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Information - Selectric

GenreTape / Disk / Cartridge UtilityYear1996
Language[unknown]PublisherST Format
Developer[n/a]Distributor-
ControlsMouseCountryUnited Kingdom
Box / InstructionsEnglishSoftwareEnglish
Programmer(s)

Radermacher, Stefan

LicensePD / Freeware / Shareware
SerialST TypeST, STe, TT, Falcon030 / 0.5MB
ResolutionLow / Medium / HighNumber of Disks1 / Double-Sided / HD Installable
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Instructions - Selectric

                              Selectric¿
                              ---------- 
 
                             Version 1.10 
                             November 1993 
 
                 (c) 1992, 1993 Stefan Radermacher 
 
 
                       Selectric¿ is Shareware 
 
 
Introduction 
============================================================================

Oh no, not another replacement File Selector you're thinking! OK 
Selectric¿ is a File Selector but it's certainly different offering lots 
of tasty extras, see for yourself..... Mmmnnnn. (Hey lighten up...)
 
Selectric¿ offers so many indispensable extra features it's more than a 
replacement File Selector, it's a concept which can revolutionise the way 
you work with your Atari.

The philosophy
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Selectric¿ is designed to appeal to anyone who likes to have everything to 
hand, that's most of us, right? All the important functions are there ready 
to use and the less common options are neatly tucked away in BeamUps. It's 
difficult to please everybody but hopefully I've done enough to ensure 
Selectric¿ remains on your boot disk, let me know if I haven't.
 
Features 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
* Shows not only the filenames, but also the size and datestamps at a 
  glance. Particularly useful when you've forgotten which version of your 
  program code or best selling novel was the most recent.
 
* The number of files which can be handled is dynamic, limited only by the 
  amount of free memory (not static like so many other File Selectors). 
  Selectric¿ only reserves as much memory as it needs. One little 
  comparison test you might like to try with other FSs is to try handling 
  over 1000 files without problems...
 
* In many cases Selectric¿ does the thinking for you. Open up a folder then 
  close it again and the slider remains where you left it, it doesn't 
  return to the top again!
 
* The real time slider make's moving through the file list very intuitive, 
  for many the built-in FS is fast enough but faster is better right?
 
* Nearly all of the main functions can also be accessed from the keyboard. 
  Installing Let 'em Fly! takes care of the remaining few.
  
* The number of files displayed changes automatically depending on the 
  current screen resolution. This ranges from 8 files in ST high, through 
  12 files with OverScan up the maximum of 24 files using TT high and some 
  graphic cards. Each time Selectric¿ is called it checks the current 
  resolution and displays the appropriate number of files. Ideal for 
  Autoswitch-OverScan users.
  
* Using the optional Auto Locator only the first letter of a filename needs 
  to be entered,  Selectric¿ will seek out the first matching filename and 
  select it. Also if an Application passes a filename to Selectric¿ it will 
  attempt to localise the correct file.
 
* Other selection options are possible, using the Cookie Jar more than one 
  filename can be opened. Naturally the Application must follow the 
  protocol, refer to SLCTPROG.TXT for more details.
    
* Wildcard entry is fully supported so it is possible to select files using 
  lines like: '*MOUSE*.[A-Z]??'
 
* Five different Search criteria with two optional switches, reverse and 
  numerical order.

* Currently ten different file extensions and paths can be stored for rapid 
  activation. Applications which pass parameters to Selectric¿ can recall 
  the full path.
   
* A wide selection of file operations are available (including Copy). Most 
  functions work recursively, so it's possible at a single stroke to 
  copy/delete etc a folder containing files and other folders.

* Let 'em Fly! is supported, to provide keyboard shortcuts and flying 
  dialogs.
 
* Selectric¿ works on all ST/TT Computer in all resolutions and naturally 
  with all graphic cards. 
 
**************************************************************************** 
Selectric¿ is Shareware and may be freely distributed for non-commercial 
purposes. If you use Selectric¿ regularly you are honour bound to pay a 
Shareware fee of DM 30 to the author, although I won't object if you send 
me more...

Selectric¿ is NOT a Freeware Program! PD libraries, magazines or any other 
organisations may only distribute Selectric¿ with my written permission.
The following PD/Shareware libraries obtained my permission to carry 
Selectric¿:

The FaST Club; 7 Musters Road, Nottingham, NG2 7PP, England

Atari ST Review; Issue 23, one off cover disk appearance. This version was 
packed, please unpack using LHArc.

Any contravention of my wishes will be strongly challenged.

Selectric¿ comprises of the following files: 
 
     - SLECTRIC.PRG      The program itself (should normally be placed
                         in the AUTO Folder) 
     - CALLSLCT.ACC      An Accessory which calls Selectric¿ and can switch 
                         Selectric¿ On/Off
     - SLCTCONF.CPX      A CPX Module, which offers the same functions as 
                         the accessory.  
     - SLECTRIC.TXT      This documentation 
     - SLECTRIC.IMG      A labelled screenshot of Selectric¿ main 
                         functions
     - CHANGES.TXT       Lists the changes between Versions (IMPORTANT!)
     - SLCTPROG.TXT      Some information for programmers 
     - FSEL_INP.C        A universal fsel_(ex)input()-Routine 
     - FSEL_INP.H        The header file to go with the above 
     - SAMPLE.C          An example program which utilises some of the
                         Selectric¿ specific features.
     - README            Short Info file
     
     - FRACT016.PRG      Fractal set for 16 Kb.
     - FRACTAL.TXT       Instructions for Fractal.
 
Selectric¿ may only be distributed complete with all the above files.
 
**************************************************************************** 
First of all the disclaimer... 
 
I accept no 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 Selectric¿

All trademarks mentioned in the Selectric¿ documentation is acknowledged 
and recognised.
 
The accompanying documentation was put together by Oliver Scheel and then 
(loosely) translated by Joe Connor so there is plenty of room for 
misunderstanding, error and omissions, feel free to point them out and ask 
questions!!!

Getting started
============================================================================ 
Selectric¿ (SLECTRIC.PRG) can either be started from the Desktop or 
automatically each time the computer is started by placing a copy of 
SELECTRIC.PRG in the AUTO folder.

Some programs take liberties with the Operating System and in these 
circumstances it's possible the physical execution order of Programs 
installed in the AUTO folder could cause problems. So far I am not aware of 
any such problems (apart from other File Selectors).

If you would like to be able to call Selectric¿ on demand there are 
several options available:

a) To call Selectric¿ as a desktop accessory copy the program CALLSLCT.ACC 
   into the root directory. On rebooting CALLSLCT will be available from 
   the Desk drop down menu.

b) To call Selectric from the desktop rename CALLSLCT.ACC to CALLSLCT.PRG 
   and run it normally from the desktop.

It's possible using CALLSLCT.ACC or CALLSLCT.PRG to switch between the 
built-in FS and Selectric¿ by holding down either a [Shift] key or the 
right mouse button whilst selecting CALLSLCT. A dialog box appears from 
which Selectric¿ can be turned ON/OFF.

c) The remaining option is to use the Atari CPX Control Panel. Copy 
SLCTCONF.CPX into your CPX folder. On rebooting SLCTCONF.CPX will be 
installed as a Control Panel module from where Selectric¿ can be switched 
ON/OFF and called to the screen. If Selectric¿ is switched OFF the built-in 
FS appears instead.

The File Selector itself 
============================================================================ 
A GEM Image 'SLECTRIC.IMG is included in the distribution which labels the 
main functions of Selectric¿. Ideally the picture should be printed out 
(use GUCK, 1st Guide/View etc) and studied together with this text file as 
this document concentrates in depth on particular functions...

General 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Within Selectric¿ the right mouse button and either [Shift] Key are treated 
the same.

The Individual Elements
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Window close icon (top left); in Selectric¿ this icon is used to move up 
the directory tree, a single click on the icon moves up a single level (ie 
out of a folder) whereas a double click moves directly to the root 
directory.

Window open icon (top right); in Selectric¿ this icon is used to select and 
deselect files, a single click on this icon selects all folders/files in 
the selector window (or if ALL the files/folders are already selected 
deselects them all) Holding down the [Shift] key (or right mouse button) 
whilst clicking the open icon deselects the selected files and vice versa 
(a toggle action).
Holding down the [Control] key whilst clicking on the open icon causes a 
dialog to appear into which any desired file mask can be entered. (The 
available file mask options are described later). Any file matches will be 
selected. Selecting the same file mask again deselects the selected files.

The Slider; all the usual functions are available plus a few extras, the up 
arrow moves up (where possible) and the down arrow down (where possible). A 
double click on either arrow moves to the top/bottom of the list.
The patterned area roughly represents the files not displayed either above 
or below the actual files displayed, which is represented by the white 
slider itself.
The slider can be moved up and down (more or less) in real time, we call it 
the "Real time slider" anyway. Double click anywhere in the slider area to 
centre the slider exactly on the selected point.

File and folders; a single click on a folder (or the small box before it) 
or file will select (and invert) it. If a file is selected the filename 
will also be copied to the editable File name field.
A double click on a folder will open the folder and a double click on a 
file will select the file and exit Selectric¿. It's also possible to force 
Selectric¿ to behave like the built-in FS and open folders with a single 
click, to do this select the Options button and clear (uncross) the Extras 
box 'Open folders with double click' option.

Multiple file selection can be made by holding the left mouse button down 
and moving up or down through the list, the window scrolls automatically. 
To select multiple files which are not adjacent to each other in the list 
select each file individually whilst holding down either [Shift] key (or 
the right mouse button). If the 'Double click folders to open' option is 
active multiple folder selection is also possible, otherwise selecting a 
folder is likely to open it.

The Info Line; (along the bottom of the selection window) reports the total 
size, in Bytes, of all files selected, unfortunately the contents of 
folders are not included in the total which does limit the usefulness of 
the line! Use the 'Info' command from the 'Functions' BeamUp to display the 
total byte count inside a folder (this is described in more detail later).
Click and hold down the left button for a report on the free space 
remaining on the drive and whilst continuing to hold down the left button 
press the [Shift] key or hold down the right mouse button for a bar graph 
style display of the remaining free space (especially added for users of 
'FuzzyClock').

BeamUps; these appear whenever a shadowed box is selected...

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Unknown User: Hey, hold on! What on earth are 'BeamUps'?
 
The Answer:    BeamUps are really just Pop-up menus but since Julian F. 
               Reschke coined 'JazzUps' I felt the need for my own 
               jargon... BeamUp = Pop-up
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 
BeamUps are comparable to traditional Drop down menus except they appear 
from within dialogs instead of from the Menu bar. Selection from a BeamUp 
can be made in several ways:

a) Hold the left mouse button down over a BeamUp to display it, selection 
   is made by moving the mouse to highlight (invert) the desired option 
   then releasing the mouse button. The selected option (except for the 
   Functions button) is displayed as the button text.
 
b) Click once on the BeamUp and the menu will appear and remain until an 
   option is selected. Again, the selected option (except for the Functions 
   button) is displayed as the button text.
 
c) BeamUps can also be called via keyboard shortcuts (see keyboard layout 
   table). Once activated BeamUps can be navigated using the up and down 
   cursor arrows, [Esc] key which exits without change and the [Return] or 
   [Enter] key which exits and selects the highlighted (inverted) option.
   
The Flying donkey; if Let 'em Fly! is installed you will find a 'donkey 
ear' at the top right hand corner of Selectric¿ click on and hold down 
the left mouse button the reposition Selectric¿ as desired. Using Let 'em 
Fly! V1.16 or later is recommended as the 'donkey ear' is automatically 
disabled if there is not enough free memory. Most Selectric dialogs and 
alerts take advantage of the 'Donkey ear' when installed.

Drive/partition change BeamUp; open the BeamUp and select the desired 
drive/partition (not much clever about that, eh?). Well there is actually, 
all thanks to Atari's brain dead media change routine! When a Floppy disk 
or removable hard disk is changed TOS doesn't always recognise the disk has 
been changed. A 'forced media change' is often necessary to log in the new 
disk, a double click on the drive/partition button does the trick.

This works fine except in a multitasking environment where any files left 
open during a media change are unlikely to survive!
One solution is to install 'CHK_OFLS', this is a small utility which 
informs Applications (which ulitise the protocol) which files are open. 
Naturally Selectric¿ follows this protocol.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Unknown User: What's this 'CHK_OFLS' thing again?
 
The Answer:   'CHK_OFLS' is short for 'CHecK Open FiLeS'. It's a resident 
               program written by Hansi Richstein (The Kolbold programmer), 
               which maintains a log of all open files, escpecially useful 
               for Multitasking environments, Selectric¿ uses this 
               protocol.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 
             
The Extensions (Masks) BeamUp; it is often desirable to display only 
certain filetypes. This is achieved by setting a file mask which 'filters' 
the files displayed (eg '*.ACC' only displays active Accessories)
Selectric¿ can store up to ten user-definable masks in addition to the 
dummy *.* and the parameter passed by the calling Application. If a 
parameter is passed to Selectric¿ it appears as the first mask in the 
BeamUp. Multiple file masks can be selected, up to a maximum of 16 
characters, and these appear on the line above the selection window, any 
extra characters are lost. To add file masks first select the BeamUp then 
hold down the [Shift] key (or right mouse button) and select another mask.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Unknown User: How are the masks in Selectric¿ different?

The answer:   The syntax is borrowed by the *nix world. Unfortunately the 
              syntax is only partially implemented by TOS (and many other 
              programs). Anyway, here's how Selectric¿ handles file 
              masks....
     
     ?        Any character (already familiar to TOS users)

     *        Any (or no) characters (again familiar to TOS users). 
              Selectric¿ however takes this one step further:
              '*' is equivalent to '*.*' (see examples below..)
              
     [...]    Between the square brackets one class of characters can be 
              specified (eg all numbers or all characters or all apart from 
              numbers) the valid alternatives can be more strictly defined 
              than is possible using the '?' option.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 
Some examples...
 
'*'           finds everything, same as '*.*'
'MOUS*'       finds 'MOUSEREF.TXT', 'MOUSE.INF' or simply 'MOUS'
'*MOUSE*'     finds 'MOUSE2', 'QWKMOUSE' or 'MOUSE.DRV'. 
'*.AC?'       finds all in/active accessories (same as *.ACC, *.ACX). 
'*.AC[CX]'    same as the above mask but more concrete, whereas the above 
              example would also find *.ACT this example would not.
'TEXT???.*'   finds 'TEXT001', 'TEXTABC' and 'TEXT123.TXT' but not  
              'TEXTS' or 'TEXT.TXT'. 
'PROG*.[CHS]' finds 'PROG1.C', 'PROGRAM.S' and 'PROGGER.H' but not,
              'PROGRAM.CH'. 'PROGRAM.HS or 'PROGRAM.CS, Hmmmnn....
 
An exercise:  Find at least 10 Filenames, which match the following  
              pattern... 
 
              '*[A-Z]B?[^0-9]*.P?[0-3]' 
 
If you spotted the example has more than 16 characters well done! Did I 
forget to mention the Selectric¿ search option handles 22 characters? Yes, 
I thought I did! OK, so the exercise was a bit unfair, but still good 
practice, CABLE.PI3 would be OK for starters...

Installing the user-definable filemasks; double click on the Extensions 
BeamUp and a dialog appears. From the dialog the Actual (current) filemask 
and ten user-definable masks can be edited as desired. If you don't need 
all ten then you can simply clear the fields, Selectric¿ will tidy up the 
BeamUp automagically. Applications can, in theory, pass masks to 
Selectric¿, which can handle up to ten.

The Macro path (Mac-Path) BeamUp; enables easy movement up and down the 
directory tree. Imagine for example: a file 'WORK.TXT' stored inside a 
folder called 'OFFICE', stored inside another folder called 'TEXT' and the 
whole lot is stored inside a folder called 'DATA'. Most of use divide our 
storage up into similar catagories and this has one major drawback:

In order to move our example file from 'D:\DATA\TEXT\OFFICE\' to 
'D:\TRANSFER\MODEM\CIX\UPLOAD it's necessary to go all the way up the tree 
heirarchy and back down again which gets very tedious after a while. 

Selectric¿ offers several improvements over the built-in FS. First of all 
Selectric¿ can move directly to the root directory by double clicking the 
close icon as explained earlier. More often than not though you only want 
to close a couple of folders so going back to the root directory is not the 
perfect solution. The solution we came up with is the Mac-Path BeamUp. As 
you move down through the directory tree, opening folders inside folders 
each sub path is automagically added into the Mac-Path BeamUp which can 
store a maximum of ten nested folders. So, to move up several levels (ie 
close folders) simply BeamUp Mac-Path and select the desired level.

Path BeamUp; up to 10 full paths can be stored by the Path BeamUp (across 
the top of the selection window). To store a path move Selectric¿ to the 
desired path then call the path BeamUp then holding the [Shift] key (or 
right mouse button) assign the path to any slot. Assigning a path to an 
occupied path overwrites the previous path. To move directly to a stored 
path select the BeamUp and choose the desired path.
Naturally everything can also be controlled from the keyboard. The actual 
path can be edited by double clicking (or press [F5]) on the path button 
which brings up an editable dialog box.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Comment: Garbage pathnames (and non-existant pathnames) will be truncated 
into suitable entries.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sorting; diverse filenames demand flexible sorting criteria and Selectric¿ 
offers five different criteria plus two options to display the 
files/folders in the selection window. The criteria can be selected from 
the Sort mode BeamUp button (just to the right of the Extension BeamUp) 
which displays the currently active sort criteria. Inside the BeamUp the 
active criteria and options are ticked.
 
'By Name'     Folders then files listed alphabetically (A->Z)
'By Date'     Folders then files listed in date and time order (new->old) 
'By Size'     Folders then files listed in Size order (largest->smallest) 
'By Type'     Folders then files listed alphabetically according to the 
              extension type, folders/files without extensions are placed
              first, folders/files with matching extensions are listed in 
              alphabetical order according to folder/filename
'No Sort'     The physical order folders/files were stored on the memory 
              medium, (particularly useful to analyse the execution of 
              files in the AUTO folder)
'Reverse'     An optional switch to reverse the order folder/files are
              displayed
'Numerical'   An optional switch to take account of numerical order,
              An example to avoid confusion:
              Without the 'Numerical' switch... 
 
              MOUSE1.TXT 
              MOUSE10.TXT 
              MOUSE2.TXT 
 
              With the 'Numerical' switch (Hocus pocus)... 
 
              MOUSE1.TXT 
              MOUSE2.TXT 
              MOUSE10.TXT 
 
The Auto-Locator; has it ever occurred to you whilst scrolling through a 
long list of files that there ought to be a better way to find a file? 
Often you even know the approximate filename? Does that sound all to 
familiar? You can breathe a sigh of relief!

The Auto-Locator performs two functions, first when a filename is passed to 
Selectric¿ as a parameter (usually from the Application which called the 
FS) the Auto-Locator trys to find and highlight the filename for your 
attention. Secondly as you type characters into the editable 'Filename' 
field the Auto-Locator constantly searches the current directory and 
refines its selection, sometimes a single letter will be enough! When the 
desired file is highlighted simply hit the [Return] or [Enter] key or click 
[OK] and Selectric¿ exits and passes the file to the Application.

If you press [Return] or [Enter] or click [OK] while a folder is 
highlighted, the folder will be opened. If you enter a selection and the 
Auto-Locator cannot find an item to go along, the highlight will disappear. 
The Auto-Locator remains active even after you change directories and will 
always try to select a file which fits your selection.
 
Auto-Locator example: 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Consider the following list of files, the sequence is not listed 
alphabetically to illustrate the way the Auto-Locater works:
 
AUTO   .TXT
MEDIZIN.TXT     
MAUS   .TXT     
MANN   .TXT
USER   .TXT

Enter     Selection
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
M         MEDIZIN.TXT
MA        MAUS.TXT
MAN       MANN.TXT
U         USER.TXT

IMPORTANT: Somtimes you may want to enter a filename on the edit field
           that cannot be found in the current directory, e.g. when
           you are creating a new file. Now and then, however, the Auto-
           Locator will select a file which already exists. For example:
           you want to save a file called SOURCE.C. There is alreay a
           file calles SOURCE.CX in the current directory. If you enter
           SOURCE.C on the edit field, SOURCE.CX will be selected by
           the Auto-Locator. If you press [Return] or [Enter] now, 
           SOURCE.CX will get overwritten, which ist not what you want.
           In this case, you MUST finish the dialog by pressing [Shift]
           or holding the right mouse button while you press [Return] or
           [Enter] or click [OK]! If you do this, Selectric¿ will return 
           with the filname on the edit field instead of the highlighted 
           one.


Special Functions; it's very desirable for a FS to offer more than file 
selection. In many cases it's handy to be able to rename, delete or 
move/copy folders/files from within the FS. Selectric¿ provides all these 
features and more in the best manner possible.

The following functions can be selected from the Functions BeamUp, in some 
cases functions will be unavailable for selection at that point in time. 
For example it's not possible to perform a Delete operation if no 
file/folder has been selected.

New item; a dialog appears from which a file or folder may be created. A 
file created using this function will have zero bytes.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Joe Connor: What's the point of creating a zero length file?

The Answer: Sometimes programmers use zero length files for test purposes. 
            Then there are also those programs which insist on having their 
            own FS, which often cannot be turned off, and these really wind 
            me up. If you're lucky such applications (eg Tempus, Pure C..) 
            can be passed parameters from a command line which makes it 
            possible to pass a zero length file and avoid the FS.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 
Info; provides all the usual information for a selected file/folder. With 
TOS Versions 1.04 or later it's possible to rename folders from the Info 
box. File attributes are also displayed and can be edited as desired. If 
more than a single file/folder is selected Selectric¿ displays an Overall 
dialog detailing the number of files/folders and the total Byte count, this 
dialog may take a little longer to appear depending on the contents of any 
folders selected.
The usual individual Information dialogs for each folder/file selected can 
be displayed in turn by pressing the 'More' button. If any changes are made 
when more than one folder/file is selected be careful to use the 'More' 
button to move to the next dialog without saving any changes and the 'OK' 
button to move to the next dialog and save the changes. The 'Cancel' button 
aborts multiple Info dialog display.

Disk Info; provides complete details for the current drive/partition. The 
drive/partition label may also be changed. The lower third of the dialog 
shows the occupied space on the drive in bargraph and percentage format.

Note: The following five functions can be aborted using the [Esc] key 
before the Confirmation dialog box appears.

Delete; use this Function to delete selected files/folders. The contents 
of any folder/s selected will also be deleted.

Touch; a handy option especially for programmers and TeX users. Changes the 
time and date stamps for any files/folders selected to the current time and 
date stamp.

Copy; use this function to copy files/folders (including folder contents). 
After making then selection and selecting 'Copy' from the BeamUp notice the 
title line of Selectric¿ changes to reflect the copy operation. It's still 
possible to use all the functions (except 'Copy' and 'Move') before 
completing the copy operation. For example, create a new folder, delete 
some files, use Info and resort the selection window, neat eh?

To cancel the copy operation select the Cancel button, to complete the copy 
operation press the [OK] button. Another dialog appears offering a last 
chance to cancel the operation along with the relevant file details and two 
option switches. 'Warning on Overwrites' if checked (crossed) displays the 
rename dialog as described below. If the 'Rename item' option is checked 
(crossed) the rename dialog appears offering options to rename (or replace) 
the existing file or cancel the copy operation.

Move; similar to the Copy function described above except the original 
folders/files are deleted. This function is only directly supported with 
TOS versions 1.04 but Selectric¿ supports the Move function for all TOS 
versions.

Search; when you've forgotten where you put that file use this function. A 
dialog appears into which the filename or mask can be entered together with 
options to search the current folder/drive/partition or all 
drives/partitions (apart from A & B). If a matching file is found the 
search routine pauses offering a chance to stop the search or continue to 
look for another match. After a satisfactory match has been located press 
[OK] to leave the dialog and the desired file will be automatically 
highlighted.

Selectric¿ supports the environment variable DRIVEMAP, also supported by 
the GEMINI replacement Desktop, which specifies which installed 
drives/partitions/ (apart from A & B) may be utilised. If Selectric¿ cannot 
find this environmental variable it searches all the available 
drives/partitions apart from A & B.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
UNKNOWN USER: Yeah, great, but how do I set the environmental variable?
 
The answer   : There are various AUTO folder prgrams which can set 
               environment variables, the Boot manager JCNBOOT by Jens C 
               Neffe, for example.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Options; everyone has their habits, in Selectric¿ we offer you can decide 
these things for yourself...
 
Display
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Show hidden files; if this box is checked (crossed) files with the 'Hidden' 
file attribute set will be displayed in greyed out text. Such files can 
still susequently be selected like any other file.

Use lower case; implemented to keep *nix enthusiasts happy. Everything 
becomes lower case except the Filename field.

'Show time for todays items'; this option displays the timestamp instead of 
the datestamp for any items created on the current day. A small clock 
symbol denotes such entries.

Number of items; depending on your resolution a BeamUp will offer a choice 
of items. At resolutions of 1280x1024 or greater it's possible to select 
between 8, 12, 16 and 24 lines from the BeamUp. If only 8 files can be 
displayed the option remains greyed out.

Extras 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Double click to open folders; the built-in FS only needs a single click to 
open folders but apart from personal preference there are advantages in 
Selectric¿ for requiring a double click to open folders (refer to the 
section on multiple file selector).
     
Save and restore paths; Normally Selectric¿ modifies the Path settings from 
the Operating System. Some applications cannot cope hence the ON/OFF switch.

After Copy/Move operation
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Stay in destination path; Selectric¿ normally returns to the original 
pathname. If this box is checked (crossed) Selectric¿ remains in the 
destination pathname.

Save; all parameters, settings, paths and extensions (except any 
paths/extensions passed to Selectric¿ by an application) will be saved in 
a seperate file called SLECTRIC.INF which will be created in the same 
directory as SLECTRIC.PRG by Selectric¿.

Keyboard layout
============================================================================
Selectric¿ can be almost entirely keyboard driven. After the main table a 
summary is provided:

Basics
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

   [Return] or      Exits dialogs and from the main Selectric¿ dialog 
   [Enter]          returns the path and selected filename to the calling 
                    application. If no filename was selected the content of 
                    the editable Filename field is returned.
   [Undo] or        From the main Selectric¿ dialog returns to the calling 
   [Ctrl]+[U]       application without returning a filename.
   [Help]           Displays a Copyright/Info dialog.
   [Alt]+[A-Z]      Changes to the corresponding drive/partition. If the 
                    selection is unknown to the operating system the entry 
                    is ignored.
   [Alt]+[1-0]      Selects the corresponding preset path (1 to 10). 
                    (Hold down the [Shift] key to save a new path to the 
                    selected path slot).
   [Alt]+[Esc]      Selects the 'captured' path.
   [Ctrl]+[Num 1-0] Selects the corresponding preset extensions (1 to 10)
                    (Hold down the [Shift] key to append new extension).
   [Ctrl]+[Num .]   Select the 'captured' extension.
   [Ctrl]+[Num *]   Selects the '*.*' extension.
   [Ctrl]+[1-10]    Number of steps up the directory tree
                    (similar to Mac-Path').
   [Ctrl]+[A]       Selects (toggles to deselect) all entries.
   [Ctrl]+[S]       Displays file mask dialog.
   [Ctrl]+[BS]      Closes the current folder.
   [Ctrl]+[Space]   Re-reads the current drive/partition. NO media change 
                    command is forced (refer to media change details).
   [F1]             Brings up  Drive/part  BeamUp .
   [F2]             --- " ---  Mac-Path    -- " --.
   [F3]             --- " ---  Extension   -- " --.
   [F4]             --- " ---  Sort        -- " --.
   [F5]             --- " ---  Path        -- " --.
   [F10]            --- " ---  Functions   -- " --.

   [Shift]+[F1]     Displays Media-Change dialog.
   [Shift]+[F3]     Displays the extension dialog.
   [Shift]+[F5]     Displays editable change path dialog

Cursor actions within the selection window
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Selectric¿ supports a myriad of cursor actions. If no file is selected no 
cursor is available. The behaviour of the cursor varies between different 
functions. When a file is selected the highlighted (inverse) area 
represents the cursor and if several files are selected the last selection 
represents the cursor. Subsequent cursor movement may de-select all 
entries. The cursor will be lost if the path or drive/partition is changed.

   [CsrUp]          Moves the cursor up the list a single entry. If the 
                    cursor is not present the last entry within the 
                    selection window will be selected.
   [CsrDown]        Moves the cursor down the list a single entry. If the 
                    cursor is not present the first entry within the 
                    selection window will be selected.
   [Shift]+[CsrUp]  The cursor is 'paged' up. Analogous to clicking the 
                    shaded grey area above the slider in the scroll bar
   [Shift]+[CsrDwn] The cursor is 'paged' down. Analogous to clicking the 
                    shaded grey area below the slider in the scroll bar.
   [CTRL]+[CsrUp]   Moves the list up a single entry. The cursor continues 
                    to highlight the same entry. Analogous to clicking on 
                    the up arrow above the slider.
   [CTRL]+[CsrDwn]  Moves the list down a single entry. The cursor 
                    continues to highlight the same entry. Analogous to 
                    clicking on the down arrow below the slider.
   [Home]           Moves the selection window to display the top of the 
                    list. Analogous to double cliking the up arrow above 
                    the slider.
   [Shift]+[Home]   Moves the selection window to display the bottom of the 
                    list. Analogous to double cliking the down arrow below 
                    the slider.

BeamUps
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Within BeamUps the following keys are available:

   [Return]         Closes the BeamUp and selects the highlighted option.
   [Esc]            Closes the BeamUp without selecting an option.
   [Undo]           Same as [Esc].
   [CsrUp]          Moves the cursor up an entry. Pressing the up arrow on 
                    the first entry wraps the cursor around to the last 
                    entry. Greyed out entries are always skipped.
   [CsrDown]        Moves the cursor down an entry. Pressing the down arrow 
                    on the last entry wraps the cursor around to the first 
                    entry. Greyed out entries are always skipped.
   [Home]           Positions the cursor on the first entry.
   [A] - [Z]        Moves directly to the first occurrence of the 
   [0] - [9]        letter/number pressed. In cases with more a single 
                    match the alternatives are cycled through in turn.
                    Non alphanumeric keys are ignored.
    
Functions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

     [Ctrl]+[C]     Copy   function.
     [Ctrl]+[D]     Delete function.
     [Ctrl]+[F]     Search function.
     [Ctrl]+[I]     Info function.
     [Tab]          Same as [Ctrl]+[I] above (especially for Gemini users)
     [Ctrl]+[M]     Move function.
     [Ctrl]+[N]     New file/folder creation function.
     [Ctrl]+[O]     Calls Options dialog.
     [Ctrl]+[Y]     Disk info function.
     
     [Ctrl]+[H]     Sort by Filename.
     [Ctrl]+[J]     ---"--- Date and time.
     [Ctrl]+[K]     ---"--- Size.
     [Ctrl]+[L]     ---"--- Extension.
     [Ctrl]+[X]     No Sort.
     [Ctrl]+[R]     Reverse display list option.


Overview
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Key                 Dialog element      Function 
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[Ctrl]+[A]          Window full icon    select/deselect all
[Ctrl]+[C]          Copy function       copy selected files/folders
[Ctrl]+[D]          Delete function     delete selected files/folders
[Ctrl]+[F]          Search function     search for files by file mask/s
[Ctrl]+[H]          Sort by name        sort files/folders alphabetically
[Ctrl]+[I]          Info function       displays file/s/folder/s info
[Ctrl]+[J]          Sort by date        sort folders/files into date order
[Ctrl]+[K]          Sort by size        sort folders/files into size order
[Ctrl]+[L]          Sort by type        sort folders/files by extension
[Ctrl]+[M]          Move function       move selected files/folders
[Ctrl]+[N]          New item function   create file/folder
[Ctrl]+[O]          Options button      calls options dialog
[Ctrl]+[R]          Sort reverse        sort folders/files into reverse
[Ctrl]+[S]          Window full icon    select by mask/s
[Ctrl]+[T]          Touch function      touch selected files/folders
[Ctrl]+[X]          No sort             display physical files/foldersorder
[Ctrl]+[Y]          Disk info function  drive/partition details
[Ctrl]+[BackSpace]  Window close icon   close folder
[Ctrl]+[Space]      ---                 re-reads the the folder. This is 
                                        NOT a forced media change.
[Alt]+[A-Z]         ---                 select drive/partition A to Z
[Alt]+[1-0]         ---                 preset paths 1 to 10
[Alt]+[Esc]         ---                 select 'captured' path
[Ctrl]+[Num1-0]     ---                 select extension 1 to 10
[Ctrl]+[Num  .]     ---                 select 'captured' extension
[Ctrl]+[Num  *]     ---                 select '*.*' extension
[Ctrl]+[1 - 10]     ---                 select directory level 1 to 10

[Esc]               ---                 clear edit field in Filename
[Tab]               Info function       info about selected entries
[Return]            OK                  exit Selectric¿ and return filename
[Help]              Info                display info dialog
[Undo] or           Cancel              abort dialog
[Ctrl]+[U]          
[CsrUp]             ---                 move cursor up 
[CsrDown]           ---                 move cursor down

[Shift]+[CsrUp]     Slider              move cursor up one 'page'
[Shift]+[CsrDn]     Slider              move cursor down one 'page'
[Ctrl]+[CsrUp]      Up arrow icon       move cursor up one entry
[Ctrl]+[CsrDn]      Down arrow icon     move cursor down one entry
[Home]              2x Up arrow icon    move cursor to start of list
[Shift]+[Home]      2x Down arrow icon  move cursor to end of list

[F1]                Drive button        BeamUp display
[F2]                'Mac-Path'          ------ " -----
[F3]                Extension           ------ " -----
[F4]                Sort button         ------ " -----
[F5]                Path button         ------ " -----
[F10]               Functions           ------ " -----

[Shift]+[F1]        2x Drive button     force media change dialog 
[Shift]+[F3]        2x Extension        call extension edit dialog 
[Shift]+[F5]        2x Path button      call editable path dialog


Tips & Tricks  
============================================================================ 
 
This is the place to look if you are having problems using Selectric¿ with 
other programs or if you are looking for an easier way to perform those 
tedious chores...
 
Not enough memory; there are still a few programs around that insist on 
grabbing all the memory for themselves, so when Selectric¿ asks nicely for 
a few Bytes it is refused. You will have to use the built-in FS. There are 
two alternative solutions:
 
1. Pester the programmer of the offending program until he/she implements 
   dynamic memory management or at least frees up some more memory.

2. Unfortunatley there are stubborn programmers! As a consequence I have 
   created a small utility program which fragments memory. In many cases 
   this will cure the problem but unfortunately not all. The utility is 
   called 'Fractal' and is included with Selectric¿. Refer to FRACTAL.TXT 
   for more details.

MiNT; Selectric¿ supports virtual drives and this raises the possibility of 
several FS running concurrently! It only remains to say there are some 
interesting possibilities in store for Selectric¿ users!

Signum!3; is one of the stubborn programs that refuses to call Selectric¿. 
There's nothing I can do except to suggest you write to Application Systems 
Heidelberg and ask them to adapt their program to accept the built-in TOS 
(and consequently Selectric¿) File Selector, good luck!

Internal 
============================================================================ 

Selectric¿ redirects the AES/VDI vector (Trap #2) and also the BIOS vector 
(Trap #13) and uses it with XBRA aware 'SLCT'. Additionally a call to the 
'FSEL Cookie' is made. Using these Cookie entries it is possible to hook 
into other functions. The 'FSEL Cookie' can be used in order to check 
whether a replacement FS supports the function fsel_exinput() introduced 
with TOS 1.04. For further information please refer to the included file 
SLCTPROG.TXT.

Afterburner (Appendix) 
============================================================================ 
Credits; thank you to the steadfast Beta testers, especially me (Hey, I 
don't need a new FS.... but then again!

Stefan Eissing and Gereon Steffens for the new malloc routines used in 
Selectric¿ .
 
Thanks also to Wolfgang Wander,  who suggested the Key method of 
registration.

Thanks to Joe Connor for translating the manual into English.

A special mention also to Oliver Scheel, for all the suggestions many of 
which Selectric¿ were based on. I wish him good luck and continued success 
in the future.


How to Register Selectric¿ 
============================================================================
The Shareware fee for Selectric¿ is DM 30, which can either be paid 
directly into my Bank account or by cheque, my banking details follow. UK 
users can, if they prefer, register their copy of Selectric¿ in the UK. 
Send a cheque or Postal Order for 13 Pounds payable to Denesh Bhabuta 
to:

CyberSTrider, PO Box 78, Manchester M21 8SJ, UK

Who can also be contacted by Email: dbhabuta@cix.compulink.co.uk

The latest English Version can be obtained from Denesh Bhabuta free of 
charge by sending a Stamped Addressed Envelope enclosing a formatted floppy
disk.

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Upon registration I will Email/post your personal 'Key'. This 'Key' can be 
used to 'unlock' the current and future Selectric¿ versions. To convert 
your Shareware version to a registered version first make sure Selectric¿ 
is called SLECTRIC.PRG then click on the 'Info' button to call the 
copyright dialog. Click on the 'Register' button and enter your name and 
personal 'Key' and voila you now have a Registered version. You no longer 
have to suffer the 'Ping' as Selectric¿ installs!

Using the 'Key' method will, I hope, suit all users and encourage me to 
release more frequent upgrades.

Registered users can obtain the latest release version at any time by 
sending me a SAE including a formatted disk.

============================================================================
Address: 
 
Stefan Radermacher
Unter Krahnenb„umen 52-54
50668 K”ln
Germany 

Telephone: (from the UK) 010 49 221 122268 Q

Email: sr@k.maus.de 

The latest version of Selectric¿ is always available from:
BBS: MAUS K”ln; Telephone: (from the UK) 010 49 221 1390008; 8-N-1.
V32bis (14400 baud/V42bis) even better 16800 and 19200 with ZyXEL modems.
Guest download is allowed from 0800 to 1800 hours and from 2200 to 0400 
hours. The BBS is in German!

Bank details: Stefan Radermacher
Account No: 3140 62-503
Post giro Koeln 
Sort Code (BLZ): 370 100 50.

Credit transfer (especially BTX) can cause problems so be sure to include 
your name and address, telephone number and Email address (a separate 
postcard or letter or postcard would be ideal) otherwise I have no idea who 
sent the money or where to send the key to!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Stefan says: It's not a trick, it's Selectric¿!

Hey! Where's Oliver gone? I've run out of things to do! All that remains 
for me to say is, enjoy Selectric¿. Someone turn out the lights...
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