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Giveaway of the day — Prospects 2016

Acquire the customer information you need to meet your marketing goals.
$110.64 EXPIRED
User rating: 66 (67%) 33 (33%) 42 comments

Prospects 2016 was available as a giveaway on July 9, 2016!

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Use Prospects to acquire the customer information you need to meet your marketing goals. Whether you are at a trade show, event, in your store or on your web­site, there is a version of Prospects to meet your needs.

Features:

  • Runs on your desktop, laptop or tablet and doesn’t need an internet connection to acquire information;
  • A fully customizable program making sure that your corporate image is properly displayed to your potential customers;
  • Information is stored on your computer sorted by trade show/ event. Makes it easy to remember who you’ve seen and where;
  • No limit (based on your computers’ storage capacity) to the amount of information that can be collected at any one time: from 1 to 1,000,000+ prospects;
  • All information is stored in text files which can be accessed by most bulk mail programs or imported into popular database and spreadsheet programs;
  • Your screen is locked so prospects cannot access your computer/ tablet when they enter their info into Prospects;
  • Includes multiple monitor support. Extend the desktop on your laptop by adding a separate monitor to show the presentation. This frees up your laptop for other things;
  • Supports slideshows, displays most popular types of graphics and each element of your presentation can be placed with pixel perfect control;
  • Save each presentation you create as a theme, allowing you to switch between presentations at the click of a mouse. Sample themes are included.

Please note: the program includes 1-computer lifetime license for commercial or non-commercial use!

Win a lifetime licence of Prospects for the best improvement idea before July 31, 2016. Updates and tech support included. Please use the IdeaInformer widget to supply your ideas!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

Unicorn Systemz

Homepage:

http://informationacquisition.com/prospects.php?lang=en

File Size:

12 MB

Price:

$110.64

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#14

found it in the 'readme' file. thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Hillary  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Another bug! pressing Alt-F4 quits the data entry screen and the rest of the program instantly... That event needs to be disabled too along with the others I've mentioned, in prior comments, if the claim:

"•Your screen is locked so prospects cannot access your computer/ tablet when they enter their info into Prospects;"

Is ever going to have a hope of being true!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK,

Thanks for the bug report. Something to improve the next version.

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

I downloaded and installed it. where do I apply for the activation code? I didi not see it anywhere.

Reply   |   Comment by Hillary  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Hillary,

Activation code was sent to you by GOTD either in the email or in a readme file

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#11

Another apparent bug if I disable any of the collect boxes the Save button is NEVER enabled when all data fields are completed.
Another bug, the Adv... option on the collect box settings has a check box for "Validate email address" does not appear to enable any data formatting checks on the submitted data.

Further to the earlier bug report on lack of input sanity checking, there is none in the Options gui either, one can place unlimited length strings in the collect box labels and if we make the string too long it ceases to render the characters in the edit box but still accepts the further input, at some point when Apply is pressed the Save button on the final collection object on the screen vanishes. There needs to be some restraints applied to those label input boxes to prevent improper operation of the input boxes and the resultant collection object.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Emile,

The name "Prospects" gave me the impression I could use this software for tracking sales leads/contacts throughout the entire sales cycle (e.g., cold calling, conversations/calls journal, next step/next contact reminder, etc.), but it seems like it's geared for customer demos at conventions and trade shows. I was on your website looking for screenshots of the main information or data-entry screens but couldn't find any. Could you please elaborate as to the primary capabilities of the program.

BTW, speaking of the website, it was extremely difficult to read anything due to the main text panels utilizing a color scheme of light grey (practically white) on a white background. I had to override the CSS just to be able to read the page. It's very user un-friendly; I hope you fix it at some point.
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Garofalo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Robert Garofalo,

Thanks for the report. I'll have a look at it to see how I can improve it.

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I found that prospects theme caused the incorrect parameter errors while unicorn theme appears to work as expected, including a significant bug in the way input data is handled!

The input form has no apparent sanity checks, no filtering relevant to the type of data being entered and the storage medium being used. The end user can input "," commas and they are passed unfiltered into the comma separated values file throwing off the alignment of the CSV database fields! Sometimes when people write their addresses they put a comma after each line, especially if they are forced into entering the entire address onto one line like they are here! I wonder what input string length would be required to provoke a buffer overflow error in the input or CSV output procedures?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Is there any way to preview the numerous Styles in program before use or are we supposed to try them all out completely before we can make an informed choice? If the latter it feels like my time would be better spent doing other things!
Why do I get stuck on a full screen layout of a data collection page when I load prospects over the default unicorn and I cannot proceed of save or do anything further save drag and drop elements and type data into the form fields but on trying to press save multiple alert boxes pop up announcing "The Parameter is incorrect" when I mouse over the Save button, no indication of WHAT parameters are incorrect!

I can't access any help on that screen or hints or gain any indication of the state of the development timeline I am currently stuck in... It looks like I will be forced to launch Task Manager and end the task and shrug shoulders in exclamation of how unrewarding that experience was!
Fortunately I did select the option to read the readme file at the end of the installation so did learn what was supposed to launch the Help file, but that information did not work, pressing F1 key in the Options window did NOT launch the prospects_help.pdf file! I had to dig it out from the Help menu manually.

From what I've read in the so called help file it appears the page I am stuck in is the actual data gathering page and not a what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) edit screen and the settings are hidden from the potential hacker by a couple of keyboard shortcuts and the Windows key still works when in that screen as does Alt-TAB and Alt-WIN so the computer is not protected from enquiring minds that may know the Quit and Options keyboard shortcuts... I'd need to disable all those system control keys and password protect access via the Quit and Options keyboard shortcuts. Not to forget that the screen I am stuck in allows me to edit the page layout, drag and drop and move elements around ad OFF the screen!

Even if I got this to work in a visually engaging and impressive manner it appears too easy to bring down and would not cultivate a strong confidence in my or my companies ability to protect gathered data from thieves when I can't even protect the data input device from the most simple experimentation!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Maybe I'm overlooking something, or does this program not have a import/export feature?

Reply   |   Comment by Debra K  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Debra K,

There is no import/export feature as that is not needed.

When you start Prospects you are asked what event you're at. this is used as the file name for the file where all of the information gathered is stored.

To retrieve that information open the Options screen, Ctrl-O, and select the General tab.

Here is a section called available mailing lists.

Choose one from the drop down list to the right and then click on the Event Info... button.

All your information collected for that event will then be displayed in a comma delimited text file in your favorite text editor. To get it into any other program, select all Ctrl-A, copy Ctrl-C and then paste it, Ctrl-V into the program you wish to use the data in.

Thanks

Emile

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

There's a basic explanation and some screenshots on the "How it Works" page. It looks like after you have created an account (bronze account), you make (or change an existing page) an online page for the event for which you want to collect info. At the event, you present the potential contact with a laptop or tablet and the potential contact enters info on the event's IAS form page.

Does IAS exclusively collect email addresses - i.e., is this strictly so you can populate a mailing list and nothing else? or can the collection form be modified to include name/address, or other details as desired-even if it has to be entered manually?

Can collection be integrated with a company's website (probably with subscription) or with email responses?

Do you export/import (whichever is appropriate for the situation) your existing email database and IAS data so that you have one combined database with which to populate your email list ?

Aside from emailing, will you be able to combine your company's existing contact/email database with your IAS data for one primary database and then break out or target specific email groups (events, but also other defined criteria as needed)?

Reply   |   Comment by Sheila  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Sheila, this is a simple one proprietary database software, it is not customize-able and can not be integrated into existing system.
This software is for someone thinking of doing that but is not flexible to define your own database fields and or install it on multiple servers.

Reply   |   Comment by Molly  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sheila,

The questions you are asking are not about Prospects, but ProspectsJS, the javascript version of Prospects that runs in any environment that is HTML5 compliant.

Does IAS exclusively collect email addresses - i.e., is this strictly so you can populate a mailing list and nothing else? or can the collection form be modified to include name/address, or other details as desired-even if it has to be entered manually?

- No, we can modify the forms page to include name/address/phone number or any other details that are desired. You were looking at the Bronze package, if you read the information on the Silver, Gold and Platinum offers you can see the possibilities.

Can collection be integrated with a company's website (probably with subscription) or with email responses?

- Yes it could be.

Do you export/import (whichever is appropriate for the situation) your existing email database and IAS data so that you have one combined database with which to populate your email list ?

- Your IAS database is available to you as a comma delimited text file that you can copy - paste into your current email database.

Aside from emailing, will you be able to combine your company's existing contact/email database with your IAS data for one primary database and then break out or target specific email groups (events, but also other defined criteria as needed)?

- This depends on how you currently manage your current contact/email database. Events are one of the criteria which are globally available, any other criteria would have to be implemented first before they can be used.

Thanks

Emile

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Molly,

And how do you know this?

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Molly, the so called "proprietary database" you mention is a simple CSV format text file, while it is not VERY customisable it is customisable to the extent that don't have to include all the fields in the data collection.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

My company does it with a special script in an excel program and there is no limit on entries or users, most clients enter in their own windows the demographics and we follow up on each client.
This software, I guess does the same thing but licensing it will cost a fortune, we have over 400 computers and field offices and learning to use it will require some time and money.
If the developer wants to acquire new business, this software must be given free to try it on servers and cloud applications. Nobody will just buy it without knowing that the old d-base can be transferred to this software or this software may be missing a feature that is already in existence and essential in our present software.

Reply   |   Comment by merta  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

merta,

We have evaluation software available.

From our website,

*** The Lite and Retail versions of Prospects are identical with one exception. The Lite version inserts an asterisk every five characters in the information being saved making the collected information unusable. (info@myemail.com is saved as info*myem*il.c*m).

This allows you to thoroughly evaluate Prospects while preventing it's unlicensed use. ***

The path where the data is saved can be set to a cloud drive so all of the information gathered can be held in one central repository.

Thanks

Emile

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Emile, Thanks for the fast response, however, from your response I gather we can have only one cloud server with one d-base and we already have 7 cloud servers on 7 different web addresses, furthermore, we can not test the speed of search if the suggested d-base will have billions of asterisks and what field will be searchable is out of question as per your suggestion.
Our present system has multiple d-base and when search is done, all d-bases on all servers are searched at same time, I think your software can not do that at present time.

Thanks again for the reply, have a nice day.

Reply   |   Comment by merta  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

The description speaks of customers and marketing. This obviously oriented to a business environment. But a licence is required for any commercial or non-commercial use according to the description.

So I have a question: since any use, commercial or non-commercial, requires a licence, what use is this giveaway?

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

john,

as above - Please note: the program includes 1-computer lifetime license for commercial or non-commercial use!

You can use the software for both, you just don't get updates or support past today.

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

The showcase links in their homepage are already not using this. The developer hasn't updated the showcase?

Reply   |   Comment by hardgirl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

hardgirl,

Are not using what?

The developer (me) would be happy to update the showcase if any one of the registered users would send me screen shots of their developed themes so I could post them.

It's a little difficult to update anything when all you receive are promises.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Emile, The two websites listed in your sites showcase section that are presented as if they are using your products are not using your ProspectsJS product on their sites which suggests your marketing dept is not keeping the website updated often enough.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I downloaded to look at it.
1. It didn't open the progam when I selected "Open on completion" and hit submit.
2. When I started Prospects, it said, "There is a monitor program running. Please delete it and start again."
No way! I use Display Fusion, I paid for it, I love it, and it works great. I didn't get Prospect for a monitor program, I downloaded it to read the help file.
3. This is a one computer license. If I download it on my desktop but I want to use it on my laptop at a convention, how do I do that?

Reply   |   Comment by Randy Martin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Randy Martin,

Prospects manages the use of multiple monitors by itself and there was evidently a conflict between it and Display Fusion.

You don't have to run Prospects to see the help file. It is a pdf file in the installation directory\docs

If you wish to use it on your laptop then please install it on your laptop. This was a free giveaway to introduce you to the software. If you can see the value it provides, then purchase a license, which gives you free updates and support for the life of the software.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Screen shots of the program would be nice to see ... That way it would be possible to see what is being downloaded and how useful it might be.
Went to Unicorn Systemz homepage, same thing... no screenshots.
Also for Prospects 2016's asking price, you would think there would be
far more literature available...
Hope it works well for people who download & install it, but I'm out.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Dan,

If you look in the help file, you will get to see a screenshot of all of the options available. There are few "screenshots" of the end result as that is a custom theme you can create for yourself.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Emile,
'Help file'... Is that what is installed with Prospects 2016?
I don't want to install the program to look at a help file & see screenshots. Is there a link you will provide?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Dan,

I can upload a zip file with all the screen shots. Unfortunately, I am at an event right now, but I will post it here when I get home, in about 3 hours.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Dan, This is one of those programs that will not be useful for the majority of users; by the description you will either find it useful or not. I for one, by the description, find this program to be of use to me. If you do not think this program will be of use to you then pass it by, but if you do think it will be of use to you then download and install it.

I will download and install it and if for any reason after using the program I find that it is not as useful as I thought then I will uninstall it. Just for your info I install all GOTD and GGOTD programs with REVO partly because a lot of GOTD and GGOTD programs do not come with Uninstallers and even if they do many Uninstallers do not do what the name implies: Uninstall the entire program. When I install a program with REVO, -or- any other program of it's type, I can be confident that it is Uninstalling the entire program including Registry Entries. Any program installed with REVO, -or- any program of it's type, worth it's salt, provides fast, easy, complete, uninstall, if need be.

As for the price; if you find this program useful, for it's supposed intended purpose, then I'm sure the price tag will pay for it's self.

Why not install it? It comes with a lifetime license (for one computer); so the cost is negated. What's not to like?

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Dan, I just did a quick search of "Prospects" in "Softpedia" and while they do not list "Prospects" the search brought up a large number of business, marketing type programs, both free and paid, assuming you or anyone else here is in the market for business or marketing type software.

And I think I actually found a program that "Download.com" does not have listed.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

JonE,

Prospects comes with a full uninstaller which removes everything it installed. What it does not remove is any data you may have accumulated, ini files created or themes you have created and saved.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Emile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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