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(Advertisement scans courtesy of Rob Bedeaux.)


LisaList helps you create and maintain all types of lists in a personal database. With it you can easily and quickly sort through even the most detailed lists – client histories, billing records, distribution lists – for exactly the data you need.

Manipulating this data is easy too, because there’s no special command language to learn. And LisaList shows you exactly how your list will print.

In less than 30 minutes you’ll be doing useful work with LisaList. Lisa’s revolutionary Graphics Mouse Technology™ replaces confusing computer commands with simple graphic images.

Graphics, together with the mouse, a simple selecting device, let you create, revise, and print documents intuitively. And because basic operations work the same way in all Lisa™ applications, you’ll learn other applications in even less time.

LisaList makes it easy to create and maintain even the most complex lists. Simple operations allow you to organize an existing list so you can quickly find the information you need.

Organize information for quick reference and easy handling.
Data is entered directly into the list – there is no special command language to learn.
Changes made to the list are automatically integrated into the format and instantly shown.

Customize lists for added impact.
Lists may contain as many as 100 columns.
Each column may be assigned one of eight data types, such as text, zip code, money, or telephone numbers.

Search and sort complex lists in seconds.
Sort lists by information in one or more columns.
Find all records that match certain criteria, such as people hired before 01/04/82.

Create many different reports from one master list.
Display or print individual columns.
Change the order in which columns appear on the report.
Change the format, name, or typestyles of the report.

Modify lists easily to suit your specific needs.
Add or remove columns at any time.
Temporarily “hide” columns so they’re not displayed.
Change display formats without re-entering the data.

Preserve the integrity of your data.
Upon entry, data is automatically checked against the chosen data type for consistency.
Built-in file-recovery mechanisms protect data from power fluctuations and media failures.

What you see on the screen is exactly what you get on the printed page.
Apple’s high-resolution Dot Matrix and Daisy Wheel Printers both produce LisaList documents that are suitable for reports or for copying onto transparencies.

This is a typical LisaList worksheet. “Name” the appropriate columns, then enter your information into the columns and rows. You can revise or change the list’s format with simple selections from the menu bar.

Menu Bar  All LisaList functions are selected from the menu bar. To print a document, for example, just move the mouse and select PRINT from the menu. Once printing is under way, you may continue working with Lisa, either in the same document, or in another application.

Mouse/Pointer  The mouse is a palm-size device that controls Lisa’s pointer. It replaces all confusing special function keys and commands. The mouse is connected to Lisa by a thin cable. When you move the mouse, Lisa’s pointer matches the movement on the screen.

Desktop Manager  The Desktop Manager uses graphic symbols such as these to coordinate all the system’s operations. For example, to work on a document, simply use the mouse to select an existing document or create a new one. When you’re finished, use the mouse to put the document into a folder. The Desktop Manager also enables you to work with more than one document at a time.

Field  A field is formed by the intersection of a row and a column. Data entered into a list appears in the specific field and in the status panel.

LisaWrite  More than one Lisa document may be on the screen at one time. To move the contents of any individual field from LisaList to LisaWrite, for example, simply use the mouse to select COPY from the EDIT menu. When you’re ready to transfer the information into another document, select PASTE and your data is transferred – you don’t even have to touch the keyboard.

Status Panel  Data that appears in a selected field also appears in the status panel. LisaList enables you to preset the column width to display only some of the data within a column. In that case, the status panel will show you the entire contents of the field to which the pointer points.

Columns and Rows  Rows may contain as many as 990 characters (letters, numbers, spaces) and may be divided into 100 columns of varying width. A list may contain approximately 600,000 characters (e.g., 10.000 rows of 60 characters each, or 6,000 rows of 100 characters).

Scrolling  To view another part of your LisaList document, vertically or horizontally, simply use the mouse to select the arrows or pages in the comers of the document. Similarly, to stretch or contract the document, use the mouse to move the box at the bottom right-hand corner.

Built-in Quality Control
You may designate any one of eight data types (text, number, date, time, zip code, phone number, social security number, and money) for each column.
LisaList automatically checks data entered into a column for consistency with that column’s data type-and warns of any inconsistencies.
A built-in file-recovery mechanism helps LisaList retrieve lost portions of a list in the event of a power fluctuation or media failure.

Create and Edit Lists Easily
LisaList requires no special command language.
All entries to a list are automatically formatted.
The effect of any change you make to a list immediately appears on the screen.
Lists may contain up to 100 columns, which can be added or removed at any time.
Column width may be changed at any time.
The name of a column may be up to 120 characters in length and may be changed at any time.
Columns may be assigned one of eight data types.
You may select one of several display formats for each data type and change the display format without reentering data.

Search and Sort Even the Most Complex Lists
Search criteria are specified by simply filling in a table.
Search criteria may be specified for one or more columns.
Comparisons (e.g., before 11/1/81; more than $100) may be specified in the search criteria.
Rows can be sorted or arranged in ascending or descending order by the contents of one or more columns.

Create Customized Reports
Individual columns or rows may be specified for display or printing.
Column order can be changed within the list.
Lists may be printed in one of several typestyles and sizes.
Lists are printed exactly as they are displayed.
Columns can be temporarily “hidden” so they will not be displayed or printed.


Basic learning time:
Less than 30 minutes.

Maximum list size:
Approximately 600,000 bytes (for example, 6,000 rows of 100 characters, or 10,000 rows of 60 characters). System chooses the optimum storage structure based on the data types chosen.

Maximum record (row) size:
990 bytes. Supports variable-length records.

Maximum number of fields (columns) per record (row):

Datatypes supported:
Text (the default data type).
Social Security number.
Phone number.
Zip code.

Entering/Formatting data:
Data is automatically checked for consistency with the data type designated for the column.
Data is automatically formatted according to a lormat created by the user, or a default format.
Data formats may be changed at any time; previously entered data will automatically be reformatted. Note: The data type selected for a given column may not be changed once the list is created.
Variable-width display format allows for entries larger than the column width established by the user.

At any time you may:
Add or delete columns.
Insert, update, and delete records (rows) with the same editing operations (cut, paste, copy, clear) of other Lisa applications.
Reorder columns.
Alter column width.
Temporarily “hide” columns you don’t want in a particular report.
Rename any or all columns.

Lists can be sorted in ascending or descending order.
Complex data types, such as time and date, can be sorted (e.g., 11:00 A.M. comes before 4:00 P.M.).
Multiple sort fields may be specified by filling in a simple table.

Search criteria may be specified by filling in a simple table.
Search criteria may be specified for any number of fields.
Search criteria include equal to, greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, less than or equal to, not equal to, between.
Uses B* indexing.

Special features:
UNDO function cancels effects of last operation.
REVERT TO PREVIOUS VERSION undoes all changes made to the document since it was last saved.
More than one list can be on the screen at the same time.
Choose arrow keys or mouse for easy data entry.
Numeric keypad.
Built-in file-recovery mechanism to protect data from power fluctuations and media failures.

“What you see is exactly what you get” fidelity.
Apple’s high-resolution Dot Matrix Printer (160 × 144 dots per inch; 6.2 × 5.6 dots per mm).
Apple's Daisy Wheel Printer.
All or part of a list may be printed.
Lists may be formatted for 8½ × 11 (215 × 279), 8½ × 14 (215 × 355), or 11 × 14 (279 × 355 mm) inches.
Print one or multiple copies.
Print in horizontal or vertical formats.
A variety of typestyles are available including a small, 15-pitch size.

Brief orientation guide to get you started in less than 30 minutes.
Complete reference book.
Extensive step-by-step tutorial.
Handy reference card.

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List protects you from inadvertently entering the wrong type of data into a particular column. Here, an “incorrect” month was entered into a column designated for dates.

From an existing master list, you can create many different reports, each one tailored to meet a different need.

The width of each column is flexible so you can set it as wide as necessary. You can also change the column width at any time.

Selecting ASCENDING in the ROW ORDER menu enables you to see an alphabetical listing of employees in the list. Choosing SHOW LIST IN ORDER from the LIST menu displays your newly sorted list.

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Apple Computer, Inc.
20525 Mariani Avenue
Cupertino, California 95014
(408) 996-1010
TLX 171-376

Apple Computer (U.K.) Ltd.
Eastman Way
Hernel Hempstead
Herts HP2 7MO
TLX 851-825834

Apple Computer International
5/7 rue de Chartres
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
TLX 842-630296

Apple Canada
875 Don Mills Road
Don Mills
Ontario, Canada M3C 1V9
(416) 444-2531
TLX 06-986561

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