Everyone has an addressbook of one sort or another. Generally they are fairly tatty things with plenty of scibbles, corrections, and different hand writing styles. What you need is a program to keep all your loved ones' and friends' addresses and phone numbers stored in a convenient place.

DFA really is the perfect solution. The program is split into a number of smaller parts, so the main executable is small enough to keep in your WBStartup drawer. If you ever need to find someone's address DFA has an AppIcon, so a quick double-click is all that is needed to pop up the main DFA screen with a list view of all the people in your address book.

To install you should really use the provided installer script as it is a little complicated and a number of tool types have to be set correctly. Other than that, it should be quite painless as virtually all the DFA files are held together in a single directory.

The main DFA window - all your friends and contacts can be grouped and listed from here

The first thing you will notice when you run DFA is that it has a very handy tool bar across the top of its window. All the more common comands are accessible via this tool bar. If you are not sure what each icon means, just place the mouse pointer over the relevant icon and its functions will appear in the information box at the top right.

This is where you enter all your favourite people into your bulging address book

Adding new entries is very straightforward. Click on the New icon, which is the little folder icon. This pops up another window with a number of fields. The form is fairly standard allowing you to enter, among other things, the person's name, address, phone number and up to three e-mail addresses. You can cursor betweeen each field, and each person can be placed in up to eight different groups.

Once you have a few people entered into DFA you can cursor up and down the list on the main window. A selection of their details is displayed in a small window at the bottom, or you can view the entire entry by pressing return or double-clicking.

DFA is extremely configurable. Its fonts, window position and appearance can be canged

DFA comes with a fairly comprehensive preferences program, along with the fairly normal window positioning and a choice of the font it uses. You can change exactly what information is displayed in both the main address listview an also the smaller panel listview that is at the bottom of DFA's window.
From here you can change which columns of the address listview display what information

A couple of DFA's more unusual features is that it has been designed with network use in mind. Therefore, a number of people can share the same address book over a network without any of the usual read/write conflicts. The other unusual feature is that if you have a modem attatched, and then a phone connected to your modem, you can get the computer to phone up a particular person.

Taken from "Amiga Computing", issue 91

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