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There’s a reason that PDAs are so popular. Sure, they’re cool, but they also allow the user to pull together scads of data, and in this, the Information Age, that kind of opportunity is certainly compelling. Drawing on that impulse, software companies are eager to help users get things in the proper place, no matter what kind of information it might be.

Looking for numbers about how well your product is doing with online customers, or just want to survey your neighbors about whether you should put up that new fence? WISCO Computing has released Survey Power Professional version 4, an application that helps create and analyze surveys, questionnaires, and opinion polls. The application supports Internet, telephone and mail surveys and aids creation of blank surveys for distribution. Responses can be sorted and charted in a variety of ways, and questions can be isolated and analyzed at whim. The application runs on all Windows systems, costs $129, and can be purchased at the company’s Web site.

Alchemy Lab Software has updated its utility tool, Asset Tracker for Networks 2.0, that monitors software and hardware installed on networks. Available for all Windows systems, the software monitors assets in a corporate network, including operating system details, installed software, and hard disk drive information. This new version improves export templates, software detection routines, general workstation information reports, and adds data on workstation environment variables. A trial version that processes a local computer only is available on the company’s Web site. Full versions go for $199 for 25 PCs, and to $799 for 500 or more PCs.

Sometimes just keeping track of all your hardware and software can prove taxing, and the method of simply looking in the storage closet doesn’t always work. For this task, iInventory Ltd. has released iInventory version 5.0 (formerly LANauditor), which can analyze every computer in a company and provide data about what resides where. No software installation is required on the target computers, which can be anywhere in the world. The inventory data is imported from each machine and stored in a Microsoft Access 2000 Database. Available for all Windows systems, the pricing begins at $220 for an 11-node license.

Shareware software PatrolSearch aids a different kind of organizational goal, by helping users sort through search engine results. The software generates Web page summaries and categorizes results by title, URL, status, and other criteria. The new 1.8 version provides an HTML-style tutorial, and allows for a drag-and-drop interface for adding engines. Available for all Windows systems, the application is on the company’s site, for a 30-day free trial or $29.95 for a full version.

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