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Database Programs That Can Get You Started

Behind every off-the-shelf program that can help you handle your contacts is a 
database management system (DBMS), in one form or another. To build your own 
contact management system--if you must--start with a DBMS. Here are the top 
sellers, according to market researcher Computer Intelligence in La Jolla, 
Calif. Prices given are for full, stand-alone version. Upgrade versions, which 
are available to current users of the product (or competing products in many 
cases), are considerably cheaper. Another money-saving tip: Many vendors also 
sell their DBMS products as part of an all-in-one, suite package, which 
includes several other programs in addition to the DBMS.


Claris FileMaker Pro
$200 Claris Corp.
800 544-8554 / www.claris.com
Systems supported: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, Mac
Also sold as part of a suite: ClarisWorks Office


Corel Paradox
$100 Corel Corp.
800 772-6735 / www.corel.com
Systems supported: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT
Als sold as part of a suite: Corel Office Professional


Lotus Approach
$100 Lotus Development Corp.
800 343-5414 / www.lotus.com
Systems supported: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT
Also sold as part of suite: Lotus SmartSuite


Microsoft Access
$300 Microsoft Corp.
800 426-9400 / www.microsoft.com
Systems supported: Windows 95, Windows NT, Mac
Also sold as part of a suite: Microsoft Office


Microsoft Visual FoxPro
$240 Microsoft Corp.
800 426-9400 / www.microsoft.com
Systems supported: Windows 95, Windows NT
Also sold as part of a suite: No


DATA: COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE


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