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Pro CD Offers More with New 1996 Select Phone on CD-ROM

Magazine article Information Today

Pro CD Offers More with New 1996 Select Phone on CD-ROM

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Pro CD, Inc., a leading publisher of electronic directory information, unveiled the 1996 version of Select Phone on CD-ROM. The new release includes more than 95 million listings for under $100--virtually eliminating the need for paper phonebooks and directory assistance by putting all of the published U.S. phone numbers and addresses at the fingertips of computer users.

The 1996 Select Phone information includes the published name, address, city, state, zip code (zip +4 when available) and publication date for each listing and is searchable on all fields. The new edition incorporates several new and unique features for home and business use:

* SmartFind, which will conduct a search with partial information. Unlike directory assistance, SmartFind searches Select Phone's database for similar spellings and neighboring communities and lists the findings in order of the closest match.

* ListMagic can identify listings that are new to the directory or have a zip+4 address, enabling users to further tailor mailing lists to their specific needs, from highlighting new families and businesses in the neighborhood or segmenting only the deliverable addresses in town.

* MapView for Windows (formerly MapLinx Lite) now offers a unique way to visualize listing information. Selected listings can be viewed geographically through 16 zoom levels, from the U.S. map down to zip code levels.

* Increased export functionality allows users to easily export listings for a variety of tasks, from merging mailing lists with documents and creating mailing labels, to updating and augmenting personal contact files and programs. Select Phone exports to many popular programs and applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel, WordPerfect, Act!, Access, Lotus 1-2-3, Sidekick, Lotus Organizer, and Filemaker Pro.

The data in Select Phone is contained on six CD-ROM discs and is created from nearly 6,000 printed U. …

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