I have a user who is interested in taking his XML document on the road for collaboration and editing, and for various reasons can't take a laptop. He was considering just putting everything on a flash drive, and running it from there. I assume, though, that the Arbortext Editor would need to actually be installed on the computer he was using - he wants to be able to run directly from the flash without installation.
Am I missing something? Is there a way that he could run straight from a flash drive?
I don't know of a way to install Arbortext to a flash drive and have it work on any arbitrary system you plug it into.
As an alternative, you might consider setting up a virtual machine that could be stored on a flash drive. Set up a minimal VM with nothing but Windows, Arbortext, and maybe a PDF reader or whatever other utilities the user might need in addition to Arbortext, and of course a copy of your custom application directory. Then, as long as the remote computer has the appropriate VM software, the user can fire up the VM and edit away. (The VMware player is free to download and install from the web, as is Microsoft's Virtual PC software.)
Might work if you can figure out how to get a license to work. I installed Editor on a removable hard drive once (not a flash drive, it was long ago). I noticed that there was an empty directory created named %windir%\Arbortext so that directory may need to exist on whatever machine is running it. Couldn't make a fixed license work, but as long as the PC could see my Arbortext license server a concurrent license worked. You have to set APTLMHOST to point to a fully qualified path to the license server. Worked inside the firewall, but wouldn't work from outside, so ultimately the test was a failure. Flash drive would probably be similar. Best solution: Since I couldn't get it to work, I eventually checked out a "demo" license from Arbortext product support (arranged by my Arbortext sales rep). The demo worked on any machine it was installed on for whatever the time limit arranged with Arbortext (I think we did it once for 2 weeks and once for six weeks for trips to vendors). PTC may or may not be willing. Good luck, -Andy \ / Andy Esslinger LM Aero Tech Order Data _____-/\-_____ (817) 279-0442 Box 748, Mail Zone 4285 \_\/_/ (817) 777 3047 Ft. Worth, TX 76101-0748
I'm not sure about the temporary licenses from PTC. We don't have a local sales rep who we can run these questions through, anymore.
A fixed license would probably work best for this, unless your company's concurrent license server is not behind a firewall, which seems unlikely. This would make the temporary license key useful, if it's available.
FYI - In any case, unless later versions of Editor have changed, the only thing you need to do to add fixed or concurrent license usage to an installation that was originally only for one or the other, is to copy from the Arbortext\Editor\dll directory the elmdlm.dll (for concurrent licenses) or elmdsl.dll (for fixed licenses) to the Arbortext\Editor\bin directory. As long as you have the license manager running and can add the appropriate license key to it, that is.