Perhaps the question to ask of a package that says it deals with the accounts of small businesses is how small is small. At first sight the Cavalier Package including Intact accounts, Instock stock control and Teleadd contact list would seem to be catering for what would certainly be regarded by many small businessmen as rather big businesses.
Cavalier's three module package will certainly do all and perhaps more than most small companies would want it to do. There seem to be very few options left out and it would appear to be able to handle the requirements of a reasonably large firm. On the other hand it may not really be ideal for someone who is not used to computers or accounts.
The documentation, which is reasonably full if difficult to dip into, talks glowingly of a ‘short learning curve'.
This certainly seems true, but only once you have it running. Cavalier can hardly be blamed for trying to be all things to all men but it is rather daunting at first glance to decide what files you need to have in memory, or which disc you should have in the drive.
Working your way through the options for one or two disc machines and one, two or three module users might not be totally transparent to someone not overconfident with their machine. It works in Basic, but when you have set up the suitable auto-starting disc as the manual tells you it is not too much of a problem.
The manual, which is unfortunately printed in a rather unreadable type face also talks proudly of the fact that the Cavalier package has features that have only been seen before on large mainframe computers. That is also true. The sophistication of the package is worth a close look.