Canyon State Systems

Sedona AZ, 86336
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Frequently Asked Questions


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[ CompuShow 32 version 5.1 ]
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I'm a registered user of CompuShow 32. What does it cost me to upgrade to version 5.1?

Upgrade postcard Your exact cost is printed above your name and address, on the address side of the upgrade postcard. The basic cost of an upgrade is $14 (60% off the cost of a new registration!) In addition, if we shipped you version 5.0 within 60 days of the release of version 5.1, your upgrade is only $7 (that's 80% off!) Of course, your total cost will include sales tax if you live in Arizona, and US$3 shipping if you live outside the U.S.

When I push the New Version? button it says I have the current version, and the Upgrade button stays grayed out
You must have uninstalled the registered version. Just reinstall the old registered version (without uninstalling the shareware version) and the upgrade button on its About box will be ready to use.

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Does CompuShow 32 support long file names?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows 95 program?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows 98 program?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows ME program?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows NT program?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows 2000 program?
Yes.

Is CompuShow 32 a Windows XP program?
Yes.

What's the best way to learn to use CompuShow 32?
The "best way" is undoubtedly the User's Guide

Of course, the User's Guide is not a replacement for Help. When you have a question while running CompuShow 32, remember to push F1 for Help.

The CompuShow 32 Gallery is different from CompuShow for Windows. How does it work?
Comparing the two programs, keep in mind that CompuShow for Windows only displays thumbnails in the Gallery, while CompuShow 32 displays thumbnails for the current folder on the Main Window (just click the "document" symbol on the header control), and in the Inspect Window. So, thumbnails for the current folder are on the Main Window and the Inspect Window. You open the Gallery to examine, search, and sort all thumbnails, no matter where the files are located.

In CompuShow for Windows, I could drop files on a "Rename" or "Copy" or "Delete" symbol. They're missing from CompuShow 32! Can't I do those things any more?
With CompuShow 32, you can do all the file management of CompuShow for Windows and more. When you right-click in the files section of the main window, the pop-up "Files Menu" lets you recycle, delete, or rename files, and also examine and change properties (to make a file "hidden", for example). Similarly, a right-click in the folders section lets you recycle, delete, or rename a folder as well as examine and change its properties.

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts: DELete to recycle a file, tagged files, or a folder and its contents, Shift+DELete to permanently erase them, and F2 to rename a file or folder.

To copy or move a file, simply drag it from the files section and drop it in the folders section! A pop-up menu lets you choose copy or move and you use the new "Select Folder" dialog to open the destination folder.

If you routinely move files from one folder to one or two others, open two or three Main Windows (just push the New button) and use the drop-down "history list" to jump immediately to the folder you want for each window. Then, it's a simple matter to drag files from one window to the appropriate destination window.

You can also drop a file that you drag from your desktop or a folder in windows explorer, even a picture on a website in your web browser. When you drop the file (or files), the pop-up menu lets you choose whether you want to copy, move, or "show" the file.

I like to "capture" pictures from web sites. How can CompuShow 32 help?
Drag a picture from your browser and drop it on CompuShow 32. The pop-up menu will give you the option copy or move the picture to the open folder ("Move" is not a good choice in this case, since the browser still needs the original in its temporary cache). You can also select "Show", to display the picture full screen, or zoom it, or drag a box around a section of the picture to examine it closely, or just push the "Details" button to read any file comments or examine other information.

You can find all the pictures that you've seen in your browser by looking in the disk cache folder(s) (even after you've logged off the Internet). We recommend that you turn the auto-thumbnail feature OFF for the cache folders, so that you can make temporary thumbnails any time that you want to see what's there. Then, if you find a picture that you want to save, simply drag it from the cache and drop it somewhere else. Since these browser cache folders are temporary storage for the browser, you