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Utility_Belt Product Info
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DOS 3.x or later,
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BELT1D.ZIP (67k bytes)
Utility_Belt is a collection of 20 utilities designed to simplify the creation of professional
looking DOS batch files. Seven interactive utilities let you get user input during a batch file
execution (SELECT, CONFIRM, WAIT, GETKEY, SLEEP, BLEEP, TC). Nine video utilities
add pizzazz to your displays and let you gain full access to all of the video text pages on
your system with a variety of special effects and screen sculpting tools (VPAT, VPCLS,
VPFLIP, VPSET, VPTNT, VPBH, VPSTRIPE, VPBOX, VPCOPY). Four utilities are
provided for the security minded user (TL, REBOOT, HANG and WHATIS). Extensive
documentation with sample batch file code and demos are provided.
Single user registration
of any individual program in the collection is $10 (US) or $12 (CDN) plus $2 postage and
handling. Single user registration of the entire collection is $25 (US) or $29 (CDN) plus $2
postage and handling. Site licenses are also available. Contact us for pricing.
Single user registrations are also available from:CompuServe Shareware Registry (ID# 433).
Public (software) Library registration service.
(Product number 14856).
Reg.Net ID #3368
The following programs are included in the Utility_Belt
Allows a user to choose from a list of options and can
be used to direct the flow of the batch file
accordingly. SELECT is typically used for a menu type
Prompts the user for a Yes/No response and can be used
to direct the flow of the batch file accordingly.
CONFIRM is typically used prior to executing any action
which may be destructive, such as erasing a file.
Prompts the user to procede or quit and can be used to
direct the flow of the batch file accordingly. WAIT is
typically used to prompt a user to do something (like
swap disks) before proceding.
Waits for a key press from the keyboard and returns a
value based on the ASCII code of the key pressed.
GETKEY is typically used for custom menu type programs.
Pauses the computer for the specified length of time.
SLEEP is typically used to pause momentarily while a
message is displayed on the screen.
Sounds a user defined tone (or series of tones) on the
speaker. BLEEP is typically used prior to any special
alert or warning messages which are displayed by the
TimeCheck returns a value based on time of day or day
of week. TC is typically used in AUTOEXEC.BAT files to
execute different startup routines based on time of day
and/or day of week.
Set the current video display page for text modes.
VPSET is typically used to build a screen with the
other video utilities (e.g. VPCOPY, VPCLS, VPBOX, etc.)
then switch to it instantly.
Copy one video text page to another. This allows a
text page to be saved then recalled later.
Let the user flip instantly between alternate display
pages that have been created with the other video
Clear the screen of the specified video page to a
Clear the current screen to the specified colors in an
Clear the current screen to the specified colors in a
'black hole' effect.
Similar to VPCLS, but will produce a striped or rainbow
pattern on the screen. Stripes can be horizontal or
Print a text string at a specified location on the
Draws a box of a given size at a given location on the
screen. Typically used with VPAT to create message
windows on a screen.
Security and Diagnostic Utilities:
Will lock up a computer and require a power-off/power-
on reset sequence. HANG is typically used to lock up a
computer if, for example, a user fails on several
attempts to log into a network.
Software controlled rebooting of the computer. REBOOT
is typically used after changing or creating a
customized CONFIG.SYS file. It can also be used to
automatically reset a computer if a user fails to log
into a network correctly.
TimeLock prevents the user from resetting the
computer's time and calendar.
A diagnostic program which reports the BIOS and DOS
physical and logical parameters associated with disk
All of the programs in the Utility_Belt collection were written
in assembler to ensure compact, fast code. (The average size of
the programs is less than 2k bytes long!) Each of the programs
is self documenting to a certain extent. If you run the programs
without any command line options, you will get a summary of the
syntax and available options.
How to register.
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