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Filing Utilities

 

Filing Utilities

  1. Filing
  2. Backing Up Contracts onto Floppy Disc
  3. Backing up Contracts onto Tape
  4. Restore from Floppy Disc
  5. Restoring from Tape
  6. Backing-up and Restoring Master Libraries
  7. Copying data between Contracts
  8. Set up Report Printing
  9. User Colour Preferences
  10. Reclen
  11. Install Software
  12. User Colour Preferences
  13. Worksheet Colour Selection
  14. Top of Screen
  15. Full Item text
  16. Key-name entry
  17. Auto-trad calc mode
  18. Main Worksheet
  19. Worksheet data field
  20. Auto-code
  21. Current worksheet Record
  22. Menu Colours worksheet

 

Filing

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

The Filing options provide facilities for archiving and restoring complete calculix contracts. There are separate options for backing-up contracts and Master Libraries, on either floppy disc or tape.

 

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Backing Up Contracts onto Floppy Disc

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

When you select the 'Contract' option, a further menu will be displayed offering a choice of tape or disc.

This utility allows a Contract to be copied onto a Floppy Disc for back-up or archive purposes. Only one Contract can be backed up at a time and each back up will overwrite the disc and remove any existing data. If the contract data requires more than one disc, you will be asked to remove the first and insert another blank disc and so on until the back-up is complete.

The routine does not format the floppy discs and it is advisable to have a supply of formatted discs ready before you commence backing up.

 

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Backing up Contracts onto Tape

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

When a contract is backed up to a tape, the tape will be overwritten with the backup contract. Tapes do not need to be formatted.

Having selected your option the system will ask you to insert either the disc or the tape and to press RETURN. The back up will then commence.

 

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Restore from Floppy Disc

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Select the Restore option on the Filing menu. This utility retrieves a Contract from floppy discs which was backed-up using the Back-Up Utility. If a contract of the same name is already on the system the routine will ask you whether you wish to overwrite the existing contract (y/n).

If you are restoring a very old contract, it may be that certain records have changed in length with newer versions of calculix and it may, therefore, be necessary for you to use the reclen program which is accessed through the Utilities menu. If this is the case when you are using calculix, the system will stop with a 'reclen' message.

 

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Restoring from Tape

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Select the Restore option and follow the instructions for tapes.

 

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Backing-up and Restoring Master Libraries

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Separate utilities are provided for backing-up the Master Libraries. Both Libraries are done at the same time. The procedure is the same as above.

 

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Copying data between Contracts

This is a special utility which will copy data from one contract to another. The routine prompts for details of exactly what data is to be copied and then copies it into the specified Contract. Both contracts must exist before this utility can be used.

 

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Set up Report Printing

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This option allows you to set the details of the printer that you want to use for the calculix reports. The routine is fully interactive and the questions include notes of the various answers that are available. For full details see Chapter 19.

 

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User Colour Preferences

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This is only relevant to those systems with colour terminals. It allows the selection of the colours to appear on the menus and worksheets. The option is menu driven, the arrow keys move the cursor from one field to another and the <RETURN> key confirms the selection. This option selects the colour scheme for the whole of the system. The changes can only be saved by the system manager.

 

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Reclen

This utility adjusts the lengths of records and is only used when a new version of calculix requires the record lengths to be altered. When this occurs detailed instructions are given with the release of the new version.

 

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Install Software

This routine allows you to install a new version of Calculix or re-install your existing software after a Hardware breakdown. The procedure displays a USER code which must be given to Highbrave who will provide a LICENSE code which should be typed into the routine. The software will then be "installed".

 

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User Colour Preferences

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

The colours of the worksheets and menus are user definable and can be altered to suit the users preference using the option on the Utilities menu.

 

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Worksheet Colour Selection

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

On the Worksheet Colours worksheet you will find boxes containing the various blocks of background and text to be coloured. Below is a fuller description of each item to help you to understand the options and to make your choices based on the juxtapositions of the various combinations.

 

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Top of Screen

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This selection denotes the background colour and text colour for the banner at the top of the calculix screen. This does not include headings such as Elements or Descriptions.

 

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Full Item text

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Full Item text relates to the screen showing the complete description, as for instanced accessed by pressing F11 on the description field of the of the Element worksheet.

 

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Key-name entry

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Key-name is the field upon which selection is made, for instance when editing or adding a room, element or description.

 

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Auto-trad calc mode

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This will select the background and colour when in calculator mode in Auto-Trad.

 

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Main Worksheet

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This colour selection will be operative for all worksheets.

 

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Worksheet data field

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

The worksheet data fields are those parts of the worksheet available for input data.

 

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Auto-code

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

These colours will be displayed when in the auto-code function.

 

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Current worksheet Record

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

This colour selection will occupy the current record only, that is the line in an element worksheet on which the cursor is placed. The field occupied by the cursor will be in reverse video and the remainder of the record will be in the background colour.

Whilst the choice of colours is completely a matter of preference for the user, as a rule of thumb it is easier to read the worksheets if the worksheet colour and the auto-code colour are the same. It is also easier to pick out the cursor position on a worksheet if the key name entry and the worksheet current record are the same.

At the bottom of the screen you will see that the block to be coloured is listed. Use the UP and DOWN arrow keys to move to other blocks.

Use the RIGHT and LEFT arrow keys to change the colour on display. Use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to move to the next block when you have the colour you require in the current block.

Having decided on your colour choices press the END key and you will return to the User Colour Preferences Menu. In order to implement the changes you have made to the worksheet colours, select 'Save to Disc'. A message will appear to say the changes have been accepted. Quit back to the main menu.

 

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Menu Colours worksheet

NOTE: This section doesn't apply to modern networks but is included for users of calculix on older unix systems.

Here you are selecting the colours for the menus starting with the main menu. Use the RIGHT and LEFT arrow keys to select the different colours. When you are happy with your selection for that menu use the UP and DOWN arrow keys to display the next menu position. Select the colour for this menu as before and move on to the next.

Unlike worksheet colour selection, you can try out your selections for the menus by pressing END, quitting back to the main menu and going into a contract. If you are happy with the selections you have made, return to the User Colour Preferences menu and select the Save to Disc option. If you would prefer to return to the previous settings, select the Read from Disc option and the original settings will be reinstated. Alternatively, of course, you can go to the Colour Menus worksheet and select different colours again.

The colour options available at present are as follows.

Background Text/Highlight

green / red
green / blue
green / magenta
yellow / black
yellow / blue
yellow / brown
brown / blue
light blue / dark blue
light blue / black
grey / magenta
grey / brown
grey / red
black / red
black / magenta
black / brown
black / white

 

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