Nuts & Bolts

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New and notable software.

  • Quarterdeck RealHelp: If you've ever suffered a system crash while working on an important document, you'll see the merit in Quarterdeck's new RealHelp. This product is designed to detect and fix most Windows 95 conflicts before they become serious problems. The program is always working independently of the user, monitoring potential problems and automatically fixing them. The program has several key components, including Crash Defender, Smart Disk (to monitor hard-drive problems), Hardware Diagnostics, Conflict Detector (offering solutions to hardware and software conflicts) and more. With RealHelp, users also get a one-year subscription to This Quarterdeck Web site features software updates, patches and drivers for keeping your PC running smoothly. For more on this product, visit the company's Web site at or call (800) 683-6696.
  • The Workers Compensation Consultant: As your business grows, workers' compensation premiums grow with it. Often, this expense goes unnoticed until it begins to put a significant strain on your bank account. The Workers Compensation Consultant from International Business Saveware helps businesses optimize company structure, compensation, job descriptions and duties, accounting, and other elements that influence the calculation of premiums. This Windows program retails for $115. For more information, visit or call (604) 873-2331.
  • BusinessWorks 12.0: If your company has outgrown its accounting software, it might be time to check into State Of The Art Accounting Software's BusinessWorks. This modular accounting program is for small companies with revenues ranging from $1 million to $5 million. BusinessWorks claims to fill the gap between basic entry-level products (such as QuickBooks) and complex, high-end systems. This version features reporting flexibility, user-designed forms, built-in backup and restore, and increased data capacities. It also supports multiple-warehouse and serial-number tracking. You can purchase four basic components--System Manager, General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable--for $1,295. For more information, call (800) 854-3415 or visit

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