Better keys assignment and sys disk solution for applications in WinApe CP/M 3.0

Started by fider, 20:34, 31 December 18

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I have been attempting to find some improvements to the typical WinApe CP/M 3.0 operation. I compiled a list of fixes that I will share with you. Of course, I made only a limited contribution, the whole idea being that it is a good package for a casual user that wants to enjoy CP/M more and a proof that things could be made better even in the CP/M days.
The files included in the attachement are:

  • a bootable system image that I prepared using the most efficient, documented way (fast CP/M loader on standard disk with 720 K disk size support preloaded); the bootable disk image includes a good selection of apps such as PIP, TE (the fast text editor) and others;
  • another application disk image for 720K (you can add/delete files, it is important that it is a large disk);
My contibution is:

  • an optimized set of self executable .sub files designed to load an app and files from either drive A or B, using the classical app name + file name syntax;
  • an optimized set of keys assigned to each major commercial application and tested to work properly;
  • the same optimized self executable .sub files that autostart any application with the required key assignments;
What kind of key assignments have been considered:

  • the best combination of cursor keys, shift and cursor keys, control and cursor keys;
  • where possible, in wordstar and perfectwrite for instance, jumping to the next word and line in the text;
  • common dos commands for shortcuts in many applications (control-o is open, control-h is replace, control-f is find, control-s is save, control-v is paste, control x is delete or cut....);
  • multiplan or supercalc key shorcuts work closer to modern-day Excel in data entry mode;
The purpose of the entire set of disk images presented is to have a set of pre-made disks and application configurations that can make CP/M operation in well known apps to be as simple and pleasant as possible. The covered app list is: Multiplan, Wordstar 3.0, Supercalc, Supercalc2, PerfectWrite.
Enjoy!  :D

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