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Most PCW owners feel they could make use of a database.
It is usually the complications of finding out how databases work that puts people off. So HPA Systems have come up with Enhancer, a simplified database based on the mail merge program LocoMail.
Unfortunately you have to already own LocoMail to use Enhancer but anyone who does already have the program might well find Enhancer a useful investment. As an added extra it goes some way to simplify the use of LocoMail, a powerful if not totally approachable program. Or you can buy Enhancer bundled with LocoMail for £44.95.
What you get is a simple database in a homely LocoScript environment. It is restricted in what it can do compared to virtually any other commercially produced database but as most people's needs for databases are usually simple name and address lists this may not put too many people off.
Each record can contain a name, address and telephone number and up to four fields which you can set for yourself. Using the fields properly is the real art of any database to make sure that you can get the information you want out as quickly and as easily as possible.
Enhancer uses the concept of positive and negative filtering. Say you use the program for your Okapi Breeders' Society records. One field could be for the kind of Okapi bred. Should you want all the names of people with Brindled Okapis you use Positive filtering while if you want everything except Brindled and Belted you use Negative filtering.
Using LocoMail in this way under normal circumstances does involve learning what in effect is another programming language. This has been simplified by Enhancer by clever use of the LocoScript paste facility. The LocoMail commands are simple enough but not particularly memorable. Using Enhancer you don't need to remember that ELSE is (+Mail) >< (-Mail). You just use [PASTE] L and the suitable phrase is there.
You also can make use of all the sophisticated calculating and mail merging facilities that are available in LocoMail within your database. It is obviously not particularly fast or sophisticated but if you already have LocoMail you can get a cheap database and some help in understanding the intricacies of LocoMail.