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PabloDraw v0.971 by Picoe Software

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Earlier editions of PabloDraw were known as iDraw and published under iCE (Insane Creators Enterprise).
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iDraw Help file 1.0.98

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
            1.1 What is iDraw?
            1.2 Disclaimer
            1.3 Getting started
            1.4 Requirements
            1.5 Features

    2. Running iDraw
            2.1 Command line parameters
            2.2 Running under DOS
            2.3 Running under Windows 95/NT
            2.4 Running under OS/2 & Windows 3.1

    3. Using iDraw
            3.1 Viewing your work
            3.2 Keeping backups of a drawing
            3.3 Using multiple configurations
            3.4 Mouse Support

    4. Configuring iDraw
            4.1 How iDraw is configured

    5. Key Configuration
            5.1 Syntax and rules
            5.2 Control keys
            5.3 Lock states
            5.4 Key identifiers

    6. Technical Support
            6.1 Contact information
            6.2 Internet

1. Introduction

    1.1 What is iDraw?

      iDraw is a text drawing program for creating what is known as 'ANSI' 
      text graphics.  This is the usual format for Bulliten boards, which 
      are usually run through a dial-up line, or on the Internet through 

      iDraw gives you many features that enable you to quickly create
      text graphics, and save them in a multitude of formats.

    1.2 Disclaimer


      Please read LICENSE.TXT for information about the license agreement.

    1.3 Getting started

      To start up iDraw, all you need are two files:

         IDRAW.EXE and IDRAW.OVR.

      When you run the program, iDraw will generate a IDRAW.CFG file with
      all of the options and configuration information needed to customize
      iDraw to your specific needs.  This file can be modified by an
      external editor, or within iDraw by pressing <ALT-O> (by default).

      If you happened to modify IDRAW.CFG in such a way that makes iDraw
      unusable, you can just delete IDRAW.CFG, and run the program again.

    1.4 Requirements

      iDraw requires VERY little in terms of hardware.  Refer to the
      following for what your system should have.

      DOS 16-bit version (iDraw)

          - 80286 (IBM PC compatable)
          - 550k conventional memory
          - VGA video card
          - Monochrome monitor

      DOS 32-bit version (iDraw32)

          - 80386 
          - 2 mb RAM
          - VGA video card
          - Monochrome monitor

    1.5 Features

      The features of iDraw are the best yet in any ascii-based drawing 
      program.  If you are in dire need of a specific feature which is not 
      supported by iDraw, please contact the author.

      - Can save in the following formats: 
          ansi, acgs, binary, crunched, ascii, pascal, c, asm, renegade, 
          telegard, pcboard, netsafe, mirc, lord, avatar, diz, exe, 
          bitmap, and vp. 

      - Can load the following formats: 
          ansi, acgs, binary, crunched, ascii, renegade, telegard, pcboard, 
          mirc, lord, avatar, netsafe, diz, and vp. 

      - Multiple or Single backups 

      - Flashing cursor 

      - iCE colour support 

      - Key mapping configuration 

      - Default save/load format settings 

      - Configurable format extensions 

      - 20 User-Definable character sets 

      - Block flip, rotation & text formatting 

      - XMS memory usage (for 16 bit versions)

      - Tab stop settings 

      - Sprite/transparent layer mode 

      - Picture joining & block loading 

      - Character drawing 

      - Line drawing 

      - Attribute drawing 

      - BBS MCI codes for Renegade, Telegard, PCBoard, and Wildcat! 

      - 4 different ruler modes 

      - VGA viewing with different font widths 

      - Line, Rectangle, and Circle drawing 

      - Sauce editor & support 

      - Automatic config file generation 

      - FAST ASM drawing routines 

      - Optimized or Normal ansi/avatar/acgs saving 

      - Colourized configuration editor with help for each option 

      - Direct colour changing (ALT-0 to 9, CTRL-0 to 9) 

      - Current time, and time-on display 

      - Autosave feature 

      - Recent save/load history list 

      - Flip/Rotation character fix settings 

      - And much, much more!!! 

2. Running iDraw

    2.1 Command line parameters

      You can specify command line options when you start iDraw to load a 
      file automatically, or to use a different configuration file.  Syntax 
      is as follows:

      IDRAW.EXE [<filename.ext>] [/c <filename.cfg>]

        <filename.ext>      - filename to load
        /c <filename.cfg>   - specify a configuration file to use, other
                              than the default IDRAW.CFG.

    2.2 Running under DOS

      iDraw and iDraw32 are both DOS applications.  However, since
      iDraw32 is a Protected Mode application, you MUST have cwsdpmi.exe
      in the same directory as iDraw32, plus, you must have an extended
      memory manager (eg. HIMEM.SYS) loaded in your config.sys file.

    2.3 Running under Windows 95/NT

      Since iDraw was debugged under a Windows 95 dos box, it would
      be safe to assume that iDraw works well under Windows 95.

      Windows NT may not be so forgiving when it comes to some of the
      hardware accessing that iDraw uses to draw to the screen.  If you
      have Windows NT, it is suggested to run under dos mode if you 
      run into any problems.

      Note that with iDraw32, there is no need for the dpmi extender
      (cwsdpmi.exe), since Windows95/98/NT provides DPMI services.

    2.4 Running under OS/2 & Windows 3.1

      iDraw has only been breifly tested under OS/2, and has never been 
      tried with Windows 3.1 (does anyone still have it?? (: ) OS/2 seemed to 
      screw up the keyboard every so often when using a mouse in a windowed 
      dos box.  It worked fine in full screen. Windows 3.1 is just DOS, so I 
      am sure that it would run fine on it.

3. Using iDraw

    3.1 Viewing your work

      iDraw has a feature which allows you to view your work 'zoomed out'.
      This allows you to make sure that everything in your drawing is
      proportional and looks good.  iDraw uses 16 colour mode to display
      this because, after all, that is what an ansi is comprised of.  To
      view your drawing from iDraw, press the VIEW_IMAGE key
      (default ALT-V).  You can change the size of the preview mode with
      the VIEW_CHARACTER_WIDTH identifier in IDRAW.CFG

    3.2 Keeping backups of a drawing

      When you are drawing a picture, you usually want to keep all of
      your old work, just in case you don't like what you have added to
      your drawing.  iDraw supports this by providing multiple backup
      files, numbered and lettered.  To turn this option on, make sure
      BACKUP_TYPE is set to Multiple in IDRAW.CFG.

    3.3 Using multiple configurations

      If you have different preferences for different types of files or
      areas in your hard drive, you can make iDraw use a specified
      configuration file.  If the file does not exist, it will be created
      for you with the defaults.

      If you save the configuration file in the current directory, and
      you run iDraw from that directory, iDraw will use that configuration
      file instead of the one that is in iDraw's directory.

    3.4 Mouse Support

      iDraw's mouse support is pretty much the only thing that isn't
      configurable.. (too much of a pain in the..)

      However, since there is usually only two buttons on a mouse, there
      couldn't be much done with it.

      3.4.1 Scrolling through the page

        To scroll through the page, all you have to do is move the mouse
        past the edge of the screen.  This will scroll through the page
        when EDGE_SCROLL is set to NO in IDRAW.CFG.  If it is set to
        YES, just move the cursor to the edge of the screen, and iDraw
        will automatically start scrolling.  To slow down or speed up
        the scrolling speed, set the SCROLL_SPEED in IDRAW.CFG to a
        desired speed.

      3.4.2 Selecting a block

        To select a block with the mouse, move the cursor to the starting
        position for the block.  Click and hold down the left mouse
        button, and drag the mouse to the ending position of the block.

        With iDraw, you can select in any direction, so you can start
        at the bottom, and select upwards, as well as downwards.

        Once you have finished selecting, you can then use the keyboard
        to select an option.  If you wish to modify the selection,
        press the left mouse button again, and move the cursor.

        To exit from selection without doing anything, you can press the
        right mouse button.

      3.4.3 Buttons

        The mouse has different functions througout the program, but it
        has been situated in such a way that the left mouse button
        is the action button, and the right mouse button is the abort
        button.  This means if you are doing something, and click the
        right mouse button, it will most likely abort the procedure.

4. Configuring iDraw

    4.1 How iDraw is configured

      iDraw is configured using a plain ascii text configuration file.
      When you edit the cfg file within iDraw (ALT-O), the effects of
      the change are immediate when you exit the configuration editor.

      iDraw looks for IDENTIFIERS (or labels) which denote a specific
      option.  Each identifier has it's own parameter list, which are
      seperated by spaces on the same line.

      You may specify identifiers to only be looked at when PABLO first
      starts up by putting 'STARTUP' before the identifier in the line.

            startup columns 80

        - This will set the column width of the drawing area to 80, only
          at startup.  So if you load a file with a width of 160, and
          go into the options, it will not set the width back to 80.

5. Key Configuration

    5.1 Syntax and rules

      A key definition consists of two parts, a identifier, and a key
      sequence.  You can have a maximum of 4 different keys for each
      key identifier.

          <IDENTIFIER>  <KEY>[ | <KEY> [ | <KEY> [ | <KEY> ] ] ]
          <IDENTIFIER>             - The symbol that iDraw recognizes.
          <KEY>                    - The key combination declared using
                                     one of the recognized keys listed
                                     below.  To specify combinations,
                                     (for example, holding down two keys),
                                     seperate them by a '-'.


        To allow the user to press ALT-Q, or CTRL-ALT-X to quit the

          exit_program ALT-Q | CTRL-ALT-X

        To go to the next page when the user presses ALT-P, OR
        ALT-NPADPLUS (+ key on the number pad), with the number lock

          inc_page     ALT-P | ALT-!NUMLK-NPADPLUS

    5.2 Control keys

      These are the Shift state keys, which are optional for a key
      sequence, and must be held down in conjunction with a specified
      key identifier.

        LSHIFT                     - Left shift
        RSHIFT                     - Right shift
        SHIFT                      - Either shift
        CTRL                       - Either CTRL key
        ALT                        - Either ALT key

    5.3 Lock states

      These specify whether the lock states must be on or off for
      each function identifier, and are optional:

        NUMLK / !NUMLK             - Number lock must be ON/OFF
        SCRLK / !SCRLK             - Scroll lock must be ON/OFF
        CAPLK / !CAPLK             - Caps lock must be ON/OFF

    5.4 Key identifiers

      The following is a list of all recognized keys, which can be made
      in combination using the '-' character to seperate them.  At least
      ONE of the following keys must be specified for iDraw to recognize
      the key:

        ESC            BCKSPC         TAB
        ENTER          NPADENTER      0 - 9          A - Z
        MINUS          =              ;              '
        `              \              ,              .
        [              ]              /
        SPACE          CAPLOCK        SCRLOCK        NUMLOCK
        PRNSCN         F1 - F12

        HOME           END            LEFT           RIGHT
        UP             DOWN           PGUP           PGDN
        INS            DEL

        NPAD0 - NPAD9  NPADMINUS      NPADPLUS       NPAD.

      These are substitutes for NPAD0 to NPAD9 (excluding NPAD5):

        NPADUP         NPADDOWN       NPADLEFT       NPADRIGHT

6. Technical Support

  iDraw was programmed by Curtis Wensley AKA Eto.

  At this time, no more versions of iDraw will be released, until it
  has been fully tested to the extent that it can be released as a full
  version.  I am leaving it up to the users to find all of the hidden
  bugs that were not found during the production of iDraw.  Please
  contact the author of iDraw with any bugs and/or comments.

    6.1 Contact information

      You can contact the author directly via email at:

        [email protected]

      If you are reporting a bug, make sure you leave step by step
      instructions that you took to get the error so that I am able to
      reproduce the bug myself (I am unable to fix it otherwise).

      If you are making a suggestion, please don't expect it to be done
      immediately.  It may take some time for me to find time to work
      on it.  If it is a big addition to iDraw, it may not be implemented
      at all.  Though I am always open to suggestions. (:

    6.2 Internet             

      The official web site for iDraw is located at:


      Visit the site for information about iDraw, and new updates.

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