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ZipNotes 1.0
June '91

by
Sid Jones
1127 Poplar Wood Drive
California, MD 20619
(301) 737-0287








ZipNotes was designed as an aid for people who like to collect
things - especially zipped files from BBS'. This program will read
a directory containing .ZIP files, compare this list with a BBS
listing file and copy any matching files' comments to an output
file. (Up to 9 comment lines per file). Two files are then written.
The first is a data file (zipnotes.dat) that the program uses to
keep track of the different zip files and comments. The second is a
text file (zipnotes.txt) that is in a readable or printable form.

Some of the many features include:
* Supports many different types of BBS listing files.
* Can be used in the command line or menu mode.
* File names can be added from any directory.
* Output file can be any DOS name and can be redirected to
any disk or directory.
* Option to delete all entries except those referencing
files in the specified directory.
* View utility that lets you see what is in the data file.
(as opposed to the output file)










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Legalese:

This version of ZipNotes is NOT public domain or free
software, but is being distributed as "shareware".

Non-registered users of this software are granted a limited
license to make an evaluation copy for trial use on a private,
non-commercial basis, for the express purpose of determining
whether ZipNotes is suitable for their needs. At the end of
this trial period, you should either register your copy or
discontinue using ZipNotes.

What is "ShareWare"? If you use this program, then you
should pay for your copy. That way shareware authors will be
able to provide you support and updates for current software as
well as develop new low cost software. Plus, registered users
receive update notices, technical support, and a warm fuzzy
feeling that they've helped the system. Registration entitles
you to use the program on any and all computers available to
you, with the following restriction: If other people have access
to this program or MAY use it while you are using it, then you
should purchase a separate copy for each computer or consider a
site license. Please contact me for information about site
licensing or quantity discounts.




All users are granted a limited license to copy ZipNotes only
for trial use and subject to the above limitations. This license
does NOT include distribution or copying of this software
package:

1. In connection with any other product or service.
2. For general use within a company or institution.
3. For distribution in modified form; i.e., the file
containing this license information MUST be included,
along with the full ZipNotes documentation.

Operators of electronic bulletin board systems (Sysops) are
encouraged to post ZipNotes for downloading by their users, as
long as the above conditions are met.















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The files that come with ZipNotes are:

zipnotes.exe - The main program file
zipnotes.doc - This file
zipnotes.ico - A windows icon
*zipnotes.dat - ZipNotes data file
*zipnotes.txt - Default output file
znlegal.doc - A registration form for ordering this program
znfloppy.bat - various batch files
zn.bat -


* May not be with the original program, these files are
generated by the program.



ZipNotes History:

1.0 6/91 Original program release.





































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USAGE:

ZN [-switch ... [-switch]]


Switches:

no switches Help screen
or -h

-r Registration screen

-m Calls ZipNotes in an interactive menu mode.

-a Add .ZIP files to the data file from the current
directory or the path pointed to by the -p switch.

-ufn.ft Update the existing zipnotes entries (in the data file)
from the BBS file listing 'fn.ft' (fn.ft is any valid
DOS filename). Comments are picked out of the file
according to the program defaults or the switches -c
and -x.

-d Delete existing zipnotes entries from the data file
that have no matching file in the specified zip path.
This is useful for archiving a subset of zip files on a
hard disk. A copy of the data file can be copied to
the floppy along with the desired zip files. Using this
option will delete all references from the data file of
files not found on the floppy.

-ffn.ft Designate the output file name. The default is
zipnotes.txt. The file will be placed in the current
directory or a full path may be specified.

-n Creates new data and output files, overwriting existing
files. Zipnotes.dat and either zipnotes.txt or file
defined by -f switch will be overwritten.

-ppath Path to search for zip files. The default is the
current directory. 'Path' may be any DOS directory.

-c# Designates which column number the first comment for
any given file starts. This is the line that has the
file name, the file size, etc. The default is 34.

-x[ch|#] Designates what defines succeeding comment lines. Can
either be a character or a number of leading spaces.
If designated by a character, it must be the first
non-space character on the line. The default is the
vertical bar (|).

-v Lets you view the contents of the data file
(zipnotes.dat), NOT the output file.



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Menu Mode:

When ZipNotes is called in the menu mode, the main menu is
displayed as well as the default options and currently selected
switches. You can back out of any menu by hitting the ESC key.
From the main menu, the ESC key will exit the program without
running ZipNotes. If any of the switches are set from the
command line in addition to the menu switch, those items will be
preset when the menu comes up.

View Files (-v) \ These items do the same as the switches
Add Files (-a) \ from the command line. When any one is
Update Notes (-u) > selected, the corresponding option light
Delete (-d) / is toggled in the options display.
New Data File (-n) /

Change Defaults - This opens the set up menu from which the rest
of the options can be changed.

Name Output File:
Designate the output file name. The file will be
placed in the current directory unless a full path is
specified.

Name Update File:
Enter the BBS file list from which to update the
existing zipnotes entries (in the data file). Comments
are picked out of the file according to the options
Change Comment Col, Change # of Spaces, and Change
Comment Char.

Name Zip Path:
Path to search for zip files. The default is the
current directory. 'Path' may be any DOS directory.
ZipNotes automatically attaches *.zip to the end of the
path.

Change Comment Col:
Designates which column number the first comment for
any given file starts. This is the line that has the
file name, the file size, etc.

Change # of Spaces :
Change Comment Char:
Designates what defines succeeding comment lines. Can
either be a character or a given number of leading
spaces. If designated by a character, it must be the
first non-space character on the line. When one is
selected, the other is erased.

Return:
Returns to main menu.

ZipNotes - Run the ZipNotes program using the currently set
options.


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Going beyond ZipNotes' limitations:

If you find that some paths or conventions used in ZipNotes
are too confining, there are several options for getting around
them. The easiest one is to do nothing and hope that someone
else sends the problem in. Then hope the fix will be
incorporated into the next release. Another way is to register
the program (or not) and send the problem in yourself. If there
is enough response then there obviously is a problem or design
deficiency which will be corrected. The third and most immediate
is to write a batch file that will do what the program won't.
Although this approach won't work for everything, it should take
care of a few. For a few examples see the enclosed batch files.



ZipNotes Example:


ZipNotes -n -a -ubbs.lst -fzip.out -x! -v:

(-n) The data file ZIPNOTES.DAT is initialized.

(-a) All the files in the current directory are added to
the data file.

(-ubbs.lst) The file BBS.LST is searched for file names that
match those in the data file. If a match is found,
the text starting in column 34 is copied into the
data file. It then checks to see if there are
additional comment lines for that file. An
additional comment is characterized by an '!'
preceded by spaces.

(-fzip.out) A text file, ZIP.OUT is created containing the data
found in ZIPNOTES.DAT in a readable form. This file
is an output file only.

(-x!) This tells the program, when searching bbs.lst, to
determine if the current line (which doesn't start
with a file name) is a valid comment line. The first
non-space character will be an exclamation point (!).

(-v) This will show the contents of ZIPNOTES.DAT on your
screen similar to using the DOS type command on
ZIP.OUT. However the view switch doesn't let the
column headers scroll by and fills the screen one
page at a time.









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ORDERING INFORMATION

A ZipNotes registration licenses you to use the product on
a regular basis. Registration includes notification of updates
and telephone support.


Remit to: Sid Jones
1127 Poplar Wood Drive
California, MD 20619

*** ZipNotes version 1.0, June 1991 ***

I offer special prices/discounts on quantity orders,
multiple-user licenses, and dealer pricing

Please send me (check desired items):

____ ZipNotes on disk w/o registration .. @ $3.50 ea $ ______
Format: [_] 3 [_] 5

____ ZipNotes Registration ............. @ $10.00 ea $ ______

____ ZipNotes Registration W/Disk ...... @ $12.50 ea $ ______
Format: [_] 3 [_] 5
Subtotal $ ______

MD Residents please add Sales Tax ........ @ 5% $ ______

Total $ ______

[__] Please send me word when the next update or other new
products are available.

Name: ________________________________________________________

Company (ONLY if company address):____________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

: _____________________________________________________

: _____________________________________________________

Day Phone: _________________________ Eve: ____________________

------------------------ User comments -----------------------
I acquired ZipNotes v1.0 from
[ ] - Friend [ ] - Software product
[ ] - Computer Club [ ] - Computer Store
[ ] - Data Base Service Name__________________________
[ ] - BBS Name_______________ #(____) ____-_____
[ ] - Other - Please Specify __________________________

If you have any ideas or comments that would make ZipNotes a better
program, then please let us know.



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