Tips and Tricks for the ST Owner
Compiled by Heidi Brumbaugh,
START Programs Editor
Finding .RSC files
If a program has an accompanying resource file, the applications environment service (AES) will first look for the resource file in the same directory as the program. If it doesn't find it there, it will check drive A. If the resource file isn't on drive A either, the program will abort or the system will crash. Thus, if you're running a program from a drive other than A and the A light comes on before a program crash, this may be what is happening.
GFA BASIC programmers especially take note: If the GFA BASIC interpreter is in the root directory of a drive and you loaded your program from a folder such as MYPROGS, AES will look for the resource in the root directory of that drive rather than the subdirectory. You should either copy GFABASIC.PRG to the subdirectory where you do most of your programming or move the resource file into the root directory.
This issue's Tax Template was created in LDW Power from Logical Design Works. We wanted to publish the Tax Template in such a form that any ST spreadsheet that reads Lotus files could read it. However, LDW power is the only ST spreadsheet that reads both the old WK1 Lotus formats and the new WKS format. All the others can read only WKS files. The LDW conversion program that comes with it generates WK1 files only. We were unable to find a public domain program to do the job, but fortunately version 2 of Lotus 1-2-3 comes with a program that can convert between the two types. We simply put the WK1 file on a floppy with an MS-DOS boot sector (courtesy of DCFormat) and ran the conversion program on a PC-compatible running Lotus.
Saving Control Panel Settings
Previous Clipboard tips have emphasized that you can save the Desktop colors you set with the Control Panel by clicking on Save Desktop under the Options menu. Another feature of Save Desktop is that it saves your other Control Panel settings, for example, keyclick on or off and keyboard sensitivity. The Install Printer options work the same way.
Control-G + Control-G = Great Styling
ST Writer formatting controls are in the format Control-G (shown as a reverse video G) followed by a number followed by a hyphen or other dummy character. For example, Control-G 1 is bold and Control-G 4 is italics. If you want a word to be in both italics and bold simply add the two code numbers together, e.g., Control-G 5 for boldfaced italics.
Got an ST trick or tip to share? We're interested in tips for the rank beginner or expert programmer for exploring the Desktop or for getting the most out of any popular ST program. Send it to the Clipboard, START Magazine, 544 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94107.