January  2007  - Template Tool Changes, DP2 Server Update, PMA 


An updated ROES Template Tool  has been released today that includes several new features and attributes, and a new ROES DP2 Server version, 1.034, is available for download and install.  Details on these are below.  An updated ROES Client will be available soon offering several new functions, including a new promocode attribute, text rotation for Client display of vertical text, and the ability to use options to increase a product's price by a percentage.  These will be detailed in another message, along with information on the new Records add-on for Schools and Sports and the new Get Web Images feature for use with ROES Retail.


PMA 2007 is right around the corner, just over 6 weeks away, with the show running March 8th through the 11th.  SoftWorks Systems will be in booth K230/232!  We hope to see you in Las Vegas during the week!


Template Tool Changes     


New Find Feature! 

Available via the Edit menu, Find allows you to search for values of Attributes and even replace them when found.  Values of id's, u_id's, labels, and even jobtext entries are scanned.


New Lock Icon

If you are using an encrypted templates file, a lock icon will appear next to the file name to indicate the protected file.


Get Web Images Servlet Link

In Preferences, a new field has been added below the templates encryption password to enter the URL of your Get Web Images servlet for hosting images to be viewed/ordered from in the ROES Retail Client.


New Merge Option

Templates files worked on by different people at your lab can now be merged together.  If one file is opened in Template Tool, you can drag and drop the second file onto the templates tree.  Instead of the usual "Do you want to replace..." dialog a new selection window will appear to Replace the existing file in use or Merge the 2 files together.


Attributes Listed Alphabetically

Attributes listed in the center pane will now always be alphabetized for easier searching and organization.


Right-clicking on a tree element in the Templates Tool will bring up a contextual menu that has several new items:


Copy Attributes

This replaces the 'Copy Node id to u_id' selection in the list.  A new window will pop up upon selection, with defaults set to copy id to u_id, with a drop down menu for what to affect (template, node, link, etc.).  This can be used primarily for the node id to u_id function or duplication of other attribute values as needed.


Copy u_id's to Clipboard

This new function is best used when needing to set up options to be turned off via disableu_id.  For example, you may offer 5 retouching levels in a multiple choice list with other image services, but only want one of these 5 to ever be selected.  Add disableu_id on the first option, then highlight the other 4, right-click on the selected area and choose Copy u_id's to Clipboard.  Then select the first option again, click in the disableu_id field and select Edit - Paste to drop all of the u_id's from the other 4 items in as the values.  These will appear as a comma separated list in the field.


Create Link for Item

This is a shortcut to creating Links in the templates file.  Instead of clicking Add - Link and then looking up the u_id needed to list, you can right-click on the option and select Create Link for Item.  A Link will appear with the needed u_id listed, which can then be dragged/dropped or cut/pasted to the desired location.



The following attributes listed are for ROES Stand Alone Server use only: 


printersurface - for use with Noritsu MP1600 integration.

printerchannel - for use with Noritsu MP1600 integration.

preferredqueue - added on the product to assign the queue in the Stand Alone Server.

outputrender - can be used for extra product nodes with nodeimages that should not be rendered, such as wallet diecut guides.  Should be set to false. 


ROES DP2 Server Update

The new ROES DP2 Server v.1.034 is available via our downloads page at  www.softworksroes.com/ROES/DP2_Server/Server.zip.  This download includes the server install and User's Guide.  Updates in this server version:    


-  Updated reorder support within DP2.

-  Resolved issue where the server may attempt to process 0k size files.

-  The state of the preview queue is preserved out to disk when shutting down so that you do not have to wait for all the queued commands to complete before you are able to quit.

-  There is a new tab labeled "Subject Info." that  can be set to feed data from Records into DP2.

-  All available (ready/completed their transfer) orders are gathered up and sorted by date/time and processed in order of oldest to most recent. 

-  Reporting updates for options and Image Summary.

-  Resolution of the 'Symbols table' errors with ROES and DP2 (with thanks to Tom A. at Kodak).



Reminders /Tips:


New Attribute: rotationallowed  

This attribute can be added on a template and set to false to disable the Rotate Layout button.  


Attribute with Linknodes: stripextension

When used on a text node that has been linked to an image node node via Linknodes, the file name appearing in the image node will be listed without the file extension.


Attribute: newlines

This attribute can prevent users from creating multiple text lines where a single line is desired.  Adding newlines set to false will force just single line entry into the node; coupled with the characterlimit attribute can allow you to control the amount of text each node receives for better rendering.


Change to autorotate  Attribute

The autorotate attribute in Template Tool, when set to true, will activate the Autorotate button on the pro toolbar.  After being turned on, the button will remain selected until it is manually de-selected or a product with a false flag is chosen.



Addenabled attribute

Be sure to add the addenabled attribute on multi-image proof sheets (set to true) and informational/advertisement products used as the first template in a group (set to false).  For the proof sheets it will allow customers to add the item to an order with empty nodes (whereas before they had to hold the ALT or OPT key to Add with Empty).  For the informational items it will prevent the item from being added and causing an error upon receipt at the lab. 


Use tooltips on products 

If you want to be able to convey additional information about a product to studios, try adding an attribute of tooltip to the item and enter text you want them to see pop-up when they mouse over the product in the Sizes palette.  This could be used to add reminders to look at mounting, sprays and other upsell options, to inform customers if an item is Pager editable, or available quantity discounts.


Image Names Can Be Linked Into Text Nodes

You can use Linknodes in a composite product to create a text entry of an image name into a text node upon adding the image to the matching image node.  For example, a 6 up proof sheet starting with node id/u_id of 10000 for the first image node and node id/u_id of 10006 as the first text node you would add Linknodes to the product for each pair of nodes to connect and enter the u_id's as 10000,10006 in the field provided.  If the nodes do not have u_id's, simply highlight all of the nodes in the product, then right-click and select Copy node id to u_id. 


Linknodes update: Linking text nodes 

You can use Linknodes to duplicate text entered in one node to another text node(s).  This can be handy for trader cards where a player name, team or year may be entered more than once, especially when displaying the front and back of the card as one item via a DP2 Package.  Remember when using Linknodes that all nodes in the product must have u_id's assigned.