Disk Cake v2.1 (c) 1994-95 by Christoph Zwerschke
About Disk Cake
Disk Cake displays the file structure for any floppy or hard disk
partition graphically as a pie chart.
Disk cake runs as either a program or desktop accessory and accepts
command lines including a directory path.
Disk Cake checks the _AKP and _IDT Cookies to display either English or
German text and supports the AV protocol.
To install Disk Cake as an accessory under Single TOS rename
DISKCAKE.PRG to DISKCAKE.ACC and place the program in the root
directory in the root of your boot drive/partition.
Disk Cake runs like any other program from the desktop and requires no
no configuration files.
Icons for use with alternative desktops such as Thing/Gemini/Ease are
included. Use NVDI for maximum display speed!
Disk Cake is 'bilingual' simultaneously including German and English
versions. To manually set the language create an ASCII format file
called DISKCAKE.INF using any text editor (eg Everest, xEdit etc) with
the following line for English support:
Similarly setting LANGUAGE 1 displays German text. If no setup file is
available Disk Cake checks the _AKP Cookie. If the cookie is not
available Disk Cake defaults to German.
Using the mouse
In addition to all the usual window elements it's also possible to
click on the window 'Info line' (just below the Window title bar) and
any pie slice to display the corresponding folder/file. Selecting a
folder pie slice 'opens' the folder to display the subdirectory and
selecting a file displays a 'File Info' dialog where the file
attributes can be changed. A delete option is also provided which makes
Disk Cake an ideal tool to search and destroy unwanted files on your
Double clicking on any pie slice (or single click whilst holding the
[Alternate] key) sends a message via the AV protocol to the AV Server,
usually the desktop, which opens up many interesting possibilities when
Disk Cake is installed as a desktop accessory under single TOS using
Thing/Gemini/Ease etc, refer to the AV protocol section for more
Disk Cake popup menu
A single click anywhere outside the pie or a right mouse click displays
a popup menu where most of the important Disk Cake functions can be
selected either using the mouse or via keyboard shortcuts.
[Control]+[Space] =Iconify window
[Control]+F =Display full size window
[Control]+Q =Close window and exit program
[Control]+O =Re-read directory path (in window Info line)
[Control]+D =Select display mode
[Control]+M =Select sort mode
[Control]+L =Load setup
[Control]+S =Save setup
[Shift]+[A to Z] =Select corresponding drive/partition
[Escape] =Re-read directories
[Help] =Program info
[Undo] =Step up the directory tree one level or:
In the root directory toggle the storage space
for the current drive/partition and the current
selection in brackets in the Window Info line.
[Tab] =Select pie slice using the keyboard in the
anticlockwise direction, very handy when lots of
small files are displayed.
[Shift]+[Tab] =Select pie slice using the keyboard in the
[Return] or [Enter] =Also single left mouse click.
[Alternate]+[Return] =Double left mouse click.
Operation via AV protocol
The AV protocol employed by Gemini/Thing/Ease and some other desktops
the following additional functions are possible:
-Select a folder and the desktop opens a window to the selected folder.
-Select an ST-Guide HYP file and the desktop calls ST-Guide to display
-Select an IMG, RSC, SAM etc file and the desktop can call any file
viewer (eg 1st View, GEMView, Imagecopy Look 'n See etc) to display
-Select a ZIP, LZH or other archive file and the desktop can call a
archive manger with the archive loaded ready for processing.
-Many other possibilities!
-A Disk Cake icon installed on the desktop can call the accessory or
top the Disk Cake window. A directory or file can be Drag&Dropped onto
the Disk Cake icon or window (to force a directory update press the
-Files deleted using Disk Cake automatically cause a desktop window
opened to the same directory to be updated.
-Keyboard commands unknown to Disk Cake are passed on to the AV-Server,
usually the desktop.
Font protocol support
The font used by Disk Cake can be changed by Drag&Dropping any font to
the Disk Cake window.
Limitations and known problems
Font selection is only possible if a suitable font selector with UFSL
or xFSL interface is installed. The program FontSel, included in this
distribution and the Thing font selector are both suitable.
Constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement are always
welcome -but please be patient!
Neither I nor any appointed agent accept any liability or
responsibility for any direct or indirect damage that may arise, either
financial, material or any other kind from either the use or misuse of
this software and associated documentation. All trademarks used are
recognised and acknowledged.
Copyright (c) 1994-95 by Christoph Zwerschke. All rights reserved.
Disk Cake is Freeware and may be freely distributed in non-commercial
channels. If you use the program regularly please contribute towards
its future developement, either directly with me or via the InterActive
support scheme run by Joe Connor, please refer to SUPPORT.TXT for more
Commercial PD/Shareware libraries and magazines may NOT distribute this
software except by prior agreement.
-Thorsten Pohlmann: for the original idea, although he admits to being
inspired by an OS/2 program which in turn certainly wasn't the first
graphical file manager!
-Ulli Hahndorf, Thomas Madeya and Rolf Kotzian for the colour icons.
-Thomas Madeya, Rainer Seitel and the Atari freaks at maus KA and other
Christoph Zwerschke Bank address:
Am Steinfeld 4 Bezirkssparkasse Heidelberg
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