Start from Command Line

Note: this is for advanced users to achieve special automated scenarios.

For most users, simply start the software from the Windows® menu.

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We wil list here the different ways to start prodalist.

Normal Start

(as a reminder)

This is the case when prodalist is started by one of the icons or shortcuts created during the installation

This is equivalent to:

path\to\prodalist.exe

Start & load a prodalist project file

This can be achieved either by:

  • double clicking on a prodalist project (ending with .pLi extension)
  • by command line, in a script or other means

This is equivalent to:

path\to\prodalist.exe path\to\some-project.pLi

This will open directly the project and wait for your next instruction

NOTE: in the paths, so as in the project names or folders, here or below, SPACE IS ALLOWED

Start, Load a project & Generate silently*

This is achieved with:

path\to\prodalist.exe path\to\some-project.pLi#generate

In this mode, the generated pdf is saved in default location, the project folder itself.

Note: “ADVANCED” VERSION ONLY: the pre & post actions are started, permitting even more automation (like chaining generation or automatic printing or automatic mailing of the generated pdf)

 

If a project is started like that, it is strongly recommended to:

  • first test the project in a manual/normal mode
  • close the application afterwards to avoid to stay in silent mode and not see any warnings. This can be achieved either:
    • manually
    • automatically with the “POST actions”
    • or by adding “exit” in the command line: 

path\to\prodalist.exe path\to\some-project.pLi#generate##exit

 (note the double ‘#‘)

 

Generate to Special Directory*

Same as previous mode, but it permits to save in a dedicated directory

path\to\prodalist.exe path\to\some-project.pLi#generate#path\to\other\folder\

As in previous mode, do close the application once generated by one of the proposed means. If by command line, it should look like:

path\to\prodalist.exe path\to\some-project.pLi#generate#path\to\other\folder\#exit

 (note the simple ‘#‘)

 

Note1: the name of the project is still respected, including if the name is automatically generated with a counter or a variable. Just the location/directory changes

Note2: “ADVANCED” VERSION ONLY: as in previous mode, the pre & post actions are started, permitting even more automation (like chaining generation or automatic printing or automatic mailing of the generated pdf)

 

* = silently = without user interaction or question that could stop an automated workflow

No start of external preview, no interactive question to user.

This is achieved only with a well installed software + a valid license

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