OVER 2 YOU, 021 (16/03/01)
are a Church of England Church in South London and we would like to do our
accounts with more user-friendly software. The present Treasurer is fairly computer literate but whoever takes over in the future may not be as good. We need to have a package that is very easy to learn, use and
produce accurate results to send off to the auditor once a year. Can anyone
suggest a package that will suit us? We have not only the church accounts but also those
of our hall and any fundraising that we do.
Sarah Bucknell, via email
Developments have supplied dedicated software to churches since 1985 and one of
our programs (Cashcall) can provide exactly what is required. It not only produces
the standard account reports but also church and charity specific reports such
as the Statement of Financial Activities (SOFA), in line with the requirements
of the Charities Act. For details or a demo CD of our software please telephone
01902 824044 or visit our web site
May I suggest Sarah Bucknell contacts Churchill Systems of Yorkshire at
http://www.churchillsystems.co.uk/home.htm, they produce some excellent
programs for Church work.
I am the financial co-ordinator for a medium size
Baptist church in Kent and I have used Moneysoft's Money Manager Business
Edition for the last 4-5 years and have found it to be all I require. Unlike
some of the larger packages, it easy to pick up and requires little or no
knowledge of accounting, just basic logic.
Money Manager is just £79.95 and Moneysoft Ltd. can be reached at www.moneysoft.co.uk
Jeff Wilkinson, via email
I retired last year as Manager of a Church based National Charity I was asked many times by Church Treasurers for similar help. I always recommended Quicken, which I found if properly set up was excellent for keeping Church & charity books. The Quicken manual only deals with personal
and business finances so I set up some sample records for church accounts which
formed the basis of a one day, one to one training session which got many Church Treasurers using their PCs for their Church accounts.
My company is in the final
stages of producing an accounting package with the specific aim of
being simple to use for untrained individuals. The target customer is the
single person contractor who needs to produce a simple set of accounts each
year for Companies House, though it can be structured to meet your needs
very easily. The package comes with pre-defined word processing templates
(MS-Word or Corel Word Perfect) into which the package will paste your figures
to produce your reports, the templates can be edited to meet yours needs.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.
run our church accounts in an Excel97 workbook with sheets for Income and,
Expenditure transactions with links to layout sheets for producing summary
accounts for the PCC (and auditor) to meet the Charities Act
requirements. This system does not require any knowledge of Excel, the
most difficult decision being which heading to post a given transaction
to! This workbook was set up for us by the previous Treasure who is an
Accountant. The current Treasurer is not, but find it easy to use.
If Sarah Bucknell would like to email me I can explain more.
Are there any British residents chat rooms in
France? If so, can anyone supply any addresses?
Hall, via email
There is a chat room at www.letheil.com. Also the
"forums" of La Mairie at www.livingfrance.com
will be of interest though the latter are not, I think, chat rooms in the
strict sense. Now what would be really
fascinating would be to eavesdrop on a chat room for French residents in the
have 60 photographs of black and white handprints. I would like to know what area consists of black and white (and also different shades of grey)? Is there a program that can do such a thing? This is for my dissertation
experiment, taking 60 Kirlian photographs. I need to measure the change in the
corona electrical discharge around the handprints.
Lee, via email
have just installed Serif PhotoPlus 5; it's supplied on the cover disc of the
April issue of PC Plus, but is also available as a free 6.8MB download from www.serif.com. After a photo has been opened
in the program, you can go to Image > Histogram, and
choose the Luminance channel; tracking the cursor across the histogram will
give the pixel count at each of the 256 greyscale levels.
need to plan car rallies without being forced to take the quickest/shortest
routes. I can get MS Autoroute to take the roads I choose by inserting zero
length stops, but this clutters up the itinerary instructions and covers the
map with labels. Does anyone know of a program, which allows 'way-points' to be
chosen, without such clutter?
David Dudley, via email
There is an excellent web page at http://www.shellgeostar.com
which will give a very detailed route from A to B and will allow stopovers or
‘way points’ to be added to your map which covers the UK and all Europe, which
can be printed off with or without the map.You can also personalises your map
My wife and I go Ballroom Dancing and when we learn
a new figure I try and write down the steps as soon as we
get home. The problem is that, in a couple of weeks time, when I go to refresh
my memory, the long hand instructions often don't make sense. Before I start
the laborious business of doing them myself, does anyone know where I can
get the footprint graphics that are often used in books to illustrate the
previous replies, another book that may be of use is The Ballroom Dance Pack by Walter Laird published by Dorland Kindersley. This book contains thin cardboard outlines of almost full size male and female pairs of shoes. The idea being that you photocopy these and place them on the floor where your feet should go. It should be possible to scan these to create your own clipart and the complete floor plan for a routine created on a computer. As well as going through the basic steps of the six main dances,
the book also contains a CD with practice music played at a slower tempo for
There is a book
with these in, it is:"Ballroom Dancing" by Alex Moore Published by Black - £12.99 I have one of the original versions - 1937, but
last month I bought the current (ninth) edition too. I am personally making up
Ballroom dance sequence diagrams (using a drawing package) that will, hopefully
update this concept even further.
Peter J S Brooks,
an amateur pianist who is frequently called on to entertain groups of pensioners or disabled folk I find it necessary to compile music programs which demands recourse to a list of light music titles. As matters stand
I resort to publishers printed catalogues and my own memory but the ideal would be a computerised database to which I have added notes to classify the various titles by style such as sing along, dance, jazz, etc and to indicate
speed, musical key, etc. I have from time to time contemplated compiling
my own database using Excel or Access which would take a great deal of time I can ill afford. It would help enormously if a basic list of titles was
already available from some source and if so, I would be most grateful for
advice where it could be obtained.
D G Clarke, via email
I have an Excel spreadsheet listing about 1800
titles and keys, taken mainly from "Busker" songbooks. If this is of
interest to D G Clarke I can e-mail it.
catalogues or other printed lists these can be scanned into his computer and
using OCR software (I use TextBridge, which has a table import format) he can
extract the data into formatted files. TextBridge has an option to save in
Excel format and from there, with a little editing, he can then import the data
Another possible source is to save on-line catalogues and lists and convert these into data. My preferred method is to copy the required data from Internet Explorer by highlighting the tables or text and pressing Ctrl-C. Then, in Word, open a new blank document and use Edit/Paste Special, selecting the "Formatted Text (RTF)" option. This clears out all the
code and should leave the text either in a Word Table or as plain text. The former can then be imported into Excel for further editing. The latter may take a bit more work. (I have Word 2000 so I am not sure if this paste option is available in earlier versions.)
have used and been very pleased with Masterfile on Amstrad 9512.I am in early
stages of converting to MF PC with Windows 98.Campbell Systems is
available at 63 Traps Hill Loughton Essex IG10 1TD www.campbell-systems.co.uk
tel 0208 502 3334 fax 0208 532 0446
Is there a software program available for designing
heraldic coats of arms? The only one I've seen was a sub-program of a
family history package and had a very limited library of creatures etc. I
would appreciate one that spoke the rather esoteric language of heraldry too!
Steve Wilson, via email
May I suggest a visit to www.digiserve.com/heraldry
where among others he will find reference to 'Blazons! & Blazon' software
produced originally by Pandect Services. I originally used these some years ago
but they now seem to have upgraded versions available.
Can you tell me if you know of any software, which
is available to run a '100 Club'? We need to administer the members
etc. and generate the winning numbers.
Judith Stodel, via email
have developed a program for a charity to undertake the entire management of
such a Club (in fact, a number of "200 Clubs"). It is written in
Foxbase (a DOS-based database system) but this runs perfectly well in a DOS
window in all versions of Windows in which I've tried it (95, 98 and ME - a
similar program also works in NT4).
The program handles multiple Clubs (there is a limit of 26 since each is referred to by a letter of the alphabet, although this could be changed in the very unlikely event of needing more). Essentially, it keeps a database of all members, maintains a ledger and produces standard letters (for members for each draw plus a renewal letter at the end of the year). When the draw takes place (four times a year), a
letter is produced for all members informing them whether they have won a prize
and giving a list of all prizewinners (partial addresses only). It also
produces a list in a second format
(intended for printing in the charity's magazine) - at present, this
listing consists of the prize values and the membership numbers).
Dr Adrian V Stokes OBE,
One of my retirement hobbies is researching aspects
of local history. Is there a source on the web for annual calendars for the
Julian Calendar in use before 1752 to help me put a day of the week to the
dates of events or software to create such calendars. There are ways of
manually working out the days to match dates but mistakes are easily made.
Barry Redfern, via email
Is there a software program, which automatically
calculates CGT on shares, some of which were purchased some 5 -6 years
Douglas Forbes, via email
I would like to archive our Butterfly Conservation branch newsletters
etc. for posterity. They are produced on MS Word or MS Publisher and contain pictures and diagrams as well as text. The original format is unsatisfactory as files are inaccessible from anything but a PC with Publisher/Word and even a
change of printer destroys the format. I have tried printing Encapsulated
Postscript files but have been unable to read them on several low-cost image
processing systems such as Adobe 4.01 LE (limited edition). Does anybody have a
low cost answer to this one apart from the time-consuming and data-corrupting
solution of reading the pages into a flat-bed scanner? With writeable CD-ROMS,
file size is not too much of a problem.
Jim Chance, via email