S1E16 Atari Timewise – Supplement

 

This episode features Timewise, originally released in 1982 by Atari.  It bears a striking resemblance in appearance and usage to APX Weekly Planner (episode 7).  I believe it was developed by RLM Micro Systems (Ronald and Lynn Marcuse) and is likely the natural evolvement of Weekly Planner.

Podcast: Download

Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the box:

Atari Timewise Box Front

Scan of the back of the box:

Atari Timewise Box Back

 

Atari Timewise in Action

Bootsplash:

Atari Timewise Boot Splash

 

Booting without BASIC installed yields a nice warning:

Atari Timewise Boot Error

 

Booting from single drive, swap diskette:

Atari Timewise Boot 1 Drive

 

Booting from dual drive, insert diskette:

Atari Timewise Boot 2 Drives

 

Checking data diskette format:

Atari Timewise Check Disk Format

 

Main Menu (asking for date):

Atari Timewise Menu Ask Date

 

Main Menu:

Atari Timewise Main Menu

 

 

End Session:

Atari Timewise End Session

 

Module 1 – List Current Appointments

The List Appointments menu:

Atari Timewise List Appointments Menu

 

Option 1 – Today’s Appointments

You can only list appointments for the current day (date entered at program boot), but you can choose which person:

Atari Timewise List Todays Appointments 1

 

Output of list todays appointments:

Atari Timewise List Todays Appointments 2

 

Option 2 – Display Appointment List

Entering search criteria:

 

Atari Timewise Display Appointment 1

 

Results of the search:

Atari Timewise Display Appointment 2

 

Option 3 – Print Appointment List

Before the first print operation from any module or sub option you’re asked if you have a 40 column printer.  This is remembered until you reboot:

Atari Timewise List Print Printer

 

Before printing appointments, you’re asked if you want to print blank forms:

Atari Timewise List Print Blank Question

 

If you opt to print bank forms, you enter the date range and select if you want 12 hour or 24 hour formats:

Atari Timewise List Print Blank

 

If you opt to print non-blank forms (normal), you enter the date range, person, and type of appointment.  Wildcards supported in all fields:

Atari Timewise List Print Normal

Module 2 – Monthly Calendar

The monthly calendar menu:

Atari Timewise Monthly Calendar Menu

 

Option 1 – Display

Enter month and year to display:

Atari Timewise Display Cal 1

 

Calendar is displayed.  Days with ** have appointments.  Enter a day number to see details:

Atari Timewise Display Cal 2

 

Details (appointments) for single day:

Atari Timewise Display Cal 3

 

Option 2 – Print

When printing blank forms you are asked for the month and year to print:

Atari Timewise Print Blank

 

When printing non-blank forms you are asked for the month and year, and the person.  Wildcard is supported in the Person field:

Atari Timewise Print Normal

 

Module 3 – Add New Appointments

There is no menu, you are dumped right into editing a new record (appointment).  You are given the syntax for each input field as you move through the form:

Atari Timewise Add New Appointment 1

 

A completed input form asking for confirmation the data is OK:

Atari Timewise Add New Appointment 2

Module 4 – Inquire/Update Appointments

The Inquire / Update menu:

Atari Timewise Inquire Update Menu

 

Option 1 – Inquiry

Entering search criteria for the inquiry.  Wildcards supported:

Atari Timewise Inquiry 1

 

Results from the inquiry:

Atari Timewise Inquiry 2

 

Option 2 – Update / Delete

After entering the search criteria (similar to above), you are shown each match in succession.  You have option to Update or Delete.  Update works like editing a new record:

Atari Timewise Update Delete

 

Option 3 – Browse

After entering the search criteria (similar to above), you are shown the list of matches:

Atari Timewise Browse

Module 5 – File Maintenance

File Maintenance menu:

Atari Timewise File Maintenance Menu

 

Option 2 – File Compression

The menu item shows the current number of records.  Entering month and year here will purge all records before this date:

Atari Timewise File Maint Compress

 

Files

Contents

Atari Timewise appears to use Atari DOS 2.0.  It uses a custom VTOC though.

Program Disk

The contents of the program disk:

Atari Timewise Program Disk Contents

 

Data Disk

The contents of the data disk:

Atari Timewise Data Disk Contents

Printing

List Print 80 Column:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-listprintdata80.pdf

List Print 40 Column:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-listprintdata40.pdf

List Print 80 Column Blank:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-listprintblank80.pdf

List Print 40 Column Blank:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-listprintblank40.pdf

Calendar Print 80 Column:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-calprintdata80.pdf

Calendar Print 40 Column:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-calprintdata40.pdf

Calendar Print 80 Column Blank:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-calprintblank80.pdf

Calendar Print 40 Column Blank:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/s1e16-print-calprintblank40.pdf

 

Instructions

Scanned Manual download

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 6

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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