Contents of the FT.DOC file
FileType v1.5 - Copyright (c) 1990-91 Cliff Peterson - CompuServe ID 72077,342
FT [/-switches] [drive:][path][filename.ext]
filename.ext - Single file
*.* - All files in the current directory
*.exe - All executables in the current directory
C:\BIN - All files in the C:\BIN directory
All of the DOS wildcard characters are supported
/? - List supported file formats
/d - Documentation
-p - Pause output
Currently support file formats:
Ability Graphics v1.0
Ability Word Processing v1.0
Ability Communications v1.0
Ability Spreadsheet v1.0
Ability Database v1.0
ARJ Archive v0.15
Computer Graphics Metafile
Data Interchange Format
dBase II Database
dBase III+ Database w/ Memo
dBase III+ Database
DisplayWrite II/III Text
DOS 3.2- Batch
DOS 3.3+ Batch
Dr. Halo Palette
Enable/OA Word Processing
Enable Word Processing 2.15
Enable Word Processing 2.0
Executable (Windows) Program
Graphics Interchange Format 87
Graphics Interchange Format 89
Harvard Graphics Chart
Harvard Graphics Palette
Harvard Graphics Symbol
Lotus 123 v2.x/Symphony v1.1
Lotus 123 v1.0/1A Spreadsheet
Lotus Symphony 1.0
Microsoft Symbolic Link
NetWare Loadable Module
PC Paint Brush
Quattro Pro Spreadsheet
Rich Text Format
Super Project Plus
Super Data Interchange
System Driver Modules
Tag Image File Format
Wordperfect Video Resource
Wordperfect Printer Resource
Wordperfect Display Resource
Wordperfect 4.x Document
Wordperfect Printer Resource
Wordperfect 5.x Document
Wordstar 2000 Document
FileType is a DOS utility that will make an educated guess as to the type
of a file. Most programs, applications, and/or data files have very
distinctive patterns in the first 3-32 bytes of the file. These patterns
allow FileType to calculate the type/format of the file. If you have a
file that FileType does not recognize and would like it included, please
contact me at the address below or through CompuServe. We'll make
arrangements to get me some sample files and I will try to integrate them
into FileType's known patterns.
FileType is a FreeWare product, although, I would like to know who is
using it. All I ask is that you register it! Here is the catch: My 4
year old daughter (Rachel) loves to get mail, so if you use FileType,
PLEASE send a post card of your city to the address below. This will let
me know that someone actually likes and uses it and Rachel will be
thrilled to see the pictures! PLEASE include your name, address, and
phone or CompuServe ID! Help support the FreeWare concept by sending in
your registration post card today.
To register FileType, please send a picture post card of your city to:
c/o Cliff Peterson
P.O. Box 1890
Germantown, MD 20875-1890
Let me know if you have any suggestions! Thanks for your support!
1.0 12/01/90 - Initial release.
1.1 12/14/90 - Added DOS 3.2- DOS Batch Files.
- Added DOS 3.3+ DOS Batch Files.
- Added LZEXE v0.91.
- Added PKLite v1.00.
1.2 01/11/91 - Revised PKLite v1.00.
- Added ARJ Archive v0.15.
- Added DIET v1.00.
- Added LZEXE v0.90.
- Added PKLite v1.03.
- Added TINYPROG.
1.3 02/07/91 - Reformatted output to look similar to the DIR command.
- Added recognition of DOS redirection.
- Added the /p switch for paused output.
1.4 02/05/91 - Ooops... distributed by accident... sorry!
1.5 03/07/91 - Fixed DOS redirection (wasn't working).
- Fixed DOS redirection so that no "FileType v1.5" header.
is printed in the redirected output.
- Added Directory Recognition (e.g. FT C:\DOS, FT ..,
FT UTILITY, etc.).
- Added Plain Text files. These are files with characters
between 20h and 80h, and/or 9h, Dh, Ah, Ch, and 1Ah
- Added ASCII files. These are files with characters
between 0h and 80h inclusive.
- Added DOS Text files. These are files with characters
between 9h and F6h inclusive.
- Added Bitmaps.
- Added Hardard Graphics Chart
- Added Harvard Graphics Palette
- Added Hardard Graphics Symbol
- Added NetWare Loadable Module.
- Added Wordperfect Dictionary.
- Added Wordperfect Display Resource.
- Added Wordperfect Graphics.
- Added Wordperfect Help.
- Added Wordperfect Keyboard.
- Added Wordperfect Macro.
- Added Wordperfect Overlay.
- Added Wordperfect Printer Resource.
- Added Wordperfect Thesaurus.
- Added Wordperfect Video Resource.
- Changed some common extensions (See future notes below).
- Fixed Tag Image File Format (works now!).
o Adding the capability to test for a specific file type (i.e., using a
batch file) and returning an errorlevel. This will require specific
"common extensions" for each type of file. I will try to use ones
that I believe are in common use already (e.g., WP5 for Wordperfect
v5.0), but if anyone has some specific requests... let me know.
o Adding the display of information about a particular file type (e.g.,
GIF and PCX files will also display the size and color resolution).
o Any ideas!?
Thanks to all of you that registered! Please upload FileType anywhere you can.
Leave EMail on CompuServe if you have any suggestions!