Contents of the README.TXT file
August 20, 1993
This is the README.TXT file distributed with version
3.1 of Almanac for Windows. Topics discussed in
this file are:
- Updating a previous Almanac installation
- INSTALLING ALMANAC 3.1
- Foreign language option
- Software license & Limited warranty
Almanac is not free software. It is released as
shareware, which provides the opportunity for the
program to be evaluated before it is purchased.
We hope that after you try Almanac you will like
it so much that you will want to register. By
doing so you are voting with your pocketbook for
us to continue developing high-quality, Windows
Complete information on how to register Almanac
is included in the REGISTER.TXT file.
Almanac 3.1 requires version 3.1 of Windows or
higher. Almanac is no longer compatible with
If you are running Windows NT, a 32 bit version
of Almanac is available from Impact Software,
specifically created for running under Windows NT.
If you are running a version of Almanac earlier than
3.0, please be advised that the format of the desktop
data files has been changed. Notes and appointments
entered in Almanac 1.0 through 1.04 (*.ALD files)
will require translation to the new data base format.
Registered customers who are upgrading from a
version of Almanac before version 3.0 can obtain
a translation utility from Impact Software.
Overlays created with earlier versions of Almanac
(*.ALO files) are 100% compatible with Almanac 3.0.
The wedding anniversary gifts are now optional.
You may edit any wedding anniversary definitions
created with pre-3.0 versions and and check the
Wedding check box to display this information.
UPDATING A PREVIOUS ALMANAC INSTALLATION
Almanac's SETUP utility has been enhanced to update
a previous installation automatically. Version 3.1
of Almanac may be installed over version 3.0. SETUP
will update the program and help files, and will not
overwrite any existing data files on your hard disk.
If you specifically want SETUP to replace any
release files such as the sample overlay files,
delete them from your installation before running
The format of the calendar files (*.ALC) has been
updated in this release. Almanac can read
calendar files from earlier versions of the
program. The file will be re-written in the new
3.1 format if you select File.Save or when you
close Almanac if you have selected the "Save
Config on Exit" feature on the Options menu.
Once the file has been re-written in the new
format, it cannot be used by versions of Almanac
prior to 3.1.
INSTALLING ALMANAC 3.1
The Almanac package includes a graphical Windows
installation program using the standard name of SETUP.EXE.
You should place all of the files included in the release
package on a floppy disk or in a temporary directory of
your hard drive.
SETUP requires about 400K bytes to complete the
installation of Almanac.
Run SETUP by selecting the 'Run...' command from the
File menu of Program Manager or File Manager. Enter
"d:\SETUP" as the Command Line, where "d" is the
drive/directory that you are installing Almanac FROM
(for example, A:\SETUP). Select "OK".
1. The first action performed by SETUP is to display the
date your computer is set to. Almanac's calendar
will not operate correctly if your computer is not set
to the correct date.
2. SETUP will then display an Installation Control window.
Three pushbuttons allow you to change the FROM and TO
drives and paths for your install. SETUP initially
sets these values for you so that you can just click
the Install button if you do not need to make changes.
If you are using Program Manager as your Windows shell,
SETUP will allow a Program Group to be selected
to receive the startup icon for Almanac.
SETUP will inform you when installation is complete.
If your Windows installation is configured for French,
German, or Spanish language, or if you would like to
customize Almanac for another foreign language, please
read the following section.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPTION
Although it would be difficult for us to create and
distribute our shareware in multiple languages, it is
important to try to meet the needs of the many
customers who would enjoy such a capability. Almanac
3.1 has been designed to provide the option of
customizing the text that appears on the menu as well
as the text of calendar displays and prints.
Almanac 3.1 will look for the file ALMSTR.TXT in the
directory that it is executed from. This file contains
the foreign language equivalents for specific text that
is used on Almanac's menus and displays.
If your Windows installation is configured for either
the French, German, or Spanish language, Almanac's
SETUP utility will ask you if you would like it to
install the appropriate language information for
If you are running any other language than these or
English, SETUP will direct you here for more
You can build your own ALMSTR.TXT file by first
copying the ALMSTR.TXT file from your release disk
into your Almanac directory. (SETUP does not
install this file - you should only copy it from
the release package onto your hard disk if you
intend to customize Almanac for a language other
than English.) This file is a sample language
template that contains the English text used in
Almanac's menus and displays. You can edit this
file with Windows NOTEPAD or other ASCII text
editor, replacing the English text with the
appropriate text of the language you would like.
It is important that you do not add or delete
any lines from this file. Each line of the
file contains text that Almanac will substitute
for a specific area in the program.
Menu items contain an ampersand (&) character
in front of the letter of the text that will
be underlined and used for Alt-key selection.
Hot keys, such as Ctrl-P for File.Print
cannot be changed from their English derived
Any line that contains the text "Reserved"
is not used by this version of Almanac. Do
not delete any lines marked "Reserved" as
this will cause any following lines to be
incorrectly substituted within Almanac.
Almanac will automatically use the new text in
ALMSTR.TXT the next time it is executed. Be
careful to leave the first line of ALMSTR.TXT
unchanged. This contains the major and minor
version of Almanac so that later versions can
avoid using the file if changes to the contents
of the file must be made.
We welcome any new language files that you would
like to send us, as well as any corrections that
you think we should make to the files we are
The legalese section...
ALMANAC for Windows
Copyright 1988-1993 by Leonard A. Gray.
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on a 30-day trial basis for the purpose of determining
whether Almanac is suitable for their needs. The use
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outside of the initial 30-day trial, by any person,
business, corporation, government agency or any other entity is
A single user license permits a user to use Almanac
only on a single computer. Licensed users may use the
program on different computers, but may not use the program
on more than one computer at the same time.
No one may modify or patch the Almanac executable files
in any way, including but not limited to decompiling,
disassembling, or otherwise reverse engineering the program.
A limited license is granted to copy and distribute Almanac
only for the trial use of others, subject to the above
limitations, and also the following:
1) Almanac and all of its release files must be
distributed in unmodified form, complete with the
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any other product without a specific license to do so
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