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A procedure file is a data file with Triad commands interspersed so that when the procedure file is executed by EZ_Software, the Triad will follow the desired procedure. When you execute (PLAY back) the procedure file, the Triad thinks a person typed in whatever is in the file. EZ_Software can easily record and play back procedure files. You might record a procedure file to automate something that you do over and over again. You can also create a procedure file with a text editor or spreadsheet program if you want to upload data that can not be posted in any other way (such as general ledger data).
Begin with EZ_Software in TERMINAL mode. Press the ALT and EQUALS keys at the
same time. The following menu will pop up:
MACRO Record keystrokes as a macro
SELECT Select a macro to play or erase
RECORD Record keystrokes as a procedure file
PLAY Play a procedure file
OPTIONS Set play speed
Zmodem Start zmodem transfer now
Use RECORD to create a sample procedure file. You will be asked for a file name and everything you type after that will be recorded in the file. To stop recording, press ALT-EQUALS again and select "STOP RECORDING".
If you select PLAY, you will be asked for the name of a procedure file. After you enter the file name, the data and commands in the file will be played back onto the Triad as though you had typed them.
If you look at the contents of a procedure file, you will see Triad commands such as <ENTER> interspersed with the data that gets typed into the Triad. There is a list of Triad commands at the end of this document. You can use this list to create a procedure file without recording it.
Here are some tips for creating procedure files:
|Keep in mind what function the Triad is in when you start the procedure. For example, if the procedure file is written to upload data to IMU, you should be in IMU before you select PLAY to play back the file.|
|Procedure file names can be up to 8 characters long. It is a good idea to have procedure file names end with ".pro" to remind you that the file contains a Triad procedure. A sample file name is "imudata2.pro"|
|The easiest way to create a procedure file is to record it. Then you can use Windows Wordpad or some other text editor to add on or make changes.|
|If you use Excel to create a procedure file, add additional columns to hold the Triad commands and then save the spreadsheet as "Formatted Text".|
|Be sure to fill fields completely. Use blank spaces to fill to the end. That way, if something is already on the screen it will not get intermixed with what you are typing in. For example, if you are entering a price of "8.99" and a price can be 8 characters long, add 4 spaces after the 8.99 to completely cover any price that might have been on the screen before.|
In a procedure file, Triad commands are placed in <> brackets. For example, Add is written as "<ADD>"
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|REDRAW||ignore||RECSPO||recall sp ord||EZ_BSP||ignore|
|UPC||printupc key||ROA||rcvd on acct||EZ_RULER||ignore|
|TAB||tab key||CREMEM||credit memo||EZ_CLEAR||ignore|
|LT||left arrow||NXTSCR||next screen||EZ_RDSTR||ignore|
|RT||right arros||VOID||void key||EZ_DELAY||ignore|
|ENTER||enter key||NOTAX||no tax/trans||EZ_REPEAT||ignore|
|CLEAR||clear key||PAIOUT||paid out||EZ_BLOT||ignore|
|CLRFLD||clear field||NOSALE||no sale||EZ_SSKIP||ignore|
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