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Business Class

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MD5: 7d1aab0966ef55c876fff74dd65215fe
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
This app works with: Mini vMac Mini vMac II

Business Class and City To City, $49.95 each, attempt to harness the power of HyperCard to turn the Macintosh into a sophisticated yet easy to use electronic travel guide. City to City lives up to the promise; Business Class falls short, but only because of its limited data base.

Business Class is aimed at the world traveler and it serves as a good starting point for planning an exotic vacation or a business jaunt to Rome.

The opening screen presents a map of the world, half of which is darkened to indicate where it is nighttime at any given moment based on the Mac's internal clock. This can be particularly useful if you're planning an overseas telephone call and you don't want to wake up the boss or a valued client by mistake.

A quick glance at 1 a.m. EDT, for example, shows dawn is racing across Europe while it is high noon in central Asia. This handy feature alone almost justifies the software's price tag.

To call up information on any of 65 countries, simply point the mouse cursor at the appropriate area on the map and a close-up view of the region snaps into place. Click again on the country of your choice and another close-up appears showing major cities.

At the bottom of each country card you have a choice of 13 buttons - just point and click -- representing information categories ranging from currency to social customs to a list of hotels in each city. With the help of a modem, the stack will even dial the number of the hotel of your choice (or car rental agency or airline, etc.) and help you create and print a detailed itinerary.

All in all, Business Class is professionally implemented, attractively designed and easy to use.

But one can't escape the reality that a visit to the corner bookstore can result in far more detailed information for less money. While the database is packed with interesting information, it is simply too scanty to be really useful and I can't imagine actually planning a trip abroad with this software.

- UPI Archives Sept. 13, 1988 Compatibility
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