Dec 232017
 
GRAPHCAT 2.0: Macro package for WordPerfect 5.1 to create a pictorial catalog of the graphics on any disk or in any directory. Supports all graphics formats usable in WP, includes database creator for graphics files.
File GRAPHCT2.ZIP from The Programmer’s Corner in
Category Word Perfect
GRAPHCAT 2.0: Macro package for WordPerfect 5.1 to create a pictorial catalog of the graphics on any disk or in any directory. Supports all graphics formats usable in WP, includes database creator for graphics files.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
BANK.WPG 36877 15438 deflated
BEETHOV.WPG 25987 8365 deflated
CLIPART.WPG 2345 1818 deflated
FILEINDX.DBF 314 151 deflated
FILEINDX.HDB 2084 277 deflated
GRAPHCAT.DOC 24186 7799 deflated
GRAPHCAT.WPM 13245 2539 deflated
HAPPY.WPG 20011 6581 deflated
HOLMES.WPG 16310 5897 deflated
INDEX.WPM 10028 1970 deflated
INDEX5.WPM 9890 1949 deflated
JOKER.WPG 15169 8224 deflated
MACH.WPG 6956 5102 deflated
NAME.NDX 1024 420 deflated
NOSMOKE.WPG 4134 1529 deflated
OLDTIME1.WPG 29377 19860 deflated
REGISTER.DOC 4024 1763 deflated
ROSEVASE.WPG 49853 17328 deflated
SADMASKS.WPG 20060 6514 deflated

Download File GRAPHCT2.ZIP Here

Contents of the GRAPHCAT.DOC file


G R A P H C A T V 2 . 0


Clip Art Graphics Catalog Builder
and File Database Exporter

QUICK START


GRAPHCAT V. 2.0 is not free software. Feel free to copy this
entire package and pass it on unchanged to other WordPerfect
users. If you use the program, you should register by mailing
$10. to: Jerry Stern
1323 Mantle Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21234-6014
Registered users receive a disk of clip art. (Specify disk
size.) Shareware distributors may distribute the program in
unchanged form if they charge no more than $5 as a
distribution/copying fee.

The author assumes absolutely no damage liability, but the macros
have been tested extensively, and please write with any problems,
including DOS version number and WordPerfect release date.

GRAPHCAT requires WordPerfect 5.1, release date 6/29/90 or later.
It is a WordPerfect macro that reads any disk or directory, and
creates a pictorial listing of all the graphics found. After
copying the macro to the WP macro directory, run the macro by
pressing Macro (Alt-F10), and entering GRAPHCAT. Answer the
prompts for the drive and directory, file extension, catalog
title, number of columns, and graphic height. The default value
for the columns and height allow 28 graphics per page.

INDEX and INDEX5 (DOS 5 version of INDEX) require WordPerfect
5.1, any release date. These macros read any file directory, and
convert the directory listing into a comma-delimited mail-merge
file for use by PC-File or dBase. Copy them along with GRAPHCAT,
and start INDEX in the same way. The prompts are similar, BUT
INDEX can use any MS-DOS wild card for the extension, and
GRAPHCAT does not allow wild cards.

FILEINDX requires a dBase-compatible database program. PC-File
5.01 or newer is highly recommended. The files FILEINDX.HDB,
FILEINDX.DBF, and NAME.NDX compose a sample graphics database for
PC-File. Copy them together to wherever you can reach them easily
with the database program.These are the database files used with
INDEX to create a database of graphics files (or any other
files). Load these files into a directory readable by the
database program, and run the program normally. Be sure to delete
or overwrite the one sample record already in the file.

The files with a .WPG extension are clip art. The patterns and
styles vary greatly, and I'm not telling you what they are--but
try GRAPHCAT on them to get a feel for what the macro does.
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 2

What is GRAPHCAT?


I've been collecting clip art for different projects. A
small book, some newsletters, signs, and still more pictorial
projects. I've drawn some, scanned some paper clip art, and
bought some disks of pictures. I was beginning to lose track of
which disk had what pictures. I needed an index, a printout of
every graphic I've got, so I could keep them handy for reference.
The WPG files shipped with WordPerfect have their own
printed picture indexes of art in the manual, but shareware disks
of PCX or GEM files are escapees from that elusive paperless
office we all keep hearing about. And clip art disks are uneven;
some of them are full disks of excellent art on related topics,
but others are totally unrelated pictures. Worse, there is the
occasional bad file on those disks. Overall, shareware clip art
disks are worthwhile, but a printed index would help sort the
good files from the fuzzy junk.
And the commercial clip art isn't much better. Oh, the
graphics are better, but the printed indexes are printed too
small, or on newsprint, or are all mixed in with the pictures of
every other graphic collection sold by that company.
Meanwhile, my co-workers on a newsletter project wanted to
see all their clip art. I kept their graphics on a separate disk,
but they wanted paper copies to refer to, so they could tell me,
"Use that butterfly picture from page two." I began to create a
sample document, with every graphic shown, and the file names,
and the disk titles, and immediately found that there was too
much work involved. I had two options: I could delegate the job,
or write a macro to do the job. Since I couldn't find anyone who
would spend three hours to create the index for each disk, I
wrote GRAPHCAT. It's a lot faster than an assistant; it only
takes from a few seconds to eight minutes to complete the job,
depending on the speed of the computer and the size of the
graphics files.
GRAPHCAT makes this task easy, so easy that nearly no effort
is needed to create a new catalog for each directory or floppy of
pictures. If the macro is told the drive and path of the files,
the type of files on the disk, like WPG or PCX, and the title of
the disk, the computer should do the rest.
With just that information, the WordPerfect macro reads the
appropriate directory, identifies the graphics files, sets their
sizes, locations, and options in a catalog, and leaves that
catalog ready to print. Once the catalog is built, you may
preview it, print it, and save it if you want.
However, I don't recommend saving these files because they
will be slightly larger than the cumulative size of all the
graphics in the directory. What? I heard that.... I tried using
the WP graphics-on-disk option to save memory space. It causes
more problems than it solves. Although it is possible to write a

All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 3

macro that uses that feature and provides the capabilities of
GRAPHCAT (I've done it while developing GRAPHCAT), such a macro
must reset default directories to floppies, and reset them again
AFTER printing, and the files would not print properly unless
printed while the default directories were reset. That early
macro worked 95% of the time, and totally locked up everything 5%
of the time. It's history.
WordPerfect corporation has a habit of tinkering with their
software. There are many different versions of WordPerfect 5.1
for MS-DOS systems. Some of their releases are mostly bug fixes,
and a few new drivers for new hardware; the new releases also
include minor new features. The 6/29/90 release included a new
macro command, {SYSTEM}entry. It can copy a file name off a List
Files (F5) menu. GRAPHCAT uses that macro command, so users of
earlier versions of WP should upgrade.
To check your WP release date, press Help (F3) from the
document screen of WP. The release date will be in the top right
corner of the introductory help screen. To upgrade to the newest
release of WP 5.1, call WordPerfect with your credit card and
license number and place the order--the cost as of Summer '91
ranged from $10-$22, depending on how many disks they have to
ship. Instructions for installing the upgrade come with the
disks, but be sure to check for, and read, a README file on the
#1 disk of each type. That README file will list the features
added to the program in that release. (WP sales phone number, as
of Summer '91, is 1-800-321-4566 or 1-801-225-5000.) I cannot
speak for WordPerfect Corporation, so of course all such
information is subject to change--call and ask amounts before
sending them money.


PROMPTS


Start GRAPHCAT from a blank document screen by pressing
Macro (Alt-F10), typing GRAPHCAT, and pressing Enter. A full-
screen display will appear, as shown below. At the first prompt,
enter the drive name and path for the subdirectory to be
searched. You may omit the ending backslash if you like. GRAPHCAT
is smart enough to accept the path name either way. Pressing
Cancel (F1) at this prompt will end macro execution.
The second prompt asks for the file type. Because a disk of
graphics might contain nearly anything besides graphics, each
catalog must be limited to one type of graphic file, such as WPG,
TIF, or GEM files. Any type of graphics file readable by
WordPerfect may be entered here. If your files are kept sorted by
what they are, such as DrawPerfect pictures together as WPG
files, or scanned artwork as TIF files, they will be ready to
inventory. If the files are mixed, simply run GRAPHCAT once for
each type of graphic file on the disk. The resulting catalogs

All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 4

could be printed separately, or edited together. Pressing Cancel
at this prompt moves the cursor back up to the first prompt, and
at each following prompt, pressing Cancel will move the cursor
back up one prompt.
The third prompt asks for a title, and the macro will place
that title in a header on each page of the catalog. I recommend
entering the name of the graphics collection or the name of the
archived backup for that collection, such as "Business Graphics--
BUSINESS.ZIP" in this area.


G R A P H C A T V. 2.0
(C)1991 Jerry L. Stern

Enter the drive:\path to search. (e.g. a:\picture1)


Enter the file type to find. (e.g. WPG, PCX, GEM)


Enter the title for the catalog pages. (e.g. Picture File 1)


How many columns across should there be? (default 4)


How tall should the graphics boxes be? (default 1")


The next two prompts request the number of columns and the
height to make each graphic. WordPerfect will calculate the width
to keep the graphics true to scale, room permitting. If less than
about twice the height of a graphic is available for the width,
some graphics in horizontal format will be compressed to fit the
column. For four columns, a height of one inch allows ample room,
and 28 images fit on one page. Other combinations that work well
include 8 columns with a height of 1/2" for very simple graphics,
resulting in 13 graphics per column, and 104 graphics per page.
For highly detailed graphics, try two columns of 1.6" graphics
for eight graphics per page.
After the last entry has been made, GRAPHCAT will begin
loading the graphics into the document. As each graphic is
loaded, the macro announces the new graphic on screen. When the
directory of graphics is large, this process will be considerably
faster if there is expanded memory available for WordPerfect to
use, but hard disk space will be substituted automatically. If
your system does not have expanded memory, be sure that your
default directory is set to a hard drive, rather than a floppy.
IF GRAPHCAT and WordPerfect decide that a graphic in your
sample directory is not a proper graphics file, GRAPHCAT will

All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 5

print that message in your catalog, along with the bad file's
name. You may delete that message after the catalog is prepared,
or you may try to convert the bad graphic or edit it with a
graphics program, resave it, and run GRAPHCAT again. Because not
every version of every graphic format is supported by
WordPerfect, I prefer to leave the message in the catalog to
identify a file that may be usable in other software, but not in
WordPerfect.
When the catalog is finished, the screen display will be
replaced by the new catalog page and a reminder comment. (The
comment will not print.) You may, and should, preview the page
before printing. When using more than four columns, long graphics
names may wrap to the next line, reducing the number of graphics
that fit on a page. If the names wrap, reset the base font to a
narrow or thin typeface, using Format (Shift-F8), (3) Document,
(3) Initial Base Font, and choosing a small font.
A page full of graphics will print slowly, and some laser
printers may not have enough internal memory to print a page of
that complexity. On a laser printer, if the entire page does not
print, try printing the page at a lower setting for graphics
quality, or use fewer columns.


INDEX, INDEX5, and FILEINDX


INDEX is a WP macro that reads a directory of files, and
converts that directory listing into a file that a database
program can import and add to a database. INDEX5 is the version
of INDEX that runs in MS-DOS 5.0, and FILEINDX is a set of
database files for PC-File 5.0 or dBase to use in importing the
files created by INDEX.
Why two versions of INDEX? DOS 5's DIR command is greatly

changed and improved over that of previous versions of DOS. If
you are running DOS 5, but are not using the new SET DIRCMD=
command to set defaults for DIR, you may use either version of
INDEX, but the INDEX5 version will run slightly faster, as it
takes advantage of some of the new options for DIR. If you use
the SET DIRCMD= command with the /p option, you must use INDEX5.
If you are using an older version of DOS, you must use INDEX.
The file produced by INDEX is a "comma-delimited mail-merge"
file. Most database programs can import these with no problems.
Although I created the FILEINDX format for keeping track of
graphics and clip art, the format and the INDEX macros can be
used just as easily to form a master catalog of every file on a
hard disk, or any category of files you choose. In addition to
the information from the directory and whatever label you enter
while running INDEX, the FILEINDX data screen allows room for
comments, because it isn't always possible to remember that
RX12-76.CGM is a picture of a troll at a bridge.

All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 6

To use INDEX, run the macro in the usual way, by pressing
Macro (Alt-F10), typing INDEX or INDEX5, and pressing ENTER.
Answer the prompts that appear on screen in the same way as for
the prompts in GRAPHCAT, with one exception. The second prompt,
for a file mask, may use any legal MS-DOS wild card, such as T??
for all files with an extension starting with T, or * for all
files. (GRAPHCAT will not work with a wild card extension.)
The screen will flicker twice as WordPerfect shells out to
DOS to retrieve the directory to be converted and saves it to a
temporary file called c:\delete.me. The macro will automatically
erase the temporary file after retrieving it into WP. Then INDEX
will search the listing, removing spaces as needed, and inserting
commas between columns, resulting in the comma-delimited list,
STORED IN DOCUMENT 2. That list must be saved as a DOS text file
for the database program: Save the file by pressing Text In/Out
(Ctrl-F5), (1) DOS Text, (1) Save, and entering the file name for
the data file.

IMPORTANT:
When you first set up a database of clip art or other files
in a database, you will read and process many directories. I have
allowed for that process in INDEX. Always start the INDEX macro
from Document 1, which must be totally empty. If it is not empty,
INDEX will remind you to empty it, and remind you how to do so.
When INDEX completes its work, the list of files will be in
Document 2. For the next disk, Switch (Shift-F3) back to Document
1, and run the macro again. The second list will be added at the
bottom of the existing list. Once you have run each directory
through INDEX, save the list as a DOS text file, exit WP, and
import the data from within the database program.


IMPORTING INTO PC-FILE


Here are the steps for the import from within PC-File
V. 5.0: Run the program, and enter the disk and directory where
the FILEINDX files are located. Place the cursor on the FILEINDX
name and press F10. From the main menu, choose Utilities, then
Import, then Mail Merge. Enter the drive, and then the directory
name of the location of the DOS text file. PC-File will display
the file names for that directory. Place the cursor on the list
filename, and press F10. Choose to Overwrite the data already in
the database ONLY IF THIS WILL BE THE FIRST BATCH OF FILENAMES
ADDED. OTHERWISE, CHOOSE APPEND DATA. For each entry you may
choose to add the information, or skip to the next record, or to
quit, or to press X and let PC-File continue through the list,
adding all the data to the file. Choose Yes several times to add
the first few records manually until you are sure the file is
being imported correctly, and then choose X to finish the import.

All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern
G R A P H C A T V. 2.0 7

IN GENERAL


Don't attempt to edit these macros from within WordPerfect
5.1; these macros are too large to work with for even minor
changes from that editor. All the macros in this package were
created using the Editor of WordPerfect Office, which speeds up
the development time for creating large macros, and so lets me
add features that would be impractical otherwise.
GRAPHCAT and both INDEX macros have error trapping routines
built in to prevent garbage entries, and to turn off Reveal Codes
if needed, and will not try to run if you start them with
anything in Document 1. If you wish to import the catalog or the
file list into a document, run the macro first, and then merge
the other text or formatting into the catalog or file list.

Since starting to catalog my clip art collection, I've found
pictures I didn't know I had, and I've used some of those in new
projects. Now that I don't have to hire extra help to create the
listings, I can find the picture I want in no time, and, better
yet, I can take the picture notebook with me to a co-worker, a
client, or a conference, and I don't need to borrow someone
else's computer and be at the mercy of someone else's operating
system.


REGISTRATION


GRAPHCAT V. 2.0 is not free software. Feel free to copy this entire
package and pass it on unchanged to other WordPerfect users. If you
use the program, you should register by mailing $10. to:
Jerry Stern
1323 Mantle Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21234-6014
(301) 661-2224 (after 11/91 use area code 410)

Registered users receive a disk of clip art. (Specify disk size.)
Shareware distributors may distribute the program in unchanged form if
they charge no more than $5 as a distribution/copying fee. The author
assumes absolutely no damage liability, but the macros have been
tested extensively, and please write with any problems, including DOS
version number and WordPerfect release date.

There is a registration form provided with the GRAPHCAT macros on the
second page of the file README.DOC.

WordPerfect is a registered trademark of WordPerfect Corporation.
PC-File is a registered trademark of ButtonWare, Inc.


All Rights Reserved (C) 1991 Jerry Stern


 December 23, 2017  Add comments

Leave a Reply