Retrieval criteria

The Retrieve Documents dialog is the gateway to all of your archived documents included in the statistic at the foot of the screen. Follow the instructions in the lower part of the screen to set up your search criteria, if any, then press Enter (or click the button).

There are three search methods:

  1. Manually, by pressing Enter when the Search for this text field is empty.
  2. Text search, by pressing Enter when the Search for this text field is not empty.
  3. Automatic, by pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Manual searches

The program compares your criteria against its document tag index. When a match is found, it presents the tag details in the lower part of the screen, along with all other matches with the same issue date and document type, and the PC cursor moves to the Select field in the lower part of the screen:

Text searches

The program compares your other criteria against its document tag index as for a manual search, but retrieves any matching document immediately. The search continues if the specified text is not found in the document, until the tag index is exhausted, otherwise the program waits whilst you view the document.

Automatic searches

The program searches the archive as for a Manual search or Text search as appropriate, but sends matching documents to a file or to the printer instead of waiting whilst you view them on screen. When you press Ctrl+Enter after setting up the criteria, you will be asked in the lower part of the screen to specify where the matching documents are to be sent:

Document view

The program shows as much of the first page of the document as will fit on the screen, with the PC Cursor in the Page field on the bottom line. Use the hints at the foot of the screen to move around a large document:

To send the document to an external application

When you activate the Send feature whilst viewing a document:

  1. The program writes the print image of the document (or selected page) to the text file SENDME.TXT in GO.EXE's Current Directory (replacing any previous file of the same name).
  2. The program executes the MS-DOS batch file SENDIT.BAT, if found in GO.EXE's Current Directory, passing the name of the text file (SENDME.TXT) as the first parameter and the two characters comprising Document Type and Schema Number from the Document Tag as the second parameter.

This sample SENDIT.BAT batch file displays the parameters passed from GO.EXE inside an MS-DOS box:

@echo off
@echo File %1 is document type %2

This one-liner launches a Notepad window displaying the document:

notepad %1

This one-liner might launch MS-Word with a document template determined by the document type (the template would underlay the text with the pre-printed stationery image):

\msoffice\winword\winword.exe /tC:\GO\FAX%2.DOT

A more flexible method, however, would be to have a macro in MS-Word which reads in newly generated SENDME.TXT files.

Provided you assign serial numbers to documents in ascending numeric sequence, and the Document Issue Date in the Document Tag is the date the serial number was assigned, the program can alert you to any missing serial numbers. Select the Main Menu option S to obtain this dialog:

The program suggests printing its audit from today's date back to the date the last run ended. Change these dates if you wish, then enter the Daily Password to start processing. This is an example of the report produced:

Archived Document Serial Number Audit Mon 18 Sep 00 12:03:16
--- Issued -- Type  Qty      Low      High  Remarks
Thu 31 Aug 00  IB     8    36414     36421 
Thu 31 Aug 00  CB     2     3728      3729 
Thu 31 Aug 00  S      1        0         0 
Wed 30 Aug 00  IB     1    36413     36413 
Wed 30 Aug 00  CB     2     3726      3727 
Tue 29 Aug 00  IB    10    36403     36412 
Fri 25 Aug 00  IB     1    36402     36402 
Wed 23 Aug 00  IB     2    36400     36401 
Tue 22 Aug 00  IB     7    36393     36399 
Tue 22 Aug 00  CB     1     3725      3725 
Mon 21 Aug 00  IB     4    36389     36392 
Mon 21 Aug 00  CB     1     3724      3724 
Mon 21 Aug 00  S      1        0         0 
Fri 18 Aug 00  IB     1    36388     36388 
Thu 17 Aug 00  IB    10    36378     36387 

The LINEUP file (in GO.EXE's working directory) holds the information required to reprint each of your document styles correctly.

You may wish (or need) to reprint your documents onto a different paper size to the original stationery. To check or amend the document layout, select the Main Menu option D to obtain this dialog:

Enter the two characters comprising Document Type and Schema Number from the Document Tag. Typical Document Types are I (Invoice), C (Credit Note), Q (Quotation), D (Despatch Note), P (Purchase Order), S (Statement). The Schema Number (usually 1) allows for possible redesigns of your stationery during the lifetime of the archive. Then press Enter to view the the current settings for this style.
Alongside the Style field is its 14-character description field.
Depth (in Lines)
Standard dot-matrix spacing is six lines per inch, so this field should normally be set to the paper depth in inches multiplied by six.
Width (in Characters)
The value of this field has no effect on the printing of documents. Rather, it sets the right hand margin for viewing documents on screen.
Vertical Tab to Lines
Four fields for Vertical Tab stop line numbers, in ascending sequence, if required. Fortunately, printers requiring vertical format tapes are now obsolete.
Select P/C/E/D
Standard dot-matrix spacing is ten characters per inch (Pica). The Condensed option allows you to reprint a full width 132-character document on an eight inch wide Epson-compatible printer.
Enter the Special Password to write this style record back to the LINEUP file.

Use this option to nominate the Active Master Volume (and its backup). Main Menu Option A Add new documents writes all new documents into the currently nominated Active Volume.

You should take care to ensure that all your Archive Volumes are uniquely numbered. The recommended format for the Volume Number is yy.nn where yy is the current year (e.g. 01 for 2001) and nn is the sequence number this year (01=first). The corresponding MS-DOS file name will be VOLyynnt.VWA where t is the type (M=Master, B=Backup).

All volumes other than the Active Master Volume and its Backup are closed, i.e. used for retrieval purposes only, unless you re-nominate one of them as the Active Master Volume. You cannot change its volume number (don't try to rename it!) but provided it is a Master Volume it can be successfully re-nominated.

Nominating the Active Volume

Select Main Menu option L to obtain the above dialog, showing the current Active Master Volume number in the Volume field. The cursor is in the Password field. Tab into the Volume field to enter your nominated volume number, then back to Password and enter the Special Password. The program attempts to create (or re-nominate) the volume. This should take less than one second. Possible outcomes are:

Creating the paired Backup Volume

The above dialog pops-up when a new Master Volume is successfully created at a Primary Archive Station, as you will need a Backup Volume with the same volume number. Change the media if it is removable. Enter the Special Password. The program attempts to create the volume. Possible outcomes are:

The MS-DOS Archive