Table: How To Find Help Customizing Off The Shelf Software
ONLINE Pick up shareware software and tips from electronic bulletin boards and computer forums. CompuServe's Microsoft Forum contains free "template" applica- tions for customizing E-mail and spreadsheets. Lotus posts free templates for 1-2-3 and Word Pro on its Internet site at http:\\WWW.lotus.com. DEVELOPERS Major software companies compile directories of business software specialists. Check out local listings of Microsoft Solutions Providers, Lotus Business Part- ners, or Novell Perfect Fit Developers in directories made available by the software giants. BOOKSTORES, Get your start at the local bookstore--where the computer NEWSLETTERS section now bulges with how-to guides for various programs. Newsletters, such as the $70-a-year Inside Microsoft Office, are good sources for programming ideas. COLLEGES Often, professors in the computer science department can recommend local experts. Try an evening adult-education course to master common business programs.
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