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SignOut is a “pop-up” program designed to keep track of where the workers in an office have gone. Works with Novell networks.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
NETUSERS.LBF 21 21 stored
README.SGN 1133 591 deflated
SIGNOUT.CFG 888 492 deflated
SIGNOUT.DOC 41856 14267 deflated
SIGNOUT.EXE 103152 45423 deflated
SIGNOUT.HLP 7159 2501 deflated
SIGNOUT.OVR 46904 20844 deflated
SO.BAT 27 27 stored

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Contents of the SIGNOUT.DOC file


SignOut ver 1.3
TO: INTEGRA COMPUTING, Box 72063, Marietta, GA 30007-2063

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Send registered** copies of the following:
--- SignOut, registered for use on ____ workstations
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SIGNATURE DATE
* Telephone support will be provided if you pre-purchase it with this order
form. Such support must be used within a year. When you need assistance, you
may reach Integra Computing (404-973-3586) most weekdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm,
Eastern Time. Because so much time is required to respond to mailed correspon-
dence, letters requesting assistance may not be answered. If you need help,
call -- don't write. But please don't even call unless you've pre-purchased
support with this order form; if you call without having prepaid for support,
each call will cost you a minimum of $15, plus $1.50 per minute.
** Unregistered software is programmed to remind you to register. Please
note that no credit will be given at the time of registration for the cost of
an unregistered copy.
BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, NIF-
TY, AND THEIR INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND
(INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTI-
CULAR PURPOSE). NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE PROVIDED BY INTEG-
RA, ITS DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND REGARDING BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, RAM-
DESK, SIGNOUT, OR NIFTY, AND YOU MAY NOT RELY UPON SUCH INFORMATION OR AD-
VICE.
NEITHER INTEGRA NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION,
PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH,
RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, OR NIFTY SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUEN-
TIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS
OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, AND LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMA-
TION) ARISING FROM THE USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-
TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, OR NIFTY.
-- LICENSE:
BillPower, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm, ReSearch, Nifty, RAMdesk, SignOut, and their documentation are copyrighted in 1985 to 1989 by R.A. Kelly.
You may use any program on as many computers as you like, as long as it is nev-
er installed with a SERIAL NUMBER (provided to you when you register as a user)
on more than one computer at a time and as long as you do not alter the program
in any way. You may distribute any of these programs to potential new users,
provided that you never divulge your SERIAL NUMBER to anyone, that you charge
no fee for the program, and that you do not bundle it with (or use it as an
incentive to purchase or lease) any other product or service, without the
written consent of R.A. Kelly. All rights not expressly granted above are re-
served in R.A. Kelly.

-- DISCLAIMER:
BillPower, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm, ReSearch, Nifty, RAMdesk, and
SignOut may contain design and programming flaws. Before using ANY software
on a regular basis, try estimating the potential harm that could result from
your reliance upon it. Please don't use any of these programs unless you're
willing to assume the associated risks, such as billing and report inaccuracies
and data loss.
BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, NIFTY, RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, AND THEIR INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY
KIND (INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE). NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE PROVIDED BY
INTEGRA, ITS DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WAR-
RANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH,
NIFTY, OR RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, AND YOU MAY NOT RELY UPON SUCH INFORMATION OR
ADVICE. USE OF BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, NIFTY,OR
RAMDESK, SIGNOUT IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
NEITHER INTEGRA NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION,
PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF BILLPOWER, TICKLEX, MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH,
NIFTY, OR RAMDESK, SIGNOUT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUEN-
TIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS
OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, AND LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMA-
TION) ARISING FROM THE USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) BILLPOWER, TICKLEX,
MT-TRACKER, POPFORM, RESEARCH, NIFTY, OR RAMDESK, SIGNOUT, EVEN THOUGH INTEG-
RA MAY BE ADVISED THAT SUCH DAMAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

-- AGREEMENT:
As used in this Agreement, the terms "BillPower" , "TickleX", "MT-Trac-
ker", "PopForm", "ReSearch", "Nifty", "SignOut", and "RAMdesk", if not followed
by a series or version designation, mean any version or series of BillPower,
BillPower Plus, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm, ReSearch, Nifty, SignOut, or RAM-
desk provided to you now or in the future.
Your attempt to use BillPower, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm, ReSearch,
Nifty, SignOut, or RAMdesk constitutes your acceptance of the terms set forth
in the foregoing LICENSE and DISCLAIMER (which are incorporated into this Ag-
reement). Your attempt to use BillPower, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm, Re-
Search, Nifty, SignOut, or RAMdesk also constitutes your agreement that if you
bring any legal action relating to BillPower, TickleX, MT-Tracker, PopForm,
ReSearch, Nifty, SignOut, or RAMdesk, 1) your sole remedy for the damages for
which any defendant is found liable (including direct, indirect, incidental and
consequential damages) will be the recovery of whatever you paid to register as
a user of the program, and 2) you will pay all defendants' attorneys fees and
other legal costs if you do not prevail on all claims made in your pleadings.
The terms of this Agreement are governed by Georgia law. If any of this
Agreement's terms shall be held invalid to any extent, the remainder of this
Agreement shall be unaffected by such invalidity.

THE ABOVE PARAGRAPHS CONSTITUTE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND INTE-
GRA. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION, OR ADVICE FROM ANY SOURCE
MAY ALTER THE AGREEMENT AS SET FORTH ABOVE.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR OF LIABIL-
ITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS
AND LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH MAY
VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.



SIGNOUT
(ver 1.3)
TABLE OF CONTENTS



INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

INSTALLING ON A LOCAL AREA NETWORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

WORKSTATION IDENTIFICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

USING THE PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

APPENDIX: CUSTOMIZING SIGNOUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
APPENDIX: TUNING UP PERFORMANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
APPENDIX: BACKING UP YOUR DATA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13




SIGNOUT
INSTRUCTIONS


NOTE:
If you're using an unregistered copy of the program,
it will begin to beep at you in several weeks, reminding
you that it's time to register. Don't worry -- no data
will be destroyed, and you'll always be able to use the
program, despite the fact that you delay registering.


NOTE:
As of mid-1990, SignOut is a brand new program.
If you think you know how the program can be improved,
please contact Integra Computing (404-973-3586).


INTRODUCTION

SignOut is a "pop-up" program designed to keep track of where the
workers in an office have gone. It's the electronic equivalent of the
centrally-located "SIGN-OUT" board that many offices have. The prog-
ram will track up to 99 employees and display to anyone on the of-
fice's LAN a list of who's signed out, where he's gone, and when he'll
be back. It will also allow the person departing the office to leave
detailed instructions on how he can be reached, why he left, whom he's
meeting, and so on.

SignOut may be used on any IBM-compatible PC running DOS 2.1 (or
greater) and any DOS-based Local Area Network. It requires about 180K
when it's actually being used, but when it's just sitting in the back-
ground waiting for you to press its hotkey, it's memory requirements
will be reduced to only 7K!. Incidentally, there are some very good
reasons that this simple little program requires 180K (call Integra
Computing if you'd like an explanation), but, since the background RAM
requirement is a mere 7K, the larger figure in hardly important.

As shipped, the program consists of six files:

SIGNOUT.EXE the main program file;
SIGNOUT.OVR a program overlay file;
SIGNOUT.DOC this documentation;
SIGNOUT.CFG a modifiable configuration file
SIGNOUT.HLP brief on-line help and other notes;
NETUSERS.LBF a file containing user names;
SO.BAT the file used to load SignOut.

Additionally, SignOut will create and maintain several server-based
files (LOCATE.LBF, LOCATE.LBI.LBI, PC-SCHED.LBF, PC-SCHED.LBI) which
hold data used by the program.



INTRODUCTION 4




SignOut is a member of the "MANAGEX" series of software (RAMdesk,
TickleX BillPower, and ReSearch are also members), but it may be used
by itself. Just in case you ever decide to use SignOut in conjunction
with other members of the MANAGEX series, SignOut's files should be
installed into a hard disk directory named "MANAGEX".


-- COMPUTER CRASHES

Any RAM-resident (pop-up) program may occasionally cause your
computer to "freeze" or "lock up", and SignOut is no exception. The
reason for this problem is that the computer's operating system is not
designed to support multi-tasking, and RAM-resident programs have to
play tricks on it in order to work their magic. If you start experi-
encing computer "crashes" after beginning to use SignOut, it's probab-
ly because SignOut is trying to do something in the background that
conflicts with whatever you're doing in the foreground. Try altering
the order in which you load your TSR programs (SignOut included). If
that doesn't correct the problem, there's little you can do (you've
happened upon a combination of computer, DOS, and software with which
SignOut simply will not work dependably).

Please be sure to read the TUNING UP PERFORMANCE section, the
final portion of which refers to the "FATAL SWAP ERROR" message that
may occasionally occur.





























INTRODUCTION 5




INSTALLING ON A LOCAL AREA NETWORK


SignOut is normally loaded by entering "SO" at the DOS prompt.
This command accesses the SO.BAT file, which, in turn, contains a line
that causes SIGNOUT.EXE to be executed. The "signout" line in the
SO.BAT file on each workstation should be modified by the addition of
parameters which tell the program: 1) who the main user is, 2) who
you are, 3) the hard disk and directory in which the data files are to
be stored, and 4) the hard disk and directory in which the work-
station's SO.BAT file is to be maintained (the program's "home" direc-
tory). These four items are handled by the fifth through eighth para-
meters following "signout". The first four parameters may each be
"X", which signifies a null parameter. Example:

SIGNOUT x x x x ABC DEF H:\MANAGEX C:\MANAGEX

This line tells SignOut that the primary user's initials are ABC, that
this workstation's user's initials are DEF, that the SignOut data is
to be maintained in the MANAGEX directory on drive H, and that this
workstation keeps the SO.BAT file in the MANAGEX directory of drive C.

Who is the main or primary user? Typically, he is the person who
is likely to use the program the most, the one who's mainly "in
charge" of SignOut. If you also use BillPower and/or TickleX in your
office, the primary user is the one who is responsible for maintaining
the BillPower/TickleX databases. At the primary user's workstation,
the fifth and sixth parameters would be identical. Example:

SIGNOUT x x x x ABC ABC H:\MANAGEX C:\MANAGEX


-- Please Note:

If your LAN defaults to the assumption that you want it to auto-
matically lock files for you, you may have problems with SignOut.
SignOut, not your LAN, must decide when to lock which files. Make
sure that your LAN is configured to give ALL users complete access to
ALL files in the server directory used for SignOut's data files
(probably the MANAGEX directory). Make sure that ALL program and data
files are "sharable" (eg: immediately after installing the program
onto a Novell (tm) workstation, enter "FLAG *.* S" at the DOS prompt
in the directory containing SignOut).


-- WARNING

If you are a registered user, YOU MUST NOT USE SIGNOUT ON MORE
THAN THE NUMBER OF MACHINES FOR WHICH YOU HAVE REGISTERED.

If you are NOT registered, you may safely use SignOut on as
many machines as you wish.


INSTALLING ON A LOCAL AREA NETWORK 6




WORKSTATION IDENTIFICATION

Before you use SignOut, you should first create an ASCII text
file on the server called "NETUSERS.LBF".

The NETUSERS.LBF file may contain up to 99 lines, each of which
should contain identifying initials for one user on the net. Each set
of initials may be up to three characters long. If you're on a LAN
which identifies each workstation by a one- to three-character se-
quence, the NETUSERS.LBF initials that identify an employee should be
the same as that employee's workstation network ID.

In addition to initials (or network ID), each line in the NET-
USERS.LBF file should also contain up to fifteen letters of the iden-
tified user's name, enclosed in quotes. Always place the last name
first, then a comma, and then the first name or initials. Here's an
example NETUSERS.LBF file for a network having three workstations:

ACR "Raymond, Allen"
TPM "Mann, Thomas P"
KOL "Lawrence, Keri"

Remember, the initials used to identify each workstation's user should
match those recognized by the network for that workstation (if the
network employs a user ID scheme). By the way, also note that these
same initials identifying a workstation should match those contained
in that workstation's SO.BAT file.

Any ASCII text editor may be used to set up NETUSERS.LBF. To use
SignOut, itself, to create this file, use the

"SIGNOUT servDskDir\NETUSERS.LBF"

command, where "servDskDir" is the server disk\directory used to store
SignOut data (eg: "SIGNOUT H:\MANAGEX\NETUSERS.LBF").

If you create NETUSERS.LBF with a word processor, ensure that you
save it as an ASCII file.
















WORKSTATION IDENTIFICATION 7




USING THE PROGRAM

NOTE:
SignOut will not operate unless the NETUSERS.LBF file
has been set up on the server, per the instructions in
the previous section.


SignOut comes with a batch file, SO.BAT, which you should use to
load the program. To run SignOut, log into the MANAGEX directory and
enter the following at the DOS prompt:

"SO" (for memory-resident service with message beeping);
"SO NR" (for non-resident service w/o message beeping).

After SignOut loads, it will return you to the DOS prompt. When you
press the hotkey, SignOut will pop up, ready for your use.

When you enter this program by pressing its hotkey, you'll be
shown a list of employees who are not in the office, along with their
current locations. If you need to view any detailed notes that an
employee may have left before departing, move the arrow to that emp-
loyee and press the PgDn key.


-- DATA ENTRY

If you're about to leave the office, pop into SignOut and press
"O" (for "out"). When you do, you'll be expected to enter the time
you expect to return, as well as your location, phone, and any other
notes you wish to leave. If you won't be returning today, back up to
the "date" item and enter your expected return date. Save your entry
by pressing F6.

When you return to the office, the first thing you should do is
call up SignOut and press "I" (for "in"), so that you can omit your
"I'm out" record.

Anyone can change anyone else's "out" record, just as he would be
able to do if SignOut were a chalkboard, instead of a computer prog-
ram. That way, you can call in to someone else and request that he
change your location or estimated time of return. To change your, or
anyone else's, "out" record, just point to it and press PgDn. If
you're signing someone else out and have forgotten his initials, press
the F1 key at the "Init" field. To sign another person "in", point to
his record, tap PgDn to call it to the screen, and then press ^O.

-- PRINTING RECORDS OR SENDING THEM TO A FILE

To print an individual "out" record, press Ctrl-PrtSc when that
record is being displayed. To print all records at once, press Ctrl-
PrtSc at the main screen.


USING THE PROGRAM 8





To send information to a disk file, press ^F (Ctrl-F), instead of
Ctrl-PrtSc. The file created or appended will be called "TEXT.PC",
and may subequently be edited with a text editor capable of dealing
with industry-standard ACSII files.

















































USING THE PROGRAM 9




APPENDIX: CUSTOMIZING SIGNOUT

One of the files accompanying SignOut is SIGNOUT.CFG. This file
contains information that tells the program how to behave in several
respects. You may use SignOut, itself, to modify certain lines of
SIGNOUT.CFG, as described below.

NOTE:
DO NOT CHANGE ANY LINES IN SIGNOUT.CFG OTHER THAN THOSE
MENTIONED IN THIS SECTION. DOING SO MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE
PROGRAM'S PERFORMANCE.

To access the SIGNOUT.CFG file, enter "SIGNOUT C" at the DOS
prompt. The file will be read, line by line, into the SignOut window,
and you'll find yourself at the bottom of the file. To go back to the
top of the file, where you'll probably prefer to start, just press the
up arrow. You may move around the file by using the cursor control
keys. Make whatever corrections you need, and press the F6 key when
you're done. If you want to abandon the changes you've made, press
the ESC key, instead.

Each line in SIGNOUT.CFG begins with a keyword or short phrase
describing the program attribute affected by the line's data. Next is
an equals sign, followed by the value associated with the keyword. If
you look at the SIGNOUT.CFG file, as shipped from Integra, you'll
notice that several lines are enclosed in curly brackets. Curly brac-
kets tell SignOut to ignore the line. You'll also note that there's a
line that tells you not to modify anything at the bottom of the file.
Please head it.

NOTE: The changes you make to the SIGNOUT.CFG file will have no
effect until you load SignOut by entering "SO" at the DOS prompt. If
SignOut is already loaded when you change the file, you should re-boot
your computer after the file has been saved and then run SignOut
again.


-- HOTKEY

SignOut's default hotkey is ALT-S. To change it, you need to
modify the two lines beginning with "HOT-KEY-LETTER" and "HOT-KEY-
CODE". After the equals sign on the first of these lines, place the
letter you wish to use in conjunction with the ALT key. After the
second line's equals sign, place a code beginning with "$08" and end-
ing with the two-digit sequence associated with the letter you placed
onto the first line. Your choices are as follows:

Q=10 W=11 E=12 R=13 T=14 Y=15 U=16 I=17 O=18
P=19 A=1E S=1F D=20 F=21 G=22 H=23 J=24 K=25
L=26 Z=2C X=2D C=2E V=2F B=30 N=31 M=32

Example: To make ALT-Q the hotkey, the first line should read, "HOT-


CUSTOMIZING SIGNOUT 10




KEY-LETTER=Q", and the second should read, "HOT-KEY-CODE=$0810". If
you'd like to use the CTRL key in place of the ALT key, substitute
"$04" for "$08".


-- COLORS

You may designate the primary colors used by SignOut. Just find
the "FOREGROUND" and "BACKGROUND" and add the color codes you desire:

0 Black 1 Blue 2 Green 3 Cyan
4 Red 5 Magenta 6 Brown 7 Light Gray

Be sure that the curly brackets are removed if you want these lines to
be effective.


-- WORD WRAP

If you'd like to employ word-wrapping in multi-line descriptions,
make sure that the "WORD-WRAP" line has no brackets. To turn off
word-wrapping, enclose "WORD-WRAP" in curly brackets. SignOut's word-
wrap feature works only when the cursor is at the very end of your
entry. That is, it functions only when you are adding something to
the end of your entry, as is the case when you are typing in your
entry from scratch. Word-wrap does not work if your are editing some-
thing in the middle of your text.



























CUSTOMIZING SIGNOUT 11




APPENDIX: TUNING UP PERFORMANCE

SignOut is a large program that would consume about 185K of mem-
ory if the entire software were kept in memory waiting for you to
press the hotkey. But that would leave you with 185K less memory to
run your other applications. Therefore, efforts have been made to
reduce the memory required by the program when it's lurking in the
background. On the assumption that memory is more precious to most
users than is time, SignOut has been optimized to use as little memory
as possible, even though that means that it might take a little longer
for it to respond when you press its hotkey.

Rather than keep SignOut's entire code in memory when you're
using another program, only a small "kernal" is maintained in RAM.
When you press the hotkey, your current application is saved to disk
or EMS (LIM-specification expanded memory), and then SignOut is loaded
from disk or EMS. When you temporarily exit SignOut, it is then
saved, while your former application is re-loaded. The memory-swap-
ping that takes place whenever you enter or exit SignOut will take
time. How much swapping time is required depends upon whether the
swapping is between RAM and your hard disk or between RAM and other
memory.

If SignOut recognizes that you have sufficient EMS memory avail-
able (185K), such memory will automatically be used, minimizing swap
time significantly. If no EMS is recognized, the program will assume
that you want it to swap to the disk directory from which SignOut was
loaded. If you have EMS and SignOut does not recognize it, please
don't call to report it; there are several incompatible EMS schemes
floating around, and SignOut can't recognize them all.

If you don't have EMS, but do have a extended memory, you might
want to set up a large RAM disk and tell SignOut to use it for swap-
ping. That'll speed things up quite a bit. Make sure that the RAM
disk you use will be used for NOTHING other than SignOut, TickleX
and/or BillPower.

How big a RAM disk do you need? If you're using it just for SignOut, it should be at least 300K. Add another 825K if you also want
to install BillPower as a pop-up, and yet another 780K if you use Tic-
kleX as a pop-up.

To tell SignOut which RAM disk to use, you'll need to alter the
SO.BAT file. Place the RAM disk designation at the third parameter
following "signout". Example:

signout x x e:

tells SignOut to use drive E as the swap drive. Remember that you use
the designated RAM disk for NOTHING other than SignOut, BillPower and
TickleX program swapping.




TUNING UP PERFORMANCE 12




IMPORTANT:

As mentioned above, if you don't have sufficient EMS memory and
haven't designated a RAM disk, SignOut will swap to the hard disk.
When swapping to the hard disk, the program creates and uses two hid-
den files, "SOSWP.___" and "SOAPPSWP.___". Normally, you won't have
any problems with disk swapping. But if, after having loaded SignOut,
you use other programs that cause your available hard disk space to
drop below 300 kilobytes, you may get a "FATAL SWAP ERROR" when you
try to pop into SignOut. If that happens, you'll have to re-boot your
machine, probably losing whatever you'd been working on when you
pressed the hotkey. The lesson here is that you should not try using
the program as a pop-up unless you're sure that you'll never come
close to running out of space on whatever drive the program will be
using for swapping.







































TUNING UP PERFORMANCE 13




APPENDIX: BACKING UP YOUR DATA

Some day, you're going to lose data from your hard disk. It may
be as the result of hardware failure, user error, or software malfunc-
tion. IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! And when it does, you'll have a ter-
rible time replacing lost data, unless you've taken the care to make
backups on a daily basis.

Please back up your SignOut data regularly. The files that con-
tain your valuable data are: "*.LB*" and "*.DAT", and they're all
located in your hard disk's (both the local and server, if you're on a
network) MANAGEX directory. Copy these files to a diskette every day,
and store the diskette in a safe place. Use one diskette for backing
up on even-numbered days, another for odd-numbered days, another for
weekly backups, and yet another for monthly backups.

Someday, you'll be glad you've taken these precautions. Or
you'll regret not having done so.




































BACKING UP YOUR DATA 14
THE "POWER OFFICE" LINE-UP

Each unique program in this series requires a hard disk-equipped IBM-compatible
PC with 512K of memory. The following paragraphs contain brief descriptions.

RAMdesk --> pop-up network message system, calculator, scheduler,
phone directory, time/work/expense log, data base
BillPower --> time & billing with totally integrated general ledger
(can be invoked as either stand-alone or POP-UP program)
TickleX --> the ultimate in scheduling/planning/docket control
(can be invoked as either stand-alone or POP-UP program)
MT-Tracker --> TickleX's scheduling power, plus client management
ReSearch --> research/evidence organizer for litigation support


RAMDESK

RAMdesk ($50) is a handy "pop-up" program that contains a number of fea-
tures useful in a business environment. INCLUDING EVERYTHING FOUND IN SIGNOUT,
it will also handle several other jobs on your network:

--> act as an E-Mail system to pass messages among the workstations;
--> schedule and review upcoming events on a pop-up basis, allowing
up to 20 alarms per day;
--> maintain a pop-up record of income, expenses, and the time spent
working on various projects;
--> provide a pop-up address and phone directory, giving you instant
access to records on hundreds of people;
--> provide a pop-up programmable calculator with a 50-line "tape";
--> allow you to establish numerous pop-up databases, such as to-do
lists, general ledger account listings, etc.

Once RAMdesk is installed (it needs 45K), it's instantly available at
the touch of a hot-key combination. It may be called up from within most
word processors, spreadsheets, and other primary applications. If you also
happen to have BillPower and TickleX, you'll find that RAMdesk ties in beauti-
fully with them. Whatever appointments or deadlines you've scheduled with
RAMdesk will be automatically picked up by TickleX, while BillPower will auto-
matically take in the services, expenses, and receipts you've logged with RAM-
desk. TickleX and BillPower can even assimilate entries made into RAMdesk by
users on other computers around the office. If the computers are networked,
the assimilation will be handled automatically; otherwise, you may use floppy
disks to transfer the data between each "satellite" computer and the main data-
base on another machine.


BILLPOWER and BILLPOWER PLUS

BillPower is a system designed to relieve you of the drudgery involved in
billing. In a nutshell, it will track the time you work on professional mat-
ters, keep up with your receipts and disbursements, and calculate the amount
owed by each client. And it will automatically prepare informative monthly
statements for all your clients. All on either a stand-alone or POP-UP basis!

Engineered exclusively for the small firm, this innovative software offers
a rare combination of power and ease of use at a fair price. Unlike programs
that attempt to electronically emulate ancient manual accounting procedures,
BillPower is designed to capitalize upon the power of your computer. If you
are an "old hand" at bookkeeping, then open your mind to a real-time system
which immediately updates all balances at the time an entry is made; one that
does not require periodic batch postings or annual close-outs; one that pro-
vides a convenient method for correcting erroneous entries; a system that never
erases old data in the interest of consolidation. You'll find both BillPower



and BillPower Plus to be advanced products.

--> BillPower ($100): time, billing, & bookkeeping for firms with
up to three timekeepers -- includes bank account management,
income-expense reports, balance sheets, & several bill formats.

--> BillPower Plus ($150): time, billing, & bookkeeping for firms
with up to fifteen timekeepers -- builds upon BillPower's fea-
tures, adding the abilities to keep extensive indexed memos on
any subject, maintain notes on thousands of people, conduct con-
flict of interest checks, prepare mailing labels, and more.

BillPower can prepare several types of reports. Whenever you request
one, you will be presented with a screen listing the parameters by which you
can choose the information to be included. After you have selected the appro-
priate parameters, BillPower will hunt through its data base for informa-
tion meeting your specifications. The report may be sent to the screen, the
printer or to a disk file.


Finally, while other time and billing programs may offer "links" to exter-
nal accounting software, BillPower completely integrates its bookkeeping func-
tions into the rest of the program. In fact, BillPower Plus can simultaneously
update affected G/L accounts (as well as a client's balance and aged receiv-
ables) at the time that a disbursement or receipt is entered. This "real-time"
approach to bookkeeping, virtually unprecedented in a time and billing program,
saves you the time you would otherwise spend making duplicate G/L entries, pos-
ting transactions, and/or transferring files from one program to another. With
BillPower Plus, a SINGLE entry can handle all the updating that needs to be
done. No other program offers such a degree of integration. NONE!


TICKLEX

TickleX ($50) is a tickler/calendar program that will keep track of your
appointments and deadlines, print your itinerary at the beginning of each day
day, keep a "to-do" list, and chart the projected course of each matter you
handle. It will also schedule trips and vacations, print weekly and monthly
calendars, and beep at you when something needs doing. Stand-alone or POP-UP.

TickleX is unusual in its ability to dynamically link reminders to ap-
pointments and deadlines. Assume, for example, that you have a very important
meeting scheduled for 15 August. As with other programs, you could establish
reminders several days or weeks in advance to allow adequate preparation for
the meeting. For the purposes of this example, let's say that you have entered
a reminder one week in advance and another two weeks in advance. Now, what
happens if the meeting is moved forward one week to 22 August? Again, all tic-
kler programs would allow you to reschedule it. But TickleX will also
automatically update the two reminders, moving each one week forward in order
to maintain the original reminder intervals. Other programs would require you
to search for each reminder, delete it, and then enter it again on another
date. This TickleX exclusive is an absolute "must" for offices that have fre-
quent schedule changes.

TickleX is also unique in the way it handles multi-day events. TickleX
allows you to enter an event such as a week-long trip with just one entry.
Other programs might require a separate entry to be made for each day of the
trip. If your trip plans change, you need change only a single entry if you
have TickleX.

TickleX even has built-in project planning. No fancy charts, mind you.
Just a very simplistic means of linking and updating related events. And it's
completely integrated into the TickleX system. All project updates are auto-
matically incorporated into the same schedule that contains appointments, dead-



lines, vacations, etc.

Add to these features an attractive user interface, the ability to attach
extensive notes to each scheduled event, a number of other nice touches, and
TickleX comes up a winner. Whether you're an executive looking for a powerful
centralized personnel scheduler, a busy entrepreneur needing an easy-to-use
tickler system, or a lawyer seeking the ultimate docket control software, Tick-
leX is the program for you. There isn't a more robust scheduler available at
any price. At only $50, it's a steal.


MT-TRACKER

MT-Tracker is the ideal client tracker and scheduler. It integrates the
scheduling power of TickleX with the ability to track several thousand clients,
companies, contacts, projects, or jobs. Also included is a note-keeping module
that will link memos to the dates and clients to which they apply.

In addition to the expected name, address, phone, and contact information,
each client record has space for six full lines of miscellaneous data and nine
USER-CUSTOMIZABLE fields. And each note kept in the Note-keeping module may
contain up to seventeen lines of information.

Because MT-Tracker is an integrated system, you can easily zip from one
module to another. Assume, for instance, that you're looking at Mr. Smith's
record, and you'd like to see everything (not just one or two items) scheduled
for him during the coming month. A few keystrokes later, what you need will be
displayed on your monitor or sent to your printer. When you're finished look-
ing at the schedule, press a key to re-display Mr. Smith's record. Notes and
logged events, income, and expenses are just as easily accessed.

If you're a sales representative, consultant, personal injury lawyer, or
anyone else who needs to track clients, customers, or jobs, this is the soft-
ware you've been waiting for. Give it a try.


RESEARCH

ReSearch ($50) is a program designed to help you keep track of re-
search, chronologies, and evidence. When you enter an item of research, you
may tell ReSearch such things as the source, page, and line number where that
item can be found. You may also enter an eleven-line summary of the item and
indicate the subject category into which the item falls.

A prime use of this program is to create printouts of research data, sor-
ted alphabetically by subject abbreviation. Another use is to keep tabs on
documents and other evidence (who sent it, who received it, its current loca-
tion, etc.). It can also be used to prepare a chronological report of a se-
quence of events which may have been entered at random into the data base.
Finally, it can scan depositions provided to you on disk in industry-standard
ASCII format and transfer verbatim text directly from the depositions to its
data base.
















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