|Quick Start Guide
|Quick Start Guide contains instructions and examples to
help you install Audit Companion (AC) and
and try several of its features.
|For advanced information, see the
AC macro language reference.
|Audit Companion creates a database
about every file on your system.
It gathers this information
during the installation process, analyzes it, and arranges it
for rapid retrieval.
|Installation takes a
is a disk-intensive process. It will run for several
minutes on systems containing many files. Your screen will be
updated throughout installation to keep you informed of AC's progress.
|Two installation options are available.
|Adding AC to AUTOEXEC.BAT is highly
recommended. It is only
adds a few seconds to your boot process, and keeps AC's database
|Would you rather edit AUTOEXEC.BAT yourself?
|Insert: C:\AC\AC start
|Although AC is a text-based MSDOS program, every effort has been
made to ensure its compatibility with Microsoft Windows. All of its tools
can be used under MSDOS or Windows.
|MSDOS is also recommended for installation.
|If you are running Windows,
press <Alt+F4> to exit now.
|Insert your AC program disk in
drive "A" then
enter A:AC to install AC.
|After AC has been installed you can begin to use it.
|Reports are an essential part of the system and
a good place to start.
|Audit Companion includes several pre-defined reports
which can be created
easily. Let's try one of these, "Recent Files." This is
a chronologically sorted listing of files which have been created or modified
over the past two days.
|Start at the Main Menu and make the following
selections to create a "Recent File" report.
|AC reports are not just lists, because users can interact with each item on a report.
|Double-click a file to view it. It will replace the report on the screen.
|Text files are displayed normally, binary
files display most characters, but some will displayed as spaces.
|You can also perform a search on this file. <Control+F> starts a search and <F3> repeats it.
|Press <Escape> when you want to return to the report.
|Instead of viewing a file, you may want to add it
to a "User List." A "User List" is simply a file which contains
a list of file names. These can often be used by other software, such as backup and
archiving programs. AC can also use these files. Either to view all the files on the
list, or to search each of these files for text and binary data.
|You should create a "User List" now, so you will have one to practice
|Right-click on any file name to add it to a list. Audit
Companion will prompt you for a file name when you are finished viewing your report
and ready to save your list. Please save your list before you continue.
|Audit Companion offers users five destinations for the output of a report. Three
of them, are standard. Users can send reports to
the "Screen," a "Printer," or a "File." Let's examine the
fourth destination now. It is a "Batch File" which allows users to
process a list of files with an MSDOS command.
|As you might have expected, it is time to create a batch file now.
|You will start by creating another "Recent File" report, only this time
you should select "Batch File" as your output destination.
|AC has presented you with two different places to enter information. This is
not an error, as you can see, they have different
titles, "Before" and "After." Since this batch file is
just an exercise, you should try entering two different words, one in each location,
to see exactly how AC creates "Batch Files." For example if you
entered "DIR" as your "Before" command, and "/W" as
your "After" command, a sample line might appear as:
|During actual usage, when creating these files, you would be entering
a command line, exactly the way you enter it at an MSDOS prompt, but
without a file name. Audit Companion will automatically
insert the file names for you.
|After you enter your command line, and click "OK," AC will
request a name for your batch file. MSDOS requires these files to have a standard
extension, or suffix, of ".BAT" for them to "run" on your
computer. Therefore, if you enter a file name which does not contain any extension,
AC will automatically add ".BAT" for you.
|However if AC discovers a different extension, any extension at all, it will
assume that you know
what you are doing and it will not alter your name. An example ought to clarify AC's
behavior for you.
|If you attempted to save your batch file as "TEST" AC would
automatically rename it "TEST.BAT" without requesting your approval.
|However if you named your output file "TEST.TXT" with an
extension of ".TXT" then AC would assume that you know what you are
doing and not alter your name. In other words, AC is just trying to be helpful. When
your select "Batch File" as an output destination, you can
can omit the ".BAT" extension and it will automatically be added for you.
|By now your file should hopefully have a name, and you can
press "OK" and wait a few seconds for AC to create your batch file.
|You can examine your report with AC's text browser.
Audit Companion cannot edit or delete files, but it includes two
handy file browsers, one for text files and one for "binary" files. AC
automatically selects a browser for you based upon a file's content.
|From the main menu,
select "File" followed by "Open" and enter the
file name. When the file is displayed you will see that each line of the file
has a different file name between your "Before"
and "After" commands.
|Audit Companion's file browsers also recognize two commands. Press
<Alt+B> to view text files as binary data. You can then
press <Alt+T> to switch back to text mode. Please note that
certain binary files, such as an executable program, cannot be viewed in text
mode. If you were to press <Alt+T> while viewing these files, AC
would just "beep" and stick with its binary viewer.
|Press <Control+F> in either viewer to search a file for
content. And press <Escape> in either viewer to exit the browser
|AC's binary viewer can view any file. It has been tested on
binary files containing over fifty megabytes of data, which is probably
larger than any file on your computer. It can be very useful when you
want to examine a file which has been produced by other software, such as
a word processor.
|Audit Companion will let you see
all the "control codes" that have been inserted by a word processor,
so advanced users can understand, and possibly reproduce these files on
their own, or even edit them with tools such as the "DEBUG" program
which is included with MSDOS.
|AC will search for file names, dates, or content. Find anything. Anywhere.
|A File Name search understands two familiar "wildcard" characters.
|Matches one character
|Matches a group of characters
|A Content search will recognize a "User List" if you precede its
name with an ampersand (&)
|Therefore, enter "&LIST" to search through all
the files in "LIST"
|This feature offers users the ability to combine a search with
a report to quickly find data which might otherwise be "lost."
is one technique that anyone can use. "The International Widget Company" has
just called you about a proposal you submitted last Summer. You do not remember the
name of the file, or even the directory, but are sure that it is somewhere
on your computer, and you know that it was created with a word
|Create a "date report" showing all the files which
were created or modified during the appropriate time period, and try searching for
a unique group of letters in the middle of a unique word that you are
certain is part of this proposal.
|Why the middle? Because word processors tend to
modify the beginning and the end of words with control codes, but the middle should
remain intact. So you might try searching through all the files in your list
for content like "idge," "nternationa," or similar. You have
an excellent chance of finding your file in a few seconds.
|Other utility packages, like Norton Utilities, or PC Tools, might also be
able to find your file. But they use a "brute force" technique which
might take several hours. If it worked at all. But AC allows you to limit your
search and even lets you reuse your "User List" if it was not
successful during its initial attempt.
|Follow these steps to practice using reports and lists together.
|Select "Reports" from the main menu, and from the pre-defined
reports, create a "File Size" report. Create a
new "User List" from a few of the largest files on your computer. Exit
the report, save your list, and conduct a content search
for the word "Copyright" using the files in your list. Virtually all
commercial software, should contain this
|Keep in mind that AC's content searches
are all "case insensitive." So a search
for "Copyright" or "cOpYrIgHt" will yield identical
results. Advanced users should find this particular search interesting
because they will learn that many commercial software packages are built from
parts, or "libraries" which were purchased from other companies. Try it
and discover who really wrote that expensive software you bought!
|And always remember that AC never modifies a file that
|It is safe to use AC to search through any
file on your computer.
|You can even use AC to find "secret codes" in some games which
some lazy programmer inserted verbatim, as alphanumeric text, in their
|Congratulations! You just learned how to search for almost anything,
anywhere on your computers. But that was simple. The next few sections
will introduce you to some of AC's advanced features.
|Would you like to repeat a search? Or browse through a file
which required many keystrokes to retrieve?
|Audit Companion includes
its own programming language
to automate these tasks.
|You can use Audit Companion's
macro language to
record your keystrokes and mouse clicks. Then save your
in a file and replay
do much more!
|They can turn a report into a
self-running "presentation" with
comments and pauses. They can even play a tune.
|Get to know
They are an extremely powerful tool.
|Would you like your "presentation" to begin at a certain time?
|Or would you like AC to exit at a certain time and optionally
start another program?
|Audit Companion includes an
will display a message at the time you request.
|Alarms can be used with
to run external programs after the alarm.
|Audit Companion databases can be archived. Archiving saves the
current database under a new name and replaces it with an "empty"
|Archiving is never performed automatically, but it is easy
|C:\AC\AC ARCHIVE FEBWORK;
|Create a new archive named "FEBWORK"
|C:\AC\AC REPORTS FEBWORK
|Use "FEBWORK" for Reports and Searches
|Would you like to know what else AC can do?
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