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File Information Pages
Posted on 5 September 1998, 14:39 GMT

File Information pages have been added for every file in our File Archives. To access these pages, just click on the icon next to each file. This will bring up a page with the following infomation:

  • Title
  • Filename
  • Archive
  • Author name & e-mail
  • Size
  • Time of last update
  • Source code (yes/no)
  • Documention (yes/no)
  • Description
  • Screenshots (if any)
  • Archive contents

Currently, only most of the TI-92 screenshots are done. We will be working to get the rest completed over the next few weeks. We expect to have approximately 6000 screenshots. Also, look for more information to be displayed on these pages in the future.


The comments below are written by ticalc.org visitors. Their views are not necessarily those of ticalc.org, and ticalc.org takes no responsibility for their content.

Number of Downloads
Steve Horne
(Web Page)

I think it would be really neat if you could add an item that would show how many times the program had been downloaded. If it was in the top ten most popular programs downloaded, there would be some sort of graphic indicating that. Another completely different section could be made with the top ten/one hundred programs downloaded.

The only way I can suggest to do that is to somehow write a CGI that would interpret your web server statistics page and have it mark the number of downloads for each file appropriately. I don't know if that's within the capability of the database software that you're using to manage the archives. As an alternative, if the number can't be written directly to the program info page, you could have it link to a page which lists the stats for a whole section (For instance, 86/ASM/GRAPHICS/ might have a whole page for it which is just generated at midnight.)

Anyways, that's just on the wishlist. I think this new improvement to the archives is great. I'm looking forward to the screenshots.

     5 September 1998, 20:59 GMT

Re: Number of Downloads
Bryan Rabeler
(Web Page)

That was one of our main ideas from the beginning. We should be able to have a download stat on each information page. Then we could easy write up some top ten or top hundred pages.

     5 September 1998, 22:12 GMT

Links on the news section
Steve Horne
(Web Page)

One other small suggestion: when you make a link to a program on the main page, you could have it link to the info page instead of the actual zipfile. Or, alternatively, have info in parentheses and have that as a seperate link.

     5 September 1998, 21:02 GMT

Re: Links on the news section
Bryan Rabeler
(Web Page)

If you click on that little icon next to the file, it will take you to the info page. If you click on the file, it will let you download it.

     5 September 1998, 22:10 GMT

Re: File Information Pages
Matthew Read

While we are on the topic of bettering ticalc...would it be possible to implement some way of showing times of events: upload time... release time...in terms of clients timezone? You could make a registration page where you find out information about us, the users, and use that information to better taylor the site to the users(such as timezones...areas of interest...calcs you use..whatever) Store all this info in a cookie or something? Just a suggestion...it would be really sweet though!

     6 September 1998, 07:45 GMT

Re: Re: File Information Pages
Nick Garwood

Like a push server. That would be very cool. It's one thing about the site that really annoys me: I have to wait a few seconds before I can get to the place I spend all my time: TI-92 Assembly Games (FARGO II)

     7 September 1998, 08:36 GMT

ticalc.org Member Database

Ticalc.org should have a member database that works kind of like the News Posting. You can enter your name in the database and the date the entry was submitted or updated. You could give info on your current project, programs written, if your're a beta tester, player, programmer, or artist. and include screenshots of artwork or your latest game. Also your webpages and e-mail. This would make team programming easier and you would have a better idea of exactly who visits this site.

     7 September 1998, 19:48 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Member Database
Bryan Rabeler
(Web Page)

That's a good idea. We've had that idea for a while and we will start working on it soon. However, it may be awhile since it is quite complicated.

     7 September 1998, 20:28 GMT

Re: File Information Pages
(Web Page)

Thank you, TiCalc staff! We've desparately needed this! :)
Now, as this goes on, i'm sure it will be refined. For us programmers who want to know how our programs are doing, (and for some bandwagon advertisement strategies) could you put a "total hits" per file? That way we would know how many ppl are actually getting our files, or what ones are actually popular.

     9 September 1998, 19:57 GMT

Re: Re: File Information Pages
Bryan Rabeler
(Web Page)

Yes, we will be adding that.

     9 September 1998, 23:42 GMT
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