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SCOOPS! Newsletter Holiday, 1994


If you have just a few images you would like to put into OOPS!® but not enough images to justify the cost of a scanner, we have a solution for you. For a small fee, we can scan your images and send them back to you on disk. You could just copy the files from the floppy disk to your OOPS!® directory and ta da . . . pictures!

Did you ever wish you had another database or two in OOPS!® so you could store information like who has what keys or the calibration data for your tools? Maybe you need an interface to make OOPS!® talk with another system. What about those Trouble Shooting Guides you've always meant to make? Ounce of Prevention Software, Inc. can be contracted to write specialized routines for Doctor OOPS!® to give you those little extras that you want.

For special jobs, the procedure to follow is this: Decide what you would like to have done. Give us a call and we will tell you if it is within the realm of possibility. If it is, write down as much detailed information about the project as you can and send it to us. We will look it over and be able to give you a pretty close estimate of the cost. If you want to proceed, you issue a PO# and we go to work. When the job is finished, we will send it to you for approval.

If you are interested in contract work, contact us by fax, phone or e-mail.



OOPS!® Welcome to Nancy Creedon

Ounce of Prevention System is proud to announce the addition of Nancy Creedon to its Sales and Marketing staff. Nancy brings an invaluable array of sales and service experience to her position, including software analysis and modification recommendations, Quality Team Management and computer training. She is also knowledgeable in all phases of order processing, as well as specifics of purchasing requirements and inventory control.

A Pittsburgh native, Nancy is married and has two children, Jason, twelve, and Natalie, eight. She considers herself "A Hockey Mom" because of her son's involvement in the sport. She enjoys gourmet cooking and a brisk walk in the morning. In addition, Nancy has been an active member of a Women's Club for many years and is currently club president.



Technical Tip: PRINT CACHEING

Is your printing slowing you down? If you route the output from a standalone version of OOPS!® to a printer with little memory, there may be hope for speeding up your reporting capability. On a printer that has very little memory, the computer sends the output to the printer faster than the printer can handle it. The job goes to the printer's memory until that gets full. Then the printer accepts the output only as fast as it can print. The result is that the computer is forced to send the rest of the print job in small chunks. This ties up the computer until the printer can catch up, resulting in a lot of wasted time.

If you are experiencing this problem, you may notice when you run a long report, the first part of the output scrolls rapidly up your computer's screen, but after a while the job seems to hit a snag and begins to almost click up the screen a few lines at a time; the clicking behavior continues for the rest of the job. Your computer becomes available for use again before the job is finished printing, but not before the job is finished sending.

To improve your system's performance with a DOS application, you have a couple of choices. You can get a new printer with more memory or get more more memory for your current printer. But you may still have some print jobs that are too large for your printer to handle. You might consider a print cache program. A print cache program allows you to define a print queue on your hard drive to which it sends your print jobs. The print cache will then send the job from the queue to the printer while you are working in OOPS!® on your next task. Print cacheing programs for DOS are available from your local software vendor.

Networks spool jobs, so print cacheing is not a concern if you run OOPS!® on a network and print to a network printer. If you run OOPS!® under the OS/2 operating system, you need not worry about this problem; OS/2 will spool all of your print jobs, including OOPS!® jobs, without any additional software.