Xerox Elixir AppBuilder for AFP Ver.4.0 Software User Guide PDF

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Summary of Content for Xerox Elixir AppBuilder for AFP Ver.4.0 Software User Guide PDF

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Beginning with the 3... 20 release, AppBuilder and the Elixir Desktop share the same formdef/pagedef de- sign database, so you must install the same version of each product... The database format differs from that of previous releases... Using a pre-3... 20 AppBuilder version with a 3... 20 Desktop version changes the data- base format such that your pagedefs/formdefs are no longer accessible in AppBuilder...

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Click on <Yes> to back up your existing AppBuilder jobs database in the \ELIXIR\JOBS\ELIXIR\D9601SAV directory... All of your pagedefs/formdefs are loaded into the new data- base for use and the back-up directory remains until you delete it...

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Soft key customers running Win- dows for Workgroups 3... 1 or 3... 11 1-20

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Load Font List/Merge Font List/Save Font List 3-22

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Redo <Shift> + <Ctrl> + <Z> 4-16

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Specifying a fixed distance between multiple copies 5-6

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Specifying a fixed distance between multiple copies 6-5

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Specifying a fixed distance between multiple copies 7-17

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Specifying a fixed distance between multiple copies 8-4

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Collapse All <Shift> + </> 10-4

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Exporting PPFA and PageDef/FormDef objects 11-3

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This version of AppBuilder incorporates Elixir's Elixir- Form for AFP and provides form editing and applica- tion building capabilities... Both ElixirForm for AFP and AppBuilder functionality are covered in this manual...

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With AppBuilder, instead of manually creating PAGEDEFs and FORMDEFs, you can define a job that includes all formatting and data extraction infor- mation (required for printing in an AFP environment) on your PC screen using simple point-and-click mouse operations in a WYSIWYG environment...

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If you have any problems running or using Elixir Print- Driver or associated Elixir applications, contact the support center in your region for help... An Elixir prod- uct specialist will answer your call and ask for the fol- lowing information:

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This guide is intended for users familiar with Win- dows, ElixirForm for AFP, Elixir Desktop and Convert- ers for AFP, ElixirImage for AFP, AFP page printing resources, and AFP PPFA source and formats...

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Recommended PC configuration: Pentium (or 100% compatible), with at least 133 MHz processor (or the fastest commercially available processor); 32 MB RAM, 500+ MB hard drive, one CD-ROM drive...

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The Elixir Desktop, ElixirForm, ElixirFont and Elix- irImage all adhere to Microsoft Windows conventions for using menus, menu commands, dialog boxes, command buttons, icons and mouse... See your Win- dows manual for more information...

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Commands you enter at the DOS prompt are shown in larger text... Within DOS commands, variable names and keys you press are shown in italics... For example:

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drag and drop to drag an item as above, then release the mouse but- ton, once the item is positioned over a the area... If the selected object is a file and the destination is a direc- tory, the file copies to the directory...

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Quick Help Enable the quick function by selecting the quick help option in the Usage Switches (or Preferences -- for ElixirImage) dialog box... When you move the screen pointer over an icon on the screen, a short description of the icon function displays in the message area of the screen... During certain operations a message about the function you are performing also displays in the message area... To see these operational mes- sages, disable quick help...

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Help hypergraphics Hypergraphics are special graphics within Help files that contain "hot spots"... Hot spots are either pop-up topics or jumps... Hypergraphics in Elixir Help are most commonly dialog boxes with option hot spots (pop-up definitions), toolboxes with tool hot spots (topic jumps), and menus with option hot spots (topic jumps or pop-up definitions)...

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The PDF online documentation is copied to the drive:\Elixir\help\pdf directory during the installation of Elixir Suite for AFP... If you didn't choose to copy the PDF online documentation during the installation, you can view a complete list of the files by clicking on the Windows [Start] button and selecting Programs>Elixir Applications>Elixir Suite for AFP... Once the application is launched, click on the Help menu and select Re- lease Notes... Wordpad displays a current list of sup- porting documents and the directories where they can be found on CD-ROM...

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You can move a document on the screen to view por- tions of it not visible in the window, or read a docu- ment which contains article threads by clicking the mouse to scroll through the document without using the scroll bar...

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To magnify the size of the page display, click on the Zoom icon in the Toolbar, then click in the Work area... Each click resizes the view by a factor of two...

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Chapter 2, "AppBuilder basics," provides overviews of AFP, AppBuilder and ElixirForm, as well as features you can access from AppBuilder's main screen... The basic operations for creating a form are also covered...

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Elixir products no longer require ElixiKey hardware de- vices attached to your parallel port... Elixir products now utilize soft key technology... This new licensing process validates your license agreement with Elixir and places a file (password... epw if an Elixir customer, or License... dat if a Xerox customer) on your workstation...

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If you are an Elixir customer, registration can be com- pleted automatically if you have an internet connection on your workstation... If you are a Xerox customer you must contact Xerox to register your products...

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You will receive a "Customer Activation Letter" with your product(s) ordered... The registration process should be completed before installing your software... The installation CD will launch and install the Registra- tion Program...

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You will receive a "Customer Activation Letter" with your product(s) ordered... The registration process should be completed before installing your software... The installation CD will launch and install the Registra- tion Program...

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4... Select [Prepare and download my initial product license registration... This workstation or another pc is connected to the internet] from the Registration Option menu, then click on [Next]...

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Since Windows 3... 1/3... 11 does not have internet capa- bility, you must contact Elixir to obtain your password file... After installation of Elixir software, the installation program verifies that the operating system is 3... 1 or 3... 11, runs passwd16... exe, and provides your machine serial number...

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Selecting a [Custom] installation allows you to choose the Elixir applications and options (such as Elixir demonstration files) you want installed, as well as where you want certain options in- stalled... For example, You may want the PDF documentation in a different directory than the ap- plication...

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You can also install Elixir program files (required to run Elixir), and data files (files that you create or files such as the Elixir demonstration files), in separate drives and directories...

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11... In the Backup Replaced Files screen, click on [Yes], if you want to make back-up copies of all files replaced during installation and select the directory where the back-up files will be placed... Then click on [Next]...

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11... In the Backup Replaced Files screen, click on [Yes], if you want to make back-up copies of all files replaced during installation and select the directory where the back-up files will be placed... Then click on [Next]...

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If you purchase additional Elixir products, Elixir will update your password file... You can access the Prod- uct Registration program from your program group and re-download your initial product registration pass- word file to activate your new products...

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Double-click on the Close button at the top left of any Elixir application...

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This chapter provides overviews of AFP and AppBuilder, as well as features you can access from AppBuilder's main screen... This chapter also provides an overview of Elixir's ElixirForm, which is incorpo- rated into this version of AppBuilder, and describes the basic operations for creating a form...

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A physical page is the single surface (front or back) of a form, while a logical page is the area on the surface of a form that is formatted for printing... A logical page can also be defined as a collection of data that can be printed on one side of a sheet of paper...

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With ElixirForm, you can see each static form element as you add or revise the element... With an optional desktop proof printer, you can generate proofs at your desk... Using the Converter in the Elixir Desktop, you can compile your forms on your PC, eliminating the need for a host compile... See the Elixir Desktop and Converters for AFP User Guide for more information on file conversions...

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To view the AppBuilder main screen, start the pro- gram as described in the "Introductions" chapter or double-click on the Elixir AppBuilder for AFP icon on the Elixir Desktop (if installed)...

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If you are reproducing an existing form, have the form in front of you as you are designing it on the screen... Use a ruler to measure the margins, lines and other elements of the form, then use the on-screen rulers to get an exact placement of each element...

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If you are using forms that were created in a version of ElixirForm prior to version 3... 00, you can select to maintain the original boxed text formatting or use the new Windows method of box text formatting... You can also select to maintain the original color mode or se- lect a new color mode...

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You can retrieve a form into the current Work area without replacing the contents of the Work area... You can thus save portions of a form such as standard form headers and footers, and use these form pieces as part of a new form... See the "Grouping elements" section in this chapter for information about saving a form group...

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Proof printing a form that includes one or more tem- plates also prints the templates... If you want to proof print a form without the templates, save and reload the form without the templates, then proof print the re- loaded form...

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Forms are created using lines, paths, boxes, circles, text and images - collectively called form elements... You can easily apply different attributes and properties to any element by selecting options in the Toolbox... Elements can be placed anywhere on the form, creat- ing a unique form to fit your needs...

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You may want to periodically save your work as you are designing a form, and when you finish it... To save your work automatically, select the [Autosave] option in the Usage Switches dialog box... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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To shift form elements, hold down <Ctrl> and use the arrow keys to shift elements up, down, left, or right... You can also use the direction keys (without the <Ctrl> key) on the numeric keypad if <Num Lock> is selected...

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If an element or elements are selected, only those ele- ments will shift... To select multiple elements, hold down the <Shift> key while clicking on the elements... If an element or elements are excluded, only selected elements will shift... The Group Filter option allows you to exclude element types... See the "Toolbar and Tool- box" chapter for more information...

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This feature is useful when standard elements (for ex- ample, headers and footers) are used on several forms... You can also use it to merge parts of one form with parts of another form... See the "Merging a form group" section for more information...

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4... Enter a new directory to move the file or enter a new file name to rename the file...

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Printer AppBuilder supports proof printing to HP LaserJet printers, as well as other printers compatible with the HP PCL 4 format... AppBuilder also supports Adobe's PDFWriter printer driver...

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If you have Adobe's PDFWriter printer driver installed on your PC, you can convert your form to PDF format by selecting [PDF ON FILE:] from this window... When you select this option, you are prompted for the direc- tory and file name...

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To print a form that has been written to disk, exit AppBuilder and display the DOS prompt... Specify the directory of the print file, and use the DOS COPY command to copy the ... PRN file to your active parallel port (for example, LPT1)...

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You can use the Elixir HP Driver for optimal proof printing of Elixir forms... The benefits of using this driver are:

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User defined shading patterns Select [No] to use standard shading patterns, or [Se- lected] to enable the [Shading] button and select a pattern file from the Select Shading Table dialog box... The shading table name displays in the [Selected Ta- ble] option...

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Creating a PageDef allows you to map data to a form... When creating a PageDef, you need to define the structure of the input data and the page locations for data placement... You also need to know the layout of the input data in order to define start and length val- ues for Field mapping...

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AppBuilder switches to Application proofing mode... Since the FormDef controls sheet format- ting (including specifying the active forms), the form used as a template for PageDef mapping is cleared from the screen and the options from the first CopyGroup in the FormDef are applied to the "sheet" in the Work area...

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Note: The printer type selected may affect the display, as there are differences in paper handling and media origins on AFP printers...

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This chapter provides detailed descriptions of the Toolbar and Toolbox tools and options... Where appli- cable, references to other chapters or sections in this chapter are given for more detailed information...

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Select the Ruler in the Toolbar, press <F3> or pull down the View menu and select [Ruler] to display the graphic ruler along the top and left edges of your Work area... A check mark appears next to the option in the menu when it is selected... Select this option a second time to remove the graphic ruler...

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Select the Grid icon in the Toolbar, press <F4> or pull down the View menu and select [Grid] to display the grid in your Work area... A check mark appears next to the option in the menu when it is selected... Select this option a second time to remove the grid...

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For example, if [Grid units] is set to 8... 00 per 1 inch for the horizontal setting and 6... 00 per 1 inch for the vertical setting, the horizontal graphic ruler displays 8 divisions (grid units) per inch and the vertical graphic ruler displays 6 divisions (grid units) per inch...

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Select Snap to Grid in the Toolbar, press <F5> or pull down the Options menu and select [Snap to Grid] to place elements accurately on the grid... Select this op- tion a second time to disable this feature...

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Select Undo in the Toolbar, press <Ctrl> + <Z> or pull Edit menu and select [Undo] to cancel your

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Select this option a second time or immediately select [Undo] from the Edit menu to exclude the PageFor- mat layer from editing... This locks the PageFormat objects in position and allows you to modify form ele- ments without disturbing the PageFormat objects...

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The Select toolbox allows you to edit form elements... See the "Lines", "Shapes" and "Text operations" chap- ters for information on editing, copying, moving, and deleting specific element types...

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Select one or more options to exclude the correspond- ing element from group options such as moving or de- leting... Select the option(s) a second time to turn the filter off... See the "AppBuilder basics" chapter for in- formation on grouping elements...

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The Line toolbox allows you to draw horizontal, verti- cal, and free lines; and specify line properties... See the "Lines" chapter for more information on the op- tions described below...

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(Highlight color) Select this option to display the Color dialog box which displays local palette colors... Select a box border color from the palette that displays and click on <Close>... The selected color displays in the bottom half of the icon...

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(Black-and-white/Highlight color/Full color) Select this option to display the Pattern dialog box which allows you to apply shaded patterns to closed paths... The se- lected shade pattern applies each time you draw a new closed path, until you change it using the same procedure... Select the Hollow pattern for no shading...

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Select the top half of this option to center the top left corner of the box on grid coordinates or select the bot- tom half of the option to snap the top left corner of the box flush to grid coordinates...

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Specify a value (in dots) by clicking on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display box and enter a value (maximum 99 dots)... Specify [0] to apply an in- visible border to a shaded box... Unshaded boxes must have a border width of [1] or higher...

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(Highlight color/Full color) Select this option to display the Color dialog box which displays local palette col- ors... Right click to select a box fill color from the pal- ette that displays and then click on <Close>... The selected box fill color displays in the bottom half of the icon...

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Specify a value (in dots) by clicking on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display box and enter a value (maximum 99 dots)... Specify [0] to apply an in- visible border to a shaded circle... Unshaded circles must have a border width of [1] or higher...

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(Highlight color/Full color) Select this option to display the Color dialog box which displays local palette col- ors... Right click to select a circle fill color from the pal- ette that displays and then click on <Close>... The selected circle fill color displays in the bottom half of the icon...

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These options are for display purposes only... You can apply the [Inter-character] or [Inter-word] option to the form only when you convert the ... ELX file and only when this is a valid option for your conversion... See your Elixir Desktop and Converters for AFP User Guide for more information...

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Specify a lines per inch value by clicking on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display box and enter a number... Press and hold <Ctrl> while clicking to increase/decrease the value by 1... 0... The value you enter only affects the current block of text and any subsequent blocks of text entered using the font...

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Specify the width and height for a text block by click- ing on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display boxes and enter a number... Press and hold <Ctrl> while clicking to increase/decrease the value by 1... 0... Values that exceed the form limits are not accepted...

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Select this option after selecting [Box Text] to define column boundaries for text by drawing a visual box in the Work area... Place the cursor in the Work area and press and hold down the mouse button... Drag the box that displays and release the mouse button at the bot- tom right of the box... This box is used only to provide a visual width and height guide for text operations, and does not print with your form...

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[-] displays the Replace Font, Select True Type Fonts, or Select ATM Fonts dialog box... Select a font to remove it from the current Font List, then click on the [DEL] button... If the font is in use on the form you are prompted to select a replace- ment font from the Replace Font dialog box...

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(Full color) Select this option to display the Color dia- log box which displays local palette colors... Right click to select an image fill color from the palette that dis- plays and then click on <Close>... The selected image fill color displays in the bottom half of the icon...

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Short name Enter a name for the PageFormat (maximum 8 characters)... This name displays to the left of the Properties button in the Toolbox and is written to the PageDef file during output conversion...

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In template mapping mode (only a PageDef loaded), logical pages are always displayed with the x, y origin at the upper left hand corner of the screen in the [Across] direction, with text display- ing from left to right... Changing the PageFormat direction will not change the orientation of the logical page on the screen while in template map- ping mode...

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Display Offset This option is available when only a PageDef and an overlay are loaded (no FormDef)... Enter the horizontal and vertical coordinates for the start points of the PageFormat on the overlay... These values are the distances from the upper left hand corner (0,0) of the sheet... This offset applies to the PageFormat display only and do not affect the FormDef nor is it exported to the PPFA output...

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TRC Reference Definition TRC Enter a table reference character (TRC) number between 0 (default)-126... Values 0-3 are line- mode compatible, and values 4-126 are line- mode incompatible...

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Add Click on this button to add the font specified in the [TRC Reference Definition - Font] option to the TRC Reference Table specified in [TRC Ta- ble Name]...

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Page Segments Click on this button to display the Page Segments dialog box with options for selecting, adding to or deleting page segments from a list of PageSeg- ments that is loaded to the printer before the ac- tive page is printed...

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Line Data Ovls Click on this button to display the Line Data Over- lays dialog box which allows you to build a list of overlays called out via an Include Page Overlay (IPO) structured field in the input data... Overlay names can include the '01' prefix, although AppBuilder strips the prefix off when generating PPFA...

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In template mapping mode (only a PageDef loaded), logical pages are always displayed with the x, y origin at the upper left hand corner of the screen in the [Across] direction, with text displaying from left to right... Changing the PageFormat direction will not change the orientation of the logical page on the screen while in template mapping mode...

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Channel Enter a value between 1 and 12... This value cor- responds to the carriage-control characters in the data and is used to specify line spacing, skipping within a logical page, or skipping to a new page...

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Select [Margin] to start the Record at the hori- zontal position specified in the [Lineone] op- tion in the PageDef Properties dialog box... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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Select [Next] to start the Record one line down from the previous Record... This value is calculated using the linespacing value set in the currently selected Record... If this is the first Record on a logical page, the Record starts one line down from the top of the page...

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All rotations are with respect to the baseline... When rotating characters, the print direction remains the same...

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Is Mapped Select this option if you have already assigned horizontal and vertical coordinates to the Record... Once this option is selected, the Record is mapped and no Fields can be added to it... You cannot map a Record that contains Fields...

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Select [Hex] for hexadecimal strings... You must enter text as character pairs representing hexa- decimal values (X'00' to 'FF')...

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This option displays the value for the number of con- secutive Records to be processed using this format- ting... Specify a value by clicking on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display box and enter a number...

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This option displays the Font List dialog box which al- lows you to select a font... A sample of the selected font displays in the message area...

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Data Mapping Starting Byte Enter a value for the starting point of the Field... The value is the number of bytes from the first data byte in the input data Record...

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Select [Current] to have the Field start at the same vertical position as the previous Field... If this is the first Field on a logical page, the related Record's vertical position is used...

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Font Font name Displays the selected font... Select a font from the Font List dialog box that displays from the [Select] option... See the "Record tool" section for more in- formation on the Font List dialog box...

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Suppression Enter the name used to suppress printing of this Field when suppression is selected in a FormDef... To activate suppression, this suppression name must be referenced in a SubGroup in a FormDef... See the "FormDef window" chapter for more information...

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This option displays the number of bytes to process, beginning with the Field's starting byte... Specify a value by clicking on the up or down arrows or click in the numeric display box and enter a value...

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New Form <F9> This option displays the Form Properties dialog box which allows you to create a new form and set display options... See the "Form properties" section for more information...

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Load Form Template This option displays the Load Form Template dialog box which allows you to load a form template onto the current form... The template is only a visual guide for designing new form elements around... It does not be- come part of the form when the form is saved...

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Proof printing a form that includes one or more tem- plates also prints the templates... If you want to proof print a form without the templates, save and reload the form without the templates, then proof print the re- loaded form...

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This options in this sub-menu allow you to import or export an AppBuilder PageDef and/or FormDef as a backup or archived copy... Exporting creates a new set of database files under the selected subdirectory... Multiple PageDefs and FormDefs can be exported to the backup/archived database...

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This option displays the Import Text dialog box which allows you to import ASCII text files for use in your form... See the "Text operations" chapter for more information...

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Extend Lines by Halfwidth Select this option to display horizontal and vertical lines with extensions equal to half the line thickness at each end... This option allows for a more pleasing ap- pearance of intersecting lines and affects the screen display only... Lines are printed as drawn...

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Autosave Select this option to automatically save your form at regular intervals... Enter a time interval from 1 to 9 minutes in [Save interval]... The back-up form is saved as AUTOBACK... ELX in the default forms directory...

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Load Last Form Select this option to automatically load the form you last worked on when start a new AppBuilder session... When this option is not selected, a new form displays when you begin the program...

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Tags Directory Specify the directory for tag files (... TAG)... Tag files are used with DocuTag when external tag files are called within a form... The default directory is drive:\ELIXIR... See your DocuTag for AFP manual for more information...

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Select this option to display the form Work area... Se- lect this option a second time to hide the form Work area...

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Segment List This option displays the Page Segments dialog box which allows you to build a list of page segments to download to the printer before a page begins printing... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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Add Floating Segment This option displays the Floating Segment dialog box which allows you to add a page segment to the page and is available only when a Record is selected... The page segment is positioned relative to the location of the current Record...

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Add Floating Overlay This option displays the Floating Overlay dialog box which allows you to add an overlay to the page and is available only when a Record is selected... The overlay is positioned relative to the location of the current Record...

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Every font used in a PageDef must be listed in a mas- ter list at the PageDef level... This also applies if fonts are called out using structured Fields embedded in the line data... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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This option displays the Add Overlay dialog box which allows you to create a new form which is added to the currently active SubGroup... See the "FormDef win- dow" chapter for more information on adding overlays using the FormDef Toolbar...

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Select this option to select all form elements on the current form... This allows you to delete, copy, or move the elements...

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The options in this menu provide an alternate way to activate the Toolbox or Toolbar for the tool selected... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more infor- mation on the tools activated by selecting these options...

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The [PageDef] and [FormDef] options display the PageDef and FormDef windows below the Work area, respectively... See the "PageDef window" and "FormDef window" chapters, respectively, for more information...

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For PPFA, a P1 prefix is added to the short name when the file is converted... If the object out is generated from the PageDef, a P1 prefix is auto- matically added to the PageDef...

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Lineone Enter the horizontal (x) and vertical (y) coordi- nates for the starting point of the first line of data inside the logical page... The default values are:

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For PPFA, a F1 prefix is added to the short name when the file is converted... If the object out is generated from the FormDef, a F1 prefix is auto- matically added to the FormDef...

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Select [RTumble] to print the reverse side of the duplex page in landscape orientation, with the top of the logical page on the front side towards the same edge of the sheet as the location of the logi- cal page on the back side...

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The value selected causes the sheet to be equally divided into the number of logical pages specified... The [Preview] option displays, showing the logical page placement on the physical sheet... This lay- out is based on the [Printer Type selection] and [Physical Sheet dimension] options set in the Proofing Properties dialog box... See the "Proofing Properties" section for more information...

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Data Offset Horizontal/Vertical Enter the horizontal and vertical offsets for the overlay... These values are the distances from the origin of the logical page...

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Data Offset Horizontal/Vertical Front/Back Enter the horizontal and vertical coordinates for the print starting points of the first line of data, on both the front and back sides of the paper... These values are the distances from the upper left hand corner (0,0) of the sheet...

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Media Info Select [Select a particular fixed medium local ID's] and specify one or more ID's from the scrollable list to select a particular fixed medium local ID for the printer to apply to a sheet, or se- lect [Use all the current fixed medium local ID's] ...

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Quality Enter the number for print quality or click on the button to the right of the Quality text box to select a number from the drop-down list that displays... Higher numbers correspond to higher levels of print quality...

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Physical Sheet dimension Enter the page width and height, including tractor-feed strips, if any... If [Continuous form 3800] or [Continu- ous form 3900] is selected in the [Printer Type selec- tion] option, this dimension must include an extra inch in the width of the paper...

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Full Preview Select this option to preview the exact layout of the page as it will print... This option displays only when [Basic] is selected as the [Use N_Up] option in the FormDef Properties dialog box... See the "FormDef properties" section for more information...

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FormDef Display Options Apply offset from CopyGroup to PageFormat In- formation Select this option to apply the data offset values speci- fied in the [Data Offset] option of the CopyGroup Properties dialog box to the active PageFormat in the Work area... See the "FormDef window" chapter and the "FormDef properties" section, respectively, for more information...

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This option displays the GEM Forms Load Defaults dialog box, used for forms created in versions of Elix- irForm prior to version 3... 0... These settings apply to all subsequently loaded GEM forms, but not to the cur- rent form...

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This option displays the Form Properties dialog box which allows you to specify page settings for your new form or change the properties of an existing form...

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Ignore Select this option to adjust the page size without adjusting the object(s)... If you adjust the page size back to the original size, the object(s) dis- plays in the original position...

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Units of measure Select the unit of measurement for the graphic and digital rulers and the selected page size: [Inches], [CM], [MM], [Dots], [Points], or [Pels]... Your selection also changes the [Ruler measure] options in the Ruler Options and Grid Settings dialog boxes... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information on these dialog boxes...

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Offset values are stored in the form file for appli- cation when the form is converted to ... OGL or ... OVE format in the Elixir Desktop... They are also applied when a FormDef referencing this form is loaded... The offset is not applied to the form in form building mode... See your Elixir Desktop and Converters for AFP User Guide for more information...

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Long Page Comments Enter comments regarding the form (up to four lines with 60 characters per line)... Use the mouse to move to another line or any place within the comments box... Comments are saved with each form until they are changed or deleted...

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Text Display Options Text Tab Length Enter the text tab length... The default setting is 5... The tab length setting applies to all tabs on the current form (including those previously entered)...

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Text Import Options Separate paragraphs Places imported text blocks at different locations on the form... Paragraphs separated by two carriage re- turns create separate blocks that you can place sepa- rately if the [Lock position] option is not selected...

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To take out unwanted spaces or perform paragraph formatting operations, select the [Wrap Text] option in the Text toolbox... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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Text Import Mapping / Text Paste Mapping The default setting for text import mapping is [NONE]... Most TrueType or ATM font users should use the de- fault [None] setting...

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This option displays the Spell Check Options dialog box which allows you to set spell checking options... See the "Text operations" chapter for more informa- tion on using this option...

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Lexicon Supplements This option is available only when English standard is selected in the [Language] option...

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Select [Provide Alterns... From Personal Dictionary] to have alternative words provided from active personal dictionaries after alternatives from the active database are retrieved...

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Select [Edit] to edit entries in the selected dictionary... Select [Add], [Delete], or [Replace] to perform the ap- propriate action for the word displayed in the [Edit word] option in the Edit Personal Dictionary dialog box that displays...

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After a screen refresh, lines and boxes that overlap may not display or print in the "front to back" order in which they were drawn... For example, a shaded box drawn on top of an existing line may display with the line on top of the box after a screen refresh... This is due to the method of resorting a page (from top left to bottom right) that is required by certain printers...

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To prevent elements refreshing to an incorrect "front to back" order, avoid drawing elements that overlap... For example, to draw a box with lines extending from its borders, connect individual lines to the border of the box instead of drawing the box on top of a line that extends beneath and beyond its borders...

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You can change the length of a selected line by typing in new dimension coordinates or by stretching it on the form...

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When you select the [Sticky Lines] option in the Select/Edit toolbox, lines that touch remained at- tached to one another when either line is moved... Lines attached to box sides also remain connected when you resize the box... When the [Sticky Lines] op- tion is not active, moving a line or resizing a box may separate it from a previously connected line...

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You must have the [Horizontal only] or [Vertical only] movement restriction option selected in the Toolbox when moving sticky lines connected to other lines... These movement restrictions do not apply when resiz- ing boxes with Sticky Lines attached, however...

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Press the <Ctrl> key while clicking on the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the value by 10... You can also backspace over the value and enter a new value from the keyboard...

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If the screen pointer does not change to a hand, press and hold the <Ctrl> key as you move the cursor over the line... When the screen pointer turns into a hand, you can move the line...

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When the Sticky lines option is selected, perpendicu- lar lines with ends that connect, and lines attached to the sides of boxes remain attached when one of the lines is moved or the box is resized... See the "Sticky Lines" section for more information...

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If you want a box or path to snap to grid mid-points, as well as to grid points, set the [Grid Snap to] option to [Half Grid Units] in the Grid Setting dialog box...

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5... To end a path, double-click the left mouse button or select the [Finish Drawing] option in the Path toolbox...

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You can change the size of a selected shape by typing in new dimension coordinates or by stretching the shape on the form...

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When the Sticky Lines option is on, lines attached to the sides of a box remain attached when the box size is changed... See the "Sticky Lines" section for more information...

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Press the <Ctrl> key while clicking on the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the value by 10... You can also backspace over the value and enter a new value from the keyboard...

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The screen pointer changes to a hand when you select the shape... If it does not, the shape may be too small... If this happens, press and hold <Ctrl> you move the cursor over the shape...

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2... Backspace over the current values or press the <Del> key to delete the current values, enter new coordinate values, then press <Enter>...

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You can create text using either Elixir-generic or screen fonts, TrueType fonts, or ATM fonts... You can insert text either by entering text directly from the key- board or by importing text from an ASCII file...

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AppBuilder allows you to import ASCII text as a com- plete file or as separate text blocks (separated by two carriage returns) from the directory specified in the Fil- ing Options dialog box... The default is drive:\ELIXIR\TEXTS...

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You can also press <F11> to toggle between the two text placement modes... The Message area displays the current setting...

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When you enter text with specified column bounda- ries, make sure you select [Wrap Text] and select the text positioning to [Top], [Center] or [Bottom]... Press <Enter> to insert carriage returns and begin new para- graphs... Click the right mouse button to finish entering text in the box...

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When the [Box Text] option is deselected, you can en- ter free text... Free text is bound by the width and height of the form or by the width and height specified in the [Column Width] and [Column Height] options... If you use the [Column Width] and [Column Height op- tions, make sure you select [Wrap Text]... When enter- ing free text, press <Enter> to move to a new line...

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The current Font List displays in the Toolbox Preview panel with the font in use highlighted... You can nor- mally recognize the font family and the size, style, and orientation of a font from the file name...

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Depending on the [Font Type] selected, either the Select ATM Fonts, Select TrueType Fonts, or Add Fonts dialog box displays...

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3... Select the font to add (and font characteristics, if applicable), then click on [OK]... To multi-select fonts, <Ctrl>-click on subsequent fonts...

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The soft keyboard displays characters in the current font size, so small fonts may be difficult to read... You can change the current font to a larger point size, edit using the soft keyboard, then change the text block back to the smaller font after completing the edit...

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You can also change to select mode by clicking on the text with the right mouse button... However, if you are still in add text mode, the right mouse click ends text entry and a second click is neces- sary to change to select mode...

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Text displays in the color you selected, and con- tinues for all subsequent text blocks until you se- lect another color...

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All fonts in the text block must have the same orienta- tion... If you want to use a font with a different orienta- tion, place the cursor at the beginning of the text block and apply the orientation to all fonts in the text block...

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You cannot replace a font with a font that is al- ready used on the form... If the replacement font is not currently in use on the form, all occurrences of the font are replaced by the replacement font...

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The text splits and the cursor displays in the up- per left corner of the new text block...

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2... Backspace over the current values or press the <Del> key to delete the current values and enter new values, then press <Enter>...

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4... Select [Cut] or [Copy] from the Edit menu... Alternatively, press <Ctrl>+<X> to cut text, or <Ctrl> + <C> to copy text...

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To restore deleted text, immediately select [Undo] from the Edit menu, click on the Toolbar Undo icon or press <Ctrl> + <Z>...

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2... In the [Find Text] option, enter the character's decimal value (from the Windows character mapping table), then click on the [Find] button...

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Once you start a Find session, you can press <Ctrl> + <F3> to find the next occurrence of the target text; and <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <F3> to find the previous oc- currence of the target text...

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If installed, the AppBuilder Spell Checker option al- lows you to identify misspelled words in your form...

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[Provide Alterns... From Personal Dictionary] - pro- vides alternative words from active personal dic- tionaries after alternatives from the active database are retrieved

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If Spell Checker does not recognize a word, the Spell Check dialog box displays... The unrecog- nized word displays in the [Edit] option, and if ap- plicable, an alternate word displays in the [Guess] option...

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Replace All Replaces all instances of the misspelled word with the word in the [Edit] option...

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<Ctrl> + <Home> Move cursor to start of text block

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The screen version of an image has a ... LW8 extension and is in the drive:\ELIXIR\PICS\SCREEN directory... The printer version of an image has an ... LP3 extension and is in the drive:\ELIXIR\PICS\PRINTER directory... See your ElixirImage for AFP User Guide for more information...

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You can only edit Elixir images using ElixirImage soft- ware... See your ElixirImage for AFP User Guide for more information...

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<Ctrl>-click on the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the value by 10... You can also back- space over the value and enter a new value...

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To restore a deleted image, immediately pull down the Edit menu and select [Undo], press <Ctrl> + <Z>, or select [Undo] in the Toolbar...

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When only a PageDef is loaded (no FormDef), Page- Formats display with the 0,0 origin in the top left cor- ner of the Work area... The PageDef window displays below the Work area and displays the PageDef tree... See the "Adding objects to the PageDef tree" section for more information...

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The PageDef Toolbar displays across the top of the PageDef window and includes +P, +S... +R, +F, Condi- tional Logic, Floating Page Segment, Floating Over- lay, Properties and Delete options... PageDef Toolbar options are described in the "PageDef Toolbar" " section...

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When you copy a PageFormat, AppBuilder automati- cally changes the [Short name] of the copy to prevent two PageFormats from having the same name...

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Select this option to define a SubPage in the PageDef... A SubPage icon is added that defines the extent of the SubPage... You can only add SubPages when there are two or more consecutive Records defined under a PageFormat...

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To edit a condition, select the condition and right click or select the [Properties] option from the PageDef Toolbar... The condition option is available only when a Record is selected... See the "Conditional Logic" sec- tion in this chapter for more information...

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Select this option to display the Floating Overlay dia- log box which allows you to add a floating overlay to the currently selected Record...

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Select this option to display the PageFormat Proper- ties dialog box with options for naming a PageFormat and specifying settings... The PageFormat name dis- plays to the left of the Properties button in the Tool- box... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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specifying defaults... The Record name displays to the left of the Properties button in the Toolbox... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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Start Enter the number of bytes from the first data byte in the Record to the starting point of the compari- son Field within the data Record where the com- parison is to be made...

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Change/=/!=/>/>=/</<= This option allows you to specify the type of com- parison to be performed by the data in the com- parison Field (specified in [Start] and [Length]) and the text displayed in the [Comparison Text] box below this option...

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Type Specify the type of text from the drop-down list that displays... Select [Char] for single-byte code characters (default) or [Hex] for text with hexa- decimal codes... For hexadecimal text, you must enter character pairs with values ranging from '00' to 'FF' in the [Comparison Text] box... The [Length] value increases by 1 each time you enter a pair...

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New Side Select this option to have the printing skip to a new side (the front of a new sheet or the back of the current sheet) and restart the PageFormat... This option is equivalent to selecting [NULL] from [CopyGroup action] and [CURRENT] from [Page- Format action]...

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Select this option to display the Field Properties dialog box with options for naming a Field and specifying de- faults... The Field name displays to the left of the Prop- erties button in the Toolbox... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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There are two ways to add a Record... You can click on [+R] in the PageDef window Toolbar to add a Re- cord to the PageFormat... To map the Record, drag and drop the Record onto the Work area... You can also manually add a new Record...

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To view the properties of an element in the PageDef tree, select the item you want and right click or select [i] from the PageDef Toolbar... Elements available for viewing include PageDefs, PageFormats, Records, and Fields... You cannot view SubPage properties in this manner...

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The screen display reformats and the selected object is displayed and highlighted with arrows...

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When a FormDef is loaded (Application proofing mode), the FormDef formatting is applied to the Work area and displays exactly as the physical sheet is laid out... The display switches from template mapping mode (PageDef only) to a representation of the physi- cal sheet... Any form used as a template for a PageDef is cleared from the screen, with the option to save any changes made...

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The FormDef tree displays below the FormDef Tool- bar and provides a hierarchical breakdown of the ele- ments in the current FormDef... See the "Adding objects to the FormDef tree" section for more information...

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When you copy a Copygroup, AppBuilder automati- cally changes the [Short name] of the copy to prevent two Copygroups from having the same name...

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Select this option to add a CopyGroup to the FormDef... All of the formatting parameters specified in the CopyGroup are applied to the Work area... When- ever you add a CopyGroup, a SubGroup is automati- cally placed below it...

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Offset values specified in the SubGroup Properties dialog box only affect the overlay display... Offset val- ues for the actual overlays must be applied when the you convert overlays from Elixir format (... ELX) to ... OGL or ... OVE formats... See the Elixir Desktop and Convert- ers for AFP User Guide for more information on con- verting overlays...

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Select this option to display the FormDef Properties dialog box with options for naming a FormDef and specifying defaults... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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Select [RTumble] to print the reverse side of the duplex page in landscape orientation, with the top of the logical page on the front side towards the same edge of the sheet as the location of the logi- cal page on the back side...

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The value selected causes the sheet to be equally divided into the number of logical pages specified... The [Preview] option displays, showing the logical page placement on the physical sheet... This lay- out is based on the [Printer Type selection] and [Physical Sheet dimension] options set in the Proofing Properties dialog box... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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Data Offset Horizontal/Vertical Enter the horizontal and vertical coordinates for the printing start points of the first line of data on both the front and back sides of the paper... These values are the distances from the upper left hand corner (0,0) of the sheet...

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Media Info Select [Select a particular fixed medium local ID's] and specify one or more ID's from the scrollable list to select a particular fixed medium local ID for the printer to apply to a sheet, or se- lect [Use all the current fixed medium local ID's]...

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Quality Enter the number for print quality or click on the button to the right of the Quality text box to select a number from the drop-down list that displays... Higher numbers correspond to higher levels of print quality...

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Suppressions Suppression name Enter the suppression name for the Field(s) to be suppressed... Suppression names are defined in the Field Properties dialog box... See the "Toolbar and Toolbox" chapter for more information...

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You must specify [Front] or [Back] if an overlay, suppression, or flash appears on one side, but not the other... [Front] and [Back] SubGroups must occur in pairs and have the same number of copies...

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Keep as Raster data Select this option to store the overlay in the printer as raster data... This eliminates the need for the printer to reload the overlay every time it is used...

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To add a CopyGroup, click on [+C] in the FormDef window Toolbar... This adds an active CopyGroup to the FormDef window with the defaults set in the FormDef Properties dialog box... Any formatting ap- plied by a previously-selected CopyGroup (for exam- ple, overlays, data offsets) is cleared from the Work Area and settings for the new CopyGroup are applied... See the "Menu bars" chapter for more information...

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Offset values specified in the SubGroup Proper- ties dialog box only affect the overlay display... Offset values for the actual overlays must be ap- plied when you convert the overlay from Elixir for- mat (... ELX) to ... OGL or ... OVE formats... See the Elixir Desktop and Converters for AFP User Guide for more information on converting overlays...

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To view the properties of an element in the FormDef window, select the item you want and right click or se- lect [i] from the FormDef Toolbar... Elements available for viewing include FormDefs, CopyGroups, Sub- Groups, and overlays...

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You do not have to remove PPFA comments and sequence numbers in the last 8 columns (typically 72-80)... You can include PageDef and FormDef source in a single file or in separate files...

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AppBuilder searches for files in drive:\ELIXIR\JOBS\PPFAIN, by default... Down- loading your files to this directory with ... SRC ex- tensions is recommended... However, you can download the files to any directory, with any name, and with or without an extension...

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You must upload PPFA files to an S/370 host us- ing ASCII-to-EBCDIC translation... See your Elixir Desktop and Converters for AFP User Guide for more information on file transfer procedures for several terminal emulation packages...

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Source File Type This option allows you to selectively import PageDefs and/or FormDefs from a file containing both types of resources... This option does not ap- ply to files containing a single resource...

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Overlay Name Prefix Option This option allows you to specify the naming con- vention to use for form/overlay references when you import the source into AppBuilder...

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Select [Variable] for source files that contain variable-length records... The variable length re- cords must have CRLF (carriage return line feed) at the end of each record...

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Select [MO:DCA] to format the file for MO:DCA-compatible receivers... This option eliminates the x'5A' carriage control prefix re- quired for S/370 spooled environments...

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Enter the name of the DOS file to be created in the conversion in the [Output File Name] text box... Enter the name of the FormDef that is generated when the PPFA source is compiled in the [Internal Name] text box...

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This selection is included for backward compati- bility... Activating this option requires your host to have a minimum of IBM PPFA Version 1 Re- lease 1 and a compatible version of PSF... See your IBM licensed program documentation for more information...

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Use Coded Font Name Uses the coded font name to reference fonts during a conversion to PPFA... When unselected, fonts are referenced using their character set/code page... When using Elixir fonts or when the coded font (... CDF) file is not found, AppBuilder generates the character set name using the font name, and uses the current system default code page...

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This selection is included for backward compati- bility... Activating this option requires your host to have a minimum of IBM PPFA Version 1 Re- lease 1 and a compatible version of PSF... See your IBM licensed program documentation for more information...

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AppBuilder's databasing feature allows you to store Elixir-format PageDefs and FormDefs in a database separate from the working database AppBuilder uses... This allows you to create backup or archival copies of resources and simplifies the moving of resources from one machine to another... This option automatically creates the new database in any directory you choose...

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If you have already created an existing alternate database, the current resource is exported into that database... If no database exists, AppBuilder creates one for you and the current resource is exported there...

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font location, 7-12 line attributes, 5-5 line length, 5-3 shape attributes, 6-4 shape size, 6-3 text attributes, 7-10

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Add Overlay, 4-15, 10-5 Conditional Logic, 9-8 CopyGroup Post- Processing Options, 10-10 CopyGroup Proper- ties, 10-6 Create new Overlay, 10-16 Delete Form, 4-2 Delete FormDef, 4-4 Delete PageDef, 4-3

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Page Segments, 3-29, 4-11, 9-7 PageDef Properties, 4-3 PageFormat Proper- ties, 3-24 Preferences, 4-29 Print, 2-15 Proofing Properties, 4-28 Record Properties, 3-32 Rename/Move Form, 4-2 Ruler Options, 3-2 Save Form As, 4-2 Save Form Group, 4-2 Save FormDef As, 4-4 Save PageDef As, 4-3 Select Active Copy- Group, 4-14 Select Active Sub- Group, 4-15 Select Database Path, 4-5 Select Font, 4-31 Select Overlay, 9-6, 10-5 Select Page Seg- ment, 9-5 Set Active PageFor- mat, 4-11 Spell Check Op- tions, 4-43 SubGroup Proper- ties, 10-12 Text, 3-36 Text and Font Op- tions, 4-37 TRC Reference Ta- ble, 3-27, 4-11 Usage Switches, 4-6

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Elixir HP print driver, 2-18 Elixir Web site support, 1-4 ElixirForm overview, 2-3 Entering text from the keyboard, 7-1 Exiting, 1-26, 4-6 Export Options dialog box, 4-4, 11-6 Exporting

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excluding elements, 2-13 grouping elements, 2-12 loading new form, 2-5 loading saved forms, 2-6 modifying, 2-11 moving, 2-14 new form, 2-4 printing, 2-15 renaming, 2-14 reproducing, 2-5 saving, 2-10 shifting elements, 2-11 template, 2-7

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Properties, 10-6 FormDef PostProcess- ing Options dialog box, 4-24 FormDef Properties dia- log box, 4-3 FormDef sub-menu, 4-3 FormDef Toolbar, 10-4

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Load Condition dialog box, 4-13 Load CopyGroup dialog box, 4-14 Load Form dialog box, 4-1 Load Form Group dialog box, 4-2 Load Form Template dialog box, 4-2 Load FormDef dialog box, 4-4 Load Image dialog box, 8-1 Load PageDef dialog box, 4-3 Load PageFormat dialog box, 4-11 Load Record dialog box, 4-12 Load SubGroup dialog box, 4-15 Loading

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P Page Databasing dialog box, 4-35 Page Properties dialog box, 4-33 Page Segment, floating, 9-5 Page Segments dialog box, 3-29, 4-11, 9-7 PageDef, 4-10

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Record Properties dialog box, 3-32 Record sub-menu, 4-12 Record tool, 3-32 Redo, 3-6, 4-16 registering software, 1-15 Rename/Move Form dialog box, 4-2 Renaming forms, 2-14 Replace Text dialog box, 4-18 Replacing fonts, 7-13 Requirements

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properties, 9-7 Select Active Copy- Group dialog box, 4-14 Select Active SubGroup dialog box, 4-15 Select All, 4-17 Select Database Path dialog, 4-5 Select Font dialog box, 4-31 Select Overlay dialog box, 9-6, 10-5 Select Page Segment dialog box, 9-5 Select tool, 3-8

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boxed, 7-4, 7-5 changing attributes, 7-10 changing fonts, 7-11 copying, 7-16 deleting, 7-17 editing, 7-10 entering from key- board, 7-1 free, 7-5 importing, 7-2 importing into a box, 7-4 inserting, 7-1 joining, 7-14 keyboard shortcuts, 7-24 moving, 7-15 soft keyboard, 7-9 splitting, 7-14

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CopyGroup menu, 4-14 Edit menu, 4-16 Options menu, 4-18 Pgfmt menu, 4-11 Tools menu, 4-18 View menu, 4-18

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