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RECORDS & TAPES organizes and catalogs all your records and tapes. Ideal for anyone with large collections, this database can store up to 400 albums on a single disk and up to 32,000 on a hard disk. It lets you search for a particular album or cut by title, artist, music style, or other categories of your choice, and print lists of your entire collection sorted alphabetically or by category. It can even print individual "library cards" for each album, designed to fit in a rolodex file. You can display the database in several modes, two of which are hide and dim. In the hide mode, only those records meeting the search criteria are displayed. In the dim mode, the selected records are shown on the screen in bright characters, while all others appear in dim characters.
Disk No: 1413 Program Title: RECORDS & TAPES version 1.00 PC-SIG version 1 RECORDS & TAPES will organize and catalog all your records and tapes. Ideal for anyone with large collections, this database can store up to 400 albums on a single diskette or up to 32,000 on a hard disk. It allows you to search for a particular album or cut by title, artist, music style, or other categories of your choice, and print out lists of your entire collection sorted alphabetically or by categories. It can even print individual "library cards" for each album designed to fit in a rolodex file. The database can be displayed in one of several modes, either HIDE or DIM. In the Hide mode, only those records meeting the search criteria are displayed. In the Dim mode, the selected records are shown on the screen in bright characters, while all others appear in dim characters. Synopsis: Organizes and catalogs your records and tapes. Usage: Records and Tapes Collection/Database/Cataloging. Special Requirements: Printer. How to Start: Type GO (press enter). Suggested Registration: $25.00 File Descriptions: SETUP COM Executable file to specify system environment. START COM Executable file to initialize database and start program. RNT COM Executable file RECORDS & TAPES program. RNT 000 Program overlay files. RNT 001 Program overlay files. RNT 002 Program overlay files. SETUP COL System environment SETUP file. SETUP COM System environment SETUP file. SETUP DAT System environment SETUP data file. ALBUMS REC RECORDS & TAPES database file. SONGS REC RECORDS & TAPES database file. ARTIST LST RECORDS & TAPES database file. LABEL LST RECORDS & TAPES database file. SORT LST RECORDS & TAPES database file. README DOC Instructions for using RECORDS & TAPES. PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: TITLE.DOC Page: 1 RECORDS & TAPES DATABASE ************************ ************************ RECORDS & TAPES DATABASE ************************ ************************ USER DOCUMENTATION July 9, 1988 Christopher J. Noyes 191 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 625-2262 (C) 1987 by Christopher J. Noyes Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: LICENSE.DOC Page: 2 USER'S LICENSE AND USER SUPPORT INFORMATION 191 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 July 8, 1988 Dear User; This Program and the accompanying files are Shareware. If you like it and find it useful, register it and pay me $25. This will get you user support and the next version which I come out with free. If you find it useful, please register it, it is the only way that software developers like myself can keep going. We need new software, supplies and keep our computers up-to-date, and that takes money. If you don't register it you won't get more than minimal support if you have problems. You may, and please feel free to copy this ARC file as much as you want. Copy it for your friends, put it on your favorite BBS. To register you can find a registration form in the back of this manual. I am interested in hearing your feedback. If you have any questions or comments, or have any problems with this software, you can reach me at (718) 625-2262. Currently you can reach me at this number until 1:00 pm or after 9:30 pm or thereabouts on weekdays, or almost anytime both weekends and holidays. If I am not there, leave a message on the machine and I will return your call as soon as I can. You can also write me at the above address. I can also be reached on the following NYC area BBS's: Moondogs, PSCI, Northern Valley Systems, & Csig. This software is (C) 1987 by Christopher J. Noyes. Thanks, Christopher J. Noyes Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: ABOUTRNT.DOC Page: 3 ABOUT THE RECORDS & TAPES DATABASE ABOUT RECORDS & TAPES: "Records & Tapes" is a powerful data-base system for cataloging records and tapes. This program is ideal for the record and tape collector that has many records and loses track of their collection. This program is capable of giving information on an individual record or if desired on the individual songs on each record. The system is capable of handling up to 400 records with up to 1200 song entries on a single diskette system, or up to 1000 records with 6000 songs on a dual diskette system with 256k memory, and up to 2000 records with up to 7000 songs on a dual diskette system with 640k memory. On a system with 640k memory and a hard disk, the system can manage up to 5500 records with up to 32000 song entries. This is only an estimate. The program is easy to use and requires no knowledge of data-base programming or management, and is simple enough to be used by a child. Records & Tapes provides capabilities for sorting records by up to 5 fields for display or printing. Also provided is a complete easy to use search function that allows for display or printing of only the records you wish to look at, a boon for a person with a large collection. Information entrered for search can also be saved to disk for future use and recalled at any time. Records & Tapes provides several easy-to-use means of accessing data in it's data-base system. When New entries or changes are made to the system, the program keeps track of all changed records and any one of up to 16 can be accessed without going through the whole data-base. Entries that have already been entered into the system can be accessed through a screen that allows access to all of the data in the system. The program contains a means of searching for a record title in the system, while selecting a record, which can find any and all matches of any, (up to 20 characters) entries. Records & Tapes provides capabilities to print out listings of either the whole data base or any selected part of it. The system provides several different printout formats including rolodex cards. Any of the printouts can be sorted by any of up to 5 different fields. The program will work with any IBM-PC, XT, or AT or compatible with 256k memory or more, and at least one floppy disk drive. The system supports hard disk drives, and the user can set it up to use any subdirectory that the user wishes. The system can be setup to support most printers, either CGA (color monitor in text mode), MDA (monochrome monitor), or EGA (enhanced Color monitor in text mode) type displays. The program provides a fast direct video for true IBM-compatibles and a more compatible video routine for other systems. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: STARTRNT.DOC Page: 4 SETTING UP AND STARTING RNT SETTING UP RECORDS & TAPES: This supplied with an easy to use program Called SETUP. It is menu driven and provides specific help. To Start it enter SETUP<ENTER>. From there you you can select your topic you wish to customize entering the number of your choice and pressing <ENTER>. You can press the <F1> key for help at almost any time. When you are finished customizing your setup save the file to disk using that option and quit. Your setup will now be ready for when you want to use RNT. SETUP also allows you to select the proper video driver as noted below in "Starting Records & Tapes:". You can also change the setup by editing a file called SETUP.DAT, which you can find on the disk. This is the data that corresponds to each line of this file: Line Data 1. Next Album Record Number 2. Next Song Record Number 3. Y or N for IBM Compatible Video 4. Text Color 5. Backgrounnd Color 6. Bright Color 7. Enhanced Color 8. Error Color 9. Main Drive and Directory 10. Data Drive and Directory 11. Printer Command for Bold 12. Printer Command for Cancel Bold 13. Printer Setup String for Reports 14. Lines per Page for Report 15. Rolodex Printer String 16. Default Sort Field for Startup This file can be edited with standard ascii text editor. Note that the printer strings have commands which use control characters and the escape character (#27). Note that the printer strings are setup for the IBM printer or equivalent. These will work with most printers that emulate the IBM printers such as the Epson printers. If you are using a color monitor (either CGA or EGA) you should use the color setup file SETUP.COL. To use that file do the following. Rename the SETUP.DAT file SETUP.BAK, and rename the SETUP.COL file SETUP.DAT. If you are new or uncomfortable with dos do the following. On the command line type RENAME SETUP.DAT SETUP.BAK<RET>. Then type RENAME SETUP.COL SETUP.DAT<RET>. PREPARING FOR STARTUP: Before using RNT you should backup your disk. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: STARTRNT.DOC Page: 5 SETTING UP AND STARTING RNT copy the files starting with RNT.* and the file setup.dat to a directory or drive for the programs. This is known as the "Main Drive". This is the drive or directory that you will start RNT from. Copy the files *.REC, and files *.LST to a directory or drive for the data itself. This will be known as the "Data Drive". Note that these two drives or directories can be the same but can also be different if you want it that way. RNT is supplied with a startup program START.COM. START has two uses. First when you are still playing with the supplied database, start plugs in the correct directory and disk data into the SETUP.DAT file which must be in the current directory when RNT is started. Its other use is to create initialized datafiles for starting your own database. These will be created in the directory that you designate as the "Data Drive". To use START, Just enter START on the command line. Note that the file SETUP.DAT must be in the current directory. First you will be asked for the Main Drive and directory. Enter the correct drive and path and press return. Then you will be prompted for the Data Drive and directory. Enter the correct drive and path and press return. You will then be asked if you want to initialize data files. If you want to play with the existing database that I have supplied so you can learn the capabilities of RNT answer N and press the return. If you are now comfortable with RNT and are ready to create your own database, enter Y and press the return. Start will then either then create the data files and write a new setup file, or just write a new setup file. STARTING RECORDS & TAPES: Records & Tapes is started by typing RNT on the command line at the dos prompt. Note that the programs and the file SETUP.DAT must be in the current directory. The files ALBUMS.REC and SONGS.REC and files LABEL.LST, ARTIST.LST, and the file SORT.LST can be in a second directory, as referred to as the "data drive and directory". There are several options that can be used by entering codes on the command line when you type RNT. Note that most of these functions can be selected from within the program. If your computer does not use a standard IBM MDA, Hercules, CGA, or EGA graphic adapter, enter V=N on the command Line. This need only be entered the first time you use Records & Tapes. If you change video adapters you can change that setting by typing V=Y, so you can use the direct video option. The V=Y option is used by the program unless you tell it otherwise is much faster than the screen printing routines otherwise provided. If the computer's current video mode is not compatible with Records & Tapes own video driver then Records & Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: STARTRNT.DOC Page: 6 SETTING UP AND STARTING RNT Tapes will default to V=N. You can also select the Field that the screen will be sorted in when the program starts up. The program sorts the data on the Name of the album unless you tell it otherwise. Note that you can change this setting from inside the program, and this will be saved when the program ends. To change the Sort field enter S=2 to sort based on the composer, S=3 for the artist S=4 for the recording company, and S=5 for the type of music. This data that you start the program with will also be saved when the program ends. When you use the full search function, unless you change this, only selected records will be shown on the screen. You can change this so that all records on file will be shown, and the selected records will be highlighted on the screen in bright color. To Use this option, Type DIM following the program name or after the other options. The program always starts up in HIDE mode, which only shows selected records. This option can also be changed from inside the program from the utility function menu. BASIC INFORMATION ON RECORDS & TAPES: When you are using Records & Tapes, there are several things and information that will apply throughout the program. You can get help in many functions by pressing the F1 key. The program will prompt you to press any key to continue, so you can see the rest of the information on that topic and return to the program. You can press the ESC key at any time to escape or back out of from any function. You should only end the program by using the quit function, unless the program locks up (which should not happen), or all the new entries will not be saved, and the record selecting functions will not reflect what is on the disk. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: EDITING.DOC Page: 7 ENTERING, EDITING AND ACCESSING INFORATION EDITING SCREENS: Records & Tapes operates with several input/edit screens which are easy to use. You can use the cursor keys (left, right, end, and home) to move the cursor. If you exceed the width of that field, the program will beep, and not allow you to go any further. You can enter characters, (note that they will always be in caps, no matter how you enter them. You can also delete characters with the backspace key and the delete key. If you need to insert characters, press the insert key. Note that INSERT is displayed at the bottom right of the screen and you can insert text wherever you wish, any excess will be trimmed off the right. If you press the insert key again the INSERT display is erased from the screen. You can move from one field to the next one by pressing the tab key or the return or enter key. You can move to the previous field by pressing the tab key while holding down the shift key. If you are editing entries and wish to skip to the bottom of the screen press the F2 key. When you are entering information, take care to be consistant. When you enter an artist, label, or composer, these are stored in a list. Each time you use that person again, the program will use just the number of that person in its datafiles, and the names will be saved only once, saving space and increasing efficiency. Note that the entries HARRISON, GEO., G. HARRISON, an GEORGE HARRISON are probably the same person, but will result in three names being saved in the list, and not one, reducing operating efficency and will make it harder to locate and sort all of george harrison's work together into one group. If only one person is being considered, it is a minor problem, but as your database grows, it will become a bigger problem. The report printing function has a function where it can print you lists of how information is saved in its system for reference. USING THE INPUT MODE (CHOICE 1): The input mode allows you to input new information into the database. This function allows you to enter many different types of information. If you do not know an answer and do not find that field useful, either enter (NO or NONE) or skip it entirely. If you skip a field, you will find that it has been filled with a single `*' mark. Do not delete that mark, unless you wish to enter an entry, as it will be replaced with another `*' mark. Once you get to the bottom of the screen, you will be asked how you want to proceed. You can edit this entry, or you can enter the specific songs on this album or tape. You can also choose to go to the menu. Note that if you use the ESC key at this time, that your information will not be stored. If you Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: EDITING.DOC Page: 8 ENTERING, EDITING AND ACCESSING INFORATION enter G, the information will be saved for future use, and you will return to the menu. If You enter E, you will go to the top of the screen so you can make changes. If you entered S, the screen will clear and a new screen will be displayed. This screen allows you to input specific information about each song on the album. The display at the bottom allows you to see all the songs currently on that album, and you can select from those to edit. You can use the same keys as you used before, plus an additional one. You can use the F3 key to copy information from the Album information that you entered previously. Suppose that you are entering an album where all the songs were written by one person or group and were all performed by one person and group, you can enter all that information on the song entry by pressing the F3 key in each field. When you get to the bottom of that screen, you can select to edit that song, enter more songs, and if this is not the first song that you have entered, edit songs that are already entered. To enter more just enter M, and the process will start over. Note that the song that you just entered was displayed at the bottom of the screen. To Edit your current song enter E. To edit other songs that you have entered, press O. If you entered E, you will go to the top of that screen to edit. If you entered O, the cursor will go to the first song display line. Use the cursor key to select the song you wish to edit. When you get to the bottom of the screen, keep pressing the cursor down and songs will keep scrolling down. To select any song press the return or enter key. When you reach the bottom of the song display, you can return to the menu. if you use the G option, the songs will be saved to disk, just as you left them. If you use the ESC key they will not be saved to disk. If you use the ESC key in the song screen you will return to the album screen, if you use the G option, the album will be saved, but the songs won't. If you use the G option from the song screen, the songs will be saved. You can switch back and forth freely between the song and album screens. USING THE NEW ALBUM EDIT MODE (CHOICE 2): When you input or edit an album, each album and songs are saved in memory. Note that they are written to the disk when you press the G key in the input and edit modes. Records & Tapes saves 16 albums in memory, from the last startup. If you do more than 16 albums, it will start over and use the reuse the oldest slot. You will see a display of the albums stored in memory. Use the cursor keys (up and down) to select an album. When you have found the appropriate album, press the return or enter key. You will then see the input screen. This time it says ``EDIT NEW RECORD FUNCTION''. You can use the Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: EDITING.DOC Page: 9 ENTERING, EDITING AND ACCESSING INFORATION screen to make changes to albums that you have just entered. This operates like in the first mode. At the bottom of the screen, you will see the prompt, this time only a little different. If you have entered songs on that album, you will be asked if you wish to edit songs. If you did not enter any songs you will be asked again if you wish to enter songs. This operates a lot like it did before with one exception. When you get to the song screen, you will be asked to select a song. If you wish to enter a song, you will need to find the next open slot and select that slot by pressing the return key. Remember that if you use the ESC key to get out, your results will not be saved. Note that if you use the G option on either menu, all information will be saved. USING THE EXISTING ALBUM MODE (CHOICE 3): This mode allows you to edit any album that is stored on the disk. You will see a listing of all the records that are on the disk. If a search has been executed previously, you will only see the information that was valid for that search. You can use the cursor keys to scroll through the information. You can also use the page up and page down keys to scroll through a page at a time. If you have changed the sort field from its default of the album title, and you have added or edited information, or if you have just changed the sort field, you will see a prompt on the screen asking you if you wish to sort. If you choose not to do the sort, several things will be true. One if you have changed the sort, the list will not be resorted till you answer yes to this question. Two, you will not have access to the information that you have just entered or edited. If you answer Y, there will be a slight delay and the list will be sorted into proper order. If you have a lot of information stored in the system, you can scan through it with the scan function. Press the F5 key. You will be asked for the text to search for. Enter part or all of the album name that you wish to search for, and the cursor will stop at the titles that match your input. If you enter just two letters, you will be able to find all the ones that have those two letters as the first letters in the name. This function only looks for the leftmost characters in the names and continues when a non-match situation is found and stops when the length of the input line has been exhausted and a match is found. Once you have found the first match, you can find others by pressing the F6 key. You have by now noticed the two letters at the bottom right of the screen. Those give the direction that the search is done in. It will normally say DN for down. You can change that by pressing the F4 key. A new direction will printed when you press that key. You can now scan up the listing when you reach the bottom. Press the return key when you have found the record of interest Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: EDITING.DOC Page: 10 ENTERING, EDITING AND ACCESSING INFORATION and it will be displayed ready to edit. The editing function of this section functions exactly like the previous one. VIEWING THE DATABASE (CHOICE 4): This function operates much like the previous one, with one exception. With this mode, you cannot make any changes to information, and second, you don't have to move through the fields with the return or tab key. With this mode, you select the record you wish as displayed before, and it is shown in the input screen, at this point, you will see a message at the bottom of the screen. If you wish to see the songs press S, and you will proceed, if there are no songs you will not proceed. The song screen operates much like before, as far as selecting records. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: SEARCH.DOC Page: 11 SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION SEARCHING DATABASE (CHOICE 5): Records & Tapes has complete search capabilities. Records & Tapes has the capability to search for data in six different fields. The program has full boolean search functions. You can search for data that is equal to, not equal to, less than, more than, less than or equal to, or more than and equal to whatever data you wish to enter. You can create compound search parameters by combining different search parameters with boolean OR and AND operators. You can also use one level of paren- theses to force proper evaluation. Records & Tapes also has the capability to save to disk, and load from disk search parameters that you use frequently. When you enter the search function, you will be asked if you want to clear the search fields. Records & Tapes allocates one byte per album for a search field. This field is used to determine whether to print out the album on the screen or to the printer. The search function marks these fields when it searches for data. This field allows you to see only selected albums or highlight those albums. When the program starts, these fields are set so all albums are shown. If you had earlier done a search and had wanted to do another unrelated search, you would answer Y. If you had done an earlier search and wanted to narrow the results a little, or you were just starting, you would answer N, and the search function would combine the results of the search with the search fields. The first field that you see is the first or open parenthesis field. If you don't wish to use the paren- theses, just hit the tab or return key, and they will be ignored. If you wish to use them enter `('. If the paren- theses are shown in dim, or blank, they are not active. If they are shown bright, they are active. Next you would enter the field number that you wish to use. Then you would enter the operator you wish to use. You can use < for less, > for more, = for equal, <> for not equal, <= or =< for less or equal, and >= or => for more or equal. Now the data field is resized to fit the width of the appropriate data. You then enter the data and continue. Next you see the closing parenthesis. Continue as you had earlier with the open parenthesis, only in this case use `)' if you want the data to be in parentheses (see further for how to use parentheses). Now you will have to enter a connector. If you are entering only one search parameter, you should enter END, otheriwse you will get an error saying NO END FOUND!! If you wish to combine several different search parameters enter either OR or AND. If you use OR, the album will be shown if the first OR the second search field are true. If you use AND, the album will be shown if the first AND the second search fields are true. Now if you wish to edit that search, enter E, and you will go back to the start again. If you wish to Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: SEARCH.DOC Page: 12 SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION enter more search parameters, enter M. If you wish to edit other search parameters that you had already entered, enter O, then select the search parameter as you had with the song selector. and press the return key to select the search. Now if you are ready to do the search, press C, and the search process will start. When the search process is actually started, several errors may crop up. If you did not enter an END, you will get an error. If you did not include a close parenthesis for every open parenthesis etc., you will get an error. Also if you attempt to use two open parenthesis without an intervening close parenthesis, you will get an error. If you get an error, you will be returned to the editor to fix the error. Once the search is complete, you will be asked if you wish to save your search to disk. If you wish to save your search entries to disk, enter Y, and you will be prompted for a file name. If you got to this by mistake, you can press the ESC key to get out. If you don't wish to save, press N or the ESC key. Now you can view the database, and now only the albums that were true for the search will be shown. If you have changed the display mode to DIM, you will see the selected albums shown bright and the rest dim. USING PARENTHESES: Parentheses are used to force the program to test the search parameters in parentheses before the rest of the parameters. Here are some examples on how to use parentheses. A. ( year > 1950 AND year < 1960 ) OR ( type = R OR type = D ) END. B. ( type = D OR type = R OR type = P ) AND ( year > 1950 AND year < 1980 ) END. A Would show all albums that had years between 1950 or 1960 or were type R (Rock) or type D (Dance). B would show all albums that were type D (Dance), type R (Rock), or type P (Pop) and were done between 1950 and 1980. If you did not use the parentheses in the first case, it would show all albums that were type D (Dance), or were type R (Rock) and and were done between 1950 and 1960, showing those of type D outside of the 1950 - 1960 range. If you did not use the parentheses in the second case, it would show all type D (Dance), all type R (Rock), and all type P (Pop) that was done between 1950 and 1960. Note that searches are examined in sequential order, with those in parentheses being examined before the end result. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: SEARCH.DOC Page: 13 SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION USING EXISTING SEARCH INFORMATION (CHOICE 6): Records & Tapes has the ability to save and load search information from disk. It is also able to edit and reuse existing search information. This choice operates a lot like the prior one with a few exceptions. First when you enter it, you will be asked if you want to load search files from disk. If you do, press Y, if you do not, press N. If you chose to load search fields from disk, you will be asked for a file name to load from, and it will be loaded. If you have made a mistake, by choosing Y, press the ESC key. The second difference is that it starts you off with the search selector screen. First you select a search to edit and continue from there. If you just want to reuse other search information, select any search press the F2 key then press C. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: PRINTING.DOC Page: 14 PRINTING REPORTS AND ROLODEX CARDS PRINTING REPORTS AND ROLODEX CARDS: (CHOICE 7): Records & Tapes has convenient, powerful reporting capabilties. Records & Tapes can print lists of record companies on file, artists and composers on file, rolodex cards, and reports. Reports can be sorted on any of five different fields. If the Search function is used before printing a report, only selected records will be printed. Records & Tapes can print several different types of reports, with different amounts of information. Records & Tapes provides 3 different report forms. The first prints only the information that you see on the screen when you are selecting existing records. The second form prints all the information that you see on the album screen, plus the number of songs on file. The third form prints all the information that the previous one does plus prints all the information in the songs. The Report printing functions require a printer capable of 132 characters per line, either via a wide carriage or by a compressed print mode. The rolodex printing function requires a printer that can handle rolodex cards. Records & Tapes uses a programmable string that is printed out every time a report is printed, and a separate programmable string is used for printing of rolodex cards. The program also has a string for enabling bold, enhanced, or underlined print, and a separate string to cancel it. It also breaks pages automatically, based on a programmable variable number of lines per page. All this information is accessed through SETUP.DAT via the setup program. You can abort the any printout at any time by pressing and holding down the ESC key. SHORT REPORT (CHOICE 1): The short report format prints all the information that you will see on the main album selecting screen. A title bar is printed at the top of each page of the report with the date and sort field, and page number. LONG REPORT (CHOICE 2): The long report format prints out all the infor- mation that you will see on the album screen, and the number of songs on file. A title bar is printed at the top of each page of the report like the above. FULL REPORT (CHOICE 3): The full report format prints out all the Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: PRINTING.DOC Page: 15 PRINTING REPORTS AND ROLODEX CARDS information that the above report does, but prints out all of the songs. Each album prints out and on each one with songs, a title bar is printed above all the songs. ROLODEX CARDS (CHOICE 4): The rolodex format prints out all the information that the album screen does. The information is printed for standard rolodex cards. The rolodex control string controls spacing so all the lines will print on each card, and a page length command sets the page length to be 1 rolodex card. You will need to do a test to determine the exact placement of the cards in your printer. PRINT LISTS (CHOICE 5): The list printing function allows you to see which artists and labels are currently in your database. You can use these lists to keep you entries consistent. CHANGE SORT FIELD (CHOICE 6): This function allows you to change the sort field curently in use, that the reports are printed using. The database is sorted first on the sort field, and second alphabetically within the records where the sort field is the same. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: UTILITY.DOC Page: 16 UTILITY FUNCTIONS UTILITIES FUNCTIONS (CHOICE 8): This option allows several functions that will be of use to you when you are working with Records & Tapes. As with any of the Records & Tapes functions, you can exit or get out by pressing the ESC key. CLEAR SEARCH FIELDS (CHOICE 1): This choice allows you to clear the fields that the search function uses to select albums to show. This will allow you to use go back to seeing your entire database after doing a search on it. CHANGE SORT FIELD (CHOICE 2): Choice 2 allows you to select a different sort field. The sort field determines how the information that prints out and is displayed for selection on the screen is sorted. The information is sorted first based on the sort field, and second alphabetically based on the title of the song, where the sort field is the same in a group of two or more albums. This information is saved to disk when the program ends so it will be reused the next time the program starts. DELETE ALBUM (CHOICE 3): This function allows you to delete an album record that you do not want on file anymore. This is useful to delete records that you no longer have, or entered by mistake. To use this, select the album and press the return key. Next the record number will be displayed and you will be asked if you want to delete it. Make note of the record number, so if you decide afterwards that you didn't want to delete that record, and you will use that number to recover the album. If you want to delete that record, press Y and the return key. If you don't want to delete that album, press N and the return key, or the ESC key. DELETE SONG (CHOICE 4): You can use this function to delete a song on an album that you do not want on file any more. This is useful if you entered a song by mistake. Note if you delete a song by mistake, you cannot recover it. To use this function select the album involved, press the return key, now you will see the songs. select the song involved, press the return key. You will be asked if you want to delete that song. If you wish to delete Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: UTILITY.DOC Page: 17 UTILITY FUNCTIONS that song press Y and the return key. If you don't wish to delete that song press N and the return key, or the ESC key. CHANGE DISPLAY MODE (CHOICE 5): This choice allows you to change the mode that the program uses to display information on the main album selecting menus. The normal mode is hide, where only albums that are selected are shown and others which the search function doesn't select are not shown. When the program starts up all albums are selected. Also after you have used the Clear Search fields (Choice 1) function, all albums will be shown. The other mode that you can select is dim mode where all records are shown, but selected records are shown in bright. To use this function, press Y and return at the prompt, if you do not want to change the mode, press N and return or the ESC key. Note this information is not saved and the program always starts up in hide mode, unless you use the DIM option on the command line. SAVE DATA TO DISK (CHOICE 6): Use this choice as basically a protective measure. This function will save all changes to disk as though you had selected quit, but does not end the program. You should use this function after you enter a few albums, so you do not lose you data if the computer breaks down, or the something happens to interupt the power. RECOVER ALBUM RECORDS (CHOICE 7): If you accidentally delete an album, you can re- cover that album record using this function. To use this function, you need the record number that that data is stored at. If an album or song is deleted, it is not erased, just the references to it are eliminated. This function, restores the references. To use this, enter the record number that you made note of when you deleted the record, and press the return key. If you enter data that is not legal (non-number or negative number) you will get an error message. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: ERROR.DOC Page: 18 ERROR HANDLING HANDLING ERRORS: Records & Tapes is designed to prevent many kinds of errors, but there are several different kinds of errors that may occur. If you get an error that says either RUNTIME ERROR #... OR I/O RUNTIME ERROR#..., make note of the error numbers and call us immediately, there is something wrong with the program. Any other error that you will get, you should be able to resolve. In any case when you get an error, it will be flagged to your attention in a bright blinking color, and your computer will beep. Read the message, and press any key. The program will return to the menu. At this point you should quit and resolve the problem. If you get any further errors, the program will abort all- together. If there are errors at startup, the program will not start at all. If the SETUP.DAT file is not available, the program will end with a I/O error 01. when you stop the program, you will see an error message. If you saw the error message at the bottom of the screen you can ignore this message. Here are some of the errors that you might get, and what causes them and how to resolve them. OVERLAY FILE NOT FOUND. Records & Tapes relies on 3 files on your disk for additional programs. These are RNT.000, RNT.001, and RNT.002. These are required on the disk or startup directory, also known as the main or first directory. OUT OF MEMORY ERROR. You do not have enough memory to use Records & Tapes, or you have attempted to move a database created on a larger machine to a smaller one, and you have too many albums. You could resolve it by getting more memory, or by unloading a resident program, if you have any loaded. FILE NOT FOUND. The files SETUP.DAT, ARTIST.LST, LABEL.LST, AND SORT.LST must be on the disk or the startup directory, also known as the main or first directory. Also files ALBUMS.REC and SONGS.REC must be on the disk, or in the second or data directory. Also if you were loading a search file into memory, you possibly used the wrong file name. DIRECTORY IS FULL. This is possibly what the case is. Sometimes this error is caused by using an illegal e file nameto save search information to. Otherwise use another disk. DISK IS FULL OR DISK WRITE ERROR. This is probably a full disk, or a problem with your disk drive. This might also be a problem with a disk. TOO MANY OPEN FILES. This is not likely to happen, but if it does, increase the files line in your config.sys file. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: ERROR.DOC Page: 19 ERROR HANDLING NOT ENOUGH MEMORY LEFT. You have reached the capacity of your computer system. If you wish to add more, you will need more ram memory, or unload a resident program. Sat. Jul. 09, 1988 16:12 File: REGISTER.DOC Page: 20 REGISTRATION FORM REGISTERING RECORDS & TAPES: To register this program fill out the below form and send it with $25.00 in check or money order to: Christopher J. Noyes 191 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 You may obtain the Turbo Pascal 3.0 source code for this program for an additional $50. -------------------------------------------------------------- RECORDS & TAPES DATABASE REGISTRATION: Name:_______________________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________ City:_______________________State:_________Zip:_____________ Work Phone: (___) ___-______Home Phone: (____) _____-_______ I Got This Program From:____________________________________ Comments:___________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ______ Enclosed is $25 for Registration. Send me upgrade when it's ready. ______ Enclosed is $25 for Registration and $50 for Source. Please send me my source code immediately and send my upgrade when it's compete.
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