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FLOPCAT is a menu-driven disk-cataloging system with 23 functions to organize and manage your ever-increasing inventory of floppy disks. The disk labeling feature alone makes it well worth owning. Print labels with volume name, volume comment line, disk number, free bytes, file names and extensions. Build and update your catalog of disks. Look through the index or at the directory of a specific disk. Change the volume name, add a comment about the volume or make specific comments about individual files as you review the contents of each disk. Search through all floppy directories for volume names or wild card search strings. Volumes or files found are displayed on the screen or printer. A numerical or alphabetical listing of volumes is supported. Print a disk label in 3.5" or 5.25" formats. This function takes the directory information and neatly prints it on self-adhesive labels. This makes your selection of disks uniformly labeled, numbered, named, and dated, with the free bytes listed as well. New features include pop-up command windows, choice of file date record or comments, disk label path mask (allows labels to be printed only for selected drives), and expanded search functions.
Disk No: 959 Disk Title: FlopCat - Disk Cataloging System PC-SIG Version: S2.3 Program Title: FlopCat Author Version: 3.10 Author Registration: $15.00 Special Requirements: 512K RAM and two floppy drives. FLOPCAT is a menu-driven disk-cataloging system with 23 functions to organize and manage your ever-increasing inventory of floppy disks. The disk labeling feature alone makes it well worth owning. Print labels with volume name, volume comment line, disk number, free bytes, file names and extensions. Build and update your catalog of disks. Look through the index or at the directory of a specific disk. Change the volume name, add a comment about the volume or make specific comments about individual files as you review the contents of each disk. Search through all floppy directories for volume names or wild card search strings. Volumes or files found are displayed on the screen or printer. A numerical or alphabetical listing of volumes is supported. Print a disk label in 3.5" or 5.25" formats. This function takes the directory information and neatly prints it on self-adhesive labels. This makes your selection of disks uniformly labeled, numbered, named, and dated, with the free bytes listed as well. Labels used are 4" x 1-7/16" or 2-3/4" x 1-15/16" single-width labels. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
FLOPCAT USERS GUIDE Version 3.1 COPYRIGHT 1986, 1988, 1990 WR Software All rights reserved WR Software P.O. Box 1235 Atwater, CA 95301 - INTRODUCTION FLOPCAT 3.1 is a multi-featured disk catalog system for MS/PC DOS computers. FLOPCAT requires a minimum of 512K of RAM and two floppy disk drives or one floppy and one hard disk drive to operate. Full program features require use of a printer. The program is menu driven and is self-prompting during program execution. The FLOPCAT 3.1 system provides over 30 different functions to organize and manage your ever increasing number of floppy and hard disk files. The disk label feature alone makes it well worth having. Several disk label sizes are supported. The printed label with name, date, disk number, free bytes, comments, file names and extensions makes disk organization neat and attractive. A detailed description of each of these functions is found in the section entitled Master MENU. This documentation is included on each program diskette. To obtain a printout of this documentation insert the FLOPCAT 3.1 MASTER DISK in the active drive, ready your printer with paper and enter DOC. This file will print out for use as reference. GETTING STARTED DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR FLOPCAT PROGRAM BEFORE READING THIS SECTION. USERS OF FLOPCAT 2.0 THROUGH 3.0 MAY UPGRADE THEIR PRESENT DATA FILES AND AVOID RE-INSTALLING FLOPPY DISKS. SEE CLONEDAT.EXE UTILITY INSTRUCTIONS. Note: CLONEDAT.EXE is only provided to registered users, since use of this utility indicates continued long term use and therefore user registration is warranted. INITIALIZATION FOR COMPUTERS WITHOUT HARD DISK DRIVES: Before attempting to run the install program, you must have formatted at least two system disks with the DOS FORMAT /S command. FLOPCAT 3.1 now provides two options for floppy disk data storage. With the first option all files are installed on the program disk. High density floppy disk users with prefer this method as disk swapping during program operation is not required. As FLOPCAT features have been added it has been necessary to reduce the amount of record storage to accommodate the increase in the FLOPCAT program size and still have it all fit on one 360K floppy disk. As with FLOPCAT, DOS has increased in size through the years. Because of the storage limitations of 360K disks, it is recommended that the separate data disk method be used for FLOPCAT data storage with the low density 360K disks. If you require more records to handle your disk records than will fit on a single program and data disk, use the second option of a separate data disk in addition to the program disk. This allows data files nearly as large as the diskette capacity. This option is recommended for low capacity floppy disk drives. Remember, whatever disk the data is stored on must be a system disk formatted as described below. IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS: ARCHIVE MASTER DISK: the original disk you received containing FLOPCAT program files. Never, repeat, never erase any files on this disk. It contains some files that are not needed after installation for runtime operation that should be retained for archive purposes. ARCHIVE WORK DISK: a working disk you will make for installation purposes. Follow directions below in it's preparation. Need not be retained after successful installation. PROGRAM WORK DISK: the work disk from which the FLOPCAT program will start. May be fixed disk or floppy disk. FLOPCAT DATA FILES may or may not be on this disk, depending on your installation option. FLOPCAT DATA DISK (separate data disk): contains FLOPCAT DATA FILES. Must always remain installed in active drive. May be on fixed or floppy disk. In fixed disk, will co-reside with all other FLOPCAT PROGRAM FILES. FLOPPY DISK ONLY INSTALLATION Insert the ARCHIVE MASTER DISK in your boot up drive, normally drive A, and copy appropriate ARCHIVE MASTER files to the Program Work disk with the FLOPCOPY.BAT utility. The FLOPCOPY utility requires you to specify the destination drive and path when started. Example: FLOPCOPY B: Copies program files onto disk in drive B. If separate data disk is desired insert that disk when prompted by the FLOPCOPY utility. If you have high density large capacity drive and wish program and data files on same drive, just leave the program disk in the designated drive and data files will be created on it. After data files have been created, you must make sure the COMMAND.COM file is on both program and data disk, and copy the following files from your DOS disk onto the data disk: MORE.COM and TREE.COM EXAMPLE: COPY A:MORE.COM B: COPY A:TREE.COM B: This example copies MORE.COM and TREE.COM from the DOS disk in drive A to drive B. Once this is complete insert the FLOPCAT program disk you have created in your boot up drive and run the install program. Now see INSTALL.EXE program description. HARD (FIXED) DISK INSTALLATION: This is the easiest installation. Insert the ARCHIVE MASTER disk in DRIVE A and TYPE: A:INSTALL Then just follow directions of the INSTALL.EXE program. See INSTALL.EXE program description that follows. INSTALL.EXE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This is a new utility written to aid in installation of FLOPCAT version 3.1. The INSTALL utility will ask a series of questions and configure FLOPCAT for your particular hardware installation. If you should at some later date change your mind about the FLOPCAT default configuration or if your equipment changes, you can make the same changes from within FLOPCAT by the CHANGE HARDWARE CONFIGURATION option on the FLOPCAT MASTER MENU. Insert the FLOPCAT program disk for floppy disk installations or ARCHIVE MASTER for hard disk in DRIVE A: and type: A:INSTALL The opening page is to remind you that INSTALL will overwrite already existing FLOPCAT data files. INSTALL is intended to be run prior to first use of FLOPCAT. Pressing (Y)es indicates you understand this an desire to continue with the installation process. Next you will be asked to select the type of monitor you are using. If your monitor is color or provides gray shade emulation of color use this selection. The next selection is to define your operating environment. Select 1 for floppy disk only systems. Select 2 to install the program on fixed disk. Next you will select the drive for the data file. The FLOPCAT data files must be in this drive at all times during program operation. Additionally, this should normally be the drive you boot the computer from. FLOPCAT periodically accesses DOS functions so COMMAND.COM needs to be present on the FLOPCAT data and / or program disks. Hard (fixed) disk users should select the particular fixed disk they wish to install FLOPCAT on. Following your selection you will be asked to verify the drive you have selected. Next hard disk users will be asked to indicate drive and path in which your DOS files will be located. Example: C:\DOS Next you will be asked to select the number of records you will be needing. The menu shows the resultant storage media requirements. The last option (6) was in response to user requests to be able to define their own requirements. Be advised that nothing is free. If you get carried away with how many records you wish, you will be eating up disk space. Floppy disk installations should also be careful that you do not use all space on your FLOPCAT data disk. FLOPCAT creates and uses some temporary files during operation and 2K or so overhead should be available for these. Each record is 32 bytes long. Therefore, 10,000 records will require 320,000K of disk storage space. Number of records in excess of 10,000 normally should be considered only on hard disk systems because of access time limitations of floppy disk systems, assuming floppy disk density allow this large a file in the first place. Each directory, disk file, disk title, comment, and other disk information will require at least one record. Printer selection follows. Normally the default settings you will see will work for most dot matrix printers. These are the EPSON defacto standard that seems to be pretty universal. Until you determine that these settings do not work, do not change them. Option 8 selects whatever settings are present and saves them for FLOPCAT use. For those that must modify the default settings options 5, 6 and 7 allow you to test your changes without having to leave the INSTALL program. The CHR$ number values are decimal values and can be found in your printer manual. I do not have the resources to test and develop printer drivers for specific printers. This utility was developed to allow users to provide for present and future printers. The last thing that the install utility accomplishes is to initialize the random access data file that you specified previously. This process may take several minutes. The length of time required depends on the number of records that you selected, and if you have a fixed or floppy disk environment. Some users have become impatient and rebooted in the middle of the process. RUNNING FLOPCAT FLOPCAT runs similar to many other data base programs. Floppy disk installations will insert the FLOPCAT program disk in the boot drive and type FLOPCAT. Hard disk users must change to the FLOPCAT directory by typing CD\FLOPCAT then type FLOPCAT and press the enter key. You will be greeted with title page, various data files will load and you will be greeted with the FLOPCAT MASTER MENU. Separate data disk floppy installations will be prompted when to insert the data disk and then data files will be loaded and MASTER MENU appear. MASTER MENU This is the master menu of program options. You will always start and return to this menu during different program functions. Twelve different function groupings are called from the master menu via the function keys F1 through ALT F10. These functions are listed individually below. F1 - DISPLAY DISK DIRECTORY This function key will display the directory of a floppy disk located in the selected read drive. Selected read drive and path are displayed. They may be changed by pressing D to change drive or P to change path. R reads what is selected and M returns you to the MAIN MENU. It is effectively the same as a DOS DIR command. No data is changed or stored, it is simply displayed on your CRT display for your information. ALT F1 - DISPLAY DIRECTORY TREE Pressing the ALT key and F1 together will display a directory tree of the selected read drive. The display will vary depending on which version of DOS you are using. Those running DOS 4.0 or higher may select specific path directories by changing the path. The drive may be changed on any version of DOS. This function operates as the DOS command TREE.COM. This allows you to preview a disk prior to entering into the FLOPCAT CATALOG and break it up into logical portions when building your data base. F2 - ADD / CHANGE DISK IN INDEX This function allows you to build and update your catalog of disks. Initial addition of a disk or updating to include added files are performed automatically in the same manner. Follow the prompts after pressing F2 to activate this function. Read drive and path are selected as in the previous two functions by pressing C. D selects dummy disk. (See copy protected disk instructions below.) M returns to the MAIN MENU. Hard or high density floppy disk users utilizing subdirectories may now enter all hard disk directory and disk information into the FLOPCAT data base. There are programming and hardware memory constraints that limit the data that may be placed in each catalog number. In other words don't expect to enter the entire hard disk under one catalog number. High capacity floppy drives should be treated as a hard drive and entered by subdirectories. ATTEMPTING TO ENTER A HARD DISK UNDER A SINGLE CATALOG ENTRY MAY EXCEED YOUR SYSTEM MEMORY CAPABILITY AND RESULT IN ERROR INDICATIONS. An entire hard disk under one catalog number would defeat the purpose of this program and would make it more difficult to find a file anyway if you are looking for it. You should break down your disk into logical organization such as by subdirectories. An asterisk placed following a specified directory will make that directory wild card and all subdirectories with it will be included. The catalog title field will show the selected directory and included in the directory information will be all included subdirectories. Files will be listed following their respective subdirectory entry. The comment field now includes file creation dates. These may be left for search functions or overwritten with comments on any nature as previously. Insert the disk to be added or updated in the designated read drive. Then press any key other than C, D, or M at the prompt when the disk is installed. FLOPCAT 3.1 advises you of how much more room is in the data file, and the indicates the next disk number in sequence as well as any available empty catalog slots with a lower number. It then asks for a disk number. If you wish the next number in sequence simply press enter. Input any other number between 1 and 999 you wish the disk labeled. Selection of a disk number already in use will overwrite and replace earlier information with that of the disk you are reading in the drive. This is how you update a disk later with added files. Periodically insert your disks that may have changed to update the directory and to get current disk labels. WARNING: SOME COPY PROTECTED DISKS MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL HANDLING Copy protected disks with invisible directories or other non-standard directory structure may cause disk read problems. Any disk that results in problems from a DOS DIR command or F1 function attempt to read will result in an error message. Since such copy protection schemes are so varied and change so frequently, it is of little use to attempt to work around any copy protection scheme. If such a disk is encountered, it still may be entered into the directory by use of the dummy disk option. This gets the disk into the directory and makes a label available if you want it. Previous versions required the use of a blank formatted dummy disk to enter certain copy protected disks into the FLOPCAT data base. FLOPCAT 3.1 and later allows you to simply select the dummy disk during the addition of catalog entries. The blank formatted disk is no longer necessary. Next FLOPCAT 3.1 will read the volume name from the disk. If the disk volume has no label, NO LABEL will be indicated. If you wish the same volume label just press enter. If you desire a different one, type it in when asked. The field will hold 18 characters. If the disk is one of several use this field to indicate that also. The hatched area shows the available field. If you make a mistake here or anywhere else when typing into a hatched field use the left arrow on the numeric key pad to avoid eating your hatched field. It makes no difference to the program in either case; you won't be allowed to exceed the given field length. You may now provide a 64 character comment appropriate for each disk. If you wish to comment the disk later, just press enter and the volume comment may be added during the REVIEW DISK FILE / COMMENT function at any time later. When FLOPCAT 3.1 has successfully read the disk and stored its data you get the "Press any key when ready to read disk" prompt indicating FLOPCAT 3.1 is ready for another disk. If you wish to exit the disk loading function, just press M to return to the main menu at this time. If FLOPCAT 3.1 chokes on a disk, and cannot read directory information, an error message will be displayed asking you to correct the problem and continue. If you cannot correct the problem, and do not wish to use the dummy disk method described above, now you may abort the entry loop by pressing A to abort this will return you to the main menu. Depending on the number of files per disk, FLOPCAT 3.1 will manage up to 1000 catalog entries (the actual number is limited by data space on the FLOPCAT floppy disk and the number of files per disk). The number of records available to you was preselected during program installation. If you attempt to exceed the amount of record space available for data the program will issue the appropriate prompt. F3 REVIEW OR COMMENT DISK INDEX FILE This function allows you to look through the index or look at the directory of a specific disk. Another feature allows you to change the volume name of a disk in the directory, add or change volume comments, or to make specific comments about individual files as you review the contents of each disk. You will be asked to "Input beginning catalog number. The listing displays all records under the given catalog number. After all the files on a disk have scrolled through, a command menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. Pressing the "M" key takes you back to the Master Menu. Hitting the "+" key (the one to the right of the numeric keypad is most convenient) brings up the next disk. Pressing the "-" key displays the previous catalog entry. Pressing the "C" key activates the comment mode. COMMENT MODE A "C" pressed when displayed in the command level prompt allows you to change the volume name (only in FLOPCAT) of the disk, add or change volume comments, and add comments to each individual file listed. In the comment mode the bottom command line prompt shows the keys to press. Pressing the "INS" key allows you to change the disk volume title, insert or change a volume comment or insert a comment about a file on the line in which the curser is located. The field available is also displayed. After the text is typed into the field, press the "ENTER" key to capture the text. The numeric keypad down arrow will scroll you down through the files. The left arrow on the numeric keypad will backspace if you make a mistake and need to over type an error. "END" key on the numeric keypad can be pressed at any time displayed to terminate the comment process. The command line prompt will then change to allow "M" to be pressed for Master Menu or the "+" key located to the right of the numeric key pad will bring up the next disk information. F4 SEARCH FUNCTIONS Underlying this Master Menu option is a sub-menu allowing nine different searching operations: (F1 Sub-Menu) SEARCH VOLUME OR COMMENT FOR KEYWORD - TO SCREEN This function will search the volume names and volume comments for a keyword. This function is always wild card. For example entering a keyword of "DB" will list all volume names or volume comments that have the characters "DB" in them. (F2 Sub-menu) SEARCH FOR FILE NAME - TO SCREEN Will search through all floppy directories in FLOPCAT looking for all occurrences of a file name you have input. This may be wildcarded by suffixing an asterisk (*) after the text string. (Example: typing FI* will list all files that contain FI) If the keyword to locate is not wildcarded with the asterisk character, the file name must contain only the keyword and no other characters. Character case is ignored. Found files will be displayed on the screen. Following the search, pressing "M" will return you to the Master Menu or "+" will return the Search Sub-menu. (F3 Sub-menu) SEARCH FOR FILE NAME - TO PRINTER Similarly searches for a file name but sends the results to the printer. The wildcard function works as above in F2 Sub-menu. The "Printer ready?" prompt allows you to check paper alignment at the very top of the form and turn on the printer. (F4 Sub-menu) SEARCH FOR FILE EXTENSION / DIR - TO SCREEN Searches through all FLOPCAT records searching for all occurrences of a particular file extension, printing the found files to the screen. If DIR is entered, FLOPCAT will display all directories and subdirectories in the data base. (F5 Sub-menu) SEARCH FOR FILE EXTENSION / DIR - TO PRINTER Similarly searches for file extension or directories but sends the results to the printer. (F6 Sub-menu) SEARCH FILE COMMENT FOR KEYWORD - TO SCREEN Allows you to search file comment for keyword. This function is always wildcarded. All file comments will be searched and found files displayed on the screen. You can for example search for all files created in 1989 by entering "-89" as your search string. (F7 Sub-menu) SEARCH FOR DRIVE / PATH [#]- TO SCREEN This function is always wild card. Enter the drive or path that you wish to look for. For example if your B: Drive is a 730K drive, you may specify searching for all files entered from your B: drive. Additionally you may pull up anything under a specific subdirectory path no matter which catalog number it may be filed under. (F8 Sub-menu) RETURN TO MAIN MENU Allows exit from this submenu to the main menu. F5 DELETE DISK FROM INDEX This function allows you to delete a specified disk and its' associated information from the directory without replacing it with another disk. All associated disk fields will display blank. If you want to replace it with another disk it is easier to just put in the disk you wish in its' place, press F2, and input the desired disk number. The new disk will assume this disk number location. If you inadvertently enter this menu or change your mind about deleting a disk, enter zero (0) for a disk number and you will exit to the main menu without any changes to data. F5 PRINT DISK LABEL This function takes the directory information and neatly prints it on self adhesive labels (or plain paper if you want to cut and paste). This makes your selection of disks uniformly labeled, numbered, named, volume comment added, dated, free bytes printed and files listed. In response to user requests five disk label sizes are now supported. These sizes are readily available at most computer or office supply stores. Avery 4240 and 4241 are in relatively small quantities so you do not have to buy thousands. Also, these labels have special adhesives that are supposed to stick to floppy disks without coming off and gumming up your disk drive. The default printer drivers should work for most dot matrix printers. It is an EPSON defacto standard (even Epson printers vary some printer to printer) and should work for most printers. For those of you with laser printers and other exotic equipment, I apologize and hope you can emulate the EPSON default or make your own driver with the INSTALL or RECONFIG utilities. I unfortunately do not have the resources to obtain such things and develop printer drivers. The default label size is displayed and may be changed by selecting the number of the desired label format. These are your options: 1. 5.25 inch disk (4.75 X 1.25 Avery 4240) 2. 5.25 inch disk (4 X 1 7/16) 3. 3.5 inch disk (2.75 X 1 15/16) 4. 3.5 inch disk (2.75 X 2.75 Avery 4241) 5. Mini (standard file) labels (3.5 X 15/16) Disks with a larger number of files than will fit on one label automatically use more than one label on 5.25 inch disk format. These can then be placed one over another to show all disk files. The 3.5 inch format does not have room on a diskette for more that one label. If the number of files exceeds what one label will hold, all remaining files will be truncated and a plus (+) will appear to the right of the last file listed indicating all files are not on the label. Mini labels may be used on any size disk. Because of size/space limits file and directory names are not included. With versions 3.1 and later a drive / path mask function is included so you may exclude hard disk drives, or unwanted floppy drives from a label run. In this way you do not end up with floppy disk labels for hard disk directories or labels for a disk of a different size than the labels you are running. You may exclude up to 4 different drives or paths from the label run. For example, to exclude a hard disk drive D, press 1 to select exclude path one, and type "D:\". When ready to continue printing labels press C. Next select the first and the last disk you wish a printed label for. To align the printer, initially print one label until you have the labels aligned then start your label run. I will normally complete a directory update and then print out all the labels for the same sized disks in one operation. You can, however, print any or all labels at any time. When printing is complete, the label selection menu will appear. Press M to return to Main Menu. F7 PRINT FILES IN CATALOG INDEX This function prints a listing of all files by specified catalog number. The print head should be even with the top of the page and FLOPCAT will align top and bottom print margins accordingly. Follow the prompts. Input first and last disk to print out. After the standard 'Printer Ready?' prompt, pressing <ENTER> will start the printout. This printout aids disk organization and serves as a power off reference to look for a particular file or files. F8 LIST BY VOLUME NAME This main menu function consists of a submenu list of four functions for listing volume names of disks. (F1 Sub-Menu) LIST VOLUMES TO SCREEN IN NUMERICAL ORDER Selecting this function produces a screen listing of volume names in numerical order. This allows a rapid scan for a particular disk without listing files information. (F2 Sub-Menu) LIST VOLUMES TO PRINTER IN NUMERICAL ORDER Several users of previous versions have requested this feature which lists disks by number and volume name to the printer. (F3 Sub-Menu) LIST VOLUMES TO SCREEN IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER This function lists volumes to the screen after sorting them into alphabetical order by volume name. The sort may take up to several minutes for a large number of disks. (F4 Sub-Menu) LIST VOLUMES TO PRINTER IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER This function sorts by volume title as above but lists the results to your printer. (F5 Sub-Menu) RETURN TO MAIN MENU This allows return back to the main menu. F9 CHANGE HARDWARE CONFIGURATION This allows the you to change hardware options / configuration anytime after program installation. A FLOPCAT in exited and an separate utility named RECONFIG.EXE is executed. Program defaults that you entered during installation can be changed if necessary at any later date. The RECONFIG.EXE program operation is similar to installation except that record data is not changed. If you want to change the configuration press (Y)es at the FLOPCAT prompt and make the appropriate selections as during installation. At any point in this sequence, pressing M for menu will return you to the master menu. Floppy disk installations will have to re-insert the FLOPCAT program disk in the specified drive when prompted to re-enter FLOPCAT. F10 NORMAL PROGRAM EXIT The program should normally be terminated with F10 on the master Menu. This will ensure all files are closed, program usage information updated, and put you back at system command level. Failure to use this function may result in lost data. If several disks have been deleted or changed during program operation, the next function, ALT F10 should be used to compress the data file and restore the maximum number of available records. ALT F10 COMPRESS AND EXIT This mode compresses the data file after disks have been deleted or disks have been re-entered. It only makes room for more records if room is available. It has no effect on the overall size of your FLOPCAT data base. You do not even have to use it after each disk delete or change session, it may be accomplished any time later that you use the program. THIS FUNCTION SHOULD NOT BE USED indiscriminately BUT ONLY WHEN NEEDED COMPRESS THE DATA FILE. IT may take several minutes for large numbers of records and a disk read or write error or power fluxuation during this operation would render your data file unusable. If you have not deleted or re-entered a large number of disks there is no reason to use this function unless you are running out of available record space. The primary purpose of this function is to retrieve usable data space. If you have a large number of disks and do not want to risk having to put them all back in, make a backup copy of all data files (they all have the extension of DAT) prior to using COMPRESS AND EXIT function. Then if the power fails during this operation, you can reload the data files onto your floppy or fixed disk data environment to recover. CLONEDAT.EXE WARNING PROCEED SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY WITH THIS UTILITY SINCE THE POTENTIAL EXISTS TO DESTROY PREVIOUSLY EXISTING FLOPCAT DATA. This utility is only provided to registered users. Use of the CLONEDAT utility indicates long term use of FLOPCAT and is not necessary for evaluation of the program. CLONEDAT serves two purposes. The first allows present FLOPCAT users of versions 2.0 through 3.0 to upgrade their data file and avoid re-entering all the disks. The data file in version 3.1 was modified to incorporate directory path data. Using CLONEDAT will modify version 2.X or 3.0 data structure to be compatible with version 3.1; however, path data for previous data will be missing. The second use of CLONEDAT is to allow users to transfer disk catalog data into a larger (or smaller) file if they wish to change the size of that data file after initialization and a large number of records are loaded into the catalog. The destination file must already exist or have been initialized with the INSTALL.EXE utility. In other words, the file RFILE.DAT must exist on your destination disk and directory. First copy the data files you presently have to a blank formatted system disk that is installed in DRIVE A (you may designate any other). (EXAMPLE: COPY B:*.* A: would copy the files from DRIVE B to DRIVE A) Once the data files are copied they will serve as your source and backup in case something goes wrong. CLONEDAT should be run from drive A for floppy disk users, or run from the destination drive and directory for hard disk users. Enter CLONEDAT to start. Next place the disk with these backup files in DRIVE A and then designate drive A as the source of old data. (Fixed disk users may designate the drive and directory of old Flopcat data if a new directory destination has been created with the Install utility.) Determine how many records are in the file you are transferring data to. If you do not recall the records that you specified, do a DOS command DIR on the drive in which this RFILE.DAT file resides. The number of records is the file size in bytes divided by 32. You will need to know the number of records before running CLONEDAT. Once this has been done answer the question about how many records are in the RFILE.DAT file you are transferring to. Then select the destination drive by pressing the appropriate key. CLONEDAT will now read information from the backup disk and transfer it in the FLOPCAT 3.1 format to your designated destination drive. Once CLONEDAT is complete (it may take several minutes for a large number of records, and longer for floppy disk based systems) you can now run FLOPCAT 3.1 with the updated information. If anything goes wrong during the transfer (power failure or whatever) you can reattempt or reinstall the backup data files onto your FLOPCAT operating environment or try the CLONEDAT utility again. EVALUATION COPY DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTIONS FLOPCAT is distributed under the user distributed software concept. You can copy, give to friends, furnish to bulletin boards, and software clubs as restricted below. Some users believe that because they paid for the disk from a Shareware distributor they are a registered user. Unless received direct from the author, you have been furnished this copy for short term evaluation of the program. If you or your friends wish to continue to use the program, become a FLOPCAT registered user. WR Software is small company and its survival depends on your honesty. Whether or not you become a registered user, pass it on to interested friends. REGISTERED USER PRIVILEGES 1. Upon registration you will receive the latest revision of your version of the program and the CLONEDAT utility. 2. You will be advised of new versions as soon as they are available and allowed registration and updates at a reduced rate. 3. You will receive priority help if you have problems or questions. I am obligated to helping those who have registered first. Others are helped on a time available basis. 4. Suggestions resulting in major program improvements will get you the new version of the program FREE!!!. This version contains several recommendations for new functions from users. In case of duplicate suggestions, the first received will get a free update. RESTRICTED PERMISSION TO COPY FLOPCAT (EVALUATION DISK) This program is not a public domain program. It has been Copyrighted by the author. FLOPCAT was compiled with the Microsoft QuickBASIC compiler, therefore portions of the runtime code are also Copyrighted by the Microsoft Corporation. Permission to copy is only as described below unless you have written permission from the author. You may copy only to furnish it for evaluation purposes only. No fee may be charged for copies furnished to others except Shareware distributors may charge up to $6.00 to cover cost of diskette, shipping, and handling. SHAREWARE DISTRIBUTORS You must supply written statement of intent to distribute. This allows me to furnish updates you and ensures you have that latest version available for your customers. Distribution without said letter of intent is copying without my permission and is an infringement of the Copyright Law. BULLETIN BOARDS CLUBS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC MEDIA WARNING: I have not released this program to any electronic media or bulletin board. Therefore, I am in no way responsible for it or any other version you have available. Users can only have assurance that they have an unadulterated copy if it comes directy from WR Software. Systems operators etc should take all precautions to prevent virus or worm type contamination of their systems. Upon request I will supply the latest version as I would to any other distributor. This program is not distributed in a compressed format. Such compression indicates second party involvement. Bulletin boards and other electronic media may make this program available provided they furnish all files, this documentation in total, and do not charge fees specifically for the program other than normal on-line service fees. Groups, clubs or individuals may not modify the program in any way. The author is in no way accountable for quality, content or operation of copies furnished by others. FLOPCAT 2.10 ENHANCEMENTS OVER VERSION 2.00 Allows selection of read disk drive during runtime operation. Improves read disk operation for disks without readable files in directory. Improves disk label format: file sequence changed; free bytes moved to top of label. Data storage further optimized to allow more disk storage. FLOPCAT 2.2 ENHANCEMENTS OVER VERSION 2.1 Format problem on disk labels with up to max allowable files corrected. Means of escaping disk delete routine. Problems encountered with over 100 disks corrected. FLOPCAT 3.0 ENHANCEMENTS Each volume may have a comment. Wild card search of volume names or comments Wild card search of files. Wild card search of comments. Automatic read of existing volume names. List of volume names to screen and printer by disk number. Alphabetical list of volume names to screen or printer. Support for 3.5 inch floppy drive labels. Increased number of files on each disk label. Data file compression Ability to upgrade or clone from another data file Ability to select the size of data file during initialization FLOPCAT 3.1 ENHANCEMENTS INSTALL utility now provided to simplify installation Hardware configuration revision changed to background operation Display directory tree function added Dummy disk selection on ADD / CHANGE CATALOG ENTRY Hard disk files may be included in catalog Subdirectories on hard or floppy disks now supported File creation dates included Search functions for directories only Search function all files under specified paths or subdirectories Three new label sizes added User may install other printer drivers Disk label path mask function added Menu formats improved RUNTIME ERROR CODES Every attempt has been made to simplify program installation, but it is a fairly complex process. Ensure you have carefully followed installation directions before reporting problems. You should not encounter runtime error codes, however should you receive one please make record of when, where, what computer, DOS version and error code as it occurs to enable trouble shooting. Error codes are the same as MS/PC BASIC if you wish to attempt to determine the cause yourself. What portion of the program and what you were attempting at the time are critical in determination of error conditions. Extensive error trapping has been written in but users are sometimes very creative in the ways in which they try to run the program. FLOPCAT REGISTRATION / ORDER FORM WR Software P.O. Box 1235 Atwater, CA 95301 90.XX.3.1 Date: ____________ Name ______________________________________________________________ Street ______________________________________________________________ City __________________________State _________ Zip Code____________ Country ______________________ Where did you get / hear about FLOPCAT? ______________________________ Street_____________________City_______________State________ZIP_______ List your computer_____________ Installed on Hard disk [ ]yes [ ]no Installed on floppy drive [ ]360K [ ]730K [ ]1.2M [ ]1.4M Default printer driver works on disk labels [ ]yes [ ]no Make and model number of printer____________________ Running FLOPCAT on [ ]CGA [ ]EGA [ ]VGA [ ]color [ ]monochrome [ ] Registration is free if program received direct from the author. [ ] Registered users of earlier versions of FLOPCAT may upgrade their registration with $10.00 donation to cover supplies, handling, and shipment of latest version. Latest FLOPCAT Version available author direct for $15.00 donation for those not previously registered. (Users outside USA add $3.00 for additional shipping costs) [ ] Program obtained from some other source. Register me as user and send latest update of the program. $15.00 donation enclosed. (Users outside USA add $3.00 for additional shipping costs) [ ] Send information on REMEMBER-IT. Never forget important dates, payments due, birthdays, billings, tax payments etc. REMEMBER-IT reminds you of only those of importance today or in your predetermined warning period every time you power up your computer. Supports one time, annual, or same day every month reminders. REMEMBER-IT available author direct for $10.00 registration. This program should save you at least $10.00 worth of embarrassment or late fees in a single year. SORRY NO CREDIT CARDS INTERNATIONAL CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS MUST BE IN US FUNDS MAKE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO WR Software Please list additional features or improvements you would like to see or any problems encountered with documentation.
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FLOPCAT NEW USERS INFORMATION FLOPCAT is a multi-featured floppy disk catalog system for MS/PC DOS computers. FLOPCAT requires a mimimum of 512K of RAM and two floppy disk drives or one floppy and one hard disk drive to operate. Full program features require a printer. DO NOT ATTEMPT PROGRAM OPERATION WITHOUT READING THE `GETTING STARTED' SECTION IN THE DOCUMENTATION. The FLOPCAT working disk requires proper initialization. Hard disk users refer to the appropriate section. Documentation is included in each program diskette. To obtain a copy of the documentation, insert the FLOPCAT master disk in drive A, ready your printer, and enter DOC. Documentation will automatically be printed. Or if you prefer to use your word processor, documentation text is in the file FLOPDOC3.TXT
Disk No xxx Program Title: FLOPCAT Version 3.1 FLOPCAT is a multi-featured disk-cataloging database system for MS/PC-DOS computers. It is menu-driven and self-prompting. FLOPCAT has 30 functions to organize and manage your hard and floppy disks files. Floppy or hard disk sub-directories are included into the database. You always start at and return to the master menu during different program functions. Twelve functions are called from the master menu via the function keys F1 - ALT F10 (they are listed below). There are two sub-menus with an additional 10 functions. The system allows you to build and update your catalog of disks or subdirectories. Initial addition of a disk or updating to include added files are done the same way. You can look through the index or at the directory of a specific disk. Another feature lets you change the volume name, add a comment about the volume or make specific comments about individual files as you review the contents of each disk. You can also search through all directories for volume names or wild card search string or for all occurrences of a volume or file. Volumes or files found are displayed on the screen or printer. Search by drive or path is supported. A numerical or alphabetical listing of volumes is supported. Another function lets you delete a specified disk and its associated information from the directory with or without replacing it with another disk. You can also print a disk label in 3.5 or 5.25 inch formats. The disk label feature has five different label sizes. The printed label with volume name, volume comment line, disk number, free bytes, directories, file names and extensions makes disk organization simple. A masking feature allows you to exclude hard or other specific disks when printing labels. This function takes the directory information and neatly prints it on self-adhesive labels. This makes your selection of disks uniformly labeled, numbered, named, and dated, with the free bytes listed as well. The user may use the default settings or create a custom printer driver. One exit option compresses data after changes or deletions. A utility is available to clone data into another data file. Usage: Disk Cataloging Database System Requirements: 512K memory and two floppy or one floppy and one fixed disk drives How to Start: Type: INSTALL Suggested Registration: $15.00 File Descriptions: FLOPCAT.EXE Main program. FLOP3-1.TTL Title graphics. FLOPCOPY.BAT Batch file to install on floppy based system. INSTALL.EXE Installation utility, run this after reading documentation. RECONFIG.EXE Allows installed default settings to be changed. BRUN40.EXE Runtime library module DOC.BAT Batch file for printing the documentation. FLOPDOC3.TXT Program documentation. NEWUSER.TXT New user information. README.BAT Batch file to view NEWUSER.TXT.
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ FLOPCAT EXE 88316 5-30-90 2:35p INSTALL EXE 52529 4-26-90 4:36p RECONFIG EXE 16011 4-07-90 2:17p FLOP3-1 TTL 955 4-11-90 5:02p BRUN40 EXE 76816 10-08-87 5:57p DOC BAT 26 9-30-88 2:01p README BAT 28 9-30-88 3:46p NEWUSER TXT 896 4-10-90 7:48p PCSIG TXT 3200 6-15-90 4:22p FLOPDOC3 TXT 44544 4-25-90 12:07p FLOPCOPY BAT 756 4-21-90 11:46a GO BAT 38 12-15-87 9:53a FILE0959 TXT 2443 7-16-90 3:53p GO TXT 573 7-17-90 12:56p 14 file(s) 287131 bytes 26624 bytes free