Taurus CalendarMaker v1.0.0

The following release notes are applicable to the above version of Taurus CalendarMaker. The copyright notice is applicable to any version of CalendarMaker unless stated otherwise.

Copyright notice
Taurus CalendarMaker is © Copyright 2003, Taurus Software.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Taurus FamilyTree is a trademark of Taurus Software. Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other product names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

All references to Taurus Software directly refer to the non-profit freeware/shareware software development unit run from the UK by myself. Any conflict with names of companies inside or outside of the UK is unintentional and should be disregarded.

Platform Support
Taurus CalendarMaker is provided in binary form as a set of platform independant Java class files, and as such should run on any platform with a Java compliant virtual machine. Many of the features of latest version of Swing are used for the Graphical User Interface, and it is therefore required for the application to run. You will therefore require at least the following for CalendarMaker to run:
  • A Java 2 SDK 1.4 compliant virtual machine

Unpack the downloaded calmaker_bin_100 ZIP file containing CalendarMaker into a suitable directory (e.g. C:\CalMaker). If you want some images to start working with, then download and unzip calmaker_images.zip into the same directory (this does not stop you using your own images later). Note that these images are heavily compressed to save space - if you want better quality images, then most of them can be downloaded from the Photography section.

Windows users need simply double-click @run.bat and CalendarMaker will start and display one of the two templates.

Unix (including Linux) users need to cd to the installation directory and type ./run.sh. Again CalendarMaker will start and display one of the two templates.

Mac users need to enter the command contained in the file run.mac.

Example Calendars
CalendarMaker comes with two example calendar templates and some images, so you can get going right away. By default CalendarMaker creates a simple table calendar template. You can create a simple list calendar template by selecting File->New->List Calendar.

Your own Calendars
You are not limited to the two example calendars. There are two ways in which you can create your own. Either customize the existing templates with new images and/or change their fonts amd colours, or create your own template from scratch.

To learn more about CalendarMaker, why not follow the short online tutorial.

Note to Windows 2000 and XP Users
In JDK 1.4, Swing honours the "Hide keyboard navigation indicators until I use the Alt key" setting from the Display Properties + Appearance tab + Effects... options. If you wish to use keyboard navigation, either turn this off, or simply press the Alt key and the usual underscores will appear. One aim is to make CalendarMaker fully navigable via the keyboard to aid users who have difficulty in using a mouse.

Note to Users of Screen Reading Software
CalendarMaker has been written to provided basic support for Screen Readers. In order for this to work, you must install Sun's Java Access Bridge, available from Sun's java.sun.com website.

Last updated 20th January 2003