|★ APPLICATIONS ★ DISQUE ★ NSWP2|8000PLUS) ★|
NSWP2 (an abbreviation for New Sweep 2) is a new version of SWEEP by Dave Rand of Alberta, Canada. This 12K program replaces many CP/M Plus utilities with one menu-driven program, saving disc space, time and effort, and leaving more time to get on with your work, rather than have to sit at the keyboard running one utility after another.
I run a PCWS256 and have to transfer over 25 files from a back-up disc into the RAM disc every night for use with the bulletin board I run, With PIP this would be a time consuming task requiring much key bashing and nashing of teeth, particularly if there is insufficient space on the disc to make the transfer in the first place.
NSWP2 allows you to 'look ahead', with the tap of just a couple of keys, to make sure there's room available. The ability to tag files, and to transfer them en masse is also extremely useful.
NSWP2 is a lot more versatile than PIP. For example, try copying a file with PIP from one user area to another on the same disc, but keeping the same filename! It's awkward to have to type in all those file names, and keep changing user areas. With NSWP2 you simply type:
and have all the relevant files displayed before you. You can move a cursor through the filenames by pressing the space bar or [RETURN], while pressing T 'tags* the current filename. You press M to ‘mass' copy all tagged files, and a final couple of characters to determine the destination drive and user area, eg M0 for user area 0 on drive M:,
File copying is only one NSWP2's abilities, though. The program can also squeeze and unsqueeze files, and rename, delete, view and print both ASCII and WordStar text. Last, but by no means least. NSWP2 can set and reset Read Only, System. Archive and up to 4 user 'flags' on each file. This is particularly useful when backing up your discs.
Read 'em, cowboy
The ability to read ASCII text files, like those produced with RPED or by taking an ASCII copy from LoeoScript, is nothing special. The CP/M command TYPE works fine with ordinary ASCII text files. Text files written with Wordstar or Newword, though, will contain special codes for text formatting which make a TYPEd copy almost unreadable. NSWP2 reads WordStar/NewWord files quite normally and is a lot quicker to use than either word processor. It will print the files out, too!
What if it was not just Wordstar format but squeezed as well? No problems: NSWP2 will unsqueeze and display (or print) the original file.
A very good example of the usefulness of this is a Wordstar document in the Public Domain chat is 175K long. It won't fit on one side of an A: drive disc. However the file is only I 13k squeezed and can be safely stored away on one side of such a disc. Any time I need a copy on the printer, or need to look at the file, I just use NSWP to view it. No need to unsqueeze it first, or to load Newword!
When you start NSWP, you're presented with a menu of the selected drive and user area, the amount of space taken by files, and how much space is left on the disk. For example:
A>NSWP2 M* would produce.
Drive M*.?????? 121k in 31 files. 242k free.
Here, you've selected all user areas of the RAM disc, and are about to have displayed all the files on that disc, (????????.???). Below this heading, allthe files are displayed In alphanumerical order in a vertical column, something like this:
The cursor starts at the end of the first line, requesting a command. Here is a list of the available commands, as displayed by the ? (help) command:
I have only scratched the surface of this very useful utility from the Public Domain. The document file that goes with the program is both well written and has many easy to follow examples of all its capabilities. So what are you waiting for!