Small-Business Software

Word Processing Software

Microsoft Word 97 for Windows 95/NT 3.51 (Macintosh version also available)

Overview: This new version of Word assists in the preparation of e-mail and documents for the Internet. Users are able to save their documents as either Microsoft Word or HTML files. A WordMail feature allows users to use Word as their e-mail editor. On-The-Fly spell checking and grammar checking allows you to deal with errors immediately or later. Document Map view provides an outline of the document on the left-hand side of your screen. Hyperlinks allow connection to other office files. Letter Wizard automatically suggests layouts and styles for letters, structures the layout, and inserts dates and addresses. AutoSummarize analyzes the contents of any document and creates a summary of key information.

Minimum System Requirements: 8MB RAM for use on Windows 95; 16MB RAM for use on Windows NT; an additional 8MB RAM required to run WordMail; 20MB to 60MB of hard-disk space required; 46MB required for typical installation, depending on configuration.

Suggested Retail Price: $339 for new users; $84.95 to upgrade from a previous version or a competitive product. Available on CD-ROM or high-density diskettes.

Corel WordPerfect for Macintosh (IBM-compatible versions also available)

Overview: Corel WordPerfect for Macintosh has a variety of features such as tables, multiple format columns, an integrated grammar checker, spell checker and thesaurus, which are all easy to find and use. Time-saving features include QuickCorrect, which automatically corrects typographical errors. The program also includes innovative new additions such as Internet publishing tools, which enable you to import HTML documents from the Internet into Corel WordPerfect for editing. Or, you can create your own HTML documents in Corel WordPerfect 3.5 to publish on the Internet, and have the HTML code translated for you. This program also has a Make It Fit feature, which automatically fits documents into the number of printed pages you specify.

Minimum Macintosh/Power Macintosh System Requirements: 2MB RAM for Macintosh; 5MB RAM for Power Macintosh; 6MB of hard-disk space for minimum installation; 16MB hard-disk space for standard installation; system 7.0 or higher.

Suggested Retail Price: $249 for new users; $89 to upgrade from a previous version or a competitive product.

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This article was originally published in the May 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Small-Business Software.

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