by May 6, 2001 0 comments

If you are one of those who regularly interact with many people, then you will appreciate the need of maintaining some kind of a database to quickly get their details. Diaries or visiting-card folders are fine, but when you need some information quickly, very often you cannot find it. Contact Manager from Sangam Infotech is a software which will make life easier for you. It maintains all your contacts in a searchable database to help you quickly retrieve specific contacts based on queries. It also lets you quickly generate reports, print mailing labels, and create telephone directories. 

Price: Rs 1,740 Single User; Rs 2,740 Network version
Features: Maintains contacts in a searchable database; report generation based on different criteria; creates mailing labels; backup and restore facility 
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: None
Contact: Sangam Infotech 
022-3872510, 3892844 
Fax: 3810678 Address: 152/6, Mittal Ind. Estate, A K Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai-400059

The software comes on a CD and is a breeze to install. You can choose between a single standalone version or a client version. The latter is based on the client/server model. Install Contact Manager server version on a network server and the client version on all the clients who need to access it. Once installed, you can run Contact Manager from your Start menu. Different users can use Contact Manager from a single machine by having their own login names and passwords. For this, you’ll have to create user accounts from the administrator account. After logging in, you can start storing your contacts. There are seven different categories of contacts like Client, Office Bearers, General Contact, and Government Authority. Each category differs in the number and field headings.

You can also easily find a contact based on its category. You simply have to choose the category and then further filter down your results by choosing from Country, State, or City. You can also create reports of your contacts based on e-mail and websites, create an alphabetical listing, or a telephone directory of specific contacts.
Another useful feature is the Label facility, which lets you create mailing labels for your contacts. You have to just choose the category and your contact, and it will automatically create a label for you, which you can print if you have a printer installed. 

Contact Manager also lets you take backups of your contacts in case something were to happen to your PC. All you need to do is to specify a folder on your PC and it will create a backup there. To further safeguard your data, you can copy these files onto a Zip disk or a CD-R, in case your hard drive crashes. The restore procedure is also very simple. You just point to the folder where the backup files are kept and it will do the rest for you. Apart from these, it also has a few quick access buttons, which allow you to view STD/ISD codes, open up the phone dialer, or start up your default Web browser. The phone dialer basically brings up Microsoft Phone dialer. 
The help provided with the software is quite extensive and you should have no problem at all in getting used to Contact Manager. 

Sachin Makhija at PCQ Labs

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