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IcoShow


Version 1.15

Date March, 15th 1993

Register at Harald Pitro
Hermann-Wuensche-Strasse 11
O - 8705 Ebersbach / Sachsen
Germany

CompuServe 100024, 2662

Registration for $35 (incl. shipping and documentation)



Table of Contents

1. Overview
2. System Requirements and Limits
3. Start and Command Line
4. INI file
4.1 Application [IcoShow]
4.2 Application [Groups]
5. Menu Commands
5.1 File Menu
5.2 Icons Menu
5.2.1 Copy / Move
5.2.2 Rename / Edit
5.2.3 Select
5.2.4 Exclude
5.3 Options Menu
5.3.1 Edit with ...
5.3.2 Repair Icons
5.3.3 Save Settings
5.3.4 Quick Delete
5.3.5 Quick Search
5.4 Window Menu
5.5 Help Menu
5.6 Properties Menu
6. Dialog Boxes
6.1 Open
6.2 Print Icons
6.3 Create Library
6.4 Select Icons
6.5 Exclude Icons
6.6 Edit with ...
6.7 Rename Icon
6.8 Select Window
6.9 Registration
6.10 Print Order Form
6.11 About IcoShow
7. Status Line
8. Hints for the use of IcoShow
9. Shareware Version



1. Overview

The number of icons in a typical Windows system today
requires a simple method of management which povides the
ability to process icons, to group them by a user-
selected method and to write them to icon files or
libraries.

IcoShow searches for icons and libraries with icons on
selected drives and/or directories (in subdirectories
also if wished) and shows the icons including their
names. Each directory containing icons becomes a new
window. After you have started IcoShow you can add
directories at any time.

You can copy or move icons from one window to another by
dragging them with the mouse. If you minimize a window,
all selected icons will be copied or moved with window
icon. If you wish to process only some of the icons in
windows, you can select/exclude icons by pattern strings
that matches the icon names.

You can write the selected icons from one window or all
windows to a new library. You can hold over 2,700 icons
in one library, but if you write more than 1,200 icons
to a library, it can not be used in another icon manager
or program manager. You can exclude duplicates of icons
while writing them to a library.

You can choose an icon editor to process icons from
IcoShow directly. If the editor chosen is capable of
command line processing, the icon will be opened
automatically and presented for editing.

If you wish to install icons in program manager, you
need only drag them from the IcoShow window to the
window of the program manager using the mouse. IcoShow
doesn't more support the installation of icons within
Windows 3.0 and Norton Desktop for Windows 1.0.

Icons or all icons selected in a window can be deleted
by the DEL key (you cannot delete icons from within
libraries). If you are an experienced user, you can
delete them simply by dragging them outside of screen.
Please be careful, IcoShow does not undelete icons!

Some older icon files contains bugs (the program manager
shows you a truncated icon image). IcoShow lets repair
you this bug.

You can print icons with any matrix, ink-jet or
laserprinter (postscript also). You may also print in
color if your printer can handle the output.

IcoShow writes the current status of the options and his
desktop in the file ICOSHOW.INI.

A status line shows you see the most important options
and some information about the processed icons.

If you need help, press F1 at any time. IcoShow will try
to find the proper help for you.



2. System Requirements and Limits

IcoShow will run under Windows 3.0 and 3.1 in standard
mode, as well as in enhanced mode. It will not run in
real mode, because there is not enough heap space.

IcoShow shows the proper image for the display from each
icon. If you have a monochrome card, you will not see
icons that only contain color images. But IcoShow
processes the icon files with all images!

The amount of icons you can process depends on the
number of displayed windows. IcoShow can display and
process up to 16,384 icons.

Look at the dialog box "About IcoShow" (Help Menu) to
see the use of heap and resources. Check this
information. If you see that "Free Heap" is very small,
close windows to free local heap. An overflow in local
heap stops IcoShow immediately.
If there are no windows or dialog boxes displayed, you
have too many opened windows.

IcoShow supports library types of DLL/NIL/ICL. IcoShow
will warn you if you try to write more than 1,200 icons
into a library. You can save over 2,700 icons within one
library but this library will not be useable by other
icon managers (this includes program manager).



3. Start and Command Line

You will usually start IcoShow without command line
arguments. If you want to use command line processing,
the syntax is:


ICOSHOW [-s] [-d] [Directory ...]


-s Include subdirectories (you can type /s for -s).

-d Don't use BWCC.DLL

DirectoryDrive and path including icons possibly.


Example : ICOSHOW -s c: d:

searches for icons the drives 'c' and 'd', including
all subdirectories, and shows all directories with
icons.

Hint: If you start IcoShow with command line
arguments, the saved desktop information in the
INI file will be ignored (see also below).



4. INI file

IcoShow saves an INI file with the status of the options
and the last desktop, so you can continue with the same
environment at the next session. The key names must
follow the application names [IcoShow] and [Groups]. All
options may be in lower or upper case.


4.1 Application [IcoShow]

Example :

Application/Key Default
[IcoShow]
SaveSettings=1 (0)
SubDir=On (Off)
Libraries=Exe,Dll,Nil,Icl (,,)
SearchNames=Off (On)
LibName=c:\win\icons.dll (-)
Run=imagedit (-)
Repair=On (Off)
Tool=Move (Copy)
Rename=On (Off)
QuickDelete=On (Off)
QuickSearch=On (On)
Select=A* (-)
Exclude=AB* (-)
Minimize=On (Off)
Arrange=Tile (Cascade)
BackColor=191,191,191 (-)
Window=0 0 640 480 3 (-)
Registered=Gustav Hackendahl (-)
Password=0815 (-)

Enclosed in brackets are the default values if IcoShow
does not find an INI file, or if an option is missing.
You can change the settings while IcoShow is running
(exception: "BackColor").


Explanation of the example above.

"SaveSettings=1" IcoShow will save the settings of the
options and his desktop on exit. You
can use the keys Alt-Shift-F4 to
write the current desktop directly
to INI file.

"SubDir=On" If you add directories and/or drives,
IcoShow will search for icons in
subdirectories also.

"Libraries=Exe,Dll,Nil,Icl" IcoShow searches for icons
in libraries also. If IcoShow
searches for ICO files only, this
option will be "Libraries=,,,".

"SearchNames=Off" Some libraries contain names for the
included icons. If this statement is
"On", IcoShow will search for the
names. If this option is "Off" or if
icons have no names, IcoShow will
use the library name for the icons.

"LibName=c:\win\icons.dll" This statement contains
the full name of the last library
written and will be the default name
for the next.

"Run=imagedit" If the option "Rename" is "Off", a
double click with the mouse will
start the icon editor chosen here
(or in Option Menu). IcoShow appends
the full icon name and starts the
program.

"Repair=On" If this option is "On", IcoShow will
repair bugs in older icon files on
disk. Bugs in libraries will not be
repaired. IcoShow always repairs
bugs while running.

"Tool=Move" Icons will be moved by dragging them
with the mouse.
If "Tool=Copy", icons will be copied.

"Rename=On" If this option is "On", a double
click with the mouse will open a
dialog box to rename the current
icon. If this option is "Off",
IcoShow will start the icon editor
selected (see above).

"QuickDelete=On" If you press the Del key, the current
icon (or all icons in current window
if minimized) will be deleted.
IcoShow will prompt you to confirm.
If you are an experienced user, you
can delete icons by dragging them
outside the screen. In this case
IcoShow will not warn you. Please be
careful. Keep this option "Off"
until you are sure you want to
delete icons.

"QuickSearch=On" If this option is "On", you can find
icons by names quickly. Simply type
a string. IcoShow tries to find
matching icons in the current
window. IcoShow searches with each
character you have entered
successively. If no matching icon
names have been found, the string
will be cleared.
You can see the current string in the
status line. See point 5.3.5 for
more details.

"Select=A*" Under this statement IcoShow reads
the current pattern used to select
icons by names for processing. The
term A* in the example causes to
display only icons which names start
with "A" in all windows. You can
process only selected icons (the
term "*.*" processes all of them)!
This entry is readonly. You can
change the setting while IcoShow is
running but it will not be saved in
the INI file. For more details about
this pattern see 5.2.3.

"Exclude=AB*" Similar to the "Select" statement.
IcoShow reads the current pattern
used to exclude icons (by name) from
processing. This example is most
commonly used with "Select=" option.
The example here displays icons
whose names start with the letter
"A" and whose names do not have the
letter "B" as the second character.
This entry is readonly. You can
change the setting while IcoShow is
running, but it will not be saved in
the INI file. For more details about
this pattern see 5.2.4.

"Minimize=On" This statement causes IcoShow to
display windows as minimized on
creation.

"Arrange=Tile" IcoShow displays all not-minimized
windows as "Tile". "Arrange=Cascade"
shows the windows as "Cascade".

"BackColor=191,191,191" This statement contains the
background color for the displayed
icons. If it's missing, the
background will be the same as the
window background. You can not
change this setting while IcoShow is
running.

"Window=0 0 640 480 3" This statement contains the
position and the size of the frame
window:
position of the upper left
corner (0,0)
size of the frame window
(640x480)
style of frame window
1 - normal
2 - minimized
3 - maximized

"Registered=Gustav Hackendahl" This statement will
contain your name.

"Password=0815" The password you get from the author
after you register the program.



4.2 Application [Groups]

Example:

[Groups]
Group1=c:\windows3\icons 4
Window1=10 10 100 100
Group2=c:\windows3 Minimize 0
Window2=20 20 100 100
Group3=c:\windows3\system EXEDLLNILICL 0
Window3=30 30 100 100
Group4=c:\windows3\tools Active 0
Window4=40 40 100 100


For each line Groupi there must be a Windowi line. Key
words within the lines are separated with Space or Tab.

"Minimize" This window will be shown minimized.

"EXEDLLNILICL" In this window will be included icons
from the library types Exe, Dll, Nil
and Icl. This key word is empty if
only icons from ICO files will be
included.

"Active" This key word marks the current
active child window.

"0" The last value is the number of the
current icon in the window.

The statement "Windowi" contains the position and the
size of the "Groupi" window.



5. Menu Commands

5.1 File Menu

In the File Menu you can open directories to select
icons, print selected icons, create a new icon library,
refresh a directory window or exit IcoShow.

Open If you choose this menu command, a
dialog box will open to allow you to
browse for the directory and/or drive
wanted and to check whether
subdirectories and/or icon libraries
(Exe/Dll/Nil/Icl) are to be included
and whether IcoShow is to look for and
display icon names in some libraries.

Hint : If the directory chosen does
not exist, you will be
prompted to allow IcoShow
create it.

Print Icons This command prints the selected icons
in the current window on selected
paper with any matrix, ink-jet or
laser printer. You may also print in
color if your printer can handle the
output. The number of printed icons
per sheet depends on the printer's
resolution.
A description of the dialog box may be
found in chapter 6.

Create Library Transfers the selected icons from
either the current window or all
windows into a library. Supported
library types are DLL/NIL/ICL.

You can put more than 2,700 icons into
such a library. But if you intent to
use the library later with Window's
program manager or with some other
icon manager, you should not include
more than 1,200 icons. IcoShow will
issue a warning.

For more details see chapter 6.

Refresh Directory Choose this option from System Menu if
you wish to read icons and libraries
from current directory again. Use this
if you have changed the content of the
directory with a file manager while
IcoShow is running.

Exit IcoShow Use Hotkeys Alt-F4 to exit IcoShow
directly.

If the option Save Settings (Options
Menu) has been selected, IcoShow will
save all settings including desktop in
ICOSHOW.INI within the directory of
IcoShow.Exe.



5.2 Icons Menu

Use this menu to determine the function of the left
mouse button and to select the icons to be used. All
commands under this menu are ineffective if you drag an
icon to the program manager!


5.2.1 Copy / Move

Choose here if you want to copy or to move icons with
the mouse.

Copy You can drag specific icons, or icons
symbolizing a minimized window
containing icons, to a destination
window with the mouse. Place the
cursor on an icon, press down the left
mouse button, then drag the icon to
its destination and release the mouse
button.
If this option is checked, the icon(s)
will be copied, not moved.

Move You can drag specific icons, or icons
symbolizing a minimized window
containing icons, to a destination
window with the mouse. Place the
cursor on an icon, press down the left
mouse button, then drag the icon to
its destination and release the mouse
button.

If this option is checked, the icon(s)
will be moved, not copied. This means
that the icon files in the source
window will be deleted after copying.
Icons from libraries (Exe/Dll/Nil/Icl)
will not be deleted, but copied.
If the source window is empty after
moving icons, you will be prompted for
deletion of the directory.

Hint : Icons with identical names in
the source and destination
directories will not be
deleted because they will not
be moved.


5.2.2 Rename / Edit

You can also choose the processing of the current icon
in this menu:

Rename If this option is checked, you can
rename icons by double clicking them
with the mouse or by pushing the
Return key. Icons cannot be renamed
and moved at the same time.

If you wish to sort the icons in the
current window after the renaming is
done, check the sort button.

You cannot rename icons in libraries.

Edit If this option is checked, a double
click with the mouse or the Enter key
will run the command under "Edit
with..." in Options Menu. If the
editor chosen is capable of command
line processing, the icon will be
opened and displayed for further
processing. If not, you will still
have to open the icon you wish to
alter.

IcoShow displays the current choice within the status
line.



5.2.3 Select

If you check this command, a dialog box will be
presented for you to enter a pattern to select icons
from the contents of the Current Window to be displayed
exclusively (and for all other windows also). The
pattern "A*" lets you display and process only icons
whose names start with the letter "A".

The following characters may be used in the pattern
string:

Letter/digit/./_ normal characters, upper and lower
case are not distinguished
? any character
* a number of any characters
[] a class of characters
^ negates the class of characters in []
- a range of characters in []

Examples for pattern:

A* all icons, starting with the letter A
as ALPHA.ICO
A the same as above

A[ABCDE] all icons starting with the letter A
followed by one of the letters A, B,
C, D or E
A[A-E] the same as above
A[^F-Z] also the same if only letters
possible

Please watch out for interactions between Select and
Exclude.



5.2.4 Exclude

If you check this command, a dialog box will be
presented for you to enter a pattern to exclude icons
from the displayed contents of the Current Window (and
for all other windows also). The pattern "A*" lets you
display and process only icons whose names do not start
with the letter "A".

The following characters may be used in the pattern
string:

Letter/digit/./_ normal characters, upper and lower
case are not distinguished
? any character
* a number of any characters
[] a class of characters
^ negates the class of characters in []
- a range of characters in []

Examples for pattern:

A* all icons, starting with the letter A
as ALPHA.ICO
A the same as above

A[ABCDE] all icons starting with the letter A
followed by one of the letters A, B,
C, D or E
A[A-E] the same as above
A[^F-Z] also the same if only letters
possible

Please watch out for interactions between Select and
Exclude.



5.3 Options Menu

Set options for IcoShow.


5.3.1 Edit with ...

Here you can enter a command line to process a chosen
icon. Type the complete command line to start the icon
editor of your choice without the icon's name. That will
be added when you double click the mouse or press the
Return key if the Edit option in the Icons Menu is
checked.
If the editor chosen is capable of command line
processing, the icon will be opened and presented for
editing automatically. If not, only the program will be
started and you will have to open manually the icon to
be edited. Further procedure depends upon the editor
itself. Do not forget to save the changes made!
If you select an icon from a library to edit, IcoShow
extracts the icon from the library and writes it to a
temporary ico file (you see those name within the
editor). Only if the icon file has the same size after
editing, it can be rewritten to the library. In case you
change the number of colors or images, IcoShow prompts
you to delete the temporary ico file (if you do so, all
changes will be lost).
If the icon has been changed by the selected program, it
will be reloaded and redisplayed on exit.

Hint : Do not use programs which change
file structures on disks.


5.3.2 Repair Icons

Older icon files may contain bugs (the icon's upper
border is truncated). You can have repaired these icon
files by checking this option. Bugs in libraries will
not be removed.
IcoShow will always correct this bug while running.


5.3.3 Save Settings

If you check this option, IcoShow saves the current
settings of all options and the desktop on exit in the
file ICOSHOW.INI in the IcoShow directory. If missing,
it will be created by IcoShow automatically.

Use Alt-Shift-F4 to save all settings including desktop
while IcoShow is running (in this case the option "Save
Settings" should not be checked).

Hint : A change of this option will always be
saved to the INI file on exit.


5.3.4 Quick Delete

You normally delete icons with the Del key. After
pressing this key you will be prompted to see whether or
not you really wish to delete the icon.

If you want to delete icons fast, however, check this
option. You can then delete icons simply by dragging
them out of the screen. You will not be prompted and the
icon (or all icons selected in the current window) will
be deleted!



5.3.5 Quick Search

You can find an icon by using the scroll bar or by
cursor keys. If you want to find an icon quickly by
name, check this option. You may then simply type a name
to find matching icons. IcoShow will locate these and
display successively. If no matching icons are found,
the string will be cleared automatically. Otherwise you
will have to clear it yourself.

You can use the following characters:

Letters/digits/./_ normal characters
? stands for any single character
* stands for any number of characters
Space deletes the string
Backspace deletes the last character in the
string

You can see the current entered string in the status
line.



5.4 Window Menu

Use this menu to arrange and size windows within IcoShow.

Cascade If you activate this option, all opened
windows within IcoShow will be shown
as a Cascade.
Hotkey: Shift-F5

Tile If you activate this option, all opened
windows within IcoShow will be tiled.
You can see all windows displayed now.
Hotkey: Shift-F4

Minimize Windows If you choose this command, all windows
within IcoShow will be minimized and
arranged in alphabetic order at the
bottom of the IcoShow desktop. If you
have created many windows, use this
command and the command Maximize
Windows to rearrange all windows.
If this option is activated, new
directories and their respective
windows will be shown minimized.

Maximize Windows If you choose this command, all
minimized windows will be shown in
default size and arranged in
alphabetic order according to the tile
or cascade option.

Select Window Within the following dialog box you can
choose a window quickly and activate
it.

Close All Use this command to close all open
windows at once. Upon closing IcoShow
tries to release a maximum of heap
space and resources.

Arrange Icons Choose this command to arrange all
minimized windows at the bottom of the
IcoShow desktop according to Windows'
settings. The windows will not be
sorted by name.



5.5 Help Menu

Look here for information about registration, ordering
and the current use of heaps and resources. For more
details about the dialog boxes see chapter 6.

Contents Choose this menu command for the
contents of the help index. If you
need help anywhere hit the F1 key.
IcoShow will try to find the proper
help for you.

How to use help General Windows help.


Registration The author's hints for registering and
how to contact him.


Print Order Form If you wish to order a license for
IcoShow, you can fill in the form
online and print it from here. Switch
on your printer!

After printing the form is not saved to
disk. After you press the OK button
you will have to fill it in anew to
print another copy.

Set Register Information After you register the
program, you can input your name and
the received password in the following
dialog box. If the password contains
spaces, please type the spaces too.
IcoShow writes the information into INI
file and stores it under "Registered="
and "Password=". The password will not
be checked to this time!

About IcoShow Use this to display copyright
information and the current use of
heaps and resources.



5.6 Properties Menu

If you click on an icon with the right mouse button,
IcoShow displays the properties Menu. In this menu you
can select another image if the icon has more than one.
You can select the properties available for this icon,
such as exclude, delete, edit or rename. Only the
possible Properties will be displayed. For example, the
option "rename" is not available if you click on an icon
from a library.
Last but not least you can change the options to
determine the function of the left mouse button.

IcoShow tries to position the proper image near the
current icon. Click on the image which you wish to use
for further processing. Note that you can display only
one image from an icon at any time. If IcoShow copies to
icon files, all images will be copied. You can choose to
write all images if you write icons into a library.


Exlude Icon Choose this option if you wish to
exclude the current icon from further
processing. You can select this icon
again if you change the criteria for
selecting and/or excluding icons
(Select/Exclude within the Icons Menu)
or if you choose the option "Refresh"
from the File Menu!

Delete Icon Choose this option if you wish to
delete icons from disk too. You cannot
delete icons from libraries. These
will be deleted from display only.

Rename Icon If you choose this option, you will be
prompted for a new name. You cannot
rename icons from libraries directly,
however.

Check the "Sort" box if you wish to
sort the display in the current window
after renaming. The icon will be
displayed then at its proper place
within the window according to its new
name.

Edit Icon If you choose this option, IcoShow will
run the program from "Edit with".

Copy You can drag specific icons, or icons
symbolizing a minimized window
containing icons, to a destination
window with the mouse. Place the
cursor on the icon, press down the
left mouse button, then drag the icon
to its destination and release the
mouse button.
If this option is checked, the icon(s)
will be copied, not moved.

Move You can drag specific icons, or icons
symbolizing a minimized window
containing icons, to a destination
window with the mouse. Place the
cursor on the icon, press down the
left mouse button, then drag the icon
to its destination and release the
mouse button.

If this option is checked, the icon(s)
will be moved, not copied. This means
that the icon files in the source
window will be deleted after copying.
Icons from libraries (Exe/Dll/Nil/Icl)
will not be deleted, but copied.
If the source window is empty after
moving icons, you will be prompted for
deletion of the directory.

Hint : Icons with identical names
in the source and destination
directories will not be deleted
because they will not be moved.

Rename If this option is checked, you can
rename icons by double clicking on
them with the mouse or by pushing the
Return key. Icons cannot be renamed
and moved at the same time.
If you wish to sort the icons in the
current window after the renaming is
done, check the sort button.
You cannot rename icons in libraries.

Edit If this option is checked, a double
click with the mouse or the Enter key
will run the command under "Edit
with..." in the Options Menu. If the
editor chosen is capable of command

line processing, the icon will be
opened and displayed for further
processing. If not, you will still
have to open the icon you wish to
alter.



6. Dialog Boxes

6.1 Open

Add a new window (or new windows) with the icons
existing in a given directory. The dialog box allows you
to browse for the directory required; to check whether
subdirectories and/or icon libraries (...) are to be
included; and whether IcoShow is to look for and display
icon names found in specific types of libraries.

Drives and Directories Browse for the name of a drive
and/or directory or enter it in the
list box below. If you click the OK
button or press the Return key,
processing of the directory will
start.

Subdirectories Select this option if you wish to look
for icons in subdirectories. Each
directory containing icons will be
shown as a separate window.

Libraries Check this box if you want to search
for icons included in library files,
too. You may check all types of
libraries supported (Exe/Dll/Nil/Icl)
or select specific ones.

Search for Names Many icon libraries include names for
the icons. If you wish to display
those names along with the icons,
check this box.

If this option has not been checked or
if there are no names assigned to the
icons, the library's name is used.



6.2 Print Icons

This dialog box will open after you have issued the
Print Icons command in the File Menu.
By checking the print names box you will have the names
assigned to the icons printed along with the design
itself.

If printer initialisation is succesful, this dialog box
will be displayed. Press the Cancel button if you wish
to cancel the printing.



6.3 Create Library

In this dialog box you can set the options to create a
library. If the library already exists, you will be
prompted to delete it before you go on.
IcoShow can put over 2,700 icons (images) in a single
icon library. But if you want to use the library later
with the program manager, you should not include more
than 1,200 icons (images). IcoShow will issue a warning.
Only the icons selected will be written to the library.
Please check Select/Exclude in Icons Menu to see if your
choice corresponds with your intentions.

Library Name Enter the name of the library in this
field or select it from the list box
below.

Default name for the library is
ICONS.DLL. IcoShow will write the last
name used to the INI file if you have
selected "Save Settings" in the Option
Menu.

Library Type Choose the type of library you wish to
create here. DLL, NIL and ICL files are
supported.

Current Only Check this box if you wish to write
only the icons in the current window.

Selected Only Check this box if you wish to write
only the icons in the windows selected.
You can select these windows in the
"Select Window Dialog Box" from Window
Menu.

All Windows Check this box if you wish to write all
the icons selected from all windows.

Sort Check this box to write all icons
selected in alphabetic order. If this
box is not checked, the icons will be
written successively.

Hint: IcoShow sorts the pathnames of
the windows in alphabetic order,
ascending if windows are
minimized and descending if
windows are maximized or
normally shown (see also
"Minimize Windows" and "Maximize
Windows" under Window Menu).

Write Names with Icons Check this box to write icons
to the library including their names.
If icons have no names, IcoShow will
build names using up to 5 characters
from the library's name and a 3
character index including only letters
and digits (363 variants).

Exclude Duplicates Check this box to instruct IcoShow
to compare all icons and to exclude
duplicates from all the icons to be
written to the library.

You can use this option to eliminate
duplicate icons from your directory
even if you want them as .ICO-files.
Write all icons to a library while this
box is checked, delete icon files and
extract them from the library again.

Write all Images Some icons include more than one image
for displays with different numbers of
colors. Normally the image selected for
your display will be written to the
library. If this box is checked,
IcoShow will write all images to the
library. That will minimize the number
of stored icons!

Hint:If you overwrite an old library, you need disk
space for both the old and the new version.



6.4 Select Icons

In this dialog box you can enter the pattern used to
select icons for processing. For more details about
pattern see chapter 5.



6.5 Exclude Icons

In this dialog box you can enter the pattern used to
exclude icons from processing. For more details about
pattern see chapter 5.

Hint: Please watch out for interactions
between Select and Exclude. You can write patterns
in the INI file manually to select/exclude icons
while IcoShow is starting. All patterns you have
entered while IcoShow is running will not be
written to INI file!



6.6 Edit with ...

In this dialog box you can enter the command line used
to start icon processing, usually the complete path to
start the icon editor of your choice. The name of the
icon to be edited will be added when the command is
issued, so the editor will open with the icon already
displayed. This will work only if the editor is capable
of command line processing.

If you select an icon from a library to edit, IcoShow
extracts the icon from the library and writes it to a
temporary ico file (you see those name within the
editor). Only if the icon file has the same size after
editing, it can be rewritten to the library. In case you
change the number of colors or images, IcoShow prompts
you to delete the temporary ico file (if you do so, all
changes will be lost).



6.7 Rename Icon

In this dialog box you can enter a new name for the
selected icon. You cannot rename icons from libraries
directly, however.

Sort Check the "Sort" box if you wish to
sort the display in the current window
after renaming. The icon will then be
displayed at its proper place within
the window according to its new name.



6.8 Select Window

This dialog box will help you to select a window quickly
or to calculate the number of icons which you wish to
write to a library. Use the Shift key to select more
than one window.
If only one window is highlighted this window will be
activated if you press the Enter key or click the OK
button.



6.9 Registration

You will get familiar with this dialog box if you have
not registered by June 30th, 1993.



6.10 Print Order Form

In this dialog box you may fill in the text for the order
form. Printing starts after the print button is clicked.

After printing the form is not saved to disk. After you
press the OK button you will have to fill it in anew to
print another copy.

If you fill in the EMail address (or the net-work path),
I will send you a message after I have a new version on
CompuServe.

Please use payment by VISA or Mastercard if you are not
from Germany. If you decide to do so, IcoShow displays
the following dialog box to prompt you for the Card
Number and the Expiry Date:

Enter the correct Card Number and the Expiry Date of
your Credit Card. IcoShow checks your entries and will
not allow you to enter incorrect statements.
If you wish to change or correct a credit card number,
you must first close the dialog box "Print Order Form"
with the OK button and then open it again.



6.11 About IcoShow

Here are copyright messages and some information on
heaps and resources used.

"Free Heap" shows you the minimum of local and global
heap. This will be almost certainly be
the minimum of the local heap.

"Free Resources" shows you the minimum of the local
heap from User and GDI.

"Processed Icons" shows you the number of icons read
overall.

Check this information. If you see that "Free Heap" is
very small, close windows to free local heap. An
overflow in local heap stops IcoShow immediately.

If there are no more windows or dialog boxes displayed,
you have too many open windows.



7. Status Line

The standard status line offers the following
information :

Status of the Status of the Number of Number of
menu commands menu command icons read icons in
Copy / Move Rename / Edit and selected current
within the within the and the window.
Icons Menu. Icons Menu. number of
opened
windows.


If the option "QuickSearch" in Icons Menu is checked and
you have entered a search string, the status line offers
the following information:

Status of the Status of Number of Entered
menu commands the menu icons read Substring.
Copy / Move command and selected
within the Rename / and the
Icons Menu. Edit within number of
the Icons opened
Menu. windows.



8. Hints for the use of IcoShow

Here are some hints about the (more) effective use of
IcoShow:

1. If you install ICO files into program
manager, create a directory where you save these
files together. Than you can see them all at once.

2. If you plan to copy or move many icons,
create a temporary directory and copy the icons
there. This does not take a long time and you have
saved your icons if you make a mistake. If you are
ready, delete the directory with the icons.

3. Be careful when moving Icons to program
manager if there are bad program icons, especially
in windows 3.0, because errors in this case will
not reported from IcoShow but from the program
manager. Windows could hang. If that happens, try
to use Alt-ESC to change to the task manager and
then back to IcoShow.

4. If you wish to use another background color
for your icons, then load control panel and select
the color. Then write the RGB values into the INI
file of IcoShow under BackColor (see 4.1).

5. Icons or all icons selected in a window can
be deleted by the DEL key (you cannot delete icons
within libraries). If you are an experienced user,
you can delete them simply by dragging them
outside the screen. Choose "QuickDelete" from
Options Menu to do so. Please be careful because
IcoShow does not undelete icons!

6. Please note the difference between
"QuickSearch" and the options "Select" and
"Exclude". QuickSearch navigates only to a proper
symbol in current window while Select/Exclude
chooses the icons for display and process in all
windows.

7. If you get the message "Overflow in
local/global heap", close windows or work in
enhanced mode.
If you get the message "No more space for
resources", IcoShow will not exit. Instead, icons
will be displayed as question marks. Minimize
windows to free resources.



9. Shareware Version

You can use the unregistered version of IcoShow until
June, 30th 1993 for evaluation. Please do not patch the
program and especially do not change my name.

If you register the program for $35 (or 60.- DM within
Germany), I will send you printed documentation.

If you need support, write to my address below or send
me an email. I will try to help you.



My address : Harald Pitro
Hermann-Wuensche-Strasse 11
O - 8705 Ebersbach / Sachsen
Germany

Mail to: Phone +49-3586-5186
CompuServe 100024, 2662





Ebersbach March, 15th 1993






Harald Pitro



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