Contents of the MANUAL.DOC file
M U S I C L I B R A R Y
Copyright (c) Dec 1990 CMM Consulting
Anthony, FL 32617-1739
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Type "MUSIC" at the DOS prompt and press ENTER to invoke the
program. The first time the program is executed, it will build the data
files which are used to store the data. There will be three database
files created. One is for the program information, one is for the
medium codes, and the third is for the style codes.
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Table of Contents
General Overview .......................................... 3
Main Menu ................................................. 4
Data Entry ................................................ 5
View Menu ................................................. 6
Print Menu ................................................ 7
Help Features ............................................. 8
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Music Library was designed to keep track of a personal music
collection. It is broken down into a series of menus, tables, forms,
and reports. If you are the type that hates to read documentation then
type GO at the DOS prompt to start the program. Music Library has a
screen blanker that will blank the screen after ten minutes of
inactivity. As you browse through the program, there is limited help
available by pressing F1. This help should be all that is needed to
run the basic program. To return to a previous screen highlight Quit
and press enter or press the ESC key.
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There are four function on the main menu. They are enter data,
view data, print reports, and quit. There are two ways to select a
function. The first way is to use the arrow keys to highlight the
function and press enter. The other method is to press the first
letter of the function name to highlight it and then press enter.
To exit the program select the quit option and press enter.
Depending on the version you have this will either exit the program or
bring up the opening screen again. If the opening screen appears then
press ESC to exit the program. Each of the other three functions will
be discussed separately.
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The first screen that appears after selection Enter Data is a
quick search of existing recordings. Use this feature to insure that
the recording is not already entered. The recordings on the screen are
in order sorted by recording title. You can use the arrow keys to
search the data or you can use the locator. To use the locator type in
the title of the recording that you are searching for. The keyboard
will be scanned for any key pressed and will jump to the first record
that starts with that letter.
Once you have determined if the recording is already entered you
have three options to choose from. Press INS to enter a new record.
Press Del to remove an existing record. Press enter to modify a
No matter what key you press the entry form is the same. The
only difference is the heading. The heading will either say adding
a record, deleting a record, or modifying a record. As you enter the
data there are two fields that have menu support. They are style and
medium. If you press enter on a blank field here a table will pop up
with appropriate choices. You can add additional choices by pressing
the INS key and then filling out the form. You can also remove choices
by pressing the DEL key. Once the proper choice is highlighted press
enter and it will be automatically placed on the entry form. You can
also enter the first letter of you selection on the data entry form
and then press enter. This has the same result as the locator field.
After the form is completed press enter and you will return to
the Quick find screen with the new selection added. To return to the
main menu press the Ctrl-Esc key combination.
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The View Menu has seven different reports that are printed to the
screen. They are Artist, Album Label, Recording Medium, Style, Title,
The first report is artist. This menu acts the same as all menus
in the program. Either use the arrow keys or press the first letter of
the function. This repot will display the artist and title sorted by
the artist name. There is a locator field here that will all you to
find any artist name by typing it in. It works the same as the locator
fields in the data entry quick find field.
The album label report displays the Label, artist, and title
sorted by the label name. This screen also has a locator field that
will allow you to access the labels faster.
The recording medium report will display all recording of a
certain medium. You will be prompted for the recording medium desired
before the report appears. If you are unsure of the mediums that are
available the press enter on the blank field and a window will pop up
giving you the acceptable choices. You are not able to add addition
choices at this time since the data base would not have any in the
records. Additional medium choices must be entered while entering new
data. This report also contains a locator field to access a certain
title faster. At the bottom of the screen a total number of recordings
The style report is similar to the medium report except that you
will be promoted for a music style. It has a pop up window similar to
the medium report that will give you acceptable styles. This report
also has a locator field for faster access. At the bottom of the
screen is a total number of recordings of that style.
The title report displays artist and title sorted by title. You
can locate a title faster with the locator field or you can browse all
the entries with the arrow keys.
The final repot is the year report. It displays year and title
sorted by year. There is a locator filed to access any year faster or
you can browse using the arrow keys.
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There are four reports that are sent to the printer. They are
Artist, Medium, Style, and Title.
The Artist report prints artist and title sorted by artist. It is
a hard copy version of the Artist View screen.
The Medium report prints artist, title, cost, and medium grouped
by mediums. Each medium is then sorted by the title. It prints a
total number of recordings per medium and a total for all mediums. It
also gives a total value of each medium and a total value for all
mediums. This is a good inventory report for insurance or tax
The style report prints artist, title, style grouped by style.
Each style is then sorted by title. At the end of each style a total
number of recording by style is given.
The final report is the Title report. It is the same as the
artist report except the data is sorted by title.
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Several areas of this program have help screens build right in.
To access these help screen press the F1 key. They are designed to
give you a quick synopsis of the function without having to look for a