Nuts & Bolts

Report Card

ACCESS 97 (Excellent)
Microsoft Corp.
(800) 426-9400
http://www.microsoft.com
List price: $399
Pluses: Extremely intuitive, tight integration with Microsoft Office
Minuses: Bad installation due to damaged CD-ROM (worth noting as this columnist has experienced similar problems with other Microsoft products)

APPROACH 97 (Excellent)
Lotus Corp.
(800) 343-5414
http://www.lotus.com
List price: $105
Pluses: Strong Internet functions, fairly intuitive
Minuses: Could benefit from more templates

PARADOX 8 (Good)
Corel Corp.
(800) 772-6735
http://www.corel.ca
List price: $129
Pluses: Easy Web publishing
Minuses: Lacks intuitiveness

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This article was originally published in the March 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Nuts & Bolts.

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