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Installing farVIEW

This information is now out-of-date, since farVIEW now comes in a snazzy self-installing file.

farVIEW is provided as a standard ZIP-file, called farview.zip. Install it by creating a folder, which, for the purposes of this discussion, I will assume you call farview. Then un-zip the contents of the farview.zip file into the farview folder. Be sure to use an unzip tool that preserves long file names.

After you complete the un-zip, copy the file XING32.DLL to your system directory (windows\system or winnt\system32, depending) renaming it WING32.DLL. Don't rename it in the farVIEW directory, though. Microsoft doesn't like to find it just lying around any old where.

Next, create a shortcut with a command line as


and a working directory of


assuming that you created the farview folder on your C: drive, which you probably didn't. Obviously, you should specify the correct drive.

Pick out a nice icon from the pretty set that Microsoft provides, since farVIEW doesn't provide one.

Note that if you want to begin the farVIEW session in a farBook other than the default, farview, enter its name at the end of the command line. For example, if the farBook name is  myBook, enter the following line:

    C:\farview\farview myBook

There are a number of flag parameters, which you will find listed in The farVIEW Command Line page. These provide debugging information and are normally not needed. If you make the farVIEW listener active, however, you may want to log request messages and how farVIEW handles them. Add the -DC flags to the command line for that purpose.

Using a simple text editor (Notepad will do), edit the file farview.ini. Search for the line userName=. Make up a user name for yourself and enter it following the equal-sign. Save the file, and you are ready to go.

Don't use file names with farview in them. farVIEW uses that name with various extensions for several purposes.