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** The following Patri-Soft Newsletter was sent to all Patri-Soft **
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Patri-Soft Technical Update and Upgrade Notice
November 1992 Patriquin's Utilities/Tools Volume Number 1
This our first attempt at a Patri-Soft newsletter. The first time out it
is a little short but we hope you still find it valuable. We want to let you
know what we are up to in our development projects, and a little about our
future plans. New releases of some products are available. We'll tell you
a little about them and hope you consider upgrading.
We're working hard to keep all our products moving forward and have great
plans for the future. We value you as a customer and hope you are satisfied
with our products. If you should ever have a question, or just want to call
and chat, phone me at 909-422-3727. I'll be happy to talk with you anytime.
Thanks for giving us a few moments of your valuable time.
THE PATRIQUIN UTILITIES
The Patriquin Utilities never seem to stop growing! Here are some of the
major enhancements we have implemented.
PCOPY has been given menus and more new parameters. One of our most
outstanding new features is the ability to fully synchronize two hard disks
or directories. This new synchronization process even removes files and
directories when needed. It is great for keeping notebook and desktop
computers in sync with each other. PCOPY now automatically formats output
diskettes when needed. Support for 4DOS file descriptions automatically
copies descriptions with files. A log file can be written to help you keep
track of all copy activities. These are only a few of the major PCOPY
enhancements done. The current version is PCOPY 9.2C.
PSEARCH has been enhanced with a long asked for feature to change text in
files. You can now search for up to 5 strings and replace any or all of
the strings. PSEARCH 5.2B adds and/or logic to each specific string to be
found. An outstanding new feature adds scroll back viewing of all search
results and even lets you go back and review the results of the last search
you performed, even after exiting the program. Word Perfect and text file
viewers let you examine files matching search criteria. If that isn't enough,
PSEARCH has a new launching option that lets you invoke programs to process
files selected from the scroll back display. The current version is
PDELETE has been upgraded with delete in date sequence functions. Using the
/SO and /FS parameters, PDELETE can delete the oldest files of a directory
until a specified freespace exists. The ability to process a list of files
has been added to PDELETE and PPRINT.
STOWAWAY RELEASES VALUABLE HARD DISK SPACE!
Patri-Soft has recently introduced Stowaway, our unique archival system
designed to let you recover unused hard drive space and delay that next hard
disk purchase. Stowaway automates the process of moving seldom used or
unneeded files off your hard disk onto diskettes. The unique part of
Stowaway is that it keeps track of archived files for you and organizes
diskette storage so any file can be instantly located and restored back to
your hard disk. Some of our Stowaway customers have several thousand files
moved off their hard drive saving megabytes of hard disk storage.
Most people think of archivers as utilities to compress multiple files down
into a single condensed one. These archivers provide only a partial solution.
Stowaway is a complete archive manager for your PC.
Using Stowaway's menus, you may list and select files to be archived from
your hard disk. During selection you can give descriptions to each file and
assign them to logical groups. All this information is maintained in
Stowaway's hard disk catalog. When Stowaway archives the data, it calls for
archive diskettes in numerical order and "stows" your data in compressed format
on the diskettes. The data is maintained on diskettes, but all information
needed to locate and restore it is kept in Stowaway's catalog on your hard
When you need to restore a file, simply use Stowaway's menus to search for
files by name, group, directory, date, or descriptive keyword. Stowaway will
present a list of all matching files and let you select ones to be restored.
The restore process will automatically determine the diskette number containing
the data and request it be placed in the drive. A typical restore takes less
than a minute.
Hard disk storage costs over $3.00 per megabyte. Archive diskette storage
costs about $.50 a megabyte. Save your money! When I first started using
Stowaway, I immediately saved 20 meg of hard disk space in just a few minutes!
That's $60 of hard disk space. Stowaway can release much needed hard disk
space for you, as well as help you organize any files you may have stored
offline on diskettes.
Stowaway is great for storing picture files, BBS downloads, word processing
documents, spreadsheets, logs, databases, and especially old software.
Don't delete files trusting you will not need them again, archive with
Stowaway for peace of mind.
Stowaway is available for $39.
We have added a new product to compliment Stowaway that automatically restores
archived files if and when they are accessed by applications you use.
Auto Restore may optionally be installed and resides in your system watching
all file accesses during normal application activities. It detects when any
program attempts to access a file that has been archived. It can do this
because, with Auto Restore, Stowaway optionally leaves the archived file on
the hard disk with zero size and a time of 12:00am and therefore the file
occupies no space but is still visable.
When any program tries to read or write one of these files, Auto Restore
detects the access attempt and searches Stowaway's archive indexes to verify
the file is archived and, if so, pops up a window within your application to
tell you an archived file has been referenced and asks if you would like to
restore it for processing.
If you respond to restore the file, Auto Restore then asks you to place
the archive volume in the drive and proceeds to restore the file. If you
respond , Auto Restore notifies DOS, and subsequently your program or
command, that the file is inaccessable. The program or command accessing the
file will take its normal action when a file is not accessible.
After the restore is complete, the text window is removed from your display
and the active program or command continues its normal operation. Auto
Restore goes back to waiting for the next archived file to be accessed.
At this time Auto Restore only works with text mode applications; so it will
not operate when your system is runniung applications like Windows.
Auto Restore gives you added freedom to archive more files to offline storage
volumes. Since it takes care of all restore processing automatically, you can
archive files and trust they will be immediately accessible anytime they are
needed. Order Auto Restore when ordering Stowaway and get a $10 discount.
If, for any reason, you don't like it just return it for a full refund.
MEGABACK & MEGABACK PLUS HARD DISK BACKUP
Patri-Soft announces our new backup system, MegaBack. We have been in the
file management business for many years and kept thinking one of the major
software houses would finally develop an easy to use backup system that
provided advanced features every user needs. They never did! Now, MegaBack
makes available one of the most advanced backup systems available.
To be honest, if you are into jet speed, Megaback is not for you. To keep
MegaBack reliable, we have developed it to use all standard DOS facilities.
This means it is compatible with more systems, and is not sensitive to what
diskette controller chips you are using, and the speed your machine is running
MegaBack does not rely only on the brute force backup method. Instead, it
implements clean intelligent backup techniques to reduce backup times, and save
diskette space. MegaBack compresses data better than 50% and daily backup
can be complete in two minutes!
MegaBack has all the standard features for backup systems like automatic
diskette formatting, Full/Incremental Backup, menu driven restore, file
exclusion, index recovery and more. In addition, MegaBack has other nice
features not found in other products. These include, stopping and continuing
a full backup at another time, showing you what files are about to be backed
up and letting you exclude them immediately, detecting bad backup diskettes
dynamically, discarding them, and continuing the backup process, and many more.
MegaBack is our shareware backup system being offered for $39. MegaBack Plus
is our new retail version. It contains advanced features and utilities
like backup password protection and menu selectable backup set management.
MegaBack Plus will be priced at an introductory price of $59. Current
MegaBack users will be able to upgrade to MegaBack Plus for $20.
Keep watching MegaBack, you are just seeing the beginning! We have great
plans for its future. If you are looking for a simple but effective backup
system, give MegaBack a look. We don't think you will be disappointed.
At the end of this file there is a price list of all products and upgrades.
Upgrades are only available to registered users of Patri-Soft products.
If you have not previously ordered any Patri-Soft products but would like to
do so, product pricing and purchasing information are at the end of this file.
If you are a Registered User, you may upgrade the product you have registered
from any version of the product. Users who have purchased products within
the previous 6 months may receive free upgrades by downloading them from the
Patri-Soft BBS. If you previously purchased an individual utility at $20 and
wish to upgrade to a full set of the Patriquin Utilities with a User's Guide,
Patri-Soft will apply a $15 discount toward the purchase price of the
Take time to upgrade today so you won't forget. Your upgrade fee entitles you
to a year of technical support and BBS download upgrades for a product.
LATEST VERSIONS OF ALL PATRI-SOFT PRIDUCTS
PCOPY 9.2C PDELETE 4.40 EasyDial 4.40
PSEARCH 5.2B PPRINT 5.50 Stowaway 1.91
PALERT 2.40 PATTRIB 1.50 MegaBack 2.20
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____ Patriquin Utilities... $ 45.00 ____ Upgrade of the Utilities... $ 25.00
____ Stowaway.............. $ 39.00 ____ Upgrade of Stowaway........ $ 25.00
____ MegaBack.............. $ 39.00 ____ Upgrade of MegaBack........ $ 25.00
____ EasyDial.............. $ 20.00 ____ Upgrade of EasyDial........ $ 15.00
____ MegaBack Plus......... $ 59.00 ____ AutoRestore................ $ 35.00
____ A set of all Patri-Soft programs - includes Patriquin Utilities,
Stowaway, MegaBack Plus, AutoRestore, and EasyDial............. $ 200.00
____ Upgrade from a previously purchased Patri-Soft Utility to the full set
of the Patriquin Utilities..................................... $ 30.00
TOTAL OF ABOVE SELECTIONS: $ ______
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Purchase Orders............... $ 10.00
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