Contents of the README.TXT file
WELCOME TO WINCHECK!
This disk contains WinCheck 3.0H
This file contains the following information:
1) Just what is WinCheck?
2) Late breaking news
3) Registration Reminders
4) Legal Matters
5) How to install WinCheck
6) Printing Problems??
7) Converting data from Quicken and other products
(Quicken is a registered trademark of Intuit.)
8) Packing List
9) Product Support
10) ASP Ombudsman Statement
11) The legalese section
12) Other Wilson WindowWare products
13) Ordering Information
14) WinCheck Order Form
*** JUST WHAT IS WINCHECK ***
WinCheck is designed to manage any number of checking, savings, and credit
card accounts. Since WinCheck's initial release last year, it has
developed into a top-notch financial manager. WinCheck's features include
a Check Form Designer, to build check templates for printing on virtually
any pre-printed check form (dot matrix and laser checks are both supported).
The Custom Report Maker allows you to view and print a variety of supplied
reports, such as cash flow reports, or create custom reports tailored to your
own needs. With the Custom Report Maker, you can print an entertainment
expense report, a credit/deposit history, or all tax deductible transactions
for the year to date.
WinCheck's transaction classifications, or "categories," allow you to keep
track of the money earned and spent on categories such as Business and
Entertainment. WinCheck's budgeting facilities can be used in combination
with these categories to plan a monthly budget. Add reoccurring transactions
to a menu or have WinCheck remind you to make transactions such as mortgage
payments and paycheck deposits. WinCheck also supports Windows Dynamic Data
Exchange (DDE) and sports an internal batch language.
WinCheck offers an exceptionally attractive and intuitive user interface
featuring a Control Bar, Status Bar, iconic "Toolbox," and check registers
with adjustable column widths. Checks and other transactions appear as 3-D
dialog boxes with bitmapped backgrounds. Screen colors and fonts are fully
customizable. Standard operations, such as writing checks and making deposits,
may be performed by clicking on icons from the Control Bar.
The online help facility and intuitive user interface pretty much precludes
the need for a manual, although the 200 page, heavily illustrated manual
does further detail many of WinCheck's features with various examples.
To order computer checks call "Financial Registers" at the number below and
they will assist you. (There are sample checks and other forms in the
WinCheck box as well).
To Order WinCheck 800-762-8383 or 206-938-1740
To Order Printed Checks 800-582-0445
Our BBS 206-935-5198
Tech Support 206-937-9335
*** LATE-BREAKING NEWS ***
There are a number of TXT files containing bits and pieces of
documentation. They are:
README TXT This file
CHANGES TXT A list of the new features added
CORRECT TXT Corrections to the printed manual
HOW2-WCK TXT The beginners guide to WinCheck
BALANCE TXT How to reconcile your account with nifty new balance tool.
QUICKEN TXT How to import data using the QIF format
DDE TXT The WinCheck DDE specifications
This new 3.0 version has a variety of new features. They are:
a) Quicken import capability
b) Custom report generation
c) Color and font customization
d) Improved help files
e) Ability to print Landscape checks (with newer printer drivers)
f) Ability to handle multiple accounts
g) No limit on number of monthly transactions
New to version 3.0H of WinCheck:
a) New "Print Direct" feature for printing one check at a time to
Dot-Matrix style printers (no page eject).
b) Categories can now be classified as Income, Expense, or Both.
All of your categories from your current version will default to
"Both". You can modify these categories to specify income or
expense with the "Edit Categories" dialog. By indicating Income
or Expense, your budget reports will be more informational.
c) Categories can be classified as Tax deductible. When you enter a
new transaction, the "Tax Deductible" box will automatically check
when you select one of these categories. You can, however, still
un-check the box if you desire.
d) Expandability! WinCheck now allows you to add custom tools to your
menu. These tools use DDE to communicate with WinCheck. Two NEW
tools have been included, PAYROLL.EXE and BALANCE.EXE. Try them!
They are on the TOOLS menu.
All of the information you need for using WinCheck's DDE can be
found in the DDE.TXT file.
The source code to PAYROLL and the source code to a more simple
add-on tool (Visual Basic) have been included on the distribution
disk in the DDE_VB.ZIP file. Sample code for hardcore SDK tools
may be found in the DDE_SDK.ZIP file.
e) The categories for the Budget, Cash Flow, Profit/Loss, and category
reports are now in alphabetical order (instead of order of entry).
f) New pre-defined categories on startup of account or by running a
WinCheck command file.
*** REGISTRATION REMINDERS ***
Evaluation copies of WinCheck are 100% fully functional. The sole
limitation you may find is that the evaluation copies are unable to
import data generated by previous versions of the WinCheck program.
Evaluation copies of WinCheck have a pesky registration reminder screen
that pops up whenever you start the program. Thats it!
We're not going to beat you about the head and shoulders with our
reminder screens. We're sure that once you see the incredible quality
of our software, you will dig out your credit card, pick up the phone,
call the nice people at our 800 number and register WinCheck.
When you pay for the shareware you like, you are voting with your
pocketbook, and will encourage us to bring you more of the same kinds
of products. Pay for what you like, and voila, more of what you like
will almost magically be developed.
Besides, the office cat needs to be fed...
*** LEGAL MATTERS ***
Of course the usual disclaimers still apply. We are not
responsible for anything at all. Nothing. Even if we are
held responsible, the limit of our liability is the
licensing fees you paid. The full text of our license
agreement is found near the bottom of this file.
*** FOR WINCHECK <= 2.2A USERS ***
Evaluation copies of WinCheck cannot convert data files from
previous versions of WinCheck.
If you are using WinCheck Version 2.2A or lesser, converting
to WinCheck 3.0 data is easy! Just open the account in
WinCheck 3.0. WinCheck will ask you for starting Balances.
Leave all values at 0.00. The account will be named "Previous
Version". Type in your own personal description of the account
(i.e. "My Personal Savings"). When prompted for a checkbook,
just press OK. Basically, accepting the default values will
convert your account perfectly! For more information refer to
Appendix D, "Updating from Previous Version", on the WinCheck
*** HOW TO INSTALL WINCHECK ***
This installation assumes that you either have an ZIP file that you
just unzipped that contains WinCheck, or that you are looking at one
of our evaluation diskettes. In any case, installation is simple:
1) Create a new temporary directory to hold some files during the
installation process. This directory will be deleted later.
2) Copy ALL the files from the installation diskette or the unzip
directory to the directory you just created.
3) Run the WCMAKE.EXE program. It will create all the files required
to run the WinCheck setup program.
4) If you are not already running Windows...start Windows.
Use our SETUP-WC.EXE program, which will copy the files for you and install
a WINCHECK group in the program manager with a TUT (Tutorial) account.
To use our SETUP-WC.EXE program...
1) Close down all extraneous Windows applications.
2) Then do ONE of the following:
A) From File Manager, locate then double click the SETUP-WC.EXE
file in the directory you copies the files to:
B) From Program Manager, pull down the FILE menu, and select the
RUN oprion. Enter the full path to the SETUP-WC.EXE file, as in
and hit ENTER.
3) When the setup program asks for a directory, specify initial directory,
or accept the given default (C:\WINCHECK).
4) When the next dialog box shows up, you can select what you want to
install. If there is any doubt, select everything by hitting the
"Add All" button.
5) Then push the INSTALL button to install WinCheck.
6) When the setup process is complete, you may delete the temporary
directory you created in the first step.
*** PRINTING PROBLEMS? ***
Refer to the On-Line Help topic "Printing Checks" for help with
printing checks to a Dot Matrix Printer.
Most printer drivers have special features that take added
advantage of the Windows 3.0 environment. WinCheck assumes
that you have one of these drivers installed. Some older
printer drivers, and current versions of some font packages
(Bitstream Facelift) do not support these features.
If WinCheck does not print properly on your system, add the
following line to the [WiChk14a] section of your WIN.INI file:
This line will cause WinCheck to bypass the special printer
driver features that cause the problems. Note: You will not
be able to print landscape checks if you use the NODEVMODE=1
*** CONVERTING DATA FROM QUICKEN AND OTHER PRODUCTS ***
Quicken is a registered trademark of the Intuit.
If you are converting from Quicken(tm), please read the file QUICKEN.TXT.
*** PACKING LIST ***
README TXT This File
QUICKEN TXT Instructions on converting Quicken data
HOW2-WCK TXT The Getting Started Chapter from the manual
DDE TXT Information on WinCheck's DDE Functions
CHANGES TXT A list of recent changes to the program
CORRECT TXT Corrections to the printed manual
BALANCE TXT Instructions on using the reconciliation tool
WC__VER ??? A dummy file. ??? is the current version number
WINCHECK EXE The actual WinCheck program
WINCHECK HLP The WinCheck help file
INTLSTR DLL International String handling DLL
WWWDBMS DLL Data base system DLL
WWWDDEC DLL DDE DLL
QUICK34 EXE Quicken Data conversion program
EPSON WCT Sample check forms for dot matrix printers
LASERCHK WCT Sample check forms for laser printers
PAYROLL EXE Add on tool for entering payroll information
BALANCE EXE Add on tool for reconciling accounts easily
WCTOOLS INI One of WinChecks private INI files
*any* RPT Predefined report files
H WCB Command File to create personal categories
B WCB Command File to create business categories
HB WCB Command File to create personal and business categories
BOOK TUT Tutorial Account file - Checkbooks
CHKHDR TUT Tutorial Account file - Header file
COMMON TUT Tutorial Account file - Backup header file
DETAILS TUT Tutorial Account file - Details file
JAN91 TUT Tutorial Account file - January 91 data
FEB91 TUT Tutorial Account file - February 91 data
MAR91 TUT Tutorial Account file - March 91 data
NATURES TUT Tutorial Account file - Transaction categories
SETTINGS TUT Tutorial Account file - Account setting
SPLIT TUT Tutorial Account file - Account split data
DDE_VB ZIP Source code (Visual Basic)
DDE_SDK ZIP Source code (Windows SDK)
SETUP-WC EXE The setup program
BINXZ EXE More of the setup program
SETUP INF Setup script file
*** PRODUCT SUPPORT ***
If you have questions about the operation of WinCheck, refer to the
help with WinCheck (choose Index from the Help menu or press F1).
WinCheck has on-line support on a number of computer systems.
The home of WinCheck is on CompuServe, in the WINAPA forum, in the
Wilson WindowWare section (#15 currently). The Wilson WindowWare
section is checked on a daily basis, and all questions will be
responded to. Also the the latest and greatest downloads are available
from DL15 of the WINAPA forum.
The FidoNet Windows echomail conference is also monitored for Windows
questions in general. Questions about Windows, WinCheck, and other
Wilson WindowWare products will be answered in the echo. Address
questions to "Morrie Wilson".
Licensed users may also call our BBS for the latest versions of
Wilson WindowWare products.
BBS (206) 935-5198 USR HST/V.32 V.42bis 9600+ 8N1
Additionally, support is provided for licensed users at:
Phone: 206-937-9335 or Fax: 206-935-7129
If you are calling with a problem report, please have
the pertinent information handy:
* Version of WinCheck
* Version of Windows
* Computer hardware information
* Steps to reproduce.
*** ASP Ombudsman Statement ***
Wilson WindowWare, Inc. the producer of WinCheck, is a
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
545 Grover Road, Muskegon MI 49442 or send a Compuserve
message via easyplex to ASP Ombudsman 70007,3536
*** THE LEGALESE SECTION ***
Copyright 1988-1991 by Wilson WindowWare, Inc.
All rights reserved.
WinCheck is not and has never been public domain software, nor
is it free software.
Non-licensed users are granted a limited license to use WinCheck
on a 21-day trial basis for the purpose of determining whether
WinCheck is suitable for their needs. The use of WinCheck, except
for the initial 21-day trial, requires registration. The use of
unlicensed copies of WinCheck, outside of the initial 21-day trial,
by any person, business, corporation, government agency or any other
entity is strictly prohibited.
A single user license permits a user to use WinCheck only on a single
computer. Licensed users may use the program on different computers,
but may not use the program on more than one computer at the same time.
No one may modify or patch the WinCheck executable files in any way,
including but not limited to decompiling, disassembling, or otherwise
reverse engineering the program.
A limited license is granted to copy and distribute WinCheck only for
the trial use of others, subject to the above limitations, and also the
1) WinCheck must be copied in unmodified form, complete
with the file containing this license information.
2) The full machine-readable WinCheck documentation must
be included with each copy.
3) WinCheck may not be distributed in conjunction with
any other product with out a specific license to do so
from Wilson WindowWare.
4) No fee, charge, or other compensation may be requested or
accepted, except as authorized below:
A) Operators of electronic bulletin board systems (sysops)
may make WinCheck available for downloading only as
long as the above conditions are met. An overall or
time-dependent charge for the use of the bulletin board
system is permitted as long as there is not a specific
charge for the download of WinCheck.
B) Vendors of user-supported or shareware software approved by
the ASP may distribute WinCheck, subject to the
above conditions, without specific permission. Non-
approved vendors may distribute WinCheck only after
obtaining written permission from Wilson WindowWare.
Such permission is usually granted. Please write for
details (enclose your catalog). Vendors may charge a
disk duplication and handling fee, which, when pro-rated
to the WinCheck product, may not exceed eight dollars.
ASP approved vendors will automatically be updated with the
latest versions of this software on a regular basis.
C) Non-profit user groups may distribute copies of the WinCheck
diskette to their members, subject to the above conditions,
without specific permission. Non-profit groups may collect
a disk duplication fee not to exceed five dollars.
Wilson WindowWare guarantees your satisfaction with this product for
a period of 90 days from the date of original purchase. If you are
unsatisfied with WinCheck within that time period, return the package
in saleable condition to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Wilson WindowWare warrants that all disks provided are free from
defects in material and workmanship, assuming normal use, for a period
of 90 days from the date of purchase.
Wilson WindowWare warrants that the program will perform in substantial
compliance with the documentation supplied with the software product.
If a significant defect in the product is found, the Purchaser may
return the product for a refund. In no event will such a refund
exceed the purchase price of the product.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED ABOVE, WILSON WINDOWWARE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES,
EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
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WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS
PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION AND THE
LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THIS PRODUCT EVEN
IF WILSON WINDOWWARE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Use of this product for any period of time constitutes your acceptance
of this agreement and subjects you to its contents.
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Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Barbie is a registered trademark of MATTEL, Inc.
Quicken is a registered trademark of Intuit.
Command Post and WinBatch are trademarks of Wilson WindowWare, Inc.
WinCheck is a trademark of Wilson WindowWare, Inc.
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important dates. Includes dialer and label
printer. Supports DDE. $39.95
Command Post - A powerful text-based shell for Windows.
Programmable menus, built-in batch language,
file viewer and more. $49.95
Reminder - Personal Schedule Manager. Keeps track of
to-do lists, set alarms (which can launch apps),
prints reports. Supports DDE. $59.95
WinEdit - Power Programming for the Windows Environment.
Full featured editor, or simple file browser.
Super high speed, super powerful. Batch
language supported. $59.95
WinBatch - Write your own Windows Batch Files! Dialogs,
automatic program control, and powerful data
manipulation lets you control your Windows.
A must for the power user. $69.95
*** ORDERING INFORMATION ***
Licensing WinCheck bring you wonderful benefits. Some of these are:
- Gets rid of that pesky reminder window that comes up when you start
- Entitles you to one hour free phone support for 90 days (Your nickel).
- Insures that you have the latest version of WinCheck.
- Gets you your own printed copy of the manual.
- Encourages the authors of this program to continue bringing you
new and better products instead of breaking down and getting
- Gets you on our mailing list so you are occasionally notified of
spectacular updates and our other Windows products.
- And, of course, our 90-day money back guarantee.
*** WINCHECK ORDER FORM 3.0H ***
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NOTE: If you send in your ORIGINAL Quicken setup disk, you
may deduct $35.00 from the above price. We reformat
these disks at our Friday afternoon parties and hang
them on our wall. We simply cannot return these disks.
(And thus, this is a mail-order offer only).
Disk Size(circle one) 5.25" acceptable 3.5" required
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Send to: Wilson WindowWare
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or call: (800) 762-8383 (orders only)
(206) 935-7129 (fax)
(Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery)