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HOME INSURANCE lets you keep track of what you own, where items are located, and how much it would cost to replace any items if lost or stolen. Unfortunately, most of us do not find out how much property insurance we need until after we suffer a major loss. All too often it isn't until such a loss that we discover that our insurance coverage, although based on replacement value, was not sufficient to cover the complete loss. Or, worse yet, we discover we are unable to document the true value of our possessions, resulting in a reduced and sometimes insufficient claim return. HOME INSURANCE gives protection against these tragedies in several ways. First, it helps you determine whether or not you have adequate property insurance by comparing the actual replacement values for your possessions against the given limits in your policy. For example, many policies limit the coverage for special items such as jewelry, collectibles (coins, stamps, plates, dolls, etc.), guns and furs. You categorize items by type, including the total replacement value of each, and HOME INSURANCE lets you easily compare these amounts with the limits specified in your policy. HOME INSURANCE holds 10,000,000 entries, provides over 250 possible cross references, and is completely menu-operational. It is easy to learn and simple to use. Three user-selectable levels of operation and user-customized field names let you modify HOME INSURANCE to meet individual requirements.
A P P E N D I X A INTRODUCTION Home Insurance is software that allows you to keep track of what you own, where items are located and how much it would cost to replace something that is lost. Unfortunately, most of us do not find out how much property insurance we need until after we suffer a major loss. We then may learn that our insurance coverage, although based on replacement value, is not sufficient to cover the complete loss. Or, worse yet, we are unable to document the true value of our possessions and thus the insurance will only pay to replace our lost possessions with lower quality items. Home Insurance provides protection in several ways. First, it provides a way for you to determine whether or not you have adequate property insurance. For example, insurance policies generally limit the coverage for some special items such as jewelry, collectibles (coins, stamps, plates, dolls, ect.), guns and furs. By categorizing items by type, Home Insurance can give you the total replacement value for each type of item you own. This allows you to compare what you actually have versus the limits given in your insurance policy. For those special items that need to be covered for more than a minimal amount, you generally will need to "schedule" them. What this means is that you give your insurance agent a list (or schedule) of the special items to be insured so that those items are specifically identified and the appropriate insurance supplied. Some of them may already be covered by your existing insurance. For others you may need to consider additional insurance. Your insurance agent will know the details of your policy, so once your inventory is complete, discuss it with your agent to + determine if you need to schedule any items. Policies vary and it will take someone familiar with your policy, such as your agent, to provide you with specific recommendations. Of course, Home Insurance can provide the list your agent will need. If you should suffer a loss, from theft, fire, vandalism - any type of loss, Home Insurance is your record of what you had. It will allow you to put together a list of what was lost, providing you with model numbers, serial numbers and descriptions. If the loss was due to theft, this provides the police with the information they'll need to identify and hopefully recover your things. It also provides the insurance company with the documentation they need to replace the lost items with items of the same or similar quality. Insurance companies generally try to protect themselves from people out to take advantage of them. Thus, if you have not documented the description, model number and serial number of the items you lost, you may not be able to recover the full replacement value. You should keep the receipts for every major purchase you make. This is the best documentation. But, what if your shoe boxes of receipts also go up in a fire? With your complete inventory on one floppy disk you can easily keep a copy at home and another at work or in a safe deposit box, so your records will be safe. Using Home Insurance Depending on the size of your home and how much you've packed into each closet, you can expect to spend several hours entering the list of everything you own into your inventory for the first time. I suggest setting aside one day to do a complete inventory. Start in one room and list the complete contents of that room (a clip board with a pad of paper will be helpful for this). Go from room to room until everything is listed. If you take a break, or have other people in your house (i.e. your kids), be careful not to move items from room to room as this can cause some confusion. + If you haven't had an appraisal done recently, you might use your Sears, Penney's or other catalog to determine the current replacement value for some items. For others you may need to do a little window shopping to get a good idea of what it would cost to replace them. If you want to be accurate, don't guess. If you guess high, you will be paying for more insurance than you need. A low guess will result in inadequate coverage. Valuable items should be appraised by a professional appraiser to get a realistic estimate of their value. Talk with your insurance agent to get his recommendation concerning what items you should get appraised. Home Insurance provides level levels of detail. This three level feature allows you to determine the amount of information you want to store for each item. If you have valuable things, or need more complete descriptions for insurance use, you can keep information to a level of very fine detail. On the other hand, if you just need a quick way to find specific stuff (a technical word meaning anything you own) you may use the first, less detailed, level of Home Insurance. Since you can set up as many separate catalog files as you wish, you can divide your inventory and categorize each part of it in as much or little detail as you want. Home Insurance is completely menu driven and easy to operate. Since the computer does all the hard work for you, this manual is short. We'll describe how to enter information; what to do to edit existing entries; and how to find the item(s) you need. + THE THREE LEVELS OF HOME INSURANCE The three levels of Home Insurance are: Insurance, Detail and Complete. Each level provides progressively a greater detail of information that can be stored for each item. The following is a list of the information that can be entered at each level. As the higher levels are used, however, the data files use more disk space. Using the Insurance level allows you to have twice as many entries on a floppy disk as you can get at the Detail level. Insurance Detail Complete Description Description Description Model # Model # Model # ID Marks ID Marks ID Marks Serial Number Serial Number Serial Number Note Note Note Value Value Value Owner(s) Owner(s) Location Location Other Other Type Type Purchase Date Purchase Date Updated Updated Note -1 Note -1 Note -2 Note -2 Note -3 Note -3 Purchased From Address City/State Original Cost Note Miscellaneous + Home Insurance allows you to keep inventories for several insurance policies on one one disk or you can keep each on a separate disk. Since you can specify virtually an unlimited number of locations and owners, each item can be pinpointed as to who owns it and where it is located. Thus you can include items that are in your office or at a summer home. Home Insurance can sort them out and provide a print-out for each location and owner. Let's look at the type of information that can be entered on each line: Description - You this line is used to enter and descriptive phrase that applies to this object. Depending on what the item is you could include information such as the brand name, color, the material it is made from, the style, or shape. NOTE: You can also use the "NOTE" line at the Detail level for additional descriptive information. Be consistent in the type of information you enter, however. If you use the NOTE -1 line to describe the color of an item, always usethe NOTE -1 line for colors and nothing else. When making entries you should be consistent when using upper and lower case letters. During searches the software will differentiate between upper and lower case letters. Thus entering the work "Computer" is not the same as "COMPUTER." I usually enter the description using all upper case letters. Model # - Enter the model number, if there is one. ID Mark - This line is for any identifing marks on the item. This could be a social security number engraved on the back of it; a specific pattern of scratches, dents, or other damage; or anything else that would uniquely identify this item. Serial Number - Enter the serial number, if there is one. + Note - This line is provided for miscellaneous information. You can enter an abbreviation for the type of item; or describe the condition of the item; or any other information you feel is valuable. Value - Enter the current value of the item. This should be a realistic replacement vaule, which may be less than what you think the item is worth. If you over estimate the replacement value of an item, you could end up paying for more insurance than you are getting since your insurance will only pay the minimum amount need to replace an item. (The Detail Level) Owner(s) - Enter the name(s) of the people who own this item. Some of the Home Insurance functions use just the first three letters of the owner line to identify the owner. Be sure that the first three letters are different for each owner. For example, if two different owners have the same first name, start the owner line with their initials. For example, for Steven C. Hudgik and Stephen F. Zabilanski make the entries on the owner(s) line as follows: SCH - Steve Hudgik SFZ - Steve Zabilanski NOTE: In the case of joint ownership, more than one name can be entered on this line. Location - Enter a description of the location of this item. The description can be a single word such as "Bedroom" or a complete address. Home Insurance also uses the first three letters on this ine to classify items by their location, so be sure that you don't duplicate the first three letters for two different locations. Other - Like the NOTE line you can enter whatever information you feel is useful. You may enter more information about the owner(s) or location, or use this line to expand on the description of the type of item. + Type - Use this line to classify items by type. The classifications you use will depend on your requirements. You can classify items by style, use or function, or any other way. Some examples of types would be: furniture, clothes, books, computer, stereo, auto parts, collectable, art, coins, furs, guns, and dishes. Entering a type classification is very important in that some items (guns, furs, collectibles, etc.) may require separate insurance. This is called scheduling and you should talk to your insurance agent about this once your inventory is complete. Like Owner(s) and Location the first three letters of the Type designation are used to sort your inventory. You should avoid entering types that start with the same first three letters. By the way, you do nt need to enter three letters on this line. You can identify item types (and owners and locations) using a single letter or two letters. NOTE: The searches are not limited to the first three letters. You can search for any or all words (or individual characters) on the Owner(s), Location and Type lines. Purchase Date - The purchase can be important for establishing the vaule of an item. In most cases the specific day is not critical, so you can enter just the month and year. For things you've owned for awhile you may only be able to remember the year they were purchased - that's OK, enter just the year. However, for some items, such as stock certificates, you need to enter the exact date. Updated - You can not enter anything on this line - the cursor will skip over it. Each time you save a new entry or edit an existing entry Home Insurance will get the date and time from your computer's clock and enter them here. (Be sure the date and time are set, if you don't have a built in clock). This tells you how recent the information for this entry is. Notes-1/2/3 - The next three lines provide space for you to enter additional information about each item. You can enter anything on these lines and Home Insurance can search to find + any specific information you enter. I do urge you to be consistent in what is entered on each line. For example, if Note-1 is used to describe the color of an item, always use Note-1 for color and nothing else. (The Complete Level) All of the information at this level is intended to identify where you purchased (obtained) the item from. This could be a dealer, wholesaler, radio station contest, gift from a neighbor, etc. This information allows you to go back to the original dealer, if you need to replace the item. It may also help substantiate the value and quality of the item for an insurance claim. Purchased From - Enter the name of the dealer or person you got this item from. Address - Enter the street address for the above. City/State - Enter the city and state the above address is in. Original Cost - Enter the amount you paid for this item. If it was a gift you can enter the value of the item at the time you received it. This is particularly important for items such as stocks or collectables as you will need to be able to determine your gain or loss on the item should you sell it in the future. Note - This line provides additional space for information about the place your purchased the item from or it's orginal cost. I've made this line long enough so you can enter the dealer's phone number, if you wish to have an easy reference for that. Misc. - Use this line to show any other additional information - for example you could enter an abbreviation for the type of dealer. + e to show any other additional information - for example you
Disk No: 796 Disk Title: Home Insurance PC-SIG Version: S1.4 Program Title: Home Insurance Author Version: 4.00 Author Registration: $59.95 Special Requirements: None. HOME INSURANCE lets you keep track of what you own, where items are located, and how much it would cost to replace any items if lost or stolen. Unfortunately, most of us do not find out how much property insurance we need until after we suffer a major loss. All too often it isn't until then we discover that our insurance coverage, although based on replacement value, was not sufficient to cover the complete loss. Or, worse yet, we discover we are unable to document the true value of our possessions, resulting in a reduced and sometimes insufficient claim return. HOME INSURANCE gives protection against these tragedies in several ways. First, it helps you determine whether or not you have adequate property insurance by comparing the actual replacement values for your possessions against the given limits in your policy. For example, many policies limit the coverage for special items such as jewelry, collectibles (coins, stamps, plates, dolls, etc.), guns and furs. You categorize items by type, including the total replacement value of each, and HOME INSURANCE lets you easily compare these amounts with the limits specified in your policy. HOME INSURANCE holds 10,000,000 entries, provides over 250 possible cross references, and is completely menu-operational. It is easy to learn and simple to use. Three user-selectable levels of operation and user-customized field names let you modify HOME INSURANCE to meet individual requirements. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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H O M E I N S U R A N C E VERSION 4.00 HomeCraft Computer Products P.O. Box 974 Tualatin, OR 97062 This disk contains the following files: HI.EXE - Introduction and copyright notice INVEN.EXE - Main Menu and inventory program INSUR.EXE - Insurance planning program UTILITY.EXE - Utility functions *.DOC - Documentation MENU.OVL - File required for program operation PRINT.EXE - File to print documentation OTHER.DOC - ASCII file describing other software published by HomeCraft BRUN30.EXE - File required for program execution HI-HELP.DAT - File created by Home Insurance (not required) HI-MEN.DAT - File created by Home Insurance (not required) INTRO.DOC - This file Home Insurance is a home inventory and insurance planning tool. It provides a method to keep track of what you own, where it is located, who owns it, what it originally cost and the cost to replace it. The Home Insurance format is easy to use and fully menu operated. If you should need some assistance, help is available at every prompt. Plus Home Insurance is flexible enough to handle everything you own, from the original Renoir on your living room wall to the pots and pans in the kitchen. Unlike paper records, your Home Insurance inventory can be easily updated to reflect inflation or depreciation. Unlike video tape records, additions and deletions can easily be made (and without paying the cost for a new video tape recording session). Unlike any other method of keeping a home inventory your Home Insurance records can be quickly copied, allowing you to keep multiple copies at separate locations (in case one is lost). SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: IBM PC, XT, AT or compatible with 256K, one disk drive, and DOS 2.11 or later. USER SUPPORTED SHAREWARE As mentioned in the documentation, this is user-supported software. If you end up using this program, a donation of $59.95 (please add $3 for shipping - $5 for P.O. Boxes and Canada $8 US for airmail outside North America) is requested. This will help keep us in business so we can continue to make improvements and support this software. Registered users will recieve the latest version of the software and user's manual, plus a FREE hard disk menu system called YOUR MENU. This software has been placed in circulation under the user supported concept. Non-profit groups and individuals are encouraged to make copies of this disk and distribute it to their members and friends as long as the software is provided at no cost. A distibution charge of up to $10 may be charged to cover the cost of diskettes, handling and duplicating, provided you have received written permission from the author. DISCLAIMER THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS," THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED. NEITHER HOMECRAFT COMPUTER PRODUCTS NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THIS SOFTWARE SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE SUCH SOFTWARE EVEN IF HOMECRAFT COMPUTER PRODUCTS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR CLAIMS. This disclaimer shall be governed by the laws of the State of Oregon and shall inure to the benefit of Steven C. Hudgik, his successors, administrators, heirs and assigns. MORE INFORMATION For more information on Home Insurance or other HomeCraft software products contact: Steve Hudgik HomeCraft Computer Products P.O. Box 974 Tualatin, OR 97062 tact: Steve Hudgik HomeCraft Computer Prod
This manual is copyrighted in 1990 by Steven C. Hudgik - All Rights Are Reserved SHAREWARE This software is provided as shareware. This means you have the opportunity to try it before you buy it. If you find this software useful, you are requested to become a registered user. Registered users receive the most recent version of the software, free updates for one year, a printed manual, and free support. This software is copyrighted and all rights remain with the author. However, you are granted permission to make as many copies as you wish, provided no fee is charged if you provide a copy to someone else. You may freely distribute this software, if you wish, on this basis. If you need to charge a fee to cover distribution costs, please contact HomeCraft to receive written permission. To register as a user send $59.95 to the address below (VISA and MASTER CARD are accepted), plus $3.00 for shipping and handling. ($5 for Canada and $8 for airmail outside North America). HomeCraft P.O. Box 974 Tualatin, OR 97062 + HOMECRAFT'S COLLECTORS SOFTWARE USER'S MANUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ........................... page 2 LEVELS OF OPERATION .................... page 3 THE MAIN MENU .......................... page 4 File Names 4 Level 5 MAKING ENTRIES ......................... page 6 SAVING THE ENTRY ....................... page 7 EDITING EXISTING ENTRIES ............... page 8 Moving Through The Catalog 9 SEARCHES AND PRINTED REPORTS ........... page 10 List All 11 Searches 12 Editing After A Search 13 UTILITIES .............................. page 14 Copy Files 15 Rebuilding Indexes 16 APPENDIX (Specific Information About The Software You Have) .............. page 19 + USER'S MANUAL INTRODUCTION Thank you for trying one of HomeCraft's specialty databases. This software has been designed for storing; then organizing, searching, sorting and retrieving the specific information you need. Since all of our specialty databses work in the same manner this manual applies to them all. Specific information about each program is provided at the end of this manual. To run this software you will need an IBM PC, XT, AT, PS/2 or compatible with a minimum of 256K of memory and two floppy disks. We recommend that a hard disk be used if you have more than 1000 items in your collection. This software can handle 10,000,000 entries per file - and you can have multiple files. The result is that you can build some very large date files using several megabytes. A minimum of a 20 megabyte hard disk is recommended. No other software is required (except the DOS operating system). However, we do recommend you purchase a back up utility for your hard disk. Your data files SHOULD BE BACKED UP any time you've made significant changes. A good rule of thumb is to back up you data any time you've made more entries/changes than you'd want to type over again. This software is completely menu driven and easy to operate. Since the computer does all the hard work for you, this manual is short. We'll describe how to enter information; what to do to edit existing entries; and how to find the entry(s) you need. + THE THREE LEVELS OF OPERATION This software has three levels. The three level feature allows you to determine the amount of information you want to save for each entry. If you have valuable information, or need complete descriptions for professional use, you can catalog your collection at a level of very fine detail. On the other hand, if you just need a quick way to find specific entries (or types of entries), you can use the first, less detailed level. Since you can set up as many separate data files as you wish, you can divide your collection and categorize each part in as much or little detail as you want. Information about the specific fields and levels in the version of the software you have is provided at the end of this manual. + THE MAIN MENU The Main Menu will always be the first thing you see when you boot up the software. If you have a monochrome monitor, and just see dark blocks on your screen, then push F1. F1 toggles the setting for color on and off. Dark blocks on a monochrome monitor indicate the software is set for color and your computer does not have color emulation. You can make a selection from the Main Menu in one of two ways; you can push the number associated with the function you want to use, or you can use the up/down cursor keys to move the scroll bar to the selection you want and then push ENTER. The first three items on the Main Menu are used to manipulate the information in your catalog. You can enter new entries, edit information already in the catalog, or search the catalog. Items 4 through 6 are features that determine how the software will run. We will take a quick look at these set-up functions first. File Name The filename is the name used for storing your catalog on the disk. You can have as many separate catalogs as you wish, using a different filename for each. Up to 10,000,000 entries can be made in each catalog. When you push #4 the current filename will be listed and you'll be prompted to enter a new filename. You may use up to eight letters for a filename. If you push ENTER without entering a filename, the software will use a preset filename. + You may also designate the disk drive you want the catalog stored on. To designate a drive other than the drive you are currently using, type the letter for that drive and then a colon before typing the filename. For example, to use the filename TEST on the "B" disk drive you would enter: B:TEST The software will automatically add .DAT to the end of all filenames. If you should put a period in the filename or add a filename extension such as .DAT the filename will not be accepted. Utilities This leads you to another menu that provides several utility functions. Using these utilities you can copy entrys from one file to another, rebuild a damaged index, erase deleted entries, reserve space on your disk for future entries and set the access code. All of these utilities are described in detail in the Utilities section of this manual. Level As we've already described you may use any of three levels of data storage. Push #6 to select the level you want to use. A menu will appear and you can then push the function key (F key) associated with the level you want to use. You can change levels at any time and make entries with a variety of level settings. However, the software will set the file sizes for the highest level used in that file. Thus, you do not save disk space by making entries at the the lowest level, if there is even one entry at any higher level for the same file. + MAKING ENTRIES Entering information into the catalog is very simple. Select #1 on the Main Menu and an information entry screen will appear. The length of the bar next to each item shows the amount of space available for each item. The cursor will not go past the ends of the bar. The cursor can be moved around on the screen by using the up/down and right/left arrow keys. If you are using a higher level, then the PgDn and PgUp keys are used to move from one page to another. There are three possible pages, as each level has its own page. When you move to the second page the first two lines from the first page will remain on the screen. On the third page the top three lines from the first page will be at the top of the screen. This information is provided to allow you to see which entry you are working on. It can only be entered and edited, however, from the first screen. + SAVING THE ENTRY Once you've entered all the necessary information push the F5 key to save this entry. F5 can be pushed while any of the three screens are displayed. There is also a feature that will save you some time if you are entering entrys that have basically the same information. For example, if you have a series of entries that are very similar, all you need to do is enter the information for the first entry. Once that entry is saved, push F3. This will copy the information from the previous entry. Please note, however, that this copy feature only copies the two screens. When you are finished making entries, push F10 to return to the Main Menu (after pushing F5 to save the last entry you made). + EDITING EXISTING ENTRIES Selection two on the Main Menu allows you to change any part of any existing entry. You will first be asked for the number of the entry you want to edit. As you make entries the software automatically numbers them sequentially. The first entry you make is number 1; the 100th is number 100. This number is displayed in the upper right of the screen when you are making entries. It is also printed on all reports. If you don't know the number for the entry you need to change, use the search function to find the entry. When the entry is found you will automatically be in the edit mode (more on that shortly). Once you have entered the number for the entry you want to change it will be displayed on the screen. You can then make changes in the same way you originally entered information. So that you can see what you've changed the original entry is highlighted. The highlighting will not be shown at any spot where a change has been made. When you have made all the needed changes, push F5 to save the edited entry. Pushing F10, before you push F5, will return you to the Main Menu without saving any of the changes. Deleting An Entry The editor is also used to delete an entry from the catalog. With the entry you wish to delete on the screen, push the F4 key. This will not erase the entry - all the information will still be there. The entry will be marked as deleted, however, and will be skipped in any search of the catalog. You can "undelete" an entry by pushing F5 to re-save the entry. + If you wish to completely eliminate an entry from the catalog, you can use the editor to type in a new entry in the same spot as the deleted entry. There is also a library utility that will erase all deleted entries from the catalog (more on that shortly). Moving Through The Catalog There is one other convenient feature in the editor. You can browse through the entries in your catalog, moving either forward or backward, by pushing the F1 and F2 keys. F1 will move the display back by one entry. F2 will show the next entry. + SEARCHES AND PRINTED REPORTS The most useful function is the Search / Printed Report function. This is the function you use to sort and find specific entrys or types of entrys. Select #3 on the Main Menu and you'll see a screen that looks like the information entry screen. The information you want to search for is entered on this screen (or the series of three screens at the third level). First, however, lets look at the functions listed at the bottom of the screen. A menu with abbreviated prompts appears there. To get a more detailed explanation of each prompt push the F1 key for HELP. F2 - TOGGLE OUTPUT - Pushing F2 will change how the report is printed. The default setting is the monitor. At this setting each entry will be listed on the monitor, one at a time. Push F2 to change the setting to CONTINUOUS. Now the report will be printed on continuous paper on your printer (BE SURE YOUR PRINTER IS ON!). The perforations will be skipped based on 66 lines per page. Push F2 again to change the setting to SINGLE. This setting also sends the report to your printer, however, the search will pause once every 66 lines to allow you to put another sheet of paper in the printer. This setting is generally used for daisy wheel printers. One nice feature is that no other printer set up is required. The software will automatically work with almost any type of printer. (Laser printers may require special settings of their dip switches as they may not use 66 lines per page). + When you're using either the CONTINUOUS or SINGLE setting each entry that matches the search criteria will be displayed on the screen. If there are a lot of entries that come close together in your catalog, these may only be on the screen for a short time. Push F2 one more time to change the setting to DISK. The report will now be stored as an ASCII file on your disk. Before the search starts you will be given the chance to enter the drive and filename you want to use for the report. If no name is entered, then a preset filename will be used. Do not enter a filename extension - the extension ".DOC" will be added to all filenames. List All - If you want to get a complete listing of the contents of your catalog, or list a block of entries (for example the entries you made today so you can check them for correctness), then press either F3 or F4. Pressing F3 will result in the entries being listed in the order they were entered. After pressing F3 you will be asked for the entry number to start the listing at and the entry number to end it with. If you chose an ending entry number that is higher than the total entries in the catalog, or is lower than the starting number, it will not be accepted. The F3 function is most useful in checking entrys you've just entered. Select a range of entry numbers that includes your most recent entries. The resulting printed report is an easy way to check for typos in these new entries. F4 is used to get a listing of all of the entries in your catalog in alphabetical order. You must be using the indexing feature (Index On) for this function to work. When F4 is pressed a small menu will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. The indexing is based on the top three items on the first screen. Select the index you wish to use by pushing the appropriate F key. + Searches To perform a search first set the F2 toggle for the type of report you want to get. Then enter the information you want to search for. You can use the cursor and PgUp/PgDn keys to move through the screens just as you did when making entries. You can enter information on any one line or all of the lines. There are three different ways you can search your catalog. F6 - Normal Search: When you push F6 an index search will be conducted, if you've entered something to search for on the top three lines of the first screen. The top three lines contain the information most frequently searched for. Since the indexes can use a significant amount of space only these three are indexed. The Super Utilities (an add-on utility available to registered users) provides indexing and sorting for all fields. Indexing provides a way to locate specific information very fast. Even with tens of thousands of entries the index will be able to locate any entry within a second or two. In addition, with indexing you can get an alphabetical listing of your inventory. The other type of search is a sequential search. This means that every entry in the catalog is looked at to see if it is a match. A sequential search starts with the first entry you made and step through all subsequent entries until a match is found. Sequential searches are started by pushing F7 or F8. In a sequential search any entry that contains the information you entered will be identified as a match. For example, in this case if you enter "Roses," Red Roses will be identified as a match. Entering just "os" will result in a match with Red R"os"es. This leads us to another important point. The both index and sequential searches will only find exact matches in one respect. If you search for "Rose", the word "ROSE" will not be found as a match. The capitalization must match the way the + word was originally typed into the catalog. For that reason I always capitalize the first letter of every word. Another option would be to always capitalize the entire word. Getting back to function keys F6, F7 and F8. As we've discussed, pushing F6 will result in a search that uses the indexes. F7 and F8 provide two different ways to start a sequential search. Push F8 to start a normal sequential search. Your catalog will be searched starting with the first entry and continuing through the most recent entry you made. F7 provides a special way to search your catalog. If, for example, you are looking for entries that have the word "Christmas" in them, both the indexed and sequential searches will find entries in the same order every time a search is done. Pushing F7 starts the search at a random location in the catalog, resulting in different entries being found first. If you are conducting a sequential search, it may take some time to complete if you have a large catalog. To pause the search you can push F9. To stop the search and return to the menu push F10. Editing After A Search When a search finds a matching entry in your catalog, that entry will displayed on the screen. You can then edit that entry just as you would using the "Edit An Entry" function. Type the changes you need to make, then push F5 to save those changes. NOTE: The indexes are the most fragile parts of the data files. If at any time you feel the indexes are not working properly, go to the Utilities menu and build new indexes. The problems should then clear up. + UTILITIES There are eight functions available on the Catalog Utilities screen. Some of these are also available as a part of the Main Menu and are provided as a convenience here. These functions are: Copy Files - Used to copy all of the entries from one file to another file. This utility is intended for users upgrading from floppy disks to a hard disk. It will transfer entries from floppy disks to a hard disk, combining the files from several floppies into a single file on the hard disk. Rebuild The Indexes - The indexes are the most fragile part of a data base. This function allows you to replace your indexes should the index files be damaged. Condense Data - When a entry is deleted from the catalog all of the information remains in the file and it can be recovered. If, however, you would like to completely erase all of your deleted entries (i.e. to reduce clutter), this function will permanently remove them from the file. File Name - Used to change the current filename being used for cataloging. (This function is also provided on the Main Menu). Reserve Space - This function will set aside space on your disk for future entries in the catalog. Level - Allows you to change the level in use. (This function is also provided on the Main Menu). Security Code - Allows you to limit access to your catalog. (Not available in the shareware version). Customize - Allows you to change the titles on three of the lines, one on each level. + Now let's look at each of these in more detail. COPY FILES This function will take all of the entries in any data file and add them to the end of any other data file. Select #1 on the Utilities Menu and we'll see how this works. A series of prompts will lead you through the copy process. First you will be asked for the letter of the disk drive from which you'll be copying entries. Push the letter that corresponds to the drive you want to select. When you push a letter (only A-F may be selected) the selected drive designation will appear at the bottom of the screen. Next push the letter for the drive that contains the file you want to copy to. This can be the same drive as you will be copying from. The file you are copying to does not need to exist yet. A new file will be created, if required. The names of the data files on the disk you are copying from will now be displayed. You must enter the name of one of these files. If you enter the name of a file that does not exist, or is not a existing data file, the copy process will be stopped. When you enter the filename, DO NOT enter the .DAT filename extension. When you push ENTER the filename will be displayed at the bottom of the screen and the list of data files on the disk you are copying to will be displayed. Enter up to eight letters as the filename to copy to. This filename does not need to be in the list of data files. If you select a file used by another program, that file will be erased and replaced by your catalog data. That's why the filenames are displayed, so can see what is already on the disk. + The next screen shows the names of the files you are copying to and from. In addition, the number of entries already in each file will be shown. All of the entries in the top file will be copied to the second file listed. They will be added to the end of the second file. The level setting for each file will be shown. You may continue the copy process when the levels do not match, but only data for matching levels will be copied. For example, if one file is set at the second level and the other is set for the third level, only the data for the first two levels will be copied. You can exit at this point and reset the level for either file, if you want them to match. The indexes are not updated in the copy process. If you are using the indexes, you will be given the opportunity re-index. REBUILD THE INDEXES The function will erase the existing index files and rebuild them from scratch. Everything is automatic once you start the process. Since each file must looked at individually rebuilding the indexes for a large catalog could take some time. CONDENSE DATA What do you do if you're running out of space on a floppy disk? One option, if you've deleted quite a few entries, is to remove those deleted entries from your catalog file. Option 3 on the Library Utilities menu will do that for you. When you select #3 you'll be asked to confirm that the correct data file is being used. Push the letter "Y" if it is the correct file. All of the entries in that file will be checked and if an entry is marked as deleted, it will be removed from the catalog. The catalog will be reduced in size by the number of entries that were deleted. (Note: The file size reported by DOS will not change). + FILE NAME Option 4 on the Library Utilities menu works in the same way as the change filename function on the Main Menu. RESERVE SPACE This function is used to save space on your disk for future entries in your catalog. You will be asked for the number of additional entries you plan on making. Disk space will be reserved for these additional entries. (See appendix A for the maximum number entries on a floppy disk). Reserving space does two important things for you: It sets aside space on your disk so that if your disk should become full due to other activities, you will still have "reserved" space in which to make entries in your catalog. This is particularly important when using floppy disks. Reserving space also helps to keep your data files in adjacent sectors on the disk (more important for hard disk users). As files become fragmented, and spread among more widely separated sectors, the access time for getting data from those files becomes greater. In addition, highly fragmented files are more likely to be damaged over time than files composed of adjacent sectors. This software can not put fragmented files back together. To do that you will need software such as the Mace Utilities, PC- Tools, or the Norton Utilities. If you have any of these, and plan on creating large files (1000 or more entries), I'd suggest unfragment your hard disk first, then reserve the space for your catalog files. LEVEL You can change the level you are using in the same way as at the Main Menu. SET SECURITY CODE This function is not available in the shareware version in order to protect the security of registered users. + INDEX ON/OFF This function turns the indexes on or off. I recommend that if you are using floppy disks, that you turn the indexes off to save disk space. Hard disk users should have the indexing on to increase the speed of some searches. + off to save disk space. Hard d
OTHER SOFTWARE PUBLISHED BY HOMECRAFT: *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** THE COLLECTORS SERIES All of the software in the collector's series has been specifically designed for a certain type of collection. Each allows you to catalog your collection using 21 different characteristics and you can perform searches based on any combination of the information you've entered. This series is unique in that each of the programs has three levels of operation providing screens for beginning collectors through professionals. Thus you only need to catalog the information that is important to you. The following software is a part of the collectors series: FOR RECORD COLLECTORS (LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes, etc.) FOR RECORD COLLECTORS - Classical Music Version FOR RECORD COLLECTORS - Jazz Version BOOK MINDER (Books and magazine articles) FOR COMIC BOOK COLLECTORS (comic books) FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS (Slides, negatives and prints) THE FILM & VIDEO TAPES (movies, TV shows & home videos) FOR SPORTS CARDS (baseball cards, football, etc.) THE INFORMATION INDEX (Misc. information such as recipes, dieting instructions, jokes, trivia, exercise instructions, etc.). FOR COIN COLLECTORS FOR ANTIQUE DOCUMENTS FOR MEMORABILIA COLLECTORS FOR SPACESHIPS FOR STAMP COLLECTORS FOR SHIP MODEL COLLECTORS FOR GUN COLLECTORS (available 4/30/90) Plus there's more collector's software on the way! THE SUPER UTILITIES FOR COLLECTORS To add more flexibility to the software in our collector's series we have developed the Super Utilities for collectors. These add-on utilities provide the following functions: <> User defined report formats. You can set up your reports to look like you want them. Supports wide carriage printers. <> Any/all lines can be indexed and alphabetized. <> Multiple level sorts can be done. Thus, for example, in Book Minder you can get a listing of books in alphabetical order by author with each author's books listed in alphabetical order by title. <> The ability to create "child" databases using the results of a search/ sort to create the new database. *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** HOME FINANCIAL SOFTWARE Home Loan (The Financial Calculator) - Home Loan not only calculates the $35.00 monthly payment for nearly any type loan, it provides tables showing the effects of various loan options at a glance. 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An insurance records file provides a convient place to store vital information about your insurance policies. Home Money Manager IIa - home budgeting and checkbook software. Includes $29.00 check printing, tracking of tax deductible transactions, unlimited split transactions, over 800 expense catagories, credit card tracking, and many more advanced features. *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** EDUCATIONAL Play 'n' Learn - combines 7 education games (plus an additional 12 variations) $10.00 for very young children - ages 18 months to 4 years. These games include: Amanda's Letter Lotto > learn the alphabet Zach-A-Doodle > Etch-A-Sketch type game Color Screen > a very simple game that changes screen colors Color Match > learn colors and the alphabet Word Whirl > learn about words and names Next Number > learn numbers 1-9 Black Board Shapes > learn to match shapes The Play 'n' Learn games are also designed to help your learn about using computers. They teach skills ranging from just getting a response from pushing any key, to multiple key combinations and making menu selections. *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** *************************************************************************** For more information on any of the above write to: HomeCraft P.O. 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