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  • Compression Plus and EGUI

    I have acquired the rights to a few EllTech products that they no
    longer sell for PB/DOS. I have not gotten around to pulling in the
    documentation or full source code. But, the first distributions are
    now officially available at http://www.tgh3.com/ --

    This includes EGUI 1.01, a graphical user interface library, and
    Compression Plus 2.0, which provides simple .ZIP compatibility
    (dating to PKZIP 1.09g) and other compression and installation
    features. Docs, source code, and revisions will roll out as I get
    to them. These files are 100% free to use as you will, donated to
    the Public Domain, but you may certainly feel free to encourage
    my continued work on them by PayPal donations to mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A> ...
    time and money are ever short.

    Be advised that these products are dated, and will be updated only
    according to the interest I get by email and/or donations and time available.
    I have revived them because I don't see a point in having software die
    for no reason, and my relationship with the owner helped me acquire them
    inexpensively. On the other hand, if there is no interest in them, there
    is no reason for them to be. Regardless, the last(?) versions of these
    programs are now available at no cost, to use in any way you like.

    Enjoy.

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    Tom Hanlin
    PowerBASIC Staff

  • #2
    Tom,

    I just went to your site via the hyperlink in your message above.


    A question: do you have a snailmail address where people can
    send donations/shareware registration fees via money orders? I am
    intrigued by your OBJ file shareware program. And, since I have the
    highest respect for your programming acumen, I am probably going to
    download it tonight, and take it for a test run. If it's something
    that fills a need of mine, then I will register it. Note that I *do*
    have a credit card, so, if PayPal is your only accepted payment option,
    then I will use that. But, for that, it'd be quite helpful to know
    HOW (or WHERE) to use PayPal, as I have never done so.




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    [This message has been edited by Clay Clear (edited May 22, 2003).]

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    • #3
      .

      [This message has been edited by Karl Lessmann (edited September 23, 2003).]

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      • #4
        Glad you like, Karl. I'm fond of "keep it simple", myself. I may
        just leave the site in text format and forget the funky graphics.

        These are old DOS products. It's certainly possible that EGUI will
        not get along well with some Windows versions or displays but, then
        again, why would you want to use a DOS GUI if you can use Windows?
        Bears some thought, though. I'll see if I can get up some sort of
        forum software so people can share their results.

        Good points, Clay. These are not products for sale, so I have not
        arranged my site according to business principles, but I see I could
        be better organized anyway. PayPal, see http://www.paypal.com ...
        or email me at mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A> for my address.

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        Tom Hanlin
        PowerBASIC Staff

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        • #5
          .

          [This message has been edited by Karl Lessmann (edited September 23, 2003).]

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          • #6

            Hi Tom,
            EGUI is very impressive! I was surprised at how full-featured
            it is.

            Tony Burcham


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            • #7
              At that, I think the version I posted may be a step away from the
              final release. I'll get on that presently. In the meantime, I'm glad
              it's been of some use-- enjoy. It was a commercial product, to be sure,
              just not for some years now.

              I've brought in a scanner and should be able to start making the manuals
              available presently. Not to sound silly but, you don't know what a rat's
              nest my home office is-- does anyone out there have the printed docs?
              I've got them here somewhere but, my oh, under which pile...?! Mumble
              me gently at mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A> , thank you much!

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              Tom Hanlin
              PowerBASIC Staff

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              • #8
                Tom,
                I see on your website that you don't have any docs for EGUI. I
                bought the product from EllTech and still have the original
                printed manual.
                If you are interested, I would send you a copy, or maybe
                scan it into a PDF for all to use?
                BTW: I still support several DOS apps that use EllTech's
                ETREE. A solid product. Never used the compression program.
                -Shawn

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                [This message has been edited by Shawn Anderson (edited June 12, 2003).]

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                • #9
                  Shawn, I do have the docs buried here somewhere but, my archives are
                  far from well organized. If you'd be so kind as to PDF 'em, or even
                  send them along for scanning, I'd be glad to have them available. The
                  originals are (a) buried here somewhere, and (b) in an obsolete and
                  proprietary format, as far as the original sources are concerned--
                  so, I am not likely to have them online quickly otherwise. I will be
                  glad to credit you with any work done and share any eventual money
                  to be made, not that this is exactly a commercial enterprise (read:
                  only losses, to date, but I hope someone finds it worthwhile). In
                  short, this is basically a charitable venture. I find it a shame to
                  see old code burn, and there must be people who can benefit from free
                  libraries that were of commercial quality when DOS was more popular.

                  There still is a fairly significant DOS market but, oddly enough,
                  there isn't a third-party market that I can see. Must be terribly
                  specialized and/or cheap markets, I guess. Commentary from those
                  involved would be fascinating, and might help direct the evolution
                  of PB/DOS.

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                  Tom Hanlin
                  PowerBASIC Staff

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                  • #10
                    Must be terribly specialized and/or cheap markets, I guess
                    Perhaps saturated. Not too many "new" MS-DOS programmers these days. And all the old guys have all the tools they need.

                    MCM
                    Michael Mattias
                    Tal Systems Inc. (retired)
                    Racine WI USA
                    [email protected]
                    http://www.talsystems.com

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                    • #11
                      I'll PDF the book and send it off to you. No payment is required.

                      As I opened the book to look at it, there are two names handwritten
                      (by me) in the front next to the phone number:
                      Tony Elliot
                      Tom Hanlin

                      from January 1993

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                      [This message has been edited by Shawn Anderson (edited June 13, 2003).]

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                      • #12
                        Perhaps, Michael, but a vital market usually leaves room for add-on
                        tools. It's so often cheaper and faster to buy a tool than invent it
                        at home. DOS isn't dead, but it doesn't seem to have the typical
                        aftermarket.

                        Thanks, Shawn. I'd be very happy to see that available once more. I'll
                        be glad to give credit and link to your web page, if you have one.

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                        Tom Hanlin
                        PowerBASIC Staff

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                        • #13
                          Just wanted to give y'all an update. I'm about 1/2 done with
                          scanning the manual and converting it to PDF.

                          Tom, do you have the QuickBasic/PDS version of these programs
                          too? I'd like to get the PDS version of Compression Plus.
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                          [This message has been edited by Shawn Anderson (edited July 14, 2003).]

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                          • #14
                            Sorry, I only have rights to the PowerBASIC versions. You might inquire
                            as to whether the QB versions are still available: [email protected] last
                            I looked. QB has been dead so long, who knows.

                            Thanks for the update.

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                            Tom Hanlin
                            PowerBASIC Staff

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                            • #15
                              Is the manual for EGUI available now?

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                              • #16
                                Tom,

                                Is your website now defungent?

                                I clicked on http://www.tgh3.com/ and got a "Future Website" msg from the PowerWeb (ISP?).


                                I never knew you were partnered with Tony Elliot (fine fella and
                                fine programmer). Used to talk to him every once in awhile.

                                Note to all - I have pretty near ALL the MicroHelp manuals and
                                the EllTech Compression Plus and EllTech Printer Plus manuals
                                if anybody has need of them. (probably have the accompanying disks as well).


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                                Thx............Gösta
                                mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A>
                                http://www.SwedesDock.com
                                http://www.PondersBible.com

                                [This message has been edited by Gösta H. Lovgren-2 (edited March 18, 2004).]
                                It's a pretty day. I hope you enjoy it.

                                Gösta

                                JWAM: (Quit Smoking): http://www.SwedesDock.com/smoking
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                                • #17
                                  I don't know whatever happened to the EGUI manual. Maybe Shawn got bored?
                                  If anyone runs across a copy, please let me know.

                                  Yes, my site is down for the moment. I switched to a new host and haven't
                                  gotten around to reloading the files. It doesn't seem that the site has been
                                  greatly missed, but I'll get it back up again, presently.

                                  I worked for EllTech for a number of years. I wrote most of the code for
                                  Fax Plus, Encryption Plus, and the later versions of Compression Plus...
                                  for what it's worth.

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                                  Tom Hanlin
                                  PowerBASIC Staff

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                                  • #18
                                    When i go to the link above, http://www.tgh3.com/
                                    all I see is a starter page for a new web site????

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                                    • #19
                                      Right. See my previous post.

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                                      Tom Hanlin
                                      PowerBASIC Staff

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tom Hanlin:
                                        ...<snip>I worked for EllTech for a number of years. I wrote most of the code for
                                        Fax Plus, Encryption Plus, and the later versions of Compression Plus...
                                        for what it's worth.

                                        And now they're out of business? (Sorry Tom, just couldn't let
                                        that wide an opening pass by. {grin}
                                        )

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                                        Thx............Gösta
                                        mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A>
                                        http://www.SwedesDock.com
                                        http://www.PondersBible.com



                                        [This message has been edited by Gösta H. Lovgren-2 (edited March 20, 2004).]
                                        It's a pretty day. I hope you enjoy it.

                                        Gösta

                                        JWAM: (Quit Smoking): http://www.SwedesDock.com/smoking
                                        LDN - A Miracle Drug: http://www.SwedesDock.com/LDN/

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