studying for the Teradata Physical Implementation certification test. I created a project tab for the test.I created page tabs for each chapter of the study guide. on each page, I type the learning goals for each chapter (posed as questions) and answer them.I scan in any diagrams that I feel are important.with my Wacom graphics tablet, I write notes and impressions on the charts.I also scan in the chapter test questions and then answer them.for me this has been a very productive study method.

    I know it got off to a troubled start, but the 2003 version is VERY good, so don't let old impressions steer your buying decisions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Product for Organizing
    Contrary to what some people say, this product is very useful and does exactly what its is advertised to do. I use it to keep writing notes and ideas together. I took 81 pages of Microsoft Word documents and consolidated them into my notebook.It lacks the ability to create a completely separate notebook and does not save one notebook into a complete section rather saves in files and sections.Those two are the only downfalls of the product. Hopefully Microsoft will fix that next time.

    1-0 out of 5 stars so so quality but very bad service
    I bought one , but it is not convinient for those that with the touch pad, it is hard to write unless you have pen.
    also I bought hope there will be a rebate, but they said the coupon must be original, but they did not send me the one, which means they give you better hope but not real result.
    that is bad feeling!!! very bad!! since then I willnever buy one microsoft product privately.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very efficient and easy to use
    This is a very well thought out program, that makes it much easier to stay organized and take notes quickly. I find that I am able to type far quicker than I can write, so taking notes is much easier on the computer. Plus, afterwards, it's a lot easier to reorganize or rearrange digital notes than paper notes. You can click anywhere and start typing, just like you can do in a "real" notebook.

    One of the best features (that makes this surpass Word for any type of note-taking situation) is that you do not need to save, EVER. I have accidentally lost power on my PC and not lost any information. It's quick to load, and loads to the last "page" in your notebook that you were using, which makes getting started fast really easy.

    The only thing I have trouble with figuring out how to incorporate drawings or mathematical formulae easily, since I do not have a tablet PC. I find that I can do well with a science class like Biology, which isn't all that Math intensive, but for Math I haven't found a good solution. (I'm still using paper and pencil for Calculus.)

    All in all, however, this is a sleek program, that runs swiftly and is a great tool for note-taking. ... Read more


    4. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner (E04087)
    by Wizcom

    our price: $141.54
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    Asin: B0002MPVEQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wizcom
    Sales Rank: 2474
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The QuickLink-Pen Elite is the latest version of the very popular and successful QuickLink-Pen, providing users with new and improved electronic note-taking capabilities: reads notes and definitions aloud; beams to Smartphones, as well as to PDAs and PCs; includes English dictionary definitions; USB connection to PC.Used just like a yellow highlighter, the QuickLink-Pen Elite allows the user to collect, electronically, notes from any printed text - anytime, anywhere!The QuickLink-Pen Elite is ideal for students, doctors, business people, or researchers who need the ability to quickly and easily take notes whenever and wherever they might be - in a library, on a plane, or in a business meeting. ... Read more

    Features

    • USB and IrDA infra red ports, PC compatible
    • Stores up to 1,000 pages of text; text-to-speech software
    • Supports English, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French
    • Exports data to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer
    • 97% OCR accuracy, recognizes 6-22 point font sizes

    Reviews (4)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with OS X
    I want to like this thing, but I can't, for it does not work at all with OS X.

    So, if, like me, you run Apples, just pass on by this page because the thing will not work for you.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the C-Pen 800C
    I'm measuring, first and foremost, ease and precision of scanning. Speed of scanning and ease of installation on the computer are, in my mind, about the same for both this, the Wizcom QuickLink Elite, and the C-Pen 800C. They differ sufficiently, however, in the primary question of ease and quality of scanning. For the record, I bought both at the same time, with the intent of keeping the better of the two. You can just go ahead and buy the C-Pen 800C.
    I have had one horrible experience with a pen scanner by Siemens, the "Pocket Reader." It was truly useless. It scanned so poorly that I just put it aside. By the time I though to return it, Siemens was no longer making it, and I couldn't get customer service here in the U.S.
    The Wizcom QuickLink Elite is not so bad. It's serviceable. I don't think it lives up to its 95% accuracy guarantee, but perhaps meets a 90% threshold, measured impressionistically. It's interface is also reasonable and satisfactory.
    However, the C-Pen 800C is even more precise, truly approaching 95%. Moreover, if you discount errors in spacing from this accuracy percentage, its precision is even higher. Whereas the Wizcom is just as likely to make a content error, misread letters, etc., the 800C's errors are more likely to be the absence of a space when there should be one. A rare missed space doesn't make you puzzle over the text when you come back to it two months later.
    C-Pen is also lighter, and it's rechargeable, so while it's more expensive, in the long run, you'll save on batteries.
    Both have comparable single-language dictionaries, though Wizcom has more built in or for free (C-Pen allows you one free dictionary, including bilingual ones). Wizcom is a only a bit slower on the uptake, but significantly more likely to warn you "Scan too fast." I've never had that from C-Pen, and again, the precision at any speed is appreciably better with C-Pen.
    Both have comparable PC and PDA compatibility capacity.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much capability can be a bad thing....
    I chose this device over the competitor products based on (1) ergonomics, (2) local device controls, and (3) independent operation from the PC.Unfortunately, the device software has fallen prey to the age-old issues of any device that tries to perform "smart" syncing operations.It gets confused...

    My goal was to use the pen as a remote scanning device and then be able to upload the scanned text to either my home PC or my laptop.I installed the desktop application on both machines with no apparent problems.However, after successfully syncing with one machine, a subsequent attempt to sync with the second machine failed miserably.One such failure caused me to permanently lose 2 hours worth of scanned input.I was horrified.

    I need a scanning pen that is exactly just that.A scanner.I don't need a smart device that wants to 'remember' what I've done or what I want to do.I don't get this type of behavior with my digital camera or my flatbed scanner, so I don't expect it from a pen.When you perform an alleged upload operation, the software tries to write information back into the pen.If I'm "uploading" then I don't want anything to be "downloaded" into the pen... period.This is the bane of my tests and the failures.

    There are certainly other factors that affected decision to return the equipment to the manufacturer for refund, such as sluggish processing times between scans, and extremely poor ability to read Times New Roman (note: all their samples are in Arial, but find a textbook that isn't TNR!).I could still have lived with these ideosyncracies if it weren't for the high risk of data loss.This was intended to be a time saver, but it simply wasn't.

    My rating here is based on the hardware.This device could be vastly improved with a change in software philosophy.Just upload the data and don't second-guess the operator.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Portable, useful, and easy to use
    I received QuickLink Elite pen today and have been testing it for the past 6 hours. Now I am finished, I would like to share my thought about this device with you. The box came with the content as described by Amazon. My surprise was that the 135 page color manual, I thought those were extinct! That is in addition to the PDF one in the CD.

    Installation on Windows XP Pro. SP2 (Tablet edition) went smoothly, the instructions on the self run CD were easy to follow. You basically install the driver for the cable [serial at the device connector to USB (II in my case) at the PC end], then you install the desktop application which is a very basic utility that lists the files on your pen, and allows you to communicate, change settings, transfer data, and add software to your pen. Once you install the software, you will be asked to connect the device to the computer to start the communication. Initially I had a problem connecting to the device because it conflicted with Bluetooth serial ports. So I disabled the Bluetooth serial ports and removed some extra unused serial COM ports from the computer device manager. I reinstalled the pen drive from the CD, restarted the computer but before I connect again I did one more IMPORTANT step that is not mentioned anywhere. You Baud rate on the pen (go to settings, communications, baud rate) must be the same as your computer COM port (go to device manager, right click on the new COM port), choose a rate, in my case 57600 worked best. After that I managed to exchange files, install software to the pen. In addition, It tried the IrDA with my laptop, the text file was transferred instantly. PDA (iPAQ) recognize the device but transfer of files needed third-party software (Peacmaker $15). In their website, they say there will be an upgrade where third party will not be needed.

    After that scanning the text went smoothly, I also scanned small image ( max 8 mm wide), installed the tables software on the pen, scanned directly on the PC ... all went very well. I scanned a type font 10 textbook, out of the total 543,24 were mis-recognized (some missing one letter, some had capital letter in the middle, while others were just a mess). That is about 95.5% accuracy, not bad, considering that I get about 85% with a flatbed scanner. It takes me about 5 to 6 seconds per line (about 5 minutes per page), so this is truly for text snippets rather than a whole page scanning. Image scanning is useful for signatures, Greek letters, etc. Quality is just OK, you can also scan tables, business cards (to outlook), URLs (get sent to favorites) with the included add-ins on the CD, and bar codes (additional downloads from the wizcom website). All in all I will recommend this device for students, researchers, & people who type slow or rather collect different set of texts from books, journals, etc. It fits 1000 pages internal memory, besides scanning directly to your word processor. It has built in English dictionary, good for language students. It also read aloud any text that is scanned (I do not see the use of this one) but the pen comes with earphone with volume controls.
    All in all, this pen turn out as it was described and I think it is a keeper. Thanks for reading this long review and I hope it helped someone.
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    5. GOLDMINE 6.5 Customer & Contact Management- 1 User
    by Goldmine Software
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $170.99
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    Asin: B00018ZRH2
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Goldmine Software
    Sales Rank: 780
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Frontrange GoldMine v.6.5 - Complete Product - Business - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - English - PCAs demands on your time increase, you and your team need to make the most of every moment. Sales quotas require a focus on customer relationships and opportunities. Without the tools todevelop relationships, your business is at risk.GoldMine software helps you win and retain customers by improving efficiency and productivity without sacrificing your bottom line. GoldMine helps businesses get a more complete view of their customers. Because growth and retention are critical to long-term success, focusing on improving yourcustomer relationships makes common business sense. Out of the box, GoldMine helps increase productivity through team-based collaboration, centralized customer information, and tools for streamlining sales and marketing processes. GoldMine equips professionals, SOHOs (Small Offices/Home Offices), small businesses and teams with customer/contact management, automated processes and workgroup tools. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theFronrtange GMSIP0165 - GOLDMINE 6.5 1U INSTALL PACKand all other Fronrtange Software - Business ... Read more

    Features

    • Provides customer/contact management, automated processes, and workgroup tools
    • Instant access to centralized customer and contact information
    • Time management tools; easily automate mass mailings and track results
    • Share critical information across the whole team, inside and outside the office
    • Analyze leads, sales, and marketing; sort sales by product or probability

    Reviews (7)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the latest Version
    I just bought GoldMine.This version is 6.5 but the latest version is 6.7.GoldMine requires you to pay extra to get that.Given that Amazon advertises this as "newest version" this seems pretty bogus.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very good package for knowledgeable PC users
    Get this product if you're a savvy PC user.Then, you'll be amazed at it's functionality.If you half-the-time can't figure out how to make your PC work, then don't get this progranm as it will blow you away.Simple fact--the more powerful the software, the more knowledgeable the user must be to harvest the functionality and this is one powerful package.I run a mutil-million dollar company with it and used it when there was just one employee.So it's grown with the needs of a rapidly growing company.Other people that wrote reviews here complained about the support.If you need lots of support, again--this is not the package for you anyway.Their support is not good but who cares--can you read a manual?They have trained consultants throughout the US if you do need face to face support or customization.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst programs I've ever bought
    This is absolutely one of the worst software purchases I've ever made.It's difficult to learn (and I was a software engineer for 15 years, so I'm not new at this), it's buggy (I tried to do mail-merge the other day and it simply wouldn't work), and support is non-existent.

    Just take a look at the forums on their website.Instead of having a helpful knowledge base, they depend on user-to-user support and consultants to make their product work.

    To be fair, I've talked to people who use older versions of GM and they say it's a good product.Also, the GM/Outlook synchronization works well.

    On the other hand, the GM/Word link doesn't work much more of the time than it works.I don't know how many times I've re-installed it.And apparently, FrontRange doesn't keep the resources on their website up-to-date so when you download a version of the GM/Word link, you're not sure whether you're getting the latest version (again, take a look at the forums).

    It's been a complete headache since the day I installed it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What I wish I knew before buying GM ...
    I never write these reviews, but I feel that I must based on the information that is available under the reviews as they are polarized and only vaguely helpful.

    Second, my rating would be 4.5 stars, but Amazon doesn't allow that.I would rate this product five stars except for the support issue which is a problem.I actually think it is not as big an issue as many of the other reviewers.

    Third, I'm a huge Goldmine fan (GM) - I purchased mine on Amazon at the end of Aug 2004 - and I am completely hooked.I recommend this program to anyone that needs any type of customer relationship management (CRM) software for any business because it will do everything that you can imagine.Yes, GM does has warts, but so does salesforce.com, or Act (which I have used in the past) or anything else.GM is VERY cheap and an INCREDIBLY powerful product for what it can do.

    I consider myself to be very computer savvy and to get GM working the way that you want it too, this is helpful.Any other database (including ACT!) requires some user savvy to work too.I wish I had been aware of the following before I purchased GM from Amazon:

    1.(Acutally I did this.) Free 30-day trial from www.frontrange.com - so try it before you buy it (but buy it here - Amazon has the cheapest prices).
    2.There is no support (hence less than 5 stars) from Frontrange.However there are a enormous amount of people out there who can (and will) help you.The support is primarily through a newsgroup identified on frontrange's website.
    3.GM, like any other sophisticated CRM relies on you to make it work for you.If you don't have a lot of contacts then Outlook is probably all you need.However, it really helps if you are technologically inclined before you purchase this product because, although you can use it straight out of the box, to make GM really work you will need to modify this program to your needs (same as ACT!).If you're not technologically inclined there are many GM consultants who will charge you a fee to assist you.Don't call me, I'm not a GM consultant.
    4.You can read the manual for this product at www.frontrange.com, and you can also dowload two 450+ page manuals written by Frontrange that will help you understand what GM can and cannot do.(Does this sound like a lot of work for a $165 product? - sure, but this product is worth the effort.If you are inveting in a database do you want to trust your data to chance? The cost of bad data, and a poorly designed and not particularly powerful product is a lot more than $165!!)
    5.This product will do ANYTHING that you need if you're looking for a database.Yes, ANYTHING.Hence to get value (this product does work straight out of the box) but it really excels when you customize it.Any database is only as good as your ideas for making it work.
    6.Since August I have entered more than 100,000 contacts into GM - I'm in a contact intensive field - and this program is invaluable for keeping in contact with people.Excellent reminders for everything - one nice feature: you can set the alarm so that GM sends you a text message to your phone telling you that you have an appointment and the text includes the other person's tel number.This feature has reminded me of potentially missed meetings and calls on a number of occassions - worth $165 right there.
    7.This is a FULL working database - and it is EXTREMELY fast and compact - for example I had 25,000 contacts in Outlook and the search function was incredibly slow was Molasses trying to get around it.The act file was close to 600MB in size.GM WHIZZES - the same DB is a trim 150MB, with much faster look ups.However, like any other database it requires a lot of effort on behalf of the user to ensure that the product is changed so that it works the way you want it too.
    8.If more than one person is going to access the database, GM makes it easy for multiple users to access the database.This product is exceptionally scaleable.You can have 1 person or 100s of people working the same database.
    9.The best support is through what I would loosely term the "GM community."Through the frontrange website you can access a newsgroup (look under the support) where people post questions which are answered by people who subscribe to the community.There is a wealth of information there.However, if you're the sort of person that gets scared at the idea that you might have to understand what the computer is doing, then stick with Outlook.There are a large number of GM consultants who do charge money for their services - in many ways this is no different than microsoft or many of the other large companies.Many of these consultants publish answers to questions on the newsgroup for no charge.Let's face it, if it's a business threatening emergency wouldn't you want a specialist to be able to get to work right away?With so many consultants available there is nearlys always one on hand.
    10. The mail merge feature alone is INVALUABLE and easy to use, (although it is not a full HTML email product).You can, however, (through purchase of an add-on product) still use Outlook as your e-mail client, with the advantage that your Goldmine address book can be hidden from the Outlook directory.Outlook is FULLY integrated.So when you get an email in Outlook, GM automatically appends a reference to that message to a contact in it's database, so that you have all of that person's messages in the one place.In addition, all email attachments are linked to that contact.
    11.Any file can be linked to a contact and the link is "hot."The link is a shortcut to the file so with one click you can retrieve all of your letters or documents associated with a contact.
    12.Importing data into GM is easy.
    13. It is incredibly easy to keep on top of a long list of tasks.I regularly make upward of 100 phonecalls a day, with follow on calls required many times because I don't get people.I NEED a product where I can find all of our interaction with one client, and all in one place.Under each contact in GM you can store all of the emails, telephone calls, actions that you have taken, appointments, etc.
    14.The lookup feature is a little quirky and not what I was expecting.It took me a little getting used to (a few hours) but once you get the hang of it, it is really fast and efficient.

    Overall:

    strengths - alsolutely robust, an intelligent, well put together product with an exceptional value for the price - the best $165 I've spent in years.Obviously, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product.

    Weaknesses - lack of support from Frontrange, requires the user to read up on the product and want to work with it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too Complex and Support Sucks
    Truly a piece of crap. Dozens of useless bells and whistles that add complexity but no utility. An entire industry of third party Goldmine consultants exists to charge you big bucks to make it do what it should do out of the box. The product is unstable and crashes frequently, sometimes destroying your data along the way. GoldMine support, if you can actually reach them, expects you to be a database wizard and patronizes you and gets impatient if you ask questions. For a while they eliminated support entirely, then offered email only and took two weeks to respond to me while my company sat dead in the water. Buy ANYTHING else. These people don't deserve your business. ... Read more


    6. QuickBooks Customer Manager 2.0
    by Intuit, Inc.
    list price: $79.95
    our price: $68.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00062AKI4
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 283
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Intuit QuickBooks Customer Manager v.2.0 - Complete Product - Contact Management - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PCQuickBooks Customer Manager is hands-down the easiest way to give your customers great service to keep them coming back. It puts all the information you need at your fingertips, and synchronizes information between your key applications. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 284255 - QUICKBOOKS CUSTOMER MANAGER 2.0 WIN and all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

    Features

    • Import contacts from QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and more
    • Create group mailings instantly; familiar look and feel of QuickBooks
    • Information management tool for delivering great customer service
    • See customers at a glance and detailed information instantly
    • Synchronize information between key applications

    Reviews (6)

    1-0 out of 5 stars TOO SLOW, TOO MANY BUGS!
    This is, on paper, an excellent idea and has lots of potential. Unfortunately, it SLOOOOOWS your system down to a crawl -- which is frustrating to the point where I don't want to use the product.

    As I said, its a great idea for me. I have been searching for a product that could help me track my many projects without the overkill of a MS Project.

    It also has many annoying bugs that need to be addressed.

    The program has great potential and if it worked as it claims I would give it 5 stars -- but, it can't live up to its promises and until Intuit addresses these -- DON'T BUY IT!!

    Too bad -- I love Quickbooks and am disappointed in this product, especially since this is version 2.0.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had that slow, unstable, featureless version
    Spare a thought for us international users, who can't even get the slow, unstable and featureless version 2.0 of the product.

    I am based in Ireland, and so require the UK version of this product to integrate with Quickbooks. Unlike the US version, this costs 200 euros per person, three times the price of the US version.

    To add to the insult, only version 1.0 is available in the UK. The difference is, version 1.0 does not synchronise emails. I know a team member sent an email, but I can't see it. This product has zero value. It is a shared address book.

    I contacted Quickbooks support (April 2005), and was informed that they "are not shipping version 2.0 in the UK, because they only started shipping versin 1.0 in September." This out of date version is clearly selling like a dog, but they will wait until the shelves clear before shipping the 2004 version. With luck, that will be out of date by then too.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money (and time)
    I am very sorry to say that all the bad reviews are correct. I thought they were being to hard on Quickbooks. I thought that maybe, if you took your time and didn't expect too much, that the software could help you say organized to some extent.
    My apologies go out to all the reviewers. I was soooo wrong! I spent hours trying to make this work for me. All I got was messed up customer records in quickbooks & outlook, which took me hours to fix.
    Even when using the program, there are problems. Example - I emailed an attachment by clicking on "Email" in the contact's file, he could not open it. If I send the same attachment through Outlook directly, no problem. What's the use in having that email ability if it doesn't work.
    When you transfer names from Quickbooks to this program, the address goes under "Bill To" - OK. Now sync to Outlook - hey, there is no "Bill To", so guess what - you get NOTHING! So now I have 1800 names in my outlook with no info.
    I could go on, but you get the point. This program would be bad even as a beta version, but this is version 2!

    1-0 out of 5 stars THE WORSE!
    As insulted as we were to buy 5 licenses for version 1.0, version 2.0 is still as buggy as version 1.0.Total waste of time, money, and cdrom space!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The bigger they get the worse they are.
    I purchased this software after extensive conferencing with "Quick Books SALES STAFF, all good and fine, they pick up the phone spend unlimited time with you. Tell you everything is fine answer all your questions

    Now when you purchase the product there is the RUB!!!!

    #1 the product does not work, in any shape or form. Tey as one might.
    # CSR is off shore so you are on hold over an hour. Than they tell you that even though you called the # on package , for some reason ( heaven only knows) they are not the right department ( if they are not the right deptpartment why do they put that # on the box, to call) , Then they say the right dept is # an other # and they transfer you. Well you guessed it, the "other dept" is closed.

    If they planned to make you miserable they could not have succeeded better.

    Take your money and not give you a thing for it, These poeple should have some serious competetion or maybe this is the American Way now.

    Good luck if you BUY anything FRom THEM!!!!

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    7. Microsoft Outlook 2003
    by Microsoft
    list price: $109.00
    our price: $84.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AZJVF
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 54
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Outlook 2003 ... Read more

    Features

    • New Navigation Pane easily accesses Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Folders, Shortcuts and Journal
    • Access, send, and receive e-mail messages from multiple accounts -- including work, personal or Web-based accounts
    • Outlook 2003's Reading Pane, now on the right side of the screen, displays twice as much content, with reduced scrolling
    • Group messages by date, size, conversation, subject, importance or other criteria for easy retrieval
    • Quick Flags let you flag messages by priority or time sensitivity

    Reviews (23)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Outlook is good but it is not for everybody!
    Outlook is a very powerful program that can do a lot of stuff but most users do not use more than 10% of Outlooks functionality.If you are one of these users I suggest not getting Outlook but look at some alternatives.For instance try Mozilla's Thunderbird email program.It is a very good email program with a lot of functionality and great spam protection.The best part about an alternative email program like Thunderbird is that it's free!Since Thunderbird is open source software anyone who wants to help work on it can.Thunderbird is worked on by millions of programmers around the world who want to use a better email program.It's user friendly and easy to install.Find it by doing a Web search for Mozilla Thunderbird.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Still Looking For A Better Mouse Trap!
    I have always given Outlook a second chance every time Microsoft comes out with a new version and some reason or another I end up switching back to something else.

    I really like the concepts of having an "all-in-one" package for email, contacts, appointments, etc; But Microsoft needs to start paying more attention to detail on email functionality.

    After using Outlook 2003 for about a year now, here are some annoyances that are driving me away from this product.

    1.) Cannot add my own email filters and filter rules. This feature should be a given and my biggest complaint. Why do I need to rely on Microsoft to update Junk Email filters for me? Other email clients (Such as Netscape) allow me to add a filter for certain key words and an action such as "send to trash" if it encounters those key words.

    2.) Junk Email features are a joke. Again, anchored on my 1st complaint, if junk email arrives in my inbox, I have to add the sender to the block senders list. This is fine if the sender always uses the same return address, but as you know with spammers, this is never the case. Also, Outlook waits to inform me that the email is junk AFTER I've opened the email.

    3.) Too much security, and no control. Is there such thing as too much security? I believe there is if I can't control what I want enabled and disabled without a bunch of registry hacks.
    Instead of Microsoft making the decision for me of what I can view or cannot view as an attachment, I would prefer to make that decision for myself.

    4.) Favorite Email Folders is a stupid and useless feature and you can't get rid it. This window is just useless clutter, but yet again, we have no control of what's displayed in the outlook window. Enough said.

    5.) Forwarded messages arrive as attachments, no way to change this. Another big complaint of mine. If a message was forwarded 3,4 or more times, I have keep drilling down through the attachments for each time the message was forwarded just to get to the original message. Ultimately you end up with x number of useless windows open cluttering up your taskbar and x number of windows I have to close once I'm done reading the original message. If a message was forwarded 4 times before it got to me, that's 4 times I have to double click an attachment and 4 extra windows open. It would be nice to have the option to have all forwarded messages contained within the same message body instead as an attachment.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for people on dial-up
    I think that this version of Outlook would be perfect if I weren't on dial-up: Outlook seems to be incapable of doing anything relating to your HTTP or IMAP email folders without checking the server, to the point that you can't even access them offline. The fact that Outlook has to check the server almost evrey time you do anything to your email can really be grating on dial-up. Maybe there's a way to stop the constant reference to the server, but I haven't found it.

    It also has an annoying habit of locally replacing one of my two Hotmail accounts with the other, necessitating that I remove and recreate the "corrupt" account.

    Seeing as how I don't use many of Outlook's other bells and whistles, I can't comment on the broader program, but apart from that signficant headache, it works fairly well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Need to fix PCS
    Generally good, but two bugs remain from before:
    1)Outlook PCS, which offers the only hope of exchangingwith a PDA contact date organized into subfolders, is so buggy as to be unusable.A little effort by MS could make it great.
    2)Appointments still get totally screwed up if you change time zones on the computer.Have to work around by pretending that you're in your home time zone when you travel, but just change the clock time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
    New interface and features are nice. I use OpenOffice.org instead of Microsoft Office, so a can't comment on the Microsoft Office integration.

    Didn't notice any "AdWare" as stated by another reviewer.

    I upgraded from Outlook 2000 and it went flawlessly. Found all my Rules, customized folders and Accounts without any setup.

    Until the Open Source community provides an alternative on a Microsoft platform, I'll continue to use Microsoft Outlook. For $90.00, you can't beat it.

    Thanks for a great product Microsoft. ... Read more


    8. ACT! 6.0 for 2004 - Contact Management Solution
    by Best Software, Inc.
    list price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000099O04
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 385
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Best Software ACT! 6 for 2004.ACT! 6 for 2004 is the #1 best-selling contact management solution - used by millions and praised by experts around the world. Get instant access to every contact detail to better manage and build your business relationships. Instantly recall every contact detail! ACT! 6 organizes all your customer information in one place to give you instant access to every detail of every relationship. You'll be able to find anyone or any detail in seconds, including names, phone numbers, addresses, notes from previous conversations, upcoming appointment details, call histories, a list of follow-up activities, and much more - for any contact you choose! ACT! even manages your sales pipeline with forecasting tools and built-in reports and allows you to safely share complete customer information with your workgroup. It even works with Outlook, handhelds - both Palm OS and Pocket PC, and paper planners to propel your business to a whole new level.ACT! 6 System Requirements ⢠An IBM PC or equivalent computer with a Pentium 133 Mhz or higher processor ⢠VGA or higher resolution monitor ⢠At least 64 MB of RAM (more memory increases performance) ⢠At least 50 MB of free disk space on your hard disk for installation. (*Note In addition to the disk space required to install ACT!, you need enough disk space to accommodate twice the size of your database when you perform certain functions, such as backing up your database. For example, if your database is 10 MB, you need 20 MB of free disk space.) ⢠CD-ROM drive ⢠A mouse or other pointing device supported by Windows ⢠Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Home, Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 98, (Windows 95 is not supported) ⢠Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or later. ... Read more

    Reviews (30)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Awful, looking for a new contact manager
    I had been an ACT user and fan for many years.That ended when I upgraded to ACT 6.I have a 2.8GHz computer with 1GB RAM, and still, ACT can only run if I shut down nearly all the other software. What a joke. I can't look up a customer phone number without shutting down everything else I'm working on. Endless lockups, bugs and problems.Useless waste of money! Shopping for a contact manager that actually runs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Antique programming and absolutely no support!!
    I've been using ACT! for five years. I have to admit I didn't do a lot of research prior to making this purchase and I have to say their marketing sold me on the software. The only contact software I had used previously was Outlook.

    I am so frustrated by locking email downloads, corrupted databases, excruciatingly slow execution, software "upgrade" sales pitches every 18 months for upgrades that are totally useless (and expensive) and requests from the current owners of ACT! (four owners of the software company during the 5 years I've been using it!!) for $295 for one year of sofware support that I'm ready to go back to "Gates"ware, as much as I hate that thought.

    WARNING!!!! IMHO, do not buy this software! You may very well regret it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'm out!
    I was using ACT for several years. No considerable complaints with ACT6. But when I upgraded to ACT!7 I was very suprised by its performance. I spent a lot of time waiting it. I'm out! I'll better wait for Goldmine 7 or go to Terrasoft CRM

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Upgrade Ever
    I have been a faithful ACT loyalist for 7 years...and never been disappointed until this upgrade. It is completely horrible and borderline useless. I have a very high end notebook (3 gigahertz processor and plenty of ram)and this program makes it slow to a crawl. Lookups that were almost instantaneous are now so slow that this program is totally useless. DO NOT BUY IT. I am trying to get a refund and go back to a previous version. If I cannot....I am going to change to another contact manager. Do not waste your money.If you have the previous version...keep it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No free support, little improvement in years
    I've been using ACT! since 1990 so have a huge investment in ACT! data and customization and would be therefore be very reluctant to discontinue its use.However, I'm disappointed with how little the product has improved in these many years. The thing I protest most adamantly is the lack of phone or email support.There's no way to communicate with ACT! support without paying a very high rate.It's not a way to create a good feeling of relationship with customers, and it's frustrating to have only expensive support available. ... Read more


    9. GOLDMINE 6.5 Customer & Contact Manager - 5 User
    by Goldmine Software
    list price: $1,099.00
    our price: $759.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00018ZREK
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Goldmine Software
    Sales Rank: 2411
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    Product Description

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    10. Wizcom SP1000V SuperPen Translator
    by Wizcom

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AOWWD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wizcom
    Sales Rank: 16761
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Wizcom SuperPen Voice is a handheld scanner and translator for English speaking markets. The product embodies the functionalities of both WizCom's second-generation products, Quicktionary II and QuickLink Pen.WizCom SuperPen Voice comes with over 30 downloadable language dictionaries - absolutely free! These enable users to scan full sentences of text, receive instantaneous word-by-word translation and hear scanned English words pronounced aloud. By changing dictionaries as needed, users easily become fluent anywhere in the world. The Text-to-Speech technology enables users to pronounce new English words with confidence. These and other SuperPen Voice features have made this product the reading tool of choice for students and travelers alike. The product can store up to 3000 pages of printed information, to be transferred to PC or PDA at leisure. Transfer collected data to any Windows based applications seamlessly. The Wizcom SuperPen Voice has been warmly received by travelers and students, who appreciate the product's scan, save and transfer functionalities as well as its plethora of translation capabilities. ... Read more

    Features

    • Internal flash memory card
    • Transmits stored text to Windows based applications
    • Over 30 downloadable dictionaries available
    • 97% OCR accuracy rate
    • Text-to-speech technology for English text

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Efficient addition to an abridged dual-language dictionary
    The superpen SP1000 is easy to setup and works almost as well as advertised.I have the version that supports bilingual dictionaries.

    The pen came with a CD and a serial cable to connect to the computer.If you plan to transfer data to, or load dictionaries from, a laptop, check that your laptop has a serial port.The pen is supposed to support IR as well, but my laptop does not detect it (though I didn't really try to make this feature work). I installed the software from CD onto my Windows XP machine and connected the pen with the cable. After setting the pen to use the PC connection I was able to choose my dictionaries and load them onto the pen. The dictionaries took a couple of minutes apiece to load. Due to memory space taken by the applications that are pre-loaded on the pen I was only able to load 2 dictionaries at a time. I believe (not sure) the pro version has more memory so I would suggest investigating that version if you study more than one language or want to use dictionaries with other features like note-taking.

    I tried scanning both left-handed and right-handed.In left-handed mode it is easier to see where to place the scanning point in front of the word.The pen rolls smoothly and the character recognition worked well even in a book that is not completely flat and has smallish type.

    It is difficult to capture a short word by itself, but scanning several words at a time works well for capturing short words.The pen display allows you to scroll across the scanned words, showing the definition for each word in turn.

    I have two reasons for giving the product less than 5 stars.When scanning French the pen does not always accurately identify reflexive verbs preceded by an apostrophe, e.g., s'asseoir should be recognized as a reflexive verb asseoir with a preceding s'. Compared to my pocket Langenscheidt dictionary, the electronic translation dictionary supplied with the superpen provides a lower quality of translation and has fewer alternative word definitions.

    I suggest to Wizcom that they partner with a better French dictionary provider, such as Langenscheidt, in order to improve the quality of the translation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Tool for travellers and students alike
    I tried the SuperPen a couple of days back. It is amazing! You can pick up any text in virtially any language, run your SuperPen over it and abracadabra!it is translated to your choice of language. A little speaker will even say it out to ensure you get the correct pronounciation!
    Students, want to make book notes but don't have a laptop or just hate typing? Use the SuperPen. With enough memory to store data worth 1000 pages, you can never run out of space! And transfer your notes to your device(PC, PDA etc) whenever you would like to.
    That said, the SuperPen does have a few problems:
    1) You have to get used to holding the pen in correct position so that the content can be properly scanned.
    2) You gotta run the SuperPen over the printed text slowly or it will garble the data
    3) Will NOT work well if you want to scan data off magazines with glossy pages.
    4) At $180, the SuperPen is not exactly affordable by all.

    CONCLUSION: If you travel abroad a lot or have to take notes from books/reference materials, SuperPen is the best device out there. You will not be disappointed.
    ... Read more


    11. ACT! 2005 (5 User Pack)
    by Best Software, Inc.
    list price: $999.99
    our price: $899.99
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    Asin: B0002LXRYI
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 873
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    Product Description

    ACT! 2005 ACT! 2005® organize your data for quick and easy access, manage and grow your business relationships, stay on top of your schedule 24/7, forecast and track sales opportunities, and share customer information securely. ACT! 2005 program code has been rewritten. ACT! now is using Structured Query Language (SQL), which provides a relational database (instead of dBase code which provides a flat database). This will give ACT! the ability to accommodate many more records in both a single and multiple user settings with more flexibility and stability. In addition, less frequent database maintenance is required with this new relational database structure.Create new Company and Division records to get a more complete picture of the entire relationship with any company, including all Notes, Histories and Opportunities. Link contacts to companies so that when core company information changes, the changes push to each contact for easier updating. Easily convert Groups into Companies. And create Companies from Contacts (or vice versa). ... Read more

    Features

    • Forecast, track, and report on sales opportunities
    • Contact and customer-manager software for 5 users
    • Access, organize, and manage contact details
    • Stay on top of schedule 24/7; share customer info securely
    • Link to Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds

    12. CardScan Executive Color Business Card Scanner (600c/V6)
    by CardScan
    list price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005O70U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: CardScan
    Sales Rank: 6177
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    A clever idea who's time has clearly come, the CardScan Executive 600c scans business cards in full color, connects to your PC via a USB port, and uploads the card into your database using the included CardScan software.

    With simple plug-and-play installation, the machine is easy to use: simply feed a card into the slot, and then watch as the software deciphers the information on the card and categorizes it into the database. The machine can accurately read cards from United States, Canada, France, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and others countries. The software also features AutoMap, expanded connectivity to synchronize with more handheld devices and mobile phones, and access to CardScan.Net, where users can access their business card database via any Web browser.

    Small enough to fit in your hand but durable enough to take to trade shows and meetings, the CardScan Executive is an ideal way to organize the stacks of business cards that would otherwise clutter your briefcase, wallet, or desk. (Note that the CardScan Executive is just right for one person, but if you're looking for a unit that can help your whole team, consider the CardScan Office.) ... Read more

    Features

    • Supports Windows XP, 2000, ME, and 98; USB powered interface
    • Scans business cards in seconds, even in color
    • Organizes cards for easy searching and sorting
    • Eliminates typing; supports batch and 2-sided scanning
    • Comes with CardScan version 6 software

    Reviews (15)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't print pages as advertised.
    The Cardscan Executive advertises that it will print in all the typical planner formats, Daytimer, Dayrunner, Franklin etc. It doesn't do what it says. The right edge of the page is cut off losing important information like half a phone number or half an email address. Technical Support was no help, they said "it's a defect with the program". None of the advertised formats on the pull down menu worked, or using the edit format feature. Users cannot change the width of the fields. Other than that it's a pretty cool product.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great easy to use product
    To the person who says it doesnt scan the graphics- it does.
    It can store the image fromboth sides of the card and the english text from one side.
    I find it easy to use and very useful. Mostly i dont bother to verify the cards as there is almost always enough data stored correctly.

    Why only 4 stars

    I would like easier ways to select which contacts to transfer into other programs (I scan everything since its so easy but i dont need a lot of the data on a daily basis so i dont want to transfer everything) and easier ways to split and merge databases by batch selection.It has these facilities but its too hard !

    As someone who lives and travels in Asia many of my cards have the local language details on the back. You can scan the back you cant print it. Give a printed copy to a cab driver is an easy way to get to where i want to go when i cant speak the language.

    Finally the copy and paste is fiddly.

    But i use it every day and i have all my cards going back 7 years accessible by a simple text search.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get those Business Cards under control
    Do you have stacks of business cards sitting in boxes are wrapped up in rubber bands?Do you come back from a trade show or meeting with a pocket full of cards and never do anything with them?If so the Corex Cardscan is for you.

    I've used it for over 6 months and love it.Installation was easy - follow the instructions - install software - plug in the USB cable.The scanner is very fast and very accurate. I normally don't have to make any corrections to the scanning results.Cards with very unusual fonts or layouts sometimes need correction. The included software works flawlessly with ACT! or outlook.Another cool feature is the link to the Cardscan.net site.This allows you to back-up/store and access your business card file on online. It is also very easy to use.Again I have found this to be a lifesaver for handling business cards and with many months of use I have had no problems.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Scans great, but problem with multiple users on XP
    The scanner works great with execellent accuracy.
    Unfortunately the software does not work under XP for users that do not have administrator privileges. Corex claims that this is not a "bug" but rather you must be a "power user" (aka administrator) to use this product. After two fruitless hours of experimentation with changing access rights to the program file directories, I relented and elevated my user's level to administrator. After that the cards scan fine.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Works great, but bug with multiple users on XP
    The scanner works great with execellent accuracy.

    Unfortunately the software does not work under XP for users that do not have administrator privileges.Corex claims that this is not a "bug" but rather you must be a "power user" (aka administrator) to use this product.After two fruitless hours of experimentation with changing access rights to the program file directories, I relented and elevated my user's level to administrator.After that the cards would scan ... Read more


    13. Wizcom InfoScan IS1000 Pen Scanner
    by Wizcom

    our price: $86.44
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000Y8FLC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wizcom
    Sales Rank: 6977
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    Product Description

    Tripp Lite IS1000 - 4 x NEMA 5-15R - 680JTripp Lite Isolator series isolation transformers offer complete line isolation, continuous noise filtering and enhanced common mode surge suppression. Internal low-impedance isolation transformer component with Faraday Shield offers 100% isolation from the input AC line. Secondary neutral to ground bonding eliminates common mode noise, providing an isolated ground reference for sensitive equipment and an inexpensive alternative to the installation of dedicated circuits and site electrical upgrades. Removes EMI/RFI noise, utility switching transients, backround spikes generated by other on-site loads and utility or lightning related surge conditions. Additional surge suppression components placed at both the line input and transformer output combined with full line isolation offers continuous line filtering of a full range of power line noise in all modes. Active transformer filtering with no wearable parts is uniquely able to reduce surges in the worst of power environments to harmless levels. Reduces 6000V IEEE587 Cat A&B ring wave and combination wave test surges to only 0.5V common mode. Model IS1000 offers 1000 watts capacity with 4 widely spaced output receptacles, a 6 ft power cord, circuit breaker overload protection and lighted power switch. Rugged all-metal unit housing ships ready for upright tower or wallmount placement in industrial, medical, office or network environment. 2 year manufacturers warranty. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theWizcom IS1000 - WIZCOM INFOSCANand all other Wizcom Scanners ... Read more

    Features

    • For Windows-based operating systems; 1-year warranty
    • Scans up to 500 pages of text in 7 languages
    • Able to read EAN 13, EAN 8, UPCA, UPCE, code 39, code 128, and Inter 2 of 5 barcodes
    • Reads print sizes from 6 to 22 points in 5 type styles
    • Infrared and USB data transfer

    14. Micro3 Business Card Reader
    by E-Book Systems, Inc.

    our price: $94.04
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    Asin: B00006Y0EZ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: E-Book Systems, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 11314
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    Features

    • Scans business cards into searchable database, no typing required
    • Transfers data to your PC, contact manager, or PDA for easy access
    • 600 dpi resolution, 4 seconds per business card
    • Includes ABBYY FineReader software to detect card's orientation and to remove background
    • USB-powered; portable design, about the size of a deck of cards

    15. MyMailList Deluxe 7
    by Avanquest
    list price: $49.95
    our price: $42.74
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    Asin: B0002HQWGM
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Avanquest
    Sales Rank: 537
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    Features

    • Send personalized emails; send up to 1,000 emails per hour
    • Easily manage mail list and address book
    • Select from over 20 mailing templates
    • Import data from popular databases; intuitive data-entry screen
    • Customize mailings with easy-to-use design tools

    16. Quicken Legal Business Pro 2005
    by Nolo Press
    list price: $109.99
    our price: $66.49
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    Asin: B0002Q8RPC
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Nolo Press
    Sales Rank: 1133
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Nolo Quicken Legal Business Pro 2005.Quicken Legal Business Pro 2005 has the answers for 80% of the people who have business problems.System Requirements: Pentium 133 (Pentium II 300 recommended)Windows 98/Me/2000/XP32 MB RAM (64 MB RAM recommended)27 MB hard disk space (33 MB to install)Super VGA (800x600) with 256 colors (16-bit color recommended)2x CD-ROM drive14.4 Kbps modem required to access online features (56 Kbps or higher recommended)Any printer supported by Windows 98/Me/2000/XPMicrosoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higherAdobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher (v. 5.0.5 included on CD) ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes additional software offering over 500 office templates, a $79 value
    • Instant access to a multitude of small business topics including taxes, deductions, employee issues, marketing gems, contracts, raising money, extending credit, selling your business
    • Covers the rules and regulations of all 50 states
    • More than 140 popular business forms and documents
    • Web updates feature provides the latest in the law

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best software product for small business !
    This is a great software product for small business owners. It has dozens of forms, sample letters, and worksheets to help with forming a business, hiring employees, borrowing and lending money, leasing space, etc. In addition to the forms, it includes the full text of five Nolo books: Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, Tax Savvy for Small Business, Everyday Employment Law, Marketing Without Advertising, and Leasing Space for Your Small Business. The books alone make this an amazing deal.

    Given Nolo's reputation for plain English self-help materials, this is a must-have for any business owner's computer. The peace of mind in being able to look up basic legal, human resources, and tax questions has made this an excellent purchase for me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Very Useful
    I thought I'd better warn people before the fake glowing reviews come in.

    This is not very useful software.Quicken seems to be on a robbing spree.I order a lot of items on Amazon(and wasted a lot of money) but have never written a review.This software is garbarge, a library or your Secretary of state website, or IRS website will have all these forms.The software gives you NO freedom whatsoever and are nearly unpresentable.They are just TOO generic.This software gave me an empty feeling of loss.I wrote this review so nobody else would waste their hard earned money.
    Real Small Business Owner ... Read more


    17. Official ACT! 2005 QuickStudy Guide (Book)
    by Best Software, Inc.
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $31.34
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002TPFYK
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 240
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    18. ACT! 2005 Upgrade
    by Best Software SB, Inc.
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $132.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002T46P4
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Best Software SB, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3018
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Best Software Act! 2005 - Upgrade - Organizer - PCFrom the #1 selling contact and customer manager, more powerful, easy-to-use ACT! 2005 helps selling professionals and small businesses make contact, build relationships and get results.ACT! 2005 allows you to instantly access key customer information, better manage your time, easily prioritize tasks and build stronger, more productive business relationships. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theBest Soft ACTS2005UP - UPG ACT! 2005and all other Best Soft Software - Office ... Read more

    Features

    • Easily share and synchronize contacts and calendars
    • Helps connect selling professionals with small businesses
    • Easily access, organize, and manage contact details
    • Time management tools; track sales opportunities
    • Integrates with Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars ACT 2005 Disaster
    Being a user of ACT since 1990, I thought I would continue to upgrade as I have in the past. What a mistake. 6.0 (was no IS) a good product.2005 has a long way to go.
    I would like everyone to know when you transfer your 6.0 database to 2005 there is no way to revert back to 6.0 and bring your notes with.
    What a joke.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't see the value
    I just installed ACT! 2005 after using previous versions of ACT for 10 years.I was very disappointed.My custom layouts were not imported, system ran slow (hard drive ran for a very long time) and there just did not seem to be anything new or innovative.I don't think this version is a step up or sideways, but in fact a step down.

    I think users on ACT 6.0 should stay on it.I have read other reviews and found nobody who thinks it works well.

    Best software needs to go back to the drawing board, start with version 6.0 (which is very good) and only upgrade when they have something new and better.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Integration Problems
    I am an avid fan and user of ACT! 6.0. My database is integrated with ACT! for Palm and WinFax Pro and worked nicely since June 2003. Then, I upgraded to ACT! 2005. First, the software simply ran like it was on a 4 year old system with 64 megs of ram. Luckily, Best Software provided an update the 2nd week of Feb. Then, my ACT! for Palm stopped working. Best Software promises that fix is on its way. But, the real kicker was the refusal by both Symantec and Best Software to provide some solution for WinFax's inability to integrate with ACT! 2005. I contacted ACT! first and was told that because Microsoft is updating to the Longhorn OS, Best Software had to stop integrating with WinFax Pro. Right. They then sugested I call Symantec and ask if they planned to offer an upgraded link to ACT! 2005. After speaking with 2 represenatives who's names I can not spelll nor pronounce, I was directed to call ACT!. I explained I had already called ACT! and she assurred me it was Symantec's division that dealt with ACT!. She lied. The third represenative told me to revert back to ACT! 6.0 and at that point I asked for a refund. WinFax Pro advertises its product as an integration solution for ACT!. I was then handed to a fourth person who said they would call back in 2 days. Right. The real hardship of this situation is now ACT! 2005 only integrates with Faxrush (...). Or, you can continue using WinFax Pro by purchasing an additional piece of software from yet another company (...) which will integrate ACT! 2005 with WinFax Pro. I will be doing the same as the above reviewer and adding this to my 2005 tax write off and looking into Microsoft's contact manager.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buggiest program I have ever used
    I wrote an earlier lukeware review of this product, but after using this now for a month, I'm growing so dissillusioned with this software I'm inclined to uninstall it and write it off as a loss. I've used ACT in various versions since it first came out. I still have ACT 3 which I'm thinking of trying to see if it runs on WinXP because it was tons more stable and less buggy than this release. In fact, as far as I can see there has been little by way of feature enhancement between the two, so all this company has done is introduce massive amounts of bugs into the software. There are too many examples to list but here's one that really annoys me. When I import a text file with my contact names into this product, by default the program puts a country code of +256 in front of every number, which is the country code of Uganda!

    You won't see this though until you sync the database to a handheld device. I use a PocketPC phone. When I open a contact on the phone, low and behold every number starts with Country Code +256! So, to fix the problem, you need to go back through each and every record in ACT and specifically define it as US Country +1, now how fun is that???

    Another littel gem happens when you use the product in conjunction with Outlook, which the company says is its strong point. Hmmm. Here's what happens. Lets say you use Outlook calendaring to schedule internal or external meetings. It works great. But, at the same time, you want to use ACT calendar to schedule tasks, to-dos an make note of the fact that you have a meeting or call scheduled with one of your contacts. You do this to keep a record in the history database. Now, when you sync, ACT is too stupid to simply merge the two meeting types onto your handheld or into Outlook - no, it completely wipes out your outlook calendar, replacing it which your ACT calendar. So you have to choose between using one calendar vs antother. Seems to me they should give me an option to merge the two together.

    I could go on, the list of bugs is almost endless but you get the point. I've ordered an upgrade to Office that includes Contacts Manager. I'll check it out and if it works better - I will indeed remove this program from my machine, write off the expense from my taxes and forget about it!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good Software, HORRIBLE SUPPORT FROM COMPANY
    I purchased this software as a longtime user of ACT.I used ACT 2000, Act 6.0 and now have upgraded.Not only did I have a ton of problems with installing the software but the first update Best Software released, completely annihilated my machine and erased my existing database.I had to wait for over 2 hours for support.Thank goodness this problem happened within 30 of originally installing the program with otherwise they would have charge me $300 to by a support package so they could help me to fix a mistake of THEIR update.The program is good once it is up and running however my customer database is the lifeblood of my business.I will not trust this company and their apparent gross negligence to quality control, as well as their disregard for supporting the very products they release for general sale.If your business depends on a solid customer database program, don't look at this company to fit the bill! ... Read more


    19. Marketcircle DayLite CRM for Mac OS X
    by Channel Sources
    list price: $149.00
    our price: $132.99
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    Asin: B0006HO0MQ
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Channel Sources
    Sales Rank: 623
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Simplicity and power - all in one neat package.
    • DayLite goes beyond contacts and appointments to include project management and introduce a powerful concept, opportunities.
    • Opportunities offer a simple way to track details, helping you "close the deal" on new business.
    • DayLite's projects provide you with the perfect tool to stay focused on the big picture, while maintaining control over all small details.
    • Appointments, activities, and contacts can be linked to both projects and opportunities.

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product. The best CRM for Mac
    As a Mac user, I always complained about the lack of a good CRM or contact application for Mac. While PC users had Golmine or Act!, no professional application was available for Apple users. Daylite is a great application for professional users. It has so many features and details that the more you use it, the more you start to love it. It really helps you to better manage your contacts and projects and improve your productivity. The Daylite application, to really shine and become a terrific tool, needs to be combined with the Daylite Mail Integration Module. Without it, its not as useful. I am giving Daylite only 4 stars and not 5 because it lacks a printed manual in the box (and you really need it, this is not an easy to use software as soon as you start working with it) and most important, because it does not includes the Mail Integration Module, which the company sells for an additional $39. It definitively should be included. Other than that, I highly recommended. ... Read more


    20. Anytime Organizer Deluxe 9.0
    by Individual Software

    our price: $25.64
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    Asin: B00020BJXA
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Individual Software
    Sales Rank: 1245
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    For years, dozens of personal organizers have helped you manage your calendar, to-do list and contacts. Now, AnyTime Organizer is the first product of its kind that combines all the powerful tools you need to stay organized in a simple and familiar interface. With hundreds of printable calendars, expense reports, synchronization with your handheld device, and downloadable add-ins, you can add enjoyment to organizing your daily life.

    Simplify Your Life and Save Valuable Time:

    • Schedule all your appointments, events, calls, and meetings.
    • Simply drag and drop appointments on your calendar to reschedule.
    • Prioritize and manage your to-do list with automatic roll-over of uncompleted items.
    • Create and print daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly calendars.
    • Organize contacts and print address books, envelopes, and labels.
    • Build stronger relationships with customers, colleagues, and friends.
    • Manage and track all your business and personal expenses.
    • Set alarms to remind you of important meetings, phone calls, and deadlines.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Personal organizer software with powerful tools
    • User friendly interface; hundreds of printable calendars
    • Prioritize and manage to-do list; organize contacts
    • Manage and track all business and personal expenses
    • Synchronization with handheld devices

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great computer organizer
    In the eight years I have worked in a church office, I have always used paper calendars and planners. I purchased this software two months ago and I don't know how I did without it before! The software does everything that I need it to do. I am especially impressed with the variety of printing options for calendars, to-do lists and combinations. It makes printing out weekly staff calendars a breeze. I also use the repeat option all the time for to-do items and dated events. The address book is a nice feature, though I have not used it extensively. I also like the notebook feature for quick lists. I do not have a palm pilot, so syncing it is for me, no problem. So far, this software, especially for the price, is invaluable to me!

    4-0 out of 5 stars For the price it serves it's purpose.
    I bought this software to avoid using accounting software for expenses and an organizer software for appointments. So far it is all that I expected for the price.

    Pro: The password organizer was a big plus with this package. I have always wanted a secure way to save my many logins and passwords. For this aspect alone I was pleased.

    Con: The expense report does not have a rolling total and you can't enter negative amounts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Networks for 2 or more users; great Palm synchronizing
    We have owned this product in Versions 7,9, and 10 for our law office for several years. If you need for more than one user to access the program simultaneously, as we do in the office, the program networks seamlessly. You could pay a fortune for a multi-user calendar like this from other vendors. If you have more than two users needing access, you can buy a license. I have seen many complaints in these reviews about technical support; I have e-mailed a couple of times and received a thorough response within 24 hours. The interface for the calendar and address book is easy to use. I highly recommend the program because of features, ease of use, and price. We recently bought a Palm Zire and synchronized it with this calendar; it works perfectly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very good address book
    I bought this software for the address book feature as an upgrade/update to Day-Timer Address Book 2000. Although as the other reviewer says there is room for improvement, I'm very happy with the program. I was even able to use the import feature to bring in my info from DTAB. The import worked fairly well and saved me hours of rekeying.
    I miss DTAB's double-sided printing wizard and have not been able to get Anytime to print properly on both sides of a page, but other than that I've had no problems. I like the address book view page and the print layout views that looks onscreen like the actual printed book.
    I haven't used any of the other program features and can't comment on them.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this loser
    Acutally, it should be zero stars, maybe even minus ten stars.
    I bought this worthless piece of junk application thinking it would be a suitable replacement for the Palm Desktop software I use now. Like the Desktop, it comes with an expense manager, notepad, task manager, calendar, contact manager, and such. It also comes with a wide variety of pre-designed forms. This is what really excited me.
    What the outside of the box DOES NOT TELL YOU is that the only things it will sync with on any of the PDA devices it claims to support are your calendar, to-do/tasks and contact/address book entries. The remainder of your PDA data will sync into the old Desktop application, forcing you to have to retain it. You cannot import them into AnyTime.
    So, I decided to scrap AnyTime. This is where the next heartache begins. The uninstaller leaves the conduits in place that sync into AnyTime forcing you to have to uninstall the Palm Desktop as well to remove them.
    Help is non-existant as well. Individual Software will respond with apologies and tell you they will forward your request but no one actually helps you.
    My recommendation -- look elsewhere for an alternative to the Palm Desktop. I haven't found anything yet. I had thought for a few hours I had, but... So, before you even try it, be sure to back up your data from your old desktop environment. My back up was two weeks old so you can figure out what I lost in the process of learning a lesson.
    To the buyer beware. Do not buy anything from Individual Software. Take it from one who knows, you're making a major mistake if you do buy this application. ... Read more


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