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/---------------------------\ | Lha Master - version 1.1b | | by | | Usoft | \---------------------------/ CONTENTS -------- I - What is Lha Master, and what is Usoft? II - Operation of Lha Master. III - Ordering information IV - Future products V - Technical notes, credits, revision history, etc. SECTION I --------- What is Lha Master? Quite simply, Lha Master is a shell for Lha (by Yoshi). Lha is a file archiver and compressor. Lha is similar to PKZip (by Phil Katz), but Lha achieves higher compression ratios. That is to say, Lha can make your files smaller than PKZip can, giving you more free disk space than you had before. Lha is a command-line program, with many different switches. Lha Master, however, is a menu-driven program. Very similar in use to Microsoft Works or Quattro Pro, Lha Master makes use of pull-down menus, while allowing keyboard shortcuts. This makes Lha easy to use and puts the power of Lha into the hands of all computer users. NOTICE: Lha Master must have Lha to run correctly! Lha can be in the same directory as Lha Master, or in a directory listed on your PATH statement. If you do not have a copy of Lha, registering Lha Master will bring you the latest version of Lha Master as well as a copy of Lha. What is Usoft? Usoft is a software company founded in 1991 by Steven R. Mathesius. Usoft was created in the hopes of providing software that everyone could use. Lha Master is the first product released by Usoft. Usoft encourages Users to comment on Lha Master (from here on known as LM) and any other Usoft products. Send comments to the address listed in section III below. In short, Usoft was created to be the software company where U ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR. SECTION II ---------- Use and operation of Lha Master: LM is very simple to use! I hope you don't even need to read this. But just in case, I'll detail how to use LM. When you start LM you will see a notice informing you that you are using an evaluation copy (unless you've registered!). Simply click on Ok or press ENTER after reading the notice to see the main screen. At the top of the screen is a bar, with two titles: Archive and Help. Press ALT to activate the menus. When Archive is highlighted, the menu will drop down, displaying menu options: ADD FILES EXTRACT FILES LIST FILES DELETE FILES ------------- EXIT To create a new archive choose ADD FILES. A dialog box will appear, asking if you wish to create a new archive or add files to an existing archive. We want to create a new archive, so simply hit enter. A new dialog box appears, requesting the name of the archive you want to create. Type in the name you want the archive to have. You can also enter a path. Note that the default extension is LZH. You don't have to enter the LZH, just a file name. Press enter or click on Ok, and another dialog box appears, requesting the files you want to compress. Simply pressing enter here will compress all the files in the current directory. You can enter a name of one file you want to compress (e.g., test.doc), a name with a wild card (test.*), or two wild cards (*.*). You can also enter a path in front of a file name or wild card. Once you have entered a file or wild card press enter. Lha Master will put Lha to work, and compress the files you indicated. If you chose ADD FILES from the ARCHIVE MENU and then chose ADD TO AN EXISTING ARCHIVE, the procedure would differ little. You would still be asked to enter an archive name, but after you enter the archive name a list box would appear, allowing you to choose which archive from that list you want to work with. After you have chosen the archive you wish to work with, a dialog box requesting file information would appear. Again, LM would put Lha to work, but instead of creating a new archive, Lha would add the files you indicated to an existing archive. The EXTRACT FILES, LIST FILES, and DELETE FILES commands work very similarly to the ADD TO AN EXISTING ARCHIVE command. EXTRACT FILES would extract files from an archive, LIST FILES lists files in an archive, and DELETE FILES deletes files from an archive. The best way to really learn how to use Lha Master effectively is to experiment. Lha Master won't format your hard drive, or delete files (except those in archives), so don't worry. Lha Master is versatile but simple. Try creating an archive in a different directory, compressing files from another directory, while you are in yet another directory. Lha Master is easiest to use when you put LM.EXE in a directory listed on your PATH. Then no matter which directory you are in you can simply type LM and Lha Master pops up, ready to go. This makes it easy to compress files in every day use. If you happen to be in the WORD directory and decide that you have 72 letters that you probably won't need, simply type LM, and compress them into an archive! When you want to look at them, use LM again and extract them (or one of them). LM is so simple you'll probably find yourself compressing things quite often. SECTION III ----------- Ordering information: Ordering Lha Master brings many benefits to U, the User: * The latest, registered version of LM on disk, delivered to your door. * Notices of upgrades * Notices of new products * A feeling of pride and a clear conscience in that you did the right thing and registered. * Eternal thanks from me, Steven R. Mathesius By registering shareware you encourage programmers to use shareware as a distribution method. Not registering will save you $10.00 now, but discourages programmers from developing better products, and instead encourages them to produce commercial software (usually with a price tag upwards of $30.00). So come on, order LM! The version you receive on disk will be the latest version. The pesky registration notice (at startup) will be removed, and the ABOUT LM dialog box will display your name. The main screen will also display your name (and company if you indicated a company on the order form). To order Lha Master: Have your printer on-line and have paper loaded, and then from the DOS command line type ORDERME OR Send a check or money order for $10.00 (or more!) to: Usoft 329 N47th Rd. Mendota, IL 61342 Be sure to include the shipping address, daytime phone, and preferred disk size (3.5" or 5.25"). Thanks for registering! Notice to corporate or educational institutions: The normal registration fee is $10.00. If you are registering for more than one computer the fee varies. Pricing structure is show below: * Site license for the use of Lha Master: (includes one program disk) 2 to 10 computers ..... $8.00 each 11 to 25 computers ..... $7.00 each 26 to 99 computers ..... $5.00 each For registering 100 computers or more write for pricing information. Extra program disks are available for site licenses at the price of $2.00 per computer. You are free to copy and distribute Lha Master for NONCOMMERCIAL use if, and only if: No fee is charged for use, copying, or distribution. Lha Master is not modified in any way. Disk vendors and user groups may charge a nominal fee not to exceed $10.00 for expenses and handling while distributing Lha Master. SECTION IV ---------- Future products and upgrades: What can U expect from Usoft in the future? In the near future U can expect LM to include features to test the integrity of an archive, and to create a self-extracting archive, and several other new features. On-line help will be expanded and upgraded. The user interface will be improved. Point and click file selection will be added. Support might be extended to include not only Lha as the primary file compressor, but also ZIP, ARC, ZOO, PAK, ARJ, etc. In the long-term U could see a Windows version of LM, an OS/2 2.0 specific version of LM, educational products, and OS/2 2.0 based applications. Usoft is committed to providing what U, the Users want. If U ask for something, Usoft will try to provide what U want. If U want something specific, don't hesitate to ask, Usoft is always looking for new programming opportunities. I feel that OS/2 2.0 is the operating system of the future. OS/2 2.0 is much better than DOS, or DOS/WINDOWS. In light of that, Usoft will be working on several OS/2 2.0 based programs. The first OS/2 2.0 based program from Usoft will probably be LM. A character-mode version of LM will be available shortly for OS/2. A true OS/2 2.0 based version of LM, using the graphical user interface is still several months away however. Again, I want to hear what U, the Users have to say, so please write. SECTION V --------- Technical notes and credits: Lha Master was programmed in BASIC using the Microsoft Professional Development System, version 7.1. Lha Master will soon be available in an OS/2 version. This version will be a straight port from the DOS version, and will not take advantage of OS/2 2.0's multithreading capabilities or graphical user interface. A later version of Lha Master will be OS/2 2.0 specific, and will be programmed to use multithreading and the graphical user interface. KUDOS TO: --------- God, for being God. Scott Mosier, for beta-testing and offering ever insightful wisdom and programming help. Kelly Davis, for beta-testing and programming help. IBM, for developing OS/2 2.0, the ultimate operating system! REVISION HISTORY: Version .9 - All major functions operable. Build from here! Version 1.0 - Stable enough to call a product, many bugs to fix... Version 1.1 - First public version, screen clearing codes fixed, mouse support improved, on-line help added. Version 1.1b - Fixed mouse support at startup: Don't have to run credit screen for mouse to work! Fixed ListFile function. DISCLAIMER: Usoft hereby disclaims all warranties relating to this software, whether expressed or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Usoft will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential, indirect or similar damages due to loss of data or other reason. Lha Master - version 1.1 (c) Copyright Usoft 1992
NOTICE TO DISK VENDORS: ----------------------- You are free to copy and distribute Lha Master for NONCOMMERCIAL use if, and only if: * No fee is charged for use, copying, or distribution. * Lha Master is not modified in any way. A nominal fee not to exceed $10.00 for expenses and handling while distributing Lha Master may be charged. You are free to compress/archive Lha Master for distribution if the following files are included in the archive: LIST.COM LM.DOC LM.EXE ORDER.FRM ORDERME.BAT VIEWDOC.BAT README.BAT README.NOW This file, VENDOR.DOC, need not be included in the archive. Please see LM.DOC for instructions and further information. Thank you! NOTICE: Lha Master muust have access to LHA.EXE in order to run correctly. if you do not have Lha in your disk collection I strongly encourage you to include it. For your convenience I have included a copy of the latest version of Lha and its associated files in a directory on this disk. If you wish to distribute Lha you can find the latest version and its files in the A:\LHA directory. These files are direct from an archive and all files associated with Lha are included in this directory. I in no way am responsible for distributing Lha. I am merely aiding disk vendors that may not have the latest version of Lha in their disk collection. LHA IS NOT A PART OF LHA MASTER! Lha is a completely separate program, written by a different programmer (Yoshi). If you are going to distribute Lha and Lha Master on the same disk, please make it clear that they are different programs from different authors. Thank you!
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ LM DOC 12814 10-16-92 6:48p LIST COM 20951 9-03-90 7:51a LM EXE 131658 10-15-92 3:53p README BAT 46 10-09-92 6:27p ORDER FRM 1997 10-08-92 4:54p ORDERME BAT 211 10-03-92 1:18p README NOW 1108 10-12-92 12:06p VIEWDOC BAT 43 10-09-92 6:27p VENDOR DOC 1643 10-16-92 7:00p GO BAT 96 4-12-93 4:28p 10 file(s) 170567 bytes 145408 bytes free