Contents of the TXT2PCX.DOC file
* TXT2PCX.COM *
* ShareWare Version *
* Documentation/Information *
TXT2PCX.COM is a unique, memory resident, file utility which will convert any
text screen to a graphics screen and save that graphics screen as a PCX file.
TXT2PCX.COM is a new utility available as part of a ShareWare series named
PCX-UTILITIES from DECISIONS Software. The other files available in the
PCX-UTILITIES package are:
PCXSV.EXE - PCX ScreenView Program
PCXCAP.COM - PCX Graphics Screen Capture Program
SHOWEDIT.EXE - A specialized Editor for PCXSHOW.EXE
All these utilities are available as ShareWare in one package or with the order
of PCX-SHOW. See the order form for full details.
The PCX file format is, perhaps, the single most used graphics file format in
the DOS world. It is the native format of the PC Paintbrush series of programs
and was developed by ZSoft Corporation. Most of the major graphics programs
allow the importing and/or exporting of graphics screens in this format.
These utilities were developed for and are included in the PCX-SHOW series of
programs but are also available separately under the ShareWare system.
The ShareWare concept is quite simple. Try out the program for a short period
of time (30 days maximum). If you like it, simply send in the Registration/
Order form included with this file (PCXORDER.FRM) along with your payment. If
not, erase the files, discontinuing all use of the program.
The ShareWare versions TXT2PCX is identical to the registered version with one
exception. A brief ShareWare screen that appears in this utility has been
removed from the registered version.
REQUIREMENTS: Minimum requirements to use the utilities are an IBM compatible
computer, DOS 2.xx or higher, 256K RAM memory and a CGA, EGA or VGA graphics
This is a specialized memory resident screen capture program. The purpose of
this program is to capture any text screen (25 rows by 80 columns) you can
display on your monitor and convert it to a PCX graphics file format.
To use this program, simply type TXT2PCX.COM at the DOS prompt. You will see a
brief message appear on your screen. The message informs you that this is a
ShareWare version of the program. In addition, the message tells you that the
program has been loaded, is memory resident and may be invoked by pressing the
Alt-F7 key combination.
HOW TO CAPTURE SCREENS: To capture a screen, simply display any text screen
you wish to capture. Press the Alt-F7 key combination (while holding down the
Alt key press the F7 function key). A prompt will appear at the upper left
hand corner of your screen. This prompt asks you to enter a filename. The
filename must contain no more than 8 valid DOS filename characters and the file
extension (.PCX). After you have entered the filename, press the Enter key.
The program will first create a graphics copy of the text screen and display it
on your monitor. Next it will automatically capture it to a PCX file, giving
it the name you entered above. The text screen will re-appear and then you
will hear a high pitched beep. This means the file has been saved and control
has been returned to you. You now may capture more screens or continue other
If after pressing the Alt-F7 key combination you determine that you really don't
want to save the screen, simply press the Esc key. The screen will change to a
graphic screen and a beep will sound and then the text screen will reappear,
but no file will be saved.
To remove the TXT2PCX program from memory, simply type TXT2PCX /U
at the DOS prompt and press the Enter key. This will unload (remove) the
program from memory, i.e., it will no longer be memory resident.
IMPORTANT NOTES: TXT2PCX.COM is a specialized capture tool. The program was
designed as part of the PCX-SHOW and TEXT-SHOW software programs. These SHOW
programs feature the ability to present captured screens in a highly stylized
slide-show format. Multiple screen fades, seques, kalidescope feature, and text
display are featured in these SHOW programs. As a result, TXT2PCX.COM saves
the captured screens in the EGA screen mode (640X350).
TXT2PCX.COM along with the PCX-ScreenView, PCX-ScreenCapture and the Show
Editor programs are available for the ShareWare price of $19.95 plus five
dollars for shipping and handling. As indicated earlier, these programs are
included when ordering the PCX-SHOW Software package ($59.95).
An order form is provided. The file is PCXORDER.FRM and may be viewed and
printed with any ASCII editor or word processor.
All orders and inquiries should be directed to:
P.O. Box 31418
Phoenix, AZ 85046
TXT2PCX.COM, PCX-ScreenView, PCX-ScreenCapture and SHOWEDIT.EXE are copyrighted
programs of Decisions Software of Phoenix, Arizona. These programs are
provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied,
including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose. Decisions Software and it's employees shall
have no responsibility or liability to you or any other person, persons, or
entity with respect to loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly
or indirectly by use of these programs or their documentation.