A Keyboard Companion For The HP 100LX/200LX Palmtop Computers

Release 3.0 Documentation



Buddy is a program for the HP 100LX and HP 200LX that adds dozens of features and keystroke shortcuts to the built-in HP applications.

Unlike the built-in macro capability provided by the HP 100LX/200LX system macros (which simply replay a series of preset keystrokes), Buddy is actively involved with the operation of the applications. For example, Buddy links the Filer to Memo, Lotus 1-2-3, Phone, and the other database applications, allowing easy "point-and-click" access to files and worksheets.

Buddy exhibits multiple personalities -- it works on the 100LX as well as the 200LX. If you load it on a 100LX, it's "100Buddy"; on a 200LX, it becomes "200Buddy."

This document is written for the new Buddy user. Information about the new features of version 3 is integrated into the text. Many new features are so marked in this document, but some are not.

Highlights of Buddy

Versions 1 and 2

New features in version 3.0 (Summary)

This is a summary of the new features in version 3. For a complete listing of all new features, minor changes, and bug fixes, see the file VERSION3.TXT. HTML version.

The major area of enhancement in this update is additional support for multiple macro files and macro chaining. In addition, dozens of minor changes and improvements have been made to the operation of the HP 100LX/200LX palmtop. For example:

Registered users of 100Buddy version 1 or 2 may upgrade at no charge to version 3 for the 100LX or the 200LX (except $5.00 for a diskette, if needed).

Note: Buddy only operates on machines with English displays.

Buddy loads at boot time. Part of it stays resident. Unless one of its special functions is triggered, it lingers unobtrusively in the background.

Buddy is a shareware program. Please read the shareware registration notice and register your copy by using the registration form (or REGISTER.TXT).

Terms Used in This Document

"TSR" (terminate and stay resident) and "COM" (command) are both used to refer to the BUDDY.COM program. That program loads at boot-time and stays resident. It does the work.

"EXM" refers to the system manager-compliant program, BUDDY.EXM. This program is used to configure Buddy according to your preferences.

"ENV" (environment) refers to the configuration file that is read at startup by the BUDDY.COM program and can be read, modified, and saved by BUDDY.EXM.

"HLP" refers to the Buddy help file, BUDDY.HLP.

"OWN" refers to the Buddy owner information file, BUDDY.OWN.

"gray" keys are the numeric keypad and the arithmetic keys. On the 200LX, they aren't exactly gray.

An application name that appears in all capital letters (e.g., "PHONE") represents the blue-key assigned to that application.

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Updated: March 27, 1997