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Gulf Coastal Software Check Writer 5.0

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      15th Jan 2006
Freeware: Gulf Coastal Software Check Writer (5.0) has been updated
with a new pallet so that it should work on any printer now. There is
also a new feature that allows you to print your signature on a check.
The signature is encrypted and can not be accessed without a password.
Version 5.1 should be out within a few days and will allow the printing
of the legend and archived legend.


Summary from readme file:

Check Writer is a personal and company check writing
program. Unlike most other check writing programs, it
includes the ability to adjust the print position of the
various fields upon a check's surface. There are also
nudge controls to help fine tune the field positions.

A legend is automatically kept upon printing a check.
This consist of the check number, check date, amount,
company, and memo. The edit box for a check number is
used for the legend only if the 'Print Check No' check box
is not checked in Form - 'Prefs'. Otherwise, it is printed on
the check. To delete entries in the legend, click on the
appropriate line in the 'X' column and press the 'Archive Data'
button. The legend will hold quite a bit of data, however, it
is not infinite. The amount of data it can hold depends
upon the operating system being used. This also goes for
the archived data. This should be partially cleaned out

To enter deposits, right click the legend grid and add a
deposit line. Then left click on the amount box in this
new line until it opens. Manually enter the deposit amount.

The program calculates the 'Calculate balance' line by
simply adding up the amount column.

Checks should be positioned in a top loading printer
approximately one inch from the right side of the paper
guide (see help in program) for portrait check printing.
This causes the small checks to be pulled into the printer
correctly and prevents a small check from being rotated
by the printer rollers when drawn into the printer. There
are usually guide lines within a printer's paper tray that
can easily be used to properly align a check before printing.
Checks should be positioned in a front loading printer to the
right side of the printer and fed in end first. More instructions
about printing can be found by clicking the 'Help' button within
the Form - 'Print Draft' window.

To change the date on a check, simply click on the desired
date on the calendar. To enter company names to be used
for checks, enter it manually or click the 'Company' button
and enter the names. The company names can then be easily
accessed through the drop down box.

Envelopes can now be printed using the Envelope button.
Return address can be entered in the 'Return address' edit
box. This 'Return address' is permanently saved upon clicking
close. 'Sent to' addresses can be stored in the dropdown
box found above the address entry box. Right clicking the
dropdown box or click 'Update' to make entries. The first
line of an address group must start with the $ sign. More
instructions about printing envelopes can be found by clicking
the 'Help' button within the Envelope - 'Print Envelope' window.

A new feature now allows the printing of a person's signature
on a check. This signature is encrypted and requires a password
(key) before it can be used. Start the Signature.exe program in
the Signature Encryption Pgm folder and follow the instruction in
the program to create an encrypted signature. The password
for the 'Sig A' test signature is 123 . (A 'Sig B' file
was not included with the program. See the explanation in the
Signature.exe program concerning these files.
If the signature bitmap created in Paint needs sharpening or
enhancing, try using the freeware program 'Irfanview' at
www.irfanview.com .

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