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TV TOOL BOX - Version 2.00 07/20/93



The TV Tool Box package was created to fill a few holes in Turbo Vision for Turbo Pascal. TV Tool Box includes formatted data entry with input masks, scrolling data entry dialogs, dialog box field locking, check mark menus, enhancements to TApplication, some handy string routines, scrolling dialog boxes, 3D controls, virtual list boxes, spin bars, slider controls, and more.

Version 2.0 of TV Tool Box is for use with Turbo Pascal version 7.0. It adds full support for Turbo Vision 2.0 and protected mode programs.

TV Tool Box is distributed as Shareware, IT IS NOT FREE. IF YOU USE TV TOOL BOX PLEASE REGISTER IT.


The file DEMO.PAS is the main demo for TV Tool Box. This demo shows most of the features of TV Tool Box. Choose the [Test] option off the main menu bar to test them for yourself. Select [Data Entry] to test some new data entry features. TV Tool Box supports formatted data entry using programmer supplied entry mask strings. You can include literals, such as '(' or '-' in your masks, that cannot be typed over by your users. The data entry features also include, field locking, hidden password fields, justification, trimming, alternate padding chars, required fields, range checking, and support BP 7.0 validators.

If you ever wanted a little fancier look in your TV apps (dare I say it), like Visual Basic for DOS, check out the 3D controls. The 3D controls include a vertical or horizontal tool bar (almost like windows!). 3D buttons can take up to two lines of text.

Select [Check Marks] and try out the check mark enhancement for menus.

If you have need of a ASCII/HEX editor, like those used in disk utilities, now you have got one. Select [Ascii/Hex Editor] to check it out.

Have you ever wanted a simple way to display some text without creating a dialog box or window and a specialized Draw method, try the [Text Display Window] option. This will display a TbxTextWindow object. With TbxTextWindow you just create it and use the Write method to display string, almost like writing to the screen without Turbo Vision.

If you select [Message Dialog], you can check out a replacement for the MessageBox procedure. A TbxMessageDialog will automatically size itself for the number and length of the lines of text you insert into it.

On the [Setup] menu, you can setup a neat idea I stole from my favorite programer's text editor "Multi-Edit" from American Cybernetics, Inc. If you check the option, the mouse cursor will be turned off whenever the keyboard is used. The mouse cursor is restored whenever the mouse is moved or a mouse button is pressed.

Included in TV Tool Box is a descendant of TDialog called TbxRunDialog. A TbxRunDialog is used to create progress display dialogs for things like printing, copying files, etc. TbxRunDialog has easy an method for implementing pause, continue, and cancel. There are two ready made descendants of TbxRunDialog, TbxPercentDialog and TbxPrintDialog. TbxPercentDialog displays the percentage completion with a progress bar. TbxPrintDialog is a skeleton for a printing dialog. Select [Progress Dialog] or [Print Dialog] to try them out.

[Virtual List Boxes] provide a list box that is perfect for database work or whenever you have a list that could be too large a normal TCollection. Virtual List Boxes display a only a portion of a larger (perhaps very much larger) list. Virtual List Box can page through the list or jump to the beginning or end of the list. The demo implements a list of all integers from 1 - 99999. This is obviously too large for a TCollection which can handle a maximum of 16384 elements.

I have added a couple enhancements to TWindows. A TbxWindow can be minimized, using the "" icon in the upper right corner. If you hit Alt-Minus, or press the right mouse button on the "close" icon, a window control menu will popup.

Please be sure and check out the file SCROLL.EXE for a look at scrolling dialogs and data entry windows. Also check out the documentation and *.INT files for a more complete view of what is included.


TV Tool Box is broken into several units. The unit names generally correspond with their associated Turbo Vision units. The source code has been included to avoid compilation problems. Don't bother trying to read it though, it has been pretty well condensed (perhaps squashed describes it better) and is very hard to read. THE FULL SOURCE CODE IS INCLUDED WITH THE REGISTERED VERSION.

When you compile you should use the X+, B+, and V- compiler directives.

DEMO.PAS        Source code for the TV.EXE demo program.

SCROLL.PAS      Source code for the SCROLL.EXE demo program.

TVDEFS.INC      Some defs that change the compilation.

TVCONST.PAS     Global constants.

TVTYPE.PAS      Global types.

TVSTRING.PAS    Handy string routines.

TVINPUT.PAS     Data entry extensions.

TVVIEWS.PAS     View extensions.

TVDIALOG.PAS    Dialog extensions.

TVAPP.PAS       Application extensions.

TVMENUS.PAS     Menu extensions.

TVOBJECT.PAS    TObject and TCollection extensions.

TVSCROLL.PAS    Scrolling dialog boxes.

TV3D.PAS        3D dialog boxes and controls.


PtGen can create the layout for a whole application or a single dialog box. It is completely visual and interactive. Highlights of PtGen, besides supporting TV Tool Box are:

  • creates complete applications or standalone dialog boxes
  • quick interactive menu building
  • quick interactive status line building
  • quick interactive dialog box building
  • full helptext support for status line help as well as helpfiles (.HLP)
  • a tutorial, covering creation of status lines, menus, and dialog boxes

PtGen currently supports all 3D controls of TV Tool Box. Basic support for the TbxEditLine (including mask definition) is also provided. Planned enhancements include supporting all input lines and support for scrolling dialog boxes.

Registered users of PtGen receive 25% reduction on their TV Tool Box package, just as registered users of TV Tool Box receive 25% reduction on their PtGen package. The shareware version of PtGen is shipped with every registered version of TV Tool Box.


Turbo Pascal 7.0 and Turbo Vision 2.0 support.

Protected mode support.

All Tv Tool Box objects renamed to start with the prefix "Tbx."

All Tv Tool Box object pointers renamed to start with Pbx.

TbxApplication.ClearBusy renamed to TbxApplication.HideBusy.

Full set of 3D controls implemented.

Actual help colors (not just place holders) included in 3D palette.

TCharBuf renamed to TbxCharArray.

TByteBuf renamed to TbxByteArray.

TLinkedListBox renamed to TbxLinkedBox.

TLinkedInputLine renamed to TbxLinkedLine.

TEditBuffWindow renamed to TbxASCIIHexEditor.

Added Multi-Select list boxes and Paired list boxes.

All stream registration methods and types implemented.

TvKeys unit consolidated into TvConst unit.

gfGrowXYRel changed to gfScrollXY

TbxScrollDialog.InsertToScroll sets the gfScrollXY flag in all inserted views.

Scrolling dialogs scrolls to focused view on Tab.

Scrolling dialog inserts a background covering view.

Scrolling dialogs scroll to focused view on mouse button press.

TbxMultiBuffScrollBar renamed to TbxMultiScrollBar

efXXXX cnstants changed to dfXXXX, there were some efXXXX flags already defined by TV.

Added Date edit lines.

Added sliders and spin boxes.

Added documentation and pictures for TPxPictureValidators.

Added virtual list boxes with unlimited colection size.

In TvMenus.pas, changed the names of the constants Marker, MarkerNull, and MarkerLen to CheckMark, CheckMarkNull, CheckMarkLen.

scVScroll and scHScroll in TvScroll.pas changed to ofVScrollBar and ofHScrollBar for consistency. Old constant names (new values) remain in this version for compatibility.

Changed the name of the type BufData to TBufData.

Removed TbxMessageDialog.Process, added an Execute method. Now a message dialog can be executed like any other dialog by calling ExecuteDialog.