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Camster Reader v1.0 BETA-E. A Great offline reader by the makers of the Cam-Mail Door.

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Camster Reader v1.0 BETA-E. A Great offline
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READ ME: These are BETA documents, and this is not the final and complete
series of documentation for the Camster Reader.

THE CAMSTER READER

(C) Copyright 1991-1993 by Cam DeBuck Software

This CAMSTER READER has been long in coming and I feel it is the best available
offline mail reader out there. We acknowledge and appreciate the help and
suggestions from many who have added to this project. And of course, our users
who have been eagerly awaiting this along with us. Please try the reader but
support the concept of shareware and if it something that will be of help or
interest to you, please register with us. This will allow us to keep producing
the quality programs you have come to expect from Cam DeBuck Software.

DISCLAIMER

This software is provided without any guarantee, either expressed
or implied. All responsibilities for its use rest with the user
of the software and not the author.

Camster Reader software and documents are (C) Copyright 1991-1993 by
Cam DeBuck Software. All rights reserved World Wide.



LICENSE

Camster Reader is not in the Public Domain. Camster Reader is not free.
Non-registered users are granted a limited, 30-day license to
determine whether or not the program meets their needs.
Continued use of Camster Reader beyond the 30-day evaluation time
period requires registration of the program. Use of non-
registered copies of Camster Reader beyond the original evaluation
period is strictly prohibited.

No one may modify Camster Reader for any reason, in any way, including
but not limited to decompiling-compiling, patching, disassembling, or
reverse engineering the program. Camster Reader may be copied and
distributed to others, subject to the above restrictions and the
following:

* Camster Reader must be copied in unmodified form, including the
file containing this license information.
* Complete Camster Reader documentation and Online Help must be
included.
* No copying fee of any type may be assessed other than basic
charges for the cost of the copying medium.
* Camster Reader may not be distributed with any other software or
hardware product(s) without the express written permission
of Cam DeBuck Software.

Sysops (bulletin board SYStem OPerators) may make Camster Reader available
for downloading by their users as long as all above conditions are met.

Commercial Distributors of Public Domain, ShareWare, or User-
Supported software may distribute Camster Reader subject to the above
conditions only after obtaining specific written permission from
Cam DeBuck Software and filling out a registration form for
upgrade notifications. This condition supersedes any and all
previous agreements.

CAM DEBUCK SOFTWARE

BBS NODE 1: # 801/489-8905 [HST DS 16.8K v.32/bis]

BBS NODE 2: # 801/489-3558 [HST DS 16.8K v.32/bis]

TECHNICAL VOICE HELP: 801/489-4878 (T-F: 9am-5pm MOUNTAIN)

MAILING ADDRESS: CAM DEBUCK SOFTWARE
PO BOX 19
SPRINGVILLE, UT 84663






REGISTRATION
Camster Reader Offline Mail Reader v1.0

You can order the Camster Reader online, using a credit card, by calling the
support BBS at either: 801/489-8905 or 801/489-3558

Otherwise, just fill our the following form and mail to us at the address below.

All information must be PRINTED CLEARLY, EXACTLY the way you want it to show up.

User Name:_____________________________________________

Home Phone:_____________________________________________(For my Use Only)

Work Phone:_____________________________________________(For my Use Only)

Enclosed: $28.00
Includes Shipping & Handling. Your disk will be sent to you.

Registration is welcomed by: personal check, money order, or credit card.

[ ] Visa, [ ] MasterCard, [ ] Diners Club, [ ] Carte Blanche, [ ] JCB

Card Number:____________________________________ Expiration Date:______________

Card Holder's Signature REQUIRED:______________________________________________

Shipping Address:______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________


All orders should be payable, in US funds only, to:

Cam DeBuck Software
PO Box 19
Springville, Utah 84663
U.S.A

CAMSTER MAIN MENU OPTIONS

Select QWK Packet

Once you have used the Configuration Option, You will want to select this option
to show you which QWK Packets are available.

You will then be shown some information about each QWK packet. Some of the
information shown is whether you have person mail, the date/time on the QWK
packet, and whether or not it has a REP packet.

Auto QWK Caller

This will run unattended Mail Packet transfers for you. There's no need to load
up your communications program. Just Select the BBS you want to call and watch
it do all of the work for you.

You can also define your BBS's that you want Camster to call and get your mail
for you. Make your life easier.

Tag Line Modifications

This is where you can edit your different tag line files. You can also use an
external program to modify your taglines as well.

If you're wondering what is a Tag Line, it's usually a little comment at the
bottom of every message.

Qwk Configuration Options

This is where you can enable/disable the mouse, define Archivers, and other
various options.

Communication Setup

This is where you define what comport you will be using to do automated mail
runs. You are also asked several other questions as well to ensure that
everything will be running smoothly.

Configure Colors

This where you choose your Color Setup if you don't like the default colors.

Exit Camster Reader

Use this to Quit the Camster Reader and return back to DOS.

QWK PACKET MAIN MENU OPTIONS

Mail

You are now ready to read messages in the conferences that you have mail in.
These could be PERSONAL messages, or they can be messages to other users on the
BBS or a Network.

You will be shown a list of conferences and if there are any messages in a
conference, a number will appear indicating how messages are in the conference.

News

If your sysop has some recent news, you will find it in here. Various information
can be in here, so you'll find it's very important to read the news each time you
download a QWK packet.

Bulletins

Some Sysops will allow you to include Bulletins in your QWK packet. Bulletins
normally contain various information. This could include the top ten for a door,
statistics on how busy the BBS, or even the last ten people who called the BBS.
These are usually for enjoyment or information for users.

Files

Some Sysops will allow you to get a listing of the latest files on the BBS. This
can be useful if you want to keep up to date on files and be able to download
them at a later time.

Services

Some mail doors will provide Services. Services can be anything from the latest
news, weather, magazines or other services that your sysop may provide.

Stats

Some Mail Doors will include the latest information about your account on the
BBS. Use this to see what your Stats look like. If you're using the Cam-Mail
Door, then you will have this information available to you each time you download
a QWK
packet.

Quit Packet

This allows you to end this QWK packet session and return back to the list of
other QWK packet(s). You can then select another QWK packet if you want and see
what's in store for your next adventure in reading offline.

CAMSTER CONFERENCE OPTIONS

Welcome to the Conference Selection Area. You will find that using the
Conference Selection Menu is very easy to use. Both with and without a mouse
installed. We've tried to make moving around as easy as possible. I'm sure
you'll find it very effective once you understand how everything works.

Select Conference (Movement)

Moving around is very easy. Use the Arrow Keys to move one space at a time. Use
the PageDown and PageUp keys to move one page at a time.

If you want to move to the next conference that contains messages, simply use the
TAB key. To move back to the previous conference that has mail, use the
SHIFT+TAB key.

Select Conference (QuickFind)

A nice feature of the Camster Reader is its QuickFind key. All you do is type
the name of the conference, and you can watch the bar move right along until it
locates your conference. This comes in very handy if you want to go directly to
a conference. I find it useful for the Ansi-Art conference. It's a lot of fun
looking at the artwork that people can do with ANSI.

Each key that you enter, the bar may or may not move. If you try to enter in the
wrong name, the cursor won't move in the QuickFind box.

Select Conference

You will notice on the top that we have the following status line:

Num Conference Name Msgs Personal (repeats)

Now let's explain what each area means:

Num - This is the Conference Number that is defined
on the BBS that you downloaded your QWK packet
from.

Conference Name - This is the name of the Conference. If you
happen to know a conference name and want
to locate it, this can come in very handy.
Simply type of the name of the conference and
you'll see how the QuickFind function works.

Msgs - There are actually two ways in which the number
of messages are displayed. The first way tells you how many
messages there are in this conference. It will look like
this:
(100)

The second way tells you how many PERSONAL
messages there are AND the total amount of
messages are in the conference. It will look
like this:

(3/100)

The above example would indicate that there are
three personal messages for you, and there are a
total of 100 messages.

Personal - If you have any personal messages, you will see:

""

This is mainly just for show, but it helps to
find personal mail a little easier.

QWK CONFIGURATION OPTIONS

File Directories

This is where you define where your directories for your QWK/REP packets are
located and the location of your TEMPORARY Work directory.

Archivers

These are the options that you wish to use on the different archivers. In most
cases, the defaults will work just fine.

Function Keys

When using the internal editor you can define SHIFT+function keys to do certain
things.

Messages/Editors

This is where you define your Packet/Message Options, your external Editor, your
external Spell Checker, and whether or not TagLines are enabled.

Printer Options

This is where you define your LPT port for printer support and what kind of
pre/post strings should be sent to the printer when printing a message/file.

Screen/Mouse Options

This is where you define whether or not to use the MOUSE if it is installed. You
can also define if you have a left handed mouse.

You also define whether or not you want a Scale Bar displayed on the screen when
reading messages/bulletins/files.

Exit Options

Use this to return back to the Camster Main Menu.

CAMSTER DIRECTORIES

QWK File Directory

This is where you put your latest QWK packets for reading.

REP File Directory

This is where you define where your path to your REP packets and where your
Replies are stored (or REP packets).

WORK File Directory

This is your Temporary WORK Directory. Please note that *EVERYTHING* in your
Temporary Work directory is deleted each time you read a QWK packet. We HIGHLY
suggest that you use a RAMDISK. The size of your RAMDISK will vary depending on
the size of your QWK packets. We suggest a minimum of 2 megs for a RAMDISK.
Using a RAMDISK will speed things up (especially for sorting routines).


VARIOUS ARCHIVERS

Archivers

These are the options that you wish to use on the different archivers. In most
cases, the defaults will work just fine.

Two macros are supported:

%1 - The PATH/FILENAME of a QWK/REP packet
%2 - The path of the Temporary WORK directory


SHIFT FUNCTION KEYS

Function Keys

When using the internal editor you can define SHIFT+function keys to do certain
things. Two macros are supported:

%drive/path/filename - The % must be the first character. You
then give the complete path/filename to be read in. This
could be handy if you have a generic message you want to
send each month.

^x - This means that you want to send a CONTROL+x character.
Replace x with the appropriate letter in UPPER CASE.


MESSAGE/EDITOR OPTIONS

Play ANSI Music

Play Ansi Music - Answer Yes or No if you want ANSI music to play if a message
contains music. Music is only played if you use the A (animate) key when viewing
messages.

Ansi Delay

The delay time that should be used during animation sequences. Using 0 indicates
No Delay. You can specify a delay of up to nine hundredths of a second. During
the animation sequence, you can use the "+" or "-" keys to speed up or slow down
a sequence or ESC to abort.

Beep On Personal

When reading messages, you can have Camster make a BEEP sound when a message is
addressed to you. It can come in handy if you want to speed read some
conferences.

Message Sorting

There are four options to sorting messages for each conference:

To : Sorts Messages according to the TO field
From : Sorts Messages according to the FROM field
Number : Sorts Messages according to the Message Number

Subject : Sorts Messages according to the SUBJECT field

Simply choose your preference. The default is Number. Changing the Sort Options
only affects the CURRENT conference you're in. If you want to change the
default, you'll need to go into the Options Menu (Messages).


Packet Sorting

There are four options for sorting QWK packets:

FileName (Oldest) : Sort filename in descending order
FileName (Newest) : Sort filename in ascending order
FileDate (Oldest) : Sort filedate in descending order
FileDate (Newest) : Sort filedate in ascending order

Simply choose your preference (The easiest way is by the
newest filedate)

Search String

Use "F" to command Camster to search for you. Enter the type of a search you
would like to do. Boolean operators are supported (i.e., "(" "|" "&" ")" ).
Example:

(CAMSTER) & (DEBUCK)

Only text with the words CAMSTER and DEBUCK would be displayed.

Case Sensitive

If you would like to make this a case sensitive search, change the default from
No to Yes. Case sensitive means that your search string has to match EXACTLY
before it is found. So if you were trying to locate CAMSTER and inside a message
there as Camster, this would NOT be found if you were doing a case sensitive
search.

Display Conferences

This option allows you to specify which conferences are displayed on the screen.
You have two options.
Yes - Only conferences that have messages will be displayed on
the screen. By using this option the program may run
faster during the Sorting Routines since only a few
conferences will be displayed.
No - All conferences will be displayed on the screen. This
can slow down the program depending on how many
conferences are defined by your Sysop.

Spell Checker

This works with both the internal and external editors. Camster currently does
not include an internal spell checker, although we will be supplying an external
spell checker in the next release.

If you answer Yes or Ask, you will need to define your external spell checker and
options. By using the ASK option, you will be asked each time you enter/reply to
a message whether or not to use the spellchecker (comes in handy if you do ANSI
messages).

This is where you define your external spell checker. You can specify a BATCH
file or the actual EXE file. One macro is supported:

%1 - This is the name of the file to spellcheck.

You MUST use the %1 macro to pass the filename to check. If you are using a
spellchecker in the External Editor part, be sure to disable the External
SpellChecker Option.

External Editor

You have three options. The internal editor supports only 200 lines max. There
are some benefits by using the internal editor, but some people prefer to use an
external editor. If you're doing simple messaging, we suggest you answer No.
Otherwise, answer either Yes or Ask. If you use a TagLine Manager, you should
enable this option and then define a BATCH file in the External Editor Option.

Editor

This is where you define your external editor. You can specify a BATCH file or
the actual EXE file. Two macros are supported:

%1 - The REPLY filename
%2 - The ORIGINAL filename

You MUST use the %1 macro. If you would like to quote parts of a message you
should use the %2 parameter. When returning back from your external editor,
Camster will use the %1 (REPLY) file to save your message.

If you use an external TagLine Manager, you should define a BATCH file to call
your external editor and then your TagLine Manager (and if you want, your
spellchecker).

Enable TagLines

If you are using the internal editor and want to use TagLines,then set this
option to Yes. Please note that EACH CONFERENCE can have it's own TAGLINE
filename and can support any amount of taglines in each file.

PRINTER OPTIONS

Printer Port

This is where you define which LPT port to use. You have 4 options:
0 - Disable
1 - LPT1
2 - LPT2
3 - LPT3

Prefix String

If you need to send some printer codes before anything is sent to the printer,
you can define your printer codes. One macro is supported:

^x - This will send a CTRL+x (where x is replaced by the
appropriate letter. You can have as many ^x as you
like.

Postfix String

If you need to send some printer codes after anything is sent to the printer, you
can define your printer codes. One macro is supported:

^x - This will send a CTRL+x (where x is replaced by the
appropriate letter. You can have as many ^x as you
like.

SCREEN/MOUSE OPTIONS

Scale Bar (Screen)

If you want a Scale Bar to be displayed on the left side of the screen, then set
this option to Yes. This will let you know how much of a message/bulletin/file
you have read or how much is left to read.

Enable Mouse

If you have a mouse installed, you can tell Camster whether or not you want to
use your mouse. If you prefer using a mouse, then set this option to Yes. When
using the mouse, the index finger of the mouse is used to select the appropriate
field.
The middle finger (the right side of the mouse button) is used as an ESC key in
most cases. The mouse works in about 90% of the reader. Simply point and click!

Lefty Mouse

If you use a left handed mouse, set this to Yes so the program works how you're
used to. Otherwise, the buttons will be reversed.

INTERNAL EDITOR

Cursor Commands

Cursor Movement Keyboard
Move Left a Character Left Arrow
Move Right a Character Right Arrow
Move Left to Previous Word Ctrl-Left Arrow
Move Right to Next Word Ctrl-Right Arrow
Move To Next Tab Stop Tab Key
Move To Start of Line Home Key
Move To End of Line End Key
Move Up a Line Up Arrow
Move Down a Line Down Arrow
Move Up a Page PgUp Key
Move Down a Page PgDn Key

Edit Commands

Edit Function Keyboard
Delete Line Ctrl-Y
Delete to End of Line Ctrl-End
Delete Char Del Key
Delete Char to the Left Backspace
Delete Word to the Right Ctrl-T
Insert a Line Ctrl-N
Join a Line Ctrl-J
Reformat Paragraph Ctrl-B

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Functions Keyboard
Toggle Insert Mode Ins Key
List and Quote Message Ctrl-Q
Internal Buffer Quote SCROLL LOCK Key

MESSAGE VIEWING

Options

Use the Up/Dn arrow keys to scroll through messages. Use the key to go
to the next message. Use the ESC key to return to the Conference Screen. Other
commands are:

A Animate message (Use +/- keys to speed up or slow
down an animated sequence)
E Enter message in the current conference
F Find text within conference messages
L,Ins List or view messages
J Join conference (same as ESC key)
N,+ View next message
G,P,- View previous message (go back)
O Sort (order) messages in this conference
Q Quit reading messages in this conference
R Reply to current message
S Save current message to disk
ALT-P Print current message
ATL-T Send top-of-form (form feed) to printer
HOME Goto the top of the message
END Goto the end of the message
PgDn Display the next page of the message
PgUp Display the previous page of the message
space Display the next page or next message

BULLETIN MAIN MENU

Options

Basically, all you need to do is move the cursor down to the appropriate bulletin
that you want to view and then press the key.

You will notice that as soon as you view one bulletin, the next bulletin is
highlighted so you can quickly view each bulletin.

You can also use the QuickFind keys to locate a specific bulletin by name.

Options (QuickFind)

A nice feature of the Camster Reader is its QuickFind key. All you do is type
the name of the bulletin, and you can watch the bar move right along until it
locates your bulletin. This comes in very handy if you want to go directly to a
bulletin.

Each key that you enter, the bar may or may not move. If you try to enter in the
wrong name, the cursor won't move in the QuickFind box.


BULLETIN/FILE VIEWING

Options

Use the Up/Dn arrow keys to scroll through bulletin/file. Use the ESC key to
return back to previous menu. Other commands are:

HOME Goto the top of the bulletin/file
END Goto the end of the bulletin/file
PgDn Display the next page
PgUp Display the previous page
space Display the next page
Q Quit reading bulletin/file
S Save current bulletin/file to disk
ALT-P Print current bulletin/file
ATL-T Send top-of-form (form feed) to printer
SERVICES MAIN MENU

Options

Basically, all you need to do is move the cursor down to the appropriate file
that you want to extract and then press the key.

You will then be taking to another screen that will list all of the files found
in the Services Packet.

You can also use the QuickFind keys to locate a specific file by name.

Options (QuickFind)

A nice feature of the Camster Reader is its QuickFind key. All you do is type
the name of the file, and you can watch the bar move right along until it locates
your file. This comes in very handy if you want to go directly to a file.

Each key that you enter, the bar may or may not move. If you try to enter in the
wrong name, the cursor won't move in the QuickFind box.

SERVICES VIEW MENU

Options

Basically, all you need to do is move the cursor down to the appropriate file
that you want to view and then press the key.

You will notice that as soon as you view one file, the next bulletin is
highlighted so you can quickly view each file.

You can also use the QuickFind keys to locate a specific file by name.

Options (QuickFind)

The QuickFind key lets you just type the name of the file, and you can watch the
bar move right along until it locates your file. This comes in very handy if you
want to go directly to a file. Be sure to type exactly what you want to look for
because if you try to enter in the wrong name, the cursor won't move in the
QuickFind box.


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