Quickstart Guide

 

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Installation:

Download the Ibadge installation program to your PC.†† Run this file to install I-Badge on your PC.The default directory is c:\ibadge.

 

Requirements:

A PC running Windows 95 or later.

A connection to the Internet

If you are behind a network firewall, check with your system administrator to see if you can use http to transfer data.

4MB of hard disk space for the I-Badge program

Additional disk space for images

An I-badge account set up in advance

 

About portraits and logos:

All images must be located in the same directory.This includes all portraits, logos, signatures, etc.This directory must be specified within the I-badge program by using the SET DATA DIRECTORY function.We recommend you set up a separate directory for your images.This will make it easier should you decide to move the system from one PC to another at a later date.

 

When naming files, they can have up to eight characters in the name.Images must be either jpg or bmp format and the file names must include the jpg or bmp extension as appropriate.

 

When you must be connected to the Internet:

The only time you must be connected to the Internet is when placing an order.The process of designing the cards is done off-line.When placing an order, please wait until the message is displayed that your order has been successful before disconnecting from the Internet.

 

Designing a card:

Predefined card Wizards are included with I-badge.When you start the program, you are asked if you want to selectthe Card Wizard or an existing design.We strongly recommend you start with the Wizard design that most closely matches your desired layout.You can then customize the design to suit your specific needs.Once you have customized it, save the design with an appropriate name.The next time you start I-Badge, select this existing design.Donít forget to check the data the Wizard puts on the back of the card.

 

Capturing portraits:

The best way to capture portraits is with a digital camera.Depending on the camera, there are various ways to transfer the images to your PC.Some cameras, such as the Sony Mavica, have a floppy disk built into the camera.This provides the easiest method of transferring files.Simply remove the disk from the camera, put it into the PC and copy the files to the hard drive.We recommend that you rename the files to a name associated with the individual (e.g. use the first eight letters of their last name)This will make it easier when you are adding data to the database.