E G A C O L O R I N G B O O K
Shareware Version 1.0
David C. Swope
3753 Tango Drive
North Bend, OH 45052
This manual and the EGA COLORING BOOK program are
(C) Copyright 1990 by David C. Swope
All rights reserved
------------------------- INTRODUCTION --------------------------
EGA COLORING BOOK is a computer coloring book. It allows
children to use over 500 colors and patterns to color the
pictures. Children, age 3 and up, will enjoy bringing the
pictures to life with color. Very young children will need adult
assistance to use this program.
EGA COLORING BOOK will only work on EGA or VGA equipped systems.
In addition, the display adapter must have at least 128K of
display memory. Use of a mouse input device is optional but
---------------------------- LICENSE ----------------------------
EGA COLORING BOOK is NOT public domain or free software. This
program is distributed as "Shareware". EGA COLORING BOOK is (C)
Copyright 1990 by David C. Swope. All rights reserved.
The owner of EGA COLORING BOOK, David C. Swope, permits the
copying and transfer of the SHAREWARE VERSION of the EGA COLORING
BOOK program to others, under the following conditions:
1. No fee shall be charged for copies of any portion of the EGA
COLORING BOOK program, its documentation, or other information
contained on the EGA COLORING BOOK diskette. A charge for the
copying service and media is allowed as long as this charge
does not exceed $8.00.
2. The recipient receives an unmodified copy of all the EGA
COLORING BOOK files, including this document.
3. Any copy of EGA COLORING BOOK transferred to another may
contain only the seventeen files listed here: ECB.EXE,
ECBMAN.DOC, ECBTITLE.001, ECBTITLE.002, ECBFONT.000,
ECBCOLOR.DAT, ECBPALC1.DAT, ECBPALC2.DAT, ECBPALC3.DAT,
ECBPALC4.DAT, ECBPALC5.DAT, ECBPALT.DAT, JUNGLE.PIC,
SEASHORE.PIC, UNDERSEA.PIC, DUCKPOND.PIC and SHIP.PIC.
Additional files which are supplied to registered users may
not be transferred to others without the written consent of
Any copy of EGA COLORING BOOK sold or copied in such a manner as
to violate the above conditions shall be subject to a royalty fee
The author encourages the copying and transfer of the program to
others so that it may be evaluated by as many interested users as
possible. After the evaluation period, it is expected that the
users either register their copy of the program or discontinue
------------------- REGISTRATION INFORMATION --------------------
The cost of user registration is $16.00. This registration fee
provides you with the following benefits:
1. It licenses you to operate the EGA COLORING BOOK program
on any computer at a single location. You may have
copies on more than one computer as long as there is no
possibility of it being used in more than one place at
the same time. You may make copies of the EGA COLORING BOOK
commercial version for backup purposes only.
2. It provides you with a set of 10 additional pictures to be
used with the EGA COLORING BOOK program. It will also
provide you with the commercial version 1.0 of EGA COLORING
3. It will put you on the mailing list to receive information
about additional picture sets and EGA COLORING BOOK updates
when they become available. The additional picture sets and
updates will only be available to registered users. They
will not be included in future shareware versions of the
program. It is planned to release the pictures in sets of 15
at a cost of $10.00 per set. Mailings will also inform you
when other programs by the author are released.
4. It will provide you with information on how to report
problems or get assistance from the author.
Educational institutions may reduce the registration fee to
$12.50 if five or more registrations are purchased. If more than
one registration is purchased then only one copy of EGA COLORING
BOOK will be mailed. The user may make the additional copies of
the EGA COLORING BOOK diskette. Students may be given copies of
the program for home use as long as the rules outlined in the
LICENSE section are followed. Remember that only the shareware
version may be copied and given to others.
I encourage you to support the "Shareware" method of software
distribution by becoming a registered user. Every registration
received will help convince the author to produce more pictures
and to enhance this program in other ways. A registration form
is provided at the end of this document.
Whether or not you decide to register your copy of the program,
the author would like to receive your comments and constructive
criticism on the program. These same comments will also be used
when designing other children's programs in the future.
-------------------------- DISCLAIMER ---------------------------
EGA COLORING BOOK is supplied as is. No representation of any
kind is made as to the use and/or suitability of this program for
any purpose. David C. Swope assumes no liability for any damages
direct or consequential, which may result from the use of this
program. The author of EGA COLORING BOOK reserves the right to
update the contents of the EGA COLORING BOOK program and its
associated documentation at his discretion and without the
consent of or any obligation to any registered users.
---------------------- REQUIRED EQUIPMENT ----------------------
EGA COLORING BOOK will run on most IBM or compatible computers
with EGA or VGA graphics capability (with 128K or more of video
memory), at least 256K of RAM (at least 199,900 bytes of free RAM
after DOS and all TSR programs are loaded), PC-DOS or MS-DOS 2.1
or greater and one disk drive. A hard disk and mouse are
optional. However, use of a mouse is recommended.
MS-DOS is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
PC-DOS is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation.
------------------------ GETTING STARTED ------------------------
Before attempting to use the EGA COLORING BOOK program, please
make a backup copy of the EGA COLORING BOOK diskette. Consult
your DOS manual for instructions on performing this procedure.
The EGA COLORING BOOK program will write color data files to the
current directory during operation. Therefore, be sure to keep a
backup copy of the original disk. Also, the disk that EGA
COLORING BOOK is being run from must not be write protected.
If your system includes a mouse input device, then the mouse
driver must be installed before the EGA COLORING BOOK program is
run. Consult your mouse user's guide for instructions on loading
the mouse driver.
EGA COLORING BOOK will only operate in one graphics mode:
640 X 350 16 colors VGA or EGA adapter.
In order to run the EGA COLORING BOOK program the picture and
support files must be in the current directory so they can be
used by the program. The necessary files are described below.
ECB.EXE The EGA COLORING BOOK program.
ECBMAN.DOC This document.
ECBTITLE.001 Title screen data.
ECBFONT.000 Graphics text font.
ECBCOLOR.DAT Palette data.
JUNGLE.PIC Picture data.
The EGA COLORING BOOK program will create files with the same
names as the picture data files but with the extension "COL".
These files contain data which describes how you last colored the
picture. Since the EGA COLORING BOOK program writes these files,
the disk that you are running the program from must not be write
All but one of these files must be located in the same directory.
The file which is not needed is: ECBMAN.DOC.
To install the program on a hard disk, simply copy all needed
files (see above) to a single directory on the hard disk.
To run the program, set the current directory to the directory in
which the files are located. Type "ECB" (do not type the quote
characters), and press the key. After the program is
loaded, a title page will appear. When you are ready to begin
the program, press any key.
-------------- USING THE KEYBOARD MOUSE SIMULATOR ---------------
If your computer system does not include a mouse input device
then it will be necessary for you to read this section. If you
have a mouse then you can skip this section.
This section describes how to use the KEYBOARD MOUSE SIMULATOR to
imitate real mouse input. It does not describe how that input
affects the EGA COLORING BOOK program. Please refer to the USING
EGA COLORING BOOK section for that information.
If EGA COLORING BOOK does not detect the presence of a mouse
driver, then it will use the KEYBOARD MOUSE SIMULATOR. All mouse
functions needed by the program are provided by the simulator.
THE MOUSE CURSOR
The simulator's mouse cursor is an arrow. It is similar to the
real mouse cursor, but smaller. The cursor was made smaller to
provide for fast cursor movement.
MOVING THE MOUSE CURSOR
- move up. Remember that use of
- move down. these keys on the
- move left. numeric keypad will
- move right. require
- move up and left. to be turned off.
- move up and right.
- move down and right.
- move down and left.
Pressing these keys alone will cause the mouse cursor to move a
distance which corresponds to the current mouse movement
increment (this will be explained in a moment). If the
key is held and these keys are pressed, then the mouse cursor
will move one pixel in the selected direction. In addition, if
the key is held and the <5> key on the numeric keypad is
pressed, the mouse cursor will jump to the center of the screen.
The speed of mouse cursor movement is controlled by the current
mouse movement increment. Currently two speeds are provided. If
the "+" key is pressed, then the increment will be large and the
mouse cursor can be moved quickly. If the "-" key is pressed,
then the increment will be somewhat smaller causing the mouse
cursor to move more slowly. Typically, the user will toggle
between the two speeds depending on how far the mouse cursor must
be moved. Remember to use the key if small adjustments
to the mouse cursor position are required.
PRESSING THE MOUSE BUTTONS
The simulator imitates a two button mouse. To click the left
mouse button, press the