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Software Manual Technical Writing Agreement
--------------------- hereinafter referred to as Programmer, and ----------------------, hereinafter referred to as Writer, agree:
Programmer has authored a program entitled ______________________, and Writer shall prepare manuals and other documentation for the same under the terms and conditions stated herein.
On or before the ____________ day of ___________ 20 __, Programmer shall provide a copy of [Name] to Programmer. Said program shall be substantially complete, that is, that the program shall perform all its major functions intended to be and shall be free from major defects. Some of the functions may be linked to stub files. However, Programmer shall provide at the earliest opportunity functional code for such stubbed versions. In the event that the program is not timely delivered or there are major defects in the same, the time for the completion of the manual shall be extended accordingly.
In the event of a substantial redesign, including the addition of major new functions, or any re-design of the end user interface, Writer shall be entitled to reasonable additional compensation to be negotiated by the parties in good faith. Substantial re-design shall include but be limited to:
Change in operating system of the program, such as from MS-DOS to Apple Macintosh or Windows foramt;
Addition of major functions which comprise an addition of (--%) or more of the total original components;
Re-coding which comprises (--%) of more of the source code modules.
In the event that the Writer discovers any programming inconsistencies [bugs] Writer shall immediately inform Programmer of the same.
Writer shall prepare a manual suitable for use by end users, of approximately [number] words.
Writer shall provide (--) charts and (--) illustrations. The illustrations shall be black and white camera ready art.
Writer shall provide a quick reference card detailing the basic program functions suitable for use by users needing command sequences or other information for the elementary use of the major functions of the program.
Writer shall receive credit in the final distributed version of the manuals and other materials as the author.
Writer shall deliver the manual and other materials provided for herein on or before [Date], unless extended as is provided herein. Time is of the essence in this contract.
Writer shall provide in addition to printed copies, an electronic media of the hardcopy manual and other contents in [MS Word] or any other mutually agreeable file format.
Writer shall assist the Programmer during beta testing programs, if such are held, in the evaluation of the materials delivered by the Writer to beta testers. Such assistance shall be limited, unless expressly contracted for herein to telephone or mail consultants of an intermittent, as needed basis. Based upon the results of the beta program, Writer shall in good faith use Writer's best efforts to improve the manual based upon the test.
In consideration of the payments made herein, Writer herewith unconditionally sells and assigns the copyright to the manual to Programmer. In applications or other filings related to the copyright, Programmer may be named as the author. For purposes of the United States Copyright Code, Programmer will be considered to be the statutory author of the materials delivered herein. Writer agrees to execute any and all documents requested by Writer to establish the full ownership of Programmer in the manuals and other materials prepared herein.
Writer shall be paid as follows:
A total fee of $-------, due as follows:
Cash Upon Delivery
This is the entire agreement between the parties and the same may only be varied in writing.
*** If Required By State Law ***
This Section for Notary:
State of _________
County of ________ [County]
On [Date] before me, [Name of Notary], notary, personally appeared [Name of Person(s) Involved], personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.
Witness my hand and official seal.
My commission expires: _____