S1E13 APX Home Inventory – Supplement

 

This episode features Home Inventory, originally released in 1983 by APX.  It was developed by RLM Micro Systems.  It was programmed by Ronald and Lynn Marcuse, Atari Star Award of Merit winners of January 1982.

Podcast: Download

Media Scans

APX Summer 1983:

APX Home Inventory Ad

 

Manual Cover:

APX Home Inventory Manual Cover

 

Home Inventory in Action

Boot & Menu

Boot Splash:

APX Home Inventory Boot Splash

 

Boot Error:

APX Home Inventory Boot Error

 

Main Menu:

APX Home Inventory Main Menu

 

Insert Data disk 1:

APX Home Inventory Insert Data DIsk

 

Insert Data disk 2 (if second drive was detected):

APX Home Inventory Insert Data disk 2

 

Format Data disk (if Home Inventory format not detected):

APX Home Inventory Format Data Disk

 

Add Data

Input for used for add and edit.  Field names and lengths are non customizable:
APX Home Inventory Add Form

 

Input form filled in:

APX Home Inventory Add with Data

 

Input form showing field extents:

APX Home Inventory Add Form Extents

Retrieve Data

Menu:

APX Home Inventory Retrieve Menu

 

Inquiry/Update – Lookup form:

APX Home Inventory Inquiry 1

 

Inquiry/Update – Record detail:

APX Home Inventory Inquiry 2

 

Inquiry/Update – Update record:

APX Home Inventory Inquiry Update

 

Inquiry/Update – Delete record:

APX Home Inventory Inquiry Delete

 

Browse:

APX Home Inventory Retrieve Browse

 

Print Data

Menu:

APX Home Inventory Print Menu

 

All Records (see the Print Output section for the report):

APX Home Inventory Print All Records

Files

Contents

Home Inventory uses Atari DOS 2.0s.  The contents of the program disk can be seen in this screenshot:

APX Home Inventory Program Files

 

Data files directory.  The format is proprietary or at least the VTOC (volume table of contents) is not in the standard location:

APX Home Inventory Data Files

 

The program files are:

  • LOGO is the RLM Micro Systems splash screen that is displayed briefly at boot.
  • MAIN is the Home Inventory program.
  • AUTORUN.SYS is the auto run file that executes LOGO.
  • DISKNAME.DAT contains pertinent program information such as the version, part number, developer, and release date:

APX Home Inventory Diskname.dat

Printing

Print all records:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/s1e13-print-all.pdf

Print all records of single type:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/s1e13-print-type.pdf

 

 

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Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.
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