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*B 1,Help Index
Album Trax Version 1.0
Copyright (c) 1990 Saugatuck Software Inc.
Press F1 at any time for context-sensitive help
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Welcome to the Album Trax help facility. Use the
following keys to move around:

 - Move to topic Enter - Go to topic
PgUp - Previous screen PgDn - Next screen
ESC - Exit help

Here are some basic topics to get you started using
Album Trax:

^File^ ^Add^ ^Browse^
^Locate^ ^Print^ ^Tools^
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*B 2,File

File
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The File command has a number of options that deal
primarily with Album Trax files, such as Loading,
Creating, Copying, Appending and Counting. You also
have options for changing the Drive and Directory to
facilitate File commands and also for Jumping to DOS.
The About command will give you a summary of your
system information.

Select one of the following for additional information:

^Load^ ^Create^ ^Copy^ ^Append^ ^Count^
^Drive^ ^Directory^ ^OS shell^ ^About^
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*B 3,Add

Add
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The Add command is used to add records to the current
Album Trax database. To select a different database,
use the ^Load^ option in the ^File^ command. When this
option is selected, you will be presented with a data
entry form. Press for sides 3 and 4,
to save the record, and to return to the Main
Menu [Be sure to save the record first!].

While in the Add command, you have available to you a
variety of editing ^Keys^ to facilitate data entry.

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 4,Keys


Data Entry and Cursor Movement
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Enter - Process Current Field
Ctrl-Enter - Save Record
F10 - Save Record Without Confirmation
Home - Beginning of Field
End - End of Line/Field
Ctrl-Home - Beginning of First Field
Ctrl-End - End of Last Field
Tab - Next Field
Shift-Tab - Previous Field
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Inserting and Deleting
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Ins - Toggle Insert Mode
Del - Delete Character at Cursor
BackSpace - Delete Character Left
Ctrl-BackSpace - Delete Word Left
Ctrl-T - Delete Word Right
Ctrl-U - Delete to End of Field
Ctrl-Y - Delete to End of Form
Ctrl-R - Restore Original Field
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Other Editing Keys
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Arrow keys - Cursor Movement
Ctrl-LeftArrow - Word Left
Ctrl-RightArrow - Word Right
PgDn - Sides 3 and 4
PgUp - Sides 1 and 2
Alt-Q - Quit Data Entry



See Also: ^Add^
^Help Index^
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*B 5,Browse

Browse
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The Browse Command allows viewing of the entire current
database by Recording Artist, Title, Category, Year
recorded, Label, Format [LP, CD, etc.] or last ^Date^ the
record entry was modified.

See ^Locate^ if you want to search the current database
by Artist, Title and/or Label, or if you want to locate
a Song.

To select a different database, use the ^Load^ option in
the ^File^ command.
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As soon as you select a Browse criteria, you will
be presented with the following choices:

Page 1
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 1.
Selectable with or '1'.

Page 2
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 2.
'' indicates data on Page 2.
Selectable with or '2'.
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Next
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Selectable with '+', 'N' or Space Bar.

Previous
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Selectable with '-' or 'P'.

First
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In "Find" or "Scan" the first record matching the
search criteria will be displayed.
Selectable with or 'F'.
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Last
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In "Find" or "Scan" the last record matching the
search criteria will be displayed.
Selectable with or 'L'.

Edit
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You will be able to change any field while in
Edit mode. Alt-Q allows you to abort Edit.
Selectable with 'E'.

Delete
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Record will be irrecoverably removed from disk.
Selectable with 'D'.
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Print
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Print the Current Record or Records matching the
search criteria to:

1) Printer
2) File
3) Rolodex

The printer port (LPT1 or LPT2), the default Filename
and IBM graphics can be set with "ALBUMCFG."
Rolodex will send a summary to 2 x 4 inch rolodex
cards.
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Find
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Find an "Exact" match.

Scan
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Scan for the "Closest" match.

Quit
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Return to Main Menu.


See Also: ^Locate^
^Help Index^
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*B 6,Locate

Locate
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The Locate Command allows searching of the current
database for records by Recording Artist, Title, and/or
Label, or for song titles. First decide if you want to
"Find" an exact match, or if you want to "Scan" for the
closest match. You will then be presented with a pop-up
window for the search criteria. Only one Field needs to
be entered to perform a search.

To select a different database, use the ^Load^ option in
the ^File^ command. See ^Browse^ to view the entire
database.
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As soon as you select a Search criteria, you will
be presented with the following choices:

Page 1
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 1.
Selectable with or '1'.

Page 2
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 2. '' indicates
data on Page 2. Selectable with or '2'.
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Next
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Selectable with '+', 'N' or Space Bar.

Previous
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Selectable with '-' or 'P'.

First
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In "Find" or "Scan" the first record matching the
search criteria will be displayed.
Selectable with or 'F'.
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Last
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In "Find" or "Scan" the last record matching the
search criteria will be displayed.
Selectable with or 'L'.

Edit
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You will be able to change any field while in
Edit mode. Alt-Q allows you to abort Edit.
Selectable with 'E'.

Delete
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Record will be irrecoverably removed from disk.
Selectable with 'D'.
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Print
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Print the Current Record or Records matching the
search criteria to:

1) Printer
2) File
3) Rolodex

The printer port (LPT1 or LPT2), the default Filename
and IBM graphics can be set with "ALBUMCFG."
Rolodex will send a summary to 2 x 4 inch rolodex
cards.
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Find
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Find an "Exact" match.

Scan
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Scan for the "Closest" match.

Quit
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Return to Main Menu.


See Also: ^Browse^
^Help Index^
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*B 7,Print

Print
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The Print Command allows you to send the entire Album
Trax database to either a File or to the Printer.
You can send the data to any valid DOS file, or to
LPT1 or LPT2 [Use ALBUMCFG to change the Printer port].
You can also Print the database on 2 x 4 Rolodex Cards
[Songs are not printed with this option].

After selecting the desired output, you will be presented
with a choice of sorting by Recording Artist, Title,
Category, Year recorded, Label or Format.

See ^Locate^ to Print an individual or group of records.
See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 8,Tools

Tools
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The Tools Command allows you to ^Rebuild^ a missing
Index and to ^Compress^ a database. Both of these
commands are performed on the current database. Album
Trax is very efficient in its use of disk space in that
the space previously occupied by a deleted record is
reused, therefore, you will not have to Compress a
database too often.

To select a different database, use the ^Load^ option in
the ^File^ command.

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 9,Quit

Quit
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The Quit command returns control
to DOS. The Alt-X key is a quick
way to return to DOS from any
point while running Album Trax.
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*B 10,Load

Load
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When you start Album Trax, the default database
"ALBUMTRX" is loaded into memory [Use ALBUMCFG to
change the default]. The Load command allows you to
perform operations on a different database.

You will be given a choice of existing databases on
the Current Working ^Directory^. Select "..\" to move
around the current drive, or use ^Drive^ to change the
drive before loading a database.

Use ^Create^ to create a new database.
See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 11,Create

Create
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The Create command creates and opens a new Album Trax
database, which consists of a data file and its
associated index. You need only to enter the name of
data file, the index file will be created automatically.
The name of the data file may include a drive and/or
path name if you wish. You should not include an
extension on the data file name; if you specify one,
it's ignored as the extension ".TRX" will be added.

Use ^Load^ to open an existing database.
See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 12,Copy

Copy
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The Copy command makes a copy of an existing database.
It is good practice to make backups of your databases.

The Copy command is not the same as using the DOS copy
command. Data will be copied record by record from the
old database to the new database. Similar to ^Compress^,
any wasted space will be removed and the database will
be sorted by Artist/Year.

Copy may take a while depending on the size of the
database and can be interrupted by pressing .

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 13,Append

Append
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The Append command is similar to ^Copy^ except that
records are added to an existing database. If the
database does not exist, Album Trax will ^Create^ it.

Data will be copied record by record from the old
database to the new database. Similar to ^Compress^,
any wasted space will be removed and the database will
be sorted by Artist/Year.

Append may take a while depending on the size of the
database and can be interrupted by pressing .

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 14,Count

Count
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The Count command will report the
total number of records in the
current database.
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*B 15,Drive

Drive
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The Drive command allows you to
change the current drive.

You will be presented with a
selection of available drives.
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*B 16,Directory

Directory
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The Directory command lets you set a new current drive
and/or directory by prompting you for the new drive
and/or directory name.

The prompt is initialized to the current drive and
directory, so you can also use this command to examine
the current drive and directory settings.

Use ^Drive^ to change only the drive.
See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 17,OS shell

OS shell
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The OS shell command starts a DOS command processor
so that you can type commands exactly as if you were
at the normal DOS prompt. It is important that you
do not execute any memory resident programs while in
a shell, as you will leave a hole in memory and may
crash Album Trax.

When you have finished entering DOS commands,
type "Exit" to return to Album Trax.

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 18,About

About
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The About command will display
information about your system, such
as the number of serial ports and
the total amount of memory available
and in use.
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*B 19,Date

Date
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The Date command will sort the current database in the
order of when you entered or last modified a record.
The date of last modification is indicated in the upper
right hand corner of the screen. This command is very
useful in updating hard copies of your records.
For example, to print out all records that you added or
changed in the last month, just select ^Browse^/Date/Last.
Now just ^Print^ the Last record, go to the Previous
record and continue until you have printed all new or
modified records.

See Also: ^Help Index^
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*B 20,Printer

Printer
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Send Current or Matching
Records to Printer.
[Use ALBUMCFG to set port]
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*B 21,To File

File
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Send Current or Matching
Records to Specified File.
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*B 22,Rolodex

Rolodex
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Send Current or Matching
Records to 2 x 4 inch
rolodex cards.
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*B 23,Rebuild

Rebuild
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If the Index for the current database becomes corrupt
or is missing, Rebuild will recreate the Index.
You will receive an error message if it is necessary
to rebuild the Index.

This process may take a while depending on the size of
the database and cannot be interrupted.


See Also: ^Tools^
^Help Index^
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*B 24,Compress

Compress
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The Compress option will remove all wasted space (if any)
and will sort the database by Artist/Year. Album Trax
is very efficient in its use of disk space in that the
space previously occupied by a deleted record is reused,
therefore, you will not have to Compress a database too
often.

Compress may take a while depending on the size of
the database and can be interrupted by pressing .

See Also: ^Tools^
^Help Index^
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*B 25,Page 1

View Page 1
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 1.
Also selectable with or '1'.
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*B 26,Page 2

View Page 2
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Non-selectable while viewing Page 2.
'' indicates data on Page 2.
Also selectable with or '2'.
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*B 27,Next

View Next Record
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Also selectable with '+',
'N' or Space Bar.
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*B 28,Previous

View Previous Record
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Also selectable with '-'
or 'P'.
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*B 29,First

View First Record
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In "Find" or "Scan" the first record
matching the search criteria will be
displayed. Also selectable with
or 'F'.
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*B 30,Last

View Last Record
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In "Find" or "Scan" the last record
matching the search criteria will be
displayed. Also selectable with
or 'L'.
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*B 31,Edit

Edit Record
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You will be able to change
any field while in Edit mode.
Alt-Q allows you to abort Edit.
Also selectable with 'E'.
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*B 32,Delete

Delete Record
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Record will be irrecoverably removed
from disk. You will be presented with
a confirmation window upon selection.
Also selectable with 'D'.
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*B 33,Print Record

Print
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Print the Current Record or Records
matching the search criteria to:

1) Printer
2) File
3) Rolodex

The printer port (LPT1 or LPT2), the
default Filename and IBM graphics can
be set with "ALBUMCFG."
Rolodex will send a summary to
2 x 4 inch rolodex cards.
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*B 34,Print Current

Print Current Record
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Send output to Printer.
[Use ALBUMCFG to set port]
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*B 35,Print Matching

Print All Matching Records
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Send output to Printer.
[Use ALBUMCFG to set port]
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*B 36,Find

Find a Record
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Find an "Exact" match.
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*B 37,Scan

Scan for a Record
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Scan for the "Closest"
match.
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*B 38,Quit 2

Quit
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Return to Main Menu.
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*B 39,Songs

Songs
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You can view the songs selected that met your search
criteria by use on the Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Page Up,
Page Down, Home and End Keys.

Use Print to output your selection to either a File or
to the Printer. You can send the data to any valid DOS
file, or to LPT1 or LPT2 [Use ALBUMCFG to change the
Printer port].

Quit or ESC will return you to the Main Menu.

See Also: ^Help Index^
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