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CopiaFacts Reference

The icon for the Editor appears when a PDF, HTML, GIF, JPG or PNG document has been loaded in FFVIEWER and has been automatically converted to TIF.  Clicking the icon displays the Image Options Editor dialog, which remains on the top of the displayed TIF image.

Details of the purpose of each option can be found in the Image Rendering Options and Image Option Keywords topics.

For an illustrated example of using the Image Options Editor to set options for a 'problem' document, see this topic.

The editor starts with the last Image Options Set used, which is shown in bold in the top left area.  If FAXFACTS.CFG was not updated, the set number will show in red if changes have been made, or in green otherwise.

You can select a different Image Options set and it will be loaded from the corresponding last saved $image_options value, including any changes made to this set since starting FFVIEWER.


Use the dialog as follows:

F1 shows this help screen

The leftmost of the group of three small icons toggles transparency. Use this to see the image below the dialog if the dialog covers too much of the screen.

The Reload button reloads the original file, converting it using the currently selected option set.

The center and right icons of the three small icons copy and paste a set of options. This center one copies the current set, and you can then select another set number and paste the settings using the right icon for further modification if needed.

The Install Standard Option Sets button loads a suggested set of options into the editor.  These settings are not applied to your FAXFACTS.CFG file unless you save them with the Update FAXFACTS.CFG button.

The Annotation Mode slider selects either annotation of PDF files (for e-mail customization) or normal TIF annotation of the converted PDF file.  See the details below.

The checkboxes select and deselect an item.  If the item has a default value on saving, it will be automatically deselected.

Hover the mouse on any green text to display pop-up help specific to the option.

Click any green text to edit the value, toggle the value between two options, or to display a selection menu. If you enter a non-default value, the checkbox will be automatically checked.

The status bar at the foot of the dialog shows the option string corresponding to the current settings.  The comment field is not included here.  Note that if an option is unchecked, or if it has the default value, it is not included in the option set.

Click the status bar to copy its contents onto the Windows clipboard, from where you can paste it into the value of an IMAGE_OPTIONS variable.

Updating FAXFACTS.CFG is only available on nodes running COPIAFACTS or other server applications, not on workstation client nodes. When you click the Update FAXFACTS.CFG button all option sets are saved with their current values, onto $image_options commands.  Commands are not added for option sets with an empty value.  A preliminary dialog allows you to confirm the settings that will be saved, and they are also copied into the Windows clipboard.

The current active option set, and any changes not saved to FAXFACTS.CFG, are persisted for subsequent documents you load in the same FFVIEWER session.

The FFVIEWER main window remains active while the Image Options Editor is visible, and you can change pages in the converted TIF file in the normal way.

As an administrator, you can enter a password into the SECRET8 value in CFHWL.  Then this password is required to update your CFG file from the Image Editor 'update' button.

Annotation Mode

When you load a PDF in FFVIEWER, it can be used in two ways:

in PDF Annotation Mode, annotations can be defined and saved in a .GPT file, which can then be specified as an e-mail attachment to customize an e-mail broadcast for each recipient.  In this mode, annotations cannot be applied and a PDF cannot be saved.

in TIF Annotation Mode, the viewer effectively forgets that a PDF was the original document and treats the converted PDF as a TIF, to which annotations can be applied in the usual way, and saved as a .GCT file, or embedded in a .GTT file.  This mode is always used if the loaded and converted document was not a PDF; the slider control is then disabled.

The annotation mode cannot be changed when the document already has annotations: for example PDF annotations have properties such as color which does not apply to TIF annotations, and the character to introduce variables is different.

Be careful, when replacing a watermark TIF with another, or opening a new document when annotations have been saved, that you load a document of the same type as your saved annotations.  FFVIEWER will detect and prevent some mistakes of this type, but not all.

In either mode, when no annotations are present the document can be saved as a plain TIF file.