The first option, referred to as the 'Standard installation' below, is to let Windows install the program. This method adds an icon for the program to the desktop, and saves all data to the location defined as your My Documents folder2). During the installation process this method requires access to administrative privileges on the computer.
The second option, referred to as the 'Flash drive installation', is to unzip the RIMMF files onto a USB flash drive, or memory card, or any other storage area on your computer over which you have control3), and then run the program from that location. In this case, both program files and user data will be saved to the install folder. Unlike a standard installation, this option does not require access to administrative privileges on the computer at any time.
Which one should I use?
Choose whatever method allows you to update the software. If you have Admin rights, use the first one; if you do not have Admin rights, use the second one.
Note: It is possible (in RIMMF2, and RIMMF3, but not RIMMF1) to use both installation types on the same machine; RIMMF will use the data and tables appropriate to the scenario in which the app is launched.
Flash drive installation
Once the program is installed, the first time you open it, you will have to setup your record prefix;
then you will be ready to start RIMMFing resources. Here is some more info on starting the program for the first time.
Here are a few thing to keep in mind if RIMMF is already installed, and you are updating your version of the program. If you have anything you want to save (other than records, which will not be affected by updates), backup your current RIMMF installation (eg., for a standard install, make a copy of My Documents\RIMMF3; for a zip install, make a copy of the installation folder).
If you are using the 'Standard installation', simply follow the 'Standard installation' steps above.
If you are using the Flash drive installation', use these steps to update:
Either way, records, templates, or table customizations will not be changed or deleted.
RIMMF1, RIMMF2 and RIMMF3 can be installed on the same computer. All three versions of the program may be used without impacting the other in any way.
However, please note these limitations:
Note that RIMMF1 folder names are simply named 'RIMMF'; whereas RIMMF2 folder names will be named 'RIMMF2' and RIMMF3 folder names will be named 'RIMMF3'. This note applies to both My Documents and Program Files.
For detailed notes on installation please see Learn about: RIMMF Installation.
You might find these Tutorials helpful as a starting place:
Hopefully, you will also find the User Guide useful as you learn about RIMMF functionality.
If you get stuck, send us an email:
rimmf (at) marcofquality.com