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QUICKTRAN is a telecommunications file-transfer program which compresses files as they are sent across phone lines, providing savings in time and money. In standard file transfer protocols (like Xmodem), the computer spends a great deal of time waiting to send or receive data. QUICKTRAN puts this time to use, compressing and decompressing data as it comes in or goes out. A comparison of QUICKTRAN to Xmodem demonstrated that QUICKTRAN is, on the average, almost twice as fast. The program is fully documented, easy to install and use. A copy is required by both the sending and receiving computer.
Disk No: 1371 Program Title: QUICKTRAN PC-SIG version 1 QUICKTRAN is a telecommunications file-transfer program which compresses files as they are sent across phone lines for saving in time and cost. In standard file transfer protocols (like Xmodem), the computer spends a great deal of time waiting to send or receive data. QUICKTRAN puts this time to use, compressing and decompressing data as it comes in or goes out. A comparison of QUICKTRAN to Xmodem demonstrated that QUICKTRAN is, on the average, almost twice as fast. The program is fully documented, easy to install and use. A copy is required by both the sending and receiving computer. Synopsis: Telecommunications program that compresses files before transmission resulting in a savings of both time and phone bills. Usage: Telecommunications. Special Requirements: Hayes compatible modem. How to Start: Type GO (press enter). Suggested Registration: $19.95 File Descriptions: QT EXE Main program. QT DOC Documentation file. PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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Eidolon Technologies presents: QUICKTRAN(tm) - as seen in Byte, Online Today, PCM and PC Week Copyright 1988 Adrian Burton - All Rights Reserved QuickTran is a new telecommunications file transfer program which compresses files as they are sent across phone lines. In standard file transfer protocols (like Xmodem), the computer spends a great deal of time merely waiting to send or receive data. QuickTran puts this time to use - compressing and decompressing data as it comes in or goes out. QuickTran uses a variety of state-of-the-art compression techniques, and picks the one it thinks is best suited to the file being transferred. Head to head comparison of QuickTran to Xmodem demonstrated that QuickTran is, on the average, almost twice as fast. A 1200 baud modem transfers files at the functional equivalent of 2000 baud, a 2400 baud modem at 4000 baud. With certain files, such as spreadsheet and database files, QuickTran is even faster - up to five times as fast as Xmodem. Regardless of what kinds of files are transferred, using QuickTran will result in substantial savings in time and on phone bills. A sophisticated 16 bit CRC block error detection method is used to protect against bad connections or random noise during the transmission, thereby insuring error free transfers. QuickTran also offers convenience and simplicity. With QuickTran, it's easy to pause during a phone conversation in order to transfer one or more files. The complete file transfer can be invoked with a single short command line. In most cases, it is as simple as "qt s FILENAME" to send a file, and "qt r FILENAME" to receive a file. Sending and receiving multiple files is also supported. QuickTran can be called directly from DOS or from within a terminal program which has a DOS shell feature. This version of QuickTran is the shareware version. You may distribute copies of it freely provided that both the program and documentation are distributed together in their original unmodified state. The only permissible distribution fee is a reasonable fee charged by a business which distributes shareware programs. You are granted a limited license to use this version of QuickTran on a trial basis - solely to determine whether or not it will be useful to you. Any subsequent unregistered use of QuickTran is prohibited. Registration entitles you to continue using QuickTran - but only on one computer at any given time. Although great effort has been taken to insure the proper functioning of QuickTran, Eidolon Technologies and the author do not make any guarantees as to the fitness of QuickTran for any particular purpose and disclaim liability for losses of any kind or nature, incurred or alleged to have been incurred as a result of the use or misuse of QuickTran. This shareware version of QuickTran is for the IBM PC series and compatibles. It requires 144K of memory and a Hayes or Hayes compatible modem. As a possible alternative to registering the shareware version, you may want to consider ordering the commercial version of QuickTran described at the end of this document. Although it is more expensive, it offers a number of advantages and features not present in the shareware version. ---------------------------------------------------------------- To register your copy of the shareware version of QuickTran, send your name, address and $19.95 to: ----------------------- Eidolon Technologies Department E5 P.O. Box 20680 Columbus Circle Station New York, N.Y. 10023 ----------------------- Since QuickTran is needed on both ends of a file transfer (sending and receiving), both users will need to register their copies of the program. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Trademark acknowledgements: Hayes is a trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. IBM PC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corp. ---------------------------------------------------------------- The complete documentation for the shareware version of QuickTran can be found on the following three pages. The documentation is divided into five sections: Installation Overview Command Line Switches Multiple File Transfers During The Transfer INSTALLATION: QuickTran is supplied as a single executable program file, "qt.exe". QuickTran needs to be installed before it can be used properly. The first step in the installation procedure is to copy "qt.exe" from your original program disk to a work disk (or to your hard drive). Your work copy should also be called "qt.exe". Keep the original program disk as a backup copy. Since QuickTran modifies itself during the installation procedure, the work copy of "qt.exe" must not be write protected during the installation process. From the directory of your work copy, at the DOS prompt, enter "qt install" - executing QuickTran with the 'install' parameter. QuickTran will present menus asking for your modem type, your default com port, and your default baud rate. Your default com port should be your modem's com port, and your default baud rate should be the baud rate you use most often. If you should want to change these settings later on, you can do so by entering "qt install" and answering the questions again. If you have a hard drive, it is a good idea to place "qt.exe" in the DOS command path. This way, QuickTran can be used from any directory on your hard drive. This can be accomplished by using the DOS 'path' command. OVERVIEW: If QuickTran is executed without supplying any command line parameters, it will respond with an information screen. The screen displays, among other things, the selections you made during the installation process. It also displays the following line describing QuickTran's usage: qt [install] [/ac] [/bRATE] [/cN] s|r FILE1 [FILE2 FILE3 ...] As the above line suggests, QuickTran can be executed with one or more command line parameters which are separated by spaces. The square brackets indicate that the enclosed parameters are optional. A bar (such as the one in 's|r') indicates that one of the two (not both) separated parameters should appear on the command line. Parameters that start with '/' are known as 'switches'. We have already seen how the first parameter, 'install', is used (in the installation process). The three switches are not always used and will be considered later on. The 's|r' parameter is used to indicate whether you want to send or receive the file in question. Either 's' or 'r' should appear on your command line. For example, "qt s FILENAME" is used to send a file, while "qt r FILENAME" is used to receive a file. 'FILENAME' is, of course, not to be taken literally - it is the equivalent of 'FILE1' in the one line usage description, and represents the name of the file you want to send or receive. The receiver and sender can but do not have to use the same file names. Using QuickTran without switches or multiple file names presupposes that you are using the default com port and baud rate, that you want to transfer only one file, and that you are presently in the voice mode of communication. COMMAND LINE SWITCHES: Any combination of the three switches, '/ac', '/bRATE', and '/cN', can appear in any order on the command line, but they must all be before the 's' or 'r'. The '/ac' switch is known as the "already-connected" switch. It is used to tell QuickTran that a data connection has already been established (i.e. the modems are already connected). This switch can be used to transfer files over a 'null-modem' cable, but is most often used in conjunction with the DOS shell feature of a terminal program. In other words, you can connect your modem from a terminal program, temporarily exit to DOS, transfer files using QuickTran, and then resume communication in your terminal program - all without ever disrupting your carrier. For example, the sender would, after temporarily exiting to DOS, enter "qt /ac s FILENAME". If the '/ac' switch is not used, QuickTran will assume that you are presently involved in voice communication and will automatically perform the steps necessary to begin data transmission. The '/bRATE' switch is used when you want to communicate at a baud rate other than your default baud rate. Valid baud rates are 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200 baud. One of these rates should replace the 'RATE' in '/bRATE' - leaving no spaces after the 'b'. You need only specify the first two digits of the baud rate. For example, "qt /b24 s FILENAME" and "qt /b2400 s FILENAME" both do the same thing - send a file using 2400 baud. The '/cN' switch is used to specify a com port other than the default com port. Either '1' or '2' should replace the 'N' in '/cN' - leaving no spaces after the 'c'. For example, "qt /c2 s FILENAME" would send a file using com port 2. As mentioned earlier, multiple switches can be used on the same command line. For example, "qt /b300 /c2 /ac s FILENAME" specifies that 300 baud and com port 2 should be used to send a file between already connected modems. MULTIPLE FILE TRANSFERS: QuickTran can be used to send and receive multiple files. This is accomplished by listing the files at the end of the command line. The one line usage description describes this as 'FILE1 [FILE2 FILE3 ...]'. You can specify as many files as will fit on your command line. The sender and receiver can use different file names, but both should specify the same number of files. For example, the sender can use "qt s letter.wp data.dbf" while the receiver uses "qt r letter.doc stats.dat". After the transfer the corresponding files will be identical - although their names differ. Before sending multiple files QuickTran checks to make sure that all the files exist. Before receiving files, QuickTran checks for already existing files of the same name and, if it finds matches, asks you for overwrite permission. DURING THE TRANSFER: When one party (either the sender or receiver) initiates a file transfer his QuickTran will wait for the other party to get started. If the other party does not enter an appropriate QuickTran command line within 90 seconds, the originating party's QuickTran will automatically abort the transfer. Users can initiate an earlier abort with Alt-A (Pressing the 'A' key while holding down the 'Alt' key). Alt-A can also be used to abort at other times during a transfer. QuickTran provides a variety of status information throughout a transfer. At the beginning QuickTran supplies an "Estimated transfer time" (in minutes) and an "Estimated number of blocks in transfer". This is meant to provide a rough estimate of how long the transfer of the specified file will take. If you are using QuickTran from a voice connection, you will be reminded to '[Enable mute or hang up handset]' at the beginning of the transfer and '[Disable mute or pick up handset]' at the end. The idea is to prevent extraneous noise from interfering with your transfer. These steps are usually optional, though some modems (eg. EV-920) will not connect with an off-hook handset. Once the transfer of blocks (of data) begins, QuickTran lets you know which block is presently being transferred and how many times it has tried to send that block. QuickTran will abort after unsuccessfully sending or receiving a given block nine times. For long files, QuickTran will occasionally have to pause to save or reload its buffer. QuickTran tells you how many bytes it has saved or loaded. After the entire file is transferred, QuickTran gives you a "Percent saved (vs. Xmodem)". This figure tells you how much more efficiently the data was sent (when compared to Xmodem). You thus get an idea of how much time you saved. When the transfer of all file(s) is completed, QuickTran will beep three times. QuickTran(tm) - Commercial Version The latest commercial version of QuickTran comes complete with a printed manual and user support. It maintains compatibility with the shareware version yet offers a number of advantages and features not present in the shareware version. The enhancements are not trivial - they add the power and ease of use which makes the commercial version of QuickTran a complete turbo file transfer system. Enhancements found only in the commercial version of QuickTran: - Faster Transfers - Unattended Transfers: Auto-answer and Auto-dial - Wildcard Support - Transfer of Filename Along With Data - Unique Filename Generation - Combined Sending and Receiving - Transfer Log - Password Protection - Increased Resistance to Line Noise A description of each enhancement follows: FASTER TRANSFERS: Refinements in compression algorithm selection make it more likely that the compression technique used is the one best suited to the file being transferred. The result is that transfers can be up to 30% faster than those with the shareware version. UNATTENDED TRANSFERS - AUTO-ANSWER AND AUTO-DIAL: When auto-answer mode is specified, QuickTran waits for an incoming phone call, answers it, and then sends or receives files. The other end of the transfer uses the auto-dial feature to dial in. If so desired, it is possible to tell QuickTran to wait until a certain time before dialing out. This makes it easy to take advantage of lower off-peak phone rates. The automatic, unattended file transfers made possible with auto- answering and auto-dialing make QuickTran ideal for sending and/or receiving files to or from travelling businessmen or scattered corporate sites. WILDCARD SUPPORT: The sender may now use wildcard file specifications to specify which files are to be sent (eg. qt s *.*). The sender may provide multiple file specifications - as many as will fit on his command line. Using wildcards makes sending multiple files much easier. TRANSFER OF FILENAME ALONG WITH DATA: The receiver can, as before, specify names of files he wants to receive on his command line - but now does not have to. If filenames are not supplied, the receiving end will automatically obtain them from the sender. Thus, if the receiver is satisfied with the filenames used by the sender, he or she needs not specify any filenames on the command line (e.g. "qt r"). This makes receiving files much simpler. UNIQUE FILENAME GENERATION: In case receiving a certain filename would result in overwriting an existing file, QuickTran no longer prompts the user for overwrite permission. Instead, QuickTran generates a unique filename by changing the file's extension. COMBINED SENDING AND RECEIVING: One can combine both sending and receiving into a single short command. Thus just one auto-dialed call can handle a complete interchange of files. TRANSFER LOG: Invoking the log option causes QuickTran to keep a complete record of the transfer. Information stored in the log file includes file name, file size, and time and date of transfer. The log feature is especially useful for keeping track of unattended transfers (eg. auto-answer or delayed auto-dial). PASSWORD PROTECTION: If one end of the transfer specifies a password the other needs to match it - otherwise the file transfer will not take place. This feature is most often used in conjunction with auto-answer mode to insure that the person who calls in to send or receive files has clearance to do so. INCREASED RESISTANCE TO LINE NOISE: Refinements make certain types of line noise even less likely to cause an error during the transmission. ---------------------------------------------------------------- The commercial version of QuickTran described above is for the IBM PC and PS/2 series and compatibles. It requires 196K of memory and a Hayes or Hayes compatible modem. The commercial version of QuickTran is available from Eidolon Technologies for $39.95 N.Y. residents please add sales tax. The program is, upon request, available on a 3.5" floppy disk. ----------------------- Eidolon Technologies Department E5 P.O. Box 20680 Columbus Circle Station New York, N.Y. 10023 ----------------------- Since QuickTran is needed on both ends of a file transfer (sending and receiving), both users will need to order a copy.
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