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n. (plural of kama English)

Kamas, UT -- U.S. city in Utah
Population (2000): 1274
Housing Units (2000): 482
Land area (2000): 1.588645 sq. miles (4.114571 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.588645 sq. miles (4.114571 sq. km)
FIPS code: 39810
Located within: Utah (UT), FIPS 49
Location: 40.642338 N, 111.277536 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 84036
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Kamas, UT

Kamas may mean

  • Kamas, Utah
  • Kamas (raga), a ragam in Carnatic music
  • KAMAS (program), an acronym for Knowledge and Mind Amplification System, an outline processor
  • Kamasins, a Samoyedic people
  • Kamassian language, an extinct Samoyedic language spoken by the Kamasins before the 20th century
KAMAS (program)

KAMAS, an acronym for Knowledge and Mind Amplification System, from Compusophic Systems, then Kamasoft (Aloha, Oregon), was in the 1980s the most influential outliner or outline processor, and the first for CP/M. It was a type of word processor that edited outline elements, enabling showing, hiding, promotion, demotion, and moving (cutting and pasting) of outline trees ("branches"). Each string of text occupied a "leaf". While some modern word processing programs include limited outline capability, none has the features of KAMAS. A number of outline processors exist for MS-DOS, Windows, and the Mac platforms. None has achieved a significant market share, or the enthusiastic user base which supported KAMAS.

Adam Trent was president of Kamasoft and the central figure in the development of the program. The initial price was $147.

In addition to the outline processor, KAMAS was also released with a programming language, a threaded interpreter most similar to FORTH. It was found "complex and not easily learned," and most purchasers of KAMAS never used it.

A simpler version without the programming facilities, Out-Think, was released in 1986. The code was retooled for 8080 and NEC V20 and V30 compatibility (KAMAS required a Zilog Z80). The price was $69.95; the price for KAMAS had dropped to $99.95.

Some disks of auxiliary utility programs were sold.

KAMAS, released in 1984, was the last important application written for the CP/M operating system. Its "home" computer was the Kaypro. An MS-DOS version was released, without the programming language.

The only output was print, or an untagged file image of the printed output, which required extensive editing to import into a word processing program. Except for a limited export in the DOS version to other outline processors such as ThinkTank, there was no file export conserving the outline structure, nor did anyone external develop a conversion.

Usage examples of "kamas".

As the season went on, and the drivers could pick and choose less, big Kamas would regularly do this journey.