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Professional Software Installer
Version 2.4
March 12, 1993
Developed by ImagiSOFT, Inc.
who is a member of the Association of Shareware Professionals.

For the latest copy of the Finishing Touch, call our home BBS:
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This is a fully working shareware copy of THE FINISH TOUCH.
NOTE: The ONLY difference between this shareware copy and the registered
version is that the shareware copy does a CRC check on the files
ORDER.TXT and INSTALL.TXT. This causes up to a ten second time
delay at the beginning of this program. The registered version
does NOT have this restriction.

To print the documentation use the command:

To print the order form use the command:

The Finishing Touch Software Installer consists of the minimum six files:
PACKER.EXE file compression utility
INSTALL.EXE installation utility
INSTALL.FIL sample installation script file
INSTALL.TXT documentation for all of the above
ORDER.TXT order form
READ.ME this file

If these files are missing or altered, the software WILL NOT run!

A seventh file, SAMPLE.PAK should be included with this software to
so people can see first hand how the software installer works with a "real"
application. ALL SEVEN files must be on the floppy disk to see the demo
run or you will get a "Files Missing" message.

Several other, optional files have been added to see a "real" application of
the Finishing Touch Software Installer which we used for our TSA Software.
1.FIL is actually named "INSTALL.FIL" on our software
it is small and asks the question Color Y/N?
2C.FIL if the color is "Yes" then this file is loaded
2B.FIL this file is loaded for LCD & monochrome monitors.
4.FIL this file is loaded only if a fatal disk error occurs.

Modifying INSTALL.FIL and these four files is the "fast start" way to learn
how to use THE FINISHING TOUCH Software Installer. You have in your hands
a fully working shareware evaluation copy. We hope that you will find
THE FINISHING TOUCH is the smallest, most powerful, easiest to use,
software installer with the best file compression available anywhere.


Michael J. Prestwich,
ImagiSOFT, Inc.

June 10, 1992

Today we implemented two minor changes:

1) DR DOS was displaying the CRC values during the UNPACK command which
caused an annoying scroll on the screen. This problem was corrected.

2) A new user needed a SET.BUFFERS command similar SET.FILES so we added
it. It works exactly the same way as SET.FILES command does; see the
documentation for details.

June 15, 1992

Today we added several new commands:

PROMPT On/Off turns windows on or off for the COPY, DELETE, DISK, and UNPACK
commands. This is easier than "hiding" windows by making them the same color
as the background as explained in the documentation.

Pause for t hundredths of a second. Nice if you want to "animate" windows.

Moves the current window the new x y position. If you use the command
WINMOVE +1 +1 it will move the current window relative to its current position
one row down and one row across.

t = type 0 = none
1 = single line (default)
2 = double line

x position on the screen
y position on the screen
c color value

Use WINUPDATE to display a string inside the current open window. For example:
WINUPDATE +2 +1 79
"This line is displayed in the current"
"window with white letters on a red"
"background. It is relative to the"
"upper left corner by 2 characters across"
"and 1 row down."

Relative Cursor / Window Positions

WINOPEN now supports relative cursor positions. For example, WINOPEN +0 +5 17
will open a new window 5 rows down from the last window open. Relative
positioning also works in the UNPACK, PATH, DRIVE, ASK, COPY, DELETE, WINMOVE,
and WINUPDATE commands.

Relative cursor positioning is especially useful when you are printing the
selected DRIVE and PATH on the screen with the variables ~1 and ~2.
For example:

WINOPEN 0 0 79 ' red centered window
"The directory ~1~2 already exists and contains files!"
"Are you SURE you want to install your software in"
"this directory Y / N?"
ASK +26 +3 ' position cursor on
' the N character
' no matter how the
' window is centered

August 12, 1992

We added a new command:

INPUT s l x y c
This command allows the user to input text strings which you can assign to
the variables ~A through ~Z. Your script can substitute these codes similar
to the ~0, ~1, ~2, and ~3 variables as explained in the documentation.

s = String ID ("A" through "Z", your choice).
l = String length, from 1 to 40.

x, y = Input position on the screen. It is best to use
the + and - here, because the entire input field
must be contained within the current open window.

c = Input color (see the color chart in the documentation).


WINOPEN 0 0 31 ' open a window centered on the screen
' in color 31 (bright white on blue)

"Please enter the following information: "
"City, State, Zip:"
"License Number:"

' input 30 characters in color 15 (bright white on black)

INPUT N 30 +20 +4 15 ' (Name) assign to variable "N"
INPUT A 30 +20 +5 15 ' (Address) assign to variable "A"
INPUT C 30 +20 +6 15 ' (City, State, Zip) assign to variable "C"

' NOTE: the license number is only 15 characters long

INPUT L 15 +20 +8 15 ' (License Number) assign to variable "L"

WINCLOSE ' close the window

' write the results into an
' ASCII file called USER.FIL


"Name: ~N" ' The text that the user input
"Address: ~A" ' will be substituted for the
"City, State, Zip ~C" ' appropriate variables ~N, ~A,
"" ' ~C, and ~L.
"License Number ~L"

February 9, 1993 VERSION 2.3

This version fixes a bug in the SET.PATH statement. In previous versions
SET.PATH adds the directory to the PATH whether or not the directory already
exists in the PATH. This was especially frustrating if the user had to
install the software several times. Now SET.PATH looks to see if the
directory already exists in the PATH, and if it does, the SET.PATH
statement isn't executed.

We also added the CALL command:

l = Name of the label to call. The last line of this label must end
with RETURN or an error will result.

For example:


' --------------------------------
' * * * shared routines * * *
' --------------------------------

' --------------------------
' delete temporary file
' (don't inform user)
' --------------------------

March 3, 1993

We have forced the ~3 variable to reference the root directory of the drive
given in the COMSPEC variable found in the environment. Several of our users
have noted that the COMSPEC=C:\COMMAND.COM entry placed in the environment
by DOS is often changed for various reasons to read COMSPEC=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM
or something similar. Since, in this example, the ~3 variable would be set
to C:\DOS, the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files could not be correctly
modified. This change discards the \DOS portion, and forces ~3 to reference
the root directory of C:. This should resolve any problems that you have
experienced with the SET.FILES, SET.BUFFERS, and SET.PATH commands.

March 12, 1993

The BEEP command has been expanded to allow the following variations:


If the BEEP ON command is issued, all internal error messages that open
a window will beep the speaker. The option can be disabled using the
BEEP OFF command, which is the start-up default. This feature was added
at the request of developers who write software for visually impaired users.

March 31, 1993

Some of our users have expressed a need for the PATH command to permit
installation to the root directory for cases involving substituted or
network drives. Currently, the root directory is only allowed if the user
is installing to a floppy disk, otherwise, a directory name must be given.
Today we have added a "back door" to bypass this error trap. Simply
terminate the pre-stuffed default path (the first parameter in the PATH
command) with a semi-colon, and The Finishing Touch will allow the user
to access the root directory. Without the semi-colon, the PATH command
will function as before. However, if the terminator is given, it is
stripped from the string prior to input, and the error trap will be bypassed.

For example:

PATH \WORDPRO; 10 10 31 15 20 12 79
This semi-colon terminator instructs the PATH command to
permit installation to the root directory of a hard drive.

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Archive   : FINISH24.ZIP
Filename : READ.ME

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