S3E03 Batteries Included HomePak – Supplement

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This episode features HomePak, originally released in 1984 by Batteries Included.  It was developed by Star Systems Software, Inc., and written by Russ Wetmore.

Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the folder:

HomePak Front

 

Scan of the front of the folder inside:

HomePak Front Inside

 

Scan of the back of the folder:

HomePak Back

 

Advertisement from January 1985:

HomePak Ad 8501

 

Another advertisement:

HomePak Ad

 

Advertisement for Batteries Included, which includes HomePak, from December 2012:

HomePak Ad 8612

 

HomePak in Action

Main Menu

HomePak Main Menu

 

HomeText

Loading:

HomePak Text Load

 

Splash banner:

HomePak Text Banner

 

Editor (empty file, replace mode):

HomePak Text Edit Screen

 

Editor (full file, typeover mode):

HomePak Text Edit Type

 

Editor Options popup menu (invoked with OPTION console key):

HomePak Text Options

 

Function Menu

Function menu:

HomePak Text Menu

 

Directory listing (of program disk):

HomePak Text Menu Dir

 

Clear buffer (confirmation):

HomePak Text Menu Clear

HomePak Text Menu Clear 2

 

Configure printer commands (each commands ON and OFF is asked for, up to 5 sequences in each can be input):

HomePak Text Menu Configure

 

Load file:

HomePak Text Menu Load

 

Preview file (file too large – needs 5K of the 6K+ to operate, workaround in the manual):

HomePak Text Preview 1

 

Preview (single page).  Colors highlight different formats:

HomePak Text Preview 2

 

Print:

HomePak Text Print

 

Save file:

HomePak Text Save 1

HomePak Text Save 2

 

Writing the customizations (CTRL-W, not on the menu):

HomePak Text Write Config

 

HomeFind

Loading:

HomePak Find Load

 

Splash banner:

HomePak Find Splash

 

Creating a new data disk, or selecting a new data disk drive (result of pressing SELECT on previous screen):

HomePak Find New 1

HomePak Find New 2

 

Whoops, didn’t put the program disk back in the drive:

HomePak Find New 3

 

Interface

Primary user interface.  The top is where output is returned, the bottom is where commands are input:

HomePak Find Edit 1

 

Entering a new record.  Anything “new” is news to the database.  Add it?  Sure.  This first prompt is the subject of the entered record:

HomePak Find Edit 2

 

Continuing the entry, this is the prompt for adding a new tag which is the second part of the entered record:

HomePak Find Edit 3

 

With records in the database, query’s are performed using a similar syntax.  Entering “Who’s Allison” returns all records with subject Allison:

HomePak Find Query 1

 

Function menu:

HomePak Find Menu

 

Listing the subjects:

HomePak Find Subjects

 

Listing the tags:

HomePak Find List Tags

 

HomeTerm

Loading:

HomePak Term Load

 

Splash banner:

HomePak Term Splash

 

Function menu:

s3e03-ss-3te-3-menu

 

Setting the capture file name:

HomePak Term Cap

 

Clearing the buffer:

HomePak Term Clr Buffer

 

Setting the delay:

HomePak Term Delay

 

Setting the timer:

HomePak Term Timer

 

Setting the character translation mode.  ATARI mode disables the custom font in favor of the system font:

HomePak Term Trans Menu

 

ATARI mode:

HomePak Term Trans 2

 

Mini DOS:

HomePak Term MiniDOS

 

Files

Contents

HomePak uses Atari DOS 2.0.  The contents of the disk can be seen in this screenshot:

HomePak Program Files

HomeText, and HomeTerm files are written to standard formatted disks.  HomeFind uses a custom format.  HomeFind data diskettes can not be read by DOS.

 

Printing

HomeText formatting sample:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/s3e03-prt-1tx-sample.pdf

HomeFind output sample:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/s3e03-prt-2fn-query.pdf

 

Instructions

Check AtariMania!

 

Show Links

 

BitRate7

 

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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