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VDOS is a visual DOS interface (shell) for power-users that prefer to work from a command line, yet want a directory display, quick-key DOS commands, previous command recall, and other shell features. It provides direct access to all standard DOS features, plus features not available in standard DOS. These include a paging file directory display that lists all files in alphabetical order and shows their file attributes as well as a visual directory tree for hard drive users. VDOS provides full command-line editing, and allows recall of the last 18 commands for entry or editing. On-line help is provided for common DOS operations and frequently used commands can be entered by pressing one of the function keys. The VDOS interface is user friendly and always displays the current disk drive, directory, and DOS version. Disk utilites to easily copy and format disks. ~ QFORMAT -- Quickly format and verify disks in one or more drives. Supports 5 1/4 and 3 1/2, 180k, 360k, 720k, and 1.4meg drives. ~ QCOPY -- A very fast disk copy program which loads to disks in the sequence you specify, knows what formats to use and will do so from a command line or during the running of the program.
Disk No: 1914 Disk Title: DiskUtilities and VDOS PC-SIG Version: S1.2 Program Title: VDOS Author Version: 1.2 Author Registration: $19.95 Special Requirements: None. VDOS is a visual DOS interface (shell) for power-users that prefer to work from a command line, yet want a directory display, quick key DOS commands, previous command recall, and other shell features. It provides direct access to all standard DOS features, plus features not available in standard DOS such as a paging file directory display that lists all files in alphabetical order and shows their file attributes. VDOS provides full command line editing, and allows recall of the last 18 commands for entry or editing. On-line help is provided for common DOS operations, and frequently used commands can be entered by pressing one of the function keys. The VDOS interface is user friendly and always displays the current disk drive, directory, and DOS version. Program Title: Disk Utilities Author Version: 3.1 Author Registration: $15.00 Special Requirements: Hard drive or RAM disk. DiskUtilites to easily copy and format disks. ~ QFORMAT - Quickly format and verify disks in one or more drives. Supports 5 1/4 and 3 1/2, 180k, 360k, 720k, and 1.4meg drives. ~ QCOPY - A very fast disk copy program which loads to disks in the sequence you specify, knows what formats to use and will do so from a command line or during the running of the program PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
DISKUTILITIES v3.0: DU DOC 2137 17.02.90 21.14 General information QCOPY EXE 77472 17.02.90 21.34 Diskcopy program QCOPY DOC 12814 17.02.90 20.29 Documentation QFORMAT EXE 45488 17.02.90 21.27 Diskformatting program QFORMAT DOC 5451 17.02.90 20.24 Documentation 720KA COM 724 17.02.90 21.47 720K in 5¼" drive (drive A:) 720KB COM 724 17.02.90 21.47 720K in 5¼" drive (drive B:) 720K DOC 407 17.02.90 21.43 Documentation 8 files
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VDOS Users Manual V1.2 VDOS Visual DOS Interface System Users Manual Copyright 1989 by Advantage Systems 1 October, 1989 1 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 Table of Contents I. Introduction and Overview Page A. Purpose 3 B. Installation 3 C. System Requirements 3 D. Overview of Features 3 E. Concept of Operation 4 II. Description of Features A. VDOS Editing Features 5 B. VDOS Display Features 5 C. Function Key Useage 5 D. Command Help 6 E. Prior Commands 7 F. File Directory Feature 7 G. Tree Directory Feature 8 H. Listings to Printer 8 I. Changing colors and F-keys 9 III. Administration A. Warranty 10 B. Support 10 C. Future Enhancements 10 IV. Registration Form 11 2 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 I. INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW A. Purpose VDOS is a visual interface to DOS. It replaces the standard DOS prompt with a visual screen that controls the input to DOS. VDOS provides you with complete editing features for standard DOS input and supplements this with other features that provide an integrated visual interface to DOS that is easy to use and will quickly increase your productivity. VDOS is provided for your use without charge. However, if you find that VDOS improves your interface to DOS and you use it on a regular basis, a contribution of $19.95 is suggested to allow for development of future enhancements. Contributions should be sent directly to the author at: Advantage Systems 1981 NE Brogden Ct. Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 All users of VDOS are granted permission to copy and distribute copies of the program and documentation to others providing no charges are involved. Distribution costs may be charged recipients provided they do not exceed $7 per copy. B. Installation VDOS should be invoked from the command line by simply typing: VDOS and hitting enter. No other input is required. The file VDOS.SCR must be in the same directory as VDOS.COM or no screen display will appear. Once installed, VDOS will always replace the standard DOS prompt until you exit from VDOS. If you use a monochrome monitor with a color card, you can invoke the mono mode by adding '/M' to the VDOS command line (ie, VDOS /M and then enter). C. System Requirements VDOS is a memory resident utility that will utilize approximately 24k of memory to produce its features. It will function with all types of video adapters and with all versions of DOS (except DOS 1.x). 3 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 D. Overview of Features VDOS is a visual interface to DOS providing a visual 'enviornment' for the user. In addition to a complete input editing capability for standard DOS input, the following additional features are provided: 1. Constant display of the DOS version in use as well as the current disk drive and DOS directory. 2. Utilization of the Function keys to assist in standard DOS input and a visual display of F-key functions. 3. A help display of the syntax of most DOS commands is available for quick review at any time. 4. Your last 18 DOS commands are avaliable on call for input or editing to create new input. 5. The file directory of the current directory is available for review (without scrolling!). This display shows all files and their attributes sorted in alphabetic order by file name. 6. A visual Tree display of the a disk structure. 7. Full use of color is provided throughout all displays to enhance the visual interface concept. E. Concept of Operation VDOS operates as a TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) program which intercepts COMMAND.COM's requests for an input string. The program puts DOS 'on hold' while it provides you, the user, with the features of VDOS. When you hit enter, VDOS supplies your input to DOS and then remains dormant in memory until the next time DOS requests user input. Since it is a TSR, the standard disclaimer must be made that it may not be completely compatible with the myriad of other TSR's even though it was designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. You must experiment with your own favorite TSR's to test their compatiability. In addition, since it was designed to function with DOS, VDOS will be of no use inside batch files. The only appropriate batch file useage is in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file where VDOS can be initially 'installed' into memory. 4 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 II. DESCRIPTION OF FEATURES A. VDOS Editing Features VDOS provides the full range of editing features for use in 'creating' your DOS input string. In addition to normal keystroke editing and the use of the Backspace key to 'rubout' as you backspace, the cursor keys allow you to move to any portion of your input string for 'editing'. The Home key moves you to the start of the input string, and the End key moves you to the end of your string. In addition, for long input strings, you may 'tab' forward with the Tab key and 'tab' backwards with the shift key and the Tab key. And finally, input may be done in the standard 'Insert' mode which inserts keystrokes between existing characters, or in the 'replacement' mode which overwrites existing characters. The current mode is always displayed, and the mode can be changed by hitting the Ins key. B. VDOS Display Features The VDOS display is rewritten each time you enter your DOS command in case DOS 'scrolls' the VDOS display off the screen with long output or an application uses the entire screen. The top part of the display always shows the current version of DOS (even if you change it) as well as the current drive/directory combination (again even if you change it). The 'help line' gives you some quick help to assist you with your current operating mode and also displays the Ins/Repl status for editing. The next two lines provide space for you to 'build' your DOS input string. And finally, the F-key line displays the current useage of the F-keys. These keys are described next. The remainder of the screen is used for DOS output. C. Function Key Useage The function keys are used to invoke VDOS features as well as to provide input assistance. Each key and its useage is described below: F1: The F1 key invokes the DOS command syntax help screen. This screen is designed to provide you with a quick reference to the many DOS commands available. The help screen is divided into categories to help you in quickly locating a command. 5 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 F2: The F2 key recalls a screenful of your prior DOS command entries. These prior commands can be 'selected' by moving the cursor down (or up) keys to the appropriate command. The command can then be edited as desired prior to 'inputting' it to DOS. The Escape key is used to return you to normal DOS input editing. F3-F9: These keys (except for F6 and F8 below) provide input assistance by typing the text shown with that key into the command window. The input string can then be added to or otherwise modified as desired before it is released to DOS. F6: This key provides a visual tree display of the current disk. Viewing is by 'pages' using the PgDn and PgUp keys. Space is provided for 300 branches with 200 directories per branch. F8: This key provides a directory listing of the current directory. The listing is sorted in alphabetic order and can be viewed in 'pages' with the use of the PgDn and PgUp keys. Space is provided in VDOS to sort up to 500 files per directory. F10: This key allows you to exit from VDOS back to the standard DOS prompt and releases all memory previously allocated to VDOS. D. Command Help As described above, the F1 key provides a summary of the syntax of DOS commands. The display is arranged to allow you to quickly find your DOS command and to show the syntax for that command, with all the 'switches' available. It is setup around DOS 2.x with DOS 3.x additions shown separately. Because of the number of DOS commands and the differences between versions, all commands are not on the screen. If you find that the help display does not suit your needs, it can be modified as desired through the use of any screen editor (such as PC Magazines PAINT program - Jan 26, 88). The text and colors are contained in the separate file VDOS.SCR specifically for this purpose. Have at it! 6 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 E. Prior Commands The F2 key provides for recall of a screenful of your prior 'commands'. Any of these entries can be 'selected' simply by using the Up/Down cursor key to move to the desired selection. That selection is then automatically transferred to the 'command window' for editing. If you simply wish to re-enter that command, just hit the Enter key and you are done. However, the commands can still be 'edited' prior to submission to DOS. This feature is very useful in copying same-names files with different extensions. Just 'pop-up' the last copy, and cursor to the extension, and replace the extension only. F. File Directory Feature Because of the extensive use of the file directory display, a 'paging' file display is provided for you by VDOS. To see a directory listing of the current directory, simply hit the F8 key. The first 'page' of the sorted directory listing will then appear. Other 'pages' can then be displayed with the use of the PgDn and PgUp keys, with each key moving a 'page' of the display. The display is in normal DOS format, except that it is sorted alphabetically and displays all files (including hidden files). The 'attribute' of the file is also shown. Files are 'marked' by DOS as Read-Only (Meaning they can only be read and cannot be overwritten), System (Meaning it is used by the system) and Hidden (Meaning it is not shown on the normal directory display). In addition, the DOS Backup command also 'blanks out' the Archive bit each time the file is backed up using that command. When a file is changed after it has been 'backed up', then the Arhive bit is set to tell Backup that this file has been changed and needs to be backed up again. VDOS is arranged to provide room for 500 files which can be sorted and displayed by page. Directories with more than this number of files will not be displayed correctly. The VDIR command can also be entered with a 'command- tail' specifying a specific drive, path, and/or files to be searched for and displayed (similar to the DOS DIR command). 'Wild cards' are supported, but all paths entered must end with a '\'. VDOS will display the actual search string at the top so you will always know what is being displayed. VDIR will also show the total actual space and number of all files found. 7 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 H. Visual Tree Directory Feature For users of hard disks with an extensive tree structure composed of many subdirectories, a visual display of this tree structure can be displayed. For the current disk the tree structure can be displayed directly with the F8 key. The tree display will show the actual size of all files in each 'branch' along with the number of files in that 'branch'. The total number of directories found will also be shown. If the tree is greater than one 'page' in length, all of it can be shown by using the PgDn and PgUp keys to cycle through the display. VDOS is setup to allow trees of up to 300 'branches' with a maximum of 200 'sub-branches' per branch. In addition, the message 'Scanning Disk' will be displayed as VDOS builds the directory tree for display. The VTREE command can also be entered with a 'command- tail' (just like VDIR) specifying another disk. This is done for disk D: by typing VTREE D: on the command line and then hitting enter. Any valid disk can be requested. H. Listing to Printer Both the Directory and Tree displays (using VDIR or VTREE) can be listed on your printer by simply using the key combination CTRL-L (This means simultaneously holding down both the Control key -CTRL- and also the L key). The listings will be displayed on your printer by 'pages' using a page length of 66 lines per page (normal print using 8 1/2 by 11 paper). Each 'page' will have a heading describing the printed listing and showing the date printed for page one and the page number for subsequent pages. To assist in controlling the printer, VDOS also allows you to send Formfeeds (jump to a new page) and NewLine (go to the next line) sequences to your printer. A Formfeed can be sent to your printer by pressing the CTRL-F combination. A Newline can be sent by pressing the CTRL-N combination. These extra key combinations will allow you to create listings of your directories and disk structure as you want them on the printed page without having to manually control the printer. 8 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 I. Changing Colors and F-Keys The DOS DEBUG program can be used to change certain colors used in the program. First, the 'color' for user command input may not suit your monitor or your tastes. Colors are stored internally as background/foreground Hex digits according to the table given below. The default value for user input is: 7Fh which is 'high white' on a grey background (as shown in the table). This value is stored internally at hex location 1F13h. To change this 'color' to another 'color' (say black on grey), you would use the following DEBUG commands: DEBUG VDOS.COM E 1F13 70 W Q CAUTION! Be sure to do this with a copy of VDOS.COM and not with your original in case of error. The result of the above DEBUG session will be a 'modified' version of VDOS.COM on disk. COLOR TABLE: Hex Color Hex Color 0 Black 8 Grey 1 Blue 9 Bright Blue 2 Green A Bright Green 3 Cyan B Bright Cyan 4 Red C Bright Red 5 Magenta D Bright Magenta 6 Brown E Yellow 7 White/Grey(Bkg) F Bright White Note: For the Background, only the values 0-7 are allowed. In addition to the 'Input color' shown above the following additonal colors can also be 'modified' as described above: LOCATION DEFAULT DESCRIPTION 1F16h 1Fh Standard User Window Color 1F17h 4Eh Highlighting Window Color 1F18h 1Eh File Description Heading Color 1F19h 1Fh File Name Display Color 1F1Ah 1Eh File Attribute Display Color 1F1Bh 1Ah File Size Display Color 1F1Ch 1Bh File Date Display Color 1F1Dh 1Eh File Time Display Color To change any of these 'colors', simply follow the above DEBUG commands but replacing the 1F13 location with the correct location from the above table. 9 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 Similarly, the actual text entered by the F-keys F3 to F9 is stored in a 'table' beginning at 1F9Ah. Each key is given 32 bytes for 'text' to be entered, and each entry must end with the hex value 00h (creating what is called an 'ASCIIZ' string). These values can be changed by DEBUG to any string you wish. For example, if you wish the F3 key to 'type' the string 'BACKUP *.* A:', then you would use the following DEBUG commands: DEBUG VDOS.COM E 1F9A 'BACKUP *.* A:',0 W Q The table of modifiable strings is given below: FKEY LOCATION F3 1F9Ah F4 1FBAh F5 1FDAh F7 201Ah F9 205Ah This changes the strings input, but does not change the F-key display at the top of the VDOS screen. This screen is located in the file VDOS.SCR and can be modified with DEBUG or any screen editor. CAUTION! As with changing colors, never use DEBUG on your original VDOS.COM program in case of errors. The DEBUG session will create a 'modified' version of your VDOS.COM so to 'be safe' always use a copy of your original program. Finally, the lines per page value used by the listing procedures can also be changed. This value is lacated at 568h and is now set to 52 lines (34h). It can be changed using DEBUG to any value you wish based on your printer setup. NOTE! The authors program VBUG can also be used in place of DEBUG and will give a visual DEBUG display similar to the VDOS screen. Try it, you'll like it! 10 VDOS Users Manual V1.2 III. ADMINISTRATION A. Warranty As distributed, VDOS is supplied without warranty. Use of this program is entirely voluntary and all risk is borne by the user. There is no warranty, implied or expressed, by the use of this product. In no event will the designer of this product be liable for any damages arising out of the use of this product. Useage of this product is agreement to the above limitations. B. Support Because of the method of distribution, no direct support can be provided to end users. However, all questions, comments, or inquiries will be addressed given the time and resources available to the author. C. Future Enhancements Given any support by the user community, the following enhancements to VDOS are planned. You can assist in this development by registering with the author and indicating your preferred priority for any(or all) of these enhancements. Comments concerning other desired features is encouraged. 1. Allow easy setup of desired F-key text 'macros'. 2. Allow easy setup of colors used by VDOS. 3. Provide an expanded command help feature giving a full help explanation for each DOS command. 4. Provide a paging menu capability. 5. Allow side-by-side comparison of two directories. 6. Provide a paging file typing capability. 7. Provide mouse support. 8. Add Date and Time displays as well as Caps/Num on/off displays to the VDOS interface screen. 11 VDOS Users Manual V1.22 IV. REGISTRATION FORM Please register me as a user/supporter of the VDOS program. Enclosed is $19.95 in check or money order payable to: ADVANTAGE SYSTEMS 1981 NE Brogden Ct. 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