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Using the Mask to Enter Data and Print

Enter the program again and choose General->Models->Add/Change/Delete.

In the Model Code field type 2000 and press OK.

Choose Drawing->Drawing General Properties.

Now you are in the General Data Window. Click on the Drawing button.

Now you are in the Drawing Window.

Choose YES in the three following fields:

Click on the OK button of the Drawing Window.

Click on the OK button of the General Data Window.

Choose File->Exit.

Answer Yes to the question: Do you want to save the information ?

We are now going to test the model. We are going to use the order you entered before, but you can start a new order instead if you wish.

Choose Order->Update/Delete/Print Order.

Type the code of the order you wrote down.

Press the Load Order button.

Press the OK button. The order detail window will appear.

Although you see there are some rows with code 2000 from our previous test, we can't use them to test changes made to model 2000, because as they were entered before we made the changes, they refer to the old version of the model. This is so to prevent conflicts. So remember, when you update a model the rows which have already been entered with the previous version of the model don't change because they keep the reference to the old model. The only way for those rows to use the new model, if we prefer it so, is to delete them and enter them again.

Go with the mouse or with the movement keys to the last row, which should be empty. If the last row weren't empty you know you can get ten new empty rows by pressing Enter in the cell in the last row and last column.

Type UNIT 1 in the Location column. Press Enter.

Press Enter twice to skip the Mac and Mark columns.

In the Model column, type 2000 and press Enter.

In the Values column type: 15 160

Press Enter.

Only one space is necessary between these two values, but you can leave several of them if you wish.

As you see, instead of going to the drawing window, you can enter the data here, thus saving time. This is because you chose YES in the Mask in screen field.

Type 22 in the Num column and press Enter.

Type 10 in the diameter column and press Enter.

As you see ten new empty rows are added when you press Enter in the cell in the last row and last column.

UNIT 1 is already written in the Location column. Press Enter.

Press Enter twice to skip the Mac and Mark columns.

2000 is already written in the Model column. Press Enter.

In the Values column type: 15 185

Press Enter.

Type 33 in the Num column and press Enter.

Type 10 in the diameter column and press Enter.

UNIT 1 is already written in the Location column. Press Enter.

Press Enter twice to skip the Mac and Mark columns.

2000 is already written in the Model column. Press Enter.

In the Values column type: 15 180

Press Enter.

Type 33 in the Num column and press Enter.

Type 10 in the diameter column and press Enter.

UNIT 1 is already written in the Location column. Press Enter.

Press Enter twice to skip the Mac and Mark columns.

2000 is already written in the Model column. Press Enter.

In the Values column type: 20

Press Enter.

Type 50 in the Num column and press Enter.

Type 12 in the diameter column and press Enter.

You see, if we want to change both values we enter both.

If we only have to change the second value, it is also necessary to enter both.

If we only want to change the first value (last row), we can enter both, but it is only necessary to enter the first value, the second is copied by the program from the last row with the same model.

If in a model with several values we think that one of them is more likely to change than the other(s), it should go first in the input sequence. So it is only necessary to type that value if the others remain unchanged.

In this case, for instance, if the long value is more likely to change than the short one, there are three ways to make it come first in the input sequence, imply changing the mask field when we create or update the model:

 

The {2} and {1} disappear in screen and in the printed order and label. This way we can have a different sequence in the input of data and in the printed result. We will try this in the next chapter.

The only difference with the previous way is that (2) and (1) appear in screen before data input and disappear in the printed order and label.

Choose Reports->Print Bar List with Drawings->Setting 2.

Press OK.

As you see the drawing has been printed, not the mask. This is because you chose YES in the O.Prn field.

When it has finished printing, choose Reports->Print Labels->Setting 2.

Press OK.

As you see the drawing has been printed, not the mask. This is because you chose YES in the Label field.

Choose File->Save changes and Exit.

Write down the order code, we'll use it in further examples.

In the shareware version you exit the program when you choose this option.

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