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JOTTER

POCKET WORD PROCESSOR
for the
PSION ORGANISER II

CAMEL·SYSTEMS·LIMITED


COPYRIGHT CAMEL SYSTEMS LIMITED 1988

All rights reserved. This JOTTER manual and the programs referred to herein are copyrighted works of Camel Systems Limited, London, England. Reproduction in whole or part, including utilisation in machines capable of reproduction or retrieval, without the express written permission of Camel Systems Limited is prohibited. Reverse engineering is also prohibited.

This manual is intended for users of JOTTER Version 2.5, November 1988. The information in this manual is subject to change without notice.

 

Psion Organiser II is a registered trade mark of Psion plc of London, England. The Psion Comms link (RS232) is a product of Psion plc.


CONTENTS

1 Introduction 2 Using JOTTER 3 The JOTTER commands 4 The JOTTER MENU 5 The Editor 6 The LIST command 7 The REPORT command 8 The IMPORT command 9 The FILES command 10 Printing


1 INTRODUCTION

The JOTTER Pocket Word Processor provides you with a notepad in the internal memory of your Psion Organiser II. The notepad is like a real notepad, providing up to 99 pages of A4. The notepad enables you to jot down information on the spot, make discreet notes in meetings or write letters or reports on the move. Versatile commands enable you to quickly organise your tasks.

JOTTER is far more than a notepad. Full integration with the Psion Organiser II commands FIND and SAVE enable you to transfer information from a MAIN file to the notepad.

JOTTER can save notepad pages as files on Datapaks, Rampaks or in the internal memory of your Organiser. Powerful commands are provided to manipulate files. Files created by JOTTER can be transferred to a PC for editing in other word processors.

JOTTER releases the printing potential of your Psion Organiser II. Advanced commands enable you to design your own forms such as letter stationery upon which notepad pages or files may be printed.

The JOTTER Pocket Word Processor is a professional system which gives you the power of word processors many times its size and cost.

The JOTTER Pocket Word Processor does not run on the Psion Organiser II Model CM.

GETTING STARTED

In the same package as this manual you will find the JOTTER program pack. Plug the pack into either slot on your Organiser and press ON/CLR twice.The command JOTTER will be automatically inserted into the top line of your Organiser Main menu.

To use JOTTER select JOTTER from the menu by pressing "J" and then EXE if necessary. While JOTTER performs some initialisation, the display shows:

JOTTER 2.5   (c)Camel 1988

When JOTTER is ready to be used the JOTTER MENU is displayed.


2 USING JOTTER

The central theme of the JOTTER Pocket Word Processor is the notepad. The JOTTER commands enable you to manipulate a versatile notepad in the internal memory of your Psion Organiser II. The notepad is integrated with powerful commands providing task management, file management and print capabilities.

When you enter JOTTER for the first time the JOTTER MENU is displayed. This is the main menu of the JOTTER system, off which all other menus hang. Briefly, the JOTTER MENU commands are:

NEW Type a new page into the notepad.
LIST Page through and revise the notepad.
FILES List and manage files.
REPORTPrint a report of specific notepad pages.
IMPORTTransfer external files into the notepad.
OFF Turn your Organiser off.
QUIT Exit JOTTER.

The commands are fully explained in 4 THE JOTTER MENU. This section illustrates how to use JOTTER. Where there are references to commands such as LIST EDIT, this means the EDIT command in the LIST command menu.

THE NOTEPAD

The size of the notepad is only limited by the memory available and can contain up to 99 pages. Each page can contain up to 54 lines of text which is approximately 1 single page of A4.

Use the NEW command to enter new pages into the notepad. When you select NEW you enter the editor, where you may type in and revise notepad pages. When editing, you may transfer information to and from your Organiser MAIN files. See section 5 THE EDITOR below.

The LIST command enables you to browse through the notepad pages you have entered with NEW. You can revise a notepad page by pressing MODE and then select EDlT when the page you want to revise is displayed by the LIST command.

When paging through the notepad with the LIST command, use the SEARCH command to see those pages you are interested in. If you are entering a report of several pages you should include the same word or phrase at the start of each page such that you can quickly scan the report pages.

The INFO command tells you how many pages you currently have in the notepad and how much free memory is available to enter new pages.

TASK MANAGEMENT

The notepad can be used to organise your tasks very effectively. Enter each of your tasks as separate pages in the notepad with the NEW command. When you enter your tasks include a key word at the start of each page which describes the type or importance of the task. For example, you might use the key words TODAY and ASAP.

The LIST command can than be used to scan your tasks. SEARCH for the word TODAY and you can quickly browse the tasks you have to complete today. As each task is ticked off you can, for example DELETE the page from the notepad or replace the word TODAY with DONE (using the EDlT command).

The REPORT command prints reports summarising the contents of the notepad. You can therefore print a report of your outstanding tasks at the end of the day or week. See section 7 THE REPORT COMMAND.

FILE MANAGEMENT

Naturally you will want to save information permanently and JOTTER allows you to so this by storing pages of the notepad as files.

You can store any number of files in memory or on Datapaks or Rampaks. Notepad pages may be saved as files with the STORE command while in the editor or with the LIST STORE command.

Use the FILES command to list and manipulate your saved files. It is important to note that you can not revise files when in the FILES command. To revise a file you can copy the file into the notepad with the FILES GET command and then save the notepad page with the LIST EDIT command. You can then overwrite the file with the LIST STORE command.

If you want to revise a file without first copying it into the notepad you can use the NEW command. Select NEW, press MODE and retrieve the file into the editor with the FILE GET command. When you finish your edits you can use the STORE command to overwrite the file. Alternatively, you can use the SAVE command to save the file as a page in the notepad. See section 5 THE EDITOR and 9 THE FILES COMMAND.

When the amount of free characters in the notepad falls below 100 you should reduce the size of the notepad. You can do this by saving pages as files with the LIST STORE command end then delete the pages with the LIST DELETE command. See action 6 THE LIST COMMAND.

IMPORTING FILES

You cannot manipulate files which were not created in JOTTER. You may, however, load an external file into JOTTER with the IMPORT command. You can load a file of any size because the IMPORT command splits the file into multiple notepad pages. each with a standard header.

This enables you to create a file in a word processor on a PC, transfer the file to your Organiser and IMPORT the file into JOTTER or vice versa. See section 8 THE IMPORT COMMAND.

PRINTING

JOTTER can print both notepad pages and files on a wide variety of printers. All you need is the Psion Comms Link (RS232). You can print notepad pages with the LIST PRINT command and files with the FILES PRINT command.

The printing facilities are advanced but simple to use. When you print a page or file the document is printed exactly as you see it on the screen, but, if you use the print functions considerable power appears. You can design your own forms and print documents upon them time and time again. See section 10 PRINTING DOCUMENTS.


3 THE JOTTER COMMANDS

The JOTTER Pocket Word Processor commands are arranged in a set of menus and you can select commands in the same way as you do from the Organiser menus. There are seven command menus in JOTTER. The main menu, the JOTTER MENU, has eight commands, three of which lead on to further menus.

Use the map of the menus on the next page to reference where you are in JOTTER. Remember that you can always return to the previous menu with the ON/CLR key (except when editing documents). So, if you ever get lost in the JOTTER menus keep pressing ON/CLR. If you can't return to the JOTTER MENU you are in the editor so press MODE and select SAVE to save your edits.

                     JOTTER MENU

                     NEW LIST FILE
                     REPORT IMPORT
                     INFO OFF QUIT
                           |
   +-----------------------+-----------------------+
   |                       |                       |
   | List                  | New                   | Files
   |                       |                       |
LIST MENU               EDIT MENU               FILES MENU
NEXT EDIT PRINT  Edit   SAVE TOP BOTTOM         NEXT GET PRINT
PREVIOUS SEARCH ------> MARK CUT PASTE          PREVIOUS RENAME
FIRST LAST COPY         FILE MAIN INFO          COPY FIRST LAST
LIST STORE              SEARCH READ KEY         SEARCH INFO
DELETE QUIT             QUIT                    DELETE QUIT
                           |
                           |
               +-----------+-----------+
               |                       |
               | File                  | Main
               |                       |
         EDIT FILE MENU          EDIT MAIN MENU
         GET STORE QUIT          FIND SAVE QUIT
                                       |
                                       |
                                       | Find
                                       |
                                 EDIT FIND MENU
                                 NEXT PREVIOUS
                                 APPEND FIRST
                                 LAST FIND QUIT

4 THE JOTTER MENU

The JOTTER MENU is the main menu of the JOTTER system:

New List Files   Report Import

The commands in the JOTTER MENU are:

NEW Enables you to type a new page into the notepad, in the internal memory of your Organiser. See section 5 THE EDITOR.
LIST Enables you to page through the notepad and to EDIT, PRINT, SEARCH, COPY, STORE or DELETE notepad pages. See section 6 THE LIST COMMAND.
REPORT Prints summary reports of the notepad pages. See section 7 THE REPORT COMMAND.
IMPORT Transfers an external file of any size into the notepad. See section 8 THE IMPORT COMMAND.
FILES Enables you to list your JOTTER files in memory or on Datapaks or Rampaks and to GET, PRINT, RENAME, COPY, SEARCH or DELETE files. See section 9 THE FILES COMMAND.
INFO Displays the number of pages and available space in the notepad. Press any key to return to the JOTTER MENU.
OFF Turns your Organiser off. When you press ON/CLR the JOTTER MENU re-appears.
QUIT Exits JOTTER and returns you to your Organiser's Main menu. Alternatively, you can press ON/CLR.

When you leave JOTTER you do not lose any of your data. It is kept safe in files and will be there upon your return.

ERRORS

JOTTER handles input errors intelligently and either beeps or displays an error message. When this happens you can press ON/CLR to exit the command you are using or any other key to return to the command.

If a critical error occurs a series of short beeps sound and an error message is displayed. The JOTTER MENU is displayed when you press any key.

FILE AND PACK NAMES

When you store a file you are asked to enter the name of the file; this can be up to 8 letters. The pack name the file will be saved upon is displayed on the screen. If it is not the pack name you require press the MODE key to toggle the pack name from A: to B: to C:. You may edit the filename by using the cursor and DEL key before you press EXE to store the file. The same applies to other commands which require you to enter a filename.

MEMORY

JOTTER does not let you perform an operation if there is not enough memory available. If you get the OUT OF MEMORY message you should either reduce the size of the notepad or leave JOTTER and reduce the amount of data in device A:.

Use the Organiser INFO command to see how much memory is available. JOTTER's memory requirement is approximately 40% of a 32K model XP Organiser or approximately 60% of a 16K model XP Organiser.

Possible causes of the OUT OF MEMORY message are:


5 THE EDITOR

You can type a new page into the notepad with the NEW command and you can revise an existing page in the notepad with the LIST EDIT command (see section 6 THE LIST COMMAND). When you select either of these commands you enter the editor which puts powerful word processing facilities at your fingertips.

So, just type away! Use the cursor keys to move to the part of the document you want to edit, use the delete keys to delete characters or lines.

At any time you can save your edits as a page in the notepad with the SAVE command which is accessed by pressing MODE and then EXE. See THE EDIT MENU below.

You can enter pages of up to 54 lines of up to 60 characters in each line. Use the following special keys to edit the page as you type:

EXE Creates a new line or splits a line into two. A new line is created at the position of the cursor, whether at the beginning, middle or end of a line.
DEL Deletes a character or merges lines. Press DEL when the cursor is over the first character of a line to merge two lines.
ON/CLR Turns the LINE and COLUMN numbers on or off. The current line is displayed on the bottom line of the screen and the cursor position is displayed on the top line.
SHIFT & DEL Deletes a line.
MODE Enters the EDIT MENU — see below. Press ON/CLR to continue editing the page.

When editing a document, whether a page of the notepad or a file, you are actually editing a copy of the document in memory. The original is not overwritten until you select SAVE.

THE EDIT MENU

Press MODE any time while editing your document and the EDIT MENU appears. Press ON/CLR to return to the document:

Save Top Bottom  Mark Cut Paste

The commands in the EDIT MENU arc:

SAVE Saves the document in a page of the notepad. Use the LIST EDIT command to edit the page (see section 6 THE LIST COMMAND).
TOP Moves the cursor to the top of the document.
BOTTOM Moves the cursor to the bottom of the document.
MARK Marks the current line (See below).
CUT Moves the lines from the marked line to the current into the paste area (See below).
PASTE Inserts the lines in the paste area into the document below the current line (See below).
FILE Enters the EDIT FILE MENU — see JOTTER FILES below.
MAIN Enters the EDIT MAIN MENU — see ORGANISER MAIN FILES below.
INFO Displays the number of lines and characters in the document.
SEARCH Searches the document for text. Enter a word or phrase to search for and press EXE to search forwards from the current cursor position.
READ Scrolls through the document at a reading pace, allowing you to gain a feel for the whole document.
KEY Provides the full ASCII character set — see ASCII CHARACTERS below.
QUIT Abandons the edits to the document and returns you to the JOTTER MENU if you are in the NEW command or to the LIST MENU if you are in the LIST EDIT command.

ASCII CHARACTERS

Although the Organiser keyboard does not have all the ASCII character set you can type in these characters. Select the KEY command and a menu is displayed showing all those characters which are not available on your Organiser. To insert a character into the document, at the current position of the cursor, use the cursor keys to move to the character you require and press EXE.

Note that although the pound sign is not displayed, it is actually the same character as the hash (#). Use the # character where you mean £ — you will find that some printers will print a £ and others a #.

MARK, CUT and PASTE

You can move, copy and delete blocks of text by using the commands MARK, CUT and PASTE. Up to 10 lines can be deleted or moved at a time:

Delete a line

Move the cursor to the line, press MODE and select CUT.

Delete a block of text

Move the cursor to the first line in the block, press MODE and select MARK. Move the cursor to the last line in the block press MODE and select CUT. The text is moved from the document to the paste area. You can retrieve the text by selecting PASTE.

Move a block of text

MARK and CUT the text into the paste area. Move the cursor to the line that you want the text inserted before, press MODE and select PASTE.

Copy a block of text

MARK and CUT the text into the paste area. PASTE the text into the document in its original position and then a new position also.

The text you CUT into the paste area remains there the whole time you are in JOTTER until you next perform a CUT. Hence you may easily move or copy text from document to document.

JOTTER FILES

When you are editing a document you may load a JOTTER file into the editor or save the document as a JOTTER file. Select the FILE command in the EDIT MENU and the EDIT FILE MENU is displayed:

Get Store Quit  

The commands in the EDIT FILE MENU are:

GET Copies a file into the editor, overwriting the text currently in the editor. This enables you to edit a file. Use the STORE command to overwrite the file or use the SAVE command to save the file in a page of the notepad.
STORE Stores the document you are editing as a file. If the file exists you are asked to confirm that you want to replace it.
QUIT Exits the EDIT FILE MENU, returning you to the EDIT MENU. Alternatively, press ON/CLR.

ORGANISER MAIN FILES

When editing a document you can browse your Organiser MAIN files and transfer information from them to the editor or save the current document as a record in a MAIN file. Select MAIN in the EDIT MENU and the EDIT MAIN MENU is displayed:

Find Save Quit  

The commands in the EDIT MAIN MENU are:

FIND Browse your Organiser MAIN files forwards and backwards and transfer information to or from them. See SEARCHING MAIN FILES below.
SAVE Saves the document you are editing in an Organiser MAIN file. When prompted for the device name you can press MODE to toggle it from A: to B: to C:. Press EXE to save the first 16 lines in the editor to the MAIN file on the displayed pack.
QUIT Exits the EDIT MAIN MENU, returning you to the EDIT MENU. Alternatively, press ON/CLR.

SEARCHING MAIN FILES

When you select the FIND command in the EDIT MAIN MENU the current pack name is displayed. You can press MODE to toggle it from A: to B: to C:. Enter a word or phrase to search for in the Organiser MAIN file on the current pack and press EXE. If a record contains the search word, the record is displayed in the same way as by your Organiser's FIND command.

You can now press EXE to page on to the next record or SPACE to page back to the previous record. You can also append the current record to the end of the document you are editing. To do this press MODE, whereupon the EDIT FIND MENU is displayed. and select APPEND:

Next Previous   Append First

The EDIT FIND MENU commands are:

NEXT Displays the next MAIN file record.
PREVIOUS Displays the previous MAIN file record.
APPEND Adds the current MAIN file record to the end of the document you are editing. This is a very useful way of appending names and addresses into letters for example.
FIRST Displays the first MAIN file record.
LAST Displays the last MAIN file record.
FIND Exits the EDIT FIND MENU, returning you to the FIND command. This is a quick way of searching for a new word or phrase.
QUIT Exits the EDIT FIND MENU. returning you to the EDIT MAIN MENU.

The above commands search the MAIN File for the search word last specified to the FIND command. For example, the LAST command displays the last MAIN file record which contains the search word and the NEXT command displays the next record which contains the search word.


6 THE LIST COMMAND

The LIST command enables you to page through, search or revise your notepad. Here you can EDIT the pages in your notepad. First you must find the document in the notepad with the LIST command and then press MODE to enter the LIST MENU. This is explained below.

When you select the LIST command in the JOTTER MENU the first two lines of the first page in the notepad are displayed on the screen. You may now use the cursor keys to scroll around the first 4 lines of the page.

You can quickly page through the notepad by pressing the EXE and SPACE keys to page forwards or backwards respectively. At any time you can press MODE to enter the LIST MENU or ON/CLR to exit the LIST command.

Next Edit Print  Previous Search

The commands in the LIST MENU are:

NEXT Page forwards to the next page in the notepad. When the end of the notepad is reached, the message END OF NOTEPAD is displayed. You can now press ON/CLR to exit the LIST command or any other key to page on to the first page in the notepad.
EDIT Revise the current notepad page. When you select EDIT you enter the editor. See section 5 THE EDITOR. When you exit the editor, you return to the LIST MENU. If you QUIT the editor, the edits you have made will not be reflected in the document.
PRINT Prints the current notepad page. When you select PRINT you are presented with various print options. See 10 PRINTING.
PREVIOUS Page backwards to the previous page in the notepad.
SEARCH Searches the notepad for specific pages which contain a search word. See SEARCHING THE NOTEPAD below.
FIRST Jumps to the first page in the notepad.
LAST Jumps to the last page in the notepad.
COPY Copies the current page to a new page in the notepad.
LIST Clears the current search words and jumps to the first page of the notepad.
STORE Stores the current page of the notepad as a file. If the file exists you are asked to confirm that you want to replace it.
DELETE Deletes the current page. You are asked to confirm the delete. When the page has been deleted JOTTER jumps to the next or previous page in the notepad. depending upon the direction in which you last moved.
QUIT Exits the LIST command and returns you to the JOTTER MENU.

SEARCHING THE NOTEPAD

You can search the notepad upon two different search words and a page will be found if it contains either search word.

When you select SEARCH you are asked to enter the search words but you do not have to supply either word. Press EXE to enter the search words. When you press EXE to enter the second search word JOTTER scans forwards from the first page in the notepad looking for pages which contain either word in their first four lines.

Note that all the LIST MENU commands operate upon the current search words. Therefore, NEXT displays the next document which contains either of the words and LAST displays the last document in the notepad which contains either of the words. The quickest way to stop searching is to press ON/CLR while a page is displayed and then select LIST again.


7 THE REPORT COMMAND

The REPORT command enables you to print a report summarising all or specific pages of the notepad. This command provides a useful task management facility whereby, for example, you can produce reports of your outstanding tasks at the end of the day or week.

When you select REPORT in the JOTTER MENU you are asked to enter a word or phrase to report upon. So, enter a word or phrase and press EXE. JOTTER produces a report summarising all pages of the notepad which contain the search word. To produce a report of all notepad pages, simply press EXE.

If the search word you entered is not found in any page of the notepad the message TEXT NOT FOUND is displayed and a beep sounds. You can then press ON/CLR to exit the REPORT command or any other key to try reporting with a different search word.

The report produced by JOTTER consists of a standard header and the first four lines of each page of the notepad which contain the search word supplied. When JOTTER is ready to print the report a series of print options are presented. See 10 PRINTING below.


8 THE IMPORT COMMAND

The IMPORT command enables you to load an external file of any size into the JOTTER notepad. This command provides the mechanism by which you may load your existing data into JOTTER or transfer information from a PC to your Organiser. When a file is imported into JOTTER it is saved in as many notepad pages as required, each with a standard header.

When you select the IMPORT command in the JOTTER MENU you are asked to enter the name of the file that you want to import. To exit the IMPORT command and return to the JOTTER MENU press ON/CLR. Otherwise type the filename and press EXE. You can import any file except for the Organiser MAIN file or the internal JOTTER files.

When the import is complete the message IMPORT COMPLETE appears and the number of notepad pages created is displayed on the bottom line of the screen.

When you now press any key you are given the option of deleting the file you have imported. If you have transferred a file from a PC to a file in A:, in the internal memory of your Organiser, you should delete the file after importing it into JOTTER unless you have another way of deleting the file.

Select the LIST command to revise or print the notepad pages containing the file you have imported. See section 6 THE LIST COMMAND.

TRANSFERRING FILES TO AND FROM PCs

If you are transferring a JOTTER file to a PC you should use the COMMS SETUP command to translate a TAB character for a LINE FEED. This will make sure that the JOTTER file is formatted correctly for most word processors.

To do this select the SETUP option from the COMMS menu. Down arrow to the TTRN option, press EXE and enter:

9,10

Press EXE, than MODE and EXE to return to the main COMMS menu.

If you want to transfer a page of the notepad to a PC you will first have to save the page as a file. You can do this with the LlST STORE command or the FILE STORE command in the editor.

When transferring a PC file to the Organiser please note that a TAB character will be treated by your Organiser as a field delimiter. Therefore do not use TABs in files you want to transfer to your Organiser.

You should also make sure that the line length of the file you are transferring is no more than 60 characters.


9 THE FILES COMMAND

JOTTER allows you to permanently save pages of the notepad in files on Datapaks, Rampaks or in the internal memory of your Organiser. The FILES command enables you to list and manipulate the files you have saved with JOTTER.

There are two main ways of revising a JOTTER file. You can copy the file into the notepad with the FILES GET command — see below. You can then revise the notepad page with the LIST EDIT commend and overwrite the file with the LIST STORE command - see section 6 THE LIST COMMAND. Alternatively, you can select the NEW command and retrieve the file into the editor with the editor FILE GET command. You can then revise the file and overwrite it with the editor FILE STORE command — see section 5 THE EDITOR.

When you select FILES in the JOTTER MENU the current pack name is displayed. You can now press EXE to list through the files on that pack or MODE to toggle the pack name from A: to B: to C:. To exit the FILES command and return to the JOTTER MENU, press ON/CLR.

When you press the EXE key JOTTER displays the details of the most recently written file on the current pack. If all files have been listed the message END OF PACK is displayed. You can then press ON/CLR to list the files on another pack or any key to list forwards to the first file on the pack.

The file details displayed are the pack and filename on the top line and the date the file was last written and the current size, in characters, of the file on the bottom line of the screen. You can now press EXE to display the details of the next file on the pack or SPACE to display the details of the previous file on the pack.

THE FILES MENU

When you press MODE while a file's details are displayed the FILES MENU appears. Press ON/CLR to return to the display of the current file's details:

Next Get Print   Previous Rename

The commands in the FILES MENU are:

NEXT List forwards to the next file on the pack.
GET Copy the current file into a page of the notepad. This is one of the methods by which you may revise a file. After copying the file into the notepad with GET, use the LIST EDIT command to revise the file and the LIST STORE command to overwrite the file.
PRINT Print the current file. When you select PRINT a series of print options are presented. See 10 PRINTING.
PREVIOUS List backwards to the previous file on the pack.
RENAME Rename the current file.
COPY Copy the current file into another file. You can copy the file to a file on the same pack or to mother currently fitted pack.
FIRST Jumps to the first file on the pack.
LAST Jumps to the last file on the pack.
SEARCH Search the current file. When you select SEARCH you are asked to enter a search word. Enter a word or phrase and press EXE to search the file. This is a useful way of making sure that it is the file you want before you PRINT it for example.
INFO Displays the number of files on the pack and the number of free characters on the pack.
DELETE Delete the current file. When you DELETE a file the details of the next file on the pack are displayed. Take care before deleting files because the information will be lost to you permanently.
QUIT Exits the FILES MENU, returning you to the display of the current file's details. Alternatively, press ON/CLR.

10 PRINTING

JOTTER can print a wide variety of documents due to flexible print functions, which are simple commands you can insert into documents to inform JOTTER how to layout the page. See PRINT FUNCTIONS below. However, at first, you will quickly want to perform a print, so read on...

PRINT OPTIONS

When you select PRINT in the LIST MENU and FILES MENU or select REPORT in the JOTTER MENU you are presented with a series of print options. Note that to print from JOTTER you will require the Psion Comms Link (RS232).

When a print option is displayed, you can press ON/CLR to return to the previous option. ON/CLR from the first option returns you to the menu that you selected PRINT from.

PROTOCOL?

JOTTER first asks you to specify which protocol you would like to use to talk to your printer. The display shows:

Choose protocol: CURRENT BROTHER

Select the protocol you require by pressing "C" for the current print Protocol defined in the COMMS menu of your Organiser or "B" for the default print protocol, which may be used for most BROTHER printers.

FORM?

You may specify a form to print the document upon. For example, letter stationery. To begin with you will have no forms defined so just press EXE to continue the print without a form.

Forms are a very powerful feature of JOTTER. See DESIGNING FORMS below.

HEADER?

You may opt to print a header with the document. A header consists of the current date and time and the first line of the document underlined. Press "Y" to print the document with a header or "N" to print the document without a header.

Note that reports printed by the REPORT command come with an automatic header and so this option is not displayed. In addition, you can not print reports upon forms.

PRINTER ON?

JOTTER is ready to print the document and is making sure that you have your printer ready and have attached the Psion Comms Link (RS232) correctly. Do not continue until you have checked that the printer is online and that you have the COMMS option on your Organiser MAIN menu.

If you press "Y" the message PRINTING appears and JOTTER starts to print the document. At any time during printing you can abort by pressing ON/CLR and then "Q" repeatedly until the message ESCAPE is displayed. You can then press any key to return to the JOTTER MENU.

PRINTER ERRORS

If the message DEVICE MISSING is displayed you have attached your Psion Comms Link (RS232) incorrectly. Leave JOTTER by pressing ON/CLR and re-attach the Comms Link.

There might be a short delay before the printer starts printing but if it remains idle for more than 1 minute or it starts to print garbage the current print protocol is wrong. Abort the print, leave JOTTER and use the COMMS option to set up the correct print protocol as defined in your printer manual.

PRINT FUNCTIONS

JOTTER provides versatile print facilities in the shape of five simple commands which you can enter into documents to format them upon printing. You can print multiple blank lines; flush text to the right side of the page; print the current date; centralise text centralise and underline text; print headers and footers.

When you edit a document you may enter any of the print functions anywhere in the document. When you print the document, JOTTER automatically obeys the print functions it contains, formatting the printed document for you! JOTTER automatically prints documents with a left and right margin of ten spaces, which is approximately one inch.

You may only specify one print function per line and the print function must occupy the left-most part of the line.

The five print functions are:

LINE FEED ($LFD number)
Print multiple blank lines.

RIGHT MARGIN FLUSH ($RMF text)
Align text to the right margin

CURRENT DATE ($RMF text...$DATE)
Print the current date anywhere in a right aligned line.

CENTRALISE ($CEN text)
Centralise a line.

CENTRALISE & UNDERLINE ($CUL text)
Centralise and underline a line.

HEADERS AND FOOTERS ($PRT file)
Print a named file, typically for headers or footers.

The best way to explain the print functions is with an example. Enter the following text with the NEW command:

$CUL Your name $LFD 2 $RMF Your address: road and town $RMF Your address: county $LFD 1 $RMF Your telephone number $LFD 2 $RMF $date $LFD 2

Note that the print functions do not have to be in upper case. When you have entered the above text press MODE to enter the EDIT MENU and select FILE to enter the EDIT FILE MENU. Select STORE and save the document as a file with the name HEADER end then QUIT the editor. You can use the FILES command to confirm that the file has been saved.

Having done this you can print letters with this predefined header. Select the NEW command and type a letter. Insert the following line at the top of the page:

$PRT header

Note that you should not supply the name of the pack the file HEADER is on because JOTTER looks for the file on all packs. When you have done the above save the page in the notepad by pressing MODE and selecting SAVE. Now enter the LIST command and press EXE to page forwards until you find the page you have just entered. Press MODE to enter the LIST MENU and select PRINT to print the letter.

NESTING PRINT FUNCTIONS

If a file named in a $PRT print function contains further $PRT functions they are also obeyed. You are in fact able to nest $PRI functions to a depth of three levels, meaning that file A can refer to file B, file B can refer to file C and file C can refer to file D.

PRINT FUNCTION ERRORS

If JOTTER finds an invalid print function in a document being printed a beep sounds and the line containing the print function is printed prefixed with the message !ERROR: to indicate the errors.

DESIGNING PRINT FORMS

JOTTER allows you to define forms upon which other documents can be printed. The best way to explain this is to continue our example. Enter the following text with NEW and select FILE STORE to store it as a file called LETTER:

$PRT header $TXT 40

You can now print letters upon your own stationery without having to type the $PRT function at the top of your letter. Enter the bare text of a letter with the NEW command and print the page. When the FORM print option is displayed you should enter the name LETTER. JOTTER will then print the letter you have typed upon this form.

All forms must contain just one $TXT function. This specifies the number of lines that will be taken from the document you are printing and merged into the form. 40 lines are specified in the above $TXT function, so only 40 lines are printed from the letter you have entered. The maximum is 60.

A print form can contain a single $TXT function but any number of the other print functions. However, you can not use the $PRT, $CUL or $LFD functions in a document when it is printed upon a form. If you do, JOTTER will report these lines as errors.


CAMEL·SYSTEMS·LIMITED

213 Liverpool Road
London N1 1LX

Telephone: 01-609-5760

Camel Systems Limited hope that you enjoy using JOTTER and gain full benefit from its facilities.

If you require further assistance or are interested in any other services we can offer please do not hesitate to contact us. We are also very pleased to hear from customers with ideas for improving the product further.


CAMEL·SYSTEMS·LIMITED

213 Liverpool Road
Islington
London N1 1LX

Telephone: 01-609 5760
Telex: 266949
Fax: 01-609 8079

Camel Systems Limited are an independent software house specialising in the development of quality packages and bespoke systems for the Psion Organiser II.

Psion Organiser II is a trade mark of Psion PLC