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Now Up-to-Date 4.5 for Windows XP and Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.6 for Mac
May 20th, 2003

Our Editor was talking to Play magazine's publisher Michael Eisenberg on the KABC radio show Keith does monthly in LA, and the subject of contact management and PIM software for Macintosh came up. Michael asked if there was a software product that worked for both Mac and PC, since his publication uses both platforms.

The first thing that came to our mind was Act, but I knew that there was no Mac version. I could only think of Palm Desktop as being available for both platforms, and are essentially identical for Mac and Windows. However, there is no “contact manager” function in Palm.

The following week many of our staff, including myself, were off to attend Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 and while foraging down each isle of vendors I stumbled onto the Now Software booth, makers of Now Up-to-Date & Contact. I had over the years seen “NUDC”, as users like to call it, but I’ve never used it I didn’t know the details of its capabilities. Well I was pleasantly surprised to find that NUDC came in both Mac and Windows flavors now. In fact it’s available in OS 10.2, OS 9.x Classic and Windows 98SE – XP operating systems.

We contacted Now Software and offered to do a review of both platform versions by putting it in front of a few of our business staff that uses both Windows and Mac platforms. Two outside reviewers were also recruited and we loaned them an iBook and a Compaq notebook with

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Now Up-to-Date & Contact installed for them to try out for a few weeks. All reviewers have had experience with other PIM’s, some with contact managers from other publishers.

We also looked at what other users were saying about using Now Up-to-Date & Contact; some of these users have had years of experience with NUDC on the Mac.
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"Calendar and Contact functions are the heart of the application . . . "
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Been around the block, but not home yet -
If your not a business Mac user, or perhaps not a type A personality about your daily calendar and the people you meet, you may not have known that Now Up-to-Date & Contact has been around for nearly ten years. That’s a lot of experience!

   Mac OS X NUDC Calendar Month Window & To-Do box.


The latest version for Mac OS 10.2 is v 4.2.6 and if you’re still using OS 9.2.x you should use v 4. Both versions have nearly the same capabilities, although things like flashing appointments and quick access to functions from the OS 9 menu bar are not yet in the Jaguar model.

The latest Windows version is 4.5, as of the beginning of our testing.

The Calendar and Contact functions are the heart of the application and are what anyone using their Mac for business will need. Unfortunately the new Windows Now Up-to-Date 4.5 does not have the Contact module as yet, something that the Power On press release promises soon as the beta testing progresses.

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