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Zip BMP files and still use them randomly as Windows 3.0 wallpaper.
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ZiPaper version 1.1 Copyright (c) 1990 by Daniel Thomas Page 1
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Warning
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For people that don't like to read instructions (as well as everyone else),
read this:

1) You really should read this entire file.

2) If you have a .BMP file called WALPAPER.BMP, YOU SHOULD RENAME IT!

3) If you have a file called ZIPAPER.DAT, YOU SHOULD RENAME IT.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS:
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You can contact me on Compuserve at 72301,2164 and Prodigy at CWRF01A.

Telephone support: You may call me. I would prefer to talk on your dime
. If I don't answer when you call, and you want me to return it, I
will return it collect unless you are a registered user. Even so, I may ask
you to call me right back if it's a long conversation. After all, it's only
a $10 program - if my phone bill exceeds the registration fee, well, you
figure it out! In any case, please keep the calls to a minimum. Compuserve
and Prodigy are the best ways to reach me, as I check in at least once a day
(usually). (714) 524-5625. I am on Pacific Coast time, but I am around
almost all the time (it's a home office).

To Print this documentation:
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"TYPE ZIPAPER.TXT >LPT1:"
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###########################################################################
Users of ZiPaper version 1.0:
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Installing the new version:
---------------------------

Replace the ZIPAPER.EXE file for version 1.0 by the new ZIPAPER.EXE.

Delete the file ZIPAPER.DAT that is in the same directory as your wallpaper
ZIP file. If you don't delete this file, you WILL get unexpected results or
errors.

Differences:
------------

Version 1.1 can function exactly the same as version 1.0. You can replace
the old version with this version, and continue using it with no changes
(except as outlined above, in "Installing the new version").

If you wish to make use of the new features, read the section on "Advanced
Options". A brief list of the new features:

1) You can now select the "Tile" or "Center" option for EACH wallpaper
file in your ZIP file.

2) You can temporarily "Disable" a wallpaper file. It won't get
extracted until you re-enable it.

3) You can use up to 4 occurrences of the above options for each
wallpaper file. This allows you to have different set-ups for
different occasions.

4) See the section titled "Advanced Options" for more information.

Registration:
-------------

If you have already sent in your $10 to register version 1.0, you do not need
to register version 1.1. If you haven't registered, please do (see below).

ZiPaper version 1.1 Copyright (c) 1990 by Daniel Thomas Page 3
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Introduction:
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ZiPaper (that's "Zip Paper") is a program that chooses one of your .BMP files
for use as Windows Wallpaper. There are several programs out that do that,
though. ZiPaper is different - it lets you place all your .BMP Wallpaper
files in a .ZIP file, reducing disk space dramatically.

Features:
---------

1) Group all your Wallpaper .BMP files into one .ZIP file! Save on disk
space!

2) Get a randomly-chosen Wallpaper file each time you start Windows.

3) ZiPaper remembers all the Wallpaper files it has chosen, so it makes
sure that you get each file an equal number of times.

New! with version 1.1:
----------------------

4) You can now select the "Tile" or "Center" option for EACH wallpaper
file in your ZIP file.

5) You can temporarily "Disable" a wallpaper file. It won't get
extracted until you re-enable it.

6) You can use up to 4 occurrences of the above options for each
wallpaper file. This allows you to have different set-ups for
different occasions.

These new features are explained further in the section titled "Advanced
Options".

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Installation:
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Requirements for running ZiPaper
--------------------------------

ZiPaper is a DOS program, and therefore does not require Windows. However,
it is designed to select Windows .BMP files for use as Wallpaper, so if you
don't have Windows, you don't need this program!

You need PKUNZIP.EXE from PKWARE, Inc.
7545 N. Port Washington Rd.
Glendale, WI 53217

It is available on many BBSes as Shareware. You'll also need PKZIP.EXE to
create the ZIP file.

Quick Tour:
-----------

You run ZiPaper each time BEFORE you start Windows.

You tell ZiPaper the name of your ZIP file that contains .BMP files for use
as wallpaper. It will extract a .BMP file randomly (into the same directory
as the ZIP file), and change its name to WALPAPER.BMP .

You make a one-time change to Windows, telling it to use the file
WALPAPER.BMP as wallpaper.

That's it! (Aside from the advanced options, which will be discussed later.)

Installation/Running
--------------------

Move all the .BMP files you want to use as wallpaper into a ZIP file. See
PKZIP's instructions for this. Place the ZIP file in the Windows directory,
or anywhere else you wish.

NOTE: Because of a problem with the Windows Control Panel, some people have
found it almost impossible to get Windows to load wallpaper that is
not in the Windows directory. If you don't want to hassle with this
potential problem, place the ZIP file in the Windows directory. If
you're willing to tackle this problem, put the ZIP file wherever you
wish, and pay attention to the upcoming notes.

Place the file ZIPAPER.EXE in any directory on your path (actually, if you
specify the path when you run the program, you can place ZiPaper anywhere on
your hard disk).

Since ZiPaper should be run each time BEFORE you run Windows, I suggest you
place the line that runs ZiPaper into your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, or a batch file
that you use to run Windows. DO NOT run ZiPaper from the Load= or Run= line
of your WIN.INI file. Doing so will produce unpredictable results.
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Here's the syntax for running ZiPaper (anything enclosed in brackets [] is
optional):

ZiPaper [d:\path\]walpaper.zip [[d:\path\]pkunzip.exe] [advanced options]

"d:\path\walpaper.zip" is the drive, path, and file name of the ZIP file
that contains your .BMP files.

"d:\path\pkunzip.exe" (optional) is the drive, path, and file name of
PKUNZIP.EXE. You don't need to specify this if PKUNZIP.EXE is located
along your current path.

"advanced options" will be explained later.

Run Windows, click on Control Panel, Desktop. In the box titled "Wallpaper",
click in the box that is labeled "File". Delete what is in there (if
anything) and type in the name "WALPAPER.BMP". If you have *any* Wallpaper
that you would like Centered, please read the section on Tiled/Centered
Wallpaper, below. For now, click on "Tile".

Click on OK and you're done.

NOTE: If you placed the ZIP file somewhere other than the Windows directory,
this is where you MIGHT have problems. Instead of typing
"WALPAPER.BMP", type "d:\path\WALPAPER.BMP" (where "d:\path" is the
drive and path of your ZIP file). If Windows doesn't load the
Wallpaper file, you will have to modify WIN.INI manually. I suggest
doing it outside of Windows, with a text editor. Find the line that
indicates "Wallpaper=", and change it accordingly.


Tiled/Centered Wallpaper:
-------------------------

If you have wallpaper files that don't fill the screen, you have 2 options.
The first is to "tile" it. This causes Windows to duplicate the wallpaper
file across your screen until the screen is full. The second option is to
"center" it, which causes Windows to center the wallpaper on your screen.
Neither of these options has any affect on wallpaper that fills the entire
screen.

If all your small wallpaper files are either "tiled" or "centered", then set
the option in the Desktop section of Control Panel accordingly. If not, see
the section on Advanced Options, which will explain how to select "tile" or
"center" for each file.

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Advanced Options:
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NOTE: ZiPaper can function just fine without using these advanced options.
They are available to enhance ZiPaper's operation, but you certainly
don't have to use them.

ZiPaper creates a file called ZIPAPER.DAT in the same directory as the ZIP
file. This file stores information about each wallpaper that is in the ZIP
file. (Don't worry if you add or remove wallpaper files from the ZIP file
- ZiPaper will adjust its file accordingly.)

Setup Screen:
-------------

If you wish, you may run ZiPaper with the /S option, and ZiPaper will bring
up a setup screen that allows you to tell ZiPaper a few things about each
wallpaper file.

ZiPaper [d:\path\]walpaper.zip [[d:\path\]pkunzip.exe] /S

Here are the things you can tell ZiPaper about each wallpaper:

1) Whether to Tile or Center it. You may also set it to "Default" (which
is what they are all initialized to at the start). "Default" means
that they will be Tiled or Centered, depending on what you specify the
default as (at run time - explained below).

2) Whether to temporarily ignore (disable) it.

Four Option Groups:
-------------------

Here's where it gets a little tricky. You can specify the above options UP
TO 4 TIMES for each wallpaper. Why would you want to do that? Here's a
couple of scenarios (they're simple; you can devise more complex ones):

1) You run Windows in 640x480 mode and 800x600 mode. You have some
wallpaper files that you want centered in 640x480, and tiled in
800x600. You set one set of options to specify "Centered", and another
"Tiled".

2) You have some wallpaper files that are not appropriate during working
hours, but you want to use them after-hours. You set one set of
options to "Disable" certain wallpaper files, and you use this option
during working hours. You set another other to "Enabled", and you use
it after hours.

Run ZiPaper with the /S option, and look at the screen. It is pretty self-
explanatory, once you understand the "4 option groups".

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Using the screen:
-----------------

Use the Tab key and the arrow keys to move around the screen. Page Up and
Page Down allow you to scroll through all your files (if you have more than
will fit on one screen).

Change an option by typing the first letter.

Press Escape when done. ZiPaper will ask you if you want to save the options
you just changed.

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Running with the Advanced Options:
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ZiPaper [d:\path\]walpaper.zip [d:\path\pkunzip.exe] [/W [/T|/C]] [/1../4]

/W This option means "Update the WIN.INI file", and is used when you want
ZiPaper to look at the Tile/Center options you specified on the Setup
Screen (see above). ZiPaper will change the Tile/Center option
accordingly. ZiPaper saves the old version of WIN.INI as WININI.BAK.
NOTE: the Windows directory must be the current directory in order for
ZiPaper to find the WIN.INI file.

/T or /C If you set up the Tile/Center option for a file to be "Default",
this option tells ZiPaper what the "default" is (/T for Tiled, /C for
Centered). If you don't specify either, ZiPaper will assume Tiled.

/1../4 Specifying /1, /2, /3, or /4 tells ZiPaper which set of options to
use (see Setup Screen, above). If you don't specify one of these, then
/1 is assumed.

Examples:
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ZIPAPER D:\GRAPHICS\WALPAPER.ZIP /W

This runs ZiPaper, extracts a wallpaper (based on the first set of
options), and updates the WIN.INI file for Tile/Center.

ZIPAPER D:\GRAPHICS\WALPAPER.ZIP /W /C /2

This runs ZiPaper, extracts a wallpaper (based on the second set of
options). If the file's Tile/Center option is "Default", it will be
centered. ZiPaper updates the WIN.INI file for Tile/Center.

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Life with ZiPaper:
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Once you've done the installation steps, you need never bother with ZiPaper
again (except to use the Advanced Options, or maybe to send in a shareware
fee ). You may add and remove .BMP files from your ZIP file with no
fear of upsetting ZiPaper.

ZiPaper creates a file called ZIPAPER.DAT in the directory that contains your
ZIP file. This file keeps track of what .BMP files it has chosen, so that
you get a more even distribution of Wallpaper choices. It also holds your
advanced options setup. If you have any problems, you may delete this file.
It will be re-created the next time ZiPaper is run. (Remember, though, that
if you delete it, you will have to set up your Advanced Options again, if you
use them.)

How to Pay for/Register ZiPaper
-------------------------------

If you like ZiPaper, please send $10 or more (US Bank) to:

Daniel Thomas
2301 North Huron Circle
Placentia, CA 92670

You may reach me on Compuserve at: 72301,2164 or Prodigy at CWRF01A.

Enjoy!

Dan Thomas


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