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WEEKABK   WEEKABK Screen Graphic

By Mark Scardina

Many users complain that they do not have the ability to see a week of appointments at a glance. Ehood Baratz, a talented Hewlett-Packard employee in Israel, has responded with WEEKABK.EXM. This is a System-Manager compliant program able to pop up just like your built-in applications.

Once activated with its hotkey, it provides a graphical view of your appointments for an entire week. Days are arranged horizontally across the top with a vertical timeline for each.

 Appointment times are shaded with an arrow indicating the start of each appointment.

 Moving the cursor to the start of an appointment displays the duration and title of that entry. Since this program reads your current .ABK APPT file you do not need to re-enter the information here.

 WEEKABK requires 12K of disk space.

 Using the program is as simple as pressing its hotkey. WEEKABK only displays appointments that have been saved, so you must remember to save your current APPT file. This forces you to regularly save your .ABK file after each entry. Multiple appointments at the same time are supported by prefacing them with the "happy face" ASCII characters. These can be inserted while in APPT by pressing <ALT>-1 and <ALT>-2 at the start of the appointment title.

 I especially like the fact that WEEKABK indicates at the top of each day if there are any additional appointments not being displayed. Earlier ones are indicated with an up arrow and later ones by a down arrow. Weeks are scrolled by pressing PGUP (<Shift> <Up Arrow>) or PGDN (<Shift> <Down Arrow>). You can press F5 to go to a specific date. WEEKABK also supports jumping to a week number by pressing the F9 key.

 My only criticism is that loading the program and jumping to different weeks is not a speedy process. This is due in large part to the format of the APPT file and the size of your own APPT file.

 WEEKABK will be part of The HP Palmtop Paper 1992 Subscribers Disk. Ehood has a simple request for those that find his program useful. He would like them to send him a postcard of their hometown! This rather unique price is but a small one to pay for this permanent addition to my 95LX.

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