Thanks,

I will experiment with this as you suggest after the current job is done and
I feel "safe to do so"

JaMi


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To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Warning to DXP Users re P99SE files


>
>
> Jami,
>
> You should be able to set your file associations under windows back to the
> way you want.
>
> Its too bad too that software installs routinely mess with file
> associations and don't clean-up after later and act politely.   This is
> pretty common in my experience and NOT unique to Protel.
>
> I combat this syndrom with a pair of batch files that will easily
> straighten out the mess.   I have found that doing it in windows explorer
> is unreliable, limiting, and prone to flaky behavior.   The batch files I
> use are easier, quicker, and best of all... portable.
>
> I don't run any of the newer windows, got NT here at work and 98SE at
home,
> so the info I'm about to download may need some interpretation for say XP.
> Also note that I am still a diehard protel 98 user (ive got 99se but dont
> use it - another story) which are relected in the examples below.
>
> Okay, Here are my actual batch files I use:
>
>
> DumpFileAssociationsToTextFiles.bat
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> assoc > assoc.txt
> ftype > ftype.txt
> notepad assoc.txt
> notepad ftype.txt
>
> >>> This one dumps the current file association data to a pair of text
> files that are then opened in notepad for viewing.  Here you can see ALL
> the file extensions assignments and and exactly which programs are
> executed.
>
>
>
> SetFileAssociations.bat
> ------------------------------------------
> rem
> rem ********** SET JPG FILES TO OPEN WITH MS PHOTOEDITOR
************************
> rem ftype jpegfile=
> rem ftype jpegfile="c:\program files\common files\microsoft
shared\photoed\photoed.exe" %1
> rem
> rem ********** REMOVE ASSOCIATIONS FOR PROTEL FILES
*****************************
> rem assoc .lib=
> rem assoc .sch=
> rem assoc .prj=
> rem assoc .net=
> rem assoc .pcb=
> rem assoc .pld=
> rem assoc .rcs=txtfile
> rem assoc .sdf=
> rem
> rem
> rem ********* REASSIGN FILE TYPES BACK TO PROTEL 98
*****************************
> rem ftype ProtelLibraryFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem ftype ProtelNetlistFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem ftype ProtelPCBFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem ftype ProtelProjectFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem ftype ProtelResourceFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem ftype ProtelSchematicFile=C:\client98\client98.exe %1
> rem
> rem
> rem =========
>
> >>>This file sets the associations that I want.   I enable selected lines
by removing the REM prior to running it.
> This way I can toggle back and forth if I want.
>
>
>
> To use these batch files, run the 1st one and look at the associations you
> currently have.
> Heres an example of what assoc.txt shows (program name for each registered
> file extension)
>
> .386=vxdfile
> .acp=Office.ActorPreview
> .act=Office.Actor
> .ai=
> .aif=AIFFFile
> .aifc=AIFFFile
> .aiff=AIFFFile
> .akf=AcroExch.Key
> ...........................
>
> ftype.txt shows what program gets called for each program name.
>
> Access.Application.8=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE /NOSTARTUP
"%1"
> Access.BlankDatabaseTemplate.8=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE
/NOSTARTUP /NEWDB "%1"
> Access.DatabaseWizardTemplate.8=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE
/NOSTARTUP /DBWIZ "%1"
> Access.Extension.8=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE /NOSTARTUP "%1"
> Access.MDEFile.8=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE /NOSTARTUP "%1"
> Access.ShortCut.Form.1=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE /NOSTARTUP
/SHELLSYSTEM [OpenForm "%1"]
> Access.ShortCut.Macro.1=C:\hscapps\office97\Office\MSACCESS.EXE /NOSTARTUP
/SHELLSYSTEM [ShellOpenMacro "%1"]
> ..................
>
>
> So after I check what the associations are, I'll open the 2nd batch file
to
> add/change/delete command lines in order to manipulate the associations to
> whatever I want.   Then run it.   Lastly I run the first bach file again
to
> check that my changes came out okay.
>
> I do have both P99SE and P98 installed but have removed all protel file
> "hooks" so dbl clicking protel files doesn't start anything up.  Not even
> P98.   I personally like it that way cause it prevents me from the
> accidental dbl click and multiple instances of protel.   My favorite
> technique for opening files is to drag and drop out of winExporer to the
> protel window - so I don't need dbl click to work.
>
> Hope you found this usefull
> Dave Lewis
>
>
>
> >I went into Power Desk 4 Pro (souped up MS Exploder), and found the
backup
> >of the file I was looking for, and double clicked on it, and . . .
> >
> >OH!  *&$%#*^~+  -   8^{
> >
> >DXP opened the file instead of Protel 99 SE !
> >
> >It appears that inspite of everybody saying it was safe to install DXP
> along
> >side of Protel 99 SE, and that there would be no interactions or
problems,
> >it appears that DXP took it for granted that I wanted it to trash all of
> my
> >Protel 99 SE files.
>
>
>
>
>

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