Taurus CalendarMaker v1.1.0
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.
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
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.
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. You will therefore require at
least the following for CalendarMaker to run:
- A Java 2 SDK 1.4 compliant virtual machine
Windows™ users have the option of downloading
This contains one file,
calmaker_110.exe, which is an
InstallShield installer that will install the program and create the necessary
Start Menu entries to run the program. This is an "all-in-one" installer which
contains the program, the optional images and the source code.
NOTE: As it adds several megabytes to the download, the Microsoft™
Windows Installation engine (MSI) has NOT been included as part of the
installer. It needs to be already installed on your machine in order to use
this installer. All but the earliest versions of Windows should have it. If
in doubt, select
Start->Run... and type
This should pop up a window containing the version number - if not, you
don't have it.
If you don't wish to use the installer, or don't have the MSI engine,
you can download the ZIP files and follow the instructions for
Other Platforms. The ZIPs are slightly smaller than the installer to
To use the installer, double-click
calmaker_110.exe and click
through the wizard using
Next. If you wish, you can change the
install location and what is installed. Most users will want the
Typical option, but if you wish to install the source, you need to
If CalendarMaker is installed using the installer, it can be removed later
using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
Installation (Other Platforms)
Unpack the downloaded calmaker_bin_110.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
versions of the images, then most of them can be downloaded from the
If you wish to install the source, download and unzip calmaker_src_110.zip
into the installation directory.
If Windows users installed using the installer, then they simply need to select
Start->Programs->Taurus CalendarMaker->CalendarMaker. If you will
be using large images, it is better to pick
@run.bat from the same
menu, as this allocates more memory to the application.
Windows users not using the installer, simply need double-click
@run.bat in the installation directory 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
CalendarMaker comes with four example templates (three calendars and a
coversheet) and some images, so you can get going right away. By default
CalendarMaker creates a simple table calendar template. You can create other
templates using the
File->New menu. For example, you can create a
simple list calendar template by selecting
Your own Calendars
You are not limited to the example calendars. There are two ways in which you
can create your own. Either customize the existing templates with new images
and/or by changing their fonts amd colours, or create your own template from
To learn more about CalendarMaker, why not follow the short
Keyboard Commands and Shortcuts
CalendarMaker can be operated without the use of a mouse. All menu options and
property editor fields can be accessed using
mnemonic, with the appropriate letters being underscored (if you are
using 2K/XP, then read the note below). In addition to this, many menu and
toolbar options have shortcuts:
Ctrl + D
|Clear Selection (De-select all).
Ctrl + O
|Open an existing template.
Ctrl + N
|New blank template.
Ctrl + P
|Open the Print dialog.
Ctrl + S
|Saves the current template.
Ctrl + Left
Ctrl + Right
|Deletes the selection.
|Opens the Property Editor.
In addition, when a bean in the template is selected, and the editing area
has focus, the following keys can be used to manipulate the bean:
|Move the bean slowly.
Alt + Cursor-keys
|Resize the bean slowly.
Shift + above
|Speed up moving/resizing.
Ctrl + above
|Lock aspect-ratio when resizing.
Ctrl + drag
|Lock aspect-ratio when resizing.
Some property editors also support the use of the keyboard. Both the Anchor
and Fill editors on the GridBag layout page allow the cursor-keys to be used to
move the focus around (wrapping if necessary), whilst
used to select the focused button. This also works with the Justification
editor on the Title beans properties page, and on the palette of the Web tab of
the color picker dialog.
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 operable 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 may need to install Sun's Java Access
Bridge, available from Sun's java.sun.com
Last updated 6th March 2003