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Information - GDOS Check

GenrePatch / DriverYear1994
LanguagePublisher[no publisher]
Developer-DistributorAtari World
Box / InstructionsEnglishSoftwareEnglish

Bartholme, Christoph

LicensePD / Freeware / Shareware
SerialST TypeST, STe, TT / 0.5MB
ResolutionLow / Medium / HighNumber of Disks1 / Double-Sided
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Instructions - GDOS Check

Manual to GDOS-Check v2.0

What GDOS-Check is good for
GDOS-Check is a little utility for testing the current GDOS installation.

GDOS-Check can do two things:

- Creating a test page showing the maximum area the GDOS device can print.

- Writing  a  list of all fonts in all sizes that are installed for the used 
GDOS device

What GDOS-Check costs
Except some kBytes of free space at your hard disk or a floppy disk.

GDOS-Check  is a freeware utility for the shareware program IdeaList. But it 
can be used for general purpose just as well.
You may copy and spread it as you want.  Under the condition, that all these 
files are copied completely and unchanged:
- GD_CHECK.PRG : the program file
- GD_CHECK.RSC : the resource file
- GD_CHECK.INF : the configuration file
- GD_CHECK.TXT : this text

By whom GDOS-Check was written
(C) 1994 by 
  Christoph Bartholme
  Ettlinger Str. 37
  D-76137 Karlsruhe

The  author  is  not  responsible for any damage of software and hardware by 
using the program.

What GDOS-Check needs
Of  course  GDOS-Check  only  is  useful  if  you  have  installed any GDOS. 
GDOS_Check also can manage SpeedoGDOS and NVDI 3.0.

Als in the home directory of GD_CHECK.PRG the resource file GD-CHECK.RSC and 
the  configuration  file GD_CHECK.INF have to be found. If GD_CHECK.INF does 
not exist, GDOS-Check will use its internal default parameters.

How GDOS-Check is used
The  handling of GDOS-Check is rather easy. GDOS-Check opens a window, where 
the  buttons for actions can be klicked. Also there are some popup menus for 

- GDOS-Check  is  finished by clicking the closer gadget of its window or by 
selecting the menu "Quit".

-  "GDOS  device": Here you can select one of the devices that are installed 
in  the  system.  Metafile devices are not selecable but all the rest of the 
output devices that are set in ASSIGN.SYS.

-  The  font selection: Just an option to limit the amout of the fonts to be 
shown in the font list. You may select the font type (bitmap only, or vector 
only,  or  both)  and  limit  the  range of the first characters of the font 

- "Info" shows something about the version and the author.

- "Help" explains the program's function.

- "Statistics"  shows  some  information about the selected GDOS device: the 
resolution in dpi, the maximum area in mm and the amount of the fonts (total 
and subset = selected range).

-  Font list: GDOS-Check prints a font list of the selected GDOS device. The 
amount  can  be  limited  (see  above). The format of the list is set by the 
configuration file GD_CHECK.INF which is scanned at starting.

-  Test  page: GDOS-Check  prints a test page to find out the maximum of the 
page's area to be printed.
At the four scales you can see the additional margins, that can be set in an 
adaptation   file  (IXA)  of  IdeaList  by  the  key  words  "GdosMargin_L", 
"GdosMargin_R",  "GdosMargin_T"  and "GdosMargin_B". F.i. to set symmetrical 
margins.  Remember,  that  some GDOS devices print out a bigger area than it 
sizes  at  one  sheet of paper. So GDOS-Check will print out the rest of the 
test  page at a secound page. In this case you must reduce the vertical size 
in  the  IXA  by "GdosMargin_B" as much as you see at the scale of the first 
sheet of the test page.

How GDOS-Check can be customized - The configuration file GD_CHECK.INF
The  format  of  the  font list is set by GD-CHECK.INF. This is a pure ASCII 
file you may change by any text editor.
GD-CHECK.INF  contains  some  key words, followed by a parameter. Also there 
may be remarks marked by a "*". The order of the key words is insignificant. 
Key  words  that  are  not  set  will  be  replaced  by GDOS-Check's default 
parameters. Names and texts have to be 'quoted'.

Key words:

- ShowHeadLine: Create a head-line at every page begin?
1 = yes, 0 = no (default = yes)

- HeadLineAtt: Text attributes of the head-line. Possible are:
0  = none, 1 = bold, 2 = light, 4 = italic, 8 = underlined. For combinations 
you may add them. (default = underlined)

For every font a title-line is created followed by a font sample.
(default: '"#N": #T-Font in #S pt, ID=#I'):
The key words to set the title-line are:

- TitelLine: The line itself; here there are some variables possible:
 #N: the font name

 #S: font size in pts

 #T:  font type, i.e. "Bitmap" or "Vector"; since SpeedoGDOS 5.0 or NVDI 3.0 
vector fonts are specified by "Speedo", "TrueType" and "Type1".

 #I: font index
Attention:  Since  SpeedoGDOS 4.2 and NVDI 3.0 an offset of 5000 is added to 
the ID of any vector font. GDOS-Check shows the ID with this offset.

 ##: The character "#" itself

- TitleFontName: defines the font of the title-line. If the name is empty or 
if the font is not installed GDOS-Check uses the deccribes font instead.
(default: empty)

- TitleFontSize: the font size (in pts) of the title-line
(default 10 pt)

TitleAtt: text attributes of the title-line; possible are:
0  = none, 1 = bold, 2 = light, 4 = italic, 8 = underlined. For combinations 
you may add them. (default = none)

The  font  sample can be shown in different sizes. For vector fonts there is 
the key word VecFontSize which defines the size (in pts). If different lines 
of this key word exist (up to 20), GDOS-Check writes as many title-lines and 
font samples.
(default: one line, 12 pts)

At  bitmap  fonts  always  title-lines  and font samples are created for ALL 
installed  sizes.  Remember  that  the  GDOS  devices offer each bitmap font 
defined  in ASSIGN.SYS in two sizes: The original size and the size enlarged 
by  100%.  Of  course you also may use these enlarged fonts, but the printer 
resolution is halved and the fonts look blocky a little bit.

After each title-line up to 20 sample lines may be printed. Therefor the key 
word Test exists. Each sample lines may contain up to 2000 characters. It is 
recommended to set a blank line at the end (just: Test '').
(default: no sample line)


Book / Magazine Reviews - GDOS Check

 Atari World · June, 1995Rating: 5 Worlds 

GDOS Check Atari review 

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