Pourcent
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README
Pourcent v.1.4
Shareware proposed by Guillaume Dupont
email:100740.1033@compuserve.com
A customisable business/finance calculator, unmatched for repetitive
calculations.
Key words: BUSINESS, FINANCE, CALCULATOR, INTEREST, MORTGAGE, S3A
Introduction.
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Think of the real daily use of your fancy "business calculators":
hundreds of additions and percentage calculations (margins,
discounts, interest rates, yields,...)? Was your calculator
really designed for that?
Pourcent was: it performs all standard arithmetic calculations
with the usual keys, including use of parenthesis, but it is
particularly useful for percentage calculations. Its usefulness
is unmatched for repetitive calculations and related "what if"
questions. It gives on a very simple screen more than a business
calculator or a spreadsheet.
Pourcent offers a choice of ten different screens corresponding
to different business (growth rate, markup,...) or finance
(mortgage, compounded interest rate, maturity of an annuity)
situations . Each screen can be modified by the user.
Content.
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The pourcent.zip file contains the following:
 pourcent.wrd is this documentation under Psion word format
 readme.txt is the same under text format
 changes.txt is a list of major changes from the last version
 pourcent.opa is the application file
 pourcent.dbf is a data file
 pourcent.rsc is a help file
Installation.
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To install Pourcent:
 copy pourcent.opa to any \app\ directory
 copy pourcent.rsc and pourcent.dbf to an \opd\ directory on
any disk (not a flash SSD). Both files must be in the same directory.
Then install the application like any other, by pressing <PsionI> in
the system screen...
If you had installed a previous version of Pourcent, you must
replace the files pourcent.opa and pourcent.rsc.
Operation.
==========
Press <Enter> on the Pourcent icon. Once Pourcent is started, press
<Help> for instructions. I strongly recommend, that you go through
all the screens of the help menu, to get all the benefits of Pourcent.
Pourcent.rsc is the help file. You can delete it when you feel familiar
enough with the programme, if you need to save disk space. The <Help>
key will then become ineffective.
The menu options themselves, which are displayed when the <Menu> key
is pressed, are self explanatory.
In addition to the menu options, one can select any particular screen
by pressing <Tab> twice.
One can also directly access the "decimal places mode" selection window
by pressing the diamond key.
Registration.
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Pourcent v.1.4 is Shareware. You can use it freely during 14 days.
After this period, if you find it useful, please register. Otherwise
remove it from your computer.
You can register on CompuServe via SWREG (GO SWREG. Registration
ID: 8622. Registration fee US$20.00).
Alternatively you can send US$20, 15, DM30, CHF25, or FF100 in cash
by mail. Send bank notes, no checks. Do not forget to send your email
address with payment. Note that sending cash by mail is at sender's
risk. My address is:
Guillaume Dupont
25, rue Pauline Borghese
92200 Neuilly sur Seine
France
Upgrade from a previous version is free.
Registered users will receive via email a registration code, which
allows customisation of screens and removes nagging screens.
The following instructions are all available
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on line from the help menu of Pourcent.
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Operation.
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To enter a number into a line, key it directly, or calculate it,
in the bottom window, and then press the "line key" corresponding
to the line, where you want this number to go (the "line key" is
the letter in the last column of each line).
After any data input the four lines are printed in reverse, to
remind the user, that a calculation is expected for the figures
to make sense.
To perform a calculation, after at least two (business) or three
(finance) other lines have been filled, simply press the
corresponding "line key", when the bottom window is empty.
The rule is:
 line key pressed when bottom window filled => data input
 line key pressed when bottom window empty => calculation
Press <Esc> to empty the bottom window, <Menu> to access the main menu.
Screens, line labels and line keys.
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Ten different screens are available. Press <Tab> twice, or <PsionM>
and <Tab>, to select a new screen.
Each screen can be modified. Press <PsionZ> to modify the currently
displayed screen. You will have to go through three successive dialog
windows:
 first window to set the "screen name" and the "calculation mode"
(see corresp. paragraph). The screen name is the text, which appears
in the screen selection window, when you change screen with <PsionM>
 second window to set the four "line labels" (the text at the left of
each line of the screen)
 third window to set the four "line keys" (the letter at the right of
each line) . You can set them to make them more meaningful (I for
Interest rate, A for Annuity,...), or for better comfort of
utilisation: in business screens, I have chosen A, Q and W because
these keys are one above each other on the French keyboard. You may
want to choose Q, A and Z on a QWERTY keyboard... Note that R and S
are not authorised keys.
Calculation modes.
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Irrespective of what labels and keys say, calculations are always
performed in one of five ways, as set in the first dialog window of
the screen customisation:
 "direct" percentage calculation, where line2 = line1 + line3, and
line4 = line3 as percent of line1.
 "reverse" percentage calculation, where line1 = line2 + line3, and
line4 = line3 as percent of line1.
 mortgage repayment, with the 4 lines being initial mortgage,
periodic repayment, number of annuities, and interest rate per period.
 maturity of a constant annuity, with the 4 lines being annuity,
future value, number of annuities, and interest rate. Calculation
corresponds to annuities paid at the beginning of each period.
 compounded interest rate, with the 4 lines being initial value,
final value, number of periods, and interest per period.
Calculator.
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The bottom window is a basic calculator:
 authorised keys are 0123456789+*/() <Eff> <Esc> <Enter>, and
the decimal separator (comma or dot) according to system settings
 to put 3x2 into A enter <3*2A>
 to recall A into bottom window type <RA>
 to add A and Q enter <RA+RQ><Enter>
 type <S> to change the sign of the number in the bottom window
 use arrows to move Q up to A, or A down to Q (useful to increase a
number by a given %, then increase by same % again,...)
 ...
Example of a business screen.
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The following example shows how a "business" screen works. It is
assumed that you are in "direct" percentage calculation mode and
that the four line keys are A, Q, W and P, respectively:
 to find 50.5 + 5% press <50.5A> to enter 50.5 into line1,
then <5P> to enter 5 in line 4, and <Q> to calculate the result.
 to find 60 x 5.8% press <60A> to get 60 into line1, then <5.8P>
to get 5.8 into line4, and <W> to calculate the result.
 to find the % difference between 67 and 85, press <67A85QP>
 to find what A must be for A+10% to be 120, press <120Q10PA>
 to change % rate to 6% and recalculate, press <6PW>, or <6PA>
,...
Example of a finance screen.
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Assume 10,000 are borrowed at an annual interest rate of 6%, and
reimbursed in four years in equal monthly payments. Calculation
mode is "mortgage". To calculate the monthly payment, press:
 <10000M> to enter 10,000 into Line1
 <6/12I> to divide 6 by 12 and enter the monthly interest rate
into Line4
 <4*12N> to multiply 4 by 12 enter the total number of monthly
payments into Line3
 <A> to calculate the monthly payment. Result = 234.85
Now find the annual interest rate corresponding to a monthly
payment of 250:
 <250A> to enter monthly payment
 <I> to calculate monthly rate. Result = 0.77%
 <RI> to bring it down to the bottom window
 <*12><Enter> to multiply by 12. Result = 9.24%
 ...
Decimal places.
===============
One can access the corresponding selection window either from the
menu, or by pressing the diamond key.
The user can chose one of three different modes for the number of
decimal places to be displayed in the first lines (lines 1, 2 and
3 in "business" screens, lines 1 and 2 in "finance" screens):
 "fixed number" (0 to 4)
 "automatic", with a set minimum number of significant digits
(2 to 4). Examples:
With a minimum number of digits set at 2, the number 65.34 will
give 65, and 0.06534 will give 0.065
With a minimum number of digits set at 3, the number 65.34 will
give 65.3 and 0.06534 will give 0.0653...
 "as entered", where the number of decimal places is always equal
to the number of decimal places in the last number manually entered
in the input window.
The selected mode is valid for the numbers in the first lines.
Percentages in line 4 (all screens) and number of periods in line 3
(in "finance" screens) are always displayed with 2 decimal places.
Link Paste.
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Pourcent can communicate with other applications, which also support
Link Paste (Word, Data, Spreadsheet, Monnaie,...).
Press <PsionB> to import a number into the bottom window. Pourcent
will interpret separators (decimals and thousands) according to the
system settings.
To export a number to another application, bring it to the bottom
window, by pressing successively <R> and the corresponding line key.
The number in the bottom window is available for copy as soon as
Pourcent is in the background. Optionally <PsionC> will convert the
number in the bottom window to the system format (decimal and
thousands separators).
For example, assume that you are in Word and want to add 5.5% to a
certain amount:
 highlight the amount in Word and press <PsionC>
 bring Word to the background and Pourcent to the foreground
 press <PsionB> to import the amount, and <A> to put it into
line1 (if A is the line key of line1)
 press <5.5PQ> to add 5.5% (if Q is the line key of line2)
 press <RQ> to bring Q to the bottom window, and then <PsionC>
if you wish to export it with thousands separators
 bring Pourcent to the background and Word to the foreground
 press <PsionB> in Word...
Disclaimer of responsibility.
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Users of Pourcent must accept this disclaimer of warranty:
"Pourcent is supplied as is. The author disclaims all warranties,
expressed or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of
fitness for any purpose. The author assumes no liability for damages,
direct or consequential, which may result from the use of Pourcent
or any of its accompanying files".
Last update 21 Sept 1996
Unknown
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