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==================== OVERVIEW OF KAMAS (KAMAS.DOC) ========================

KAMAS is a member of a new genre of personal productivity software that
we often call Outline Processing. We at KAMASOFT coined this term and
helped pioneer this new genre of software (our first Outline Processor
was released in 1984). In the current Personal Computing revolution,
other terms are also used in the context of this new kind of software:
"Personal Information Managers" or "Knowledge Outliners" or even
"Knowledge Processors".

While earlier productivity software (like spreadsheet programs) dealt
primarily with numbers, the more recent tools enhance thinking and
organizing. Outline Processors help you organize your ideas as you
create, develop, and express them through the written word. As a
Knowledge Outliner, KAMAS helps you plan, organize, and retrieve the
knowledge you gather for specific projects or finished documents.

The benefit to you? A boost to your thinking and your writing. You can
harness the computer's power to help you brainstorm, plan, write, learn,
study, organize thoughts, classify data, analyze ideas, catalogue items,
track information, and make presentations.

Outline processors add a new dimension to processing text that most word
processors don't offer. Word processors are oriented toward producing
formatted, printed documents; they are output-document oriented.
Outline processors, on the other hand, help you express your ideas in
text to begin with; they are input/author oriented. Outline processors
allow you to tie together your creative ideas in a way that is
disciplined and structured, yet dynamic and flexible. You can name a
piece of text and juggle it around based on its relationship to other
pieces of text. Outline processors keep track of the structure embodied
in the text and let you manipulate the structure itself, separate from
the textual context. They truly offer a new dimension to creating and
organizing text. They are the natural next step from word processing,
and products like KAMAS integrate both Outline Processing and Word
Processing.

KAMAS lets you create and manipulate text outlines using the power of
your personal computer. The outlines contain what can be thought of as
structured text, which is kept in special files called outline files.
Outline files are internally organized in a familiar outline form. KAMAS
lets you create and modify outline files and it lets you traverse and
modify the structured text within them. KAMAS is aware of the outline
structure of your outlines and presents the structure to you through an
interactive full-screen outline editor.

KAMAS outline files can grow to 8 Megabytes each. Huge collections of
text can be organized and managed by KAMAS because the number of outline
files that you can potentially manage at once is over 300. Within KAMAS
outline files, the number of levels deep that the outline can go and the
number of titles per level are both limited only by the 8 Megabyte limit
on the size of an outline file. Copying from from one outline to
another is easy. Because the KAMAS Knowledge Access Method (KAM) is so
highly efficient, KAMAS can do all this while never using more than 200K
of your DOS 640K of memory. Compare KAMAS with other outlining tools
and we think you'll agree that, considering breadth, depth, efficiency,
and price, KAMAS is top notch.


There are two major areas in which you control KAMAS: the File Manager
and the Outline Editor. These two areas are closely integrated.

The File Manager allows you to Prepare new Outlines and to Delete
existing ones. In addition, it provides utilities to manage the
Outlines on your disks.

The Outline Editor lets you edit both the structure and the text content
of outlines. This is the heart of KAMAS. The Outline Editor provides a
rich variety of commands to Insert, Move, Copy, Delete, Show, Input,
Format, Output, Search, and Retrieve outlines.

In addition to all the commands for editing the outline structure, there
are two parts of the Outline Editor for editing the text content of your
outlines: the Title Editor and the Text Editor.

The Title Editor lets you edit the text in outline titles. The Text
Editor lets you edit the optional portions of text (up to 32,680
characters each) that you can attach to each title in the outline. Both
editors are interactive, full screen editors.

You can control KAMAS through the comprehensive menu system or through
fast key commands that are entered directly. The F1 key always gives
help. The F2 key starts the menu system and then backs out one menu
prompt at a time. The ESC key cancels whatever command you have
started.


========================= Shareware KAMAS =============================

Help us distribute KAMAS by sharing copies of the unmodified Shareware
KAMAS disk with your associates. Make them aware of the organizing
leverage that KAMAS Knowledge Outlining can provide. If they create and
manage text in the course of their work, they will thank you for it.

As Shareware, this fully functional release of KAMAS is available for
trial use. If you have tried KAMAS and are continuing to use it, won't
you please support the Shareware marketing concept by supporting its
developers? You can support this unique and very convenient marketing
method by registering the software that you have sampled and are
continuing to use. By registering with us, at ONLY $39 for KAMAS, you
will receive:

(1) A DOS formatted diskette containing the latest registered version of
KAMAS.

(2) The KCUSTOM utility which will allow you to customize many different
KAMAS defaults like: screen colors, printer drivers, 43-line mode on
EGA/VGA video adaptors, multiple drive searching, file manager
sorting, and more.

(3) A comprehensive 264 page printed KAMAS User's Guide.


The Shareware version of KAMAS is a full-function version of KAMAS.
With its online KAMAS Shareware Guide and the DEMO outline, you can get
up to speed using KAMAS quickly and easily.

But to gain the fullest range of use from KAMAS (for example, in the
areas of printing, file conversion, configuring, and brainstorming)
we highly recommend that you register KAMAS and obtain the printed
KAMAS User's Guide. We think Registration is very inexpensive and
well worth the cost.

Here's a summary of the printed KAMAS User's Guide:

Chapter 1 provides a brief overview of the system and the User's
Overview Guide.

Chapter 2 is short but required reading. New terms are introduced
Before You and defined.
Get Started

Chapter 3 provides step-by-step instructions to get you started
Tutorial -- and show you how easy it is to outline with KAMAS using
Getting your the menu system.
Feet Wet

Chapter 4 guides you to making the most effective use of KAMAS
Strategy -- The by describing strategies you can adopt to get the most
Zen of Outlining benefits from the Knowledge Outlining approach.

Chapter 5 describes tactics for using KAMAS commands to
Tactics -- The accomplish specific tasks with comprehensive
Care and Feeding examples of the powerful ways that you can use KAMAS.
of Outlines

Chapter 6 contains summaries of all the KAMAS commands and menus,
Reference -- The (the detailed reference on all commands and functions).
Nuts and Bolts

Appendix A provides detailed instructions for customizing KAMAS
Customizing and tailoring it to your preferences using
KAMAS the KCUSTOM utility. (This utility is provided with
the registered version of KAMAS.)

Appendix B lists and explains error messages that you might
Error Messages encounter when using KAMAS.

Appendix C lists aliases for many of the commands.
Aliases


Here is the detailed outline (produced by KAMAS) for the printed
KAMAS User's Guide:

KAMAS USER'S GUIDE
1 CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW (6pp)
1.1 See the Forest (Before Getting to the Trees)
1.1.1 What Mrs. Higginbotham Never Told You
1.1.2 Getting the Big Picture
1.2 Learning to Use KAMAS
2 CHAPTER 2: BEFORE YOU GET STARTED (6pp)
2.1 Conventions Followed in the User's Guide
2.2 Outlining on Its Own Terms
2.3 The Parts of an Outline from a Tree's Point of View
3 CHAPTER 3: TUTORIAL -- LAUNCHING THE KAMAS ADVENTURE (28pp)
3.1 Making a Working System Disk
3.1.1 Hard Disk Systems
3.1.2 Floppy Disk Systems
3.1.3 Files Supplied with KAMAS
3.2 Starting KAMAS from DOS
3.3 A Quick Tour of KAMAS
3.3.1 Moving the Cursor
3.3.2 The File Manager: Creating a New Outline
3.3.3 Outline Editor: Editing an Existing Outline
3.3.3.1 Adjusting the Scope of Details in an Outline
3.3.3.2 Inserting Text into an Outline
3.3.4 Text Editor
3.3.5 Format Setup Menu
3.4 Getting Help in KAMAS
3.5 Entering Commands
3.6 Cancelling Commands
3.7 Exiting from KAMAS
3.8 Global Threads
4 CHAPTER 4: STRATEGY -- THE ZEN OF OUTLINING (29pp)
4.1 The Great Barrier Mindsets
4.1.1 The Flat Text Mindset
4.1.2 The Small Document Mindset
4.1.3 The Relational Mindset
4.2 The KAMAS Way: KAMASOFT's Approach to Outlining
4.2.1 Structured Text on Center Stage
4.2.1.1 Writing from the Top Down or the Bottom Up
4.2.1.2 Toolboxes of Text
4.2.2 Balanced Design for Optimal Control
4.3 Strapping a Jet Engine to Mrs. Higginbotham's Outlines
4.3.1 Three Kinds of Outlines
4.3.2 Tips on Making Outlines

4.3.3 Tips for Using Outlines Once You Make Them
4.4 The Philosophy of Outlining
4.4.1 Hierarchical Thinking
4.4.2 The Discipline of Hierarchies
4.5 Summary

5 CHAPTER 5: TACTICS -- THE CARE AND FEEDING OF OUTLINES (101pp)
5.1 Starting KAMAS from DOS
5.2 Running KAMAS on a Hard Disk
5.3 Line Editing
5.4 Capturing your Ideas with Outlines
5.4.1 Top Down Idea Development
5.4.2 Bottom Up Idea Development
5.4.3 Creative Oscillations
5.4.3.1 Rapid Fire Brainstorming with Fast Inserts
5.4.3.2 Leafing through Your Ideas
5.5 Editing Outlines
5.5.1 Basic Structure Editing Commands
5.5.2 Advanced Structure Editing Commands
5.5.2.1 Mark and Gather Operations
5.5.2.2 Specialized Move Commands
5.5.2.3 Specialized Copy Commands
5.5.2.4 Sorting
5.5.3 Showing Where You Are
5.5.4 Organizing Chaos
5.6 Editing Titles
5.7 Editing Text
5.7.1 Moving the Cursor in the Text Editor
5.7.2 Entering Text
5.7.3 Deleting Text
5.7.4 Search and Replace in the Text Editor
5.7.5 Cutting and Pasting Text
5.7.6 Text Editor Formatting Control
5.7.7 Showing Text and Outlines from the Text Editor
5.7.8 Printing Text from the Text Editor
5.7.9 Exiting and Saving Text
5.7.10 Once Upon a Time
5.8 Searching through your Outline Files
5.9 Working with Many Outline Files
5.10 Working with Large Outline Files
5.11 Converting to and from Standard Text Files
5.11.1 Converting Text Files into KAMAS Outlines
5.11.2 Converting KAMAS Outlines into Text Files
5.11.2.1 Outfile Format Switches
5.11.2.2 Outfile Menu Options
5.11.2.3 Outfile Format Setup
5.11.2.4 Controlling the Output Scope during Outfile
5.11.2.5 Summary Chart
5.11.3 An Example of Converting Outline Files
5.12 Printing your Outlines as Documents
5.12.1 Embedding Printer Controls in the Text
5.12.2 Formatting Individual Stems for Printing
5.12.3 Selecting Print Menu Options
5.12.4 Setting Global Format Parameters
5.12.5 An Example of Printing
5.12.6 Printing Tips and Tricks
5.13 Managing Outlines as Files
5.14 Administrative Tasks
5.15 Controlling User Access with Security
5.15.1 Users and Outline Owners
5.15.2 Security Levels and Locking Outline Files
5.16 Playing and Studying with Outlines
5.17 Running Fast with Bytes to Spare
5.18 Applying the Tactics to Specific Situations

6 CHAPTER 6: REFERENCE -- THE NUTS AND BOLTS (36pp)
6.1 Fast Key Commands
6.1.1 Global KAMAS Commands
6.1.2 File Manager Commands
6.1.2.1 Help and Menu Commands
6.1.2.2 Exit Commands
6.1.2.3 Cursor Commands
6.1.2.4 File Utility Commands
6.1.2.5 Edit Commands
6.1.2.6 Go and Search Commands
6.1.2.7 Mark (Add to Context) Commands
6.1.2.8 Show Commands
6.1.2.9 List Control Commands
6.1.2.10 Disk and Drive Commands
6.1.2.11 Security Commands
6.1.2.12 Flashcard Utility Commands
6.1.3 Outline Editor Commands
6.1.3.1 Help and Menu Commands
6.1.3.2 Exit Commands
6.1.3.3 Cursor Commands
6.1.3.4 Commands to Adjust Scope of Editing
6.1.3.5 Go and Search Commands
6.1.3.6 Commands to Alter Outline Structure
6.1.3.7 Commands to Edit Text Content of Outline
6.1.3.8 Commands to Mark Titles and Assign Bins
6.1.3.9 Show Commands
6.1.3.10 Formatting Commands
6.1.3.11 Print Commands
6.1.3.12 File Conversion Commands (Outfile and Infile)
6.1.4 Text Editor Commands
6.1.4.1 Help and Menu Commands
6.1.4.2 Exit and Update Commands
6.1.4.3 Cursor Commands
6.1.4.4 Insert Commands
6.1.4.5 Commands to Reformat Paragraphs
6.1.4.6 Utility Commands
6.1.4.7 Commands to Delete and Copy Text
6.1.4.8 Text Editor Marking Commands
6.1.4.9 Show Commands
6.1.4.10 Go and Search Commands
6.1.4.11 Print Command
6.1.4.12 Commands for Printer and Formatting Control
6.1.5 Line Editing Commands
6.2 Menu Commands
6.2.1 File Manager Menus
6.2.2 Outline Editor Menus
6.2.3 Text Editor Menus

7 APPENDIX A: CUSTOMIZING KAMAS (10pp)
7.1 Customizing Screen Colors
7.2 Customizing for your Printer
7.3 Customizing the Disk Drive List
7.4 Customizing Other Features
7.5 Exiting and Saving your Changes
8 APPENDIX B: ERROR MESSAGES (8pp)
9 APPENDIX C: ALIASES (6pp)
9.1 Wordstar Aliases
9.2 Convenience Aliases
9.3 ALT Key Aliases
10 BIBLIOGRAPHY (2pp)
11 GLOSSARY (12pp)
11.1 Metaphors, Maps, and Models of Hierarchies
11.1.1 The Parts of an Outline from a Family Perspective
11.1.2 Dissecting the Definition
11.2 Terms
12 INDEX (8pp)

Quick reference cards with short command descriptions are also provided
with the printed User's Guide. Send in and Register today to get your
copy of this indispensable book.


=============== KAMAS SHAREWARE POLICY AND LICENSE ======================

KAMAS is now (starting with v. 2.4) being distributed under the Shareware
marketing method. Shareware distribution gives user's a chance to try
software before buying it. If you try a Shareware program and continue
using it, you are required by the license to register and pay the
registration fee.

The shareware version of KAMAS is NOT public domain software. It is
copyrighted 1987-1991 by KAMASOFT, all rights reserved worldwide.
Non-registered users of the Shareware release of KAMAS are granted a limited
use license to use that product on a trial basis, and to give others copies
of the Shareware releases of KAMAS for trial use provided that the Shareware
KAMAS software is distributed in UNMODIFIED form and for a copy/handling fee
not to exceed $7. Any unregistered use other than trial use to determine if
KAMAS meets your needs is a violation of the license agreement and is
forbidden. The Shareware release of KAMAS consists of ONLY the following
files:
READ.ME Notes on the Shareware release of KAMAS.
KAMAS.DOC Overview of KAMAS with License/Order Form.
KAMAS.COM Main KAMAS program file.
HELP.KAM KAMAS help file in a KAMAS outline file.
DEMO.KAM File with various demo items in a KAMAS outline.
KAMASSHA.KAM Online KAMAS Shareware User's Guide in a KAMAS
outline file (includes tutorial).
TOPCNV.COM Outline format conversion utility.
TOPCNV.DOC How to use the TOPCNV utility.

If you obtained your copy of Shareware KAMAS from an online dialup
service--like GENIE, Compuserve, or any BBS--you should have obtained it
in the form of one compressed archive file (such as KAMAS25.ARC or
KAMAS25.ZIP) which contains the above files. These are the only files
you are permitted to copy and share with others.

Single user registration is available for $39 per copy. Registered users
will be sent the latest version of KAMAS, additional KAMAS oriented
utilities, and a bound printed User's Guide.

This KAMAS license authorizes the registered, continued use of one copy of
KAMAS on one machine at a time by a single user. If more than one person
uses the registered copy of KAMAS at the same time (on standalone,
networked or multi-user systems) additional copies must be registered for
each potential parallel user. For registration and licensing of more than
ten copies, contact KAMASOFT directly for details on our quantity discounts.

THE KAMAS SOFTWARE AND DOCUMENTATION ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY,
OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. KAMASOFT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY
DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL ARISING FROM
THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE OR DOCUMENTATION. IN NO EVENT WILL KAMASOFT BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST SAVINGS, OR OTHER
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO
USE THE PROGRAM, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY. THE PARTIES TO THIS
AGREEMENT AGREE THAT THE KAMAS SOFTWARE IS NOT INTENDED AS "CONSUMER GOODS"
UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL WARRANTY LAWS. The license granted under this
agreement is governed by Oregon laws and Federal laws.

A convenient order form is provided below for you to register your use
of KAMAS and to obtain the latest registered version with printed User's
Guide. NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.


===================== KAMAS REGISTRATION/ORDER FORM =======================

KAMASOFT
P.O. Box 5549
Aloha, OR 97007
(503) 649-2354

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