S2E04 Atari Home Filing Manager

This episode features Home Filing Manager, originally released in 1982 by Atari.

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Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the revised box:

Home Filing Manager Revised Box Front

 

Scan of the back of the revised box:

Home Filing Manager Revised Box Back

 

Scan of the front of the original box (from AtariMania):

Home Filing Manager Original Box Front

 

Scan of the back of the original box (from AtariMania):

Home Filing Manager Original Box Back

 

Home Filing Manager in Action

The boot splash:

Home Filing Manager Boot Splash

 

Don’t try to boot the data disk.  There is at least a stub of code to let you know what you’ve done wrong:

Home Filing Manager Boot Data

 

If there is only 1 drive present and turned on, you are prompted to insert the data diskette in drive 1:

Home Filing Manager Boot Insert Data 1

 

If there is a 2nd drive present and turned on, you are prompted to insert the data diskette in drive 2:

Home Filing Manager Boot Insert Data 2

 

Data Disk Initialization

If you do not insert a disk with valid Home Filing Manager data, you are presented with this initialization menu which is a subset of the main menu.  You must prepare a diskette before you can use the program, or have a valid one inserted when it requests the data diskette:

HFM Init Disk Menu

 

PREPARE AND FORMAT

When selecting PREPARE AND FORMAT, you are prompted for confirmation:

HFM Prep Disk Confirm

 

 

After formatting, you give it a name:

HFM Init Data Disk Name

 

SWITCH

The SWITCH menu option presents this confirmation:

HFM Init Data Swap

 

QUIT

When choosing QUIT from the menu, it goes here.  Time for a reboot.

HFM Init Quit

 

Main Menu

This is the main program menu.  Instead of single word choices, entire phrases are your options:

Home Filing Manager Main Menu

 

LOOK AT first card

Adding a card presents a blank one.  The title line (red) will be indexed:

HTM Look 1

 

Finishing an Add by completing the data:

HFM Look Add

 

Using Add to create an index card.  This is achieved by placing a ! at the start of the title line:

HFM Index Template

 

Invoking EDIT on the currently displayed card and adding to it:

HFM Look Edit

 

Erasing a card.  Note the confirmation:

HFM Look Erase

 

Copy a card by navigating to the card you want to copy then selecting COPY:

HFM Look Copy

 

Editing the copied card:

HFM Look Copy 2

 

GETting a card pulls up the next in the index based on the sort order A->Z or Z->A:

HFM Look Get

 

LISTing a card is the only way to print it.  Use SHIFT when choosing to only list the title:

HFM Look List

 

FETCH a card by title

Searches the card titles only (red line) for your input.  First enter what you want to find:

HFM Fetch Input

 

Matching cards are marked with a paperclip on the left:

HFM Fetch 2

 

MARK AND LOOK at cards by phrase

Marking cards by matching any content on them with your input.  First enter the search term:

HFM Mark Input 1

 

Watch the number of marks (matches) rise and the number of cards left to search change:

HTM Mark Input 2

 

After marking is done, you are placed in the Look view at the first mark (match).  Notice the paperclip:

HFM Mark 3

 

Navigate to the next mark by using Find:

HFM Mark 4

 

PREPARE AND FORMAT a diskette

See the PREPARE AND FORMAT option above under DATA DISK INITIALIZATION.  Well, if you must see it, it really is the same except the menu has other options.  Also note, it shows you the name of the currently open card deck at the top:

HFM Format Confirm

 

SWITCH data diskettes

See the SWITCH option above under DATA DISK INITIALIZATION

 

QUIT

See the QUIT option above under DATA DISK INITIALIZATION

 

Files

Contents

Home Filing Manager uses a single density DOS, presumably Atari DOS 2.0.  The contents of the program and data disk are masked by a hidden VTOC.  Program disk:

Home Filing Manager Program Disk VTOC

 

Data disk:

Home Filing Manager Data Disk VTOC

 

Directory and DOS on the cracked version:

Home Filing Manager Cracked Disk Contents

 

Printing

List a card:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2e04-prt-listcard.pdf

List multiple cards:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2e04-prt-listmulti.pdf

List multiple titles:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2e04-prt-listmultititle.pdf

 

Community Print Utility

It first wants the a data disk, only drive 1 is supported:

HFM ComPrint 1

 

If you fail to supply a valid data disk, you are warned and given another opportunity:

HFM ComPrint2

 

If you succeed, you get the main menu:

HFM ComPrint Menu

 

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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