Cutting CompuServe access time with File Finder

Cutting CompuServe access

Cutting CompuServe access

In Chapter 9, “Finding and Downloading Files,” you learned how to use CompuServe’s online File Finder to locate specific files for downloading. With CompuServeCD, you can locate the files you want before you connect to CompuServe, which saves you on access charges.
CompuServeCD contains a complete list of all files available on CompuServe, so you can search the CD’s database instead of the online database. The advantage is that you don’t have to worry about running up the meter while you’re connected to CompuServe.

TIP CompuServeCD includes only the files that were active as of the date it was created. If you’re looking for very new files (those created within the past 2-3 months), you will have to connect to CompuServe and use the File Finder or access the forum libraries directly.

To launch CompuServeCD’s File Finder, go to the original Start Up screen, click the Find It Online button, and then click the File Finder button. When the File Finder window appears (see Fig. 11.3), enter your search criteria and click the Search button to initiate your search.

After you find the files you want on CompuServeCD, you can have the program connect to CompuServe and automatically download the selected files to your hard disk. In fact, unlike the online version of File Finder, CompuServeCD’s File Finder even lets you download files from multiple forums in a single operation. (If you’re using the online File Finder, you have to go to each forum manually to download files; CompuServeCD automates this task.

Searching for files offline and downloading them in a batch can save you a lot of time and money. I think the File Finder feature alone makes the subscrip¬tion to CompuServeCD worth the money.

Searching for files on CompuServeCD

In addition to searching for files on CompuServe itself, you can also search for any files contained on CompuServeCD. With the CompuServeCD Disc Index, you can search for any file located on the CompuServeCD disc.
To do so, go to the original Start Up screen, pull down the Indexes menu, and select Run CompuServe Disc Index. When the Disc Index window appears, select the first button on the toolbar to search the Disc Index.

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The Disc Index is cumulative, so you can search for files located on current or previous issues of CompuServeCD.

Searching for CompuServe services with the CompuServe Directory

The final part of CompuServeCD is an updated version of the CompuServe Directory. This guide to all current CompuServe services is a great place to hunt down obscure forums and services without wasting online time using the Find command.
To open the CompuServe Directory, go to the original Start Up screen, click the Find It Online button, and then click the Directory button.

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You can also use the Que CompuServe Directory located at the back of this book to look up specific CompuServe services.

Cutting CompuServe access