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The MirageOS User's Manual

Program Manager Usage :  File/Folder Information

The File Info section of the Program Manager is an important aspect of MirageOS since it provides detailed information about the programs and folders that you have on your calculator. When selecting a program, this area of the Program Manager will show you its Archive, Hidden, and Edit-Protection states, as well as what type of program it is, and the size in bytes of that program. When selecting a folder, its information will be shown, such as how many programs it contains, the Sorting method of those programs, and the total size in bytes of all the programs in that folder. On this section of the User's Manual you will find out more information about each of these aspects.

Program Manager File Info Items:

Below you will find images of the Program Manager that identify each of the items in the File Info section. Those items are labeled with numbers and corrospond to the detailed information located further down. Read this information for an understanding of what each of these File Menu aspects mean for the user.

  1. Number Of Programs - This File Info item tells you the number of programs that are in the currently selected folder. The value is right aligned in 3 digits, and the maximum value that will be shown here is 255, since that is the max value for 1 byte.

  2. Folder Sort Method - This File Info item tells you the sort state of the currently selected folder. The user can sort the contents of a folder by 4 different methods: Program Name, Description, Size, and Type (MirageOS, ION, TI-82, BASIC). One of those four words will appear in this location: "NAME", "DESC", "SIZE", and "TYPE". The default sort state for every folder is by Name until the user changes it.

  3. Total Folder Size - This aspect of the File Info section tells you the byte value of the combined size of all the programs in one folder. This information isnt particularly important to know, but we needed something to fill up this space, corrosponding to the layout of File Info for programs. The maximum value that will be shown here is 65535 since that is the max value for 2 bytes.

  4. Archive Status - This item notates whether the current program is Archived into FlashROM or resides in RAM. A "Y" will be displayed if the program is currently Archived, and an "N" if it is not. When a program is archived, it takes more time to run and exit programs since it may have to be rearchived, yet it is beneficial to use the Archive to hold many programs.

  5. Hidden Status - This item notates whether the current program is Hidden from the TI-OS or not. A "Y" indicates that the program will not be displayed from the PRGM menu in the OS, and an "N" means that it is not hidden. An option in the Main Options screen determines if the Hidden programs should show up in the shell or not.

  6. Edit-Locked Status - This item notates whether the current program is Protected or not from being viewed in the BASIC editor of the TI-OS. If a "Y" is shown, then the program is Locked and will not show up in the EDIT menu of the PRGM menu. An "N" will be displayed here if the program can show up in the EDIT menu.

  7. Program Attribute - This part of the File Info for programs tells what type of program it is: M for MirageOS, I for ION, C for CrASH and ASH (TI-82), and B for BASIC programs. This aspect helps you determine what type of program you are running ahead of time, incase it is not recognizable by its name.

  8. Program File Size - This File Info item tells the user the size of the currently selected program in bytes. This value is right aligned within 5 digits, and the highest value that can be displayed is 65535, however, no programs will be that large.

Program Manager Alternate Layout:

In the Program Manager, you have the ability to view an alternate layout of the File Info section when you are selecting a program. From this layout you can view the graphical button image of that program, which was originally meant to be seen in the Graphical Buttons Interface, but can also be viewed from the Program Manager. In order to get to this layout, you must set the corrosponding option from the Main Options screen. See the Main Options page for more information. Below you can view what this layout looks like, with its various aspects identified and numbered sequentially.

  1. Graphical Button Image

  2. "A" - Archived Status

  3. "H" - TIOS-Hidden Status

  4. "L" - Edit-Locked Status

  5. Size: Program File Size

Each program has a special Graphical Button Image depending on what type of program it is. MirageOS-specific programs have the ability to show custom images that represent the program graphically, however, ION, TI-82, and BASIC programs do not have this feature, so MirageOS gives them generic button images. You can see the four types of programs below with their images, and 7G is shown as the example of a MirageOS program.

MirageOS Program

ION Program

TI-82 Program

BASIC Program

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