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by Philippe Rabergeau (*P* ID:WNWB44A)

Copyright (c) 1990
All Rights Reserved



Documentation by Barbara Bowman (*P* ID:MVFS60B)

Documentation Release 2





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Other product and service names are trademarks and service marks
of their respective owners.



TABLE OF CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

PRO$TOCK SOFTWARE IS SHAREWARE. WHAT DOES THAT MEANS FOR YOU

DISCLAIMER - AGREEMENT OF PRO$TOCK

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

USER DOCUMENTATION

1. PS.BAT

2. PSBOOT.BAT

3. FVIEW.EXE

4. PRODIR.EXE

5. PRO$TOCK.EXE

5.1. Define Your Preference

5.2. Main Menu of PRO$TOCK

5.3. Define Data to Download

5.4. Defining your Personal Stocks List

5.5. Adding a Stock to PRO$TOCK

5.6. Deleting a Stock from PRO$TOCK

5.7. Downloading from the Prodigy Service

5.8. Converting the Data

6. PRO$TSR.EXE

7. PROCVSPD.EXE

8. PROCV123.EXE

ADVANCED USER TIPS

a. Installation of an Upgrade/New Conversion Program

b. Develop your Own Conversion Program

c. Windows 3.0 and PRO$TOCK



INTRODUCTION



First let me thank you for your support, it's you who created this software,
not me.
Please, take few minutes to read this introduction to understand the concept
of development of this software.

Simple systems work best: This is the slogan of my biggest commercial software
project: MegaServer, a Complete Interactive Videotex Host System using the
same graphics technology than Prodigy Services (4 man/years of development).

I have decided to use the same philosophy and the same professionalism for my
shareware products.
The human interface of my software is divided into 2 different levels:
Beginner and Advanced user.

The beginner level is very simple and intuitive, no real documentation is
needed.
The second level is for advanced users who want operate my software at 100% of
its power. Full technical support and complete information is indispensable
at this level. This is the type of service I offer to Registered users.

The documentation (this Manual on disk that you are now reading) is the most
difficult part of the process of developing a software package.

Some commercial software companies with a huge library of programs represent
their documentation as being perfect and do not provide personalized tech
support. Imagine that every time you wonder how to use the software, or have a
question (or even a problem, which is unlikely) that someone will instantly
respond to your questions and show you the best use and the power of the
software you are using. For a software publisher like Borland, it would be a
little difficult to do provide perfect technical support for all their
products and customers, but it is not impossible to try to employ this
concept.

I am always disappointed when a software publisher or a customer judges my
products by the weight of my documentation and the size of my program.
For me, the most important aspect of any quality software product is customer
or technical support. Even if you publish more than one thousand pages of
documentation, you will always find users who need assistance and somebody to
help them. And THAT is my commitment to registered users!

"Software must not force the user to perform according to the needs of the
software program; it's the user who must CONTROL the software. If a software
package isn't user friendly and easy to understand and custom configure to
your personal needs, throw it away..."

Also, I can't think of a single person who takes the time and effort to
completely read more than one thousand pages of a software manual. I haven't
yet found anyone who has read a complete manual before using the software in
question. And I always receive questions about my products when the answer can
be found on the manual.

"HELP ME! I have BIG trouble trying to use your software"

"There are never problems, but always solution to problems!"

You have 2 major means to resolve your problems:

- DO IT YOURSELF:
If you are an advanced computer user, look at the end of the file README.DOC.
You will find in this file some last minute information about possible trouble
that may occur with some computer hardware configurations.

- USE THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT HOT-LINE:
For personal assistance, you can directly contact the author of this software:

Using the PRODIGY on-line service: Press [F6] key, type WRITE and press the
[ENTER] key. type WNWB44A (it's my Prodigy ID) and press the [ENTER] key. You
are now ready to describe your problems.

Using MINITEL Network (MSC): Access code: NYN, user ID: PHILIPPE

Using INFOLOOK Gateway (NYNEX/New York): Access code: GO NYN, user ID:
PHILIPPE

Using Compuserve on-line service: User ID is 73567,2755

Using GEnie on-line service: User ID is P.RABERGEAU

Using PC-LINK on-line service: Screen name: Philippe

Via mail: My mailing address is: Philippe Rabergeau
512 E. 5th St. #9
New York, NY 10009

By phone: My phone number is: (212) 505-6203
from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. eastern time

Now that you know how to get complete technical support, you don't need more
information! Well, most of the time, users ask the same questions and
have the same general needs, therefore, I have decide to create this manual
for those of you who will refer to it.
All this information is accessible from within the software. You will be able
to view this document and other information without exiting back to DOS, etc.
Have fun using this software,

Philippe Rabergeau



PRO$TOCK SOFTWARE IS SHAREWARE. WHAT DOES THAT MEANS FOR YOU



Shareware distribution gives users a chance to try software before buying it.
If you try a Shareware program and continue using it, you are expected to
register. Individual programs differ on details -- some request registration
while others require it, some specify a maximum trial period. With
registration, you get anything from the simple right to continue using the
software to an updated program with printed manual.

Copyright laws apply to both Shareware and commercial software, and the
copyright holder retains all rights, with a few specific exceptions as stated
below. Shareware authors are accomplished programmers, just like commercial
authors, and the programs are of comparable quality. (In both cases, there are
good programs and bad ones!) The main difference is in the method of
distribution. The author specifically grants the right to copy and distribute
the software, either to all and sundry or to a specific group. For example,
some authors require written permission before a commercial disk vendor may
copy their Shareware.

Shareware is a distribution method, not a type of software. You should find
software that suits your needs and pocketbook, whether it's commercial or
Shareware. The Shareware system makes fitting your needs easier, because you
can try before you buy.
And because the overhead is low, prices are low also. Shareware has the
ultimate money-back guarantee -- if you don't use the product, you don't pay
for it.


Ombudsman Policy:

"This program is produced by a member of the Association of Shareware
Professionals (ASP). ASP wants to make sure that the shareware principle
works for you. If you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem with
an ASP member by contacting the member directly, ASP may be able to help. The
ASP Ombudsman can help you resolve a dispute or problem with an ASP member,
but does not provide technical support for members' products. Please write to
the ASP Ombudsman at P.O. Box 5786, Bellevue, WA 98006 or send a Compuserve
message via easyplex to ASP Ombudsman 70007,3536"



DISCLAIMER - AGREEMENT OF PRO$TOCK



Users of PRO$TOCK must accept this disclaimer of warranty: "PRO$TOCK is
supplied as is. The author disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied,
including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability and of
fitness for any purpose.
The author assumes no liability for damages, direct or consequential, which
may result from the use of PRO$TOCK."

PRO$TOCK is a "shareware program" and is provided at no charge to the user for
evaluation. Feel free to share it with your friends, but please do not give
it away altered or as part of another system. The essence of "user-supported"
software is to provide personal computer users with quality software without
high prices, and yet to provide incentive for programmers to continue to
develop new products. If you find this program useful and find that you are
using PRO$TOCK and continue to use PRO$TOCK after a reasonable trial period,
you must make a registration payment of $29 to Philippe Rabergeau.

The $29 registration fee will license one copy for use on any one computer at
any one time. You must treat this software just like a book. For example,
this software may be used by any number of people and may be freely moved from
one computer location to another, so long as there is no possibility of it
being used at one location while it's being used at another. Just as a book
cannot be read by two different persons at the same time.

Site-License arrangements may be made by contacting Philippe Rabergeau.

Anyone distributing PRO$TOCK for any kind of remuneration must first contact
Philippe Rabergeau at the address below for authorization.

This authorization will be automatically granted to distributors recognized by
the (ASP) as adhering to its guidelines for shareware distributors, and such
distributors may begin offering PRO$TOCK immediately (However Philippe
Rabergeau must still be advised so that the distributor can be kept up-to-date
with the latest version of PRO$TOCK.

You are encouraged to pass a copy of PRO$TOCK along to your friends for
evaluation. Please encourage them to register their copy if they find that
they can use it.



When you register a copy of PRO$TOCK, you will receive:
- complete technical support via Prodigy,
- one upgrade, including disks and printed documentation during
the period of one calendar year from date of registration.
- a registration code that removes the Shareware Notice.

I appreciate your support, it has helped me to invest in the latest
technology in order to offer you better products.

To register, please send a registration form (see the file
REGISTER.DOC) and a check or money order of $29 to:


Philippe Rabergeau
Pro$tock Registration
512 East 5th St #9
New York, NY 10009



INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS



PRO$TOCK is SELF INSTALLING. Simply make sure you are in the drive or
directory where you have unarchived PRO$TOCK and at the DOS command line type
the word INSTALL. All neccesary directories and sub-directories will be
created by the installation program and the Pro$tock program will
automatically configure it self to run with your Prodigy software.

Pro$tock will AUTOMATICALLY install in drive C:\. If you wish to install in a
drive other than C:\, type the following. The example below is for
installation to drive "D:\"


INSTALL D: (and strike your enter key)


Note: It is important that the word "install" be followed by a "space"
and then the drive letter followed by a colon (no space).



USER DOCUMENTATION



PRO$TOCK is composed by 8 different executable files:

- PS.BAT
- PSBOOT.BAT
- FVIEW.EXE
- PRODIR.EXE
- PRO$TOCK.EXE
- PRO$TSR.EXE
- PROCVSPD.EXE
- PROCV123.EXE



1. PS.BAT

This batch file is the major program that you must use to run all the PRO$TOCK
programs and access the Prodigy Service, in order to download stock quotes.
This batch file was automatically installed in your root directory (normally
C:\) by the installation program.

You can also run all the PRO$TOCK programs separately, in order to view and
convert data according to your personal preference.



2. PSBOOT.BAT

This second batch file is a solution to run PRO$TOCK and Prodigy software with
a "clean" AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS file. This file was automatically
installed in your root directory by the installation program and removes all
TSR (terminate and stay resident) programs from memory and automatically
restores them after you exit PRO$TOCK This batch file is also very useful to
reserve the maximum of memory for PRO$TOCK and Prodigy software, which require
approximately 520K to run together properly.

Other files used by PSBOOT:

- PROREN.BAT
- AUTOEXEC.PRO
- CONFIG.PRO
- REBOOT.COM



3. FVIEW.EXE

This utility was created to replace the DOS TYPE command.
Type FVIEW filename to view any ASCII file.
You will see on the bottom of the screen all the commands that are available.



4. PRODIR.EXE

Small tools to get a report of the size used by all the files in the PRO$TOCK
directory. If you add the parameter P:
PRODIR P
you get a complete directory listing of the PRO$TOCK files.

Example: Directory of file after installation in drive C:

C:\
PS BAT Batch file to run PRO$TOCK
PSBOOT BAT Other Batch file to run PRO$TOCK
C:\PRO$TOCK
README BAT Run this file FIRST.
README DOC Data file used by README.BAT
FVIEW EXE Replace TYPE DOS command
PRODIR EXE Directory Utility
PRODIR LST Data file used by PRODIR.EXE
C:\PRO$TOCK\OUT
No file! (Files are created as you use the program)
C:\PRO$TOCK\IN
TRAK9.P$T Example of Data file
C:\PRO$TOCK\SYS
No file! (Files are created as you use the program)
C:\PRO$TOCK\BIN
PRO$TOCK ICO Windows 3.0 icon for PRO$TOCK
PRO$TOCK EXE Main PRO$TOCK Program
PRO$TSR EXE TSR program used by PRO$TOCK
PROCV LST List of Conversion programs
PROCVSPD EXE Program to convert to Spreadsheet format as well as
DOS command for Conversion into Spreadsheet format
PROCVSPD C Source Code of PROCVSPD.EXE
PROCV123 EXE Program to convert into Lotus 123 format as well as
DOS command for Conversion into Lotus 1-2-3 format
PROREN BAT Batch file used by PSBOOT.BAT
AUTOEXEC PRO Example of AUTOEXEC.BAT file used by PSBOOT.BAT
CONFIG PRO Example of CONFIG.SYS file used by PSBOOT.BAT
REBOOT COM Small utility used by PSBOOT.BAT
YOURSYS EXE Use this DOS command for information on your system
before seeking technical support of PRO$TOCK
C:\PRO$TOCK\DOC
PRO$TOCK DOC Documentation of PRO$TOCK software
REGISTER DOC Registration form
VENDOR DOC Shareware Vendor Information
YOURSYS DOC Documentation for YOURSYS.EXE



5. PRO$TOCK.EXE



5.1. Define Your Preference

The first time you run PRO$TOCK, a screen appears called "Define Your
Preference":
This screen appears below:


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Your Preference ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
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³ A. Input Path ........... \PRO$TOCK\IN\ ³
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³ B. Output Path .......... \PRO$TOCK\OUT\ ³
³ ³
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³ C. Conversion Path ...... \PRO$TOCK\CONV\ ³
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³ D. Conversion Program ... None ³
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³ Use [|] and [|] to move the cursor, Hit [Esc] to save and exit ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.


- It is not necessary to modify the input and/or output path and/or
conversion path to run the PRO$TOCK program.
- Select the conversion program (format) to convert the stock quotes
you have downloaded into. (Lotus 123, spreadsheet, etc).
It is also possible to convert the stock quotes from the DOS command
line into a different format.

Use your page down key to go to the second page of the Define Your Preference
menu.




ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Your Preference ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
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³ A. Download Time .......................... 6 00 PM ³
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³ B. Automatic Exit after download .......... Yes ³
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³ C. Jump to Company News after download .... No ³
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³ D. Name output file by date ............... No ³
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ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Use [|] and [|] to move the cursor, Hit [Esc] to save and exit ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



- Define the download time (If you select to download in the unattended
mode you must select a time for this function to be automatically
performed). Note: you should select the "Yes" option to to
automatically exit after download and "No" for jump to company news if
you plan to download in the unattended mode. You must leave your
computer turned on and on this menu.

- Jump to Company News: If you select YES and execute a live, ATTENDED
download, the program will NOT automatically exit the Prodigy Service,
but will access the Company News feature on Prodigy.


Important Note: PRO$TOCK will write over (and thereby erase) downloaded
information if you do NOT specify item D." Name output file by date" as YES.
If you intend to "track" the performance of your investments, it is necessary
to select YES.


Use your page down key to go to the third page of the Define Your Preference
menu.




ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Your Preference ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
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³ A. Prodigy ID ............................. YOURID ³
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³ B. Password ............................... yourpwd ³
³ ³
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³ C. Registration Code ...................... yourregistercode ³
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ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ 3 of 3 ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Use [|] and [|] to move the cursor, Hit [Esc] to save and exit ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



- Enter your Prodigy ID
- Your Prodigy password
- Your registration code if you have one.


Press Escape key to save this preference and go to the main menu of PRO$TOCK.

You can access any time to "define your preference" by pressing the function
key F9 from the main menu of PRO$TOCK.



5.2. Main Menu of PRO$TOCK



ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ 11/05/90 ³ ³ --== PRO$TOCK: The Downloader ==-- ³ ³ 8:43:40 AM³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ


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³ ³
³> F1. Define Data To Download <³
³ F2. Download From Prodigy Services ³
³ F3. Download In Unattended Mode ³
³ F4. Browse the Data Downloaded ³
³ F5. Convert the Data Downloaded ³
³ F9. Define Your Preference ³
³ F10. View Documentation ³
³ Esc. Quit This Program ³
³ ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Use [|] and [|] to move the cursor, Hit [Enter] to confirm a selection ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.


In the Main Menu, Press [F1] to define the data to download:



5.3. Define Data to Download

PRO$TOCK enables you to specify nine (9) separate, individual sets of data to
download from the Prodigy Service. After you have selected [F1] from the Main
Menu, you are prompted to enter a number 1 - 9. To view the sample data that
has been set up to assist you in the set up process, enter the number 9. (The
sample data can be deleted at a later date, if you wish). To begin setting up
your own stocks, etc. strike the number 1.


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ 11/05/90 ³ ³ --== PRO$TOCK: The Downloader ==-- ³ ³ 8:43:43 AM³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
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³ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸ ³
³ ³ ³ ³
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³ ³ Enter a Number between 1 and 9 ³ ³
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³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ³
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ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Use [|] and [|] to move the cursor, Hit [Enter] to confirm a selection ³
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Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



5.4. Defining your Personal Stocks List

To add a stock (bond, etc.) strike your "insert" key, and a dialogue box will
appear on the Define Data to Download screen. A sample of this screen appears
below:



ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Data To Download #1 ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³> BMY ST Briston Myers Squibb <³
³ CCE ST coca cola enterprise ³
³ CHA ST Champion International Corp. ³
³ FPC ST florida progress corp ³
³ GE ST general electric ³
³ GS ST Gillette Co. ³
³ HM ST homestake mining ³
³ IBM ST International Business Machines ³
³ JNJ ST johnson & johnson ³
³ KMG ST Kerr McGee Corp. ³
³ ³
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³ ³
ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Hit [Insert] key to add new data Use [PgDn] [PgUp] [Home] [End] ³
³ Hit [Delete] key to delete data and [|] [|] to move the cursor ³
³ Hit [Enter ] key to modify data ³
³ Hit [Escape] key to return to Main Menu ³
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Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



5.5. Adding a Stock to PRO$TOCK

To add a stock to the program, use your arrow keys to move the cursor to the
appropriate line and type the following data as example:

Stock Symbol..... HWP
Security Type.... Stocks
Name............. HEWLETT PACKARD

Press [ESC] to confirm and exit then [Insert] to add another value.

Stock Symbol Security Type Name
IBM Stock INTL BUSINESS MACHINES
DEC Stock DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORP.
AAPL Stock APPLE COMPUTER

Press [ESC] to return to main menu, after you have finished inserting stocks
you wish to follow.


A Sample screen appears below showing the insertion menu:


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Data To Download ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³ APL ST Apple Computers ³
³ IBM ST International Business Machines ³
³ CCE ST coca cola enterprise ³
³ DEC Digital Equipment Corporation ³
³ FPC ST florida progress corp ³
³ GE ST general electric ³
³ HM ST homestake mining ³
³ ³
³ JNJ ST johnson & johnson ³
³ KMG ST king minerals ³
³ ³
ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Insertion of a New data ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³ Stock Symbol ........ HWP ³
³ ³
³ Security Type ....... Stocks ³
³ ³
³ Name .. Hewlett Packard ³
³ ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Press [ESC] to exit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



5.6. Deleting a Stock from PRO$TOCK

To Delete a stock, use the arrow keys to position the cursor on the stock you
wish to delete as shown below:


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Data To Download ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³> HWP ST Hewlett Packard <³
³ LAC ST lac minerals ³
³ PDG ST placer dome ³

³ SB ST salamon bros. ³
³ TX ST texaco ³
³ UNP ST union pacific ³
³ XON ST exxon corp ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ 2 of 2 ÄÄÄÙ
³ ³
ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Help ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ Hit [Insert] key to add new data Use [PgDn] [PgUp] [Home] [End] ³
³ Hit [Delete] key to delete data [] [] to move the cursor ³
³ Hit [Enter ] key to modify data ³
³ Hit [Escape] key to return to Main Menu ³
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Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.



A Dialogue box will appear asking you to confirm you wish to delete the
stock you have selected. Strike your Enter key to confirm the deletion and
return to the main menu by pressing your escape key. The sample delete
dialogue box appears on the screen below:


ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Define Data To Download ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³ BMY ST Briston Myers Squibb ³
³ CCE ST coca cola enterprise ³
³ CHA ST chambers ³
³ FPC ST florida progress corp ³
³ GE ST general electric ³
³ GS ST gillette ³
³ HM ST homestake mining ³
³ HWP ST Hewlett Packard ³
³ IBM ST International Business Machines ³
³ JNJ ST johnson & johnson ³
³ ³
ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ Delete this data!!! ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ ³
³ Stock Symbol ........ HWP ³
³ ³
³ Security Type ....... Stocks ³
³ ³
³ Name .. Hewlett Packard ³
³ ³
ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Press [Enter] to confirm ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ

Copyright (C) 1990 by Philippe Rabergeau. All Rights Reserved.

Strike your enter key to delete; a dialogue box will appear asking you to
confirm the deletion to insure you do not inadvertantly delete data.



5.7. Downloading from the Prodigy Service

Select F2 from the opening menu to run the Pro$tock Program


Now to download, press [F2] from the main menu and [ENTER].
PRO$TOCK will run PRO$TSR and the Prodigy software: the stock quotes are
automatically downloaded and you will return directly to the PRO$TOCK main
menu.

To browse the data downloaded, press [F4].
The following screen will appear:



ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ \PRO$TOCK\OUT\*.* ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ P1901105.ASC P1901106.ASC PRODIGY1.ASC PRODIGY1.DOW ³
³ ..\ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
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Use your up/down/left/right arrow keys to move the cursor and highlight the
file you wish to view and strike your ENTER key.

This will automatically activate FVIEW.EXE and you will be able to view the
data. Within FVIEW, you also will be able to print out a hard copy of the

information on your screen. All FVIEW commands are shown at the bottom of the
screen.

In the example above, the file PRODIGY1.DOW is the file that is created from
each download and is saved in the Prodigy format. The file PRODIGY1.ASC is the
current PRODIGY1.ASC converted to ascii.

These files are created each and every time you download stock quotes from the
Prodigy Service. These files are written over each time you download a quote.
To keep a running set of files, you must specify the "name file by date"
option when you define your preference and select a conversion program other
than "NONE" on the define your preference menu.



5.8. Converting the Data

If you have specified a conversion option on the "Define Your Preference
Menu", PRO$TOCK automatically converts the data to your specified format each
time you download from the Prodigy Service. You can "view" the ASCII format
from within PRO$TOCK. From the above screen, position your cursor on "..\"
and strike your enter key. The following screen will appear.

ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ \PRO$TOCK\*.* ÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͸
³ FVIEW.EXE PRODIR.EXE PRODIR.LST README.BAT ³
³ README.DOC BIN\ CONV\ DOC\ ³
³ IN\ OUT\ SRC\ SYS\ ³
³ ..\ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
³ ³
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If you now position the cursor on "CONV\" and strike your enter key, you will
see the directory listing of any files saved in the automatic conversion
program. You will be able to position your cursor on ASCII format files (the
file extension will be .ASC), strike your enter key, and you will be able to
view the file.




PRO$TOCK automatic conversion to Lotus 123 format

If you specified this format on the "DEFINE YOUR PREFERENCES" menu, files will
be saved in the \CONV directory with the extension .WK1; these files can be
imported into Lotus 123 and any other program which can import Lotus 123
files.


Following is a sample Lotus 123 file, imported into Quattro Pro:



File Edit Style Graph Print Database Tools Options Window
A1:
A B C D E F G H
1 BMY 11/07/90 61 60.625 60.875 1761
2 CCE 11/07/90 14 13.875 14 144
3 CHA 11/07/90 24.25 23.75 23.75 491
4 FPC 11/07/90 38.5 38.25 38.25 537
5 GE 11/07/90 53.5 53 53.125 4337
6 GS 11/07/90 59.875 59.25 59.25 496
7 HM 11/07/90 18.75 18.5 18.625 284
8 IBM 11/07/90 108.25 107.375 107.5 4075
9 JNJ 11/07/90 66.5 65.875 66 1426
10 KMG 11/07/90 46.25 46.25 46.25 313
11 KVN 11/07/90 3.875 3.75 3.75 21
12 LAC 11/07/90 7.625 7.625 7.625 137
13 PDG 11/07/90 15.125 15 15.125 558
14 SB 11/07/90 24.5 24.125 24.125 458
15 TX 11/07/90 58.75 58.25 58.375 1089
16 UNP 11/07/90 66.25 66 66.125 258
17 XON 11/07/90 49.25 49 49 2859
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P1901107.WK1 [1] 07-Nov-90 01:40 PM NUM READY



Conversion to Spreadsheet format (comma delimited)

The same principal, as demonstrated above with conversion to Lotus 123 format
applies. When you select spreadsheet format and define the file name by date
in Define Your Preference, a file with the extension .SPD is created in the
\CONV subdirectory of PRO$TOCK. You can import this into programs that "read
and import" comma delimited files".



6. PRO$TSR.EXE

This is the TSR program run by PRO$TOCK to download Stock Quotes.



7. PROCVSPD.EXE

If you wish to run a conversion program from DOS, you may type at the DOS
prompt:

\PRO$TOCK\BIN\PROCVSTD input_file output_file

If you do not define an argument (parameter), the default values are:

input_file PRODIGY.ASC
Output_file PRODIGY.SPD



8. PROCV123.EXE

This program converts Prodigy format stock quotes into Lotus 123 format.
From DOS, type:

\PRO$TOCK\BIN\PROCV123 input_file output_file

If you do not define an argument (parameter), the default values are:

input_file Prodigy.ASC
Output_file PRODIGY.WK1



ADVANCED USER TIPS



a. Installation of an Upgrade/New Conversion Program

As PRO$TOCK develops, additional Conversion Programs not included with your
actual version may become available that work with your personal STOCK
EXCHANGE program. Following are instructions to install the new module in the
PRO$TOCK environment:

First, copy the program (PROCVNEW.EXE) into the directory \PRO$TOCK\BIN, then
with an ASCII text editor, edit the file \PRO$TOCK\BIN\PROCV.LST

You will see two lines:

Spreadsheet~format PROCVSPD
Lotus~123~format PROCV123

Add this third line:

NEW~format PROCVNEW


Important Notes: The tilde character (~) is critical. It will be replaced by a
space by PRO$TOCK. You will be able to add up to nine (9) different conversion
programs and the description must not be more than 20 characters. The file
name PROCVNEW.EXE as used above is used as a sample file name; the actual file
name will vary.



b. Develop your Own Conversion Program

Feel free to use the C source code PROCVSTD.C as an example to build
your own conversion program, and please inform the author of PRO$TOCK of
any conversion programs you develop as many non-programmers who use
PRO$TOCK may be interested in receiving your conversion program.

If you are not a programmer (a normal person) and would like a
conversion program specifically configured to work with your stock
exchange program or your needs, it is possible that if you supply the
author with complete technical information about your portfolio software
that a specialized program can be developed for you. (REGISTERED USERS
ONLY).



c. Windows 3.0 and PRO$TOCK

You can add PRO$TOCK to the Program Manager.
Open the group that you want to put PRO$TOCK in.
Select File, New, Program item. Use whatever you want for the Description. For
Command line, enter \PS.BAT, precede with a drive and directory if not on your
PATH.
If you hit ENTER, and end up at the screen, select File, Properties, Hit
Change Icon, and for the file name, use \PRO$TOCK\BIN\PRO$TOCK.ICO

Define a PIF file to run PRO$TOCK in optimum mode (faster keyboard macro).





Thank you for using PRO$TOCK...



  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
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  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.

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