The Intelligent Epson Printer Control Menu
Version 3.2 released March 21, 1988
Copyright (C) 1985,1986,1987,1988 NEWLIFE Software, All Rights Reserved
Written by Bob Nance
The latest release of this and other NEWLIFE Software programs is available to
registered users 24 hours a day at NEWLIFE Christian BBS, 601-627-5582, 300-
9600 Courier HST.
----------- Changes with version 3.2 -----------
1. Now unloadable. Hit F10 twice.
2. Now checks to see if it is already resident and aborts if it is. Of
course, YOU wouldn't try to load it twice would you?
3. Now checks to make sure that SideKick is not already loaded. You can load
PMENU3 before loading SideKick, but not after.
4. Now uses the ALT-TAB hotkey instead of ALT-RETURN to allow use with Word
Perfect, which has an ALT-RETURN command. Notify me if this new hotkey
conflicts with anything, and I'll go to a three key combination hot-key, such
as ALT-LEFT SHIFT-P, or something about that ridiculous.
5. Now has EGA support. It should properly pop-up over a 43 line EGA screen.
(Older versions would only save and restore a 25 line screen). I don't have
an EGA, so let me know if this doesn't work.
6. Now an .EXE file instead of a .COM file. This is because it was converted
to Turbo Pascal 4.0 with this release.
---------- Extremely long and boring description of the Program ------------
PMENU3 is a memory resident Printer Control Menu for Epson and 100% compatible
printers and the IBM PC. It allows you to send control codes to your printer
such as condensed, double strike, or underline WHEN YOU NEED TO. By simply
typing PMENU332 at the DOS prompt, the program will be loaded into memory, and
you will be returned to DOS. Then load your other program as usual. To pop
up PMENU3 while running your program, hit Alt Tab. You can enter codes one at
a time, or combinations of codes such as bold and italics. PMENU3 version 3.2
is different from other memory resident printer setup programs because it will
ONLY send and display those codes that work together. Unlike generic or user-
definable printer setup programs, it does not lie to you, saying it sent codes
to the printer that will not work together.
The program was developed under Turbo Pascal Version 4.0 and DOS 3.1, but it
runs on DOS 2.0 - 3.1. PMENU3 will be compatible with most software for the
IBM PC, but this version expects the display to be in text mode. It works
with all the other memory resident programs I had access to. Many users have
reported using it on various IBM PC compatibles under MS-DOS.
Note: Some of the older Epson printers do not support all codes that this
program does such as Near Letter Quality. In fact, I use a Thinkjet so don't
feel bad, mine doesn't support them either. Here are the actual codes I use.
Command in Menu: Codes sent to printer:
Reset to Normal: #27#64
Bold (Enhanced): #27#69
Condensed (15 c.p.i.): #15
Double Strike: #27#71
Form Feed: #12
Line Feed: #10
Left Margin Indent (10 spaces): #27#108#10
Near Letter Quality: #27#120#1
Draft Quality: #27#120#48
Skip Page Break (15 spaces): #27#78#15
Disable Buzzer: #27#56
1/6" Line Spacing: #27#50
7/72" Line Spacing: #27#49
1/8" Line Spacing: #27#48
NOTE TO PROPRINTER USERS! - Do not use PMENU3 with the Proprinter, since some
of the Epson codes in PMENU3 are not supported by the Proprinter, such as the
one for Reset to normal. I have created a special program for you, PROMENU,
and will be happy to send it to you. It is very similar to PMENU3 in design,
except that the codes section had to be totally rewritten because of different
codes for certain functions and different incompatibilities between the codes.
----------- Disclaimer ------------
PMENU3 is licensed to you, at no charge, subject to the following: This
program is supplied as-is and the author disclaims all warranties, expressed
or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantablilty
and the warranties of fitness for any purpose. You may copy it and distribute
it provided all modules, documentation, and readme files are included. You
may make no charge for copying the program beyond the cost of a diskette.
---------- How to thank me -----------
PMENU3 is the result of many hours of work, and this release, in particular,
required a significant investment in my time and money.
1. NEW USERS: Send $15 to me at the address below:
PREVIOUSLY registered users, send $5 to me at the address below:
Bob Nance, NEWLIFE Software, P. O. Box 837, Clarksdale, MS 38614
Registered users will receive notices of future updates to the program, and
privileged access to the NEWLIFE Christian BBS. It has not only the latest
versions of PMENU3 and other NEWLIFE Software, such as STIKME, CTA-1, and
PCBPOP, but also over 25 megabytes of the latest versions of some of the best
Shareware available. And if you have a US Robotics Courier HST modem, you can
transfer files at 950 c.p.s. or better, depending on file transfer protocols
your software supports.
2. Share PMENU3 with as many people as you can!
--------- Who I thank ----------
The Lord Jesus Christ for the NEWLIFE He has given me, and for the skills and
patience necessary to write a program like this.
The SYSOPs and librarians who provide space for this program.
The users who have registered and made suggestions for improvements to PMENU3.