Here are summaries of recent Computing product...


Here are summaries of recent Computing product reviews.

Apple LC II and PowerBooks, from Apple Computer Inc., 20525 Mariani Ave., Cupertino, Calif. 95014. (408) 996-1010. LC II (color monitor) -- $2,698. PowerBook 100 (4 megabytes random-access memory, 40-megabyte disk, external floppy) -- $2,399. PowerBook 140 (4 megabytes RAM, 40-megabyte disk) -- $2,999. PowerBook 170 (4 megabytes RAM, 40-megabyte disk) -- $4,599.

The LC II is Apple's least expensive color Macintosh. Although it is little changed from the LC -- a little faster, better support for System 7 -- it is still a good machine for school or home. The PowerBooks are good Macintosh notebook computers -- light, portable, battery-powered and will be supported by Apple. The 100 and 170 are the least powerful and the most, but both are too expensive for their performance. The 140 is the best deal of the three.

These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers.

You've finally met the man or woman of your dreams. You've proposed or accepted a proposal. Now there's only one thing left to do: Begin crunching numbers.

SMART -N- EASY WEDDING PLANNER -- Formerly called The Perfect Wedding, this has been updated for the '90s. After a quick and smooth installation on your hard disk, you just type "Wedding" and get right down to business. Enter the names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, where's it's going to be held and, most important of all: the budget.

Using menus, you begin building a guest data base. Do your guests need hotel rooms? Have they responded to your invitation yet? Once they have responded, you need to assign them to tables for the reception. You can enter information about gifts and print mailing labels.

That done, you begin working on wedding expenses. You'll be able to print expense reports, unpaid-expense reports and labels, presumably to save time when you're paying florists, bands and others who are so essential to tying the knot.

A planning guide starts a year before the wedding and ends with the honeymoon planner. A week before the wedding, for example, you're advised to change your name on your Social Security card, driver's license, credit cards, etc. . . . and to have your hair styled.

Once you've made your plans, you begin listing everyone's appointments, only to check them with a running tally of what needs to be done and when.

Look for version 2.0 on bulletin boards. After trying Wedding Planner, registration is $24.95 from Automated Systems, 386 Main St., P.O. Box 192, Little Falls, N.J. 07424

SMART -N- EASY PARTY PLANNER -- This new program is a perfect companion for Wedding Planner. It works on much the same principle as Wedding Planner. You establish the party date, budget and guest list, then track expenses, appointments, seating charts, gifts, and so on for the event.

It's easy enough to use for folks who have a basic understanding of computers and sophisticated enough for professional party planners.

Look for version 1.0 on bulletin boards. Registration costs $15 from Automated Systems.

For copies of Wedding Planner and Party Planner, send $7 to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Phone (310) 595-6870. Fax (310) 426-0110. Specify 5.25- or 3.5-inch disks. A shareware catalog on a disk costs $2.

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