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EZ-Forms Gold vG500 Great Forms Processor - includes full drawing, file compression, and more.

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EZ-Forms GOLD vG500 Great forms processor.
Direct decendent of the original "EZ-FORMS",
"EZ-FORMS LITE", and "SuperForms".
Includes full drawing, directory navigation,
file compression, more.
Over 100 forms included in the registered
version with 500+ more available.
Multiple station and network (EZFX/EZFDB)
versions available. Only $49
Contact: EZX @ 713-280-9900 VOC
Box 58177, Webster TX 77598-8177 USA
713-280-0099 FAX 713-280-8180 BBS



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#1#

EZ-Forms Gold
by EZX Corporation
and MaeDae Enterprises

EZ-Forms Gold gives you the capability to use your computer to create
forms tailor-made to suit your unique needs. Once created, these forms
can be filled out and stored under code names pertaining to their use
(i.e. billing, invoice, comments, etc). EZ-Forms Gold also gives you
the capability to print and/or store completed or master forms. Comments
or suggestions for improving EZ-Forms Gold will be appreciated.

EZ-Forms Gold requires an IBM PC or compatible with at least 384K of
RAM. Printers supported include the Epson graphics printers and most
other dot matrix and laser printers. Display adapters known to work with
EZ-Forms Gold are the IBM monochrome, color, and enhanced graphics
adapters.
#5#

You are currently using the On-Line Manual.

Normal commands:

Escape -- Escape from the on-line manual.
Home -- First page of the on-line manual.
End -- Last page of the on-line manual.
PgUp -- Previous page (will wrap from first page to last page).
PgDn -- Next page (will wrap from last page to first page).
Any key -- Proceed thru the manual one page at a time, exit on-line
manual after the last page.


Possible errors:

1. No manual screen defined for your selected area.
2. Couldn't find EZFG_HM.TXT. Are both the manual (EZFG_HM.TXT) and the
index (EZFG_HM.INX) in the subdirectory specified under the install
portion of EZ-Forms? From the main EZ-Forms menu use Installation Misc
section to check the default help/manual path.
#10#

A file input/output error has just occurred. This could be caused by many
different situations. EZ-Forms Gold has caught the error and is
giving you a general description of the error. Often you will need to
just press a key a few times to allow EZ-Forms Gold to execute the
next command. This will probably result in several additional warning
messages but eventually they will stop.

Things that can result in an error are running out of disk space while
saving a form. Trying to export a form to a name that is the same as the
name of a subdirectory will also cause an error. Many other things can
also cause errors. Most of the common errors are checked for and add many
extra lines of code to EZ-Forms Gold.

If you don't understand why you got this error then please write up a
software performance report describing the steps leading up to this
problem. Please enclose a shift print screen of the error screen. Sorry
for the problem you are having in this area.
#20#

General help for all menus:

This menu is broken up into two basic windows. The window at the top
of your screen shows several options to choose from. The window at the
bottom of the screen expands on what will occur if you choose the
highlighted option (the one that has a different background color).

Options may be selected in one of two ways. You can either press the
first letter of the desired command or move the highlight bar over the
desired option and press enter. To move the highlight bar use either
the space bar, up arrow, down arrow, left arrow, or right arrow. You can
also use home to move to the first top line item on the menu.

Using the first letter of a command only works in the ACTIVE window. If
you don't have any pulldown then the active window is the top window.
Once you pulldown one of the options that becomes the active window. You
must use one of the commands in the pulldown once it is active. You can
always use Escape to back out of the pulldown and return to the top menu.
#21#

You are now using the EZ-Forms Gold Main Menu. From here you can
access the main functional areas of EZ-Forms. Refer to the On-Line
Manual to get a feel for what a fully featured forms manager can do.

We have tried to design EZ-Forms to let you get your job done quickly and
easily. Please feel free to forward any suggestions for improvement to us
at EZX Corporation, Attn: EZ-Forms Gold Author.
#22#

You are currently using the Editor Menu. From it you can execute many of
the editor commands. When you highlight one of the editor commands the
help at the bottom of the screen will provide additional information on
the option. If you see a command (ex. (Alt+S) ) at the end of the help,
use that command next time instead of the editor menu. The command is a
short hand method of using the editor without the pulldown menu.

There are two ways to call up the Editor Menu.

1. Escape - Means "I want to go to the Main Menu". The exit pulldown will
be used allowing you to quickly exit.

2. F10 - This is the normal method. EZ-Forms will remember the last menu
command and automatically highlight it. This allows easy access
to groups of close commands. Example: Working with blocks you
could use F10 and the block operations pulldown to mark the start
of a block. The next time you press F10 you will find the block
operations pulldown is automatically highlighted to allow you to
easily mark the end of a block.
#100#

This screen provides basic information on the status of the EZ-Forms'
Editor, your printer defaults, etc.

Under the "Current printer related defaults" you will find the user
function names. If you take a close look at the bottom of the editor
screen you will notice a character attribute area. When you see a 1, 2,
3, or 4 pop up this is what it is referring to. The user functions are
defined to contain specific information for each printer and can be
customized by the user. See the printer installation area for more
details.
#105#

EZ-Forms Gold has now grown so large that we have almost run out of unique
keys for editor commands. We reserved virtually the last key (Alt-) to
call up an additional menu command. That is the menu that you are using
now.

Displayed are a list of additional command(s) available to you. Press the
letter for which command you wish to execute. Press escape if you got here
by accident.

#110#

Field markers are used in two ways:


In master forms you insert field markers (the ~ character) to mark areas
you want protected in the completed form. By filling the unused areas of a
form with the field markers you limit the area of the form that can be
filled out later.

In completed forms this option inserts the field markers into unprotected
areas of your form to show where you can type. Field markers will be
inserted into the form but won't print or in any way affect operation of
EZ-Forms Gold. They only show you where you can type. The tab key
will jump you between unprotected areas in the completed form (the
fields).

Note: Field markers can be entered and deleted using the keyboard keys.
#111#


This option gives you an easy way to draw a border around the outer edge
of your form. The line will be solid, adding the correct characters at
the corners of the form. Whatever was in the first character space around
the outer edge of the form WILL be overwritten unless it is protected.
The default line drawing palette will be used. Use Alt+L to alter the
default palette.
#112#


This option allows you to remove the entire border from your form with a
single keystroke. The first character position around the entire outer
edge of the form will be erased unless it is protected.
#113#



The clear form option allows you to start again with a clean slate. It
can be used in both master and completed forms.

In a master form it will erase everything in the form.

In a completed form it will erase only the information you have entered
into the form since you called it up to fill it out. This is a easy way
to start over if you really don't like the way a form looks.
#114#
EZ-Forms Gold allows you to use your computer's system clock to
obtain the current date and time for use in your form. If you choose
either date or time feed then the computer's clock will be checked for
the current time or date and then inserted at the current cursor position.

This option can be used in both master and completed forms. As much of
the date or time as will fit will be inserted into the available space.
Be careful if you are close to the right margin or protected characters.

Date formats: 0 mm/dd/yy 06/15/89 Time formats: 24 hour formats
(Example 1 mm-dd-yy 06-15-89 (Example 0 hh:mm:ss 13:30:15
using 2 yy-mm-dd 89-06-15 using 1 hh:mm 13:30
15 Jun 1989) 3 mmddyy 061589 1:30:15 PM) 12 hour AM/PM formats
4 yymmdd 890615 2 hh:mm:ss 01:30:15 PM
5 dd mmm yy 15 Jun 89 3 hh:mm 01:30 PM
(Military) 6 Julian 9166 (last digit of year & 001-365 day of year)
7 dd/mm/yy 15/06/89
8 dd:mm:yy 15:06:89
9 ddmmyy 150689
A yy/mm/dd 89/06/15
B yy:mm:dd 89:06:15
C mm:dd:yy 06:15:89
#115#


The commands for block operations in EZ-Forms Gold are laid out
differently than earlier versions. The basic reason for the change was
to make a command set that was logical and easy to use. To make the
transition easier we have included this Ctrl+K menu to translate as many
of the old commands as possible into their exact duplicate in the commands
for this new version of EZ-Forms. Sometimes that wasn't possible so you
won't find them on this menu. Example: block fill for tilde ~. This is
now part of the Ctrl+A, block attribute add command. It does much more
than the old command but is not an exact replacement for Ctrl+K then I.

All previous capability has been retained and greatly enhanced!

Refer to the on-line manual under the block operations area for more
information on how to use the new commands.
#117#

You can create many different sizes of forms in EZ-Forms Gold. One
of the most common is 64 lines by 80 columns. Text 80 columns wide at
10 cpi will just fill a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Most printers use
66 lines per page vertically. So allowing for a little leeway on
positioning the printer head at the VERY top of the page, things should
fit well.

If you have a 80 column printer like the Epson MX80 you can print a form
as large as 88 lines by 132 columns by using compressed print and 8 lines
per vertical inch.

#118#

Press G to start the graphics drawing. The default is N to prevent errors.
You are now in a full screen graphics walk-around mode. Depending on the
mode selected (see the characters in the lower right hand and upper right
corner of the screen) different things will happen. Options are:

G Graphics - A full screen walk-around mode where you use the cursor
keys to draw figures. Whatever character is needed will
be substituted to make the lines solid.
N Neutral - You can walk around without affecting any characters.
E Erase - Erase the character under where you move the cursor.
D Drag - This mode will drag/repeat the character under the
cursor as you move it around. Use N to position the
cursor over the character to be repeated before using D.
1-4 Palette - Shorthand method to select the default graphics palette.
P Pick - Pick a character from a table of supported characters.

Press either G, N, E, D, 1-4, or P to select the function. The active mode
is shown in the lower right corner of the screen.

Note: P is valid only in modes D or N. In the other modes the inserted
character is erased or overwritten and will not remain in your form.
#119#

Set the graphics palette with Alt+L. You can choose single line graphics,
double line graphics, or a combination. As a short hand method press
1-4. A sample character based on the palette selected will appear in
upper right corner of your screen. Esc will return you to the editor.

#120#

The patch function will try to connect any adjoining character graphics
symbols. The symbols will be joined with one of the other character
graphics symbols that best completes the form. ONLY the immediate four
characters are scanned (characters left, above, right, and below). Based
on these a character out of is picked. You MUST have
already placed a character graphics symbol of some type in the scanned
character space for it to be considered for patching. Example:


will be patched to


Please note the first example had a character graphics symbol in the area
and needed to be patched. If it had not been there, EZ-Forms would
have left the space blank instead of substituting the intersection symbol.

EZ-Forms Gold has to make a lot of assumptions when it is patching a
form. Sometimes it won't choose the character you think it should. This
command gives you a good start on the patching. You will sometimes have
to add the final touches.
#122#

EZ-Forms is not a wordprocessor. It is a forms manager. Forms are
a fixed length unlike wordprocessing files. If you want to insert a line
something has to disappear (unless you use F2 to resize and lengthen the
form first). EZ-Forms inserts lines by moving the line the cursor is on
and every line below down by one. Where does the line go? It disappears.

One inviolable rule in EZ-Forms is: Never allow a protected character to
be altered! In any conflict between a protected character and a non-
protected character, the protected character wins. If you force a line of
unprotected text to move down over a line of protected text, the
unprotected text loses. Use the block operation commands if you just want
to move text around in your form.
#124#

Your form size will not decrease when you delete a line. The unprotected
text is just moved up one line, overwriting any unprotected text on the
cursor line.

If you get tired of seeing these messages set the default help/message
level to zero (command is Ctrl+V).
#130#

The delete block command deletes the unprotected text in the marked block.
Please be careful with this command.

Use the Ctrl+V command if you want to alter the default help/message level
and get rid of these prompts.

See the copy block (Alt+C) and move block (Alt+M) commands for other
options.
#132#

The copy block command copies the unprotected text from the marked block
to your current cursor location. Your cursor will be in the upper left of
where the text will be copied. This is a copy (make a duplicate) so none
of the text in the marked "source" block will be modified unless the
blocks overlap.

See the move block (Alt+M) and delete block (Alt+D) commands for other
options.
#134#

The block move command moves the unprotected text from the marked block to
your current cursor location. Your cursor location will be the upper left
corner of where the text will be moved. This is a move (displace -- from
one point to another) so all the unprotected text in the marked block will
move.

See the copy block (Alt+C) and delete block (Alt+D) commands for other
options.

#150#

EZ-Forms Gold Editor Commands:

FUNCTION KEYS ALT FUNCTION KEYS CTRL FUNCTION KEYS

F1 - Help AF1 - CF1 -
F2 - Resize Master Form AF2 - CF2 - N/A N/A N/A N/A
F3 - Insert Field Markers AF3 - CF3 - N/A
F4 - Delete Field Markers AF4 - CF4 - N/A
F5 - Draw Line AF5 - CF5 - N/A
F6 - Erase Line AF6 - CF6 - N/A
F7 - Draw Border AF7 - CF7 - N/A
F8 - Erase Border AF8 - CF8 - N/A
F9 - Clear Form AF9 - CF9 - N/A
F10- Editor Menu AF10- CF10- N/A N/A
Graphics set: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

NOTE: The Alternate and Control Function Keys have four different sets
of codes depending on the palette selected using Alt+L. The Greek
characters in palette 2-4 in the control function keys are used to
send special escape sequences to the printer. See the manual for
more details on this. Keys labeled N/A return a space (" ").
#151#
Single keystroke commands (many of these can also be executed thru F10):

Block Operations: Text Attributes:

Alt+S - Start Block Alt+B - Bold Character
Alt+E - End Block Alt+U - Underline Character
Alt+C - Copy Marked Block
Alt+M - Move Marked Block
Alt+D - Delete Marked Block
Alt+H - Hide Marked Block
Alt+V - Make Marked Block Visible

Graphic Operations: File Operations:

Alt+G - Graphics Walk-Around Ctrl+S - Save Form and Resume Edit
Alt+L - Line Graphics Palette (1-4) Alt+X - Exit Editor (Save Form)
Alt+P - Patch Form Ctrl+R - Read Text from Disk (Import)
Ctrl+W - Write Text to Disk (Export)
Ctrl+P - Print Current Form
Ctrl+X - Exit to DOS Shell (Global)

Alt+- - Additional Command Menu (Enter mode, field help, and pick list)
#152#

Single keystroke commands continued:

Date, Time, and Numbering:

Ctrl+D - Date (Auto Date Setup)
Ctrl+F - Feed Date/Time into form
Ctrl+T - Time (Auto Time Setup)
Ctrl+N - Number (Auto Number Setup)

Additional Commands:

Alt+A - Alternate Character Lookup
Alt+I - Information about Form
Ctrl+V - Verbose (Help Message Level)
Ctrl+Y - Delete Line
Ctrl+Enter - Inserts a line in the form at the current cursor line. Make
sure ALL text can move down a line without trying to
overwrite a protected line or character. In this move a
protected area won't change.
#153#

Most printers support printing of these characters. EZ-Forms Gold
provides printer drivers to handle these characters. If you have a text
only printer then EZ-Forms Gold provides a translation of these
characters into something your printer can handle.

The export function gives you the ability to translate these characters
into normal ASCII characters that most word processors can handle.

Cursor movement commands:

Use the keypad arrows to move Home Move to upper left of screen
left, right, up, and down. End Move to lower left of screen
Ctrl+Home Upper left of form
Use the Control key with the Ctrl+End Lower left of form
keypad left and right arrows Ctrl+PgUp Top of form - same column
to move to left and right of form. Ctrl+PgDn Bottom of form-same column

Note: Commands with a + in them are entered by holding down the first key
and then pressing the second key. For example: to use the Ctrl+Home
command you would hold down the Control key and then press Home once.
#154#

Note: Auto numbering, auto date, and auto time are set up only in master
forms. When you "fill out" the master form this information is
used to automatically insert the updated number, date, or time into
the completed form.

Special character oriented commands affecting only printing:

Alt+U -- Underline the character under the cursor. NOT on graphics!
Alt+B -- Bold the character under the cursor. NOT on graphics!
Alt+1 -- User defined function 1. \
Alt+2 -- User defined function 2. \ Use the Alt+I command to see
Alt+3 -- User defined function 3. / the installed names for these.
Alt+4 -- User defined function 4. /

Note: These affect only the printed form. A status of these commands is
shown on the bottom of the screen. You can see the status updated
as you move the cursor. Character status will toggle from U and B
if you press the key again. The user defined functions can be
altered thru the installation portion of EZ-Forms Gold.
#160#

This menu allows you to change all the colors used in EZ-Forms Gold. To
change a default color - first use the up or down arrow key to select the
color, then type in the new color. When you have changed all the colors
press Ctrl+D to display these colors in a sample window. As with all
installation options, these changes will not be used until you choose the
retain option on the main menu. This allows you to experiment with the
installation options and then not have to lose your original defaults.

Please keep in mind the foreground text colors can be 0-15, the
background 0-7. If you choose a text color the same as a background color
then the text will disappear. You may notice some of your installed color
combinations result in invisible lines on the Ctrl+D popup window.
Please be careful not to choose this color for one of your text colors!!

Note: For many of the EZ-Forms installable options and user inputs you
will see a prompt containing the characters . If you count the
number of 's you will find the maximum number of characters that can be
entered. Also Escape is used throughout EZ-Forms to signal "I want out".
Press Enter, up arrow, down arrow, or whatever is asked for to enter the
desired value. Escape will throw away any immediate changes and get
you out of the area you are in.
#161#

Please note that the background color (0-7) is one digit long and the
foreground color (0-15) is two digits long. That is why you will see the
input prompt (the s) change it's width as you go between the colors.

#165#

This screen shows the possible combinations of colors in EZ-Forms. The
top set (Main EZ-Forms Gold colors) show you what the various menus
will look like. The Editor colors are those used only while you are
editing a form. These colors will show you what underline, block,
protected, etc will look like.

If you are using a non IBM display adapter you may have to "play" with the
colors to get a pleasing combination. EZ-Forms defaults to colors that
work well with the IBM Color Graphics Adapter, IBM Enhanced Graphics
Adapter, and IBM Monochrome Display Adapter.

On some monochrome display adapter clones you may need to alter a
foreground text color to get the background to change intensity.

The default combination of colors will work on any 100% IBM PC compatible
display adapter!

#170#
EZ-Forms supports virtually the entire IBM Extended ASCII Character Set.
Your choice of what character to chose for borders, lines, boxes, etc.
just became more complex. EZ-Forms has four basic graphic line sets or
palettes to choose from:

1 2 3 4




reserved



Printer commands.

The above boxes show you what the boxes and lines drawn with each palette
look like. Below the boxes are some stand-alone characters which can be
entered from the keyboard. The shaded block characters in palette 1 are
useful in designing logos or just to emphasize a section of a form. The
Greek characters in palettes 2 and 3 can be used to send commands to your
printer during printing.
#171#

Enter these characters into your form thru the use of function keys.

FUNCTION KEYS ALT FUNCTION KEYS CTRL FUNCTION KEYS

F1 - Help AF1 - CF1 -
F2 - Size Form AF2 - CF2 - N/A N/A N/A N/A
F3 - Insert Field Markers AF3 - CF3 - N/A
F4 - Delete Field Markers AF4 - CF4 - N/A
F5 - Draw Line AF5 - CF5 - N/A
F6 - Erase Line AF6 - CF6 - N/A
F7 - Draw Border AF7 - CF7 - N/A
F8 - Erase Border AF8 - CF8 - N/A
F9 - Clear Form AF9 - CF9 - N/A
F10- Editor Menu AF10- CF10- N/A N/A
Graphics set: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

NOTE: The Alternate and Control Function Keys have four different sets
of codes depending on the palette selected using Alt+L. The Greek
characters in palette 2-4 in the control function keys are used to
send special escape sequences to the printer. See the manual for
more details on this. Keys labeled N/A return a space (" ").
#175#

The marked block defines the area for the grid. All characters in the
marked block will be erased. You will be asked for the vertical and
horizontal spacing for the grid. If the desired spacing provides even
spacing the grid will come out completely even. Otherwise you will be
left with an off size block at the ends. See the examples below.





vert 1 vert 1 vert 1 vert 1 vert 1 vert 2
horz 1 horz 2 horz 3 horz 4 horz 5 horz 1

#177#

After you input the text press Enter to insert it into your form. Press
Escape if you want to exit without altering your form.

The text will be inserted vertically into your form. The first character
will be at the current cursor location. The next character will be on the
same column but one line down. Etc.

If you input text longer than the number of lines to the bottom of your
form, inserting will stop at the last line of the form. As with all
editing commands, you can't use this to overwrite protected text.

The length of the prompt using 's will vary depending on the number of
lines from your current cursor location to the bottom of your form.

#182#

Want to save a EZ-Forms form in a format readable by virtually all the
word processors? Choose this option. Of course you will lose the
advantages of form compression, character attributes, and often the line
drawing/character graphics.

You will be given the option to translate the line drawing characters into
symbols like - and +. Choose this option for maximum compatibility with
other software packages.

This command allows you to easily transfer sections of one form to
another. Export all or a portion of this form. Call up the destination
form and use the import command to retrieve the previously saved
information.

If a block is marked, EZ-Forms will give you the option of exporting only
the marked portion of the form.
#184#

Want to read a text file into an EZ-Forms form? This command allows you
to import text created under almost any other software program. The only
requirement is the imported file must be in ASCII.

If you have a block marked you will be given the option to import text
into only the marked section of your form.
#186#

Many of the editing commands have optional prompt messages to provide
information and serve as a safety catch in case of mistakes. The extent
of the user help/interference offered by EZ-Forms is tied to the message
level. The more potentially harmful a command, the lower the message
level has to be set for the command's warning/prompt to disappear.

Examples:

Command Tied to Help/Message level

Patch form 4 (no message 3 and below)
Block delete 1 (no message at level 0)
Various other commands 1-4 (level varies)


Most of the block operations and some of the other editing commands
provide this feature.

The default (unless installed otherwise) is to provide the maximum level
of user help messages.
#191#

EZ-Forms Gold supports Extended ASCII symbols not found on your keyboard.
This screen lists all supported characters and should make it easier for
you to select them.

Directions for use:

Use the numeric keypad cursor keys to position the box over the desired
character and press enter.

You can also move the box to a desired character by pressing the
corresponding keyboard key.

If you got here by accident, press Escape to exit.

#196#
The auto time command allows you to automatically add the time to a form
as it is filled out. Steps for use:

1. Load a master form.
2. Add a auto time field to the form (use Ctrl+T).
3. Save the form.
4. Fill out the form.

Did you notice how the form "came up" with the current time? This time is
stored in your computer's clock. Please ensure your computer "knows" the
correct time.

The format for auto time is taken from the default time format selected
previously. If no default is chosen we use: hour hour:min min:sec sec.
Our default time format is commonly called military time (based on a 24
hour clock). The clock starts at midnight as 00:00:00, goes to 13:00:00
at 1PM, and continues counting up until 23:59:59. Add 12 to the hour if
it is after noon.

Please ensure there is sufficient free characters between the start of the
auto time field and the right edge of your form. That will allow all the
auto time field to be seen.
#198#

EZ-Forms allows you to set up one auto number field within a master form
that will automatically increment each time the form is filled out.

If you desire a starting number other than 1, simply type it in. EZ-Forms
will use the updated number as the starting point. When the form is saved
EZ-Forms will read the auto number location and update all its pointers to
contain your new number.

The auto number will "roll over" from all 9s to 1 when you exceed the
maximum number for the field.

Any invalid character (non-numeric) will generate an error and cause the
auto number to reset to 1. Example: auto number width is 5, the number
00A01, contains an invalid character (A).

Ensure the form containing the auto number field can be updated with a new
number when you fill it out. i.e. Don't put a write protect tab on a
diskette containing the auto number form, etc.
#199#

This command allows you to automatically add a date to a form when you
fill it out.

Steps for use:

1. Load a master form.
2. Add an auto date field to the form (use Ctrl+D).
3. Save the form.
4. Fill out the form.

Did you notice how the form "came up" with the current date? The date
stored in your computer's clock provides this information.

The format for auto time is taken from the default date format selected
previously. If no default is chosen we use: Month/Day/Year. Example:
12/30/87.

Please ensure that there is sufficient free between the start of the auto
date field and the right edge of your form. This will allow the auto date
field to be seen.
#200#

Help for Directory Screen: To edit a form use the up or down arrows on the
numeric keypad to highlight a form name and then press enter.

All files in the directory listing are sorted. EZ-Forms Gold can
handle a directory containing up to 150 forms. If you have more master or
completed forms than that in a SINGLE directory then please break the
directory into smaller ones before running EZ-Forms Gold.

EZ-Forms stores descriptions of forms, print attributes, etc. in the form.
Because of this it takes longer to do a file directory. A basic rule of
thumb for the time to read a form is 5 forms per second on floppy or 10 on
hard disk. This means a hard disk with 100 master forms should take about
10 seconds to retrieve the directory. This delay is caused by the slowness
of the drives and can be speeded up 3-5 times if you store the forms on a
RAM disk! Directories are much faster if the default directory contains
the forms. As your disk drive becomes fragmented the directories will
take longer. See your local PC guru to find out how to de-fragment your
hard disk. A disk cache of about 100k bytes will also greatly reduce the
time needed to do a directory and help overcome the effects of a
fragmented hard disk. Please ensure your Config.SYS contains sufficient
buffers (20 or 30 -- see your DOS manual for details).
#201#

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to obtain an abbreviated directory by
pressing any key during the time the additional form information is being
read.

Directory information is obtained in the following order:

1) All the form names are read along with their modification dates.
2) The form names are sorted.
3) The forms are opened one at a time to read the form size, print
attributes, and description. This is the slow part of the directory
process.

When you do a directory the above three steps are done. You have the
option to interrupt the process during step 3. All the forms before the
interruption will contain full information. The forms after the
interruption occurred will contain spaces in the unread information areas.

This shortened method for reading the directory is provided to make it
easier for you to handle large groups of forms.
#202#

Think about the organization of your hard disk. If your forms normally
fall into categories like personal, business, auto, etc. consider setting
up your hard disk to minimize the number of forms you have to work with at
one time. Example:

c:\ezfg -- The main EZ-Forms Gold program (be sure to save a config-
uration file containing this as the default path).

c:\ezfg\personal -- Your personal forms. You simply specify this is the
default path when prompted by EZ-Forms Gold.

c:\ezfg\business -- Your business related forms.

c:\ezfg\auto -- Your car related forms.

#203#

Default print attributes are stored as part of the form. Further
information on the default Prt Attr displayed on the directory:

D - Draft (use characters instead of graphics for very fast printing)
C - Clear Forms Overlay (Use preprinted forms and overlay new info)
M - Multiple copies specified
6 - Six lines per inch (default of 66 lines per page)
8 - Eight lines per inch (default of 88 lines per page)
L - L is displayed if
1) 6 lpi is selected and lines per page is anything other than 66
or
2) 8 lpi is selected and lines per page is anything other than 88
S - Small text (compressed). This allows 130 columns on normal paper.
V - Very dark graphics. If you are using a bit image graphics printer and
have a graphics driver installed then the form will print in double
density graphics.
#204#
Cursor key movements:

Up Arrow - Move up one form.
Down Arrow - Move down one form.

PgUp - Move up one page of forms.
PgDn - Move down one page of forms.

Ctrl+Home - Move to the first form in the directory.
Ctrl+End - Move to the last form in the directory.

Other commands:

T - Tag the displayed form.
U - Untag the displayed form.
Space Bar - Toggle the status of the tag field.

Note: Use the tag field for printing mutiple forms at one time. Choose
the print option off the main menu then tag mutiple forms. When you press
enter all the forms tagged (including the one you have highlighted) will
be printed. Use Enter to select the highlighted form and start operations
using it.
#205#

EZ-Forms Gold will sort the directory you are viewing based on the "field"
you select. It may be:

1. The name of the forms.
2. The number of lines in the forms.
3. The number of columns in the forms.
4. The date the forms were last modified.
5. The stored print attributes within the forms which specify the number
lines per inch, number of copies, etc. Please note that the sort
order is for the attributes with the most periods on the left to be
displayed at the top of the list.
6. The form descriptions.
7. You may also choose the direction of the sort. Forwards or backwards.


NOTE: Do NOT delete forms and then use the sort option. Once you delete
a form, it's information is removed from the directory listing and
you will be sorting the "Deleted" message instead of the real
information. This also applies when you press a key during the
form directory to abbreviate the listing.
#210#

You are being asked to think of a name for this form. There are some
things you should know about the form name and path. EZ-Forms Gold
provides full access to all drives and directories on your system. Because
of this, form names are a little complex. The first part of the form name
is the drive and path (this part is optional). The last part of the form
name is simply the designator or name for this form.

Example: C:\EZFG\MyForm.FRM


Extension (master forms use a .FRM extension)
Your form name for later reference
The working directory
The working drive

Form names consist of up to 8 characters with only some of the keyboard
characters valid. For example: a space isn't valid as part of a filename
and neither is a | character.

If you would like to add a description to the form use the up arrow to
move to the top line. When finished editing press enter or down arrow.
#212#

EZ-Forms Gold couldn't locate any forms in the specified directory.
Master forms have a .FRM extension; completed forms have a .FOF extension.
Do you have any forms like these in the specified directory?

The computer uses a "mask" for directories. The mask used is either
"*.FRM" or "*.FOF". EZ-Forms Gold automatically adds this mask to
the path for you.
#213#

EZ-Forms Gold couldn't locate your form. Are you sure you entered
the correct path to get to your form. Computers are dumb, you have to
tell them everything.

Try using the select form option on the main menu. EZ-Forms Gold
will find all the forms in your specified directory and allow you to use a
color bar to select the form.

#215#

EZ-Forms is asking you for a form name with an optional directory so it
will know where to save your form.

This area allows you to specify the directory EZ-Forms Gold will use to
save forms and the name for the form. You can access forms anywhere on
your system.

Example: C:\EZFG

The working directory
The working drive

Form Name: YourForm.FRM
The name you want to save it under
The extension (.FRM) can be either .FRM or .FOF
depending on whether it is a master or completed
form.

If you don't specify the extension EZ-Forms will add it for you. The
ONLY allowable extensions are .FRM (master form) and .FOF (completed form)!
#216#

Form names consist of up to 8 characters with only some of the keyboard
characters valid. For example: a space isn't valid as part of a filename
and neither is a | character.

If you would like to add a description to the form use the up arrow to
move to the top line. When finished editing press enter or down arrow.

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on directories and file names.

#220#

Your floppy or hard disk is used to store forms. Many times, forms will
be organized into groups and stored in specific areas called
subdirectories. The computer needs to be given a location called a
directory, to find the forms.

The computer's first "guess" on where to find the forms will be your
current default subdirectory (unless you install a default path under the
installation section). Most of the time this will be what you want.

If in doubt, press enter! The forms are probably located in the current
directory which is normally the default.

A more technical description follows on the next help page.
#221#

This area allows you to specify the path EZ-Forms Gold will use to
access master forms. You can access forms anywhere on your system.

Example: C:\EZFG


The working directory
The working drive

Since ALL master forms have a .FRM extension, EZ-Forms Gold will ask
the computer to tell it all the forms on drive C: in the subdirectory
\EZFG. The "mask" used to get the directory is C:\EZFG\*.FRM. If there
are no forms in the directory you specified you may see the error message
that says "Could not find C:\EZFG\*.FRM".

If you are not sure what you should use just press enter without changing
any of the information. Chances are that the default is what you want
(that is why we made it the default).

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on paths and file names.
#225#

Your floppy or hard disk is used to store forms. Many times, forms will
be organized into groups and stored in specific areas called
subdirectories. The computer needs to be given a roadmap called a
directory, to find the forms.

The computer's first "guess" on where to find the forms will be your
current default subdirectory (unless you install a default path under the
installation section). Most of the time this will be what you want.

If in doubt, press enter! The forms are probably located in the current
directory which is normally the default.

A more technical description follows on the next help page.
#226#

This area allows you to specify the path EZ-Forms Gold will use to
access completed forms. You can access forms anywhere on your system.

Example: C:\EZFG


The working directory
The working drive

Since ALL completed forms have a .FOF extension, EZ-Forms Gold will
ask the computer to tell it all the forms on drive C: in the subdirectory
\EZFG. The "mask" used to get the directory is C:\EZFG\*.FOF. If there
are no forms in the directory you specified you may see the error message
that says "Could not find C:\EZFG\*.FOF".

If you are not sure what you should use just press enter without changing
any of the information. Chances are that the default is what you want
(that is why we made it the default).

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on paths and file names.
#228#

EZ-Forms is looking for a new unique form name. When creating a form use
a unique name to ensure you don't overwrite another of your master forms
when you save it.

This area allows you to specify the directory EZ-Forms Gold will use to
access master forms and the name for the form. You can access forms
anywhere on your system.

Example: C:\EZFG

The working directory
The working drive

Form Name: NewForm.FRM
The new master form you want to create

If you don't specify the .FRM extension EZ-Forms will add it for you.
The ONLY allowable extension for a master form is .FRM!

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on directories and file names.

#230#

EZ-Forms is looking for a master form name with an optional directory.

This area allows you to specify the directory EZ-Forms Gold will use to
access master forms and the name for the form. You can access forms
anywhere on your system.

Example: C:\EZFG

The working directory
The working drive

Form Name: YourForm.FRM
The master form you want to edit

If you don't specify the .FRM extension EZ-Forms will add it for you.
The ONLY allowable extension for a master form is .FRM!

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on directories and file names.
#235#

EZ-Forms is looking for a completed form name with an optional directory.

This area allows you to specify the directory EZ-Forms Gold will use to
access completed forms and the name for the form. You can access forms
anywhere on your system.

Example: C:\EZFG

The working directory
The working drive

Form Name: YourForm.FOF
The completed form you want to edit

If you don't specify the .FOF extension EZ-Forms will add it for you.
The ONLY allowable extension for a completed form is .FOF!

Refer to your Disk Operating System (DOS) manual for detailed information
on directories and file names.
#240#

Do you want to save the form that was on your screen prior to calling up
this menu (and its help)? If so, answer yes. Your other options are not
saving the form and returning to your form for further editing.

EZ-Forms will retain the current form in memory for a limited time. You
will be able to resume editing if you accidentally say no. The pulldown
for this editing operation will be extended one deeper to allow this
temporary option. The ability to resume editing will remain until you use
another main menu command that forces EZ-Forms to overwrite some of the
in-memory form information.
#300#
Your options are:

U Select a printer by pressing U and going thru the use a predefined
printer type. This must be done before you can customize a printer
driver. This first step sets up the basic printer defaults.

M Modify a predefined printer type. This allows you to customize the
printer driver for things like initialization string, user defined
functions, etc. Choose a basic printer type with the U option.

C Change the printer and user defined function names. This option
allows you to alter the default names displayed for these.

L Choose which printer port to use (LPT1-4).

S Show the installed printer defaults. This screen will display a number
on the left side to number each string. These numbers correspond to
the numbers on the "Modify predefined printer type" section.

EZ-Forms Gold will support almost any printer on the market. Some of
the printers like the Epson are so numerous we have taken the time to
really customize EZ-Forms Gold to provide many print options.
#301#
EZ-Forms Gold provides two basic categories of support for printers:

1) Text drivers for those printers that support the Extended ASCII
character set and a translated draft mode for generic printers. This
driver will support:

IBM Graphics printer compatible codes (ASCII codes above 127 like
etc). EZ-Forms Gold sends the same character graphics symbols as
you see on the screen to the printer. NO bit-image graphics escape
sequences are used. Use of other escape sequences is optional.
- Works with Epson FX-85 in the IBM mode and many laser printers.

For older LaserJet use font cart Y, HPGraph, basic, or optional soft
fonts support disk. For HP LaserJet II/III/DeskJet try PC-8 first.
EZX Publishing now offers optional soft fonts.
- Supports printing of forms in different sizes.
- Soft fonts disk also supports landscape/sideways fonts.

Plain dot matrix/daisywheel. Only standard ASCII (like 1, 2, Z, -,
etc.) are sent to this printer. No control codes. ALL character
graphics symbols are translated to a standard symbol like -, |, and +.
This type should work with ANY printer.
#302#

IBM Quietwriter Model 2 (user provided info - see if it works for you).
- Use IBM Graphics Printer type with NO Escape sequences.
- Regular forms (up to 8" wide), ALL dip switches must be OFF/DOWN.
- Wide forms (over 8" wide), ONLY dip switch 3 is ON/UP.

2) Bit-image graphics driver for fully Epson compatibles.

- Able to take FULL advantage of all print capabilities in Perfect
Forms. This includes solid vertical and horizontal lines in 4 sizes and
2 graphics densities.
- Printers in this category are:
(1) Epson RX-80, MX-80, FX-80, FX-85, MX100, FX100, FX185, etc.
(2) Panasonic 1080, 1090, 1091, 1092, 1592, and 1595
(3) IBM Proprinter
(4) Star Gemini-10X and Radix-10
(5) Gold many others
- Epson LQ 1500 -- Due to the huge volume of printers that now fit this
general 24 pin LQ category, please check your printer manual.

Others: - Capability varies with other printer types.
- Most of them do not support solid graphic lines.
#303#

Notes:

1. The HP LaserJet using Font Cartridge Y will handle only about 80 lines
on a page when using 8 lines per the inch. Six lines per inch comes
out perfect. Using the same method as described in note 1, choose
80 lines per the page.

2. To save the print attributes you must use the install option (I) on the
print menu AND then save the form to disk. If you fail to save your
form after editing it, then all new print attributes will be lost!

3. Some printers using the text driver may substitute single line graphic
characters for the double line version (example: verses ).

#305#

These codes are broken into five basic groups.

1. Codes 1-8: Printer initialization/exit, form initialization/exit, and
and the 6 lines per inch (6 lpi) and 10 characters per inch
(10 cpi) codes. The drawing below shows you how they are
used.

Printer Initialization
Form Initialization
Print one line
-- Send text quality codes to printer (see 19 & 20)
-- If 6 lpi use 6 lpi codes else use 8 lpi codes
-- If 10 cpi use 10 cpi codes else use 17 cpi codes
End printing line and loop back to print another line
Form Exit
Printer Exit

2. Codes 9-16: User defined character attributes. These codes are used
for editor Alt 1-4 functions that can attach to characters.

3. Codes 19-20: Selects either high quality or draft quality text.
#306#
4. Codes 21-68: Character graphics symbols. If you are using a text driver
this string will be sent to the printer to print the
the character shown. On some printers you can get them
to print character graphics symbols but they aren't in the
same order as the IBM Extended ASCII Symbols. These codes
allow you to translate the order to match your printer.
Also you can install an escape sequence for each one of
these symbols to get your printer into graphics, draw the
character, then return to normal text mode. These
translate strings offer you a means to really customize
EZ-Forms Gold. These codes do not affect the graphics
drivers. In the bit-image graphics drivers, a graphics
escape sequence is used to draw the entire line at one
time instead of using these translate strings.

5. Codes 69-98: Greek characters. These are user defined commands to
direct the printer to do something. They are defaulted to
spaces to maintain correct form spacing. Add any printer
commands you want for these special characters. The first
time EZ-Forms encounters the symbol in a form it will send
the on sequence. The second time it will send the off
sequence (they toggle states each time used).
#307#

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to customize the "translate strings" it uses
to work with your printer. These printer command strings consist of up to
18 (24 decimal) characters to be sent to the printer plus a length
character you use to tell EZ-Forms how many of the characters to send.

All codes are displayed in hex (base 16). If you are changing codes in
this area you probably are already used to working in hex. If not, then
most computer books provide a quick tutorial on working with hex and may
even provide a conversion table between decimal and hex. We include a
form for this (HEX-DEC.FRM).

Please be careful when modifying these codes. You can easily install
codes that have your printer doing all sorts of strange things. Nuff said.

#310#

This menu gives you complete control over the way you print a form. It
also places a lot of responsibility on you to know how your printer
works. In particular you need to know how wide the form is and whether it
will fit on the width of paper in your printer. Most Epson series
printers can only print 80 characters per line normally or 132 characters
per line using compressed print. This is the type of information you will
need to refer to your printer manual for or see a PC Guru in your area.

Warnings:

Epson series printers can't print both compressed and bold at the same
time. Because of this conflict, EZ-Forms disables bold when printing a
compressed form.

#315#
High level problem description:

EZ-Forms Gold has sensed an error while trying to initialize your
printer. The perceived error may or may not be real. The most common
problem here is that someone forgot to turn on their printer. The second
most common problem is that the printer is off-line. If you are fairly
sure that everything is all right with your printer, then tell EZ-Forms
Gold to NOT abandon printing and to try printing anyways. If there
really is an error/problem in your system then your system may lock up!

Technical problem description:

Interupt 24 (Abort, Retry, Ignore) checking has been vectored thru the
EZ-Forms Gold code disabling that message. The result of an interupt call
indicates that there is a serious printer problem in your system. You
will no longer have the option to abort thru the Int 24 handler. If you
choose to proceed with printing, ALL further error messages will be
disabled. This will cause one of three things to happen. One - if there
is no problem, then printing will work as normal. Two - you may be able
to "print thru" the error with EZ-Forms Gold continually ignoring the
errors (nothing to the printer). Three - your system locks up forever,
there really is a serious problem!
#320#
The "Status" on the left reflects the selected options for printing. These
options can be changed by pressing the key shown under the "Select"
heading.

Some combinations of the options are not valid. That is why some of the
selected options under "Status" switch their condition. For example,
when you press 8 for 8 lines per vertical inch - the 6 will be deleted
from the "Status" area. You can't have both 6 and 8 lines per inch
selected at the same time.

Many printers do not support the full range of options shown. A summary
of printer capability is shown below.

Plain dot matrix - Only D, C, M, L, and P.
Epson compatible - ALL options are supported.
HP LaserJet - D, C, 6, 8, and L.
IBM Graphics - ALL options are supported.
Epson LQ1500 24 pin printer - ALL options are supported. This printer
also supports both high quality and draft
quality text thru the draft option when
printing. The default is high quality text.
Not all 24 pin printers support double tall.
#321#
To change the default printer type use the installation portion of
EZ-Forms Gold located off the main menu. Don't forget to tell
EZ-Forms Gold to retain the new printer type.

Notes:

1. Some options are not compatible with others. For example -- if you
choose D for draft, then you CAN'T also have high quality dark lines
and vice versa! The draft option also selects the text quality mode.
2. Using preprinted forms. EZ-Forms Gold has a clear forms overlay
selection on the "Print Options" menu allows you to easily use many
of the preprinted forms. To use this feature you first create a master
form to act as the template. Make sure that all the "fields" match
or align with those on your preprinted form. Fill out the master form.
When you go to print, select C for clear forms overlay. This will
ensure only the unprotected area (the text you just typed in) will be
printed. The master form outline is protected in completed forms, so
it doesn't print! See the form CFO-GRID.FRM for a template.
3. For the installed print options to be stored in the form you must first
call the form up in the editor, choose the desired options from the
print menu, press I to install the options in the form header and most
important SAVE the form to disk.
#325#

Orientation ONLY applies to HP LaserJet II/III/DeskJet with PC-8 support!

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to print your form in the landscape (sideways)
orientation if you are using an HP LaserJet II/DeskJet that supports the
PC-8 character set.

#330#

You are being asked to input in HEX the byte you would like to enter at
this location. Don't forget the length byte has to contain the number of
characters you want to send to the printer. The length byte doesn't count
against the total so the maximum is 18 (24 in decimal).

These codes are sent to the printer during printing.

#335#

EZ-Forms allows you to download custom fonts to your printer before
printing a form.

Steps in the process:

1. You select any font other than 0. Assume Font 1.
2. Tell EZ-Forms to print.
3. EZ-Forms will run a DOS shell to execute FONT1.BAT (place the commands
for downloading your font in FONT1.BAT).
4. After FONT1.BAT executes, normal printing of your form will take place.

The batch file's name is built up of 'FONT' plus the 'font number you
select' plus '.BAT'.

Example: You select font 27, then EZ-Forms will execute FONT27.BAT before
printing your form.
#340#

This option refers to the actual number of lines on the paper in your
printer. Normally a 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper using 6 lines per
contains 66 lines (6x11=66) or 88 lines using 8 lines per inch (8x11=88).

EZ-Forms will print blank lines at the end of your form to advance the
paper to the top of the next page. Examples:

Form length L setting Additional line feeds

64 66 2
80 80 0

Formula for additional line feeds (ALF) ALF = Form length - L setting.
If ALF is 0 or negative, no additional line feeds will be printed.

A few printers may require "tweeking" of these numbers to compensate for
nonstandard paper or unusual print size.

The default minimum lines per page setting is the length of your form.
The maximum is set to the maximum lines supported by EZ-Forms (88 lines
or a full page at 88 lines per page).
#345#

EZ-Forms allows you to print more than one copy at a time. Enter the
number of copies desired at the prompt.

Please ensure you have the "lines per page" option set for the correct
value to advance your printer after printing a form to the top of the next
page. The default value will work for most printers. A few printers may
require the number of lines under "lines per page" option to be modified.

You may abandon the printing of multiple copies just like a single copy.
By pressing a key on your keyboard you can signal to EZ-Forms to give you
this option. If selected, all further copies will be abandoned.
#350#

Only the editor has access to the routines necessary to save a form.
Please call up a form for modification before trying to customize the
default print attributes.

The directory gives you a summary of what print defaults are stored in
each form. Help behind the directory screen describes in detail what each
character in the print attribute summary means.

Steps to save a custom print configuration:

1. Call up a form for modification.
2. Press Ctrl+P to print the form.
3. Customize the print attributes.
4. Press I to install the defaults into the form header.
5. Press Escape to return to the editor.
6. SAVE THE FORM!

#352#

EZ-Forms Gold supports printing multiple forms in a batch mode. In the
previous menu, you tagged a group of forms to be printed at one time. Each
of those forms will be loaded and then printed in the order they were
displayed in the directory.

During printing, the default print attributes stored in each form will be
used. This includes the number of copies, whether to compress the printed
form, etc.

You can't override any of the stored print default attributes. If you need
to override the stored print defaults, then print one form at a time. You
will be given the option to override any of the stored default print
attributes.

#370#

EZ-Forms allows you to customize the name of the printer and user defined
print functions/attributes. When you chose a basic printer type (under
Use Printer), EZ-Forms installs a generic set of text labels. As you
customize the printer driver you should modify these names to document the
changes. Example: If you customize user function 4 to switch your printer
into double high then install the user function 4 name to say "Double
High Character".

The names you install can be called up for review while you are in the
editor. Call up any form and press Alt+I for information. You will be
able to see what the user defined functions will do from their names.

Use the modify printer driver option to modify the command codes sent to
your printer when a user defined function is attached to a character.
#375#

This very confusing screen shows you the codes contained in the user
configurable printer command strings. These strings control many of the
operations during printing. See the modify option on the printer selection
menu for a breakdown of what each command string does.

The format for the information is:

Location 1 2 3-26
What it is [Command string number] [length] [printer commands]
Number base (in decimal) (in hex) (in hex)

The first byte of the command tells EZ-Forms how many of the possible 24
bytes to send to the printer.

Hex (base 16) was chosen for the commands to reduce the display space and
to allow more commands per string (example: 255 is hex FF). If you have
trouble with hex don't despair. We have included a form containing a hex
to decimal conversion table.
#400#

This installation area allows you to define:

1) The default master form path. This is where EZ-Forms will look for
your master forms (the ones ending with a .FRM extension).

2) The default completed form path. This is where EZ-Forms will look for
your completed forms (the ones ending with a .FOF extension).

Note: When you fill out a form it will be read from the master form area
and saved to the completed form area. Example:

Master path: C:\EZFG
Completed path: A:\

If we fill out C:\EZFG\YourForm.FRM the name will be converted to
A:\YourForm.FOF and be saved on drive A. This is ONLY the default.
You can override the default form name and path at save time. The
.FRM or .FOF extension cannot be changed!
#401#

3. The default path for accessing the on-line manual and context sensitive
help. Make sure you include the index file (.INX) along with the help
and manual file (.TXT) in the specified directory.

4. Default message level. This is used in the editor to determine the
extent of interference EZ-Forms presents to the user trying to execute
a command (or help if you would prefer to look at it from that side).
A message level of 4 will ensure all messages are displayed. Level
0 should be reserved for the expert user since this will take the
safety (Are you sure (Y/N)?) off several potentially dangerous commands.

5. Sound/beep on errors. Some people find programs that beep on errors to
be annoying (me for one). This option will allow you to disable ALL
warning beeps in EZ-Forms.

6. You can install EZ-Forms to use Enter for the next field (Database
mode) or Enter for start of next line (Wordprocessing mode).
#405#

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to specify how the form directories will be
sorted. You can specify both the field to sort on and the direction. The
installation section you are using allows you to specify these options.

When EZ-Forms Gold first comes up it will use these installed options
as the directory sort options. Any change you make to the sort options
while viewing the directory will be retained during the use of EZ-Forms
Gold. If you want the options to be permanent then they must be installed
and saved using the installation section of EZ-Forms Gold.


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EZ-Forms Gold allows the default form paths, program colors, etc. to
be saved in a configuration file. If no configuration file is specified
on the command line (ex. C:>EZFG MyConfg.CNF) when you call up EZ-Forms
then EZ-Forms will use the default name of EZFG.CNF.

You are being asked for the name of the configuration file to load. You
may have several configuration files saved under different names.

Examples: Epson.CNF (for Epson printers), BW.CNF (for black and white
composite monitors attached to a composite color card), etc.

Please make sure that the configuration file you are asking EZ-Forms to
use is really an EZ-Forms configuration file!

Remember you can always press ESC if you got into this area by accident.
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EZ-Forms Gold allows the default form paths, program colors, etc to
be saved in a configuration file. If no configuration file is specified
on the command line (ex. C:>EZFG MyConfg.CNF) when you call up EZ-Forms
then EZ-Forms will use the default name of EZFG.CNF.

You are being asked for the name of the configuration file to save all the
program defaults to. You may have several configuration files saved under
different names.

Examples: Epson.CNF (for Epson printers), BW.CNF (for black and white
composite monitors attached to a composite color card), etc.

Please remember you can always press ESC if you got into this area by
accident.
#1000#

EZ-Forms Gold ran out of memory while trying to perform the requested
operation. Generally this will only happen if you have limited free system
memory (RAM) and try to perform an operation on a large section of a very
large form (can require up to 64K RAM for maximum form size).

The block copy and move commands will ask your computer for enough memory
to perform the requested operation only when you use the command. That way
the drain on your system resources is kept to a minimum. However, if you
have limited free memory you may see this message.

Possible corrective measures:

1. Limit the number of memory resident programs you load.
2. Upgrade your system RAM if you have less than 640K.

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Quick startup info:

EZ-Forms Gold is a form-generating program which lets you, the user,
generate (Create) master forms tailored to your unique needs. Once you
create the forms you can fill them out using the Fillout mode, where all
the text from your master form is completely protected. The form can then
be printed with all lines and information from the master form or you can
use a preprinted form (on the print menu use C - Clear forms overlay) and
only print the information you entered in the Fillout mode.

Before you can get solid lines on the printout you must install a driver
for your specific printer type. To do this, go to the Install pulldown
and press P for Printer. Then press U for use a predefined printer type.
Select your printer type from the menu and press the number or letter to
the left of it. Return to the opening menu and press R to retain the new
printer definition. You can now print any of the included forms using
either the main menu Print option or from within the editor (the form is
displayed in front of you) by pressing Ctrl+P for print.

Refer to other sections of the On-Line Manual for additional information.
F1 is always available to call up help while you are using EZ-Forms Gold.
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Commonly Asked Questions



1. Does EZ-Forms Gold (EZFG) require a video graphics adapter? No, EZFG
will work with all video adapters for the IBM PC. This includes the
MDA, CGA, EGA, and VGA display adapters. EZFG uses characters which
look like graphic symbols (character graphics) to ensure maximum
compatibility and speed. Text based graphics is 10 to 100 times faster
than bit image graphics.

2. Can I design my own forms? Yes. EZFG allows you to easily customize
any of the standard forms included in the package or to easily create
your own forms. A form of average complexity can easily be created in
less than 20 minutes.


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EZ-Forms Gold is a form-generating program which lets you, the user,
generate master forms tailored to your unique needs. Integrated into
EZ-Forms Gold is both a forms editor and an installation program to
allow you to customize it. Things such as colors, type of printer,
and default data paths can be specified.

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to create or revise a master form or
completed (filled out) form. A master form can be altered only when in
the "Create or Revise a master form" mode. Master and completed forms
can be stored as well as printed. Once a master form has been created and
saved, you can recall it an unlimited number of times to fill out and then
store as a completed form.

EZ-Forms Gold supports IBM (Epson) compatible printers as well as
several other printers, however only Epson, Prowriter, and certain other
printers can take advantage of the compressed mode used by EZ-Forms
Gold for printing out larger forms.

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EZ-Forms Gold requires an IBM PC (tm) or compatible with at least
384K of RAM (only 320K of this is needed by EZ-Forms Gold). Direct
screen memory access is used to provide high speed screen updates. This
may make EZ-Forms Gold unusable on some "not too close" IBM PC
compatibles. IBM monochrome, color, and enhanced graphics adapters are
known to work with EZ-Forms Gold. If you are using an IBM color
graphics card with a "green screen" then you must use the DOS MODE
command on your DOS diskette to default to black and white (type MODE BW80
and then run EZ-Forms Gold). If you are using a serial printer,
then use the DOS MODE command to route the serial printer to LPT1 (see
your DOS manual for details).

#20102#

EZ-Forms Gold has grown so large that it now uses both overlays and
additional files to provide enhanced support. The overlays are built
into EZFG.EXE so be sure to keep it available when running EZ-Forms.
The additional files contain the context sensitive help and the on-line
user's manual (EZFG_HM.TXT and its index EZFG_HM.INX). These files must
be available to allow EZ-Forms to provide the on-line support for F1
(Context Sensitive Help) and the on-line manuals available from the
main menu and within the editor. Please ensure these files are available
in your default directory when you run EZ-Forms Gold. To check,
use the DOS command DIR . All the names of the files on your
drive will be listed on the screen. These additional files MUST remain
available during the entire time you are running EZ-Forms Gold. Sections
of these files are brought into the computer's memory for the additional
user support. This is one of the penalties for a more powerful program.
EZ-Forms Gold "knows" where to find these additional files (drive and
directory), so you still can change drives and directories. You can
install this path in the installation section.
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EZ-Forms Gold v5.00
Manual Create Edit FillOut Revise Print Install Quit


The Main Menu options with descriptions are below.

M On-Line Manual: This is an online manual covering features of EZ-Forms
Gold in more depth than the documentation available in the manual.

C Create: This option allows you to create a new master form. You will
be able to designate the form size (maximum size is 88 lines by 132
columns), add (or delete) a border and draw horizontal or vertical
lines (sorry no diagonal lines are possible using character graphic
symbols like those used in EZ-Forms). The cursor keys are enabled,
so you can "walk around" a newly created form.

E Edit: The Edit option allows you to recall a master form and further
modify it or just take a look at it. The above Create option ONLY
works on new forms -- the Edit option can ONLY be used on a form after
it has been created.

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F Fill Out a master form: With this option, you can retrieve, and
complete a copy of a master form. A copy of master form is loaded
and then converted to a completed form. Text you add to the completed
form can be manipulated. However, any text which was part of the
master form is now protected and can't be changed.

R Revise a Completed (filled out) Form: Here you can recall a completed
form for revision. This option is the same as the Edit option, except
you're not starting with a "clean slate" master form. You have
complete freedom to revise any portion of the form except for the
master form outline and text.

P Print a Form: This option gives you full access to the computer
directories and drives to allow you flexibility in searching out and
printing forms. If you have an Epson or Epson compatible, then you can
take advantage of the solid lines and compressed print format for
larger forms. Simply tag multiple forms and EZ-Forms Gold will
print all of them for you.

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I Install: The installation portion of EZ-Forms Gold allows you to
customize the colors, printer type, help/manual path, and other
options.

Q Quit and exit to DOS: All good things must come to an end. Choose
this option if you want to leave EZ-Forms Gold and return to DOS.

#20300#

Master forms are forms in an unprotected mode where you can alter them in
any way. The master form mode is where you create the forms that you will
later fill out or complete.

"Fields" can be set up in master forms to simulate some of the features of
data base programs which allow you to jump between form data entry areas.
EZ-Forms Gold doesn't support data fields in the normal sense. Since
EZ-Forms Gold is based around a word processor model instead a data
base model, a unique method is used to simulate fields. (This isn't all
bad. By using the wordprocessing approach EZ-Forms Gold gains a
great deal of flexibility.) This works by your setting up the master form
such that only blank areas in the form are where you want the "fields" to
be. In the completed form the tab key will then allow you to tab to the
next unprotected area.

Two methods are provided to allow fields to be easily set up.

1. If you have a master form that has very few areas you want to write
in, then use F3 to fill the entire form with field markers '~'
(tilde). Then just walk around with the cursor and clear out the area
you want to be able to fill in for the completed form. The space bar
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works well for this. A field marker, tilde, can be entered from the
keyboard simply by pressing that key for small touchups.

2. To selectively unprotect a section of the master form, use F3 to fill
the block the entire form with tildes. Next mark a block and then use
the block delete command to delete the undesired section.

Don't worry about the field markers from the master form showing up in the
completed form. Field markers from the master form will remain invisible.
They are used only to keep track of what is protected. Also the field
markers will not show up when you print the form. Converting the field
markers to spaces is also provided when you export a block from a form.

When you are completing a master form, use insert field markers (F3) to
show the unprotected parts. The field markers will show up in the
unprotected text color, highlighting where the main form is unprotected.
These tildes will show you where you can type. They will appear in the
same text color as any other text you type in but won't print or have any
affect on anything you are doing.
#20302#

Setting up fields isn't hard. All you are doing is limiting the
unprotected areas to where you REALLY want to type. EZ-Forms Gold
then tabs between these areas in the completed form. Don't forget that
shift Tab takes you backwards thru the fields.

AUTO NUMBERING: To set up auto numbering in the master form press Ctrl+N.
Ensure there is enough space to insert the number between
the cursor position and the right side of the form. Each
time you fill it out -(Main Menu FillOut) the number will
increment. If you need to change the number in the master
form, start with a different sequence number then just
type over the old number. The sequence number MUST be a
valid number (if you choose a five digit number it MUST
be between 00000 and 99999)!

AUTO DATE: To set up the auto date function in the master form press
Ctrl+D. Please ensure there is enough room to insert the date
between the cursor position and the right side of the form.
Each time you fill out a form EZ-Forms Gold will look
at your computer's clock and insert that date into the form at
this point.

#20303#

AUTO TIME: Auto time is set up the same as auto numbering and auto date.
You use the Ctrl+T to set up the location for the time to be
inserted into a form as you fill it out. Please make sure
there is enough space to insert the time between your current
cursor position and the right side of the form.

#20400#
If you don't have a printer, then you've got problems. This section
assumes you have no problems (at least not printer problems). EZ-Forms
Gold supports various laser, dot matrix, and daisy wheel printers
such as the HP LaserJet, Epson MX, FX, and RX series, the Prowriter dot
matrix, and almost any printer in the generic text mode.

You can print a form from the main menu using the print form option or by
pressing Ctrl+P while in the editor (form will be visible on your screen).

EZ-Forms Gold does not require you to define your printer type before
you can print. A default printer type is assumed which should work with
any printer but will not be able to print out the larger forms or solid
lines.

Here are some notes to help keep your association with EZ-Forms Gold on a
friendly basis.

1. Most printers can print 66 lines per page. Most of the pre-defined
forms are 64 lines x 80 columns, allowing a couple of extra lines at
the end to compensate for paper alignment. Adjust your printer so
the first line prints at the VERY top of the page. If you don't, some
of the forms may spill over onto the next page.
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2. Some printers have micro-justification (usually controlled by a switch
inside the printer). Make sure this switch is off before using
EZ-Forms Gold (usually this means turning off the switch AND
turning the printer off and back on). If your printer uses micro-
justification, then the right border of the printed form will NOT line
up vertically.

3. If you do not have an Epson compatible, Prowriter, or certain other
printers then you can't use the compressed print mode. See the printer
installation area for current list of printers.

4. The install portion of EZ-Forms Gold will allow you to set up the
codes needed for almost any printer.

5. Some laser printers may require you to save the form to an ASCII file
via the export provisions in EZ-Forms Gold. Then after proper
printer initialization, you can print the ASCII file from DOS with
the command: COPY "filename" PRN (or LPT1:, COM1, ETC.).

#20402#

6. The HP LaserJet printer is now supported by EZ-Forms Gold. Solid
vertical and horizontal lines are supported (you MUST use font
cartridge "Y"). Due to the way the HP LaserJet works, you must
completely finish printing one form under EZ-Forms Gold before
printing another. Let the printer rest a few seconds until the motor
turns off. You will then be able to print another form. If you see
error 22 (printer buffer overflow) flash on the LaserJet display then
you need to press a key to stop EZ-Forms Gold from printing, take
the printer off line, and do a form feed. This will allow you to get
your printer set up correctly to begin printing another form.

7. Using preprinted forms. EZ-Forms Gold has a Clear Forms Overlay
(CFO) selection on the "Print Options" menu allows you to easily use
preprinted forms. To use this feature you first create a master form
to act as the template. Make sure that all of the "fields" match or
align with those on your preprinted form. Fill out the master form.
When you go to print, select C for Clear Forms Overlay. This will
ensure only the unprotected area (text you just typed in) will be
printed. The master form outline is protected in completed forms, so
it doesn't print!
#20403#

8. Sideways printing. Sideways(tm) 3.0 by Funk Software, Inc. supports
sideways printing of text containing character graphics symbols like
those used in the EZ-Forms Gold forms. If you have a wide form
and want to print it out sideways, then continue reading. You must
export a form before it can be printed under Sideways. To do this:

a. Call up a form under option E, F, or R from the main menu.
b. Press Ctrl+W.
c. If a block is marked, answer no to export only marked block.
d. Do NOT translate the border characters, we want them left as
character graphics, not translated to : and -.
e. Specify a temporary file name (example: temp).
f. Exit EZ-Forms Gold and call up Sideways.
g. Print your exported file, NOT the EZ-Forms Gold form.
h. Using normal sized print, a 130x53 form should fit on a page.
#20500#
USING THE INSTALLATION PORTION OF EZ-FORMS PLUS


The EZ-Forms Gold program contains a section you will never need to
use -- unless you want to customize the way EZ-Forms Gold runs.
Everything in EZ-Forms Gold is defaulted such that most users will
never NEED to reconfigure it, except for printer type. If you do change
the defaults, a new configuration file (EZFG.CNF) will be saved on the
default drive and directory. EZ-Forms Gold now supports multiple
configuration files thru both the command line argument when you call up
EZ-Forms (ex. EZFG MyConfig.CNF) and allowing you to specify save and load
names for the configuration file.

EZFG.CNF contains ALL the installation options you have selected. You can
have multiple configuration files defined. Several configuration files may
be kept on the same disk by giving them a different name and then calling
them up on the command line or be renaming them to EZFG.CNF and using
them as the default. This same method allows you to handle several
printers connected to a single computer, each printer needing a special
version of EZFG.CNF, the configuration file. Don't forget to use the DOS
MODE command to route your printer to LPT1 if it isn't already on LPT1.
#20600#

Advanced features


Graphics walk around -- Call up a form and press Alt+G to start the full
screen graphics walk around. You will be able to use the keypad cursor
keys to add all kinds of graphics to your form.

Patch mode -- To use the patch mode, call up a form for viewing. Press
Alt+P to patch the form. EZ-Forms Gold will make its best guess on
modifying every graphic character in the form to connect with the others
around it. This will connect your graphics figures giving the form a
finished look.

DOS Shell -- At any prompt in EZ-Forms Gold you can press Ctrl+X and
shell out to DOS. From there you can use all the commands normally
available in DOS. When you finish type EXIT to return to EZ-Forms. Please
ensure that COMMAND.COM is in your default directory or path and that you
have enough free RAM to use the DOS shell (10-20K is plenty). Refer to
your DOS manual for a complete list of available commands.

#20700#

HISTORY OF REVISIONS:


Forms ver 1.0 Mar 1985 Basic Version
Forms ver 1.1 Apr 1985 Added color windows.
EZ-Forms rev A May 1985 Complete rewrite. Added more forms.
EZ-Forms rev A* Jul 1985 Better handling of registration numbers for
users. Updated program and documentation.
EZ-Forms rev B Sep 1985 All colors and many program options user
installable. Enhanced editor.
EZ-Forms rev B* Oct 1985 Full installation program included. More
block commands in editor.
EZ-Forms rev B** Jan 1986 Enhanced import/export functions. Added
more on-line help.
EZ-Forms rev C Feb 1986 Added auto numbering for forms. Use of Alt
F1-F6 to draw character graphics for forms.
EZ-Forms rev C* Mar 1986 Use of Alt F1-F10 to provide SOLID lines in
forms. Additional error checking.
EZ-Forms rev C.20 May 1986 Enhanced editor. Easier to use date and
time feed into forms.
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EZ-Forms rev C.21 Jun 1986 Expanded file names to allow underlines as
part of the form's name.
EZ-Forms rev C.22 Jul 1986 Allowed error checking on printers to be
disabled for use on networks.
EZ-Forms rev C.23 Aug 1986 Additional code modifications for
supporting networks.
EZ-Forms rev C.24 Sep 1986 Corrected several minor bugs.
EZ-Forms rev D.10 Oct 1986 Complete rewrite of EZ-Forms adding form
compression and context sensitive help.
Many other new features.
EZ-Forms rev D.11 Oct 1986 Corrected a few very minor bugs and added
an option on print menu for page length.
EZ-Forms rev D.12 Dec 1986 Minor update to correct the documentation.

Note: In Dec 1986 we released a greatly expanded version of EZ-Forms
called EZ-Forms Executive. It provided wordwrap, math, database
merge, plus many other new features. Since Dec 1986 we have
constantly improved and expanded its capability.

EZ-Forms rev D.13 Jan 1987 Corrected minor bug in the functioning of
Tab in large completed forms. Fixed a minor
bug in the auto number, date, and time.
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EZ-Forms rev D.14 Mar 1987 Corrected minor problem with tab in single
character fields.
EZ-Forms rev D.15 Jul 1987 Minor fixes. 1-800 credit card order line.
EZ-Forms rev E.10 Jul 1988 Complete rewrite -- upgraded the user
(EZ-Forms Lite) interface and command set to be simular to
its big brother (EZ-Forms Executive).
Added the "Lite" portion to the name to
clearly show the difference between
EZ-Forms Executive and EZ-Forms Lite.
EZ-Forms rev E.11 Sep 1988 Minor fixes in Epson LQ1500 printer driver.
(EZ-Forms Lite) Expanded several areas of program to make
it easier to use.
EZ-Forms rev E.12 Nov 1988 Expanded help to make EZFL even easier to
(EZ-Forms Lite) use. Numerous other small enhancements.
EZ-Forms rev E.13 Fri 13th Management (like elevators) didn't like the
(EZ-Forms Lite) number 13. So we skipped this revision.
EZ-Forms rev E.14 Mar 1989 Numerous small touchups and a few minor bug
(EZ-Forms Lite) fixes. Expanded help and on-line manual.
EZ-Forms rev E.15 Jun 1989 Minor update providing touchups/bug fixes.
(EZ-Forms Lite)
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EZ-Forms rev E.16 Oct 1989 Converted several C routines to assembly
(EZ-Forms Lite) language to make them faster and smaller.
Added tagging for printing mutiple forms.
EZ-Forms rev E.20 Feb 1990 Added four function spreadsheet style math.
(EZ-Forms Lite) Combined the help and manual for additional
space savings. Added installable directory
sorting using any field or direction.
EZ-Forms rev E.21 Sep 1990 Smaller and faster! Cleaned up a couple of
(EZ-Forms Lite) minor areas. Added additional help and
manual screens. Added a screen blanker.
EZ-Forms rev E.30 Mar 1991 Added extensive error checking for loading
(EZ-Forms Plus) forms. Changed the name from Lite to Gold
to better describe the product. Added
directory navigation on file directories.
EZ-Forms rev E.31 Jun 1991 Added a PC-8 driver for HP LaserJet II and
(EZ-Forms Plus) DeskJet with the built-in PC-8 line drawing
set. Now compatible with DOS 2.10.
EZ-Forms rev 5.00 Apr 1993 Introduction of EZ-Forms Gold, a slightly
(EZ-Forms Gold) less powerful but faster and less expensive
version of EZ-Forms Plus.
#20800#

Notes on EZ-Forms Gold


EZ-Forms Gold has been under development for over eight years. During
this period it has evolved into a package that quickly lets users do their
work involving forms without a complex set of commands. If you have any
suggestions for further improvement please forward them to us. We will try
our best to incorporate your suggestions!

Information relating to EZ-Forms Gold follows. These items didn't
seem to fit into any other sections but needed to be passed on to you.

GENERAL:
1. EZ-Forms Gold was developed by Dave Black of MaeDae Enterprises.
2. Special thanks to Robert Granger for his help with printer drivers.
3. EZ-Forms Gold was written in C. The source for EZ-Forms Gold
consists of about 20,000 lines of code (C and Assembly).
4. Special thanks to Jim Nech at SSS for his excellent C & Assembly
language windowing package (Professional C Windows) used in EZ-Forms
Gold. It comes with complete source code and is only $89. This
package is a must for software developers (info/orders 713-484-8061).
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5. Screen manipulation, including windowing, is handled by writing
directly to screen memory. This provides extremely fast screen updates
and allows high speed text scrolling on the screen. Checks are done
to determine if your system is color or monochrome. The corresponding
section of video screen memory is used.
6. EZ-Forms Gold is constantly being improved to add new commands
and to better fill your needs. Please provide suggestions for improve-
ment. EZ-Forms Gold will continue to improve as long as people
suggest improvements and still require this type of package (which may
be a very long time in our paperwork/form oriented society).
7. The limit on the number of forms in a directory for EZ-Forms Gold is
150 forms. If you have more forms than this in a SINGLE directory,
then please divide the directory before running EZ-Forms Gold.
8. EZ-Forms Gold can read forms created by all earlier versions of
the EZ-Forms packages. However, it will not be able to use the math or
larger form sizes generated using EZ-Forms Executive.
9. EZ-Forms Gold keeps track of the on-line manual and the context
sensitive help thru a number called a "location". When you call up
the on-line manual or context sensitive help you will see this number
listed on the bottom of the screen. It can be used as a reference
number if you have any comments or questions concerning any of the
information presented.
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SAVING:

1. Retyping the file name is required only if you have created a new
master form or filled out a master form. If you are editing an
existing form then press enter when asked for file name and the
original file name will be used.
2. While saving a form, EZ-Forms Gold is constantly checking for any
errors that may have occurred. If an error is detected, then EZ-Forms
Gold will prompt you for the necessary action.

DEFAULT DRIVE:

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to change the default drive so you can have
full access to all the drives on your system. If an error occurs while
saving to one drive, you can always switch to another drive and try again.
You MUST leave the overlay file (EZFG.EXE) available in the same drive
and directory where you brought up EZ-Forms Gold.

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DIRECTORY SUPPORT:

Many of the menus allow you to access directories. You can access all the
directories available on all the disk drives in your computer if you are
using DOS ver 2.0 or later. EZ-Forms Gold supports directory paths up to
60 characters in length. Please limit your path to this length.

FILE NAME EXTENSIONS:

1. EZ-Forms Gold uses the file name extensions .FRM for master
forms and .FOF for completed (filled out) form respectively. You will
see these extensions displayed when you access the forms thru the
directory listing and on the top line while editing forms.
2. Forms, when saved to disk, consist of only the text and the attributes
for protected, underline, bold, Usr1, Usr2, Usr3, and Usr4. A small
header is also added to the front of each form containing information
about the form size. The file is written in a compressed format
sometimes compressing an entire line into 3 characters. This saves
diskette space but makes the file unusable by most word processors
UNLESS you export the form (see the section on exporting forms).

#20804#

MEMORY USAGE:

Memory resident programs, such as SideKick or printer spoolers will
subtract from the amount of memory available to run EZ-Forms Gold.
If you have only 384K of memory and load in any memory resident programs,
then EZ-Forms Gold may not run. In fact, it is possible for some of
the memory resident programs to get your computer so "balled up"
that EZ-Forms Gold won't be able to run! This includes device drivers
like ANSI.SYS.

Your free computer memory space (RAM) is displayed on the bottom line when
you use the context sensitive help (F1) or the on-line manual.

#20805#

FUTURE PLANS FOR EZ-FORMS PLUS:

Future versions of EZ-Forms Gold will have expanded capabilities.
If you have at least 640K of RAM and want to have everything now, ask
about EZ-Forms Executive.

Please check every couple of months to learn about the latest features.
Any suggestions for further enhancements would be appreciated! We will
try to maintain a very fair upgrade policy. We want to remain sensitive
to your needs.

#20806#

FUTURE PLANS FOR THE EZ SERIES:

1. EZ-Spread. EZ-SpreadSheet is available. It is a powerful but easy
to use spreadsheet (512 rows by 64 columns). Many math and financial
functions are supported. We will continue to improve it based on
on your inputs.

2. EZX-Word. A simple but powerful word processing package. Features
include macros, wordwrap, on-line help, and all the other features you
would expect from a full featured wordprocessor. Call or write for
details.

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Unable to run EZXINFO.EXE - The latest information on our products!

Please ensure EZXINFO.EXE is in your current working directory.

Are you out of free RAM (see the bottom line of this screen)? If it shows
less than about 80K, try running EZXINFO.EXE directly from DOS.

If EZXINFO.EXE has been lost, call: Voice 1-713-280-9900
BBS 1-713-280-8180
FAX 1-713-280-0099
#20950#


Unable to run SUPPORT.EXE - The latest information for technical support!

Please ensure SUPPORT.EXE is in your current working directory.

Are you out of free RAM (see the bottom line of this screen)? If it shows
less than about 80K, try running SUPPORT.EXE directly from DOS.

If SUPPORT.EXE has been lost, call: Voice 1-713-280-9900
BBS 1-713-280-8180
FAX 1-713-280-0099

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Command menu:

All the commands in EZ-Forms may be entered directly within the editor.
Many of the commands may also be entered thru a pulldown command menu.
The pulldown command menu may be called up thru either Escape or F10.
When you press Escape the assumption is you want to exit EZ-Forms so
the Exit pulldown is automatically used. If you use the F10 key to call
up the command menu then the previous command or state of the menu is
used. You will probably want a command in the general area of your last
choice so this is saved between uses.

You will notice the command menu has a help window at the bottom of the
screen that expands on what will happen if you choose that option. Many
of the commands can be entered without you calling up the command menu.
If there is a command sequence shown at the end of the help window, you
could have entered it instead of calling up the command menu. Example:
Help for BlockOps - Start block shows a (Alt+S). That means you can press
Alt+S the directly in the editor to mark the beginning of a block INSTEAD
of going thru this menu.
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The block operations in EZ-Forms Gold are laid out in three logical
groups. These are:

(1) Those dealing with moving text around in your form -- Alt+M (move),
Alt+C (copy), and Alt+D (delete)
(2) File export and import -- Ctrl+W (write/export) and Ctrl+R
(read/import).
(3) Block enable/disable -- make visible (Alt+V) or hide a block (Alt+H).

These four groups allow you to work on the marked portion of the form.
This marked portion (block) is laid out as a rectangle. You must mark
the diagonal corners of the rectangle with the Alt+S being the upper left
corner (start) and the Alt+E being the lower right corner (end). You will
then be able to work with just this small section of the form for - Alt+C,
Alt+M, Alt+D, Alt+V, etc. Those of you who liked the previous set of
Ctrl+K block operations will be pleased that most of them still work. The
Ctrl+K command maps many of the old commands from previous versions of
EZ-Forms into the new easier to use/remember commands. Please note that
the Status area in Alt+I will give you the current block status.
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To export a form type Ctrl+W (for write).

When you export a form you take the form you see in front of you and write
it to a disk file in a standard format the word processors and other
packages can read. All special control codes that EZ-Forms Gold uses
are removed as the file is written. To access this function use Ctrl+W.

You will be given the option of exporting the entire form or just the
marked area. This is referring to a section of text you may of marked
using the block operations (Alt+S and Alt+E). Most of the time you will
want to work with the entire form.

Many word processors can't handle character graphics like and .
Because of this EZ-Forms Gold provides a translation capability to
translate these characters into normal characters that somewhat look like
the character graphics symbol. Example: becomes a + after translation.

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To import a ASCII file press Ctrl+R (for read).

Importing means reading a standard text file off disk into your form. Any
strange characters like etc. will be automatically translated to
spaces before it is inserted into your form. Many word processors put
these strange characters into the file to keep track of paragraphs, new
lines, etc.

The current cursor location is used as the starting point to read the file
into. If you have the cursor at line 2 and column 2, then the file will
be read into your form starting at this location. The second line will be
read into line 3 and column 2.

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To print a form type Ctrl+P.

EZ-Forms Gold allows you to print your form while still in the
editor. This capability may not be too obvious. To print your form you
press Ctrl+P. A menu will appear giving you several options on how to
print the form you see in front of you. While the print menu is visible
press F1 for help on the print options.

To make the print options a permanent part of your form you must first
select the I option to install them in the form header and then save the
form to disk. Until you update the form on your disk, it will insist that
it doesn't know your preferences in print style.

EZ-Forms Gold supports many different printers. The capabilities of
each differ. To get the most out of EZ-Forms Gold you must first
define your printer type. This is done from Install off the main EZ-Forms
Gold menu. Support is also provided to allow you to customize the
printer drivers to better fit your needs.

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Fields allow you to "jump" between data entry areas in the completed form
and to protect areas of a completed form which don't contain any text. A
special character, the tilde ~, is used to allow this.

In the master form use the ~ key (Yes, it really is on your keyboard.), to
fill all the areas where you don't want someone to be able to type in the
completed form. You can fill areas by hand with the ~ key or use the block
operations to accomplish it. To use the block operations to simplify the
job, first mark a block with Alt+S and Alt+E. Don't forget you can use F3
and F4 to insert and delete field markers for the entire form.

Once you have field markers set up in the master form, save it and call it
up under the FillOut a master form option. The Tab key will allow you to
"jump" between the unprotected areas/fields in the completed form. You

will notice ~s don't show up in the completed form but really do prevent
you from typing in certain areas of the form.

Note: The ~s won't affect printing or exporting a form. Use them freely.
Use F3 to show what is unprotected in a completed form.
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