Contents of the DOCUMENT.TXT file
"In Real Life There will Always Be Paper"
2308 Barbara Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
Document Control Users Manual Page #
Table of Contents.
Using Document Control..................................Page 6
Getting Started Page 6
Menu Structure..................................Page 6
Keyword Window Menu.............................Page 6
Adding a Document...............................Page 7
Searching Documents.............................Page 8
By Keyword..............................Page 8
By Author...............................Page 8
Adding Keywords.................................Page 9
Archiving Documents.............................Page 9
Deleting Documents from Archive.................Page 9
Document Control is designed create a simple yet effective
environment for keeping large quantities of paper documents in an
orderly manner, and to allow any combination of documents to be
retrieved with a minimum of effort.
The basic premise of this application is to enter a number of
keywords describing the document (up to ten per document), along with
a brief description, author and date, at which point the computer will
issue a number to be attached to the document, which can then be filed
in numerical sequence. To find a document, or collection of documents,
enter the relevant keywords and receive either a printout or screen
display of all documents matching those particular keywords, along with
the description, author and date of entry. Alternatively the document
file may be searched by the author, and in both cases the search may be
limited to a specific date range. The Menu Structure of Document
Control is designed to allow extremely fast entry of keywords, both for
adding and searching for documents. A keyword need only be entered
once. After a keyword has been entered, it is available in a pop-up
lightbar menu. When adding documents to the system keywords may be
entered "on the fly" as required with no previous planning.
There are many advantages to this type of system. Firstly,
only one copy of each document is required, no matter how many projects
it may relate to. Because of this there is no risk of one copy being
updated with others being out of date and causing confusion. Secondly,
if a document is updated it is easy to see which is the current version
as it will have the higher number. Thirdly, because documents are
stored in a totally random fashion, the physical filing cabinets
maintain a certain amount of security, in that a person looking
through the files can make no sense out of the information without
spending a considerable amount of time.
To keep search time to a minimum, "dead" documents relating to
finished projects etc. may be moved to a separate archive file. If
necessary this file may also be searched in the same manner. Documents
that are completely "dead" - i.e. in the trash can - may be deleted
from the archive file.
Document Control is a Shareware Product, which allows the user to
"Try before You Buy" an application. To register the product print out
the registration form by typing "TYPE REGISTER.DOC > PRN" (no quotes
required. Fill the form out and send it in. Registered users will
receive the registered version of Document Control, along with complete
documentation, and telephone support. In addition, registered users
will be notified of upgrades, which will be made available for a
nominal handling charge.
The Unregistered version of document control is not restricted in
any fashion, and may be put to full use. However, the registered
version does have some additional features including those listed
1) Opening Screen is Removed
2) Registered Version is Serialized
3) Password Protection is included as an option
4) Documents may be deleted from Archive File
When Should I Register?
A Shareware product should be registered if it becomes an
application that is used on a regular or semi-regular basis. Running
the application for a couple of weeks is no problem. I it does not do
what you want, pass it on to a friend. If you decide to use it, then it
should be registered. Please remember, Shareware allows people to pick
and choose their software carefully, and for the most part at a very
reasonable cost. If people do not register their products, the concept
may not survive.
Document Control requires an IBM (or true compatible) PC, XT,
AT or 386 Computer with at least 256K of TPA (Transient Program Area).
This is the amount of memory left after DOS and any Memory Resident
programs, device drivers etc. have been loaded. The program will run
under DOS 2.10 or higher. Also a Hard Disk is required.
To install the system onto a hard disk, firstly switch to the
directory to which the files are to be copied. Place the distribution
disk in drive A: and type "COPY A:*.*" (Do not include the quotes.)
To use Document Control, there must be three lines in the
Config.Sys file. These are as Follows:-
If you already have a Config.sys file, these lines may be added using
any ASCII word processor. If there is no Config.sys file, switch to the
root directory (floppy disk users should place the DOS Boot disk into
Drive a: and switch to it) and type the following:-
COPY CON CONFIG.SYS
(^Z means hold down the Control key and press the Z key, and then the
Now re-boot the computer and Document Control will be ready to run.
Using Document Control
To run Document Control, switch to the directory containing the files
and type "DOCUMENT" (No Quotes Required). After displaying an opening
screen, the main menu will be displayed.
Document Control uses window menus with a highlight bar. To
select an option, either move the bar using the UP or DOWN Cursor Keys
to highlight the choice desired and press return, or simply press the
first letter of your choice (all Menu choices have unique first
letters). Most of the Main Menu choices will bring up a sub-menu, which
works in the same manner. When this is the case, the highlight bar on
the Main Menu will remain at the choice made, so that it is east to find
out where you have come from. To return from a sub-menu to a higher
menu, press the escape key.
Keyword Menu Window.
When adding documents to the system, or when searching for
documents using Keyword Selection, the Keyword Selection Window will
appear. The window is similar to the regular menus with some additional
features. The window will display the first 16 Keywords (in
alphabetical order. Use the following keys to move around:-
UP Arrow Move Highlight up by one Keyword
DOWN Arrow Move Highlight down by one Keyword
HOME Key Top Keyword in Display
END Key Last Keyword in Display
PAGE UP Previous 16 Keywords
PAGE DOWN Next 16 Keywords
CTRL + PAGE UP First 16 Keywords
CTRL + PAGE DOWN Last 16 Keywords
a - z OR
A - Z OR
0 - 9 First Keyword with a matching first
Letter or Number. (If there are no matches
the highlight bar will not move).
Using Document Control
Adding a Document
To add a Document to the system, select "Add Document" from
the main menu by highlighting this selection or by pressing "A" (This
may be lower or upper case). Two windows will appear. The first is the
Keyword Select Menu described above, and next to this is another window
which will display selected keywords as they are chosen.
To select keywords, move the highlight bar to the keyword
desired using the methods described above and press return.
TIP:- The fastest method of finding a keyword is to start by pressing
the first letter of the keyword desired and then scrolling
through the keywords.
If the keyword that you wish to use is not available, press
the ESCAPE key. A third window will open and prompt for a keyword.
Enter the new keyword (upper or lower case), press Return and the
highlight will return to the Keyword Selection window. At this point,
the new keyword is not visible, but as soon as you look for it again it
will appear, in the correct alphabetical position. After each keyword
is selected, it will appear in the "Selected Keyword" window, and the
highlight bar will return to the empty position at the top of the
Keyword Selection window.
When all the desired keywords (up to 10 per Document) have
been chosen, make sure that the highlight is in the empty space and
press the return key. A third window will appear and prompt for the
author of the document and for a short additional description.
TIP:- Something must be entered into both these fields. Because
Document Control allows a fast search by Author, this field can
alternatively be used as a secondary keyword for batching
projects etc. Also the authors name can be a regular keyword like
After the Author and Description have been filled in this
window will be replaced with the "Document I.D." window, which contains
the number assigned to this document. Identify the document with the
number and file it. (Adding Documents using the system is much faster
than reading this page of instructions). As an aid to searching for
documents, the date that the document was entered is also stored with
the rest of the information.
Select "Search Documents" from the main menu, and a sub-menu will
appear. Select "Keyword Search" from this menu, and the Keyword Select
and Keywords Chosen windows will appear. Choose the desired keywords
(See "Adding Documents" for more information) and then press return.
A third window will appear, allowing a Date Range to be set (the
default is from the earliest document to the current date), and to
allow the information to be routed to the screen or the printer.
Once this is done, a listing will appear of all documents that
match the search criteria, showing the Document number, the Date of
Entry, the Author, and the Description. Now it is a simple matter of
going to the filing cabinet and pulling the documents with the numbers
shown on the list.
NOTE 1:- The search is based on an .AND. basis, meaning that ALL the
selected keywords have to match a document for it to be displayed. In
short, the more keywords chosen, the narrower the search will be.
However, the search time is a constant of about 3 seconds per 100
records. Setting a date range will shorten the search time.
NOTE 2:- If the document that you are looking for is not displayed, but
you know it is in there somewhere - i.e. you can't remember the
keyword(s), press return at the keyword selection window without
selecting any keywords. This will display ALL documents in the
specified date range.
Select "Author Search" from the Search menu. You will be prompted
for an Entry, and then for the Date Range and Display or Print option.
Once this is done, the matching documents will be displayed in the same
way as before.
NOTE:- The difference between this and the keyword search is that this
is a high speed index search. For this reason, it can be a good idea to
type in a major keyword in the Author field, and to include the authors
name in the description field.
This is a useful feature when the program has just been installed.
Select "New Keyword" from the main menu, and the New Keyword window
will appear. Type in the Keyword and press return. By adding a series
of common keywords in the early stages, documents may be added to the
system without adding keywords "on the fly".
After the system has been running for a few months, and documents
have been added daily, search times will start to get longer as the
database gets larger. (Bear in mind that it is still much faster than
searching through files by hand!). Many of the documents in the
database will be no longer necessary, unused until the end of the year,
or kept for historical purposes only. These documents may be Archived
to a separate database, thus keeping the current database smaller and
faster. The Archive file can be searched in the same way as the main
file, with the exception that the "Author Search" option is not
available at this time. (It may be added later if users request it.)
To use the archive system select "Document Archives" from the main
menu, and then select "Move Documents from Archive" from the Sub-Menu.
A list of Documents starting from the oldest will appear, 1 page at a
time, with a strip to the left. Enter a "X" by each document to be
archived. After each page has been completed, the date of each document
selected will be replaced with the word "Archived". At this point you
will be prompted to go to the next page, or to press "X" if you have
finished. This will continue until the database reaches the last
record. At this point (or if "X" has been entered) the selected
documents will be moved to the archive file, deleted from the current
file, and both files will be re-indexed. All document numbers will be
unchanged, so there is no need to move the "Real" Documents.
NOTE:- To maintain the numerical integrity of the document files, it
is not possible to archive the last entry in the current document file.
Deleting Documents from Archive.
This feature uses exactly the same interface as is used when
moving Documents to the Archive. Select "Document Archives" from the
Main Menu, and then select "Delete Documents from Archive" from the
Sub-Menu. A list of Documents starting from the oldest will appear, 1
page at a time, with a strip to the left. Enter a "X" by each document
to be archived. After each page has been completed, the date of each
document selected will be replaced with the word "Deleted". At this
point you will be prompted to go to the next page, or to press "X" if
you have finished. This will continue until the database reaches the
last record. At this point (or if "X" has been entered) the selected
documents will be deleted from the archive file. The Document numbers
that are deleted will not be reused.
NOTE:- To maintain the numerical integrity of the document files, it
is not possible to delete the last entry in the archive document file.