Category : Alternate Operating Systems - Quarterdeck DesqView, CP/M, etc
Archive   : DVC18.ZIP

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DV Commander version 1.8 by William E. Allen [75300,272]
Copyr 1989-92 by William E. Allen PO Box 834, Howell, MI 48843


Here is a quick look at what's new and changed in version 1.8 of
DV commander. Read this file if you are currently using DV
Commander to see how the changes might affect you.

Version 1.8 02/17/92

* Menu separator lines

Added the %separator special menu command which will insert a
seprartor line like those used in DESQview's own menus.

Also changed the menu window frame slightly to exactly match
the way the DESQview menus look.

* Menu highlight bar follows mouse

The highlight bar now tracks when the mouse is moved as it does
in DESQview's own menus and panels.

Version 1.7 04/15/91

* DIsable / ENable commands

Added DIsable and ENable commands to control access to DESQview
menus. This can be useful in setting up a turnkey system and
with games that insist on using your {DESQ} key.

* Execute Command

Added an Execute command that will let you run any program in
its own DESQview window. This command is very powerful. Please
see the documentation for details.

* Pre-emptive menus

The sub-menus are now pre-emptive. This means that if you press
the menu selection letter before the menu has a chance to dis-
play, it will execute your selection immediately without show-
ing the menu.

* Reorganized the manual

The manual now has a table of contents and the commands, which
were in no particular order before, are now in alphabetical

Version 1.6 01/01/91

* Desq command

The Desq command stacks keystrokes that open the DESQview main
menu and execute commands from it. You can use this command,
for example, to set the DESQview video options, or to use the
DESQview menus to change colors. You can also use this command
to cause DESQview to switch to another window.

Version 1.51 12/01/90

* Justify command

You can now optionally add [row, col] parameters to the justify
command. The window will be positioned so the row and column
are in the upper left corner of the window.

Version 1.5 10/03/90

* Name change

First of all I shortened the name. Instead of DVCOMAND I have
changed the name to DVC. I find the new name to be much more
convenient to use from the command line and I found that many
people renamed it to DVC anyway. Of course you can always
rename the executable file to any name you wish and you will
probability want to do this if you have many DVP and batch
files that would need to be changed.

* DV style menus

The "style" of the menus have changed to make them conform to
the look of DESQview's own menus. Specifically the frame is now
made of solid lines and the title is centered inside the frame
like DV's menus and screens.

A new form of the description (the first positional parameter
on each line of your menu files) can be used to make the
selector letter appear on the far right of the description like
DESQview's menus. For example the menu line:

"D=DESQview Datebook" DA

would display in the menu as:

DESQview Datebook D

A new special line of the form:

%menu "Applications Menu"

allows you to give a name to the menu. If omitted, the title
from the DVP used to execute the DVC MENU command is used as
the menu title.

* Additional menu parameters

Three additional positional parameters, TITLE, EXEC, and MEMORY
have been added to those you can specify when defining lines in
your menu (*.MNU) files.

TITLE lets you override the program title specified in the DVP
with any string, up to 30 characters, that you want. This is
the title that will show in the DESQview SWITCH menu and in the
frame of the window when it is not zoomed to a full screen. The
EXEC parameter allows you to override the default program
parameter in the DVP. MEMORY, the last positional parameter,
gives you the ability to override both the minimum and maximum
memory specified in the DVP.

These new parameters, along with the DIRECTORY and PROGRAM
PARAMETERS parameters, allow a single DVP to be used in varied

Since the parameters are positional they can not be omitted
except on the right. You can use an asterisk (*) to hold the
place of any parameter you do not want to specify. For example
if you wanted (for some strange reason) to modify the amount of
memory allocated to the DESQview Datebook from the default in
the DVP of 64 to, say, 128k and leave all the other parameters
alone you would use a line in your menu file something like:

"D=DESQview Datebook" DA * * * * 128

where the four asterisks hold the places of the: DIRECTORY,

* Menu positioning

Previously DVC would always position the menu in the upper
right corner of the screen. It will now honor the starting row
and column from DVP that executes the DVC MENU command provided
the starting row, column is within 1,1 and 19,54.

* Spawn command

A new command, SPAWN, lets you open any DVP while optionally
MEMORY. Essentially this new command lets you open a program
from the command line with exactly the same positional
parameters you would specify on a line in your menu file.

* Color switch

A new command line switch, /C=hh, lets you specify the color
that DVC will use. hh is the hex attribute for the color you
want DVC to use. It defaults to /C=07. You must set USES ITS
OWN COLORS to Yes if you specify this new switch.

* Quiet switch no longer needed

You no longer need to specify the /Q command line switch to
keep DVC from displaying its copyright information on the

You can type DVC without any parameters to show copyright and
registration information and you can type DVC HELP to show the

help screen.

* Enhanced mouse support

Mouse support has been enhanced somewhat. As before, you must
still virtualize the window that is running DVC for mouse
support to be enabled. This is because the mouse driver writes
directly to the video buffer.

The mouse cursor is not displayed until you move the mouse. It
is displayed as a diamond just like DV uses but it works
differently from DV. When in a menu, clicking on the item that
is highlighted executes the item but clicking on an item that
is not highlighted only moves the highlight bar to that item.
The highlight bar does not follow the mouse cursor as it does
in DESQview's menus. The mouse cursor can not be moved outside
of the menu window.

Clicking the right button acts like the ESCape key closing the
menu without doing anything. You can press both buttons to

bring up the DESQview menu.

* Uses more memory

DVC now requires the minimum memory to be set to at least 128k.

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Archive   : DVC18.ZIP

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