Contents of the FASTPRT.DOC file
(c) Copyright J. Craig Hill, 1982,1983
FASTPRT is a speed-up utility for the PrtSc function on the
IBM Personal Computer and IBM Personal Computer XT.
For all printers, it allows you to terminate an active PrtSc
operation early (if you've seen enough or changed your mind,
For printers which don't have the foresight to ignore trailing
blanks and empty lines, FASTPRT provides this capability for
them. This look-ahead feature allows a screen with trailing
blanks and blank lines to print in a fraction of the time it
takes if all these extraneous blanks have to be "printed".
It has been tested under DOS 1.00 through 2.0.
COPYING AND SHARING
The FASTPRT diskette is not copy protected. You may make as
many backup copies of it as you wish.
You are encouraged to copy and share this product with your
friends. However, you may not charge a fee for copying or
distributing this product without an express written
aggreement with SUNBELT COMPUTING, 1274 N. Emory Place, NE,
Atlanta, Ga. 30306.
If you have received a copy of this product from a friend and
plan to use it, your contribution will be appreciated. The
recommended contribution is $10 or 10 cents for every minute
it will save you for the next 5 years, whichever is lower.
Send your contribution to:
1274 N. Emory Pl., NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30306
To install FASTPRT manually, simply insert your FASTPRT
diskette in the default drive and type FASTPRT. FASTPRT
becomes an extension to DOS and remains available until you
turn off your machine or press Ctrl-Alt-Del.
If you would like FASTPRT to be available whenever DOS is
loaded, use the following procedure with all your system
diskettes (i.e., any diskette(s) you might place in drive A
before you start or restart DOS):
1. Make sure you are in DOS command mode and the default
drive is drive A (The prompt A> should be displayed on
2. Insert your system diskette in drive A. (Be sure to
remove the write protect tab before insertion.) If you
have a 2 drive system, insert the FASTPRT diskette in
drive B. If you have a single drive system, insert the
system diskette whenever you are prompted to "insert
diskette for drive A" and insert the FASTPRT diskette
whenever you are prompted to "insert diskette for drive
3. If your system diskette contains DOS 1.0 or 1.1, type
a. If the message "File not found" appears on the
screen, type in:
B:INSTALL AUTO A
b. Otherwise (i.e., AUTOEXEC.BAT appears as a valid
file), type in:
B:INSTALL ADD A
4. If your system diskette contains DOS 2.0 or above, type
B:INSTALL TWO A
5. If you start DOS 2.0 or above from a fixed disk, type
B:INSTALL TWO d
where d is the correct drive designator for your system
FASTPRT will now be installed automagically whenever you start
or restart DOS.
Once FASTPRT is installed, you start copying your screen to
the printer the same way you did before. Just press the PrtSc
key while holding down either the right or left shift key.
If you want to stop printing before the entire screen has been
printed, just press the same shift-PrtSc combination again.
Printing will stop at the end of the line currently being
A copy of the documentation for FASTPRT is located in the file
FASTPRT.DOC on the FASTPRT diskette. To print a copy press
the PrtSc key while holding down the Ctrl key. Then type in:
Additional copies of FASTPRT may be ordered from SUNBELT
COMPUTING for $10 plus $5 to cover the costs of the diskette
and shipping. In addition, as our time and resources permit,
we will supply you with a copy of FASTPRT on a try-it-first,
buy-it-if-you-find-it-useful basis if you send us a
pre-formatted, single sided diskette and a self-addressed,
stamped mailer. Address all orders and inquiries to SUNBELT
COMPUTING, 1274 N. Emory Place, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306.
NOTE TO USERS OF THE GRAPHICS COMMAND UNDER DOS 2.0
FASTPRT will work in conjunction with the GRAPHICS command
that is available to users of DOS 2.0 and above. FASTPRT will
handle the Shift Prt-Sc function if your display is in text
mode, and GRAPHICS will handle it if your display is in
graphics mode. Please note that the ability to terminate a
Prt-Sc function prior to completion is not available when
GRAPHICS is in control.
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