QuickWrite ("QW") is a "word processor" in the original sense of the
phrase. It does not have desktop publishing functionality, multiple font
support, nor even proportional font support. What it provides is convenient
access to many of the character features of the Preferences printer. For
people who have a printer that has a number of such features, but doesn't
have the graphics support required for a true DTP package (this describes
pretty much any dot-matrix printer), QuickWrite is an excellent investment.
You can start QW from either the CLI or the WorkBench, and it can
run on either the Workbench screen or a custom screen of the user's
choosing. After being started, QW opens a window that will be familiar to
the users of most Amiga DTP or word processing packages. Inside the standard
Intuition window borders you find a ruler with movable triangles that
control text wrapping, a tool bar for setting various options, and a couple
of scroll bars and arrows for moving around the document.
The ruler gadgets control the left margin for the first line of a
paragraph, the left margin for the other lines in a paragraph, and the right
margin. You also click on the ruler gadget to set tab stops.
The tool bar has controls for setting the tab type (left, centered,
right or decimal-aligned), paragraph justification (left, center, right or
fully justified), line spacing (single or double), and optionally setting
paragraph spacing to include a line before or after each paragraph, or both.
In addition, double-clicking on the ruler makes the tool bar vanish
or appear, and clicking on the tool bar outside the gadgets causes it to
In addition, there are three gadgets to the left of the horizontal
scroll bar at the bottom of the window. Two are arrows that scroll through
the document page by page. The third is a text button displaying the current
page. Selecting it brings up the "Go To Page" requester.
The Project menu is much as one would expect from an Amiga word
processing package, with commands to Save project, Save As, Open projects,
create a New project, Page Setup, Printing with and without a Merge, and
saving settings. The entries that open file requesters open either a custom
requester that may include extra buttons, or under 2.0 or later, an ASL
requester that won't have the extra buttons. A handy shortcut in the Print
options is Print One, which prints a single copy of the current document
using the current page setup.
The Edit menu has the usual set of options ones expects in an Amiga
editor -- Cut, Copy, Paste and Erase. After that comes a submenu allowing a
selection to be changed to UPPER, lower or Mixed case. Another submenu
allows the insertion of non-text items of various kinds -- the Date or Time,
a Page Break or Page Number, or a non-breaking Space. The Date or Time can
be either the current date or time, or the date or time when you print the
document. You control the format of these items with the requester brought
up by the next entry. There is also an entry for selecting all text in the
document, and entries that bring up requesters for editing preferences and