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The Atari Portfolio
What it is...
The Portfolio is a hand-held PC compatible computer system with the same capabilities as
a conventional desk-top system.
Compare the features...
Conventional PC
Full QWERTY Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
MSDOS Operating System
Monitor (80 Columns)
Floppy/Hard Drives
Parallel Printer output
Serial link- Printers/modems
Takes a minimum 40% desk space

Full QWERTY Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
MSDOS Operating System
LCD (40 Columns)
Solid State Memory cards
Parallel IF Separate
Serial IF Separate
Fits Pocket or Handbag

Let's take a look at the features where the main differences occur...
LCD 40 Columns
The ordinary desk-top PC must have a monitor to function. The size of the text area
display is usually 80 characters across and 24 lines down. Atari have provided a
compromise between small compact output display and recognisable character size. It
out-performs the LCD system on the Amstrad PPC640 for example in terms of screen
update (the Amstrad takes quite a time to display results) and in terms of readability
(Amstrad owners have long been subject to a screen which works only with a good light
behind the user).
The size of 40 characters by 8 lines means that a character size can be used which is
easily visible; it is not backlit but can be adjusted with contrast control keys on the
This in no way limits the width of any document you might produce in the EDITOR or
spreadsheet in the Lotus-like program. Indeed the principle used to operate Lotus on a
desk-top system is used to very good effect in that the screen acts as a window on your
work and scrolls in the direction your work follows. So your work is always in view, and
previous work can be examined at any time by simply moving (using the direction arrow
keys) in the direction you wish to.
The editor can produce documents which you might decide to write using the 40 column
screen of the Portfolio. You can then decide to output to a printer using conventional
margins such as the 65 columns often used by word processors. You can decide to set the
document in the Portfolio to the margins you will use for output to get an idea of what the
text will look like.
The missing feature of right margin justification is easily overcome by using the parallel
interface to transfer your text, at a convenient time, to a desk-top for output via the desktop's word processor. The text produced by the Portfolio is straight ASCII and can
therefore be loaded by all word processors.

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You are warned when a card battery is about to give out allowing you to move the data off it before changing the battery. holding your data intact. Parallel Interface and Serial Interface Where a conventional desk-top computer incorporates a parallel interface. You are encouraged to record the date of battery fitting (on the Diary program in the Portfolio perhaps) in order to keep track of this. In order to do so it is helpful to know certain things about the system first. The Serial link is useful for connection to a serial printer. And just like your digital watch battery. while it's later version (the 1640) comes with 640k.. similar to those in a digital watch. The standard Amstrad PC1512 is sold with 512k of RAM memory. the Portfolio incorporates it's own RAM drive. Because of it's compact size the parallel interface is provided as a separate item which can be fitted as and when you need it. it requires changing occasionally. {ALL PORTFOLIO UNITS SUPPLIED BY JOHN.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 3 SOLID STATE Memory Cards These are used in the Portfolio as disk substitutes. like your digital watch. for connection to a modem. as you require them. and this is the normal limit for a PC or XT system. it is also useful for transferring data to and from your desk top PC using the built in software on the Portfolio. The Portfolio follows the same design and also has the same effective memory limit. In addition to this of course. A conventional PC or XT system like the Amstrad PC1512 system uses an Intel processor and has a limit to the memory size it will use normally. The memory cards have tiny batteries in them. which keep your data intact on the tiny cards. A description of the SET-UP Procedure for setting up the Portfolio system follows later BUT you should assess YOUR needs prior to setting up your system. the Portfolio does not. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 3 . and sometimes a serial is included. The parallel interface is not only used for connection to a printer. The cards act precisely as a disk drive would and can be written to. The 512k system is upgradeable to 640k..L. Here you may connect the Parallel interface box or the Serial interface box. a disk drive which is really a part of the memory and comes with every Portfolio. Remember. formatted. and files can be deleted. all just as you would with a disk drive. There is software on board the Portfolio for dealing with serial links too.MASTERMAN COMPUTER CONSULTANTS ARE INITIALISED BEFORE DELIVERY ENABLING THEM TO BE USED IMMEDIATELY WITH THIS COURSE} The Portfolio design follows a PC compatible very closely. The Portfolio has a simple connector to which all main processor lines are led and which is hidden underneath a small door to the right of the keyboard. or more commonly nowadays. the battery on the memory card is active always.

Your Portfolio has been configured to use 32k (one quarter of available memory) as drive C. (at least two packages are available from distributors now) a ROM type of the small Memory Cards. the system drive. You can save your work from other applications in files also. TRANSIENTS. Just as. leaving 384k to the limit..either floppy or Hard drive. Although it is planned that application programs will be made available on ROM card. the DOS command VER is a RESIDENT and does not load from a disk but is available from the DOS. The Portfolio system incorporates a considerable amount of on-board software. the Editor & Worksheet programs are RESIDENT in the system. are only available on a conventional PC only IF THE DISK CONTAINING the appropriate command files is in the currently logged drive. DOS loaded into a desk-top PC provides a dozen or so RESIDENT commands. in the special case of the Portfolio. Applications such as the Editor and the Lotus spreadsheet keep your work saved in files. RESIDENTS are commands available as part of the DOS after it has loaded and DO NOT require to be loaded from DISK.. All of the Portfolio DOS commands are available as RESIDENTS. and that is all in the way of ROM that is supplied. The amount of memory from the 640 & 512k demanded by this is negligible. you will probably find the applications software already stored in the main system ROM to be very adequate for most cases. Now you have 128k memory. There is no on-board software. Memory expansion to this limit can be bought as a separate unit. 256k is occupied by the built-in software. The Portfolio unit is supplied with 128k Ram memory giving 384k and leaving 256k to the limit..A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 4 A desk top system incorporates a BOOT rom which makes the system wait until DOS is loaded from Disk. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 4 . everything must be loaded from disk. For example. The Portfolio will claim one quarter of this memory for it's RAM disk UNLESS YOU SPECIFY OTHERWISE. the effective opposite of RESIDENTS. This is the normal way the Portfolio would be set up and is quite acceptable for this course although you are advised to consider the alternatives carefully.

Setup xxxx Display. Now locate the direction arrow keys in the bottom right of the keyboard. the flashing cursor block is now on the D of DISPLAY in the window.. Applications.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 5 TRAINING Open the Portfolio and press the key in the top left of the keyboard marked ESC . It will repeat across the screen. Release the ATARI key. Move your cursor by pressing the key marked Pg Dn Move to the Sounds option on the menu. RS-232 port.. The ATARI sign on the key is coloured PINK and is needed throughout this course. You will see a flashing cursor block appear next to a prompt like this. Sounds. Hold down the A key for example.. File Transfer. C> Test the keyboard of your machine.. Printer.. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 5 . Now press the large <ENTER> key on the right hand side of the keyboard to select this option.. Now locate the ATARI key in the bottom left of the keyboard. When you have finished testing EITHER Hit the <ENTER> KEY (The large key on the right of the keyboard) OR Hold down the  (left arrow) key at the top right of the keyboard which will delete each character for you. You will now see a WINDOW has appeared on your screen...... Hold down the ATARI key and while doing so tap the S key. The keys AUTO-REPEAT and you need to become familiar with this.. Notice that the S key has the words Set up underneath it in pink...

.. the buzzer is set to ON to alert you that an error has occurred. 2. and later in the course. 1. The Portfolio holds these within it and they automatically operate provided no power loss occurs. When you access the Diary software program you can therefore expect to find the Portfolio has taken you to the appropriate day.. 3. Alarms. then move to each with the arrow key and hit the ENTER key to change them from OFF to ON. During the SET-UP procedure (for example when the machine is new) the date and time are entered by you at the prompting of the machine. and Buzzer are not set to ON.. If you unsuccessfully change batteries. Sounds Key Click Alarms Buzzer Mute Toggle ON ON ON If the entries next to the Key Click. the alarms we set will sound. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 6 . *NOTE* DOS has both a TIME and DATE command which operate within the Portfolio allowing you to set either by simply typing the command. If the batteries are completely flat.. So once you have done this you will find that the Portfolio knows the date and time from that time on and will no longer ask you for it. When you first use it.. The SET-UP procedure for the new Portfolio needs to be followed only once.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 6 The menu displayed above will be covered by another one like this. From this point on every time you press a key a click will sound. PRESS the ESC key now TWICE.

You should also see that your screen has a border around it. The Diary starts and you can see a calendar appear along with your cursor flashing on today's date. DIARY. as opposed to overtype. Hold down the Fn key (located next to the ATARI key) and tap the 5 key in the top row.. which is marked above by F5 in blue. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 7 . and displays the date/time in the bottom. The border tells you what file you are currently using (if you are not using an existing file it will be named UNNAMED). EDITOR. in the top right hand corner of the screen. The border is gone. This selection will remain set to your preference until you press Fn with 5 again.. ALL of the application programs in your PORTFOLIO use the same border. the WORKSHEET. Remember the Fn and 5 combination as we progress through the applications and turn off the border as it suits you... how many entries you have. The choice is yours.. You can choose to have a larger screen at any time by simply dispensing with the border.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Press the ATARI key Page 7 and hold it down whilst you tap the D key.. ADDRESS BOOK. and Calculator.. The bottom right of your screen shows the mode if it is INSERT.. You can turn off the border in any of the Applications and it will stay turned off.

Your cursor should be flashing on today's date.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 8 Let's set our diary engagement for lunch today. All of the applications operate menu's like this. You can either use the PgDn key to move the cursor down to 'Alarm' or press the letter A.. Press the D to set a daily repeat alarm. (the pink coloured key shaped like a volcano in the This calls the menu of commands.. Now type Lunch Break Press the <ENTER> key. Press the <ENTER> key.daily. We'll alarm this appointment as it is quite important. Look at the new menu on the screen. *NOTE* You can back out of any of the menu's and also the programs themselves by using the ESC key in the top left of your keyboard. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 8 .weekly etc. Press the ATARI key again for the menu and. If you set a repeat then the menu will clear and you will see a letter appear next to the alarm entry appropriate for your selection.. Press the ATARI key bottom left of the keyboard). This one shows 'Alarm' as the 5th option down. There is a repeat facility for regular appointments in the menu. The diary screen reappears showing the alarm enabled by a musical note icon next to the entry. One is below the key marked Lock. Press the R key for 'REPEAT'. and the other is beneath the large <ENTER> key on the right hand side of your keyboard) and tapping the key to the right of L. Now type the time 12:30 and include the colon in the middle by holding down SHIFT (there are two shift keys on your keyboard. The entry appears in the lower screen. Press the large space bar at the bottom of the keyboard. Since Alarm is an either/or option this is sufficient. The options set as they declare. There are subtle differences in the options according to the program. both marked with upward pointing arrows. The Clear simply clears any repeat you may have set.... Lunchbreak will be from 12:30 till 1:30.

DAT keeps settings for the programs. then decide you want it back.DRY in the system subdirectory. The C drive is a ram disk. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 9 .DAT permits us to recover deleted data from application's (the worksheet.DAT and UNDELETE. UNDELETE. Press the Esc key once to go back to the calendar.) steps which we later found to be incorrect. just use the Fn key and the 4 key to get it back. Type 16:30 End of Session Press <ENTER> Note how the entry sorts itself into order on times. Press the Esc once more and you will be asked… Save? Yes No Press the Y key. If you still have the outer screen border set. {SEE ACCOMPANYING DISK FOR TUTORIAL ON SUBDIRECTORIES} The Portfolio maintains PERMDATA. The machine is initially set up to drive C: but a subdirectory is automatically created called SYSTEM when you first configure the machine and install the batteries. If you delete a line from a file in the Editor. the editor etc. This file must be used if you are going to set alarms. followed by A to set the alarm. Now press the ATARI key. You will find that your settings are saved automatically to DIARY.DAT The file PERMDATA. not a disk really but a part of memory. note also that the two ~ (tilde) characters are in the top right of the screen indicating that a change has occurred. for example the editor files last used margin setting. You may see "Warning ALARMS SET IN THE PAST WILL NOT GO OFF" Press the Esc to continue if you do.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 9 Now following the procedure once again we'll set an alarm for the end of the session. Normal data files are kept in the ROOT directory. DOS thinks of it as a real drive and the Portfolio keeps vital data for the system operation in the subdirectory called SYSTEM.

Let's say we want to make a note of Christmas Day and set an alarm for 10:00 am. Press Y The entry will be saved and you will return to the DOS prompt. You will see the message window asking you if this must be saved. Alternatively you can type the date you wish to move to. and then once again. then <. One last entry for a future engagement. Type 12/25 As soon as you typed the first figure the Portfolio flipped into DIARY mode. Complete the entry by typing 10:00 Christmas Day followed by pressing the <ENTER> key. By using the PgDn key you can move to a future week. This entry appears below the others in your screen. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 10 . Hold down the ATARI key and press D The Calendar program loads and the cursor flashes upon today's date. The Portfolio date system is set presently in American format of MM/DD/YY.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 10 The Portfolio directory system on the internal C drive is like any other in that it has a ROOT directory. and set an appointment. and permits (via the DOS language) you to create other sub-directories and also to create PATH's to them Root System Later in the course we will make a subdirectory for Editor files and for Spreadsheets. Press ESC once to leave DIARY mode.and -> keys to move through days.

This leaves a prompt which shows which subdirectory we are using only. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 11 . It is useful to know where you are with them. Note the list of files saved in root directory. At present it simply tells us which drive we are talking to. Hold down Fn and press 3 (in the top row) You will find your last DOS command recalled against the new prompt. To illustrate type DIR then press the <ENTER> key. Now type CD SYSTEM followed by <ENTER> The prompt becomes C:\SYSTEM> Now type DIR and press the <Enter> key. Type PROMPT $P$D$G followed by <ENTER> The C: changes to C: \Day M-DD-YYYY> where Day is today followed by the Date in American format. Use the  key in the top right of the keyboard to remove the $D$G. You can only access files in a filing cabinet drawer if the drawer is open and you must close that drawer before you can open another. Back to the ROOT directory by typing CD\ The system knows ROOT as the \ character. Now type $G followed by the <ENTER> key. This is a little inconvenient for the small screen. It is rather like drawers in a filing cabinet. You can now see the contents of the System subdirectory. Are you looking at the ROOT subdirectory? The SYSTEM? DOS can be made to tell you from the prompt.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 11 Earlier I mentioned SUBDIRECTORIES.

(this is best done with the left hand). Press F for the FILES option. Press S for the SAVE AS. In the case of the DATE. margins etc... it is next to the right hand side shift key. Now let go all keys.SYS file. {To remove the border hold down Fn and press 5} Type COUNTRY=044 followed by <ENTER> Now press the ATARI key to call the menu This menu is similar to DIARY's menu but has options which are especially for the EDITOR. we only need to create a one-line CONFIG.. locate the ALT key next to it and hold that down too. Press the Ins/Del key while keeping the other two keys down. below and to the left of the large <ENTER> key. option.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 12 Setting an English Date To set an ENGLISH date form of dayday/monthmonth/yearyear you need to create a small file called CONFIG.SYS and press the <ENTER> key. Hold down the ATARI key and press the E Don't forget to remove the border if you want to.. On desk-top systems CONFIG. In the EDITOR I find the border removed is preferable as it gives more screen area. Type CONFIG. Locate the Ins/Del key.SYS We will need to use the Editor to do so.SYS is used to customise DOS to preferences decided upon by the user. We need to WARM BOOT the machine to activate the CONFIG. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 12 . Press ESC back to the C:\ prompt.SYS file and the date setting we just made now. Now while holding down CTRL. and the PORTFOLIO (being a DOS based machine) is precisely the same. Hold down the key marked CTRL located next to the Fn key.

The format it asks for is in hours:minutes:seconds. and the : to separate the time. Press S to select SAVE AS. Press N to select NEW FILE. If you have cause to re-set the system again it will again forget this useful prompt. you would type 23/03/90 in response to this prompt. Type PROMPT $P$G followed by <ENTER> to set it back to the previous prompt. Press F to select the FILES option. You will find that you are back in the CONFIG. Press the ATARI key to call the EDITOR menu. If the time now were 10:30 am you would type 10:30 If the time were 10:30 pm you would type 22:30 *NOTE* Don't forget to use the / to separate day/month/year. The PORTFOLIO asks for the time next. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 13 . Notice our prompt has gone back to the C> once more.tenths of seconds.SYS FILE IS NOT LOST. THE CONFIG.SYS file.. then TIME and set the time. This is one of the very useful features of the PORTFOLIO system.. Now type this name.. your work is NOT lost. and clear the EDITOR.. if you need to leave an application program (like the EDITOR) or switch off. IT IS SAVED ON THE DISK REMEMBER. AUTOEXEC. Press F to select the FILES option. Type PROMPT $P$G and press <ENTER> key. Return to the EDITOR by pressing the ATARI key down and tapping the E key..BAT Press the <ENTER> key. Press the ATARI key to call the EDITOR menu.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 13 The machine will re-set and start by asking you for the Date. or after two minutes PORTFOLIO switches off itself.. If you get it wrong first time round then type the commands: DATE and set the date. but now the request is for the date in dayday/monthmonth/yearyear form. If today were the 23rd March 1990.

nor the time. Hold down the ATARI key and tap the E key to call the editor. then hold down ALT.. instead of asking for the date and time.BAT file.BAT is a kind of automatic program which loads and runs when DOS loads. then tap the INS/DEL. We can tidy this up by adding to the AUTOEXEC. The PORTFOLIO holds the date/time in memory during a warm boot sequence so that it is not necessary for you to re-enter them. Start with CTRL.. If you use the keys outside of this sequence then the warm boot will not occur. You can see the PROMPT $P$G.BAT. The screen is still a little messy after the warm boot. like a program. Press the N key to clear the EDITOR. and the prompt in AUTOEXEC. Press the ATARI key to call the menu. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 14 . Recall that last time we did this we lost the settings we had put in. If it finds such a file then it runs it. nor does the prompt go to C>. Press the F key to select FILES.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 14 Now try the warm boot sequence again.BAT before it asks for the date and time. This time the warm boot does not ask for the date. Why is that? The file we made called AUTOEXEC. I'll use this opportunity to show you how to MERGE two separate files together instead of simply adding lines to AUTOEXEC. Hold down the CTRL and the ALT and tap the INS/DEL key to re-set. As the DOS loads into the machine it looks for a file called AUTOEXEC. If you are asked "Save Current" you press N Type echo off followed by <ENTER> Type cls followed by <ENTER> Press the ATARI key to call the menu. This time they are held in files. Press the F key to select FILES.SYS. the date setting in CONFIG.

Next we cleared the editor and created AUTO2.BAT By merging we ended up with a file containing.BAT and it's single line (prompt $p$g) and then MERGED the file AUTO2.BAT in to AUTOEXEC. Press the F key to select FILES.BAT file text. We created AUTOEXEC.BAT which held which held echo off and cls PROMPT $P$G We created AUTO2. Now try the CTRL ALT INS/DEL warm boot sequence once again to find a cleaner start.BAT and press <ENTER> The file we saved last. loads in to the editor before our original AUTOEXEC. Give the file name AUTOEXEC. Let's recap. The text of AUTO2.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 15 Press the S key and give the file name AUTO2.BAT and saved that too.. We re-loaded AUTOEXEC. If our cursor had been at the end of the text.BAT and saved it. AUTO2. so the MERGED text went to the beginning of the file.BAT Press the <ENTER> key to save the file.BAT. straight to the C:###BOT_TEXT###gt; prompt. echo off cls prompt $p$g Press ESC and answer Y to save the file. Now press ATARI key to call the menu.. then the additional MERGED text would have been placed at the end of the file. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 15 . We have MERGED two files into one. Give the file name AUTO2. We started with AUTOEXEC.BAT went in to the file BEFORE the original text because of the cursor position.BAT and press <ENTER> The AUTOEXEC file loads into the EDITOR. Now press ATARI key to call the menu. Press the F key to select FILES.BAT. But the cursor was at the start of the original text. Press the L key to LOAD a file. Press the M key to MERGE a file.

OR. I will demonstrate this now. followed by the N and press the <ENTER> key twice A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 16 .. By NOT following the command with a drive letter we IMPLY that it is the directory of the currently LOGGED drive we want. you can recover material previously deleted from the EDITOR by using the Fn key and 4 (F4). the AUTO2. type the letter I for ignore in response to the error message and respond to the ENTER NEW DRIVE with C followed by a colon. There are two more small MSDOS programs which I have found useful and which may be created with the EDITOR with the minimum of effort and which occupy very little disk area.. If you type DIR on it's own and the prompt is C:###BOT_TEXT###gt; then you are asking for a list of files in drive C. Later on we shall use the EDITOR for the production of documents and. It is taking up valuable disk space so we can get rid of it.} The directory list will show you we have a superfluous file. Type WISDOM F key.BAT. The prompt tells you which drive the DOS is looking at. If you need to.. therefore this is of no use to us now.BAT. Unless you specify a drive in a command..BAT followed by <ENTER> This erases the file AUTO2. Type DIR This is the DOS command to list the directory of files. We merged this file with AUTOEXEC. I evolved these programs through use of the PORTFOLIO over a period of time and I include them to illustrate the use of MSDOS as a primitive programming language. Type DEL AUTO2.BAT has been erased. If you have a memory card in the A drive on your PORTFOLIO you could type DIR A: to get a list of files on drive A. and also the use of the EDITOR for creating small DOS programs as utilities. it will result in an error message. Return to the EDITOR by holding the ATARI key down and tapping the E key.. Clear the Editor by pressing the Atari key followed by the key. press the CTRL ALT INS/DEL sequence to warm boot as shown earlier.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 16 Now let's tidy up the disk. it has it's limitations in this area. To make the DOS look at drive A you would type A: {There is no point in doing this if you have not got a memory card in drive A. If you have actually tried to access A without a card in the drive then EITHER. The normal use of the PORTFOLIO with it's built-in applications produces a file which is used by the machine when you 'UNDELETE' keypresses.. as we shall see. the DOS will assume you mean the drive it is currently looking at. ROOT directory.BAT Check the directory listing again by issuing the DIR command followed by <ENTER> and you will see that AUTO2...

Use the PgUp key to move to the line beginning ' and turn into. any deletions you made after deleting the line of poetry come back first.. PgDn. The UNDELETE function operates on a last-deleted.. and press the <ENTER> key Now type May one day save the human race. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 17 .TXT'. first-out principal. If you did not press <ENTER> at the end of the last line of text in the verse you will find the cursor has ended up flashing immediately after the word 'disgrace' in the last line. You can get rid of surplus items by using the four ARROW keys in the bottom right of the keyboard (also marked HOME. this key like most of them. If like me. To get rid of a surplus letter. Hold down the CTRL key and tap the L key. you are not such a good typist.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 17 Now type The noble Art of losing face. position the cursor immediately after the letter you want rid of and press the <-. and press the <ENTER> key Type and turn into eternal merit. {If you made ANY deletions AFTER deleting the line above you will see them come back now. and press the <ENTER> key Type what weaker minds would call disgrace. and End) to move around in the text. Now locate the PgUp key in the bottom right of the keyboard. Now let's get that missing line back. when used on it's own it moves one line upward. and press the <ENTER> key. Type your name on a fresh line at the bottom of the text and press the <ENTER> key. PgUp. Press the PgUp key (on it's own) three times to move the cursor up to 'May one day save the human race'.. has a double use. In that event Press the <ENTER> key now. This deletes the line completely. If you made no deletions after removing the line of poetry then the line will reappear straight away. Now using the PgDn key move down to the end of the text. When used in conjunction with the Fn key it jumps 8 lines of text upward.} Keep pressing these keys until you see the deleted line of poetry return.key located above the large <ENTER> key to delete it. Press the ESC key. Press the Y key to save the text under the filename 'UNNAMED.' Hold down the Fn key and press the 4 key in the top line..

The use of CLIPBOARD is covered later. The function produces a file which is of no further use at the end of a session and simply absorbs disk space.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 18 Now we are going to take a look into the SYSTEM SUBDIRECTORY. it now says C:\system> We have opened a subdirectory called SYSTEM. are still in the PORTFOLIO. CD\ and press the <ENTER> key. permdata.. This is NOT the case with UNDELETE however.dry The text file you just created and AUTOEXEC. and CONFIG. Type DIR to get a list of the files Now the list will only contain 3 files. For example.. the more deletions you make. it changes little and gets no bigger than it's 730 bytes. the bigger it gets. The more work you do. PERMDATA is the file used by the PORTFOLIO to hold settings. The prompt changes to C:###BOT_TEXT###gt; Type DIR followed by <ENTER> The files we made earlier are still there as you can now see. Basically the clipboard function allows the transfer of data between the different program's files in PORTFOLIO.SYS. At the end of a session it is a good practice to delete this file.dat undelete.BAT. The \ key is located next to the 'Z' key in the bottom left of the keyboard. This deletion of the UNDELETE file AND also the deletion of another file made by the CLIPBOARD is the subject of our two final programs. But they are located in the ROOT directory and we are currently looking at the SYSTEM..dat diary. Look at your prompt. Type CD SYSTEM and press the <ENTER> key. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 18 .. a balance sheet made in the SPREADSHEET could be copied into a document being created with the EDITOR using the clipboard function. Return to the ROOT directory by typing.

Return to the EDITOR by pressing the ATARI key down and tapping the E key. Press the N key to clear the editor.. If Portfolio responds "Save Current". Press the N key to clear the editor.DAT followed by <ENTER> Type DEL CLIPBORD. Now type DIRS and press the <ENTER> key. Press the ATARI key to call the main menu. Instead of the ROOT directory listing out on the screen you can now look at the contents of the SYSTEM subdirectory anytime by simply typing DIRS at the prompt and you will see if the system has created a CLIPBORD file. Type the filename dirs. Type CD\system followed by <ENTER> Type DEL UNDELETE.. you type N Type DIR c:\system followed by <ENTER> Press the ATARI key to call the main menu... Press the ATARI key to call the main menu. Now one last program to delete both these files automatically at the end of a session.DAT followed by <ENTER> {Make sure you type CLIPBORD and NOT CLIPBOARD} Type CD\ followed by <ENTER> A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 19 .A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 19 Return to the EDITOR by pressing the ATARI key down and tapping the E key. Press the S key to SAVE AS. Press the F key to select FILES.bat followed by <ENTER> Press the ESC key to go back to the DOS (C:###BOT_TEXT###gt;) prompt. Press the F key to select FILES.. or if the UNDELETE file is getting too large. Press the F key to select FILES.

bat followed by <ENTER> Press ESC to leave the EDITOR and return to the DOS prompt. A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 20 . Next.. Now run the DIRS program to remind yourself of the contents of the SYSTEM subdirectory by typing DIRS followed by <ENTER>. Press the S key to SAVE AS.A Beginner’s Guide to the Atari Portfolio Page 20 Press the ATARI key to call the main menu. DOS found a file called UNDELETE.DAT (because we have not used the CLIPBORD yet) and reported the fact to you. Type the filename dels. run the DELS program by typing DELS followed by <ENTER> Look at the messages displayed.DAT and got rid of it. Press the F key to select FILES. It didn't find a CLIPBORD..