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 | Classification:​ | Word Processor, Spreadsheet,​ Database | | Classification:​ | Word Processor, Spreadsheet,​ Database |
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 Melody Hall advertised PowerPack as an "​integrated"​ suite of software, but I could not determine how this integration occurred, apart from the PowerPack main menu.  When the main menu appears, the user can choose which of the three apps they wish to load. Melody Hall advertised PowerPack as an "​integrated"​ suite of software, but I could not determine how this integration occurred, apart from the PowerPack main menu.  When the main menu appears, the user can choose which of the three apps they wish to load.
  
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 For the most part, each of the apps covered the basics for what they were programmed to do.  However, because of their limited functionality,​ I would not recommend PowerPack for commercial business use.  Rather, I think it is more suited for the home office user.  It's certainly less complicated than other office-type software for the C64, so it's much easier to learn and use for the home (or casual) user.  Also, Melody Hall provides a few useful templates to help users begin writing letters and creating home budget spreadsheets. For the most part, each of the apps covered the basics for what they were programmed to do.  However, because of their limited functionality,​ I would not recommend PowerPack for commercial business use.  Rather, I think it is more suited for the home office user.  It's certainly less complicated than other office-type software for the C64, so it's much easier to learn and use for the home (or casual) user.  Also, Melody Hall provides a few useful templates to help users begin writing letters and creating home budget spreadsheets.
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 Like Paperclip, PowerWord is a "​command line" kind of word processor. ​ Unlike a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) word processor, the formatting codes appear within the document and only apply when the document is printed. Like Paperclip, PowerWord is a "​command line" kind of word processor. ​ Unlike a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) word processor, the formatting codes appear within the document and only apply when the document is printed.
  
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 Across the top of the screen is displayed the tab ruler, where the user can easily set and remove tab stops with the **F6** key.  Jumping between the tab stops is done by pressing **F5**. ​ Just above the tab ruler is the location identifiers,​ which inform the user the page of the document they'​re on, as well as line number (of the page) and the character space of the line. Across the top of the screen is displayed the tab ruler, where the user can easily set and remove tab stops with the **F6** key.  Jumping between the tab stops is done by pressing **F5**. ​ Just above the tab ruler is the location identifiers,​ which inform the user the page of the document they'​re on, as well as line number (of the page) and the character space of the line.
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 The most useful function, at least for me, that PowerWord can do - and does it quite well - is spell checking (or "proof reading"​ as PowerWord calls it).  Pressing **CTRL + P** starts the proof reading process. The most useful function, at least for me, that PowerWord can do - and does it quite well - is spell checking (or "proof reading"​ as PowerWord calls it).  Pressing **CTRL + P** starts the proof reading process.
  
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 When launched, PowerWord first goes through the document in memory and indexes all of the words. ​ It then references each word against a 25,000 word dictionary, stored on the floppy disk.  As it comes across words it cannot find in the dictionary, it remembers them and, once all the words have been checked, it then asks the user what to do with the words it set aside. ​ The user can either correct the spelling, skip it and leave it as-is, or cancel the process. When launched, PowerWord first goes through the document in memory and indexes all of the words. ​ It then references each word against a 25,000 word dictionary, stored on the floppy disk.  As it comes across words it cannot find in the dictionary, it remembers them and, once all the words have been checked, it then asks the user what to do with the words it set aside. ​ The user can either correct the spelling, skip it and leave it as-is, or cancel the process.
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 PowerCalc is the spreadsheet app for the 64 PowerPack suite. ​  ​It'​s a simplified spreadsheet app, but, like PowerWord, does the basics quite well.  It supports basic math formulas (+, -, / , x) and can do range sums and averages. ​ It can support a spreadsheet with a maximum of 54 rows and 53 columns. PowerCalc is the spreadsheet app for the 64 PowerPack suite. ​  ​It'​s a simplified spreadsheet app, but, like PowerWord, does the basics quite well.  It supports basic math formulas (+, -, / , x) and can do range sums and averages. ​ It can support a spreadsheet with a maximum of 54 rows and 53 columns.
  
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-PowerCalc also supports copy and pasting of cell ranges, using the cursor keys - rather than having to type in cell locations (as you do in MultiPlan). ​ You can also adjust ​individual ​column ​width.  What is missing, which I find odd, is the ability to format cell contents - for example: formatting values as dollars or percentages,​ etc.  I would think this would be pretty standard functionality,​ but I can't seem to find how to do it in PowerCalc.+PowerCalc also supports copy and pasting of cell ranges, using the cursor keys - rather than having to type in cell locations (as you do in MultiPlan). ​ You can also adjust ​the column ​widths.  What is missing, which I find odd, is the ability to format cell contents - for example: formatting values as dollars or percentages,​ etc.  I would think this would be pretty standard functionality,​ but I can't seem to find how to do it in PowerCalc.
  
 The commands that are supported by this spreadsheet are as follows: The commands that are supported by this spreadsheet are as follows:
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 PowerFiler is the database app for the 64 PowerPack suite. ​ It's a flat-file database that works by formatting a secondary data disk into a layout that you specify when you launch the app. PowerFiler is the database app for the 64 PowerPack suite. ​ It's a flat-file database that works by formatting a secondary data disk into a layout that you specify when you launch the app.
  
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 Configuring the database is pretty simple. ​ When you start a new database, PowerFiler asks how many fields each record will contain. ​ You can choose a number between 1 and 8.  Once you do so, the disk in the disk drive is then formatted accordingly. ​   Configuring the database is pretty simple. ​ When you start a new database, PowerFiler asks how many fields each record will contain. ​ You can choose a number between 1 and 8.  Once you do so, the disk in the disk drive is then formatted accordingly. ​  
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 PowerFiler offers some simple searching functionality as well as a "data analysis"​ tool.  You can also print out data, which provides the label maker feature advertised by Melody Hall. PowerFiler offers some simple searching functionality as well as a "data analysis"​ tool.  You can also print out data, which provides the label maker feature advertised by Melody Hall.
  
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