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  • #3696
    Anonymous

    Two questions in one really.
    We have had a company write some v2 applets for use to use, which I have been using Formativ Admin to edit/assign to the toolbar etc. We are now rolling out these applets to the users with Runtime and we have two issues with v2.0 beta.

    These are;
    1. How do I assign these applets to the toolbar or even run them on the users GW client?!? Runtime appears totally different from Admin in that there is only one option on the Applets menu which is Quick Config.

    2. When using Admin the applets could be stored in C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataAdvansysFormativ1.0Applets available for every user that accessed that PC. In Runtime they have to be in C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMEMy DocumentsAdvansysFormativApplets meaning that each different user who logs in doesn’t get the same applets.
    Also the Runtime install seems to have to be done logged in as the user . Ie installing as administrator means that the Applet menu option doesn’t exist when logging in as a user even when selecting ‘all users have default settings’ on install. There also appears to be no reg entry that can be amended to force runtime to look in a certain directory.

    Any suggestions on this? (Am I missing something completely obvious…?)
    Thanks

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  • #5853
    Support 1a
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    Thank you for your questions.

    The answer to your questions depends upon the means by which you distribute the applets to your users. You basically have three choices:

    1. Use eDirectory

    eDirectory is often the easiest way to distribute applets to end-users. Using eDirectory, you don’t need to worry about where to copy applets to, etc. Formativ takes care of physically delivering Applets to the correct location. eDirectory also makes it easy to copy different sets of applets to different users. You can find more information about using Formativ with eDirectory by following this link.

    2. Copy the Applets to each PC

    You may also copy your applets to each workstation. The actual location varies based on how you want to set things up. By default, Formativ looks in two directories when loading applets. The first is based on the current users ‘My Documents’ location. As you mention, this is ‘C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMEMy DocumentsAdvansysFormativApplets’. The ‘C:Documents and Settings’ part of this filename is determined by Windows. The second location is ‘C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataAdvansysFormativ1.0Applets’ (Runtime will load applets from this location. Again, the The ‘C:Documents and Settings’ part of this filename is determined by Windows.

    You can change the location of the local applets directory via the Formativ Windows Control Panel applet, or by writing directly to the Windows Registry. You would need to edit the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdvansys Corporationformativ1.0Settings
    Local Scripts=

    Obviously, this is a HKEY_CURRENT_USER that will only apply to the current user. To automatically propogate this setting to all users of a machine, you need to install Formativ with the ‘install for all users’ option AND use a config.ini setttings file.

    This is documented in the Distribution Kit help – download it from here

    3. Make the Applets available in a shared location

    Copy your applets to a shared location on the network, then use the same technique as mentioned in option 2 above to point to this location.

    I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you require any further assistance.

    Advansys Support

    #5852
    Anonymous

    Thanks for your reply but there are still some issues.

    We wish to use a central store location and push the runtime program out with ZENWorks.

    Issues

    1. If you manually change the applet file locations through control panel the Runtime will only pick up encoded/flexalock applets. Is it designed only to pick these types up?

    2. Using the config.ini file from ZENWorks, the run routine /s /i-config.ini, with the file in the same directory as the install program file the install doesn’t populates the paths correctly in the control panel applet;

    The paths are (c: used for example);
    Local Macros=c:localmacros
    Shared Macros=c:sharedmacros
    User Data=c:userdata
    Library Backup=c:lib
    System Path=C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativSystem
    User Cache Path=c:usercachepath
    Local Images Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets
    Local Help Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets
    Local Config Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets

    The above gives the following;
    Location for personal applets – C:docs and settingsadministratormy docsadvansysformativapplets

    Location for applet data – c:userdata

    greyed out lib path – c:lib

    So how do I change the path for the personal applet???

    Thanks

    #5851
    Support 1a
    Participant

    quote:


    1. If you manually change the applet file locations through control panel the Runtime will only pick up encoded/flexalock applets. Is it designed only to pick these types up?


    Yes – Runtime only ‘sees’ Runtime and Encoded applets. You need to use a copy of Developer or Admin to Flexalock the applets you want to use with Runtime.

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    2. Using the config.ini file from ZENWorks, the run routine /s /i-config.ini, with the file in the same directory as the install program file the install doesn’t populates the paths correctly in the control panel applet;

    The paths are (c: used for example);
    Local Macros=c:localmacros
    Shared Macros=c:sharedmacros
    User Data=c:userdata
    Library Backup=c:lib
    System Path=C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativSystem
    User Cache Path=c:usercachepath
    Local Images Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets
    Local Help Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets
    Local Config Path=c:Program FilesAdvansysapplets

    The above gives the following;
    Location for personal applets – C:docs and settingsadministratormy docsadvansysformativapplets

    Location for applet data – c:userdata

    greyed out lib path – c:lib


    When checking the control panel applet settings, were you logged in as the same Windows users as you you were when the setup program was executed? As most path settings are user based, they are written into the HKEY_CURRENT_USER area of the registry. Logging in as a different user will cause Formativ to use system determined paths at runtime.

    If you still encounter problems, perhaps you could email the the details of the paths you want setup and we’ll create a config.ini file and batch file that we can test here, and send you to assist in your rollout. If interested, please send details to support@advansyscorp.com.

    Regards,

    Advansys Support

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