ParaDisc and DiscView User Guide - Ver 3.2 August 95

Introduction

ParaDisc - The No 1 Record Cataloguing system

ParaDisc - Just a cataloguing system ?

DiscView - Records "For Sale" catalogue on computer

ParaDisc data structures

Installation

ParaDisc installation procedure

Installation - How it works

ParaDisc User Guide

The Main Menu - A brief explanation

Discs

MakeATape

Reports

Ask

Tools

Settings

ParaDiscClub

Trouble Shooting

DiscView User Guide

DiscView installation procedure

The Main Menu - A brief explanation

View - "View mode"

Filter/Query - "Query Mode"

Settings


Introduction.

This manual introduces you to two programs, ParaDisc and DiscView, and explains what they are and how they are linked. The manual initially gives you a brief overview of the programs and then explains the installation procedure. From there it is split into two parts, the ParaDisc User guide and the DiscView User guide.

ParaDisc - The No 1 Record Cataloguing system

ParaDisc is a simple and logical way of cataloguing your record collection.

By selecting the "Discs" option you may browse through your collection, change existing entries, add new ones and search for any information you want.

There are sixteen fields which you can enter information about your collection into - Artist, Title, Year, Format, Music Type, Label, Catalog No, Condition, Comment, Box No, Rating, Cost, Value, TrackName, TrackType and Side. You do not have to fill information into all fields - there are three levels of detail.

Once catalogued you can massage your data in any way you like and create printed reports displaying all or selected parts of your collection in any order: for instance, print out your 1960s records sorted by year, format (LPs CDs, Singles etc) and then by condition.

Paradisc has thirty three sets of reports to choose from including collection statistics. However by using the "Ask" option you can define your own queries and generate your own customised reports.

ParaDisc - Just a cataloguing system ?

Apart from cataloguing and printing your collection ParaDisc has many other features - see applicable parts of this manual for more details.

MakeATape If you are thinking of making a compilation tape from your collection let ParaDisc help you. By selecting the "MakeATape" option you can browse through your collection and on selecting a particular track, ParaDisc will copy it with the artist to the new tape entry - when you have finished adding tracks press [Alt][P] and print a cover off to fit neatly into the cassette case.

RandomChooser. What shall I play today? Use the RandomChooser option to select any number of tracks or discs at random from your collection, then print the list out.

Statistics. As part of the report options ParaDisc offers three printouts that generate summary statistics regarding your collection. There is one report for each three levels of detail.

DiscView - Join the ParaDisc Club. Using the ParaDiscClub option you can download onto floppy disk any records that you want to sell, by sending them into RecordWare they will be incorporated into DiscView. DiscView is a listing of second hand records for sale; it is like a computerised version of "Set Sales and auctions" in Record Collector magazine.

DiscView - Records "For Sale" catalogue on computer

DiscView is a computerised listing of records that other ParaDisc users want to sell. You can advertise your "For Sale" records in DiscView and receive the DiscView catalogue yourself - and its all on computer. Find information at the press of a few keys, no need to thumb through pages any more! think of it as a computerised Exchange and Mart for records.

When you purchase ParaDisc the first year membership of DiscView is free. To join, all you have to do is send into RECORDWARE a floppy disk containing your "for sale" records (this is easily done through the ParaDiscClub option in ParaDisc), in return you will receive the catalogue on disk specifically targeted for the type of music you like.

ParaDisc data structures.

Below are the fields which you can enter information about your collection into, you do not have to fill information into all the fields - there are three levels of detail.

Field Length Description and examples

Artist		25		Artist or Group name

Title		35		Title of the disc

Year		4		Year that the disc was issued

Format		4		Format of the disc

Music Type	11		This describes the style of music

Label		15		Name of the record company

Catalogue No	12		Catalogue Number of the disc

Condition	5		This indicates the condition of the cover first then the disc itself

Comment		40		Contains any other relevant details about the disc

Box No		4		Enter here what box, rack or shelf the disc is stored

Rating		Number		Give the disc your own rating say between 0 and 100

Cost		Number		Enter here how much the disc cost

Value		Number		Enter here how much you would sell it for

Sell		1		Do you want to sell the disc, Y or N

Track		50		 Name of the track

Type		10		Categorise the "mood" of the track

Side		1		Enter what side the track appears on 

Installations.

Computer: IBM PC Compatible. The application requires about 2.5Mb of hard disk space

Software: ParaDisc Ver 3.0 (A Paradox RunTime application).

ParaDisc Installation Procedure

If you have have downloaded ParaDisc and DiscView from the Internet then follow the instructions below on how to install the priograms. If you have obtained ParaDisc and discView by post then observe the installation instructions with the accompanying manual.

The ParaDisc and DiscView package is in zipped format, to install it:

Copy paradisc.zip to your root directory i.e. C:\

type pkunzip -d paradisc.zip [Enter]

Run the programs by typing

cd\paradisc [Enter]

Then either ParaDisc [Enter] or DiscView [Enter]


Once you have downloaded one of the catalog zip files, to install it:

Copy catalogx.zip to the \paradisc\dview directory

expand the file by typeing pkunzip catalogx.zip [Enter]

Run the programs by typing cd\paradisc [Enter] then type DiscView [Enter]

Note: Performing the above steps will erase a previous catalog if you want to keep the previous catalog then copy the contents of \paradisc\discview elsewhere


Installation - How it works.

The ParaDisc and DiscView applications are contained in one compressed file that you have downloaded. When you decompress this file onto your hard disk. The following directory structure is created.

ParaDisc and DiscView directory structyre

ParaDisc This directory contains the Paradox Runtime code, some start up scripts and the above five sub directories.

Tables This contains the ParaDisc information that you type in.

DView This contains the record-for-sale catalogue that is sent to you when you join the ParaDisc club.

Data This is the default directory to which report files, cassette covers etc are directed if you have chosen to direct them to a file instead of the printer.

Code This contains the program code of the two applications.

Askprog This contains the program code for the "Ask" option subsystem.

AskData This is where the query and report specs are stored for the "Ask" option subsystem.


ParaDisc User Guide

Welcome to ParaDisc This application has been written in Borlands PAL language and runs on Paradox RunTime. The program is intended to have the feel of a Paradox application, so it will be very easy to get the hang of if you have had experience of Paradox.

ParaDisc is a menu driven program: to select a particular option, position the menu pointer over the option that you wish to invoke (by using the movement keys), then press the [Enter] key.

Notice that as you move the menu pointer over the options, the line below changes. If you read this line it gives you a brief description of what the option does.

To go back up a level within the menu structure press the [Escape] key.

If you are unsure of what you are doing then you can always invoke the help option; if you are in a menu then select the help option, if you are in a ParaDisc screen press the [F1] help key.

The demonstration version of ParaDisc is exactly the same as the full blown ParaDisc system except that it can only hold 25 disc entries.

When you go into ParaDisc for the first time, you will be presented with a registration screen, fill this out with your name and address (press [F1] for help with this), do this properly because this information is used if you choose to join the ParaDisc Club and make use of DiscView.

This guide is intended to instruct you on what ParaDisc can do for you and how to do it.

Since the program is menu driven the best way to explain how to use it is to split the User Guide into sections, each section explaining what each option does.

The Main Menu - A brief explanation.

Discs   MakeATape   Reports   Ask   Tools   Settings   ParaDiscClub   Help   Quit 

The following headings describe what the main menu options do, remember as you delve further into the program you can always press [F1] help key for more information on what you are currently doing.

Discs This takes you straight into your record collection, you can browse through your sounds using the various movement keys and insert, change and delete entries (for more info on what keys do, go into "Discs" and select Help or look in accompanying documentation).

The screen that you see displays the level of detail what you want to work with. There are three levels - short, intermediate and full; to change the level of detail press [Alt][D].

MakeATape This feature is designed for you to create a compilation tape from the catalog. It takes you into a screen very similar to the long detail screen of the discs option, the difference being that you are in the "Make-A-Tape" mode and are presented with a blank tape entry. The idea is to browse through your collection and on spying a track that you wish to include on the tape press the [F5] key - this will copy the track and artist to the new tape entry. Once you have filled the tape up you have a new entry in your catalog and you can print off a tape cover with the [Alt][P] key combination.

Reports Use this option to print lists of all or part of your collection in various different formats - there are 31 reports in all. There are different reports for the different level of detail that you are working with. When you create a report you do not have to print out the whole collection, you can filter out only the required information. For more complex "querying" of your collection and customising your own reports use the powerful "Ask" option.

Ask This is a very powerful free form query and reporting utility. It allows you to interrogate the information in ParaDisc extract the data that you want and create your own customised printed reports. Using this option you can massage your information in virtually any way.

Tools This option contains tools and utilities to help manage ParaDisc such as: lookup tables (files containing lists of valid information that are linked to certain fields in the ParaDisc system); a backup option to backup the ParaDisc system; an Address Change; RandomChooser and the ParaDisc Club option.

Settings This contains the Default settings for the program. You can go into this option and change the settings for the program such as: level of detail, backup program to use, report destination and file destination and setup codes for printed reports.

ParaDiscClub If you wish to become a member of the ParaDisc club and publish part or all of your collection then use this option. Use "CreateFile" option to "query" your collection and create a file, then using "CopyViewFile" save the file to floppy disk and send it in to RecordWare. Your collection will be amalgamated with other ParaDisc users and you will receive the "DiscView" catalogue system, enabling you to view and search etc through other ParaDisc collections. See the DiscView User guide for more information.

Discs.

There are three levels of detail that you can choose from when cataloguing your records, so there are three different screens to pick from, Short, Intermediate and Full.

Use the keys below to perform the following operations:

[Alt][D] changes level of detail

[Home] moves to the first record

[End] moves to the last record in the catalog

[Ctrl][Home] moves to the first field of the current disc

[Ctrl][End] moves to last field of the current disc

[Ctrl][PgUp] moves up to the next disc same field

[Ctrl][PgUp] moves down to the next disc same field

[Ctrl][F5] puts you in edit mode of an individual field entry

[Del] erases a disc record

[Ins] Inserts a new disc entry

Search for entries in any field using the following keys:

[Ctrl][Z] searches from the beginning of the file for the value or pattern you typed in

[Alt][Z] finds the next occurrence of the value you entered with [Ctrl][Z] or [Ctrl][C]

[Ctrl][C] searches from the current position for the value or pattern you typed in

You can use wildcards in these searches: @ represents any one single character, .. represents any number of any characters.

So, if you wanted to browse through your collection from the top just looking at your CDs then position the cursor on the "Type" field and press [Ctrl][Z] and enter "CD". ParaDisc will find the first CD entry in the collection - to find the next and the next just press [Alt][Z].

The Music Type and Label Type fields have lookup tables attached to them (see Tools/EditLookups). To fill in these fields you can simply type a valid entry in or press the [F1] key and select the required entry.

Because the catalog system is in Artist order it is best to enter group names as, for instance, "Beatles, The" or just "Beatles", rather than "The Beatles".

The Format field accepts 11 different formats and the computer will automatically fill in the last characters, for instance to enter TAPE you only have to type T the APE is automatically filled in for you. When entering 7 the computer will automatically add the ", if however you wanted to enter 78 then you will have to backspace the " and enter 8 yourself.

Some of the keys perform slightly different operations depending on the level of detail.

Short and Intermediate detail

[PgUp] moves up through the catalog a screen at a time

[PgUp] moves down through the catalog a screen at a time

Pressing [F7] in Intermediate detail takes you into a "Quick Entry screen", you might find this usefull when entering batches of records. To return to the usual screen press [F7] again.

Full detail

The screen is split into two windows, one inside the other. The main outer window contains information on the disc itself while the inner window contains information on the tracks.

[F3] moves between the two windows

[PgUp] moves up through the catalog a disc at a time

[PgDn] moves down through the catalog a disc at a time

Remember you can still use the [Ctrl][Z], [Alt][Z] and [Ctrl][C] search keys within the track and tracktype fields to search through your catalogue for particular tracks.

MakeATape

Make-a-tape mode is very similar to the full detail screen of the Discs option but there are some additional function keys, the rest of the other keys work in the same way except you cannot insert any new discs.

The idea of the option is to create a compilation tape from your catalog. When you go into this option you are presented with a NEW blank tape entry which can be filled with tracks using the aid of the following function keys:

[F5] Having browsed through your collection and spied a track that you wish to include on the tape, press the [F5] key to copy the track and artist to the new tape entry. If you press the [F5] key when the cursor is on a disc rather than a track then all the tracks on that disc will be copied to the tape.

[F6] If you have just copied a track to the new tape entry and would like to return to that disc, perhaps to copy another then the [F6] key will return you to the disc that contains the last copied track.

[F7] If you are browsing through your catalog and would like to go back to the new tape entry then press the [F7] key.

[F9] If you do NOT want to create a new tape entry but EDIT an existing one then once you have gone into the MakeATape option move to the tape entry in question and press the [F9] key. This action will make the current tape the new MakeATape entry and erase the existing one.

[Alt][P] This will print off a cassette cover of the current tape to the printer or file - whichever is specified in the Settings option.

Remember to give the Tape a title before you press [F2] - if you do not then ParaDisc will not allow you out of this mode. If you want to cancel and erase the tape that you are making then move to the tape and press the [Del] key. This will delete the new tape entry and return you to the main menu.

Reports

The reporting option brings up three different report menus depending on the level of detail in use. You can create a report based on any of the sixteen fields defined in ParaDisc as well as generate three statistical reports one for each level of detail.

Using the reporting options you can print out the whole catalog in a choice of various formats, or you can just print part of your catalog by entering a "filter" at the prompt: for instance, if you selected the Year report format ParaDisc would ask you what year range you wanted - if you entered "196@" you would generate a report of only your 60s discs (@ is a wildcard and stands for any character, likewise .. represents any number of characters).

Notice as with all the other options if you choose a Year report format then you can only query or filter your catalog on the same field, ie. Year field.

What if you wanted to use the year report format (report sorted on recording year) for all your LPs in the 60s ? You can filter the 1960s but you cannot filter the LP's - however, do not worry as you can use the ASK option to create more complex filtering and generate your own customised reports. See the "LPs in the 1960s printed by year" entry in ASK to see how this is done.

Ask

This is a very powerful free form query and reporting utility. It allows you to interrogate the information in ParaDisc, extract the data that you want and create your own customised printed reports. Using this option you can massage your information in virtually any way.

ParaDisc comes with two master queries and report specifications plus a collection of other customised queries and reports. When you go into the Ask option select one of the queries and then choose the modify option. This option takes you into a "query form" and allows you to filter out only the information you want from the whole of your collection.

Query Forms

ParaDisc holds its information in tables and data fields, the query form is a representation of this, the idea is to query or filter your information.

To create a query there are two main things to do:

specify the fields that are required in the answer table that will be generated - do this by checkmarking (Ö) the fields with the [F6] function key.

specify under the corresponding fields your selection criteria, for instance if you want only LP records to be extracted you would enter the word LP under the Type field.

Using query forms

Below are selected words and characters that you can use in a query form to help you with your selection criteria.

@ (196@) represents any one single character

.. (The ..) represents any number of any characters

Blank retrieves entries that are blank

Not (not Beatles) retrieves entries that do not match

Like (Like Beastie) retrieves entries that are similar to

Or (PUNK or ROCK) retrieves both alternative entries

Calc (Calc value-cost) calculates a new field

Average (Calc average) averages of values

Count (Calc count) number of values

Max (Calc min) highest value

Min (Calc min) lowest value

Sum (Calc sum) Total of values

> greater than, < less than

>= greater than or equal to, <= less than or equal to

+ plus, - minus, * multiply, / divide, () brackets.

[F5] This is known as an example element and is used to link the same information over one or more tables. Linking information is performed by pressing the [F5] key and then typing out an example value (it is like a maths variable and can be anything, eg X or Y or something more meaningful to the query). For examples of "querying by example" look at the different "query and reports specifications" that come with the Ask option of ParaDisc.

Examples of querying/filtering discs

To extract every disc - move to the Artist field and type ..

To extract all discs with a rating below 50 - move to the Rating field and enter in <=50 (less than or equal to 50).

To extract all the LPs with a rating below 50 - fill out the rating field as above and then move to the Type filed and enter LP on the same line.

To extract all the Punk or Jazz discs - move to the Type of music field and type PUNK or JAZZ. Remember to put it in uppercase as that is how it appears in the catalog.

To extract all your 1960s records - move to the Year field and type in >=1960, <1970 or just type in 196@.

To extract all your Beatles records and all other records that are in mint condition - move to the Artist field and type in Beatles and then move down a line and type in M/M in the Condition field.

To extract all your discs that contain a value in the value field - move to the value field and type not blank.

Generating reports with your filtered information

Once you have created your query press the [F2] function key to execute it, ParaDisc will then filter out all the records that match your selection criteria. You will then be asked to save the query that you have made. Once you have given the query a description ParaDisc will show you the extracted records, you can view them and even delete any that are unwanted.

When you are happy with your filtered information press the [F2] key again and you will be presented with a reporting menu. The menu you see depends on whether the structure of the answer table is different from the original query that you selected (it will be different if you have ticked other fields using the [F6] function key).

If you did not change the structure of the answer table then you will be presented with this menu:

UseOldDesign    DesignFromNew    StandardReport 

UseOldDesign This option takes you into the report generator where you will be presented with the customised report from the original query. You can then adapt it to suit your new information and print it off.

DesignFromNew If the original report spec is not what you want then you can use this option and create your own customised report from scratch.

StandardReport If you do not want to go into the report generator ParaDisc will print a standard report.

If you did change the structure of the answer table then you cannot use the original report spec and will be presented with a menu with only two options

Design This is the same as the DesignFromNew option

StandardReport ParaDisc will print a standard report.

Having created a report ParaDisc will then give you the choice of sending the report to the printer or a file.

Tools

EditLookUps This option allows you to edit the lookup tables. A lookup file contains information that is linked to a particular field in the system. Only information that appears in the lookup file can be put in that field. Lookup files are useful as they make sure that information is consistent and is not for instance spelt incorrectly.

Backup This option is used to backup your catalog system. You should always have a second copy of your data in existence. There are two batch file programs that come with the system which are called \Paradisc\Backup1 and \Paradisc\Backup2.

Both programs save the information in the directories \Paradisc\Tables and \Paradisc\AskData. "Backup1" does this using the copy command - this will be adequate until the data is to big to fit on one floppy disk. When this happens use "Backup2" which uses the Backup command (you should have this on your computer, it is part of DOS) that has the ability to save your data over more than one disc.

RandomChooser This option presents you with another two option menu - "Discs" and "Tracks". Selecting one of these will cause ParaDisc to randomly choose a number of discs or tracks, the number is set in the Preferences option. The results are displayed on the screen and can be printed off by pressing the [Alt][P] keys.

AddressChange On startup of ParaDisc the ParaDisc screen will appear with your name. If any of your details change, use this option to change the ParaDisc startup screen.

If you decide to become a member of the ParaDisc Club then this information needs to be correct because the ParaDiscClub option uses this data.

Settings

The Settings option contains the default settings of the program. When a program starts up it needs to know certain parameters about the equipment it is using and other information on how you want the program to behave. These are know as default settings. You can change this information going into the Setting options:

Level of detail On startup the program needs to know what level of detail you usually want to work with - specify here Short, Intermediate or Full. You can change this "on the fly" when you are in the discs option with [Alt][D].

Random selections The RandomChooser option in the Tools menu uses the number here to determine the number of random disc or tracks to select - if you want a different number change the number here.

Backup program There are two different backup programs to use to backup your data. These are:

\Paradisc\BackUp1 - this uses DOS copy command.

\Paradisc\BackUp2 - this uses DOS backup program.

DownLoad Drive The ParaDiscClub option requires you to copy your "For Sale" records to a floppy drive. Specify here which drive A or B that you want to download to.

Report destination You can choose if you want your reports to be sent directly to the printer or to a file on your computer. You might want to do the latter if you do not have a printer currently attached and want to print the reports off later using DOS, or perhaps you want to load the reports into a word processor to jazz them up before printing. ParaDisc prints out reports in normal (80 characters) and condensed (132 characters) modes.

File destination If you decide to send your reports to a disk then specify here the directory that they should be stored in. \Paradisc\Data is the directory used when the program is installed.

Normal Specify here the setup code to instruct your printer to print 80 characters across the page.

Condensed Specify here the setup code to instruct your printer to print 132 characters across the page.

Printer Interface Enter here which port on the back of your computer you want your information to be sent to, the choices being LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, COM1, COM2 or AUX.

ParaDiscClub

The ParaDisc club is designed to electronically publish your "for sale" discs - computerised version of the "Set Sales and Auctions" that you find in "Record Collector" magazine.

In this way you can advertise your discs free of charge (have you seen how much it costs to do this in magazines ?) as well as receive the DiscView catalog yourself. Because the catalogue is composed of hundreds of collectors like yourself there are thousands of bargains to be had - there are none of the usual advertising costs to be recovered from the price of the disc; and remember it is on computer so you can find what you want quickly.

When you purchase ParaDisc the first year membership of the ParaDisc club is free, to join all you have to do is send in to RECORDWARE a floppy disk containing your "for sale" records. To create the floppy disk select the ParaDiscClub option in the Tools menu. There are two steps to take.

CreateFile

This option uses a query form to extract only the records that you want to sell, it works in exactly the same way as the query form in the Ask option. An easy way to do this is to enter the letter "Y" in the SELL field for all the discs you want to sell, then in the query form under the SELL field simply type "Y" and this will filter out all those discs you want to sell.

The CreateFile option creates a file by extracting the following 9 fields of information from your catalog:

"Artist", "Title", "Year", "Format", "Type of music", "Catalog No", "Value", "Condition" and "Comment".

Remember to fill in all these details for each disc you want to sell - especially the price in the value field, as well as any other extra selling information that you can put in the comments field; bear in mind that the more information you put in the more chance you have of selling it.

NB - if you do not enter a price for the disc it is considered to be for auction

ViewCopyFile

Once you have created a file go into this option and you will have a chance to view the records that you have extracted and then copy them onto a floppy disk.

When you copy the information to a floppy disk your name, address, telephone number (if you include it) and notes that appear in the startup screen, as well as your collection, will be published for other ParaDisc users. If you do not want this information advertised then DO NOT join the ParaDisc club.

What happens to your file?

The file you send in to RecordWare will be collated with files from other ParaDisc users to produce a large database or catalogue. From this data pool, information require will be extracted onto a floppy disk(s) and sent to you. This is the DiscView catalog and you can browse through it or search for specific records that you wish to acquire. See the DiscView User Guide for more information on how to use the DiscView catalog program.

To join the ParaDisc club fill out the "ParaDisc Club (DiscView) Registration" form that comes with ParaDisc, then label the floppy disks you have created with your name and address and send it with the form to the address below:

RECORDWARE
76 Southfield Rd
Cowley
Oxford,
OX4 1PA

Trouble Shooting

Paradisc will not always accept what I type when I am in the "Music Type", "Label" or "Track Type" fields.

This is because these three fields are connected to "Lookup" tables. A Lookup table contains information that is linked to a particular field. In that field only information that appears in the lookup table can be entered. Lookup tables are useful because they ensure information is consistent and is not for instance spelt incorrectly. They are also useful when entering repetitive information.

So in order for ParaDisc to accept whatever you want to type into the particular field first you must enter it into the lookup table. To do this you must come out of the discs option and go into Tools/EditLookups option and add the entry to the relevant lookup table.

The Report options do not offer me the exact type of report that I require.

You can generate your own queries and create your own customised reports by using the Ask option. Querying and creating your own reports are probably the most difficult part of using ParaDisc, however it is also the most stimulating and rewarding, for more information on report writing get hold of a book on Paradox Ver 3.5 to help you.

When I send something to print nothing comes out.

Printing causes a lot of problems in computing. There are lots of reasons why the above could occur, however in regards to ParaDisc it could be because in Settings you have set the "Report Destination" to a file instead of the printer. This means that a report is being generated but instead of it being printed out on paper, it has been "printed" to the hard disk.

When printing some of the reports, they are not fitting onto the page correctly.

Check that you are using the correct setup codes in the Settings options, You need to instruct your printer to print 80 characters across (normal print) as well as 130 characters across (condensed print). Refer to the printer manual for the correct setup codes to do this.

How do I change the number of random selections when I use the RandomChooser option ?

Go into the Settings option and change the Random selections to the number you want.


DiscView User Guide

Welcome to DiscView DiscView is the second program in a suite of two programs from RecordWare. It is linked to ParaDisc in that the DiscView catalog is composed of information derived from downloading data from record collectors who use the ParaDisc program and want to advertise some of their records in the DiscView catalog.

DiskView comes with some example data, there is about 100 records for sale from various collectors, this is just test data to help you get to know how the program works.

DiscView Installation Procedure.

When you become a member of the Paradisc club you will receive a disk(s) containing the discView catalog. The installation procedure is similar to that of ParaDisc - follow the instructions below in order to install the catalog onto your hard disk:

switch the computer on, insert the disk into the appropriate drive. Then make that drive the current drive by typing:

A: then press the [Enter] Key or B: then press the [Enter] key - depending on what drive you are using.

The installation is accomplished using a batch file called INSTALL, this program works in the following way:

INSTALL «Target drive» «Source drive»

Where «source drive» is optional if not used is assumed to be drive A.

So for instance if the floppy disks fit in drive A and you want to install the program onto the C drive then you would type the following:

install c a then press the [Enter] key (it would still work if you left out the a)

Having accomplished this follow the instructions on the screen and place the floppy disks in the correct order into the drive when the computer prompts you for them.

- "OK to proceed with next volume/diskette yes, no, always or quit?"- This means put the next floppy disk in the floppy drive, press the Y key and then press the [Enter] key.

Note that the new catalog will be installed over the old existing catalog, so if you want to keep the old one make sure you have previously made a copy of it.

Typing Discview from DOS will take you into the new catalog.

The Main Menu - A brief explanation.

View   Filter/Query   Settings   Help   Quit 

The following headings describe what the main menu options do, remember as you delve further into the program you can always press [F1] help key for more information on what you are currently doing.

View This takes you straight into the record catalog, you can browse through your sounds using the various movement keys, or use the search keys to go directly to the entry you want. There are two levels of detail to work with, Short and Full, use [Alt][D] to flip between them. [Alt][A] displays the "owner" of a particular record that you are interested in. This mode is known as "View Mode".

Filter/Query This option is designed for you to work with a smaller group of records which are filtered out from the whole catalog. Once you have extracted the group of records you want to work with you are in "Query Mode" and this works in the same way as "View Mode".

Settings This contains the Default settings for the program. You can go into this option and change the settings for the program: such as, level of detail, report destination, file destination, setup codes for printed reports and printer port to use.

View - "View mode".

There are two levels of detail that you can choose from when viewing the catalog, Short and Full use [Alt][D] to select which one to work with.

Use the keys below to perform the following operations:

[Home] moves to the first record

[End] moves to the last record in the catalog

[PgUp] moves up through the catalog a screen at a time

[PgDn] moves down through the catalog a screen at a time

[Ctrl][Home] moves to the first field of the current disc

[Ctrl][End] moves to last field of the current disc

[Ctrl][PgUp] moves up to the next disc same field

[Ctrl][PgUp] moves down to the next disc same field

[Alt][D] changes level of detail

[Alt[N] tells you how many entries there are in the catalog

[Alt][A] displays details of the owner of the record, you can go on from there using [Alt][R] to find other records the owner has in the catalog

[Alt][P] brings up a menu allowing you to print the current record, details of the owner and any other records he/she might have

Search for entries in any field using the following keys:

[Ctrl][Z] searches from the beginning of the file for the value or pattern you typed in

[Alt][Z] finds the next occurrence of the value you entered with [Ctrl][Z] or [Ctrl][C]

[Ctrl][C] searches from the current position for the value or pattern you typed in

You can use wildcards in these searches; @ represents any one single character, .. represents any number of any characters.

So to find the first CD entry move to the Format field, press [Ctrl][Z] and type CD or cd.. then [Enter]. To find the next occurrence just press [Alt][Z] and it will go to the next CD entry in the catalog. If from the present position you wanted to go to the next LP then you would use [Ctrl][C] as [Ctrl][C] searches from the Current position in the catalog.

Filter/Query - "Query mode".

This option is designed for you to work with a smaller group of records, which are filtered out from the whole catalog depending on what your criteria is. For instance you might just want to work with Beatles records or records under £10 or Punk records which are only in mint condition.

The Query mode works in almost the same way as the View Mode except first you have to extract the group of records you want to work with. On selecting this option you are presented with a "query form" - you should be familiar with this screen as you will have seen it before in the ParaDiscClub/CreateFile option as well as in the ASK option in Paradisc.

By entering your criteria and pressing [F2] you will extract the relevant group of records and then be placed in the Query Mode. this works in exactly the same way as the View Mode except that when you view the rest of an owners records ([Alt][R]) you will only see the ones that fit into the group of records you are currently working with - the owner might have more records in DiscView not in the group that was selected.

Select the [F1] Help key when in this mode for examples of querying the catalog.

Settings

The Settings option contains the default settings of the program. When a program starts up it needs to know certain parameters about the equipment it is using and other information on how you want the program to behave. These are know as default settings. You can change this information going into the Setting options:

Level of detail On startup the program needs to know what level of detail you usually want to work with - specify here Short or Full. You can change this "on the fly" when you are in the discs option with [Alt][D].

Report destination You can choose if you want your reports to be sent directly to the printer or to a file on your computer. You might want to do the latter if you do not have a printer currently attached and want to print the reports off later using DOS, or perhaps you want to load the reports into a word processor to jazz them up before printing. ParaDisc prints out reports in normal and condensed mode and uses Epson control characters to do this.

File destination If you decide to send your reports to a disk then specify here the directory that they should be stored in. \Paradisc\Data is the directory used when the program is installed.

Normal Specify here the setup code to instruct your printer to print 80 characters across the page.

Printer Interface Enter here which port on the back of your computer you want your information to be sent to, the choices being LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, COM1, COM2 or AUX.


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Author: Jonathan Watkins email: Joff.Watkins@gusher.org.uk
Revised: 4th August 1995