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Medley. Jim Button's very small, easy to use and free DOS menu program. Screen blanking, tiny (6K, perfect for laptops), user defined hot keys, includes menu designer utility program and Users' Manual.

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Medley Jim Button's very small, easy to use
and free DOS menu program. Screen blanking,
tiny (6K, perfect for laptops), user defined
hot keys, includes menu designer utility
program and Users' Manual.
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MEDLEY (tm)
USERS' MANUAL






(C)Copyright 1992 by ButtonWare
(C)Copyright 1992 by Jim Button
All rights reserved




ButtonWare, Inc.
P.O. Box 96058
Bellevue, WA 98009-4469
USA









TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHAT IS MEDLEY
INSTALLING MEDLEY
SETTING UP MEDLEY MENUS
USING MEDSET.EXE
TITLE/COLORS:
DELETE:
ADD:
CHANGE:
QUIT:
FILLING IN THE MENU QUESTIONS:
USING A TEXT EDITOR
USING MEDLEY
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS
PERMISSION TO COPY AND DISTRIBUTE
ABOUT BUTTONWARE




WHAT IS MEDLEY?

Medley is a menu program. It displays a menu on the screen
and lets the user select an operation from the menu. Menu
selection is done with a single keystroke, or by moving a
menu bar to the desired operation.

The purpose of Medley is to make computers easier to operate.
It's great for DOS-impaired or typing-impaired people. I
wrote Medley several years ago for use at ButtonWare. It
quickly gained wide popularity. Employees can do their daily
computer work without having to learn DOS commands.

Medley is lean and trim. The program itself is only 6K in
size (when it's running, it actually uses about 12K of
memory.) So Medley doesn't use up very much of your
computer's resources. This makes it ideal for use on laptop
computers or wherever disk space is a concern.

Medley offers some nice features too. There's an automatic
screen blanker (so that your menu lines won't get "burned in"
to your screen image.) Users can be asked questions before a
menu item is actually run. The answers to previous questions
can be recalled, to save having to retype them.

Is Medley for you? If you need to set up a complex menu
system with many levels of menus and dozens of menu items,
Medley probably is NOT for you. If, however, your
requirements are simple (one or two levels of menus) then you
should take a close look at Medley. Its ease of use and
minimalistic approach make it ideal for most people.

Best of all, Medley is free! ButtonWare asks for no payment for
this program. If it fits your needs, please use it, share it
with your friends, and enjoy. If you don't like it, toss it.
I make my living by selling computer software; but I get my
kicks by pleasing computer users. I hope that Medley pleases
you.

-Jim Button


INSTALLING MEDLEY

In most places, two people get involved with Medley. There is
an "installer" and a "user". The installer knows enough about
DOS to be able to set up Medley menus. After that, running
Medley is strictly up to the user.

If you received Medley in a ZIP file, you'll first need to
UNZIP it using the PKUNZIP program. For example:

PKUNZIP A:MEDLEY [Enter]

If you received Medley as a self extracting EXE file, you'll
first need to extract the contents. For example, if the file
is named MED.EXE,

A:MED [Enter]

The following files are most important

MEDLEY.COM The Medley main program (required)
MEDLEY.TBL The default Medley menu (optional)
MEDSET.EXE An optional program for setting up your
Medley menus

We recommend placing MEDLEY.COM and MEDLEY.TBL into one of
the subdirectories on the DOS Path, and then placing a MEDLEY
command in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. This will bring up the
Medley menu whenever the machine is rebooted.


SETTING UP MEDLEY MENUS:

Medley gets its menus from files on the disk. You can name
the files anything you want. The default menu name (if you
provide none when Medley actually starts up) is MEDLEY.TBL.
But if you have multiple levels of menus, or menus for
different purposes or users, give your Medley menus any valid
DOS file name.

Medley looks first in the current subdirectory for the medley
table file. If it can't find it there, it looks in the
subdirectory from which DOS loaded MEDLEY.COM.

The Medley table files can be created by two different
methods.

1. You can use the MEDSET.EXE program provided
2. You can use a text editor program



USING MEDSET.EXE

You can use the provided utility program MEDSET.EXE to create
or modify your medley menus. To use MEDSET, type a DOS command
line like this:

MEDSET filename

Where filename is the name of the medley table file you would
like to create or modify. If you provide no filename, MEDSET
will use the default file MEDLEY.TBL.

MEDSET brings up a screen that looks very much like the
actual MEDLEY menu. The menu selections are inside the medley
box, and an operation line is at the bottom. It asks:

(A)dd (C)hange (D)elete (T)itle/colors (Q)uit

Press the letter corresponding to the operation you wish to
perform.


TITLE/COLORS:

Press "T" change the Title or colors of the medley table.

THE TITLE:

This is the text that Medley displays at the top of the
Medley menu. Also, when Medley goes into screen-blanking
mode, this text is displayed inside a wandering text box.
The maximum title length is 65 characters.

Enter the title to be used, and press [Enter].


FOREGROUND COLORS:

You are asked to select a color to be used for the text
foreground.

0 - Black 8 - Grey
1 - Blue 9 - Light Blue
2 - Green 10 - Light Green
3 - Cyan 11 - Light Cyan
4 - Red 12 - Light Red
5 - Magenta 13 - Light Magenta
6 - Brown 14 - Yellow
7 - White 15 - Light White

Type in the appropriate number and press [Enter].


BACKGROUND COLORS:

You are asked to select a color to be used for the screen
background.

0 - Black
1 - Blue
2 - Green
3 - Cyan
4 - Red
5 - Magenta
6 - Brown
7 - White

Type in the appropriate number and press [Enter].

At this time, you'll see the new Medley screen with its
revised title line and colors.


DELETE:

Press "D" to delete an operation. You'll receive the
prompt:

"Pick an operation to DELETE".

Select an item to be deleted. You can do this in one of
two ways:

1. Using the cursor movement arrows on your keyboard,
move the selection bar to the menu item to be deleted
and press [Enter], or

2. Press the Hot Key character corresponding to the item
to be deleted.

The menu line will be deleted and the new Medley menu
will be displayed.

Note: MEDSET will not let you delete the last operation in
the menu. Because at least one operation is required, it just
beeps at your final Delete command.


ADD:

Press "A" to add a new operation to the menu. You'll be
prompted with:

"ADD near which operation".

You can add a new line either above or below one of the
existing current menu lines. Just move the selection bar
to a current menu line that is adjacent to the spot where
you would like to add the new line, and press [Enter];

The line you selected will me marked, and you are asked

Add (A)bove or (B)elow

Answer "A" to add Above the selected line, or answer "B"
to add Below the selected line.

Next, you'll be prompted with a full screen allowing you
to fill in all the information for a single menu line.
See the section below titled "FILLING IN THE MENU
QUESTIONS".


CHANGE:

Press "C" to change one of the operation lines. You'll
be prompted to:

"Pick an operation to CHANGE".

Select an item to change. You can do this in one of two
ways:

1. Using the cursor movement arrows on your keyboard,
move the selection bar to the menu item to be changed
and press [Enter], or

2. Press the Hot Key character corresponding to the item
to be changed.

Next, you'll be prompted with a full screen allowing you
to change all the information for a single menu line. See
the section below titled "FILLING IN THE MENU QUESTIONS".

QUIT:

If you press "Q", the medley file is saved away on disk
(in the current subdirectory) and you are returned to the
DOS prompt. If you press [ESC] instead of Quit, MEDSET
exits to DOS without saving the file.



FILLING IN THE MENU QUESTIONS:


"A 1-character Command for quick selection"

This can be any one character on the keyboard. This is
the single keystroke "hot key" that the operator can hit
to trigger the operation. Make sure that this key is
unique (different from the quick command for any of the
other operations).

If you use the space character for this, the entire line
will be treated as a separator line.


"A verbal description"

This is the text that will appear on the menu line. Use
words that the operator will easily understand.


"Disk drive to switch to, before the operation (optional)"

This parameter is optional. If you put a disk drive
letter here, Medley will do a DOS "change" to that drive
before running the operation.


"Path to switch to, before the operation (optional)"

This parameter is optional. If you put a subdirectory
specification here, Medley will do a DOS "change" into
that subdirectory before running the operation.


"The program id or batch file id, example: PGMNAME.EXE"

This is the name of the "EXE", "COM", or "BAT" file that
is run for this operation. If you leave this empty,
Medley exits when the Operator selects this command. This
is provided as a method for letting the operator return
from one Medley menu to the one that invoked it at a
higher level.


"The parameter line you would use, if doing operation from DOS"

This the optional command line that you would use when
running the program directly from DOS. Everything after
the DOS program name would go here. For example, if you
run the DOS command "PCF MYNAMES", you would place
"MYNAMES" here. "PCF.EXE" would go in the 6th parameter
(Program name).

If you put a "?" in front of a word, the operator will be
asked to supply the word each time the operation is run.
For example, "?Master_File" will cause medley to ask
"Master_file?" and accept from the operator whatever is
entered. Then, the operator entry will be placed on the
DOS command line.

You can use as many words or DOS parameters or questions
as you like here.

Here are some sample parameter entries:

*.* /W
?FileSpec
-D?Date -T?Time -nopause


"PAUSE after operation, before returning to Medley?"

Answer "Y" for Yes, or "N" for No to this question. If
Yes, Medley pauses after completing the operation
(before returning to the Medley screen.) Otherwise, the
pause will not occur.

For example: if the operation is to do a DOS directory
display, you would want the Pause to occur so that you
could view the output on the screen before returning to
the Medley menu.



USING A TEXT EDITOR:

Any editor or word processing program can be used to change
the Medley menu file, as long as the output is saved in a
straight ASCII format.


Here's a sample Medley menu file:

15,1,1,Jim's PC
F, ,PC-File,C,\pcf,pcf.exe,/DRIVE,C
E, ,Electronic Mail,,,email.bat,
N, ,Text Editor,,,NED.EXE,?FileName
W,P,Where is a file,,,whereis.bat,?Filespec
D,P,DOS (any command),,,command.com,?DOS_Command
B, ,Daily Backup,C,\,backup.bat,


There are two types of lines in the file. The first (top)
line in the file is the profile line. All the rest of the
lines are operation description lines.

Each line is comma-delimited. That is, the parameters on the
line are separated from each other by commas.

The Profile line:

There must be one (and only one) of these in each Medley
file. It must be the first line in the file.


1st parameter:
Foreground color

This is a number from 0 to 15;
0 - Black 8 - Grey
1 - Blue 9 - Light Blue
2 - Green 10 - Light Green
3 - Cyan 11 - Light Cyan
4 - Red 12 - Light Red
5 - Magenta 13 - Light Magenta
6 - Brown 14 - Yellow
7 - White 15 - Light White


2nd parameter:
Background color

This is a number from 0 to 7:
0 - Black
1 - Blue
2 - Green
3 - Cyan
4 - Red
5 - Magenta
6 - Brown
7 - White


3rd parameter:
Border color

This is not used by this version of Medley. Just make
this number the same as the Background color.


4th parameter:
Title Bar / ScreenBlanker box

This is the text that Medley displays at the top of
the Medley menu. Also, when Medley goes into
screen-blanking mode, this text is displayed inside a
wandering text box. The maximum title length is 65
characters.


The Operation lines:

There must be one or more of these in each medley file
Each line describes an operation that the operator can
do. There is a maximum of 20 operation lines allowed in
each medley file.


1st parameter:
Quick command character

This can be any one character on the keyboard. This
is the single keystroke "hot key" that the operator
can hit to trigger the operation. Make sure that this
key is unique (different from the quick command for
any of the other operations).

If you use the space character for this, the entire
line will be treated as a separator line.


2nd parameter:
Pause option

This should be either a space, or a "P" character. If
it's a "P", Medley will pause after completing the
operation (before returning to the Medley screen.)
Otherwise, the pause will not occur.

For example: if the operation is to do a DOS
directory display, you would want the Pause to occur
so that you could view the output on the screen
before returning to the Medley menu.


3rd parameter:
Command description

This is the text that appears on the menu line. Use
words that the operator will easily understand. This
has a maximum length of 40 characters allowed.


4th parameter:
Disk drive

This parameter is optional. If you put a disk drive
letter here, Medley will do a DOS "change" to that
drive before running the operation.
5th parameter:
Subdirectory

This parameter is optional. If you put a subdirectory
specification here, Medley will do a DOS "change"
into that subdirectory before running the operation.


6th parameter:
Program Name

This is the name of the "EXE", "COM", or "BAT" file
that is run for this operation. If you leave this
empty, Medley exits when the Operator selects this
command. This is provided as a method for letting the
operator return from one Medley menu to the one that
invoked it at a higher level.


7th parameter:
Prompts and command line parameters

This the optional command line that you would use
when running the program directly from DOS.
Everything after the DOS program name would go here.
For example, if you run the DOS command "PCF
MYNAMES", you would place "MYNAMES" here. "PCF.EXE"
would go in the 6th parameter (Program name).

If you put a "?" in front of a word, the operator
will be asked to supply the word each time the
operation is run. For example, "?Master_File" will
cause medley to ask "Master_file?" and accept from
the operator whatever is entered. Then, the operator
entry will be placed on the DOS command line.

You can use as many words or DOS parameters or
questions as you like here.

Here are some sample parameter entries:

*.* /W
?FileSpec
-D?Date -T?Time -nopause


USING MEDLEY

STARTING MEDLEY

Hopefully, Medley was installed for you so that it comes
up automatically when you turn on your computer. If this
doesn't happen, you can ask your installer to place a
MEDLEY command into the AUTOEXEC.BAT file for you.

If you want to start Medley yourself, from the DOS
prompt, just type MEDLEY and press [Enter].


RUNNING MEDLEY

THE MEDLEY MENU SCREEN

Here's a snapshot of a sample menu screen:



Jim's PC

F PC-File
C " contacts
U " users
E EMAIL
W Where is a file
N NED Editor
D DOS (any command)


4:29 p.m.
June 27, 1992 C:\UTIL


The Menu box appears in the center of the screen. The
title bar in the box ("Jim's PC") can be set up to say
whatever you like it to say.

In the box, below the title, are the individual menu
items which you can select to run. See "PICKING AN
OPERATION" below for instructions.

At the bottom left of the screen, you see the current
date and time.

At the bottom right of the screen, the current DOS "Path"
is displayed.


PICKING AN OPERATION

You select a menu item in one of two ways:

1. Using the cursor movement arrows on your keyboard,
move the selection bar to the menu item to be deleted
and press [Enter], or

2. Press the Hot Key character corresponding to the item
to be deleted. The Hot Key is the single character
showed at the left of the menu description. For example,
"F" is the Hot Key for PC-File in the sample Medley box
above.


ANSWERING PROMPTS

After you select an item from the menu, you may be taken
directly into the corresponding program. However, for
some menu items, more information may be required. In
these cases, a question box will appear and you can type
in the answer to the question.

Medley has a nice feature which can sometimes save you a
lot of typing. Medley memorizes your answer to a question
and keeps it in memory. The next time you are asked a
question, you can retrieve the previously memorized
answer. To do this, just hit the up-arrow cursor movement
key. key. You can then use this as your answer, or change
it if necessary.


THE SCREEN BLANKER

Computer screens which show the same image for long
periods of time sometimes suffer the malady of image
"burn in." The image becomes forever marked lightly on
the screen.

To prevent this, Medley has a built in screen saver
feature. After the Medley screen has displayed for three
minutes with no keyboard activity, Medley blanks the
screen and puts up a wandering title box. This will
prevent image burn-in.

To return to your Medley menu from the screen saver mode,
just tap any key on your keyboard. The keystroke is
thrown away, and the Medley menu reappears.

You can manually invoke the screen saver without having
to wait for the two minute timeout. Just hit the (Ctrl)B
or (Alt)B key combination.

The screen saver only comes up from within the Medley
menu. If you have selected a menu item and are working
within some other program, the screen saver cannot be
activated until you return to the Medley menu.


ENDING MEDLEY

You can quit out of Medley completely. Just hit Ctrl-Break
(while holding down the [Ctrl] key, press the [Break] key)
or Ctrl-C while the Medley menu is displayed. This takes
you out of Medley to the DOS prompt.



ADVANCED TECHNIQUES


DROPPING TO DOS

You might like to provide one line in the Medley table which
allows running any DOS command, then returns to Medley.
Here's the Medley table line we use at ButtonWare:

D,P,DOS (any command),,,command.com,?DOS_Command

PROVIDING AN EASY WAY TO QUIT MEDLEY

You might like to provide a line on the menu that lets the
user easily exit from Medley. To do that, leave the 6th
parameter ("Program Name") empty. Here's an example from
the Medley table at ButtonWare:

X, ,Exit Medley,,,,


MULTIPLE MEDLEY SCREENS

While we don't recommend Medley for complex menu
requirements, it is very easy to set up multiple medley
screens (sub menus) that are only one or two levels deep.

Here's a sample Medley table line which brings in a second
copy of medley with its associated table. Since Medley's
memory usage is so tiny, this is a nice solution.

S, ,Spreadsheets,,,MEDLEY.EXE,LOTUS.TBL

This menu line runs a second copy of Medley, using the
LOTUS.TBL file for its menu.

In the secondary menu, you should provide a "return" to the
main Medley menu. You can do this by leaving the Program Name
parameter empty.

M, ,Return to Main menu,,,,



IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS


"It runs too fast and I don't see my answer"

You probably need to use the Pause option so that Medley
will stop after your DOS operation, before clearing the
screen and putting up the menu. See the section on
"SETTING UP MEDLEY MENUS".


"I can't read the medley screen"

You may have to try a different color combination.
Run MEDSET.EXE and play with the Title/colors setup
option.


"Nothing happens"

If you select a menu line and nothing happens, the usual
cause is a wrong Disk drive, Path, or DOS COMMAND. DOS
doesn't find the command which Medley is requesting, and
it returns immediately to the Medley screen.


Technical support

Please do not call ButtonWare for help with this program.
Since we receive no money for Medley, our small company
cannot afford to provide free technical support for it.
We don't like for life to be this way. It's one of the
drawbacks of providing free software.


PERMISSION TO COPY AND DISTRIBUTE

Medley is copyrighted free software.

The programs MEDLEY.COM, MEDSET.EXE, and the file MEDLEY.DOC
are
(C)Copyright 1992 by Jim Button
(C)Copyright 1992 by ButtonWare, Inc.
All rights reserved.

Jim Button and ButtonWare, the copyright owners, grant
worldwide permission for unlimited copying and distribution
of these files. You may copy them, give them away, sell them,
distribute them, archive them, bundle them with your own
products, and use them without restriction as long as you do
not modify them in any way or disassemble or rename them.

Modifying, changing, renaming, or disassembling any portion
of any of these files is considered a violation of
Copyrights, and violators will be prosecuted.


ABOUT BUTTONWARE

Jim Button, often called "The Father of Shareware", pioneered
the Shareware method of software distribution in 1982.
ButtonWare Inc. was incorporated in 1984. Jim was also one of
the founding fathers of the Association of Shareware
Professionals and served as its first Chairman of the Board.


BUTTONWARE PRODUCT LINE
Current April 1, 1992


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Bellevue, WA 98009-4469
USA



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