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Norton Commander archive file viewer.

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AVIEW V4.7, 13-Aug-94 (Non-Beta!),
The Norton Commander Archive Viewer.
A small utility to manipulate ARC,
ARJ, HYP, LZH, PAK, RAR, SQZ, UC2,
ZIP and ZOO files, lots of options,
can be fully mouse-operated, very
easy to use, can also be used as
stand-alone utility. *FREEWARE*
Copyright (C) 1994 Chris Buijs.


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Norton Commander archive file viewer.
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Contents of the AVIEW.DOC file




AVIEW V4.7


Copyright (C) 1992-94 by Chris Buijs



AVIEW is an archive-viewer/manipulator utility for the Norton Commander,
it views ARC, ARJ, HYP, LZH, PAK, RAR, SQZ, UC2, ZIP and ZOO archives
automatically, it shows lots of info about the files in the archive, you
can also tag files and unpack them, all operations also work on
archive-in-archive (up to 16 levels deep).


***************************************************************************
AVIEW is made for usage under the Norton Commander, however, the Norton
Commander is NOT needed to use AVIEW, AVIEW can also be used stand-alone,
it contains a full featured file-selector.
***************************************************************************


This utility is here-by placed in Public Domain and can be concidered
freeware, this utility may not be sold, hired, leased or modified, it may
be freely copied as a complete package.


This documentation is a quick-help to setup AVIEW, for more information
you can study the AVIEW.CTL and WHATSNEW.nn files.


To print this documentation, type on the DOS-Prompt:

COPY AVIEW.DOC LPT1:

followed by an ENTER, change 'LPT1:' to the device you want to use to
print.


Requirements


AVIEW requires: - MS/PCDOS V3.3x or higher (V5.0 or higher recommended).
- 256 KB of free conventional memory.
- 32 KB EMS or XMS memory (Maximal 2 MB).
- A (microsoft compatible) mouse (optional).


The following programms may be needed (optional):

For archive adding, extracting, updating and converting:

ARJ.EXE from R.K. Jung.
HYPER.EXE from P. Sawatzki & K.P. Nischke
LHA.EXE from H. Yoshizaki.
PAK.EXE from NoGate Consulting.
PKUNPAK and PKPAK from PKWare.
PKUNZIP.EXE and PKZIP.EXE from PKWare.
RAR.EXE from E. Roshal
SQZ.EXE from J.I. Hammerberg
UC.EXE from AIP-NL (Also needed for viewing).
ZOO.EXE from R. Dhesi.


For creating self-extracting utilities:

ZIP2EXE from PKWare.


For file-viewing/editing:

WPVIEW.EXE from Symantec (Peter Norton Computing).
NCEDIT.EXE from Symantec (Peter Norton Computing).


All the above programms are optional and can be replaced by others, this
can be done by changing the parameters in the AVIEW.CTL file, see the
sample AVIEW.CTL for more information.


Parameters


Syntax: AVIEW [[:][\][]] [/?]

Use the /? parameter to get detailed information about parameters.

When no drive/path/file parameters are given, AVIEW will startup with a
file-selector, with this file-selector you can select a file to view.
With the file-selector you can also switch between drives, directorys
and files.

When only a drive or path is given as parameter, aview will startup the
file-selector in the given drive/directory.

When wildcards are included in the filename, AVIEW will use them as
filter for the file-selector.

AVIEW automatically detects how many lines per screen are used at startup
and will use the number of lines per screen detected, this can be
overridden with one of the above parameters or with the SCREENMODE
parameter in the AVIEW.CTL file.


Installation


STANDALONE

- Copy AVIEW.EXE, AVIEW.CTL and AVIEW.HLP to a directory in your PATH,
AVIEW.CTL and AVIEW.HLP must be located in the same directory as
AVIEW.EXE.
- Edit the AVIEW.CTL file with a plain ascii-editor and change the
parameters so that AVIEW will work correctly on your system.
- Your now ready to run AVIEW.



THE NORTON COMMANDER Versions prior to V4.0

- Copy AVIEW.EXE, AVIEW.CTL, AVIEW.HLP and AVIEWNC.EXE to the directory
where the Norton Commander is installed.
- Run the AVIEWNC utility, this utility will update your NC.EXT file.
- Delete AVIEWNC.EXE, only needed for installing AVIEW in the NC.EXT file.
- Edit the AVIEW.CTL file with a plain ascii-editor and change the
parameters so that AVIEW will work correctly on your.
- Restart The Norton Commander.
- Your now ready to run AVIEW.

NOTE: After installing AVIEW in The Norton Commander, you can view an
archive by pressing ENTER or F3.



THE NORTON COMMANDER V4.x

- Copy AVIEW.EXE, AVIEW.CTL, AVIEW.HLP and AVIEWNC4.EXE to the directory
where the Norton Commander is installed.
- Run the AVIEWNC4 utility, this utility will update your NC.CFG and
NC.EXT files.
- Delete AVIEWNC4.EXE, only needed for installing AVIEW in the NC.CFG and
NC.EXT files.
- Edit the AVIEW.CTL file with a plain ascii-editor and change the
parameters so that AVIEW will work correctly on your system.
- Restart The Norton Commander.
- Your now ready to run AVIEW.

NOTE: When you run AVIEW under The Norton Commander V4.0, you can only
use AVIEW on a file by pressing F3, when you press ENTER in
NC V4.0, the internal file-view will be activated, this CANNOT
be changed to use AVIEW instead.


AVIEW.CTL


For customizing the operations of AVIEW, you can edit the AVIEW.CTL
control file, its a plain ascii-file, see the example AVIEW.CTL for more
information, the following commands can be used in the control file to
configure AVIEW:


ALTERNATELAYOUT

With this command you tell AVIEW to use the alternate list-layout of the
archive-lister, the alternate list-layout includes lesser information
but shows the full-paths of the files in the archive.


DATEFORMAT

With this command you can define the file-date-format, use MM for month,
DD for day and YY for year, sepparation-chars can be freely used,
default is MM/DD/YY, maximum length is 8 chars.


EDITOR []

With this command you can define up to 20 editors to use to edit files from
an archive, is a file-extension which triggers to edit
a file, must not be more then 3 chars and may include wildcards,
DON'T include the period (.) in the trigger-extension. When no editors are
defined, NCEDIT is taken for all type of files.


EXTRACTPATH

The path to use for extracting files to, when this path isn't defined,
AVIEW will prompt for a path before extracting any files.

FSSORT [Ascending|Descending]

With this parameter you define how to sort the file-list in the
file-selector as default, there are 5 sort-keys:

NAME - For sorting on file-name
EXTENSION - For sorting on file-extension.
SIZE - For sorting on file-size.
DATETIME - For sorting on date and time.
UNSORTED - For no sorting (Unsorted).

Optional you can also define the sort-direction, default is ascending:

ASCENDING - Sort ascending.
DESCENDING - Sort descending.

The default sorting is on filename, ascending.


NOCOLOR

With this command you force AVIEW in black and white mode, this can be
handy for laptop-users with LCD-Screens.


NOEMS

With this command you force AVIEW to NOT use any EMS memory.


NOMOUSE

When you have a mouse, and it is detected by AVIEW, you can force AVIEW
with this command to ignore the mouse and not use it.


NOPATHS

This command instructs AVIEW to NOT extract any path-information from an
archive when extracting.


NOXMS

With this command you force AVIEW to NOT use any XMS memory.


VIEWER []

With this command you can define up to 20 viewers to use to view files from
an archive, is a file-extension which triggers to view
a file, must not be more then 3 chars and may include wildcards,
DON'T include the period (.) in the trigger-extension. When no viewers are
defined, WPVIEW is taken for all type of files.

SCREENMODE

With this statement you can define how many lines per screen AVIEW must
use, valid numbers are 25, 35, 40, 43 and 50, note that you will need an
EGA or VGA adaptor when you use numbers greater than 25.


SHOWSPECIAL

With this statement you force AVIEW to use special 'hidden' files as normal
files, as default AVIEW ignores the files, at this moment only the
UC2 U$~*.* files are concidered special 'hidden' files.


SORT [Ascending|Descending]

With this parameter you define how to sort the file-list as default, there
are 8 sort-keys:

NAME - For sorting on file-name
EXTENSION - For sorting on file-extension.
ORGSIZE - For sorting on original (uncompressed) file-size.
CMPSIZE - For sorting on compressed file-size.
RATIO - For sorting on ratio.
DATETIME - For sorting on date and time.
METHOD - For sorting on compression-method.
UNSORTED - For no sorting (Unsorted).

Optional you can also define the sort-direction, default is ascending:

ASCENDING - Sort ascending.
DESCENDING - Sort descending.

The default sorting is on filename, ascending.


SWAPMode

With this command you can define how AVIEW must swap before an external
utility is executed, mode can be: 0 - Swap to EMS/Disk.
1 - Swap to EMS/XMS/Disk.
2 - Swap to XMS/Disk.
3 - Swap to XMS/EMS/Disk.
4 - Swap to Disk.


SWAPPATH

With this command you define the directory AVIEW must use for writting it's
swapfiles in.


TEMPPATH

With this command you define the path AVIEW must use as work-directory,
this can be a ram-drive which will speed-up AVIEW dramatically, in this
directory AVIEW will creates its own tempory directorys, these tempory
directorys will be deleted when AVIEW doesn't need them anymore, note
that the directory specified with TEMPPATH is NOT deleted, nor the
files that exist in it, this has been changed since V3.0. (See the
explaination for the TEMPREMOVE command for more information).

TEMPREMOVE

With this command you force AVIEW to remove the TEMPPATH directory and it's
contents when AVIEW is finished. As default AVIEW only removes it's tempory
directories and files.


SCANNER [\] []

With this command you can define the virus-scanner to use for scanning the
file(s) unpacked with the unpack function, when no virus-scanner is
defined, NO scan will be performed.


SCANPROMPT

With this command you force AVIEW to ask you if you want to execute the
virus-scanner after extracting files from an archive, default is to
execute the virus-scanner always when defined.


WAIT

With this command you force AVIEW to wait for a keypress after each
external utility executed.


ZOOMSPEED

With this command you can define the zoom-speed of the popup-windows that
build up onto the screen, 0 will give an immidiate popup, the default
zoomspeed is 10.


With the following commands you can define the parameters used by AVIEW
for using the external archive-utilitys.
For normal operation of AVIEW, you don't need to change this, all the
following commands are optional, the sample commands in the sample
AVIEW.CTL file reflects the standard default configuration of AVIEW.



xxxADD
xxxDELETE
xxxEXTRACT
NOxxx
xxxSFX
xxxTEST
xxxUNPACK
xxxUPDATE
xxxRESPONSE

With these commands you can configure the interface between AVIEW and the
external archive-utilitys, the xxx can be ARC, ARJ, HYP, LHA, PAK, RAR,
SQZ, UC2, ZIP or ZOO.

xxxADD - Defines which parameters to use for adding a file to
an archive, this is used for the ADD function (F7), and for
creating new archives with the CONVERT function (F5).
xxxDELETE - Defines which parameters to use for deleting a file or files
from an archive, this is used for the DELETE function
(F8 or DEL).
xxxEXTRACT - Defines which parameters to use for extracting a file or files
from an archive, this is used for the extract-function.
NOxxx - Disable archiver.
xxxRESPONSE - Defines which charachter to use before a file name to tell
the archiver that it is a response file, AVIEW defines
automatically when to use this or not.
xxxSFX - Defines which parameters or utility to use to create a
selec-extracting (SFX) archive, for type you can define
EXEC for executing an external utility or PARAM to define
the parameter(s) to use with the parameters of the xxxADD
command.
xxxTEST - Defines which parameters to use for testing an archive.
xxxUNPACK - Defines which parameters to use for extracting ONE file from
an archive WITHOUT path, this is used internally in AVIEW.
xxxUPDATE - Defines which parameters to use for updating a file in an
archive, this is used after you edited a file from an archive.

NOTE: There are two variables, %A and %F, these two must ALWAYS exist in
the above parameters (except NOxxx and xxxRESPONSE, xxxSFX only
needs %A), %A will be replaced by AVIEW with the name of the
archive processed, and %F with a filename for adding, deleting and
updating, note that AVIEW will automatically add the response-file-
char before the filename when needed. The variables %A and %F are
NOT optional!


Operation


SWAPPING:

When executing an external utility, AVIEW will first try to swap itself out
of memory, AVIEW can use EMS, XMS or Disk for swapping out.
AVIEW will need about 400 KB free EMS, XMS or DISK-Space to swap, when
not, AVIEW will NOT execute the external utility and aborts with an error.



MOUSE:

AVIEW has mouse-support, when a mouse is detected it will be used
automatically, the mouse is used in file-lists, menu's and the
file-selector.

Click once on an entry to highlight it, click it twice for selecting it.

Clicking at the top or bottom of a menu, or at the top or bottom of a
file-list will scroll the cursor-bar.

The function-keys at the bottom of the screen can offcourse also be clicked.

The (most) right mouse-button will act as an (de)selection key, point to
a file and click with the (most) right mouse-button to (de)select it.

Archive-Viewing Keys:

Press F1 in the archive-viewer to get help on which keys you can use for
which operations.


File-Selector Keys:

Press F1 in the file-selector to get help on which keys you can use for
which operations.


Thanks


Thanks to all my alpha/beta testers for supporting/testing AVIEW, you all
know who you are so i don't go into naming you all.

Special thanks to Jonas I. Hammerberg for a registered copy of Squeeze-It.

Special thanks to AIP-NL for information about the Ultra-Compressor II.

Special thanks to Michael Cookson for making AVIEW availble on InterNet.


Contact/Support


For bug-reports, suggestions and other things concerning AVIEW you can
contact me at the following BBS:

Action Board Zaandam
+31-(0)75-704890
1200, 2400 and 9600 HST V42/V42Bis.
Located in The Netherlands
24 Hours a day reachable.

Login with user-id LONGWORD and password SOFTWARE for FREE access!

Just try to yell the sysop or write a message to me.

I can also can be reached on COMPUSERVE under 100117,3242 (Chris Buijs).
COMPUSERVE can also be called for the latest version of AVIEW, it can
be found in the IBMSYS forum in library 6 (File Utilitys) or in the
NORUTL (SYMUTL) forum in library 7 (Norton Commander/Editor).

My Internet address is: [email protected]
or: [email protected]
FTP: ftp.iaccess.za:/pub/bbsing/aview/ncav*.zip (or .exe)

My fidonet (point) address is: 2:280/407.16

If you like AVIEW, and you are using it on a regular basis, you can send
me a postcard saying so, my address is:

Chris Buijs
De Spil 22
1507 CX Zaandam
The Netherlands


Have Fun,
Chris Buijs


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