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REVIEW: TurboCalc 2.1 CD-ROM
By: Jason Compton
Back in AR 3.15, we had a look at TurboCalc 2.0, which for the price
(US$40) was an unbeatable deal for a very usable spreadsheet.
The deal just got a lot better. TurboCalc 2.1 CD-ROM has emerged at the
ridiculously low price of US$15.
What do you get? A rather innocuous looking CD-ROM which contains the
TurboCalc 2.0 binaries in English, German, French, and Italian, and full
online documentation in English and German. Yes, for $15, you give up
having a printed manual.
There has been a recent push to put more application software on CD-ROM,
and this is an excellent way to do it. After all, TurboCalc 3.5 is out,
published by Digita instead of TC 2.1's publisher, Schatztruhe. For those
looking for new features and options, going with the newer version is worth
investigating. However, since TC 2.1 also comes with the TurboCalc 3.5
demo, it's a no-lose "try before you pay a lot" concept. For a lousy $15,
you get a CD-ROM with a quality application and a peek at the next version.
If you're interested in getting more, fine, upgrade.
TC 2.1 is an incredibly cost-effective way of delivering software--one that
more publishers should look into. Sure, there's no box, no printed manual,
and you need a CD-ROM drive. But you get thorough online documentation and
really should have a CD-ROM drive anyway, if for no other reason than to
catch deals like this.
If you think you may need a spreadsheet, you probably do. It's worth your
while, then, to pick up a copy of TurboCalc 2.1. If it meets your needs,
you've just gotten a great deal.
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