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  • Ronald Frye
    Fellow FHC Techs... As many of you may already know, PAF Insight wants to work in an environment of at least 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but our FHC monitors
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 31, 2006
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      Fellow FHC Techs...
       
      As many of you may already know, PAF Insight wants to work in an environment of at least 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but our FHC monitors are set up for 800 x 600, as are probably yours. Changing the screen resolution manually is time consuming and prone to errors from unskilled patrons and staff. Keeping the 17" monitors at a permanent 1024 x 768 resolution was not an option, due to small icon and text size.
       
      I am happy to announce that this problem has been solved at the Danville, CA FHC. I have completely automated the process using a small utility called, "VidRes", from JD Design. Their web site is at: http://www.jddesign.co.uk/ The utility costs about $5.00 per copy.
       
      Now, when one starts PAF Insight, whether from within PAF 5 or from Insight's own program icon, the screen resolution is automatically changed to a higher value (1152 x 864). This is slightly higher than the minimum, recommended 1024 x 768, which gives a nice presentation of PAF Insight's data on our 17" monitors. (I have set things up so that starting PAF 5 will also automatically change the screen resolution.)
       
      When the program is closed, the screen resolution is automatically changed back to 800 x 600!  Slick, isn't it? I highly recommend this product.  
       
      Ronald W. Frye
      Danville FHC Computer Specialist
    • Gary Templeman
      Way Kool. What is the command line you are using and how does it know to change the resolution when Insight is started from the Tools menu of PAF? It would be
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 1, 2006
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        Way Kool. What is the command line you are using and how does it know to
        change the resolution when Insight is started from the Tools menu of PAF? It
        would be very helpful if you could post how you configured things, including
        for PAF.

        Did you contact them to see if a FHC qualified as a "charitable
        organisation"?

        Gary Templeman

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Ronald Frye" <ronfrye@...>
        To: <fhctech@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 3:54 PM
        Subject: [fhctech] PAF Insight Problem Solved!


        Fellow FHC Techs...

        As many of you may already know, PAF Insight wants to work in an environment
        of at least 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but our FHC monitors are set up
        for 800 x 600, as are probably yours. Changing the screen resolution
        manually is time consuming and prone to errors from unskilled patrons and
        staff. Keeping the 17" monitors at a permanent 1024 x 768 resolution was not
        an option, due to small icon and text size.

        I am happy to announce that this problem has been solved at the Danville, CA
        FHC. I have completely automated the process using a small utility called,
        "VidRes", from JD Design. Their web site is at: http://www.jddesign.co.uk/
        The utility costs about $5.00 per copy.

        Now, when one starts PAF Insight, whether from within PAF 5 or from
        Insight's own program icon, the screen resolution is automatically changed
        to a higher value (1152 x 864). This is slightly higher than the minimum,
        recommended 1024 x 768, which gives a nice presentation of PAF Insight's
        data on our 17" monitors. (I have set things up so that starting PAF 5 will
        also automatically change the screen resolution.)

        When the program is closed, the screen resolution is automatically changed
        back to 800 x 600! Slick, isn't it? I highly recommend this product.

        Ronald W. Frye
        Danville FHC Computer Specialist
      • Ronald Frye
        See my responses to Gary s questions, below. ... From: Gary Templeman To: Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 2, 2006
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          See my responses to Gary's questions, below.

          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Gary Templeman" <gtempleman1@...>
          To: <fhctech@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:42 PM
          Subject: Re: [fhctech] PAF Insight Problem Solved!


          > Way Kool. What is the command line you are using and how does it know to
          > change the resolution when Insight is started from the Tools menu of PAF?
          > It
          > would be very helpful if you could post how you configured things,
          > including
          > for PAF.

          You can manually insert command line paramaters into PAF's shortcut -- the
          VidRes Help button will tell you how to do that -- or you can have VidRes
          create the shortcut (and hence command line) for you. I chose the latter,
          being much simpler. After having VidRes create the shortcut on my own home
          computer, here is what the shortcut's command line shows for PAF:

          "C:\Program Files\JD
          Design\VidRes\Vidres.exe" -H1152 -V864 -C4294967296 -M0 "-XC:\Program
          Files\FamilySearch\Paf5\paf5.exe"

          And here is what it shows for the PAF Insight shortcut:

          "C:\Program Files\JD
          Design\VidRes\Vidres.exe" -H1152 -V864 -C4294967296 -M0 "-XC:\Program
          Files\Ohana Software\PAF Insight\PAFInsight.exe"

          To get PAF Insight at the proper resolution when starting from the tools
          menu from within PAF, just make sure you also create a VidRes icon for PAF.
          As a review: create two VidRes icons; one for PAF and one for PAF Insight.
          See the command lines, above. That way, no matter how PAF Insight is
          started, it will be at the resolution you desire.

          Yes, I did write JDDesign about charitable organization discounts -- they
          don't offer any -- but they said if you order multiple copies the price
          automatically goes down on their order form. The price is so low --
          approximately $5.00 per copy, in a quantity of one -- that even if the
          expense comes out of one's own pocket, it isn't a "bank buster". That is
          what I'm doing for our 8-computer FHC.

          Sincerely,

          Ronald W. Frye
          Danville, CA FHC Computer Specialist


          >
          > Did you contact them to see if a FHC qualified as a "charitable
          > organisation"?
          >
          > Gary Templeman
          >
          > ----- Original Message -----
          > From: "Ronald Frye" <ronfrye@...>
          > To: <fhctech@yahoogroups.com>
          > Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 3:54 PM
          > Subject: [fhctech] PAF Insight Problem Solved!
          >
          >
          > Fellow FHC Techs...
          >
          > As many of you may already know, PAF Insight wants to work in an
          > environment
          > of at least 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but our FHC monitors are set up
          > for 800 x 600, as are probably yours. Changing the screen resolution
          > manually is time consuming and prone to errors from unskilled patrons and
          > staff. Keeping the 17" monitors at a permanent 1024 x 768 resolution was
          > not
          > an option, due to small icon and text size.
          >
          > I am happy to announce that this problem has been solved at the Danville,
          > CA
          > FHC. I have completely automated the process using a small utility called,
          > "VidRes", from JD Design. Their web site is at: http://www.jddesign.co.uk/
          > The utility costs about $5.00 per copy.
          >
          > Now, when one starts PAF Insight, whether from within PAF 5 or from
          > Insight's own program icon, the screen resolution is automatically changed
          > to a higher value (1152 x 864). This is slightly higher than the minimum,
          > recommended 1024 x 768, which gives a nice presentation of PAF Insight's
          > data on our 17" monitors. (I have set things up so that starting PAF 5
          > will
          > also automatically change the screen resolution.)
          >
          > When the program is closed, the screen resolution is automatically changed
          > back to 800 x 600! Slick, isn't it? I highly recommend this product.
          >
          > Ronald W. Frye
          > Danville FHC Computer Specialist
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        • Gary Templeman
          ... From: Ronald Frye After having VidRes create the shortcut on my own home ... Any idea why is it using the M0 switch? The readme
          Message 4 of 5 , Apr 2, 2006
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            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "Ronald Frye" <ronfrye@...>
            After having VidRes create the shortcut on my own home
            > computer, here is what the shortcut's command line shows for PAF:
            >
            > "C:\Program Files\JD
            > Design\VidRes\Vidres.exe" -H1152 -V864 -C4294967296 -M0 "-XC:\Program
            > Files\FamilySearch\Paf5\paf5.exe"

            Any idea why is it using the M0 switch? The readme indicates that should
            only be needed for multiple monitors. Also, did the program change from
            using forward slashes to dashes to set the switches?
          • Ronald Frye
            (Refer to the posting below this response.) The M0 switch was probably included because I did not properly uninstall an older video card, even though I have
            Message 5 of 5 , Apr 3, 2006
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              (Refer to the posting below this response.)

              The M0 switch was probably included because I did not properly uninstall an
              older video card, even though I have just one monitor and one, newer video
              card on my home computer.

              VidRes created the shortcut command line as shown. I have no idea why it
              used dashes instead of forward slashes.

              Our staff and patrons are delighted with the way PAF Insight now displays
              its data using this great little utility to automatically change the screen
              resolution.

              I did write Ohana Software to ask that they consider modifying PAF Insight
              so that it would do the screen resolution change. They've been responsive to
              my suggestions in the past, so I would hope that future releases would
              include this feature.

              Ronald W. Frye
              Danville FHC Computer Specialist

              ----- Original Message -----
              From: "Gary Templeman" <gtempleman1@...>
              To: <fhctech@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 3:19 PM
              Subject: Re: [fhctech] PAF Insight Problem Solved!


              >
              > ----- Original Message -----
              > From: "Ronald Frye" <ronfrye@...>
              > After having VidRes create the shortcut on my own home
              >> computer, here is what the shortcut's command line shows for PAF:
              >>
              >> "C:\Program Files\JD
              >> Design\VidRes\Vidres.exe" -H1152 -V864 -C4294967296 -M0 "-XC:\Program
              >> Files\FamilySearch\Paf5\paf5.exe"
              >
              > Any idea why is it using the M0 switch? The readme indicates that should
              > only be needed for multiple monitors. Also, did the program change from
              > using forward slashes to dashes to set the switches?
              >
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