|★ APPLICATIONS ★ CREATION GRAPHIQUE ★ GHOUL'S writer (T&J/GPA) ★|
|Ghouls Writer||Applications Creation Graphique|
If you regularly swap software with another CPC-owning friend, and you're too lazy to write a letter to them, Ghoul's Writer is for you. It's a superb utility allowing you to write your own letters on disc, including fonts, music, letterheads, and even animations!
At first, you don't know where to start, as there are so many files on the disc! Fortunately, there's a help file for both French and English users, although at times the English help file is difficult to understand. There's also some tunes, animations, and a screen of clip art if you're stuck in designing a letterhead.
The main bit is the text editor. This is where you type out your letter. Although nowhere near as advanced as the likes of Protext, it's still user-friendly and letters can be written out with few problems. When you've finished, save the text. You will also need to convert the text so that you can use it when you'll link all the bits together.
As well as the text, you'll also need to design a logo. You'll need an art package for this, and first you must run a program on the disc which saves a screen with a frame in it. You might also want to use your own font, but you'll need Advanced Art Studio for this. If you don't own AAS, there are already some fonts included on the Ghoul's Writer disc. As for music, you'll need a Soundtrakker .SNG file, then you will have to run a program which converts it to a .MUS file which can then be used in your letter. If you don't have any Soundtrakker files, you can use the ones that come with the Ghoul's Writer disc.
As you might imagine, all this is very time-consuming, so it's useful to keep some files on a separate work disc for you to use each time. With the linker program, all the files are linked together. You can alter the colours of the logo, the text, and the raster bars, and once you're satisfied with everything, you can then save it out to disc, and all you need to run it after that is entering RUN"LETTER" (or whatever).