FLOW CHARTING II+
This file contains additions and/or corrections to the Flow Charting
----) Mouse Menus (----
Mouse support is now built into Flow Charting, complete with popup menus.
The mouse interface is described in the manual, Section IX Mouse Operation,
or in the file, MOUSE.INS, and can be read by typing:
and then selecting "Read Mouse Instructions".
----) HP Portable Plus (----
Flow Charting will now work on the Hewlett-Packard Portable Plus computer
and the ThinkJet (HP-IL version). The Micro style of text now works
properly on the Portable Plus.
----) Enhanced Graphics Adaptor (EGA) (----
Flow Charting now supports the high-resolution modes of the IBM Enhanced
Graphics Adaptor or compatibles. The EGA must have at least 128K of memory,
and can use the color or monochrome monitor. This new support will allow
you to view four times as much as before - 80 columns and 40 lines.
----) Hercules InColor (----
Flow Charting also supports the new, high-resolution color card from
Changes to Manual
----) Xray Mode (----
When you want to repair shapes that already have text in them, you can
re-insert the same shape over the old one (without destroying the text).
This new feature is called "Xray Mode" and it is available by typing Alt-X
while in Shape Mode. When you are in Xray mode, you will be able to see right
through the shape (hence the title) to whatever lies underneath. You can turn
Xray mode off by hitting Alt-X again.
----) Protected Text Entry (----
The manual states that the only way to keep from writing over your shapes is
to be in auto-centering mode. This is not entirely true. You can also
protect your shapes by having the insert state on (INS key). Please refer to
the manual to learn more about the INS key.
----) Hercules Compatibles (----
Please note that some Hercules compatible graphic cards are not necessarily
100% compatible. If you get strange results or your monitor goes crazy,
Flow Charting may not recognize that you have a Hercules card installed.
To remedy this situation, each time you run Flow Charting you can specify
that a Hercules compatible is installed by typing:
----) Tandy 1000's (----
The Tandy 1000 computer has a hardware incompatibility which makes the Ctrl or
Alt keys seem to "stick". To prevent this from occurring, Tandy 1000 users
should turn off the sound. You can do this at the Configure Menu. If you
prefer to leave the sound on, you can undo the "sticking" by pressing the Ctrl
or Alt key again.
Below is a list of printers that should work with Flow Charting II+.
According to their manufacturers, each of these printers are compatible
with a printer that Flow Charting II+ supports. On the left is
the manufacturers name and model name, on the right is the printer(s)
that Flow Charting II+ must be configured for. Note: None of these
printers have been tested by Patton & Patton Software Corp., therefore
their compatibility with Flow Charting II+ cannot be guaranteed. It would
be deeply appreciated that if you find one of these that works correctly
with Flow Charting II+, that you inform us either by phone or mail.
Send any questions or concerns to:
Patton & Patton Software Corp.
81 Great Oaks Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95119
Attn: Technical Support Dept
P2000 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
P2100 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
ALQ324 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
ALQ218 80 col 18 pin Epson FX-185
ALQ224 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P2424C 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
TurboLaser 80 col Laser Epson FX-80
477 132 col 24 pin IBM Proprinter XL
478 80 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter
479 132 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter XL
The Blaser 80 col Laser IBM Proprinter
Blue Chip Electronics
M120/NLQ 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
M120-10 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
M-1109 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
M-1509 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
M-1709 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
M-1724L 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ-1000
2024L 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-185 (LQ?)
Twinriter 5 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-185
Legend 1080 A 80 col 9 pin Epson RX-80
1380 80 col 9 pin Epson RX-80
A-60 80 col 18 pin Epson FX-80
A-65 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
Prinstation 260 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM 5182
Tri-Printer 4000 M20 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
Lips 10 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
MSP-10 / 20 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
MSP-15 / 25 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
MSP-120D 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80 / IBM Graphics
1200 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
MSP-50 / 55 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
Tribute 124 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ, Tosh. 351
Tribute 224 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ, Tosh. 351
Prowriter Jr. 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
C210 / C215XP 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
C310P/R / C315XP 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
C310P/R / C315P/R 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
C-715 Reliant 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ-1000, Tosh. 351
C-815 Supra 132 col 24 pin IBM Pro. XL, Tosh. 351
Write Hand 5900 132 col 18 pin IBM Pro. XL
Write Hand 1200 80 col 9 pin IBM Pro. XL, Epson FX
Write Hand 1500 80 col 9 pin IBM Pro. XL, Epson FX
Write Hand 5500 132 col 9 pin IBM Pro. XL, Epson FX
Write Hand 6700 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ (?)
LP300 Desktop Printshop Laser Epson MX-80
9000 series 80/132 col 24 pin Epson LQ
DataSouth Computer Corp.
DS2200 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
Data Technology Corp.
Crystal Paint VIII 8ppm Laser 1.5meg HP LJ+ (standard)
Digital Equipment Corp (DEC)
210 Letterprinter 132 col 9 pin Epson MX-80
150 80 col Inkjet Epson FX-80
B3100 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
B3350 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
C7500 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
B3150C 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
B3350C 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
4513 80 col Inkjet Epson FX-80
DH-45 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
DM1310 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-85
DM2010 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-85
DM2015 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-185
DX2100 / DX2200 80/132 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Proprinter
DX2300 / DX2400 80/132 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Proprinter
*DL2400 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
*DPL24C / DL2600 80/132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
*DL3300 / DL3400 80/132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
*DL5600 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
* Try configuring for an Epson LQ1500 printer. A user reported that this
driver works fine.
3-8100 80 col Thermal Epson FX-80
1020 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
1025 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
3210 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics
3310 80 col 9 pin IBM 5182
5010 (laser) 80 col Laser HP Lasetjet+ (optional)
4207 Proprinter X24 132 col 24 pin IBM Proprinter
4208 Proprinter XC24 132 col 24 pin IBM Proprinter
Imagen Innovator ImageStation Laser Epson FX-80
750e 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
850 EWS 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
850 GLT 132 col 24 pin Epson FX-100
5510 80 col 9 pin IBM 5182
MT85 / 86 80/132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT87 / 88 80/132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT90 80 col InkJet IBM Graphics
MT290 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT330 132 col 24 pin Epson MX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT460 132 col 9 pin Epson MX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT490 132 col 18 pin Epson MX-100 / IBM Graphics
MT910sl 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+ (selectable)
Micro Peripherals Inc.
PrintMate 350 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
5X Printer 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
P2 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics
P3 132 col 9 pin Epson MX-100 / IBM Graphics
P560 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P565 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P560XL 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P565XL 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P660 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P665 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P760 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
P765 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
CP660 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
CP665 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
CP760 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
CP765 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
LC810 80 col Laser IBM Proprinter
LC815 80 col Laser IBM Proprinter
LC850 80 col Laser IBM Proprinter
LC886 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
OmniLaser series 2000
2015 80 col Laser HP Laserjet (standard)
HP Laserjet+ (optional)
2100 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
2115 80 col Laser HP Laserjet 500+
P2200 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ2500
NP-910 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
NP-2405 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
NP-2410 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
North Atlantic Ind.
7075 / 7085 80 col 9 pin Anadex (9625), Epson MX-80
LaserPro 810-R 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
ML294 132 col 18 pin Okidata 293
Laserline 6 Basic Module 128k HP Laserjet
Basic Module 512k HP Laserjet+
Advanced Mod. 512k HP Laserjet+
DM280 80 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter
NP30 80 col 9 pin Epson MX-85
NP80 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson MX-80
NP136 136 col 9 pin Epson MX-100 / IBM Graphics
OT-700e 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
OT-700n TriMatrix 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
850 XL 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
850 PrintNet 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
888 XL 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
889 XL 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
KX-P1080i 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson MX-80
KX-P1091i 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson MX-80
KX-P1092 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson FX-80
KX-P1093 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
KX-P1585 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
KX-P1595 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100
KX-P1524 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ
Personal Computer Products, Inc.
LaserImage 2000 80 col Laser HP Laserjet
Phillips Information Systems
GP 300LC 132 col 18 pin Epson FX-100
S7024 / S7024C 80 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter (w/ interface)
P1013 80 col 9 pin Epson LQ1500 (w/ interface)
L1012 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+ (w/ interface)
QuadLaser 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
Kiss 80 col Laser Epson FX-80
Big Kiss 80 col Laser HP Laserjet (optional)
SmartWriter 80 col Laser Epson FX-80
Kiss Plus 512k Laser Personality 10 = Epson FX80
1 meg Laser Personality 20 = HP LJ+
2.5 meg Laser Personality 30 = same 10 + 20
LaserTen 80 col Laser HP Laserjet+
VP2100 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
PC Laser 6000 Laser - not compatible -
BP-5420AI 132 col 8 pin Epson FX-100
BP-5420FA 132 col 8 pin Epson FX-100
SP-1000I 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics
SP-1200 (AS) 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson FX-80
SP-180AI 80 col 9 pin Epson JX-80
SK-3000AI 80 col 9 pin Epson JX-80
SK-3005AI 132 col 9 pin Epson JX-80 (FX-100)
SL-80AI 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ800
MP-1300AI 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson FX-80
MP-5300AI 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM Graphics
NB24-10 80 col 24 pin Epson LQ800
NB24-15 132 col 24 pin Epson LQ1500
NX-10 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson FX-80
NX-15 132 col 9 pin Epson FX-100 / IBM Graphics
NR-15 80 col 9 pin IBM Graphics / Epson FX-80
DMP-130A 132 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter XL
DMP-440 132 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter XL
DMP-2110 132 col 24 pin IBM Proprinter XL
DMP-2120 132 col 24 pin IBM Proprinter XL
810 80 col 9 pin Epson MX-80
850XL 80 col 9 pin Epson MX-80
857 80 col 9 pin Epson FX-80
860XL 132 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter XL
880 132 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter XL
885 80 col 9 pin IBM Proprinter
PageLaser12 80 col Laser IBM Graphics (standard)
HP Laserjet 500+ (optional)
FLOW CHARTING II+ - 2.42 DEMO
We have provided the program FLOW.EXE on this disk for you to
experiment with. All the features of the program are intact so
you can see the true power of Flow Charting! You can print charts
that are provided on the disk or ones that you create yourself.
There will be a box printed in the center of each chart to
identify it as a chart created by a Demo.
This file contains a complete reference section that describes
all the commands of Flow Charting II+. If you feel adventurous,
you can use most of the program just by reading the menus that
you encounter, and only refer to this document when you need more
Please follow the instructions in the included demo booklet to
run Flow Charting. When you are finished with the demo, please
pass the disk and booklet on to a friend.
To order Flow Charting, contact your local retailer, or contact us
directly, and we'll send you a new disk, along with a program
tutorial. Then you'll be on your way...
NOTE: You can print this document out for easier reading.
Type: COPY A:README LPT1
Provided by: Patton & Patton
81 Great Oaks Blvd.
San Jose, Ca. 95119
The following COMMAND REFERENCE is a complete listing of all
FLOW CHARTING commands, and their usage.
You must make sure the program is configured for your particular
printer befor you try any printing. You can choose CONFIGURE
from the Main Menu.
'/' See Repeat Command.
'?' See Help Screen.
Arrow: Type 'A' while in Line mode and an arrow will be drawn
for you automatically, pointing in the direction you last
moved. If you haven't moved since entering Line mode, you
will be asked to choose a direction. Just type one of the
direction keys and the proper arrow will be inserted, or
hit if you don't want to draw an arrow. Arrows are
always drawn in the current linestyle.
Backspace: Used to correct mistakes while in Text mode or Line mode.
See Text Mode and Line Mode.
Border Move: Moves the cursor to a page border. See Cursor Movement.
Bypass: Type 'B' while in Line mode and a bypass will be drawn over
the line you are crossing. If you haven't moved since you
entered Line mode, you will be asked which way to go to
cross the line. Bypasses are always drawn in the current
Caps Lock: Used to change between upper and lowercase text.
See Text Mode.
Center Text: Type Alt-C while in Text mode to turn text-centering on or
off. When text-centering is on, all the letters that you
type will be centered between non-text characters (such as
the two sides of a box). Hitting will also center
the line of text you are on before advancing the cursor to
the next line. Text will be centered in the middle of the
chart if there aren't any non-text characters surrounding
your text, so be careful with this form of text entry.
This mode will also protect you from typing over and
destroying shapes or lines by beeping at you when no more
text will fit. If you would like to write over these things,
make sure text_centering is off.
Center Window: See Window Center.
Directory: Type F8 or 'H' from the Main Menu, to change the current
directory to a new sub-directory. You can either edit
the name which is displayed, just like a filename, or you
can type in a new name. From that moment on, all disk
activity will happen in that new directory. If the name
that you type is not a valid sub-directory, the computer
will print an error message, and leave the current
See Editing a Filename, and Current Directory.
Chart Files: These files are the charts that you create with Flow
Charting, and have an extension of '.CHT'. They are
saved from the Main Menu with the Save Chart command.
See Filenames, and Save Chart.
Configure: Type F6 or 'C' from the main menu to configure Flow Charting
for your particular equipment. This command will allow you
to select your printer model and how it's set up, whether
you have a Color or Black & White monitor, and a few other
Printer Model: Type 'A' to select your brand of printer
and a particular model number, such as
Printer Port: Type 'B' to select the computer port
that your printer is hooked up to, such
as Lpt1 or Com1.
Paper Size: Type 'C' to tell Flow Charting what size
paper you have in your printer. This
information will be used when printing.
Screen Setup: Type 'D' to select a different screen
configuration (color, black & white, etc.)
Chart Width: Type 'E' to select the width of chart
you use most often. 120 columns for 8 1/2
inch charts, or 200 columns for 14 inch
charts. See Page Command.
Sound On/Off: Type 'F' to enable or disable sound, in
case you work in a quiet environment.
Sensitivity: Type 'G' to change the sensitivity of your
mouse. This affects how much the cursor
will move compared to the mouse. Increase
means the cursor will move an increased
distance with less mouse motion.
Configuration: Type 'H' to save the above selections
so that Flow Charting will remember what
equipment you have every time you run the
program. If you do not save these choices,
Flow Charting may not work properly. You
can however, make temporary changes that
will remain active until you exit Flow
Connector: Type 'C' from Line mode to draw a connector that joins
several lines. The computer will automatically choose the
type of connector for you, taking into account all the lines
around the cursor.
If the computer cannot decide what type of connector to
draw (because there aren't three or more lines that connect)
then you will be asked to choose the connector from a popup
menu. If you don't need to see the menu to make your choice,
and you know the computer isn't going to be able to insert a
connector automatically, you can choose the correct connector
before the menu pops up. You can also hit if you don't
want to insert one at this point. The connector is always
drawn in the current linestyle.
Copy Mode: Type F6 or Ctrl-C, while editing, to copy or duplicate part
of your chart to other areas. You can copy any rectangular
area anywhere throughout the chart, as many times as you
like. If you need to copy a shape like a circle, just copy
the rectangular area that surrounds the circle. You will
remain in Copy Mode until you choose another command or hit
See Marking an Area, and Moving an Image.
Crosshair: The crosshair consists of a vertical and horizontal line
displayed on your screen when in Shrink mode. The cursor
is located at the point where these lines intersect. The
crosshair helps you to line up things that may be far away
from the cursor.
Directory: This is the name of the sub-directory to which the next
file will be read from or written to. It is displayed
at the top of the screen when any of the Main Menu
commands are chosen, and can be changed at any time.
See Change Current Directory.
Disk: The current disk is the letter (A..Z) of the disk drive
that will be used for the next disk activity, such as
loading a chart. The letter is displayed at the top of
the Main Menu and can be changed at any time.
See Drive Change.
Cursor: The small blinking box which directs your attention to
the area of the screen where the next action will take
place. Lines are drawn from there, text is typed from
there, questions are asked, and numerous other things
happen on or near this blinking box.
Keys: The cursor direction keys are the the keys that move your
cursor around the screen and are located on the right side
of your keyboard. The keys are the , , ,
and keys and have arrows on them showing the
respective directions. You can also use the 'I', 'J', 'K',
and 'M' keys to move the cursor. They are arranged on the
keyboard in much the same way as the arrow keys, where
'I' = up, 'J' = left, 'K' = right, and 'M' = down.
Note: Make sure the key is not depressed when
you want to use the arrow keys - that would turn them into a
keypad for entering numbers. See your computer manual on
the use of the key.
Movement: The following functions will move the cursor around
your chart so you can edit different areas or just glide
around and take a look at what you have so far. You must
be in Edit Mode to use these functions.
The Cursor Direction Keys are the most basic keys and move
the cursor one character in any direction. They are the
, , , and keys.
See Cursor Direction Keys.
'F'ast movement is a powerful function to allow you to
glide effortlessly across the chart, getting to other areas
very quickly. Just hit 'F' followed by a direction key and
the cursor will start moving in that direction, accelerating
as it goes. It will stop moving when you hit any key, or
when the cursor runs into the chart border. As a further
convenience when in Line Mode, the cursor will stop at line
corners, bypasses, connectors, or any non-line characters.
This function is disabled in Text Mode.
Note: Don't hold the direction key down after hitting
'F' because that would turn off fast mode as soon
as the direction key began repeating.
'B'order movement allows you to move your cursor to any
of the four chart borders with the touch of a key. You can
jump to the sides of your chart by hitting 'B' , followed
by a direction key. This function is disabled in Text Mode,
and Line Mode.
Delete File: This command can be accessed from the Main Menu. It is
hidden because of its dangerous ability to erase files from
a disk. From the Main Menu hold down the key and
press D. Then type in the complete name of the file you want
deleted, including its extension, i.e., MYFILE.IMG. Press
to delete the file. Be careful - there is no
double-check after the .
Delete Key: Use the
key to delete the character under the cursor
and move the rest of the characters to the left to fill in
the hole. It is used whenever you are editing a filename
or entering text in Text Mode.
See Editing a Filename, and Text Mode.
Delete Mode: Hit F4 or Ctrl-D, while editing, to delete an area of your
chart. Mark two corners of a rectangular area to delete,
and then 'verify' your choice by hitting or 'Y'.
exits Delete Mode without deleting anything.
See Marking an Area, and Verify.
Directory: Hit F5 or 'D' from the Main Menu to list all the Chart
and Image files that reside on the current disk and
sub-directory. Charts are displayed first. When you see
the blinking cursor, hit any key and the Images will be
displayed. There are several shortcuts for this command
listed below which you choose by hitting the specified
letter right after hitting F5 or 'D'.
See Chart Files, and Image Files.
All Files: Hit 'A' after choosing the Directory
command, to see all the files listed
in the current sub-directory. This
is just like the DOS command 'Dir'.
Chart Directory: Hit 'C' after choosing Directory to
list only the chart files.
Image Directory: Hit 'I' after choosing Directory to
list only image files.
Connector: A dot-connector is used to connect lines, as an alternative
to regular connectors. Dot-connectors are inserted exactly
the same way as regular connectors.
Change: Hit F6 or 'R' from the Main Menu to change the current
drive to a new letter. All disk activity will take place
on the new drive that you select. If you choose a floppy
disk drive as the current drive, you will be asked to
hit before proceeding. If you choose an illegal
drive, the computer will beep at you. You can always
hit to exit this command without changing the
See Current Drive.
Edit Chart: Hit F1 or 'E' from the Main Menu to edit the chart in
memory. If you haven't loaded a chart yet, you will
be editing a blank chart.
Command: The individual commands that can be used to edit a chart
are called Edit Commands. They are accessed by hitting
the Function keys or Ctrl-(letter) keys while in Edit Mode.
Edit Commands can be entered at any time, even if you are
in the middle of another command - just hit the appropriate
Edit Menu: The menu that shows the Edit commands and the keys used
to access them.
F1 Shape F4 Delete F7 Load
F2 Line F5 Reloc F8 Save /
F3 Text F6 Copy F10 Quit ?
Edit Mode: You are in Edit mode when you can see the chart and you
are allowed to select editing commands such as Copy, Delete,
Filename: Whenever you are asked to enter a filename in Flow Charting,
you can type in a new name, accept the name you used last,
or edit the name you used last.
If you want to enter a new name, just type any alphabetic
key ('a' to 'z') and the old name will disappear. The key
that you typed will be the first letter of the new name.
You can finish typing the new name from there.
If you want to accept the name that is displayed, all
you have to do is hit .
If you would like to edit the existing name, then you
should type an Edit Key first (listed below). From that
point on, you can use more edit keys, type over existing
letters, delete letters, or insert new ones.
Type this key to jump to the start of the
Type this key to jump to the end of the name.
Moves the cursor one character to the left.
Moves the cursor one character to the right.