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YoucansetvariousfeaturesfromtheConfigurationdialogue,suchasthetime
intervaltocheckforfiles,theinputandoutputfilenamesandthesymbolset.
Ifyouwishtorun
EscapeE
continuouslyandmonitoraparticulardirectoryforfiles
withcertainextensions,youcansetupaspecialiconintheStartupgroup(see
Creating a a specialshortcut t icon)
.
Toexportfilesautomatically
1. Choose‘Configuration...’fromtheOptionsmenu.
2. Select t the ‘Automatic’tab.
3. Specifythefoldertomonitorandwhichfilenamestoprocessinthe‘Inputfile
specification’ (see
Using wildcardsin file specifications
).
4. Tick k theboxnextto‘Checkevery’andsetthetimeinterval.Aclockicon
willappearonthetoolbartoshowthattimedfileconversionisoperating.
5. IfyouwanttoseethePCLpagesonscreenwhilefilesareautomaticallybeing
created,select'View'.Ifyoudonotturnthison,thetoolbarwillstillshowthe
progressoftheconversion.
6. Torenamethe e processedfile,select'Rename'.Todelete theinputfileinstead
ofrenamingit,click 'Delete'.
7. Theoutputfilewillbenamedautomaticallyandwillbestoredinthesame
folderastheinputfile.Tospecifytheoutputfilenameorfolder,typethisin
'Outputfilesspecification' (see
Usingwildcardsinfilespecifications
).
8. SomeformatsallowLPRoutputtobeselectedatthisstage.TouseTCP/IP
inputorLPRoutput,clickthe'TCP/IP'tab(see
SettingTCP/IPoptions
)
.
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9. Select'Createnewfolderifnecessary'ifyouhavespecifiedadirectorythat
doesnotyetexist.
10.Select‘Renameoutputwhencomplete’tocreateafilewitha.TMPextension
initially,thenrenameitwhencomplete.
12.Toselect aformatfortheoutputfileclickonthe ‘General’tab(see
Setting
generalexport options
). For imageoptions,click the 'Image'tab(see
Setting
options for r image export
).
13.Toaddpagenumberstoeachpageofadocumentwhenexporting,selectthe
'Layout'tabandsetupthepagenumberoptions(see
Creatingpagenumbers
).
14.Torotatethepagesbeforeconversion,clickthe‘Viewing’tab.Chooseoneof
therotationoptions.Theanglesaremeasuredanticlockwise,so270degrees
isequivalenttoarotationofonerightangleclockwise
15.Clickthe'Save'buttontoretainthesesettingsafteryouclosetheprogram.
OR
Click 'Shortcut...'tocreate aShortcuticonwhichusesalltheoptionsyou
haveset (see
Creating aspecialshortcut icon
).
OR
Click'OK'tousethesesettingsforthecurrentsession.
Settingotherautomaticoptions
1-2.Asabove.
3. Youmaysetupa'DragandDrop'action.Whenafileorgroupoffilesis
droppedontothe
EscapeE
shortcuticonyoumaychooseto'View'thefile(s)
or 'Export'themautomaticallyinthecurrentlyselecteddefaultformat.
4. Toautomate e updating
EscapeE
regularly,tickthe 'ChecktheRedTitan
websiteeachmonthforupdatestoEscapeE'box.
Toturnoffautomaticfileexport
1. Clickontheclockicon:
2. Adialogueasksifyouwantto‘Continuetoscanformorefiles’.Click‘No’.
Tip:
Afteryouhavedefineddatafields(see
Definingdatafieldsandtags
in
Chapter5
)
youcanchooseanExportformatsuchas 'Commaseparatedfields'or'XML' or
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'plaintext' oryoucancreateaLOGfilewiththedataatthesametimeasan
image.
Note:
Ifyouhaveproblemsreadingafileafterexport,itmaybebecausethedownload
fontswerecreatedinadifferentsymbolsetwhenthePCLfilewasgenerated.For
example,someHP3printerdriversshiftthecharacterswhencreatingthe
downloadfonts,andanIBMmainframecouldcreateEBCDICfonts.Youcantry
readingthefileinto
EscapeE
againandselectingadifferentsymbolsetfromthe
‘Symbolsetconversion’list.
Usingwildcardsinfilespecifications
Whenselectingfilestoexportyoucanuse'wildcards'tospecifytheInputand
Outputfilenamesand/orfolder.Ifyouhavedefineddatafieldsonthepagesyou
canusetheseinthefilename.
Input
Specifythefolderandfiletypetobemonitoredonthe'Automatic'pageofthe
‘Configuration’dialogue:e.g.
H:\REPORTS\*.*
processesallfilesarrivinginthe'REPORTS'folderoftheHdrive.
H:\REPORTS\*.PRN
processesallPRNfilesbutnotLSHfiles.
Inautomaticmodetheinputfileiseitherrenamedas*.BAKordeleted(see
Setting up automatic file export
).
Note:Ifyouuseawildcardsuchas*.*youmustopttohavethefilesdeleted,
otherwiseiftheyaremerelyrenamedtheywillbeprocessedrepeatedly!
Output
Thefollowingwildcardcharacterscanbeusedtospecifytheoutputfilename:
*
representstheoriginalfilestem
?
representsasinglecharacterfromtheoriginalfilestem
"
representsadigitoftheserialnumber
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+
representsthepagenumber
=
representsadatafieldvalue
Whenyouselectanexportformat,outputfilesareautomaticallycreatedwitha
suitableextensionandstoredinthesamefolderastheinputfileunlessyouspecify
adifferentextensionandfolder:e.g.
E:\ARCHIVE\*.DOC
createsfileswiththe'DOC'extensionandplacesthemintheARCHIVEfolderof
theEdrive.
Normally,
EscapeE
createsafileforeverypage(datarecord)inaTIFFjob,
appendinganumbertothefilenametodistinguishthepagesfromoneanother.
ThedefaultisTEST1.TIF,TEST2.TIFetc.Similarly,whencreatingmultipleFDL
pagestheyarenamedusingthefilestem,e.g.FILE1.FDL,FILE2.FDL.
Tochangethesenames,useoneormoreconsecutive"characterstoindicate
howtoconstructoutputnamesforthenumberedpageimagefiles,e.g.
*"".TIF
convertsaninputfilecalledTEST.PRNinto
TEST01.TIF, TEST02.TIF ... TEST99.TIF, TEST100.TIF etc.
If'Multi-pageTIFFs'hasbeenselected,theremaybemorethanonepageineach
outputfile.
Ifa+signisincludedintheoutputfilenamespecificationitwillbereplacedby
thepagenumber intheoutputfilename(see
Creating pagenumbers
).For
example,iftheoutputfilespecificationis*+.PDF,page1numberis3,number
templateisp",andtheinputfilenameisFILE1,anoutputfilenamedFILE1p3.PDF
isexported.
EscapeE
canbesetuptostartanewoutputfilewheneveraspecifiedfield(or
tag)isencounteredorwhenafieldchanges.Theoutputfilenamecanbederived
whollyorinpartfromthecontentsofafield(see
Settingadvancedoptionsin
field definitions
in
Chapter 5
).
Ifafieldhasbeensetuptobeusedintheoutputfilenameyouwillnoticethatan
=wildcardhasbeeninsertedintheexportfilenamespecification.Thisindicates
thatthefieldvaluewillbesubstitutedinsteadofthefirstequalssignintheoutput
filename.Forexample,ifthefileiscalledTEST.PCL,thefieldcontainsABCDand
theexportfilenamespecificationis*=.PDFthentheoutputfilenamewillbe
TESTABCD.PDF.
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Thereisafeaturewherebyanoutputfilespecificationcanincorporatepartsof
fieldsorspecialsymbols(see
Definingcompositefields
in
Chapter5
).Thisisan
alternativetotheuseofspecialsymbolssuchas*,+and=,though"isstill
permitted. Forexamplethespecialfield_NAMEisthestemofthefilename
(minusanypathorextension)soyoucanusepartsoftheoriginalfilenameinthe
outputspecificatione.g.
C:\OUTPUT\{_NAME:1-8}\{_NAME:9}
whichwouldusethefirst8charactersoftheinputfilenameastheoutputfolder,
andtherestofthenameasthefilename.Thespecialfield_PATH istheoriginal
foldernameand_EXTtheoriginalfileextension,shouldtheybeneeded.
Notes:
Iftheoutputfilenamewouldbethesameastheinputfilethenasuffixof'_out'is
addedtothedefaultoutputname.
Theoutputfilemayalsobecreatedusingatemporaryextensionandthenre-
namedwhencomplete.Thetemporaryextensiondefaultsto.TMPbutcanbe
changedusing the/TEMPoption(see
Commandlinesyntax:otheroptions
in
Chapter 6
).
Creatingaspecialshortcuticon
EscapeE
letsyouautomatetasksbyhelpingyoutocreateaspecialshortcuticon
withoptionsthatyouspecify.Thisisanalternativetousingthe‘Save’command
whensettingoptions:itmakesacopyoftheprogramandsopreservesthedefault
settingsoftheoriginalprogramandalsoletsyoucreateseveraliconsthatdo
differenttasks.
Ifyouwishtorun
EscapeE
continuouslyandmonitoraparticularfolderforfiles
withotherextensions,youcanaddthespecialicontotheWindowsStartup
group.
Expertuserscansetotheroptionsfromthecommandlineandtodothisaspecial
iconcanbecreatedmanually,withoptionsaddedtothecommandlineandthe
iconcanthenbe movedtotheStartupgroup(see
Chapter 6,RunningEscapeE
fromthecommandline).
Itisalsopossibletosaveaconfigurationasan*.INIfile
(use‘SaveAs...’fromthe‘Configuration...’dialogue)andinvokeitlaterusingthe
syntax:
ESCAPEE ^^configname
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Tocreateaspecialshortcuticon
1. Select‘Configuration...’fromtheOptionsmenu.
2. Setanyoptionsfromthetabbedpages.
3. Click‘Shortcut...’.Thecommandstocarryoutthespecialoptionsare e already
enteredintothe‘Arguments’box.
4. ThedefaultsettingistocreatetheiconintheWindowsStartmenu,as
shownin‘Shortcutlocation’.Tochange this,select‘Desktop’tocreate an
icononthedesktop,orselect‘Elsewhere’ andclick ‘Browse’toselect
another directorypath.
5. Click‘OK’tocreatetheshortcuticon.Everytimeyourunthisversionof
EscapeE
theoptionsyouselectwillbeused.
TorunEscapeEcontinuouslyfromstartup
1. Select‘Configuration...’fromtheOptionsmenu.
2. Inthe‘Automatic’tab,setthefolderyouwishtomonitorusingwildcards(see
Using wildcards s in filesspecifications
)
.
3. Setanyother r options,e.g.theoutputformat,thetime intervaltocheck for.
4. Click k ‘Shortcut...’
5. Select t ‘Elsewhere’ and click ‘Browse’.
6. LocatetheWindowsStartupfolder.
7. Click k ‘OK’tocreatethe shortcut icon.
EscapeE
willautomaticallyrunatstartupandmonitorthefolderyouchoose.
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Seealso:
Chapter 6.Running EscapeE fromthecommandline
SettingTCP/IPoptions
Inautomaticmode
EscapeE
canbeconfiguredtoreadfromaTCP/IPportaswell
asmonitoringafolder.Youmustspecifyeitheraportnumberoraname(which
willbelookedupintheWindowsServicesfile).
Escape
alsosupportsoutputviaLPR(LinePrinterRemote),theUNIXInternet
protocolforsendingpre-formattedfilestoremotesystemsforprintinge.g.spoolers
usingLPD(LinePrinterDemon)receivers.
ForLPRoutputyouneedtodefinethehosttowhichtheoutputistobesent,and
thequeuename.Theclassofthefilewillbewhateverthefileextensionwould
havebeene.g.PDF,XMLetc.andthejobnamecanbedefinedifrequired.There
isacheckbox(mirroredonthe‘Automatic’pageofthe‘Configuration...’dialogue)
toenableLPRoutputratherthansendingoutputtoafile.
TouseTCP/IPinput
1. Select‘Configuration...’fromtheOptionsmenu.
2. Selectthe‘TCP/IP’tab.
3. Select'EnableTCP/IPinput'.
4. Click'Portnumber'andsupplythenumber(e.g.'6000')orclick'Portname'
andtypeinaportname(e.g.'EscapeE'or'myport'whichwillbelookedupin
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theWindowsServicesfiletofindtheportnumber).
5. Clickthe'Save'buttontoretainthesesettingsafteryouclosetheprogram.
OR
Click 'Shortcut...'tocreate aShortcuticonwhichusesalltheoptionsyou
haveset (see
Creating aspecialshortcut icon
).
OR
Click'OK'tousethesesettingsforthecurrentsession.
TouseLPRoutput
1-2.Asabove.
3. Select‘EnableLPRoutput’(thisismirroredonthe'Automatic'tab).
4. Definethehosttowhichtheoutputistobesent,andthequeuename.The
classofthefilewillbethesameasthefileextensione.g.PDF,XML,etc..
Defineajobnameifrequired.
5. Asabove.
Note:
Whilethefileisbeingprocessedtheoutputisstoredinabuffer.TheLPRconnec-
tionismadewhentheprocessingiscomplete(orinthecaseofalargefile,the
bufferisfull).Thismeansthatthetransmissionmaynotstartimmediatelyand
thelineisnotkeptwaiting.
Usingplugins
Pluginsgive
EscapeE
theabilitytomodifytheappearanceofdocumentsina
controlledway.Currentpluginsinclude:
• MoveText-allowsexistingtexttobemovedaboutand/orhaveitsfontor
colourchanged.
• AddText-allowsnewtexttobeaddedinanydesiredfontorcolour.
• AddImage-allowsanimage(BMP,TIFForRIF)tobeaddedtothedocument.
• Barcodes-allowstexttobeconvertedintoanyofthecommonbarcode
formatsincluding2-Dtypes.
NewpluginsareregularlybeingdevelopedandRedTitancanprovidecustom
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pluginstoperformspecifictasks:contactRedTitanformoreinformation.
Inordertousepluginsyoumusthavepurchasedthefeatureandinstalledthe
appropriatepermissioncode.ThereisalsoaniconintheformofaredletterTon
the
EscapeE
toolbarwhichallowstransforms(implementedbyplugins)tobe
enabledordisabled.Whentransformsaredisabledtheiconisshownasa
crossed-outT.
Touseapluginyoumustfirstdefineafieldoratagwhichidentifieswhereand
whenthepluginistobe invoked(see
Definingdatafieldsandtags
in
Chapter
5
).Forexampleyoumightrequiretochangetheword'Overdue'intored.Inthis
caseyoucoulddefineatag(searchstring)byrightclickingontheword'Overdue'
andselecting'Newtag'.Inthe'Advanced'sectionchoosetherequiredpluginfrom
thelist(see
Setting advanced options s infield definitions
in
Chapter 5
).
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CHAPTER5.EXTRACTINGDATAFROM PCLFILES
OverviewofextractingdatafromPCLfiles
EscapeE
allowsyoutomarkoutanddefinedatafieldsonthepagesandthen
extractthetextatthesepositionsintoafileofCSV[commaseparatedvalues]
withfieldnamesinthefirstrecordorintoanXML[extensiblemarkuplanguage]
file(see
Exportingdatafields
).Thesefilescanbeimportedintoadatabaseorfed
totheRedTitan
DynamicDocumentFormatter
.Youcanalsoexportthefieldsas
plaintext.WhenoutputtingXML,youcanopttocreateXSLandCSSstylesheets.
Alternatively,whenusingtheimageexportformats,datafieldscanbeextracted
simultaneouslyintoCSV,XMLortextformat.Inthiscasethefileisnotgiventhe
extensionCSV,XML,etc,buta.LOGfileiscreatedinstead.
Notethatinordertoextractmeaningfultextitmaybenecessarytoselectthe
correctsymbolset(see
Changing thesymbolset
in
Chapter3
).Ifthedocument
wascreatedbyadriverwhichassignsarbitrarycodestothecharacters,thenit
willbenecessarytomatchthedownloadedcharacterstothose inthecharacter
database (see
Setting upacharacterrecognitiondatabase
in
Chapter 3
).
Itispossibletorequestonelogfileperoutputfile,ortheoutputfilecanbesplit
wheneveraspecifiedfield(ortag)isencounteredorwhenafieldchanges.Inthis
casetheoutputfilenamecanbederivedwholelyorinpartfromthecontentsofa
field (see
Using wildcardsinfile specifications
in
Chapter 4
).
Datafieldscanbedefinedasbeinglocatedeitheratanabsolutepositionrelative
tothepageor atsomeoffsetrelativetoa‘tag’ i.e.atextstringthatismatched
againstitemsinaspecifiedareaofthepage(see
Definingdatafieldsandtags
).
The‘Searching’and'Advanced'optionsletyourefinehowthefieldsaredetected
andused.Ifyouareexportingproportionallyspacedtextintofixedpitchplaintext,
EscapeE
canstriporaddspacessothatyoucancontrolthewaytextisaligned.
Specialpluginsareavailablewhichallowyou,forexample,tochangeafieldtoa
barcode,changethefontofafield,etc(see
Usingplugins
in
Chapter 4
).
Pagenumberscanbeaddedwhenexporting(see
Creatingpagenumbers
in
Chapter 4
).
Whenyoumarkuptextonpages,thefieldnamedefinitionsaresavedinafile
withextension.EEwhichusesthesamenameasthejobfile.Thiscanbe
importedintoanotherjobfileandusedtoextractthetextatthesamepositions
onthepage Thepreviousversionofany.EEfielddefinitionfileissavedas.~EE
forbackuppurposes.
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