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Free form text database that allows you to create fields easily - Vision v4.0 - shareware.

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Vision v4.0, Shareware, $25.00 - Allows you
to create a textual databse based on text
rather than langauge. Interesting.


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Free form text database that allows you to create fields easily – Vision v4.0 – shareware.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
#_VISION.DB 58266 8564 deflated
#_VISION.NDX 2288 517 deflated
DESC.SDI 124 110 deflated
FILE_ID.DIZ 124 110 deflated
MARK.EXE 250 249 deflated
RELEASE.EXE 7824 7543 deflated
VGA.BAT 74 65 deflated
VISION.BW 312 154 deflated
VISION.CFG 315 166 deflated
VISION.COL 315 166 deflated
VISION.DOC 32140 7992 deflated
VISION.ENG 1430 565 deflated
VISION.EXE 60895 58244 deflated
VISION.ITA 1457 578 deflated
VISION.MSG 1430 564 deflated
VIS_ADD.EXE 32167 30962 deflated
VIS_CRE.EXE 32774 31542 deflated
VIS_EDIT.EXE 33342 32107 deflated
VIS_FONT.EXE 6059 5311 deflated
VIS_SORT.EXE 2859 2734 deflated

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Contents of the VISION.DOC file











VISION SYSTEM
=================
(v 4.0 01-Jul-1991)
by
Maurizio Ammannato
(R) 1991 Maurizio's House







Welcome to VISION System
========================

Vision System has two main features; the first one is to
allow you to see easily Textual Data Base (newspaper
articles, documents, books, dictionaries, glossaries, etc.)
just done in VISION format. An example are the Press
Releases Data Bases, the Business*Talk info Data Base, and
why not the wholy New and Old Testament Data Base.


The second feature is to build your own Textual Data Base in
a very very simple TMP way (TMP = Top Manager Proof).



Licence Fee
===========
The package is completely free of charge for personal use.
Do as many copies you like for you and your friends. However
you don't have to sell it or make any kind of profit. Any
commercial use of VISION must be agreed with the Author.





Enjoy VISION System !









Maurizio Ammannato
Via Preguna N.60
VALMADREA (CO)
-------------------
I T A L Y





Decompressing Archives
======================

Create a directory called VISION (DOS command MD) and copy
there VISION.ZIP file and eventually all related Textual
Data Base with the extension .ZIP (which means compressed
via PKZIP.EXE utility).

Using the companion PKUNZIP.EXE utility (which you can find
in many BBS) decompress them as following :


C:\VISION\pkunzip *.zip


In this way all .ZIP archives will be 'unzipped'.


The VISION package must have the following files :


- VISION.EXE the engine
- VIS_CRE.EXE create your own Textual Data Base (TDB)
- VIS_ADD.EXE add new records to existing TDB
- VIS_EDIT.EXE edit ASCII file lines if > 78 chars
- VIS_SORT.EXE sort utility
- VISION.CFG configuration file
- VISION.COL configuration file for color monitor
- VISION.BW configuration file for mono monitor
- VISION.MSG comment/help file (multilingual)
- VISION.ENG above comment file in English
- VISION.ITA above comment file in Italian
- VISION.DOC VISION documentation
- #_VISION.NDX documentation in VISION format (index)
- #_VISION.DB Documentation in VISION format (DB)



Decompress all .ZIP Textual Data Bases (TDB) you have in the
directory using the same procedure as before; after that
copy all .ZIP files in a back-up device and REMOVE all .ZIP
(i.e. "ERASE *.ZIP") to save precious disk space.





Before Starting
===============
Check through your favorite Text Editor or WP the
configuration file VISION.CFG and change what you need or
wish to change.


Foreground color numbers can range from 1 to 31 (after
number 15 the color is blinking). Background from 1 to 7.
The following is the complete list of options you can set :



'---------------------------------- VISION.CFG config file
RAM=NO RAMDISK device (i.e. D:) NO for no ramdisk
SOUND=YES window sound yes/no
SCROLL_SPEED=7 number of secs for automatic scrolling
F_DBW=15 foreground Data Base Window (DBW) color
B_DBW=7 background Data Base Window (DBW) color
F_BOT=0 foreground Help Desk color
B_BOT=2
F_COM=0 foreground DBW comment line
F_HIG=14 foreground DBW data base name
F_DBR=10 foreground DBW highlighted DB name
B_DBR=1 background DBW highlighted DB name
F_IDX=15 foreground Index Window (IW) color
B_IDX=1
F_TDX=7 foreground IW text color
B_TDX=1
F_DOC=0 foreground Document Text color
B_DOC=7
F_REV=0 foreground reverse Index title
B_REV=6
F_ASK=15 input window
B_ASK=4
F_FND=14 founded string color




Color or monochrome screen
--------------------------

You can easily change color attributes modifying .CFG file
color parameters.

To make your life easier, if you have a monochrome screen,
copy directly VISION.BW to VISION.CFG file using DOS COPY
program:


C:\VISION\COPY vision.bw vision.cfg





Comment external file
---------------------

Check also VISION.MSG file to look at VISION comment/helps
and change what you need (i.e. from my Italian English to
Queen's English, etc.)

To change language file use COPY DOS command :


C:\VISION\COPY vision.ita vision.msg


to have the Italian comments/help. You can obviously create
a new comment/help file with your own language; i.e. for
Spanish :

- copy VISION.ENG into a new file VISION.ESP (DOS "COPY
VISION.ENG VISION.ESP")

- modify the new file with Spanish translation using a TE or
WP (Text Editor or Word Processor)

- copy new VISION.ESP into VISION.MSG (COPY VISION.ESP
VISION.MSG)


N.B. New comment strings MUST MUST MUST have the same LENGTH
of the old ones.





Executing VISION
================

Before VISION execution you must have at least one TDB
(Textual Data Base). You can create a new one by yourself
(see below) or download some from a BBS. Remember to
decompress them if in .ZIP format as explained previously.


You have two different ways to execute VISION.

1) MENU MODE. Typing VISION at DOS prompt, you enter into
Main Menu Window with the list of available Data Bases (see
below):

C:\VISION>vision


2) COMMAND LINE MODE. Typing VISION followed by data base
name at DOS line prompt, you enter directly into Index Menu
from which, using ESCape command, you come back directly to
DOS :

C:\VISION>vision b_newt



If you have a VGA monitor you can execute vision typing VGA
instead of VISION. This allows VISION to load into PC ROM a
new text font (modern-d) resulting in a more readable text:

C:\VISION>vga



Also in this case you can enter directly into the Index Menu
writing VGA followed by data base name:

C:\VISION>vga #_vision

to have on line VISION documentation.





Data Base Main Menu
===================


Using first procedure you are in the Main Data Base Menu.
VISION has three levels of window :

1) Data Base Window (Main Menu)
2) Index Window (Index Menu)
3) Document Window (Record level)



In the Main menu, you can see at the same time up to 14
available Data Bases with related comments, last update data
and sizes. The limit of available TDB is 100 Data Base.


Use arrows to navigate, Alt-H for on-line help. Once on the
row of chosen DB (highlighted color) the ENTER key allow you
to open the Index Menu.


TDB are indexed as they are (first record found, first
record in DB). You have two possibilities to change the
indexing method by pressing ATL-S or ALT-T keys. These
commands tell VISION to sort highlighted index by
alphabetical ascending (ALT-S) or descending (ALT-T) order.
Any way Alt-R option restores the original indexing method.



Index Menu
==========
You can use the same keys as before (except for indexing) to
navigate this menu.

If you have a long index list you can use F1 functional key
to quickly search for string and F2 to search again. F9
instead allows you to search a string in the entire Data
Base (Global Search) and F10 searchs it again. Any way press
Alt-H keys for help.


The difference between two above searching methods is that
F1/F2 keys search the string within the index comment line
(Index level), while F9/F10 keys search the string in the
entire Data Base, thus at document level.





Document Window
===============

Once in the document, you have two possibilities. A) the
document is less then 19 rows, B) the document is longer
than 19 rows


A) you can only use Alt-P/Alt-F keys to print the document
and F1 for help.


B) in this case you can use different keys :

. using arrows and PgDn/PgUp Home/End keys you can navigate
the document in any direction

. Alt-P print current document
. Alt-F print current document to external file
. Alt-M mark current position in current document
. Alt-J jump to above mark (set before)
. Alt-A on/off for automatic scrolling
. -/+ keys to increase or decrease the speed of automatic
scrolling.
. Alt-H Help

. F1 Search string through document
. F2 Search again



Reading Long Document
=====================
Reading long document you need some functions to emulate the
real book reading.


The first one is marking the position for latter retrieve.
Use Alt-M when you want stop reading at a certain position
(a delicate sound advises you of work done). Once you are
later back to same document use Alt-J to jump to mark. With
no mark, Alt-J jumps to first document line.


If you want to read document without using arrows for
navigation, you can use the Alt-A automatic scroll option.
VISION has a default value of 7 seconds delay time between
scrolling (see in VISION.CFG the SCROLL_SPEED option) so
that you can read it relaxed and quite.

Use plus key (+) to slow down scrolling speed or minus (-)
key to increase such a speed.





Searching Words (INDEX WINDOW)
==============================

When in Index window you can look for words in two different
ways :

Using F1/F2 keys you can search for words within the index
line comments. You can search also for a piece of word, i.e.
"etw". In this case all words having "etw" will be
displayed. F2 search again using same search string.


Using F9/F10 you search instead for words line per line
within documents.

An example. Let imagine you want to search the word disciple
in the New Testament.

1) be in New Testament index window (book title level)
2) press F9 and give search string "disciple"
3) VISION finds search string in a book title
4) enter in the book (ENTER key)
5) press F2 to search same string inside the document
6) press ESC to come back to Index window
7) press F10 to search again at book title level (index)



Searching Words (DOCUMENT LEVEL)
================================
When you are into a document, if the document is longer than
19 lines, you can use F1 key to search for a word and F2 to
search again same string.





ON LINE Help
============



In all of three windows (Main Menu, Index Menu, Document)
you can activate the Help window in two different ways; or
pressing Alt-H keys or pressing a not permitted key.



Help - MAIN Window Available Commands
=====================================

Arrow Up Line Up
Arrow Dn Line Down
PgUp Page Up
PgDn Page Down
Home Top of List
End Bottom of List
Alt-C Change Data Base Comment Line
Alt-D Shell to DOS
Alt-H On line Help
Alt-R Restore Original Index
Alt-S Sort Current Index Ascending
Alt-T Sort Current Index Descending
ENTER Open Data Base
ESC Quit to DOS




Help - INDEX Window Available Commands
======================================

Arrow Up Line Up
Arrow Dn Line Down
PgUp Page Up
PgDn Page Down
Home Top of List
End Bottom of List
Alt-D Shell to DOS
Alt-H On line Help
F1 Search String
F2 Search Again
F9 Global Search
F10 Global Search Again
ENTER Open Document
ESC Quit. Back to Main Menu





Help - DOCUMENT Window Available Commands
=========================================

Arrow Up Line Up
Arrow Dn Line Down
PgUp Page Up
PgDn Page Down
Home Top of List
End Bottom of List
- Increase Scroll Speed
+ Decrease Scroll Speed
Alt-A Automatic Scroll on/off
Alt-D Shell to DOS
Alt-F Print Document to File
Alt-H On line Help
Alt-M Mark Document Position
Alt-J Jump to Mark
Alt-P Print Current Document
F1 Search String
F2 Search Again
ESC Quit. Back to Index Menu



N.B. Using Alt-D command to go temporarily to DOS command
level, remember to write EXIT to come back to VISION System





Creating New Data Base
======================

VISION System works using two different files, the index
file with .NDX extension and data base file with .DB
extension.

The index file is useful to look at the real data base
records addresses.


The following is for technicians its structure :

1) Index record title (78 characters for 78 bytes)
2) Physical DB address (integer for two bytes)
3) Length of document (long integer for 4 bytes)
4) Position of the Mark (integer for 2 bytes)
5) Reserved for later use (integer for 2 bytes)


The Data Base structure is very simple :

1) Comment line (78 characters for 78 bytes)


But you have to don't care at all of this technical info,
you have only to follow these very simple instructions to
create your new data base.


Take your favorite Text Editor and edit a new source file
called i.e. PIPPO.UPD (the .UPD extension is a MUST) and
write your info in the following order :


1) First row will become the FIRST index record

2)from second line up to the special break-characters line
write document lines with a maximum of 78 characters (pay
attention to don't write the following special combination
of characters '@#$' at the line beginning).

3) special break-character combination to finish the
document; that is a '@#$' at the beginning of the line.






EXAMPLE
-------


----beg of file------ (don't insert this line in your file)
NETWORK
========
The network is....
..................
..................
[@#$] (Don't write these squared brackets in real file)
SUPER-CENTER
============
The supercenter are.....................................
........................................................
........................................................
........................................................
........................................................
........................................................
[@#$] (Don't write these squared brackets in real file)
PROTOCOLS
=========
You need protocols when you
have to exchange information with other people/computers.
The language is one of above protocols.
-----end of file------ (don't insert this line in your file)



N.B. DON'T insert the break-characters at the BEGINNING of
the file neither at the END. ONLY between two documents.




After editing your new data base source, execute VIS_CRE
program giving the name (without any extension) of the
source file (in this case PIPPO), thus :


C:\VISION\vis_cre pippo


This program creates PIPPO.NDX with three master records
(NETWORK,SUPER-CENTER,PROTOCOL) and the PIPPO.DB data base
with comment lines.





New Data Base from existing ASCII File
======================================

Take ASCII file you want to convert and rename it with the
.UPD extension (i.e. PLUTO.QC in PLUTO.UPD); remove all
extraneous lines (top of form character, page break, etc.)
and do exactly as before.



Example of ASCII file to convert
--------------------------------


============================================================

- pag 1 -



Italian QC addresses

--------------------



AMMA = Maurizio Ammannato,Southern Europe Area Marketing Mgr

MANU = Emanuela Sferco, Southern Europe Area Sales Promotion

........................................................



S.Marino QC addresses

-------------------

VALGO = ....................................................

POCO = ....................................................

SESO = ....................................................

POCO = ....................................................

============================================================

- pag 2 -





After erasing extra lines, this file must looks like :

--beg of PLUTO file--- (don't insert this line in your file)
Italian QC addresses
--------------------
AMMA = Maurizio Ammannato,Southern Europe Area Marketing Mgr
MANU = Emanuela Sferco, Southern Europe Area Sales Promotion
.... = .....................................................
S.Marino QC addresses
-------------------
VALGO = ....................................................
POCO = ....................................................
SESO = ....................................................
POCO = ....................................................
--end of PLUTO file---(don't insert this line in your file)


Now insert the special break-characters combination BETWEEN
the documents (in this case one only) and the final source
file (remember to rename the existing file with the .UPD
extension) must be the following :

---beg of file------ (don't insert this line in your file)
Italian QC addresses
--------------------
AMMA = Maurizio Ammannato,Southern Europe Area Marketing Mgr
MANU = Emanuela Sferco, Southern Europe Area Sales Promotion
.... = .....................................................
[@#$] (Don't write these squared brackets in real file)
S.Marino QC addresses
-------------------
VALGO = ....................................................
POCO = ....................................................
SESO = ....................................................
POCO = ....................................................
---end of file---- (don't insert this line in your file)


N.B. Don't insert the break-characters at the BEGINNING of
the file neither at the END; ONLY between two documents.

Because VISION main screen can handle line up to a max of 78
characters, you may wish to check if your ASCII file follows
this structure. Execute vis_edit to squeeze double spaces
and eventually to let you edit too long line up to desired
78 max character per line (.OLD is the name of original
source ASCII file):

C:\VISION\vis_edit pluto

After that, same procedure to create the new data base:

C:\VISION>vis_cre pluto

This program creates PLUTO.NDX with two master records and
PLUTO.DB data base with respective comment lines.





Updating an existing Data Base
==============================
Take the ASCII file with the info to add, rename it with
.UPD extension and follow exactly the same procedure as
before. The only difference is that you have to execute
VIS_ADD program (instead of VIS_CRE) which adds the record
at the end of existing data base and index files.


An example.
-----------
Let imagine we want to update the existing P_PCMB.DB and
related P_PCMB.NDX file.

We have to prepare or rename the updating file exactly with
the same .DB and .NDX name, but with .UPD extension. In this
case the name is P_PCMB.UPD.
-----------

Built this file with the same procedure as before, copy it
into the VISION directory and execute VIS_ADD program as
following :

C:\VISION>vis_add p_pcmb

without any extension. Now VIS_ADD adds the new item or
items to existing .DB and .NDX. Save .UPD file in a back-up
disk.



Removing Data Base
==================
Simply use DOS erase command to cancel the .NDX and .DB
files. (If you're using VISION.DIR option, remember also to
remove there the Data Base name).



Changing the Main Menu List
===========================
Renaming BOTH files (.NDX and .DB file) with a your choice
name, VISION sorts automatically them by new alphabetical
order putting them in the position you prefer.

In my classification :

N_ = network related data bases
P_ = product related data bases
S_ = services
V_ = various and generic data base
$_ = pricing data bases
.. = ...............................

Simply changing the name of your DB (and related .NDX file),
you have a different classification.




Directory Option
----------------
For compatibility with previous version, this new release
manage Data Base and Index files search, in both the
following ways :


1) VISION doesn't find on current directory a file called
VISION.DIR. Then the program looks for files on current
directory as usual.


2) VISION finds this file. Then the program looks for index
and data bases following VISION.DIR directive.



In the last way you can have your VISION files anywhere in
your PC. Look at the example for better understanding.



VISION.DIR example
------------------
D:\VISION\#_VISION (.DB # .NDX files on current dir)
C:\BIBLE\B_NEWT (.DB & .NDX files on C:,in \BIBLE\ dir)
F:\V_PRESS



To do that you have to build with your preferred text editor
above file, with fixed VISION.DIR name, residing onto VISION
programs directory.




N.B.
When you load a new data base, remeber to update VISION.DIR
file otherwise the program will ignore it.




For Expert Users
================

You can execute VISION also from another program or a DOS
SHELL utility.

To do that you have only to execute VISION in command line
mode, thus VISION.EXE followed by data base name:


C:\VISION\VISION pippo




If you have a VGA monitor, you can change the ROM standard
PC font. You have simply to execute VGA bat file instead of
VISION program. This bat file load a modern-d font (the used
option is VIS_FONT /D) into PC ROM.


You can change the font using instead of /d the /s
"scrawled" hand made font, or /l or no option for modern-s
font.





PC Configuration
================
You need any MS-DOS compatible Personal Computer with :

- at least 256 k Bytes of main memory
- hard disk
- video

better if :

- 640 K bytes of main memory
- 2 Mega bytes of fast device (RAM, VIRTUAL DISK ,etc.)
- VGA color video (the reading is easier)




Security
========
I've checked all my files via ShareWare SCAN utility
(version 77). You can easily find it on many BBS. After file
decompression, execute this utility again to verify that all
.EXE programs are not infected.


If you find some virus, use CLEAN companion utility to
remove infection. If you are not successful in removing
virus DON'T USE AT ALL VISION programs to avoid your PC
general infection.


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