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  • ChromaFax: If you dream in color, then why can't you fax in it? Compressent's ChromaFax is all about color; to reap the benefit of faxing from your computer in color, however, both you and your recipients will need to have a ChromaFax. Still, using a ChromaFax doesn't limit you to color-only sending and receiving; it accepts black-and-white documents as well. This is a great tool for artists who submit their work to clients or for salespeople who fax sales brochures to customers. There's a trial version you can download at http://www.compressent.com that lets you send five free faxes. The full-fledged version costs $69.95. Call (800) 400-5568 for more information.
  • Window on WallStreet Personal Investor: If you're an investor who likes to know all about what it is you're investing in, check out Window on WallStreet Personal Investor. This Internet-ready investment software package is designed to help individual investors make money in the stock market. Window on WallStreet includes a CD-ROM database of both historical pricing and fundamental data on nearly 15,000 stocks, mutual funds and indexes, as well as more than 60 fundamental data points and ratios on nearly 8,000 stocks. (These reports can cost up to $50 from other sources.) The product costs less than $50. Call (800) 998-8439 or visit http://www.wallstreet.net
  • Buy-Out Plan for Windows: This step-by-step guide helps buyers of businesses structure sensible terms and avoid paying too much for acquisitions. The program will help you make educated decisions by answering critical questions, including: Is the target company gaining, holding or losing financial ground? What is its current market value? The Windows program retails for $595. Visit http://www.moneysoft.com or call (800) 966-7797.

Contact Sources

BestWare, http://www.bestware.com

GoldMine Software Corp., (800) 654-3526, http://www.goldminesw.com

Intuit, http://www.intuit.com

Peachtree Software, http://www.peachtree.com

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: The Big Idea.

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