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Contents of the MANUAL.DOC file

PC-Outline Version 3.34


Copyright (C) Brown Bag Software 1987

2155 South Bascom Ave
Campbell Ca 95008
U. S. A.

Tel: (408) 559 4545

Disk Based Documentation

This document contains the "Getting Started" sections from
the actual PC-Outline manual. It is designed, in
combination with the PC-Outline user interface, to get you
up and running and doing useful things with PC-Outline in
a very short time. It does not, however, contain a
detailed description of all the PC-Outline commands nor
pretend to be a comprehensive tutorial or user's
reference. Registered users can receive the actual
PC-Outline manual which does contain a complete
description of all commands. Details on registering are
in the last section titled registration form.


Item Page
---- ----

THE SHAREWARE CONCEPT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH PC-Outline . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PC-Outline FACTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Making A Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
For Floppy Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
For Hard Disk Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
For Use As A Memory Resident Program . . . . . . . 7
THE FIRST SCREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
THE OPENING MENU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Open a New Outline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Load an Existing Outline . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Change Drive/Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Quit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
THE WORKING SCREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
HOW TO USE THE MENUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
The Easy Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
The Quick Way #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
The Quick Way #2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Shortcut Keystrokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
HOW TO USE OPTION BOXES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Strings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
CREATING YOUR FIRST OUTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Entering Text Into Your First Outline . . . . . .15
Creating The Second Outline Element . . . . . . .15
Positioning The Second Outline Element . . . . . .15
Hiding Outline Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Hiding Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
HELP SCREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
TABLE OF SHORTCUT KEYSTROKES . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
ABOUT PRINTER SUPPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
USING PC-Outline ON A HARD DISK . . . . . . . . . . . .20
REGISTRATION FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23



Copyright 1987 Telemarketing Resources DBA Brown Bag Software. All
rights reserved world wide. Both the PC-Outline program and
documentation is copyrighted. It can not be disassembled or
modified without our express written consent.

PC-Outline is distributed on a ShareWare basis. You may use
PC-Outline without charge for the purposes of evaluating it's
suitability for your use. We suggest that this evaluation period be
limited to 30 days of actual use. If you find that PC-Outline is
worth continuing to use, then you are required to pay for it. We
call the payment a "Registration Fee". Simply complete the
registration form and mail it in to use with your payment. If your
company requires an invoice, we suggest that you use a copy of this
registration as the pro forma invoice. When you register your copy
of PC-Outline, you'll receive the latest version of the program,
along with a comprehensive printed user manual and free unlimited
technical support for one year. We aggressively develop our
products, and as a registered user you'll be entitled to upgrades to
the newest versions as they are released, at a greatly reduced
price. Most importantly though, by registering your copy of
PC-Outline (or any ShareWare product), you'll ensure the survival of
the convenient and risk free distribution method that brought you
PC-Outline in the first place.

If you have received this copy from a Users' Group, "Software
Library" or "SIG", and have paid a small fee (usually $3 to $10),
you have NOT acquired the registered rights or continued right to
use PC-Outline. This fee was for the convenience of obtaining the
diskette with PC-Outline on it. The fee does NOT apply to the
registration fee. If you have obtained a "ShareWare" copy of
PC-Outline from Brown Bag Software, and have paid a small fee, this
fee IS applicable towards registration if you register your copy
within 90 days.

If you don't know whether or not your copy of PC-Outline is
registered or not, then look for an original diskette with a printed
Brown Bag Software diskette label. If in doubt, just call us or
write us. As of October 1987, Brown Bag Software has offices in
London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Cologne and Zurich. Our products are
available locally in these cities with local technical support,
payable in local currency and shipped from within the EEC without
duty. If this version of PC-Outline does NOT support the European
keyboard, then you will receive a version that DOES support the

You may freely copy PC-Outline for distribution under the ShareWare
concept, without charge.

You may NOT charge any fee for the PC-Outline program or
documentation without our WRITTEN APPROVAL (usually granted).

You may NOT distribute PC-Outline or it's documentation in
connection with ANY commercial venture, product, publication or
service without our written approval.



PC-Outline is an outlining and planning program. It
allows you to randomly enter information of almost any
type (thoughts, plans, ideas, etc.) and then organize it
into a hierarchial structure. Once in the hierarchial
structure, you can view the information in many powerful
ways. For example, using the hide/unhide feature, you
can view just down to any level of detail in the outline
that you want. With a single keystroke, you can go from
viewing the lowest level of detail to a view that shows
you only the highest, most important topics.

With another few keystrokes, you can print the outline,
send it to a file compatible with your word processor,
copy it into another outline, or paste it directly into
your word processor.

PC-Outline is particularly appropriate for list making.
Tasks like making todo lists or planning a project are
ideally suited for PC-Outline.

For an example of how the hierarchical structure works
and how you can hide and unhide parts of the outline,
start PC-Outline and load the outline titled HIDING. The
text in the outline will help show you what PC-Outline
can do.


PC-Outline FACTS

For those of your who like statistics or lists, here are
a few about PC-Outline.

Standard PC-Outline outlining features include:

- hierarchical outline structure
- structured indenting
- hide/unhide (collapse/expand) any portion of the outline
- powerful outline rearrangement functions

Advanced PC-Outline features include:

- automatic numbering, including choice of numbering style
(alphabetic, numeric, roman, bullets, or none)
- easy, pull-down menus
- multi-line outline entries
- automatic paragraph reformatting
- margin control
- centering, left and right justification
- hanging indents
- search and replace
- on screen page break display
- conditional and hard page breaks
- block copies, moves, and deletes
- tab stop settings
- send printer control strings
- printer formatting: underline, boldface, italics,
sub/superscript, double strike
- windowing: up to 9 outlines open/on screen at once in
user-defined windows
- zoom any window to full screen with a single keystroke
- copy or move outline or text directly between windows
- customizable printer drivers
- sorting
- user defined macros/key redifinition
- live date and time stamps
- full support for dos 2.0 and above
- read/write other file formats including: ascii, Wordstar,
- data transfer with other programs including cut and paste
to other active programs while memory resident
- configuration file to set startup defaults
- compatible with other memory resident programs (like
SideKick, ProKey, etc.)
- freely mix outlines and text: titles, skip numbering, start
new numbering, move placement right and left
- return to dos without leaving PC-Outline

PC-Outline requires dos 2.0 or greater, one floppy disk drive,
128k RAM, and an IBM PC/XT/AT or compatible, and can be configured to
occupy as little as 80k when memory resident.




Before using PC-Outline, make a backup copy of the program
and all of its documentation files. Put this backup away
in a safe place for emergency use only if something were
to happen to your original.


Insert the PC-Outline disk into the default drive and type
PCO to the dos prompt.


Create a directory where you would like to keep all of
your outline files. Copy the file PCO.EXE from the floppy
program disk to this directory. Set the current logged
directory to your outline directory and type PCO to the
dos prompt.

To be able to use PC-Outline from any directory on your
hard disk see the appendix on USING PC-Outline ON A HARD


To use PC-Outline as a memory resident program (where it
is always instantly available at the touch of a key),
start the program with PCO/r instead of just PCO. This
tells PC-Outline that you want to load the memory resident
version instead. You will get a brief copyright message
and PC-Outline will be permanently resident in memory. To
start PC-Outline just press ^\ (control backslash). The
invoke key can be changed to anything you like using the
separate program KEYSET.COM.

You may want to place the command PCO/r in your
autoexec.bat file so that PC-Outline is automatically
loaded each time you boot your computer. See the
following section on other command parameter startup
options to adjust the amount of memory that PC-Outline
will use. The default is about 128k but can be adjusted
as low as 90k.


If you are using PC-Outline in the memory resident mode,
you should regularly save your work. If one of the other
programs that you are running should hang or cause your
computer to crash, you will lose any un-saved outlines.
It is a good practice to save your outlines before
returning to your main application (the single keystroke
^S will accomplish this).

PC-Outline is designed to be compatible with as many other
memory-resident programs as possible. Because all memory
resident programs have their own way of being memory
resident, some conflicts are bound to exist. When you
have problems, experiment with the order the programs are
loaded. Although we cannot tell you how PC-Outline will
interact with all other memory-resident programs, we do
know that PC-Outline itself will be the most reliable when
it is loaded last. If another program also says that it
wants to be loaded last, then you may need to experiment
with the correct loading order for the two programs to
work with one another. In general, you should load
PC-Outline after keyboard enhancers like Prokey. If you
load PC-Outline after SideKick, both programs will
function fine except that you will not be able to invoke
PC-Outline from within SideKick.


Once the program starts, the first screen is a message
explaining the shareware distribution concept, how it
works, how you can most benefit from it, and how you can
help support it. To continue past this screen, press any

In the future, you may start the program by typing PCO /q
to the dos prompt instead of just PCO and you will bypass
the opening screen. It may be helpful to create a batch
file that types the PCO /q for you each time. We do ask,
however, that if you copy the program for someone, please
do not supply them with the batch file that bypasses the
shareware screen. It is to both our and your advantage to
help as many users as possible both learn about and
support the shareware concept.


The opening menu offers you four choices. To choose one
of the four options, either use the up and down arrow keys
to select the option you want and press RET or just press
the first letter of the desired option (i.e. press "o" to
choose Open a New Outline). Pressing the ESC key will
always abort the current operation.



Enter any legal dos path or path and filename except do
not use an extension on the eight character name.
PC-Outline will automatically add the extension .PCO. If
you do not type a filename, then the file will be created
in the directory listed on the bottom line of the screen
(known as the current directory). If you type the name of
an outline that already exists, then it will be loaded
rather than creating a new one with the same name.


Choose one of the existing outlines to load by pointing to
it with the arrows and pressing RET. If no outlines exist
in the current directory, then PC-Outline will assume that
you must want to create a new outline and will prompt you
accordingly. If you realize that you are logged into the
wrong directory or you change your mind for some other
reason, you can always press ESC to back up a step.


Enter the new current directory. This command obeys most
of the same rules as dos. If you enter a full path name,
then that becomes your new current directory. If you
enter just a sub-directory name, then that is appended
onto the existing directory path. To just change logged
drives, just type "d:" where d is the desired drive.


Choose this option to exit PC-Outline and return to dos.


A command parameter option is a sequence of special
characters typed after the program name when starting a
program from dos. In the sections above we already
introduced the command parameters "/r" and "/q". There
are a number of other command parameters:

/b - forces the display to black and white
/s - makes screen activity faster on most non-IBM screens
/m = xxx specifies how much memory to reserve for outline
data in the memory resident version. For example
/m=22 would reserve 22k for outline data. Since the
program itself will occupy about 60k, this would be a


grand total of 82k. The default is /m=64.
/d - causes PC-Outline to ignore the starting directory
that you may have entered in the ADVANCED
CONFIGURATION menu and instead use the current
directory when PC-Outline was started. This is
useful if you keep most of your outlines in one
directory (so you set the starting directory), but
sometimes you want to start out with the current



There are a number of parts to the normal working screen.

The bottom line usually contains a message indicating some
of your current options. The end of the bottom row tells
you how much free memory you have.

The 2nd line from the bottom show the current ruler with
left and right margins, tab stops and the current cursor

The next to last column is a status column that tells you
information about the current line.

A blank means this line ends in wordwrap.
A period means this line is past the end of the outline.
A dash means this line is the last line in an outline
entry and there are no sub-entries.
A down arrow means this line is the last line in an
outline entry and there are sub-entries.
A chevron means that this line ends in a hard carriage
Reverse video means that this outline entry has either its
children or its text hidden.

The second column is a page break indication column. The
last line of each page will show a square block.

The second row is a status line that lists the following:

- The current path/filename (only the last 20
characters are show here). The full filename
can always be seen with the WINDOW LIST command.
- The amount of memory the outline occupies so far in
- The status of Insert/Overwrite for editing.
- Page, line, and column information.
- The current system time.
- The window number.

The top line shows the top level menu options.


The menu system is designed to be both easy to learn for
the novice and quick to use for the experienced user.
Because of this, there are several ways to invoke and use
the menus - each method varies in speed and ease of use.



The easiest way to use the menus is to press the INS key.
This will start up the FILE menu. To choose one of the
other menus, use the right and left arrow keys to position
the menu along the menu bar. Within any one of the menus
you may make a selection by either pointing to the desired
option and pressing RET or by pressing the first letter of
the desired option. Pressing the ESC key will always exit
the current menu.


To start directly in one of the menus, press the "/" key
(forward slash) and then the first letter of the desired
menu. Thus, to go immediately to the DISPLAY menu you
would type /d or immediately to the OUTLINE menu would be
/o. In order to actually use the / key in your text, just
type it twice. Note that this key can be changed to
whatever you like using the setup program called


An alternate way to start directly in one of the menus is
to press Alt and the first letter of the desired menu.
For example Alt-d would start the DISPLAY menu and Alt-o
would start the OUTLINE menu.


In addition to choosing items through menus, many of the
more common functions have single key shortcuts. If a
menu item can also be accomplished with a shortcut
keystroke, then that keystroke will be listed in
parentheses in the menu. For example, in the OUTLINE
menu, the option CREATE NEW OUTLINE ENTRY can also be done
by just typing a control-N. In addition to the
pre-defined shortcut keystrokes, you can create your own
by using keyboard macros. See the section on macros in
the description of the ADVANCED menu for more information.


Some menu selections will lead you to an option box where
you will be presented with a number of different options
to choose from. For example, selecting PARAGRAPH STYLE
from the display menu, brings up an option box with the
choices left margin, right margin, paragraph alignment,
and first line alignment. To change one of the options,
use the up and down arrow keys to position the cursor in


the desired option. The bottom line of the screen should
indicate what to do next depending upon what type of
option it is.

When you have correctly specified one of the options, you
can press RET to enter that new option and leave the
option box or you can use the up and down arrow keys to
set another option. If you use the up or down arrow keys
to move to another option, the option you just changed
will be updated and set and a mark will indicate you have
changed that item. The item is already changed; pressing
ESC will still leave that item changed.

If you are in the middle of changing an option and you
decide you don't want to change it after all, you can
press the ESC key. If that item has not yet been marked
as changed, that particular option will remain unchanged
and you will exit the option box.

The startup values for most of the parameters in the
option boxes are contained in a special configuration file
called PCO.CFG. Each time PC-Outline is started it reads
this file and loads the startup values from it. To set
new default parameters, press the F10 key while in an
option box and those parameters will be saved to the
configuration file as they are listed in the option box.

Note that, when saving new values to the configuration
file, PC-Outline will look for the PCO.CFG file in the
current directory from when you started PC-Outline. If it
is not there, then it will create one. If the current
directory is not where you want the configuration file to
normally be then you can enter a file/path name in the
CONFIGURATION option box in the ADVANCED menu to direct
where it will go.

There are basically three types of options:


An option like a left margin requires a number. To change
the left margin, simply enter a new number.


Some options offer you a series of choices. To change the
option, you must pick a new choice. For example,
paragraph alignment can be one of four choices: left
aligned, right aligned, justified, centered. To toggle
through the different choices, press the space bar. The
left and right arrows also work for toggling. The right
arrow works just like the space bar and the left arrow
goes the reverse order through the choices.


If you already know which choice you want, you can just
press the first letter of the desired choice. For
example, pressing the letter "j" would select justified in
the above example. Note that this can be useful when
defining a macro because you can select a specific option
without knowing what it was previously set to.


Some options require you to input some series of
characters. One such example would be a filename. In
this case, you are free to edit the name as you type. The
following keys are active: Home, End, INS, DEL,
Backspace, Left Arrow, and Right Arrow.




Once you have loaded PC-Outline, passed the shareware
screen, and started an outline file from the opening menu,
you are ready to create an outline. The screen will show
an "A." and then the cursor. The "A." indicates you are
in the first outline element. To enter information into
this first outline element, just type. The information in
an outline element can be anything from a single word to a
multi-page document. If you type enough words to get to
the right margin, the cursor will automatically wrap
around and start the next line.


When you are ready to start a second outline element,
press the INS key. This starts the FILE menu. Press the
right arrow key to enter the OUTLINE menu. Now choose
CREATE NEW OUTLINE ENTRY (note that you can also do this
with the shortcut keystroke ^N or ^RET).

This will present you with a reverse video "B." positioned
one line after the last piece of text in "A.". Notice
that the bottom line of the screen now contains the


Before typing any other characters, you can make this new
entry a sub-entry of "A." by pressing the right arrow. If
it was already a sub-entry, you could promote it up a
level by pressing the left arrow. You could also switch
places with "A." by pressing the up arrow. The down arrow
will switch back again. As soon as you type any
characters, the "B." will change back to normal video and
you can no longer move the entry in this manner and the
message at the bottom of the screen will change back to
the message about menus. There are other commands for
moving the entry once you have typed characters.

By repeating this process of typing text and choosing
CREATE NEW OUTLINE ENTRY, you can create as simple or
complex an outline structure as you want.



A major advantage of organizing information in an outline
structure is that you can hide levels of detail. Supposed
we had the example outline listed below. If we position
the cursor in element B. and select CURRENT ENTRY'S
CHILDREN from the HIDE menu, the sub-entries (from now on
referred to as children) of B. will disappear. Select
CURRENT ENTRY'S CHILDREN from the SHOW menu and they will
reappear. The GRAY PLUS key on the right side of the
keyboard can be used as a shortcut to toggle the
hide/unhide status of children.

Before hiding the children of B.

A. ---
B. --- Cursor position in this entry.
1. ---
2. ---
3. ---
C. ---

After hiding the children of B.

A. ---
B. ---
C. ---

After showing the children of B. again:

A. ---
B. ---
1. ---
2. ---
3. ---
C. ---


Within any given outline element, you have three viewing
choices. You may either see the entire entry (the default
case), you may see either just the first line of the entry
(we say the text is hidden), or the entire entry might be
hidden as in the above section. To see just the first
line of a multi-line entry, choose CURRENT ENTRY'S TEXT
from the HIDE menu. To see the rest of the lines again,
choose CURRENT ENTRY'S TEXT from the SHOW menu. The ^PgDn
key works as a shortcut toggle to alternately hide and
show the multiple lines. Note also that typing any
character (including a right arrow) in an entry
automatically shows the multiple lines.


Before hiding the text of B.

A. ---
B. --- --- --- ---- ---- ------- ---- ---- - ----- ---
---- ---- --- --- ---- --- --- --- -- --- --- --- --
-- - - - -- - ---- ----- --- - - - --- -----
1. ---
2. ---
3. ---
C. ---

After hiding the text of B.

A. ---
B. --- --- --- ---- ---- ------- ---- ---- - ----- ---
1. ---
2. ---
3. ---
C. ---


While in the main editing mode (not in any menus),
pressing the F1 key will bring up a help screen that will
list many of the keystrokes for outline editing.



^A - Find String Again
^B - Move Block
^C - Copy Block
^D - Delete Outline Family
^E - Delete Block
^F - Find String
^G - Insert/Overwrite Toggle
^H - Hide Children
^I - Indent Paragraph
^J - Join Outline Elements
^K - Key Define
^L - Hide Level Children
^M - Move Outline Elements
^N - New Outline Element
^O - Indent and Hang
^P - Print
^Q - Copy Family
^R - Find and Replace
^S - Save Outline
^T - Paragraph Style
^U - Divide Outline Element
^V - Center a paragraph
^W - Move Family
^X - Unindent a paragraph
^Y - Delete Line
^Z - List Windows

F1 - Help Screen
F2 - Mark/Unmark
F3 - User Defined with macros
F4 - User Defined with macros
F5 - Promote current entry
F6 - Indent current entry
F7 - Promote marks
F8 - Indent marks
F9 - Copy marks to current location
F10- Move marks to current location

^F1 - Begin Underline
^F2 - End Underline
^F3 - Begin Boldface
^F4 - End Boldface
^F5 - Begin Italics
^F6 - End Italics
^F7 - Superscript
^F8 - Subscript
^F9 - End Both Scripts
^F10- Insert Non-Break Space


Alt F1 - Toggle Code Display
Alt F2 - Clear all marks
Alt F3 -
Alt F4 -
Alt F5 -
Alt F6 -
Alt F7 -
Alt F8 -
Alt F9 - Copy all marks to be children of the current entry
Alt F10- Move all marks to be children of the current entry

Shift F1 - Insert Static Date
Shift F2 - Insert Live Date
Shift F3 - Insert Static Time
Shift F4 - Insert Live Time
Shift F5 - Begin Doublestrike
Shift F6 - End Doublestrike
Shift F7 -
Shift F8 -
Shift F9 -
Shift F10-

Shift Right - Word right
Shift Left - Word left
Shift Up - Up one outline entry on same level
Shift Down - Down one outline entry on same level
Shift Home - Top File
Shift End - End File
Shift PgUp - Paragraph Up
Shift PgDn - Paragraph Down
Shift DEL - Delete too end of line
Shift INS - Ins/Overwrite toggle

^Right - Delete word right
^Left - Delete word left
^Home - Top File
^End - End File
^PgUp - Jump to parent
^PgDn - Text hide toggle

Gray Plus - Children Hide/Unhide Toggle
Gray Minus - Zoom
Alt 1-9 - Switch directly to Window #



PC-Outline uses a printer driver in order to have the
capability of supporting a number of different printers.
Each printer driver is a special file format containing
the printer codes for the desired printer for the print
features that PC-Outline uses. The disk that PC-Outline
comes on has as many printer drivers as we currently have
available. To find out if your printer is supported, run
the program on the disk called PCPRINT.COM by typing
PCPRINT to the dos prompt. If your printer is not
specified in the list, then you have two choices:

1) You may choose to not use any special print features.
Normal printing will most likely work even if your
printer is not specifically supported.

2) You may create your own printer driver by entering
the codes yourself in the PRINT CONFIGURATION menu in
PC-Outline and saving them to a new printer driver
file. Note you should change the printer driver name
also to avoid conflicts with the already existing


It is possible to set up PC-Outline so that you can start
it from anywhere on your hard disk by just typing a simple
three letter name. You will never again need to worry
about which directory you are in when you want to run
PC-Outline. Dos will automatically find the program, run
it, and PC-Outline will set the starting directory as
desired. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

1) Set up a directory on your hard disk where you wish
to keep your PC-Outline files. For purposes of
explanation, I will refer to a directory called
C:\OUTLINE (you can use any name you want).

2) Copy the files PCO.EXE, PCO.CFG, PCO.ECT and the
appropriate printer driver to the C:\OUTLINE directory.

3) Add the following command to your autoexec.bat file:

4) Set a path to the outline directory (preferably in
your autoexec.bat file so it is always set). For
example, use the command "PATH C:\OUTLINE".

5) Now, from anywhere on your hard disk, you can type
PCO. The DOS path will find the batch file PCO.EXE


and run it. PC-Outline will look in the dos
environment (where the SET PCO= command is stored)
and find out where to look for the configuration
file & Shareware screen file (PCO.ECT). The confi-
guration file will tell PC-Outline
what directory to start off with for outline files
(set in the CONFIGURATION option box in the ADVANCED
menu. It sounds complicated, but once you have set
it up, all you have to type is "PCO" and your path,
the SET command, and the configuration file will do
all the rest.



Corporate site licenses and bundling arrangements are
available direct from Brown Bag Software.

Site licenses can be used to distribute large quantities of
PC-Outline and its documentation within a specific
organization at very reasonable prices (hundreds of dollars
less per copy than competing products). All users under a
site license can become registered users at no extra fee and
are automatically notified of updates.

Bundling arrangements can be used to distribute copies of
PC-Outline in order to promote some other product or

Note that neither of these activities is permitted under the
limited license granted to all users of PC-Outline without
the expressed written consent of Brown Bag Software.


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