SECTION 22.214.171.124 - EXTERNAL VIEWER
USAGE: To setup the parameters for an external viewer.
Note: This function is only available in DOS based environments. For Unix installations, the menu option does not appear.
DISCUSSION: Normally when you generate a report, HiFinance gives you the option to display the report to the screen or print it on a printer. The screen display option normally displays in a non-graphical screen, which cuts the report into sections that can be displayed in 80 by 25 character chunks. This function is quick but sometimes difficult to view because long and/or wide reports are displayed in short sections.
HiFinance also gives you the option to display the report on any HTML viewer, eg Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc. The report is transformed into an HTML compatible format and the external viewer is initiated. Because HiFinance expects to print to non-proportional spaced printers, the output is forced into a non-proportional character font using the <pre> command. Once initiated, the report can be read as per normal and movement can be achieved with the mouse or cursor commands in the normal way. Most viewers also have facilities to print to your local printer. HiFinance does not control this printing. The printer should be setup from within Windows.
Note: HiFinance has no way of killing off the viewer once the report has been displayed. You will need to complete this task manually. For example, in most instances you can terminate the viewer with <alt><F4> or <alt><f><c> or <alt><f><x>. If you fail to do this, each new call to the viewer will result in a new instance of the program, which will eventually fill-up all available processing memory.
When you start this function, the screen will appear as follows:
ENABLE EXTERNAL VIEWER? This basically enables or disables the call to the external program. If you enter N here, only the internal viewer will be available and the rest of the questions are irrelevant. You can enter an A here. This will cause the print function to ask you each time you choose to display a report to the screen. This option is available for those users who wish to sometimes display in a non-graphical way and sometime wish to send the display to an external viewer, eg Excel.
NAME AND FULL PATH TO EXTERNAL VIEWER? Here you enter the full (absolute) path name of the external program. For example, to used Internet Explorer, enter c:\program files\microsoft internet\iexplore.exe Note the spaces in the path name. Do not enter any quotation marks. HiFinance will insert these when calling the program.
LINES PER PAGE? It is not necessary to have page breaks in this function because most HTML viewers are capable of printing and inserting their own page numbers. If you do not wish to have page breaks, enter zero here. If you wish to force page breaks (which will insert headings as per normal printing) enter a number from 10 to 99 here representing the number of lines you wish to print before a page break is triggered.
INITIAL FONT SIZE? This function modifies the HTML tag <font> with a size number. A good size is usually 2 or 3, but this depends on your screen. Any number from 1 to 9 is valid. In either case, most viewers allow the font to be varied, once the report is on the screen.