Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : CATBOX.ZIP
Filename : CATBOX.V13

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CATBOX Version 1.3 Modifications

February, 1993

1. If you are searching or browsing a large file in the DELTE, EXTRACT or
MOVE mode, there are only two ways to quit. First, you can continue
until end-of-file, or second, you can press ESC. Pressing ESC abandons
all deletes, extracts or moves selected thus far. If there are a few
thousand records, you have to view each one to get to end-of-file so
that you can process the deletions, extracts or moves. Needless to say,
this is a royal pain. I made a modification that allows you to press
the END key to complete processing with records selected thus far.

2. I converted the program from C to C++ to improve its maintainability.

3. I fixed a few minor bugs that you will probably never encounter, but
probably wouldn't notice if you did.

4. Added a /M switch for users of monochrome monitors. Better remapping
of colors for monochrome displays.

5. I now get the rows and columns of current display mode from the BIOS data
area and adjust all screens and menus accordingly. This keeps CATBOX
from running as in a small segment of a large screen text mode. For
instance, if you are in 50 line or 132 column mode when you enter CATBOX,
CATBOX will use all the rows and columns in its displays. Most pop-up
windows and dialogue boxes retain their original position, but the
effect is quite pleasing. Viewing area and file pick list expand with
screen. The CXL HELP system that I use does not lend itself to other
than a fixed size.

6. Added another utility program to the package. CAT2DL.EXE reads a
standard format catalog file and creates an OZCIS format download (.DL)
file from it. This allows you to use the EXTRACT selection functions
to select files to download. These are copied to a new catalog which
can then be processed with CAT2DL.EXE to create the download file.
Then you can start up OZCIS and execute a second pass in the forum you
processed. This automatically downloads all files you selected with

I intend to add download files/scripts for each major information manager
(TAPCIS, CIM, AUTOSIG), but I only have OZCIS at this time. If you can
send me the desired file format and/or a sample, I will try to modify
CAT2DL to output your format when requested.

7. Due to popular demand, I eliminated the wait time on the reminder window
and decreased the frequency in which it reccurs.

  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : CATBOX.ZIP
Filename : CATBOX.V13

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