Copyright (C) 1987, 1988, 1989 by Michael W. Cocke
A Tool for Designing Screen Displays
This program is being distributed under the `shareware' concept. You are freely encouraged to copy and distribute this program, provided that no changes are made to either the program or the documentation. This means that you can down- load this program from a bulletin board, get it through a mail order house, or copy it from a friend. If you don't find it worthwhile, you won't have risked anything. But, if you do find it useful, all I ask is that you send me a check for just $10.00. This buys you to a new copy of the program, WITH ALL updates. It will also buy you some peace of mind. I'm one person, not a giant software company, and the check you send may make the difference between feeding my cat this week and not feeding my cat this week.
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What is SCREEN DESIGNER:
SCREEN DESIGNER is a program created to aid you in designing and producing screens for batch files, pro- grams, and, if you have the right printer, title pages for word processor documents and spreadsheets.
Screen Designer was especially designed for programmers. Whether you program in BASIC, Dbase or C, probably the worst part of the job is 'prettifying' the screens. Screen Designer has a programmer's interface that allows you to draw the screen image you want, and then export it (formatted properly !) into your source code. I originally wrote Screen Designer because I work in 3-4 different languages, and the only common denominator is that graphics is DAMNED difficult in all of them.
The graphics that SCREEN DESIGNER creates can be used on color or monochrome video systems, and on IBM (tm) compatible graphics printers.
To give you an idea of some of the uses of SCREEN DE- SIGNER, all of the help screens and title pages embedded in the Screen Designer program were created using the program.
How to run SCREEN DESIGNER:
SCREEN DESIGNER was designed to work on a monochrome, CGA, EGA or PGA equipped IBM (tm) compatible computer, with at least 512K Ram and one floppy disk drive.
Late Note: Screen Designer also works in >ALL< VGA MODES.
To run the program, all you need to do is type 'SD' at the DOS prompt, and press .
There are two command line options available. If you wish SCREEN DESIGNER to run in monochrome mode, type 'SD M'. If you wish to run SCREEN DESIGNER in color mode, type 'SD C'. If you don't do either, SCREEN DESIGNER will look at your hardware and make its best guess.
Note: The graphics produced will still work on any type of video, the above discussion refers only to how you run it on your computer.
The second option is the ability to put the name of an existing file that you wish to edit on the command line. After the two opening screens display, this file will be loaded just as if you had selected the load command from the file sub-menu.
How to use SCREEN DESIGNER:
The Main Editor Screen
This is the screen where you do the actual drawing, typing, etc. of your screen image. In addition to all of the function keys (explained below), the backspace, insert, delete, tab, return, and cursor keys all work normally. The other keys that work here are:
+ Insert a new line at the current line. + Delete the current line.
+ Center screen contents horizontal- ly. + Center current line contents hori- zontally. The horizontal center is a little subtle, since boxes are multi-line constructs. Rather than try to explain what happens if there are two boxes of different heights on the same set of lines, I will suggest you try it. The insert and delete keys can be used to modify the results, if desired. You might want to do some experimenting here.
+ Center screen contents vertically.
+ Pops up a ruler line on whatever line the cursor is currently on. This WILL NOT Destroy the screen contents. To get rid of the ruler and restore your screen, do a 'Screen Redraw'.