As well as providing a comprehensive user-interface and
graphics library, Winteracter includes a
variety of visual development tools:
||Text editor with Winteracter/Fortran
||Windows Help file builder
||Windows Help to HTML/CHM converter
||Display/convert/print graphics files
||Installation script editor
||Convert INTERACTER forms to resource scripts
The resource editor is Winteracter's
core GUI design tool, combining menu, dialog, toolbar and icon/bitmap/cursor
editors in a single easy-to-use program.
The resource editor saves user interface definitons as a
resource script. The resulting file is incorporated into
Winteracter based applications, via the resource compiler and
linker. Importantly, the resource script can be reloaded into the editor,
allowing your user interface to be edited and maintained by this tool
throughout the life of your application.
A Fortran source file is also saved by the resource
editor. This contains PARAMETER statements defining identifiers for each
item in the resource file. This file is USE'd or INCLUDE'd by a
Winteracter program to enable it to refer
to items in the resource using meaningful names.
The resource editor can optionally generate Fortran
source code to perform message processing or dialog data assignment/retrieval.
Both options are sensitive to the identifiers assigned in the resource and
provide full control over the messages types or dialog fields to be
The entire contents of your program's resource are
accessible via a simple treeview window:
The menu editor allows menus to be created in the
conventional horizontal+pop-up format or as vertical floating menus.
The initial state of each option (enabled/disabled,
checked/unchecked) can be specified. Keyboard shortcuts for menu options can
be specified without requiring any additional code.
Various field types and controls are supported including:
fields (single line and multi-line)
(list-boxes and combo-boxes)
fields (integer, real and double precision)
on numeric fields
foreground/background colours for each field
controls (to create multi-part tabbed dialogs)
controls (see below)
Grids are a particularly powerful spreadsheet-like field
type. These are invaluable when entering array based data. Grid controls
designed in the resource editor can be used both in dialogs and in resizable
dedicated 'grid windows. Grid controls incorporate row/column cut+paste
features allowing easy data transfer to/from 3rd party applications such as
Excel or Word.
A set of alignment tools help to simplify dialog layout.
A 'test drive' option is also provided allowing
developers to quickly try out their dialogs without having to recompile/relink
Toolbars can be created from the supplied bitmap buttons
or from customised buttons created using the built-in image editor (see
Where a toolbar is used to provide shortcuts to options
in a conventional menu, such a toolbar can be added to your program with
only a single line of code. Your existing menu handling code will then
automatically process toolbar selections too.
Tooltips (or bubble help) can also be specified for each
button. Adding these tooltips requires no extra coding.
Images for toolbar buttons can be created using the built-in
image editor (see below) or 3rd party tools. Alternatively a selection of
suitably sized images are supplied with Winteracter.
The resource editor includes a built-in image editor
which can be used to create icons, bitmap buttons and cursors. Both 16 and
256 colour images can be created at any size between 8x8 and 64x64 pixels.
Pixel, line, rectangle, ellipse, text, fill and mirror/flip drawing tools
are included plus cut, copy and paste facilities. Full colour control is
WiDE is our
development evironment, which integrates the creation and management of
Winteracter based projects via an easy-to-use
interface. It offers a credible alternative to compiler/platform specific
||Written by Fortran people for Fortran people.
||Edit, compile, link and run via a single interface.
||Quick and easy to learn and use.
||Same interface for all compilers, on both Windows and Linux. No need
to learn a new IDE next time you change compiler or platform.
||Powerful built in Fortran/Winteracter
aware editor (WED).
Or, if you prefer, use your own favourite editor instead.
||Smart compilation error/warning detection, with option to jump
direct to error line(s) in editor.
||Customisable filetype associations allow virtually any type of file
to be maintained as part of a WiDE
project. Add external applications as user programs.
||Built-in WYSIWYG resource editor to create/maintain
menus, dialogs, etc.
||Compiler options can be set just as they would be from the command
||Incorporate your own subroutine libraries.
||Built-in pre-processor (WPP)
can be invoked automatically during compilation, if source needs to
target multiple compilers/environments.
||Separate Release and Debug configurations for each project.
Optionally invoke the debugger which was provided with your compiler.
||Support for Fortran and C compilers, allowing C code to be
called from Fortran applications, if required. Win32 C compilers:
Microsoft, Intel, Borland, Fujitsu, Absoft or Salford. Linux C compilers:
GNU or Intel. (Note: In normal usage, a C compiler is not required.
This feature is for the benefit of advanced users who are comfortable
with mixed language programming.)
||Access to Winteracter's other
||Context sensitive help.
||Easy access to all of Winteracter's
on-line documentation. Customisable Help menu also allows you to add
your own favourite help files.
||Make facility reduces compilation time (choice of built-in make or
interface to Polyhedron Software's Automake).
||Access to compiler command line help information.
||File viewer with hex dump option.
Creating a new project is simple and flexible. Choose
||Generate a substantial Winteracter
program tailored to your requirements with the application
||Use a template project with the minimum functionality required of a
||Start with nothing created for you, with the option to instantly
import all files in a directory. A simple way to integrate previously
written code with WiDE.
provides the same functionality as the stand alone equivalent (the latter is
included for the benefit of those who prefer to work from another
environment such as the command prompt). The contents of your program's
resource (i.e. its menus, dialogs, toolbars, icons, cursors, etc.) are all
directly accessible simply by clicking on the Resources tab. Just
double-click on any of your application's user interface resources to
display that component in the WYSIWYG resource editor.
provides various Fortran source manipulation utilities, including :
||Extract Routines : Allows the extraction of subroutines and
functions into individual files.
||Fixed to Free Format : Converts fixed format Fortran 77/90
source into free format.
||List Routines : List the subroutines and functions within a
file or files. A search string may be specified, in which case only
those routines which contain the string will be listed. The results
dialog allows the built-in WED editor to open the relevant file,
positioned at the selected routine.
||Pre-process : A built-in version of the
WED is a standard text editor with many
Winteracter and Fortran specific features.
It is built into our interactive development evironment (WiDE)
and is also provided in stand-alone form for the benefit of those who prefer
to use a different environment.
Along with the usual text editing facilities, WED offers
the following additional features:
- Insert Winteracter library call
: Automatically inserts a template call to any Winteracter
routine, selectable from a categorised treeview.
- Insert Winteracter symbolic name
: Insert one of the many pre-defined parameter names provided for use with
with Winteracter library calls,
selectable from a categorised treeview.
- Insert resource identifier : Insert the name of any dialog/menu/etc.
component in the current application's resource file, again selected from
a categorised treeview.
- Insert dialog put/get code : Insert Fortran code to put or get
- Insert message processing : Insert a message processing routine,
to handle a selectable set of event types. Menu-specific and/or dialog-specific
processing can also be included, when this option is used from within
- Insert new routine : Insert a skeleton subroutine or function.
- Insert colour number : Insert 24-bit RGB value or 3-value WRGB
- Insert file : Insert an external file.
- Insert date/time : Insert today's date or the current time.
- Syntax highlighting : Comments, strings, types, intrinsics,
keywords, logical operators and Winteracter
routine names highlighted in Fortran source. Highlighting also applied
when editing C, HTML, resource, header and batch files. Supported on
screen (Win32) and printer (Win32/Linux).
- Fortran aware printer listings : Syntax highlighting on both
mono and colour printers. A subroutine index can be generated and each
routine can optionally begin on a new page.
- Multiple buffers : Edit up to 20 files simultaneously in the
same editor window.
- Find All : Show all occurrences of a string. Includes an option
to show the name of the Fortran routine in which each matched line is
- Find Routine : Jump to any Fortran subroutine, function,
module, program or block data in the current source file, selectable from
an automatically generated alphabetical list.
- Find Difference : Compare contents of two editor buffers.
- Goto Line/Column : Go direct to a specific line or column
- Goto bracket : Bracket matching
- Comment/Uncomment : Comment or uncomment blocks of text with a
single keystroke or menu option. Filetype sensitive.
- Indent/Unindent : Indent or unindent blocks of text with a
single keystroke or menu option.
- Save Selection : Saves the currently selected block to a file.
- Code generation options : Control over style/layout of
automatically generated source code.
- Subroutine help : Place the cursor over a Winteracter
routine name and hit Ctrl+F1 for a quick argument summary.
- Mouse wheel : Supported under both Windows and Linux.
GraphEd is an interactive Presentation
Graphics plot designer for Winteracter
developers. The user selects their graph type and then manipulates the
display to get the output they require. Styles, axis, labels, fonts and
colours can all be altered. Once the graph is complete it can be saved as
Fortran source code for use in a Winteracter
GraphEd allows the creation of all of the
Winteracter supported graph types including
bar charts, pie charts, line plots, 2D and 3D contour plots, etc.
HelpEd is a help file builder which provides two
||Overall management of the help project. The main window contains
facilities to add, remove and re-order topics. Control is also provided
over the appearance of the finished help file. The main window also
contains facilities for the creation of an optional table of contents.
||Editing of individual topics. This is carried out using the RTF
facilities of the Winteracter text
editor. The editor's menu is extended with additional options specific
to the editing of help topics. Both text and pictures can be included in
the help file.
HelpEd maintains the source help file set in
Windows Help format (i.e. as a set of rtf/cnt/hpj files) but can generate
the final help file in any one of three formats:
||Windows Help (HLP) : Suitable for display by the winhlp32
program which is standard on all Win32 platforms. Compilation of the HLP
file requires the Windows Help Workshop (supplied with recent versions
of Lahey LF95, Compaq Visual Fortran and Absoft Pro Fortran).
||Windows HTML Help (CHM) : This format superseded HLP format
around the time of IE4 and Windows 98. Supported as standard on Windows
98/Me/2000/XP. Requires IE4 on Windows 95/NT4. Compilation of the final
CHM file requires the Microsoft HTML Help Workshop.
||HTML : Help files generated in HTML can be viewed in browsers
such as Netscape, IE or Mozilla, on any platform.
Help2HTM converts Windows Help file sets to one of
||HTML : Files can be viewed in Netscape 4/6/7, Mozilla 1.x or
Internet Explorer 5/6. (Other web browsers can also be used, subject to
is generated, as appropriate, providing a user interface similar to that
of the Windows CHM format. View the current Winteracter
release notes to see an example of a HTML file set generated by
||HTML Help (CHM) : Files can be viewed using the Windows HH
help viewer, which is standard on Windows 98/Me and 2000/XP. HH is also
present on Windows 95/NT4, where IE4 or later is installed. (Note:
Only the Windows version of Help2HTM generates CHM output.
Compilation of the final CHM file requires installation of Microsoft's
HTML Help Workshop.)
Help2HTM allows on-line documentation to be
maintained in a single source format, while targetting both Windows and
Linux. The same documentation can also be made available to Internet or
Help2HTM is primarily designed to be used with
our Windows Help file builder. In fact HelpEd includes a built-in
version of Help2HTM, as of v5.0. However, Help2HTM can also be
used standalone to convert Windows Help files created using some third party
tools. For example, it has been used successfully to convert help files
created in Microsoft Word.
Help files can contain both text and graphics. Windows
bitmaps and metafiles contained in, or referenced by, the source help file
are automatically converted to PNG format in the output file set.
PlotConv is a useful utility for viewing,
converting and printing various Winteracter-compatible
graphics file formats. Supported input formats include BMP, PCX, PNG, CGM,
HP-GL, HP-GL/2 and (under Win32) Windows metafiles. Images can be viewed in
a window or in a preview field. Multi-page images are supported and may be
Various conversion options are included, depending on the
input file type. Target output formats include all of the supported input
formats plus EPS, SVG and DXF.
Graphics files can be printed via Print Manager (under
Win32) or to HP PCL and Epson printers (under Linux). Printing in PostScript,
HP-GL/2 and HP-GL formats is also supported on all platforms.
As an added bonus, PlotConv can be
redistributed with Winteracter based
SetupEd is the Winteracter
install script editor. It allows the user to create and maintain scripts for
use with our generalised Windows-based install program,
which is also included free of charge. (Note: SetupEd and the
generic installer are supplied with the Windows version of
Unlike some installation builders, SetupEd
does not require that your full installation file set be in place before
creating the installation script. In addition, it can customise and test the
dialogs and backdrops used in the install program. Its Verify option can be
used to determine if all referenced files are in their correct locations.
Various installation functions may be achieved including
the setting of environment variables, file associations and Start menu
The generalised installation program is freely
distributable with Winteracter based
Winteracter includes a
Fortran pre-processor (WPP) which may prove useful if you need to target
multiple platforms/compilers or generate multiple progam configurations.
Unlike a macro pre-processor, WPP uses standard Fortran comment lines to
identify pre-processor conditions and condition dependent code. Hence, the
original source code and any generated code remains fully standard
conforming code capable of being compiled directly.
WPP is supplied in two alternative forms:
- A version is built into
allowing code to be pre-processed transparently as part of the compilation
process. WiDE also provides a GUI
interface to WPP under the Fortran Tools menu, for the purpose of 'one-off'
- A command line version of WPP allows it to be used in batch procedures
or shell scripts.
The source code syntax is extremely simple, providing a
quick and convenient solution to a common problem.
IFD2DLG is a useful utility for existing
INTERACTER users. It allows conversion of INTERACTER form
definition files into Winteracter dialogs.
These scripts can then be edited/imported by the
ready for use in Winteracter based