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TelePrompter 1.2. If you have a video camera you will absolutely love this software.

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TelePrompter 1.2. If you have a video camera
you will absolutely love this software! This
program has all the features of the expensive
teleprompters used for commercial television.
You can enter up to 5000 lines of text in the
built-in text editor, or load files from your
word processor. Text is large and smooth, so
it is easily read from a distance. Scrolling
speed can be controlled from the keyboard, or
remotely with a mouse. Uses Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA


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TelePrompter 1.2. If you have a video camera
you will absolutely love this software! This
program has all the features of the expensive
teleprompters used for commercial television.
You can enter up to 5000 lines of text in the
built-in text editor, or load files from your
word processor. Text is large and smooth, so
it is easily read from a distance. Scrolling
speed can be controlled from the keyboard, or
remotely with a mouse. Uses Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA



TelePrompter! 1.2

Copyright 1994 Russell Holloway

March 4, 1994





What Is TelePrompter! V1.2 And How Can It Help Me?




TelePrompter! 1.2 is a graphical teleprompting system for MSDOS compatible
computer systems. The program has very few hardware requirements. It can use
Hercules, CGA, EGA, or VGA video. It needs only 256K free memory to run, and
a MicroSoft compatible mouse is optional. TelePrompter! can even be run from
Microsoft Windows. Both a .PIF file and a .ICO file have been included for
this purpose. The program is very easy to use, and takes only a few minutes to
learn. All necessary instructions remain on the editor screen at all times,
and there are no unusual key combinations to remember.

The program is very useful for people who would like an simple way to read text
while looking at a camera. The text is large and easy to read from a distance.
It also scrolls smoothly just like the commercial teleprompters do. Display
speed can be controlled by either the user or by a second party. To use the
program, just put your camera on top of the computer screen, start the
teleprompter, and start reading. If you stand at least 10 feet away, your eyes
will not move while you read the text, and it will appear as if you are quoting
from memory.

If you connect a 15 foot serial cable extension to your mouse, you can even
control the display while you are standing back from the computer. This cable
is available from HollowSoft for $20. Mouse control will permit you to
remotely slow down, speed up, or pause the display.

Registration for TelePrompter costs $35 ($55 with a serial cable extension.)
When purchasing the Serial Cable Extension, you must order the program by mail
from HollowSoft. If you do not want the extension, you can order using your
credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Refer to the
screen that appears when you exit the program for more information.

With registration you get two more fonts, a printed manual, and the opening and
closing delay screens are skipped. If you register before June 30, 1995, you
will receive a discount coupon that allows you to purchase the JCSM shareware
CD-ROM for only $9.95 plus shipping and handling.




How Do I Load TelePrompter! On My Computer?




Since you are reading this file, you have obviously decompressed TelePrompter!.
TelePrompter! requires no special installation steps, just copy all the files
to the directory of your choice. If you have any trouble copying the files or
getting the program to run, just give HollowSoft a call at 1-606-263-2687 and
we will be happy to help.

To start TelePrompter!, just switch to the subdirectory where the TelePrompter!
files reside, type TELEPROM and press Enter. The program can identify just
about any video system, but if it has trouble you can force it with command
line options.

To force the program to use VGA, type TELEPROM /V. For EGA, type TELEPROM /E.
To force CGA, type TELEPROM /C, and for Hercules type TELEPROM /H.

If you have a very slow computer, you may find it best to run the program in
CGA mode. You can't get as much on the screen at once, but the display is
much faster. If you have an older computer (and your video card can act as a
CGA card) type TELEPROM /C and the program will be forced to run in CGA mode.

TelePrompter! can be run from Windows as a DOS application. Both a .PIF file
and a .ICO file have been included for this purpose. If you would like to
run TelePrompter! from Windows, carefully follow the instructions below:

1) Run Windows

2) When Windows is started, select the File Menu (at the top left of the
screen) and choose New

3) You will then be given a menu titled New Program Object. Make sure that
the Program Item is highlighted and click on OK

4) You will then be given a menu titled Program Item Properties. For the
Description entry, type TelePrompter! 1.2

5) For the Command Line entry, type in the full path name where the
TelePrompter! files reside plus the filename TELEPROM.PIF. For example,
if the TelePrompter! files are stored in the subdirectory TELEPROM on drive
C:, you would enter C:\TELEPROM\TELEPROM.PIF

6) Click on Change Icon. You will then be given an error message stating that
there are no icons associated with the current file. This is normal, so
click on OK

7) You will be presented with a window titled Change Icon. At the Filename
entry, type in the same path as you used in step 5 plus the filename
TELEPROM.ICO. For example, if the TelePrompter! files are stored in the
directory TELEPROM on drive C:, you would enter C:\TELEPROM\TELEPROM.ICO

8) Click on OK. You will then be taken back to the Program Item Properties
menu. Click on OK

9) You will now have a new Icon on your current window. TelePrompter! can be
run by clicking on this icon.




How Do I Use The TelePrompter! Editor?




When you first load TelePrompter!, you will be presented with an introduction
screen. This screen will vary depending on your video system. To get past
this intro screen, you will have to press a random key. This key will be
displayed in a message at the bottom of the screen.

Next, you will be taken to the Shareware Notification screen. This screen will
display for five seconds and then prompt you to press Enter. When you press
Enter, you will be taken to the TelePrompter! editor screen.

The TelePrompter! editor is the base for all TelePrompter! operations. From
the editor you can modify message text, load and save files, and start the
teleprompting display.

The most straightforward way to use the editor is to just enter text from the
keyboard. Depending on how much memory you have, you will be given from 1000
to 5000 lines for text. Each line can have up to 32 characters.

The editor is primarily a line editor. This means that it is very good at
editing text on a line-by-line basis. If you want to display very long
documents, we recommend you prepare them first on your word processor.
Instructions for doing this appear in the section titled Loading Text Into
TelePrompter!.

All of the supported editor functions are listed on the editor screen. A more
detailed description of each key can be seen by pressing the F1 key. Each
function works as expected in a line editor (as opposed to a word processor.)

It is important to remember that text will be displayed the same way it is
entered. There are 32 characters per line in the editor and 32 characters per
line will be displayed graphically when playing messages. Each blank line in
the editor will also be shown as a blank line during display. Since there are
no formatting changes made during display, you can set up text in the most
readable manner from within the editor.


Alt-F : Text Finder

The editor contains a Text Finder function. You can find text by pressing the
Alt and F keys at the same time. Just type the desired text into the Finder
and press Enter. If you wish to find the next occurrence of this text, just
press Alt-F again and press Enter.


Alt-C : Configuration

You may also make some configuration changes from inside the editor. Press the
Alt and C keys at the same time to invoke the configuration menu. From the
Configuration Menu you can set the Smoothing Factor, the Drawing Size, and the
Default Speed.

The Smoothing Factor is a delay added at the end of each line.
Since lines with no text are drawn faster than lines with text, it is
necessary to add a delay to keep the display running smoothly.
Experiment with the Smoothing Factor to find the setting that works
best with your equipment. The default for this entry is 10.

The Drawing Size is the number of lines drawn each time the screen
scrolls. A setting of 1 results in a very smooth display, while a
setting of 3 results is a somewhat rougher display. It takes much
faster hardware to quickly display text at a Drawing Size of 1 than at
a Drawing Size of 3. The default for this entry is 2.

The Default Delay represents the speed at which text will be displayed.
The lower this number, the faster the text display. Experiment with
this setting to find the optimum setting for your tastes. Remember,
this is just the default setting. You can change the display speed
at any time while displaying messages.

To exit the Configuration menu without saving, press the Escape key. If you
want to save your settings, press the S key.


Escape : Exit Program

To exit the program, press the Escape key. You will then be asked if you want
to save first. If you do, you will be taken to the Save File screen before
exiting. If you do not want to save, you will be returned to DOS.




How Do I Display TelePrompter! Text?




To display text from within TelePrompter!, you have several options. If you
would like to display text from the current line (useful for testing the
appearance of a specific section of text), just press the F2 key or the left
mouse button. If you would like to begin text display from the first line,
press the F3 key or the right mouse button. When you tell the program to start
displaying text, it first checks the editor to see if there is any text to
display. If it finds none, it will beep and return you to the editor screen.

If the program finds some text to display, the screen will clear and the text
display will begin. To control the text display, you can use either the mouse
or the keyboard. Mouse control is beneficial for users who would like to
control the display remotely. With mouse control, the user can modify the
display without taking his or her eyes off the screen. In addition, with the
use of a serial cable extender, the user can operate the display from several
feet away.

While displaying messages, the following keys and mouse buttons are used:


+ / Cursor Up / Cursor Right / Right Mouse Button: Increase scrolling speed.



- / Cursor Down / Cursor Left / Left Mouse Button: Decrease scrolling speed.



Space / P / Both Mouse Buttons At Once: Pause the display. To resume display,
Press any key or mouse button. If you
press Escape while the display is paused, you will be returned to the editor.


Home: Display at maximum speed.



End: Display at minimum speed.



Escape: Returns to the editor. The last line displayed becomes the current
line.



Display Troubleshooting

If you have trouble getting the program to display, check the following:

1) Are there several blank lines in your text that the program might be
displaying? If there are, move to a line with text and press F2.

2) Did you press F2 to begin display while the cursor was at the bottom of
the editor text? If you did, the program will not display anything. Try
pressing F3 to begin display at the top of the document.

3) Is the display speed set too low? If it is, the text may take a very long
time to appear. Try pressing the Home key during display to run the
display at maximum speed.

4) Try another video card setting. Some unusual video cards could cause
problems. If you have VGA, try EGA or CGA. If you have EGA, try CGA.
To load the program with EGA, type TELEPROM /E. To load the program with
CGA, type TELEPROM /C.

5) If you still have problems, call HollowSoft at 1-606-263-2687 and we will
be glad to help.




Loading Text Into TelePrompter!




One very useful feature of TelePrompter! is its ability to convert a text file
into a displayable message. An example of this is a WordPerfect document that
you would like to display through TelePrompter!.

To turn a WordPerfect document into TelePrompter! text, you'll first need to
save it as a text file. This procedure varies between versions of WordPerfect,
so consult you manual if you have problems. To save as a text file in er!.
WordPerfect 5.1, first press Ctrl-F5. Then, select Save Text. Next, provide a
suitable filename (it helps to save with the extension .TXT so you'll know it
is a text file.) Finally, press Enter and the text will be saved as standard
ASCII and can be easily loaded into TelePrompter!

To save as a text file in WordPerfect 6.0, press F10. Then, fill in the box
titled Filename with an appropriate name (it helps to save with the extension
.TXT so you'll know it is a text file.) Next, select Format and choose ASCII
Text (Standard). Finally, highlight OK and press Enter. The text will now be
saved as standard ASCII and can be easily loaded into TelePrompter!

When you have a suitable file to load into TelePrompter!, return to the
TelePrompter! editor screen, and press F5. You will then be presented with a
file list of the current directory. Subdirectories are enclosed in brackets,
and other drives are listed with a single letter and a colon.

Example:

[.] - Previous Directory. Select to move back 1 directory.
[..] -
[DOCS] - Subdirectory. Select to list contents of this subdirectory.
[HELP] -
filea.txt - Filenames. Select to load this file into memory.
fileb.txt -
filec.txt -
filed.txt -
A: - Drive letters. Select to switch to this drive.
B: -
C: -
D: -

You can move easily between drives and subdirectories by using the cursor keys
and the Enter key. You can also force the program to load any file by typing
its name (including path) and pressing Enter.


When you select a file to load, the program will open it and attempt to convert
it to message text. It will try to convert any file, including program and
data files. If the file contains enough text, the program will convert it.
The program will reject characters that do not appear on the keyboard. For
instance, if you try to convert a word processor file that has not been saved
as a text file, you may get strange results. Word processors save a lot of
codes along with the text. These codes will be rejected and you will most
likely lose much of your text as well.

When text is converted, it is broken up so that words are not split between
lines. The exception to this is when a word is longer than 32 characters.

As the program converts text, it displays a counter telling you how many lines
have been converted into text. It also displays a spinning line that lets you
know the computer is currently working. You can press the Escape key at any
time to return to the editor. Any text that has been converted will then be
displayed in the editor.

Remember, you cannot load more text than the editor will support. If you try
to load longer files, they will be broken off when the editor runs out of room.

If a file has the extension .TPT, TelePrompter! will try to load it as a
TelePrompter! document. This process is much faster than normal file loading
because no conversion is performed. When TelePrompter! saves files, it saves
them with a .TPT extension. These files are specially formatted, so if you
modify them with a text editor, they may not load properly. It is recommended
that you use your word processor to modify the original files only. Use the
TelePrompter! editor the modify the files once they have been saved with the
.TPT extension.

As soon as a file is loaded, you will be returned to the editor screen.




Saving Text From TelePrompter!




If you would like to save the text that you have edited, press the F10 key.
You will be given a screen identical to the one that appears when you load a
file. Read the section 'Loading Text Into TelePrompter!' for information about
changing drives, switching directories, etc.

If you would like to overwrite an existing file, just highlight that file and
press the Enter key. The program will then ask if you want to overwrite that
file. If you do, press 'Y' and the original file will be replaced with the
current text. TelePrompter! saves all files with a .TPT extension. If
TelePrompter! finds this .TPT extension when loading, it will load much more
quickly.

Remember, because the program always saves files with a .TPT extension, it
is not necessary to add the .TPT extension to the end of your filename. You
need to be careful with this because the program ignores any extension you
type. For example, if you save a file with the name SPEECH1.TXT, it will be
saved as SPEECH1.TPT. If you then try to save another file as SPEECH1.DOC, it
will be saved as SPEECH1.TPT and will write over the original SPEECH1.TPT file.
Of course, the program always asks your permission before overwriting an
existing file.

When the file is saved, you will be returned to the editor screen.




Registration Information




Registration for TelePrompter costs $35 ($55 with a serial cable extension.)
When purchasing the Serial Cable Extension, you must order the program directly
from HollowSoft. If you do not want the extension, you can order using your
credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Refer to the
form that appears below for more information.

With registration you get two more fonts, a printed manual, and the opening and
closing delay screens are skipped. If you register before June 30, 1995, you
will receive a discount coupon that allows you to purchase the JCSM shareware
CD-ROM for only $9.95 plus shipping and handling.

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