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NOTES95 (Rel 1.0) Shareware Information October 11, 1992

"NOTES95"
A Personal Information Manager For The HP 95LX Palmtop Computer
Release 1.0 Documentation


ABSTRACT:

NOTES95 is a Personal Information Manager program for the
HP-95LX. You enter unstructured free-form notes that are
automatically dated. You can easily add comments to the
notes. When you search (with wildcards, logical operators and
dates) it brings any notes with their comments if the search is
succesful considering head and comments of the note as a total.


CONCEPT:

NOTES95 is like a big slip of paper where you can put notes,
erase them, stretch it to add a comment, and then find any
combination of words.

The notes can be given any of two status: Urgent or Normal. The
idea behind Urgent notes is that you can show them with a single
command. When NOTES95 starts, it shows the Urgent screen.

Normal notes only show when selected by keywords or combination
of them.

The way I use it (some people use it differently) is that I give
Urgent status to things I have to care of. When these things are
done I change their status to Normal to make a follow-up of the
matter. If a follow up is not needed, I delete them.


OPERATION:

All operations are preceded by the key. You follow with a
one letter command. If you don't remember the command, a Help
screen will appear after 2 seconds.

If you want to cancel the Menu command, press the bar.
Practically all other commands can be cancelled with the
key.

The commands are as follows:

+ NEW NOTE

You can enter a new note. While entering all standard
editing keys are available (HOME, END, RIGHT CURSOR, LEFT
CURSOR, DELETE, CTRL-RIGHT (beginning of next word), CTRL-LEFT,
INSERT (begins with insert mode, toggles with overstrike))
The key will finish the operation.

+ ADD COMMENT

You have to be positioned in the note to which you wish
to add a comment. You position using the UP, DOWN, PG-UP,
PG-DOWN keys. The comment is added to the original note as an
additional paragraph. From now on the original note plus the
comments you added are considered as a whole during search
operations.

+ EDIT NOTE/COMMENT

After being positioned over a note or comment you can
edit its contents.

+ FIND

You can search for notes+comments that have one or more
words included or not included with optional limitations to the
date of origin. The search is not case sensitive.

Some examples follow, where the square brackets are meant to
represent the editing window where you enter the words to be
retrieved:

[ modem ] will fetch any note that in its head or comments
include the word "modem"

[ modem hayes ] will fetch notes containing the words "modem"
and "hayes" in any place of the note or comments

[ hayes and modem ] gives the same results as above (the
"and" is implicit)

[ modem or CPU ] will look for notes that will have "modem" or
"cpu" in them

[ modem and not Hayes ] will look for notes/comments that have
"modem" but don't have "hayes" in them

[ modem hayes or CPU ] will look for any note/comment that
contains both "modem" and "Hayes" or other notes that contain
"cpu"

[ "Hayes modem" ] will look for that string

[ modem > 10/7/92 ] will look for notes containing "modem" that
have been entered after October 7, 1992. You can use the
following operators: > (greater than), < (less than), = (equal
to), <= (less or equal), >= (greater or equal). If you don't use
the year (i.e: 10/7) NOTES95 will search for the last occurrence
of this date (i.e 10/7 of 1992).

Wilcards can be used, both as prefix or postfix.

[ mod* ] will search for words that begin with "mod"

[ *dem ] will search for words that end with "dem"

[ *ode* ] will search for words that contain in any place the
string "ode"

By the way, [ * ] will display all notes and comments.


+ SHOW URGENT NOTES

The command shows the original notes that have
"Urgent" status. When you start NOTES95 it shows this screen.


+ STATUS CHANGE

To change the status of a note from "Urgent" to "Normal"
or viceversa, you must first select the note or notes you want
to change. Selecting is done by the key and is a toggle.

After selecting the notes you give this command to
toggle the status of all the notes selected.


+ DELETE SELECTION

After selecting the note or notes you give this command
to delete the selection. You will be asked for a confirmation.


+

PRINT

Printing will output to the serial port a dump of all
the last search or Urgent notes you have chosen. If the serial
port is OFF it will turn it ON and then OFF again, to conserve
power in battery operation.

The baud rate is fixed at 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop
bit, no parity. If you need another speed, see a note below.


+ LOAD FILE

I use a single file (the default file: ACCION.ACC). But
some people prefer to have separate files, i.e: one for
business and the other personal, for each project, etc. In
this case you can load another file with this command. If the
file does not exist, NOTES95 will prompt you if you want to
create it when exiting or saving.

Before loading a new file, it will prompt you for saving
the file you are working with.


+ SAVE FILE

You can save the present file at any moment with this
command. Normally it is not needed, as file saving is done
automatically at exit.

When you save a file, a backup copy is made with .RES
extension.


+ QUIT

You are asked for confirmation. File is saved
automatically.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

When asked for confirmation, will act as .

In battery operation the computer will turn off after 2
minutes of waiting for a command.

When loading ACCION you can put as a parameter the name
of the data file you want to load. By default it is ACCION.ACC

This software is compatible with IBM type desktops,
albeit with a reduced screen. For desktops you use the <.>
(period key) instead of the key. I also have a completely
IBM compatible, TSR version, that includes a paper-tape
arithmetic calculator.

You can use the excellent DIET program to reduce its
size to less than 50 KB. Use it with the "-i" option.

LDRMKR can be used to make a loader that makes it able
to operate from System Manager.


HINTS:

As NOTES95 is unstructured while normal programs are
not, you may find it useful to standardize on certain ways of
including names and priorities.

For names I use the initials or the last name if it is
short. For priorities I use group of symbols (like ### to
indicate maximum priority).


CHANGING THE SERIAL PORT SPEED:

The default port speed is 9600N81, but you can change
it, inserting the corresponding value at location 0040:00E of
the BIOS data area. In the HP-95LX's documentation it is
specified as "Not Used".

If that byte is 00h, NOTES95 uses the default value
(9800N81). If that byte is different, it will use that value to
set the comm port. The value should be the standard BIOS value
for the speed you want. I.e: C3h is 4800N81, 83h is 1200N81,
etc.

To change it, you can use the DEBUG program that is
always included in the C:\_SYS directory. After loading DEBUG
you give the command
e40:E
the present value will appear. Put the new value and .
Then you can quit: .

I suppose there must be a way of knowing what is the
present setting of the comm port, used by the Printer Settings
in the System Manager setup screen, but I couldn't find it. If
you know, please tell me and I'll change NOTES95 to use it.


SHAREWARE DISTRIBUTION AND REGISTRATION NOTICE:

NOTES95 is not freeware. It is shareware. Try it out
for a few days. If you like it and want to continue using it,
you are on your honor to send your shareware registration fee of
$35.00 to the address below. Please send US$ only.
Registration entitles you to continue using the program on one
computer. If you do not register your use of NOTES95, please
discontinue its use and remove it from your computer.

NOTES95 may be freely distributed as long as this
complete documentation file and the registration form are
included in full. No charges may be made for such distribution
(other than nominal charges to cover the costs of diskettes and
shipping).

This documentation file may be summarized or otherwise
edited and freely distributed in printed or electronic form
without the executable code as long there is a mention that
NOTES95 is shareware.

Distribution files are:
NOTES95.EXE program file (binary)
NOTES95.TXT documentation file
REGISTER.TXT shareware registration form


DISCLAIMER:

Every effort has been made to test thoroughly and verify
all NOTES95 functions. However, THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDED
"AS-IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. IN NO EVENT WILL THE
AUTHOR HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPROPER OPERATION OF NOTES95 OR
INTERFERENCE OF NOTES95 WITH ANY PROGRAM, NOR BE LIABLE FOR
DAMAGES OF ANY SORT RELATED TO THE USE OF THIS PROGRAM. Make
backup copies of your important files and use this program at
your own risk.



CREDITS:

The original idea and programming in Turbo-Prolog was
done by me in 1987. The TSR version was programmed by Marcelo
Rocha (1988) in Turbo-C, and this version for HP-95LX was
adapted by me with Borland C++ 2.0.

If there is interest I plan to make a System Manager
compliant (.EXM) version, and to shorten the time it takes to
load a file.


AUTHOR:

NOTES95 was written by:

Jose Bellora, C.C. 572, 8400 Bariloche, ARGENTINA
Compuserve: 70620,602

Please send your comments and suggestions.




  3 Responses to “Category : Databases and related files
Archive   : NOTE95.ZIP
Filename : NOTES95.TXT

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