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Disk No: 2594 Disk Title: Operation Desert Storm PC-SIG Version: S1 Program Title: Operation Desert Storm Author Version: 3/91 Author Registration: $10.00 Special Requirements: None. OPERATION DESERT STORM is an electronic book about the recent war in the Gulf as told by American soldiers who were there. This book is published in a form that is new, easy and fun to read on a computer system of any kind. Also included is a catalog of more electronic books by this new Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to promoting the use of computers for information. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1991 PC-SIG, Inc.
Iris: Electronic Books Made Simple! Binding sheets of paper together to form books was a landmark idea. Papyrus scrolls were suddenly obsolete. The book format made a table of contents and index practical. Steering the reader to another part of a book was as simple as citing a page number. Best of all, you never had to rewind a book. This was the beginning of random access. Iris has taken books one step further. Instead of citing page numbers, authors can cite topic names. The names can be woven into the text itself, or displayed in popup menus. Electronic books can ask questions and respond to the answers. Readers can jump from one topic to another with the flick of a key. Windows can change color and size, and be accompanied by pleasant tones. When you use Iris, the first thing you see is a friendly help screen and a menu of available books. This menu works like all Iris menus. A single sorted column with items that can be selected with cursor keys, or by typing the first letter of the item. If all the items cannot be shown at once, readers can quickly scroll up and down the list. The Iris distribution disk comes with three sample electronic (or "virtual") books. One is a tutorial. Another is a reference work. The third is a catalog. The tutorial and reference books covers Iris itself, and contain everything you need to know to read or write a virtual book. The catalog describes other books available direct from UserWare. Although a sample text adventure was not provided, it's obvious that Iris was designed with gaming in mind. If you already have material stored in an ascii text file, converting it to a virtual book is a snap. Internally, Iris uses a format similar to the well-known DOS batch file. The major difference is that "unmarked" lines are displayed, while "command" lines use a special one-character prefix. To get started, all Iris needs is an occasional "topic name." These look just like a batch file "label". Just type a colon followed by the name you want to give the following text. Topics can be any length. Rename the file with a .PGE extension, and you're in business. Of course, you might want to go on and take advantage of the many special features Iris offers, but that's optional. UserWare is building a "library" of virtual books. Your submissions are invited, and royalties will be paid. You may also distribute your books independently. No license required. A registered copy of Iris sells for $8. An advanced version, Prism, is $24. Prism adds many features that would interest people writing books themselves, and includes a complementary text editor. Iris, a MS dos program, uses 256k of free memory, and works well with both color and monochrome monitors. Iris is also compatible with most speech synthesizers. UserWare, 4 Falcon Lane East, Fairport NY 14450-3312, (716) 425-3463, CIS: 71540,3660. Features List: For readers: select screen colors, borders, and CPU speeds, sound switch, bookmark, topics list, view list, DOS shell, speech synthesizer compatible. For authors: color, sound, windows, variables, arithmetic and logical operators, procedural commands, external programs, user input, link topics via menus or "hotwords", (advanced version also includes) autoplay, topic and variable listing, command trace, editor support, optional compressed and encrypted formats. Capsule Description: Iris. "Electronic book processor." Link topics. Store input. Merge variables. Run programs. Use color, sound, windows. $8 registration. 256K, monochrome or color. Disk _____. Here's what people are saying about Iris .. ------------------------------------------- "Iris is very well conceived and designed. It makes the most of the advantages of reading text on-line rather than on-paper." -- PSL News, May 1989. ".. my overwhelming admiration .. It is very simply organized and readily accesible to the average reader. -- Harvey Wheeler, Director, The Virtual Academy. "I've had a chance to put Iris through its paces, and I must say I'm impressed." -- Thomas Easton, Analog, June 1990. "There is no easier or cheaper way to get started with hypertext." -- Ron Albright, Assistant Editor, Computer Buyer's Guide.
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ README 1295 3-02-91 1:19p README ODS 1295 3-02-91 1:19p PART1 PGE 134027 3-03-91 9:21a PART1 MRK 4959 3-03-91 9:21a BOOKMARK CFG 389 2-18-91 11:08a IRIS EXE 65606 9-29-90 1:28p GO BAT 16 2-20-91 12:53p IRIS-REF PGE 43891 9-10-90 1:28p IRIS-REF MRK 8274 9-10-90 1:28p IRIS TXT 4451 9-10-90 1:28p IRIS MSG 8506 9-10-90 1:28p CATALOG PGE 7085 3-03-91 10:15a ORDER HDR 83 1-10-90 1:24p ORDER FTR 1016 3-03-91 10:19a ORDER BAT 759 1-10-90 1:24p STORM DIR 1106 3-02-91 1:03p CATALOG MRK 2684 3-03-91 10:07a HARDCOPY SET 2154 3-02-91 12:38p HARDCOPY EXE 20309 3-30-90 1:26p CHKPRN EXE 1872 9-10-90 1:28p GETKEY EXE 3120 11-10-89 1:30p README PGE 1802 3-02-91 4:09p FILE2594 TXT 1702 3-27-91 7:35a 23 file(s) 316401 bytes 33792 bytes free