Contents of the README.TXT file
Welcome to WICS (Window Interface Construction Set).
WICS is a set of Borland C++ OWL libraries that support a status bar,
icon bar (or speedbar as it is sometimes called), printer object,
indirect dialog object and a dialog template object (allows you to create
dialog boxes on the fly). The package also includes WICSCC.DLL, a windows
DLL which implements a number of custom controls designed to work with
OWL and the Borland Style dialog boxes.
*Numeric edit control with spin buttons, LED and tachometer
displays. Control autosizes to any font size (spin buttons
resize with the control to maintain visual aesthetics). LED and
tachometer display are limited to 6 - 26 point font sizes.
Control stores int, long, float, double and long double numbers.
Allows programmer to specify minimum and maximum values.
Programmer can specify whether or not spin buttons appear.
*Date edit control with pop-up calendar. This control also
supports LED and tachometer displays. The calendar is able to
display years from the 1st Century to well into the 41st. The
control also supports spin button effects with up/down cursor
keys. (Note: control does not have a spin button, just a calendar
button). Like spin buttons, the calendar button is programmer
*Time edit control with LED and tachometer displays.
*Hierarchical List Box. The list box allows the programmer to
specify either Normal (boxes with + and -) or Folder bitmaps.
Programmer can also instruct the control to use user defined
bitmaps. Multiple selection, owner draw fixed and owner draw
variable modes are supported.
*Custom Button Control. Looks much like the Borland style buttons,
but these buttons allow the user to specify State (button acts
like a radio button, good for stuff like Bold or Italic on an
icon bar), auto repeat (press and hold button down, control
sends a stream of WM_COMMAND messages until released), and user
selectable bitmap and control ids. Icon button style is provided
(this style of button never receives the input focus, so it can
function just like a menu item from the icon bar).
*Volume Control (Dial). Looks like a stereo dial, acts like a
scroll bar. Custom APIs are provided to interact with this
control from a C (or C++) program.
*Up/Down/Left/Right Button Control. Save space when you need
four directional movement in a tight dialog.
*Font Selection Control. Great for selecting fonts from an icon
*Percent Bar Control. A percent completion status bar. Great for
displaying processing progress of a task.
All of the custom controls are wrapped around an OWL compatible classes.
These custom controls can be loaded into Resource Workshop.
Also included in the package is WCD.DLL, a replacement for COMMDLG.DLL
that uses Borland Style dialogs. WCD.DLL does not require COMMDLG.DLL,
but it does require that BWCC.DLL be loaded. Simply link your program
with WCD.LIB, do a LoadLibrary ("WCD.DLL") near the beginning of your
code, as vola, you have Borland Style common dialog boxes. WCD.DLL uses
the same function names as COMMDLG.DLL, so no code changes are required.
WCD.DLL can be loaded into Resource Workshop and it exports a nice color
selection palette (like the one in the ChooseColor common dialog).
Hierarchical list box does not support the transfer mechanism of the other
OWL style list boxes. A fix for this is in the works.
With respect to the Shareware registration. There is no reminder box
just your conscience to encourage registration. With registration,
however, you will get a copy of printed documentation and a copy of the
software that will contain any updates that may be available. The package
includes source code for the OWL classes, but not for the custom controls
and common dialog box DLLs. All header files required to use the package
You can register WICS on Compuserve and have the $50.00 registration
fee charged to your Compuserve account. Or, if you prefer, take a moment
to fill out the WICS Registration Form ( REGFORM.WRI in Write for Windows
format. Write for Windows comes with Windows).
Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Microdyne Development Technologies
The use of WICS is subject to the following terms and conditions.
WICS is copyrighted material. It is protected by the copyright laws of
the United States. You may not make any changes or modifications to
WICS. You may not decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reverse-
engineer the software in any way.
You may use WICS on a trial basis provided you do not violate the
protection afforded the licensed software by the copyright laws, and you
agree to the terms of the license agreement. If you continue to use
WICS past a 15 day evaluation period you are obligated to purchase a
license for its use.
You may use WICS on a Local Area Network providing that a license
is obtained for the number of users that may concurrently use the
Once a license for WICS has been obtained, you may distribute WICSCC.DLL
and WCD.DLL, and any programs that you write using WICS without any
royalty payments required. WICS source code, including header files and
.LIB files, may NOT be distributed.
A license for the use of WICS can be obtained by sending a $50.00
registration fee to:
Microdyne Development Technologies
501 N. 75th Street
Kansas City, KS. 66112
Title to the licensed software is NOT transferred to the end user. The
end user is granted an exclusive license to use the software on one
computer or computer work station at any given time.
Microdyne Development Technologies does not warrant that the licensed
software will meet your requirements or that the operation of the
software will be uninterrupted or error free. The warranty does not
cover any media or documentation which has been subjected to damage or
abuse by you or others. The software warranty does not cover any copy
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In no case shall Microdyne Development Technologies' liability exceed
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You are granted a limited license to copy WICS only for the trial use
of others subject to the terms of this software license agreement
described herein, and the conditions described below are met:
WICS MUST be copied in an unmodified form and MUST contain the
WCD.LIB WICSCC.LIB DATEEDT.CPP WICSM.LIB WICSL.LIB
DIAL.CPP DLGTMPLT.CPP EFRAME.CPP FNTSEL.CPP HIERLB.CPP
IBAR.CPP IBUTTON.CPP IDLG.CPP NUMEDIT.CPP PCTBAR.CPP
PRINTER.CPP SBAR.CPP TIMEEDT.CPP DATEEDT.H DIAL.H
HIERLB.H IBAR.H IBUTTON.H IDLG.H NUMEDIT.H
PCTBAR.H PRINTER.H SBAR.H TIMEEDT.H WCDRC.H
WICS.H DEDTWIN.CPP DEMO.CPP DEMOWIN.CPP SMPLDLG.CPP
DEMO.DEF DEMO.PRJ DEMO.RC DEDTWIN.H DEMO.H
DEMORC.H SMPLDLG.H DEMO.EXE README.TXT WCD.DLL
WICSCC.DLL WICSS.LIB FILELIST.TXT INSTALL.BAT WICSL.PRJ
WICS.ZIP WICSM.PRJ WICSS.PRJ REGFORM.WRI DLGTMPLT.H
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anyone without the express written permission of Microdyne Development
Public Domain Disk Vendors may not charge a fee for WICS itself.
However you may include WICS on a diskette for which you charge a
nominal distribution fee. The purchaser of said diskette must be
informed in advance that the fee paid to acquire the diskette does NOT
relieve said purchaser from paying the Registration Fee for WICS if
said purchaser uses WICS.
Operators of electronic bulletin board systems (Sysops) may post WICS
for downloading by their users without written permission only as long
as the above conditions are met. A fee may be charged for access to the
bbs as long as no specific fee is charged for downloading WICS files
without first obtaining express written permission from Microdyne
Development Technologies to charge such a fee.
Distributors of public domain and user supported software, such as disk
vending services, may not charge a fee for WICS itself. However you
may include WICS on a diskette for which you charge a nominal
distribution fee. The purchaser of said diskette must be informed in
advance that the fee paid to acquire the diskette does NOT relieve said
purchaser from paying the Registration Fee for WICS.
The above constitutes the license agreement for WICS. It supersedes
any and all previous license agreements.