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QuickWrite 1.1

QuickWrite 1.1
QuickWrite 1.1

Floppy (3.5")1

New Horizons


0  90491  00060  3

Release Date: 1/1/1990
Manufacturer: New Horizons
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Donated By: Jim Butterfield
QuickWrite ("QW") is a "word processor" in the original sense of the phrase. It does not have desktop publishing functionality, multiple font support, nor even proportional font support. What it provides is convenient access to many of the character features of the Preferences printer. For people who have a printer that has a number of such features, but doesn't have the graphics support required for a true DTP package (this describes pretty much any dot-matrix printer), QuickWrite is an excellent investment.

You can start QW from either the CLI or the WorkBench, and it can run on either the Workbench screen or a custom screen of the user's choosing. After being started, QW opens a window that will be familiar to the users of most Amiga DTP or word processing packages. Inside the standard Intuition window borders you find a ruler with movable triangles that control text wrapping, a tool bar for setting various options, and a couple of scroll bars and arrows for moving around the document.

The ruler gadgets control the left margin for the first line of a paragraph, the left margin for the other lines in a paragraph, and the right margin. You also click on the ruler gadget to set tab stops.

The tool bar has controls for setting the tab type (left, centered, right or decimal-aligned), paragraph justification (left, center, right or fully justified), line spacing (single or double), and optionally setting paragraph spacing to include a line before or after each paragraph, or both.

In addition, double-clicking on the ruler makes the tool bar vanish or appear, and clicking on the tool bar outside the gadgets causes it to vanish.

In addition, there are three gadgets to the left of the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window. Two are arrows that scroll through the document page by page. The third is a text button displaying the current page. Selecting it brings up the "Go To Page" requester.

The Project menu is much as one would expect from an Amiga word processing package, with commands to Save project, Save As, Open projects, create a New project, Page Setup, Printing with and without a Merge, and saving settings. The entries that open file requesters open either a custom requester that may include extra buttons, or under 2.0 or later, an ASL requester that won't have the extra buttons. A handy shortcut in the Print options is Print One, which prints a single copy of the current document using the current page setup.

The Edit menu has the usual set of options ones expects in an Amiga editor -- Cut, Copy, Paste and Erase. After that comes a submenu allowing a selection to be changed to UPPER, lower or Mixed case. Another submenu allows the insertion of non-text items of various kinds -- the Date or Time, a Page Break or Page Number, or a non-breaking Space. The Date or Time can be either the current date or time, or the date or time when you print the document. You control the format of these items with the requester brought up by the next entry. There is also an entry for selecting all text in the document, and entries that bring up requesters for editing preferences and screen colors.

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