Draw your menu screen in an ANSI program like
Make sure that you save the menu file in the ANSI format!
Place your new ANSI menu file in your ProBoard TXTFILES directory where
your other .ANS files reside. Your new file name would resemble NEW.ANS,
where NEW would be the actual name of your new ANSI menu file!
Use ProBoard's Configuration utility PROCFG and select F9 Menu Editor.
Make the appropriate selections and fill in your new menu information
into a similiar entry table below :
For advanced animation, refer to the ANSI section in the PB-Lib FAQ.
A smiley face is how <CTRL-A> is displayed, it means that the
menu entry is AutoExecuting and will run as soon as the menu is
Set the HOTKEY entry of the Menu Item to <CTRL-A>.
A smiley face as seen above in the colored menu will appear.
As soon as a user goes to this menu, it will automatically run!
Unwanting scrolling of the screen at the end of a menu is normally
caused by extra blank lines that have been appended to the end of
your menu when you saved it with an ANSI editor!
Some ANSI editors will allow you to adjust the number of lines
saved in your ANSI file.
Always make a backup of your file before making changes to it so you
will have a fresh copy if you corrupt the one that you were modifying!
Extra blank lines can be removed by using a text editor. Make sure
that you see all of the lines that your are removing, or you will
probably remove some ANSI code at the very end of the file which
will cause your ANSI file to become corrupt and not display properly.
When saving your ANSI menus with TheDraw, the end of the file is
usually marked with <-[0m<-[255D with the blank lines above this
end of file marker. Delete the unwanted blank lines near the end
of the ANSI file, but leave the end of file marker code "as is".
The end of file marker is required for the ANSI file to properly
display itself! Some of those blanks lines may be needed
at the end of the file to help pad the file to help center the
menu or just to have the last line of the menu appear in the
proper position on the screen!
With a little trial and error, you should be able to fine-tune
your menus to have a proper screen display!
Instead of removing the blank lines, you may want to remark out
those offending blank lines by placing a semicolon in front of each
line you decide not to display by using a text editor!
This modification should take place near the bottom of your ANSI
menu, and just before the end of file marker! Remember to leave the
end of file marker code "as is" and not to delete it!
by Sarah & Faye Pearson at Fe-line Software add multi-colored
cursor key controlled highlight bars to your existing .A?? or
ProBoard generated menus without using .INI files.
HiLITE uses a built-in editor which allows you to draw the
highlights over your menus while online.
HiLITE is ShareWare.
by Jens Rathmann at WSA Software uses initiate type files
called .CSI which you must manually edit to work with your menus.
Examples of working .CSI files are online available for downloading
at WSA Software.
Cursory has a dedicated file area in PSN for the distribution of
.CSI files that other SysOps use for their menus.
Cursory is Shareware.