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release notes

version 1.06:

the 'generators' engine was patched to resolve an error that had prevented the generation of a file selected with the 'choose folder' option. the bug, that is now fixed in version 1.06, did not affect the generation of a file from a pre-configured 'foldatimeICASoptions' folder. the bug also had no effect on clipboardICAS.

there are no changes to the methods of configuration of options files from the previous version.

version 1.05:

the 'options parser' and 'informatics' engines were re-engineered with a variety of improvements including:

improved support for configuration of one or more options configuration folders: users can select an options folder in a different location than the Documents directory.

improved support for dates outside the scripted decade range: for dates not corresponding to a scripted decade identifier, a '?' question mark character is used in lieu of an error alert.

the new version moreover calls on a formatting function included in the Satimage.osax scripting addition developed by Satimage-software. the scripting addition is bundled subject to Satimage-software's licensing terms for free software.

all options files for previous versions are processed the same in the current version.

the open-source script for the 'informatics' module was moreover substantially revised. many variables that included the term 'proper' in the variable name were renamed with the term 'form'. as a result, previous versions of the scripts are now deprecated. thus developers are cautioned against mixing previous (and now deprecated) versions of the scripts with the current version. developers are thus advised to note the deprecated status of previous versions of the 'options parsers' and 'informatics' modules.

version 1.04:

the 'informatics' engine was patched to ensure that the 1st and 2nd decitriads display all places even if there are one or more trailing zeroes.

version 1.03:

the folder and file objects generated by foldatimeICAS are now written with a 2nd decitriad to the microchron (for example, tTTT ttTTT). earlier versions of foldatimeICAS were written with only a 1st decitriad to the millichron (for example, tTTT).

the methods for configuring options are unchanged from the previous version.

version 1.02:

the foldatimeICAS AppleScript application bundle generates folder and file objects that are named with both user-specified and OS-extracted information.

for detailed information about user configuration of options for foldatimeICAS, please see the configuring options documentation for foldatimeICAS.

use or modification of this open source resource is subject to 'ICAS now' terms of use.

to obtain the application (and the script source), download the ICAS_now software kit from the AAT ICAS code library.

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foldatimeICAS objects

user documentation for foldatimeICAS

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folder and file name formats

the foldatimeICAS application is designed to generate a designated folder and file on the user's desktop, each of which are named with designated identifier, date, and time strings. the general name formats consist of the following:

folder name format: folderID-c8M99-deka(offsetUT)-tTTT-ttTTT-(locale)-affixID

file name format: fileID-c8M99-ZZZ-tTTT-ttTTT-hhmmHHMM

the folder name format designates a zoneDeka system of 20 time zones. the file name format however designates a zoneZodiac system of 24 typical time zones. there is no automated format unit chooser for the naming of folder and file objects, however some formatting can be configured by managing the names of certain options files.

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decimal clock formats

decimal clock times in ICAS are typically written in a decitriad form (for example, 't123 tt456' is decitriad form for 0.123456).

the ICAS IDC (Inter-Dial Clock) value is an expression of a decimal equivalent of a length of a standard day of 86400 seconds [s, SI], or 1 chron [Xn, ICAS]. the decimal clock time in foldatimeICAS and clipboardICAS is expressed to 6 decimal places in terms of two groups of three decimal places, or decitriads.

legend of decimal clock units

(please also see AAT ICAS-3130-mainChron term set, and AAT ICAS-3131-clockMain term set documents)

1st decimal place is 0.1 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'hubble' (equivalent to 2 hours 24 minutes)

2nd decimal place is 0.01 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'tiros' (equivalent to 14 minutes 24 seconds)

3rd decimal place is 0.001 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'millichron' (equivalent to 1 minute 26.4 seconds)

4th decimal place is 0.0001 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'tokochron' or 'tok' (equivalent to 8.64 seconds)

5th decimal place is 0.00001 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'tikochron' or 'tik' (equivalent to 0.864 seconds)

6th decimal place is 0.000001 Xn, and corresponds to practical clock term 'microchron' (equivalent to 0.0864 seconds)

the first decitriad is formatted with a single 't' character immediately followed by three numeric places to represent the first three decimal places: 't000' represents a time value to the millichron (0.001 of the decimal equivalent of a length of standard day of 86400 s. 1 millichron is is thus equivalent in magnitude to 86.4 s)

the second decitriad is formatted with two 't' characters immediately followed by three numeric places to represent the 4th, 5th, and 6th decimal places: 'tt000' represents a time value to the microchron (0.000001 of the decimal equivalent of a length of standard day of 86400 s. 1 microchron is thus equivalent in magnitude to 0.0864 s.)

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workflow management

the file and folder name formats are expressed to 6 decimal places in the form of two groups of three decimal places, or decitriads. (for example, 't123 tt456' is decitriad form for 0.123456 of a length of a standard day of 86400 seconds [s, SI], or 1 chron [Xn, ICAS])

as any folder in the Mac OS must have a name that is unique for its location, it is important to ensure that an identical foldatimeICAS folder name does not already exist on the desktop. as the folder and file formats are expressed to the microchron, such a situation is unlikely to occur with normal use of foldatimeICAS.

if however, a folder with a pre-existing filename exists, then a preliminary folder name, of the format xYUDD-tTTT-ttTTT will appear on the desktop. if the preliminary folder name does not change to the designated folder name format after the application has run, then troubleshooting might begin with checking the file path to the desktop folder used by foldatimeICAS.

in any case, it is a good idea to test run foldatimeICAS and check that the designated format options are being written to the folder and file names.

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third-party scripting addition

the applications call on a function included in the Satimage.osax scripting addition developed by Satimage-software. the scripting addition is bundled subject to Satimage-software's licensing terms for free software.

to manually install the scripting addition, move Satimage.osax to the my_computer/Library/ScriptingAdditions folder. an automated installer for the scripting addition can also be obtained from third-party developer Satimage.

if the applications are launched without the Satimage scripting addition, decimal time values may display as '?' question mark characters rather than as numeric values. there is no other alert, and launching the applications without the scripting addition has no effect on the display of calendar values.

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default mode

the applications do not require the installation of any 'foldatimeICASoptions', however if options are not specified, then the applications will force the display of the following alert when launched:

local time option for zoneDeka (20 typical zones) not found,

so zoneDeka local time set to UT.

zoneZodiac (24 typical zones) time is however set according to System Preferences.

to disable the default options alert, configure a valid option for a local zoneDeka time zone by installing options resources for the option types dekaOffset and dekaLocale as described in the configuring options document.

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overview of foldatimeICAS options

foldatimeICAS looks for certain types of options files in the foldatimeICASoptions folder that a user has installed in the the Documents folder of the users home folder. the application extracts options information from the name of an option type file.

please refer to the configuring options document for detailed information.

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configuring local zoneDeka time options

the local zoneDeka time options for foldatimeICAS and clipboardICAS are configured with TWO and only TWO option types: dekaOffset and dekaLocale. both options must be installed correctly to avoid the default mode configuration of UT for the local zoneDeka local time zone. the default mode also forces the display of the default options alert upon launch of the application.

users can still configure the same default zoneDeka(UT-0.0) time zone that is set by default mode, yet disable the forced default options alert, by installing the following options files into the options folder as described above:

dekaOffset[-01](UT-0.0).txt

dekaLocale[-01]UT.txt

for example, if a user wishes to designate an offset option for dekaOffset[-07](UT-0.3).txt, then the user needs to ensure that a corresponding locale option such as dekaLocale[-07]San Francisco.txt is also installed. both correspond to the same [-07] time zone identifier.

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configuring option type affixID

option files that begin with the string affixID will be parsed for a text value (from characters 09 and following) to identify a text value for a folder affix. examples of folder affix text include: 'new', 'items', 'flag', and so forth.

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configuring option type fileID

option files that begin with the string fileID will be parsed for a text value (from characters 08 and following) to identify a file name prefix. examples of file name prefix text include: 'about', 'index', 'items', 'list', 'notes', and so forth.

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configuring option type folderID

option files that begin with the string folderID will be parsed for a text value (from characters 10 and following) to identify a folder name prefix. examples of folder name prefix text include: myName, myProject, 'images', 'songs', 'items', 'list', 'notes', and so forth.

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configuring option type myFile

option files that are named myFile (with any user-selected file type extension) will enable foldatimeICAS to generate a copy of the file in the generated folder, and then rename it with a designated folderID with date and time string. foldatimeICAS will also call on the file to be opened (with the default application assigned for a particular file name extension).

if no myFile option is specified, then foldatimeICAS will not generate a file. it will only generate a folder.

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aatideas.org document updated:

system identifiersdatetime
longshortscalevalue
Uniform CalendarUCUCN 12011 P09 Violet
Inter-Dial ClockIDCzone(UT)t408 tt900
'ICAS in use' can accommodate calendar and clock formatting 'for all people, for all time'.
day of yearD-o-YAD common year day039
Gregorian calendarGG2011 February 08 Tuesday
seconds, minutes, hoursSMHUT09:48:49
style legend

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