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Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader/DOS v2.20.
A Blue Wave and QWK-compatible offline
mail reader which offers the utmost ease
of use and configurability. This is a
16-bit DOS text mode program which works
on systems ranging from XTs to the
Intel Pentium and compatibles.
Release Date: 07 August 95
Contents of the INSTALL.DOC file
The Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader/DOS, v2.20
Installation and Upgrade Documentation
Copyright (C) 1992-1995 by Cutting Edge Computing
All Rights Reserved.
Welcome to The Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader/DOS, v2.20. This short
documentation file contains instructions on installing The Blue Wave
Offline Mail Reader for the first time, and for upgrading from a
previous version of the mail reader (v2.00, v2.01, v2.02, v2.05,
v2.06, v2.10, v2.11, or v2.12).
Please read these instructions carefully. Following these simple
procedures will help to insure that you install the mail reader
successfully the FIRST time!
** A special note for our friends who use speech synthesis hardware
and software for screen reading; when loading INSTDOS.EXE and
BWAVE.EXE, add a "/s" command line parameter, such as:
This will put the installation program into a mode that is more
compatible with your speech software.
1) If you have never installed The Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader, or
you would like to install this version of the mail reader to a new
directory (rather than upgrading/converting an older version),
please skip to the next section of the documentation; NEW
2) The installation program, INSTDOS.EXE, can only upgrade an existing
version of the DOS mail reader. It cannot upgrade Blue Wave/OS2
v2.12 to Blue Wave/DOS v2.20.
3) *Before* loading the installation program, make a backup copy of
your existing mail reader setup.
4) If you are a registered user of v2.0x or v2.1x of The Blue Wave
Offline Mail Reader, and you no longer have a copy of the
registration letter you received from us, load the OLD mail reader,
go to the "Setup Parameters" menu, and move to the "Registration"
pull-down menu. Copy your registration name(s) and registration
number(s) down and keep them in a safe place. The new mail reader
cannot use the old registration numbers, and will NOT work in
registered mode until you get your registration number(s) upgraded.
You will NEED these numbers in order to get an upgraded
registration number. And, you might decide to reinstall v2.12 at a
later time (not likely, just possible!).
To find out how you can get your registration numbers upgraded,
please press at the 'wait' screen when loading the mail
reader, and/or read the file UPGRADE.BW, which will be unpacked to
your main reader directory.
5) Copy BWAVEDOS.INS and INSTDOS.EXE to a temporary directory.
6) Type "INSTDOS" at the DOS command line, without the quotes.
7) Select "Upgrade Installation" from the screen which asks if you
are installing new or upgrading.
8) Enter the directory name where your current mail reader is
9) The installation program will take over from there. All of your
files from old versions of the mail reader will be converted,
except for the old BWCOLOR.200 file. This file held the color
configuration for message reading mode in previous versions.
Sorry, but you will have to reconfigure your color scheme, as it
was not possible to convert this file automatically for you.
All files that were modified and are no longer used with version
2.20 of the mail reader will be moved to a directory called OLDDOS
off of your main reader directory. (If your main reader directory
is C:\BWAVE, C:\BWAVE\OLDDOS will contain your old configuration,
documentation, and program files).
After you are comfortable running v2.20, and you are certain that
you will no longer need the old files, you can delete them to save
10) Delete the files BWAVEDOS.INS and INSTDOS.EXE, as you will not need
them to run the mail reader. However, you may want to save a copy
of BW22_DOS.ZIP in case you need or want to reinstall the mail
reader at a later date. INSTDOS.EXE can be used at a later time to
'selectively' install portions of the mail reader program. For a
description of what files are contained in the installation file,
skip to the last section of this documentation file.
11) Enjoy the new features and capabilities of the new mail reader!
1) Copy BWAVEDOS.INS and INSTDOS.EXE to a temporary directory.
2) Type "INSTDOS" at the DOS command prompt, without the quotes.
3) When the installation program loads, it will ask you if this is
an upgrade installation or a new installation. Choose the "New
4) The installation program will then ask you for the name of the
directory where you would like the mail reader installed. Type a
directory name and press . If this directory does not
exist, the installation program will automatically create it for
5) After a directory name has been entered, you will be presented with
a screen which allows you to select the components of the mail
reader you would like to install. ALL of these items should be set
to "Yes", since you have never installed the mail reader before.
6) After the installation program has unpacked all of the necessary
files, you will be told to change to the mail reader's installation
directory and type "BWAVE" (again, without the quotes). At this
point the installation program has done its job, and the next step
is to load the actual mail reader.
7) You may delete BWAVEDOS.INS and INSTDOS.EXE after the installation
has been completed. They are not used by the mail reader, and are
only temporary installation files. However, you should save a copy
of BW22_DOS.ZIP in case you want or need to reinstall the mail
reader in the future.
8) You may want to scan the next section of this file, as it explains
what each of the files unpacked by the installation program is used
SELECTIVE INSTALLATIONS AND FILE LISTING
The enclosed installation program (INSTDOS.EXE) can be used to
selectively install items from the mail reader's distribution archive.
To selectively unpack only certain files, load INSTDOS, select "New
Installation or Partial Installation", and a directory name where you
would like the files unpacked.
Immediately after giving the directory where you want the reader files
placed, you have the opportunity to select the files that will be
unpacked. Below is a listing of which files will be unpacked when
individual groups are selected for installation.
Executable (program) files
BWAVE.EXE The main reader program. Without this file,
you will not get very far! BWAVE.EXE is the
DOS version of the mail reader.
TED3.COM The message editor distributed with Blue
BWAVE.DOC The main reader documentation file.
BWDOOR.DOC Documentation for using The Blue Wave Offline
TED3.DOC Documentation for the message editor that is
distributed with Blue Wave/DOS.
BETASITE.220 A text file containing a list of all people
who tested The Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader
WHATSNEW.220 A listing of many of the new features added
to The Blue Wave Offline Mail Reader between
v2.12 and v2.20.
Online Help File
BWAVE.HLP The file which contains all of the online
help for the mail reader. If you do not
unpack this file, you will not be able to
press for help within the mail reader.
You will definitely *want* to unpack this
REGISTER.AUS Text files containing registration information
UPGRADE.AUS for purchasing the mail reader in Australia,
New Zealand, and nearby countries.
REGISTER.BW Text files containing registration information
UPGRADE.BW for purchasing the mail reader anywhere else
in the world, including the USA, Canada,
DEFAULT.KEY A sample keyword list file, used for searching
for key words and phrases in the mail reader.
DEFAULT.TAG A sample tagline file, which illustrates the
steps to follow in building your own tagline
WELCOME!.000 A sample Blue Wave-formatted mail packet.
Windows and OS/2 icons
BWAVE.ICO An icon that you can use for your Windows
Program Manager or your OS/2 Desktop.