—[ Original Post ]—
Do any of you have a software program(s) that you like for doing
mailing labels/mailing list, business card design, and post card
design? I am new at the computer thing and could really use some
advice before wasting a lot of money on software that is too
complicated. Remember, I'm the one with CRS.........
–[ Comments ]–From: “N B Widmer” email@example.com
I know all of you out there who take umbrage with Microsoft will
scream loudly and immediately get heartburn, but MS Works is one
of the easiest to use and gives good results for simple tasks.
It has a word processor (ok for even simple brochures), a
spreadsheet (ok for most small applications), and a database (ok
for simple inventories, mailing lists and labels). It comes on
many computers as a freebie. I was a computer programmer, a
systems analyst, and then a consultant in my previous life. I
both wrote and used far superior programs, but all my software is
now old and out of date so I tried MS Works 4.0 when it came with
my newest computer. Not wanting to spend my money on s/w (rather
buy stock, stones, and rough) I’ve found this does all I need,
including a pretty good tri-fold brochure.
After almost 6 years away from computer stuff I was sure CRS
would afflict me when I started setting up my system (I’m the one
who drove 10 miles in the wrong direction), but this program is
so easy I could have used it w/o previous experience. If you
have this program and need any help, write me off-line and I’ll
be glad to help.
From: Chrissy@webtv.net (Chris Cali - Brophy)
Hi Deb: There are several software systems that are extractors
and do Bulk mailings and manage your list etc. they all have
similar features some maybe a Tad better than others I have been
looking into it myself and there is one called Nicers something
like that I can locate the info if you are interested. One of the
things you have to remember is not to send out more than 2,000
mailings per day according to the software people or you can a
lot of flaming back. The good thing is that you can go to other
sites where you think there might be people who may be interested
in your product and pull off their e-mail address’s and make your
own list and there is a built in system that you can just take
out the names of people who do not wish to receive your mail
again. I get mail from people like this and maybe that is how our
group contacted us, how else can you get mailing lists unless you
pay someone to do mailings for you which can get costly. These
software systems run about 400.00 look for the one that has good
technical support and has the most features. Hope this helps a
little Sincerely Chris
STOP! Before Deb gets a bunch of replies on this let me give it
Deb, I asked a similar question some months ago before you were
on the list and I have all the answers stockpiled. There were a
ton of replies and once I talk to my significant other about the
most efficient way to forward them to you I will. I may just
save them all to one file and then attach it and send personally.
I promise to do this fairly soon…people on the list were
extremely helpful and since we thoroughly visited this topic
recently I can save us some repetetive postings. Hope this
From: “Karen A. Christians” firstname.lastname@example.org
Depends on your computer, but for general postcard layout,
address stuff and correspondence, I use Clarisworks on my Mac.
It has a spreadsheet too. For billing and large customized
database, I use Filemaker Pro also by Claris.
Hope this helps!
My Mac is idiot proof and I have owned one since the 128K
version. Now I have a G3 which is really zippy. And for the
other mediaone people out there, I think you will agree, that
cable modem is a screamer.
From: “Jill and Richard Montesanto” email@example.com
I use Microsoft Word for my business cards and address lables.
The blanks I bought are from Avery and they include instructions
to set up the format for cards, ect. in Word, Lotus Word Pro,
Microsoft Works, and WordPerfect. Word already has the Avery
formats in it, so you just select the product # and that’s it.
From: Tamrabint Tamrabint@aol.com
I run a very large mailing list on My Mail List, about $40 at
any Office Depot. A very simple, easy to use program at a good