The Original Pluto help files plus extras
This page up to date on: 28 May 2020
From: Jonathan Duddington
Subject: Preferences Date: Fri, 04 Jul 1997 00:40 Source: docs Accessed from Preferences->Fonts from the icon bar menu. This allows you to choose the fonts which are used to display Lists various lists (of articles, boxes, users) Print used for printing Text used in the Article Viewer, Edit Mail, and Edit News windows. The Height and Width values have no effect if System Font is used. If System Font is used for printing, then simple (fast) character printing is performed, sending ascii character codes to the printer. For other fonts, graphics printing is used, which will be slower. Please note that the "Short Header" and "Remove Sig" options do not currently work with Print fonts other than System Font. If you are using a 16 colour display, then the use of System Font is recommended for "Text". This is because coloured text cannot be properly anti-aliased using the 16 Wimp colours. Preferences->Sorting ==================== Allows you to set up your own Sort criteria and their associated display formats. (More to be written on this). Preferences->News ================= Transport Whenever you select a value for this field, Pluto will remember the pathnames that it needs (raw news and mail files, etc). You will need to re-select the Transport here if you move the transport application to a different directory. (Mostly discussed in the "Getting Started" document) News Backups When a raw news file is de-batched, a copy is kept in the Backup directory inside the application. This option specifies how many backups are kept. The backups are named "News1", "News2", etc., with "News1" being the most recent. In Box Specifies into which document box incoming news articles are placed. Log Box Specifies into which document box copys of outgoing news postings are placed. Mail Lists Specifies into which document box incoming mail list articles are placed. Text Box Specifies into which document box articles, which are dropped onto the icon bar icon, are placed. Dropping a directory onto the icon bar icon will put all text files in the directory (and recursively from sub-directories), into this document box. Tags If a tag option is selected, then a tagline is randomly selected from the Choices.Tags file when a news article is posted. This option allows you a choice of tag position, before or after the sig.seperator, or at the end of the signature. Extra Header Lines If this option is selected, then the contents of the file Choices.NewsHead are added to the Internet Header of outgoing news postings. Mail Backups Similar to News Backups, but for copies of raw mail files which have been de-batched. These are called "Mail1", "Mail2", etc. Send Acks If this option is set, then automatic acknowledgements will be sent for emails which contain a Return-Receipt-To: line in their headers. This is done when the raw email file is debatched. List->Users =========== This opens the list of Users. You should set up this to show all your email user names. Click Add to create a new user. Adjust-Double-click on an entry to bring up a dialogue box to change details for that user. nclreferences->Misc ================= Edit Style Clipboard. Ctrl-C copies marked text to clipboard. Ctrl-X cuts marked text to clipboard. Ctrl-V pastes from clipboard to cursor. Typing a character while text is selected, unselects the text but does not delete it. WipeOut As Clipboard, but typing any character will cut the selected text to the clipboard. Edit !Edit style. Ctrl-C copies marked text to cursor position. Ctrl-X deletes marked text. Ctrl-V moves marked text to cursor position. Confirm Delete This controls whether warnings are given when you attempt to delete the article from the Article Viewer window, by clicking the Delete (Bin) button, or by typing CTRL-K. Confirm All: Always ask for confirmation. Confirm Locked: Ask for confirmation for Locked and Marked articles. Allow All: Never ask for confirmation. Allow Expiry Allows the expiry settings which are defined for the various boxes to be used. If this option is not set, then no expiry takes place. Allow Expiry on Active Threads If this option is not set, then no articles will be expired from a thread until they are all ready to expire. Initial Select User If this option is set and if there is more than one user set up (see Preferences->Users), then when you first start Pluto, you will be presented with the Users List window. You have to select a user from the list before the Boxes List will open. Box for Junk This specifies the Box which is set by default into the Filter entry dialogue. Path for Save Article A path name, to precede the filename "Article" when saving from the Article Viewer window, and to precede "Article_Out" when saving from the Edit Mail or Edit News windows.
Please note that Pluto is supplied with a more comprehensive and up-to-date StrongHelp manual than these text files. Select Help… in Pluto’s iconbar menu.