(C)1994 by Mark Blackwelder
+ License Agreement
+ About NewMenu
+ System Requirements
+ Installing and Starting
+ User Manual
-using online help
+ How To Register
NewMenu is owned and copyrighted by Mark Blackwelder. All
rights are reserved except that you may make copies of NewMenu
to give to other persons. You may not charge or receive any
consideration from any other person for the receipt or use of
NewMenu. You may not modify NewMenu in any way.
Mark Blackwelder disclaims all warranties, either express or
implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with
respect to this software and any accompanying written materials.
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may
have others, which vary from state to state.
In no event will Mark Blackwelder be liable for any damages
whatsoever; including, without limitation, damages for loss of
business profits, business reputation, business interruption,
loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss; arising
out of the use of or inability to use NewMenu. Because some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for
consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may
not apply to you.
Use of NewMenu constitutes acceptance of the stated terms and
NewMenu is a custom database system for recipes. Many recipes
are included, but that is only a sample. NewMenu allows
importing new recipes from text files. Recipe text files can be
found on many computer bulletin boards. If you register NewMenu
you will receive thousands of recipes on disk.
You can also create your own recipes and export them to a text
file to share with friends.
The real advantage of having your computer and NewMenu manage
your recipes is the search function of NewMenu. Thousands of
recipes can be searched, looking for key words or phrases in the
title, list of categories, or the ingredients and directions of
As you find your favorite recipes they can be grouped together
in menus, making it easier to find them later. Recipes can
easily be printed in case your computer is not located in the
Features of NewMenu
o Super VGA graphics
o windows interface
o mouse support
o uses popular recipe formats
- 80286 or higher processor
- SVGA with at least 512kb
- DOS 3.1 or later
- a mouse is highly recommended
Installing and Starting
Installation is simple, just create a directory for NewMenu
and copy all the files supplied into that directory. At a
minimum the file NMENU.EXE and a recipe text file are needed.
To start NewMenu, change the current directory to the
directory where NMENU.EXE was placed and type NMENU .
There are no command line arguments. When NewMenu is first run,
you will need to import the recipes from the included recipe
text file RECIPES.TXT, see the instructions below or have fun
and just play with the import and help windows.
Using Online Help
The help window can be opened by pointing at the window you
want help with and clicking the right mouse button or pressing
or or just zooming the help window yourself.
The help text is divided into sections, with the index at
the top. To go to a section, click on the subject in the index
or use the "prev" and "next" buttons.
zooming windows - click on the button at the upper
right corner of the window.
moving windows - click and hold on the title of the
closing windows - click on the button at the upper left
corner, some windows can't be closed.
online help - point at the window you want help
with and press the right mouse
quiting NewMenu - the quit button is in the System
next window - or
swap window - or
zooming windows -
moving windows -
closing windows - some windows can't be closed.
online help - help index
quiting NewMenu -
while moving a window use the arrow
keys or shft arrow keys to position
the window then press to move
the window or to cancel.
if the active window has a
scrolling text or list of items the
arrow keys, , , ,
, to scroll the text and
position a pointer in a list. The
and keys can be used
to select items in a list.
Recipes on bulletin boards are kept in specially formatted
text files. The import function reads these text files, adding
the recipes to the database.
Recipes are imported using the import window. Zoom the
import window to full size. The "import file" is the name of
the recipe text file you want to import from. To select it,
click anywhere on that button in the window and type the name
of the file, or click on the small list button in the right of
the "import file" button to use the File window.
The File window can be used to select a filename anywhere in
the program a filename is needed. It shows a list of drives and
directories on the left and filenames on the right. To change
drives or directories just click on the item you want in the
left list, "\" is the root directory and "\.." is the parent
directory. When you find the directory you want, select the
filename by clicking on the right list of names.
When you have a file name selected, check the window's
settings for what to do with duplicate and invalid recipes
found in the file. Duplicate recipes are recipes with titles
that are exactly the same as a recipe title already in the
database. Invalid recipes are recipes that do not have a title
or list of categories.
If you choose "skip" the offending recipe is just skipped
"log to file" will write the recipe to a text file so you
can see what was skipped over.
"import" will allow a duplicate recipe to be imported, it is
the fastest setting since the program does not have to check
With the file name and controls set, all that is left is
pressing the "start" button. A bar graph shows the progress of
the import. The "stop" button does everything it says it will.
The recipe names that are imported are placed into a menu
The evaluation copy of NewMenu has a limit of the number of
recipes it will import. You should be able to make good use of
the program even with this limit, but to have a cookbook with
thousands of recipes online, please register NewMenu.
Exporting recipes creates a recipe text file that you can
give to someone else or upload to a bulletin board. NewMenu
uses the most popular text file format.
After you have the export window zoomed to full size, select
a file name to export to. You can either type the name in, or
use the file window to select a file. The file window is
opened by clicking the small list button inside the "export
Next select the menu containing the recipes you want to
export. All the menus available are shown in a small scrolling
list. Simply clicking on the name of the menu. The selected
menu's name will appear in the text field beneath the list.
Press the "start" button. If the file you named to export to
already exists, a window will ask if you want to "append" (add
to the end) or "overwrite" (delete) the old file. A bar graph
will show progress and you can press "stop" to stop the
The search window allows you to quickly search through the
entire database of recipes keying on words or phrases found in
different parts of a recipe. If you want to cook chicken you
could search for the word "chicken" and the results of the
search would be all the recipes that have chicken in them.
You can narrow the search more by searching for more than
one word like "chicken" and "orange". To use more than one
word, separate the words by commas.
Any words in the "anywhere" field will be looked for in the
entire recipe including the title, categories, ingredients and
directions. The list button inside the "anywhere" button will
show a list of words that were searched for previously.
Words in the "title" field are searched for only in the
titles of recipes. The list button inside the "title" button
also shows a history list of words.
The words in the "category" field are searched for only in
the categories of a recipe. The list button inside the
"category" button shows a list of all the categories to choose
With "whole words" turned off a word like 'pea' would match
with 'pea', 'peas' and 'peanut'. If "whole words" is on 'pea'
only matches with 'pea'.
"any match" on allows any word in any of the fields to cause
a match if found in a recipe. If "any match" is off, all the
words in all the fields have to present in a recipe for it to
be found in a search.
The "start" button begins a search. The recipes found are
placed in a menu called "search". To stop a search press
Menus are collections of recipe names. A recipe can appear
in more than one menu. Placing frequently used recipes into a
menu allows you to find them easily. Menus can also be used to
organize recipes into groups like breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The menus window lists all menus. The search and import
windows create their own menus when they perform their
functions. You can also create your own menus by using the
menus window's "new" button. The "rename" button allows you
to rename an existing menu, first select one by clicking on
the list of menus. The "delete button permanently deletes a
menu, it does not delete the recipes in it.
To see what recipes are in a menu, select the menu and
press the "view" button or drag the menu name off the list
and drop it outside the window or just double click on the
menu name. A new window called a menu window opens listing
the recipes in that menu.
The menu window allows you to "print" recipes, all printer
output goes to the port selected in the option window.
Selecting a recipe then pressing "remove" removes the recipe
from the menu, it does not delete the recipe from the
database. To copy a recipe to another menu, select one then
press "copy" and move the recipe name to the menu window you
want it copied to and click the mouse. Recipes can also be
copied by just dragging the name off the list and dropping
it on the destination menu window.
Pressing the "view" button opens yet another window called
The recipe window shows the actual text of a recipe. To
cycle through the recipes in the menu press "prev" or
"next". "new" and "edit" allows you to create or change a
recipe. "remove" removes the recipe from the menu but like
the menu window, it does not delete the recipe from the
database. "print" sends the recipe to the printer and "done"
closes the recipe window.
From the option window the shape of the mouse cursor can be
changed, just click on the shape you want. The port the
printer is connected to can be selected with the "print to"
button. The "time", "memory", and "help" buttons are used to
turn those windows on and off. Closing the help window will
save some memory.
The "auto tile" and "sticky zoom" buttons work together to
decide were windows will be placed. With "sticky zoom" on,
windows zoom and shrink in place. Turning "sticky zoom" off
allows the "auto tile" setting to decide how windows behave.
If "auto tile" is on, windows will zoom to a clear area of the
screen. When it is off windows will shrink to the spot where
they were when small and zoom to the place where they were
previously full size.
The maintenance window is where to be if you want to make
global changes to recipes. To permanently delete recipes from
the database, gather the recipes together in one menu, select
that menu in the maintenance window and press "delete rec".
"add cat" and "remove cat" add or remove a category from all
the recipes in a menu. You must select the menu and category
to use first.
"rename" is used to rename the selected category. "delete"
will permanently delete a category from all the recipes in the
"rebuild database" can be used after a large number of
recipes have been deleted. When a recipe is deleted it is not
actually removed from the disk file, just marked as deleted.
Doing a rebuild can take some time but it will make the disk
file smaller by removing any recipes marked deleted.
How To Register
Thank you for trying NewMenu and supporting shareware.
Unfortunately we can not give NewMenu away. You are encouraged
to use it for a trial period. If you find it useful please
When you register you will receive the latest version along
with thousands of recipes.
The instructions for registering are in the system window.