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How do I install the network version of ThumbsPlus?

Note: the following instruction mention TPSETUP.EXE, which is the name on the CD-ROM. If you download directly, the name is THMPLS.EXE, which you should use instead.

Method one: make the installation program availble to all users.

To make ThumbsPlus available for installation on multiple machine, you will copy the installer program to the network. Then, each individual user can run the TPSETUP.EXE program from their machine. You’ll have to provide each user with the license information (user name, code and number of users) to enter during the installation, or you may want to install the software yourself on the users’ computers.

The preparation for network distribution is simple:

  1. Create a directory on the network server for the installation files.
  2. From the CD-ROM, copy TPSETUP.EXE into the directory you created in step 1.
  3. Make sure the directory and files are readable by the users who will be installing ThumbsPlus. Here’s an example using DOS commands. It assumes that the F: drive is a network drive, and that D: is the CD-ROM drive.

Now, to install on each workstation, just run F:\THUMBSPL\TPSETUP.EXE (the drive letter may be different depending on your network drive mappings).

Method two: Network Server installation.

Network server installation is the most versatile and convenient for local area networks with several or many users. When you install ThumbsPlus onto the server, you must enter your user name (licensee) and code. These are printed on the ThumbsPlus license included in your shipment. If you’re installing onto a network drive, ThumbsPlus will automatically generate the proper configuration for quick and easy installation onto network clients.

Here are the steps required for ThumbsPlus Network Server installation:

Install ThumbsPlus on the server

  1. Use the following command to start setup for the server:
    This will cause the setup script to create a sub-directory of the installation directory that will contain system files that should be loaded on each client machine. You can also select "ThumbsPlus Network Install" from the autorun menu.
  2. Enter your user name, registration code and number of users when prompted by the installation script.
  3. Select a shared drive for the installation.

Verify the user name, code and number of users

This will ensure that the installation will operate correctly on the users’ machines. The installation will not proceed if the license information entered is incorrect. Be sure to enter it exactly as it appears in the license letter and verify spelling, capitalization and punctuation, if any.

Set up file sharing and security appropriately

The executable files should be made read-only on the server so users can not modify them. Other files may be made read-only or read-write based on your preferences; you can use your network security capabilities to set each file appropriately for the classes of users.

If you plan to implement a shared database, create it by running ThumbsPlus (which automatically creates a thumbnail database called Thumbs.td4 in the installation directory). Control your users’ abilities to access this file as you require. All user accounts that need to be able to access and write to this database properly must have full read and write permissions set for both the database file (thumbs.td4) and the directory where the database resides.

Note: If you are scanning your drives locally on the network server for a shared database, you should first share the local drive, map the new share as a network drive, and then scan the newly mapped network drive. The client(s) should map the same network server share that was originally thumbnailed. This ensures the scanned volume type will appear as a network volume to users accessing the ThumbsPlus database.

Install links or icons for ThumbsPlus on each client machine

By using the /NETWORK parameter when running TPSETUP, you caused ThumbsPlus to install some additional files in the Thumbs directory. These should be used to set up each client machine. The NetUser command performs the following functions:

  1. Installs the necessary system DLLs for ThumbsPlus.
  2. Adds the registry keys with license code and file association information.
  3. Adds Start Menu shortcuts for ThumbsPlus and its help file.

Network clients can use Explorer to locate and run the NetUser link (shortcut) created by the installation program, or you can use Start | Run to do so.

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How do I configure the ThumbsPlus network?

Note: TDO files are ignored on the network drive; here's how the profile (option) processing works for a network installation (where THUMBS.EXE and/or THUMBS.TDB are on the network):

  • Absolute defaults are stored in the program.
  • Network .INI defaults may be stored in a THUMBS.DEF file in the same (network) directory as THUMBS.EXE.
  • The user's THUMBS.INI file (stored in the Windows directory) stores changes from the network defaults.
  • Database (local) network defaults may be stored in a <database>.TDD file in the same (network) directory as the database.TD4. When the database is THUMBS.TD4, the network database defaults are stored in THUMBS.TDD.
  • The users's THUMBS.INI file (stored in the Windows directory) stores differences from the network database defaults.

A typical network installation might have a read-only Thumbs.DEF, and a zero-length, read-only Thumbs.INI in the network directory, thereby preventing individual users from altering network defaults. This will cause Thumbs to create a Thumbs.INI in each users' windows folder.

Now Administrator should:

  • Run ThumbsPlus, set the preferences up for network defaults.
  • Close ThumbsPlus.
  • Rename the THUMBS.INI file on the network to THUMBS.DEF.
  • Set the read-only attribute on the THUMBS.DEF file.
  • Create an empty THUMBS.INI, and set it as read-only.
  • For database-specific preferences, follow the same process as for the .INI -> .DEF files, copying <database>.TDO to <database>.TDD and then marking them as read-only.

User changes to program and database-specific preferences will be written to the file "thumbs.ini" on the individual workstations, in the "Windows" folder, and not affect settings for other users.

For normal (non-network) installs, the THUMBS.DEF & THUMBS.TDD files are not
used; the global (cross-database) options are stored in THUMBS.INI in the
same directory with THUMBS.EXE, and local (database) options are stored in
<database>.TDO, in the same directory with the database (<database>.TDB).

Here's a list of file types/names and their general location & usage:

Name Located Options Stored
THUMBS.INI Program dir Global (program) options, single-user install
THUMBS.TDO Database dir Local (database) options, single-user install
THUMBS.INI Windows dir User's Global & local options, network install
THUMBS.DEF Program dir Site's Global options, network install
THUMBS.TDD Database dir Site's database options, network install
THUMBS.TYP Program dir File type definitions
THUMBS.FLT Program dir Filter definitions

[The .TDO & .TDD files may have different names (it's based on the name of the database (.TDB) file).]

The program itself never directly creates the THUMBS.DEF or THUMBS.TDD files; these must be created by the site/network administrator. Of course he/she can use the THUMBS.INI and THUMBS.TDO as templates. Also, the Help file contains a list of most of the available options.

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How do I set the preferences in ThumbsPlus for different logins when the default database is different for each login?

Below is the information you need to edit your registry to enable each user to have their own customized preferences.

Note: If you have not edited the registry before, you are doing so at your own risk.

KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cerious Software Inc.\ThumbsPlus\7.0\IniFile "e:\bob\thumbs.ini" means the current user will go to e:\bob\thumbs.ini for startup settings. This can include initial database, etc - any thumbs.ini setting

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cerious Software Inc.\ThumbsPlus\7.0\TdoSuffix ".ABC" means that my database-specific options will be stored to & read from "" for the database Thumbs.tdb. The database "Video.tdb" would use

Please note that the correct version number is mandatory in the above registry entries. If you are running version 5 or 6, be sure to use your appropriate version number when editing the registry.

For more help with this, please contact network support.

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How do I find files by path name?

Go to Edit | Find by Query | Advanced and enter the SQL statement as shown in this screenshot.

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Where do I get support for SQL Server and using it as the back end (database) in ThumbsPlus?

The answer is Microsoft SQL as it is their program. The other database programs that can be used are programs in themselves. If you have SQL Server2000, you have purchased it elsewhere, we do not include these programs with our software when you purchase it. The SQL Enterprise program has the options for read only as well as other attributes. We just do not have the resources with which to offer SQL training. We wrote the scripts ourselves and even the developers here must read the manual and search the read me and HELP tutorials in SQL Enterprise to find answers about options within the program. While we might have written the scripts, we are not at liberty to instruct on how to modify them. We are a small company of 6 people and do not have the time or resources to do so. This is why we recommend that you post your questions on the advance newsgroup where other knowledgeable ThumbsPlus users who regularly use SQL can answer your questions.

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