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ProStream 1.1

Postby Brume » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:33 pm

Hi all,
Found this tool on a menu disk, but one file is damaged.
Never heard about this program. So, does someone know this tool?
Or even better: does someone have it?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby viking272 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:34 pm

I wonder if it's something to do with hard disk usage? Didn't Protar make hard disks?
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby Mug UK » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:45 am

They did sell hard-drives according to this manual I found uploaded onto Lonny's site: http://www.dev-docs.org/docs/files/protar-manual-en.pdf

They also made Amiga 500 memory upgrades too: http://amiga.resource.cx/manual/Protar_512k.pdf
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby aktiv8 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:26 pm

I'm intrigued by the title "stream" and the cassette tape icon

Whilst Protar certainly made Hard drives and memory upgrades, I wonder if this was to stream data form tape drives or similar? Perhaps used in the music industry since Atari;s were widely used? :shrug:
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby Dal » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:26 pm

Might just be a data streamer.
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby aktiv8 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 pm

Exactly what I;m thinking Dal.

A lot of hard disk backups were done to tape, I recall FastCopy Pro had such a Stream feature
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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby Brume » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:53 pm

Thanks for your help and your informations, guys :)

Yes, you're right it's probably a data streamer.

The main program seems to work, but the file PROSTRM.RSC is damaged so I guess some options of the program doesn't work and/or are badly displayed. So I'm still looking for a safe copy of this tool before spreading the menu-disk it comes from.


Here is the text from the HELP:
3 31 ; Offset & L„nge Hilfstext Selektieren nach Maske
33 22 ; Offset & L„nge Hilfstext Selektieren nach Datum
54 11 ; Offset & L„nge Hilfstext zur Partitionbox
64 41 ; Offset & L„nge fr den allgemeinen Hilfstext
Select by mask:

You may enter any masks to be used for file selection in the four
input fields provided. You may use the normal 'wildcard'
characters '?' and '*'. The '*' will match with any character
string, whilst the '?' will match any single character.
For example:
Wildcard | Matching filenames | Un-matching filenames
--------- | ------------------- | -----------------------------
"*.*" | All | ""
"ABC.*" | "ABC.A", "ABC" | "ABCD.A", "B.DEF"
"A?" | "A", "AB" | "ABC", "A.B" (No extension!)
"?B*.?" | "AB", "AB.D", "ABCD"| "AB.DEF", "AC.D"

The 'USE' button shown after the mask entry, will activate
the appropriate mask i.e. after using 'Select!', all of the files
which fit the mask will become selected. The 'EXC' button shown
after the mask entry, will cause those files which fit the mask
not to be selected and also those files which have already been
selected will be de-selected.
The four masks will be processed from top to bottom, so firstly
the first mask, then the second etc. (naturally only those which
have been activated by means of the 'USE' and 'EXC' buttons).
Therefore, whenever possible, those masks to be used with the
'EXC' function, should be placed at the end of the list.
The 'Program' button will cause all executable programs to be
selected which are those with the following file extensions:
'*.PRG', '*.APP', '*.TOS' and '*.TTP'.
Those selections which have already been made will not be changed
except by the use of the 'EXC' function, so that 'Select by mask'
can be used several times with differing masks.
Select by Date:

A total of 2 dates and times may be entered. These must be
correct otherwise the entries will not be accepted. The three
buttons 'Select before date', 'Select after date' and 'Select
between dates' will choose the mode by which files will be
selected.
'Select before date' will cause those files which lie before the
first date and time to be selected.
'Select after date' will cause all those which lie after the
first date and time to be selected.
'Select between dates' will select those files which lie between
the first and second dates, so in this way a particular time
frame can be chosen.
The second date and time is only relevant to the third mode
'Select between dates'. Nevertheless, a correct date and time
must be entered into this field.

Previous selections will not be changed by the 'Select by date'
function, so this may be used repeatedly.


In this box you may choose the partition to be backed up, or the
partition to which a previously saved partition ought to be
restored, depending on the mode selected. When you want to save
partitions, several partitions can be chosen. All selected
partitions will then be saved. When you want to restore a
partition, you may select the partition to which a previously
saved partition ought to be restored. In this case, you may only
select one partition. In the case where the size of the
partition to be restored does not agree, then the restore will
be aborted with an error message.

ProStream works in two modes. In 'Partition backup' mode, you
may carry out (nearly) all of the functions available from the
normal desktop e.g. copy and erase files, create folders etc.
In 'File backup' mode (recognized by the appearance of the
'Select' menu) these desktop functions are not available. Also,
in this mode only one window can be opened. Instead of the
current directory, all of the files on the partition opened are
displayed in a 'tree' structure. From here you may select the
files which are to be saved to the streamer.

In 'Partition backup' mode, several files can be selected by
'Shift clicking' on them. An area may be selected by dragging
with the mouse (hold down the left button and move the mouse to
draw a rectangle) whilst holding down the 'Control' key. If the
'Shift' key is held down too, those previously selected will
become de-selected.
When the mouse pointer lies over a folder entry, this folder may
be opened by double clicking on it. If the pointer lies over an
executable file, this action will start the program. Instead of
a double click, the respective action can also be carried out by
selecting the file and then using 'Open...' which is found under
the 'File' menu.

In 'File backup' mode, individual files may either be selected or
de-selected with a single click, depending on their previous
state. Just as in 'Partition backup' mode, an area may be
selected or de-selected by holding down the 'Control' key whilst
dragging an area with the mouse.

A double click on a folder entry will cause all of the files
within that folder to be either selected or de-selected dependent
on which state the folder entry was previously in.

To perform a backup, the source and destination must be chosen
and then it is started using the 'Backup' entry under the 'File'
menu. It can also be performed by dragging the icon of a drive
to the icon representing the streamer. The backup will then be
started.

A similar method should be used for a restore, except that the
source and destination should be reversed.

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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby arf » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:54 pm

aktiv8 wrote:I'm intrigued by the title "stream" and the cassette tape icon

Whilst Protar certainly made Hard drives and memory upgrades, I wonder if this was to stream data form tape drives or similar? Perhaps used in the music industry since Atari;s were widely used? :shrug:


Protar sold backup streamers (QIC80), too. No music connection involved here. I don’t know their backup software, though.

Find some short press snippets in German in the former TOS magazine.

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Re: ProStream 1.1

Postby arf » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:04 am

Brume wrote:Hi all,
Found this tool on a menu disk, but one file is damaged.
Never heard about this program. So, does someone know this tool?
Or even better: does someone have it?
Thanks in advance.
ProStream1.1.png


Wait a second – D. Steins is the author. Admitted, that name is not super-rare, but it could be that this is Dirk Steins, author of 'CAT', a mail/newsreader for the MausNet, a 80-2000’s BBS network in Germany. Could be worth a try to contact him, he’s a nice guy.


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