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A fast text file reader, READ.COM pages, scrolls, and searches in ASCII files. The screen-switching option lets you prepare a table of contents for a file without direct switching to any screen. The program offers no written documentation and limited help on screen. THE TEXT FILE READER (READIT) allows users to scroll, page, and print on-line documents. All commands are displayed on a horizontal menu bar. An intuitive interface provides a straightforward source for on-line help. READIT provides the means to distribute manuals, instructions, procedures and other documents, royalty free, to users with a wide range of computer experience. Users without wordprocessing experience can be brought "up to speed" in minutes. Using READIT with your text file requires that text be prepared as shown in the documentation. Control over formatted printing and screen display is provided so documents come out looking professional -- printer or screen.
Disk No: 1687 Disk Title: Read.Com and ReadIt PC-SIG Version: S1 Program Title: Read.com Author Registration: $10.00 Special Requirements: None. A fast text file reader, READ.COM pages, scrolls, and searches in ASCII files. The screen-switching option lets you prepare a table of contents for a file without direct switching to any screen. The program offers no written documentation and limited help on screen. Program Title: ReadIt Author Version: 2.0 Author Registration: $20.00 Special Requirements: None. THE TEXT FILE READER (READIT) Allows users to scroll, page, and print on-line documents. All commands are displayed on a horizontal menu bar. An intuitive interface provides a straightforward source for on-line help. READIT provides the means to distribute manuals, instructions, procedures and other documents, royalty free, to users with a wide range of computer experience. Users without word processing experience can be brought "up to speed" in minutes. Using READIT with your text file requires that text be prepared as shown in the documentation of this program. Three possible formats are supported. Control over formatted printing and screen display is provided so documents come out looking professional--printer or screen. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk #1687 READ.COM AND READIT >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To start READ.COM, type: READ (press enter) ║ ║ To start READIT, type: READIT (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print READ.COM documentation, type: COPY READ.DOC PRN ║ ║ To print READIT documentation, type: COPY READIT.DOC PRN ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
READ.COM is: - fast .DOC reader; pages, scrolls, searches; permits display attribute control in .DOC files READ.COM is self-documenting; type READ<ENTER> at the DOS prompt, to display the HELP screens. READTEST.DOC demonstrates READ.COM's attribute control; type READ READTEST.DOC at the DOS prompt - READ.COM V 3.02 is copyrighted, and assigned to the public domain by the programmer.
_________________________________________________________________ Text File Reader (ReadIt) User's Guide November 17, 1989 _________________________________________________________________ o TABLE OF CONTENTS: Overview .......................................... 2 Hardware Requirements ............................. 2 General ........................................... 2 Installation Procedure ............................ 2 Start-Up Procedure ................................ 3 Test Drive ........................................ 3 Text Preparation Overview ......................... 4 Text Preparation .................................. 4 Registration ...................................... 5 License Agreement ................................. 6 Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Cobrasoft. The software described in this document is furnished under a License Agreement. By using the accompanying software you agree to accept the terms and conditions of the License Agreement. o Trademark and Copyright Acknowledgements: (C) Copyright 1989 Cobrasoft. All rights reserved. Cobrasoft is a registered trademark of Cobrasoft. IBM and PS/2 are registered trademarks of the IBM Corporation. ReadIt is a trademark of Cobrasoft. - 1 - o OVERVIEW: The Text File Reader (ReadIt) allows users to read and print on- line documents, at their own pace, with a short learning curve. All commands are displayed on a horizontal menu bar. An intuitive interface provides a straight forward method to scroll, page and print documents. Users without word processing experience can be brought "up to speed" in minutes. ReadIt provides a means to distribute on-line manuals, instructions, procedures and other documents, royalty free, to users with a wide range of computer experience. o HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS: An IBM PC/XT/AT/PS/2 or compatible with a minimum of 256K RAM and DOS 2.1 or later are required. While not required, a printer is recommended. o GENERAL: ReadIt is supplied on one 3 1/2 or 5 1/4 inch disk. Before using the disk, make a backup copy and read these instructions. The instructions assume that you are familiar with your microcomputer and have some knowledge of the Disk Operating System (DOS). This User's Guide can be printed with ReadIt's <Alt P> command. It contains six pages and may be used as an outline for your document. As a registered ReadIt user, you are eligible for one year of free technical support. If difficulties arise, call our support staff at (213)532-6212. These instructions assume that drive A or C is used. If a different drive is used, sub- stitute the correct drive designator. o INSTALLATION PROCEDURE: Installation is not required for floppy drive systems. If a hard drive is used, allow at least 200 kilobytes of free disk space. When creating a directory you must supply a name. READIT or other valid directory name may be used. If a directory name other than READIT is used, substitute the correct directory name. To install ReadIt onto a directory named READIT proceed as shown: 1. From the root directory C> prompt type: MD\READIT <ENTER>. 2. From the C> prompt type: CD\READIT <ENTER>. 3. Place the ReadIt disk in drive A. 4. From the C> prompt type: COPY A:*.* <ENTER>. - 2 - o START-UP PROCEDURE: ReadIt can read files from any drive or directory. When starting ReadIt, the filename and extension (to be read) is passed as a command line argument as shown in the following examples: READIT C:\MYPATH\MYFILE.EXT <ENTER> READIT B:MYFILE.EXE <ENTER> READIT MYFILE.EXT <ENTER> When READIT <ENTER> is typed, the on-line ReadIt User's Guide is displayed. You may substitute your document for the ReadIt User's Guide. When your document is used, in lieu of the User's Guide, it must be renamed READIT.DOC. Floppy Drive Start-Up Procedure: 1. After the computer is booted place the ReadIt disk in drive A. 2. At the DOS A> prompt type a start-up command as shown above. As a minimum, READIT followed by a filename and extension must be typed. If the filename and extension are omitted, the default text file will appear. Hard Drive Start-Up Procedure: 1. After the computer is booted type: CD\READIT <ENTER>. If a directory name other than READIT is used, substitute the cor- rect name. 2. At the DOS C> prompt type a start-up command as shown above. As a minimum, READIT followed by a filename and extension must be typed. If the filename and extension are omitted, the default text file will appear. o TEST DRIVE: It only takes a few minutes to become familiar with the operation of ReadIt. Before you begin, check that the ten key pad is not in the numeric mode (NumLock Off). Perform several trial runs as shown below: A. Use the appropriate start-up procedure to display the ReadIt User's Guide. Type: READIT <ENTER>. B. If all has gone well, text and a horizontal menu bar will appear. Review the menu selections at the base of the screen. C. Press the PgDn key to display the next screen page. To return to the previous screen page, press PgUp. - 3 - D. To scroll down one line, press the DOWN arrow key. To scroll up one line, press the UP arrow key. E. To display the end of the document, press E. F. To return to the beginning of the document, press B. G. To display the middle of a document, press M. Note that an arrowhead will appear in the left margin to mark the mid-point of the document. H. If you have a color monitor, the foreground and background colors can be changed by pressing F1 and F2. Press the F1 key. Continue pressing F1 until you step through all the foreground colors. Press the F2 key. Continue pressing F2 until you step through all the background colors. Note that the first screen is displayed after any color change. I. Before printing the text, check that the printer is on-line and has an adequate supply of paper. When the printer is ready press Alt and P simultaneously. If it is necessary to abort the print sequence, press ESC. J. When through, press ESC to return to DOS. o TEXT PREPARATION OVERVIEW: Using ReadIt with your text file requires that text be prepared as shown: 1. Prepare and proof your document. Do not space text with the TAB key. Each line of text must be terminated by a carriage return. The new page character must be on a line by itself at the beginning of each page and after the last page. 2. Save the manuscript as an ASCII (unformatted) text file. Any valid filename and extension may be used, if your text file will not replace the ReadIt User's Guide. If your file is to replace the ReadIt User's Guide, rename your file READIT.DOC. READIT.DOC must reside on the same disk or directory which contains ReadIt's files. 3. Use ReadIt to check and print your text. o TEXT PREPARATION: On-line documents should be constructed for ease of viewing rather than conforming to a rigid format. If possible, the table of contents should be presented as the first screen. Page numbers are easily found if they are centered at the bottom of each page. If the document is short and has a well constructed table of contents, an index is usually not required. When preparing text, keep in mind that each screen page displays 23 lines of text. - 4 - Text should be prepared with a word processor. Do not use the TAB key. Each line of text can have up to 65 characters and must terminate with a carriage return. Using one inch left and right hand margins should produce a line with 65 characters. If more than 65 characters are entered, ReadIt will truncate the line. Page length should be set at 46 lines/page. If page numbers are used, they should be placed on the 46th line. The new page char- acter should be inserted, on a line by itself, at the beginning of each page and after the last page. Each ReadIt file can accom- modate approximately 80 screen pages (23 lines/screen) or 40 printed pages (46 lines/page). After the text has been prepared, the file must be saved as an ASCII (unformatted) file. Any valid filename and extension may be used, if your text file will not replace the ReadIt User's Guide. If your file is to replace the ReadIt User's Guide, it must be named READIT.DOC. If necessary, rename your file with the DOS RENAME command. READIT.DOC must reside on the same disk or directory which contains READIT.EXE. To check that each line has been terminated with a carriage return and that the new page character has been properly inserted, scan your original text file with the DOS TYPE command. Use ReadIt to proof and print your text. Compare the ReadIt text to the original file. If portions of the text are missing, the line(s) may not have been terminated with a carriage return. If lines appear out of order or are missing, the TAB key may have inadvertently been used. o REGISTRATION: This version of ReadIt is distributed as user supported Share- ware. The user is granted a limited license to use Readit for non-commercial use. The user may copy and freely share this program with others, subject to the provisions of the license statement. If you continue using ReadIt after a thirty (30) day evaluation period, you are required to register. For non- commercial use the registration fee is twenty ($20) dollars (outside USA $35 US dollars). Contact Cobrasoft for commercial distribution and/or site license information. - 5 - _________________________________________________________________ LICENSE AGREEMENT _________________________________________________________________ Cobrasoft grants a limited, non-exclusive license to the user to distribute the Text File Reader's (ReadIt) files with the user's text files for non-commercial use. The user has permission to copy and freely share the software with others subject to the following provisions: 1. ReadIt is distributed as user supported Shareware. Should the software be used beyond a thirty (30) day evaluation period, the user is required to register. 2. The software and/or documentation may be uploaded to bulletin boards and can be used by clubs, schools or other non-profit groups for educational purposes only. When used for educat- ional purposes, one (1) copy must be registered for each fifty (50) student copies distributed. 3. The software and/or documentation may not be sold for profit by other than Cobrasoft authorized dealers. When distributed as Shareware or for educational purposes, reasonable charges may be applied. 4. The software and/or documentation may not be distributed, in whole or in part, with any commercial product or service with- out obtaining a commercial distribution and/or site license. The software and documentation are distributed "as is". The soft- ware and documentation are subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Cobrasoft. Cobra- soft specifically disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchant- ability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will Cobrasoft be liable for any loss of profit or other damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, commercial or other damages. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of California or use such other law as may be required to protect the legitimate interests of Cobrasoft. _________________________________________________________________ Cobrasoft, 4455 Torrance Blvd., Suite 273, Torrance, CA 90503 _________________________________________________________________ - 6 -
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