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Headers and footers may also be printed on each page. You may imbed nonprinting text within a document by using comment markers. A hard space, which will be printed as a space, but not broken up by justification or placed on the next line, is implemented. No one wants a name to appear on two separate lines or have "Fort Worth" spread apart with additional spaces. This is a feature needed by all word processors but omitted from many. In addition, pages may be numbered. Hyphenation is difficult to implement on any word processor. Super Color Writer II handles this difficult chore adequately.

Printing is well done with this program. It is necessary to imbed your special printer codes within each document. I would have preferred that a system of configuration be used requiring the system to be set up only once. Once learned, these are easy to use, but it still would be better to create a file and have the program use it together with a standard code for each function. If you change printers, you will have to change the codes in all your documents. Although not the best way, this is workable and, through the use of programmable character codes, quite easy to get around. This way does allow more versatility, though. If your printer will allow it, you may superscript, subscript, underline, and backspace nearly anywhere in your text. There are many expensive word processors that don't support all of these abilities.

It is also possible to link disk files for continuous printing. If you write long documents, you'll find it hard to get along without it. Super Color Writer II handles this without difficulty. Tape files may also be linked together for printing. Since all files are stored as ASCII text, they don't have to have been created with Super Color Writer II in order to be used by it.

The documentation for this program is superb. In addition to explaining the program thoroughly, it also tutors you in the fundamentals of word processing. Terms that are new to most people are well explained in the text and in a glossary in the back of the manual. If anything, it explains too much rather than too little. If you're writing a program for public distribution, you can learn a lot by studying the way this manual is written. It is a truly professional job in all respects. It is well indexed and serves well as a reference after the program is learned. Command summaries or "cheat sheets" as I sometimes call them, are located at the back of the manual. There is even a section on how to get the most from your color TV when using it as a monitor.

The manual is 109 pages in length and packed with information you'll find missing in many other manuals. The binder is brown plastic, three-ring, with a pocket for the diskette. It is impressive, particularly when one looks in the front and sees that it is written by the programmer himself. Nothing is perfect, and this manual has a two-page errata sheet in the front. This explains where every known error is so that you may find and fix it before proceeding. Mr. Murphy was obviously there during the writing, but he didn't get the best of the authors.

Effective October 1, 1983, the name of this program was changed from Super Color Writer II to VIP Writer. In addition, a backup disk is included with the purchase. Nelson software assures me that they have a liberal policy regarding replacement of a damaged disk.

Word processing on the Color Computer? You bet! With the addition of one of the custom keyboards on the market, and a daisy wheel printer, you can have printed matter that's the equal of anybody's. You can also produce it with an ease that many ten thousand dollar machines can't match, and for only a fraction of that cost. I

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