Kodak Archiver upgrade for ODC Server
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  • This upgrade to the ImageMAKER Document Conversion Engine allows you to pick a set of files to convert, then prepares them as single page tiff files suitable for writing to a Kodak Archiver.
  • Supported documents include any document for which a native application can be used to 'print' to a conversion server. ie: To convert Word Documents to TIFF, you need to have WORD installed.
  • Uses:
    1. Document Conversion to TIFF or TXT file format for archival storage
  • Basic operation of the ODCBATCH.EXE application is as follows:
    1. User runs ODCBATCH and selects files to convert.
    2. User runs the conversion process to create BATCH directroy, and list file.
    3. User can review the files to confirm output quality.
    4. User runs the Kodak application to write TIFF files to microfiche.
  • Defaults are as follows:
    1. installation directory is c:\imgmaker\odc kodak output files ready for microfilm are created in: c:\imgmaker\odc Kodak\kodak. orientation is set to Cinema (90 degree rotation).
    2. WildCards are currently *.doc, but should be *.doc;*.xls;*.txt;*.ppt;*.htm;*.html;*.url (you can set these when you run OdcBatch)
    3. WildCards are currently *.doc, but should be *.doc;*.xls;*.txt;*.ppt;*.htm;*.html;*.url (you can set these when you run OdcBatch)
    4. Output file is the same name as the input file, but stored in separate subdirectories named Job01, job02, etc.
    5. Temporary TIFF files are created in the c:\imgmaker\odc Kodak\output directory.
    6. Log files are created in the c:\imgmaker\odc Kodak\logfiles directory.
  • ODCBatch Conversion handles the following timeouts:
    1. - timeout loading first page
    2. - timeout printing first page
    3. - timeout printing subsequent pages
    4. - timeout waiting for print queue to clear
    5. - timeout on job
    6. - maximum pages exceeded
  • Detailed operation is as follows:
    1. The user specifies the source directory and file types to write to the Kodak writer (ie: c:\images\*.doc;*.xls). The user can toggle 'recurse' to include subdirectories.
    2. The user can individually select which files to convert from the list of files to do a test run, or can select 'AutoRun', which then converts all files in the directory. If the user selects 'delete after conversion', and chooses AutoRun, then the application works similar to the Kodak Poll Mode, looking for files to convert, and deleting them afterwards - with failure source files being coppied to a separate directory.
    3. Configuration information can be set from the 'Configure' button. Configuration information includes output directory, resolution, Cineplex or Comic mode.
    4. When the user initiates conversion, We create the following in the destination directory:
      1. A log file mapping source files to the resultant converted file.
      2. A LIST file (as per standard Kodak specification)
      3. The BATCH output directory files (as per standard Kodak specifications).
  • To install, unzip, and run Setup.exe. By default the Batch application is launched on install, but can also be launched from Start Menu / Programs / ImageMAKER ODC Kodak.
  • Using the Daemon Application: When you run the test, you may also find that some documents when printed put up a dialog that needs to be closed. This is handled by the WPdaemon application (that is also already started and running). WPdaemon.EXE can be trained to close application windows automatically. By Wpdaemon.exe learning through experience, problems with applications sticking should eventually be overcome.
  • To 'teach' wpdaemon, you need to do the following:
    1. When the printing application gets stuck (ie: a message box is displayed to which you need to answer) switch to the Wpdaemon application (which should be visible, or is accessable from the System Tray).
    2. From the Wpdaemon.exe menu, choose 'Service/Configure',
    3. From the Wpdaemon.exe configuration dialog, look for the Auto-Close Dialogs settings, select 'ADD', and right click on the magmifying glass, dragging it over to the button to be closed in the printing application that is stuck.
    4. Then be sure to select OK, and the application message dialog should close, and the conversion process continue on its way.
  • The 'auto close' settings are currently stored in the registry. They can optionally be added to the 'setup.ini' file so that they are set at the time of install. (see examples in setup.ini under [WinNTxRegEntries]).
  • ODCBatch Command Line Options: (see discussion in UsrGuide.doc)
       ODCBatch /W<wildcards> /S<source dir> /R /O<output
       dir> /N /T<filetype> /P<printer> /U
       <wildcards> - string of wildcards for selecting files to convert
       <start dir> - starting directory for looking for files to convert
       /R - recursively look for files to convert\
       <output dir> - output directory
       /N - Do NOT base output file name on input file name
       <filetype> - output file type (integer). Default: TIF REV
       0 – TIF REV
       1 – TIF Normal
          4 - TIF G3 (2D) REV
          5 – TIF G3 (2D) Normal
       6 - TIF G4 REV
       7 – TIF G4 Normal
       <printer> - name of printer to use for conversion
       /U - show UI. Don't convert but set options based on parameters
       t/? - show usage message
  • NOTE: If any parameters are specified (except /U) the program will run in 'silent mode'
  • Program will go out and do a 'one time' pass through converting all files that match the string.
    It returns with # of files converted, or an error code otherwise.
  • If any parameter is not specified, then we use standard default in ODCBatch.
  • If the -u parameter is used, then we do not 'automatically' do the conversion, but only set defaults, and bring up the UI.

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Product overview and operation is provided in the USRGUIDE.DOC file.

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