BETAbrite® Window Display User Manual - Alpha

BETAbrite® Window Display User Manual - Alpha
BETAbrite®
Window Display
User Manual
Copyright © 1999 Adaptive Micro Systems
Form No. 9703-8008
12/28/99
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Contents
Display installation ....................................................................... 1
Programming messages into your display............................................ 2
Using a Remote Control to operate your display ............................................................................ 2
Using software
........................................................................................................................... 3
Basic display operation .................................................................. 4
Turning a display off and on........................................................................................................... 4
Setting a display’s time and date .................................................................................................... 5
Clearing a display’s memory .......................................................................................................... 6
Setting a display’s password .......................................................................................................... 7
What to do when you forget a password................................................................................ 8
How to delete a display’s password....................................................................................... 8
Basic text messaging..................................................................... 9
Example 1 — Using upper and lowercase in messages ............................................................ 9
Example 2 — Showing messages in file name order (A, B, C, etc.)......................................... 12
Example 3 — Showing messages in time order ...................................................................... 14
Example 4 — Changing the text of an existing message ......................................................... 17
Example 5 — Deleting messages............................................................................................ 20
Advanced text messages ...............................................................21
Example 6 — Showing the time and date................................................................................ 21
Example 7 — Using fonts ....................................................................................................... 24
Example 8 — Speeding up and slowing down messages........................................................ 27
Example 9 — Special effects with Modes (Trailing Modes)..................................................... 29
Example 10 — International characters..................................................................................... 30
Graphics ...................................................................................32
Example 11 — Creating a movie marquee ................................................................................ 32
Example 12 — Mixing text and graphics................................................................................... 37
Example 13 — Deleting a graphic............................................................................................. 39
Appendixes ...............................................................................40
Appendix A — Modes and fonts available ................................................................................ 40
Appendix B — Display diagnostic test...................................................................................... 41
Appendix C — Connecting a display to a computer.................................................................. 42
Appendix D — Updating the display’s firmware (EPROM)......................................................... 43
Quick Reference Card ...................................................................44
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Display installation
Wall mounting
1.
Attach two wall brackets in the mounting kit (PN 1038-9003) to a
wall 46-3/4” (118.7 cm) apart (measured from the center of each
bracket.)
2.
Attach the mounting brackets to the display as shown.
Wall mounting distance
Lock washers
Top view
Side view
Ceiling mounting
Using the mounting kit (PN 1038-9003) and a chain (not supplied in
the kit), mount the display from the ceiling as shown:
Counter mounting
The display will stand up if placed on a counter. However, for greater
stability, use the mounting kit (PN 1038-9003.)
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Programming messages into your display
You can operate a BETAbrite Window Display in two ways:
•
by using a hand-held Remote Control
•
by using a computer with appropriate software (See “Appendix
C – Connecting a display to a computer” on page 42.)
Using a Remote Control to operate your display
A Remote Control is a hand-held keyboard used to operate a
BETAbrite Window Display. Most of this manual shows you how to
program messages on your display using a Remote Control.
A Remote Control needs four AAA batteries to operate.
Point this end of the Remote Control at a display.
Press PROGRAM to put the
display into programming
mode. (This mode is used to
set the date and time, type in
messages, etc.)
ON - OFF
SOUND
PROGRAM
RUN
APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT
SCROLL FLASH
ROLL
WIPE
1
2
3
4
AUTO
SPEED
TIME
DOT
7
8
9
0
B
A
¢
#
:
T
S
?
I
N
’
F
K
L
-
R
Q
…and these white characters
(like # and !).
.
,
V
Use one of the SHIFT keys to
access these white functions
(like ROLL and TIME…)
*
+
P
U
6
E
J
”
COLOR
ROTATE
5
&
/
O
WIDTH
HOLD
SELECT
D
%
=
>
M
;
C
$
H
G
<
W
X
!
Y
Z
SHIFT
INSERT
2
Press RUN twice to exit
programming mode.
REMOTE CONTROL
SPACE
RETURN
CAPS
SHIFT
BACK
ADV
DELETE
To turn the display off or on,
hold down SHIFT and then
press PROGRAM.
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To program a display with a Remote Control:
•
Stand at least 5 feet and no more than 30 feet from the display.
•
Make sure nothing reflective is in front of the display. (Light from
the display’s screen that is reflected back can interfere with the
Remote Control.)
•
If nearby fluorescent lights interfere with the Remote Control,
you may have to relocate either the lights or the display.
Front view
Top view
If a display is this far from the floor…
…then hold a Remote Control this far
away:
10 feet
from 10 to 30 feet
15 feet
from 19 to 30 feet
20 feet
from 25 to 30 feet
Figure 1: Using a Remote Control with a display
Using software
You can use a software application, BetaBrite Messaging Software,
to send messages to the BETAbrite Window Display. Refer to 9701-0202,
Messaging Software User Manual, for instructions for sending messages
using this software.
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Basic display operation
Turning a display off and on
When you plug in the display’s power supply, the display starts up
automatically, and unplugging the power supply turns the display off.
However, instead of unplugging a display, there is another way to
turn a display off:
Holding down SHIFT and then pressing PROGRAM turns a display off and on.
NOTE: Messages that you have programmed into the display will
not be lost when you turn a display off or remove power.
Messages will be retained for up to 30 days if the display is
not powered.
When the display starts up, the following will be shown:
1038-6403J ABD
This is the software (or “firmware”)
inside the display.
THEN
CLOCK CHIP
This indicates that the display is
equipped with a real-time clock chip
that can keep track of the date and time.
THEN
32K RAM
This is the amount of memory inside
the display.
THEN
TUE 9:49 AM
The current time.
THEN
ADDRESS =
4
00
The display’s address which can be
used to identify individual displays on
a network.
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Setting a display’s time and date
The display must be initially programmed for time and date, and
occasionally you may want to re-program the display.
Once set, the BETAbrite Window Display will remember the time and
date even if the display is unplugged or interrupted by a power loss,
since the display includes a real-time clock chip.
Step
When you do this...
1
Press PROGRAM.
2
Press BACK until SET TIME appears.
You see this...
PROG TEXT A
SET TIME
SET W/D, H&M
3
Press ADV.
then
MON 2:29 PM
4
Press D to set the day of the week.
Press H to set the hour.
Press M to set the minute.
TUE 11:45 AM
NOTE: Press SELECT to change from 12-hour
(AM/PM) to 24-hour mode (0 - 23).
5
Press BACK until SET DATE appears.
6
Press ADV.
SET DATE
SET WITH D,M,&Y
then
DEC. 31,1999
Press D to set the correct day.
Press M to set the month.
Press Y to set the year.
JAN. 1,2000
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NOTE: Press SELECT to show the date in
different formats—for example, JAN 26,
2000 or 1/26/00, or 26/1/00, etc.
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After setting the date and time, press RUN twice to return to normal operation.
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Clearing a display’s memory
NOTE: Clearing a display’s memory erases all messages, graphics,
and the password that have been programmed into the
display.
Step
When you do this...
1
Press PROGRAM.
2
Press BACK until CLEAR MEMORY appears.
3
Press ADV.
You see this...
PROG TEXT A
CLEAR MEMORY
WARNING!
then
CLEAR ALL? Y/N
6
4
Press Y to clear the display’s memory. The
display will return to normal operation and show
this screen.
5
After setting the date and time, press RUN twice to return to normal operation.
PROG TEXT A
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Setting a display’s password
Some displays allow you to set a personal password to protect your
messages and graphics from tampering by others.
NOTE: DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSWORD! If you do, you won’t
be able to operate the display.
However, if you do forget the password, see “What to do when
you forget a password” on page 8.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
1
Press PROGRAM.
2
Press BACK until SET PASSWORD appears.
3
Press ADV.
SET PASSWORD? Y/N
4
Press Y to set a password.
ENTER 6 CHAR’S
Type a 6-character password. (Only asterisks will
appear on the display as you type.)
******
PROG TEXT A
SET PASSWORD
then
Re-type the password when prompted.
RE-ENTER THE 6
then
5
******
then
CORRECT will appear if you entered the same
password.
If you failed to type the same password, ERROR
will appear, and you’ll have to start over from
Step 1.
6
Press RUN twice.
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CORRECT
CORRECT
then
PROG TEXT A
PASSWORD RUN? Y/N
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Press Y to password protect the display.
SECURE
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NOTE: If you select N, then a password will not
be needed when you press PROGRAM.
The display will return to normal operation.
Now, whenever you press PROGRAM, you’ll have
to type the password you just entered.
What to do when you forget a password
Step
1
When you do this...
Press PROGRAM.
You see this...
PROG TEXT A
******
then
2
Hold down SHIFT and press L six times.
CORRECT
then
PROG TEXT A
3
Enter a new password. (See “Setting a display’s password” on page 7.)
How to delete a display’s password
If you no longer want to be prompted to password protect a display,
you must clear the display’s memory in order to delete the password. To
do this, see “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6.
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Basic text messaging
This section shows you how to start creating messages on your
display.
Example 1 — Using upper and lowercase in messages
In this first example, you’ll show the text THIS IS YOUR FIRST
MESSAGE like this:
THIS IS YOUR
Your first message
will look like this.
then
FIRST MESSAGE
… and then the text This is your second message:
This is your
then
second
then
Your second message will use
lowercase text.
This message must be shown
on three displays because the
words “second message”
won’t fit on a single line.
message
Step
1
When you do this...
You see this...
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
A]
2
Press ADV.
“A” is the file name of your message
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A]
[AUT]T
Type THIS IS YOUR
FIRST MESSAGE
3
Note: If you make a
mistake while
typing, press
DELETE to erase
a letter.
[AUT], which stands for Automode, will
appear as you type your first character.
Automode automatically shows your
message in different formats.
Your message
should look like
this when you’re
done typing.
A] IRST MESSAGE
THIS IS YOUR
then
4
FIRST MESSAGE
Press RUN twice.
Because Automode [AUT] was used in your message (see Step 3),
the text of your message will be shown in a variety of formats. For
example, one of the formats (or modes) called Scroll moves your
message from the bottom to the top of the display.
Now that the first message is done, we’ll enter a second message which contains upper and lowercase characters.
5
Press PROGRAM
again.
6
Press SELECT.
PROG TEXT A
PROG TEXT?
The A changes to a question mark (?) after pressing SELECT.
B]
7
Press B.
“B” is now the file name of your second message. If you pressed
A instead of B, you would have written over the first message.
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Type T
8
Press CAPS to switch to
lowercase letters.
Type his is your second
message
B]cond message
Your message should look like this when you’re done typing.
This is your
then
second
9
Press RUN twice.
then
message
You should notice that…
•The first message doesn’t appear at all. (We’ll fix this
in the following example.)
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Example 2 — Showing messages in file name order (A, B, C, etc.)
Once you’ve programmed messages into the display, you may want
to set the order or sequence in which messages appear. This method will
show messages by their file name (A, B, C, etc.) or in alphabetical order.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
This example continues where Example 1 left off.
This example assumes that there are two messages (files A and B) in the display:
File A = THIS IS YOUR FIRST MESSAGE
File B = This is your second message
1
PROG TEXT B
Press PROGRAM.
RUN
2
Press RUN.
TIME (or TIM) or DEMO (or CAN) may also appear here.
3
If RUN appears on the
display, go to the next
step.
Otherwise, press
SELECT until RUN
appears.
RUN
4
Press B.
RUN
B
This is your
then
5
Press RUN.
second
then
message
You have just programmed the display to run only message file B.
Next, we’ll program the display to show message B first, then A.
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PROG TEXT B
6
Press PROGRAM.
7
Press RUN.
RUN
If RUN appears on the
display, go to the next
step.
RUN
8
Press SELECT until
RUN appears.
RUN
9
BA
Press B, then A.
The order of these letters determines the order in which
messages will appear on a display.
(In this case, message B will appear first, then message A.)
This is your
File B
then
second
then
message
10
then
Press RUN.
File A
THIS IS YOUR
then
FIRST MESSAGE
These two messages will keep being shown in this order
until a new file name order or a new message is entered.
Using this method, you can program the order
of some or all of the messages you’ve entered on a display.
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Example 3 — Showing messages in time order
In Example 2, you set the order of messages by file name. However,
that method could not specify an exact time when a message would
appear.
In this example, we’ll show you how to make a message appear and
disappear at times you specify.
NOTE: Unless a display has a battery-backed clock, showing
messages in time order will only work as long as a display is
powered. When a display without a battery-backed clock
loses power, its internal clock becomes inaccurate and must
be reset. (See “Setting a display’s time and date” on page 5).
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
For this example, make sure that your display’s internal clock has been accurately set.
(See “Setting a display’s time and date” on page 5.)
This example continues where Example 2 left off.
This example assumes that there are two messages (files A and B) in the display:
File A = THIS IS YOUR FIRST MESSAGE
File B = This is your second message
In this example, we’ll program the display to show File A on Monday through Friday from 1:10 PM to 2:30 PM.
We’ll program the display to always show File B.
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1
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
2
Press SELECT until B
appears.
PROG TEXT B
3
Hold down SHIFT and
press 9 for TIME.
B ON ALWAYS
Since file B is already set up,
we’ll go on to file A.
4
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT B
5
Press SELECT until A
appears.
PROG TEXT A
ON ALWAYS is the
default setting for a
message. A message
set to ON ALWAYS will
run continuously.
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6
Hold down SHIFT and
press 9 for TIME.
A ON ALWAYS
First, we’ll select the ON time or when the message starts.
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8
Press D (for day) until
M-F (Monday through
Friday) appears.
Press H (for hour) until
13:00 appears.
A ON M-F 0:00
Press D to set the day, H for hour, and M for
minute (in 10-minute increments).
A ON M-F 13:00
Hours must be represented in 24-hour or military style.
So 1:00 PM = 13:00, 2:00 PM = 14:00, etc.
9
Press M (for minute)
until 13:10 appears.
A ON M-F 13:10
Minutes are in increments of 10.
10
Press SELECT.
A OFF M-F 0:00
After setting the ON time, select the OFF time or when the message stops.
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Repeat Steps 7, 8, and/or 9 to set the OFF time (2:30 or 14:30 in this example.)
12
Press RUN once.
(If TIME does not
appear, press SELECT
until it does.)
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Press BA to set the
display order of these
two messages.
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TIME
RUN or DEMO may also appear here.
TIME
BA
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This is your
File B
then
This message
should appear
continuously.
second
then
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message
Press RUN once.
then
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THIS IS YOUR
File A
This message
should only
appear between
the ON and OFF
times you set.
then
FIRST MESSAGE
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Example 4 — Changing the text of an existing message
After typing in a message, you may want to add or remove text from
it. The following is an example of this common situation:
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
This example continues where Example 3 left off.
This example assumes that there are two messages (files A and B) in the display:
File A = THIS IS YOUR FIRST MESSAGE
File B = This is your second message
and
that File B, then File A is shown.
In this example, we’ll change File A and File B to the following:
File A = THIS IS YOUR FIRST MESSAGE, BUT NOW IT’S LONGER
File B = This is the second message (your changed to the)
1
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
2
Press SELECT until B
appears.
PROG TEXT B
3
Press ADV until the
space after your appears.
B] This is your
We’re going to delete your and replace it with the.
4
Press DELETE until
your (and the space after
it) are erased.
B] [AUT]This is
INSERT T]This is
5
Press INSERT.
Text you type now will be inserted here
—after the space following is.
6
Type the
(and then SPACE).
INSERT is is the
7
Press INSERT to turn
text insertion off.
B] T]This is the
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8
Press ADV until the first
few letters of second
appear.
B] is is the sec
the has replaced your
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B] cond message
Press APPEND to go to
the end of the message.
APPEND takes you to the end of a message.
This way, you won’t cut off the end of the
message after what shows in the prior step.
DON’T OMIT THIS STEP.
This is the
10
Press RUN twice.
File B
then
second
then
message
Next, we’ll add text to the end of File A.
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Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT B
12
Press SELECT until A
appears on the display.
PROG TEXT A
A] IRST MESSAGE
13
Press APPEND.
APPEND takes you to the end of a message
so you can add more.
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To type a comma, hold
down SHIFT and press
W.
A] IRST MESSAGE,
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Press SPACE and then
type BUT NOW IT.
A] E, BUT NOW IT
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To type an apostrophe,
hold down SHIFT and
press V.
A] E, BUT NOW IT’
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Type S LONGER.
A] W IT’S LONGER.
THIS IS YOUR
then
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FIRST MESSAGE
File A
This message
should appear
continuously.
then
BUT NOW IT’S
then
Press RUN twice.
LONGER.
then
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THIS IS YOUR
File A
This message
should only
appear between
the ON and OFF
times you set in
Example 3.
then
FIRST MESSAGE
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Example 5 — Deleting messages
To delete all the messages in a display, see “Clearing a display’s
memory” on page 6.
However, if you only want to delete selected messages, then use the
method shown in this example.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
This example continues where Example 4 left off.
This example assumes that there are two messages (files A and B) in the display:
File A = THIS IS YOUR FIRST MESSAGE, BUT NOW IT’S LONGER.
File B = This is the second message.
In this example, we’ll delete File B.
1
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
2
Press SELECT until B
appears on the display.
PROG TEXT B
3
Press DELETE.
4
Press Y to delete the file.
DEL TEXT B? Y/N
PROG TEXT A
THIS IS YOUR
then
Press RUN twice.
File A
FIRST MESSAGE
5
then
BUT NOW IT’S
then
LONGER.
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Advanced text messages
Before attempting the following, make sure you’re familiar with the
previous examples in the “Beginning text messaging” section of this
manual.
Example 6 — Showing the time and date
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
In this example, we’ll create a message that continuously shows the current time and date for Rosco Advertising.
Rosco
then
Advertising
then
3:26
PM
The time will be shown in
extra-wide letters.
then
Jan. 1, 2000
1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press SELECT.
4
Press A.
A]
5
Hold down SHIFT and
press 1 for ROLL.
A]
PROG TEXT A
PROG TEXT?
[RL↑]
This stands for Roll mode.
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A]
[RL↓]
Press SELECT until the Roll direction changes to down:
[RL↑] = Roll a message up
[RL↓] = Roll a message down
[RL ←] = Roll a message to the left
[RL →] = Roll a message to the right
[RL ><] = Roll a message in from both sides of the display
[RL <>] = Roll a message out from the middle of the display
6
Press SELECT to
change the Roll direction
to ↓ (down).
7
Type R
A]
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Using CAPS to switch
between uppercase and
lowercase letters, type
the following:
osco Advertising
A]o Advertising
[RL↓]R
We’ll Roll the time in from the bottom to the top of the display.
9
Hold down SHIFT and
press 1 for ROLL.
10
Press WIDTH to show
the time in wide
characters.
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Hold down SHIFT and
press 9 for TIME.
A]
[RL↑]
A]
[RL↑][WID]
This will show the time in wide letters.
A] 3:26
PM
This will show the current time (in wide characters.)
Next, we’ll Roll the date in from the right to the left of the display.
Hold down SHIFT and
press 1 for ROLL.
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A]
Then press SELECT to
until the Roll direction
changes to ←
Press WIDTH to turn off
wide characters.
[RL←]
We’ll make the date roll to the left.
A]
[RL←][SLM]
[SLM] means the following characters won’t be wide.
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Press SPECIAL.
15
Press M
SPECIAL [RL←][SLM]
A]Jan. 1, 2000
Pressing SPECIAL and M inserts the current date into a message.
Press RUN twice to see
the message.
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Note: If you want the
date in a different
format, you must
change the date
format before
including it in a
message. The
format of a date
(time, also) is set
in the message
even if you change
the date format in
the sign later.
Advanced text messages
Rosco
then
Advertising
then
3:26
PM
then
Jan. 1, 2000
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Example 7 — Using fonts
Fonts are the way characters are shown on a display. In the world of
printing and publishing, fonts are given names like Times or Helvetica
and qualities like serif or sans serif, font size (like 12 point or 14 point),
bold or italic, etc.
This is Times — a serif font.
This is Helvetica — a sans serif font.
On this display, the following fonts — called [SS7], [SS5], and [SRF]
— are available:
Sans serif fonts
(SS7 is what you
normally see on
a display.)
Serif font
This is SS7
Upper and lowercase
letters can be used
with this font.
THIS IS SS5
Only uppercase letters
can be used with this font.
This is SRF
Upper and lowercase letters
can be used with this font.
Also, any of the display’s fonts can be made bold (or wider) by using
the WIDTH button.
To determine what fonts are available on your display, see “Appendix
A – Modes and fonts available” on page 40.
The following examples demonstrate how to use fonts on your
display.
Step
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When you do this...
You see this...
1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press ADV.
PROG TEXT A
A]
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4
Hold down SHIFT and
press 5 for HOLD mode.
A]
[HLD]
Hold mode turns off Automode.
5
Press FONT to select
[SRF] (the serif font).
6
Using CAPS and SHIFT
when needed, type This
is SRF
7
Press RETURN to start
a new line of text.
A]
[HLD][SRF]
A]his
is SRF
As you type, the font you selected will appear
as it will actually be shown on the display.
A]his
is SRF ↵
This symbol indicates RETURN.
8
Press WIDTH to show
wide text.
A]RF
↵[WID]
[WID] = wide text
9
Using CAPS and SHIFT
when needed, type SRF
Wide
A]Wide
10
Press RETURN to start
a new line of text.
A]Wide
11
Press WIDTH again to
turn wide characters off.
A]de
12
Press FONT to select
the [SS5] font.
A][SLM][SS5]
13
Type THIS IS SS5
NOTE: Only uppercase
character can be
used with this
font.
Advanced text messages
↵
↵[SLM]
A]SS5]THIS IS SS5
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This is SRF
then
SRF
14
Press RUN twice to see
what you’ve typed.
then
WIDE
then
This is SS5
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Example 8 — Speeding up and slowing down messages
Messages can be sped up or slowed down using the SPEED mode.
Once you pick a mode, like HOLD, a speed can be selected by selecting
SPEED on the Remote Control. Then press SELECT to change the speed:
[SP1]
[SP2]
[SP3]
[SP4]
[SP5]
[NHL]
Slowest
speed
Fastest
speed
Here’s an example of how to vary the speed of the SCROLL mode of a
message.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press ADV.
4
Select SCROLL. (Hold
down SHIFT and press
3.)
5
Select SPEED. (Hold
down SHIFT and press
8.)
PROG TEXT A
A]
A]
[SCR]
[SCR] = SCROLL mode, which we’ll use
to demonstrate message speed.
A]
[SCR][SP4]
[SP4] is the default speed setting.
6
Press SELECT until
[SP1] (very slow)
appears.
A]
[SCR][SP1]
[SP1] = very slow
7
Type Scroll speed = 1
Advanced text messages
A]Scroll speed = 1
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8
Select SCROLL again.
A]
9
Select SPEED again.
A]
[SCR][SP1]
Press SELECT until
[NHL] (No Hold)
appears.
A]
[SCR][NHL]
10
Type Scroll speed = N
A]Scroll speed = N
11
Press RUN twice to see
your message.
12
The message Scroll
speed = 1 should scroll
up and pause.
However, the message
Scroll speed = N should
scroll up without
pausing at all.
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[SCR]
[NHL] = very fast
Scroll speed = 1
then
Scroll speed = N
Using [SP1], slow
speed, the message
scrolls up into the
display, pauses,
then scrolls off the
display.
Using [NHL], the
fastest speed, the
message scrolls into
and off the display
without pausing.
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Example 9 — Special effects with Modes (Trailing Modes)
Modes, like ROTATE and ROLL, are used to create special effects with
messages. Typically modes are used once at the beginning of a message
for the entire message. However, a mode can also be placed at or toward
the end of a message (called a “trailing mode”) to create a special effect
when the first part of the message is leaving the screen.
NOTE: The following can not be used as a trailing mode:
CONDENSED ROTATE, SCROLL, SLIDE, SNOW, and SPRAY.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press ADV.
A]
4
Hold down SHIFT and
press 4 for FLASH.
A]
5
Type ATTENTION!
A] LS]
6
Hold down SHIFT and
press 1 for ROLL.
PROG TEXT A
A]
[FLS]
ATTENTION!
[RL↑]
This is the trailing mode. The ROLL mode “trails” the first mode, FLASH.
A]Trailing
mode
7
Type Trailing mode
8
Press RUN twice to see trailing mode in action. ATTENTION! should flash and then roll off the display.
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Example 10 — International characters
International characters — like ü and é — can be included in
messages.
NOTE: International characters can not be used with the small [SS5]
font.
The following table summarizes all the international characters that
can be used.
Type a Base Character, like A.
A
International
Characters
Base
Characters
A]
Then press SELECT to choose
an international character, like Æ.
(Use the CAPS button on the Remote Control for the lowercase letters.)
A
C
E
I
N
O
U
Y
?
!
$
â
Ç
é
ï
ñ
ô
ü
ÿ
¿
¡
¢
ä
ç
ê
î
Ñ
ö
û
Y
?
!
£
å
C
ë
ì
N
ò
Ü
y
A
c
è
I
n
Ö
ú
ƒ
Å
É
i
ó
U
$
æ
E
o
u
Æ
e
O
á
¥
o
a
A
a
The following example shows how to use international characters in
a message.
Step
1
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When you do this...
You see this...
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
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2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press ADV.
A]
4
Using CAPS and SHIFT
when needed, type
Submit your re
A]Submit your re
5
Press SELECT until é
appears.
A]Submit your ré
6
Type sume
A] your résume
7
Press SELECT until é
appears.
A] your résumé
8
Press RUN twice to see
your message.
Advanced text messages
PROG TEXT A
Submit your résumé
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Graphics
In addition to pre-programmed or “canned” graphics (see “Display
graphics” on page 46), you can create your own custom graphics using
DOTS files.
You can show a DOTS graphic that you create either by itself or with
text.
NOTE: After you create a DOTS graphic, to show it on your display, the
DOTS graphic must be placed in a text file—even if you just
want to show the graphic all by itself.
Example 11 — Creating a movie marquee
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
In this example, we’ll create three graphics (or DOTS files)
and combine them with text to make a flashing marquee:
First you’ll create
these three
graphics files
(called DOTS files
A, B, C).
Then this text will
be added after the
three graphic files.
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1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
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Press BACK.
3
Note: If you don’t see
“PROG DOTS A”
on the screen,
follow the steps in
“Clearing a
display’s memory”
on page 6.
PROG DOTS A
The name of your first DOTS graphics is A.
(The second one will be named B and the third one C.)
The blinking DOTS cursor keeps
track of where you’re drawing.
4
Press ADV.
Keep pressing Q
until the DOTS
cursor moves here.
REMOTE CONTROL
ON - OFF
SOUND
PROGRAM
RUN
APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT
ROLL
5
Press Q until the DOTS
cursor is on the bottom.
WIPE
1
2
3
4
AUTO
SPEED
TIME
DOT
7
8
9
0
B
A
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&
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D
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=
>
M
;
C
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H
G
W
X
These keys move
the DOTS cursor.
!
Y
Z
SHIFT
INSERT
6
SCROLL FLASH
SPACE
RETURN
CAPS
SHIFT
BACK
ADV
DELETE
Also, you can
draw (or erase)
dots when you
hold down SHIFT
and press one of
these keys.
Hold down SHIFT and
press L to draw a line
across the entire bottom
of the display.
SHIFT + L
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Complete DOTS graphic
A by using E, J, and Q
keys.
7
NOTE: Remember: hold
down SHIFT with these
keys to actually draw.
SHIFT + J
SHIFT
+Q
SHIFT
+E
8
Press RUN.
9
Then press Y to save
graphic A.
PROG DOTS?
10
Type B as the name of
the next graphics file.
PROG DOTS B
DOTS graphic B
11
Repeat the previous
steps to draw graphics B
and C. (Both are just
smaller versions of
graphic A.)
DOTS graphic C
NOTE:
In order to show a DOTS graphic, it must be placed in a text message.
In the following steps, we’ll create a text message and add the three DOTS graphics just created.
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12
Press BACK to return to
PROG TEXT.
PROG TEXT A
13
Press SELECT until a
question mark appears.
PROG TEXT?
14
Press A.
A]
15
Hold down SHIFT and
press 4 for FLASH.
A]
[FLS]
16
Hold down SHIFT and
press 8 for SPEED.
A]
[FLS][SP4]
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17
Press SELECT until
[NHL] appears. (This is
the fastest speed.)
18
Insert the first DOTS
graphic you created (file
A) by holding down
SHIFT and pressing Ø.
A]
[FLS][NHL]
A][FLS][NHL][DOT]A
The letter A is the name of the graphic file.
19
Insert the second DOTS
graphic by holding down
SHIFT and pressing Ø
again.
Then press SELECT
until the letter B appears.
20
Insert the third and final
DOTS graphic by
holding down SHIFT
and pressing Ø again.
Then press SELECT
until the letter C appears.
A]
[DOT]A
Press SELECT.
A][NHL][DOT]A[DOT]B
A]
[DOT]A
Press SELECT.
A]A[DOT]B[DOT]C
Now we’ll add the message Movie News after the three graphics:
21
Press FONT until [SRF]
appears.
A][DOT]B[DOT]C[SRF]
22
Type the letter M
A]T]B[DOT]C[SRF] M
23
Press FONT until [SS5]
appears.
A]DOT]C[SRF]M [SS5]
[SS5] is the smallest character font.
24
Graphics
Type ovie and then press
SPACE.
A]C[SRF]M [SS5]ovie
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25
Press FONT until [SRF]
appears again.
A] M[SS5]ovie[SRF]
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Type the letter N
A][SS5]ovie[SRF] N
27
Press FONT until [SS5]
appears again.
A]ovie[SRF]N [SS5]
28
Type ews
A]e[SRF]N [SS5]ews
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Press RUN twice to
watch the marquee you
created.
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Example 12 — Mixing text and graphics
In this example, we’ll create a graphic and combine it with text.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
These triangle graphics (which is just a single DOTS file) will be combined with the text Graphics!
1
Delete all the messages currently stored in the display.
(See “Clearing a display’s memory” on page 6 or “Example 5 — Deleting messages” on page 20.)
2
Press PROGRAM.
3
Press BACK.
PROG TEXT A
PROG DOTS A
The name of your DOTS graphics file will be A.
The blinking DOTS cursor keeps
track of where you’re drawing.
4
Press ADV.
Press X to move a
vertical line across the
display. This reduces the
size of the drawing area.
5
Keep pressing X until
there are 5 dots between
the vertical line and the
end of the display.
W moves this line left
(increases drawing area)
X moves this line right
(reduces drawing area)
The line should end up 5 dots from the end. So our
drawing area will be 5 dots wide by 7 dots high.
NOTE: If you don’t
reduce the
graphic area, the
graphic would
take up the entire
area of the
display.
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SH
IF
T
+
F
Starting point
6
Draw the following
graphic using the keys
indicated.
7
Press RUN twice.
8
Press BACK until PROG
TEXT A appears.
9
Press ADV.
A]
10
Hold down SHIFT and
press 6 for ROTATE.
A]
11
Hold down SHIFT and
press Ø to insert your
DOTS graphic.
Remember:
SHIFT + Q
SH
To just move the cursor,
don’t hold down SHIFT.
T
IF
+
D
12
Using CAPS and SHIFT
when necessary, type
Graphics!
(Place a space before
Graphics!)
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13
Hold down SHIFT and
press Ø to insert your
DOTS graphic again.
14
Press RUN twice to see
your graphic and text
message move across
the display.
PROG DOTS?
PROG TEXT A
A]
[ROT]
[ROT][DOT]A
The A is the file name of your DOTS graphic.
A]T]A Graphics!
Place a space before the word Graphics!
(Otherwise, the first triangle will appear too close.)
A]
[DOT]A
NOTE: If you had not placed a space after the first triangle
graphic, the message would look like the following:
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Example 13 — Deleting a graphic
If you want to delete an entire DOTS graphic file, use this example as
a guide.
Step
When you do this...
You see this...
This is a continuation of the previous example.
This example assumes that the following graphic is in DOTS file A:
1
Press PROGRAM.
PROG TEXT A
2
Press BACK.
PROG DOTS A
3
Press SELECT.
4
Type the letter of the
graphic you want to
delete. (In this case, type
A.)
5
Press Z.
6
Press Y to delete the
graphic. (Or N if you
don’t want to delete it.)
7
Press RUN four times to
return to normal
operation. This will run
message file A, but the
DOTS file A won’t show
because you just deleted
it.
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Appendixes
Appendix A – Modes and fonts available
Modes determine the way text and graphics move on a display. For
example, the ROTATE mode moves a message across a display from right
to left. Fonts are the size and shape of text characters.
The letters in brackets — like [AUT] and [SS7] — are what will
appear on the display:
Modes available
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Automode — [AUT] — SHIFT + 7.
Flash — [FLS] — SHIFT + 4.
Hold — [HLD] — SHIFT + 5.
Interlock — [SPC]3 — SPECIAL + 3.
Roll — [RL↑] — SHIFT + 1. Use SELECT to change roll direction.
Rotate — [ROT] or [CRT] — SHIFT + 6. Use SELECT to change
between the two.
Scroll — [SCR] — SHIFT + 3.
Slide — [SPC]5 — SPECIAL + 5.
Snow — [SPC]2 — SPECIAL + 2.
Sparkle — [SPC]1 — SPECIAL + 1.
Spray — [SPC]6 — SPECIAL + 6.
Starburst — [SPC]7 — SPECIAL + 7.
Switch — [SPC]4 — SPECIAL + 4.
Twinkle — [SPC]Ø — SPECIAL + Ø.
Wipe — [WI↑] — SHIFT + 2. Use SELECT to change wipe
direction.
Fonts available
All these fonts can also be displayed wider using WIDTH:
•
•
•
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7-row sans serif — [SS7]
7-row serif — [SRF]
5-row sans serif — [SS5]
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Appendix B – Display diagnostic test
Your display can do a self test to determine if all the LEDs (or
incandescent lights) are working properly.
Step
When you do this...
1
Press PROGRAM.
2
Press BACK until SET
TIME AND DAY or SET
TIME appears.
You see this...
PROG TEXT A
SET TIME
SET W/D, H&M
3
Press ADV.
then
MON 2:29 AM
Type TEST
4
NOTE: This test deletes
all messages in
the display.
However, if you
type the letter R
immediately after
typing TEST,
your messages
will be
preserved.
5
Press PROGRAM to
exit the self-test mode.
6
Press RUN twice to return to normal mode.
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1:00 AM00
then
A series of test screens will appear.
PROG TEXT A
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Appendix C – Connecting a display to a computer
Though messages can be programmed into the display using the
hand-held Remote Control, a more convenient method is to connect the
display to a computer and use special software to send messages.
NOTE: Contact Adaptive Micro Systems to order the software
necessary to send messages to a display from your PC.
NOTE: These displays cannot be networked together. That is, you
can connect a single display to a computer, but not multiple
displays.
A
B
To the display’s
RS232 connector
(on back)
Item
Part #
A
—
C
To one of the
PC’s COM
(RS232) ports
PC running
special software
(contact Adaptive
Micro Systems
to order)
Description
Ferrite (ferrite end towards display)
1088-8625
25-foot 6-conductor RS232 data cable
1088-8627
50-foot 6-conductor RS232 data cable
4370-0001C
25 pin sub-D/to 6 pos. RJ11 adapter
1088-9108
9 pin sub-D/to 6 pos. RJ11 adapter
B
C
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Appendix D – Updating the display’s firmware (EPROM)
Your display has an internal chip or EPROM that is used to control
the display. From time to time, the firmware in this EPROM is updated
and the EPROM must be changed.
NOTE: Turn off the display’s power before continuing.
1.
After removing power from the display, slide the access panel on
the back of the display up:
2.
Using the top and bottom tabs on the EPROM socket, gently pull
the EPROM out of the display. Then place the new EPROM in the
empty socket and replace the access cover:
EPROM
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Message control keys
REMOTE CONTROL
ON - OFF
SOUND
PROGRAM
RUN
APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT
ROLL
WIPE
SCROLL FLASH
WIDTH
COLOR
HOLD
ROTATE
To turn the display on or off, hold down SHIFT and then press PROGRAM.
To enter messages, set the date and time, clear memory, etc., press PROGRAM and
then:
PROG TEXT A
OR
PROGRAM
Press BACK to select one of the following:
Press ADV
to enter a
message in
file A.
PROG DOTS A — press ADV to create a graphic.
SET TIME — press ADV to set the time.
SET DATE — press ADV to set the date.
SET PASSWORD — press ADV to set a password to
prevent someone from changing the display’s text.
CLEAR MEMORY — press ADV to erase all messages.
RUN
Press twice to exit PROGRAM mode.
APPEND
When editing text, this takes you to the end of a message.
CURSOR
Not used.
SPECIAL
Used to set various text modes. (See “Display modes and special keys” on page 45.)
FONT
Changes the font—[SS7], [SRF], or [SS5]—used in a message.
(See “Example 7 — Using fonts” on page 24.)
WIDTH
Changes the width of a font. Text that appears after [WID] will look bold.
To return to normal text, press WIDTH again and [SLM] will appear.
(See “Example 7 — Using fonts” on page 24.)
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Display modes and special keys
APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT
ROLL
WIPE
SCROLL FLASH
1
2
3
4
AUTO
SPEED
TIME
DOT
7
8
9
0
WIDTH
COLOR
HOLD
ROTATE
5
6
SELECT
ROLL
Hold down SHIFT and press 1 to use the Roll mode in a message.
Use SELECT to change the direction of the roll.
WIPE
Hold down SHIFT and press 2 to use the Wipe mode in a message.
Use SELECT to change the direction of the wipe.
SCROLL
Hold down SHIFT and press 3 to use the Scroll mode in a message.
FLASH
Hold down SHIFT and press 4 to use the Flash mode in a message.
HOLD
Hold down SHIFT and press 5 to use the Hold mode in a message.
ROTATE
Hold down SHIFT and press 6 to use the Rotate mode in a message.
AUTO
Hold down SHIFT and press 7 to use the Auto mode in a message.
SPEED
Hold down SHIFT and press 8 to use the Speed mode in a message.
Use SELECT to set the speed (NHL = fastest, SP1 = slowest).
TIME
Hold down SHIFT and press 9 to include the time in a message.
Date
Press SPECIAL and then M to include the date in a message.
Twinkle
Press SPECIAL. Then press Ø.
Sparkle
Press SPECIAL. Then press 1.
Snow
Press SPECIAL. Then press 2.
Interlock
Press SPECIAL. Then press 3.
Switch
Press SPECIAL. Then press 4.
Slide Across
Press SPECIAL. Then press 5.
Spray
Press SPECIAL. Then press 6.
Starburst
Press SPECIAL. Then press 7.
Carriage return
Press RETURN.
Half space
Hold down SHIFT and then press SPACE.
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Display graphics
“Thank You”
Press SPECIAL. Then press S.
“No Smoking”
Press SPECIAL. Then press U.
“Don’t Drink and Drive”
Press SPECIAL. Then press V.
Running Animal
Press SPECIAL. Then press W.
Fireworks
Press SPECIAL. Then press X.
Turbo Car
Press SPECIAL. Then press Y.
Cherry Bomb
Press SPECIAL. Then press Z.
Welcome
Press SPECIAL. Then press 8.
Slot Machine
Press SPECIAL. Then press 9.
How to create a graphic
1 Press PROGRAM and then BACK:
PROG DOTS A
REMOTE CONTROL
ON - OFF
SOUND
PROGRAM
RUN
APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT
ROLL
WIPE
SCROLL FLASH
1
2
3
4
AUTO
SPEED
TIME
DOT
7
8
9
0
B
A
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Y
Z
SHIFT
INSERT
SPACE
RETURN
CAPS
SHIFT
BACK
ADV
PROG TEXT A
.
,
V
F
E
+
/
O
6
&
J
=
>
M
COLOR
ROTATE
5
SELECT
D
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H
G
<
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$
WIDTH
HOLD
2 Next, press ADV. The DOTS cursor will be in the upper left
hand corner of the display.
3 Use the direction keys (D, E, F, etc.) to move the DOTS cursor
in the direction indicated by the white arrows.
4 To draw a line, hold down SHIFT while pressing one of the
direction keys. For example, to draw a diagonal line, hold
down the SHIFT while pressing R.
5 When you’re done, press RUN twice.
6 Press BACK until this screen appears:
DELETE
7 Press SELECT and then a letter, like A:
A]
8 Enter the DOTS file. For example, hold down SHIFT and press
6 for ROTATE. Then hold down SHIFT and press Ø for DOT:
A]
[ROT][DOT]A
9 Press RUN twice to show the graphic.
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