Rediware Software's

One Day At A Time
daily message utility

© copyright 2002 Rediware Software and Services

Introduction and purpose

     OneDay is a program that is designed to display a saying, motto, slogan, or thought for the day each time your computer is powered up. The default messages are geared towards Al-Anon and AA programs, but may be modified for any theme.

Running One Day

     OneDay has been tested on Windows 95 and 98. It has run on both Windows versions without any problems.

          This help file was written with the intent of being run with Microsoft Internet Explorer. It operates successfully with IE 5.0 or higher.  Other internet browsers should display this file properly also. However, some may not be able to handle the interactive properties of this page. All of this file will still be displayed even if your browser does not support these properties. When help is clicked in OneDay, your default browser will load this file.

Using One Day

    There are two sections to the OneDay program; the main screen and the options screen.
The Main Screen

   The main screen displays the message, and has a few options to choose from. If you do nothing (do not click ANY button) the program will automatically close after a preset amount of seconds. The default is set to around 15 seconds. You can close the program sooner simply by clicking the close button.
   If you click any other button, the timer for automatically closing the program is shut off. You will then have to close the program manually by clicking the close button.
   Clicking the Options button will display the options screen, which is discussed below.
   Clicking Another will display another message. The number of the message will be displayed in the little box next to the close button. Clicking the Another button will shut the auto-close timer off.
   Clicking the help button will display this document. The timer will also be shut off.
   The Options Screen

   The Options screen has a quite a few controls on it but is is versatile because of it. Do not let the amount of controls scare you - they are actually pretty simple. The Options screen allows you to change some of the ways that OneDay works.

   The first two displays at the top of the screen (not inside any frame) are read-only displays. They inform you of the "next background pattern number to be displayed" and the "number of different texts available." You cannot change these displays. They are there for your information only.

   On the entire options screen, certain controls will be inactive (for example, the save buttons) until there is reason for them to be active. Activate disabled controls by initiating the frame with the active control. Make your changes. The controls will become active as you need them.

   Control in the 'auto start?' frame:
    In the 'auto start?' frame is a check box. Simply check the checkbox to create a shortcut in your startup menu, which will cause OneDay to automatically run each time you start your computer. If you do not want OneDay to run automatically, simply uncheck the box.

   Control(s) in the 'change parameters' frame:
     There are three controls in this frame. The first control display tells you the number of the next text to be displayed. Use the scroll control to change the number to the desired number. The number in the box will change with the scroll control. When the desired number is displayed, click the 'save next' button to save it.
   The 'Random or Sequential display' control tells OneDay if you want your texts to be displayed in random order or sequential order. Click the 'change' button to change this option. Then click the 'save mode' button to save it. Note that if the desired mode is "random" that the 'next text number to be displayed' will not be in effect.
   The 'time out in seconds' controls allow you to adjust the time out for OneDay. This is the number of seconds that OneDay will appear on your screen before closing automatically. You can adjust the seconds from 1 to 120 by using the scroll control next to this display. Click the 'save time' button to save this setting after changing.

   Controls in the 'add new text' frame:
     To add NEW texts, click the 'add text' button. Type your text (a saying, motto, help for the day, etc) in the box above the add text button. You are limited to 220 characters. After the text has been typed, click the 'keep add' button to save it. It has now been added to your text collection.
     If you'd rather replace existing text than add a new text, use the 'edit scroll control' FIRST to display the text you want to replace. Then click the 'add text' button, type in your new text, and click the 'replace' button. The newly added text will replace the text that is displayed in the edit text box.

   Controls in the 'import text' frame:
     The 'import text' frame contains controls which allow you to import selected text from other OneDay text files, such as, perhaps, the one your friend designed. Designing your own text file is accomplished by using the editing and adding functions.
     First, aquire another OneDay file. This could be one you have created, or one you have gotten from someone else.
    Originally, a OneDay text file is called ODtext.odt. To use the import feature, you MUST either rename the file to be imported to another name (keep the odt extention!) or have the file (still called ODtext.odt) in a different folder than your own ODtext.odt file. Of course, if the filenames are the same and you copy it to your application folder, your original ODtext file will be replaced. Do NOT do this! Copying another ODtext.odt file to your application folder will cause your parameter file to be wrong, and you WILL crash OneDay! You cannot import your original file as long as it is in the application folder. This is to prevent you from accidentally importing your own file and ending up with duplicate texts.
    Click the 'import text' button. A dialog box will pop up, and you can navagate to the file you want to import. The dialog box will only show odt files. Do not select the ODparams.odt file (in your application folder). This is a parameter file, and OneDay will inform you that you cannot use this file. After locating the file, select it and click OK to import the file.
     The 'total display' box will show the total text messages in the imported file. The 'displayed' box will show which text is currently displayed. Use the scroll control to scroll through the texts. When you see one you want, click the 'add' button. The text will automatically added (and saved) to your collection. Continue to scroll and add desired texts until you have added the ones you want.

   Controls in the 'edit existing text' frame:
     To edit existing text, use the scroll control to display the text you wish to edit. The number in the box simply shows the text number. Click the 'edit text' button. Edit the text in the box to the desired text. You can change the entire text if you wish. After the edit is correct, click the 'save edit' button to save your text. The edited text is now permanent.

    Control in the 'help!' frame:
The only control in the help frame is the 'help' button. Clicking this button will display this help file. Use the help button if you get stuck on something. This file is available from the main screen as well as the options screen.

   Control in the 'finished?' frame:
    The only control in this frame is the 'done' button. Click this when all changes have been made and saved.  


    To uninstall One Day, first make sure the auto start checkbox is UNCHECKED on the options page. This will remove the shortcus from the start menu, if there is one. Next, got to your control panel and use the Add/Remove Programs utility. Select OneDay for removal. You will get a notice that some components could not be removed. This is because the OneDay application creates files as it runs. After uninstalling, simply navigate to the location where OneDay was installed (default is C:\Program Files\OneDay and will be there unless you changed the installation location when installing) and delete the folder OneDay including all of it's contents. MAKE SURE you have uninstalled OneDay FIRST!


     Rediware Software and the author make no guarantees that OneDay will suit your needs or expectations. Rediware Software and the author are not responsible for any system incompatibilities or file or system corruption due to the installing, usage, or uninstalling of OneDay. OneDay has been tested on Windows 95 and 98 without incident, and none is expected. However this disclaimer must be in place should a software conflict arise. Note that the installation software and dynamic link libraries are written by Microsoft and are independent of OneDay. I welcome e-mail on any glitches or bugs that you may encounter. When reporting any bugs, please attempt to recreate the glitch in a step by step fashion so that you can relay to me the exact steps that caused the problem. When installing OneDay, the installation software may detect that you have older versions of DLL files and ask you if you wish to install the updated versions. It is recommended that you do so if asked. The versions contained in OneDay are the latest available at the time of release and are official Microsoft-released libraries.    


     OneDay is a Rediware Software and Services release, and Rediware Software and the author retain all rights to the OneDay application and coding. You may redistribute this software without specific prior consent of Rediware Software as long as the original Rediware OneDay file is distributed in it's original unmodified form.

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