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Installation of LandView® by LAN Administrator
This procedure visualizes installation of LandView data and map files on a LAN-accessible server. Such installation normally requires the direct assistance of the LAN Administrator.
The LandView application is single user. Individual copies of the application need to be placed on each user's workstation. This requires modification of the direct install procedure from the CD/DVD. An understanding of how the LandView application finds its data files and of how its independent mapping program, MARPLOT finds its map files is useful.
LandView is a runtime version of a data management program, FileMaker Pro. It starts from the executable file, landview5.exe, contained in the default directory, c:\lv5. Its independent mapping application, MARPLOT, can be started from within LandView or directly from the executable file, marplot.exe, also contained in c:\lv5. When appropriately cross-referenced, a LandView data record can find its associated MARPLOT map object, or a MARPLOT map object can find its LandView record. Each application has its own methodology for finding and opening its associated files.
LandView looks for its data files at the root level of an available drive contained in a directory, LV5. If this directory is not placed at the root level of a server, users' computers need to be Mapped to the containing directory. See LAN Installation of LandView by User.
MARPLOT receives its instructions from a file found at the root level of the installation CD/DVD, marplot.vnx. In normal use, this file directs MARPLOT to the map files contained in a MAPS directory on the CD/DVD. For LAN installation, the marplot.vnx file needs to be modified as follows:
The file must be copied to a CDMAPS directory in c:\lv5.
The file must be renamed as marplot.txt.
The first line of text, which now reads as "LV5", must be changed to the drive letter of the drive containing the MAPS directory. This drive letter must be inserted as 'upper case', e.g., "X:".1
Following is a typical installation procedure:
From the CD/DVD, copy the two Directories-LV5 and MAPS-to the root level of the server.
Cautionary note: For versions of Windows prior to Windows XP, files 'copied and pasted' from a CD/DVD are copied as 'Read?only'. Windows XP automatically removes the read-only attribute when dragging the file or copying-pasting. XP-users are cautioned to reset the Read-only attribute. In normal usage, it is intended that LandView files be addressed as Read-only.
From the CD/DVD, install the LandView application files to its default directory, c:\lv5.
Create, if necessary, a new directory in c:\lv5 called CDMAPS. From the CD/DVD, copy the marplot.vnx file to CDMAPS. As a 'Copy and Paste' file, this file is normally Read-Only. Change the Read Only attribute using the Properties Menu available at right-mouse. The file can be opened for editing using NotePad or WordPad. The first line of type, "LV5", needs to be changed to the drive letter assigned to the LAN Server, e.g., "X:". It is important that this be written as Upper Case. On Save and Close, rename the file as marplot.txt.
Start LandView from the Desktop icon. Note: The CD/DVD should be removed prior to starting LandView so that LandView sees only one data and map set.
There are several methods for making LandView available at multiple workstations 2. Two are suggested:
Save the LV5 application directory, as installed above, as a zipped file. Include this file in an e-mail to appropriate end users with instructions to unzip the file to the root directory of the c:\ drive. Include in the e-mail the Desktop 'shortcut' file, LandView 5, with instructions to copy to: c:\windows\desktop.
Create an Install LandView directory on the server. In this directory, place two self-extracting zip files, as above, which allow extraction of the files to the appropriate default installation directories.
1 The LV5 directory needs to be at the root level of a drive. While it is most convenient to install the MAPS directory in parallel with LV5 at the root level, this is not absolutely necessary. Each individual map accessed by MARPLOT is accompanied by a path statement. The MAPS directory can be located anywhere as long as all path statements are globally consistent.
2 There are no installation requirements that require LandView to be recognized by the Windows Registry. A simple 'copy and paste' is sufficient for installation on additional drives.