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Tips and tricks

Edit fields cannot be used

The dialogs in PersoNum use a smart mode which protects you from wrong input values and sets useful parameters automatically. The data records preview e.g. will be automatically updated when you update the range of useable data records.

If you e.g. want to change the first record to be used, click into the relevant edit field. Now you have one and a half second to enter the new value. Then the value in this edit field is being evaluated and the whole dialog view will be updated.

You may want to [Tab] to another edit field before you start editing an edit field's value, just to inform PersoNum that you do no longer change the previous edit field.

Speed up the output

Currently PersoNum outputs the document data via the Calamus print engine which means that basically each page has to be built up and output for each single print run-through. This costs time – conceded. If possible, try to print parts of the print output separately ahead without personalizing, so you can even use the copies buffer of your printer (or even use offset prints for imprints).

I see red

Whenever you see red in a PersoNum dialog, is should be a warning, of course.

If e.g. the PersoNum main dialog looks like shown above after the Calamus launch, with a read file name, then this indicated that the file is either not available or unreadable.

In the dialog Numbering machines you will always see a red zero if a numbering machine reaches a value smaller than 1.

File hashing

If you load a database file for personalization, PersoNum immediately creates a so-called hashing table with internal information about these data records which help finding single data records much faster than before. Once the information has been collected, PersoNum stores it in the same folder where your database file has been loaded from, with the same file name of your database file, but with the extension ._PH – which stands for PersoNum Hashing. So if e.g. your database file is named ADDRESSES.DAT, you will find another file named ADDRESSES._PH afterwards.

The next time, when you want to load your ADDRESSES.DAT, PersoNum checks if this file has been changed after it has created the _PH file. If not, PersoNum reads the required information about your ADDRESSES.DAT file directly from the _PH which really increases its speed.

If you want to force for any reason to ignore a _PH file, you don't have to delete it. Simply press [Ctrl] when you load the database file which advises PersoNum to ignore a possibly still useable _PH file and to create and overwrite it.

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Last updated on August 27, 2015

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