Contents of the README.TXT file
AppMaker - v1.0
********** What it does:
AppMaker creates a skeleton for a Windows based application
which is compatible with Visual C++ and MFC 2.0. It allows you from
constantly copying the source to Generic.exe each time you want to
put together a quick test program.
********** How much is it?
********** Why not use AppWizard?
If you are creating a LARGE application like Excel or WinWord
then AppWizard will get you off to a good running start. SMALL apps
are a different story. Small applications are created frequently to
try a new piece of code or to test a DLL. Sometimes all you want to do
is display some text and send a few messages to another window.
In times like this a full-blown application doesn't make sense.
You don't want the overhead and hassles of multiple source and header
files along with a Document-View architecture. All you want is a simple
and functional Windows program.
********** Advantages of AppMaker:
1 - Your main window is a dialog box. This allows you to use
AppStudio to design and draw your window much like Visual Basic does.
2 - You application will not fall short on functionality. Your
application will have an icon, menu, accelerators, etc.
3 - The windows dialog manager takes care of WM_PAINT (OnPaint)
messages as well as tabbing between the various controls. You don't
have to deal with any of this.
4 - You still have 100% access to all of your development tools
such as AppStudio and ClassWizard to help code and build your application.
********** How do I start using it ?
The only file you need is AppMaker.exe. Run it and select a empty
directory from the Dir. list box. Enter name for your new application
name in the edit box. The application name is limited to 8 chars. and
must not contain commas, periods or any other characters which can not
be used in a filename. Select the options you want and press the 'Create'
button. A dialog box will appear telling you that the application has
been created and what to do next.
********** I want to know more details!
Several files (.CPP, .H, .DEF, .RC, .MAK, etc) will be created
using the application name as the base name of the files. Open the
makefile (.MAK) from Visual Workbench or double click on it using
File Manager. You can compile the program immediately after opening
the project. You may also want to open and view the .CPP file for
Although the application does nothing, it will display a empty
dialog box. You can go into AppStudio and edit the dialog box. You can
add controls and message handlers for them. As mentioned at the top of
the .CPP file, you will have to perform a few simple steps when you use
ClassWizard for the first time on a new application.
********** In closing.....
I hope you find AppMaker useful and that these instructions
adequate. If there is another application out there (shareware or
retail) with the name AppMaker, I apologize for accidentally naming
this program the same as yours. No harm is intended.
If you don't understand my instructions or how this works,
drop me a line. I'd be glad to talk to you about it. If you have
any other questions/comments/suggestions then let me know. I can
be reached on CompuServe at 75730, 2257 or by voice at (315) 732-4542.
Final Note: AppMaker requires CTL3D.DLL to run. The latest version is
included with this. Place CTL3D.DLL in your Windows\System directory
if it isn't already there.
- Mark Szamrej -