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
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 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.
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 programUsing Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs. by Sharla Hicks
Block Size Considerations in Electric Quilt
The Electric Quilt Sketchbook
Patti R. Anderson Series on creative uses for EQ:
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.
up the Mud surrounding Copyright for Electric Quilt, BlockBase, SewPrecise
and their Support Books. by Penny McMorris
Past Articles for Electric Quilt 3