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TapeWin is a program that should have been written long ago, when the
first tape drive was introduced. When I first received my tape drive,
I was surprised at the fact that there wasn't such a program to go along
with the drive. 40,80, 120 megs of storage, and you need one file?
Where do you look?? This is where TapeWin evolved and serves it's purpose.
Thank you for supporting this software, we hope it makes this cataloging
task easier for you.
TapeWin is an extremely easy to use program, that doesn't really even
require any documentation. These instructions are provided, just as a
general reference, and not a step by step tutorial.
Unlike the last version of TapeWin, you no longer have to manually install
it, and you don't have to store it in the same directory as your CMS
software either. Just run the automated TAPEINST.EXE file, and it will
ask you a couple simple questions and you are done!
When cataloging tapes, be sure to use a different volume label for each
volume! This makes it much easier to find a file in the future!
Main Menu Commands
1. This command is the foundation of the whole program. This is where the
program reads the directory listing and converts it for the program's
use. Depending on how much memory you have, will depend on the amount
of files it can catalog PER tape. If you have approximately 600K of
base memory available, you can catalog 20,000 files per tape. This
amount should be more than sufficient.
You will be shown a directory of *.DTA files. These files are your tape
data files. If you don't have any, then just simply start typing in a
new name, and as you type, you will notice a little window open up above
DO NOT type an extension, this will be added for you.
It is important that you choose a name that will be on the tape's case
- such as TAPE1 , that way you have a separate file for each tape that
you have. It is a good idea to back up these data files also!
If you simply want to add 2 or more tapes to a data file, simply scroll
to the file that you would like to use.
2. This command is self explanatory, it uses the shell-sort method, which
is very efficient for high volume files. The time to sort 20,000 files
generally takes under a minute, depending on the computer.
The sort is automatically done for you when you use command 1, but
there are features in the add description command that allow you to
delete files on the list, you will have to run the sort for the files to
3. Descriptions for large amounts of files can be very tedious.
Sometimes, the user just wants a listing of what is on his/her tape.
So this feature does not have to be performed. This feature DOES HAVE
TO BE PERFORMED if you plan on doing database searches for files
(Search Command in the Browse Menu). This feature is very simple and
easy to use.
Type in the descriptions for the files, just hit enter if you don't
need a particular description for that certain file.
To end all descriptions, just hit 'X' on a blank description line,
To make the current filename the description of your file,
To put ALL the filenames as the description, just hit
This will add the filenames to the description line to ALL the files!
4. Load a data file. This command allows you to load a different data
file to work on. This is handy if you already have a data file
in memory, and you want to stop and work on another one.
This menu has the necessary commands to list files to the screen,
save files to a text file, output them to a printer or search for a
file by description.
1. This option enables you to list the database to screen, the listing
shows all the necessary descriptions, volumes, file sizes, etc. To
exit this list at any time, just hit the ESC key.
Page UP - Move one screen up the list
Page DOWN - Move one screen down the list
Home - to move to the beginning of the file
End - to move to the very end of the file.
2. There are times when you may want to list all of the database to
a text file, this is what this option will do for you. The file is
just a plain dump of the database with the same type of list format.
This file will have a name of TAPECAT.TXT and will appear in your
tape backup directory.
3. This option allows you to search for a specific file in that massive
listing that you may have. This option allows you to search by
description. If you would rather search by the filename, use the
Add Description function at the Main Command menu and choose
'A' to have all the filenames as your description.
To do a search:
Just type in a partial or keyword, and it will list all the files
that meet that search criteria. This will allow you to locate
the file and which volume it is under on that tape.
Future versions will include, an automatic extract of the file
or files you found, and a GLOBAL search of all the data files,
for specific files.
4. Output to printer. The listing can get very large! Make sure that
your printer is on-line and ready to go. The list will look similar
to the List Files listing, all the descriptions, file sizes, and
volume names will be there!
If you have any questions or things you would like to see in TapeWin,
please write to:
PO Box 1220
Cicero, NY 13039
or you can call our BBS
Dreamscape BBS - (315)458-3482 - 14.4k-1200 8-N-1
6000 Megs, 3 nodes
or call us voice at (315)452-3325
Upgrades are available through our BBS only! If you are a current
user of an older version of TapeWin, please call the BBS and request
Thank you again for your support.