Friday, May 09, 2003

Catalog cards

Recently Bob Gaines asked the TLA automation mail list about programs to print catalog cards. With his permission here is a slightly reformatted version of his summary of replies.

PC Catalog Card Basic - $279
DIAKON Systems
3801 Glenmont Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76133-2955
By e-mail: info@diakonsystems.com
30-day demo for download (looks fairly sophisticated)

Catalog Card Creator - $199; support is $49/year
Right On Programs
778 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
By e-mail: righton@rightonprograms.com
By Phone: (631) 424-7777 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time US.
By FAX: (631) 424-7207 24 hours 7 days.
No demo (owner says librarians haven't paid for use, so he's stopped offering a demo).

Library 1.7 - $150
Church Related Online Software Systems, Inc.
3449 Cherryville Road
Northampton, PA 18067
Voice 610-262-3232
Fax 610-262-1679
info@cross-products.com
No demo, but 90-day return allowed; they also sell card and label stock

All 3 appear to be actively upgraded and supported, probably because they sell primarily to churches and synagogues.

The Library Store used to sell Librarian's Helper, but according to a rep, they had trouble with the lack of support from LH -- which is still a DOS program -- and no longer sell it.

Regarding printing with ink jets, it appears that it depends on the specific model. Canons seem to work, and some HPs will work.

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