Documentation for Quick Inf 1.0
(C) 1989 by Darek Mihocka and Ignac Kolenko
Quick Inf runs on any ST, color or mono, with TOS in ROM.
Quick Inf - the Desktop Information Editor
Quick Inf is a program developed primarily to allow the user to change the
desktop window directory search masks. The inability to change the masks
from the desktop is probably one of the worst deficiencies in the desktop.
Lets say for instance you wanted to backup all *.C files on the currently
displayed window for drive C. Right now, you have to go to the menu bar and
sort by type, then position the slider bar in the window so that it will
show the *.C files inside the window. This is an incredible pain for backing
up files, to say the least, and is one area where the Atari ST lags behind
the IBM! (in MSDOS, you simply say COPY *.C ...)
But now, the Atari ST can have this ability easily with Quick Inf.
To use Quick Inf, double click on the file QUIKINF.PRG. A dialog box will
appear, and the screen colors will change to white, black, red and green
(on a color monitor only!). The current desktop information will appear in
the dialog box. The first four editable fields are the (up to four) windows
that are on the desktop currently. The fields that cannot be edited are
obviously for windows that are not currently open.
Also, a small button with a drive letter, with an editable field next to it
displays the current name for that drive icon. This is a very convenient
method of editing the names of the drive icons. Finally, the name of the
trash icon will appear, and is also editable. Clicking "Exit" will inform
the desktop of the edits made in the session, and these changes are
permanent until you rerun this software, or alter the desktop yourself.
Clicking "Cancel" will leave the session and the desktop untouched.
If you click on the "Curr" button, the dialog box will revert to the current
values before any editing. If you click 'Load", you can load a DESKTOP.INF
file into memory for editing. When you exit, the desktop will use the loaded
desktop information instead of what it was before running this option. If
you decide not to use the loaded information, simply press "Curr", and the
old information will re-appear. Clicking "Save" will allow you to write out
the current information in DESKTOP.INF file format.
Quick Inf 1.0 is obviously the first version of this program. We have new
features in the works, such as complete control panel and printer options,
and vary the mouse rates and keyclick rates.
Pay for shareware and receive updates!
At this time, we would like to receive some user feedback before we go
ahead and implement any new features. What else you you like to see in our
"super desktop inf editor"?
Quick Inf updates will come in two versions. Versions 1.xx will be released to
the public. Quick View and Quick Print versions 2.xx will be available
to people who have sent the $20 shareware registration fee. We expect to
have the first such updates ready during the summer.
Registered users will also receive Quick ST when it becomes available. The
program is currently in beta testing and can significantly speed up text
output of any ST program. No blitter chip required!
To become a registered user, send a $20 check or money order to:
Box 2624, Station B
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 6N2
You can reach us by modem on the following networks:
BIX, Delphi, GEnie: DAREKM
UNIX mail: watmath!watcgl!electro!ignac
We thank you for supporting shareware and encourage you to support other
shareware authors. You may distribute copies of Quick Inf
under the condition that you also include this documentation file. You may
not charge a fee or in any way try to sell this software.
MACE and Atari Corp. present the Michigan Atari Computer Expo on May 6 (10-6)
and May 7 (10-5) at the Detroit Metro Airport Hilton. A sample of exhibitors
includes ICD, Migraph, Alpha Systems and many more. Ticket prices are $5 at
the door and children under 12 are free. For more info, Please contact Pattie
Rayl at (313) 973-8825. We hope to see you there! Catch the Quick ST and
ST Xformer 2.5 demos. Registered users of ST Xformer bring your old disks,
because you'll want to swap them for version 2.5.