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TDP MENU (v2.56)

- INTRODUCTION -

Before the advent of the PC, only the very elite had the
resources, then necessary,to own computers. Large
accounting firms, Universities, Finance Companies, etc. were
the only users. We all knew that someday we would see
computers in small businesses and even in our homes.Well
the time hascome, and yet, we've only scratched the
surface. Now with the widespread use of PERSONAL COMPUTERS,
and the wealth of creativity at hand, we will be seeing even
more fantastic innovations, not only with computers, but in
all fields of endeavor.

Because of the wide availability of compatible software,
most of us are using IBM-PC's. The software we use at work
can, often, be used at home, and vice versa. But, in order
to useANY computer, we mustfirst learn how to run its
OPERATING SYSTEM. The OPERATING SYSTEM, is the interface
between the user and the complicated infra-structure of the
computer, andthus we must become familiar with its
commands. MS-DOS is the system generally providedwith
IBM-PC's. It interprets our commands allowing us to run
software, copyour work, backup disks, and do many other
fantastic maneuvers. So, after studying all of its
commands, we find that it is very powerful, but not as "USER
FRIENDLY" as we had hoped for. There are some who don't
realize it, but there is a much easier method of using
MS-DOS, it is called TDP MENU.

TDP MENU has 68 MENU SELECTIONS, each one able to be custom
tailored to what the user desires. He can design selections
to call up a WORD PROCESSOR, a SPREAD SHEET, or any other
software utility at hand. Nomore having toremember the
string of commands necessary to do the, should be simple,
task of backing up a hard disk, or calling up adisk
directory. Enter the appropriate commands only once and you
have asimple, yet effective, SELF DESIGNED, companion for
MS-DOS.

Although TDP MENU is protected by Copyright, permission to
make copies is granted for evaluation purposes only. If,
after 30 days, the EVALUATION COPY is found to be useful, it
must THEN be REGISTERED,as further use, without
registration, is EXPRESSLY DENIED. Read the section about
REGISTRATION on page 7.

- Copyright (C) 1988 Wayne Davis -
Permission to reproduce is granted - no reproduction for
resale purposes allowed.



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- CONTENTS -

INTRODUCTION --------------------------------------- 1

CONTENTS ------------------------------------------- 2

SPECIFICATIONS ------------------------------------- 3

INSTALLATION --------------------------------------- 4

INSTRUCTIONS ------------------------------------ 5-14

HOT KEYS ------------------------------------------- 5

MENUS A & B ---------------------------------------- 5

CURSOR BARS ---------------------------------------- 6

CHANGING COLORS ------------------------------------ 6

SCREEN PROTECTION ---------------------------------- 6

REGISTRATION --------------------------------------- 7

THE EDITOR -------------------------------------- 8-12

CHANGING THE DATE --------------------------------- 12

CHANGING THE TIME --------------------------------- 13

CHANGING THE PASSWORD ----------------------------- 13

SELECTION LOCKS ----------------------------------- 14

TOLL FREE HELP ------------------------------------ 15

ABOUT THE FILES ----------------------------------- 15



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- SPECIFICATIONS (with REGISTRATION) -

COMPATIBILITY ------------ IBM/PC with MS-DOS 2.00 or higher
MENU SELECTIONS ----------------------------------------- 68
TITLE CHARACTERS ---------------------------------------- 33
COMMAND LINES FOR EACH SELECTION ------------------------ 21
COMMAND LINE CHARACTERS --------------------------------- 75
DISPLAY SYSTEM DATE & TIME ----------------------------- YES
AUTOMATIC SCREEN PROTECTION ---------------------------- YES
SET DATE ----------------------------------------------- YES
SET TIME ----------------------------------------------- YES
TOLL FREE HELP LINE ------------------------------------ YES
PASSWORD PROTECTION ------------------------------------ YES
CHANGE COLORS ------------------------------------------ YES


- SPECIFICATIONS (without REGISTRATION) -

COMPATIBILITY ------------ IBM/PC with MS-DOS 2.00 of higher
MENU SELECTIONS ----------------------------------- Variable
TITLE CHARACTERS ---------------------------------------- 33
COMMAND LINES FOR EACH SELECTION ------------------------ 21
COMMAND LINE CHARACTERS --------------------------------- 75
DISPLAY SYSTEM DATE & TIME ----------------------------- YES
AUTOMATIC SCREEN PROTECTION ---------------------------- YES
SET DATE ------------------------------------------------ NO
SET TIME ------------------------------------------------ NO
TOLL FREE HELP LINE ------------------------------------- NO
PASSWORD PROTECTION ------------------------------------- NO
CHANGE COLORS ------------------------------------------ YES


One of the main disadvantages of most other menus, is that
they have to remain RESIDENT in RAM MEMORY, taking up
valuable space, while running the software they select. If
an application program is large, there could be obvious
conflicts. TDP MENU, on the otherhand, is completely
dumped from RAM each time itactivates a selection, thus
leaving more room for large applications such asWORD
PROCESSORS, SPREAD SHEETS, ETC.

Comparing specifications, how many other menus -

have as many as 68 MENU SELECTIONS available?
have as many as 33 TITLE CHARACTERS?
have as many as 21 COMMAND LINES for each selection?
have as many as 75 COMMAND LINE CHARACTERS?
are dumped from ram while making a selection?
display SYSTEM DATE & TIME?
have AUTOMATIC SCREEN PROTECTION?
allow for the setting of SYSTEM DATE and TIME?
have a TOLL FREE HELP line?
have PASSWORD PROTECTION?
allow for CHANGING COLORS?



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- INSTALLATION -

NOTE: The examples are for hard disk installation,
but use on floppies is quite similar and
works just as well.

1. Make sure you have the 6 TDP MENU files on
at least 2 floppies, for backup.

2. Place one of the floppies in an available
drive (say drive A:) and check for the
following files:

MENU BAT
OBJM 000
OBJM COM
NAME REG
READTHIS DOC
TITLES

For proper installation, these files must be
present.

3. Make a DIRECTORY called TDPMENU, somewhere
on your DISK.

EXAMPLE: C:
CD\
MD\TDPMENU

4. Copy all the files listed above.

EXAMPLE: COPY A:*.* C:\TDPMENU

5. To allow TDP MENU to start on POWER-UP or
RE-BOOT, consult your MS-DOS manual on the
use of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

EXAMPLE: The last 3 lines of AUTOEXEC.BAT
should read as follows:

C:
CD\TDPMENU
MENU

6. To run TDP MENU, change to the TDPMENU
directory and enter the command "MENU".

EXAMPLE: C:
CD\TDPMENU
MENU



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- INSTRUCTIONS -


To start TDP MENU, enter "MENU" from the directory where the
files are stored.

Before REGISTERING, you will be ableto usethe UNLOCKED
MENU SELECTIONS. Try it out, and become comfortable with
it. The F1 key will bring up a help window, some of these
functions, however, are not ACCESSIBLE until you obtain a
PASSWORD by REGISTERING.


HELP WINDOW -
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|ENTER - ACTIVATE the selection. |
|PgUp - TOGGLE between menus A & B. |
|PgDp - TOGGLE between menus A & B. |
|UP - MOVE cursor bar UP. |
|DOWN - MOVE cursor bar DOWN. |
|RIGHT - MOVE cursor bar RIGHT. |
|LEFT - MOVE cursor bar LEFT. |
|ALT/C - CHANGE COLORS |
|ALT/R - REGISTRATION. |
|ALT/E - EDIT the selection. |
| *ALT/D - CHANGE DATE. |
| *ALT/T - CHANGE TIME. |
| *ALT/P - CHANGE PASSWORD. |
| *ALT/L - LOCK/UNLOCK THIS SELECTION? |
| *ALT/H - TOLL FREE HELP LINE. |
==========================================

* These ITEMS are PASSWORD PROTECTED.


- HOT KEY DESIGNATORS -

You may have noticed that each selection on the menu is
preceded by a letter (A-Z) or a number (1-8). These
represent the HOT KEYS. If you press the "A" key on your
keyboard, the selection preceded by the letter "A" will be
activated, and the same is true with all the other
selections on the menu, in that a single stroke of the
appropriate HOT KEY will activate its selection.


- MENU A & B -

There are two 34 selection menus provided with the program,
giving a total of 68 menu selections in all. You can easily
change from MENU A toMENU B, or vice versa, by pressing
either the PAGEUP or PAGEDOWN key on your keyboard.



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- ABOUT THE CURSOR BARS -

There are two CURSOR BARS, one will always be setting on one
of the selections of MENU A, and the other will always be on
one ofthe selectionsof MENU B. Each CURSOR BAR can be
moved within its respective MENU by using the arrow keys on
your keyboard. The main purpose of the CURSOR BAR is to
point to a specific selection when changes on that selection
are to be made, however; it can also be used to activate a
selection by placing it on the selection andpressing the
ENTER KEY, some users prefer this method over the use of HOT
KEYS.




- CHANGING COLORS (not on MONOCHROME) -

To change theMENU COLORS, simply press ALT/C. A COLOR
GUIDE will appear on the left side of the screen. Press the
UP or DOWN ARROW KEY until the desired coloris attained.
Notice that there is a COLOR MENU to select the part of the
menu you wish to change, this is located in the top part of
the MENU. Bypressing the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW KEYS the
MENU, TEXT, CURSOR, CURSOR TEXT, and HOT KEY COLORS can be
selected for changing. When all the COLORS are set, press
"ENTER" to accept, or press "ESC" to return back to the
original COLOR.




- SCREEN PROTECTION -

When you are not using a word processor or other utility,
you may wish to haveyour menu up and ready to make a
selection. Yet you may be on the phone or doing something
else away from your computer. Prolonged periods of time
with the sameinformation displayed on some screens may
cause permanent damage. To avoid this, TDP MENU will,
partially, blank out after a period of 8 to 9 minutes of
non-use. At that point, only the SCREEN PROTECTION WINDOW
will be displayed. This window will move to a new location
on the screen every minute. The purpose of this window is
to alert the user that the screen was deliberately blanked
out, and that he may return to the menu by pressing any key.



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- REGISTRATION -

Your copy of TDP MENU has the full power and capabilities of
all features of the program, however; only certain portions
are accessiblewithout REGISTRATION. Our unique method of
REGISTRATION, allows for unlocking these EXTRA FEATURES
after an exchange of information, by voice, over the phone.
No waiting for disks through the mail. No disappointments
because of disks damaged in transit.

This copy of TDP MENU is tobe used only to assist the
Registered user listed at the top of the menu screen.
However; an UNREGISTERED user may make a copy to evaluate
for 30 days. If the EVALUATION COPY is found to be useful,
it must THEN be REGISTERED. At time of REGISTRATION, the
new user will select a PASSWORD, known only to himself, thus
being able to access the previously locked portions of the
menu.

There are some selections that have, hopefully, been left
unlocked by the previous user. We grant you limited use of
these selections, but use of all 68 selections and many of
the functions requires a PASSWORD, obtained by REGISTRATION.

To REGISTER, simply hold downthe ALT key, press "R", and
follow the instructions outlined therein.

If you have a validVISA or MASTERCARD, bring up the
REGISTRATION WINDOW and call our TOLL FREE NUMBER. With an
exchange of the proper information, you will be directed to
enter your name and city to be displayed at the top of your
MENU SCREEN. You will then be instructed to enter a number
pertinent to your registration. If the correct information
is entered, you will be able to choose a NEW PASSWORD, known
only to yourself, which will unlock the additional features
of your menu, on the spot, as you THEN become a REGISTERED
USER of TDP MENU.

If youwish to register by mail, send your name, address,
phone number, and the time of day that you can be reached to
the address listed in the registration window. Allow time
for your check or money order to reach our office. As soon
as your check is approved we will contact you to complete of
your REGISTRATION.

In using TDP MENU, you may decide to write a FAVORABLE
article about it. If so, and you are successful in getting
your article published in a PROMINENT NATIONWIDE COMPUTER
MAGAZINE, send us your name address and phone number with a
copy of the magazine containing your article. If we believe
the article is FAVORABLE, the magazine is ACCEPTABLE, and
YOU are the AUTHOR, we will contact you to give you a FREE
REGISTRATION.



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- ABOUT THE EDITOR -

Note: Selections that have been locked (the ones with
DOTS) can only be edited by using the PASSWORD.

Using the CURSOR ARROW KEYS,move the CURSOR BAR to the
desired selection and while holding down the ALT key, press
the 'E' key. This will bring you into the TDP MENU EDITOR.
Press F1 for help.


EDITOR HELP -
=============================================
| F2 - DELETE the line at the cursor. |
| F3 - INSERT a line at the cursor. |
| F4 - DELETE from cursor to end of line. |
| F5 - DELETE whole page. |
| F6 - SAVE selection as is, and EXIT. |
| ESC - EXIT without any changes. |
| INS - TOGGLE between INSERT & OVERWRITE |
=============================================





SELECTION TITLES -
The TITLE for each SELECTION is what is displayed on the
MENU.

Each SELECTION TITLE may have as many as 33 characters.
Each SELECTION may have as many as 21COMMAND LINES.Each
COMMAND LINE may be as long as 75 characters.











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Let's say you have a word processor called WORD MATE that
you want to be invoked when the "A" key is pressed.

1. Move the CURSOR BAR to the "A" SELECTION.

2. Press ALT/E (Enter the PASSWORD if needed).

3. Type the following words:
WORD MATE, word processor

4. Press the ENTER key.

5. Assuming WORD MATE in a directory called
WORDMATE on DRIVE C:. Enter the following
DOS commands:
C:
CD\WORDMATE
WORDMATE

It would appear on the screen similar to this, there is
actually more room than is shown here. Each selection can
have a33 character title and 21 lines of 75 characters
each for the MS-DOS commands.

<-------- 33 chars -------->
==============================
| WORD MATE, word processor |
|=======================================================|
| C:| ^
| CD\WORDMATE| |
| WORDMATE| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| 21 lines
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| v
=========================================================
<------------------- 75 chars ------------------------>

6. Press the F6 key to save or Press the ESC
key to exit the editor with no changes.




CONTINUED >



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Let's say you have a spread sheet called MATH MATE that you
want to be invoked when the "B" key is pressed.

1. Move the CURSOR BAR to the "B" SELECTION.

2. Press ALT/E (Enter the PASSWORD if needed).

3. Type the following words:
MATH MATE, spread sheet

4. Press the ENTER key.

5. Assuming MATH MATE in a directory called
MATHMATE on DRIVE C:. Enter the following
DOS commands:
C:
CD\MATHMATE
MATHMATE

It would appear on the screen similar to this, there is
actually more room than is shown here. Each selection can
have a33 character title and 21 lines of 75 characters
each for the MS-DOS commands.



<-------- 33 chars -------->
==============================
| MATH MATE, Spread Sheet |
|=======================================================|
| D:| ^
| CD\MATHMATE| |
| MATHMATE| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| 21 lines
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| v
=========================================================
<------------------- 75 chars ------------------------>

6. Press the F6 key to save or Press the ESC
key to exit the editor with no changes.





CONTINUED >



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Let's say you want to back up your WORD MATE work on a
floppydisk on driveA: every timeyou invoke the "C"
SELECTION, and all your work is in files with the extension
WRK.

1. Move the CURSOR BAR to the "C" SELECTION.

2. Press ALT/E (Enter the PASSWORD if needed).

3. Type the following words:
WORD MATE, work to floppy...

4. Press the ENTER key.

5. Assuming WORD MATE in a directory called
WORDMATE on DRIVE C:. Enter the following
DOS commands:
C:
CD\WORDMATE
COPY *.WRK A:


It would appear on the screen similar to this, there is
actually more room than is shown here. Each selection can
have a33 character title and 21 lines of 75 characters
each for the MS-DOS commands.


<-------- 33 chars -------->
==============================
| WORD MATE, work to floppy |
|=======================================================|
| C:| ^
| CD\WORDMATE| |
| COPY *.WRK A: | |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| 21 lines
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| v
=========================================================
<------------------- 75 chars ------------------------>

6. Press the F6 key to save or Press the ESC
key to exit the editor with no changes.



CONTINUED >



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Let's say you want to have a selection on the screen where,
when invoked, will bring you to the directory WORDMATE so
that you can use MS-DOS the "OLD FASHIONED WAY". This would
appear something like this:

<-------- 33 chars -------->
================================
| MS-DOS at WORKMATE Directory |
|=======================================================|
| C:| ^
| CD\WORDMATE| |
| PATH C:\TDPMENU;C:\DOS| |
| GOTO DOS| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| 21 lines
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| |
|| v
=========================================================
<------------------- 75 chars ------------------------>

Notice the command GOTO DOS, which is necessary to keep TDP
MENU from popping up again. The PATH COMMAND, used similar
to this example, is to simplify returning to the MENU from
DOS.

As you've noticed in the previous examples, the commands
followthe same layout that is outlined in your MS-DOS
manual, including the batch file commands.




- SETTING THE DATE (PASSWORD PROTECTED) -

By pressing ALT/D, a help window will appear on the screen.
This window outlines the method used for changing the system
date. The cursor will at first be located on the month. To
advance to the next month press the UP ARROW KEY. To change
to a previous month, press the DOWN ARROW KEY. To be able
to change the day of the month, move the cursor to the right
by pressing the RIGHT ARROW KEY, and so on. In simpler
terms, press the UP ARROW KEYto increase , and press the
DOWN ARROW KEY to decrease the number that the cursor is on.
To move the cursor right use the RIGHT ARROW KEY, and to
move the cursor left, use the LEFT ARROW KEY. There is only
one way to exit, and that is by pressing the ENTER KEY, so
make sure the correct date is displayed before exiting.



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- SETTING THE TIME (PASSWORD PROTECTED) -

By pressing ALT/T, a help window will appear on the screen.
This window outlines the method used for changing the system
time. The cursor will at first be located on the hour. To
advance to the next hour pressthe UP ARROW KEY. To change
to a previous hour, press the DOWN ARROW KEY. To be able to
change the minutes, move the cursor to the right by pressing
the RIGHT ARROW KEY, and so on. In simpler terms, press the
UP ARROW KEY to increase , and press the DOWN ARROW KEY to
decrease the number that thecursor is on.To move the
cursor right use the RIGHT ARROW KEY, and to move the cursor
left, use the LEFT ARROW KEY. There is only one way to
exit, and that is by pressingthe ENTER KEY, so make sure
the correct time is displayed before exiting.







- CHANGING THE PASSWORD (ALSO PASSWORD PROTECTED) -

In the event the REGISTERED USER believes that someone knows
his password, he may wish to change it. To do so takes only
4 steps, as follows:

1.Press ALT/P.
2.Enter CURRENT PASSWORD.
3.Enter NEW PASSWORD.
4.Acknowledge the NEW PASSWORD.




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- THE SELECTION LOCKS (PASSWORD PROTECTED) -

The SELECTION LOCKS are designed to allow the registered
user to protect each selection in different ways. He would
move the CURSOR BAR to the selection where the locks are to
be changed, press ALT/L, and enter his PASSWORD, then he may
choose any one of the following three types of protection:

The PASSWORD is NOT needed here.
The PASSWORD is needed to EDIT.
The PASSWORD is needed to EDIT and ACTIVATE.

If the FIRST CHOICE is used on a selection, anyone using the
computer couldACTIVATE or ALTER that selection. This may
be desirable on SOME selections, however; it is not
generally recommended on multi-user systems. This choice is
indicated by a BLANK at the left of the selection.

If the SECOND CHOICE is used, anyone mayactivate the
selection, but it would require the PASSWORD to EDIT (alter)
it. This isthe most common method of protecting
selections, because a user that is allowing access to his
computer by others may also allow them to ACTIVATE certain
selections, while still preventing them from making any
changes. Thischoice is indicated by a SINGLE DOT at the
left of the selection.

The THIRD CHOICE willbe used on certain selections that
activate special utilities that could cause damage if
improperly used, such as formatting or backing up a disk.
Thus leavingthe selection accessible, ONLY, to the
registered user. This choice is indicated by a COLON at the
left of the selection.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It isIMPERATIVE that the registered user
does NOT allow unauthorized personnel to have access to his
PASSWORD. If the PASSWORD is known by those wishing to
damage the system, they couldeasily do so by altering a
normally innocent selection in such a way as to erase an
important file or even the whole hard disk. So, beware of
this. Also, be careful when activating a selection others
have had access to, as it is wise to first check out it's
content before activating. Thus, it is the registered
user's responsibility to properly protect and maintain his
menu.



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- TOLL FREE HELP (PASSWORD PROTECTED) -

A registered user will be able tobring up a window
displaying the currentTOLL FREE HELP NUMBER. He may call
this number for help relating to the workingsof TDP MENU.
This is accomplished by pressing ALT/H, andentering the
correct PASSWORD.



- ABOUT THE FILES -

It EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED to modify ANY of the files included
in the TDP MENU package in ANY WAY other than as provided
within the normal features of the program. Permission to
use ANY OTHER utility to makealterations, of any kind, on
this package is, hereby, FORMALLY DENIED.

Although the complexities of each of the files contained in
the TDP MENU package are shielded from the user, here is a
little information for those interested.


MENU BAT- Directs traffic for each selection.

OBJM COM- Main Program Logic.

OBJM 000- Additional Logic (when needed).

TITLES- Selection titles.

NAME REG- Registered User Information.

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