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POP TRAIN is a trainable ram-resident help system able to display help screens depending on the page and field location of the cursor. Screen capturing enables later display for further help system development, briefings, etc. POP TRAIN is useful in employee training, telephone sales, general computer education, or other situations where a personalized help screen is needed. POP TRAIN is especially useful when screens from mainframe programs can be downloaded to PC's. The problem screens that baffle many newcomers can be captured to disk. POP TRAIN will let you place hidden explanatory help messages in each area of difficulty. The bewildered beginner touches a hot key and the explanation appears at the cursor. Touch any other key and the message disappears. The system is also invaluable when an older application is updated or expanded. Update the help system at the same time and many puzzled phone calls will never be made. A PC-based, customizable, pop-up help and training system. Perfect for new and updated applications for PCs and mainframes. Training for novices.
Disk No: 1471 Program Title: POP TRAIN version 1.2 PC-SIG version 1 POP TRAIN is a HELP system you can customize to train new users to your applications. This RAM-resident program lets you put HELP messages exactly where needed, available at the touch of a hot key. POP TRAIN is especially useful when screens from main frame programs can be downloaded to PC's. The problem screens that baffle many newcomers can be captured to disk. POP TRAIN will let you place hidden explanatory HELP messages in each area of difficulty. The bewildered beginner touches a hot key. The explanation appears at the cursor. Touch any other key and the message disappears. The system is also invaluable when an older application is updated or expanded. Update the HELP system at the same time and many puzzled phone calls will never be made. A PC-based, customizable, pop-up HELP and training system. Perfect for new and updated applications for PCs and main frames. Training for novices. Synopsis: A PC-based, customizable, pop-up HELP and training system. Perfect for new and updated applications for PCs and main frames. Training for novices. Usage: Educational - Computer application training aid. Special Requirements: None. How to Start: Type GO (press enter). Suggested Registration: $49.95 - After 30-day free trial period. File Descriptions: DEMO BAT Batch file to start demo of program. DEMO H00 Demo file. DEMO1111 H01 Demo file. DEMO1111 H02 Demo file. DEMO1111 SCR Demo file. DEMO2--- H01 Demo file. DEMO2--- H02 Demo file. DEMO2--- H03 Demo file. DEMO2--- H04 Demo file. DEMO2--- H05 Demo file. DEMO2--- H06 Demo file. DEMO2--- H07 Demo file. DEMO2--- H08 Demo file. DEMO2--- SCR Demo file. DEMOILL- H01 Demo file. DEMOILL- H02 Demo file. DEMOILL- H03 Demo file. DEMOILL- H04 Demo file. DEMOILL- H06 Demo file. DEMOILL- H08 Demo file. DEMOILL- SCR Demo file. DEMOPLAN FRM Data file. DIGIDOC PRO Data file. FDINSTAL BAT Installation batch file for floppy disks. HDINSTAL BAT Installation batch file for hard disk. POPT12 EXE Selfextracting Archived file. PTAPPLIC FRM Data file. PTDOC DOC Program documentation. PTI EXE Main program. PTIL BAT Batch file to start program. PTPLAN FRM Data file. PTU EXE Utility program. PTUL BAT Batch file to start utility program. READ ME Info file. YOSHI REC Data file. PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG Inc.
POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. All Rights Reserved A Trainable RAM Resident Help System. - TABLE OF CONTENTS - INTRODUCTION ............................................. 1 OVERVIEW ................................................. 1 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY ................................... 2 REGISTRATION INFORMATION ................................. 2 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ...................................... 3 GETTING ACQUAINTED ....................................... 3 LOADING POP TRAIN ...................................... 4 CALLING POP TRAIN TO ACTION ............................ 4 USING POP TRAIN WITH TRAINEES .......................... 4 SAVING YOUR SCHEMA FILE ................................ 4 REMOVING POP TRAIN FROM MEMORY ......................... 4 PLANNING A HELP SYSTEM ................................... 5 SCHEMA NAME CONSIDERATIONS ............................. 5 PAGE RECOGNITION CONSIDERATIONS ........................ 5 FIELD/CURSOR CONSIDERATIONS ............................ 5 MAKE A PLANNING SHEET .................................. 6 UTILITIES ................................................ 6 RAM .................................................... 6 PAGE ................................................... 6 EDIT ................................................... 6 MODIFY ................................................. 7 MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS .................................... 7 RAM DRIVE USAGE .......................................... 7 DIRECTORIES/FILES AND POP TRAIN .......................... 8 FLOPPY DISK ONLY USERS ................................... 8 CONFIGURATION OF POP TRAIN ............................... 9 AUTOMATIC POP-UP ....................................... 9 AUTOMATIC REMOVAL OF PRESENTATION SCREEN ............... 10 KEYBOARD RETURNS; K/0, K/1, K/2 ........................ 10 DIGITAL VOICE PLAYBACK ................................. 11 HOT/HELP KEYS .......................................... 11 REVISION HISTORY AND NOTES ............................... 12 PROBLEM REPORTING ........................................ 12 CREDITS AND TRADEMARKS ................................... 12 IBM .................................................... 12 Borland International .................................. 13 TesSeRact(TM) .......................................... 13 QWIK Screen Utilities .................................. 13 Data Compression ....................................... 13 OTHER SOFTWARE FROM JOHN MAJKRZAK ........................ 14 SUGGESTED READING ........................................ 14 - i - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. I N T R O D U C T I O N Pop Train (PT) is a trainable RAM resident help system able to display specific help screens depending on the page and field location of the cursor. Screen capturing enables later redisplay by PT utility software for further help system development, briefings, etc. Pop Train is useful in employee training, telephone sales, general computer education or other situations where a personalized help screen is needed. O V E R V I E W Many computer programs are just written to be used, not written to train someone how to use them. Companies budget thousands of dollars for a training department which then struggles to teach new employees how to use the computer program required in their job. An often used training technique is to stand over the shoulder of the student and answer even the most repetitive and basic questions. Now there's a better way. Pop Train is a two part package containing PT Instructor (PTI) and PT Utilities (PTU). Pop Train Instructor is available upon request during operation of another program. Pressing a predefined key combination (hot keys) will call Pop Train into action. After initial set up, a trainee can use PTI to display a specific `help' screen when the help (hot) key is pressed. For instance, in an order entry program the Method Of Payment might be a one character field entitled MOP on the Order Summary page. The trainee needs to know what MOP means and what different types of entries might be put there. Pop Train can be told how to recognize the Order Summary page and what help screen to display when the cursor is in the MOP field. All the trainee needs to do is request help by pressing the help key. When the trainee is finished reading the screen he or she may press any key to remove the help screen and return to the order entry program. Pop Train performs these actions without disturbing any other programs that may be running on the computer. Also, a `disable' feature of PTI removes options that a trainee should not access. The primary feature mentioned above is especially useful in many places where a personal computer can compliment a mainframe application. The PC could serve as a terminal while keeping busy memos off the mainframe. In a computer training course a PT help screen could be set up to answer the questions that students often ask. - 1 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. Another feature of PTI is its ability to capture a screen and store the contents onto disk. The Pop Train utilities program can be used to redisplay the screen just as it appeared before. This feature is especially helpful when terminals are used in the primary work center but where training could begin on a more convenient personal computer. Optional configuration settings enable Pop Train to perform as a presentation system which cycles through everything automatically. When Pop Train is combined with DIGITONE (c), your convention sales presentation become more convincing than having a VCR try to do the job. See `Other Software From John Majkrzak' for information about Digitones voice delivery capabilities. Pop Train presentation (help) screens are created using the `edit' option included in PTU. Presentation screen names are assigned by Pop Train thereby making development of your help system easy. Help screens can be relocated onto a RAM drive for faster display. Pop Train is distributed for a 30 day free trial period. If you like and use Pop Train then you are expected to register your copy with the owner. Look for registration information elsewhere in this documentation. Pop Train is Copyright (c) 1988 John M. Majkrzak, All Rights Reserved. D I S C L A I M E R O F W A R R A N T Y John Majkrzak makes no warranty concerning the function or fitness of Pop Train, and shall have no liability or responsibility to any recipient with respect to liability, loss or damage directly or indirectly arising out of the use of Pop Train programs or associated routines, including, but not limited to, any loss of business or other incidental or consequential damages. Pop Train Copyright (c) 1988 John M. Majkrzak, All Rights Reserved. R E G I S T R A T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N Pop Train is distributed for a 30 day free trial period. The PT software distributed for your examination is complete. There are no features included in the registered version that you do not see here. Every effort was made to assure the quality of Pop Train and your ability to judge its effectiveness. If you like and use Pop Train then you are expected to register it with the owner in accordance with U.S. Copyright Laws. In exchange for your registration dollars, you receive: - 2 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. -Uninterrupted ("Registration Requested" screen removed) program initialization. -The right to use the product on up to TEN computers. -The latest `registered' version of Pop Train. -The next major revision (upgrade) sent to you free except for $4.00 S/H charges. -Minor revisions (repairs) are always free, except for S/H charges. -Answers to your questions about the product and a pledge of continued support. -A share in the experience of other registrants. -Gratitude. For $49.00 Pop Train is licensed for use on up to ten computers. All computers must be owned by the same registrant. Additional registrations will be required if more than ten computers need to run Pop Train at the same time. Amounts listed above are for 5.25 inch media, add $2.00 for 3.5 inch disks. Please complete the entire application form (PTAPPL.FRM) for registration. Be sure to list your computer type. You are free to distribute the examination edition of PT provided no fee (other than a nominal fee for shipping and handling) is charged to the recipient. Do not distribute your registered software. S Y S T E M R E Q U I R E M E N T S Pop Train should run on any IBM-PC, XT, AT, and PS/2 or compatible machines with DOS 2.0 or greater. Pop Train Instructor requires about 57K of system memory. Maximum screen size is 132 by 43. G E T T I N G A C Q U A I N T E D If you have a hard drive use the installation batch file (HDINSTAL) to make life easier. If HDINSTAL is used, all Pop Train help screens and other data created will automatically be stored in one (C:\POPTRAIN) place. Also, help screens will be copied to RAM drive `D' (if available) before PTI is loaded. To get these results you must use the batch files (PTIL and PTUL) for loading Pop Train. When PTI begins running the introduction screen may be paused by pressing a key (quickly) prior to completion of the introduction message. Unregistered Pop Train users will see a `Registration Requested' screen before the introduction screen. - 3 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. Get the feel for how a help system would work by trying out the DEMO. Help may be requested when the cursor is resting on the first character (far left) of each data entry field. To display the help screen press the RIGHT shift key and the `?' key. While in the C:\POPTRAIN directory at the DOS prompt type `DEMO' to execute the demonstration batch file. The demo does not perform any real data entry since you are actually seeing the `page' feature of the PT utilities program. Press the Esc (escape) key during the demo to see what you can do. LOADING POP TRAIN Assuming you are in the directory where PT resides you may load PTI with the command `PTI HELP', where `help' represents the name you selected for your schema. If the schema name is left off you are given a reminder. Think of the schema file as the layout or design of your help system. Pop Train schema files have an extension of `.H00'. Load PT before getting into the application you plan to use it with. CALLING POP TRAIN TO ACTION First load PTI then load whatever application program you need help with. Press <Alt> + <Left Shift> + `T' to activate the PTI menu. You can pause the introduction screen to confirm the activation sequence. Most of your work involves selection `T' for setting up the schema file. The `help' screen is displayed when the <Right Shift> + `?' key combination is pressed. USING POP TRAIN WITH TRAINEES You may not want a trainee to have access to the PT menu screen. The menu can be disabled. Use the PTU `MODIFY' command or declare a DOS environment variable called PTCONFIG and set it equal to DISABLE. For example, "SET PTCONFIG= DISABLE". The word `disable' may appear anywhere in the configuration setting. PTCONFIG also has other uses. See "Configuration Of Pop Train" elsewhere in this documentation. SAVING YOUR SCHEMA FILE When you are ready to save the schema you have been working on you may do so by using the word SAVE in place of a schema name just as though you were trying to load PTI again. For example: >PTI SAVE. REMOVING POP TRAIN FROM MEMORY Remove PTI from memory with the command: `PTI R'. You will be prompted to save the file if changes were made. - 4 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. P L A N N I N G A H E L P S Y S T E M A planning sheet is useful in organizing your customized help system, but before looking at one there are some things you should know. SCHEMA NAME CONSIDERATIONS The help application you build uses a naming scheme that begins with a four character name that you assign to it. A recommended technique is to use the same first two characters for all the help schemata created. Use the third and fourth characters to identify the specific help schema. The advan- tage is ease of referencing your files on disk for many of the DOS commands you might use. The disadvantage is small since you will probably use a batch file to load the program anyway. The name decided upon is the name given on the command line when you load Pop Train, for example, `C>PTI HS01'. Pop Train will use this name as the first four characters on each of the help screens you set up for your application. PAGE RECOGNITION CONSIDERATIONS Pop Train is application/page oriented. Each screen or item entry page on your application must have a unique string of characters that can be used as an identifier. The `unique' page name must be four characters in length and located at the same spot on each page. Most applications will meet this requirement even though it was not planned. Look over each page of your application carefully to find a location that will work. Generally, you should start your search at the upper left corner of the screen or consider screen titles like; item entry (ITEM), customer entry (CUST), or order summary (ORDE), provided each page has them in the same location. The rules you should follow about the page name are simple. At least one of the four characters must be unique. The other three characters could all be the same. Even graphics characters are allowed because any character that Pop Train does not like will be remembered as the negation (-) symbol. FIELD/CURSOR CONSIDERATIONS Each help screen to be displayed will need to be assigned to it's own specific cursor location. Usually the location should be the same place the cursor jumps to when it enters the field. After deciding which fields are in need of help screens, you should plan on assigning their locations to Pop Train in the same order that data is normally entered. There are two main benefits in doing so; file name extensions will correspond to the field number, and second, field movement during the PAGE - 5 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. feature of PT utilities will match. MAKE A PLANNING SHEET See the PTPLAN.FRM file for more information about planning your help system. U T I L I T I E S The PT Utilities program is where the most expansion of capabilities is likely to occur as registered users send in their suggestions. When not configured for `trainee' use, a menu is displayed if no command line is given. Some features need to activated through the command line, for example: >PTU MODIFY RAM A RAM or vDisk is highly recommended for use with Pop Train. The RAM option offered by the PTU program is only a convenient alternative to setting up a batch file to do the same job. Using DOS commands is actually faster (in most cases) than using the RAM option. Only help files will be transferred. For rapid display of page screens during use of the PTU PAGE feature you could use the DOS command: `COPY HELP*.SCR D:'. PAGE The PAGE feature will assist in familiarizing students or new employees with a computer application without actually having to run the program they are being trained on. Another reason for using PAGE instead of your regular application is the ability to teach PT to position the cursor in places that it may not normally go. The potential use is to highlight and provide additional explanation about screen items that are display only, for example, the `order total'. To use the page feature you must first capture the PAGE using Pop Train Instructor. If the system is configured for a trainee then the PAGE utility starts automatically since it is the only one available to a trainee. EDIT The file editing facilities of PTU must be used to edit all help screens. To edit the help files identified within a PT help schema, load PTI with the schema, next load PTU without any command line and select the EDIT option from the main menu. While using the editor you may press the escape key to get help. The editor is easy to use. Other instructions are given by the program. Avoid confusion, do not have help screens on RAM disk while editing them. Only screens on the default (primary) path are - 6 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. edited. Editor access is also available from the PAGE routine, but not if PT is being used with a trainee. Accessing the editor from the page routine can be much easier. MODIFY This option is activated from the command line, for example: >PTU MODIFY. Default colors for the Pop Train menus and your help screens can be set using MODIFY. A wider selection of alternate hot keys is offered through `modify' than the PTCONFIG (see Configuration Of Pop Train, Hot / Help Keys) variable allows. A modified copy of Pop Train can be LOCKED for `trainee' use. When Pop Train is locked, the DISABLE command (see Using Pop Train With Trainees) need not be given. CAUTION, do not let the MODIFY feature write over your existing copy of Pop Train if it is the only one you have. M U L T I P L E A P P L I C A T I O N S Most training sessions or jobs only involve one task or application at a time. Likewise, PT is best when used to cover one application. Should you need more applications, for example, both `inbound' and `outbound' sales, then just do everything twice. Use a different name for each application and set up a batch file to load Pop Train as needed prior to loading whatever program you need. If PT is used in the daily work center and people need help screens across different applications then it won't hurt to give it a try. Remember PT is limited to nine pages and all pages must have the identifier at the same screen location. R A M D R I V E U S A G E Pop Train will check for a RAM (vDisk) drive `D' when it gets loaded. You may specify the path (or any other drive) to be checked. Use the DOS `SET' command to include two path names in PTPATHS as explained in the `Directories And Files' section. The first path is the PT default data path. Separate the first and second paths with a semicolon (like the DOS `PATH' command). Leave no spaces anywhere in PTPATHS, for example, `SET PTPATHS=C:\POPTRAIN;D:\POPTRAIN'. Only the default (first) path specified is used by PT to store data. It is OK to specify the second path even if that drive does not exist. Only the RAM utility of PTUTIL will issue an error message if the second path is not found. All others - 7 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. simply revert to the first (default) path. No RAM drive specification is needed if your screens are on the root directory of drive `D' because `D:\' is used as a default. For more about DOS paths, see the `PATH' command in your systems operations manual. D I R E C T O R I E S / F I L E S A N D P O P T R A I N Pop Train will create one file on your disk for each help schema you create. Usually only one schema will be needed for each application. The directory Pop Train leaves its files in is up to you. Prior to loading Pop Train you can use the DOS `SET' command to create a memo (PTPATHS) for PT to read. The memo will tell PT where its file directory is located. For example, `SET PTPATHS=C:\POPTRAIN', tells PT to look in the subdirectory \POPTRAIN on drive `C' for all its files. If the PTPATHS memo is not found then PT will use the directory you were in when PT was loaded and you should take steps to always be in the same subdirectory when loading Pop Train. If you have been working on a help schema and discover the page identifier was not located in the proper position, you will need to start over. Pop Train automatically initializes new files. Therefore, to start over again you should delete the schema file from your disk drive after removing PT from the computer memory. For example, `DEL HELP.H00', will enable you to start fresh. F L O P P Y D I S K O N L Y U S E R S Pop Train works fine for floppy disk users, although the experience would be more pleasant if used with RAM drive software. Details about installing RAM drive software is beyond the scope of this documentation but RAM drive usage is covered in its own section. To work on a floppy based system you will need enough room for Pop Train and whatever else needs to share the disk. All you can do is try. If you have two drives you can use FDINSTAL.BAT to install Pop Train onto the disk in drive B. If your managing with one drive then follow these instructions to put Pop Train onto your data disk. Step 1: A>B: Step 2: B>CD\ Step 3: B>MD POPTRAIN Step 4: B>CD POPTRAIN Step 5: B>COPY A:PT*.* B:\POPTRAIN\*.* - 8 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. Comments for each step above. Note 1: Change to drive B: You will be asked to install disk for drive `B', just be sure the disk you want PT to be on gets put into the drive now. 2: Let's be sure we are in the root directory. 3: Make directory POPTRAIN. 4: Change to directory POPTRAIN. 5: Copy Pop Train files from the disk where you had it to the current directory of this disk. Follow the instructions that the DOS system gives you. Notice a copy statement (similar to step 5:) can be used to transfer the demonstration files to another disk. Use the DOS `delete' command to get rid of the files you won't be using on a regular basis. When ready to run your application you should first load Pop Train with the PT (and other) data disk in the drive. Next you may need to remove the data disk to install the program disk and load the application before reinstalling the data disk. C O N F I G U R A T I O N O F P O P T R A I N Several options are available to customize the behavior of PT. Changes are made using the DOS `SET' command to create a variable called `PTCONFIG', for example `SET PTCONFIG= pd/02 rd/08 cr disable'. Do not leave a space between the word `PTCONFIG' and the equal sign. Spaces are ok after the equal sign. The assignment must be done prior to loading Pop Train. Upper or lower case letters and the order of your selections are not important. A mistake may go unnoticed with no error message issued. If you don't get the results you're expecting check for mistakes like transposed letters or such. Once you decide what you want, place your configuration settings on a line in the batch file you use to load Pop Train. Should you need help making batch files try one of the books mentioned under `Suggested Reading.' AUTOMATIC POP-UP During operation of the PTU Page feature, automatic pop-up of a presentation screen is possible. A time delay of 0 to 99 seconds can be set. The pop-up will only occur after the cursor has been resting on a valid pop-up location for the specified period of time. - 9 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. Use `PD/nn' in the PTCONFIG variable to indicate you want automatic pop-up to occure. The nn designates the time delay. Both places must be used. Some examples: `pd/00' results in immediate Pop-Up. `pd/02' results in 2 second wait then Pop-Up. `pd/2' WRONG `pd\02 WRONG Due to excessive processing time, the automatic pop-up feature is only available during operation of PTU PAGE. AUTOMATIC REMOVAL OF PRESENTATION SCREEN Prior to loading PTI you may add a configuration setting which will result in automatic removal of a presentation (help) screen. The option is similar in use to the automatic pop-up setting, although automatic removal is not restricted for use only during PTU PAGE. Some examples: `rd/08' results in removal after an eight second display. `rd/15' results in removal after fifteen second display. `rd/122' WRONG (12 second delay with a stray 2 remaining) `rd\15' WRONG KEYBOARD RETURNS; K/0, K/1, K/2 K/0 This is the PTI default setting. The keyboard buffer is cleared before returning control to your primary application. K/1 There may be situations when you always want a carriage return (ENTER key) to be processed every time a presentation screen is removed. Such a situation occurs when you want to use PTI and PTU to cycle through all your presentation screens automatically. To get the carriage return sent by PTI just include `K/1' in the configuration variable, for example: `SET PTCONFIG= RD/08 K/1' will remove the screen after eight seconds and send a carriage return through to your other application. NOTE: If the K/1 option is seen by PTU, then each time you are on the last field of a page, PTU will proceed to the next page in the sequence. Therefore, should you not want the page to flip automatically, remove the K/1 from the PTCONFIG variable before loading PTU. K/2 To cause PTI to allow the key press to pass through to your application place `K/2' in the configuration setting. This might be helpful if you are using a PTI help screen to display a list of options. - 10 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. DIGITAL VOICE PLAYBACK For DIGITONE (c) users only. When using Digitone and PT together there is one configuration setting for Digitone (DT) that must be given to Pop Train. When everything is ready (as per the Digitone instructions) PT will pass Digitone the voice file name to playback in association with the presentation screen on display. Pop Train must also tell DT if it is to playback the voice file immediately or prompt the user first. The configuration setting you need to give PT will cause it to tell Digitone that playback should be immediate. Digitone playback defaults to prompting the user. Use the PTCONFIG variable to tell PT you want Digitone to playback without prompting the user first. Simply include the identifier `dvp' along with any other configuration information you give Pop Train. For example, `SET PTCONFIG= pd/02 rd/08 k/1 disable dvp'. HOT/HELP KEYS Pop Train programs need no attention to these details unless you become aware of problems due to interference with similar settings in other programs. Alternate selections are listed below. See also, `Using Pop Train With Trainees' elsewhere in this documentation. -Pop Train Instructor menu hot key. Default setting is `T'. Alternate choices are `Z', `X', `C'. The <Alt> + <LShift> keys may not be changed. Therefore, after changing the keyboard assignment the new hot key combination becomes <ALT> + <LSHIFT> + <Your choice>. -Pop Train Instructor Help Window hot key. Default setting is `?'. Alternate choices are `M', `,'(comma), `.'(period). The <RShift> key may not be changed. After changing the keyboard assignment the new hot key combination becomes <RShift> + <Your choice> Example: `SET PTCONFIG=X' changed PTI menu hot key to X. Example: `SET PTCONFIG=Z.' changed PTI menu hot key to `Z' and help hot key to `.' (period). An incorrect attempt to reassign a hot key will leave the default setting intact with no error message issued. If a conflict is detected you will be warned. - 11 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. R E V I S I O N H I S T O R Y A N D N O T E S The only changes listed here are the ones of consequence to existing users. Version 1.0 dated 11/13/88. - First release of original Pop Train. Version 1.1 dated 01/11/89. - Schema files need to be upgraded using PTUPGRD utility before they will operate with v1.1 of Pop Train. PTUPGRD is mailed FREE to existing registrants. It is possible to simply reenter all the schema inform- ation. - PTI `must' be present in memory for any feature of PTU to operate. - The MODIFY command is added to PTU. - Compatibility with Digitone Version 1.0 is added. Version 1.1 (release 2) dated 01/19/89. - No software changes. - Archive technique is changed. Self extracting form of PT is no longer distributed in an effort to open up my market more. BBS operators scorn the additional disk space required by a self extracting software package. - Changes to installation batch files. Version 1.2 dated 05/05/89. - Configuration options `K/n', `PD/nn', `RD/nn' and `DV/a' are added. - Digitone promotional supplement is added, see DIGIDOC.PRO in this archive. - System crash after reloading PTI for a file exchange is resolved. Problem report dated 4/3/89. Version 1.2 (release 2) dated 05/12/89. - No software changes - Self extraction is back. New archival software gets the go ahead from SYSOPS if used to produce a self extracting archive because it combines some much needed features with low low overhead. P R O B L E M R E P O R T I N G Should you discover something wrong with Pop Train, even if you are not yet registered, please report the problem. Include information about your computer (brand, micro- processor and BIOS version), your DOS version, video card and other software you are using with Pop Train. Send to: John Majkrzak Ph#(612)636-9761 1880 Todd Dr. CIS# 76617,264 Arden Hills, MN 55112 - 12 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. C R E D I T S A N D T R A D E M A R K S IBM IBM, IBM Personal Computer, IBM Personal Computer XT, IBM Personal Computer AT and PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Borland International Pop Train was created using Turbo Pascal, Copyright (C) Borland International 1987, 1988. TesSeRact This product uses the TesSeRact(TM) ram-resident library and supports the TesSeRact standard for ram-resident program communication. For information about TesSeRact contact the TesSeRact Development Team at: TesSeRact Development Team c/o Chip Rabinowitz 2084 Woodlawn Avenue Glenside, PA 19038 1-215-884-3373 Compuserve: 70731,20 MCIMAIL: 315-5415 The MCIMAIL Account has been provided to the TesSeRact Development Team by Borland International, Inc. The TesSeRact Development Team is in no way associated with Borland International, Inc. TesSeRact is a trademark of the TesSeRact Development Team. QWIK Screen Utilities This program uses copyrighted QWIK routines from Eagle Performance Software which are included by permission. For more information about QWIK direct video screen access routines please contact: Eagle Performance Software TP Products Attn: James H. LeMay P.O. Box 122237 Ft. Worth, TX 76121 As a note, the PT introduction routine displays 64 boxes on screen. The speed was throttled down to a rate of 18 per second. Data Compression The archival program used to condense Pop Train is not software from John Majkrzak. A separate file having the extension "REC" gives recognition to the author. - 13 - POP TRAIN Copyright (c) 1988, 1989 JOHN M. MAJKRZAK. O T H E R S O F T W A R E F R O M J O H N M A J K R Z A K Digitone: Imagine a prerecorded message delivered to your listener automatically. Digitone (c) can do it. With both Digitone and Pop Train, you can make a complete audio/video presentation and more! See DIGIDOC.PRO included with Pop Train. Public domain include files for Turbo Pascal programmers located in library 2 of Borland languages forum (BPROGA) on Compuserve include: SDEFSn.ARC, VT52.PAS, CURDLn.ARC. Lower case `n' designates the version number. Selected routines used in PT are available to Turbo Pascal and Assembler programmers. Mention your needs when registering. S U G G E S T E D R E A D I N G Hoffman, P., Nicoloff, T. "The Osborne/McGraw-Hill MS-DOS USERS GUIDE". Berkeley, CA: Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1984. Wolverton, V., "Supercharging MS DOS: The Microsoft Guide to High Performance Computing for the Experienced PC User". Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1986. Norton, P., "Inside the IBM PC". New York, NY: Prentice Hall Press, 1986. - 14 -
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