Odds & Ends
The File menubar selection is where you go to backup, restore, or merge database
files, view your trashcan file, setup your printer(s), and exit ElectriCalc.
You can back up databases by selecting File from the menubar and then selecting Backup Files. This utility will allow you to backup one or all of the databases at once.
The databases are backed up automatically at appropriate times, but you can
choose a manual backup at any time. Backup files have extension EBK.
You can restore databases by selecting File from the menubar and then selecting Restore Files. This utility will allow you to restore one of the databases or all databases
at once from the corresponding .EBK file.
You can merge data external to the program by selecting File from the menubar and then selecting Merge Files. This utility will allow you to extract database information from other
files. The intended use is to allow the sharing of information with others. Another
modeler can give you the information he's collected with his program and this
utility will add it to your database. It will not add duplicate information or
data that is improperly formatted. The merge function allows you to take a text
file (like e-mail) that contains lines of ElectriCalc data, and automatically
extract the data and place it at the end of the appropriate database. Use this
to get new data from the ElectriCalc web site .
You can throw out the trash periodically if you're that kind of person.
Select or configure your printer(s) here.
If for some reason you should ever want to quit playing with ElectriCalc and
get on with your life, it can be done, You can exit by selecting File from the menubar and then selecting Exit. You can also use the Ctrl+X shortcut key from the main menu, or use the usual Windows clicks.
The Preferences selection on the menubar allows you to choose Metric or English units, and
what level of annoying messages you are willing to tolerate.
ElectriCalc will display either English or metric measurements. Props are
traditionally in inches in either system. ElectriCalc will warn you if you do
things that will cause you to lose data you have entered. If you find these
annoying, you can turn them off with ?Changes?. ElectriCalc will prompt you for printer information at appropriate times.
You can turn them on or off with ?Printer?.
This is where the Help file can be accessed. This is also where the version
number & copyright stuff is located. Our Internet address is also here.
Finally, ElectriCalc is universally called "ecalc" so if you hear or read
about ecalc, they're talking about this program.