How to Set-up Printfil with Foodman.

                        PrintFil is a utility which allows you to setup multiple printers on
                        a network. Printers may be Parallel, Serial or USB in any combination.
                        PrintFil also has an email capability to email printed reports.

                        You can download a trial version from:

                        The software costs $103.00 and is an excellent value.

                        When PrintFil is used, Foodman is directed to send all printed output
                        to disk files instead of directly to the printer.
                        Foodman allows up to seven printers on a PC. These are normally referred
                        to as LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, COM1, COM2, COM3, and COM4.
                        When PrintFil is used, these values are changed to the name of a disk
                        file.  The following screenshot of the Printer Setup page in System Setup
                        in Foodman shows that the first three printers have been changed to use
                        a disk file on drive C:.

                        The names are C:\PRINTER1\PRTR1, C:\PRINTER2\PRTR2
                        AND C:\PRINTER3\PRTR3.

                        (PRINTFIL is run in the three directories C:\PRINTER1
                        C:\PRINTER2 AND C:\PRINTER3.  Data is written to the
                        files PRTR1, PRTR2 and PRTR3 in the respective
                        directories (see below).

                        These changes must be made for each of the computers
                        on the network.  This results in each computer writing
                        to files on ITS OWN disk drive.

                        If you need more than three printers, just change
                        the values appropriately.

                        After installing PrintFil, you have to set it up
                        to work with Foodman.

                        In the Foodman folder (C:\XOD, C:\XSS or C:\XHD)
                        depending on which system you use, there are files
                        which can be used to setup PrintFil.

                        PFSETUP.BAT is used to create seven directories on
                        drive C:

                        These seven directories are used to control printing
                        on up to seven printers.  It doesn't matter if you
                        use less than seven.

                        This file will also copy the file PRINTFIL.INI
                        into each of the directories which it creates.
                        PRINTFIL.INI is the file which PrintFil uses to
                        manage the printing.

                        To create the directories using PFSETUP.BAT, do the

                                Click on Start
                                Click on Run
                                Enter CMD and Click OK

                                A black window will appear.
                                Enter the following depending on
                                which Foodman system you have:


                                Then, enter "PFSETUP" and press enter.

                        Finally, type EXIT and press enter to return to

                        You only need to do this once when first installing

                        PFSETUP.BAT is as follows:

                        REM This batch creates seven directories on drive C: for use by
                        REM up to seven copies of PRINTFIL.EXE.
                        MD printer1
                        MD printer2
                        MD printer3
                        MD printer4
                        MD printer5
                        MD printer6
                        MD printer7
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI
                        COPY C:\WINDOWS\PRINTFIL.INI


                        PRINTFIL.INI is the file which contains the 
                        information needed for PrintFil to function.

                        Remember that there is a copy of PRINTFIL.INI
                        in each of the directories created by PFSETUP.BAT.

                        The first part of the file is shown below. You must
                        change it to tell PrintFil the name(s) of the
                        disk file which Foodman writes to and the name of
                        the printer that Printfil will actually print to.

                        You need to change the PRINTFIL.INI in each of
                        the directories used to print.

                        Use the Windows NotePad to change the INI files.
                        The files you need to change are called:

                                C:\PRINTER3\PRINTFIL.INI and so on.

                        You must change the "FileName" to denote the
                        the Foodman disk file name and you have to
                        change the "Printer" to the name given to the
                        printer when it was installed in Windows.
                        The PRINTFIL.INI files look like this:
                        Font=Courier New
                        Printer=Star DP8340                   

                        After making the changes save them and exit NotePad.


                        You have to have a version of PrintFil running
                        for each printer you have. PrintFil just sits
                        there waiting for a file to be created and
                        then prints the file to the designated printer.

                        So, if you have three printers, you need to have
                        three copies of PrintFil running, each one in its
                        own folder. 

                        Foodman comes with PFSTART.BAT which you must
                        run at the start of each day. PFSTART starts
                        three copies of PrintFil, one for PRINTER1,
                        one for PRINTER2 and one for PRINTER3.

                        You will need to make a shortcut on the desktop
                        to start PrintFil each day. Do the following:

                                Right-Click on the Desktop
                                Select "New"
                                Select "Shortcut"
                                Enter either:

                                  c:\xod\pfstart.bat or
                                  c:\xss\pfstart.bat or

                                depending on which Foodman system you have.

                        Double-Clicking the shortcut will run PFSTART.BAT
                        which will run the three copies of PrintFil to handle
                        the three printers.

                        The PFSTART.BAT is as follows:

                            START C:\"PROGRAM FILES"\PRINTFIL\PRINTFIL.EXE
                            START C:\"PROGRAM FILES"\PRINTFIL\PRINTFIL.EXE
                            START C:\"PROGRAM FILES"\PRINTFIL\PRINTFIL.EXE