About the IPF Editor
Create Context Sensitive Help
In Minutes, Not Days!
IPF Editor 2.12 was designed to make the process of adding help to new
and existing OS/2 applications easy and painless. Using it you can literally add
help to an application in less than five minutes! The IPF Editor 2.12
will analyze your application and generate every IPF panel required as well as
create the necessary help resource tables and C functions required to add help
to your application. And with the IPF Editor 2.12 you can now choose to
use its improved functionality to add help to an OS/2 application merely by
linking in one C file and adding two function calls to your program's main
function. It's that simple!
Create IPF Documents from
WordProcessing and HTML Files
The IPF Editor 2.12 supports importing wordprocessing files from
WordPerfect, Describe, and any other wordprocessor that can export an RTF file.
Plus the IPF Editor 2.12 supports a tagged ASCII format. This lets
developers and authors create one document for print and use the exact same
document for their online documentation. The IPF Editor 2.12 RTF import
has been called the best they've ever tried for converting to IPF from RTF by
The IPF Editor 2.12 also supports importing HTML files and converting
them to IPF documents.
Create HTML Web Pages from
Editor 2.12 fully supports creating HTML files from IPF documents. HTML
files created can use the original HTML, HTML 2.0 and plus variants based on
what you need. Background graphics support, complete conversion of ALL IPF tags
to their HTML counterparts, conversion of all symbols, tables, and hypertext
links. Plus add your own custom copyright notices, page footers, mailing
addresses, create a web site table of contents, and more!
Panel Creation Made Easy!
Creating panels using res number attributes has
traditionally been a tedious and sometimes difficult task. Not with the IPF
Editor 2.12! It can automatically generate res and name attributes for every
panel you create and guarantees no duplicates! In addition, the IPF Editor
2.12 provides support for every panel heading attribute so you never have to
look at the IPF language manual.
Creating footnotes has never been easier!
The IPF Editor 2.12 makes footnote creation nearly
automatic. Simple select the text you wish to create a footnote for, hit the
footnote command, and then fill in the footnote's text in the provided entry
Preview Panel Appearance without Compiling!
The IPF Editor 2.12 contains a Panel Preview that
really shows you what your panels will look like without having to use the IPF
Compiler. Nearly every tag and attribute are supported by the Preview and as we
improve the preview free updates for it will be available from PCS.
Index Creation - Automatically
You can choose to create an index entry for your document
every time you create a panel with the IPF Editor 2.12. The advanced
index creation aids make creating both primary and secondary index entries
simple and error free. Support for all IPF index entry attributes are available
at the click of your mouse.
Create IPF Tables From Lotus And Microsoft Spreadsheets
The IPF Editor 2.12 will also convert
Lotus 1-2-3 Release 2.0 for OS/2 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into IPF file
tables. And editing existing tables or creating new IPF tables is also simple
with the advanced IPF Editor 2.12 table creation and editing
Add Push Buttons to IPF Documents Easily
The IPF Editor 2.12 lets you define push buttons
using an intuitive interface that doesn't require you to understand the subtle
complexities of the ":pbutton." and ":acviewport" commands. You can add push
buttons to cause other panels to appear or follow the easy to understand online
help to really customize push button usage. Plus, you can easily select which
standard push buttons to display at the bottom of your IPF document or
Customized Document Placement and
The IPF Editor 2.12 provides an easy
to use DLL that will let you determine how big and where the VIEW or Help
Manager will display your IPF document on the screen. In addition, you can even
choose to have your Table Of Contents be displayed in a separate window from
your IPF panels using the advanced features of the IPF Editor 2.12. You
can also choose to remove the VIEW program's menu to provide more display space,
hide the VIEW coverpage, and more! Flexibility and power is at your
Create Hypertext Links Easily
The IPF Editor makes creating
hypertext links easy and you can do it using one of two methods:
Drag and Drop Linking
By selecting specific phrases in
your document and then dragging panels from the Panel List (see the preview
page for details on these IPF
Editor 2.12 features) or by linking to them automatically as discussed in
the next section.
Create Hypertext Links Automatically
The Automatic hypertext linking
feature of the IPF Editor 2.12 will generate hypertext links for you with
no effort from you at all. Its advanced analysis functions will scan your
documents and create hypertext links quickly and easily.
Add Graphics and Create Hypergraphics Links Quickly and
The IPF Editor
2.12 fully supports adding bitmap and metafile graphics to IPF documents and
help. You can choose to drag and drop graphics files onto the desired panel or
use the advanced graphics support commands to add the graphics easily. And
creating hypergraphics links to other panels in your documents has never been
easier. Simply use you mouse to mark the section of the graphics to use for a
link and select the panel to link to. Never again will you need to figure out
the exact percentage of a graphics figure to use as the hypergraphics link box.
The IPF Editor 2.12 will handle it all for you!
Eliminate Spelling Errors!
The IPF Editor 2.12 Spell Checker has a 100,000
plus word dictionary that will help you create spelling error free documents
quickly and easily. It is easily customizable so you can add words to the
dictionary that will meet your specific needs for those with scientific or
foreign language requirements.
Create Complex Multiple Panel Displays Easily!
The IPF Editor 2.12 Panel Grouping
Workspace(TM) (not shown) lets you create multiple panel displays using an
intuitive interface. Now you just drag the panel you want into the Panel
Grouping Workspace, position it in the size and position that you desire, then
click "Save". The IPF Editor 2.12 does the rest. Version 2.1 supports
grouping "styles" that you can use to quickly create groupings using several
predefined layouts making the process even easier and faster!
Music and Voice To Any Panel
The IPF Editor 2.12's Voice Support Module fully supports adding MIDI
music and WAV voice files to any IPF document or help. And unlike other
competing products it gracefully handles target systems that do not have MMPM/2
installed when the end-user views the document. Complete control over volume
levels, play sequence, repetitions, etc. is provided!
Video, OS/2 Applications, and other Documents Easily
The IPF Editor 2.12 makes creating
hypertext links to other documents, applications, even digital video movies
easy. The advanced linking functions let you quickly mark the text to use for
the link and then associate the desired action (video, application, or document)
Integrated IPF Compiler Control Panel
The IPF Editor 2.12 tremendously simplifies running
the IPF compiler. The IPF Compiler Control Panel provides support for every IPF
compiler option, even explaining what each is for. And if a compile error
occurs, the IPF Editor 2.12 will send you to the error so urce at the
click of a mouse button!
Toolbox Configurable To Meet Your Needs
You can now select which tools you wish displayed in the
toolbox, as well as how and where the tools appear. The toolbox can be sized and
positioned to any location on your OS/2 desktop. There are tools for most IPF
tags. This greatly simplifies common tasks.
Complete User's Guide and Reference Provided
The IPF Editor 2.12 User's Guide and
Reference (provided in both hardcopy and as an online INF VIEW file) makes using
the IPF Editor 2.12 really easy. The walk-throughs show how to get the
most out of the system and the learning curve is anything but steep! Most users
are up and producing professional quality documents in under an hour. Of course
if you'd like further help documents are provided online that answer common
questions and answers, explain in depth some of the subtle details of adding
help to applications (to further expand upon the instructions provided in the
User's Guide and Reference).
In addition, several example documents and C applications are provided to
make the process of learning IPF even easier!
Finally, to really make using the IPF Editor 2.12 a pleasant and easy
experience, we have included complete context sensitive help for every feature
in theIPF Editor 2.12. This means that when you want help on something
the help is available, immediately! Plus, we have added in a "smart" help that
watches what you are doing and if you get confused, will tell you what options
are available to you at that time and how to use them!
the IPF Editor?
Join many of
the leading banks, credit card companies, Lockeed and NASA, IBM personnel, the
European Patent office, hundreds of OS/2 Application developers, and even
members of the IBM IPF Development team who have selected the IPF Editor for
their IPF creation needs.
Considered the Best IPF
Editor 2.12 has been called the best IPF development tool ever by customers
who have tried the competition and switched to the IPF Editor. Not only has the
IPF Editor 2.12 been around longer than any of the competition, but it is
constantly being improved (as shown by version 2.11, just released). And unlike
other competitors, if we discover a bug we give registered customers the update,
free! We have had hundreds of customers write or call telling us that they are
really satisfied with theIPF Editor 2.12! Why not join them and make IPF
Unparalleled Technical Support
PCS has a tradition of providing
some of the finest technical support in the software industry. We take
pride in the software we produce and want to make using it a pleasure.
We feel that software that doesn't make the job easier isn't worth anything,
so we go out of our way to make sure that the software is as bug-free as
possible and meets the needs of our customers. We welcome input from all
of our customers on what they want to see in new versions of the IPF Editor 2.12.
Hardware and Software
You must have the IPF Compiler from the IBM Toolkit (version 2.x or 3.x)
to make full use of the IPF Editor 2.12.
The IPF Compiler can be found on IBM's Developer Connection CD-ROM's as well. In
addition, we recommend (but do not require) OS/2 Warp Version 3.0 or later to
get the full power out of the IPF Editor 2.12.
IPF Editor 2.12
Certifications and IBM Testing Results
The IPF Editor 2.12 has successfully completed National Software Testing Laboratory Tests for Compatibility with OS/2 Warp. It is tested "Ready for OS/2 Warp", "Ready for OS/2 LAN Server", and "Ready for OS/2 2.1". In addition, it has been tested with LAN Server 3.0, 4.0, and the newly announced IBM Warp Server. Testing has also been done on all variations of OS/2 Warp including up through the latest fixpacks from IBM.