September 1995


We have a new software product called RTG Names. It is a low-cost program that stores names, addresses, and phone numbers. RTG Names runs under Microsoft Windows.

RTG Names

You can quickly find any name, even with thousands of entries. In the screen image, the small white box labeled "Go To" contains the letter D, and the large white box below it shows names beginning with D.

The first column in the large box determines the order of the names in the list. For example, William Hall (HALL, WILL) appears right below Hal Resource Center (HAL RESOUR), not under William.

When you find a name, the phone number is visible, so you can use RTG Names to look up phone numbers.

If you click the large Copy button, the name and address are copied to the Windows clipboard, which means you can easily paste them into another program. As an additional feature, you can set up RTG Names so it will look for a specific program (such as WordPerfect for Windows) and automatically paste the name and address into that program when you click the Copy button.

After you click the Copy button, RTG Names will minimize itself. In other words, it will become an icon on the Windows desktop. When you double-click the icon, the program resumes its former size (which is the standard behavior for Windows programs).


RTG Names was designed to work with WordPerfect, so that a name and address can be found and entered into a WordPerfect document easily. Either WordPerfect for Windows or WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS can be used.

Although WordPerfect for Windows has its own name list, which it uses with templates, there is no way to put the names in the proper alphabetical order. Nor can you import a large list from another program. RTG Names can do both of these things.

We also designed RTG Names to work as an add-on for RTG Bills, our (not-yet-released) time and billing software for law firms. The complete client list from RTG Bills can be transferred to RTG Names. Attorneys and their secretaries can have up-to-date access to client names and addresses without having to maintain a list which is separate from the billing system.

RTG Names uses a simple text format for reading data, so it can also be used with other programs that write data in a user-defined format.

As a simple utility program, RTG Names is modestly priced at $15.

[Note: Now you can download RTG Names at no cost from our Web site.]


The introduction of Windows 95 (Win95) has many people wondering whether to try it. We have been monitoring the Internet newsgroup which covers Win95 problems and suggestions (comp.os.mswindows.win95.misc).

While some users report problems, others seem to have no trouble at all. Your experiences will depend upon the exact hardware you have. The video board, tape drive, sound card, and even the motherboard can make a difference.

One interesting topic is memory requirements. How much RAM do you need? Several users claim that with 8 MB, Win95 is about the same speed as Windows 3.1. Programs load more slowly but may run a bit faster. New, 32-bit programs are slower than the older 16-bit programs, probably because they require more memory. So if you have 8 MB you can upgrade for the new features of Win95 itself, but if you want to buy 32-bit Win95-only programs, get 16 MB of RAM.

Strangely, several Win 95 users say that upgrading from 8 MB to over 16 MB made their 486 (not Pentium) machines slower -- a lot slower! This may be due to motherboard problems which cause cache memory not to work properly with the additional RAM.

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