Dec 082017
 
2COL is a 2 column compressed print utility for dot matrix printers. It prints up to 8 pages on one side of a sheet of paper (or 16 pages using both sides of sheet).

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2COL is a 2column compressed print utility
for dotmatrix & deskjet. It prints up to 8
pages on one side of a sheet of paper (or
16 pages using both sides of sheet).Faster
and more readable than other compressed
print programs.Great for shareware manuals
and for reducing the bulk of paper stored
or transported.Save $ when faxing/mailing.
New: Supports Proprinter II, Tandy, etc.


File 2COL49D.ZIP from The Programmer’s Corner in
Category Printer Utilities
2COL is a 2 column compressed print utility for dot matrix printers. It prints up to 8 pages on one side of a sheet of paper (or 16 pages using both sides of sheet).
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
2COL.DES 834 474 deflated
2COL.DOC 35009 11878 deflated
2COL.EXE 26314 14940 deflated
2COL.PIF 545 125 deflated
2COL49D.SDA 2988 1402 deflated
BOXER.DOC 1462 779 deflated
BOXER.MAC 110 71 deflated
COL.ICO 766 132 deflated
DEMO2COL.BAT 4760 1185 deflated
FILE_ID.DIZ 389 258 deflated
PRINTERS.TXT 2235 928 deflated
READ.ME 8093 3376 deflated
REGISTER.DOC 3197 1540 deflated
VENDOR.DOC 3036 1386 deflated

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Contents of the READ.ME file


2COL is a 2column compressed print utility
for dotmatrix & deskjet. It prints up to 8
pages on one side of a sheet of paper (or
16 pages using both sides of sheet).Faster
and more readable than other compressed
print programs.Great for shareware manuals
and for reducing the bulk of paper stored
or transported.Save $ when faxing/mailing.
New: Supports Proprinter II, Tandy, etc.
2COL is a compressed print utility that will print 4 (or even 8 pages) on one
side of a sheet of paper in 2 column format. It is intended for dot matrix and
deskjet printers. Make sure your internal printer switches are set for
Epson/Standard mode, not IBM mode. If your printer does not have an Epson mode,
you will probably need to use 17 char/inch (-W68). If you have a front panel
pitch selector on your printer, it must be set to Program mode. If you are not
sure about the front panel settings turn your printer off and then on
immediately before running 2COL. This should reset the printer to program mode.

You might want to consult PRINTERS.TXT to determine the settings for your
printer model before attempting any printing with 2COL.

PRINTING THE MANUAL:

To print the manual on a 9-pin printer using 2col, type:
2COL 2COL.DOC (enter)

If your 9-pin printer cannot print 20 characters/inch, type:
2COL 2COL.DOC -W68 (enter)

To print the manual on a 24-pin printer, type:
2COL 2COL.DOC -Q (enter)

To print the manual on a Deskjet printer, type:
2COL 2COL.DOC -J1 -F4 (enter)


DEMO:

To print an eight page demonstration of 2COL features, type:

DEMO2COL 9 for 9-pin printers
DEMO2COL 9 -W68 for 9-pin printers that cannot print 20 char/inch
DEMO2COL 24 for 24-pin (LQ) printers
DEMO2COL J for Deskjets



FILES INCLUDED:

2COL.EXE main program
2COL.DOC manual
2COL.DES long description for use by vendors or uploaders
FILE_ID.DIZ Short description for BBS systems
DEMO2COL.BAT Program to demonstrate 2COL features
COL.ICO Windows Icon for 2COL
2COL.PIF Program Information File for Windows
PRINTERS.TXT Using 2COL with specific printer models.
BOXER.* Macro for printing directly from BOXER text editor

WHATS NEW:
2COL49
Worked around compiler bug which caused -N option to not print page numbers.
Added macro for BOXER text editor
Increased default page fill (smaller bottom margin) for dot matrix printers

2COL48
Page length adjustment has been added to the -D (page delimit) option.

Printer initialization string has been modified to accommodate IBM type
printers, such as the Proprinter II, Tandy, etc. These printers will only
operate at 17 char/inch and must be used with the -W68 option.



2COL47
Fix DOS 6 and QEMM compatibility problems.

Added option (-J-2) to eliminate output of printer control characters. This
allows output to be used for non-standard printers and sideways printing
programs. It also permits four column printouts to be created.

2COL46
Support for printing Wordstar files added.
Page length adjustment added (-!xx) for A4, legal, etc.

2COL45
Rewritten for new compiler. Bug reports appreciated 🙂

Wordwrap/filter (-&) feature added to print some wordprocessor files (such as
.WRI, WS, WP Generic).

New WP and WFW macros are available for registered users to print with 2COL
without leaving WP.

Automargin modified to automatically switch on wordwrap when lines are longer
than column width unless -&- is included on the command line.

The -V option now allows a percentage to be specified which determines whether
partial last pages will be filled or eliminated.

2COL43
When using the -V option, 2COL will now let you modify the line spacing to
either fill or eliminate partial pages at the end.

2COL41
Added option (-V) to provide a page count before printing.
Fixed hang problem when trying to skip (-S) more pages than actually exist.

2COL40:
Deskjet support added:
2COL has been tested with the Deskjet 500 printer and appears OK. If you
experience problems with your model, please let me know.

Fix problem with left margin (-M) option.

Restore standard DOS printer timeout value.

2COL35

Fix problem with pathnames exceeding 30 characters.

Added option to print current date at page bottom.

Add printer initialization on second pass of odd/even printing.

Fixed problem which ocurred when using the fixpage option when printing
odd/even and using the second pass option.

Added the ability to temporarily turn off options which were turned on with the
customizing feature.

2COL34

Option (-Y) to customize default settings. Eliminates the need to enter
command line options every time you run the program. Eliminates the need for
batch files.

Option (-?) causes 2COL to ask for filenames to print. Useful when 2COL is run
from a menu or an icon. Filenames can still be entered on the command line as
well.

Changed the standard default setting (-F) for the top margin from 4 lines to 0.
This is a result of feedback on how most people are setting up their printers.

Modified the (-O) option, which prints odd pages only, to ask whether the user
wants to print even pages next. This allows for printing both sides without
rerunning the program.

A "press any key to continue" message now appears whenever 2COL displays a
message at exit. This makes it possible to read error messages when run from an
icon or a menu program. Under these conditions the message would disappear
before it could be read.

The DOS printer timeout interval is now decreased while 2COL is running.
Some people have commented that their system appears to hang sometimes while
running 2COL. This is due to the long timeout delay DOS uses for the printer
before printing an error message. If a shorter timeout causes any problems, I
would appreciate hearing from you. It is good practice to make sure your printer
is on-line before running 2COL.

Added a 2COL icon and a PIF file for Windows.


2COL32
Documentation improvements

2COL30
Added a DEMO2COL.BAT to illustrate 2COL features

Added a demo option (-K) which activates registered features for a one page
printout.

Fixed a bug which occurred when wrapping long lines with a blank in the 81st
position.


2COL29
People were using the left margin option without reading the instructions first
and were having problems. Additional warnings in LARGE PRINT were added to the
documentation.


2COL28
New Automargin feature scans each file before printing and determines optimum
margin and column width settings. Very useful when you need to create a left
margin for hole punching and binding.

Option added to print an exact number of pages/column, retaining all page breaks
and blank lines.

Escape characters(27) are now filtered out and replaced with ASCII(254).

2COL will now run slightly faster because trailing blanks have been eliminated
from the end of each line.

Fixed bug that caused page header not to print immediately following form feed.

Line spacing control has been changed from n/72 inch to n/216 inch (n/180 for
24-pin). As a result there will be less variation in white space at the bottom
of the page and lines will always be spread out as much as possible. Let me know
if the change causes any problems with your printer.



2COL27
A left margin option has been added. Read the instructions carefully before
using it.




2COL26
Registered users can now direct output to a file instead of the
printer. The file can then be used for printing in background while
running other programs. This option can also be used to redirect output
to LPT2, COM1, COM2, etc.

Also, registration requirements are now more flexible for 2col. Please read the
"Registration" section of the manual.




OTHER PROGRAMS:
2COL Professional- Produces an alphabetized index of words in the document by
page and line number. Prints line numbers and footers. A list of common english
words to be rejected from the index is supplied. The user can modify this list.
The price is $75.


JETCOL - A laserjet version of 2col.Has ten specially designed soft
fonts. The optimum sized font is automatically selected according to the
degree of compression desired. This gives the effect of having continuously
scaled fonts. Prints up to 10 pages on one side of a sheet of paper.
Registration fee- $33.




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