The GCN Lab tested five personal database programs, several of which can do just about anything you want to do with your data, as long as you've got the time to learn how.
Nothing with Alpha Five is easy, but it has other databases beat when it comes to advanced features, such as script building and Web application development.
Features such as conditional formatting and e-mail links to hosted databases have helped widen the gap between FileMaker and Microsoft Access on ease-of-use.
The options are endless, and the learning curve is, too. But with Microsoft Access you get more bang for the buck than with any other program of its kind.
Despite its limited capabilities, askSam 7 is still a good piece of software for novice to intermediate users who need to run simple database functions.
Corel’s new Paradox X4 has the most features of any database in this review. The hard part is finding them.
The Universal Imaging Utility can resolve problems before you copy image files from a master system to new clients.
Maptitude 5.0 is surprisingly easy-to-use GIS mapping software for the non-GIS user.
The FastSoft E 10 can speed all file transfers on a network, but the larger the files being transferred, the more the technology tends to shine.
The GCN Lab kicks the tires on System Mechanic 8.5 and finds that it can breathe new life into an old system.
Quick View Plus 10 from Avantstar opens a window on the files lurking in the dark recesses of your computer.
GigaTribe lets you share files fast and securely with your trusted tribe of friends, family and colleagues.