User Group Kudos

My computing has extended to a PC which I built from parts, a 386 DX/40 with co-processor. It stands side by side with the Model 4, but has its main use in word processing using WordPerfect 5.1 which I am getting on with quite well.

The Model 4 is still used quite a bit and I have made very many friends through it. As I have said in the past, I am a much better hacker of hardware than of software which has created the friendships and I often get calls to help with TRS-80 problems.

One of those I have been helping recently was very impressed with your editorial (Little Orphan Eighty) in Volume 6, No. 4 and commented how very true it had been for him, having made several friends through his Model 4, usually because he was not sure of something and a phone call sorted it out. He lives some 175 miles from me and I have made one visit to fit double-sided drives when I stayed overnight and a second visit with my wife when we did the return trip in the same day having removed a piece of paper from one of the drives, it got attached to a disk and was inserted, never to come out without minor surgery.

Tom Ridge

Surrey, England

Congratulations on your 386. When you read the article in this issue about the Model I emulator, you will be able to to put away WordPerfect and replace it with a truly useful word processor - Model / SCRSPSIT!

Seriously, I strongly recommend attending user group meetings -1 guess my editorial conveyed that. I have attended PC meetings, CoCo meetings, Commodore 64 meetings, an Apple meeting, and of couse, TRS-80 meetings. To my knowledge, most CoCo and C-64 groups are now defunct, and I won't even comment on the Apple gathering. The PC-group meetings that I have attended have, for the most part, been intolerable. They have been crowded, full of 'appliance users' who thought they were programming when they created a macro in Lotus Well, maybe they were! It just isn't the kind of environment that I enjoy being in, so I now confine my meetings to the ones I talked about in the aforementioned column -and they are all more or less TRS-80 oriented.

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GALORE!

by Gary W. Shanafelt

If you've been following the development of Windows on the PC clones, you've probably noticed the virtual explosion of typefaces available in TrueType format. And maybe you're envious of your friends with 486 machines who, as a result, seem to have hundreds of new lettersets available for their documents - many free in the public domain - while on your TRS-80 you're stuck with the same old Courier or boldface that you've had for the last ten years, right?

Wrong. In the last few months, It's become possible to get a lot of those MSDOS fonts up and running on TRS-80s. How? First, while there are no TRS-80 programs which support the TrueType font format. It's fairly easy to convert TrueType fonts to LaserJet bitmapped format, which is supported by a number of TRS-80 word processors. And even if you have only a dot matrix printer, a host of new public domain fonts are now available in Dotwriter format.

New LaserJet/DeskJet Fonts

Converting TrueType fonts is made possible by a clever MSDOS program written by Alexander Walter of Middletown, New Jersey, TT2BMAP.EXE. Since most TrueType fonts on the LaserJet download the selected character information in bitmapped PCL (Printer Control Language) format to the printer at print time, Walter's program simply intercepts all the character data and sends them instead to a disk file. From there, TT2BMAP creates a new bitmapped version of the font, in the size(s) you originally selected. Of course, to use the program, you need access to a MSDOS computer running Windows as well as a program like HyperCross or David Miller's new MS Utilities to transfer the newly-created fonts from MSDOS to TRS-80 disks. And you may have to use a MSDOS-based conversion program if you want to make DeskJet versions of the LaserJet fonts.

Once you have the fonts in TRS-80 format, they still have to be integrated with your favorite word processor. If you have the Computer News 80 LaserJet or DeskJet Utility Packs for Allwrite, you use the included utilities to create a width table which you then incorporate into the Allwrite printer driver. If you have SuperScripsit or ScripsitPro, David Goben at Computer News 80 can for a fee customize a driver for you. A number of converted fonts, ARChived together in both LaserJet and DeskJet format, are available in the Model 4 section of the TRS-ureTrove BBS sponsored by this publication (phone 213

664-5056, 8/N/1). All you have to do is call up the BBS and download them. A few samples from my DeskJet Plus printer:

Ovifcine 24 pt.

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