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Posted by JIM_CRONIN
Nov 22, 2010 at 04:38 AM


Hello fellow outline fanatics,

I have been a daily user of PC Outline since the mid 1980’s. There was a supposed “bug” in the software, which I have figured out and have devised a very simple “work-around” to. I will share it with anyone who responds. I am willing to provide support to anyone that asks regarding PC Outline (DOS version only). If anyone has a printed copy of the manual, I would be most interested in copying it!.

It is a great program and has withstood the test of time! My website is http://www.seattle-investigations.com. Send me an email at croninj@ix.netcom.com and I will respond.
All the best!


Posted by CharlieMartin
May 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM


In reply to Jim Cronin, I’ve been a user of PC-Outline since it was a shareware program from BBO, and I still use the last version that was distributed as a companion program to WordStar. There never was a printed manual, Jim, the manual was an outline that automatically came up when you first opened the program. It showed you how to use the program, quite nicely. I’ve also used the second version of the program, written by the same author and finally distributed by Symantec, but I never liked it as well, it seemed to me to have too much in the way of added features that weren’t needed.. And the less said about the windows version that BBO brought out after they’d moved to England, the better. By the way, I was a user on this site under the name charlie3f (back in ‘05), but I’ve no idea where the f came from.



Posted by JIM_CRONIN
Dec 19, 2012 at 05:12 AM


An update to my previous post. ThereIS a full manual (not just the wimpy one that is included as a text file with the software). I have a copy and am willing to share it in PDF with anyone who requests it. I am still willing to provide support to anyone who has a question regarding the DOS version of PCO. It is a great program and I’m still using it every day!


Posted by Cassius
Dec 19, 2012 at 06:03 AM


Perhaps my memory is failing, but I recall that GrandView was written by the author of PC Outline.  The author went on to other endeavors and never created a Windows version of GV.  Someone else tried to create a Windows version, but couldn’t get it to work well.  Note:  The underlying file structure of GV was pretty sophisticated (complex).


Posted by jimspoon
Dec 19, 2012 at 06:42 AM


PCOutlne was the first outliner I ever used, loved it.  Later on I switched to Grandview.

Here’s a link where you can download it.


I got an error message when I tried to run PCO.EXE directly, but I was able to run it under DOSBox 0.74.  (That’s the way I can run Grandview, too.)  Don’t know if there’s a way to run these programs without DOSBox.  I’m running Windows 7 64-bit.



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