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NAME
    KingFisher

VERSION
    2.8

SYNOPSIS
    An update to the PREMIER "Fish Disk" & CD-ROM software catalog
    maintenance and search tool available to all Amigas with KS2.04 or
    later.   See PURPOSE section below for more details.

    NOTE: This is a *MAJOR* release!  Many, many problems fixed.

NEW FEATURES
    ----- KingFisher 2.8 ------------------------------------------
    Many problems fixed     - index, add/append fish, expressions
    Non-mounted volumes     - Now handled gracefully with requester
    Reindexing database     - Operation sped up significantly
    Search Expressions      - Now supports DOS patterns
    QuickIndex              - Now sortable by .version field
    Clipboard               - Now clip search result to clipboard
    Install database...     - Easy adding of databases from CD-ROM
    Delete fish...          - Actually truncates involved files

    ----- KFServer 2.8 --------------------------------------------
    Many problems fixed     - sanity check added, speed increased
    Many small enhancements - Connect/uptime status, SETTINGS param

    ----- RexxFisher 2.8 ------------------------------------------
    Search Expressions      - Now supports DOS patterns
    New command             - SELECTFISH fishnumber (see the docs!)
    New demo program        - Versions.kfrx traverses VersionLinks

PURPOSE
    KingFisher is a tool specifically designed to maintain and search one
    or more databases for software.  The program permits manual browsing,
    but offers a powerful expression parser through which you can explain
    to KingFisher exactly what you are looking for.

    The layout of database records for display is programmable, as is the
    format used for printing and that for writing records to a file.  This
    permits complete customization, separately for each database.

    KingFisher uses a resizable GadTools window on the default public
    screen or on a custom screen, offers the choice of both smart and
    simple refresh windows, and supports proportional fonts (including
    scalable fonts) of nearly any size.

    KingFisher supports more than one database, and databases that are
    larger than a single disk volume, which are spread over any number of
    disks to be mounted on request.

    Using advanced Client-Server Technology, KingFisher supports multiple
    simultaneous users with a minimum of memory overhead (as little as 30K)
    for each user (an ARexx-based interface named RexxFisher provides a BBS
    with the means to serve many databases to many users!) KingFisher's
    multi-user support in NO WAY hinders its value in a single-user
    environment!

    KingFisher is localized.  Catalogs are supplied for Dansk, Deutsch,
    Espanol, Nederlands, Suomi, and Svenska.  More are expected as
    translators are found (hint, hint!)

    Fully integrated AmigaGuide help provides context sensitive assistance
    and information on menu items and gadgets under the mouse pointer. 
    Hundreds of links cross-reference over 150K of documentation.

    KingFisher comes with a complete, read-to-use database of descriptions
    for Fred's "Fish Disks" 1-1000!  A new command, "Install database..."
    helps adding existing databases from CD-ROM.

REQUIREMENTS
    With Fish Disk Database (1.5MB), approximately 2.2MB of harddisk space
    is needed.  The program requires about 300K of memory to run, depending
    on the size of the database index files and some other factors.
    Kickstart V37 (2.04) is required; V38 (2.1) is required for localization.

COMPATIBILITY
    Tested with 68000 through 68040 CPUs, V37, V38, V39, and V40 system
    software, Picasso II graphics board, EGS Spectrum, and CyberGraphics
    (on Picasso.) Enforcer and Mungwall used during testing.

PRICE
    Shareware registration fee is $20(US) or DM30.  A registration site in
    Germany is available for European users.

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    NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW
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    USERS GROUPS and their members are eligible for a 20% discount!
    You must provide name and mailing address for your users group
    to be eligible for the discount price: $16(US) or DM24.
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RESTRICTIONS
    The freely distributable, unregistered (EVALUATION) version is
    limited to a maximum of two simultaneous users.  Register for
    the full version and show your support!

AUTHOR & AUTHOR'S ADDRESS (inquiries, registration, technical support)
    Udo Schuermann
    6000 42nd Avenue, Apt. 405
    Hyattsville, MD 20781-1518
    USA

    email: walrus@wam.umd.edu

LOCATION
    A PATCH file for the REGISTERED version of KingFisher 2.1, 2.3,
    2.4, 2.5, 2.6, and 2.7 (but not 2.2) is available on any Aminet
    site, for example:

    ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/biz/dbase/KF-REGS-pch-28.lha (547896)

    The EVALUATION version is also available on Aminet:

    ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/biz/dbase/KingFisher28.lha (842871)