Going online with Navigator
Going online with Navigator
Running a CSNav script is fairly easy. All you have to do is run the first pass, do a little offline work, and then run the second pass. Read on for a little more detail.
Making the first pass. To begin, go to the desktop ribbon and set the Pass box to 1. Click the Run button, and CSNav connects to CompuServe and runs all first-pass opera¬tions in your script. When the script is complete, CSNav automatically disconnects from CompuServe.
You can run CSNav while it’s minimized in the background, which leaves you free to perform other Windows tasks.
The results of your first pass appear in the Session window (see Fig. 10.3). If you have any waiting e-mail, double-click the e-mail item to read your mail; otherwise, let’s concentrate on viewing your forum message summaries.
Working between passes
Double-click the first Message Summaries item, and a Summaries window like the one shown in Fig. 10.4 appears. Double-click the message threads you want to download and read.
By default, when you select a thread, CSNav downloads only those messages that have been posted since your last session. However, you have other options. Once you’ve selected a thread, you can click the Single button to retrieve only the thread’s last message; you can click the All button to retrieve both old and new messages; or you can click the Ignore button to indicate you don’t want to retrieve any messages in the thread.
When you finish selecting the threads in this forum that you want to down¬load, click the Next button to select threads in the next forum in your script. When you reach the end of your last forum, click the Close button.
Making the second pass
Now it’s time to download your selected messages. Set the Pass box in the desktop ribbon to 2 and click the Run button. CSNav reconnects to CompuServe and runs all your second-pass operations. When the script is complete, CSNav automatically disconnects from CompuServe again. The
results of your second pass ‘appear in the Session window, below your first-pass results.
Reading messages offline
You can now read the messages CSNav just downloaded—at your leisure. When you click the first message item in the Session window, a new window appears (see Fig. 10.5). This window shows the text of the first message.
Navigator and CompuServe Mail
One of the most common uses of CSNav is for automating the sending and receiving of CompuServe Mail. Because you don’t want to waste valuable online time composing and reading mail messages, it only makes sense to do your writing and reading offline and to have CSNav automate the actual transmission of the messages.
Using CSNav to create mail messages is covered in Chapter 6, “Pushing the Virtual Envelope: Sending and Receiving CompuServe E-Mail.” For now,
Suffice it to say that creating an e-mail message with CSNav is very similar to creating one with CompuServe 3.0.
The keys to efficiently using CSNav for this purpose are that you must make sure you have the e-mail item in all of your CSNav scripts, and you must activate the item for both first and second passes. This way, you’ll automatically get any messages sent to you, and any messages you’ve recently composed will be automatically sent.
In this window, you have the following options for how to proceed:
- Click the Msg L button to read the next message in this thread.
- Click the Msg ‘t button to read the previous message in this thread.
- Click the Next button to read the first message in the next thread.
- Click the Prey T button to read the first message in the previous thread.
- Click the Map button to view a map of all messages in this thread.
- Click the File button to file a copy of this message in your file cabinet.
- Click the Reply button to compose a reply to this message.