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Status Line for Windows (ver. 3.1) — a placable bar that shows memory free, resources free, and gives you the ability to launch some applets.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
INSTALL.EXE 22688 9114 deflated
ORDER.FRM 2290 748 deflated
STAT.EXE 103616 34739 deflated
STAT31.DOC 16049 5644 deflated
WHATS.NEW 9700 3737 deflated

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Contents of the STAT31.DOC file



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Statline Version 3.1 September 1992
========================================================================
James Bell 7 Andover Court Brookfield, CT 06804-2715 (203) 740-2773
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- See the WHATS.NEW file for a short list of the newer features -

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~ HOW TO REGISTER ~
~ ~
~ Just send me a check for $10 or $15, then I'll send you a ~
~ License number and/or the latest version. ~
~ ~
~ Print out the ORDER.FRM file for all the details. ~
~ ~
~ Unregistered versions will display a short reminder every ~
~ sixth time Statline is started. ~
~ ~
~ Thanks for trying Statline! ~
~ ~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Introduction
------------

Statline is a small utility for the Windows 3.x environment. Statline
gives you the mode, day, date, time and amount of memory or disk space
free all at once.

With Statline you can also launch other Windows applications, keep
a small notepad, exit Windows quickly and delete files. You can even
keep a menu of your five favorite programs at your fingertips.

Statline is designed to be light on your resources, usually using only
a percentage point or less. The display is updated every 12 seconds.

Experienced Windows users can probably just skim this manual and
figure out most of Statline in a few moments using the help display.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%>>> Experienced Windows/Statline users <<<%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% %
% You may find the new "Maximizing Statline" section (at the end of %
% this document) helpful. %
% %
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

-------------------
Installing Statline
-------------------

Statline was written to be included on the "load=" line of your WIN.INI
file, but you can just as easily add it to a group in Program Manager
and click on it whenever you like.

Automatic installation
----------------------

Just run the "INSTALL.EXE" program included with Statline. Be sure the
STAT.EXE file is still in the same drive/directory as the INSTALL.EXE
program.

That's it. The Install program will copy STAT.EXE to a directory on your
hard drive and even start up Statline for you. Once Statline is running,
you can configure it and click the "install" button to load Statline when
Windows starts. The Install program also doubles as an un-install
program, so you don't have to manually remove lines from your WIN.INI and
SYSTEM.INI files.

If you're upgrading from a previous version of Statline, you can still
use the Install program. It won't reset your settings, and it will
overwrite the older STAT.EXE file.

Don't forget that this file (STAT31.DOC), the WHATS.NEW file, the Install
program, and the ORDER.FRM order form file aren't copied by the Install
program, so don't delete them.


Manual installation
-------------------

If you'd like Statline to be loaded whenever you start Windows:
---------------------------------------------------------------
1. Copy the STAT.EXE file to your Windows directory.
2. Start STAT.EXE using File Manager or Program Manager's
"File, Run" menu choice.
3. Click the leftmost button on the Statline display and choose
"Configure".
4. Click on the "Install" button in the configure dialog box.


If you'd prefer to have Statline in one of Program Manager's groups:
--------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Copy the STAT.EXE file to your Windows directory.
2. Click on the Program Manager group you'd like Statline to be in.
3. Select "File" then "New..." from the menu, click OK for a new
program item.
4. Give the Command Line as "STAT.EXE", click OK, and you're done.

You can even use Statline as your Windows shell (instead of Program
Manager), and save quite a bit of your system resources. When Statline
is your shell however, any items on your WIN.INI's "load=" and "run="
lines (and in your "StartUp" group) won't be loaded when Windows starts.


--------------
Using Statline
--------------

The Statline display looks something like this:

--------------------------------------------------------------
| 87% Fri Mar 5 12:34 am 7.08 megs [] [] [] [] [] |
--------------------------------------------------------------

|-------------------------------------| |----------------|
Display Area Function Buttons

The Display Area
****************

As you can see, the system above has 87% of system resources free.

You can also configure Statline to display the current Windows mode
instead of the percentage of system resources free.

The day of the week, date and time are also displayed.

Statline has an hourly chime you can turn off and on from the
"Configure" button of the System Box.

The amount of free memory is last. Note that this amount may
seem to differ from the one reported by Program Manager, but they
are the same when you consider that Statline's display is in "megs"
(1 meg = 1048576 bytes) while Program Manager shows kilobytes (1024
bytes). EMS (expanded) memory isn't included. You can also configure
Statline to show you the amount of free space on your hard drive,
instead of free system memory.

If you like, you can have Statline display the amount of memory
used in a bar graph. Just choose the "Configure" button and check
the button that says "Graphic Display". This shows the memory used
since Statline was started. If you are displaying free hard drive
space, the graph shows the amount free in green and the amount used
in red.

The entire Statline display is updated every 12 seconds, or when
you click the left mouse button on the display area.



Configuring Statline
--------------------

Choose the System Box (the button on the far left) and click on
"Configure". You'll see a series of check boxes you can use to
setup Statline to your liking. This is also where you would enter
your License Information after registering.




Function Boxes
**************
The buttons on Statline's display work differently when clicked
with either the left or right mouse button.
The following dialog boxes are brought up using the left mouse
button.

(The "Help" display in Statline gives a brief description of what
the left AND right mouse buttons do.)


The System Box
==============
At the far right of the Statline display are five buttons, the
first (left-most) is the System Box, click here to do one of the
following:

1. CONFIGURE... - Configure Statline.
2. ARRANGE ICONS - Arrange your desktop's icons.
3. EXIT STATLINE - Close the Statline window.
4. MOVING... - How to move Statline's default position
5. CANCEL - Cancel the System Box.
6. HELP - Display a help screen.



The Minipad Box
===============
The box just left of center gives you a small (about 700 characters)
notepad for notes or whatever. You can cut and copy to the
Windows clipboard, as well as paste from it.
The contents of the Minipad are NOT saved when you exit Windows,
though this is a possibility for future versions of Statline.



The Quick Run Box
=================
The middle box is the Quick Run box, from here you can quickly
run any Windows application simply by double-clicking on its EXE
file. You can also launch DOS by clicking on the DOS Window button.
If you single-click on a file, you can delete that file by choosing
the "delete file" button. Finally, you can edit a text file by
clicking once on the file then clicking the "Edit File" button.

The Quick Run feature comes in handy for trying out new programs
(e.g. new downloads) without having to install them or run File
Manager. I recommend you set the Quick Run initial directory
(in the "Configure" box) to your download directory.



The Quick Menu Box
==================
When you click here (right of center) you get a menu of seven
command lines. Simply click on the "RUN" button next to the
program you wan to run and Statline will start that application.
You can also select the "RUN ALL" button to launch all seven (or
however many are filled in) programs at once.

To edit the command lines, simply click on the box and type a valid
path (e.g. "C:\WINDOWS\WINWORD\WINWORD.EXE"). If the program is in
your Windows directory or DOS path, you only need to give the
program name (e.g. "CARDFILE"). You can also give command line
parameters such as:

"WINHELP SDKWIN.HLP" (to launch Windows Help and load the Windows SDK
help file)

"NOTEPAD WIN.INI" (to launch Notepad and load WIN.INI for editing)

When you select "CLOSE" or run a program, all of the current command
lines are saved.


The Exit Windows Box
====================
Click here to quit Windows fast, by default you will be prompted
before exiting, but this can be turned off with the "Configure" option
inside the System Box.



A Few Tips and Notes
********************

1. You can immediately update Statline's display by clicking on
the window with the left button.

2. You can terminate Statline quickly by double clicking the right
mouse button on the Statline window.

3. If you move Statline, it will remember where it was moved to and
will load itself there from then on.

4. Windows won't let you end the session with a DOS window open.

5. If you get down to less than about 150k free, Statline's help
bitmap won't load.

6. The "Edit File" choice of Quick Run could be used for any program
that you'd like to pass a filename to. By setting the "Text Editor"
program name to "pkunzip.exe" for example, you could use it to unzip
ZIP files you click on.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Maximizing Statline
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
I recommend and use the following setup for Statline.

1. Configuration settings:

- Show System Resources free
- Numeric memory display
- The chime is set to play the "Asterisk" sound. I've defined the
Asterisk sound (using Control Pannel) to be a WAV file.
- Normal Size bar
- Statline is set to be my shell, and I have checked the
"Load Progman" box.
- Statline is set to always be visible and sits at the lower right
corner of the screen.
- My "Quick Run Initial Directory" is my download directory, that way
I can quickly test things I've downloaded via modem.

2. If Statline gets in the way, I just double-right-click on the display
area and close Statline. But hey wait, wasn't Statline the shell?!?
Even if Statline is the shell, Windows won't exit until the last window
is closed. Handy eh?

3. I use the "Quick Menu" to run programs that are still in development,
and for programs I run often (e.g. Notepad). This saves me from
locating and waiting for Program Manager to come up.

4. I use the "Minipad" as an alternate clipboard for cutting and pasting
text. That way I can cut two items (one in Windows' clipboard, the
other in Minipad) and paste them both elsewhere.

5. I have the "Caption Messages" turned on so that if Statline isn't
visible, I'll still know what time it is on the hour.



About Statline
--------------

Statline was created the old fashioned (read: "hard") way with "C" and
the SDK. The original release took about 2 weeks and was a few hundred
lines long. Now (September) Statline is about 1000 lines long. This
release (3.1) was done in QuickC for Windows.

Statline is the best type of program to write, because I wrote
it partially for myself, I use it all the time.


How and Why Should I Register?
------------------------------

(Other than to relieve your conscience...)

1. It's cheap! For $10, you can remove the occasional registration
reminder with a License number. For $15 I'll send you the latest
version of Statline.

2. Updates, Statline is constantly being improved, this version
is probably already replaced! When major revisions are made,
I'll send you an update for only $5.
The license number you receive for registering will work for
all minor upgrades to that version.

3. Those prices have stayed the same for 3 revisions now, how much
longer can they last?!?!

4. You'll sleep MUCH better once that check's in the mail.


So just print out the ORDER.FRM file, fill out a check with lots of
zeros on it, and mail it to me. If the ORDER.FRM file is missing,
or if you have questions/comments/suggestions, you can reach me at:

James Bell
7 Andover Court
Brookfield, CT 06804-2715
Phone: (203) 740-2773
Internet: [email protected]

I also read the Fido-net Windows and Windows-Programming
conferences, as well as "comp.windows.ms.programmer" on Internet.

=========================================================================
Please be sure to include an extra $2 for postage if you live outside
the US. And be sure your check or money order is in US dollars.


BBS Support
-----------

Statline enjoys having a couple of BBS "homes" for questions and new
versions. BBS's come and go, but hopefully you'll be able to find it
at:

The 0ubliette BBS 9600-1200 baud, 8N1, 24 Hours
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Phone: (904) 377-1996
Check the Windows Utilities and New Uploads file areas for the latest
Statline versions and other Win*Net files.
Many Thanks to Sysop Kurt Teare.

New versions are also posted for FTP at: wuarchive.wustl.edu


//////////////
/ About Me /
//////////////

I have a BS in CIS from the University of Florida:

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>>>>>>>>>>>>> HIRE ME!!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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I also wrote the "I" series of icon tools (IEdit, IInject, IFix, etc.)
for creating, and working with Windows icons. I've also written a stand-
alone version of the Quick Run feature, and a program called Work Groups,
to let you start several programs at once with a single mouse click.

Drop me a line and I'd be happy to send you a resume.

My latest project is "Surf", a toolbox for Windows 3.1 WAV audio files.
The latest version of Surf is 0.9.


Thanks for using Statline!

James Bell September 1992




P.S. Statline is Copyright (C) 1991,1992 James Bell, All Rights Reserved
& "Windows" and "QuickC" are TM Microsoft Corp.


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