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If you are interested in creating "working" PALM files for your Subdivision then you will want to read this carefully. These are:. PDF files to. PDB file to. TXT or a. TXT file to a. PDB and allows font control as well as bookmarking via embedded bookmarks. If you feel the need to work in. Get all the programs listed above. These must be installed and ready for use before you are ready to continue. ALL of them. This is done on the internet by accessing the BNSF web site and invoking the emulator.
Once the emulator has started and you have logged on, proceed to the General Orders and Superintendents Notices. In this area 14 you will get a list of files. You will need them all for your division. To copy this list assuming starting from scratch and all files are needed go to the top of the "in effect" list and placeyour mouse cursor beside the top number - holding the left button down drag the mouse to the lower right of the screen - highlighting all the "list" from top left number to lower right description.
The text you highlighted in yellow - will dissappear. It is in the clipboard. Now you are ready to get the files and make your document. At the list - scroll back to the top using "F7" and place a "D" in the space indicated to "display" the file. When you hit enter the file will go out to the email address you supplied and return you to the file.
Hit "F12" and return to the list. Repeat this process getting all the files in succession. Hey - saving time and effort is what this is all about! You should be comfortable working with text in a word processor!! If not you soon will be!! This font is essential for our files. Open your email client - I use Outlook Express. Get your mail. May take a while so get a glass of tea or soda and relax.
When it opens you will want to place your mouse cursor at the extreme left on the line which contains the "date" of the file for BNSF. This will be the beginning of each file. What we are after is to create one L O N G document containing all of the files we have. They will need to be in order numerically for clarity. Either way will work earliest to latest or vise-a-versa. With your cursor positioned on the date in the beginning of the emailed file - hold the left mouse button down and drag the cursor to the bottom of the file - I do not take the "IN EFFECT" part until the very last file - but you may do as you wish - whatever works for you.
At the end of the files - I now place the total list captured earlier - this allows the users to see a short description of the files in effect - in case I am too short with the bookmarks - step three! Step three : When the files are complete, you are ready to do the "bookmarks" before saving to. At the top of your file - I use the Division - simply click the cursor on a word - then when the "marker" is blinking - move the mouse to the toolbar and select "Bookmark" then "Add" and in the coresponding box that opens put the bookmark reference keep it down to fifteen characters or less!
Step four :The preceding paragraphs describe the method used to create. PDB files from scratch. You will need to download the appropriate time table. Once you have the files ready on your hard drive you will be ready to begin the conversion. PDF file I will describe the method in detail.
This is for "Drag and Drop" conversions of files. We will NOT be using this feature for this time table conversion.
Instead you will need to look at the top left corner of the window. Click this "button" to begin the process. Use the "Browse" button to select the Folder-file you wish to convert.
In this case the timetable. The box will change displaying the file name and full path in the Document Name slot in the box. Make sure the Yes is selected. The box asks if you want the converted file installed on your handheld at the next sync. A progress box temporarily appears as the file is converted to TEXT. You may notice that some text is single charactered or that text is somewhat jumbled in.
Closing these windows will force completion of the conversion before you are finished!! Minimize them. Get out a printed copy of your division timetable. For easy reference.
Sound complicated? It is. You need the printed copy to make absolutely certain that things get placed. In the timetable. First pass through the timetable from this point on I will refer to the "converted" file as TT file should be for editing out all garbage. Reference the printed copy for this task. Remember that the Line Segment tables do not need to be complete or fully rendered at this time.
Everything where it should be? Now open the Division GO file you compiled earlier. Third pass through the TT file is to apply all the amendments from the Division GO file via cut and paste. Get it right. Fourth pass through the TT file is to double check for accuracy. Check against printed copy carefully. If you chose not to have it installed on your handheld the file will be in the same folder as you had the original PDF file before conversion.
This file should be ready to go. You will of course want to go ahead and install it and check it out on your handheld. Go to your word processor and close all files. Now save this as a. I had to create my own Timetable from the Carriers. PDF file. You will benefit from this experience I hope. This feature allowed the document I was working on to be viewed as it was intended!! Of course I had to format it correctly and convert it properly and then edit out the "special" characters that MS Word would embed into the.
RTF file. I created a "template" file which had the necessary "forms" needed to aid in creating uniform Timetables. I decided to pass along my work to you out there on other divisions.
These files must be done with great care as this is essential to keeping the program going. Remember that all of these files MUST be kept updated and amended!! I average at least two files a week! This method will work extremely well. The PDB file will retain all bookmarks. Sorry I was so long winded with the instructions - but I didn't want to leave anything out!
Comments or Questions should be addressed to hilbillynospam ctaz. Before you begin you will need the following: A very good understanding of computer word processing.
Here we go. Click "Next" button at the bottom of the box. Click once on the file name highlighting it and then click "Open". The box will change and allow you to type in the name you wish the finished file to have. You may notice that some text is single charactered or that text is somewhat jumbled in Appearance. This is what we will correct and edit to the PALM specifications.
XMerge AportisDoc Plugin
The AportisDoc pdb format is widely used by different Palm applications, e. Note that some of these applications put tweaks into the format. The converters will only support the default AportisDoc format, plus some very minor tweaks to accommodate other applications. The text content of the format is plain text, i. There is no notion of lists, list items, paragraphs, headings, etc. The format does have support for bookmarks.