Contents of the EASEL307.DOC file
a program for displaying, manipulating and converting picture files
copyright (c) 1987, 1988 Kim Levitt
a quality product from Synergistic Enterprises (tm)
Easel* is a Microsoft Windows* program for displaying, manipulating and
converting various format picture files. It is designed to work on any
system which is running Microsoft Windows, versions 2.03 and up. An EGA
or VGA resolution display adapter and a high speed 80286 or 80386 system
is recommended but not required. Memory requirements vary depending upon
the type of picture file being displayed. At least 640K is required,
with additional EMS v4.0 memory recommended, especially if you will be
displaying and/or converting color pictures.
Since Easel is a Windows application, it features a standard Windows
graphic user interface with pull-down menus, scroll bars, dialog boxes
and multiple instance support. In addition to full support for use with
a mouse, accelerator keys are provided to facilitate quick use by
keyboard for experienced users. A mouse is currently required in order
to select reqions of pictures for copying to the clipboard, but is
otherwise not required. (File display and format conversions can be done
using only keyboard commands.) If you have Microsoft Excel, Easel can be
used in conjunction with it to display pictures related to records in an
Current picture formats supported by Easel include:
Microsoft Windows* Paint (old and new formats)
Macintosh* MacPaint & Startup Screen
Easel can also read black and white and color bitmaps from the Windows
clipboard. Every one of these formats can be read in and the result can
be written out to any format desired. Pictures or portions of pictures
can also be copied into the clipboard for pasting into other Windows
applications such as Microsoft Windows Write or Aldus PageMaker*.
Easel also allows you to "stretch" or "shrink" pictures from one size to
another. Using the copy and paste features in conjunction with the
stretch and shrink option allows you to manipulate pictures to fit a
particular size or shape.
Future enhancements for Easel will include support for more file
formats, more conversion options, full keyboard support for non-mouse
Windows systems and more. Registered users will be notified of updates
as soon as they are available. Users interested in particular formats or
features are encouraged to send in their ideas for possible inclusion in
Easel is not copy protected, nor does it require any special
installation procedure. It does require that Microsoft Windows v2.03 and
up be installed and working on your system. (Refer to the Windows
documentation for information on using the Windows SETUP program to
Since Easel is a Windows program, it really doesn't need any
documentation in order to start using it. Just start it up and pull down
the menus to see the main functions. The basic idea is that you open a
picture file of one format, and then you can either directly save it
into another file format, or else copy part of it to the clipboard, then
paste the piece in and save that. The .GIF file support is very slow and
will stop everything else when you are opening or saving a .GIF file,
but otherwise the program is pretty much bug free.
The shareware version of Easel is released for distribution on bulletin
boards and public access data networks and may be freely distributed as
long as the program and this accompanying document file are included
with it. Users of the program are expected to pay a registration fee.
(See below for details.) Inquires concerning "bundling arrangements" or
publishing of the program should be directed to Mr. Kim Levitt at the
address listed below.
If you use Easel or would like an illustrated manual to explain how more
about how to use it, please send a registration fee of $20 made payable
to "Synergistic Enterprises" to:
8033 Sunset Blvd., #975
Los Angeles, CA 90046
For your $20, you will receive a printed, illustrated manual, a
registration notice and a license number which, when entered into Easel
will prevent the "about box" from popping up when the program is run and
files are opened. You MUST register Easel if you choose to use it.
For an additional $20 upgrade fee, a commercial version of the program
is available which does not display the "shareware notice about box" and
which has some newer features than the shareware version. In any case,
upgrades to any future versions will be less expensive for commercial
version licensees. (Send $40 and you will get the manual, a disk
with the non-shareware version and a license.)
If your company requires a bill in order to make a payment, there is an
extra $10 charge for billing services. Send a purchase order for $30 (or
$50) and we will bill you.
Easel is a program still undergoing improvement, with plans for future
releases. If you are a registered owner, you will be notified of updates
as they become available and will be able to upgrade for a reasonable
* Easel & Synergistic Enterprises are trademarks of Doren Kim Levitt.
Microsoft and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
GIF and Graphics Interchange Format are trademarks of CompuServe, Inc.,
an H&R Block Company. PC Paintbrush is a registered trademark of Z-Soft
Corporation. Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. IBM is a
registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
PageMaker is a registered trademark of Aldus Corporation.