Launching and exploring Navigator

Launching and exploring Navigator

Launching and exploring Navigator

Launching CSNav is as simple as double-clicking the CSNav icon in the CompuServe program group. When the program launches, it displays a screen that looks something like the one in Fig. 10.1.

Launching and exploring Navigator

The CSNav screen is made up of the following important parts:

  • The desktop ribbon, which contains all the icon buttons for essential operations. (I won’t go into a lot of detail about this ribbon, because many of the buttons are similar to the buttons on the normal CompuServe 3.0 interface.)
  • The Services window, which lists all available CompuServe services and forums.
  • The Script Editor window, where you create the scripts that tell CSNav what to do online.
  • The Session window, which records the results of your CSNav sessions.

Working with CSNav is as easy as dragging items from the Services window into the Script Editor window to create a script. You instruct CSNav to run your script, and the results are recorded in the Session window.

Pretty easy, eh?

Creating a Navigator script

The default Script Editor window already has a few items in it—specifically, items for Session Settings and CompuServe Mail. CSNav assumes that you want to start each session by logging in and that you want to retrieve any waiting e-mail. (Good assumptions, all things considered.)

Your job is to add other operations you want to automate to the Script Editor window. CSNav makes this easy by including just about every possible service, forum, and operation in the Services window.

Finding and dragging the services you want

When you first look at the Services window, you see a tree diagram. Because the tree has not been expanded, you see only the upper-level topics, signified by the file folder icons. To see more services, expand the upper-level topic folders by double-clicking specific folder icons.


Think of the tree diagram in the Services window as a multilevel outline: the main heading is the root directory, the second heading is the first level of directories, and so on. All directories branch off of the root directory, and subdirectories branch off of main directories.

When you expand the tree diagram, many more services and forums become visible. Note that individual services and forums have a different icon; anything that has a folder icon can be expanded to yet another level.

You can scroll through the entire list of services and forums. When you find one you want to include in your CSNav script, drag it from the Services window into the Script Editor window, placing it in the position that corre­sponds to the order in which you want it to execute. You can drag as many services as you want into the Script Editor window. Just remember that the more services you include in the script, the longer it takes the script to run.

 TIP To ensure the fastest execution of your script, place the mail icon at the end of your CSNav script; when you have no mail waiting, this setup cuts down your online time by a few seconds.

Creating a script from scratch

As you’ve already learned, CSNav’s default script comes preconfigured with Session Settings and CompuServe Mail items in place. But what if you want to create a completely new script? Or what if you have two different scripts that you use at different times, for different purposes?

To create a new script, simply pull down the File menu and select New. This opens a new Script Editor window, which is mostly empty and definitely untitled. I say mostly empty because all scripts begin with the Session Settings item. (After all, your script has to log on to CompuServe before it can do anything else.)

Now that you have a clean slate, you can drag any items from the Services window into this new script. When you complete the script, save it by pulling down the File menu and selecting Save As. In the Save As dialog box, give the script a File Name and click OK.

You can create as many scripts as you want, and you can use different scripts at different times. For example, you might want to create a simple script (with just mail and one or two forums) for times when you’re busy, and a more complex script (with multiple forums) for that one time a week when you have time to read everything.

To change scripts, close any that are open, pull down the File menu, select Open, and find the new one you want to open. There’s no limit to the number of scripts you can create with CSNav, so don’t be shy!

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