April 26, 2012
 
A new ROES Stand Alone Server is available for production use, and should download on your next launch. There have been several updates issued since October 2009 that you may already be running from the Jan 13, 2011 version; this has resulted in multiple versions of the ROES Server in use and we are synching all on the new release. The latest revision includes an updated Order Numbers tab, support for new ROES report macros, additional ROES Printers, and an updated E-Mail tab. We will also be doing an updated ROES Client Release next week and the newer ROES Server code is needed for orders to properly be processed, especially for credit card data.
 
The updated server guide is at http://www.softworksroes.com/ROES/UsersGuides/SASERVERGUIDE_2/index.html. A zip of sample report and e-mail templates can be downloaded via http://www.softworksroes.com/ROES/labs/SARDemo/ReportTemplates.zip. After the update is released early Monday, you should relaunch the ROES Server and get a new jar file downloaded, and after the application opens mousing over the top banner should reveal version: v12.04:25.22:10.
 
If you are using Java 6 currently, the server may not update properly via the desktop shortcut, depending on the operating system and Java version you are using. We have found that both the ROES Server and Client have been failing to properly update the codebase from the desktop icon in Windows XP and in Vista/Win 7 under certain circumstances. This is due to a Java bug that appeared after Java 6 update 22, where any space in the Java cache path caused the cached launch code to be used still. In Windows XP, this generally means all systems, since every user path starts with 'C:\Documents and Settings' and will fail. In Windows 7 and Vista, the default path is in C:\Users, however any user login name that has a space, such as 'Lab Server', could see this issue as well. This bug has finally been fixed in Java 7 update 3, however we do not recommend updating to that version of Java if you are using input or output profiles in your rendering in the ROES Server.  If the ROES Server version does not update due to this issue, simply launch from the online URL to start your ROES Server (we can provide this if needed).
 
New Server Features:
 
Numbers Tab Changes - The Order Numbers tab has been re-designed to allow for macro use in the numbering sequence.
 
E-Mail Tab Changes - The E-Mail tab has been re-designed with a new layout and new area for sending of order processing alerts.
 
Report Macros - The latest ROES Server contains support for the latest macros and conditional statements, including all needed for shipping data from the new ROES Retail.
 
New/Updated Printers:
 
Fuji FCIM printer - The Fuji FCIM (FujiColorInputModule) Printer is a disk render with additional capabilities specific to the Fuji FCIM printer. After rendering a .txt file is created with specifics about the rendered items. Each item will be represented with 5 fields of data:

Field Name

Description

Qty

The quantity of the item

Size

The template or layout file name. This is the layoutfile attribute value of the ROES template.

BackPrint

The data for back print line 1. Macros are supported.

BackPrint2

The data for back print line 2. Macros are not supported.

FilePath

The path to the rendered file. The path is generated based on the data set in the “HotFolder Directory” and “Output File Name” variables of the FCIM Printer.

Only the HotFolder Directory needs to be defined for the FCIM Printer. The Output Directory Folder can be left blank.

File Copier Agent - The File Copier Agent is a device that will copy or move files from a defined source directory to a defined destination directory. File name conflicts can be handled with either a replace or don't replace selection. Both the source and destination directory definitions support the usage of macros. The file copier agent could be used in a color correction workflow where original order images are backed up prior to modifications.

File Mode: Copy or Move

On conflicts: “Do not replace file in destination” or “Replace file in destination”

Source Directory: The path to the source image directory. This could be the orders Order Images location.


Do not deselect the "Ignore Directories in Source Directory". This could result in a loop of creating the same folder structure over and over until the path depth exceeds a Windows limit. That folder structure will not be able to be deleted.
 
Destination Directory: The path to where files will be copied or moved to. If the destination directory is a sub folder of the source directory then you have to have the “Ignore Directories in Source Directory” selection checked. A race condition will occur when the destination is a sub folder of the source and sub folders are not ignored.
 
Noritsu Net Order - The Noritsu Net Order agent is the most current interface to the Noritsu family of printers. The Net Order agent will not function as an individual device but needs to be paired with a Disk printer. The Net Order agent assumes files representing the ordered items have already been rendered by the Disk printer.
 
ROES Stand Alone Server Outsourced Integrations
 
Artsy Couture - You can add outsourced production of Gallery Block products, seen at www.artsycouture.com, in your ROES Clients! These have been extremely popular and is a very simple integration to add to your product line.
 
Proven Pictures - Offer Press products such as albums, proof books, greeting cards and calendars through the ROES integration with Proven Pictures (www.provenpictures.com). A great way to add press printed items to your lab with out the capital expense, or augment your current press items with Proven's products.
 
Both Artsy Couture and Proven Pictures come in ready to use Catalogs that can be easily copied and pasted into your current templates file(s) for ordering. Integration is fast and easy, and each is a great way to add revenue without heavy expense.