My OPI or RIP product (such as Color Central, RAMPAGE, etc) appears to require Services for Macintosh. Is there a workaround to allow these products to work with ExtremeZ-IP?

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  • Product:
    ExtremeZ-IP
  • Version:
    1.1.3-Current
  • Document Type:
    FAQ
  • Revised:
    2/27/2007
  • Reviewed:
    2/27/2007

Question:

My OPI or RIP product (such as Color Central, RAMPAGE, etc) appears to require Services for Macintosh. Is there a workaround to allow these products to work with ExtremeZ-IP?

Answer:

Many of these products, including both ColorCentral and RAMPAGE, use the Services for Macintosh registry keys that identify the list of Mac shares.

These programs typically need to map the Macintosh’s perception of a file’s location to its actual location on the Windows Server in order to perform certain kinds of processing. So, for example, if you are sharing “d:OPISHARE” as the Macintosh volume “OPI Share”, then the Macintosh path to a file might be “OPI Share:Job Folder:Job File.JPG”, whereas the Windows path would be “d:OPISHAREJob FolderJob File.JPG.” The OPI server software might need to use this information to process the file on the Windows server side.

Some of these programs may also use these volumes to watch for certain file names (such as Macintosh file names that contain ‘*’, ‘?’, or ‘/? characters) and rename them to something more acceptable.

ExtremeZ-IP does not store the list of volumes in the same location as MACFILE (SFM), primarily because it would break MACFILE to do so. However, ExtremeZ-IP does store the list of volumes (and other registry keys) in exactly the same format as MACFILE registry keys. So in order to get Color Central to do work, you simply have to copy the data in the registry.

Specifically, you should copy each entry from:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
System
CurrentControlSet
Services
MACFILE
Parameters
Volumes

To this location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
System
CurrentControlSet
Services
ExtremeZ-IP
Parameters
Volumes

By far, the simplest way to accomplish this task is to run Services for Macintosh temporarily, create each of your volumes, then shutdown Services for Macintosh by setting it to disabled in the Services control panel (do NOT uninstall Services for Macintosh). Next, run ExtremeZ-IP and set up the list of volumes exactly the same way.

Note that ColorCentral 3.6 has direct support for ExtremeZ-IP via a special path mapping plug-in that is described in the Color Central manual. You can contact ScenicSoft for more information on this configuration. However, the above mechanism also works with ColorCentral 3.6.

Group Logic has tested Color Central with ExtremeZ-IP. Group Logic has also worked with RAMPAGE to test their OPI server with ExtremeZ-IP. If you have an additional OPI or other server that may need compatibility with Services for Macintosh contact Group Logic.

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