A quick review of QuickDex II
Author: Alan Gilbert, M.U.D. slinger
Date: October November, 1992
Keywords: database program software application review
Text: QuickDEX II, by Casady & Greene, is a nice little free form database program where each database is represented by a deck of cards and each entry is a card. It is much like a simplified version of HyperCard, except that it uses much less disk and RAM space and runs much faster. HyperCard 2.1 takes 1 Mbyte of RAM to run, whereas QuickDEX, with several decks open, takes about 20K bytes! Each card can have a scrollable window and can hold as much information as memory will permit. Searching for data is extremely fast with virtually no wait time (tested on a IIsi). The program is a desk accessory, which is a big conven-ience for pre-System 7.0 users. QuickDEX's elegance is in its simplicity; it is an easy way to store and search any kind of general information. In my job, I typically have five to 10 phone conversations per day, with any one of 250 people, dealing with any one of 100 products. I use Quick-DEX to keep track of these conversations so that when someone follows up days or weeks later, and I have no clue what they are talking about, I can quickly search the deck for a key word and recall my notes of the conversation. One very nice feature in this application is a time/date stamp produced with a single keystroke. I have also found it useful in managing a ''to do'' list. Casady & Greene also markets QuickDEX as an address manager. Although it can be used this way, including full featured phone dialing, it can't touch the more structured Address Book Plus or Dynodex. One major drawback to Quick-DEX is that you can't print an entire deck; the Print command only prints the current card. This made it useless as an address book for me since I am often out of my office. A new companion program called PrintDex, (an upgrade is available,) allows a wide variety of printing options. QuickDEX runs well on all Macs. Overall, it is an excellent program for keeping track of any kind of free-form data. It is lean, fast, and at about $33, it is inexpensive.
Copyright © october november, 1992 by Alan Gilbert, M.U.D. slinger