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Printers View

The Printers view is displayed within the main program area when the Printers node of any project is selected in the Projects view. This view is used to define and review the changes to be performed to the printing system when installing and/or uninstalling an MSI package created on a basis of this project Pic 1.

The Printers view

Pic 1. The Printers view

MSI Package Builder allows you to perform the following changes to the printing system: create, modify and delete printers; install and uninstall printer drivers; add and remove print processors, print monitors and printer ports. When monitoring existing installations, the required changes are created automatically and added to the corresponding project, representing the installation process. It is also possible to create the changes manually. The items in the view are by default grouped by the entry type. You can change the grouping using the table features, and it is possible to revert to the default layout at any moment using the Reset Layout item from the configuration menu.

The icon next to every item represented in the Printers view is used to describe of the item's type and state. The state icons are provided to help you understand what is happening in the program at the moment. You can always see if the item is being processed now by some operation or not, and if there are any processing problems.

Below is the list of type icons used:

Printer

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a printer;

Printer

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a printer is being processed;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver is being processed;

Print Processor

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a print processor;

Print Processor

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a print processor is being processed;

Print Monitor

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a print monitor;

Print Monitor

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a print monitor is being processed;

Local Printer Port

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a local printer port;

Local Printer Port

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a local printer port is being processed;

TCP/IP Printer Port

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a TCP/IP printer port;

TCP/IP Printer Port

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a TCP/IP printer port is being processed.

As for the problematic situations, the following overlays are used:

Printer

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a printer containing errors that should be resolved before creating an MSI package;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver containing errors that should be resolved before creating an MSI package;

Print Processor

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a print processor containing errors that should be resolved before creating an MSI package;

Print Monitor

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a print monitor containing errors that should be resolved before creating an MSI package;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver contains missing links;

Print Processor

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a print processor contains missing links.

The following overlays are used to represent the operation to be performed with each item:

Printer

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a printer should be created;

Printer

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a printer should be modified;

Printer

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a printer should be deleted;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver should be installed;

Printer Driver

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a printer driver should be uninstalled;

Print Processor

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a print processor should be added;

Print Processor

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a print processor should be removed;

Print Monitor

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a print monitor should be added;

Print Monitor

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a print monitor should be removed;

Local Printer Port

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a local printer port should be created;

Local Printer Port

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a local printer port should be deleted;

TCP/IP Printer Port

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a TCP/IP printer port should be created;

TCP/IP Printer Port

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a TCP/IP printer port should be modified;

TCP/IP Printer Port

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a TCP/IP printer port should be deleted.

The actions for adding, editing and deleting the changes to printing system as well as copying and moving those changes between projects are available in the Printers view pop-up menu and on the Printers contextual Ribbon page.

Functions Overview

Changes Management

From the Printers view you can create, edit and delete the modifications to be performed by an MSI package to the printing system configuration. The actions for creating changes in printers, printer drivers, print processors, print monitors and printer ports can be found within the New group on the Printers contextual Ribbon page and in the New group of the Printers view pop-up menu. Alternatively you can use the Printer Entries drop-down button from the New group on the Project Ribbon page. To change any modification to printing system, you can use the Edit item from the pop-up menu or the Edit button from the Management group on the Printers contextual Ribbon page, and to delete the modification, use the Delete items.

Copy/Move

You can easily copy and/or move the modifications to be performed by an MSI package to the printing system configuration from the Printers view. You can use the drag/drop and copy/paste techniques as well as the Cut, Copy and Paste menu items to reach the goal. It is also possible to use the Copy To and Move To items available both in the pop-up menu and on the Printers contextual Ribbon page to perform copy/move immediately choosing a target project in a dialog.

Search

Within the Printers view you can execute a search for specific changes to the printing system configuration performed by an MSI package using the Find item from the pop-up menu.

For the detailed information about the changes to printing system that can be defined in a project refer to the Printers Deployment section of this document.