Software programs have brought about significant changes in computer technology. There once was a time when most software programs were only capable of handling very few typo graphic styles and design applications. Graphic importation wasn't even heard of. But today, there are numerous software programs that are capable of handling unlimited design styles, such color, text wrapping, rotation, and even graphic importation and exportation. Ami Pro is one of those software programs. Ami Pro is a powerful and "user-friendly" software program that was developed by the Lotus Development Corporation for MS DOS Windows. It is primarily used to serve the people in the professional work environment with clean and attractive office documents. Ami Pro has the designing capabilities of many of its software competitors, however, it is capable of something that it competition isn't; WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). This means that whatever is seen on the computer screen is what is seen on the printed page. Ami Pro is also one of the few software programs that provides style sheets of various office documents. Style sheets are pre-defined styles or model templatess of several office documents. Style sheets relieve the user from performing repetitive fomatting steps necessary for creating multiple documents of the same type (e.g., memos). Encompassed within each style sheet are clues that visually identify and describe the various levels of each document's structure or makeup. Title, subhead, and body of text are a few examples of the different types of elements on a page in a document. These clues are also capable of identifying the many levels of type written office documents, given that each type-written document follows the general structure of a specific office document. The text formatting information (design information), integrated with the clues, is responsible for formatting the different levels of text by correcting improper spacing, punctuation, indention, etc. This information helps to make any Ami Pro office document look "prettier." All together, style sheets, clues, and design information saves the user valuable time, as well as, improves the document's overall appearance and legibility. This thesis report discussed the development and significance of the author's clues and design information, and elaborated on the concept behind the three design styles that the author created for each office style sheet displayed in her collection. It also addressed any successes and failures encountered in her thesis project.

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Business writing--Data processing; Commercial documents--Forms--Data processing; Ami Pro (Computer file); Desktop publishing; Business--Forms--Data processing; Letterheads--Design--Data processing

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Provan, Archi


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: Z253.532.A54 J655 1993


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