User's Guide For Daisy Dot III / manual / public domain

From: Michael Current (aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/26/92-09:22:17 AM Z

From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: User's Guide For Daisy Dot III / manual / public domain
Date: Thu Mar 26 09:22:17 1992

Reprinted from Atari Interface, Vol. 4, February 1992
User's Guide for Daisy Dot III
Ellen Lentz (ACCT)
     Seldom does the mail bring anything interesting--usually bills, ads 
and other junk mail.
     Imagine my surprise when I received a manual from David Richardson, 
with a request to write it up for AIM.  This manual is entirely public 
domain, and has been endorsed by Roy Goldman (author of Daisy Dot III, 
2440 S. Jasmine, Denver, CO 80222).
Low Cost Packaging
     The manual is entirely on disk and, when unARCed, fills up both 
sides of nine single-density disks.  If ARCed and in double-density and 
double-sided, it fits on three disks.
     This manual almost has to be seen to be believed.  It consists of a 
three-page Author's Notes, an index to the fonts used, 47 pages of text, 
and three articles which David had printed in his Newsletter, including 
an excellent article on creating fonts and one on double-column 
     The original 50 fonts included in the copyrighted version of Daisy 
Dot III are printed in their entirety.  Instructions on setting 
character and line spacing for best results are included, as well as 
indications of which characters have not been or are being used for 
special characters.
     In addition, 59 extra fonts are included, of which 18 are fonts 
composed of 430 icons, translated from PrintShop, which can be printed 
in Daisy Dot III documents.  There are also 10 graphics fonts.  These 
fonts consist of pictures converted from digitized images or computer 
drawing programs such as Micro-Painter or Micro-Illustrator.  
Instructions on how to convert them are included.
     There are several very special fonts.  One creates a Crazy Dots 
game, the "Dotty" game of geometric designs.  Another is a chess set 
which can be used to print out a layout of a chess game.  There is a 
crossword puzzle and the answers.  There is a font with grids to make 
your own graph paper, and one to make your own Yahtzee score sheets.
     In addition, there are fonts to print Morse code, Braille and 
Handsigns for the deaf.  It is a truly remarkable presentation and 
represents many, many hours of work and ingenuity by David.
     To print the manual, you must have the registered version of Daisy-
Dot III, which allows you to change fonts within the body of a document.  
This is available for $25.
     There is a customizer with this program which allows you to set 
margins, line-spacing, etc. but the only thing you should change is the 
selection for your printer.  Leave everything else the same.
     Each page is on a disk side with the appropriate font files, so you 
merely print each file that does not contain the extender for the fonts 
(.NLQ).  If you have a RAMdisk you can load the files into that, and the 
text files will print much faster, as there is a lot of switching 
between the font and text files.
     To print the crowwsord puzzle, Page 14, you must print the first 
file, then roll the paper back to the beginning and print the second 
file.  For the third Fontier file, you must print the odd pages first 
from the first file, then roll the paper back and print the even pages 
from the second file.  Other than that, you just print each page one at 
a time.
A Few Extras!
     If you request them, David will also send you four other programs--
PS2DD3.ARC converts Print Shop icons to Daisy Dot III format; 
GR8TODD3.ARC converts microscreens to Daisy Dot III format; and 
FNTSPLIT.MAC and DD3.MAC are macros designed by John McGowan to be used 
in TextPro to split screens horizontally so they can be used for 
letterheads, etc. and to easily enter Daisy Dot III commands into 
     Since this manual is public domain, there is no charge for the 
disks, merely enough to cover the cost of the postage and mailer.  For 
the manual, send five disks formatted in single-density (or 3 disks 
formatted in double-density) plus $3.50 to cover the shipping/handling 
     David Richardson, PO Box 746, Lawrence, KS 66044, ph: (913) 843-
     Once you have received the disks, you are free to copy and 
distribute them as public domain.  If you have received the manual from 
some other source, David would appreciate it if you would let him know 
that you have it, and where you got it, so he can send you updates and 
perhaps a newsletter.
     This is a truly remarkable manual, and congratulations to David 
Richardson for making it public domain.  It is users like this who help 
keep Atari "ALIVE!"
 Michael Current, Cleveland Free-Net 8-bit Atari SIGOp   -->>  go atari8  <<--
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