ScuzzBlog: Diaries February 2021

Entry 11th February 2021: Post 1: DOpus IV - What is Directory Opus?

DOpus IV - What is Directory Opus?

The theory behind Directory Opus is quite simple. On the screen
there are two windows. These are called Directory Windows. You can
read a directory into each of these from any device accessible by
the Amiga.You can select files and/or directories in either of these
windows, then manipulate them almost any way you like. Selected
entries can be copied to the opposite window, deleted or renamed;
text files can be read, picture files can be viewed, and sound files
can be heard. Directory Opus offers much more than these 'bare bones'
features .....

In truth Directory Opus is a replacement for your Workbench window
based interface. Once into the Workbench and successfully into DOpus
you really need nothing else other than the installed software. It
will manage all your needs and permit the editing of tooltypes and
system scripts plus mount files and configurations. You can study
the contents of any drawer and interrogate the files including by
default all those pesky hidden files. It lets you archive, compress
and de-crunch files without leaving DOpus. Drawers can be created,
renamed and copied together with moving and copying associated
'info' files.

For me there is no better file manager than DOpus simply cus it
offers endless possibilities in terms of customisation. You can task
so many buttons and menus to undertake a multitude of operations and
basically replace your Workbench from a single easy to use interface.
If you don't have DOpus then get it straight away. If you don't know
how to use DOpus then learn. It really is so important to an Amigan.

DOpus IV - What is Directory Opus?

The DOpus companion disks.

Making a LHA creation tool

Setting up drive buttons.

I assume you have DOpus set up on the Amiga

DOpus 4 with the drives bottom left

From the menu click the 'Configure' selection

Next select Drives

These are your bank of five drives
Only one shows from the main window
To scroll through them you right click
More on that in a while.

I will now check the 'scuzz' drive

Clicking 'scuzz' opens this next window

Clicking the magnifying glass opens the
VOLUME or DRIVE window showing the mounted
drives on the computer. This can be very useful
when checking to see what drives are mounted

I Click Work and then find scuzz and click that

Clicking Work and then scuzz gives us the
Work:scuzz/ path which is correct

The search tool will place the directory path
into the listing. This then becomes the directory
for that button. The very upper area has a name
that you can edit to suit what ever you want.
The right hand colours are for the button colour
and the left the colour of the text to be used.

You must press 'RETURN' when you have edited the
text for it to appear in the top box

I close the previous window and save if I am happy
Now when I click the 'scuzz' button it opens that
directory or drawer in the pane selected. Either of
the left or right panes can be selected

The Drive selection list is obtained by
right clicking any of the bottom left buttons
This will scroll through all five banks of drive
buttons until you find the one you want

Or you can go to the Configuration menu again
and select to have the button banks as a slider

Now you have a slider to scroll through Drives

Note that the config files for DOPus are in
the DOPUS 'S' drawer. If you look you will see
other configs that I have acquired and downloaded
If you go on the Aminet site there are numerous
configs that you can try out. Be careful though
to save your original. You can load configs from
the main interface, but they will become the main
DOpus config if you choose to save as such.

Let's see if you have understood what I did
Lets change b494 to RAM

We click the magnifying glass to find RAM
or RAM disk

Don't forget to make sure you use the search
functions to find the exact directory you want

Next edit the words to say RAM and edit
the colours and font text if you choose

When you have edited the wording for the button
don't forget to hit return so it appears in
the top area. You can then change the colours etc

So with the button now set for RAM you can
say access directory T and place in right pane
and copy, extract, etc into RAM say from files
you have in the left pane. This is useful if
you have LHA files in Work say and want to extract
into RAM before moving them or using them

You will see buttons for Arc Ext, unaARChive and LHA
that I can explain in another tutorial for archiving
purposes. Also note that buttons have a folded corner
This gives a single button two functions. The left click
activates one and the right click the one that is hidden
The hidden buttons can be viewed from the Configuration
menu under Buttons and is the second bank shown

If you have copied your DOpus disk and are being
prompted for the floppy each time you use it, then
you need to create an ASSIGN in your user-startup
as I explained in a previous tutorial

DOPus 4 was released on CU Amiga cover disk 100
and I think this can be downloaded from the web

Hope that helps. Next time I will set up some buttons
and show how to edit the main drop down menu

Check out the series in CUAmiga
for the guide on how to use DOpus.

Dont forget to check out Aminet for all
those useful guides , configerations and

scuzz site

If you can only see this CONTENT window
then click the image above for the full site

Last updated 11th February 2021

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