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| *** RE-VIEW 1.8 *** |

| |

| Copyright (C) 1983 by Vincent T. Bly |

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| RE-VIEW is a user supported program. |

| If you find RE-VIEW useful, send $15 |

| to: Vincent Bly |

| P. O. Box 409 |

| Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060 |

| |

| You are encouraged to give copies of |

| this software and documentation to your|

| friends. Please make sure it includes |

| the notice above. Anyone who wishes to|
| get RE-VIEW directly from the author |
| can send $22 which covers the software,|
| diskette, mailer, and postage. |

| |

| Support will be provided to users who|

| have paid for the program. Send your |

| clearly worded questions to the above |

| address. A stamped, self-addressed |

| envelope will speed replies. |




RE-VIEW provides enhanced text display capabilities for the IBM PC

or PC-XT equipped with the standard Color/Graphics Adapter. It is also

compatible with the COMPAQ portable computer. RE-VIEW can be used with

MS-DOS 1.0, 1.1, or 2.0. Its main features include:

a) A 75 line screen buffer which saves text as it scrolls off the

top of the active display page.

b) The ability to review the 75 line screen buffer and the active

display page together as one virtual screen of 100 text lines.

c) The ability to scroll rapidly up and down the 100 line virtual

screen, a line at a time or a page (25 lines) at a time.

d) The ability to quickly pause normal screen display by tapping

the [Scroll Lock] key. During the pause, you can review any text in

the 100 line virtual screen.

e) The ability to temporarily stop saving new scrolled text, so

that text already in the buffer is preserved for future reference.

f) An improved scrolling routine with substantually reduced flicker.



RE-VIEW uses the extreme right-hand [-] and [+] keys for page up and

page down functions, respectively (the normal [-] and [+] keys are not

affected). These keys are used by RE-VIEW to avoid incompatibility with

other programs which use the [Pg Up] and [Pg Dn] keys for their own


In the text below, "rgt[-]" and "rgt[+]" signify the extreme right-

hand [-] and [+] keys, respectively. "rgt[-]" and "rgt[+]"

signify the shifted right-hand [-] and [+] keys.



RE-VIEW only operates with the Color/Graphics Adapter. It is NOT

compatible with the Monochrome Display Adapter. RE-VIEW's main features

operate in the 80 column text mode only (although the quick pause feature

can be used from any display mode). Also, the DOS 2.0 ANSI.SYS device

driver is not compatible with RE-VIEW; however, a patching program is

provided with RE-VIEW which will create a compatible version of ANSI.SYS.



RE-VIEW can be installed from DOS by typing the command: RE-VIEW

and pressing return. Normally, you would include this command in your

AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Once RE-VIEW has been installed, it will remain in
your system--ready to provide the capabilities listed below--until you
turn your system off or reboot with [Del].



RE-VIEWs features can be used any time your computer is waiting for

keyboard input. The function of the keys used by RE-VIEW are as follows:

rgt[-] or rgt[+] ... These keys allow you to quickly scroll up or down

through the 100 line virtual screen, a line at a time.

rgt[-] or rgt[+] ... These keys allow you to move up or down

through the 100 line virtual screen, a page at a time

(there are a total of 4 pages).

[Scroll Lock] ... This key combination allows you to toggle saving of

scrolled text into the 75 line buffer. In order to

help you keep track of the current state--an audible

signal will be sounded as follows:

2 BEEPS - scrolled text will be saved,

1 BEEP - scrolled text will not be saved.

This feature can be used to save text created by

one program for later review by another. For example,

you could use TYPE to display up to 75 lines of your

program source code. Next, you would scroll the lines

off the screen to save them in the 75 line buffer.*

Next, you would press [Scroll Lock] to prevent

future scrolled lines from disturbing the contents of

the buffer. Now, you could enter DEBUG to analyze

your program, while--at any time--being able to review

your commented source code using RE-VIEW's paging keys

(rgt[-], etc.).

* The UP.COM program, included with RE-VIEW, makes

scrolling the text into the buffer easier--see the

description near the end of this documentation.

RE-VIEW's features can also be used while your computer is displaying

text on the screen. First--you must pause the screen display by pressing

the [Scroll Lock] key. During the pause you may use the keys listed below:

rgt[-] or rgt[+] ... Scroll up or down through the 100 line virtual

screen, a line at a time.

rgt[-] or rgt[+] ... Move through the (4 page) virtual screen,

a page at a time.

[Scroll Lock] ... Toggle between saving and not saving scrolled text.

[Scroll Lock] = "Break" ... Perform a Break immediately. Unlike the

[Num Lock] pause, the [Scroll Lock] pause does

not throw away the key used to restart. Therefore you

do not need to hit the "Break" key twice.

Any Other Key (including [Scroll Lock]) ... Restart normal screen display.



RE-VIEW is compatible with most text producing programs which print

to the screen using the standard DOS or ROM routines. Known compatible

programs include:




Some programs will not be compatible with RE-VIEW. These include:

a) programs which access screen memory directly;

b) programs which use screen pages other than page 0;

c) and, programs which use the same keys as RE-VIEW.

When you use one of these programs or need to use the right-hand [-] and

[+] keys for data entry, you can--temporarily--deactivate RE-VIEW by

pressing [Scroll Lock]. When deactivated, RE-VIEW will have

no effect on system processing except for a small routine which will wait

for the next press of [Scroll Lock], which you can use to

reactivate RE-VIEW. NOTE: you should use this feature from DOS, not from

an application program (for example, you can deactivate RE-VIEW from BASIC,

but must return to DOS to reactivate it).



RE-VIEW's features can be very helpful in BASIC, especially when list-

ing long programs. It is also compatible with SofTool Systems' BASIC

Development System (BDS). However, you should be aware that many BASIC

programs will destroy the contents of RE-VIEW's screen buffer when they

are run. Most WIDTH and SCREEN commands will clear the buffer, some other

commands may also. However, this does not affect RE-VIEW's assistance in

reviewing listing of large BASIC programs or the output of utilities such

as SofTool's BDS.



Three auxiliary programs are included with RE-VIEW:

CLA.COM ....... This program provides the DOS command CLA, which

operates like DOS 2.0's CLS command, except that

all 100 lines of the virtual screen are cleared.

UP.EXE ........ This program provides the DOS command UP, which

scrolls the text above the cursor just off the

top of the screen into the 75 line save buffer.

(Use it with [Scroll Lock] to save text pro-

duced by one program for later review by another.)

ANSIPCH.EXE ... This program patches DOS 2.0's ANSI.SYS program

to provide compatibility with RE-VIEW (see below).



If you are using the DOS 2.0 ANSI.SYS device driver, you will need to

patch it for compatibility with RE-VIEW. The original ANSI.SYS does not

use the standard ROM routines for scrolling. Therefore, RE-VIEW will be

ineffective on systems using the original ANSI.SYS driver. The program,

ANSIPCH.EXE, creates a patched version of ANSI.SYS which is compatible

with RE-VIEW and provides all the features of the original ANSI.SYS.

You can patch ANSI.SYS as follows:

1 ... Make sure the disk you are using has a copy of the

files "ANSI.SYS" and "ANSIPCH.EXE".

2 ... Type ANSIPCH and press return. In a few seconds, you

should see the message -

"*** Patch complete. Patched version = ANSIR.SYS ***".

3 ... Edit your CONFIG.SYS file, changing the line -



4 ... Re-boot your system to install the patched version of

ANSI.SYS. Now install RE-VIEW by typing RE-VIEW and

pressing return; everything should work properly now.

Note: ANSIPCH.EXE presumes the original version of ANSI.SYS

(dated 03/08/83) is on the default disk drive. If it

is not found, ANSIPCH will abort after displaying the

message -

"* Cannot open ANSI.SYS *".

If ANSI.SYS is found, but does not compare with the

original version, ANSIPCH will abort after displaying

the message -

"* Unfamiliar version of ANSI.SYS, patching aborted. *"



IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.

COMPAQ is a trademark of COMPAQ Computer Corporation.

BASIC Development System (BDS), copyright (C) SofTool Systems 1982.

ystem (BDS), copyright (C) SofTool Systems 1982.

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