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
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’
The preparation for network distribution is
- Create a directory on the network server
for the installation files.
- From the CD-ROM, copy TPSETUP.EXE into
the directory you created in step 1.
- 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.
C:\> MKDIR F:\THUMBSPL
C:\> COPY D:\RELEASE\TPSETUP.EXE F:\THUMBSPL
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
- 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.
- Enter your user name, registration code
and number of users when prompted by the installation script.
- Select a shared drive for the installation.
Verify the user name, code and number
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
- Installs the necessary system DLLs for
- Adds the registry keys with license code
and file association information.
- 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.
to FAQ page
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
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:
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.
- Run ThumbsPlus, set the preferences up
for network defaults.
- Close ThumbsPlus.
- Rename the THUMBS.INI file on the network
- Set the read-only attribute on the THUMBS.DEF
- Create an empty THUMBS.INI, and set it
- 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.
For normal (non-network) installs, the THUMBS.DEF
& THUMBS.TDD files are not
used; the global (cross-database) options are stored in THUMBS.INI
same directory with THUMBS.EXE, and local (database) options
are stored in
<database>.TDO, in the same directory with the database
Here's a list of file types/names and their
general location & usage:
||Global (program) options, single-user install
||Local (database) options, single-user install
||User's Global & local options, network install
||Site's Global options, network install
||Site's database options, network install
||File type 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.
to FAQ page
Below is the information you need to edit
your registry to enable each user to have their own customized
Note: If you have not edited the registry
before, you are doing so at your own risk.
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
Inc.\ThumbsPlus\7.0\TdoSuffix ".ABC" means that my database-specific
options will be stored to & read from "Thumbs.tdo.abc" 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.
to FAQ page
Go to Edit | Find by
Query | Advanced and enter the SQL statement
as shown in this screenshot.
to FAQ page
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.
to FAQ page