The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_102.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.
An electronic address book, aka contact manager
is a program to keep track of names, address, phone numbers, email
addresses, websites, cell numbers, birthdays etc. I still use an
ancient program called DayTimer Addressbook 2000, but
they have discontinued it and it deteriorates further with every
Windows release. I decided to look for an alternative.
The feature of prime importance is the ability to import and export
data in some documented human-readable text format such as
CSV (Comma-Separated Value)
XML (extensible Markup Language).
That way I can import my DayTimer addresses without having to rekey
them and I will be free to switch programs in future.
You can backup/restore your database, or export/import it in
It stores data in traditional separate fields.
It has check boxes to put people on your birthday card or
Christmas card lists.
You can attach pictures.
You can extract lists to print phone books or address labels.
You can print various types of Avery label, including your
return address, images etc.
Oddly, it also lets you enter household monthly budgets,
recipes, to do lists… The website shows it making
colourful return address labels, though I did not see that it
the program, just big address labels with your return address on
I am quite impressed. It worked smoothly and intuitively. It
did something rather old fashioned by wise. When you key
something you have to OK the changes when you are done. If you
discover part way through you have messed things up, you have
done no damage.
The import is quite easy. You give it a CSV file with field
labels in the initial comment line. It asks you which of its
field names is closest to each field name in the CSV file. I had
trouble with only one field, the person’s job title, which
it ignored. You then have to categorise each entry individually
as family/friend/shopping etc. Getting a clean CSV file for it
to import was a evening’s work, however. Daytimer, my old
address book software, did a grossly incompetent job of
This is the one I bought.
Free updates for life.
It has a retro garish look, as if it were originally written
for Windows 3.1.
You can’t set the font and colour separately for each
line of the address label.
It insists in installing itself on your C:
drive. It puts your data in
C:\Elwood Software\ and your programs in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Elwood Software\. It uses Microsoft’s Jet/Access
mini database to store the data in binary.
It could do with a cosmetic makeover with a subtler colour scheme and more
modern-looking and larger icons.
Perhaps they need to implement skins as
files containing lists of colours and filenames of icons for
various purposes. This would allow sophisticated users to do
their own localisation. Or for something fancier do it the way
Opera/Firefox or Java look and feel does. That way people can
keep the familiar retro look if they please and can compose
their own look.
A simple skin would be a zip file containing some png
icon files with standard names. Any missing pngs
would revert to the basic set. There would be a
file called colors.csv. It would
contain pairs of
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
rrggbb hex colour numbers e.g. #660066 as used in
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
and the function name. Again, any missing entries would revert
to the basic set. The name of the zip is the name of the skin.
To install, you unzip to a directory skin\xxxx.
Ideally you could also configure fonts. I am getting on in
years and like my fonts a little bigger than young folk do.
Further, I have collected some specially legible fonts such as
Tiresias and Pragmata Pro that make it easy
to tell similar letters apart.
When you order, there is a second screen to specify a shipping
address that looks very much like the first. I mistook it for
rejecting and erasing the data from the first screen.
but you can mail them a US dollar cheque.
It allows you to assign pictures or icons and see them on a
You can import but not export your data in
All fields are free format. You can thus enter dates in any
form you please, but then there is no verification and no
It lumps given and surname in one field and City, State and
postal code in one free-form field.
It contains some slightly strange English e.g. configurate.
It can print simple labels that are all the same size and
Address Book aka Windows Contacts used to come bundled with
Windows. Now it is an extra cost add-on.
The free Address Book by Klaus Roemer of Ktech. His
home website free Address Book by Klaus Roemer of Ktech. His home
website http://www4.webng.com/krtech is
off the air and I can’t find where to download version 6.0.7 or later.