Use YesUcan, KeepHere, KeepFive, & What Cooks track your information gleaned from the info-EQ and other mail lists, books, help files, recipes & other sources. Freeware downloads available.

Issue 11: October 2000
Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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YesUcan, KeepHere, KeepFive, What Cooks
What are they?

by Gordon Cooper © 2000

click here To go directly to the download page that has the files to download

click here To go instruction page on how-to Download and Install KeepHere, KeepFive, What Cooks and YesUcan


Patchwork and quilting have come a long way since the days of cutting up the menfolks' old shirts to make patches, or using the wicks of candles for thread. In these early days of a new millennium we have electronic controlled sewing machines designed specifically for quilting, plus a multitude of other aids provided to ease the process of cutting fabric into small pieces, and then sewing the pieces together again in a different pattern.

Not the least of technology's gifts to quilters is the digital computer. For a cash outlay rather less than that required for some sewing machines, one can acquire a computer with accessories that can scan documents and fabrics, and print copies of them in color. With the addition of a suitable software package, Quilt-Pro or Electric Quilt for example, blocks and quilts may be designed, the designs printed out or stored in disk libraries. The arrival of the computer based world wide internet has brought websites devoted to quilting and of course e-mail, an almost instant means of written communication.

E-mail has allowed quilters to exchange ideas, patterns, even pictures of whole quilts, rapidly and at low cost. E-mail groups have formed, many with centralized mail posting systems that allow one person to communicate with all other group members, simply by sending a message to the central address. Simplicity in itself, fast and cheap. Wonderful!

 

 

 

However, as with every apparent benefit, there is a dark side - as I soon found out when I joined Info-Eq, the e-mail group for Electric Quilt hosted by PlanetPatchwork. (see below on how to join) Mail arriving daily contained a host of helpful advice, tips, shortcuts, do's and don'ts. The problem was how do I keep track of it all. Not everything was relevant to present projects, but might be useful some day. What should I do? Print it all out and save a pile of paper? Make out a card index? Use the computer's delete key and discard everything? Leave it all in my e-mail in-tray?

Several times I noticed that Info-Eq carried a plea for help from other members who were in danger of being swamped by the torrent of information on the e-mail list. Yes, they would like to save it all, but how? To me, a computer based library, or database, seemed to be the answer. So I wrote a database, named it YesUcan, and made it available as Freeware to anyone through the Internet.

Editor's Note: A new and improved vesions called YesUcan is now available

YesUcan is a small linked-list database that stores pieces of text on computer disk and can quickly find those pieces of text through a multiple indexed search and find system. By using the Copy and Paste facilities of Microsoft Windows, users may transfer items from their e-mail into YesUcan with a minimum of typing. YesUcan includes provision for printing individual items, or a list of the entire database contents. As distributed, YesUcan contains some 400 items of Hints and Help copied from the Info-Eq e-mail list. Users of YesUcan may add to these items and delete/edit as they wish.

YesUcan was written specifically for Info-Eq, and contains many items from that mail list, KeepHere is an empty database. Users may keep what ever they wish, and may use KeepMany for up-to six subjects to over a range of interests. WotCooks is designed specifically for recipes. Full details of how to use all the database programs are contained in the program's Help and Information files.

KeepHere, KeepFive are a simple adaptation of YesUcan intended to store anything.

WhatCooks is an adaption for recipes.

Gordon Cooper
Omokoroa N.Z.
October 2000



Gordon Cooper is an active member of the Info-EQ list and the programmer of FREEware databases that are geared to create easy to use, information retrieval that allow you save hints, tips (without pictures) and other data to a single place. He has developed 4 FREEware programs ready for download, click the underlined title.

  1. KeepHere: Blank database to store subject of your choice.
  2. KeepMany: Create up to 6 blank databases for subjects of your choice.
  3. YesUcan: An archive of info-EQ mail list answers and setup to allow you to add your own hints and tips.
  4. What Cooks: Blank database to store your recipes.

For more information go to the article by Gordon about Keep Here/Many and YesUcan click here

To join the Info-Eq mail list, click here and go to the website, Planetpatchwork.com. This opens a new window, to return to this website, close the Window.

Hints and Tips for Electric Quilt User Series:

Gordon Cooper Series on Electric Quilt:
Customize the EQ Default Palette with your favorite fabrics so that it automatically opens when you start up the program
Block Size Considerations in Electric Quilt
The Electric Quilt Sketchbook

Patti R. Anderson Series on creative uses for EQ:
Insert Photo Scans Into a Quilt Layout in Electric Quilt. Patti R. Anderson. This new idea is going to make GREAT memory quilts!
Simple Shape Quilting Designs for Borders Patti R. Anderson. Design and print long runs for the border using simple quilt stencil motifs you design yourself.
Featured Photo Inspired Quilts designed in Electric Quilt by Patti Anderson shown on Sharla Hicks Simply Quilt appearance



More How-to and help for Electric Quilt Users:
YesUcan, a database compiled from questions and answered shared by members of the Info-EQ mail list.
Using Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs. by Sharla Hicks

Clearing up the Mud surrounding Copyright for Electric Quilt, BlockBase, SewPrecise and their Support Books. by Penny McMorris
Electric Quilt Website Review by Sharla Hicks: a great resource for all EQ users
Info-EQ Archives -- how to use them by Penny McMorris of Electric Quilt
EQ's Stash Fabric CDs: How to Convert Fabric Bitmaps from Stash to CorelDRAW pattern fill by Myrna Giesbrecht
How to Create Tessellations using your Quilt Software Instructions for EQ, Quilt-Pro and PCQuilt by Sharla Hicks

Past Articles for Electric Quilt 3
Win 95: here's a quick way to change the name of an EQ 3 project file by Penny McMorris of Electric Quilt.
FAQ: Electric Quilt 3 for DOS printing problems answered by Penny McMorris of Electric Quilt Company (these problems are not associated with Electric Quilt 4 which is a Windows 95/98/NT program

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