According to the dictionary outline is sketches or text in headlines or as the word already says outlines. Then you can organize the randomly entered information. And organized information is generally better accessible. An outline is therefore particularly suitable for organizing thoughts, setting up instructions, making lists or inventories or even keeping a "to do" (todo) list. PC-Outline is in fact a simple word processor with a built-in hierarchical structure. This construction permits that you can start with simply entering data (text). Being busy with the data you will organize it into a structure and give it a different shape. Elements of the data should be placed more or less to the front or the back. This is not a problem due to the hierarchical structure of PC-Outline, data can be noted anywhere in the hierarchy structure. For this reason, PC Outline is sometimes called an "ideas generator".

But why use PC-Outline in OS/2 or eCS? There are many modern applications in, for example, Java. The question then will be "What do you do with it?". Ever worked with a fully rigged computer? Ever fresh started with new hardware? Ever reinstalled an OS? And you did know everything by heart? Never had the question where do I keep this?, Where did it come from? On which diskette/CD is this program?, How did I such and such setups? What was the color look like? etc. I use PC-Outline to gather all such data. There is now an outline with exactly how it was built. If my PC breaks I can restore the system with new hardware and it will look the same. A backup has the disadvantage that errors in the previous setup can not be recovered.

The advantage of PC-Outline is that the program was developed in the era before the XT, so it works on (almost) any computer. A Java based program requires a modern computer with almost the same specs as the one your going to build and that is not always present. PC-Outline can be put on a floppy disk with the necessary data and can be used on a PC with at least 128Kb! memory, a keyboard, screen and floppy disk. You can still use DOS 2.11 or better, in OS/2 or eCS it runs perfectly in a DOS session with minimal settings. But there are some advantages and disadvantages;

  • Works with (any) PC
  • Minimum memory 128Kb
  • Maximum memory 640Kb!
  • No special requirements for the monitor, CGA, Hercules, VGA, LCD, it doesn't matter.
  • Keyboard is fully programmable
  • Copy, cut and paste are supported
  • Data between outlines (up to 9 windows) interchangeable

  • No mouse support
  • An outline file can hold 64Kb of data maximum
  • Only up to maximum 640Kb can be used
  • Colours fixed
  • Printer drivers limited to general settings
  • English (seen from a Dutch standpoint)
  • Officially shareware, but Brown Bag no longer exists and it is unclear who manages the rights.

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