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Requirements

Mac OS Requirements

Windows Requirements

Mac OS Installation

Print2Pict Quick Install

Windows Installation

This section is intended to be used as a quick quide to installation and should cover most bases. If you run into trouble installing Print2Pict on the Mac there are more details available in the Installation Section.

Requirements

Mac® OS Requirements

  • 64 Megs of RAM (128 recommended)
  • PowerPC-based Macintosh
  • MacOS 8.6 or higher is required. Brushfire requires FileMaker Pro 5.x (or higher) and does not run on FileMaker Pro 2.x, 3.x or 4.x!
  • Internet Explorer 5.X or higher is required.
  • 30 or more Megs of hard disk space, depending on your reporting requirements.

Windows® Requirements

  • 64 Megs of RAM (128 recommended)
  • Pentium or Pentium II processor
  • Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.
  • 30 or more Megs of hard disk space, depending on your reporting requirements.

Mac OS Installation

Download Brushfire from the Brushfire web site, to your Hard Drive, then expand (decompress) the file. Ensure that the decompressed folder is located in your Hard Drive folder (NOT the Desktop folder).

Print2Pict Quick Install

In the Brushfire folder is a file named Print2Pict 3.7.1ƒ.sit . This file contains Print2Pict 3.7.1, which is the latest version. Print2Pict is a shareware program that is required by Brushfire to process your FileMaker script information. If you don’t already have Print2Pict 3.7.1 installed, you will need to install it by decompressing the Print2Pict 3.7.1ƒ.sit archive.

In the Print2Pict folder is a sub-folder named "Docsƒ". Inside Docsƒ is the Print2Pict README $$ file containing the shareware information for Print2Pict. We encourage users to support the fine work of the developer of Print2Pict .

Make sure to move the P2P Extensionsƒ folder ( with nine Print2Pict extensions), and the Print2Pict extension file to the HardDrive:System:Extensions folder.

Print2Pict is a special Chooser extension that allows applications to print to non-printer destinations. Print2Pict will be used to convert the FileMaker™ Pro scripts to text for analysis.

Print2Pict has several items that must be configured properly to create usable output by Brushfire . Typically, this configuration needs only to be done once, as Print2Pict remembers the configuration settings between print jobs.

To configure Print2Pict follow these simple steps:

  1. Select Print2Pict from the Chooser.
  2. Select Page Setup from the File Menu. You will get the Print2Pict Page Setup dialog box. (Don't worry if the mouse cursor shows as a wristwatch, just proceed anyway.)
  3. Click on "Options" to open a panel with several tabs on the left and a window for changing settings on the right.
  4. Click on the "Extensions" icon in the left-hand frame, fourth from the top. Print2Pict needs you to tell it where its Extensions folder is. Click on the "Select" button, and navigate to the "Extensions" folder inside the "System Folder". Once you are inside the "Extensions" folder, click on the "P2P Extensionsƒ" folder. The name will appear on a button at the bottom of the dialog box. Click on this button to select the P2P Extensions folder.
  5. Select the "General" option tab on the left. In the "Register As" area, make sure the "Printer:" is set to "Undefined" and change "Color:" from "When possible" to "Never".
  6. Now click Done and then click OK in the Page Setup Dialog to save your changes. (You have to do this BEFORE you can set the Disposition.)
  7. Choose Page Setup again. Set the Disposition to "Print to Text".
  8. Close the Page Setup Dialog to complete the initial configuration!

Note: the key Print2Pict items that must be configured (one time) are:

  • Print2Pict Extensions folder should be set to the location where you have the Print2Pict extensions: HardDrive:System:Extensions folder.

  • Print2Pict output disposition must be set to: Print To Text.
  • Print2Pict Options for General settings should be set shown in the Dialog Box below.

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  • Print2Pict Folder setting should not be to the desktop. If the FileMaker Print dialog is not set to Print All Scripts, and instead is set to Print All Records, or the Print2Pict Disposition is not set to Print To Text the desktop could be populated with a few thousand files, a major drag. We recommend using the Brushfire Script Output folder included in the Brushfire folder for this purpose.

The key items that must be configured each time script information is processed by Print2Pict are:

  • Select Print2Pict from the Chooser to be the printer.

  • For each FileMaker File in the solution, perform a Print... command choosing, choosing the Disposition: Print to Text, and the Print All Scripts setting. The script text output will be saved to disk into the folder selected when Print2Pict was configured.

  • Also, be sure to move or trash the old script text output files of prior analyses before creating new script text output files. Print2Pict DOES NOT delete or overwrite old files.

Windows Installation

Download and decompress the "Brushfire.zip" file from the Brushfire web site, to your Hard Drive.

Brushfire uses Script Output Files you create by printing all scripts to disk using a Generic/Text printer driver. To create such a driver, please follow these steps, making sure to click on the Apply button whenever you make a change on any screen. Please note that while there are a number of steps, the entire process generally only takes a minute or two to perform, and that you only need to do this once!

Windows 2000, Windows XP

  1. Quit FileMaker and all other open applications
  2. Go to Start:Settings:Printers
  3. Double Click on Add Printer
  4. On the Welcome Screen, click Next
  5. Select Local Printer, leave the "Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play Printer" unchecked, and click Next
  6. Select FILE: as the port; click Next
  7. In the next panel will be a list of manufacturers on the left, and Printers on the right. In the Manufacturers list scroll down and select Generic. On the right select Generic/Text Only. Then click Next
  8. If you see a Use Existing Driver panel, indicating that a driver is already installed for this printer, then select the Keep existing driver (recommended) option; click Next
  9. Name the printer #Generic / Text Only so it sorts to the top of your printer list; select YES to make this your default printer if you want, otherwise NO (unless this is the first printer you are defining for your computer, in which case the printer will become the default automatically); click Next
  10. Do not share the printer; click Next
  11. Don't bother printing a test page; click Next
  12. Click Finish
  13. Now open the Print Server Properties window by selecting Server Properties from the File menu
  14. Click on the Drivers tab
  15. Locate and highlight your newly created Print Driver named in step (7) above, and click on the Update button. This will connect you to Microsoft's update service and will automatically copy any new versions of the print driver to your computer. (Obviously, if you are not connected to the internet this will not work and you'll need to ensure you have up to date driver software through manual means.)
  16. Click on Close to close the Print Server Properties window
  17. Now double click on the printer icon to get into the Printer Manager window.
  18. Select Properties from the Printer menu.
  19. On the General tab, click the Printing Preferences... button
  20. Click on the Paper/Quality tab
  21. Set the Paper Source by choosing the Cont. Feed - with Break option from the pop-up menu
  22. Click the Apply button - Then click OK
  23. Select the Advanced tab
  24. Click the Print Processor... button near the bottom of the window
  25. On the left you should see the Print Processor selected is WinPrint. On the right, select the RAW (FF appended) option. Then click OK to close the Print Processor window.
  26. Click Apply if available. Then click OK to close the Properities window. Then close the Printer Manager window.
  27. Close the Printers window. We recommend you re-open the Printer Manager and re-visit each of the option areas configured above to ensure all changes were properly saved. It is easy to forget to press the Apply button at each step of the way, so double checking now can save you time later.

Windows NT

  1. Quit FileMaker and all other open applications
  2. Go to Start:Settings:Printers
  3. Click on Add Printer to open the Add Printer Wizard
  4. Select My Computer click Next
  5. Scroll down and put a checkmark next to FILE:, Local Port, Generic/Text as the port; leave Enable Printer Pooling unchecked. Click Next
  6. In the next panel will be a list of manufacturers on the left, and Printers on the right. In the Manufacturers list scroll down and select Generic. On the right select Generic/Text Only. Then click Next
  7. Name the printer something like "#GenericTextPrinter" so it sorts to the top of your printer list; select YES to make this your default printer if you want; click Next
  8. Do not share the printer; click Next
  9. Don't bother printing a test page
  10. Click Finished
  11. Now double click on the printer icon to get into the Printer Manager window.
  12. Select Properties from the Printer menu.
  13. Click the Print Processor... button near the bottom of the General tab
  14. On the left you should see the Print Processor selected is WinPrint. On the right, select the RAW (FF appended) option. Then click OK to close the Print Processor window.
  15. Click OK to close the Properities window. Then close the Printer Manager window, and the Printers window.

Congratulations! This completes the installation of Brushfire. As you can see from the details above, the critical settings for the Generic/Text printer driver are:

  • Using the latest Generic/Text print driver software
  • Configuring the driver to use Cont. Feed - With Break as the default
  • Ensuring that the print processor uses the RAW (FF appended) setting.
  • If you print script output manually, be sure to select Continuous with Break or Continous - Page Break as the paper source

 

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