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Archive   : BUSCARDS.ZIP
Filename : CARDS43.DOC

Output of file : CARDS43.DOC contained in archive : BUSCARDS.ZIP


This is the DOCUMENTATION - NOT THE PROGRAM - Press ESC to exit to DOS




At the DOS Prompt: (If Prompt $P$G invoked)


Type: CARDS and press









************* THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING "BUSCARDS" VERSION 4.2 ***************

Files contained on the Master Diskette:

CARDS .BAT (Batch file that RUNS appropriate BUSCARDS program)
CARDS43 .EXE (Main execution module)
CARDS43 .DOC (Document information about BUSCARDS)
BROWSE .COM (Program to scan text and document files)
DOTHIS .BAT (Batch file that runs BROWSE.COM to scan this document)
Ù ³ These DATA files are NOT REQUIRED to be on your ³
³ working disk. They are only samples of my cards.³
³ After you create your first card and save it, ³
³ the SAVE routine will automatically create new ³
³ DATA files with your new cards data information.³

EPSONCHR.EXE UTILITY That prints IBM graphics on EPSON printers.
EPSONCHR.ASM Associaated text for the Utility
EPSONCHR.DOC Documentation file.

³ These 3 files are utilities that are said to ³
³ allow Epson printers to print IBM graphics! ³
³ They are included only for experimentation ³
³ and are NOT SUPPORTED. However, if you are able ³
³ to make these work, please let me know. ³

"Use to view the .ASM and .DOC files to see how to use them"




* IBM or Compatable computer

* Monitors: Color not required

If you have a Color monitor, cards will appear on screen in the
same color as they will be printed on a color printer.

* Printers:

This program will NOT run without a printer connected and on line.

* Printer types:

For Colored Cards:



(Program was designed on this printer using the IBM mode)

For Black and White Cards:

Probably most any printer should work with this program and
at least print black and white cards with * or # as borders.

For GRAPHICS borders:

ONLY those printers which will accept and print IBM graphics

What is "BUSCARDS"?

This program allows the user to create, save, and print business cards,
10 to a page, on an IBM, an Epson or equivilent printer. The program was
designed for my personal use and was not intended to be marketed commercially.

After the first version was placed on a local San Diego Computer
Bullitin Board, it has spread in popularity all the way to other BBS systems
as far as the East Coast. The first version did not include the ability to
save cards or even reprint multiple pages of cards without retyping the card.
This version does offer both of these options, and if used with normal

restrictions such as resonable line lengths when creating a new card, the
program should function without any difficulties.

This program comes with no guarantees whatsoever. It is sold in
an AS IS condition. The Author accepts no responsiblity for the use nor
the results of the use of the program.

David R. Long


* Before you do anything else, MAKE A COMPLETE BACKUP COPY OF THIS MASTER
and store it in a safe place.


* To START the program Type: CARDS and press .

* Answer the prompts in reference to the type of monitor (Color - BW), printer
and whether using fan fold or single sheet paper.

* The program was designed using a C.ITOH model J310 Color printer which
emulates both IBM and Epson modes.

The program will also use the auto-paper feed feature. Because this places
the top of the sheet high enough to cause an incorrect printing of the last
card, the program will automatically backfeed several lines prior to printing
the first card.

With a little practice, you should be able to easily find the proper
paper position before you begin printing your cards.


Print Head Adjustment

* It is preferable to use single sheet card stock to print business cards.
Keeping in mind that card stock is much thicker than a single sheet of
standard computer paper, you will have to adjust the printer head away
from the printer roller to elliminate any smudges which may occur if
the printer head is too close to the roller and will drag the ribbon
accross the paper and streak the cards.

* Begin printing a test printing. To locate the best position of the print
head for the thickness of the paper or card stock, move your print head
position lever to an adjustment that will achieve a good printing of the
card without any streaking.


IBM Mode

* This is the most desireable mode to use since it offers you a wider
selection of borders using various IBM graphics characters.

* If you have a printer which will print all of the IBM Graphic
characters, you should chose the IBM mode option when prompted to
do so. This will bring up a menu of Border choices for several
graphics characters which make a very nice card with a border
that will look nice and also act as an excellent cutting guide.

* I prefer the double line or the single line as normal borders for
my cards. I included the other options but they don't make as
nice a border and they take much more time to print and tend to
reduce the life of your printer ribbon.


Epson Mode

* If you have a printer which DOES NOT print the IBM graphics characters,
you should chose the Epson Mode. This menu only offers non-graphics
characters which may be used as a border for your cards such as the
asterisk * or the pound sign # or of course a borderless card.

* Chosing the IBM mode when your printer DOES NOT support IBM graphics
characters may produce undesired results when you attempt to print
your cards.

* Constult your printer manual to find whether your printer supports
IBM graphics characters or not.

* Some special printer Utilities may allow and Epson printer to recognise
and print IBM graphics characters. These are not supported by this
program and user experimentation is suggested. If you achieve any manor
of success by using such utilities, please feel free to convey your
findings to us.


Cutting your Cards

* For best results, use a paper cutter to cut your cards. If a paper
cutter is not available, then use a pair of long scissors to cut
the cards.

* When cutting cards with borders, use the border as a guide. Cut close
but not on the border if you are using either the double or single line
borders .

* For best results, trim along the outside of the cards border first. Then
cut the sheet of cards along the width under each of the 2 cards. Finally,
cut the 2 side by side cards between their borders for your last cut.

Cutting Borderless Cards

* If you are cutting cards with NO Border, the program will generate a
printing guide at the top and the bottom of the sheet. And cutting
guides along the left and right sides of the sheet.

* This is the most difficult card to cut up because you have to cut the
cards on the first several cuts WITHOUT cutting off the guides.

* Try cutting just outside and as close as possible to the guides on
the first cutting. Then cut along the width of the sheets seperating
the cards again in 5 side by side 2 card sections. Then use the top
and bottom to line up and cut the center. Next trim the guides from
each card. This of course will take much longer and is much harder
to cut borderless cards and get them all the same size.

Possible Problems and Helpfull Hints

* Experimentation with this program will be the best approach to learn
its particular limitations.

* The Original version of this program was written on a TRS-80 model I
computer, and was used with an Epson MX-80 printer which would not
accomidate card stock.

* If your printer will not accept card stock thick paper. You can still
use this program to make a MASTER sheet, which you can then take to
a copy center and have them print your cards on card stock.

* Clear Plastic cards can be obtained from most copy centers by having
your master copy printed on Clear plastic transparancies. Some copy
centers even carry Colored plastic. These are more of a novelty
however, because the print tends to flake off and the cards are
easily scratched.

* The program automatically sets printer to double strike mode and makes
an excellent master copy. If your printer has a Near-letter quality
setting, you can experiment with these and other modes to achieve the
best results.

* The first IBM version was used to print cards from a pre-defined
subroutine that contained several choices of cards that were part
of the program, and therefore the manual input routine was vary rarely
used. Because of that, the manual input routine has several limitations
such as a limited line length etc. If you enter a line too long the
program will abort and you will have to reenter the card. There is no
error recovery.

* Normal line length is 66 but the file save routine will save a line
length of 70 because additional printer control characters are added
when you chose a Centered and/or Expanded line.

* I suggest that once you get the business card you wish to use, save it
WITHOUT A BORDER. Then load it back in when you wish to print it and
change the border to your choice before you print the card.

* Once you have created a card with a border that you like you may of
course save that version of the same card.

* There is NO DELETE function or routine for files once saved on disk
except for saving another card in the same spot. You will have to
remember which card is which number on disk because the program
does not have any way to show which card is which number.

* To make it a little easier on my memory. I have saved all versions of
my cards with NO BORDER in the 1st 10 records on disk. Then if I make
a card with a border that I am probably going to use often, I save it
starting with number 11. Remember once the file has increased in number
you cannot reduce that record length, only write over it. Unless you
erase the entire file and start over again. I have saved 4 originals
of my cards on another disk so I don't have to completely start over
from scratch. I just copy those default cards if I need to start again.

* A sample 2-card trial print routine is provided to as a printing test.
It is recommended that you always print a 2-card sample on standard
paper to see if it will print out properly. If the 2-card sample
prints ok, then so should the full 10 card page.

If your printer prints cards with STAGGERED BORDERS,
the result of at least 2 possibilities.

Number 1. You may have made too many changes in the original card
format prior to printing.

Fix: Try starting the program over from the start and reloading the card
and try another border.

Number 2. It may also be the result of CENTERING a line with an uneven
number of characters.


4.2 Fix: Try retyping the card and starting the line with the uneven border
with an extra space at the start of the line.

Note: Even if the borders on the screen are staggered which have been
noticed when CENTERING & EXPANDING a line, this doesn't mean
that the printer will necessarily print the card with staggered
borders. Trial printing of your cards are the only real test
to determine if a card will print correctly. Once you discover
a card format that pleases you and prints correctly, SAVE that
format for future use.

* DO NOT try to switch borders too often on the same text. Doing so is
likely to produce errors in the correct printing of your cards. To
help prevent this from happening, try creating your cards WITHOUT
any border. Then if you wish to print it with a border, restart
from the FILES command, LOAD the text, then when the program askes
if that format is ok, answer N, then chose order change. Chose
the border you wish to add to the current text and print it!.

* The SINGLE and DOUBLE LINE BORDERS are the most likely to creat an
error free card.

* I'm certain many users will find various bugs in this program. Any
correspondance about the program is certainly welcome. However,
further updates of the program are not planned at this time.

* This program is offered as an AS-IS product and there is
no Warranty, Guarantee, or Refunds or Support.

I sincerely hope you enjoy using "BUSCARDS".

David R. Long