S2E02 APX Family Vehicle Expense – Supplement

This episode features Family Vehicle Expense, originally released in 1982 by APX.  It was developed by Jerry Falkenhan.

Podcast: Download

Box and Supplement Scans

In typical APX fashion, there is no box.  This was an early title so there was not even a blister pack.  Just a manual and a disk.  Scan of the manual cover:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Cover

 

APX Catalog listing (Fall 1982):

APX Fall 1982 Family Vehicle Expense

 

Family Vehicle Expense in Action

Main menu.  Note the difference in the menu from the release version and the catalog version.  The title is different.  The catalog shows black screen with the title “Family Vehicle Cost”.  The release version has a blue background and title “Family Vehicles”.  Also note the copyright lines are modified in the release version using graphics 2 with a graphics 0 text window:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Main Menu
Prompting to insert program disk:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Insert Program Disk

 

Prompting to insert data disk:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Insert Data Disk

 

Monthly Data

The monthly data module loading:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Loading

 

When first entering the Monthly Data module, you must choose a month:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Month Choose Month

 

Then sit back and relax as it slowly loads the months data:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Month Retrieval

 

Once data is loaded, the Monthly Data sub-menu is presented:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Menu

 

Monthly Option A – Review Entries

First, pick a car:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Review Stats

 

Pick a report to review:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Review Menu

 

Statistical Data review:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Review Stats

 

Summary & Detail category summary review:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Review Cat Summary

 

 

Monthly Option B – Enter New Data

Pick a car:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Pick Car

 

Pick a category:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Pick Cat

 

Pick a payment type:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Pick Payment

 

Enter the day number:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Enter Day

 

Enter the cost:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Enter Amount

 

For fuel, choose Gallons or Liters.  If you choose liters, it will convert to gallons automatically:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Gallon Liters

 

For fuel, enter the amount dispensed, and confirm:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Gallon Amount

 

For fuel, enter the mileage and confirm:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Enter Miles

 

Do you want to add more entries?  Answer Y to add another entry for the same vehicle in the same category, or N if you want to change categories or vehicles, or months:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly More ?

 

Back at the category selection menu.  Note revised category totals after fuel entries were made:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Done

 

Back at the vehicle selection menu.  Note revised totals for the vehicle expenses were entered for:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Summary

 

Monthly Option C – Change Entries

Pick a car (this feels familiar):

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Pick Car

 

Pick a category:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Pick Cat

 

Transactions for the category for the month are listed.  Choose one to edit:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Pick Transaction

 

Now choose which field of the transaction to edit:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Pick Field

 

Gallons was modified:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Edit Field

 

Revised transaction list.  Select another transaction to edit or ESC back to the menu:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Change Done

 

Menu Option D – Delete Entries

Pick a car:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Delete Pick Car

 

Pick a category:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Delete Pick Cat

 

Pick a transaction to delete:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Delete Pick Transaction

 

Are you sure?  Or “Is This It?”:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Delete Confirm

 

Menu Option E – Print Entries

Choose the report you want to print:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Print Menu

 

If the printer is attached and online, it will start printing:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Monthly Print Main Menu

 

Menu Option F – Exchange Month

Changing the month:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Exchange Month

 

Atari DOS

This exits to DOS, Atari DOS 2.0.

 

Setup Program

The setup module loading:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Loading

 

Once it loads, it has to work a bit.  Please wait…

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Init

 

Setup menu:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Menu

 

Section A – Exchange Names

Pick a category name to change:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names

 

Edit it inline:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names Edit

 

Confirm the change:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names Edit Confirm

 

Altered category list.  Confirm all are correct:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names All OK

 

Pick a vehicle name to edit.  Edits work the same way as the category names edit does:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names Vehicle Original

 

Updated list of vehicle names (Hrm, ones missing in this screenshot.  Before I added “The Judge” I guess.):

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names Vehicles

 

Next up edit the payment names.  This works exactly like editing category and vehicle names:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Exchange Names Payments

 

Section B – Data Disk-Drive#

Choose either A or B to select which disk drive will be the data drive:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Disk Drive

 

Section C – Setup Fixed Cost

This has a sub-menu with four options:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Menu

 

Fixed Cost Submenu A – Insurances

Enter yearly total for insurance of each vehicle:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Insurance

 

Confirm each entry:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Insurance Correct

 

Fixed Cost Submenu B – License Tags

Enter the yearly license fees:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed License

 

Fixed Cost Section C – Loan or Lease

Enter each vehicles yearly payment totals:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Loans

 

Fixed Cost Section D – Depreciation

Enter current month:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Dep Month

 

Enter current year:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Cur Year

 

Enter purchase dates:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Purchase Dates

 

Enter purchase price and current value:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Fixed Prices

 

 

Section D – Setup New Year

The warning message that flashes upon entering Setup New Year.  Sound is also played with this:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup New Year Warning

 

Are you sure you want to zero out all the data?

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup New Year You Sure?

 

OK, This message tells you whats about to happen over the next 12 minutes.  Don’t freak out over the black screen.  BTW, unrestricted speed on the emulator makes this go by in seconds:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Working Message

 

Now it does its work, one month at a time,making artificial disk noises or clicks as it works:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Working 2

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Working 3

zzzz….

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup Working 1

Wake me up when you get back…

And then this happens if your data disk is full, not formatted, or write protected:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Setup New Year Fail

 

Leave Program

This clears memory and drops you back at a BASIC ready prompt.  Your asked to confirm:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Leave Program

 

Files

Contents

Family Vehicle Expense uses Atari DOS 2.0.  The contents of the program disk can be seen in this screenshot:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Program Disk Files

The files are:

  • MUD is the main menu.
  • GASSY is monthly data module.
  • WRITEFIL is the setup program.
  • CARFILE is the car database.  ASCII flat file.
  • CARDFILE is the payment database.  ASCII flat file.
  • CATFILE is the category database.  ASCII flat file.
  • FUNFILE is the menu options for setup.  ASCII flat file.
  • DISKNUM has the configured data disk drive number (D2:, etc) in ASCII form.
  • DISKNAME.DAT is the APX disk identifier.  ASCII.

The data disk contents can be seen here:

APX Family Vehicle Expense Data Disk Files

 

Printing

Summary Reports:

S2E02-prt-Month09PrintA

Detail Reports:

S2E02-prt-Month09PrintB

Statistics:

S2E02-prt-Month09PrintC

 

Instructions

Scanned Manual: download

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 5

 

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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