Universal Item Selector III
REVIEWED BY DAVID PLOTKIN, START CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
The Universal Item Selector is probably one of the most utilized products ever developed for the ST. It is an invaluable substitute for the inadequate file selector native to the ST's operating system. Not only is UIS easier to use, it increases the functionality of the machine. UIS III gives you more and I wouldn't be without it.
Installing UIS III
UIS III goes into your AUTO folder. It is then summoned--superceding the default selector box--whenever your programs call for a file selector. The package also includes a version of UIS that you can install as a desk accessory. This accessory is compatible with Codehead's MultiDesk. UIS III, itself, is compatible with virtually all ST software, though it must be installed before Codehead's Maxifile in the AUTO folder for some of Maxifile's functions to work properly.
The Visual Difference
At first, UIS III looks like any other selector box. It presents the files in a scrollable box, with the usual selection and directory lines. This is, however, where the similarities end.
First, you can modify the file mask. A mask is the criteria a file must meet for it to appear in the scrollable box. This mask is normally *.*. With UIS III, you can drag a file to the top shaded bar to change the mask to match your file. You can also place a file on the selection line and double-click on the name or extension to change it to an asterisk. The contents of the selection line can then be dragged to the shaded bar. So, you can set a file mask without ever typing a single character.
Other new options involve the directory line. Backing out the directory path is as simple as double-clicking on the directory you want. Say, for example, you have a path such as D:WORDFLAIR/DOCUMENTS/LETTERS, and you want to back out to D:WORDFLAIR. All you do is double-click on WORDFLAIR in the directory line. You can also back out to the root directory by clicking on the drive letter.
UIS III also supports Quickpath, a system that lets you set up 10 paths, which you activate with the mouse or function key. Select a Quickpath to place that path on the directory line and jump to it instantly.
UIS III adds two wide modes to the body of the selector box. The first shows all the information for the standard 12 files, plus their time and date; the other shows 36 files. The font size can be varied as well, providing 64 file names (in the 36 mode) on a color monitor and 128 filenames on a monochrome screen. These can be somewhat hard to read, but are very useful for multifile operations.
To select a file, click on it. To select multiple files, you can [Shift] click on each file, lasso a group, or hold the right button and left-click on each file. As you add files to the
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