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    SoftCAT v2 Release

    SoftCAT is a database program designed to help you organize your software. Not only will SoftCAT help you know what you have and where it is, but it will also help you keep track of important information like serial number, registration name, and other registration information. You never know when you NEED this information!

    More than 20 data fields will help you track information like program title, version, publisher, platform, type (commercial, freeware, shareware, etc.), category (Desktop Enhancements, Games, Utilities, etc.), price, installation date, installation folder, product homepage, serial number, and registration name.

    You can password protect your database to prevent unwanted users from opening your database. Use the backup function to make backup copies of your valuable data. SoftCAT uses pop-up menus for quick access and navigation. SoftCAT comes with a sample database to get you started and a comprehensive context-sensitive on-line help system.

    SoftCAT is intuitive and easy-to-use, and you will soon find that SoftCAT is all you ever need to keep track of your software. And remember, SoftCAT is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware!

    <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> I've used this myself in the past - good program!

    Alan

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    Re: SoftCAT v2 Release

    That is a utility which has a hugh potential. Now if they could just get it to automatically scan PCs on a network I'd be happy to pay for it. I have made the suggestion to the company, just now. I will watch for further developments.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Re: SoftCAT v2 Release

    Granville

    I assume you're familiar with Belarc Advisor, which is a useful information-gathering tool for a single "home" PC. I wonder whether their commercial products would be of use to you? Dunno how much they cost, though!

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    Re: SoftCAT v2 Release

    That's an interesting thought. It's based on an Access .MBD file. Given that, it might be possible to use Access to import a report generated by one of the numerous computer audit-type utilities (Belarc, WinAudit etc.) With some appropriate fiddling, this data might be "force-fitted" to SoftCat's layout. Hmmm... <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> this might be my next distraction.

    Alan

    Edited - I had a look at one of my old SoftCat .mbd files in Access. There's no real rocket science there - just a few simple tables. I now feel pretty confident that a (semi-) automated import from an auditing-type program would be viable.

    OTOH, I used it mainly to catalog my archived downloads (multitudes of CDs <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>) so that I would have better than a snowflake's hope in hell of finding anything at all. Such uninstalled setups etc. won't show up with an auditing program, of course.

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    Re: SoftCAT v2 Release

    I'm sorry , no immediate titles come to mind, but I'm sure that I've received demo copies of software that does exactly that. Maybe google on LAN Audit , Network management, PC software audit.

    If you're willing to pay, you will probably not have much of a problem finding something that will scan your network for hardware and software.

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    Re: SoftCAT v2 Release

    Alan/John/Jim.

    Not sure whether I should thank you guys or not. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    I've done the Google search and started sifting through what is out there, 3,600 hits but only about a dozen really worth pursing for my purpose. <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>

    I'll post here when (if) I narrow the list down to a finalist.

    Thanks guys!
    Granville

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