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Chapter 1 - Introduction

This manual explains how to install and use the Chartist and Chartist-Pro charting applications. These programs are Microsoft Windows, applications. With them you can create, edit, and print flow charts, organization charts, or other charts that use similar components. Through the use of the Windows Clipboard, you may also paste all or part of the charts you create into other documents, providing the application can read Clipboard bitmaps or metafile pictures.

This manual describes the operation of both Chartist and Chartist-Pro. As an enhanced version of the application, Chartist-Pro contains some features that are not available in Chartist. You can easily identify the features unique to Chartist-Pro:

Features that are only applicable to Chartist-Pro are shown inside a shaded box, such as this one. These boxes have Chartist-Pro shown in italics at the end of the text, as shown here. Chartist-Pro

The body of the manual refers to both applications as Chartist, except in these Chartist-Pro boxes, and in Appendix B, which refers exclusively to Chartist-Pro.

As with most Windows applications, you may run multiple copies of Chartist on your computer, with each copy simultaneously operating on a different document. Data may be exchanged among copies of Chartist, using the Clipboard.

You may use the features of OLE to link or embed Chartist objects into other applications.

You may also use the features of OLE to link or embed objects into Chartist-Pro symbols, in either the symbol reference or symbol picture properties. Chartist-Pro

Chartist supports the text, graphics and color capabilities of your display and printer. Text in a Chartist document may use any number of the fonts available from your printer.

A Chartist document is one or more pages in size. The orientation of pages depends upon the settings for your printer. Within a Chartist document there may be one or more symbols. A symbol is a polygonal shape with optional text or graphics inside it. The text inside a symbol may be in any of the fonts available from your printer. More than one font may be used for the text inside a symbol.

Lines may be drawn between symbols. The lines are routed automatically, with "influence" from the user as to symbol entry and exit points. Lines may be drawn with or without arrowheads, in different thicknesses, and with solid, dotted or dashed pen styles. When symbols are moved around the document, any associated lines are rerouted and redrawn as necessary. Lines may also be labeled with text.

The goal of Chartist is to give you an easy way to create charts quickly, while taking advantage of the advanced features of your printer, and providing data interchange with other Windows applications.

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