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Documentation for PC File 5.0.
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Documentation for PC File 5.0.
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Contents of the READ.ME file


| Welcome to the Shareware revolution. This remarkable method of software |
| distribution was co-pioneered in 1982 by Jim Button and Andrew Fluegelman. |
| It has become a major force in the software industry, helping to reduce |
| software prices and eliminate copy protection schemes. |


You are encouraged to copy the PC-File diskettes and share them freely with
others. You have the luxury of trying out the complete programs, at your own
pace and in the comfort of your own home or workplace. This is not a crippled
or demo copy, but the complete working version of the program.

After you have used PC-File for a reasonable evaluation period (not to exceed
90 days) you must either stop using it or buy a licensed copy from ButtonWare
or from an authorized dealer. We invite you to purchase PC-File for a
substantial discount from any of the following retail outlets:

CompuAdd (800)666-1872 Electronics Boutique (see local store)
Egghead (800)EGG-HEAD Software, Etc. (see local store)
PC-Connection (800)243-8088 Walden Software (see local store)
Soft Warehouse (800)451-7638

Or you can buy directly from ButtonWare for $129.95 + $5 shipping
ButtonWare (800)J-BUTTON (800)528-8866

The above prices are subject to change.

Why pay at all?
* You receive the most CURRENT copy of the program
* You receive the printed manual (typeset and bound, over 400 pages)
* Access to the on-line ButtonWare Bulletin Board
* Notification of updates and new products
* Inexpensive updates (typically 1/3 the retail price)
* Periodic special price offers (for our registered users only)
* Your input and ideas help shape future products
* A sense of pride and ownership, by having honestly participated
in the Shareware revolution
* The satisfaction of helping to keep software prices down, by supporting
a distribution method which doesn't depend on expensive advertising

So please dive in and enjoy the fun of legally sharing good software with
your friends and associates. The following restrictions are designed to
protect the community of Shareware users and to prevent others from taking
unfair advantage of the trust, hard work, and good will of Shareware authors.
Exceptions to these conditions must be received in writing from ButtonWare.


1. Disk vendors (those who sell Shareware disks for a profit) must follow
the procedure outlined in the "VENDOR.DOC" file.
2. You may not charge more than $3 per diskette.
3. The files and programs on the disks may not be modified or deleted.
4. The programs cannot be sold as part of some other more inclusive package.
5. The programs cannot be rented or leased to others.
6. When distributed via a telecommunications link, all ButtonWare programs
(and documentation files) must be transferred in a library or archive
format. This means that all the files on each ButtonWare disk must be
combined into one file - one file for each ButtonWare disk.
7. If you're copying the disks for distribution to students in a classroom,
you must provide them with the following written notice:

| These diskettes are distributed to you through the |
| courtesy of (your school or instructor name) and |
| Jim Button. No royalty nor registration fee has |
| been paid for the programs, which are for your use |
| and evaluation as a student. |
| |
| If you wish to receive the printed manual and |
| announcements of updates and improvements, you |
| must first become a "registered user." You do |
| that by purchasing each program you plan to use - |
| from an authorized dealer or directly from |
| ButtonWare: |
| Jim Button |
| P.O. Box 96058 |
| Bellevue, WA 98009 |
| |
| You may also purchase by calling the toll-free |
| ButtonWare order line: 1-800-JBUTTON. |

8. Shareware distribution is permitted only in the United States, Canada,
The British Isles, and Australasia. Please see the section below entitled:

9. The Multi-user version is not Shareware. It may not be copied and shared
with others.


PC-File requires a hard disk or two 3-1/2" disk drives. To install the
programs, put the PC-File program disk into your A: disk drive and type


INSTALL creates a subdirectory on your hard disk and copies the necessary
programs and files into that subdirectory. You'll need about 1 mb of
available disk space to INSTALL PC-File.


If you did not purchase PC-File (complete with printed manual) directly
from ButtonWare or from an authorized dealer, then you are evaluating the

We have tried to provide you with everything necessary to evaluate PC-File.
The program uses clear, informative menus. Help screens are always available.
Also, the file "CARD" can be printed to create a quick reference card with a
summary of the program commands.

This is sufficient for most people to evaluate the program. However, some
people prefer to have a complete copy of the printed manual.

A complete copy of the printed manual for PC-File is available on floppy
disk to help you with your evaluation. It's about 400 pages long so you'll
need a lot of time, patience, and paper to print it out. Because of space
limitations, we have had to omit the tutorial section from the disk manual.
This was not done to cripple the manual in any way. It was a required step
because even when compressed, the full manual would not fit on a standard
5-1/4" floppy disk.

The manual on disk has been mailed to most of the major computer clubs, user
groups, shareware disk dealers and bulletin board operators. You can obtain
the manual on disk from one of these groups. Just ask for PC-File disk number
3, or the PC-File manual on disk.

To keep costs down, disk 3 is not included with purchased copies of PC-File
and cannot be bought directly from ButtonWare. Purchased copies include a
complete printed User's Manual, typeset and bound.

To print the PC-File User's Manual on disk, place the PC-File
Disk Three in drive A and type:


and press Enter.

To start printing at a page number other than page 1, or to use a left
margin, place the documentation disk in drive A and type:

A:DOC p.pageskip m.margin

and press Enter. Replace "pageskip" with the page number to start at.
Replace "margin with the number of spaces to include at the left of
the document.

For example, to print the documentation beginning at page 50 with a
left margin of 5, you would type:

A:DOC p.50 m.5

and press Enter.


There are some other text files on your disk worth looking at:

CARD - a reference card (summary of commands)
CHANGES - detailed account of differences between this and
previous versions of PC-File
PRODUCTS - Short review of ButtonWare products, and an order form
RESPONSE - A user feedback survey. Very important to us.


____|__ | (tm)
--| | |-------------------
| ____|__ | Association of
| | |_| Shareware
|__| o | Professionals
-----| | |---------------------
|___|___| MEMBER

Jim Button is a founding member of the Association of Shareware Professionals
(ASP). ASP wants to make sure that the shareware principle works for you. If
you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem with an ASP member by
contacting the member directly, ASP may be able to help. The ASP Ombudsman can
help you resolve a dispute or problem with an ASP member, but does not provide
technical support for members' products. Please write to the ASP Ombudsman at
P.O. Box 5786, Bellevue, WA 98006 or send a Compuserve message via easyplex to
ASP Ombudsman 70007,3536.


1. Shareware distribution of ButtonWare programs is permitted only in the
United States, Canada, England, and Australasia (the "shareable Area").

2. For information on distribution of ButtonWare software in countries
outside the shareable Area please contact your local distributor.

3. Jim Button, residing at Bellevue, State of Washington, U.S.A. and
ButtonWare, Inc., State of Washington, U.S.A., hold the copyrights
for the following products:

PC-File III PC-Type PC-Stylist Baker's Dozen
PC-File/R PC-Type+ PC-Tickle PC-Tickle
PC-File+ PC-Type II PC-Calc PC-Calc+
PC-File:dB PC-File XD

4. On October 5th, 1987, we issued a statement that the aforementioned
ButtonWare products may not be copied and shared outside the shareable
Area. Furthermore, we stated that these ButtonWare products may no longer
be advertised and sold as Shareware, Freeware, Public Domain or
User-Supported Software outside the shareable Area.

5. Outside the shareable Area, ButtonWare software may not be downloaded from
Public Libraries or Bulletin Boards, or copied from CD-ROM or CD-WORM
disks onto other media, including, but not limited to, diskettes, hard
disks, magnetic tapes or optical disks, for the intentional or
unintentional purposes of sales or distribution, whether or not for
financial gain. The issue of a sale or distribution whatsoever cannot be
bypassed by claiming that only consulting time or the costs of a diskette
or labor has been charged.

6. Any exportation from the shareable Area without authorization from the
author is a violation of Copyright laws.

7. Violation of the above-mentioned is grounds for legal action by
ButtonWare, Inc. for violation of Copyrights.

8. By using the aforementioned software, you agree to the statements above.

We acknowledge the significant technical contribution of the Apex Database
Library (A product of Apex Software Corporation) in the creation of this
product. We highly recommend the APEX library to all programmers needing to
access files that use the dBASE format.

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