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& Adam Trent
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KAMASOFT, P.O. Box 5549, Aloha, OR 97007 503-649-3765
KAMAS Program Created and Written b y: Adam Trent
A * )Overview of KAMAS and Knowledge Outlining ([email protected]ÿÿ1Dq LH 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 t he current Personal Computing revolution,
other terms are also used in the context of this new kind of software:
"Persona l Information Managers" or "Knowledge Outliners" or even
While earlier productivity software (li ke spreadsheet programs) dealt
primarily with numbers, the more recent tools enhance thinking and
organizing. Outline Pr ocessors 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 documen ts.
The benefit to you? A boost to your thinking and your writing. You can
harness the computer's power to help you br ainstorm, 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.
Outlin e processors, on the other hand, help you express your ideas in
text to begin with; they are input/author oriented. Outl ine 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
t he textual context. They truly offer a new dimension to creating and
organizing text. They are the natural next step fr om word processing,
and products like KAMAS integrate both Outline Processing and Word
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 familia r outline form. KAMAS
lets you create and modify outline files and it lets you traverse and
modify the structured text wi thin them. KAMAS is aware of the outline
structure of your outlines and presents the structure to you through an
interac ! tive full-screen outline editor.
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
exis # ting ones. In addition, it provides utilities to manage the
Outlines on your disks.
The Outline Editor lets you edit bo $ th the structure and the text content
of outlines. This is the heart of KAMAS. The Outline Editor provides a
rich varie % ty of commands to Insert, Move, Copy, Delete, Show, Input,
Format, Output, Search, and Retrieve outlines.
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