Contents of the PED.DOC file
PED by Bob Foley
Copyright (c) 1988-90, Pliable Products
P.O. Box 1245
Folsom, CA 95630
PED is a full-featured screen editor with pull-down menus. It can
be used to create batch files, programs, documents (like this one)
and reminders. It is extremely easy to learn and easy to use.
PED has many word processor-like abilities, but it should not be
confused with a word processor, it is an "editor". An editor
typically deals with text on a line-by-line basis whereas a word
processor is concerned with entire paragraphs. PED does not wrap
words like a word processor. Instead, it lets you enter up to 1000
characters per line.
The copy of PED accompanying this document (Version 3.0) is
"shareware". That means that it is free to any individual who
wishes to use it. IN ORDER TO USE PED IN A PROFESSIONAL
ENVIRONMENT, IT MUST BE REGISTERED (see below).
IMPORTANT: If you find this program helpful and easy to use, please
consider registering it with Pliable Products for a nominal fee of
$23 (US funds, please). When we receive your registration fee you
will be sent the latest "commercial" copy of PED and printed
documentation. PED MUST be registered in order to use it in a
Give PED to anyone you like (or don't like). All we ask is that
this document remain with the program where ever it goes (either on
the disk or in printed form).
Copy the PED.EXE program to a directory or disk where you normally
put utility software. Such a directory would normally be included
in your MS-DOS "PATH" environment variable.
Run PED from the command line by typing "PED". If you want, you can
specify the name of a document on the command line. For example:
The latter command will run PED and automatically load the PED.DOC
document into the editor. The former command will run PED and begin
an editing session on an as yet untitled file.
At this point, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with
each of PED's functions. Most of these functions are invoked by
picking the appropriate item from the pull-down menu. For example,
if you want to load a new file into PED, press ESC to access the
menu. Now move the cursor to "Load a file" and press ENTER. Type in
the name of the document you wish to load and press ENTER. The
named document will then be loaded into PED.
If the colors and/or contrast of the screen and menus do not appear
to be displayed properly you might consider changing the colors by
picking the "Configure" option on the far right menu. If you are
running PED on a monochrome monitor, try adjusting the contrast
knob before changing the colors.
Note that most of the menu options have "Quick keys" listed next to
them in parentheses. The quick keys are keys that can be pressed
instead of accessing the menu to perform a given function. For
example, to Quit PED you can either pick "Quit" from the menu, or
you can press Ctrl-Q.
Though most people edit only one file at a time, PED can have up to
8 files loaded simultaneously. This allows you to copy blocks of
text from one document to another, to compare two similar
documents, and to perform related operations on similar documents.
After fiddling with PED for a while, you will begin to see why
there isn't much documentation - THERE ISN'T MUCH NEED FOR
DOCUMENTATION because PED is so easy to use.
When in the editing mode, these keys are active:
Esc Activate/deactivate pull down menus
Arrow keys Move cursor throughout document.
Home Beginning of current line.
End End of current line.
PgUp Previous page.
PgDn Next page.
Ctrl-Home Top of document.
Ctrl-End End of document.
Ctrl-Left arrow Move to the next word to the left.
Ctrl-Right arrow Move to the next word to the right.
Del Delete the character to the right.
Backspace Delete the character to the left.
Tab Move 1 tab (4 spaces) to the right.
Shift-Tab Move 1 tab to the left.
Ins Toggle insert mode.
Enter Beginning of next line (auto-indent).
Ctrl-Enter Beginning of next line.
The keys listed below are quick-keys. They may be accessed by pull-
down menu functions or by the named key.
Ctrl-B Set a block marker.
Ctrl-C Copy the marked block.
Ctrl-D Delete line.
Ctrl-F Find a string.
Ctrl-G Go to a specific line.
Ctrl-N Find next occurrence of a string.
Ctrl-P Find previous occurrence of a string.
Ctrl-Q Quit PED.
Ctrl-R Find/Replace a string.
Ctrl-S Swap to the next file (1 of up to 8).
Ctrl-T Enter a character transparently.
Ctrl-U Undelete line.
Ctrl-X Save/exit from PED.
The menu options themselves are self-explanatory.
HOW TO ORDER THE LATEST VERSION OF PED
Again, if you find PED to be helpful and easy to use, please
consider registering your copy for $23. As of the date at the top
of this document, the following features have been added to the
"commercial" version of PED:
EMS and disk memory support - edit 8 Megabyte files.
Line length extended to 2000 characters.
Global search/replace - replace text in many files (*.DOC).
Printed documentation (better than this document anyway).
If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please
don't hesitate to call! Thank you for your support.
P.O. Box 1245
Folsom, CA 95630
PS: Even if you don't plan to register PED right now, please send
a post card with your name and address so that we can notify you of
new PED updates.
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