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So you want letter quality, but you're stuck with that old nine-pin dot matrix printer? Don't just resign, join the club; discover LQ PRINTER UTILITY! It is an impressive printer utility program that lets you use your inexpensive dot matrix printer to print a variety of fonts in near-letter quality. It can be loaded as a memory-resident program to filter the data from your wordprocessor or other programs, or it can be used alone to process individual files. But if you have the 80K or so of RAM, the memory-resident mode is the most convenient way to use this program. LQ PRINTER UTILITY includes pre-defined fonts of Courier, Greek, Helvetica, Roman, and many others (italics for each font are included). A character editor is also provided to let you modify or create your own font sets. Each font character is 10 by 24 dots so there is enough resolution to make some fairly decent fonts. Like all programs of this sort, LQ PRINTER UTILITY uses a graphics mode for your beautiful new fonts and printing takes longer -- but it's worth the wait. It also provides a print spooler, and this optimizes graphics printing. Included is the program BIGPRINT, which lets you print large- letter banners (using any of the same fonts that LQ uses). If your printer is an Epson (or compatible), the banner letters are made using the block graphics characters; otherwise, they are created with asterisks. (Just make sure you don't have LQ loaded when you run BIGPRINT, or your printer will be running forever.) A new feature of LQ is a program that lets you create and edit your own letterheads. LETHEAD is a graphics editor that works with LQ to produce high-resolution letterheads consisting of 1" x 1" pictures and up to four lines of accompanying text.
LETHEAD A letterhead-editor to accompany LQ (c) 1987 by Mark Harris All rights reserved. LETHEAD is a graphics editor which works in conjunction with LQ to produce high-resolution letterheads consisting of 1" x 1" pictures and up to four lines of accompanying text. Each picture (23040 dot positions) is stored in the format of an LQ character set, although the picture segments don't look like characters. LETHEAD lets you edit a picture save a picture load a picture create a data file to be printed with the picture serving as one of LQ's character sets (the letterhead). The final product can be printed with a one-line batch file. For example, suppose that you have edited a picture which has been saved as MYPIC.SET (LETHEAD adds the suffix) and you have created a datafile saved as MYDATA. (The data file consists of character codes for the picture and for the accompanying text.) The picture is assumed to take the place of LQ's second character set, so the command LQ F'MYDATA' C2'MYPIC' will print the letterhead. Better still, if this line is saved as a text file under the name LETTER.BAT then you can produce the letterhead simply by typing LETTER at the DOS prompt. The letterhead will look something like this: XXXXXXXXXXXX Granny's Old-Fashioned Software XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX Rt 4, Box 216 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX Boone, NC 28607 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX (704) 264-6906 XXXXXXXXXXXX where the X's on the left show the position of the picture. The text on the right can be printed in up to three LQ fonts, one per line. (If you're willing to edit the final data file yourself you can mix fonts within each line.) LETHEAD requires a graphics card with IBM Color Graphics Adapter emulation, although a color monitor is not necessary. If you don't have this equipment it may be worth a trip to a friend's computer to edit a letterhead since the resulting letterhead file can be used on your own non-CGA equipment. Using LETHEAD. After you enter LETHEAD at the DOS prompt you will see the following menu: 1. Edit picture. 2. Clear picture. 3. Load picture. 4. Save picture. 5. Create letterhead. 6. Directory = A:\ 7. Exit. Your choice? (1 - 7) Following is a description of each option. 1. Edit picture. This is the option you will always take to edit a picture whether you are loading an old one or starting a new one. You will be shown the graphics screen with a summary of editing options. For a detailed description see 'Editing pictures' below. Option 1 is selected by pressing either '1' or <Enter>. 2. Clear picture. If you have thoroughly garbled the screen and want to begin afresh, select this option. If have not loaded a picture and you choose option 1, the graphics screen is cleared automatically. 3. Load picture. As far as LETHEAD is concerned a picture is any file with the suffix 'SET'. If the files PIC1.SET, PIC2.SET and COURIER.SET are in the current directory then you will be shown the listing PIC1 PIC2 COURIER, then asked for the file you wish to load. Since COURIER is a regular LQ character set you will not want to treat it as a picture (although it wouldn't do any harm as long as you didn't make and save changes). When entering the file name you do not need to include the 'SET' suffix. It will take LETHEAD a few seconds to convert the picture from character set format to the screen representation which you will edit. 4. Save picture. As with 'Load picture', you are first shown a listing of all files which have the suffix 'SET'. If you enter the name of a file which already exists, the old file will be overwritten with no warning. 5. Create letterhead. This option is used to create the data file which LQ prints to make a letterhead. Included in the file are LQ control sequences which switch between the picture font and the other fonts used for your name, address, etc. You will be prompted to enter from one to four lines of text, then you will be given the option of printing these lines in any mix of fonts 1, 3 and 4. Suppose you enter the two lines Fred Jones President of the Universe and specify font number 4 for the first name and font number 3 for the second. If the name UNIVERSE is used for the resulting data file then you can later enter LQ F'UNIVERSE' C2'PIC1' to create a letterhead with the given text alongside the picture PIC1; the default fonts 3 and 4 will used for the text. To load a different font for (say) 'Fred Jones', the command LQ F'UNIVERSE' C2'PIC1' C4'DIFFONT' could be used, assuming that DIFFONT.SET is an LQ character set. The same letterhead file can be used with more than one picture; for example LQ F'UNIVERSE' C2'PIC2' will use a different picture with the same text. To create a batch file LETTER.BAT which will automate the letterhead printing, enter the following text: COPY CON LETTER.BAT LQ F'UNIVERSE' C2'PIC1' <CTRL Z> <ENTER> Then simply type LETTER to print the letterhead. 6. Directory = Option 6 lets you change the default directory used for loading and saving files. When prompted, enter a path such as A:\MYDIR, or C:\DIR1\DIR2 The drive prefix may be omitted if the default drive is to be used. 7. Exit. Press '7' or <Esc> to exit LETHEAD. As a safeguard you will be prompted to indicate whether you really mean it. Text entry. Any time you are prompted to enter text (file names or letterhead lines) you have certain editing functions at your disposal. The right- and left-arrow, home, end, backspace, delete and insert keys work as you would expect them to. The <Esc> key aborts the text entry. The F3 or <Ctrl R> keys restore the line to its original appearance. The <Enter> key accepts the displayed text, regardless of the position of the cursor. Editing pictures. When you select the 'Edit picture' option you are shown a large square in which your picture will be created, with a graphics cursor marking the position of the next entry. At the right of the screen the following summary of options is displayed: Options: A)rc C)ircle D)raw E)llipse F)ill L)ine R)ect U)ndo F2 = Copy Del = Cut Ins = Paste P)en color = white S)tyle = 3x3 Cursor keys to move Shifted cursor moves faster <Enter> accepts change or toggles point <Esc> = main menu Following is a more detailed description: Cursor movement. The arrow keys move the cursor one dot in the appropriate direction. Pressing either shift key along with an arrow key moves the cursor 10 dots. The Home and End keys move to the far left or right of the screen, and the PgUp and PgDn keys move to the top and bottom. Arc. Drawing an arc is a three-stage process. Position the cursor at one end of the arc and press 'A', then move to the other end and press <Enter>. Now as you move the cursor you will control the arc which connects the two endpoints; when the arc looks right press <Enter> to accept. Circle. Pressing 'C' fixes the center of a circle and subsequent cursor moves change the radius. When the radius is correct press <Enter>. Draw. Pressing 'D' initiates the drawing mode. The cursor keys are then used to draw in the current pen color (black or white) and pen style (a square of dimensions 1x1, 2x2 or 3x3). Extended cursor moves (shifted arrow, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn) move the cursor but terminate drawing mode. <Enter> also ends drawing mode. Ellipse. The cursor marks the endpoint of an axis of an ellipse. Press <Enter> after the other endpoint is positioned correctly to fix this axis. The length of the other axis (perpendicular to the first) is now determined by the distance of the cursor from the first segment; press <Enter> when this is appropriate. Fill. Pressing 'F' fills a region with the color white. The region must be completely bounded by a white border or the coloring will 'spill' into the entire screen. Line. Pressing 'L' marks one endpoint of a line, then after cursor moves <Enter> is used to mark the other endpoint and draw a line connecting these points. Undo. Pressing 'U' cancels the effect of the last operation. For example, if you F)ill a larger area than you intended you can U)ndo the damage and try again. Rectangle. Pressing 'R' marks one corner of rectangle, then after cursor moves <Enter> is used to mark the diagonally opposite corner and draw the rectangle which is thus determined. F2. Pressing F2 begins a block copy operation. As with R)ectangle a block is marked with <Enter>. The cursor is then used to move a copy of this block and <Enter> fixes the copy. As a side effect a copy of the block remains on the 'clipboard' for subsequent paste operations. Del. 'Del' is used to cut a block from the picture. The block is marked as with the copy operation and the marked region is removed from the screen. A copy of the region is retained on the clipboard and can be pasted back to the screen. Ins. 'Ins' shows the block from the clipboard at the cursor position. The block can be moved with cursor operations and is fixed on the screen when <Enter> is pressed. Pen color. There are only two pen colors - white (default) and black. Pressing 'P' toggles between these values. Note: the image is reversed when printed, so the originally black screen corresponds to a white sheet of paper. Pen style. The Draw operation places a shape at each cursor position. This shape is a block of dimensions 1x1, 2x2 or 3x3. Pressing 'S' (for style) cycles through these three values. <Enter>. Pressing <Enter> generally ends a given operation. In the default cursor-movement mode, <Enter> toggles the color of the dot under the cursor. <Esc>. Pressing <Esc> returns you to the main menu, from which you can load and save files or exit the program.
Using LQ's proportional spacing with PC-Write. PC-Write is a superb Shareware word processor which can fully exploit LQ's features. In particular, PC-Write (version 2.6 and later) lets you communicate the size of LQ characters in any font or mode so that proportional spacing works in conjunction with justification. For example LQ's HELV font is narrower than COURIER so more characters can be put into a given space. PC- Write also supports micro-justification so that white space is evenly distributed across a line when fill-justification is used (even when fonts and modes are mixed in the line). To see how nice the result can look, run LQDEMO (which prints a text file edited with PC-Write). PC-Write is available from Quicksoft, 219 First N. #224, Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 282-0452 and from many PC bulletin boards and disk distribution centers. Versions 2.70 and 3.0 work fine with LQ, but you may run into a slight problem with 2.71. The print program in this version (PR.EXE) handles margins differently and fill-justified, micro-justified lines with leading spaces (past the normal left margin) may not print right. One solution is to use PR.EXE 2.70 with ED.EXE 2.71; Granny's will provide the older program for $2 if you wish to take this route. A better solution is to obtain the most recent version of PC-Write directly from Quicksoft. You can use the LQ/PC-Write/proportional spacing combination at a couple of different levels. If you are content with LQ's default fonts (COURIER, COURITAL, HELV, PALATINO) then simply use the PR.DEF file from the LQ disk as described below. If you want to load other fonts you will need to create new width tables to be included in your PR.DEF file and you'll have to get a little more involved. In either case a little experimentation will be well worth the time - after a one-time modification of your PC- Write environment you can obtain really polished printouts with no extra effort from then on. The PR.DEF file. PC-Write's print program expects to find information on font control commands and various printing parameters in a file called PR.DEF. If you use PC-Write then you already have such a file; it may have been created automatically as part of PC-Write's installation procedure, or you may have created (or modified) this file yourself. The LQ disk includes a PC-Write print control file called PR.LQ - by copying this to the right place under the name PR.DEF you can make convenient use of LQ's features. You will want to keep your original PR.DEF file for draft printing; how you organize your files for LQ or draft printing depends on whether you use a hard disk or floppy disk system. Floppy disk users should simply make a new work disk for LQ printing. If you already have a work disk just use DISKCOPY to make a duplicate; otherwise run the WORKDISK program on the PC- Write disk to create one. Copy PR.LQ from the LQ disk to your new work disk under the name PR.DEF; e.g., COPY A:PR.LQ B:PR.DEF The last modification is to edit the ED.DEF file to include the line !PR.DEF (which communicates the information in the new PR.DEF to ED.EXE). Your work disk is now ready to go - you can use it as described below to edit and print files with LQ. Hard disk users should use separate subdirectories for LQ and draft documents. Let's assume for example that you have a directory \PW and a subdirectory \PW\LQ. The PC-Write program files (ED.EXE, PR.EXE, ED.DEF, etc.) and all draft documents are under PW, while the documents to be printed with LQ are under PW\LQ. (Note: there is no PR.EXE in version 3.0; this reference pertains only to older versions.) Keep your old PR.DEF under PW and copy PR.LQ from the LQ disk to PW\LQ under the name PR.DEF. Put the line !PR.DEF in the ED.DEF file. (You don't need a separate ED.DEF file under PW\LQ.) The last change is to put the PC-Write directory in your your DOS path so that ED.EXE and PR.EXE can be executed from any subdirectory. For example if the line PATH \;\UTIL;\DOS;\PW;\TB;\NT; is included in AUTOEXEC.BAT, then DOS will search first the current directory, then the root directory, then \UTIL, then \DOS, then \PW and so on when looking for programs to execute. To edit draft or LQ documents, change your working directory to \PW or \PW\LQ, respectively. If you prefer to keep all your documents separate from programs on your hard disk you can follow the above approach with the directory structure PW / \ LQ DRAFT The DRAFT subdirectory should contain the original PR.DEF. Width tables in the print control file. Consider the following line from the PR.LQ file: #F=28@A120i+27,27,49,27,27,80 (font 1, proportional spacing) The 'F' indicates that the command <Alt F> (or <Alt G>.R:F as a separate line) will be used to turn on the font described by this line, and the '28' indicates which figure will show up on your screen when you start this font. The '@A120i' says to ED.EXE and PR.EXE that table A in the print control file gives a list of character widths in multiples of 1/120". Finally, +27,27,49,27,27,80 causes a control sequence (<Esc> <Esc> '1' <Esc> <Esc> 'P') to be sent to LQ when the font is turned on. The '@A' prefix tells PC-Write to use the following table which precedes the line in the print control file: @A: 32=10,33=5,34=9,35=14,36=13,37=14,38=14,39=5,40=8,41=8 @A: 42=13,43=13,44=6,45=12,46=6,47=14,48=11,49=9,50=12,51=12 @A: etc The table simply says that this font (LQ's default font number 1, COURIER) has a space character (ASCII code 32) which is 10 units wide, an '!' character which is 5 units wide, etc. PC-Write can now use this information to figure out how many characters will fit in a line of text. There are width tables included in PR.LQ for six fonts. Following is a list of these fonts and the associated font control commands: <Alt F> LQ font number 1, COURIER <Alt I> Font 2, COURITAL <Alt P> Font 3, HELV <Alt Q> Font 4, PALATINO <Alt E> COURIER bold <Alt D> COURIER double width (Any of these fonts can be made the default by using a '.R:' line preceded by <Alt G>.) Here are additional font control commands from PR.LQ which don't use width tables: <Alt B> Bold, even spacing <Alt H> Superscript <Alt L> Subscript <Alt C> Font 1, even spacing <Alt J> Font 2, even spacing <Alt O> Font 3, even spacing <Alt V> Font 4, even spacing <Alt U> Underline <Alt W> Double-width, even spacing These are somewhat arbitrary assignments; to change them, read 'Customizing Font Control Lines' in the PC-Write User's Guide. There is an '.R:F' line in the PR.LQ file which establishes font 1 (COURIER) with proportional spacing as the default. Change this to suit your taste; for example, change it to .R:C to make font 1, even spacing the default. There is a limitation when changing fonts: variable-width and even-spaced fonts may not be mixed on the same line. If you want to switch to an even-space font, do so at the start of a new line. You may want to stop reading these instructions here. You should at least give PC-Write a try with the PR.LQ file provided to see if it suits your needs. If you want to develop more exotic special effects later on, read the following information. Adding or changing width tables. What if you want to use a font or mode for which a width table is not included? A new option has been added to the EDCHAR program (the character editor included on the LQ disk): pressing 'T' will bring up a window for creating a PC-Write width table for the font which is currently loaded. A width table can be created for the font itself, or for the font in emphasized or double-width mode. Suppose you have installed (or plan to load) a new font MYFONT.SET as LQ's third character set. Here is a how your session might go: First run EDCHAR and load MYFONT as the primary character set. Press 'T' to activate the width-table window; you will see the following: PC-Write proportional spacing table. Write to what file? Since the width table you generate will be merged with an existing PR.DEF file later on, use a temporary file for the table. Let's suppose you type the file name TEMP. Next you are prompted to enter a table identifier from A to Z; this letter will be referenced within the PC-Write print control file to link a font control command to a width table. The identifiers A - F are used in PR.LQ to be associated with the font control commands F,I,P,Q, E, and D, described above. Since you are replacing the third font with a new one you should stick with the 'C' identifier. Finally, you are asked Widths for which mode: 1. Normal 2. Bold 3. Double-wide Which? (1-3) Assuming that you want a width table for MYFONT as-is, select option 1. The width table is written as standard text to the file TEMP. The next step is to edit PR.LQ. Delete the existing table C which starts as follows: (HELV) @C: 32=10,33=5,34=8,35=13,36=11,37=14,38=13,39=5,40=6,41=6 @C: 42=12,43=11,44=6,45=9,46=5,47=9,48=11,49=7,50=11,51=11 @C: 52=12,... Then insert the new table saved under TEMP by using PC-Write's <Ctrl F3> function and save the modified PR.LQ file. That's all there is to it! Microjustification. Normally if you embed a ruler line in your document with a 'J' at the right margin, PC-Write fill-justifies the text by inserting spaces between words until the right margins line up. 'Microjustification' describes the process of inserting fractions of spaces so that the gaps are evenly distributed across the line; the result looks much better. PC-Write supports micro- justification if '$H' lines are included in the print control file to tell it how to insert these fractions. The following lines are included in the PR.LQ file: $H120i=1 (LQ microjustification codes) $H60i=2 $H30i=3 $H15i=4 $H12960u=5 $H25920u=6 For example the first line tells PC-Write that if it sends the ASCII code 01 to LQ, the printhead will be advanced by 1/120". The codes 2 - 6 are also interpreted as fractional advances (multiples 2,4,8,16,32 of 1/120"). Important note: LQ normally filters out otherwise unrecognized ASCII codes such as 1 - 6. You can tell LQ to recognize fractional advances in one of two ways: When you load LQ, add 'MJ' (which stands for mode justify) to the command tail; e.g., LQ F'TEMP' MJ, or send the control sequence <Esc> <Esc> 'J' in your document. If you use the PR.LQ file you won't have to worry about this because the line '.S:6' instructs PC-Write to start a document by sending the line space control sequence given by $S06= 27,27,83,36,27,27,74 (which PC-Write uses to set 6 lines/inch). This results in following sequence being sent: <Esc> <Esc> 'S' 36 (LQ's command for setting 36/216" per line, <Esc> <Esc> 'J' (microjustification) Boxing with PC-Write version 3. The latest version of PC-Write has a variety of options for manipulating text in boxes. One of these options is to put a graphics border around a box. To get the graphics box you want you will have to do two things: 1. When you load LQ, use IBM1.SET and IBM2.SET as character sets 3 and 4; e.g. LQ C3'IBM1' C4'IBM2', 2. Change the line spacing to 1/9" before the box and back to 1/6" afterwards. You do this by putting <Alt G>.S:9 on a line by itself before the box and <Alt G>.S:6 after the box. Note that since line spacing is smaller in the box double spacing is probably in order. Also, you probably won't get the desired results with proportional spacing - try running MENUPRT in PC- Write and selecting an Epson MX-80 with Graftrax type III to generate the right PR.DEF file for LQ. BUG FIX: Through PC-Write version 3.02 there is a bug affecting proportional spacing in header lines. In the width table for a font there needs to be an entry for ASCII code 250, even though this code is never used. In the PR.LQ file we have added 250=5 at the end of each width table, but if you use EDCHAR to make new width tables you will have to add this entry yourself. A quick look at PR.LQ will make the proper position for these entries clear. (The bug should be fixed in PC-Write 3.03.)
Getting LQ to work with the supplied file (EPFX80LQ.PRS) on WordPer- fect 5.0. (NOTE: for WordPerfect 5.1, you will first need to update this file with the WordPerfect PTR.EXE program. Follow these instructions: make a COPY of EPFX80LQ.PRS to the disk or subdirectory containing PTR.EXE. Type PTR EPFX80LQ.PRS You'll get the message: Printer file is an old version--Convert to new format? (Y/N) Reply 'Y'. Then press F7 to exit, and save the modified file under the same name. Proceed with the WP 5.0 instructions below.) 1. Put in Printer Disk to Install Epson FX-80/100. 2. Install FX-80/100. Refer to WP manual if you need help. 3. When you select the printer, a file name is requested. Normally, you would simply press return (enter). NOW, however, you must tell it a different filename. The filename to enter is EPFX80LQ.PRS. After entering the filename, press return (enter). 4. WordPerfect will now give you some hints about the printer, while it extracts the information from the diskette master file and makes EPFX80LQ.PRS. After viewing the "hints about printer" screen, WordPerfect sends you to the Printer Editor screen. 5. At the Edit Screen, change the name of the printer from Epson FX-80/100 to Epson FX-80/LQ. 6. Exit WordPerfect. 7. Remove the WP printer diskette and insert the diskette contain- ing the printer file from Granny named EPFX80LQ.PRS. Copy this file to your WP directory, where your WP printer definitions are kept. For Example: If your WP printer files are in C:\WP, and the diskette is in drive A: you would type: COPY A:EPFX80LQ.PRS C:\WP This should get you up and running. The printer driver you just installed is set up in the following way. In the standard (non-microspace) mode, there are three fonts: 10 CPI FONT 1 12 CPI FONT 3 12 CPI FONT 4 Since Font 2 is normally the italic of font 1, font 2 is available as an "automatic font change" from font 1, selecting Italic. There are several microspace fonts. They are actually set up to be in groups of four (since LQ can have only four fonts up at a time.) I call them three different configurations of LQ. Configuration 1: Font 1: Courier (ps) Font 1 Font 2: Courier italic (ps) Font 3: Helv (ps) Font 3 Font 4: Palatino (ps) Font 4 Configuration 2: Font 1: Helv (ps) Font 1 Font 2: Helvital (ps) Font 3: Helv2 (ps) Font 3 Font 4: Palatino Configuration 3: Font 1: Courier (ps) Font 1 Font 2: Courier italic (ps) Font 3: Courier2 (ps) font 3 Font 4: Palatino I arranged the fonts like that, because I thought that I would use each combination together the most. I find that I use Configurations 1 and 2, but rarely 3. In addition, there is a 27 pt (which would be triple high version of nine point) for Courier in font 1, Helv in font 3. If you have problems with centering or indenting, look at the line of text previous to the line you are trying to center. If the line is short, add some spaces to make it extend to at least half of the total line length. The 27pt fonts put in too much leading. The "on screen" fonts (with the printer preview) have been made to match the LQ fonts as close as possible. Palatino is probably the furthest from being correct, but it is different enough to draw attention to itself. You can expect WordPerfect's repeat feature (holding down a key and expecting it to repeat) not to work when LQ is in memory. I don't know why that is, except that it must have something to do with a conflict of interrupts between WP and LQ. Perhaps on some com- puters that doesn't happen, but it does on mine. Also, you can't use the drop to DOS feature in WordPerfect to load and unload LQ. I almost always lock mine up trying. Some of the proportional prints have been tested, and tables are correct. This is not true for all of them however. If you use a proportional print with microjustification and have trouble with justification, let me know, because the proportional space table probably has a bug in it. Any other "quirks" you'll have to find out by experimentation. When things don't seem to work, notify Mark Harris, and he will contact me. I'll help where I can. Rev. Jeffrey D. McPike ----------------------------------------------------------------------- From Rev. McPike comes the following update: Roman as Font 1 Roman Font 1 27pt (triple high) Roman Italic as Font 2 (automatic font change) Roman2 as Font 3 Hollow as Font 4 Sansser Font 1 Sansital Font 2 (through automatic font change) Sansser2 Font 3 Sans2ita Font 4 Those are complete sets. In addition: Computer Font 4 Gothic Font 4 Script Font 4 Deco Font 4 Since the above are all decorative fonts, I planned to put them all in font 4. My overall scheme for fonts is as follows: Font 1 Primary font Font 2 Italic font of primary (font 1) Font 3 Auxiliary font Font 4 Decorative font
Disk No: 718 Disk Title: LQ Printer Utility PC-SIG Version: S2.8 Program Title: LQ Printer Utility Author Version: 2.35 Author Registration: $35.00 Special Requirements: Epson or compatible printer. So you want letter quality, but you're stuck with that old nine-pin dot matrix printer? Don't just resign, join the club; discover LQ PRINTER UTILITY! It is an impressive printer utility program that lets you use your inexpensive dot matrix printer to print a variety of fonts in near-letter quality. It can be loaded as a memory-resident program to filter the data from your wordprocessor or other programs, or it can be used alone to process individual files. But if you have the 80K or so of RAM, the memory-resident mode is the most convenient way to use this program. LQ PRINTER UTILITY includes pre-defined fonts of Courier, Greek, Helvetica, Roman, and many others (italics for each font are included). A character editor is also provided to let you modify or create your own font sets. Each font character is 10 by 24 dots so there is enough resolution to make some fairly decent fonts. Like all programs of this sort, LQ PRINTER UTILITY uses a graphics mode for your beautiful new fonts and printing takes longer -- but it's worth the wait. It also provides a print spooler, and this optimizes graphics printing. Included is the program BIGPRINT, which lets you print large- letter banners (using any of the same fonts that LQ uses). If your printer is an Epson (or compatible), the banner letters are made using the block graphics characters; otherwise, they are created with asterisks. (Just make sure you don't have LQ loaded when you run BIGPRINT, or your printer will be running forever.) A new feature of LQ is a program that lets you create and edit your own letterheads. LETHEAD is a graphics editor that works with LQ to produce high-resolution letterheads consisting of 1" x 1" pictures and up to four lines of accompanying text. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ ARCE COM 7136 9-16-87 3:12a ASCII PAR 899 11-27-89 6:51p BIGPRINT COM 13812 11-22-88 10:15a CITOH PAR 876 12-30-87 8:12a COMPUTER SET 2944 1-05-87 9:51p COURIER SET 2944 7-16-86 12:59a COURIER2 SET 2944 6-25-86 12:10a COURITAL SET 2944 6-29-86 3:42a DECO SET 2944 7-27-88 9:30a DEMODATA 1 1352 7-09-89 3:22p DEMODATA 2 2093 10-06-87 8:08a DOC ARC 67450 5-03-90 8:30a DOC BAT 590 7-30-88 2:02p DUMPSET COM 312 7-09-89 7:14p EDCHAR COM 26717 5-31-88 8:42a EPSON PAR 1000 12-30-87 8:12a GO BAT 13 12-18-86 8:33p GOTHIC SET 2944 5-16-88 2:21p GREEK SET 2944 3-09-89 11:36p HELV SET 2944 6-29-86 3:41a HELV2 SET 2944 6-11-88 1:31p HELVITAL SET 2944 6-27-86 12:17a HOLLOW SET 2944 10-15-87 9:33a IBM1 SET 2944 6-08-88 6:34p IBM2 SET 2944 12-17-86 10:03a IMAGE PAR 876 1-10-88 8:13p LETHEAD COM 34472 3-10-89 6:52p LQ COM 48018 10-29-89 10:12a LQDEMO BAT 136 6-16-89 6:14p LQINST COM 19924 10-29-89 10:12a LQMS COM 457 4-01-90 9:35a MAIN SET 2944 9-15-85 9:25a MAINITAL SET 2944 9-17-85 8:19a PAGE COM 350 7-26-89 8:20a PALATINO SET 2944 10-18-85 8:11p PR LQ 5239 8-31-89 7:49p PRINSETS BAT 1337 7-09-89 7:37p PRINTBIN EXE 9374 7-05-88 11:33a PROPRINT PAR 945 12-30-87 8:13a READ ME 16049 4-01-90 9:34a ROMAN SET 2944 9-15-85 9:26a ROMAN2 SET 2944 6-30-86 11:49a ROMANITA SET 2944 6-25-86 1:31a SANS2ITA SET 2944 6-25-86 2:12a SANSITAL SET 2944 6-27-86 9:02a SANSSER SET 2944 6-27-86 1:17a SANSSER2 SET 2944 9-20-85 8:26p SCRIPT SET 2944 5-16-88 2:21p SPIRAL SET 2944 6-28-86 4:01a STAR PAR 935 12-30-87 8:13a WORKDISK BAT 30 10-02-85 8:08a FILE0718 TXT 3479 7-10-90 1:44p 52 file(s) 337471 bytes 8192 bytes free