Dec 162017
A HD menu selection for the LCD laptop computer. Has a reverse video display.
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A HD menu selection for the LCD laptop computer. Has a reverse video display.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
FLEXMENU.DAT 2 2 stored
FM.BAT 29 29 stored
LCD.DOC 9126 3424 deflated
LCD.EXE 43415 13539 deflated
SAMPLE.DAT 1974 588 deflated

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Contents of the LCD.DOC file

Welcome to FMLCD, a version of FLEX-MENU specifically modified for use
on a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The program displays BLACK text on a
WHITE background so text can easily be viewed on an LCD with poor
lighting conditions.


FBN Software proudly presents FLEX-MENU. FLEX-MENU is a menu
selection program for a Hard Disk system. The program is very easy to
run and requires the following files in your root directory (C:\) :

Program Activation

The selection menu can be entered at initial power on or upon
system reboot by inserting the line "FM" into your Autoexec.bat
file. Refer to the DOS reference book for the use of Autoexec.bat if you
are not familiar with it's use. The program can also be activated by
typing the command "FM" at the DOS operating prompt.

Menu Use

Upon entry to Flexmenu you will be presented with an attractive
display which can accomodate 26 menu items. You can use this menu to
call up a word processor and write a letter, or to change directories to
the "\Games" directory and play your favorite game. In fact you can
issue any set of dos commands you'd like to execute by a simple menu
selection. The program is devoid of an annoying "Shareware Beg screen"
which requires keyboard entry to remove so the menu is the first and
only screen which appears during program operation.

The advantage of using a program like FLEX-MENU is it saves you
keystrokes and you don't have to remember directory paths or command
formats to run a program or issue a DOS command. You only have to enter
a single keystroke (a-z or A-Z) to activate the menu selection of your
choice. The program actions to be taken are read from data stored in the
file "FLEXMENU.DAT". FLEX-MENU reads "FLEXMENU.DAT" to put your menu
selection choices on the monitor screen and executes commands stored for
that menu selection from the "FLEXMENU.DAT" file.

Command Structure of FLEXMENU.DAT

The data stored in "FLEXMENU.DAT must follow the following format :

*MENU SELECTION - text following * appears on menu screen
(26 characters maximum.)
+DOS COMMAND - any valid dos command ie CD\WP50
;COMMENT LINE - Comments can be inserted into the file

Each item (Menu Selection, Dos commands, or comment line) must be
entered on a separate line in FLEXMENU.DAT. The program ignores leading
spaces and ignores blank lines and lines containing only line feeds. A
menu line with a carriage return is interpreted as a blank menu entry.

The menu command file can be created on any text editor capable of ASCII
file output. Just be sure that your editor does not embed special
control characters with your text.

The following text shows how to enter a menu selection to enter Word
Perfect, print or edit a letter or your choice and return to the menu
program :

*Word Perfect (Display Word Perfect on the menu)
+CD\WP50 (Change to the WP50 directory)
+WP (Enters Word Perfect program)
+CD\ (Change back to the root directory at exit form WP)

If you don't want to return to FLEX-MENU simply omit the last line of

The file "SAMPLE.DAT" contains a sample command file for FLEX-
MENU. The menu selections are listed on the main program in the order
that they are listed in the command file with the first 13 selections
appearing on the left half of the menu. You can position your menu
selection anywhere on the screen (Left side a-m, right side n-y) by
counting position from the top of the menu. You can position 13 menu
selections on the left of the screen and 12 selections on the right. A
"*" followed by a carriage return leaves a blank space on the menu
screen. Thus the format and location of menu items are under your full
control. For your convienence the "SAMPLE.DAT" file has comment lines
denoting the position of the menu selections position on the CRT screen.
The entry points for FLEXMENU commands are also commented so you can
use SAMPLE.DAT as a template to develop FLEXMENU.DAT.

Copy SAMPLE.DAT to FLEXMENU.DAT and edit the file to develop the
menu selections that you desire. After you have completed your edit,
run FLEXMENU by typing FM, and view the menu screen layout. It doesn't
matter if the choices are valid for your computer - the sample screen
will be displayed and you can exit by pressing "z" without hurting a
thing. When you are satisfied with the screen layout, test the menu by
selecting each item. Re-edit FLEXMENU.DAT until you are sure that all
the typos and command errors have been removed and you will be up and
running with a flexible menu program that saves you many key strokes.

Program Limitations

The program was written to be simple, clean and flexible. Presently
the program can accept 25 menu items (Return To Dos is a built in menu
feature - not included in this count) and FLEXMENU.DAT is limited to a
total of 225 lines. The program does not contain pop up calendars,
calculators, the ability to change directories, or view files. These are
features that can be provided by a variety of commercial or shareware
programs which can be activated through a selection from the FLEX-MENU
main menu screen. So you are free to use your favorite programs for
these operations. At the present time sub menu selections are not apart
of the program, but will and can be added to the program if there is
sufficient demand.

Program History

REV 1.0

The program was developed as a joint effort between my self (W.L.
Gill) and James M. Gant who I work with. Jim had written a Menu program
using a "BAT" file and the "ASK" program included with Norton's
Utilities to query for keyboard input. Jim wanted to display the time
and date on the screen and I developed a basic program to get the time
and date and provide an output to the screen - but this was awkward
because either the time file had to be continually be accessed from disk
or (Jim's first solution) finally called from a "RAM DISK". I was
convinced that the program could be written in a higher order language
that would eliminate the "Disks calls" for input queries and time update
and result in a smaller program to save disk file space. I decided to
write such a program using TURBO C 2.0. This program is our first
release and we would like to get your feedback and reactions to the
program. Neither Jim or I expect to become rich or famous with this
program but we are willing to continue the development of the program if
there is enough support and interest generated.

REV 1.1 Provides use of a high lighted cursor for use on a
color/monochrome monitor. Animated logo also introduced.

REV 1.1a Provides BLACK on WHITE screen display for use on dim LCD
displays as an aid to menu visibility.
Files Included on ZIP File

The following files should be included with the program :

LCD.DOC - This text file
FM.BAT - bat file to activate the program
LCD.EXE - to display menu selections and execute selections
FLEXMENU.DAT - Empty command file
SAMPLE.DAT - Sample command file

Problems & Freeware Pitch : We offer this program to the general public as
"Freeware". By this we mean you can make copies of the ZIP file and give
them to your friends. Just be sure to include all files (Including
LCD.DOC) in the FMLCD.ZIP file. If you have problems and want support,
I'll provide it to you for a negotiable fee (depending on the difficulty
of the problem). If you find a program bug or operational error please
notify us. A small donation of $15.00 would be appreciated if you would
like to see additional features added to the program.

You may send any correspondence and or money to :

FBN Software
ATTN. William L. Gill
12713 Brunswick Lane
Bowie,Md. 20715

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