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Quickly and easily prepare professional-looking drawings for printing on PostScript-compatible laser printers and imagesetters with PICTURETHIS. Do them either freehand or by tracing ``template'' screens captured with a companion program, CAPTURETHIS. Use PICTURETHIS even if you don't know how to program in the PostScript page description language. View a screen representation of your drawing as you prepare it, easily making additions and alterations. Print PICTURETHIS drawings at lower resolution on some dot-matrix printers, using the graphics screen dump program supplied with DOS. PICTURETHIS doesn't need a lot of fancy hardware -- just an IBM PC, XT, AT, or compatible. It doesn't even require direct access to a laser printer. Drawing files can be sent by mail or modem to a laser typesetting service bureau for overnight return of low-cost prints with 300, 1270, or even 2540 dots-per-inch resolution.
Disk No: 1474 Disk Title: PictureThis 2 of 4 (1130, 2301, 2302) PC-SIG Version: S3.01 Program Title: PictureThis Author Version: 3.00A Author Registration: $65.00 Special Requirements: 320K RAM, CGA, and PostScript or compatible printe With PICTURETHIS, you can quickly and easily prepare professional-looking drawings for printing on PostScript-compatible laser printers and imagesetters. You can do them either freehand or by tracing ``template'' screens captured with a companion program, CAPTURETHIS. PICTURETHIS doesn't need a lot of fancy hardware -- just an IBM PC, XT, AT, or compatible. You don't even need direct access to a laser printer. Your drawing files can be sent by mail or modem to a laser typesetting service bureau for overnight return of low-cost prints with 300, 1270, or even 2540 dots-per-inch resolution. You can print PICTURETHIS drawings at lower resolution on some dot matrix printers, using the graphics screen dump program supplied with DOS. You don't have to know how to program in the PostScript page description language to use PICTURETHIS. You view a screen representation of your drawing as you prepare it, so additions and alterations can be made easily. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< PC-SIG Disk #1474 PICTURETHIS (also #1130, #2301, #2302) >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ ║ ║ To print beginning documentation and installation instructions, insert ║ ║ Disk #1130 and type: COPY READTHIS.1ST PRN (press Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print further documentation, disks #1474, #2301, and #2302 ║ ║ (refer to READTHIS.1ST file), type: COPY [filename].TXT PRN (Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ Copyright 1990, PC-SIG, Inc. ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
PICTURETHIS(TM) "SHAREWARE" VERSION RELEASE 3.00 MAY 15, 1990 SPECIAL KEYS Copyright 1988, 1989, 1990 by Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams, All Rights Reserved. HortIdeas Publishing, Route 1, Box 302, Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328 U.S.A. Trademarks/Owners: PictureThis/Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams; PostScript/Adobe Systems Inc. NOTE: Carefully read all of the terms and conditions of the License Agreement (near the beginning of the READTHIS.1ST file on distribution disk #1) PRIOR to using the PictureThis and/or CaptureThis programs. USE OF THE PROGRAM(S) INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Some keys mentioned below have different names (or no names at all) on certain keyboards. In general, a key has the same effect whether or not Shift is pressed simultaneously, and whether CapsLock is toggled on or off. Exceptions to this are Del on the Numeric Keypad and the number keys on the numeric keypad and the main keyboard, which have different effects depending on whether NumLock is toggled on or off and/or whether Shift (or, in some cases, Ctrl) is pressed (see below). A beep means that an invalid key has been pressed (unless the computer's speaker has been toggled off with H). Alphanumeric keys are used to specify file names and to respond to menu prompts; press BackSpace (repeatedly if necessary) and retype to correct; press Enter to complete a response (no Enter is needed for responses to menu prompts). Some prompts require a (Y/N) response. In these cases, pressing Y or y means yes, and pressing any other key means no. Some prompts require a (Y/N/ESC) response. In these cases, pressing Y or y means yes, pressing Esc cancels the current operation and usually "backs out" to previous operation, and pressing any other key means no. ? = access contextual help screen Esc = cancel current operation and (in most cases) "back out" 2 to the previous operation (will access prompt for exiting from PictureThis if pressed enough times); when Quickshow screen is being drawn, stops drawing F1 = set endpoint at current cursor location; special uses during transformations of objects and in some other situations F2 = move cursor from one control point to other control point of curve being drawn (after both of its endpoints have been set); if drawing oval or square, move cursor to other guideline; special uses during transformations of objects F3 = set curve (after its endpoints and control points have been set); special uses during transformation of objects and in some other situations F4 = access curve modification menu (erase, change, or alter line parameters) F5 = begin curve cutting F6 = access trail menu (define, erase, alter line parameters, alter fill, or copy object to endpoints) F7 = access object menu (group, ungroup, erase, layer, move, copy, scale, rotate, flip, incline, or alter global parameters) F8 = access text menu (edit, set parameters, delete text block, cut text block back to editor, set margin, or choose margin with + or - or Space) F9 = access miscellaneous menu (set palette, move template, scale drawing, set grid, set aspect ratio, set flatness, set units, or set cursor movement increments) F10 = access file operations menu (get drawing file, save drawing file, import clip art file, export clip art file, read template file, write encapsulated PostScript file, shell to DOS, or use data from file for plotting) 1,2,3,4,6,7,8, or 9 on numeric keypad = (with NumLock toggled off and Shift not pressed) move cursor in direction of that key from 5 key Ins on numeric keypad = toggle cursor movement increment between low cursor speed and high cursor speed Del on Numeric Keypad = move cursor to nearby endpoint and "dash" curve(s) having that 3 endpoint; then, to move to other endpoints, press Space (or + or -); press Enter to leave cursor at endpoint Ctrl + Home = move cursor to upper left corner of frame Ctrl + End = move cursor to lower left corner of frame Ctrl + PgUp = move cursor to upper right corner of frame Ctrl + PgDn = move cursor to lower right corner of frame Shift + Del on numeric keypad = move cursor to nearby noted point; then, to move to other noted points, press Space (or + or -); press Enter to leave cursor at noted point 0 = access prompt to erase all noted points Shift + 1,2,3,4,6,7,8, or 9 on numeric keypad = (or with NumLock toggled on) scroll screen in direction of that key from 5 key Shift + 5 on numeric keypad = (or with NumLock toggled) center frame on screen + on numeric keypad = scale screen up (magnify) - on numeric keypad = scale screen down (demagnify) Ctrl + T = move cursor vertically to position on or on extension of top border of current margin Ctrl + B = move cursor vertically to position on or on extension of bottom border of current margin Ctrl + L = move cursor horizontally to position on or on extension of left border of current margin Ctrl + R = move cursor horizontally to position on or on extension of right border of current margin Tab = move cursor to nearby text block beginning; then, to move to other text block beginnings, press Space (or + or -) Shift + Tab = move cursor to nearby text block end; then, to move to other text block ends, press Space (or + or -) 4 A = toggle [A]utomatic smoothing on and off B = begin drawing [B]ox; with Quickshow screen on, change background color C = access prompt to [C]lear current drawing; in Kartoons mode, access prompt to [C]lear and quit Kartoons D = re[D]raw current drawing E = toggle guidelines on and off ([E]rase them) F = begin [F]rame change G = toggle [G]rid snap-to on and off H = toggle error messages/prompts and speaker on ([H]ear it) and off I = toggle cursor movement [I]ncrements between external and internal units J = [J]abber toggle between screen font text characters and "greeked" representation of text on screen K = prompt to enter [K]artoons mode (if no current drawing, enter [K]artoons mode without prompt); in Kartoons mode, [K]hoose face block L = access [L]ine change menu (takes effect for subsequently drawn lines) M = [M]easure distance N = [N]ote/unnote point at current cursor location O = begin [O]val (circle or ellipse) P = toggle [P]osition box and relative position box on and off Q = show [Q]uickshow screen R = toggle drawing on ([R]estore) and off ([R]emove) S = begin [S]moothing operations; if drawing box, begin [S]quare T = toggle [T]emplate on and off U = with Viewscreen on, toggle memory [U]sed information box on and off; in Kartoons mode, [U]se face part V = show [V]iewscreen W = toggle status box on and off (to show [W]hat's happening: current states of automatic smoothing toggle, guideline erase toggle, and error message/speaker toggle; current operation; external units/internal units/grid snap-to indicator; 5 cursor speed; current units) X = center screen on cursor ([X]) Y = in Kartoons mode, [Y]es save face part in file Z = [Z]ero screen (center frame and cursor on screen)
PICTURETHIS(TM) ORDER FORM TO: HortIdeas Publishing Route 1, Box 302 Gravel Switch, KY 40328 U.S.A. PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING: ____ Copies of the distribution disk set for Release 3.0 of the REGISTERED VERSION of PictureThis (with phone and/or mail support). Enclosed is $65.00 per copy. I understand that for each disk set I am ordering, I am purchasing a non-exclusive license to use the programs and documentation on the distribution disk set on one computer at a time. ____ Copies of the distribution disk set for the most recent Release of the "SHAREWARE" VERSION of PictureThis (with NO support). Enclosed is $15.00 per copy. I understand that for each disk set I am ordering, I am purchasing a non-exclusive license for PRIVATE NONCOMMERCIAL use of the programs and documentation on the distribution disk set, and a non-exclusive license to distribute UNALTERED copies of the distribution disk set (provided that I charge no more than $15.00 per set). ____ Information on availability and pricing of future releases of PictureThis subsequent to Release 3.0. (REGISTERED VERSION users will receive this information automatically.) ALL DISTRIBUTION DISKS ARE 5.25" DSDD WITH 360KB DOS FORMAT. FREE FIRST-CLASS POSTAGE AND HANDLING IN NORTH AMERICA. OVERSEAS, PLEASE ADD $5.00 PER ORDER. U.S. FUNDS ONLY. SORRY, NO CREDIT CARD ORDERS. _ _ TOTAL ENCLOSED: _______________ |_| CHECK |_| MONEY ORDER NAME ________________________________________________________ COMPANY _____________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________ CITY/STATE OR PROVINCE ______________________________________ POSTAL CODE/COUNTRY _________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE "SHAREWARE" MARKETING CONCEPT!!!
PICTURETHIS(TM) "SHAREWARE" VERSION RELEASE 3.00 MAY 15, 1990 USING A MOUSE WITH PICTURETHIS Copyright 1988, 1989, 1990 by Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams, All Rights Reserved. HortIdeas Publishing, Route 1, Box 302, Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328, U.S.A. Trademarks/Owners: CaptureThis and PictureThis/Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams; Logitech/Logitech, Inc.; Microsoft/Microsoft Corp. We find that cursor control is more precise with keyboard input than with a mouse, mainly because we can count key presses. Nevertheless, you can use a mouse with PictureThis if you want. Included on one of the PictureThis distribution disks are two text files for defining Logitech mouse functions: PTLOGI3B.DEF and PTLOGI2B.DEF. If you have a recent-vintage Logitech mouse, you also should have Logitech Plus software, including two files called NEWMENU.EXE and MENU.COM. Refer to your Logitech Mouse User's Manual for instructions on how to create a menu file from PTLOGI3B.DEF or PTLOGI2B.DEF (perhaps modified by you) by using NEWMENU.EXE, and on how to load the menu file by using MENU.COM. Also included on a PictureThis distribution disk are the menu files corresponding to each definition file: PTLOGI3B.MNU and PTLOGI2B.MNU; either menu file can be loaded (provided you have already loaded your mouse driver) by using MENU.COM. What's the difference between PTLOGI3B.* and PTLOGI2B.*? The former is for a three-button mouse, and the latter is for a two-button mouse, although both can be used with a three- button Logitech mouse. With very little effort, you should be able to use the PTLOGI2B.DEF file to make a menu file for a Microsoft mouse or a mouse which emulates either the Logitech or the Microsoft mouse -- for more details, consult your mouse manual. Both PTLOGI3B.* and PTLOGI2B.* translate horizontal mouse movements into horizontal cursor movements, and vertical mouse movements into vertical cursor movements. PTLOGI3B.* translates a press of the LEFT mouse key into function key F1 (set endpoint), a press of the MIDDLE mouse key into function key F2 (change control point), a press of the RIGHT mouse key into function key F3 (set curve), and a simultaneous press of ANY TWO OR ALL THREE mouse keys into ESC (back out of the current operation). PTLOGI2B.* translates a press of the LEFT mouse key into function key F1 (set endpoint), a press of the RIGHT mouse key into function key F2 (change control point), and (on a two-button mouse) a simultaneous press of BOTH mouse keys into function key F3 (set curve) or (on a three-button mouse) a press of the MIDDLE mouse key into function key F3 (set curve).
PICTURETHIS (TM) "SHAREWARE" VERSION RELEASE 3.00 MAY 15, 1990 QUICK START GUIDE Copyright 1988, 1989, 1990 by Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams, All Rights Reserved. HortIdeas Publishing, Route 1, Box 302, Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328 U.S.A. Trademarks/Owners: CaptureThis and PictureThis/Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams; Hercules/Hercules Computer Technology, Inc.; IBM and PC-DOS, International Business Machines Corp.; MS-DOS, Microsoft Corp.; PostScript/Adobe Systems Inc.; The Newsroom Pro/Springboard Software, Inc. NOTE: Carefully read all of the terms and conditions of the License Agreement (near the beginning of the READTHIS.1ST file on distribution disk #1) PRIOR to using the PictureThis and/or CaptureThis programs. USE OF THE PROGRAM(S) INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. INTRODUCTION This guide provides a very brief overview of PictureThis (and CaptureThis) -- just enough information to enable you to begin exploring the program on your own. For more details, see the user manual and/or the tutorial. In a nutshell, here's how you'll be using PictureThis: While viewing their on-screen representations, you prepare drawings consisting of curves, specifying each curve by the locations of its endpoints and by the locations of "control points" which determine its shape. You can fill (gray-shade) areas bounded by curves, and you can manipulate groups of curves ("objects") to generate complex drawings. PictureThis produces files written in the PostScript page description language; these files contain all of the information about your drawings needed by PostScript-compatible laser printers and imagesetters to generate high quality prints. While PostScript files are thus the "ultimate products" of PictureThis, several other kinds of files are involved in the production process, including template files, drawing files, clip art files, data files for two-dimensional plotting, and font files of various types. CGA (medium- or high-resolution) graphics screens can be captured in template files by using the CaptureThis (or Alternate CaptureThis) program provided with PictureThis; the template files can then be imported into PictureThis to provide background screens for tracing. Drawing files are used to store and retrieve information about your drawings in a format usable by PictureThis (which can't read PostScript); you can save a drawing-in-progress in a drawing file for later recall. Clip art files are used to 2 save parts of drawings for later use in other drawings. If your computer has a Hercules-compatible monochrome graphics board, you can run PictureThis and CaptureThis ONLY WITH SOFTWARE OR HARDWARE CGA GRAPHICS EMULATION. Several CGA graphics emulation programs are currently available (some marketed as "shareware"), and some monochrome graphics boards include built-in CGA graphics emulation. EGA and VGA boards emulate CGA graphics to various degrees; see the PictureThis user manual for more information if you have any problems with such boards when running PictureThis or CaptureThis. SEVEN STEPS TO EXPLORING PictureThis 1. The files REQUIRED to run PictureThis are the following: PICTHIS3.EXE (the PictureThis program) PTS3T.OVR (a data file needed by PictureThis; must be in the current directory) PTS3D.OVR (another data file needed by PictureThis; must be in the current directory) and, if you want to use text features, PT3EDIT.HLP (a help file) PT3FONT.HLP (another help file) FONTNNNN.* (font information files, with NNNN = a number between 1 and 9999 and * = FIN, FNM, or FKN) STANDARD.SFT, SYMBOL.SFT, and ZAPFDB.SFT (screen font files) and, OPTIONALLY, CAPTHIS.COM (the CaptureThis program; needed only if you want to capture CGA graphics mode screens for use as templates in PictureThis) or ACAPTHIS.COM (an alternate version of the CaptureThis program which requires no keyboard input to capture CGA graphics mode screens; useful for some computers with compatibility problems and with some applications programs which "take over" the keyboard) You might also like to use some of the sample PictureThis files: *.DRW, *.TMP, and *.CLP. 2. For reference, print out a copy of the file listing the special keys used in PictureThis (KEYS.TXT). 3. (OPTIONAL; if you DON'T want to capture CGA graphics mode screens for use as templates in PictureThis, skip this step and go to step 5.) To install the memory-resident CaptureThis program, at the 3 operating system prompt (i.e., "A>") corresponding to the drive containing the disk with CAPTHIS.COM, key in "CAPTHIS" and then press Enter. A message noting that CaptureThis has been installed should appear, and the DOS prompt should return. Any time after CaptureThis has been installed, the current graphics mode screen (medium- or high-resolution CGA) from most applications programs can be saved to a file by pressing Shift PrtSc. After these keys are pressed, CaptureThis checks your computer's BIOS to determine the current video mode; if, according to the BIOS, the mode is CGA text, NOT CGA graphics, then a warning message appears at the top of the screen: "NOT CGA GRAPHICS! Try Capture? (Y/N)"/"ESC to exit." NO message appears and a normal screen dump to a printer is attempted if the video mode is NOT CGA text or CGA graphics. Caution: if a printer is not connected, or if it is turned off, your computer might hang up. For a graphics mode screen dump, you must have installed a memory-resident graphics printer driver program appropriate for the graphics mode (such as GRAPHICS.COM, supplied with PC-DOS for dumps of CGA graphics screens to IBM-compatible dot matrix printers) PRIOR to installing CAPTHIS.COM. Occasionally, an applications program will program the video controller chip directly for CGA graphics, but fail to update the BIOS; if the screen looks like CGA graphics even though CaptureThis has determined (from the BIOS) that it SEEMS to be CGA text (so that the warning message appears), you can still try to capture the screen in a template file for importing into PictureThis by pressing Y. Then respond to the prompts which follow. We recommend that you use the extension ".TMP" for template files. If the captured screen isn't CGA graphics, its file produces "garbage" when imported into PictureThis. Or, if you want a screen dump to a printer, press N. Caution: If a printer is not connected, or if it is turned off, your computer might hang up. For a graphics mode screen dump, you must have installed an appropriate memory-resident graphics printer driver program PRIOR to installing CaptureThis. Alternatively, to proceed without capturing or dumping the screen, press Esc. If, according to the BIOS, the current video mode IS CGA graphics, a different message appears: "Perform Screen Capture? (Y/N)"/"ESC to exit." To capture the screen in a template file for importing into PictureThis, press Y. Then respond to the prompts which follow. Directory specifications can be used for files. Again, we recommend that you use the extension ".TMP" for template files. Or, if you want a normal screen dump to a printer, press N. Caution: If your printer is not connected, or if it is turned off, the computer may hang up. For a CGA graphics screen dump, you must have installed a memory-resident graphics printer driver program appropriate for the graphics mode PRIOR to installing CaptureThis. Alternatively, to proceed without capturing or dumping the screen, press Esc. Directory specifications can be used when keying in file names. Each template file takes about 16 KB. If CaptureThis doesn't work correctly with your computer (an example is the Zenith Z-100 running ZPC) or with 4 particular programs (examples are those which "take over" the keyboard), you should try the Alternate CaptureThis program instead. Once installed, this program doesn't require any keyboard input other than Shift PrtSc to capture CGA graphics mode screens, and thus will work even with programs that "take over" the keyboard (unless they take over the Print Screen interrupt; to date, we've found only one program that does this: The Newsroom Pro). To install Alternate CaptureThis, at the DOS prompt corresponding to the drive containing the disk with ACAPTHIS.COM, key in "ACAPTHIS" and then press Enter. A message noting that Alternate CaptureThis has been installed should appear, and the DOS prompt should return. Any time after Alternate CaptureThis has been installed, you can capture a medium- or high-resolution CGA graphics screen by pressing Shift PrtSc. If Alternate CaptureThis determines (from your computer's BIOS) that the current video mode is NOT CGA graphics, it performs a normal screen dump to a printer. Caution: If a printer is not connected, or if it is turned off, your computer might hang up. For a graphics screen dump, you must have installed a memory-resident graphics printer driver program appropriate for the non-CGA graphics mode PRIOR to installing Alternate CaptureThis. If, according to the BIOS, the current video mode IS CGA graphics, Alternate CaptureThis captures the screen in a file named "A0.TMP" (in the current directory). Subsequently captured screens are saved in files having the following sequence of names: A1.TMP, ..., A9.TMP, B0.TMP, ..., B9.TMP, ..., C0.TMP, ... Caution: Each time ACAPTHIS is installed, it saves screens in files (beginning with A0.TMP) WRITING OVER ANY EXISTING FILES IN THE CURRENT DIRECTORY WITH THE SAME NAMES WITHOUT WARNING -- so after saving a series of files with ACAPTHIS, you should rename them before installing ACAPTHIS again, to guard against overwriting, and to provide more descriptive names. 4. To run PictureThis, make sure that PTS3T.OVR and PTS3D.OVR are both in the current directory. At the DOS prompt corresponding to the drive containing the disk with PICTHIS3.EXE, key in "PICTHIS3" and then press Enter. If you have a Hercules-compatible video card with software or hardware emulation of CGA, pressing Tab immediately following Enter might prevent your computer from hanging up (see the user manual for more information). The title screen should appear for a few seconds, allowing you to get a preview of PictureThis in action. Then a copyright/ordering information screen should appear. Please read it! After fifteen seconds, you can press any key to continue. When you press a key, a blank screen with a border and an X-shaped cursor at its center should appear. Contextual help screens showing currently valid keys can be accessed by pressing ?. If you hear a beep, it means that you just pressed an invalid key. You might find it helpful at first to toggle on special error messages and prompts; do this by TWICE pressing H. 5 Now the fun begins! To draw a curve, you define its (two) endpoint locations, and then you define the locations of its "control points" (again, two of them, one associated with each endpoint) to shape the curve as you wish. The basic drawing sequence is given below: Move cursor to desired location for curve's first endpoint, using any of the numeric keypad keys 1 through 4 and 6 through 9 (NumLock must be toggled off). The cursor movement increment (its "speed") can be toggled between 1 and 10 pixels with the Ins key. Press F1 to define location of curve's first endpoint. Move cursor to desired location of curve's second endpoint. Press F1 to define location of curve's second endpoint. Move cursor to move control point associated with second endpoint (which is initially at second endpoint's location), thus altering shape of curve. Press F2 to switch cursor to control point associated with first endpoint (which is initially at first endpoint's location position). Move cursor to move control point associated with first endpoint, thus altering shape of curve. Press F2 to switch cursor to other control point. Repeat steps for switching between and moving control points until curve's shape is as desired. Press F3 to define curve. Note that the cursor moves to the curve's second endpoint, to facilitate drawing of successive connected curves. To define a straight line, simply move to where you want one of its endpoints, press F1, then move to where you want its other endpoint and press F3. As you can see from the list of special keys used in PictureThis (KEYS.TXT), you can draw boxes and ovals, alter previously drawn curves, work at different scales, move the cursor directly to a previously defined endpoint, draw connecting curves "smoothly" (tangent at their shared endpoint), etc., etc. You can even "cut" a previously drawn curve into two curves, thus obtaining a new "middle" endpoint which can be used as an endpoint for subsequently drawn curves. You also can fill groups of curves, combine groups of curves into "objects" and manipulate these objects in various ways (scaling, moving, copying, rotating, etc.), change the line thickness and gray shading of curves, work in different units or on a grid, view an on-screen representation of the PostScript output, etc. And, of course, there is text -- which can manipulated in endless ways, yet remains editable! The possibilities are described in detail in the user manual, but we invite you to EXPERIMENT now by pressing various keys to see what they do. You can't hurt anything by pressing an 6 invalid key -- usually, you'll just hear a BEEP and nothing else will happen. If you toggled on special error messages, sometimes one of these messages will appear along with a BEEP. And you usually can access a help screen showing currently valid keys (by pressing ?). Learning via trial and error can be very effective, but if you aren't that adventurous, the tutorial (TUTOR1.TXT and TUTOR2.TXT) offers a more structured approach to PictureThis. 5. To import a template file into PictureThis for tracing, press F10. In response to the menu box which then appears, press R. And in response to the prompt for a file name, press Enter. A directory listing with all of the *.TMP files in the current directory appears. Highlight the one you want by using the cursor keys, then press Enter. You can use a template file you created previously with CaptureThis or Alternate CaptureThis, or you can use a sample template file from one of the distribution disks. Importing a template file automatically replaces any previously imported template. Similarly, you can access the same menu with F10 to save and recall PictureThis-format drawing files, to save and recall clip art files, and to save "encapsulated" PostScript files for delivery to laser printers and imagesetters. We suggest that you use ".DRW," ".CLP," and ".EPS" as extensions for drawing files, clip art files, and encapsulated PostScript drawing files, respectively. Samples of all of these kinds of files (with the suggested extensions) are provided on the distribution disks. 6. You'll need to work out your own methods for delivering encapsulated PostScript files produced by PictureThis to "desktop publishing" page layout programs and laser printers or imagesetters -- parallel and serial direct connections, indirect modem uploading, sending disks -- the number of possibilities is enormous! Consult software and laser printer user manuals and dealers, typesetting service bureau staff, and media reports for the latest, least expensive techniques. 7. Use the Esc key to "back out of" an operation. Press the Esc key enough times, no matter where you are in the program, and you'll see the prompt to exit from PictureThis. If you have questions or problems, you should consult the user manual. We hope that you find working with PictureThis both productive and enjoyable. Your comments -- and artwork samples -- are always welcome!
PICTURETHIS(TM) "SHAREWARE" VERSION RELEASE 3.00 MAY 15, 1990 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REGISTERED AND "SHAREWARE" VERSIONS Copyright 1988, 1989, 1990 by Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams, All Rights Reserved. HortIdeas Publishing, Route 1, Box 302, Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328 U.S.A. Trademarks/Owners: CaptureThis and PictureThis/Patricia Y. Williams and Gregory Williams; IBM and PC-DOS, International Business Machines Corp.; Hercules/Hercules Computer Technology, Inc.; MS-DOS, Microsoft Corp.; PostScript/Adobe Systems Inc.; typeface names/their respective owners NOTE: Carefully read all of the terms and conditions of the License Agreement (near the beginning of the READTHIS.1ST file on distribution disk #1) PRIOR to using the PictureThis and/or CaptureThis programs. USE OF THE PROGRAM(S) INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. There are ONLY four differences (besides the names of the programs and their data files) between the Registered and "Shareware" Versions of the PictureThis program which are of consequence to users, and the CaptureThis and Alternate CaptureThis programs are IDENTICAL for both Versions. This means that TEMPLATE FILES CAN BE USED WITHOUT MODIFICATIONS WITH BOTH THE "SHAREWARE" AND REGISTERED VERSIONS. DRAWING FILES MADE WITH THE "SHAREWARE" VERSION WILL WORK WITH THE REGISTERED VERSION, BUT SOME (LARGE) DRAWING FILES MADE WITH THE REGISTERED VERSION WILL NOT WORK AT ALL WITH THE "SHAREWARE" VERSION. DIFFERENCE 1: OPTIONAL BYPASSING OF INITIAL SCREENS Registered Version users have the option of bypassing the initial (title and copyright/ordering information) screens when loading PictureThis. Bypassing the screens not only saves time, but also disk space: if you're sure you'll be bypassing the screens every time you load the program, you DON'T need to keep the PTR3D.OVR and PTR3T.OVR files (which contain data for the initial screens) in the current directory. (If you try to run PictureThis WITHOUT bypassing the initial screens and with the data files missing from the current directory, you'll see an error message, and the program won't load.) To load PTR3.EXE and bypass the initial screens, at the DOS prompt corresponding to the drive containing the disk with that file, key in "PTR3" and press Enter. Then, if you have a Hercules-compatible monochrome graphics card with software or 2 hardware CGA emulation, you might need to press Tab immediately to prevent lock-up of your computer (see the user manual for more details). It won't hurt to press Tab if you're not sure about your graphics card; the result is just a slight slowdown of text-mode screen writing. Whether or not you pressed Tab, next press Esc. If you press Esc too late, you'll see one or both of the initial screens (assuming that their data files are in the current directory). Pressing Esc while the title screen is displayed causes the copyright/ordering information screen to be bypassed; pressing any key other than Esc (or Tab, prior to Esc) before or while the title screen is displayed causes copyright/ordering information screen to go away as soon as it is fully displayed. Pressing any key while the copyright/ordering information screen is displayed causes that screen to go away as soon as it is fully displayed. DIFFERENCE 2: CONFIGURING MEMORY FOR MORE CURVES PER DRAWING You can configure the Registered Version of PictureThis to allow more curves, endpoints, and objects per drawing than allowed by the "Shareware" Version. Both Versions have user- settable configurations for pixel memory. Each configuration number (1 to 5) indicates approximately how much of the screen can be covered with curves and/or text: 1 indicates that about 1/6 of the screen can be covered, 2 indicates that about 2/6 (or 1/3) of the screen can be covered, etc. Letters A to H are used to indicate how many curves, endpoints, and objects may be drawn; the default configuration for both Versions is 3A. The "Shareware" Version can be configured with 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, or 5A; the Registered Version can be configured with 1 to 5 AND A to H. H allows up to 2000 curves per drawing, whereas A allows only 250 curves per drawing. Consult the user manual for additional information. Which memory configurations are possible for you depends on how much total memory your computer has, minus how much memory is needed by DOS and by memory-resident programs you have installed -- in other words, how much free memory is available. You can determine both total and free memory by running the DOS "CHKDSK" program (see your operating system manual for details). You can run any configuration of PictureThis which needs LESS than the amount of free memory available. PictureThis also requires some additional free memory while running; in particular, text operations can require substantial memory able to be allocated AFTER the program has loaded. To run PTR3.EXE, at the DOS prompt corresponding to the drive containing the disk with PTR3.EXE, key in "PTR3" and then press Enter (possibly followed by Tab; followed by Esc if you want to bypass the initial screens). At start-up, the program looks for a configuration file, PICTHIS.CFG, in the current directory. If it finds such a file, then it uses the configuration specified by that file. If it fails to find such a file, or if there is an error reading the file, then the default memory configuration (3A) is used. Where does the configuration file come from? To run PTR3.EXE with other than the default memory configuration, at the DOS prompt corresponding to the drive containing the disk 3 with PTR3.EXE, key in "PTR3 XX" (where "XX" is the designation for the desired configuration, such as "3A" or "5B"); then press Enter (possibly followed by Tab; followed by Esc if you want to bypass the screens). When the program loads, it creates PICTHIS.CFG, a very small file containing the configuration designation just keyed in and the saved aspect ratio. (If PICTHIS.CFG cannot be created, because of a bad, full, or write-protected disk, an error message will appear. After you press a key to make the message go away, PTR3.EXE will continue loading.) Thus, when there is a PICTHIS.CFG file in the current directory (containing a configuration designation specified when PTR3.EXE was previously loaded), you can subsequently run PictureThis with that configuration simply by keying in "PTR3" and then pressing Enter (possibly followed by Tab; followed by Esc if you want to bypass the screens) DIFFERENCE 3: SUPPORT FOR ALL POSTSCRIPT FONTS WITH AFM FILES The PostScript fonts which the "Shareware" Version of PictureThis can use are limited to the Times family, Symbol, and Zapf Dingbats. The Registered Version includes a utility program to make PictureThis-usable font information files from any PostScript font's AFM (Adobe Font Metrics) file (on- disk). Included on the distribution disk are ready-made font information files for the 35 fonts most often resident in PostScript printers, so you don't need their AFM files (which AREN'T included with the printers, although they are available on disk direct from Adobe Systems Inc.). Any downloadable fonts you use should come complete with AFM files -- if they don't, complain to the vendor! If you are using downloadable fonts at a service bureau, the bureau should give you on-disk copies of the AFM files for those fonts. In other words, the Registered Version of PictureThis should work with virtually all PostScript fonts. DIFFERENCE 4: PHONE AND/OR MAIL SUPPORT FOR USERS Users of the Registered Version of PictureThis can call or write AT THEIR EXPENSE for prompt assistance. We CANNOT accept collect phone calls or postage due letters.
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