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Here are two of a hundred possible screen formats for entering ana reviewing my STAM PCAT data fields, Figure 2A shows the way STAMPCAT/PM1 (Screen format no. 1, my

data entry screen) looks when I format it from the Creation menu. I use this screen to enter data. Figure 2B shows the way it looks during typical use. I often reserve a screen for the original entry of information into a record.

Once the data is in the file, the data entry prompts become superfluous, and so I eliminate them from the screens I work with afterwards. Figures 3A and B show such a working screen, STAMPCAT/PM2, which I use to enter and update marketplace information. I use "!" to protect the information in most of the fields on my screen format no. 2 (figure 3A).

Profile III + lets you access the complete collection of Model III special characters to make attractive screen layouts. It's easy. At any time during screen creation, press isRiFTj and (JD together when the cursor is positioned where you want a special character to appear on the screen. The cursor jumps to the two bottom lines, where the special characters are arrayed. Position the cursor over the desired character and press enter Presto, you're an artist, Experiment.

Here's a trick: If you're worried about forgetting the codes and abbreviations you make a part of your application, list them all on a screen you can call at the touch of a button.

There's one catch. If you list codes only, you'll get an error message stating that there are no fields in your format. So stick a field in the bottom corner of the screen, and Profile ¿/ill keep its mouth shut. I used field 2 since it's short, often void and can be formatted with just one digit. Figure 4A shows the way STAMPCAT/PM3 (Screen 3) looks when formatted. Figure 4B shows the way it looks during use. The "phantom" field is on the bottom right.


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