The 9 to 5 office
Author: Rick Baggott
Date: September, 1993
Keywords: nine five PIM personal information manager software application review time business schedule scheduler program
Text: The Nine to Five Office (NTF Office) is a personal information managing program by Nine to Five Software, Inc. The NTF Office package includes a 48 page manual and two 800K disks. The program segments are contained within self-extracting, compacted files. Help is also available from within the program. NTF Office helps you manage your time, contacts, projects and schedules for both your business and personal affairs. It includes an Address Directory, To-Do List, Contacts Manager, Scheduler, US Area Code Maps , Zip Code Maps, and a library of 365 quotes for those inspired moments. You may add your own quotations or those favorites of yours from other famous people. You can print dozens of ready-to-use reports, proposals, quick letters, envelopes, labels, faxes and shirt-pocket directories. There are over 50 ready-made reports and NTF Office can print FiloFax, Dayrunner, and most other personal organizers. Navigating from feature to feature within NTF Office is simplified by using the Office Palette. It looks very similar to the palette used in the First Class Client software. There's even a button that will automatically dial a phone number from any stack. You may use your modem to dial, or just hold a touch tone phone mouth piece up to the speaker on your Mac. If you have an address directory already constructed in another program, you most likely will be able to import it into NTF Office using the Importer stack. I have a data base of addresses and phone numbers I created in MS Works. I saved it as an ASCII text file and used NTF Office's Importer stack to bring the data into a stack within NTF Office. It was easy to understand the prompts, and there was plenty of on-line help. There was a pause for about eight minutes while the conversion and creation of stack cards took place. The conversion went well and the results were perfect. There are powerful search and find functions built into NTF Office that allow you to look for a name, whole word, string, or specified characters. Searching and sorting your information is a great deal different from simple finds. NTF Office allows you to produce lists of found items. Unlike Find, Search will find all cards that comply with your request and automatically build a navigation list. Search can be narrowed to a single field to check the comparisons you want. NTF Office contains a powerful viewing capability called, MasterView. If you're in the Map stack and click on California, MasterView automatically takes you to the Addresses stack and pops a view of all cards where any address's state is California. NTF Office contains an easy to use word processing module that automatically brings up select documents and allows you to make changes, save and print them. You have full control over fonts, styles, sizes, justification, line spacing, tabs, in/out dents, etc. NTF Office requires, at a minimum, system 6.0.5. It runs under System 7 as well. With System 6, a minimum of 2 megs of RAM is required. With System 7, 4 megs of RAM are needed. A hard drive is necessary since the program takes up about 2.5 megs when decompressed. NTF Office also requires Hypercard 2.1, as much of the program consists of stacks. Hypercard 2.1 is included on the disks if you don't have this version. I installed the complete program on my Mac SE's hard drive without any problems in just a few minutes. After installation you're taken to the Preferences menu auto-matically, where you personalize the program. From the Finder or Multi-finder, clicking on one of nine different stacks gets you into NTF Office as fast as it takes to load Hypercard. While using NTF Office on my Mac SE under Multifinder and with numerous INITS and CDEVs active, I had no compatibility problems or hang-ups. The retail price of NTF Office is $99.95. Mail order prices are around $19.00. (MacConnection will give it to you free if you purchase Nine to Five Software's program Reports v2.5.)
Nine to Five Office is available from: Nine to Five Software, Inc. 3360 Mitchell Lane, Suite 105 Boulder, CO 80308-9920.
Technical support: (303) 443-9713.
Copyright © september, 1993 by Rick Baggott