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FAQ: How to generate high res images from a Workstation

link this post written on 02/11/2010
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There are two types of dongles:

Workstation dongles and Generator dongles.
Connecting dongle to a Computer were DirectSmile is installed determines if DirectSmile starts in Generator mode or Workstation mode when you start the "DirectSmile Generator.exe"

What is the difference?
Only a Generator is able to render HighRes images and documents. A Workstation is not.

What if I want to render HighRes images from a Workstation?
Again, you can't. But you can set up a Workstation so that it uses a Generators HighRes production capability.

How would I do that?
A Workstation needs to use the same working directory as a Generator.

What is a working directory?
This is a directory on a computer were the resources are stored that a Generator needs in order to produce HighRes images. This is usually the DirectSmile installation directory. In a default installation this is 'c:\program files(x86)\directsmile generator'

How is this set up?
To make a Generator working directory accessible for a Workstation, DirectSmile uses shared network drives. A network drive is a folder on a computer that is shared in a local network and handled like a physical disk drive or partition.

On the computer where the Generator dongle is connected, the Generators working directory needs to be shared first. In order to do so, go to the DirectSmile installation directory, right click on it, select 'properties > Sharing > Advanced sharing > share this folder > OK'

In the security tab add the user "everyone" and give it the permission read, write and modify.

Next open a windows explorer window (note: NOT Internet Explorer, but windows explorer) and in the address bar type in \\computername (name of the computer you are currently working on, to find out the name right click on computer or My Computer and select properties) you will see all shared folders. Right click on the shared working directory folder and select 'map network drive' select a drive letter and make sure the reconnect at logon checkbox is checked.

Next, start up DirectSmile. In the DirectSmile menu click 'Smily Account > change working directory' select the network drive you just connected and click OK.

Next close DirectSmile and start it up again, to confirm the change.

The next steps need to be taken on the computer where the Workstation dongle is connected.

Here you need to connect the working directory of the Generator as a network Drive as well. In order to do so, open a windows explorer window (note: NOT Internet Explorer, but windows explorer) and in the address bar type in \\generator-computername (name of the computer where the Generator is running) you will see all shared folders.

Right click on the shared Generator working directory folder and select 'map network drive' When selecting a drive letter, make absolutely sure to select the same drive letter as you selected on the Generator machine, also make sure that the reconnect at logon checkbox is checked.

Next, start up DirectSmile. In the DirectSmile menu click 'Smily Account > change working directory' select the network drive you just connected and click OK.

Next close DirectSmile and start it up again, to confirm the change.

Now Workstation and Generator are using the same working directory.

Is it possible to start rendering HighRes images from the Workstation now?
Not quite. You still need to make sure, that the selected output path for pictures for the Job you want to start is known to both the Generator and the Workstation. So in order to make sure this is the case, go to the computer where you want your images stored and share it in your network and connect it as a network drive on both Generator and Workstation, just as you did with the Generator working directory.

Select this network drive as the output path for images in the DirectSmile Job Menu.

If all is set up correctly, it should be possible to produce HighRes images from a Workstation.

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