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Changing The Way You Use WWIV!



Introduction

Welcome to the exciting and convenient world of offline message reading!
Do you ever find yourself skipping over message areas on your favorite BBS,
just because you don't have the time, or that you just don't want to tie up
your phone line all night? Or do you not participate in certain message
areas just because you like to "think things over" before replying? Have
you ever used an offline reader system on other BBS's, and wished WWIV had
the same capability?

WWIV's time has come!

WOMR will allow you to download unread messages on your favorite WWIV
BBS, and browse through them at your leisure at home (and offline).

Upcoming releases of WOMR will support the following:

- Reply to posts in the message areas, including public and private
replies. This will be available soon, with the version 2.0 release.

- Auto-Linkup to your favorite WWIV system(s) and download un-read
messages/mail, without EVER logging onto the board.

- Send Email, local AND network.

- View new files available for download. In the future, we have plans
for file request (downloading) and "offline uploading".

As you can see, we have big plans for WOMR. I hope you will enjoy and
support our effort!



Terminology

WOMR is the generic term for the BBS Module and the Offline Module. Both
modules comprise the "WOMR System", or WOMR.

The BBS Module of WOMR was written and is supported by Will Hobday,
AKA "Led Man" (2@3114).

The Offline Module (or User's Module) was was written and is supported by
David Herndon AKA "Darkster" (1@3114), SysOp of The Dark Side of the Moon
BBS. The Offline Module of WOMR is a product of "Eclipse Software".

Both modules are copyrighted by their respective authors, and all rights
are reserved for "WOMR".

This documentation is provided for the Offline Module (WOMREAD).


Warranty

The Offline Module of WOMR (WOMREAD.EXE and supporting files) are
provided as is. Eclipse Software specifically disclaims all warranties,
expressed or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to
defects in the software and documentation, and the program license
granted herein in particular, and without limiting operation of the
program license with respect to any particular application, use, or
purpose. In no event shall Eclipse Software be liable for any loss of
profit or damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, or
consequential damages. This statement shall be construed, interpreted,
and governed by the laws of the State of Maryland.

In other words, this product is offered as is, and use should be done at
your own risk. Eclipse Software can not be held liable for any misuse of
this product.



Support

1) Support is provided for both modules of WOMR via the WWIVnet "WOMR
Support Forum". Encourage your sysop to subscribe to this forum, as it
will be an invaluable source for making the most out of WOMR. The
WWIVnet sub-type is 3124, hosted at 3114.

2) Further support is also available via WWIVnet (and FIDO/RIME) electronic
mail. Below are the addresses for contacting the authors of WOMR:

Offline Module (User's Module):

WWIVnet 1@3114
FIDOnet David Herndon of node 1:261/1090
RIME David Herndon of node "ECLIPSE" (Routed mail)

BBS Module:

WWIVnet 2@3114
FIDOnet Will Hobday of node 1:261/1090
RIME Will Hobday of node "ECLIPSE" (Routed mail)

3) A special account has been set up on The Dark Side of the Moon BBS.
Log on to account #4 (WOMR SUPPORT), password is "WOMR". From this
account you will have access to the WOMR Support Forum, as well as
access to the latest versions of WOMR.

Please leave all questions on the WOMR Support Forum, or leave a
WWIVnet node/number where a reply can be sent privately.

Please, let us know what you think of the system! Voice your opinion on
the network forum. We want to hear your ideas!



License

WOMR (both modules) is being released as "ShareWare". Neither modules have
been "crippled". They are fully functional. The Offline Module has a
friendly reminder to register upon exiting. We have decided NOT to
cripple the software, as this is just not our style. Keep in mind though,
this is NOT free software! You are granted use of this software for a
reasonable evaluation time (e.g. 10 days), after which you should register
it.

P L E A S E R E A D ! !

You have NO idea how much time and effort went into developing this system.
I wish now I had kept track of the time. It would probably shock me (and
Will). Once you see the system though, I think you will agree it was worth
the effort. We are pretty proud of it.

PLEASE, support our efforts! Register your copy of WOMR, whether it be the
BBS Module or the Offline Module. The simple fact is, WOMR will cease to
exist if not supported. Our time too valuable. We can not continue to
develop WOMR if we are not supported. So you see, the success of WOMR is
really up to YOU, the user.

Ok, enough of the pleading, here's the catch: The reader module will only
cost you $15.00! I have decided to keep the price low to make it more
affordable to everyone. On top of this, user's registering the early
versions of the WOMR Offline Module will be eligible for a free or a VERY
small fee upgrade to version 2.0. Version 2.0 will support offline
replies, and will most likely cost more to register.

Users registering version 1.0 are considered registered for version 1.1,
and your "registration" code will work with 1.1.

See the file ORDER.FRM for instructions on registering the WOMR Offline
Module.



System Requirements

- IBM PC compatible computer.
- Monochrome, CGA, EGA, or VGA video (43 and 50 line modes supported).
- Approximately 350K of RAM.
- Hard disk installation is recommended.
- Modem (WOMREAD 1.1 does not use a modem directly)
- PKUNZIP (Must be in your path or in the WOMR directory!)
- ANSI.SYS must be installed to view ANSI messages.

Installation of the WOMR Offline Module

Trust me, installation is a snap! You should have received the WOMR
Offline Module in a file called WOMRD110.ZIP. Make a sub-directory on your
hard drive (any of them) as the home for WOMR. A recommended directory
name would be C:\WOMR, but any name will do.

Copy the compressed (ZIP) file into the directory you created, and use
PKUNZIP to unpack the file (PKUNZIP is an unarchiving/compression utility
available on most bulletin boards).

After unpacking the archive file, you should see the following files in
your directory (C:\WOMR):

WOMREAD.EXE (The executable program)
WOMREAD.HLP (The online help file)
WOMREAD.DOC (This document file)
ORDER.FRM (Order form for registering the WOMR Offline Module)
README.DOC (Last minute notes, etc. about WOMR)
HISTORY.DOC (Revision history of the WOMR Offline Module)

We highly recommend at this point that you use one of the popular virus
scanning utilities to scan the files you received in the archive. You can
never be too sure . . .

Now, you are ready to run WOMR! Simply type WOMREAD at the DOS prompt.
The first time it runs, WOMR will configure itself to your system. It will
also create 2 sub-directories beneath the directory you are in. For
example:

C:\WOMR\SESSIONS Downloaded message packets are stored here to be
accessed by WOMR.

C:\WOMR\WORK A work directory to be used by WOMR during execution.

WOMR will also create 2 new files. WOMREAD.CFG is the configuration
file, and WOMREAD.DIR is the default BBS directory file. Browse around
within WOMR, then read on and find out the command line options available
during startup of WOMR.

If you were unable to run WOMR, (e.g., the system locks up, screen looks
funny, etc) see the section titled "Troubleshooting" in this document. Some
of the command line options below may need to be used when you invoke WOMR.



Command Line Options

There are several command line options available when invoking WOMR from
DOS. Options include forcing monochrome display, forcing CGA No-Snow
display, allocating extra message lines, etc. Below is a complete list of
the command line options available:

/B Force BIOS screen writes. May be needed if your system is not
fully IBM compatible. This option slows down WOMR considerably, so
use it only if you have to.

/C Force direct screen writes with a CGA No-Snow option. This may be
needed if you use a CGA monitor and it flickers.

/E Extra message lines. Use this option to tell WOMR to allocate extra
memory for large (long) message display. If you are reading messages
and the flag [TRUNCATED] appears in the message header, you can use
this option to allocate more lines. WOMR defaults to allow messages
up to 300 lines long. With the /E option, you can double this limit
to 600 lines. Note that this option requires WOMR to allocate more
memory, and you may max out when using WOMR with the extra lines
enabled. If this happens, simply lower the number entered with the /E
option. 300 is the highest number that can be entered with /E.
Valid values are 1-300. See examples below.

/F Funky Mouse Mode. Experimental!

/M Force MONOCHROME display mode. May be needed if you use a monochrome
monitor. Try WOMR without /M first.

/R Reset defaults. This will reset the "factory settings" of WOMR and
write them to WOMREAD.CFG. The next time you run WOMR, it will use
the default settings, which can then modify through the configuration
menus.

/? Display a list of all command line parameters available.


Examples:

WOMREAD /M
Invoke WOMREAD, and force monochrome mode.

WOMREAD /C /E200
Invoke WOMREAD in CGA No-Snow (flicker) mode, and allocate an
extra 200 lines for displaying messages.

WOMREAD /R
Reset defaults. WOMREAD terminates after resetting the defaults. Just
invoke it normally after this and the defaults will be active.



Getting around in WOMR

Using WOMR is as easy as using the arrow keys to select menu options.
If you have a mouse installed on your system, WOMR will take full advantage
of it!

Within WOMR, there are several important keys to keep in mind:

F1 - Pressing function key 1 will always get you context sensitive
help from anywhere in the system.

ENTER - Pressing Enter in a menu will select the option currently
highlighted by the "menu bar". Another way of selecting menu
options is to press the highlighted letter of the menu item. If
you are using a mouse, simply point to the option you wish to
choose, and click the LEFT mouse button.

ESC - The ESC (Escape) key will always take you back one screen or
menu. Use the escape key to return to a previous menu, or abort
and entry prompt. Note that the RIGHT mouse button acts as the
ESC key.

While using WOMR, there are several actions available from almost anywhere
within the system. These operations are performed by using ALT-KEY
combinations. To execute these commands, press and hold the ALT key on
your keyboard, and press the 2nd letter associated with the command. Below
is a list of ALT keystrokes available:

ALT-X Exits WOMR from almost anywhere in the system. The only
exception to this is the reader screen itself. ALT-X will NOT
work from the reader screen.

ALT-J Invokes a DOS shell. WOMR will swap itself out to extended or
expanded memory, or to disk. This will give you a lot of room
to perform DOS operations. To return to WOMR from DOS, simply
type "EXIT" (do not type quotes) at the DOS prompt.



When navigating through the menus, and entering data on input screens, the
following keys will be helpful to you:

Menu Movement Key Action
----------------- ------
LeftArrow.......... moves selection bar to item left.
RightArrow......... moves selection bar to item right.
UpArrow............ moves selection bar to item upwards.
DownArrow.......... moves selection bar to item downwards. If the current
menu item has a pull-down menu attached, then it
will be opened for processing.
Enter.............. selects the item that the selection bar is on. If
selected item has a sub-menu attached, then processing
of that menu will begin.
Home............... moves selection bar to upper-leftmost item.
End................ moves selection bar to lower-rightmost item.
Esc................ returns you from the current menu/screen to the
previous menu/screen.

Field Editing Key Action
----------------- ------
LeftArrow.......... cursor left
RightArrow......... cursor right
UpArrow............ cursor up
DownArrow.......... cursor down
Ctrl-LeftArrow..... word left
Ctrl-RightArrow.... word right
Tab................ field right/down
Shift-Tab.......... field left/up
Enter.............. accept changes to field
Ctrl-Enter......... accept changes and quit entry mode
F10................ accept changes and quit entry mode
Decimal (.)........ move to right side of decimal point
Home............... beginning of field
End................ end of field line / end of field
Ctrl-Home.......... beginning of first field
Ctrl-End........... end of last field
Ins................ toggle field insert mode
Del................ delete character at cursor
BackSpace.......... delete character left
Ctrl-BackSpace..... delete word left
Ctrl-R............. restore field to original contents
Ctrl-T............. delete word right
Ctrl-U............. delete to end of field
Ctrl-Y............. delete to end of last field
Esc................ abort data entry


(Key documentation was provided with the TCXL development library)



Configuring WOMR

From the main WOMREAD menu, you can choose the "Configuration" option to
customize your WOMR setup. Remember that when you make ANY changes in the
configuration menus, you must use "S" to save the changes you have made, or
the next time you use WOMR, these changes will be lost.

Defaults/Paths

The "Defaults/Paths" option will allow you to

1) Enter your Registration ID (When you register).

2) Choose the "Exploding Windows" option.

2) Change the paths that WOMR uses. For example, it's a good idea to
make the WORK directory a directory on a RAM disk. This will speed up
WOMREAD considerably. Make sure your RAM disk is big enough to handle
your uncompressed session packets.


Colors

You can change practically ALL of the colors displayed by WOMR from this
menu option. In addition, screen border types can be changed to your
personal satisfaction. Through experimentation with colors, you can make
WOMR look just the way you want.

Screen Size

EGA 43 and VGA 50 line modes are supported by WOMR. If you have an EGA or
VGA monitor, using this option will allow you to view more of a message on
the screen at once. This option is provided for people with excellent
eyesight, who want to ruin it.

Reset Defaults

This option will reset the defaults for the configuration of WOMR. If you
experiment with different color combinations, and decide you want to return
to the default colors, this option will be of help. Remember, you still
must "S"ave your configuration options, even after a "R"eset of the
defaults.

Saving the current Configuration

This is the option to use to make any changes in configuration permanent.
All configuration options are stored in the file WOMREAD.CFG.




Using WOMR on the BBS

Ok, you've got the Offline Module installed, it's looking swell, but
what do you do now??

First thing, check and see if the sysop of your WWIV system has WOMR
installed (the BBS module). If not, use the "F" option to send feedback,
and pester him into installing WOMR. Otherwise, you will not be able to
download session packets from that system.

Each BBS that runs WOMR on should have a unique identifier (up to four
characters in length). This identifier is known as the System ID. The
WOMR Offline Module identifies each system by it's System ID. For
example, here at The Dark Side of the Moon, we use "DSM" as our ID.
Therefore, the packets downloaded from our system are identified by
DSM????.WMR. You should find out what your favorite system uses as it's
System ID (after you download the first session packet, you can find out
the ID by looking at the file downloaded).

So, you are on the system of your choosing, you're ready to get your
first packet. STOP!!!! There is important business to take care of first!
You must make sure your "Q-Scan" is configured in the defaults section.
WOMR reads the Q-Scan pointer configuration from your WWIV account. If you
have never configured your Q-Scan (which message areas you scan when you
use "N" from the main menu), then ALL messages areas are configured to be
scanned. If this is the case, the you will be trying to pack up ALL new
messages in ALL message areas on the BBS! You could conceivably create a
session packet of 1 Meg or more, which you probably don't want to download.

The golden rule is: Make sure you only have the areas you REALLY want to
be included in your WOMR session packet configured in your Q-Scan. To
configure your Q-Scan, go into the "Defaults" menu ("D" from the main menu)
and follow the prompts under the "Configure Q-Scan" menu option.

Your sysop should have WOMR available in the "Chains" or "Online Games"
section of the BBS. Use "." from the main menu, just as if you were going
to run your favorite online game. You should see WOMR on the games menu.
Choose the WOMR option from the menu.

After a few seconds, you should see some sort of notice from your sysop,
reminding you to make sure you've configured your Q-Scan . After
displaying the message, WOMR will ask you if you want to continue. If you
answer "Y", then WOMR will proceed to process any new messages in the areas
defined by your Q-Scan configuration. It will show you various pieces of
information about each area (including Email), and eventually tell you the
total number of messages to be included in the packet.

At this point, you should evaluate whether or not you want to continue
based on the number of messages WOMR says it has ready to ZIP up for you.
Most likely you'll want to continue, as WOMR will display the actual file
size of the ZIPPED packet, and you will have another chance to abort then.

If you answer "Y" to the continue prompt, WOMR will proceed to ZIP up
your session packet. When done ZIPPING, WOMR will show you the file size
of the packet you are about to download.



At this point, you must choose a protocol for downloading the packet.
You may also choose to abort the entire process. Zmodem is the recommended
protocol, but Ymodem (batch) is supported as well. If your terminal
program does not support Zmodem, we recommend using an external Zmodem
protocol driver such as DSZ or PCZ. DSZ is shareware, and PCZ is public
domain (and excellent!). Both come with instructions on how to install
them into your favorite communications program.

So, you're ready to continue. You choose your protocol, and WOMR
responds with "Transmitting Packet . . .". At this time, you should start
your download procedure with the protocol you selected. You can download
the session packet directly into your "sessions" directory created by
WOMREAD (if you ran WOMREAD before calling the BBS).

If the download of the packet is successful, WOMR will then update your
account, marking all messages in your Q-Scan as "read". This will only
happen if your sysop has WOMR running in "update mode".

Now, if all went well, you have your first WOMR session packet. After
you log off of the BBS, you should copy the packet (????????.WMR) into your
WOMR "Sessions" directory. For example, copy the file into:

C:\WOMR\SESSIONS

All sessions MUST be stored in the "sessions" directory for WOMREAD to
find them! You can change the drive/directory specified as the sessions
directory in the configuration portion of WOMREAD.



Using the Offline Module (WOMREAD)

You have (hopefully) your first session packet (*.WMR file), and you've
copied it into your sessions directory. You're ready to do some reading.

Get into the directory where you installed WOMR, and invoke the Offline
Module by typing WOMREAD, and pressing ENTER. You should see a brief
introduction screen, followed by a menu appearing in the upper right
portion of the screen. This is the main menu. If you have a mouse (and
the mouse driver) installed on your system, you should see a mouse cursor
on the screen.



The BBS Directory Screen

To read the packet you just created, choose the "Select a System" option
from the main menu. What appears (see below) is the "BBS Directory"
screen. This screen functions like the dialing directories of most modem
communications programs (Procomm, Qmodem, Telix, etc.).


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º System Id: DSM ººDoug's Den º
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On the right side of the screen, you should see a window titled "System
Names". These are the names of the systems you have configured for
reading. The first time you run WOMREAD, an entry for The Dark Side of the
Moon is created for you.

Use the down arrow key to move to the (blank) entry just below the entry
for the Dark Side of the Moon. Notice how the left side of the screen
changes to reflect the information stored for the entry under the
highlighted bar (blank entry)? Press the "E" key, to edit the blank entry.
You will be placed into the window on the left side of the screen, where
you can configure the system highlighted on the right side of the screen.

At this point, you should enter the BASIC information for the system:
The system's name, and most importantly, the System ID for the packet you
just downloaded. If you do not enter a System ID, WOMREAD will not let you
read any sessions for the system being entered. In fact, pressing F10 to
save the system information will not work unless you have entered an ID. To
abort the setup of this system, you can press ESC.

Once you have entered the basic system information, press F10 to save
the changes. WOMREAD should acknowledge that the directory entry has been
updated, and you should see the name of the system you just entered appear
on the right side of the screen.



Before we continue to the session menu, let's go over the other options
available from the BBS Directory Screen.

E - Option you just used, allows editing of system information for the
currently highlighted system.

C - Clear the highlighted system's information. This also deletes all
session packet files for the system. You will be asked to confirm
the action before it continues.

L - Load/Create another BBS Directory. An unlimited number of
directories can be made available, each holding 19 BBS entries.
By pressing "L", you will be first asked whether you want to create a
NEW, or blank directory. If you answer "Y", you will be prompted to
enter a filename for the new directory, and it will be created and
loaded for you. You can make this the default directory (the one
loaded upon startup of WOMREAD) if you like.

If you choose not to create a new/blank directory, a list of
available directories will be shown from which you may choose from.

Highlighting a system name and pressing ENTER will take you to the
"Session Menu", which is described next. From this point on in your
journey through the menus, everything you do will be done with respect to
the system you selected with ENTER.



Session Menu

Once you select a highlighted system from the BBS Directory screen, you
will be presented with a menu of options. Below is a sample:

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º ºÄÄÄÄ ESC to Exit ÄÄÄÄ·
º Name: The Dark Side of the Moon º Select a System º
º º Configuration º
º System Id: DSM º Information on WOMR º
º º eXit to DOS (Alt-X) º
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º º Open A Reader Session º
º User Name: WOMR TEº Remove a Session º
º º Generate Reply Packet º
º Number: 3 º Edit Reply Packet º
º º Auto-Retrieve Messages/Mail º
º º Dial System º
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From this menu, you have several options. These options are outlined
below.

Open a Reader Session:
This option will present to you a list of WOMR session packets stored in
the "sessions" sub-directory for the selected system. You can highlight
one of the sessions, and by pressing ENTER, WOMR will unzip the session
files into the "work" directory (created by WOMR initially). You will at
this point be placed into the Reader Screen.

Remove a Session:
This option will allow you to delete session packets (files) from the
session storage directory. If you select this option, it will show you
ALL sessions currently held for the selected system, and let you delete
any you choose.

Generate Reply Packet:
In version 2.0 of WOMR, you will be able to enter replies to email/posts,
and then upload theses "replies" back to the BBS for posting. This
option will create the compressed reply packet for any replies you have
posted on the boards (and other types of remote operations).

Edit Reply Packet:
Also in version 2.0, you will be able to edit any replies or offline
requests you have made. This menu option will allow you to delete
replies you have made, and perform other management functions BEFORE
generating the reply packet to upload to the BBS.

Auto-Retrieve Messages/Mail:
This option is not currently implemented. A later version of WOMR will
allow you to automatically call the selected system and download a new
session packet, all without actually logging onto the board.

Dial System:
This option is not currently implemented. A later version of WOMR will
include a small terminal program, capable of calling a system,
download a new session, etc. It will function as a primitive
communications program (maybe not TOO primitive!).

Exit to Directory:
Returns you to the BBS Directory screen.



Reader Screen

After selecting a session (after using the "Open a Reader Session" option
from the Session Menu), you will be placed into the "Reader Screen". Below
is an example of the reader screen:


ÖÄ [ 7 of 7] WWIV Offline Message Reader (WOMR) ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ·
ºTitle: Ver 1.2 registered º
º Name: Lance Halle #1 @6211 º
º Date: Fri Jul 05 23:05:16 1991 º
ÓÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ [F1] Help [ESC] Exit ÄĽ

Now that my confusion over Release version, versus registered version,
versus Registered release version is cleared up, I can safely report ---
EVERYTHING LOOKS G R E A T at this point. Looks like you've got a winner !!!
WOMR 1.20 is working fine.

Of course I'll keep trying to break it (grinnnnnn), and will keep you
posted. Let me know when the next version is ready for check out.

M O O N V A L L E Y T R I A N G L E
Lance Halle 1@6211 Phoenix, Az. 602-942-9228 24hr

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³View ANSI [F5]³
³Extract Msg [F4]³
³Print Msg [F3]³
³BBS Menu [F2]³
³Help [F1]³
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³ Prev Next ðDð ðUð ðDDð ðUUð Titles Reply Enter Area Other ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

If you get this far, you've definately done something correctly! You
have opened your first WOMR reader session. You are automatically placed
on the first message of the first area included with the session.

There is a menu bar across the bottom, and each option will be outlined
below:

Prev - Move to previous message in the current area. Note that the
area name is displayed on the top line of the header.

Next - Move to the next message in the current area.

ðDð - Scroll the message up one line (move down to read more lines).
This is included on the menu bar for all the "Mouse" users.
Note that this is equivalent to the Down Arrow Key.

ðUð - Scroll the message down one line (move up to read previous
lines, after you've scrolled down).
Note that this is equivalent to the Up Arrow Key.

ðDDð - Page down one full page. Note that this is equivalent to the
PageDn key (page down key) on PC keyboards.

ðUUð - Page up one full page. Note that this is equivalent to the
PageUp key (page up key) on PC keyboards.



Titles - Display the next 100 titles, from which you may select a
message and move directly to it.

Reply - Option not currently enabled, will be soon! Public and
Private replies will be available.

Enter - Enter a message from scratch in the current area.

Area - When selected, pops up another menu, from which you can:

Prev Area - Jump to the previous message area in the
current session.

Next Area - Jump to the next message area in the
current session.

Area - Select, from a list, a new area to move into.

Other - Provides other functions, as described below:

Help - Pops up a help screen.

BBS Menu - Selecting this option will pop up a menu, from
which you can choose to view the System News
Bulletin, captured from the BBS from which you
downloaded the current session. Eventually, other
options will be built into this menu, including a
display of new files available for download and
much more! (we have big plans!)

Print - Prints the current message shown on the screen.

Extract - Extracts the current message to a file.

View ANSI - Allows for the viewing of ANSI messages. You must
have the ANSI.SYS driver loaded in your CONFIG.SYS
file for this option to work properly.

Below are some of the other keys available from the reader screen:

HOME - Move to the top of the current message.

END - Move to the end of the current message.

ESC - Pressing Escape from the reader screen will close the current
session, and return you to the Session Menu.

+ - Move to the next message. (Numeric Keypad PLUS)

- - Move to the previous message. (Numeric Keypad MINUS)



Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions

WOMREAD Seems to have problems with certain "LIM" memory simulators. If
you are having problems running the offline module, try removing all TSR's
and see if you can isolate the problem that way.

Q: When is the reply version going to be released?

A: Soon! Promise!



Acknowledgements and Thanks!

WWIV is Copyrighted (c) 1988 by Wayne Bell
PKUNZIP is Copyrighted 1989-90 by PKWARE Inc.
DSZ is Copyrighted 1990 by Omen Technology INC
PCZ is a fine Public Domain Zmodem protocol implementation by Drue Kennon.

Biggest thanks goes out to Will Hobday, who started us on this venture!
We've worked well together on this, and it's been a lot of fun. Just goes
to show what two modem geeks can do when they put their heads together and
stay busy . Don't pack up your C compiler yet Will . . . we
still have work to do!

Thanks go out to Ralf Brown for his excellent DOS Spawn routines.

Cheers to the people at Innovative Data Concepts, who have matured "CXL"
into a fine development environment known now as "TCXL". How about a VMS,
OS/2, or Unix version of WOMREAD?

Thanks go out to all of our beta testers! You guys did a great job, and we
really appreciated it. I hope you are ready to start testing version 2.0
soon!

Special thanks go out to the few and the proud, the registered WOMREAD users!
Thanks for supporting us in the early stages!



  3 Responses to “Category : BBS Programs+Doors
Archive   : WOMRD110.ZIP
Filename : WOMREAD.DOC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: http://www.os2museum.com/wp/mtswslnk/