extracted from the May 1999 newsletter
generation of Directory Software needed
it is true that with the possible exception of Mac users,
everyone always complains about software, the general disaffection
around LETS software is definitely very pronounced.
irritating thing about the perceived inadequacy of LETS software
is that the requirements are covered by standard functionality.
The first requirement, as all local currency scheme members
know well is simple double entry book keeping which can be
programmed in standard packages such as Excel.
Excel cannot provide the database functionality needed for
an Offers and Wants Directory. This is why Windows versions
of LETS software, such as LOIS and LETSAssist are written
in Microsoft Access.
a really effective Wants and Offers Directory program needs
to add new categories and searchable terms automatically,
without having to change the program. Only free text retrieval
software (another standard software type) will do this task.
is not good at free text retrieval which is becoming increasingly
important in a world where more and more LETS members would
be able to run and search an easily updatable Directory on
their hard disk.
the early days, DOS programs like nlets did the job, albeit
simply and crudely. This generation of Windows-based LETS
accounting software using Access have made the original basic
DOS software functions, a bit prettier, easier to use ...
and much slower. Still they work.
time is now right for a new generation of LETS software to
be developed which exploits the speed, flexibility and power
of free text retrieval software in designing and delivering
UK would like to sponsor a process whereby LETS groups can
collaborate in specifying their ideal Accounting and Directory
an agreed standard specification is complete, then we will
make it publicly available for software developers to meet.
interested in participating in the process, please, let us
know on the enclosed InterActive pages.
then, two professional English-language Windows-based LETS
software packages are LOIS (from the UK) and LETSAssist (from
will be reviews of each package in future Nerd Corners. Any
comments from users of either of these packages would be very
- can be downloaded from http://www.fortunecity.com/olympia/akabusi/19/index.htm
contact Jerry Vahrman (0117) 951-3971
use a Microsoft Access database to hold details of all members,
their wants and offers, and all the Oswald transactions. An
empty version of the database is available for download from
It requires Microsoft Access 2.0 or later. The database will
automatically run a main menu screen, with buttons for all
the common tasks. No help or support is provided.
portable computers with LETS database installed -- £25! Three
available, more coming. Call Dave Shenton on 07970 187374
(mobile) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org