The PrintMaster program on the IBM-PC is a very popular and useful
program. The PMTOOLS program is a collection of utilities
designed to enhance the PrintMaster program. Version 1.0 includes
1) Print a listing of the icons contained in a library.
2) Display icons on the screen so that they may be captured
with a screen capture program.
3) Convert a group of icons from a library to a Windows Paint
To use the PMTOOLS program place the disk containing the PMTOOLS
program in drive A and your PrintMaster disk in drive B. Now run
the PMTOOLS program by typing PMTOOLS. The program will ask you
to enter the file name of the icon file - Type B:SLIB.SHP. The
program will now read the icon file and display the first icons
from the file on the screen. You will notice two messages on the
right side of the screen. One states - PRESS
reminds you that you may leave the program by pressing the ESC
key. The other message states - PRESS H FOR HELP. A help screen
listing the available commands will be displayed when you press
the H key. To leave the HELP screen - press the space bar.
If you have created your own graphics images the icons will be
stored in a file called ULIB.SHP. You may also use these icons
with the PMTOOLS program.
To obtain a printed listing of the icons turn your printer on,
align the paper to the top of a page and press the P key on the
keyboard. To stop printing at any time press the CTRL and BREAK
keys at the same time. Seventy-two icons will be printed on each
page as nine rows of eight icons each. The printing function will
only work with EPSON or EPSON compatible printers. You will
notice that the icon names are not shown on the screen but are
included on the printed listing.
To capture PrintMaster icons for use in other graphics programs,
load your capture program before running PMTOOLS. Then run
PMTOOLS as described above. Thirty icons will be loaded in at a
time. It is not possible to display all thirty at the same time
due to the limitations of the CGA display. You may scroll through
the initial thirty icons by pressing the PGUP, PGDN and up/down
arrow keys on the cursor pad. The PGUP and PGDN keys will scroll
the display fifty lines in the corresponding direction. The up
and down arrow keys will move the display 1 line in the
corresponding direction. To display the next 30 icons from the
file press the N key. Each time you press the N key another 30
icons will be loaded until you reach the end of the icon file.
A beep will be sounded when you reach the end of the file and the
display will return to the icons at the top of the file. You may
return to the top of the file at any time by pressing the T key.
The icons are displayed on the screen as a black image on a white
background. You may invert the image to a white on black display
by pressing the I key. Pressing the I key again will invert the
image back to a black on white display.
To create a Windows Paint format file that can be used with the
Windows Paint program first run the PMTOOLS as described above.
The Windows Paint file will contain thirty PrintMaster icons. To
select which thirty icons are to be included in the paint file
press the N key until the desired icons are loaded. Remember that
all thirty current icons will be written to the paint file not
just the ones visible on the screen. Use the PGUP and PGDN keys
to look at all thirty. When you have selected the desired icons
press the W key. The program will ask for a file name to store
the Windows Paint format file in. PMTOOLS supports drive
designators and path names so you may store the paint file
anywhere. If you intend to use the program with Windows Paint
give the file name a MSP extension.