By: Rob Burton, (firstname.lastname@example.org) http://www.accessv.com/~rhb/speedpag.htm
Smack! retails at $69.95. IB has it for $54. Lotus Smart Suite for OS/2 Warp 4 costs
$150 to $450, depending on your upgrade path and where you shop. Its Organizer component
will let you just push print on your mailing list, assuming you have it in Organizer's
Address book. Word Pro comes with three deluxe templates for making business cards.
But if you can get your list into a comma separated text file, you can have your
own personal label and card Heaven, Nirvanna and Valhalla with Smack!
As with many better-behaved OS/2 applications, if you can run an INSTALL.EXE file,
you can install it in seconds. Your most difficult moment will come when you have
to tell the installation routine where you want it put.
Unlike any other application I have ever seen, Smack! comes with a wonderfully written,
easy to follow, efficient and useful on-disk user manual. It's short, it's charming
and witty, and it walks you through a true step-by-step for everything you could
want to do with the program.
Not everyone who wants to make labels or cards will have the horsepower and the
hard drive room to run Smart Suite, but Smack! will run on a 386 and needs only
1.6 MB of hard drive space.
In that small package you get pre-defined layouts for every Avery label package
I ever heard of, 48 of them, running from address labels to business cards, folders,
name tags, disk labels -- well, surely you get the picture. If those aren't enough
for you - it lets you build customized layouts.
With "drag and drop" capabilities, Smack! can manipulate almost anything
you can put on the compose window. Use your mouse to "draw" an area on
the compose window to hold an image, and select a BMP image file in the file dialog
than ensues, and then you can use drag and drop to move the image around the compose
window and resize it. I found that if I tried to bring in a JPG file, Smack! would
close by way of telling me it didn't like JPGs, so stick to the BMP file format
specified in the manual.
If you stick to the manual's instructions you can't go wrong. I think most people
would learn so much from reading this delightful manual that you should consider
getting the program just to read the manual, even if you never need to make a label
So if you don't have a copy of SmartSuite 96 to trade in for a low cost upgrade
to Lotus SmartSuite for OS/2 Warp 4, the price and functionality of Smack! makes
it a very attractive alternative if all you really need is to make business cards
or labels for disks, file folders, name tags, mailing lists, return addresses or
anything else your imagination can conjure.