Contents of the SHOPPER.DOC file
The SHOPPER Program Version 1.1
This program is SHAREWARE. Please try it out and give copies to
your friends. If you find it useful, please send $20 to:
Kennedy Brook Drive
Stoddard, NH 03464
This will register you as an owner and place you on our mailing
list. The program is written in QuickBasic and the source code
is available to registered owners. If you desire a copy, please
request it when you register. Thank you.
The SHOPPER Program consists of four separate programs:
1. SHOPPER.EXE - The main program.
2. SHOPSET.EXE - The shopfile setup program.
3. SHOPFILE - The data base used by SHOPPER.
4. SHOPPER.DOC - This documentation.
SHOPPER.EXE: To run this program, type SHOPPER
Is intended it be run with little or no instructions. It will
allow you to keep track of prices paid for your sundry purchases;
low, high, average, and most recent. It will allow you to make
up a shopping list to assist you in your buying. A printer is,
of course, needed for this feature. By using this program to
make your shopping list you will not only have an idea of the
price you will pay for each item, but it will remind you of
things you must pick up on your next trip to the store.
The program is run by the use of the 'F' or Function Keys whose
meanings are generally displayed at the bottom of the screen.
After making a selection by the 'F' key, it becomes highlighted,
and additional instructions are displayed at the screen bottom.
You will have to select the Update feature when you return from
your shopping trip to keep the program informed as to the latest
price you paid for each item. With the general use of the new
scanner checkout tapes this is fairly easy.
Different items on the page menu are selected by the arrow cursor
keys and the Home and End keys. You may change the page display
by using the PgUp and PgDn keys, or by the + and - keys which
advance or subtract 5 pages at a time.
New items may be entered or old ones deleted. When you enter new
items use the example of items already entered to check the
format. You will enter a name, price, and also the quantity or
type of packaging in which you generally buy the item, ie. can,
lb, jar, etc.
To make a list, select F1 and when the item you want on the list
is highlighted, press Enter (Return) and then check the bottom of
the screen to enter the quantity you want to buy. You may select
another F key to access another function, and then return to
making your list if you so desire. Lists are not saved and will
be lost when you leave the program so be sure to print it.
The Setup function will allow you to arrange the order of the
pages or to change the main title on each page. Thus you may
design the program to suit your buying habits. One good idea is
to arrange the pages in the same order as the shopping isles in
your supermarket. In that way, your list will be pre-arranged
for you as you push your cart up and down the isles.
SHOPSET.EXE: To run this program, type SHOPSET
This program will create a new SHOPFILE to be used by SHOPPER.
You will have to run it if you put the SHOPPER program on a new
disk or want to create a new and different SHOPFILE without
having to delete each item in your present SHOPFILE.
CAUTION: Running this program will destroy the present SHOPFILE
if one already exists, although you will be given a chance to
"back out" if you change your mind.
This is the sequential file that contains all the data for
SHOPPER. It MUST be on the same disk or sub directory as the
SHOPPER program or SHOPPER will not run.
If you discover any "bugs" in these programs or have any
suggestions for improvements, we would be happy to hear from you.