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Version 3.1 The DL Animation Viewer Operation Manual

COPYRIGHT (C) 1990-1994 by Davide Tome' & Luca De Gregorio All Rights are Reserved

DL-Soft c/o Galactica System Via Turati, 40 20121 Milano, ITALY

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INDEX Topic INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . GENERAL FEATURES . . . . . . . MENU MODE . . . . . . . . . . . SINGLE FILE MODE . . . . . . . MENU FEATURES . . . . . . . . . COMMANDS WHILE VIEWING . . . . DELETING A FILE . . . . . . . . CONVERTING A FILE . . . . . . . SOUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEY SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . PASSWORDS . . . . . . . . . . . DL VIEWER CONDITIONS AND TERMS DISCLAIMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4

PREFACE This document is Copyrighted by Davide Tome' & Luca De Gregorio. All rights are reserved. The DL file format is exclusive property of Davide Tome' & Luca De Gregorio. Last release of DL VIEWER will be always freely avaiable on the following bulletting board systems : Galactica BBS (Sysop : Davide Tome') Phone: +39-2-29006058 Internet e-mail : dl-soft@galactica.it Inferno BBS (Sysop : Luca De Gregorio) Phone: +39-2-26221453 Fax : +39-2-29006153

Fax : +39-2-26224663

The DL format (Davide Luca) is property of Davide Tome' & Luca De Gregorio ^ ^ ------------------------------------------------------------We'll try to keep this documentation brief but informative. First to run DL VIEWER you MUST have a VGA card. Also it is best if your PC has XMS memory and the handle parameter set to 128, otherwhise you may not be able to view some of the larger .DL files. IMPORTANT: DL VIEWER requires DOS 5.0 to work correctly.

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GENERAL FEATURES - DL VIEWER is a very easy to use but powerful DL file viewer and converter. It shows animations in VGA 320x200x256 video mode on every display adapter cards that support standard VGA mode. MENU MODE - This is the default mode when you just enter DL VIEWER from the DOS command line. It lists all viewable files in a 4 column menu with easy to use controls to allow you to show animation the way you want to see them, including a slide mode. See Menu Features. SINGLE FILE MODE - This mode has advanced features which make it attractive for application programs which wants to display an animation. You can shell to DL VIEWER with a filename to display an animation ! DL VIEWER will not return to your program but remain in MENU MODE waiting for an ESC to be pressed IF you're using the shareware version. MENU FEATURES: Handles up to 250 files using the keyboard. Gives 4 column menu of DL files. Arrow keys, PgUp/PgDn, Home/End move thru menu. Shows animation file at cursor or tagged animations with [ENTER]. Mark/unmark files for viewing with [SPACEBAR]. [F1] gives help. [F2] Toggle sound modes (SPEAKER/SOUNDBLASTER/NONE). [F3] Prompts for a new drive. [F4] Toggle language (ITALIAN/ENGLISH). [F6] Menu text color configuration. [F9] Toggle file info display. [F10] shell to DOS. [DEL] if you want to delete the file at the cursor. [+ - * /] to change default animation speed. [ESC] to quit. COMMANDS WHILE VIEWING - The following commands (shown in brackets) are available any time the animation is on the screen. [-],[+],[*],[/] respectively to DECREASE, INCREASE, MAXIMIZE and MINIMIZE animation speed. [ENTER] or [SPACEBAR] shows next animation in the tagged list (if any else return to the menu). [ESC] returns to the menu. [F2] to toggle sound ON-OFF. [F10] Shell to DOS.

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DELETING A FILE. To delete a DL file without exiting to DOS you can press DEL when this file is at the cursor. The file won't be really deleted but just renamed to .BAK. You can later delete *.BAK from you DOS Prompt or rename one or more files back to .DL to restore them. CONVERTING A FILE. DL VIEWER automatically converts old 2.0 DL file format into the new 3.0. It will NOT convert from 1.0, so if you still have these old animations please use DL-1TO2.EXE. SOUND. With the 3.0 DL file format you can have music and sound into a DL animation file. To hear it you can use your SOUNDBLASTER if you have one or your poor SPEAKER. You can select your sound device pressing [F2] in menu mode. Using the SPEAKER might slow down your system if you're using a 286. For now we're just supporting the default address 220H for the SOUNDBLASTER card. There might be some problems if you're using an old card version (before 2.0). KEY SYSTEM. Some animations can be KEY PROTECTED from their author. To view them you need to purcase their KEY. Usually you'll find a registration form within the archive file containing the animation. We give no warranty about these KEYs since they are created from the DL MAKER users. PASSWORDS. Some animation can be PASSWORD PROTECTED from their author. Usually the PASSWORD is free and you can find it on some Boards or from the author.

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DL VIEWER CONDITIONS AND TERMS DL VIEWER is not free software. If you paid a "public domain" vendor for this program, you paid for the copy and mailing service only, and not for the program itself. Nothing ever gets to the author of the program from such a sale. DL VIEWER is copyrighted software, and all rights are reserved. The program may not be changed or modified in any way except by the author. It is SHAREWARE, and may be freely distributed, as long as it remains in its complete form with all support and documentation. This program allows a 15 days free trial period, but if you continue to use it after that time, you must register your copy or you will be in violation of the copyright. Registering you will receive the registration package with the leatest version on it and a registration key which removes the ending screen of the current and all future versions. DL VIEWER is continually updated, so look for the newest revision in our authorized distribution sites.

DISCLAIMER All warranties are disclaimed, including damage to hardware and/or software from use of this product. In no event will we be liable to you for any damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of your use or inability to use the program, or any other claim by any other party. Note that DL VIEWER is a stand alone program, and not associated with a particular group of animations or pictures.