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********************** * * * E Z - F O R M S * * * * F I R S T * ********************** Reference Manual TEST DRIVE Version 1.1 August 1990 (c) 1985-1990, EZX Publishing All rights reserved. P.O. Box 58177 Webster, TX 77598 USA 713/280-9900 FAX: 713/280-0525 CREATE / REVISE / FILL-IN / FILE / PRINT ALL KINDS OF FORMS. WORD PROCESSING FEATURES AND PROTECTED FIELDS MAKE IT EASY! EZ-Forms First, EZ-Forms Lite, and EZ-Forms Executive are trademarks of EZX Publishing. If you use this TEST DRIVE version of EZ-FORMS FIRST for more than a 10-15 day evaluation, you are exptected to regi$ter it. See below for pricing, etc. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 2 REGISTRATION, PREFACE, DISCLAIMER EZ-FORMS FIRST (trademark of EZX Corporation) is published by: EZX Publishing, P.O. BOX 58177, Webster, Texas 77598 U.S.A. (713) 280-9900. Published and printed in the United States of America. (c) Copyright 1984,85,86,87,88,89,90 by EZX Corporation. All domestic and international rights reserved. This TestDrive of EZ-FORMS FIRST is being distributed as "shareware". That is, try it before you register it. Basic registration is $39 plus shipping and handling. Subject to change without notice. See end of document. s/h is $6 USA-48, $12 AK/HI/PR/VI/Cda, $22 fgn. For additional registration information and a registration form (REGISTER.FRM), consult the program (EZFF.COM). A printed copy of this reference manual cannot be copied, reproduced, transmitted (e.g. FAX) or transferred in any form, electronic or otherwise, except with the expressed written consent of EZX Corporation. EZX hereby grants basic or advanced registered users a limited use license for this copy of EZ-FORMS FIRST. You man use the program on your computer and share complete copies (with all distribution files) of this program with anyone you wish as long as the purpose is to encourage registration of the program. The program must be shared in its complete form. Archiving or compression for distribution or BBS convenience is allowed. You may not sell copies of EZ-FORMS FIRST. Bonafide "Shareware libraries" may distribute this version of EZ-FORMS FIRST as long as a duplication fee of no more than $10 is charged and it is clear to the purchaser that no support or registration is included for the duplication fee. Note that each copy of EZ-FORMS FIRST has a unique embedded serial number for traceability. EZ-FORMS, EZ-FORMS FIRST, EZ-FORMS LITE, EZ-FORMS EXECUTIVE, EZ- DATABASE, EZ-SPREADSHEET, EZ-COPY LITE, EZ-COPY PLUS, EZ-CRYPT LITE, EZX-WRITE, EZ-WORD, EZX-BASE, EZX-TALK, EZ-DISK ADMIRAL, MENU-EZX, are trademarks belonging to EZX Corporation with all rights reserved. Any other trademarks belonging to others are hereby acknowledged. Pricing, specifications, and conditions are subject to change without notice. Send inquiries for site (multiple CPU or network) licensing to EZX Publishing at the above address or number. Disclaimer: EZX Corporation (dba EZX Publishing) makes NO claims AND offers NO warranties of any sort for EZ-FORMS FIRST. This program and any utilities/forms included are not warranted as to merchantability or fitness for their ultimate use. User has full responsibility for this suitability determination. EZX Corporation assumes NO responsibility for any sort of damage resulting from the apparent or actual use of EZ-FORMS FIRST (mental or physical). Use indicates acceptance of these and above terms. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE ----------------- ------ 1.0 INTRODUCTION 4 2.0 GENERAL INFORMATION 4 2.1 Installation of EZ-Forms 5 3.0 USING EZ-FORMS FIRST 6 3.1 EZ-Forms Main menu 7 3.2 Suggestions/example usage 8 3.3 EZ-Forms Second Level Menus 10 3.3.1 Print Menu 10 3.3.2 Utilities Menu 11 3.4 Setting up fields 12 3.5 Key descriptions 13 3.6 Printing 16 3.6.1 General 16 3.6.2 EpsGraph (also see 3.3.1) 18 3.6.3 HPGraph 18 3.7 Notes on EZ-Forms 18 3.8 Information on included forms 20 4.0 USING FFINSTAL 21 4.1 FFInstal Main menu 21 4.2 Example usage 22 4.3 Second level menus 23 4.3.1 Define colors 24 4.3.2 Printer options 25 4.3.3 Editor options 26 4.3.4 Misc. options 28 4.3.5 Status of options 29 APPENDIX A Printer Selection Menu 30 REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE 31 EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 4 1.0 INTRODUCTION ----------------- EZ-Forms First (EZ-Forms for short) is a forms manager which lets you, the user, generate master forms tailored to your unique needs. Version 1.0 of EZ-Forms consists of an installation program, called FFInstal and the main program, EZ-Forms. FFInstal, a companion program, lets you customize EZ-Forms to suit your preferences. EZ-Forms is a stand-alone program and will work without you EVER having to specify any defaults unless you want to. Those of us who have color monitors like to be able to choose colors, FFInstal allows you to choose ALL of the default colors. Other options include support for different printers and customizing the editor (help level, INS/OVR default, and tab distance). 2.0 GENERAL INFORMATION ------------------------ EZ-Forms allows you to create or revise a master form or a completed (filled out) form. A master form can be altered only when in the "create or revise a master form" mode. Master and completed forms can be stored as well as printed. Once a master form has been created and saved, you can recall it an unlimited number of times to fill out and then store as a completed form. EZ-Forms supports IBM (Epson) compatible printers as well as several other printers, however only Epson, Prowriter, and certain other printers can take advantage of the compressed mode used by EZ-Forms for printing out larger forms. EZ-Forms requires an IBM PC or IBM PC compatible with at least 256K of RAM (only 192K of this is needed by EZ-Forms). Direct screen memory access is used to provide high speed screen updates. This may make EZ-Forms unusable on some "not too close" IBM PC compatibles. If after loading EZ-Forms, you see only text, no borders, then you have a compatibility problem. IBM monochrome, color, and enhanced graphics adaptors are known to work with EZ-Forms. If you are using an IBM color graphics card with a "green screen" then you must use the DOS MODE command that is on your DOS diskette to default to black and white (type MODE BW80 and then run EZ-Forms). If you are using a serial printer, then use the DOS MODE command to route the serial printer to LPT1 (see your DOS manual for details). EZ-Forms has grown so large that it now uses a second file to hold additional commands. This file is called an overlay file and is named EZFF.000. Please ensure that it is on the default drive when you run EZ-Forms. To check for EZFF.000, use the DOS command DIR <Enter>. All the names of the files on your drive will be listed on the screen. EZFF.000 MUST remain available during the entire time you are running EZ-Forms. Sections of this file are brought into the computer's memory for some of the NOTE: For the TestDrive, EZFF.COM is EZFF-TD.COM ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^ EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 5 commands in EZ-Forms. This is one of the penalties for a more powerful program. EZ-Forms "knows" where to find EZFF.000 (drive and directory), so you still can change drives and directories. 2.1 INSTALLATION OF EZ-FORMS: ------------------------------ Your package should contain a diskette labeled EZ-Forms First. MAKE A BACKUP COPY of this diskette using the DOS DISKCOPY command. Store the original in a safe place. See the license notice on page 2 for limitations on distribution. Remember that your registration number is embedded in the program for traceability. Note: <cr> = Enter = Return Diskette System: ---------------- Make sure you have DOS (Disk Operating System) loaded and are at the A> prompt. Copy all of the files from the distribution diskette to a formatted diskette (with SYSTEM files and your own AUTOEXEC.BAT if you want to boot your PC from this diskette). See your Disk Operating System manual or contact your local computer "guru" for details on DOS. You may want to delete some of the forms to provide additional work space. To run the program, type "EZFF" <cr>. ("EZFF-TD" for the TestDrive version. Hard Disk System (DOS already loaded at the C>): ------------------------------------------------ First, create a subdirectory called "EZFF". eg, at the prompt C> type MD\EZFF <cr>. Copy all of the files from the distribution diskette to this subdirectory. That is, put the distribution diskette into drive A and type: COPY A:*.* C:\EZFF <cr> Make sure you log to the C:\EZFF subdirectory: At C> type, CD \EZFF <cr> You can then run FFInstal.COM, GO.BAT, or EZFF.COM as explained above (i.e., type EZFF <cr>). Run EpsGraph.EXE before EZFF.COM if applicable (see section 3.6.2 for details). EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 6 3.0 USING EZ-FORMS FIRST ------------------------ Everything has a beginning. The ballerina begins by sticking her foot into her slipper, the college professor by finding his box of multicolored chalk, and you'll begin by loading DOS into your computer. If you are an experienced computer user then type EZFF and skip to the description of the menu items. However, if you're not a long time PC user you may need to take it slowly. So after loading DOS, insert your work diskette, type EZFF and press enter. If you have a hard drive see section 2.1. At this point, some nice to know information will come up. Basically, if you are this far along, your computer has enough memory to run EZ-Forms. Press any key to continue. 3.1 EZ-FORMS MAIN MENU ----------------------- -----------[*** EZ-FORMS ***]------------ | | | | | <1> Create/Revise Master Form | | <2> Complete a Master Form | | | | <3> Revise Completed Form | | <4> Print Form | | | | <5> Utilities | | <6> General Information | | | | <7> Exit to DOS | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- The Main Menu options with descriptions are below. 1. Create/Revise Master Form: This option allows you to create a new master form or revise an existing one. You can designate the form size (maximum size is 86 lines by 130 columns), add (or delete) a border and draw horizontal or vertical lines. The cursor control keys are enabled, so you can "walk around" a newly created form. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 7 2. Complete a Master Form: With this option, you can retrieve, and complete a copy of a master form. Text added to the original master form can be manipulated. However, any text which is part of the master form can't be changed. 3. Revise Completed Form: Here you can recall a completed form for revision. This option is the same as option two, except that you're not starting with a "clean slate" master form. You have complete freedom to revise any portion of the form except for the master form outline and text. 4. Print a Form: This option gives you full access to the computer directories and drives to allow you flexibility in searching out and printing forms. If you have an Epson or Epson compatible, then you can take advantage of the solid lines and compressed print format for larger forms. 5. Utilities: This section lets advanced users really "play" with EZ-Forms. You will be able to manipulate forms -- erase, copy, and even rename forms. 6. General Information: For those of you who will just have to run EZ-Forms before reading the documentation, here is a short overview. 7. Exit to DOS: All good things must come to an end. Choose this option if you want to leave EZ-Forms and return to DOS. 3.2 SUGGESTIONS/EXAMPLE USAGE ------------------------------ STEPS FOR EXAMPLE: Creating a master form named TEMP. 1. Bring up EZ-Forms. (i.e. Run it.) NOTE: You must be in DOS with EZFF.COM and EZFF.000 in the active drive or have it on your hard disk in the active directory. Type EZFF, then press enter. 2. Press any key to go from the EZ-Forms logo to the Main Menu. 3. Select 1 for Create/Revise Master Form. The screen will clear and you will be presented with a menu of all the existing master forms. 4. Press enter to signal that you are ready to select a form. Type TEMP and press enter. A menu will appear asking you to define the form size. 5. Select 3 for a 40 line by 80 column form. You are now in the edit mode for a master form. 6. Press F7. A border will appear around the entire form. Notice that the bottom of the form is missing. We are only EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 8 looking at the 1st 24 lines of a 40 line form. 7. Press PgDn. The rest of the form will now appear. 8. Press F5 for a line. Move the cursor to the right side of the form by pressing Ctrl and the keypad right arrow. Press F5 again. We have just drawn a horizontal line on line 17 of our form. Don't worry about the "-" in column 1 of the form overwriting part of the border. Just press F7 once more to restore the border. 9. Be creative. Walk around on the form and type in text, make vertical lines, or anything you desire. Refer to this manual or press F1 (Help) for more information on the key functions. Refer to section 3.4 (Setting up fields) for information on how to add fields to the form. Don't forget to press any key to resume editing. 10. For some boxes in the form, hold down the Alt key and press one of the keys between F1 and F10 or Ctrl F1. This will allow you to insert graphic characters into the text. This allows you to make intersecting lines. 11. Press F10 (Exit). We are ready to save our masterpiece. 12. Select 6 (Save and Exit). When asked for the file name type TEMP and press enter. TEMP will now be saved. 13. Select 2 (Complete a Master Form). A directory of master forms will be displayed. Press enter, type TEMP, and press enter again. 14. You are now in the "complete a form" mode. Walk around on the screen and "fill out" the form you generated earlier. Notice how the master form itself is protected from erasure. 15. Press F10 (Exit). We have now completed a master form. 16. Select 6 (Save and Exit). When asked for the file name type TEMP01 and press enter. We have just saved our first completed form (notice the 01 we added after TEMP in the file name, this allows easy reference later). 17. We are now back at the Main Menu. From here you can print TEMP or call it in for further revision. 18. When you are done, press 7 (Exit to DOS). EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 9 NOTE: EZ-Forms can import normal ASCII text files into any form. This area of the EZ-Forms should be reserved for the expert user. You can import ASCII text files produced by wordprocessors or even the forms from some of the commercial forms packages. Steps for importing text files are listed below. 1. Ensure the text file to be imported is in ASCII format. 2. Create a new master form using option 1 from the main menu. A good size is number 1 -- 84 lines by 130 columns, you can always use F2 later to resize the form. 3. Move the cursor to line 2, column 2 allowing room for a border you may want to add later. 4. Press CtrlK R to read in a file at the current cursor position. You will be given the option to start at a line other than the beginning of the file. Next type in the complete file name you want to import (read in) and press enter. You will need to enter an offset starting line the next time you use CtrlK R to read the rest of the file. 5. When asked if you want to convert high ASCII characters to spaces, answer Y. What this means is the EZ-Forms will convert some of the "strange" (ASCII 1-31 and 127-255) characters to spaces. 6. Resize form as necessary. Insert field markers as needed. 7. Use F7 to draw a border around the form. 8. Press F10 when finished. Repeat the above steps until you have all the pages in the text file converted to separate master forms. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 10 3.3 EZ-FORMS SECOND LEVEL MENUS -------------------------------- The following menus can only be reached by selecting an option from a earlier menu. From the main menu - options 4 and 5 present you with the second level menus for printing and utilities. These menus are described below. 3.3.1 PRINT MENU ---------------- ----------[*** PRINT MENU ***]----------- | | | | | <1> Print Master Form | | <2> Print Completed Form | | | | <3> Change logged drive | | <4> Change Directory | | | | <5> Return -- I'm Done! | | | | | | Press Your Selection | ----------------------------------------- From the print menu you can select either a master or completed form for printing. If the form you want to print is on another drive or directory then you can use options 3 or 4 to get to the form and then print it or specify a drive as the first two characters (example --> A:myform). For notes on how to do the printing and what capability the different printers have please refer to section 3.6 PRINTING. If you have an Epson or "Epson Code Compatible" printer, EZ-Forms installed for use with EpsGraph, and EpsGraph loaded then an additional menu will come up at this point allowing you to choose print quality. To load EpsGraph, copy EpsGraph.EXE from the original diskette to your current drive and directory. Type EpsGraph and press enter. Within EZ-Forms you will now be able to choose a quick draft, medium quality with solid lines, or go for high quality with everything in solid bold lines. This really produces a nice form on the Epson series printers. Printers that can use EpsGraph include Epson, Gemini Star, IBM Graphics, Panasonic, and many others. You can even print compressed forms with completely solid lines! If you have a HP LaserJet compatible printer you must load HPGraph prior to running the program if you want solid lines, etc. Read HPGRAPH.DOC for more details on this. You must also use FFInstall to install the Extended ASCII printer option (type O). If you select printer type "HP LaserJet compatible with Y cartridge" (type E), and use HPGraph, you will be able to get 66 lines on a 8.5" by 11 inch piece of paper. We compress the line spacing slightly to do this. IF you must have true 6 lpi, select the Extended ASCII (type O) printer option. Then you will have to watch out for the fact that some HP LaseJets and compatibles will only print 60 or 62 lines per 11" long page. You may have to experiment, or you will experience "page creep". EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 11 HPGraph is a memory resident program that will convert the Extended ASCII line drawing characters into graphic codes that your HP LaserJet/compatible can understand. HPGraph supports only 10 characters per inch horizontally, and 6 (6.4 slightly compressed if printer type "E" or something like "LASER66.COM" is used) vertically. Landscape printing is not supported. See HPGraph.DOC for more details. 3.3.2 UTILITIES MENU -------------------- --------[*** UTILITIES MENU ***]--------- | | | | | <1> Erase a Form | | <2> Copy a Form | | | | <3> Rename a Form | | <4> Display Directory | | | | <5> Check Free Disk Space | | <6> Change Directory | | | | <7> Change Default Drive | | <8> Return to Main Menu | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- From the utilities menu you can erase, copy, or rename a master or completed form. Option 4 on this menu will display ALL files, not just those related to EZ-Forms. If you are using this section it is assumed that you are fairly familiar with your PC's operation. Please note that you cannot use option 3 to rename a form to its current name or use option 5 to check free disk space on any drive other than the default drive. WARNING: EZ-Forms consists of EZFF.COM and EZFF.000, the overlay file. You MUST leave EZFF.000 in the same directory/drive you started EZ-Forms in, even if you use option 6 or 7 above. Example: Do NOT bring EZ- Forms up on drive A, use option 7 to switch to drive B, and then remove the diskette from drive A. EZ-Forms still needs to access EZFF.000 on drive A. If it isn't found then EZ-Forms will return to DOS! EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 12 3.4 SETTING UP FIELDS ---------------------- EZ-Forms doesn't support data fields in the normal sense. Since EZ-Forms is based around a wordprocessor model instead a data base model, a unique method is used to simulate fields. By using the wordprocessing approach EZ-Forms gains a great deal of flexibility. This works by your setting up the master form such that only blank areas in the form are where you want the "fields" to be. In the completed form the tab key will then allow you to move to the next unprotected area. Two methods are provided to allow easy field set up. 1. If you have a master form that has very few areas that you want to write in, then use F3 to fill the entire form with field markers '~' (tilde). Then just walk around with the cursor and clear out the area you want to be able to fill in for the completed form. The space bar works well for this. Or you may want to use CtrlK E to erase field markers from a section after marking it as a block. A field marker, tilde, can be entered from the keyboard simply by pressing that key for small touchups. 2. To selectively protect a section of the master form, use the block functions (CtrlK plus I) to selectively insert the field markers. You can follow this up with the CtrlK E after marking a block to selectively erase field markers. Don't worry about the field markers from the master form showing up in the completed form. Field markers from the master form will remain invisible. They are used only to keep track of what is protected. Also the field markers will not show up when you print the form. Converting field markers to spaces is automatic when you export a block from a form. When you are completing a master form, use insert field markers (F3) to show the unprotected parts. The field markers will show up in the unprotected text color, highlighting where the main form is unprotected. These tildes will show you where you can type. They will appear in the same text color as any other text you type in but won't print or have any affect on anything you are doing. Setting up fields isn't really that hard. All you are doing is limiting the unprotected areas to where you REALLY want to type. EZ-Forms then tabs between these areas in the completed form. Don't forget that shift+Tab takes you backwards thru the fields. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 13 3.5 KEY DESCRIPTIONS --------------------- Generating a master form consists of determining form dimensions, drawing lines, and adding appropriate text. EZ-Forms defines the numeric keypad keys, the keyboard keys, and function keys to make this task easy. KEYPAD KEYS: With the exception of the insert and delete keys, all keypad keys are non-destructive, that is, the character under the cursor is not changed. FUNCTION KEYS: These keys perform different functions depending on whether you are working on a master form or a completed form. FUNCTION KEYS ARE NUMERIC KEY PAD CURSOR MOVEMENT KEYS F1 HELP Up Arrow ONE LINE UP F2 RESIZE FORM Down Arrow ONE LINE DOWN F3 INSERT FIELD MARKERS Right Arrow ONE COLUMN RIGHT F4 REMOVE FIELD MARKERS Left Arrow ONE COLUMN LEFT F5 DRAW LINE Ctrl Right Arrow RIGHT SIDE OF FORM F6 ERASE LINE Ctrl Left Arrow LEFT SIDE OF FORM F7 DRAW BORDER PpUp ONE PAGE UP F8 ERASE BORDER PgDn ONE PAGE DOWN F9 CLEAR FORM Home UPPER LEFT OF PAGE F10 EXIT -- SAVE MENU End LOWER LEFT OF PAGE Ctrl Home UPPER LEFT OF FORM NOTE: F3 and F4 work with Ctrl End LOWER LEFT OF FORM field markers for ENTIRE Ctrl PgUp TOP OF FORM form. Use CtrlK I and E CTRL PgDn BOTTOM OF FORM " " for sections of a form. Alt F1-F10 and Ctrl F1 will allow you to draw the border characters at any point within the form. You may need to use some of these characters to touch up after drawing lines or making a border around the form. Notes: F3 and F4 work with field markers for the entire form, not just a portion (use CtrlK I and E for a portion). These field markers can be inserted using the tilde from the keyboard and erased simply by spacing over them. For F5 and F6 position the cursor at the beginning point and press the function key once. Then position cursor at the ending point and press the function key again. F5 and F6 can be used for either vertical or horizontal line drawing/erasing. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 14 KEYBOARD KEYS: All letters and numbers are entered as you normally would from the keyboard. Some keys are special keyboard keys which are a combination of the control key (or ALT) and another key. In these cases (for example the control right arrow), hold the control (or ALT) key down and press the second key (in this case, the right arrow key). The special keyboard keys are: enter/return: move one line down, start of line backspace: move cursor one position left along with the rest of the line ins: toggle between insert and overwrite for the editor CURRENT DATE/TIME FEED INSERT OR DELETE LINE CtrlF + D FEED DATE Ctrl Enter INSERT LINE CtrlF + T FEED TIME Ctrl Y DELETE LINE NOTE: Must have room on the NOTE: Insert may cause the last line to display full time or line of the form to be pushed off date otherwise only part of the end. Also text will be lost the time or date will appear. if you try to write over a The system time and date must protected character. Insert line be set correctly for these to will cause EACH and EVERY line return the correct values. to move down by one. BE CAREFUL! AUTO NUMBERING: - To set up auto numbering in the master form press CtrlN. Ensure there is enough space to insert the number between the cursor position and the right side of the form. Each time you complete it (Main Menu #2) the number will increment. If you need to change the number in the master form, start with a different sequence number then just type over the old number. The sequence number MUST be a valid number (if you choose a five digit number it MUST be between 00000 and 99999)! SELECT ASSISTANCE LEVEL - Use the Esc key to select help mode. All of the block operations and many of the operations in EZ-Forms will give extra information and prompt you prior to performing the function. In the regular mode you receive all messages. The regular mode is the default. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 15 BLOCK TEXT OPERATIONS BLOCK FILE OPERATIONS B BEGIN BLOCK W WRITE BLOCK TO DISK K END BLOCK R READ BLOCK FROM DISK V MOVE MARKED BLOCK C COPY MARKED BLOCK Y DELETE MARKED BLOCK BLOCK PRINTER OPERATIONS U UNMARK BLOCK I INSERT FIELD MARKERS P PRINT COPY AS IS E ERASE FIELD MARKERS NOTE: Block operations consist of two keystrokes -- CtrlK + above key. CtrlK means while holding down the Ctrl key press the K key. Block text and block file operations use the marked text area and the current cursor location. Examples for block operations: In a block move operation the block will be moved from the highlighted area to where the cursor was when you pressed the CtrlK V key combination. A block consists of at least one line and one column. The beginning of the block, CtrlK B, must be no greater than the end of the block, CtrlK E. If the beginning of the block is line 2, column 2 then the end of the block must be at LEAST line 2, column 2. A valid block would be from line 2, column 2 to line 3, column 5. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 16 3.6 PRINTING ------------- If you don't have a printer, then you've got problems. This section assumes you have no problems (at least not printer type problems). EZ-Forms supports various dot matrix and daisy wheel printers such as type Epson MX, FX, and RX series, the Prowriter dot matrix, and the C.ITOH Starwriter series printers. 3.6.1 General -------------- EZ-Forms does not require you to define your printer type before you can print. A default printer type is assumed which should work with any printer but will not be able to print out the larger forms. All you have to do is run the install program (FFInstal) and select your printer type from the menu to enable printing out larger forms. That is, if your printer supports it. Note: If you have a printer (example MX-100) which can handle wide forms and want to use compressed print for large forms on narrow (80 column) paper, then select MX-80 instead of MX-100. Once you get past the option 4 from the main menu or the CtrlK P while in the editing mode, you will see the following menu. --------------[*** PRINT OPTIONS ***]-------------- | | | <1> Print only master form portion | | <2> Print only completed form portion | | (Clear Forms Overlay) | | <3> Print all portions of form | | <4> Print multiple copies | | <5> Abort printing | | <6> Ready to print -- Do it! | | | | Status: Print all portions of the form. | | Print 1 copy(ies). | | | | Press your selection (1-6)? | | | --------------------------------------------------- Options 1&2 - Allows you to selectively print out only a portion of the form. One use for option 2 is if you have preprinted forms, then on completed forms you can print only the filled in portion on the preprinted form (clear forms overlay). Option 3 - Allows you to return the printing mode to the default -- print all portions of the form. Option 4 - Provides the capability to print multiple copies. This might come in handy if you need to print 2 copies for your records or the customer. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 17 Option 5 - Allows you to return to what you were doing without going thru the printing. This is the OOPS option. Once you have everything set up, option 6 allows you to go ahead and print. Please note that the status section on the menu will always reflect the portion of the form to be printed and the number of copies desired. Press any key to abort printing. EZ- Forms will then give you a chance to stop printing. Here are some notes to help keep your association with EZ-Forms on a friendly basis. 1. Most printers can print 66 lines per page. Most of the pre- defined forms are 64 lines x 80 columns, allowing a couple of extra lines at the end to compensate for paper alignment. Adjust your printer so that the first line prints at the VERY top of the page. If you don't, some of the forms may spill over onto the next page. 2. Some printers have micro-justification (usually controlled by a switch inside the printer). Make sure this switch is off before using EZ-Forms (usually this means turning off the switch AND turning the printer off and back on). If your printer uses micro-justification then the right border of the printed form will NOT line up vertically. 3. If you do not have an Epson compatible, Prowriter, Toshiba dot matrix printer, or certain other printers then you can't use the compressed print mode. 4. FFInstal will allow you to describe to EZ-Forms the codes needed for any printer. If you use this option to install a new printer type and would like for it to be supported in future versions of FFInstal then do a print screen on the printer code summary display. This summary display is available in the custom printer installation area. Mail the printout to us and we will try to include direct support for your printer in the next software update. 5. Some laser printers may require that you save the form to an ASCII file via the export provisions in EZ-Forms. Then after proper printer initialization, you can print the ASCII file from DOS with the command: COPY "filename" PRN (or LPT1:, COM1, ETC.). 6. You may have noticed that the HP LaserJet printer is now supported by FFInstal. Completely solid vertical and horizontal lines are supported (you MUST use font cartridge "Y"). Also compressed print and 88 lines per page is supported. Due to the way the HP LaserJet works, you must completely finish printing one form under EZ-Forms before printing another. Let the machine rest a few seconds until the motor turns off. You will then be able to print another form. If you see error 22 (printer buffer overflow) flash on the LaserJet display then you need to press a key to stop EZ- EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 18 Forms from printing, take the printer off line, and do a form feed. This will allow you to get your printer set up correctly to begin printing another form. 7. Sideways printing. Sideways 3.0 by Funk Software, Inc. supports sideways printing of text containing the character graphics symbols like those used in the EZ-Forms forms. If you have a wide form and want to print it out sideways then continue reading. You must export a form before it can be printed under Sideways. To do this: a. Call up a form under option 1, 2, or 3 from the main EZ- Forms menu. b. Press CtrlK W. c. Answer yes to mark the entire form for export. d. Do NOT translate the border characters, we want them left as character graphics, not translated to : and -. e. Specify a temporary file name (example: temp). f. Exit EZ-Forms and call up Sideways. g. Tell it to print your exported file, NOT the EZ-Forms form. h. Using normal sized print, you should be able to print a form 130 columns by 53 lines on a single page. Good luck. 3.6.2 EpsGraph -------------- EZ-Forms now comes with a special program, EpsGraph, for the Epson series printers. Use FFInstal to select either EpsGraph 80 or EpsGraph 100 type printer. Load EpsGraph before you try to print a form under EZ-Forms. EpsGraph allows your printer to print completely solid vertical and horizontal lines within EZ- Forms. Draft, medium, and high quality printing is also selectable. EpsGraph.EXE was written in assembly language to ensure the highest possible speed. Outstanding print quality! If you have EpsGraph 80 or 100 installed as the default printer type and you hear a beep from your printer while you are printing a form, then you have forgotten to load EpsGraph and the printer is reacting to one of the codes EZ-Forms uses for EpsGraph. 3.6.3 HPGraph ------------- HPGraph is a memory resident Extended ASCII to HP LaserJet graphic converter. It will allow you to print the line drawing characters on your HP LaserJet. HPGraph must be loaded prior to using EZ-Forms AND you must use FFInstal to select the Extended ASCII printer driver. 3.7 NOTES ON EZ-FORMS ---------------------- EZ-Forms has been in development over four years. EZ-Forms First is based on our EZ-Forms C.30 release and represents about the midpoint in EZ-Forms' development. Advanced versions of EZ-Forms are available (10-100 times more powerful). 3.8 24 pin printers ------------------- See the file called 24PINDOC.COM on the distribution disk. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 19 GENERAL: 1. Screen manipulation, including windowing, is handled by writing directly to screen memory. This provides extremely fast screen updates and allows high speed text scrolling on the screen. Checks are performed to determine if your system is color or monochrome. The corresponding section of memory is used. 2. If you have chosen an Epson compatible printer, then EZ- Forms will use compressed print and adjust the line spacing as necessary to fit your form on a single sheet of paper. 3. The limit on the number of files in a directory for EZ-Forms is 2000 files. If you have more files that this in a SINGLE directory, then please divide the directory prior to running EZ-Forms. 4. EZ-Forms First can read forms created by EZ-Forms rev C and earlier versions. The only things lost using a form created under a earlier version is the solid lines and recognition of the border in the editor. The editor won't automatically place the cursor in column 2 when you press enter. 5. If you would like to print a compressed version of a normal sized form (64x80), then read the form into the editor using 1, 2, or 3 from the main menu. Use F2 to resize the form to 84x130. Press CtrlK P to print the form from the editor. The form will be printed in a much smaller version IF your printer supports this feature (works with Epson and HP LaserJet to mention a couple) AND you used FFInstal to install your printer type. SAVING: 1. Retyping the file name is required only if you have created a new master form or filled out a master form. If you are editing an existing form then press enter when asked for file name and the original file name will be used. 2. Before saving, a check is made to ensure sufficient space is left on the diskette and that the file doesn't already exist. If a problem occurs, EZ-Forms will prompt you for the necessary action. Space is checked ONLY on the default drive! DEFAULT DRIVE: EZ-Forms allows you to change the default drive so that you can have full access to all the drives on your system. If an error occurs while saving to one drive, you can always switch to another drive and try again. You MUST leave EZFF.000 available in the same drive and directory where you brought up EZ-Forms. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 20 CHANGE DIRECTORY: Many of the menus allow you to change directories. You can access all the directories available on the default drive if you are using DOS ver 2.0 or later. FILE NAME EXTENSIONS 1. EZ-Forms uses the file name extensions FRM and FOF to designate master form and completed (filled out) form respectively. You won't see the extensions unless you ask for a complete directory listing from the utilities menu or from DOS. 2. Master forms, when saved to disk, consist of only the text with a 128 byte header containing information about the form size. The file is written without a carriage return/line feed added to the end of each line. This saves diskette space but makes the file unusable by most word processors UNLESS you export the form (see the section on exporting forms). 3. Completed forms, when saved to disk consist, of the text alternated with the character attribute for protected/non- protected along with the 128 byte header. MEMORY USAGE: Memory resident programs, such as SideKick or printer spoolers will subtract from the amount of memory available to run EZ- Forms. If you have only 256K of memory and load in any memory resident programs, then EZ-Forms may not run. Yes, this includes EpsGraph. Don't worry, EpsGraph is very small and won't affect available memory by much (only about 1200 bytes). 3.8 INFORMATION ON INCLUDED FORMS --------------------------------- Many pre-designed forms are provided with EZ-Forms. Their names are mneumonic, that is, their names roughly indicate what the form is for. Call them up from the edit menu and view each one individually for more information. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 21 4.0 USING FFINSTAL ------------------- The EZ-Forms diskette contains a program you will never need to run -- unless you want to customize the way EZ-Forms runs. FFInstal is the installation program for EZ-Forms. Everything in EZ-Forms is defaulted such that most users will never NEED to reconfigure it, except for printer type. If you run FFInstal you will see the following menu after the opening credits. 4.1 FFInstal Main Menu ----------------------- -----[*** EZ-FORMS Installation ***]----- | | | | | <1> Define Colors | | <2> Printer Options | | | | <3> Editor Options | | <4> Misc Options | | | | <5> Show Options | | <6> Abandon -- No Changes | | | | <7> Exit and Retain Changes | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- What these options offer you is laid out in the following menus. When you select any of the first 5 options you will see one of the menus listed in the second level menus area (4.3). Option 6 will abandon (fancy for throw away) any changes made during running FFInstal. Option 7 will exit and update the configuration file (EZ-Forms.CNF) on the default drive and directory. EZ-Forms.CNF contains ALL the installation options you have selected. You can have multiple configuration files defined so long as you rename EZ-Forms.CNF to another name. Look at the configuration files provided on disk number 1. You should see COLOR.CNF and BW.CNF. These are all configuration files but are used based on the type of display you have. You can use the same method to handle several printers connected to a single computer, each printer needing a special configuration file. Simply copy the appropriate configuration file to EZ-Forms.CNF before using that printer type (don't forget to use the DOS MODE command to route your printer to LPT1 if it isn't already on LPT1). EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 22 4.2 EXAMPLE USAGE ------------------ STEPS FOR EXAMPLE: Updating configuration file for printer type. 1. Bring up FFInstal. To do this insert the diskette with FFInstal.COM on it. Type FFInstal and press enter. 2. After you admire the opening menu for a few seconds press any key to get rid of it. 3. Press option 5 for a display showing the status of ALL the EZ-Forms installable options. 4. Take note of the default printer type. It will be buried about one half of the way down in the text at the bottom of the screen. It should be "Plain Dot Matrix". Not many of us have a "plain" anything. So lets install it for our printer type. 5. Press any key to return to the main installation menu. 6. Press 2 for printer options. A menu containing different printer options will appear. 7. Press 1 to select a new printer type. If you see your printer type on the menu that now appears, then press the letter by it. If not, then probably the "Plain Dot Matrix" printer type will be a good guess. Press the letter by it. 8. After you select your printer type, the previous menu will return. Press 5 to exit (return to the main menu). 9. The main menu will appear. 10. Feel free to redefine the colors or any other items you would like. If you change the default colors, please ensure they are different from each other (i.e. don't use black text on a black background). Use the show options 5, to see how all the colors look together. 11. At this point you can press 5 to view the options again or 7 to save your configuration and return to DOS. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 23 4.3 SECOND LEVEL MENUS ---------------------- The following menus are used only if you make the corresponding selection from the main FFInstal menu. 4.3.1 DEFINE COLORS ------------------- ---------[CHANGE DEFAULT COLORS]--------- | | | | | <1> Change Main Text Color | | <2> Change Secondary Text Color | | | | <3> Change Warning/Status Text | | <4> Change Text Background Color | | | | <5> Change Normal Border Color | | <6> Change Warning Border Color | | | | <7> Change Block Text Background | | <8> Exit | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- This menu allows you to change ALL colors used in EZ-Forms. A brief description of how each color is used for follows. Main Text Color - This is the main text color used throughout EZ- Forms. This is the text color for protected characters. For the master forms, this will be the only character text color. For completed forms this is the protected text color. Secondary Text Color - This is the text color for unprotected text in the completed form mode. Warning/Status Text Color - This color calls your attention to important items in EZ-Forms. This color is used for the status on the bottom line when in the editor and for warning messages when you are about to do something that could cause a problem. Normal Border Color - The normal border color is used for all normal window borders. Try to choose a color that is restful but still stands out from the background. The light blue used in the default may not be your best choice. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 24 Warning Border Color - A special border color is used if something is likely to cause a problem or if you are in a high accident area. Normally red works well for this. Normal Text Background Color - This color is used throughout EZ- FORMS as the background color for the entire screen. Block Text Background Color - This color highlights the text that is to be operated on in the block text operations (that is the CtrlK type functions). Listed below are some of the colors that seem to work well for EZ-Forms First. Color definitions: Dark Colors Light Colors 0 Black 8 Dark Gray 1 Blue 9 Light Blue 2 Green 10 Light Green 3 Cyan 11 Light Cyan 4 Red 12 Light Red 5 Magenta 13 Light Magenta 6 Brown 14 Yellow 7 LightGray 15 White Some colors that seem to work well: COLOR COLOR COMPOSITE USED FOR SET #1 SET #2 B&W 3270 PC -------- -------- ------- ----------- ------- Main text color: 14 0 15 14 Secondary text: 7 1 8 1 Warning/status: 4 4 15 4 Normal window: 9 6 7 6 Warning window: 4 4 15 4 Text background: 0 7 0 0 Block background: 2 2 7 2 NOTE: Some RGB monitors do not have the capability to vary the intensity. What this means really is that your RGB monitor may have the capability to display only the dark colors and not the light colors. Most newer color RGB systems do not have this problem. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 25 4.3.2 PRINTER OPTIONS ---------------------- --------[CHANGE PRINTER OPTIONS]--------- | | | | | <1> Select different printer | | <2> Change printer lf/cr | | | | <3> Change lf print delay | | <4> Line feed to top of page | | | | <5> Exit | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- With the printer options menu you have the capability to customize how EZ-Forms works with your printer. Option 1 - Allows you to select a different type of printer. Many of the printers listed in option 1 support the larger form sizes (up to 86 lines by 130 columns). Some of the printers such as the Epson series, will even support printing FULL graphic characters resulting in SOLID lines on the printed form. See Appendix A for current list. Option 2 - Enables you to compensate for some printers which automatically give you a line feed when you send a carriage return, resulting in double spacing. If your printer has a tendency to double space, then this option tells EZ-Forms not to send a line feed when printing. If you make a mistake on this selection and disable the line feeds when you actually need them, then EZ-Forms will print the entire form on a single line without advancing the paper. Option 3 - Change line feed print delay. Certain printers have trouble advancing the paper to the next line if you send a line feed too soon after a carriage return. This option allows you to slow down only this one portion of printing. For example, the IBM Graphics Printer seems to require a delay of about 50. In contrast, my Gemini-10X works fine with 0 print delay. Don't adjust this delay unless just a couple of lines out of the ENTIRE form print too closely together (vertical spacing). The required delay is probably specific to each individual printer and not the entire class itself. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 26 Option 4 - Provides you the capability to disable the automatic paper advance to the top of the next page after printing a form. This could prove very useful if you like to print short forms with several on a single page. Option 5 - Returns you to the main menu after you're finished. 4.3.3 EDITOR OPTIONS --------------------- --------[EDITOR/DISPLAY OPTIONS]--------- | | | | | <1> Disable display adaptor | | <2> Set tab length | | | | <3> Sort file directories | | <4> Regular/Expert mode | | | | <5> INS/OVR default | | <6> Exit | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- This part of the EZ-Forms install program lets you work with some of the less obvious features and gives you the power to make EZ- Forms virtually unusable to anyone but the expert user. Lets see how to go about that. Option 1 - Many computers contain display adaptors that cause snow on your screen whenever you output text on the screen in a rapid manner. EZ-Forms routinely turns off the display adaptor to prevent this snowy effect. That's why you see the entire screen blank at times. If your computer doesn't have problems with snow then you can tell EZ-Forms not to disable the screen. By not disabling the screen you'll see quicker updates of text with virtually no screen blinking. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 27 Option 2 - The tab key performs two functions in EZ-Forms. In the master form mode it is a normal tab. This option allows you to set the number of spaces the cursor moves to the right when you press the tab key ONLY in the master form mode. The form is divided up into equal sections, each the default tab length. In completed form mode it jumps between "fields"/unprotected text areas. When you press the tab key in the completed form mode, the cursor moves to the start of the next section. See the section of this manual dealing with "fields" to get a better feel for how the tab key works with "fields". Option 3 - Directory listings are normally sorted. Sort time ranges from a couple of seconds for a small collection of forms up to a couple of minutes for the maximum number of forms supported by EZ-Forms (2000 in a single directory). If your patience is shorter than the sort time then use option 3 to disable it (the sorting that is). A quick sort routine (one of the fastest sort routines around) is used but even it takes some time to do the job. (Be advised, without the sort routine, you'll have a dickens of a time finding your file. Better to lengthen your patience). Option 4 - This option allows you to set EZ-Forms up for a regular or expert user. Many of the operations in EZ- Forms provide additional information about selections. If the expert mode is selected then none of the additional information is provided. The user always has the option to press Esc while in the EZ-Forms editor to alter the default. We recommend that if several people normally use the program, then leave the default set to regular user and let the experts use Esc to temporarily alter the default. Option 5 - The INS/OVR option allows you to alter the default for the EZ-Forms editor to either insert or overwrite. The normal default is overwrite. This seems to be the best compromise if you deal a lot with both master and completed forms. If you work mostly with completed forms then insert may be a better default. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 28 4.3.4 MISC OPTIONS ------------------- ----------[CHANGE MISC OPTIONS]---------- | | | | | <1> Enable/Disable sounds | | <2> Exit | | | | | | Press Your Selection | | | | | ----------------------------------------- This menu is a kind of catch all for items that didn't fit in any other area of the install program. Look for new options to show up here in future revisions of FFInstal. Option 1 - Allows you to turn off all sounds within EZ-Forms. That includes all warning beeps before you are about to exit from editing a form and haven't saved your revisions. So disable sounds only if the beeps really get to you. Option 2 - Allows you to Exit this menu and return to the main FFInstal menu. If you have any suggestions for additional user installable options be sure and let me know. We hate to have just one item listed here. Seems like there should be more. EZ-Forms First v1.1 USERS GUIDE Page 29 4.3.5 STATUS OF OPTIONS ------------------------ ------------------------[DEFINED OPTIONS]------------------------ | | |Dark Colors Light Colors Current defaults: | | | |0 Black 8 Dark Gray Main text color is: 0 | |1 Blue 9 Light Blue Secondary text color is: 1 | |2 Green 10 Light Green Warning/status text color is: 4 | |3 Cyan 11 Light Cyan Normal window border color is: 6| |4 Red 12 Light Red Warning window border color is:4| |5 Magenta 13 Light Magenta Text background color is: 7 | |6 Brown 14 Yellow Block text background color is:2| |7 LightGray 15 White | | | |Disable display adaptor during direct access of video memory. | |Sort files when doing a directory listing. | |Set tab distance to 6 spaces. | |Default printer name is: Plain Dot Matrix. | |Use line feeds to advance printer paper to top of next page. | |Use a line feed/carriage return at the end of printing a line. | |Delay 50 ms after printing each line. | |Editor insert/overwrite default is to overwrite. | | | | Press any key to continue. | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------- When you press option 5 from the main menu you will see a display like the one above. The colors and status of the options will depend on how you have your default configuration file set up. This display is a very useful one because it shows you how ALL of the colors are going to look when you use EZ-Forms. Look at the text under "Current defaults". If any of the seven lines are missing, then you have chosen an incompatible color set. For example, you can't choose black text on a black background. Most of the installable options for EZ-Forms are displayed here for your review. We hope you have as much fun modifying the options as we did when we initially checked everything out. APPENDIX A SELECT PRINTER OPTIONS (From within FFINSTAL.COM) A. EpsGraph 80 series Epson printers -- best! Don't change printer name!! B. EpsGraph 100 series Epson printers -- best! Don't change printer name!! Note: EpsGraph gives full graphics support on any Epson dot matrix printer (solid lines). Don't change printer name with option N. For A or B, ALWAYS load EpsGraph from disk #2 before running EZ-Forms. C. IBM Graphics(lg frms), Epson RX/MX/FX-80, Gemini 10X (try type A first!) D. Epson RX/MX/FX-100, Gemini 15X (try type B first!) E. HP LaserJet *** MUST use font cartridge "Y" *** Great!!! F. HP ThinkJet 2225C G. Banana H. Toshibia P1351 I. Prowriter M8510B (supports character graphics) J. C.Itoh Starwriter K. Okidata 92A L. Plain Dot Matrix M. Plain Daisywheel N. Custom printer installation (NOT for the beginner) O. Extended ASCII. Use with HPGraph for HP LaserJet. Max form size: 60x80. Use for printers like the FX-85 that can print Extended ASCII directly. P. Return -- No Changes! Press your selection (A-P)? Also see the file called 24PINDOC.EXE for information of 24 pin printes. 24PINDOC <cr> THANK YOU This TestDrive/Valueware version of EZ-Forms First may be "shared" with others, for evaluation purposes only. If you use it for more than 10 days, you are expected to regi$ter. See info below. EZ-Forms First(tm) is produced and (C) 1989 & 1990 copyrighted by: EZX Publishing P.O. Box 58177-FF11 Webster, Texas 77598 USA For information call 713/280-9900. InfoFAX: 713/280-0525 WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS, and OPTIMA orders. Refer to REGISTER.EXE (will print form with the "T" option) for the latest pricing, etc. At DOS, just type REGISTER <cr> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Within EZ-FORMS FIRST, refer to REGISTER.FRM (you can view/print it). For information on all other EZX ... products, refer to EZXINFO.COM At DOS, just type: EZXINFO <cr> Registration for EZ-FORMS FIRST is $39. That's right, only 39 bucks! Send $39 plus shipping (see below) to the above address along with your name and address to register this version. We will send the manual, etc. notify you of future product enhancements. Refer to the main menu item 6 for additional information on registration benefits. You can fill out the printed certificate generated when you print the result of REGISTER.FRM. Also see EZXINFO.EXE. Dear Users of EZ-Forms First ver 1.1: August 1990 EZ-Forms First provides a documentation file (EZFF.DOC) to help you get started quickly. Refer to the on-line help in the editor (F1 while the form is visible) for a listing of the commands. Disk space is limited so you may want to delete the documentation file from your work disk (keep a backup copy). To print the EZ-FORMS FIRST MANUAL, make sure your printer has about 32 sheets of paper loaded. Then at the DOS prompt, and with the file EZFF.DOC in the DOS path or the default directory, type COPY EZFF.DOC PRN (you may have to use LPT1:, LPT2:, etc.) For information on EPSGRAPH.EXE, EPSGPH24.EXE, and HPGRAPH.EXE, type: EPSGRDOC <cr>, <cr>, and/or HPGRDOC <cr>. Print via the "T" option. Capabilities in EZ-Forms First: =============================== - Create master forms from scratch using solid graphic lines - Fill out those forms in a protected mode where only the text can be added - Save filled out forms for later printing or revision - Printer support for IBM Extended ASCII line drawing characters - Graphic driver programs to support Epson and HP LaserJet printers - Forms are printed out using solid graphic lines with no breaks - Support for pre-printed forms using the Clear Forms Overlay (CFO) option at print time - Resize master forms at any time without typing in form again - Auto number, date, and time functions - Forms created with EZ-Forms First are convertible if you should ever move up to EZ-Forms Lite or EZ-Forms Executive, conversion is automatic. - For more information about EZ-FORMS LITE & EXECUTIVE and about other EZX products, see EZXINFO.COM. Just type EZXINFO <cr> at the DOS prompt. Please help distribute this fully functional version of EZ-Forms First. Pass copies to friends and upload to your local bulletin boards. Any suggestions for improving the EZ-Forms... prodcut line would be appreciated. Regards, Dave Black Software Development Manager, EZX Publishing EZ-FORMS FIRST<tm> REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE MAIL TO: ~~~~~~~~ EZX Publishing FAX TO: 1-713-280-0525 P.O. BOX 58177 - FF REG. Voice: 1-713-280-9900 Webster, TX 77598, USA VISA/MaterCard/AmeX/Discover accepted. REGISTRATION INFO (Please fill out & mail.) Also see REGISTER.EXE ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ EZ-FORMS FIRST - Benefits include a printed manual, 90 days of free phone support. Additional untilties and over 50 pre-designed forms are included. Unlimited use of EZ-HOST BBS for customer support is also included. Cost is only $39 plus shipping and handling. EZ-FORMS LITE - Adds light bar menus and extensive, context sensitive on-line help/manual. Also has basic math. Only $69 +s/h. EZ-FORMS EXECUTIVE - Adds big-time math, macros, much, much more! Only $129 plus s/h. EZ-FORMS'DATABASE - Adds a ".DBF" comptible database with all the power you'll ever need. Only $239 plus s/h. Shipping is $6 USA-48, $12 AK,HI,PR,Canada,FPO,APO, $22 other foreign. See EZXINFO.EXE for more details on s/h and EZX's other software products. (Updated 8/90. Pricing, terms, etc. are subject to change without notice.) See REGISTER.FRM, README.EXE, write, or call 713-280-9900 for latest details. 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EZ-FORMS FIRST by EZX Publishing EZ-FORMS FIRST (EZ-FORMS for short) gives you the capability to use your computer to create master forms tailor-made to suit your unique needs. Once created, these forms can be filled out and stored under code names pertaining to their use (i.e. billing, invoice, comments, etc). EZ-FORMS also gives you the capability to print and/or store completed or master forms. Comments or suggestions for improving EZ-FORMS will be appreciated. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS EZ-FORMS requires an IBM PC or compatible with at least 256K of RAM. Printers supported include the Epson graphics printer and daisywheel printers like the Bytewriter. Display adapters known to work with EZ-FORMS are IBM monochrome, color, and enhanced graphics adapters. Because direct screen access is used to enable high speed updating of screen information, EZ-FORMS may be unuseable on the not too close IBM PC compatibles. If this occurs please provide information on your screen memory starting address and we will try to include your display adapter particulars in the EZ-FORMS defaults. If you have a "green screen" monitor attached to your color graphics card, don't forget to use the DOS mode command -- MODE BW80. This will ensure correct conversion of colors for your monitor. HELP FOR DIRECTORY SCREEN To edit an existing form simply press enter/return and type in one of the names in the directory listing. If you want to generate a new form then select option 1 from the main menu and enter a new name when prompted for the file name during a directory listing. All files in the directory listing are sorted if this option has not been disabled with the EZ-FORMS install program. A very fast sort routine is used, but with a large directory it may take a few seconds. EZ-FORMS can handle a directory containing up to 2000 files. If you have more files than that in a SINGLE directory then please break the directory into smaller ones prior to running EZ-FORMS in that directory. MORE HELP FOR DIRECTORY SCREEN When a directory is displayed, the files will be sorted and displayed left to right -- top of screen to bottom in order. Please take note of the highlighted commands listed at the bottom of the screen. If "Enter --> Input Filename" is displayed then you are expected to look over the directory entries using the commands listed in the window at the bottom of the screen. After you do this, use enter/return to signal that you are ready to select a form to work with. Simply type in the form name at the prompt and press enter/return again. If you got here by accident the press enter/return without a filename entered and EZ-FORMS will return you to the main menu. If "Enter --> Input Filename" is not displayed then the directory is there as a status and you are expected to press F10 to exit after you finish looking it over. You can always use F10 to exit without further action. HELP FOR EDITING FORM FUNCTION KEYS ARE NUMERIC KEY PAD CURSOR MOVEMENT KEYS F1 HELP Up Arrow ONE LINE UP F2 RESIZE FORM Down Arrow ONE LINE DOWN F3 INSERT FIELD MARKERS Right Arrow ONE COLUMN RIGHT F4 REMOVE FIELD MARKERS Left Arrow ONE COLUMN LEFT F5 DRAW LINE Ctrl Right Arrow RIGHT SIDE OF FORM F6 ERASE LINE Ctrl Left Arrow LEFT SIDE OF FORM F7 DRAW BORDER PgUp ONE PAGE UP F8 ERASE BORDER PgDn ONE PAGE DOWN F9 CLEAR FORM Home UPPER LEFT OF PAGE F10 EXIT -- SAVE MENU End LOWER LEFT OF PAGE Ctrl Home UPPER LEFT OF FORM NOTE: F3 and F4 work with Ctrl End LOWER LEFT OF FORM field markers for ENTIRE Ctrl PgUp TOP OF FORM SAME COL form. Use CtrlK I and E Ctrl PgDn BOTTOM OF FORM " " for sections of form. OTHER KEYS CURRENT DATE/TIME FEED INSERT OR DELETE LINE CtrlF + D FEED DATE Ctrl Enter INSERT LINE CtrlF + T FEED TIME Ctrl Y DELETE LINE NOTE: Must have room on line NOTE: Insert may cause the last line of to display full time or date. the form to be pushed off the end. Also Also current system time and text will be lost if you try to write date must be correct (see doc). over a protected character (see doc). AUTO NUMBERING -- To set up auto numbering go to the master form and press CtrlN. Each time you complete it (Main Menu #2) the number will increment. Esc SELECT ASSISTANCE LEVEL -- All of the block operations and many of the other operations in EZ-FORMS will give extra information prompt prior to performing the function. In the regular mode you receive all messages. The regular mode is the default. HELP FOR BLOCK OPERATIONS BLOCK TEXT OPERATIONS BLOCK FILE OPERATIONS BLOCK PRINTER OPERATIONS B BEGIN BLOCK W WRITE BLOCK TO DISK P PRINT COPY AS IS K END BLOCK R READ BLOCK FROM DISK V MOVE MARKED BLOCK C COPY MARKED BLOCK FIELD MARKERS: Use F3 or F4 to work with field Y DELETE MARKED BLOCK markers for the entire form. U UNMARK BLOCK Field markers are just like I INSERT FIELD MARKERS any other character. The ~ can E ERASE FIELD MARKERS be entered from the keyboard or erase by typing over it. NOTE: Block operations consist of two keystrokes -- CtrlK + above key. CtrlK means while holding down the Ctrl key press the K key. Block text and block file operations use the marked text area and the current cursor location. Example -- for a block move the block will be moved from the highlighted area to where the cursor was when you pressed the CtrlK V key combination. HELP FOR CHARACTER DRAWING Using the F7 key for a border and the F6 key for a line often don't fill in all the areas that you might want for forms. The keys Alt F1-F10 and Ctrl F1 have been added to provide the capability for COMPLETELY solid forms. These keys are: Alt F1 --> ┌ NOTE: These characters are handled in the editor just as Alt F2 --> ┐ any other characters typed in from the keyboard. Alt F3 --> └ If insert is ON then these characters will be Alt F4 --> ┘ inserted into the text on the screen, moving other Alt F5 --> ─ characters over. Alt F6 --> │ Alt F7 --> ├ EZ-FORMS will translate these special characters to Alt F8 --> ┤ characters your printer can understand. If your Alt F9 --> ┬ printer can print character graphics AND you have Alt F10--> ┴ selected it (must use EZINSTAL), then you will get Ctrl F1--> ┼ COMPLETELY solid lines. DEPENDS ON PRINTER! REGISTRATION for EZ-FORMS FIRST and other versions of EZ-FORMS EZ-FORMS FIRST - Benefits include a printed manual, 90 days of free phone support. Additional untilties and over 50 pre-designed forms are included. Unlimited use of EZ-HOST BBS for customer support is also included. Cost is only $39 plus shipping and handling. EZ-FORMS LITE - Adds light bar menus and extensive, context sensitive on-line help/manual. Also has basic math. Only $69 +s/h. EZ-FORMS EXECUTIVE - Adds big-time math, macros, much, much more! Only $129 plus s/h. EZ-FORMS'DATABASE - Adds a ".DBF" comptible database with all the power you'll ever need. Only $239 plus s/h. See EZXINFO.EXE for more details on s/h and EZX's other software products. (Updated 8/90. Pricing, terms, etc. are subject to change without notice.) NOTES: 1. None of the versions of EZ-Forms First have any hooks of any kind. We don't slow down printing, limit help, or limit the user's manual. 2. We at EZX Publishing realize that many people don't need the power of EZ-Forms Lite or EZ-Forms Executive. Placing an older version of our forms product on the BBSs is our way of introducing you to EZ-Forms and showing how it can help you. Thanks for your support. DISCLAIMER (we have to cover ourselves): EZX Publishing, Inc. makes NO claims AND offers NO warranties of any sort with EZ-Forms First. EZX Publishing assumes NO responsibility for any sort of damage resulting from the apparent or actual use of EZ-Forms First (mental or physical). The forms and program provided are not guaranteed as to merchantability or fitness for their ultimate use. The user accepts all responsibility for use and may not resell the program or any supplied form.
Disk No: 1838 Disk Title: EZ-Forms First PC-SIG Version: S1.1 Program Title: EZ-FORMS FIRST Author Version: 1.1 Author Registration: $25.00 Special Requirements: Printer. Take advantage of professional forms created with the popular EZ Forms form generator. Included in EZ FORMS FIRST are 13 standard business forms that you can customize with your own business data. These forms will help you track expenses, invoice labor, take a sales order, plan a meeting, bill a customer, keep track of appointments and more. EZ FORMS FIRST is not a custom form generator such as EZ Forms or EZ Forms Lite. Instead, the job of creating the forms has been done for you. You can jump right into customizing these forms with your own data. Print these forms and use them as masters to be filled out in ink, or fill in the forms on your computer and keep each as a computer record. And if you find these forms useful, an additional registration fee buys 50+ more business forms. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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