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Cheque it out

Print out checks in a network environment with this business tool.

Electronic payment systems continue to evolve, yet traditional checks (also spelled "cheques") remain critical to business and the global economy. Software like Evinco's ChequePrinting.Net 2.8.1 bridges the gap, combining the security and physical record of payment of checks with electronic efficiency and advanced management capabilities in a networked database environment. It lets you print and manage all elements of a check and record and manage the transactions in one interface. It includes some useful extras, too, such as a payment voucher template.

When you first run ChequePrinting.Net, a wizard prompts you to connect to a database or run the software locally; some users will want to contact their network or database administrators to properly configure access. The software itself has the familiar, businesslike look and feel of a Windows program, with an efficient layout anchored on the left-hand navigation panel, called the Tool Box. The main control icons run across the top of the primary view; these include separate icons for both Print and Batch Print. We've tested a lot of programs designed to manage, report, and print out documentation that was once done the hard way, and ChequePrinting.Net stands among the best as a productivity enhancer. We especially like the wide variety of top-quality check templates, which printed out as crisp, accurate images on plain paper in our laser printer, though check paper is recommended for actual use. Functions like setting passwords and backups, designating printers, changing fonts and numbering, and even importing data are all handled by small, clearly labeled pop-up dialogs, though more comprehensive controls are available, as well as considerable documentation in online and PDF formats.

Not everyone needs the capability to write and print checks with a few mouse clicks, but for businesses, organizations, and associations that write a lot of checks, ChequePrinting.Net could be a valuable tool for both productivity and management.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of ChequePrinting.Net Software 2.8.1. The trial version is limited to 25-check printing.

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