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TV PARTNER Welcome to TV Partner! TV Partner is a unique, easy-to-use, time- saving program especially designed for cable TV viewers, but well- suited for fans of movies and other programs on commercial TV also. With TV Partner, you can sit down when the monthly (or weekly) TV Guide magazine comes, and quickly generate a customized personal TV viewing schedule for the whole month (or week). The best part of TV Partner, though, is the link to a library file which can be used to automatically highlight times and descriptions of your favorite scenes in movies or other programs on the schedule. You can generate your own library file or use the one provided free to registered users consisting of over 750 movies and other programs shown on cable TV. TV Partner creates a compact, complete, annotated schedule that eliminates the need to shuffle through the daily newspaper, TV Guide, and Cable TV magazine every night. Your favorite programs are there and nothing else. You won't miss a show or even tune in late for your favorite scene. TV Partner is menu-driven and will step you through the process of generating or modifying a file of titles and a viewing schedule. There are two data files associated with the TV Partner program. These are the CURRENT TITLES file (CURRFIL), and the LIBRARY file (LIBFIL). CURRFIL and LIBFIL hold the program's input data. The following sections explain a little more about these files and other specific features of TV Partner. RUNNING THE PROGRAM: To run TV Partner, enter "TVP" at the DOS prompt. The first menu screen you'll see is the SETUP Menu. To work on CURRFIL or LIBFIL, highlight its menu line using the up/down arrow keys and press "Return". Then you can select menus with various options to edit, modify, or display the files. When these files are built or edited to your satisfaction, you're ready to generate the TV Schedule. In all cases, a series of instructions, examples, templates, and questions will lead you through each process. CURRENT TITLES FILE (CURRFIL): CURRFIL is the "raw data" that TV Partner uses to generate a viewing schedule. This consists of the schedule data which you input each month or week from the TV guide magazines. As many as 200 different titles per month can be input. When you've gone over the magazine/newspaper listings and checked off the titles you want to see, you're ready to compose CURRFIL. You'll find it easiest to use the section of your TV guide which lists all the titles for the month with their showtimes rather than the daily schedule section. TV Partner will lead you through this process step-by-step as explained below. A sample CURRFIL is included with this disk for illustrative purposes. Building the file: To begin composing a new CURRFIL, you'll want to select the MODIFY menu using the left/right arrow keys. (Note that you do have to select either the CURRENT TITLES or LIBRARY file line before TV Partner will let you move to another menu.) Then select "Clear file, start anew" to delete the "old" data and then select "Add new title" to start entering new data. You'll be prompted for the program titles you want to see along with a series of "showtimes" for each title, which are the dates and times when that title will be shown. A couple things are important to note at this point: Titles: For some operations, TV Partner searches for a match between data input from the keyboard and data in its files. In order for a match to be found, the data must agree exactly. (The only exception is that data is not "case sensitive"; that is, it doesn't matter if you enter text in upper or lower case, or even a combination. TV Partner automatically converts all titles to upper case letters before entering them into CURRFIL and LIBFIL.) For this reason, it's a good idea to follow consistent practices such as always omitting leading "The"s and "A"s in titles. If you make use of the TV Partner library which is provided upon registration, you'll find those conventions have been observed. Titles are limited to 72 characters in length. Make sure that spellings agree exactly with library entries, to include punctuation and use of arabic vs. roman numerals, etc! Showtimes: For each title, TV Partner will prompt you to input the dates/times when that title will be shown. For the calculations that TV Partner performs later, the showtimes need to be in a certain format. A screen template will guide you and check your entries as you input data. You have the option of entering data using civilian time (12-hour clock) or military time (24-hour clock). TV Partner internally converts civilian time to military time for its calculations. Depending on your choice, you will see a screen which explains the required format and displays a template in that format. Each showtime entry must be in one of two formats: Civilian time: CCDDHH:MMS or Military time: CCDDHHMM where CC = Channel ID (optional) - any one or two characters DD = date (two digits required) between 01 and 39 HH = hours (two digits required) between 01 and 12 for civilian time between 00 and 23 (not 24!) for military time MM = minutes (two digits required) between 00 and 59 S = suffix (1 letter): a=AM, p=PM, n=Noon, m=Midnight In both military and civilian options, you may include an optional one or two character "Channel ID", e.g., "13" for Channel 13, "H" for HBO, etc. Next, you enter two digits for the date (using a zero when required). TV Partner will accept dates from 01 to 39, since some schedules include shows for a few days into the next month. The date digits are followed by two digits for the hour and two for the minutes (using zeroes when required). For civilian time entries, the minute digits are followed by a suffix (a, p, m, or n) indicating AM, PM, Midnight, or Noon. Incidentally, TV Partner considers midnight (12:00M civilian time or 0000 military time) to be the "beginning of a new day" and not the "end of the old day"; i.e., 1112:00M civilian time (110000 military time) occurs between the 10th and 11th of the month, not between the 11th and 12th. Also, you might note the difference between TV Partner and some magazine TV schedules which start "new days" at 6:00 or 6:30AM. More showtimes for the same title are input on the same screen by pressing the spacebar after each entry. Don't hit "Return" until you've input all the showtimes for each title. (Actually, one record can hold up to 20 showtimes. If you should have more than 20 showtimes for one title, simply enter the title a second time with the remaining showtimes as if it were a different title.) Typical showtimes for a title might look like this (after TV Partner has converted them to military time): X020730 161200 H100335 13262020 T212300 The record above indicates that the title will be shown on Channel "X" (Cinemax) on the 2nd of the month at 7:30 AM, on an unspecified channel on the 16th at 12:00 Noon, on Channel "H" (HBO) on the 10th at 3:35 AM, on Channel 13 on the 26th at 8:20 PM, and on Channel "T" (TMC) on the 21st at 11:00 PM. Note that the showtimes don't have to be entered in any kind of sequential order at all. Also, civilian time suffixes can be entered in upper or lower case. Note too that you can save a lot of keystrokes using military time instead of civilian time. Further, you can flag special titles with a special character like "!" as part of the channel ID. TV Partner checks the syntax of each showtime as you input the data. If everything's OK, the title and showtimes will be added to CURRFIL. This process will continue until you've entered all the titles you want to see. To help keep your place in the listings, TV Partner will display on the screen the last title entered every time it prompts you for a new title. If you make mistakes while adding new titles, it's easiest to just note the errors as you go, then correct all of them at once after you've finished inputting all the new titles. A special feature of TV Partner is its ability to force a "page feed" in the printed schedule at any date and time. You can do this by entering a dash for the title ("-" without the quotes) along with the "showtimes" when you want to start a new page. Then whenever TV Partner sees a dash for a title, it will eject the current page before continuing the schedule. This feature might be useful if you like to start, say, each week of the month on a fresh page. When you're all done, just hit "Return" when prompted for the next title. Incidentally, there's no need to enter all the titles and data at one sitting - just continue adding titles and data at subsequent sessions as desired. TV Partner automatically saves all data to file as it is entered. Just be sure not to "Clear file, start anew" again until you want to start a totally new file from scratch! Display: When all titles and data have been entered and saved, you may want to "Display" the file to check for any typos (screen and printer options are available). If you want to print or list something short of the whole CURRFIL or LIBFIL, pick the "Select range of titles" option. You can specify an alphabetical first and/or last title (or title segment) of the range to be printed as desired. For example, if you're looking only for titles that start with "A", enter "N"(no) to the first question (Include ALL TITLES in range?), then enter "A" for the first title and "B" for the last title of your range. If you only want to see selected titles in the range, like those with a certain actor's or actress' name in the data records, then enter that name as the "Search term" (upper or lower case). TV Partner will list all titles and data between the first and last titles with that search term in either the title or the data record. Editing: If you discover any typos, you can make use of the various options available on the EDIT Menu to correct them. These options include "Locate title", "Change title or data", and "Delete title" which are self-explanatory and which will step you through the appropriate procedures. Note that you do have to "Locate" a title before TV Partner will let you select the "Change" or "Delete" option. You don't have to enter the whole title to locate it - just enough to identify it. In fact, the shorter the search term, the quicker the search is performed. Incidentally, it's surprising how well just a 3- letter search term usually performs! TV Partner will list -one at a time- each title that matches your entry. When you find the one you want to change or delete, hit "Esc" to return to the EDIT menu. Note that changes to data records must be made in military time format (24-hour clock). Changes are entered directly on the data line and not on a screen template like appeared during the "Add new title" procedure. The usual editing keys (left and right arrows, Home, End, Delete, etc.) can be used. Note also that you can toggle between "Insert" and "Overwrite" modes using the "Insert" key. Text Editor: You can use any text editor that produces ASCII files to build and edit CURRFIL and LIBFIL. However, any syntax errors you might introduce won't be caught until you generate the TV schedule. For that reason, it might be best to hold off using a text editor at least for a few months while you become familiar with TV Partner's syntax. The text editor can be a lot faster, but any syntax errors in the file will slow down your schedule-generation process considerably. *** IMPORTANT *** If you do use a text editor, be sure you generate only ASCII files, and that you don't accidentally erase the end-of-file marker or insert an extra blank line anywhere. Don't make any titles longer than 72 characters or data records longer than 254 characters. These errors can produce unpredictable (and unpleasant!) results. Further, TV Partner expects all TITLES in CURRFIL and LIBFIL to be in upper case letters. (TV Partner automatically converts titles to upper case when you add or change titles using the program's edit features.) Data records can be upper case or lower case or mixed. Incidentally, TV Partner will still generate a viewing schedule correctly even with lower case titles in CURRFIL; it just won't catch matches with LIBFIL entries or keyboard entries. There's also an "Alphabetize file" option under the MODIFY menu. TV Partner doesn't need the titles in alphabetical order for its purposes, but you may want to alphabetize them and print them out as an off-line reference. (When TV Partner alphabetizes LIBFIL, it will need enough free space on your disk to accommodate a work file as big as LIBFIL.) Note: Although TV Partner was developed specifically for TV schedules, there's no reason not to include other events of interest such as appointments, social events, etc. The "showtimes" for these events will need to follow the same syntax as discussed above for film titles. LIBRARY FILE (LIBFIL): In addition to the CURRENT TITLES file, TV Partner uses an optional LIBRARY file as input data when generating a viewing schedule. LIBFIL holds data which identifies scenes from your favorite programs and contains other useful data you may want to include such as stars, comments, video tape information, etc. There's virtually no limit to the number of titles LIBFIL can store. The most powerful feature of LIBFIL file is a procedure in TV Partner which automatically searches LIBFIL and converts the times of your favorite scenes to "clock time". This is done for each showing of each title in CURRFIL which also has an entry in LIBFIL. As an example, let's say you've watched "Star Wars" and identified scenes starting at the following times into the film as especially interesting: everything before 20 minutes, the Cantina scene at 1 hour and 10 minutes, and especially the scene between 1 hour 35 minutes and 1 hour 50 minutes. Further, the movie is 2 hours 5 minutes long, and you've recorded it on your video tape number 5 starting at position 540. You might compose a LIBFIL record for Star Wars as follows: <0.20 1.10(cantina) 1.35-1.50* end=2.05 tape 5 @ 540 Let's say Star Wars appears on a monthly schedule starting at 9:00pm some night. TV Partner will search LIBFIL, locate your Star Wars entry, and convert the LIBFIL record into the following: Civilian time: <9:20 10:10(cantina) 10:35-10:50* end=11:05 tape 5 @ 540 or Military time: <2120 2210(cantina) 2235-2250* end=2305 tape 5 @ 540 Notice that what has happened is that all five of the time entries in the LIBFIL record have been converted into clock time based on the 9:00pm program start. These are the actual times those scenes will play on the screen. Now you'll know when to be sure to tune in. Building the file: The procedure to compose and edit LIBFIL is similar to the procedure for building CURRFIL as described earlier. You'll need to highlight and select the LIBRARY file option from the SETUP menu. Then select the "Add new title" option. (Again, don't select "Clear file, start anew" unless you want to erase all the existing data in the file.) The data you'll be prompted for consists of program titles along with a data record for each title. Titles: Remember that the spelling of titles in LIBFIL must agree exactly with titles in CURRFIL for a match to be recorded. It's a good idea to establish uniform conventions such as always omitting leading "The"s, etc., for this reason. Remember titles can't be more than 72 characters long. Incidentally, two completely different movies will occasionally have the exact same title (an example is "Red Heat"). If you find that the LIBFIL data for a movie is completely out in left field, this may be the reason. Data records: The data record for each title requires no format whatsoever with the exception of three-digit time entries which will be described just below. Any text not in the three-digit time format (such as actors' names, comments, etc.) will be reproduced verbatim on your viewing schedule. As with any DOS record, there is a limit of 254 characters per data record. It's not a bad idea to include negative comments along with other information so you don't sit through a dog more than once waiting for a "good part" that never comes. Time entries must be input as 3 digits (using zeroes where required) in the form "H.MM". "H" is the hours digit (between 0 and 9 inclusive) and "MM" are the minutes digits (between 00 and 59 inclusive). A decimal point (period) must separate H and MM. Thus 1 hour and 3 minutes is entered as "1.03"; 1 hour and 30 minutes as "1.30"; and 30 minutes as "0.30" (without the quotes). Time entries in the same record must be separated from each other by at least one blank space or some text entry. Data input in this format will be converted to "clock time" when TV Partner generates a viewing schedule. Again, a sample data record might look like the following: <0.20 1.10(cantina) 1.35-1.50* end=2.05 tape5 @ 540 All five of the three-digit time entries will be converted to clock time, and the rest of the data on the record will be reproduced verbatim each time the title appears on the viewing schedule. (Note that the "540" won't be converted to clock time since there's no decimal point.) Backup: It's a good idea to keep a backup copy of your latest LIBFIL on another disk to guard against a data loss problem. You can do this by using the DOS "Copy" command to copy LIBFIL to a different disk. Also, you may want to print out LIBFIL occasionally to use as a power-off reference, especially as your library of film data grows. TV Partner Library: Remember that a ready-made library of over 750 titles with data records is provided upon registration. This library can be used as is, or modified and expanded as desired. TV SCHEDULE: When you've built your CURRFIL and updated your LIBFIL as desired, you're ready to generate the TV SCHEDULE. Simply go to the SETUP Menu and select "Generate TV Schedule" to start the process. TV Partner expects to find both CURRFIL and LIBFIL in the current directory along with the TV Partner program itself. You'll be asked for a few preferences and items of data. For example, TV Partner needs to know the day of the week which falls on the first of the month for your schedule. Your computer's calendar wouldn't always fill the bill here since you might sometimes want to generate a schedule for "this month" and sometimes for "next month", so a keyboard input is needed. Next, you'll be asked whether you'd like the schedule to be output in civilian time (12-hour clock) or in military time (24-hour clock). It doesn't matter which you used to build your CURRFIL - select whichever you prefer for the TV Schedule output. Finally, TV Partner will ask if you'd like hard copy. If you're ready for the schedule to be output on your printer, select "HARD COPY" otherwise you'll get a monitor display only. You may want to use the monitor-only display first just to verify everything's OK before going to hard copy. Any syntax errors in CURRFIL and LIBFIL will be flagged during the schedule generation process. (There shouldn't be any unless some crept in through use of a text editor.) You'll usually have the option of continuing the schedule without using the incorrect data or of halting execution and correcting the error. If you like, you can generate an example TV Schedule right away using the sample CURRFIL and LIBFIL included on this disk. This might be useful just to illustrate the format so you'll know what to expect when you create your own TV Schedules. Note that as an added bonus, TV Partner summarizes the titles, showings, and scenes appearing on as many as 10 channels in your schedule. This gives you a quick feel for your "best performers" each month. FILE CAPACITIES: The only size limitations programmed into TV Partner are the maximum number of separate titles (200) in CURRFIL, the maximum number of titles shown on any one day (25), and the maximum number of times any one title is shown per month (20). As mentioned earlier, the last constraint (20 titles per month) can be "beat" by simply listing the title a second time with the extra showtimes as a new entry. If the other restrictions are a problem, let me know your situation and we'll work a trade-off. TV Partner was developed under the Shareware concept. If you find it to be useful, a contribution would be appreciated ($20 suggested). Your comments on the program would also be most welcome. Enjoy! Jim Crowther P.O. Box 5253 Albuquerque, NM 87185
TV PARTNER Thanks for your interest in TV Partner. I think you'll be very pleased with the program. Please look over the documentation file (TVP.DOC) before running the program. To display the file on screen, enter "TYPE TVP.DOC". Even better, if you have the DOS "MORE.COM" file on your disk (or a PATH to it), you can display one screen at a time with the command "MORE<TVP.DOC" (then hit any key to move to the next screen). Otherwise you'll need to use your "Pause button" (or Ctrl/NumLock keys) and Esc key to move through the file. For a hard copy of the documentation file, enter "TYPE TVP.DOC>LPT1". To start TV Partner, enter "TVP". Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the program. Jim Crowther P.O. Box 5253 Albuquerque, NM 87185-5253
Program title: ZIPZAG Program description: ZIPZAG is an arcade style spelling game in which the player uses the arrow keys to run his bug over letters on the screen to spell words. The player must go around obstacles to get to each letter while staying away from other bugs chasing him. Each word has a set amount of time to be spelled based on word length. If time runs out, then the player does the same word again. If there is time left over after spelling the word, extra bonus points can be earned. Spelling lists are user created. Many of the game features can be changed to suit the player. Intended user: Teachers and elementary school age children. Improvements over old version: N/A Unique features: The teacher creates the spelling lists rather than being limited by a set of preprogrammed lists. Many of the game's features can be customized to suit the student so that the game can be made to appeal to a larger number of children. ZIPZAG is truly a game and not just a glorified spelling drill in which the student is engaged only in spelling words. The student must also use game skills to maneuver around obstacles and avoid chasers while spelling words. Once a word has been spelled, ZIPZAG becomes all game for the remaining time allowed for that word. ZIPZAG ensures learning because each word must be spelled correctly the required number of times before going on to the next word. Capacity or limitations: Maximum spelling word length is 20 letters. Maximum spelling list file size is 7000 bytes. Spelling list editor displays first 100 spelling list files. Program is supplied full featured. Program must be run from a disk that is not write protected. because ZIPZAG creates several files at run-time. Special system requirements: CGA How to start program: Type ZIPZAG and press <ENTER>. Registration fee: $10.00 What comes with registration: Update notices and telephone support. List of program files: ZIPZAG.EXE Main program file. ZIPZAG.DOC Program documentation. ZIPZAG.CFG Created at run-time to store game settings. ZIPZAG.TOP Created at end of game to save top scores. SAMPLE LST Sample spelling list created at start of game.
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ ZIPZAG ZIP 58406 8-11-93 1:53p GO-STRT DAT 541 6-01-93 11:07a SIGORDER TXT 3336 6-01-93 2:30p TVPART ZIP 56985 8-11-93 1:53p GO-FORM DAT 3336 6-01-93 2:30p GO EXE 26022 1-10-92 12:14p PKUNZIP EXE 29378 2-01-93 2:04a PCSIG TXT 2329 6-01-93 2:31p SHAREMAG TXT 1831 6-01-93 2:32p CDROM TXT 8196 6-01-93 3:26p 10 file(s) 190360 bytes 125952 bytes free