The following brief document will help you understand how to use
AppFinder to collect technical information about application(s) to
add to VAKCER Project Tracker. Please, read this document carefully
before you proceed...
Types of applications
There are two application types we need to distinguish - those
using Multiple Document Interface (MDI) and Single
Document Interface (SDI).
MDI applications are capable of working with
several documents simultaneously. You can open a document in them,
change it, then open another document not saving the previous one.
Then you can switch between the two. Even if you open several
documents at once, an MDI application will have only one
application window and several document windows, one for each
document. If a document window is maximized, you can't see the
others, but you can (usually) switch to any other document through
the Window menu command.
Examples of MDI applications: CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator,
Microsoft Word, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Excel and many others.
On the contrary, an SDI application can open
only one document at a time. If you need to open another, you must
save the current document first. In this case, you have only one main
application window and the document's contents are located within
Examples of SDI applications: Notepad, CorelDRAW up to
version 5, Microsoft GIF Animator, Netscape Composer, etc.
Some SDI applications create another instance of their main
window when you open another document. As an example of such
application, Macromedia DreamWeaver could be mentioned. When you
select "Open" from the File menu, another window of
DreamWeaver is created to hold the new document. This is similar to
opening several DreamWeaver copies at once but is performed
For these reasons, please be careful when determining the
application type. Please try not to mix the two application types
because this is essential information required by us to add the
program to the tracking list.
Fetching the application information
Download VAKCER Application
Finder (vpt_appfinder.zip, 20K) program - it will be
used to fetch the application data.
In order to fetch the application info, launch the application
you want to include, and create a new document. Then launch
AppFinder, and hit the Get Application Information...
button. The mouse cursor will change to a vertical arrow. Click over
the document area of the application. Here are some
on the white text area in Notepad, on the drawing page in CorelDRAW, or on the
document image in Photoshop.
As soon as you click the application, AppFinder will display the
application title so that you can make sure you clicked correctly.
Usually the title contains the application name and the current
document name. For example, if you click Netscape Composer,
AppFinder will display a title similar to this: "file:///Untitled
- Netscape Composer":
Make sure that the title is correct (that it belongs to the
application you are trying to fetch the info from) then click
You will be presented with a dialog box where you need to supply the application
information. Something like this:
In Application name and version field enter the name
and version of the application. If the name doesn't
contain the manufacturer's name, be sure to include it too. For example:
"Netscape Composer, v4.03". By default this field contains
the application title as it usually contains the application name so
you don't need to type it manually. Just correct the string (e.g.,
delete the document name from it, etc.)
Category should contain the category where you
think this application should be added. The options are:
Illustration, Page Layout, Image Editing, Web Design, Word
Processing, 3D modeling, Animation, CAD/CAM, Database, Spreadsheet,
Presentation, Sign Design.
If you think that a new category should be created for your
application, just type the new category type into the Category field.
Interface specifies whether the application is
MDI or SDI. AppFinder attempts to determine the application type by
itself, however, sometimes it gets confused. For example, Microsoft
Word is determined as SDI even though actually it is an MDI application. So
be sure to correct this parameter if necessary.
And finally, Database file contains the path and
name of the file to write the information to. By default, this field
is set to AppFinder.dat file in the same folder where
AppFinder program resides. You can change the name and/or path for
your particular use.
Please note that the file is appended rather
than overwritten. (However the file is created if it doesn't exist).
So you can store information about several applications to a single
After you have fetched all the info, send the database file as an
attachment to email@example.com,
and keep VAKCER Application Finder to submit new applications in the
Please, also send a screenshot of the
application's main window. To do this, press Alt-Print
Screen while the application is active. Then start any image
editing software and paste the clipboard contents into it.
You can then convert it to 256 colors and save as GIF or
TIFF with LZW compression. Attach the screenshot(s) to the
message along with the AppFinder database file.
Thank you very much for your collaboration.