Copyright 1993 by Gordon Haff and Bit Masons Consulting. All Rights
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*IF YOU REDISTRIBUTE THIS SOFTWARE TO BBS'S, YOU !!!MUST!!! INCLUDE ALL
FILES INCLUDING THE PACKED DLL'S WITHOUT MODIFICATION. IF YOU DO NOT DO
SO, THE INSTALL PROGRAM WILL NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE.
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Upgrading Convert from 1.x
If you use Convert 1.x and haven't made any changes to the supplied data
files, you can just delete the old Convert files and start fresh. Convert
1.0 also required a small section in the WIN.INI file (called [CONVERT]
appropriately enough) which you may now delete.
If you DID make changes to the default data files, your modified files
will still work with 2.0. The only change in the supplied data files from
1.0 is the addition of temperature to the units.dat and cats.dat files so
merging your modified files with the 2.0 supplied files is easy.
** (In the event you haven't already charged ahead and done it.)
Note: If you obtained Convert in archived form from a bulletin board or
vendor, your first step should be to extract the contents of the archive
to a temporary directory.
Choice 1: Use the Install Program.
This is really the easiest option. Like many Windows programs,
Convert uses a variety of files such as Dynamic Link Libraries which
either must or should be in specific locations of your disk for most
efficient operation. The Install program automates the whole process.
In case you're concerned that the Install program will make unwelcome and
unsolicited changes to your WIN.INI file or to files shared with other
programs, you needen't be. Convert uses its own INI file (CONVERT.INI)
and prompts you before overwriting any Dynamic Link Libraries in the
WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory. Generally you should allow the installation
program to overwrite older files, but it's your choice.
Choice 2: Manual Install.
The following files are required to run Convert. The directories in which
they should reside are also given. \CONVERT is used as an example. Any
subdirectory name can be used.
CONVERT.EXE Main program file \CONVERT
CONVERT.HLP Help (optional but suggested) \CONVERT
UNITS.DAT Default Units file \CONVERT
CATS.DAT Default Categories file \CONVERT
SUNITS.DAT Stripped Units file \CONVERT
Data files can actually be placed anywhere but Convert won't be able
to find them if they're not in the default location until you specify
a new location using Convert's Toolbox.
BWCC.DL$ Borland Custom Controls \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
DEWCC.DL$ Turbo Power DLL "
The above DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files must first be unpacked using
the supplied DUNPACK utility. While these DLL's may reside in the same
directory as the Convert program, it is generally more efficient to put
them in the \WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory where they may be shared with other
If you're doing a manual install, you should make certain you don't
overwrite newer copies of these files. The automatic install program
checks for you.
CONVERT.INI Private INI file \WINDOWS
The installation program creates this for you. If you're doing it on your
own, however, a default INI file is supplied.
An incompatibility in the Turbo Power Data Entry Workshop library has
been observed with certain video drivers, possibly in conjunction with an
older version of Adobe Type Manager. The symptom is that Convert will
fail with a "Kernel not present error." There is no current fix or
workaround for this problem but I will issue a revision if a future update
to the Turbo Power libraries addresses this incompatibility.
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