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Label Magic Version 3.0. Print labels, letterhead, icons, etc. Allows you to edit or create new icons for printing. Supports many printers.
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Contents of the README.DOC file


The following is a list of improvements, corrections and/or enhancements made to
Label Magic:

[VERSION 3.00]

o ALL NEW LOOK - Text and EGA/VGA graphic screens have been enhanced to reflect
a more up-to-date 3-D look.

o IMPROVED EDITING - It is no longer necessary to retype and entire address
line when you only want to change a single character. The address field now
allows complete freedom of cursor movement -- including INSERT. Nice idea,
Len.

o SINGLE-KEY RESPONSES - You no longer have to type "Y" and then ENTER when
you are asked questions like "Do you want addresses printed?" Just hit
the "Y" or "N" keys and that's it.

o TWO ACROSS LABELS FOR PAGE PRINTERS - It's finally here, 2-across labels for
laser/deskjet printers! If the printer you select supports 2-across labels,
you will be asked whether to print 1 or 2 across just prior to printing,
automatically.

o COLOR/MONOCHROME OVERRIDE PARAMETER - No matter how hard we try to determine
whether the computer is color or monochrome, there are always some that don't
obey the rules. For this reason, we have added the "-C" and "-M" parameters.
These allow you to force Label Magic to use either color (-c) or mono-
chrome (-m) memory for text screens.

SYNTAX: "C:\LM>lm -m" or "C:\LM>lm -c"


[VERSION 2.19]

o Enhanced VGA colors (in text screens) using "ColorBOX ," another great
NEOCOM product.

o Corrected problem with AT&T 6300, and possibly other monochrome systems. The
problem involved a screen saving routine which did not properly determine
system configuration.


[VERSION 2.18]

o TRUE LQ-2500 (Panasonic KX-P1124 24 pin) DRIVERS. We finally got our hands
on the KX-P1124 printer and wrote a driver specifically for it. The drivers
should work with virtually any LQ-2500 printer. Hence, there are also
LQ-2500 printer drivers listed, too.

NOTE: 24 pin printers don't have vertical line spacing that is exactly
a multiple of that of 9 pin printers so it was necessary to
either stretch the icons "TALL" or shrink them down a little "SHORT."
That's why there are "TALL" and "SHORT" drivers for LQ compatibles.


[VERSION 2.16/2.17]

o PRINTER DRIVER FOR PANASONICS. A new printer driver for certain Panasonic
printers which are not completely EPSON compatible has been added. The
symptom was that labels printed properly, but were improperly spaced.


[VERSION 2.15]

o MORE PRINTERS. A new printer driver for the ALPS 200/300 color printer has
been included in version 2.15. This driver adds color to icons and text and
should work with any EPSON JX compatible printer.


[VERSION 2.14]

o INVISIBLE SCREEN FIX. Some users experienced intermittent screen updates due
to a problem in the algorithm which determines whether a COLOR or MONO
system is being used.

o MENU COLORS. Menu options have all been changed to bright colors so
monochrome users will should have less dificulty.


[VERSION 2.13]

o THE "NEW" PRINT SHOP COMPATIBILITY - Icon importing from The "NEW" Print
Shop graphic/icon files is now possible. Refer to the documentation for
details.

o IMPROVED LABEL LOADING - Now when you try to load a label from within the
CREATE/EDIT LABELS window that doesn't exist, you are presented with a
scrolling-bar menu that allows you to select another label from those that
do exist. Older versions simply displayed a message telling that the label
did not exist.

o SHIPPING LABELS - This version of Label Magic has "hard-coded" shipping label
support. Shipping labels where always possible in earlier versions through
the use of LISTS; however, now it's as easy as printing a label.

o DESQview COMPATIBILTY - Some earlier versions would crash under DESQview or
DESQview/386 because of dual-direct screen writing. Smarter routines
should correct this problem.

o MORE PRINTERS - In addition to the large printer selections available on
earlier versions, version 2.12 includes drivers for the following
printers, too:

Okidata Microline 320/321
Tandy DMP106 (Tandy mode)


o DOS 4.00 FIX - All versions prior to this one showed "ECHO OFF" when a DOS
shell was envoked under DOS 4.xx. Now, however, the shell is as "smooth" as
it was for DOS 3.3x.

o CURSOR FIX - Early versions had a problem with the cursor in the ICON EDITOR
causing it to becomed "locked" whenever it was positioned (using arrow keys)
into the same square occupied by the mouse cursor.


[VERSION 2.11]

o HERC SUPPORT - Label Magic now supports the Hercules monographics
standard (and compatibles).

o FASTER SCREEN UPDATES - Screen updates within the ICON EDITOR are now an
average of 50% faster, due to intellegent updating techniques.

o EASIER CONFIGURING - This version changes the way VIDEO/PRINTER selections
are made. Rather than repeatedly pressing "P" or "G," now you press "P" or
"G" only once and then select the printer or video configuration from a
scrolling-bar menu.


[VERSION 2.00]

o SORTED FILE LIST - Files listed in the scrolling window of the LABEL
MAINTENENCE screen are now sorted. This makes finding labels, icons, etc.
much easier.

o IMPROVED ICON LOADING - The "LOAD ICON" feature of the icon editor has been
drastically improved. Now, rather than entering the name of an icon, you
select the icon from a scrolling menu. The icons are listed alphabeticaly.
Now you don't have to try to remember the names of all your icons.

o ICON IMPORTING - Users of "PRINTMASTER" and "THE PRINT SHOP" can now import
graphics from those programs directly into Label Magic. A complete online
facility has been added to the icon editor for this purpose. The factility
is menu driven and very user-friendly.



[VERSION 1.10]

o CGA SUPPORT - The Color Graphics Adaptor (CGA) is now fully supported by Label
Magic, including the icon editor.

o SAFER ICON SAVES - In earlier versions if you saved an icon under a name
identical to one that already existed the original was automatically
overwritten by the new one. But, in this new release you are prompted as to
whether or not the older icon should be replaced.

o FASTER ICON UNPACKING - The icon "unpacking" subroutine has been converted to
assembler for better speed. The new routine operates about eight times faster
than the original. This makes browsing through icons much faster. Also, the
routines used for displaying icons have been optimized. In general, any
Label Magic feature that reads icons from disk works more efficiently.

o IMPROVED WINDOWS - Text windowing routines have been completely replaced in
an effort to keep RAM requirements low and to improve shadowing reliability.
Some earlier versions had problems with window shadowing.

o TEXT MODE RESTORATION - Version 1.10 returns the computer to its original
text mode setting upon exiting the program. This includes the EGA/VGA 43/50
line modes. For instance, if you are in the VGA 50 line mode and enter Label
Magic then it will automatically switch you to the 25 line mode and then back
to 50 line when you're finished.

o DOS SHELL (DOS 4.00) - The DOS shell option of LABEL MAINTENENCE has been
improved so that the "ECHO OFF" is no longer visible under DOS versions above
3.3.




Contents of the MANUAL.DOC file


The following is a list of improvements, corrections and/or enhancements made to
Label Magic:

[VERSION 3.00]

o ALL NEW LOOK - Text and EGA/VGA graphic screens have been enhanced to reflect
a more up-to-date 3-D look.

o IMPROVED EDITING - It is no longer necessary to retype and entire address
line when you only want to change a single character. The address field now
allows complete freedom of cursor movement -- including INSERT. Nice idea,
Len.

o SINGLE-KEY RESPONSES - You no longer have to type "Y" and then ENTER when
you are asked questions like "Do you want addresses printed?" Just hit
the "Y" or "N" keys and that's it.

o TWO ACROSS LABELS FOR PAGE PRINTERS - It's finally here, 2-across labels for
laser/deskjet printers! If the printer you select supports 2-across labels,
you will be asked whether to print 1 or 2 across just prior to printing,
automatically.

o COLOR/MONOCHROME OVERRIDE PARAMETER - No matter how hard we try to determine
whether the computer is color or monochrome, there are always some that don't
obey the rules. For this reason, we have added the "-C" and "-M" parameters.
These allow you to force Label Magic to use either color (-c) or mono-
chrome (-m) memory for text screens.

SYNTAX: "C:\LM>lm -m" or "C:\LM>lm -c"


[VERSION 2.19]

o Enhanced VGA colors (in text screens) using "ColorBOX ," another great
NEOCOM product.

o Corrected problem with AT&T 6300, and possibly other monochrome systems. The
problem involved a screen saving routine which did not properly determine
system configuration.


[VERSION 2.18]

o TRUE LQ-2500 (Panasonic KX-P1124 24 pin) DRIVERS. We finally got our hands
on the KX-P1124 printer and wrote a driver specifically for it. The drivers
should work with virtually any LQ-2500 printer. Hence, there are also
LQ-2500 printer drivers listed, too.

NOTE: 24 pin printers don't have vertical line spacing that is exactly
a multiple of that of 9 pin printers so it was necessary to
either stretch the icons "TALL" or shrink them down a little "SHORT."
That's why there are "TALL" and "SHORT" drivers for LQ compatibles.


[VERSION 2.16/2.17]

o PRINTER DRIVER FOR PANASONICS. A new printer driver for certain Panasonic
printers which are not completely EPSON compatible has been added. The
symptom was that labels printed properly, but were improperly spaced.


[VERSION 2.15]

o MORE PRINTERS. A new printer driver for the ALPS 200/300 color printer has
been included in version 2.15. This driver adds color to icons and text and
should work with any EPSON JX compatible printer.


[VERSION 2.14]

o INVISIBLE SCREEN FIX. Some users experienced intermittent screen updates due
to a problem in the algorithm which determines whether a COLOR or MONO
system is being used.

o MENU COLORS. Menu options have all been changed to bright colors so
monochrome users will should have less dificulty.


[VERSION 2.13]

o THE "NEW" PRINT SHOP COMPATIBILITY - Icon importing from The "NEW" Print
Shop graphic/icon files is now possible. Refer to the documentation for
details.

o IMPROVED LABEL LOADING - Now when you try to load a label from within the
CREATE/EDIT LABELS window that doesn't exist, you are presented with a
scrolling-bar menu that allows you to select another label from those that
do exist. Older versions simply displayed a message telling that the label
did not exist.

o SHIPPING LABELS - This version of Label Magic has "hard-coded" shipping label
support. Shipping labels where always possible in earlier versions through
the use of LISTS; however, now it's as easy as printing a label.

o DESQview COMPATIBILTY - Some earlier versions would crash under DESQview or
DESQview/386 because of dual-direct screen writing. Smarter routines
should correct this problem.

o MORE PRINTERS - In addition to the large printer selections available on
earlier versions, version 2.12 includes drivers for the following
printers, too:

Okidata Microline 320/321
Tandy DMP106 (Tandy mode)


o DOS 4.00 FIX - All versions prior to this one showed "ECHO OFF" when a DOS
shell was envoked under DOS 4.xx. Now, however, the shell is as "smooth" as
it was for DOS 3.3x.

o CURSOR FIX - Early versions had a problem with the cursor in the ICON EDITOR
causing it to becomed "locked" whenever it was positioned (using arrow keys)
into the same square occupied by the mouse cursor.


[VERSION 2.11]

o HERC SUPPORT - Label Magic now supports the Hercules monographics
standard (and compatibles).

o FASTER SCREEN UPDATES - Screen updates within the ICON EDITOR are now an
average of 50% faster, due to intellegent updating techniques.

o EASIER CONFIGURING - This version changes the way VIDEO/PRINTER selections
are made. Rather than repeatedly pressing "P" or "G," now you press "P" or
"G" only once and then select the printer or video configuration from a
scrolling-bar menu.


[VERSION 2.00]

o SORTED FILE LIST - Files listed in the scrolling window of the LABEL
MAINTENENCE screen are now sorted. This makes finding labels, icons, etc.
much easier.

o IMPROVED ICON LOADING - The "LOAD ICON" feature of the icon editor has been
drastically improved. Now, rather than entering the name of an icon, you
select the icon from a scrolling menu. The icons are listed alphabeticaly.
Now you don't have to try to remember the names of all your icons.

o ICON IMPORTING - Users of "PRINTMASTER" and "THE PRINT SHOP" can now import
graphics from those programs directly into Label Magic. A complete online
facility has been added to the icon editor for this purpose. The factility
is menu driven and very user-friendly.



[VERSION 1.10]

o CGA SUPPORT - The Color Graphics Adaptor (CGA) is now fully supported by Label
Magic, including the icon editor.

o SAFER ICON SAVES - In earlier versions if you saved an icon under a name
identical to one that already existed the original was automatically
overwritten by the new one. But, in this new release you are prompted as to
whether or not the older icon should be replaced.

o FASTER ICON UNPACKING - The icon "unpacking" subroutine has been converted to
assembler for better speed. The new routine operates about eight times faster
than the original. This makes browsing through icons much faster. Also, the
routines used for displaying icons have been optimized. In general, any
Label Magic feature that reads icons from disk works more efficiently.

o IMPROVED WINDOWS - Text windowing routines have been completely replaced in
an effort to keep RAM requirements low and to improve shadowing reliability.
Some earlier versions had problems with window shadowing.

o TEXT MODE RESTORATION - Version 1.10 returns the computer to its original
text mode setting upon exiting the program. This includes the EGA/VGA 43/50
line modes. For instance, if you are in the VGA 50 line mode and enter Label
Magic then it will automatically switch you to the 25 line mode and then back
to 50 line when you're finished.

o DOS SHELL (DOS 4.00) - The DOS shell option of LABEL MAINTENENCE has been
improved so that the "ECHO OFF" is no longer visible under DOS versions above
3.3.


LABEL MAGIC


























(Shareware Release)

Graphic Label Program Documentation

Copyright (C) 1989-1991 Joseph Albanese - All rights reserved

Version 3.0s


Label MagicTM 3.0
Copyright (C)1989-1991 Joseph M. Albanese, All rights Reserved.

SOFTWARE REGISTRATION

You are granted a 14 day trial period to determine whether or not Label Magic
meets your needs. After that time you must register the software. Refer to
the file called ORDER.FRM to see how to order the commercial version for only
$24.95 (Additional $5 overseas). NOTE: The "ORDER FORM" is also available at
the end of this text file.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Copyright (C) 1989-1991 Joseph M. Albanese. All rights reserved.

You are granted a license to use the software described in this manual. The software may be used or
copied only in accordance with the terms of that license, which is described following this notice.

Label Magic is a trademark of Joseph M. Albanese.


LICENSE AGREEMENT (Shareware Release)

This software is licensed to you as an end user. IT IS NOT SOLD.

The "Shareware Release" of Label Magic is fully copyrighted and may not be
sold. However, as with all shareware, it may be copied freely for evaluation
purposes. As a Label Magic evaluee, you are granted a 14 day trial period in
which to determine its suitability. At the end of the trial period, if you
wish to continue using Label Magic, you must register the software. Refer to
the file called "ORDER.FRM" for registration information.

There are many advantages associated with registering Label Magic. Some (and
certainly not all) of these include:

o Latest verson of Label Magic
o Technical support
o Laser-printed, manual
o FREE BONUS UTILITY

Label Magic is distributed exclusively by NEOCOM
Microspecialists, Inc.

WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc. Disclaims all warranties relating to
this software, whether express or implied, including but not limited
to any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, and all such warranties are expressly and
specifically disclaimed. Neither NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc. nor
anyone else who has been involved in the creation, production, or
delivery of this software shall be liable for any indirect,
consequential, or incidental damages arising out of the use or
inability to use such software even if NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc.
has been advised of the possibility of such damages or claims. In no
event shall NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc.'s liability for any damages
ever exceed the price paid for the license to use the software,
regardless of the form of claim. The person using the software bears
all risk as to the quality and performance of the software. Some
states do not allow the exclusion of the limit of liability for
consequential or incidental damages, so the above limitation may not
apply to you.

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia
and shall inure to the benefit of NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc. and
any successors, administrators, heirs and assigns. Any action or
proceeding brought by either party against the other arising out of or
related to this agreement shall be brought only in the STATE or
FEDERAL COURT of competent jurisdiction located in Henry County,
Virginia. The parties hereby consent to in personam jurisdiction of
said courts.


TRADEMARKS

Throughout this manual are commercial names of products made by other
manufacturers or developers. Many of these product names are either
registered or unregistered trademarks of their respective
manufacturers or developers. The owners of these trademarks have
never expressed any approval or disapproval of NEOCOM products, nor
are they associated with Label Magic, NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc.,
or Joseph M. Albanese in any way.


C O N T E N T S

GETTING STARTED

Capabilities
Graphics Systems Supported
Printers Supported
System Requirements

USING LABEL MAGIC

The Main Menu
Configuration

LABEL MAINTENANCE

The Label Maintenance Menu
Status Line
Directory
Menu
Create/Edit Labels
New Labels
Deleting Labels
A Note About Text Editing

MAILING LISTS

Create/Edit Lists
List Limitations
Label Editing
Adding New Labels
Deleting Lists
Browse
Data File Types

PRINTING

Printing Labels
Labels (one or more copies of a single label)
2-Wide Labels
Shipping Labels
Lists (one of more copies of a LIST of labels)
Letterheads
Form Feed (for LASER printers)
DOS Shell
Directory Options

ICON EDITOR

Note to Mouse Users
Editor Options

ICON IMPORTING

Icon Conversion
Icon Import/Conversion Methods
A Final Note About Conversions

EDITOR DISCUSSION

Drawing/Cursor Movement
Icon Alignment

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Turbo Pascal Programmers
Simple Programming Example
One Final Note


G E T T I N G S T A R T E D


Capabilities

Label Magic is much more than a great graphic label generator. Here
are some of the many features available to Label Magic users:

GRAPHIC LABELS:Create mailing labels with crisp 2500 dot icons.
Label Magic has its own icon editor built-in!

ICON IMPORTING:Now you can easily convert all your favorite PRINT
SHOP or PRINTMASTER graphics to Label Magic
icons. Since Label Magic has its own built-in
icon editor; however, these programs are not
required.

MAILING LISTS:Generate mailing lists with (or without) graphic
icons for batch printing.

ENVELOPES:If you have a printer that allows you to insert
envelopes (for example: HP DeskJet, IBM
Proprinter), or if you purchase form-fed envelopes
for other dot matrix printers, you can use Label
Magic to print ICONS, ADDRESSES, etc., directly on
the envelopes.

LETTERHEADS:You can print the very same icons and/or addresses
you use for labels as a letterhead as well. This
combination of matching envelopes and letterheads
produces a professional look.

TEXT ICONS:Every copy of Label Magic comes complete with a
utility program called "CONVICON.EXE," which
facilitates the conversion of Label Magic icon
files (.ICN) to and from a number of other
formats, including ASCII. ASCII icons can be used
in text files or word processed documents.

GENERAL PURPOSE 2500 dot icons generated by Label Magic can be converted,
using the utility program mentioned above, to a form accessible to Pascal
programmers. This means you can write Pascal routines to manipulate Label
Magic graphic icons. For instance, you could use Label Magic to create
single color icons for use in an animated graphics sequence for a Pascal game.

SHIPPING LABELS:Use specially designed labels in conjunction with
Label Magic to produce excellent quality shipping
labels.

24 PIN PRINTERNow, Label Magic prints on the LQ-2500, Panasonic
KX-P1124 and other compatible 24 pin printers.



G R A P H I C S S Y S T E M S S U P P O R T E ED

A wide variety of graphics systems is supported by Label Magic,
including:

CGA
Hercules (monographics)*
MCGA (Model 30)
EGA
AT&T 640x400 HIRES
VGA (color or monochrome)

*MS mouse support no available in Hercules mode.


P R I N T E R S S U P P O R T E D

Label Magic provides full support for the following printers (and
compatibles):

ALPS ALQ200/300 (Color/Mono)
C.Itoh 8510A "Prowriter"
EPSON I (FX/LX 80/86e/800)
EPSON II (Other)
EPSON LQ-2500
EPSON JX (Color)
HP DeskJet/DeskJet Plus/DeskJet 500
HP LaserJet Series II
HP LaserJet Series IIP
HP LaserJet Series III
HP PaintJet (Color)
IBM Graphics Printer
IBM Proprinter
NEC 8023
Okidata 320 (IBM/EPSON Compatible Model)
Tandy DMP106 (Tandy mode)

Seikosha SK-3000AI (Color/Mono)
Panasonic KX-P1124

NOTE:Printer output may be routed to either LPT1 or LPT2. Serial
printing is NOT currently supported.


S Y S T E M R E Q U I R E M E N T S

Label Magic requires an IBM PC (or 100% compatible) running IBM or MS
DOS version 3.xx or 4.xx with at least 512K of RAM, a parallel
printer, and a *hard disk drive. An MS or compatible mouse is
optionally supported in the icon editor.

NOTE:Label Magic may work on a floppy system where density is
sufficient; however, it is highly recommended that it be run
from a fixed drive and NEOCOM Microspecialists, Inc. will not
support such use.



U S I N G L A B E L M A G I C

The Main Menu

The first thing you will see when you run Label Magic is the MAIN
MENU.

As implied by the numbering, there are four MAIN MENU options. The
first time you use Label Magic, and occasionally thereafter, you
should choose the CONFIGURATION option ("3"). It may seem strange to
you at this point to select the third menu option first; however, it
will become clear to you later that these options are numbered in the
order that they are most frequently accessed. Needless to say, our
discussion will not necessarily follow this pattern.


C O N F I G U R A T I O N

To configure Label Magic to work correctly with your computer system,
choose option three by pressing the "3" key. It is not necessary to
follow the key press with an ENTER.

The configuration control window will pop up in front of the upper
portion of the main menu. As with the main menu, the configuration
menu has four options:

P.PRINTER - You must configure Label Magic's graphics to be
compatible with your printer. This is accomplished by pressing
the "P" key, which will bring up the printer selection menu. To
make a selection, use the arrow keys (up/down) to position the
highlight bar over the desired printer and press ENTER.

O.OUTPUT - In addition to telling Label Magic what type of printer
you have, you must also tell how it is connected. There are two
OUTPUT devices available: LPT1 and LPT2.

"LPT1" should work for most applications; however, if you need to
change this setting, do so by repeatedly pressing the "O" key on
your computer keyboard.

S.SOUND - Pressing "S" will toggle the SOUND option between "ON"
and "OFF." If "OFF" is selected, most sounds generated by Label
Magic will be suppressed.

G.GRAPHICS MODE - Pressing "G" on your keyboard brings up the
graphics selection menu. Use the arrows keys, just as with the
printer selection menu, to select the graphics mode which is the
best your system can support. In order of resolution they are:
CGA, EGA, HERC (mono), AT&T and VGA. VGA has the highest
resolution and CGA the lowest.

When you have made all necessary changes, press ENTER to make them
perminent. This will store all configuration settings and return you
to the main menu.

If you decide that you do NOT wish to keep the changes, simply press
ESC to return to the main menu.


L A B E L M A I N T E N A N C E

The Label Maintenance Menu

The Label Maintenance option is selected from the main menu by
pressing the "1" key. You will undoubtedly spend the majority of your
time in this option while using Label Magic. Here is a list of the
kinds of things you can do in LABEL MAINTENANCE:


Label Editing
Label List Management
Icon/Label Browse
Label Preview
Label/Letterhead/Envelope Printing
View File List
DOS Shell


S T A T U S L I N E

At the bottom of the screen you should see a status line containing
three fields. First, the drive letter and path of where you were at
the time you ran Label Magic is displayed on the left. Second, in the
middle, is the percentage of disk space currently used up. And
finally, on the right, the current system date is shown.


D I R E C T O R Y

Occupying about one quarter of the screen and flush against the left
side of the screen, you will notice a window labeled "DIRECTORY." As
its name suggests, this is a directory list of all the files currently
in the Label Magic directory. There are several directory options
which will be discussed soon, but for now try using the UP and DOWN
arrow keys to scroll back and forth through the entire list of files
in the directory.


M E N U

The remainder of the label maintenance screen is occupied by a MENU
box. There are six options associated with this screen, which we will
discuss in order and in detail in the following pages.


C R E A T E / E D I T L A B E L S

This option (No. 1 in LABEL MAINTENANCE) is for creating a new label
or for editing an existing one. The mode, either CREATE or EDIT, is
selected automatically depending on whether or not the label already
exists.

To choose this option, press "1" on your keyboard. The MENU will be
replaced by a pop-up label editing screen .

The first thing you should do when creating a label is enter a name
for it. Be sure you do not specify a name which is already in use or
the existing label may be erased. Press ENTER to move on to the
next field.

Now enter the name of any (optional) graphic icon for the label.
Icons are small graphic symbols created in the icon editor and are
printed on the left side of the label. If you do not wish to use an
icon simply leave this field blank.

Fonts are also optional. Enter a number (0-4) to select various
fonts. We recommend that you start out by using font "0" and
experiment later to achieve the best results. Fonts vary considerably
from printer to printer. In fact, on some printers it may make little
or no difference at all. For users of the HP PaintJet, the font
number actually selects a color for the text portion of the label.

The last step in creating a new label is to enter the address (and/or
whatever other text) information is to be printed. Six text lines are
provided for each label. It should be noted that six lines are a lot
to cram onto a single label and that normally, unless you don't mind
the lines being so close together, you should double-space. In other
words, skip a line between address lines.

Before you save this new label, you may want to take a preview of what
the printed product will look like. The PREVIEW feature is selected
by pressing the function key "F3." This is one of the more powerful
features of Label Magic. It provides you with a true WHAT YOU SEE IS
WHAT YOU GET (WYSIWYG) view of what a label will look like when it is
printed. The only exception to PREVIEW's accuracy is that font
selections are not taken into account. Other function options are
listed at the bottom of the editing screen. When everything is
correct, you are ready to save the newly created label. To SAVE the
label, press "F1". If you receive a warning that the label you are
attempting to save "ALREADY EXISTS," then either change the name in
the "LABEL" field or tell Label Magic to overwrite the old one.

At any time during the editing process you may press "ESC" to abort
the edit and return to the LABEL MAINTENANCE menu, or "F4" to clear
all fields and start over.


New Labels
All you have to do to edit an existing label is enter the name in the
"LABEL" field and press "F2" to load the current label information.
Once loaded, everything else is exactly as if you were creating a new
one.


Deleting Labels

The only way a label can be deleted is to delete the DOS file which
contains it. This may be done either by exiting Label Magic or by
choosing the "DOS SHELL" feature to get into DOS, and then using the
DOS "DEL" command to delete the "????????.LBL" file for the given
label.

A Note About Text Editing

All text input routines in Label Magic work identically. Type the
information into the selected field, then press ENTER to move on.

There is one exception to this rule. When in the label editor, you
may use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to move from field to field. This
makes editing easier; however, it also means that directory scrolling
is not allowed.

To correct a typing mistake, use the BACKSPACE key. And finally, to
change a field which already contains information, simply type over
the old text and press ENTER. Whatever is in BOLD PRINT at the time
when you hit the ENTER key replaces what was in the field.


M A I L I N G L I S T S

Create/Edit Lists

This option (No. 2 in LABEL MAINTENANCE) is for creating a new label
list or for editing an existing one. The mode (CREATE or EDIT), just
as with CREATE/EDIT LABELS, is selected automatically depending on
whether or not the list already exists. To choose this option, press
"2" on your keyboard. You will be prompted to enter a list name.

Whether you're creating a new list or editing an existing one, type
the name and press ENTER. The pop-up list editing screen should now
be visible in front of the label maintenance menu. Subsequent to an
in-depth discussion on the uses and capabilities of Label Magic's list
feature, I would like to take a moment to review its limitations.


List Limitations

The primary function of Label Magic is to produce mailing labels with
graphic icons. It is further assumed that the primary use for its
labels will be for return addresses. However, we simply couldn't
distribute a label program of any kind that had no list capabilities.
Moreover, it would not make sense to require that all labels carry
icons. For this reason Label Magic does support non-graphic labels
and does have rudimentary mailing list capabilities. In short, if you
have a $20,000,000.00 company and wish to generate a mailing list with
thousands of addresses, this is not the program you should be using.
Nonetheless, if you have a group ranging from 10 to 300 addresses,
then Label Magic will have no trouble handling that. With that out of
the way, let us discuss the operation of Label Magic lists.


Label Editing

The five fields of interest within the editing window are:

LIST: Contains the name of the list currently selected.

LABEL: Contains the name of the label, within the currently
selected list, being viewed.

NOTE: This is the only user-modifiable field.

LABEL NUMBER:The label number field, in the form "(xx of xx)," tells
which label is currently in view and how many total
labels are in the list.

ICON: The name of the icon (if any) which is associated with
the label being viewed.

LABEL BOX:Displays the contents of the address portion of the
label being viewed.

A label list may be traversed in four ways. The first two are "NEXT"
and "PRIOR," which are selected by "F1" and "F2," respectively. As
implied by their names, "NEXT" means to advance by one label and
"PRIOR" to move backward through the list by one. The other two ways
to traverse a list are "HOME" and "END." Pressing the "HOME" key will
place you at the beginning of a list and "END" will put you at the
last label.


Adding New Labels to a List

To add a new label (or group of labels, using wildcards) to a new or
previously existing list, press "F4" on your keyboard. This will
place the cursor at the beginning of the "LABEL" field. At this point
you have two options:

1.Type the name of a label and press ENTER to add it to the
list.

2.Use wildcards, identical to those used by DOS, to add an
entire group of labels to the list automatically.

Option 1 is fairly straightforward. That method simply attaches a
single label to the list and is self explanatory.

Option 2, on the other hand, is a bit more complex and requires
greater discussion. If a situation arises where you have a group of
similarly named labels which you would like to add to the list, you
may be able to use wildcards to add the entire group automatically.

For example, if you've created five labels whose names are the same
and unique (at least for the first few characters), you could use a
"?" or an "*" to combine them. If the names were LABEL1, LABEL2, ...,
LABEL5, for instance, you could enter "LABEL?" in the label field and
all five labels would be appended to the list. You could also use
"LABEL*" to accomplish the same thing. The difference between using
"?" and using "*" is that the "?" is used to replace a single (wild)
character, but "*" replaces all characters to the end of the name. In
other words, "LAB*" would work, but "LAB?" would not. Keep in mind
also that if you enter "LAB*" that you may accidentally bring in
labels with names such as "LABAMBA." This brings to mind another very
important point.

When you are creating labels that you know will be used later in a
list, be sure to give all the labels similar names (those which have
identical characters starting from the left). This will make building
the list effortless later.

In addition to adding new labels to a list, two other methods for
making modifications to a list exist, MOD and DEL.

MOD, which stands for "MODIFY," will allow you to change the label
that is in the current position (#16 shown previously) in the list to
some other label. In other words, if you type in some other label's
name in place of whichever one you are currently viewing, that label
will then become label number "16" (in the previous example). Entering
blanks will make label number "16" a blank label such that nothing
will be printed in its place.

The last feature available, "DEL," as its name indicates, allows you
to remove a label from the list entirely. THIS DOES NOT ERASE THE
LABEL, but rather it removes the label's name from the current list.


Deleting Lists

The only way a list can be deleted is to delete its DOS file, which
can only be done from DOS. List files end with the extension ".LST"
and are usually the least common.


B R O W S E

Another great Label Magic feature in the WYSIWYG category is BROWSE.
BROWSE is option 3 from the Label Maintenance menu and is selected by
pressing the "3" key when the menu is in view.

The two browse options are: (1) Browse Icons and (2) Browse Labels.


Browse ICONS or LABELS (I/L)?


When you see the window displayed above, enter either "I" to browse
icons, "L" to browse labels, or press ESC to abort and go back to the
maintenance menu.

To "browse" simply means to view (graphically) each icon or label in
the Label Magic directory, one at a time.


D A T A F I L E T Y P E S

Before we talk about these options, we should take a moment to examine
the three basic data file types associated with Label Magic: icons,
labels and lists.

ICONS:Graphic icons generated by Label Magic (see ICON EDITOR) are
stored in condensed, individual files which occupy 350
bytes. The file names are specified by the user; however,
they all share the ".ICN" file extension.

There is also a special un-compressed icon file format
specifically for Pascal programmers. To find out more about
it, refer to the programmer's section.

LABELS:As with icons, labels also are stored as individual files,
but with the ".LBL" file extension. The label file contains
all label information, including the name of the (optional)
graphic icon.

This "separate file" technique has many advantages. For one
thing, it is not necessary to store 350 bytes of an icon in
every label file. Rather, only 8 bytes (extension assumed)
is required to store the NAME of the icon.

LISTS:Label Magic label LISTS are nothing more than random access
files containing the name of each label in the list. All
other information is gathered dynamically when you are
working with lists.

Analogous to the "separate file" argument above, since lists
are only required to store the name of a label, each element
in the list requires only 8 bytes. This technique allows
greater flexibility with lists. For instance, since list
files are very small, you may generate many lists which all
draw from one label pool.


P R I N T I N G

Option 4, selected by pressing the "4" key from the label maintenance
menu, is the option to choose whenever you wish to print anything.
There is one exception to this rule, though. The ICON EDITOR allows
you to print a single icon just to see what it's going to look like
(refer to ICON EDITOR section).

The first thing you have to do is select the type of printing you will
be doing. A query window, pictured below, will pop up prompting you
to enter your selection.

PRINT OPTIONS

1. LABELS
2. SHIPPING LABELS
3. LISTS
4. LETTERHEADS
5. FORMFEED

ESC=ABORT


To make the choice, hit the number key corresponding to your
selection. As with most menus, it is NOT necessary to press the ENTER
key.


Printing Labels

When printing, Label Magic assumes you are using "1-wide" labels. By
"1-wide," we mean that there is only one label across the width of the
label sheet. This does not mean that you cannot print "2-wide"
labels; however, it does mean that you won't be able to do it in a
single pass. We recommend the following labels:


For dot matrix printers:

AVERY 4145 3.5" x 15/16" fanfold pressure-sensitive adhesive
TANDY Cat. No. 26-1328 3.5" x 15/16" x 4.25"carrier fanfold adhesive


For LASER/DESKJET printers:

AVERY 5161 (Address Labels) 8.5" x 11" self-adhesive sheets
AVERY 5163 (2" Shipping Labels) 8.5" x 11" self-adhesive sheets

Other brands should work, assuming the dimensions are the same.

Labels (one or more copies of a single label)

Option 1 is for printing one or more copies of a single label. To
select this option, press "1" on your keyboard. You will then be asked
whether or not to include the address. This might seem like a silly
question, but there will certainly be occasions when you wish only to
print the graphic icons. Finally, be sure the labels are properly
aligned, then enter the number of labels which are to be printed.
It's a good idea to print only 1 label at a time until you are sure
the paper alignment is correct, and (believe it or not) to be sure
that the printer is turned on. That's it.


2-Wide Labels

If you are using a LASER or DeskJet printer with 2-wide labels (such
as AVERY 5161), this version of Label Magic will print them in a
single pass. However, if you have 2- wide labels on a dot matrix
printer, simply print half of the desired number of labels and then
reinsert the labels so that the remainder of the labels are printed
upside down and on the other side.

Another safeguard you might wish to take is to cycle power OFF and
back ON on your printer to be sure that the default settings are
restored. Label Magic makes few assumptions regarding the status of
the printer prior to printing.


Shipping Labels

This feature makes printing shipping labels extremely easy.
Basically, Label Magic assumes that if you want to print a shipping
label instead of a regular address label that you are using 2 inch
labels rather than 1 inch address labels (AVERY 5163 for LASER
Printers). The upper half of the resulting label will be the return
address, while the lower half will contain the word "TO:" and three
blank lines.

If you don't want blank lines on the lower half of a shipping label,
then don't use the "shipping label" option. Instead, use the list
feature to create a list of two labels. The first label being the
return address and the second being the "ship to" address.


Lists (one or more copies of a LIST of labels)

Option 3 is for printing "Label lists," which were discussed in detail
in the earlier section, CREATE/EDIT LISTS. Printing label lists is
exactly like printing labels, with one exception. Instead of
specifying the name of a particular label, you indicate the name of a
list to be printed. Just as with printing a label, you must tell
whether or not addresses should be included on the printouts. And,
you must indicate the number of times the list should be printed.


Letterheads

Label Magic allows you to print matching letterheads to go along with
those beautiful labels. Select this option (print option 4) by
pressing "4" on your keyboard, from the PRINT OPTIONS pop-up menu. As
with printing labels and lists, the options associated with printing
letterheads are the same. You specify which label, whether or not to
include the address, and the number of letterheads (or pages). There
is one additional option, though, and that is whether a letterhead
dividing line should be printed. A dividing line is exactly what its
name indicates, a line between the letterhead and the body of a future
document.

Form Feed (for LASER printers)

That last print option, number 4, provides you with a way to make your
printer do a form feed (advance one sheet) without leaving your desk
chair.

If you are using Label Magic in conjunction with a LASER printer, you
may find it necessary to initiate a form feed after sending other
printing instructions, before the printer actually begins to print.
Laser printers only begin printing once an entire page, or a form feed
character, has been received. We preferred not to hard- code form
feeds since there are many instances where one doesn't wish to feed
the paper until a series of labels has been printed on a particular
page. In this way you could manually send label print commands for a
number of labels and then send the form feed to instruct the print to
send the sheet through.

Getting back to the LABEL MAINTENANCE menu, we will now discuss the
last two menu options, "5" and "6," which are "DOS SHELL" and
"DIRECTORY OPTIONS," respectively.


DOS Shell

"DOS SHELL" provides a quick way to get into and out of DOS without
ever actually leaving Label Magic. To enter a DOS SHELL, simply press
"5" on your keyboard and there you'll be. Remember to type "EXIT" and
press ENTER as soon as you have completed your work in DOS, to get
back into Label Magic. This is important since it is easy to forget
you are in a shell.

The DOS SHELL is quite handy for deleting an icon, a label, a list or
a group of any of those using standard DOS "DEL" commands.


Directory Options

As you know by now, the label maintenance screen contains a directory
listing, to the left. When you first come into label maintenance ALL
files in the Label Magic directory are displayed. You should also
know by now that pressing the UP/DOWN arrow keys allows you to
scroll up or down through the entire file list.

This would be fine, but you don't always care to see all the files in
the Label Magic directory. This is the reason for option 6, DIRECTORY
OPTIONS. Press "6" from the label maintenance menu and you will be
presented with the following directory options: "Show Icons," "Show
Labels," "Show Lists" and "Show All."

Press a "1" now and only icon (.ICN) files will be visible in the
directory window. Press a "2" and only label (.LBL) files are shown.
Press a "3" and only list (.LST) files are apparent. Directory option
"4" will cause all files to be displayed again.

These options are very helpful when invoked just prior to label or
list editing. For example, if you are going to work on a list, it is
very helpful if only labels are visible. It is even more important
when editing labels, because UP/DOWN directory scrolling is
temporarily disabled.


Icon Editor


The most powerful feature of Label Magic is its ability to produce
professional labels with graphic icons. All sample icons you may have
already seen were created using the ICON EDITOR.

To invoke the editor, press "2" from the MAIN MENU. There are four
primary fields of interest, which we will discuss in detail, within
the editor screen: Options List, Status Area, Editor Box and Preview
Box.


Note to Mouse Users

Label Magic supports MS (or compatible) mice and drivers. If you have
any difficulty getting a mouse or driver working, be sure you have the
most recent version of the driver. If everything goes well you should
be able to see a small arrow inside the icon box which moves with the
mouse.

But getting back to the icon editor screen, as we said, there are four
primary areas.

OPTION LIST:This is the list of options on the left side of the
editor screen. There are twenty editor options, all of
which we will soon discuss.

STATUS AREA:In the lower left corner of the screen you will see
messages telling of the status of various features.
For instance, "SILENT" displayed means that the sound
effects are being suppressed. Other status messages
include: "DRAW," "ERASE" and "CIRCLE."

EDITOR BOX:The square (or rectangular, depending on aspect ratio)
box in the middle of the screen is known as the "EDITOR
BOX." This box is the area where icon editing actually
takes place.

If you are using a mouse, you have likely noticed by now that the
mouse cursor's movement is limited to the confines of the editor box.
Hence, even if you use a mouse for icon editing, editor options must
still be selected from the keyboard.

PREVIEW BOX:On the right side of the editor screen, about half way
from the top, you will see a small box labeled
"PREVIEW." It is a miniature version of the editor
box, whose purpose it is to allow you to see
(approximately) what the icon will look like when
printed.


Editor Options

F1:DIRECTORY
Pressing the function key "F1" will take you temporarily out of the
graphics-based icon editor and into a directory utility. The utility
allows you to scroll through the entire Label Magic directory,
enabling you to check for existing icons, etc. Notice that all icon
files (those ending in .ICN) are highlighted. This will help you sift
through a long list for a particular icon file. To abort the
directory utility, simply press "ESC" and you will find yourself right
back inside the editor.




F2:CLEAR
The purpose of the "clear" option is to erase the contents of the
editor and preview boxes.

The "Clear" option will erase any and all work accomplished, but NOT
saved, prior to invoking it. Use option "F2" only when you are
absolutely certain that you do not need to save what is currently on
the screen.

F3:TOGGLE
Pressing "F3" will cause whichever tiny block the square cursor is on
at the time to be toggled "ON" or "OFF." For example, if the block is
ON at the time you press F3, then it will be toggled back OFF.

F4:COMPLEMENT
This option might have been more appropriately named "INVERSE." I say
this because the effect of hitting "F4" is that the entire contents of
the editor box is converted to inverse video. That is to say, all
"ON" blocks are turned off and all "OFF" blocks are turned on. People
familiar with the binary complement will understand why it is so
named.

F5:ROTATE
Choosing this option will cause the entire contents of the editor box
to be rotated, in a clockwise direction, by 90 degrees. Press F5 four
times and the image will be back to its original attitude.

F6:CIRCLE
To really appreciate this option, try making a large circle manually
sometime. The way it works is that you position the cursor on a block
that is to be the center of the resulting circle, then press F6. The
word "CIRCLE" should appear down in the status area now. Label Magic
is now waiting for you to press a number key in the range 1-9.

The number represents, approximately, the length of the radius of the
circle (in blocks). Play around with this feature for awhile to get a
good feel for the size of the circles relative to the numbers.

F7:DRAW
Use this option when you wish to create a series of connecting blocks,
a line for example. Hit F7 and the message "DRAW" will appear in the
status area. This will stay on until F7 is again pressed to toggle it
back off. Pressing any of the (Home,PgUp,UP,DOWN, etc.) keys will
move the block cursor, leaving a trail of highlighted blocks.

Do not use this feature when you use a mouse for drawing.

F8:ERASE
This does exactly the opposite of what DRAW does. F8 toggles between
ERASE "ON" and ERASE "OFF." Cursor movement, by means of the keyboard,
will leave a trail of "OFF" blocks. Pressing any of the
(Home,PgUp,UP,DOWN, etc.) direction keys will move the block cursor,
leaving a trail of blank blocks. Again, do not use this option when
you are drawing using a mouse.

F9:SILENT
You will find that there are a number of beeps, bells and whistles
which help enhance Label Magic's user interface. F9 allows you to
silence the sound effects, except for some warnings, for those times
when you simply don't wish to hear them. Press F9 again to turn the
sound effects back on.

^P:PRINT
The key combination CTRL-P (CTRL key and P key held simultaneously),
which is represented here by "^P", permits you to send the current
icon image to your printer for review. This is particularly helpful
for users with EGA graphics systems, since the screen image is
distorted by an elongated aspect ratio.

U:SHIFT UP
This feature allows you to shift the entire icon image up one pixel
row. Portions of the icon that are shifted off the top are wrapped
back to the bottom row.

D:SHIFT DOWN
Exactly the same as "SHIFT UP," except that the icon is shifted
downward and that portions of the icon that are shifted off the bottom
are wrapped back to the top row.

L:SHIFT LEFT
Similar to U and D, except that icons are shifted to the left and that
portions shifted off the left side are wrapped back to the right side.

R:SHIFT RIGHT
Exactly like L, except that icons are shifted to the right.

^V:FLIP VERT
If you want to turn the icon completely upside down, press CTRL-V.

^H:FLIP HORIZ
To flip an image sideways press CTRL-H, producing a mirror image of
the original.

^B:BROWSE
"BROWSE" lets you skim through all the icons in the Label Magic
directory. The icon images are shown inside the preview box. As we
mentioned earlier, the preview box is the small box on the right side
of the screen that looks like a small framed picture. Notice that
during the browse cycle the word "PREVIEW" is replaced by "BROWSE."
As each icon is displayed, so too is its name. The name is displayed
immediately below the preview box.

To load an icon directly into Label Magic, type "L" while it is in
view inside the BROWSE box. This subroutine will take you temporarily
out the graphics mode and wait for you to type in the icon name to be
loaded.

^S:SAVE
The CTRL-S key combination allows you to save the currently selected
icon work for later printing. Be sure you do not give the new file
the same name as an existing one or all the information on the
original file will be replaced by what is on the new one.

^L:LOAD
Use CTRL-L to load a preexisting icon. Keep in mind that the icon
currently in view will be lost when you load a different one.

^I:IMPORT
CTRL-I invokes the icon importing facility. This feature makes
conversion of The PRINT SHOP and PRINTMASTER graphics to Label Magic
icons possible. In addition to making the conversion process
possible, this feature makes the conversion simple.

ESC=EXIT
Use the ESC key at any time to exit the editor. Save your work!


Icon Importing

Important

Before you can use the import option, you must copy your PRINT SHOP
and/or PRINTMASTER graphic files into the Label Magic directory (i.e.
C:\LM). For both PRINT SHOP and PRINTMASTER, graphic files come as
matched sets. With PRINT SHOP these are twin files bearing the file
extensions ".NAM" and ".DAT." For PRINTMASTER the file extensions are
".SDR" and ".SHP."

For example, with PRINT SHOP there are two files that contain the
default graphic libraries which are called "ICONS.NAM" and
"ICONS.DAT." The default library files for PRINTMASTER are "SLIB.SDR"
and "SLIB.SHP." Icons YOU created in either of these programs will be
stored in files other than the defaults. In PRINTMASTER, user-created
graphics are stored in files called "ULIB.SDR" and "ULIB.SHP," while
PRINT SHOP keeps user-generated icons in the files "GRDATA.NAM" and
"GRDATA.DAT."

File extensions for The "NEW" Print Shop icons are ".PNM" and ".PNG."
The default graphic library files for The "NEW" Print Shop are
"GRAPHICS.PNM" and "GRAPHICS.PNG." Party library files, which may
also be included, are named "P-GRAPH.PNM" and "P-GRAPH.PNG." In
addition to the regular graphic libraries, you may also find file
pairs bearing the extensions ".PNM" and ".POG." These are Print Shop
libraries converted to the "NEW" format using a supplied utility
called "CONVERT.EXE," and are also acceptable to Label Magic.

At any rate, once you have determined which files contain the graphic
information you wish to convert, copy both files into the Label Magic
directory (presumably C:\LM).

The first thing that happens when you press CTRL-I is that you are
presented with a list of all the PRINT SHOP or PRINTMASTER graphic
libraries. Use the arrow keys, PgUp, PgDn, etc. to select the
appropriate library. If there is only one library in the Label Magic
directory, then simply press ENTER to select it.

At this point, the names of the graphics will be displayed. Pressing
the ENTER key will present you with addition pages of graphic names,
if any exist. When you see a graphic you would like to convert to an
icon, press "S" to select it. You will be asked to enter the number
of the icon. This is the number shown next to the name of each icon.
If the you forget the number, or if it is covered up by the pop-up
window, hit ESC to remove the window temporarily and then press "S"
again to enter the number.

Due to the fact that PRINT SHOP and PRINTMASTER graphics are larger
(horizontally, for the most part) than Label Magic icons, it is
necessary to truncate at least a portion of the original. For this
reason, you will be asked to select a conversion method.

TRADEMARK NOTICE: The PRINT SHOP, The "NEW" Print Shop and
PRINTMASTER are trademarks of their respective companies and are not
affiliated with NEOCOM or Label Magic in any way.
Icon Conversion

The first step in the icon conversion process is choosing the
appropriate conversion method. Conversion methods L, C, R and S are
described below.


I C O N I M P O R T / C O N V E R S I O N M E T H O D S

L:Method "L" or "Left justified" means that the resulting icon will
contain the information from the left most portion of the
original graphic, truncation on the right side.

C:Method "C" or "Centered" means the resulting icon will contain
the information from the center of the original, truncating a
little from both the left and right sides.

R:Method "R" or "Right justified" means exactly the opposite of
method "L." This time the left side of the original graphic will
be truncated in the resulting icon.

S:Method "S" or "Squeeze to fit" is the method you will probably
use most often since it imports the entire icon, give or take a
pixel row or column. This method will work on some icons better
than others. Some will require minor touch up after conversion,
while others will require little or none. This method generally
provides the best results.

In general, if the original PRINT SHOP or PRINTMASTER graphic is not
very wide, use either method L, C or R. In situations where the
original graphic is very large, however, use method "S" to be sure the
entire icon is converted. Until you are familiar with the results,
try both method "S" and at least one of the others to obtain the best
results.


A Final Note About Conversions

There is a stand-alone utility called "2LM.EXE" which can convert
PRINT SHOP and/or PRINTMASTER graphics to Label Magic icons included
with the package. To find out which parameters to use, simply run it
from the DOS command prompt. This utility is actually used by Label
Magic, even though it appears as though it is a part of the main
program. For programmers interested in writing utilities, 2LM.EXE
could be useful.


E D I T E R D I S C U S S I O N

Drawing/Cursor Movement

Once you've had some time to use the Label Magic ICON EDITOR, you will
find that the drawing process soon becomes second nature. For
keyboard users, you simply move the cursor around the editor box using
the arrow keys. Then press F3 to toggle squares "on" or "off."
You'll also use the "DRAW" and "ERASE" options to make lines or to
erase portions of an icon.

Mouse users, on the other hand, will probably rarely use those
options, since they are duplicated using the mouse buttons. One
instance where a mouse user might prefer to use "DRAW" is for drawing
perfectly straight lines. Straight vertical lines are difficult with
a mouse; however, using the keyboard they're practically automatic.
Alternate between the mouse and keyboard in order to find the perfect
balance between keyboard and mouse control.

When using a mouse, be sure that "DRAW" and "ERASE" are NOT selected.
That means, if you see either of those words in the status area in the
lower left portion of the screen, push the appropriate function keys
to turn them off.

One final note, you can use your mouse to move the block cursor to any
position inside editor box in two ways. The first method (destructive)
is to move the mouse arrow to the destination block and then press
either the left or the right button, depending on whether or not you
want the destination block "on" or "off." The second method (non-
destructive) is to press both buttons simultaneously and hold them

while dragging the block cursor to the destination position. This
method will allow you to drag the block cursor across the editor box
without harming the background.

There is one thing you have to watch out for, though, when using
method two. Since it is impossible to press both buttons at exactly
the same time, don't attempt to; just press the button (left or right)
which would not change the current block's status first. Then press
the other button and hold them together after that. For instance, if
the mouse arrow is sitting on a black block, press the right button
first. Similarly, if the arrow is sitting on a highlighted block (red
or white), press the left button first. Once both buttons are down,
no further damage can be done.


Icon Alignment

You may find that an icon doesn't match up vertically exactly where it
should be, with respect to the address on a label. If this happens,
and if the icon doesn't take up the entire editor box, use the "SHIFT"
options (UP/DOWN) to move the icon vertically one pixel row at a time.


A D V A N C E D T E C H N I Q U E S

Pascal Programmers

This file contains the [Turbo] Pascal data and file structure for
Label Magic unpacked icons. Label Magic icons are normally stored
packed and must be converted to unpacked (using CONVICON.EXE,
mentioned below) so that they may be used with the following
structure.


CONST
MaxX = 50;
MaxY = 50;
TYPE
{ UnPacked Icon DATA TYPE }
Icon_Type = ARRAY[1..MaxX,1..MaxY] OF BOOLEAN;
VAR
Icon : Icon_Type;
IconF : FILE OF Icon_Type; { Random access file type }


Comments

Icons are stored as record #0 in the random access file, IconF. Your
programs may shell into the conversion program (CONVICON.EXE), using
the appropriate parameters, to UNPACK the 350 byte icons. Packed (350
byte) icons may be converted either to "unpacked" (shown above),
"TEXT" ('*' and ' ') or ASCII ('_', '_', '_', or ' ').


Simple Programming Example

{$M 16000,0,0}
PROGRAM Load_Icon;
USES
Dos;
TYPE
Icon_Type = ARRAY[1..50,1..50] OF BOOLEAN;
VAR
Icon : Icon_Type;
IconF : FILE OF Icon_Type;

BEGIN
EXEC( 'CONVICON.EXE',' U LM.ICN LM.ICN' ); { UnPack ICON }
ASSIGN( IconF,'LM.ICN' );
RESET( IconF );
READ(IconF,Icon);
CLOSE(IconF);
.
.
.
.
Do graphics whatever. .
.
EXEC( 'CONVICON.EXE',' P LM.ICN LM.ICN' ); { Pack ICON }
END.

CONVICON.EXE Information (as seen from the DOS command line):


CONVICON Version 1.0 - Copyright (C)1989 NEOCOM by Joseph M. Albanese

Label Magic Icon Utility

SYNTAX: C>convicon [OPTION]

OPTIONS:T - Convert a packed icon (350 byte) to a text icon
I - Convert a text icon to a packed icon (350 byte)
A - Convert a packed icon (350 byte) to an ASCII icon
B - Convert an ASCII icon BACK to a packed icon
U - Convert a packed icon (350 byte) to an UNpacked icon
(2500 byte)
P - Convert an unpacked icon (2500 byte) to a PACKed icon
(350 byte)

EXAMPLES:C>convicon t lm.icn lm.txt
C>convicon a lm.icn lm.asc
C>convicon b lm.asc lm.icn


One Final Note

The unpacked icons, produced in Label Magic, do not necessarily have
to be stored one per file. A random access file of many [unpacked]
icons could be used to store an animation sequence of single-color
objects to be used in a game, for instance.

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