Contents of the VSM.DOC file
Virtual Screen Manager
By David Rice, November 23, 1989.
Virtual Screen Manager ("VSM") is for ProBas programmers who wish
to create menus, help screens, and windows easily, and then store
them to a disk file. Later, an application may read this file and
load the window directly from the disk, thus saving the
programmer the need of including the window-drawing code in her
or his program.
A MOUSE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED. If you don't have a mouse, you
cannot use this program. Sorry about that, but a mouse makes VSM
so much easier to use. Source code is included, and if the need
to run VSM via the keyboard is there, perhaps someone will revise
the program? Perhaps you will?
VSM represents hundreds of hours of work, and I did it for no
other reason than there was a need for it. I hereby place VSM,
its source code, sample screens, documentation, and executable
file in the Public Domain.
The program has enough built-in help to make it easy to run, and
thus documentation isn't really required. So you therefore don't
get any! If you want help, run VSM and choose the HELP bar with
your mouse. You may also get help by choosing the LIB bar, and
selected a help screen from VSM's library.
Basically, one may draw windows and stuff them into the VSM
library. Once all your windows are in the library, you may pull
out as many as you need, place them on the screen, and then save
the whole thing to a single file (of 4,000 bytes). This means you
may put several help windows, menus, etc. (if they are small
enough) into one file of 4,000 bytes, and have your applications
read this file using the ProBas routine File2Scr.
Any questions, write
635 West Baker,
Costa Mesa, California