RunQ Quick Reference

RunQ Quick Reference 16 May 1990 Version 1.2
RunQ Copyright (C) 1990 by Marcel Egloff [100016,120]

ATTENTION: Please DO read the first chapter, because there is some very
important information for you in it (you may skip the rest, if
you are used to working with self explaining programs…)
NEW: – Menu bar icon
– faster launching of application menu

Bug fixes: – ShareWare button works no OK
– several small changes to improve stability
RunQ is a program-launching utility that allows you to instantly switch
from one application to another, without reentering the Finder.

Because it remembers the location of the installed applications, it can
be used to easily access your programs without going through the hierarchy
of your disk structure.

This program is very similar to the commercially available program
OnCue (TM) for the Apple Macintosh, which in fact gave me many of the
ideas of how to design my program.

RunQ has been written by Marcel Egloff [100016,120], Im Roggenacher 9,
8306 Bruettisellen, Switzerland. Copyright (C) 1990 by Marcel Egloff.

But RunQ is not free! You may install and try RunQ on your system and use
it for one month as you like. However, there are certain restrictions
on the program version you downloaded from CompuServe. To use RunQ without
these restrictions, you must pay your Shareware fee of $20, in order to
receive a activation password which will unlock RunQ to its full

To speed up this process, you may contact me through CompuServe Mail and
let me know that you HAVE ALREADY paid. I will then mail the password
immediately to you. But don’t try to cheat me this way, or you may suddenly
find your name on the public bulletin boards…

But: Feel free to make any suggestions and comments about the program. I’d
like to improve RunQ further (and I’ve already got some nice ideas
about it) but I also need to have the proper feed back from YOU.

Your can reach me on my CompuServe account using the following routes.

CompuServe: 100016,120
AppleLink: [DE1CIS]100016.120@DASNET#
InterNet 100016.120@COMPUSERVE.COM
OK, now to the program…
System Requirements

To use RunQ, you must meet the following system requirements:

– Apple IIgs with two 3.5″ floppy disks or one 3.5″ and a hard disk
– GS/OS from System Disk 5.02 or later

If you don’t have the necessary system disks, try to download them from
CompuServe or go to your local user group to obtain them. You might also
want to see your local dealer and obtain a copy. Most dealers should
let you copy it.

The system on your Harddisk (Romdisk) MUST be installed with the
INSTALLER found on the SYSTEM.TOOLS disk of GS/OS V5.02. RunQ requires
several files to be in the right place. If RunQ doesn’t work on your
system try to reinstall GS/OS.

To fully use RunQ’s features, a hard disk is recommended.
Unpacking RunQ

After you downloaded your copy of RunQ from CompuServe, you must unpack
the file with ShrinkIt onto a 3.5″ disk.

There are two steps in installing RunQ:

– Copy the file named RunQ onto your boot disk into the
/{bootdisk}/SYSTEM/SYSTEM.SETUP directory.

– Copy the file named RunQ.Icons into the /{bootdisk}/ICONS directory
on your boot disk.

That’s it. To make RunQ active, reboot the system.

ATTENTION: You MUST copy RunQ with a GS/OS aware copy program
(i.e., FINDER or with the PROSEL 16 copier) because the file
contains resources which won’t be copied otherwise.

WARNING: Do not lock the RunQ file or disk, because RunQ writes
information back to its own resource fork!

Activation of RunQ

To activate your newly installed version of RunQ, click in the top
right corner of your screen (inside the menu bar, to the very right)
where you can see the RunQ menu bar icon, and keep the mouse button
down until a pop-up menu appears on the screen. Just pretend that
there’s a menu entry there and use it accordingly.

You can now select one of RunQ’s functions by moving the mouse pointer
to the respective menu position and releasing it there.

Another way to activate RunQ is to hold down the Open-Apple
key and the Control-Key together, and then press the mouse button
until the pop-up menu appears.

These activation methods can be changed to suit your preferences (see

To start an application, just select it with the mouse pointer and
release the mouse button (in your newly installed version of RunQ there
is no application preinstalled, so you don’t have this option right now).

Reminder: You can’t activate RunQ when you’re in a modal dialog, because
RunQ couldn’t possibly know how to get out of it.


You can use RunQ to start any GS/OS or PRODOS 8 program by selecting
the OTHER option in the main menu.

After selecting OTHER, you get a dialog box, where you can choose the
application you want to run.

To start the application, either double-click it or press the Open
button with you application highlighted.

By activating the Install Application check box at the bottom of the
dialog, the application will be installed into the program list
before it is started.

INSTALL allows you to install applications into the program list of

After selecting INSTALL, you see a dialog box which offers you several

– INSTALL : add an application to the list
– EDIT *) : change an applications name in the selector list and
chose application priority
– REMOVE : remove an application from the list
– SAVE *) : save all applications into a saveset file as a backup
– LOAD *) : load an application saveset into RunQ

*) features marked with the asterisk will be available to you
after you received your activation password.

You can select multiple files for the operations EDIT and REMOVE by
using the Shift-Key or the Open-Apple-Key.

The number of applications that can be installed is set to 255.
However, you are restricted to 3 applications in your list until
you receive your activation password.

Use this option to customize RunQ.

After selecting PREFERENCES, you get a dialog box, where you can choose
your preferred activation method. By default, you activate RunQ in the
top right corner, or by a combination of the Control-Key and the
Open-Apple-Key and a mouse click.

When first use RunQ there comes a menu bar icon in the top left corner
of your screen. This can be turned off by unchecking the appropriate

Here you also find the check box to activate the activation password
validation. This checkbox will be replaced by another one, when
you install you activation key.

After you activated the hidden function in RunQ you will find a new
check box in the preferences menu that allows you to sort priority
applications in the application menu.


Just read it!
Known Problems

RunQ is a very young application, and there may still be some bugs in it.
I can also imagine that there are some applications which are not
compatible to RunQ (none found until now).

Please let me know, if you find a reproducible bug/incompatibility so
that I can upload a fixed version to CompuServe.

Currently there are no known bug.
Currently there are no known incompatibilities.

One problem that exists, is that RunQ doesn’t like 320×200 graphics mode.
I currently ‘solved’ that problem by not allowing you to use any of the
special functions (i.e., INSTALL, PREFERENCES, ABOUT, OTHER). However,
you CAN activate RunQ in 320 mode and launch a previously installed

I wish to mention those people who made it possible or helped me
to develop RunQ and also gave me the necessary pressure to bring
it to the current form.

I’d like to thank

Fred D. Reed for writing OnCue (TM) on the Macintosh and
therefore giving me the initial kick to write
RunQ for the Apple IIgs.

Urs Calibran for beta testing, morale support, talking
[76530,1521] me into uploading RunQ to CompuServe and
continually complaining about everything.

Stephen Oliver for proofreading, laughing at my english
and beta testing…

Alexis Gehrt for giving me important technical insider
information and for supplying me early with
versions of GS/OS which were reliable…

Thomas Scheidegger for beta testing and helping Urs Calibran to
[76662,2655] convince me of uploading RunQ to CompuServe.
History of changes

6 April 1990 RunQ V1.0

NEW: – initial release

16 April 1990 RunQ V1.1
NEW: – Select priority application which will appear in boldface
in the selector list
– improving support for 320×200 mode applications
– Increasing activation speed

Bug fixes: – quit from Finder works now also with Option-Shift hot key
– some minor bugs removed which caused RunQ to crash randomly

20 April 1990 RunQ V1.11
Bug fix: – priority sort complained about missing resource when no
application was installed
16. May 1990 RunQ V1.2
NEW: – Menu bar icon
– faster launching of application menu

Bug fixes: – ShareWare button works no OK
– several small changes to improve stability

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