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SKIP v1.06 LABEL UTILITY by ETS Inc.
Address Label program prints LABELS,
POSTCARDS, BUSINESS CARDS, print from
a database, must see to appreciate!
Laser Printer + EGA/VGA+Mouse required.
IBM EGA/VGA+Mouse required. 5 STARS!!!
Great for "Viking" type labels!
Contents of the SKIP.DOC file
Skip - Label Addressing Program version 1.06 MAY 01 1994
E.T.S. Inc. by Val & Mary Jane Patterson
1115 East Brigadoon Court
Salt Lake City, UT 84117-4969
ORDERS: (801)265-2497 8am - 6pm daily (orders only, please)
SUPPORT: (801)265-2490 8am - 3pm daily
BBS: (801)265-0919 14400 v.32bis
BBS: (801)265-2496 14400 v.32bis
SKIP can print the following items on your Laser Printer:
ALL Laser Printer Label formats made by America's largest
manufacturers are pre-programmed into SKIP.
CONTINUOUS FORM DOT MATRIX LABELS. Each label is about 4 x 3
inches, and can be pre-printed with your company name.
These DOT MATRIX labels print MUCH BETTER on a Laser Printer
than they do on a dot matrix printer. The label backing is
perforated, and once torn apart into groups of 4 labels,
they can be printed easily in your Laser Printer. Don't
think these labels were only for Dot Matrix printers! They
are also the best-looking Laser Printer label you can make!
Use the new pre-perforated BUSINESS CARD paper forms to print
beautiful business cards. These forms can print 10 standard
3 1/2 by 2 inch cards per sheet.
ADDRESSED POSTCARDS -and- BUSINESS REPLY POSTCARDS
This program can print 4 POSTCARDS to regular 8.5 x 11 inch
(LETTER SIZE) paper. There is paper you can buy which is
called "Basis 57 reply card", sold by the package. Postal
Regulations state that any paper which is between .007 and
.0095 inches thick may be used for Post Cards. The MAXIMUM
size for a POSTCARD is 4.25 by 6 inches. This program makes
postcards which are 4.25 by 5.5 inches. Just within the
Postal Regulations. (You must cut the printed postcard sheets
into 4's with a paper cutter after printing on your Laser
SPECIAL NOTE: THE AUTO-INCREMENT FIELD
1 - The roving ATTENTION LINE in SKIP has an option to be used
for making SERIAL NUMBERS.
2 - If you set this feature ON, any NUMERIC or ALPHABETIC field
in the ATTENTION LINE will be INCREMENTED AFTER printing
3 - Example: 0000001 becomes 0000002, 0000003 etc.
BOX AAA becomes BOX AAB, BOX AAC etc.
4 - Carrys will not over-write a space character, so place as
many LEADING ZEROES as you will need. If you are printing
999 labels, start with 001 instead of 1 in this field.
5 - Before SKIP starts printing, he will ask you to enter the
STARTING VALUE for this field. (if increment is enabled)
SPECIAL NOTE: THE HOT-KEY ADDRESS
1 - Whenever you are at the MAIN MENU in SKIP, pressing the F4
key will cause the HOT-KEY ADDRESS to be copied into the
current DESTINATION ADDRESS field, just as though you typed
the address in using the keyboard.
2 - To EDIT this address, use the SPECIAL ADDRESSES item from
the MAIN MENU.
SPECIAL NOTE: REPLICATING LABELS - THE REPEAT COUNT
1 - Remember, that a label can have a Return address, Destination
address, Attention line and up to FOUR .PCX files on it. Each
item is optional, and may be turned ON or OFF for each label.
2 - If you ever want to create MANY copies of just ONE label,
select the PRINT option from the MAIN MENU. Choose the PRINT
(N) COPIES option, and type in the number of labels you wish
3 - This option combined with the AUTO-INCREMENT ATTENTION LINE
option can be used to make all kinds of SERIAL NUMBERED
SPECIAL NOTE: PRINTING 4-UP TRACTOR-FEED LABELS
1 - Tear the labels into groups of 4 before printing. This is
easy, because these labels come folded inside their box
in groups of 4 from the factory.
2 - Since the paper backing is very smooth, you always must
leave any unused labels at the TOP of a sheet. The laser
printer can't grab the paper if the top label is missing.
SKIP always asks you which label to start printing on
(example: 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) before each job, so that
you won't ever have a feed problem, or waste any labels!
3 - Call us for manufacturer phone numbers for these labels.
SPECIAL NOTE: PRINTING POSTCARDS & BUSINESS REPLY CARDS
1 - Use paper which is .007 - .0095 inches in thickness.
Postal Regulations are very strict on this, because
of their automatic processing equipment. They can
reject any mail which does not meet this requirement!
2 - Do not use brightly colored paper, or paper with a heavy
background design. White is preferred.
3 - Basis Weight 57, reply card paper is commonly available
in well-stocked office supply stores.
4 - SKIP is normally used to address the FRONT of the POST
CARDS, not to print the back side. Please use your
word processing or drawing program to print the backs.
5 - This feature does require an HP LaserJetIII or newer
laser printer. It will not work on LaserJetII's because
those printers will rotate each printed item by 90 degrees,
and the output will not be acceptable.
6 - VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ -
SKIP is able to print BUSINESS REPLY CARDS. If you use
this feature and don't have a BUSINESS REPLY PERMIT
from the post office, you will be in REALLY BIG TROUBLE!
You will be caught immediately, so don't even think.
ETS Inc. will NOT be responsible if you use this feature
SKIP REQUIRES the following equipment to operate:
1 - A 100% IBM AT 286 compatible or better computer.
2 - DOS version 3.3 or higher.
3 - 250k of free memory.
4 - A VGA compatible graphics adapter. 640 x 480.
5 - A mouse is required to place items on labels.
6 - Laser Printer:
a - Must be 'HP' compatible ( This is not POSTSCRIPT ).
HP PCL LEVEL IV compatible. (HP LaserJet II or newer).
b - Exception to this rule: If you need to print the 4-UP
POSTCARDS, an HP PCL LEVEL V compatible (HP LaserJetIII
or newer) laser printer is required since these printers
can use portrait fonts and .PCX files in Landscape mode.
4-UP homemade POSTCARDS must use Landscape mode.
SPECIAL NOTE TO NETWORK USERS
LAN USERS: If you start SKIP with the parameter "USER"
example: ------> SKIP USER
SKIP will read his SETUP FILE (SKIP.OVL) and any .ML files from
whatever directory you started from, instead of the directory
where SKIP.EXE resides.
This allows the SKIP directory to be on a NETWORK drive, and a USER
can startup SKIP from his personal directory, make changes, and
all changes he makes to 20 SETUPS will be to his OWN directory only.
NOTE: Be sure to contact us for a SITE LICENSE before trying this!
Making your own SKIP COMPATIBLE MAIL LIST FILE
Using your favorite TEXT EDITOR program.
MAKE SURE THAT THE FILE'S NAME ENDS WITH: .ML
( SKIP WILL ONLY RECOGNIZE *.ML FILES AS MAIL LIST FILES. )
a - The VERY FIRST CHARACTER in the text file becomes the
NAME SEPARATOR character.
Use the ----->*<----- character (called an asterisk).
b - Each name in your list MUST be preceeded by at least ONE
LINE which starts with the NAME SEPARATOR character. This
is called a SEPARATOR LINE.
c - You can put as many SEPARATOR LINES as you want before
each name in your list.
d - SEPARATOR LINES are treated as COMMENTS up to the carriage
return at the end of each line. You may type anything you
want on these lines ( after the SEPARATOR CHARACTER ).
Maximum length of SEPARATOR LINE = 82 chars.
e - Don't make any address more than 6 lines tall.
f - Don't make any address line more than 40 characters wide.
The program will trim any line to 40 characters maximum.
Your absolute line limit is 82 characters long.
g - The VERY LAST line of your file SHOULD NOT end with a
NAME SEPARATOR character OR a carriage return!
h - The daughter file on this disk; "SKIP.ML" is a little
example of a VALID SKIP MAIL LIST text file.
BARCODES: The 'technical-looking' vertical bars which print
are called POSTNET BAR codes. They are a binary representation
of the 5 or 9 or 11 digit zip code. Tall bar at start, Tall bar
at end, 5 bars( tall and short ) per digit. If your address
contains a ZIP CODE, SKIP can print a BARCODE for that address.
11 Digit BARCODES are 3.05" wide. If you are printing on 3-across
labels, 11 Digit Barcodes will NOT FIT, so SKIP will trim the
11 Digit Barcode down to a VALID 9 Digit Barcode, which is 2.55"
wide. If the 9 Digit is STILL to wide, SKIP will trim the Barcode
down to a VALID 5 Digit Barcode, which is 1.57" wide. If THAT
won't fit, SKIP will not print a Barcode to the label.
HINT ON MAKING YOUR OWN .PCX FILES (using COREL DRAW)
The best way we have found to make .PCX files for your labels:
1 - From COREL DRAW, open any .CDR file or image. (Clipart works fine)
2 - Shrink the full size COREL image down to the exact size you want.
3 - Use the FILE.. EXPORT TO option on the main menu.
4 - Choose EXPORT TO.. .PCX.
5 - Change the target directory to your SKIP directory.
6 - Choose BLACK and WHITE, 300dpi.
7 - Click on OK, and save your .PCX image to your SKIP directory.
To align labels perfectly to your printer, please go to the
PRINTER SETUP menu and run the PRINTER ALIGNMENT feature.
Every printer feed path can be slightly different, and this
option will train SKIP to compensate for slight alignment
problems which some users will have.
Please run the PRINTER SETUP menu before doing a lot of
serious work with SKIP. The program needs to know how your
printer's MANUAL FEED works, whether it feeds from the
LEFT, CENTER, or RIGHT. This is a very important setup, and
you need to do it. There is a special choice for the new
HP LaserJet 4, which has a very unique MANUAL FEED command.
USING THE 24-Hour ETS Support BBS:
The ETS Inc. FREE PUBLIC ACCESS BBS
(801) 265-0919 v.32bis
(801) 265-2496 v.32bis
HOW TO DOWNLOAD FREE REGISTERED UPGRADES FROM THE ETS BBS
1 - Use your modem software to call the BBS in Salt Lake City.
2 - Once connected, answer the few questions about yourself when asked.
Name, phone numbers, type of printer, etc.
3 - You are now shown the Main Menu: ===[ FILE COMMANDS ]=== ETC.
4 - From the Main Menu, type DOOR and press [ENTER]
5 - A screen will appear, and ask you for your registration number
on your REGISTERED SKIP DISKETTE. Type in that number when asked.
6 - The screen will show you the password to download the file SKIP.ZIP.
7 - Write down the password or remember it. I can't tell you what it is
right now, because it changes from time to time.
8 - Now you are sent back to the Main Menu.
Type this: D SKIP.ZIP [ENTER]<-- MEANS HIT THE ENTER KEY
9 - The BBS will now ask you for the password to download SKIP.ZIP.
Type in the password and press [ENTER] 2 or 3 times.
10 - The BBS is now ready for you to begin your download. Press the
appropriate keys to start your download in your modem software.
11 - You now have the new SKIP REGISTERED UPGRADE. Feel free to look
around the BBS, don't forget to look in FILE AREA 1 for the new
releases of software which are available!
Other programs on our BBS, created by the author of SKIP:
LPE202.ZIP LASER PRINTER ENVELOPE by ETS Inc.
Check for latest version: 2.02 2.03 2.04 etc.
Prints beautiful Envelopes on your Laser Printer!
Easy to use. Has all of the features you have ever
wanted when addressing envelopes.
This is our most popular program, it's a MUST HAVE!
APP106.ZIP ASCII-PRINT PRO by ETS Inc.
Check for latest version: 1.06 1.07 1.08 etc.
The BEST 1-UP 2-UP 4-UP 6-UP Laser Printer utility on the
market, shareware or commercial. Great Paper Saver
utility. Prints very nice BOOKLETS too! Handles LETTER,
LEGAL, A4, EXECUTIVE and CUSTOM paper sizes.
CASEY101.ZIP CASEY Calendars the EASY WAY by ETS Inc.
Check for latest version: 1.01 1.02 etc.
Great for printing all types of calendars. Weekly,
Bi-Weekly, Monthly, Multi Month, Year, Multi-Year.
Keeps track of important dates & Birthdays!
3PIRADA.ZIP Three very good EGA/VGA+Mouse animated games. Features
16 Frame animations ( the highest resolution animations
we have seen in any software package ). A MUST-HAVE.
Shareware: Voluntary Donation Only.
ALLFONTS.ZIP Public Domain Landscape Soft Fonts contributed
by users, zipped into one file. Great for LPE users!
SFLVIEW.ZIP Prints samples of your *.SFL landscape soft fonts to
your Laser Printer, 8 fonts per page. Makes the job of
selecting fonts for your envelopes SO much easier!
SFPVIEW.ZIP Prints samples of your *.SFP portrait soft fonts to
your Laser Printer, 11 fonts per page. Great utility.
AB32LPE.ZIP Convert your ADDRESS BOOK 3 database files to the
LPE format. Uses Artificial Intelligence.
DBF2LPE.ZIP Convert your COMMA DELIMITED database files
to the LPE format. Uses Artificial Intelligence.
You WILL need the serial number from your registered SKIP diskette
to download the most recent REGISTERED SKIP version from our BBS.
REGISTERED UPGRADES of SKIP are always FREE to registered users,
when downloaded via modem from the ETS Inc. Bulletin Board.
There is a small charge when registered users need an upgrade
sent via mail, however.
Please use the following form to order additional copies of SKIP.
SKIP ORDER FORM Version 1.06
Please send ____ copy(ies) of SKIP to:
Enclosed is a check for $79.95 per copy. (Includes S&H)
Charge my VISA #_____ _____ _____ _____ expiry ___ ___
Charge my MC #_____ _____ _____ _____ expiry ___ ___
Charge my AMEX #_____ _____ _____ _____ expiry ___ ___
Phone # _______________________________________________
send to: ETS Inc.
1115 East Brigadoon Court
Salt Lake City, UT 84117-4969
or call: ETS VISA/MC order line (801)265-2497 (orders only)
8am - 6pm MST
Please send SKIP on 3 1/2 inch diskette. (preferred)
Please send SKIP on 5 1/4 inch diskette.
Where did you discover SKIP?
Bulletin board _______________________________________
Friend or associate __________________________________
Please rate SKIP on a scale of 1 to 10 ________
Printer type _________________________________
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