Super Directory

Reviewed by Matthew Jones


Issue 30

Nov/Dec 87

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Michtron U.K. 24.95

It came as a bit of a surprise to me to find that Super Directory from Michtron U.K. (formerly Microdeal) is actually quite good. As regular readers will know, I have become rather disenchanted with their utility products (especially Sprite Construction Kit), but this is an exception. Super Directory is a disk organisation program, allowing the quick location of a file in a collection of disks.

Don't think that I am totally won over though! The same old manual writer has had a go at this manual which starts off by explaining a few terms, like records and fields, but explains it all backwards. Also included is an awfully off-putting mathematical explanation of 'sets' which adds to the confusion. Once it has passed the silly stage however it does have useful information, covering the main features.

Super Directory is a GEM based application. The main operation revolves around dialog boxes. The main dialog has a list of files in a large box, with buttons on the right hand side to select options. To add a disk to the directory the ADD button is used. This produces another dialog with a 'disk number' field in which you can enter a three letter code to identify the disk with, a 'disk to read' field, and the number of records free (dependent on memory 3415 records (files) on my 512k machine). When you click on OK, it reads each directory on the disk, and reads all the disk file information. You are then left in the ADD dialog ready to add another disk. When you have added your disks, you are given a sorted display of the files. The sort can be done according to various categories, including disk, filename, extension, and time. You can scroll up and down the display, and select individual files. Each file can have a remark and a category added (to facilitate sorting by user type). You can FIND a particular file, or type of files, and then move to the next in the list found.

The most useful is the PRINT button which allows you to get a printout of your information in various formats (full pathnames, full remarks, filenames 3 across, pathnames 2 across, remarks 2 across), and according to the current search pattern. The printout allows you to refer to the information outside of Super Directory.

The information read from the disks can be stored on disk for later retrieval. If the file gets too big, subsections can be filtered off into other files.

Super Directory is not brilliant, but does do its job, and is not hindered too much by the manual. If you need a program to keep track of your disk directories, this program certainly merits examination.