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Must Have Application - Info Select

Info Select, by Micro Logic, is a flexible and powerful free-form database that can help you organize a wide range or information. It's truly a Must Have Application. Read all about it.
Published: Mar 29, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows

Info Select by Micro Logic

by Michael E. Callahan aka Dr. File Finder


Managing Information

One of the things that computers excel at is managing information. You can create data, store it, email it, post it, publish it, and delete it.The computer is a wonderful place to store documents as well as photos and music. In the world today we are barraged by information. While the Internet makes so many things easier, it also add another level of complexity to our lives. We have URLs to remember, passwords, user names, email addresses, and lots more. If you use a sticky note for each of these things soon you wouldn't be able to see your desk or your computer. The ideal solution is a free form database. It can handle a wide range of information and you can find that information quickly.

Info Select is the "grand-daddy" of free form databases.It's also a personal information manager. While the majority of PIMs are just PIMs, Info Select goes a step beyond. It's one of the most powerful and flexible products of its kind. The original product came out in 1986 as Tornado Notes. This was a DOS-based TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) program that let you create all manner of notes. In the past 21 years the program has grown and evolved to become a real powerhouse. Lets take a look at just some of its many features.

Easy Data Management

Info Select makes it easy to store all of your "bits" of information. It comes with examples that show you just how the program can be used. There are examples for templates, To Do, Calendar, and much more. You can use Info Select to store all kinds of data from names and addresses to Web pages. The program even lets you create templates for putting in information if you like.

The screen shot shows a template for entering name and address information. You can whip this out in no time or enter your information without any format. Totally up to you. Info Selectmakes it easy to put in your information no matter what it is. You can format your information and put it in bold, italic, orunderline it. Rather than use sticky note, you can use InfoSelect to store, and retrieve, all of the little bits of basic information that you encounter each day.

Data Management And More!

Info Select gives you lots of ways to store data, but it does so much more. For example, you can use the program to do all youremail. That's a powerful feature that goes beyond any other free form database or PIM. On top of that you can also do yournewsgroups in Info Select. That way you can keep even more information inside the program. The program helps by providing a handyStartup Guide.

As you can see in the screen shot the Startup Guide lets you select things you want to do and down below it tells you exactly how to do it.This helps you to get into the program without a lot of hassle and there's so much you can do. Just a few of Info Select's other features include:

  • Password generator
  • Timer
  • Presentation
  • Database search

The password generator is handy for creating passwords that are random and secure. You can also use the program to keep track of them. The timer is great for timing the duration of phone calls or how long your eggs have been boiling. Lots of uses.

Info Select is both powerful and easy-to-use. It's the kind of program that you grow with. You may start out doing basic things with it and before you know it you're an expert. It has lots of user configurable option so your data is displayed your way.

Summing It Up!

Info Select is a powerful tool for working with all kinds ofinformation. You can use it to manage addresses, names,passwords, registration codes, Web pages, and lots more. You can also use it to handle your email and newsgroups. The program is incredibly flexible and has lots of configurable options. It's a free form database that's also a personal information manager (PIM), an email client, and a newsgroup program. It keeps your data safe and secure while allowing you to put it in an appealing format.

Info Select, by Micro Logic, is one of the most impressive programs I've seen in a long time. For managing data it is truly a "Must Have Application" and I'm also awarding it the "Tucows Editor's Choice Award for excellence. This is a powerful tool that you have to try for yourself. I recommend it!




About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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