Menu Master The Ultimate Menu Editor For QuickBBS Note that this is a beta release and the

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Menu Master The Ultimate Menu Editor For QuickBBS Note that this is a beta release and the documentation if far from complete. This is just to get you started. With that in mind..... ---First Things First--- STANDARD DISCLAIMER This product is meant for educational purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purley coincidental. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. List each check separately by bank number. Batteries not included. Contents may settle during shipment. Use only as directed. No other warranty expressed or implied. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. Postage will be paid by addressee. Subject to CAB approval. This is not an offer to sell securities. Apply only to affected area. May be too intense for some viewers. Do not stamp. Use other side for additional listings. For recreational use only. Do not disturb. All models over 18 years of age. If condition persists, consult your physician. 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Not recommended for children. Prerecorded for this time zone. Reproduction strictly prohibited. No solicitors. No alcohol, dogs, or horses. No anchovies unless otherwise specified. Restaurant package, not for resale. List at least two alternate dates. First pull up, then pull down. Call toll free before digging. Driver does not carry cash. Some of the trademarks mentioned in this product appear for identification purposes only. Record additional transactions on back of previous stub. This supersedes all previous notices. ---Getting Started--- First thing to do is read the disclaimer included. Next unarc the MM archive into your QuickBBS directory. Run MMC to set up a configation file. You will be taken into an edit screen. Here you can change the default colors and such used by MM. You can come back to that later so just hit ESC to accept the defaults for now. Now type MM to load Menu Master. ---Selecting Menus To Edit--- Use your cursor keys to highlight the menu you want to edit and press ENTER. If you prefer, you can hit ESCAPE and type the name instead of cursoring to it. Entering a name the does not exist will cause MM to ask you want to create it. The F1, F2, and F3 keys operate exactly the same as those in Adam's MenuEdit. To exit to DOS from this screen just hit ESCAPE a few times. ---The Editor--- Your menu is simulated for you constantly. Every change you make will update the simulation. The simulation is preset to level 32000 and all flags ON. This is so you can always see exactly what you have in your menu at all times. If you want to simulate different levels and flags settings use the 'S' option. You also have the option of stripping the line numbers so it looks just like it will on your system. The top line tells you what menu you are editing, what level and flags settings the simulation is using. The 'A' key lets you add entries to the menu. This is the first key you will use when making a brand new menu. The 'C' Key will let you change any entry. The 'D' key will let you delete a single entry or a range of entries. Note that the ESCAPE key will get you out of most any option should you decide not to go through with it. The 'M' key lets you move or copy entries within the menu. It will delete the source entries after you copy them if you wish. The 'S' key allows you to simulate any security level and flags settings. With or without line numbers. 'L' lists your entries with all the data associated with them. 'H' lets you change the highlight colors of the menu. (Anything in the display string surrounded by ^'s is highlighted) 'I' inserts entries into the menu. 'P' changes the prompt string settings. ---Editing Entrys--- Editing entrys works just the same as menuedit with a few exceptions. At any time you can hit the F10 key to get pop-up help with menu types. The keys in use are always shown so you dont put the same key in twice. You can enter any number for the menu colors however unpredictable results will occur if you use values outside of 0-15 for Foreground and 0-7 for background. You can save the entry with either F1 or the [END] key. [ESC] takes you out without saving the current changes. Thats about it. The rest is self explanatory. Please remember that this is a BETA TEST version and not all the bugs are worked out and not all the features work yet. Anything with a '*' next to it on the menu does not work. ---Other Stuff--- Please report all bugs, suggestions, comments, death threats, etc to me via Netmail or Feedback on The Great Escape BBS. FidoNet 1:170/211 1-918-585-3763 PLEASE do not use the QuickBBS echo to report bugs. Only compliments. :-) Registered users will get the finished version mailed to them along with the full documentation. Beta copies will be available for File Request on 170/211 with the magic filename 'MM'. A new beta version will be released about every few weeks. You may also call and download from the bbs if you wish. New users have access to all the QuickBBS file areas. A few of the features planned: --Full Simulation mode ie Similar to you being on your own board --Instant menu creation more on this later --Global changes to menus ---Update History--- v0.00 -Does what Mr. Hudsons does. Just does it with a little more speed and color. -Auto-Simulation added. v0.01 - Added MMC so the user can customise colors used by MM. You can also move the main menu somewhere else if its interfering with the auto-simulation. - Added flag support in the simulation mode. - Popup help window in the editor. - Keys in use are now shown in the editor. - You can now type a cntrl-A in the key field. - You can save the menu entry with either F1 or END. - The SAVE AS feature lets you make copies of the current menu. - Added a Abort option to load another menu without saving the current one. - Fixed a major bug that wouldnt let you make more than 4 Changes per loading. - Fixed the flag routine. It was saving the flags in reverse. - Cleaned up some of the grafics and colors. v0.02 -Copyright secured on Menu Master -Fixed bug in flag simulations -Changed MMC so the cursor moves more pleasantly. -Added ability to copy, rename, and delete menus from the directory screen. -Beta versions made available to brave Sysops. v0.30 Major update Whats New Before reading this, please print it out. Then load Menu Master and read this while you play with the new features. Otherwise youll probly be completely confused by the time you finish reading the creation section and wont want to use MM at all. I confused myself just writing about all the new features. Doc writers please apply! o Directory of menus is now sorted and the .MNU has been dropped from each file to make it easier to read. Pgdn and Pgup through large directories is much faster too. o You can just begin typing the name of the file instead of having to hit ESC first. ESC will exit the program. o Highlight colors are now correctly shown in the prompt. o The simulation mode has been greatly enhanced. The display of the simulation is about 25% faster on CGA cards and 650% faster on all other cards than normal TP4 direct screen writes. Unusual menus are correctly simulated. o The two previous menus are now one. You may want to go into MMC and change the TopX value of the main menu. 58 seems to be the optimum setting here to get the menu as far to the right as possible without distorting it. o Four options on the bottom of the menu do the following: T - Toggle ASC/ANS simulation mode. So that you can see what your menus look like to ASCII or ANSI callers. O - Toggle Data. If toggled on this will give you pertinent information on each menu entry in place of the associated text. U - Toggles line numbers in the simulation. E - Use auto-display toggle. If toggled on and you have auto-executing type 5,39,40, or 45 menu entries, they will be executed and the associated text files will be shown. If the current menu doesnt have any auto-execute commands then this toggle will have no effect. o Selecting S from the main menu takes you into a QuickBBS type simulation starting from the current menu. You are free to move through your menus just as if you were on your own board. While in this mode the following keys are active: F1 - Toggle ASC/ANS just like above. F2 - Toggle Data display F3 - Toggle line numbers F4 - auto-display toggle F10- Go back to main menu with whatever menu you are currently viewing. ESC- Go back to main menu with whatever menu you started the simulation with. o At the top right corner of the screen 4 flags are shown. These flags represent the four new simulation modes. The first flag will be an A if ANSI mode if active, the second will be an S if show data is active, the third will be an L if line numbers are active, the fourth will be a D if auto-display is active. o Menus are only re-saved if a change was made to them. o In the edit entry screen you can center the display line with an F2. The END key now takes you to the end of the line instead of saving the entry. The F1 key is the only key that will save any changes now. The fill char in each field is now an ASCII 176 instead of an underline. o The Menu Creator This is a VERY powerfull command. You can create all your message board and file area menus with just a few keystrokes using the menu creator. Upon entering the creator you will be asked if you want to make essage or ile menus. No matter which one you chose, you will be asked the name of a 'source menu'. This is a special menu that you must make. All menus that are created during this creation run will be based on this source menu. The source menu should look just like any other menu with a few exceptions. If this is a message area source menu, dont put any board numbers in the data fields of types 23 through 27. MM will put the correct data in these fields. If you do put something there, MM will ignore the entry and leave it the same in each menu it makes. If its a file area source menu, dont put any data for types 29 through 34. MM will fill in the correct path for each menu it makes. Lets say you wanted the same path on a certain command. Like maybe the pload command. You want all uploads to go to a certain directory. Just fill in the path for this command in the data field and MM will not change it for each menu it makes. On the text line of a menu entry you can put a  (Control-A) character and the creator will put the area name in place of it in each menu it makes. You can also put the  in the prompt of the source menu.  Message Area Would turn out to be : Hard Drives Message Area if you happend to have included that message area in your creation run. Now you are probly wondering, How does it know what information to put in each menu? For message menus, it gets the information from Config.BBS. After typing in your source menu name, it reads the config and presents you with a selection screen where all your message areas are listed (similar to how Combined does it). If a board has an ON next to it, it will be created on this run. If its OFF, it wont be created. You can enter a range of boards to toggle. ie: 23-45 would toggle boards 23 through 45. You can also turn all OFF at once or all ON at once or enter each board number you want to toggle. Separate each board number, range, or ONOFF command with a space. When you have chosen all the boards that you want to create hit C to begin. Each menu will be simulated as it is made. MM will put the board name as defined in Qconfig everywhere you put a  in the source menu and the board number in the data field everywhere it finds a type 23-27 command in the source menu. It will NOT put the board number in the data field if you already have something there. ie: you might want the option eave Feedback on each message menu. That is a type 27 (post message). You could enter the appropriate board number in the data field along with /T=Your_Name and MM will not change it in each menu it makes. MM will name each message menu MESSxxx Where xxx is the board number defined in Qconfig. The menu it makes for board 4 would be called MESS2.MNU. Now, for file menus MM gets the information for a control file. Each line of the control file should have the following format. Look familiar? Yes you can use your FLSEARCH.CTL file for the control file. Only the first and third 'words' are used by MM. The middle word can be whatever you want but for flsearch.ctl this would be a security level. The areaname and path should contain NO SPACES. Put _underlines_ instead. After specifing the control file name, you will be presented with a selection screen similar to the message area one. Toggle the file areas ON that you want to create and hit C to make em. MM will put the AreaName as defined in the control file everywhere it finds a  and will put the path everywhere it finds a type 29-34. It will save the menu with the name FILExxx where xxx is the line number in the control file. Up to 200 file area menus can be defined in one control file. This should help those with CD-ROM drives make thier menus quickly. Two sample source menus are enclosed. I know this sounds complicated but once you play with it a little, theres nothing to it. Experimentaion is the key to success with the creator. Create a few menus then load them in and list them out or simulate them. Youll get the idea of how powerfull this feature is. The  is the key to making each menu LOOK different and the data fields are the key to making each menu operate differently. You can have several control files and several source menus if you like. I have one source menu for echo areas, one for local areas, one for private areas, etc.. If I want to make a certain change on all my message board menus, I just make the change to each source menu and then make 3 runs of the creator toggling the appropriate boards ON of OFF for each source menu and I have 70 new menus in a matter of a few seconds. Its up to you to add commands to your other menus to access the message and file menus but I may fix that problem in the next version. o Beta testers can recive a BIG discount on registration. See register.doc for details. This _IS_ a beta version. Latest versions can be obtained from The Great Escape BBS 918-481-1188 Fidonet 170/211 o Please report all bugs to Rob Fletcher at the above BBS via netmail. Please dont pollute the QuickBBS echo with bug reports on this software. v0.31 Function key fix for .30 v0.32 Minor bug fix in simulation mode. Thanks for testing Menu Master. Rob Fletcher Data 918-585-3763 (170/211) Menu Master REGISTRATION Copyright (C) 1988 Rob W. Fletcher Name ___________________________ Address ___________________________ ___________________________ City, State ___________________________ Zip ___________________________ Country ___________________________ Where did you obtain Menu Master? Computer Model and Equipment: Comments: The registration cost is $15.00. You will receive version 1.00 when complete via US Mail along with the complete docs. Beta testers can register for $7.50 by sending 10 suggestions for imporvements and/or constructive critisisms of the software. Please Make checks payable to Rob Fletcher. No of copies required: _____ X $15.00 = $ _____ Beta Tester copies required: _____ X $7.50 = $ _____ Total Enclosed = $ _____ Thank-you for your support and testing Menu Master. Rob Fletcher 6774 S. Atlanta Tulsa OK, 74136 DATA: 918-585-3763


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