For years, people who put together newsletters, church bulletins, and other publications on personal computers have had a fallback when it comes to artwork. Using "clip art" programs, they have been able to crank out graphics, maps, cartoons, and other art elements on shoestring budgets.

A Chicago company reasoned that if such programs work for art, why not text? Dartnell Corp. has introduced a product called ClipEdit. It contains short stories, anecdotes, and other copyright-free editorial matter such as health and personal finance tips that harried newsletter editors can use to fill last-minute holes. Dartnell says the articles on its $60 floppy disks, available in MS-DOS, Windows, and Macintosh formats, are professionally written and edited. With programs such as Dartnell's, you may not be mistaken anymore if you swear you just read the same article somewhere else.

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