Contents of the BTYPE.DOC file
BTYPE - Text File Display
Part of the B-Ware family
Copyright Hexagon Products 1989
Version 2.0 December, 1989
BTYPE is a free sample of B-Ware. It works like DOS's TYPE command to
display ASCII text files, but BTYPE uses large character output. Since the
file is displayed top to bottom, and does not have to be in memory all at
once, BTYPE has no limit on the size of files it can display.
Only ASCII text files can be displayed. This means no EXE files or WK1
files, etc. You give the name of the file you want displayed on the
command line. For example, you can display this document file with
the command: BTYPE BTYPE.DOC
On video hardware such as CGA or Hercules monochrome, which can display
graphics, BTYPE supports a variety of character sizes. To change from one
to another, press the F2 key while BTYPE is running. On graphics screens,
you will be able to cycle among a half dozen video modes. On the original
monochrome display, which does not support graphics, you will only get the
large text block display.
BTYPE displays each record in its entirety before moving on to the next
record. This means that lines longer than the width of the display are
wrapped to the next line. The start of each line is marked off by a triangle
on the screen to show it differently from continuation lines. This differs
from BLOOK which allocates one line to each record. The top line of each
screen shows the row and column of the text displayed in the upper left corner.
When BTYPE is running, four keys have special meaning. Press the ESCape key
at any time to cancel BTYPE before the file listing is complete. Press the
F1 key at any time to display a help screen. Press the F2 key at any time
to cycle to another size of display character. The F3 key starts automatic
BTYPE pauses at the end of each screen of data until you press key without
a special meaning. However, if you press the F3 key, BTYPE will pause at
the end of each screen for a given time. The default is 1.5 seconds, but
you can change this with the -A option.
Each new record begins on the top line of a screen. If the new record
cannot be fully displayed in 50 characters, subsequent groups of 50
characters will be displayed on subsequent pages of the display.
Arguments can be used to override some of the defaults used by the
program. Specify arguments on the DOS command line along with the
file name. For example, BTYPE -A1500 BTYPE.DOC. If you find that
you always want to use the same argument each time you use BTYPE, you
can put the BTYPE command in a BAT file with the arguments you prefer.
-An set time between automatic page downs when F7 key is
pressed. N is number of 1/1000ths seconds. For example:
-A1500 means page down every 1.5 seconds.
-Tn set the number of characters used for a tab character.
The default is 8.
-Vn set initial video mode. -V0 is the large text block mode.
-V1 is the mode you would get by pressing F2 one time after
the large text block mode.
All B-Ware products use large character displays.
BLOOK is a quick text file display. Use arrow keys to scroll around.
BTYPE is a substitute for DOS's TYPE command. It displays a file, top
to bottom, wrapping long lines if necessary to fit the width of the display.
BDIR is a substitute for DOS's DIR command. It allows for sorting of the
directory entries, and control over which fields are displayed.
BEDIT is a complete text editor which lets you scroll around and change
data at will.
BPOP is a memory resident magnifying glass. It pops up over any text mode
screen and enlarges a portion of it.
BFONT is a font editor that allows you to reshape the characters used in
any of the above B-Ware products to make them more legible for you.
The 12-bit font used in B-Ware is provided courtesy of Kim Kokkonen of
TurboPower Software. He developed it for use in BigEd, a large character
P.O. Box 1295
Park Ridge, IL 60068-1295
Price List (Prices fixed through 12/90. After that, check.)
Product Price Latest Version
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B-Ware $10 (Free sample programs.
BTYPE 2.0 $10 charge only if you
BLOOK 2.0 want a copy directly
BDIR 2.0 from the author.)
BPOP $27 2.0
BEDIT $30 1.1
All of the above $50
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Using on: Laptop Desktop
Display: VGA EGA CGA Herc Mono Dual
Oper.Sys: DOS OS/2
Preferred Input Device: Mouse Keyboard
Prefer: 10 20 26 40 52 58 Other ____ characters per line
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