This program is basically a replacement for the kitchen timer and manual PA announcements used at manifest to keep track of loads.
It includes support for public address announcements via the sound card using a set of included audio files, (which can be replaced by audio files of your choosing), and also can display messages on a BetaBrite large LED display (electronic sign).
Two versions of the program can be downloaded using the following links. See the readme.txt file.
Update 2005: These DOS programs were the first of their kind, (and had their beginnings in 1989, when few people even had color monitors, much less color printers!) Since many manufacturers now have equipment color programs, both standalone programs for the PC and on-line, these programs are no longer popular. However, in 2004 I wrote a new Canopy Color Program for Windows which can be downloaded here or at the Para Publishing web site. (It is small and fast.)
Update June 2005: I have placed the DZ/FBO clip art package in the public domain, and can be downloaded here.
This collection of clip art images was designed with the DZ and FBO desktop publisher in mind. It includes over 125 black and white images related to flying and skydiving businesses that can be included in your flyers, brochures, letters, and advertisements. There are airplanes, balloons, parachutes, skydivers in freefall and under canopy, and jump aircraft of all types. DZ\FBO Clip Art is being used by over 120 drop zones, businesses, publications, and individuals.
Update 2005: This clip art package was the first of its kind in skydiving, back when few people had scanners, and before the web became popular. There is of course much more available now on the web, and in color too, but this package still contains a number of aircraft images that you just won't find anywhere else.
Included with these files is: 1. A program to convert the graphic images from Gary Peek/Para Publishing's Equipment Color Programs into PCX format graphics files. (As of April 1997 this program is now also included with any of the Equipment Color Programs purchased from Para Publishing). 2. A program to convert these black and white PCX format files into files that have color attributes, so that they may be "painted" in graphics paint programs including Windows Paintbrush. (With this program you can make your own "Windows" Canopy, Rig, or Jumpsuit Color Program, or create airplane paint schemes, etc.)
Thanks to the following companies and individuals for providing some of the graphic images for this package: Strong Enterprises, The Relative Workshop, Tamara Koyn, David "Herb" Estes
Update 2005: These articles have been referenced many places on the web, so I chose to archive them so that they will continue to be available.
From USPA's Parachutist magazine: