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KATE is a multi-purpose PC Organiser and Desktop Manager with a load of powerful features in a single integrated package.

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KATE WORKPLACE 1.30 - Get into the world of
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and Desktop Manager with simple but powerful
user interface and plenty of online help.
Includes Editor, Notepads, clipboard, Macros,
Text & Hex Viewers, File Manager, Diary with
Scheduler & To Do list, user-defined Menus,
Hypertext Book compiler, Clock, Calculator,
Calendar, Screen blanker, some Games, and
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KATE Workplace

Copyright (c) 1992,93 by ARK ANGLES
All Rights Reserved

"takes away the need for using the DOS prompt"

"a very professional looking piece of software"

Marc Young, PC Basics magazine


KATE is a multi-purpose PC Organiser and Desktop Manager with a load of
powerful features in a single integrated package.

o File Manager with powerful file and directory manipulation commands to
handle individual files, groups of files, or whole directory trees.

o Program Starter with user definable menus of unlimited levels to run
any external programs or built in functions

o Diary with action lists for any day, week, month or year, to do lists,
and scheduler to generate messages, alarms or run programs at any time

o Print Manager to queue, format and print files in the background

o Hypertext Book Compiler and Viewer to create your own intelligent
electronic documents

o Multi-file Editor with cut/copy/paste to and from the clipboard, plus
undo and search facilities

o Text and Hex file Viewers, plus ability to define an external viewer

o File Association to automatically run any program related to a file

o Calculator with basic four functions

o Stand alone perpetual Calendar

o Clock in user defined format

o Post Notes to stick reminders and messages anywhere on the screen

o A couple of Games including Mine Sweeper

o Macro Processor to automate complex tasks

All this is provided in a simple and consistent windowed environment. The
functions can be activated from the Menu Bar or by direct selection with
the Mouse or by Shortcut Keys. KATE is consistent in many ways with the
operation of Windows (by Microsoft) and OS/2 (by IBM), and can be used as
an introduction and stepping stone to those operating environments.

KATE is available in two editions to run in either the Real or Protected
Modes of the x86 family of processors. The Protected Mode edition gives
enhanced memory management, and enables up to 16MB of memory to be used.


KATE Workplace Real Mode edition runs on any Personal Computer with an 8086
or higher processor (eg XT, AT etc), and 512KB of memory. Some functions
will also run with just 256KB but will be quite slow.

You can run from diskette or hard disk, although again some functions will
be slow from diskette. KATE will not fit completely on a 360K disk, so if
you are running from one you will have to do without the Help system. At
least 600KB of hard disk space is required.

The DOS Protected Mode (DPMI) edition of KATE Workplace requires a PC with
an 80286 or higher processor (eg AT, 386 etc), 640KB of memory, and 1.2MB
of hard disk space.

Any colour or monochrome screen should work fine, as there is no requirement
for graphics.

KATE requires MS-DOS or PC-DOS version 3 or a compatible operating system.
See section "Running KATE" below for more information about getting KATE to
run properly on an operating system which is less than fully compatible.


Install KATE as per the steps detailed below in "Installation to Hard Disk"
or "Installation to Diskette". When this in complete, the install program
will leave you in the directory in which KATE has been installed. Enter
"KMENU" on the command line to run KATE for the first time. Alternatively,
if you have allowed the installation procedure to update your AUTOEXEC.BAT
file, then reboot your machine so that the changes take effect and KATE is
loaded as your default desktop program.

When KATE runs, you will see a Menu Bar and Clock across the top of the
screen, and a Status Line along the bottom. The whole area in the middle
is called the Desktop, and that's where all the activity in the program
will take place.

Almost everything that happens in KATE will be in Windows and Dialog Boxes
somewhere on the Desktop. You can have almost any number of windows open at
once, and can rapidly move between them, thereby allowing you to switch
between tasks very quickly. At present, you will probably see just a single
window on the desktop called the Program Starter.

In the Program Starter press the and arrow keys to highlight
the different items in the list. Press , or click with the mouse on
the [Open] button to open or activate the selected item. Press the
key to jump around the window: this will cycle through the list and the two
buttons that make up the contents of the window. Press to cycle
backwards. Or you can jump directly to any control by pointing directly to
it with the mouse cursor and pressing the left mouse button - this is known
as "clicking" on an object.

Now let's take a look at the Menu Bar. Press and then the
arrow to "pull down" the File menu. You can also do this by pressing
, or by clicking on the word File on the Menu Bar. Use the and
arrows to highlight the various menu items, and the and
arrows to select different pulldown menus. You can activate any
menu item by selecting is in this way and pressing . Or, once again,
just click on it with the mouse.

Now lets see some of the things KATE can do. Go to the Tools menu and
select the File Manager item. This will create a new window on the desktop
which contains an input line, a list of directories, a list of files in the
current directory, and a number of buttons. Press twice to jump
down to the files. Now use the arrow keys to highlight the file named
REGISTER.DOC. Having now selected a file, you can perform some action on
it. For example, you can view it, move it, rename it, or delete it, just
to name a few.

This principle of selecting an object and then choosing an action to carry
out on it is called "Object-Action". KATE usually happiest in this mode of
operation. However, it may not always be possible to select the object
first, or people who are used to older types of software may be more
comfortable the other way around, so KATE also generally accomodates an
"Action-Object" approach. If an action, such as "File|Delete" is chosen,
but no object that can be deleted has been selected, then KATE will pop up
a dialog box to allow you to select an object, such as a file, for the
action to be performed on.

KATE knows about many different kinds of objects such as windows, files,
directories, diary items, text and the desktop itself. The seven items on
the Menu Bar reflect the different types of objects that KATE knows about.
For example, the File menu contains operations that relate to whole files
and directories. The Edit menu has text-related operations. The View menu
contains items that change the way the data in a window is displayed. The
Tools menu contains a number of different objects that you can use on the
desktop. The Window menu has several operations that relate to individual
windows on the desktop. And that Desktop menu deals with operations which
affect the desktop or application as a whole. Finally, the Help menu is one
of the most useful - select operations from there at any time to get a range
of useful information about KATE.

You will notice that from time to time some menu items are light grey
rather than black. They have been "greyed out", indicating that these
operations are not available for the object that you are currently
working on in the program.

It will take far too long to describe here all the different objects and
actions in KATE. But every menu item and every window and dialog box have
help text to describe them - just select the object or action you want to
know about and press . This should give you quite enough information
to get you going. If you want all that information (and more) on paper, or
you have installed to diskette and don't have Help available, then you'll
just have to register this program and receive a full printed manual. But
you already know the basics of how KATE functions, and you will find it
remarkably consistent all the way through.

Select all the operations on the Tools menu to see many of KATE's objects
and functions. Use the Help screens to learn about them. And, above all,
experiment! KATE Workplace will not let you do anything destructive
without giving you a warning first!

And, if you need further help, you can call ARK ANGLES any time during your
60 day trial period.


1. Put the Installation Disk in drive A: or B:.

2. From a DOS command line enter "x:INSTALL" (where x is the name of the
drive with the Installation Disk).

3. Accept the default directory (C:\KATE) by pressing Enter in response to
the question, or enter a fully qualified directory name (eg "c:\menu").

4. Users with an 80286 or higher processor and at least 800KB of free space
will also be asked whether to install the DOS Protected Mode edition
instead of the Real Mode edition. Press if you do, or if you
don't. Unregistered users do not have the DPMI edition, and so must
answer . Note that data files are completely interchangeable between
the two editions, but if you want to install both they will have to be
in different directories. If you have any problems running in Protected
Mode see the DPMIUSER.DOC file for additional information.

5. All the relevent program and sample files will be extracted into the
directory specified. A default Menu Definition File will also be created
if one does not already exist.

6. If you want to be able to run KATE from anywhere, add the directory to
your PATH statement in AUTOEXEC.BAT. If you want to invoke KATE as your
main Shell program on startup, add the command "KMENU" to the end of
AUTOEXEC.BAT. You can replace that boring old DOSSHELL. If you want
both, then just let the install program update AUTOEXEC.BAT for you.


1. If you want to invoke KATE as your main Shell program on startup, then
create a new bootable disk, and add the command "KMENU" to the end of
AUTOEXEC.BAT. Otherwise, just take a fresh new diskette.

2. Put the Installation Disk in drive A: or B:, and the new diskette
into the other diskette drive.

3. From a DOS command line enter "x:INSTALL" (where x is the name of the
drive with the Installation Disk).

4. Enter the name of the drive containing the new diskette in response to
the question (eg "b:").

5. All the relevent program and sample files will be extracted into the
drive specified. If it is a 360KB diskette, then the KATE.HLP file
and installation program will be omitted.


All data files from KATE Information Centre, except for saved Desktops
(*.DSK files) are completely compatible with KATE Workplace. Delete any
.DSK files, then install Workplace over the top of Information Centre as
described above. Any other files whose formats have changed in Workplace
will be automatically updated the first time they are opened.

When upgrading, make sure that you don't inadvertently overwrite your own
Diaries (*.KDY), Macros (*.MAC) and Menu Definition Files (*.MDF) etc with
the samples on the Installation Disk. The best way is to not call any of
your own files SAMPLE*.*.

If you have modified KMENU.BAT, then take a copy of it before installing
this new version, then copy it back later.


There are many additional customisations allowed in KATE Workplace, so when
you run the program select the Options, Mouse, Video Mode, Colours, and
Country operations from the Desktop pulldown menu to tailor the program how
you like it. You will also need to enter any File Associations using
File|Open To|Associate.


KATE uses a special batch loader program called KMENU.BAT to enable it to
completely remove itself from memory to run large programs. The default
Batch file simply runs KATE (or KATEX in the Protected Mode edition) with
the /ts parameter (so that the Program Starter is always on the Desktop
first) and any other parameters that have been entered. It looks something
like this:

C:\KATE\KATE /ts %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9

When KATE is instructed to unload itself (either by the use of the ".BAT"
command from the Program Starter or Diary or Macro Manager, or by opening
a file which has an associated program which has "Maximum Memory Required"
selected) a file called MENUTEMP.BAT is created, which contains all the
commands that have to be executed. KATE appends to the end of this file a
call back to KMENU (or whatever batch file name is defined in "Desktop
Options"). KATE then terminates with a return value of 1000. KMENU.BAT
then takes over again and, if it sees that return code, runs MENUTEMP.
This will carry out the requested commands, then run KMENU again which of
course reloads KATE just the way it was before.

This setup works best if both KATE.EXE and KMENU.BAT are in the same
directory, and that directory is in the PATH statement in AUTOEXEC.BAT.
However, as the Install program incorporates into KMENU.BAT the name of the
directory in which KATE is installed, this directory does not have to be
in the Path. KMENU.BAT could however be moved to another directory which
was in the Path so it could be run from anywhere at the command line.

Some operating systems have trouble recognising or handling the return code
properly at all, so a slightly different approach must be taken. If you
find that MENUTEMP is not being run correctly, then try the following for

C:\KATE\KATE /ts %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9

The above program relies on creating and deleting MENUTEMP.BAT rather than
looking for the return code, and may work better on some systems.

As a further complication, some operating systems do not handle the calling
of Batch files in the same way as DOS. In DOS, when one Batch file runs
another, then control is never automatically returned to the first file.
If you want to return control, then you have to use a CALL statement (and
this is only in DOS version 4.0 or later). However, some operating systems
always return to the calling batch file, so to keep things tidy a slightly
different approach must be taken. Try something like the following:

C:\KATE\KATE /ts %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9

Hopefully, in even the most quirky or incompatible so-called-compatible
operating system, one of the above methods will work properly.

Note that if KATE.EXE is run directly rather than from KMENU.BAT, then all
functions will work correctly except those for which KATE is instructed to
unload itself. In this case, MENUTEMP will be created, but then KATE will
simply terminate. To resume processing, enter "MENUTEMP" from the command
line. This will perform the requested actions, then reload KATE via KMENU.

Note also that under DOS 3.3 or earlier, opening (running) batch files using
the Maximum Memory option will not return automatically to KATE when the
processing is complete. Just enter "KMENU" to restart KATE again.


LHA is a compression and archiving program.

It can take normal binary or text files and make them smaller in size.
This saves great amounts of storage space, with the compressed file being
typically 1/4 to 1/3 of original size. A file of any size can be handled
provided that the compressed version can fit on a single disk. The
compressed file can be uncompressed back to its original state at any time.

LHA can also take more than one file and pack them into a single file, also
compressed. This is called an "archive" and allows groups of files to be
kept together using a minimum of space. Hundreds of files can be included
in one archive, provided again that the archive can fit on a single disk.
Each file within the archive retains its own name, and can also be unpacked
at any time.

KATE Workplace and many other programs use these facilities so they can be
compressed onto fewer disks for distribution, or uploaded to bulletin boards
as single files.

LHA normally creates files with an extension of '.LZH'. Other archiving
programs are also used and may create files with extensions such as ".ARC",
".DWC", ".PAK", ".ZIP" and ".ZOO".


The general format for use of LHA is

LHA [/options] [directory\] [filenames]


LHA is the name of the archiving program

is the type of operation to be performed such as add,
update, list, extract, delete

[/options] are optional extra switches to change the way LHA works

is the name of the archive to be created or queried

[directory\] is the optional directory where files are extracted to

[filenames] are the names of files to be added to or extracted from
the archive

There are 12 different commands that can be used.

A Add files to archive
U Update files in archive
M Move files into archive
F Freshen files in archive
D Delete files from archive
P disPlay files in archive
E Extract files from archive
X eXtract files with pathnames from archive
L List files in archive
V View list of files with pathnames in archive
S make Self-extracting archive
T Test integrity of archive

There are 15 different options to alter the way in which LHA works.

R Recursively collect files from subdirectories
W assign Work directory
X allow eXtended file names
M display no Message for query
P distinguish full Path names
C skip time-stamp Check
A allow any Attributes of files
Z Zero compression (only store)
T set archive's Time-stamp
H select Header level
O use Old compatible method
N display No indicator a/o pathname
I do not Ignore lower case
L display Long name with indicator
- use "-" or "@" as the first letter of filenames

Enter "LHA" with no parameters for a list of these commands and options.
See LHA.DOC for full details of all these commands and options.


1. To add one file called FILE1.TXT into an archive called TEST.LZH.


2. To add several files to archive TEST.LZH.


3. To add several files to archive TEST.LZH using wildcards.


4. To delete a file called FILE1.EXE from archive TEST.LZH.


5. To extract a file called FILE1.DOC from archive TEST.LZH.


6. To extract all files from archive TEST.LZH.

LHA e TEST *.*

7. To look at the contents of archive TEST.LZH.



The Shareware Installation Disk contains the following files. No copy of

the program may be distributed unless it contains all of them.

KATE .LZH Archive containing the main program
KATE .REZ Resource file
KATE .DOC Product and installation information
KATEH .LZH Archive containing the online Help file
SAMPLE .LZH Archive containing various data files
INSTALL .EXE The installation program
LHA .EXE Archiving program (v2.13 copyright Haruyasu Yoshizaki)
LHA .DOC Full documentation for LHA
ORDER .DOC Order Form
REGISTER.DOC Registration and support information
VENDOR .DOC Vendor and distribution information
FILE_ID .DIZ Program description for bulletin boards


KATE Workplace is written in Borland Pascal 7.0, and makes extensive use of
Object Orientation techniques. Current source code is available as part of
the special Business Registration package. An early version (0.07) of the
source code which is compatible with TP 6.0 is also available if required,
or most of the current code could be adapted back.

KATE Workplace contains more than 20,000 lines of code over and above the
Turbo Vision and other libraries that are included with Borland Pascal.


1:30 05.10.93. Added documentation for LHA. Improved Install program,
general documentation, and printed manual. Directory tree now updated
after a directory is moved.

1.20 11.09.93. Powerful new commands to Copy, Move, Synch and Remove
whole drives or directory trees. Updated to LHA v2.13 for archiving
functions. Improved file saving and window numbering. Troubleshoot
report now includes Windows SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI files. Improved
access to Help Index and Using Help.

1.10 06.07.93. New Synch Directory operation. New ".KEYIN" and ".WAIT"
macro commands. Additional File|Attributes menu item, and 12 o'clock
bug fixed. Enhancements to Troubleshoot report. Additional safety
checks when copying a file over itself. Install program can now
install KATE in the same directory as the installation files.

1.00 28.04.93. First fully international release of Workplace. Change
indicators for all data windows, and Child windows automatically saved
with Parent. Additional delete and indent functions for Editor.
New options to change System Clock, Video Mode and Country settings.
Improvements to operation of Print Manager. Additional backslash
commands to mimic specific keystrokes in Macro Manager. Further
enhancements to Screen Blanker including ability to run an external
program. Attributes may be changed for multiple files, and multi-file
Copy/Move/Rename is safer. Directory dialogs allow navigation through
the whole directory tree. Book Compiler displays better error message
for empty cross-refs. Expanded documentation and online Help of
various kinds. Enhanced installation program to update AUTOEXEC.BAT.

0.09 08.02.93. Last release under the name "Information Centre". Auto
saving of Parent and Child windows (such as the Diary) when closed or
after a period of inactivity. Print and Macro Managers can now handle
any ASCII codes using common "\nnn" format. Enhanced Screen Blanker,
Memory Monitor, and Colours dialog. Fixed problems saving Book Viewer
and File Manager in desktop file, and also some window resizing and
tiling quirks. Protected Mode edition (based on DPMI 0.9) available
now to registered users, allowing full use of memory up to 16MB, much
more room for running external programs or shelling to DOS, and the
Hex Viewer to show up to 512K of any file. New installation program.

0.08 01.02.93. Upgraded Calendar, and new Diary with day, week, month and
year lists, To-do lists, alarms and reminders, and scheduled running
of programs or macros. Improved File|Open based on type of file.
Association of files to programs. New File|Open-To command overrides
the default Open action. View files in Hex format, or user-defined
file viewer. Post Notes up to 1K for putting simple messages on the
Desktop. Run named macros. ".BAT" commands no longer need to call
back to KMENU. Progress indicators for lengthy processes. Minor
improvements to User Logon and profiling. Disk volume labels shown
in File dialogs. Input line histories, Locate/Replace options, and
Mouse options now saved with the rest of the Desktop. Fixed problems
with Locate/Replace, File Copy, and disabled commands after screen
blanking. Changed memory management to give more space for databases,
editors and viewers, and allow more room to shell out to Dos. Other
internal changes and improvements due to compiler upgrade.

0.07 29.12.92. Fixed silly File Manager bugs introduced in last release.
For those with source code, this is the final release that is fully
compatible with Turbo Pascal 6.0.

0.06 14.12.92. Some work on data windows. Better memory management.
Single key search in all list boxes, whether sorted or not. Other
minor improvements.

0.05 18.11.92. Screen Blanker no longer passes the first keystroke or
mouse click through to any underlying window. Faster moving of files
within the same drive. User Logon restores desktop previously saved
for that User Name. Slash (/) key can be used to obtain the Menu Bar,
except when in an editor or input field. More warning messages in
Book Compiler. Keyboard Codes viewer (was ASCII viewer) shows full
Scan Code of the pressed key.

0.04 25.10.92. Window for Macro Manager to manipulate queues in the same
way as Print Manager. Dot commands for shelling out to Dos. Fixed
file size problem in Editor/Viewer, >1K paragraphs and Tab key bugs in
Book Compiler, and several problems in Print Manager. File windows
now numbered sequentially automatically, accessible by Alt-n, and the
same file cannot be opened in multiple windows. File Manager can Make
and Remove directories, and some bugs have been fixed. Different
colours for Help and Book windows.

0.03 24.09.92. Window for Print Manager to see and manipulate queues and
enter text like a typewriter, plus now handles a range of Wordstar-
like dot commands. Hypertext-style Book compiler similar to the built
in help system. Menu Definition File now uses dot commands. Assorted
other improvements.

0.02 30.08.92. More information in File dialog, plus ability to handle
wildcards for Copy, Move, Rename and Delete operations. Improved some
colours. Mine Sweeper made a bit harder. More Help. Assorted other
minor fixes and improvements.

0.01 15.08.92. Initial Release. Includes Editor and Viewer, Clipboard
with full Cut/Copy/Paste, Search and Replace, Program Starter, File
Manager, basic Print and Macro facilities, Calculator, Calendar, Tile
Puzzle, Mine Sweeper, ASCII Chart, Memory Monitor, Desktop Save and
Restore, Screen Blanker, customisation of colours and mouse behaviour,
and some Help, all in a flexible character-based windowed environment.


Thanks to Haruyasu Yoshizaki for making his great little archiving program
LHA freely available.

Thanks to my good wife Kathryn, in who's honour this program is named, for
her patience and help in it's lengthy development process.

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