SuperMAC runs only any IBM PC or compatible, any monitor, and
DOS 2.1 or higher.
With SuperMAC you can create up to 500 keyboard macros to make
using your computer easier. To use the program, create a text
file called SUPERMAC.MAC with your word processor. This text file
should follow some simple syntax rules. SuperMAC loads your text
file when it's installed. SuperMAC is a memory-resident program
and while it's in memory, it watches each keypress to see if one
of your hot keys is pressed.
There are two types of entries you can use in your macros. The
first type is a special command. In the text file, these special
commands must start with a less than symbol (<) and end with a
greater than symbol (>). The second type of entry is a literal
character or string. These characters become part of the macro
exactly as they appear in the text file.
Following is a list of the special commands and brief
descriptions of what they do. A k stands for an ASCII character
or a function-key number.
BEGDEF - Specifies the beginning of a macro definition
ENDDEF - Specifies the end of a macro definition
TIME - Inserts the current time into the macro definition
DATE - Inserts the current date into the macro definition
CTRLk - Specifies a Control character
ESC - Inserts an Escape character into the macro definition
ALTk - Specifies an Alt character
LEFTSHIFTk - Specifies a Left Shift character
RIGHTSHIFTk - Specifies a Right Shift character
ENTER - Inserts a carriage return into the macro definition
Fk - Specifies a function key
SHIFTk - Specifies a Shift character
Here are some examples of macros that use ALT-1, CTRL-F1, and
LEFTSHIFT-F9 as their hot keys. Notice that after every DOS command
is an command just as you would do if you were giving the
commands from the DOS prompt.
Right after the BEGDEF directive, you specify the hot key that
will activate your macro. Be careful when choosing these, since
thay may conflict with other hot keys and programs that you use.
Notice that only the special commands are in brackets.
There's a sample macro file on the disk called SUPERMAC.MAC. The
macros should work on your system. You canuse the sample file by
entering SUPERMAC at the DOS prompt. A single macro may be longer
than one line. The and commands show the beginning
and end of your macros.
You can have several macro files with different filenames, but
you must specify the filename when you run the program. To install
SuperMAC with the default filename, enter SUPERMAC at the DOS prompt.
To use a different filename, enter SUPERMAC filename if both
the program and the text file are located in the same directory.
Otherwise, give the full path to the filename.
Change Hot Keys
There are two special hot keys built into SuperMAC. One lets you
uninstall the program by removing it from memory. To invoke the
uninstall option, press Right Shift-Ctrl-F9. If it's not safe to
uninstall (if another TSR was loaded after SuperMAC or you're in
an application), you'll hear a series of beeps. The program won't
remove itself from memory. To remedy the situation, try unloading
other TSRs first or quit your application and try again from the
The other built-in hot key toggles the macros on and off. The
default for this hot key is Left Shift-Ctrl-F10. You'll hear a
low sounding beep that means the macros have been turned off or a
higher beep that turns the macros back on.
These two hot keys can be changed by using the /h switch at
the command line (SUPERMAC /h). When the selection screen
appears, press M to change the toggle hot key or U to change the
uninstall hot key. The button to the left of the current
selection turns yellow. The unselected button is black.
To change the default hot key, press a two-key combination
that you want to use. The keypresses appear in the box below the
selections. Once you're satisfied with the new hot keys, press O
to install SuperMAC and return to the DOS prompt. If you want to
use the default keys, press C to cancel and return to DOS. Press
H for Help.
A file called SUPERMAC.CFG is saved to the current directory.
This file tells SuperMAC the hot keys to use. If you erase this
file, the default keys will be used the next time you run the
Always use the uninstall hot key to remove SuperMAC from
memory before running the program again. Otherwise, you'll end up
with several copies of the program in memory.
If you forget how to use SuperMAC, enter SUPERMAC /? at the
DOS prompt to see a brief set of instructions.