Version 3.0 of Informatik Image Driver is supported by Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server (including
remote server, sharing), Windows Terminal Server (WTS), Citrix. For Window NT please use
version 2.5. A separate version is available for Windows 98.
Important! Server requires a server version; the standard desktop version will not run on a
server. Server version can be downloaded from www.informatik.com
The Informatik Image Driver creates TIFF and PDF (and JPEG) files from virtually any Windows
document. Simply open the document (for example open a Word file in Microsoft Word), choose
Print from the File menu, select the Informatik Image Driver 3.0 as the printer, press the OK
button, in the Informatik Image Driver dialog window specify the output folder, file name and other
settings, and press the OK button. This is, of course, somewhat of an over-simplification; there
are many features and options as explained in this user guide. For advanced and unattended
use, many settings can be assigned programmatically.
This help document covers the version of the Informatik Image Driver for Windows 2000, XP,
2003 Server. Separate versions are available for Windows NT4 and Windows 95/98/Me.
Before you use the program please read the licensing terms and conditions in License,
Warranties, Disclaimer section below. By using this program you agree to all the terms and
conditions of the license.
You may use this demo version only for the purpose of evaluating the program. The demo
version creates valid TIFF and PDF output; the output files are no longer crippled. After 30 days
or after 50 print jobs you must uninstall the program or purchase a software license. We trust that
you respect these conditions. It is unlawful to use the demo program after 30 days or after 50
Informatik Image Driver is available in two (2) distinct versions:
A. Stand-alone PC version
The stand-alone version is installed and run on a PC or workstation (single-seat). The
driver can only be used locally on that PC. The share and WTS capabilities are disabled.
However, output files can be saved to any folder that is accessible to the user, locally or on
networked drives. The stand-alone version can also be installed on a server for strictly
local use (no sharing or remote use). For a correct installation, Administrator rights may be
A single-seat software license is required for each PC or workstation on which the driver is
B. Server version.
The server version is designed for comprehensive network use. It supports remote, shared
and local processing and is fully compatible for Windows Terminal Server (WTS) and Citrix.
The driver is installed on the server and can be shared. The output files can be saved to
any local folders of the server, and to folders for which the logged-in user has WRITE
The appropriate server/multi-user software license must be purchased. Installation of the
driver on Citrix requires a special license.
1. If you are installing from a zip file (a compressed download file with a .zip extension), unzip
the zip file first into a separate folder
(we recommend that you create and use the
2. Before you install the Informatik Image Driver, check if you already have a previous version
of the driver installed on your system. If you already have the Informatik Image Driver
installed (licensed or demo, current or previous versions) you must first un-install the driver,
then restart Windows. For a clean un-install of the driver please use the REMPRRN
remprn.exe driver uninstall utility. This utility is included with all our driver distributions. If
you do not have the REMPRN utility, please download it from www.Informatik.com/driver.
3. In the Windows Explorer double-click on the imagedriver.exe or installer.exe file and the
driver will install itself in a matter of a few seconds. Follow the prompts.
4. A message will appear asking whether you want to make this driver as your default printer.
Choose Yes or No.
5. A message on the Installer window will indicate when the setup is completed.
6. Restart Windows.
7. Check and make sure that the Informatik Image Driver now appears as an icon in the
Printers window in the Control Panel. Click on the Start button (lower left corner of the
screen); choose Control Panel; choose Faxes and Printers. Informatik Image Driver is a
DRIVER and you will not find it in the Start Menu as an icon with other applications. The
driver works like a printer and operates via a document’s native program (for example
Microsoft Word, Excel, or your own printing application).
In the unlikely event that you need special settings (special output formats, resolutions,
etc.) you need to enter your preferences in the Printer Control. Generally, no special
entries are required and you are urged not to change the defaults until you have used the
driver in standard mode and are familiar with its working and capabilities. This manual will
explain how you can specify default entries in the Printer Control Panel.
This tutorial will create a multi-page TIFF file from any Windows document.
1. Open the document that you want to convert into a single or multi-page TIFF. For example,
to open a Word document, launch Microsoft Word and open the document file from the File
2. Choose “Print” from the document’s File menu. The application’s Print dialog is displayed.
3. If you didn’t specify the driver as the default printer during setup, choose “Informatik Image
Driver 3.0” as your printer.
4. (If needed, you can click on the Properties (Preferences) button and specify settings for
output graphics format and resolution; see Printer Control Panel below for details. For this
tutorial don’t make any changes to the properties.)
5. Click on OK.
6. If you are using the Demo version, a nag dialog will indicate how many trial print jobs are
left before the demo expires. Click on “OK” to continue.
7. The Informatik Image Driver dialog is displayed.
8. In the Output Folder, type in or change the full directory path of where you want to create
your TIFF file (e.g. c:\documents\accounting), or better, click on the Browse button, and
select the folder. Do not include the file name in the Output Folder field, and do not add an
ending back-slash(\). This entry is normally defaulted from the previous print request.
9. In the Output Filename textbox, type in or change the file name for your TIFF file, or click
on the Browse button and select the file. If you use the driver for the first time, the file name
is defaulted to a generic file name. Simply overwrite the defaulted file name to a name of
10. There are several other features and options and you may experiment with them. They are
explained in the Informatik Image Printer Dialog and Printer Preferences section below.
11. Click OK. The TIFF file will be created almost instantly. You can check the progress of the
file conversion in the Windows task bar at the bottom of the screen.
Printer Control Panel
(Also called Informatik Image Driver Printing Preferences, or Informatik Image Driver Document
Certain special settings, like output graphics format and resolution, need to be selected in the
Printer Control Panel.
The Printer Control Panel is accessed either from the Print window or via the Start menu (Start
button at lower left corner of the screen).
a) Open the Printer Control Panel via the Print window:
When you select Print from the File menu, the Print window appears. Select the Informatik
Image Driver 3.0 as the printer. Most Print windows include a Property button (sometimes
called Preferences, etc). Click on the Property button and the Informatik Image Driver
Document Properties window will open (see next section below).
Please note that graphics format and resolution selections made via the Print window
persist for the life of the source file’s application (for example Microsoft Word). When you
re-launch the source file’s application, the settings revert back to the defaults originally
specified in the Printer Control Panel via the Start button (see next paragraph).
b) Open Printer Control Panel via the Start button:
Click on the Start button (lower left corner of the screen) and select the Control Panel. In
the Control Panel double-click on Printers (Printers and Faxes). Among the list of printers
you will find Informatik Image Driver. Right-click on Informatik Image Driver and select
Printing Preferences. Don’t select Properties!
. The Informatik Image Driver Printing
Preferences window appears (see next section below).
Please note that graphics format and resolution selections made via the Print window (see
paragraph above) persist for the life of the source file’s application (for example Microsoft
Word). When you re-launch the source file’s application, the settings revert back to the
defaults specified in the Control Panel via the Start button.
Informatik Image Driver Printing Preferences window:
Now you are in the Printing Preferences window. There are four (4) tabs:
· Print Output Settings
Click on the Layout tab or the Paper/Quality tab, then immediately press the Advanced button.
All other entries in the Layout or Paper/Quality windows are irrelevant to the use of the Informatik
Image Driver and should be ignored. All setup entries relating to output graphics formats, TIFF
compression, Resolution and Color depth are specified via the Advanced button.
Do not use any options in the Layout section; these settings are irrelevant to the use of Informatik
Image Driver. For Orientation, please see section below.
Do not use any options in the Paper/Quality tab section; these settings are irrelevant to the use
of Informatik Image Driver. For Color depth, please see section below.
The Print Output Settings tab displays the Document Properties or Printing Preferences window
that contains settings for output file names, handling options and preferences. You will rarely use
this window because the same functions are contained in the Informatik Image Driver Dialog that
is always displayed when you request a print (unless the Hide option is selected). For more
information see the Informatik Image Driver Dialog and Printing Preference section below.
The About tab displays important information about the software license.
In the Layout window or Paper/Quality window, always click on the Advanced button. When you
click on the Advanced button the Advanced Options window will appear.
Advanced Options (click on Advanced button in Layout tab or Paper/Quality tab)
The options are:
· Document Options
Paper Size: Generally you should not use this option. The paper size is controlled by the
settings in the source document’s application (for example, in MS Word, it is specified in
the File | Page Setup). The paper size specified in the Advanced Preferences is used only
if the source document does not have a paper size specification. The paper size specified
in the source file application will always overwrite any paper size settings in the Informatik
Please see Paper Size section below for instructions on creating your own custom size.
· Resolution: Select between 72, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600. The default is 300. For other
resolutions please see Customization section.
· Scaling: (Do not use, leave it at 100%)
· Format: The Format specifies the graphics format of the output file (TIFF or JPEG,
compression methods). For more information on graphics formats, please read the
Graphics Format section.
· Halftone Color Adjustment: (Do not use)
Informatik Image Driver Dialog and Printer Preferences
When you Press the OK button in the Print window (File | Print) the Informatik Image Driver dialog
is displayed. This dialog will not be displayed if you previously checked the ‘Hide this Dialog’
checkbox; if the dialog is hidden you should un-check the Hide Print Dialog checkbox in the
Printer Control Panel, Print Output Settings tab (see Printer Control section).
The Informatik Image Driver dialog has the following settings and options:
Document Mode creates multi-page TIFF files. For example, if your source file is a 10-page
document, the driver will create a 10-page multi-page TIFF file (one single file with 10 pages).
Append Mode will cause the output file to be appended to an existing file. If you process a 5-
page source file and save it to a TIFF file that already has 3 pages, the driver will add the 5 new
pages to the existing TIFF file, so that the new file will be a TIFF file consisting of 8 pages. If the
specified output file name does not already exist, Append mode behaves like Document mode.
Please note: Append only to TIFF files created with the Informatik Image Driver (certain standard
TIFF files created with other software may be appended to, but verify the result and always make
sure that you have backed up the original files). This option is not available when in PDF output
Serialization Mode outputs the pages of the multi-page source file as individual files with a user
specified prefix (Serial Prefix) followed by a numeric suffix (selected as Initial Serial Number).
For example, a 3-page source file saved as file SAMPLE (Serial Prefix) will create three files
called SAMPLE0001.tif, SAMPLE0002.tif, and SAMPLE0003.tif. The number of leading zeros in
the suffix number is specified in the ‘Select Number of Digits’ (1 to 5).
If ‘Reset after each Job’ is checked, the serial number will be reset to ..001 for each print job.
If the ‘Reset after each Job’ is un-checked the serialization numbering will be continuous. To
reset the Initial Serial Number to ..001 click on the Reset…button.
This option is not available when in PDF output mode.
· Output Folder
· Output Filename
When you use the driver for the first time, the driver defaults to generic output names. Click on
the Browse buttons to select/specify the Output Folder and the Output Filename. Your selections
will become the default for the next print job. If no default output folder is specified the driver will
use the system’s TEMP file instead.
Note that the Folder Name should not have an ending back-slash (\). If the file name does not
have an extension, a .tif (or .pdf) extension will be added automatically. If you must create a file
without an extension, use a period (.) after the file base name. You can also output the files to a
network drive. If you run the driver in a batch mode, the folder and file name can be specified
programmatically in the Windows Registry. See Windows Registry section below.
In Serialization mode, the Output Filename field is used for the Prefix of the filename. Do not use
an extension name in the Prefix field.
For auto-numbering and auto-naming see next section. For batch processing, please review the
Batch Processing section and Windows Registry section.
· Auto-numbering of Output File
· Use Source Document Name for Output
· Always Overwrite
· Hide this Dialog
· PDF Output
Some of the options are disabled if the driver is set to Append or Serialization mode.
Auto-Numbering of Output File names the output files by the specified Filename Prefix
concatenated with an auto-incrementing suffix. For example if the Filename Prefix is SALES, the
output files will be named SALES0001.tif, SALES0002.tif, SALES0003.tif, etc. Each print job
increases the serial number by 1. This is not to be confused with Serialization. Serialization
serializes the pages of a multi-page file; Auto-numbering numbers the output files (and output files
can be multi-page). The auto-number suffix can be reset to zero by clicking on the Reset File#
If a prefix is not specified, the output file name will consist of the auto-incrementing number alone,
Use Source Document Name for Output applies the source name to the output file, with a
substituted extension name. Some programs add the application name as a prefix. Not all
applications pass the correct source file name. If the Trim Source Name is checked, the leading
string of the passed source name (up to the right-most encountered space in the source name) is
trimmed. This option is useful to trim the application name that is included with the source file
name by some applications (for example Microsoft Word).
If Always Overwrite is un-checked (default setting), the driver will alert the user if the specified
file name already exists; if the Always Overwrite is checked, an existing file is overwritten with the
new file without a warning.
If Hide this Dialog is checked, the dialog is not displayed. Hiding the dialog is practical only for
Auto-numbering of files or for batch processing. To re-display the dialog, the Hide Print Dialog
should be un-checked again in the Printer Control Panel, Print Output Settings tab (see Printer
Control Panel section).
If PDF Output is checked, the output will be formatted as a PDF file. For more information,
please see the PDF Output section below.
Select Application to be Launched
When you create the TIFF file, you can cause Informatik Image Driver to automatically launch
another application, passing along the output file name as a parameter. (The option is not
enabled in the Demo Version.) For example, you may want a viewer to display the TIFF file after
it has been created. To open the TIFF file in the Kodak viewer, for example, type in
“c:\windows\kodakprv.exe” (but check the correct path name). If you add a parameter, the driver
will pass both the specified parameter and the output file name to the application (in that order,
separated by a space). It is up to the application to parse and use the parameter string. The
application can be selected with the ‘Browse’ button. In most cases a parameter is not required.
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