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NAME

KingFisher

VERSION

2.20

SYNOPSIS

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

NEW FEATURES

----- KingFisher 2.20 -----------------------------------------
Hotlinked Product-Info    - View live Product-Info while you edit
Product-Info files        - More robust, flexible, compatible
Paint your own buttons    - Replace any of 28 gadgets (KS39+)
Default Database          - If missing, KingFisher won't panic
Improved documentation    - *Major* rework, better organization
Keyfile                   - No more huge, ugly patches(*)
Numerous minor improvments in various areas.
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Adding Fish               - Major bug fixed (froze)
Numerous misfeatures and minor bugs fixed.
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(*)Registered users may receive their keyfiles by email or via
   upgrades as described in the documentation.

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.

Allowing you to view a "live" Product-Info file now enables you to have
KingFisher instantly demonstrate the effect of an edit.  Produce
Product-Info files for your software more easily than ever!

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 35K) 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 200K of redesigned documentation.

KingFisher comes with a complete, read-to-use database of descriptions for
Fred's "Fish Disks" 1-1000!  The 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
O/S:      Minimum KS V37 (2.04); V38 recommended; V39/V40 best!
CPU:      68000 through 68040.  Untested on 68060.
Display:  Picasso II, EGS Spectrum, CyberGraphics.

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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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                    (The address
7022 Hanover Parkway, Apt. C2      changed in
Greenbelt, MD 20770-2049           July 95)
USA

email:    walrus@wam.umd.edu
www:    http://www.wam.umd.edu/~walrus/
    http://www.wam.umd.edu/~walrus/KingFisher.html

LOCATION

ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/biz/dbase/KingFisher220.lha (881631)
http://www.uga.umd.edu/cgi-bin/KingFisher2.lha (881631)