LabelVision Classic: Technical Notes

Upgrading Auto Incrementing Value Files from Version 2.0 or Earlier
Starting with LabelVision version 2.1, Auto Incrementing Value files (ending in the extension .LID) use a format that’s incompatible with Version 2.0 or earlier. If you upgrade LabelVision and you used Auto Incrementing fields on any of your labels, you must follow this procedure to fix the .LID files.

You will notice the problem when you try to print an old label that uses Auto Incrementing fields with a later version. You will receive the following message:

Error reading Auto-Incr Data file '.\< LABNAME>.LID':

Invalid data

To correct the problem, follow this procedure for each label that has auto incrementing fields. In the following instructions, the name of the label file is assumed to be LABNAME. Substitute your label file name for LABNAME.

  1. Decide if you need the old auto incrementing fields values. If all the auto incrementing fields on your label are "Reset value every time the label is printed", or if you do not mind that your label’s auto incrementing field values will reset to the value specified in the "Start at" box, Skip to step 8. Note: to see the above options edit the auto incrementing field using the LabelVision Designer.
  2. You must figure out the next value for each auto incrementing field on the label that is set to "Save value from one print to the next". If you already know the next value, skip to step 7.
  3. Start a DOS prompt, and change to the directory containing your label file.
  4. Enter the command "TYPE LABNAME.LID" at the DOS prompt and press Enter (substitute your label name for LABNAME).
  5. You will see a screen similar to the following
  6. screen

  7. Look at the beginning of the second line (which may be shifted to the right and may contain somewhat different characters than the ones on the line above). The next value of the sequence number will appear at the beginning. In this example, the next value is 00007. Additional field values will be listed after the first one. Write down the next value for each field.
  8. Using the LabelVision Designer, open the label, and select the Define Input Fields command from the Fields menu. Click on an auto incrementing field, and press Modify. Type the next value for that field into the "Start At" box.
  9. Start (or return to) the DOS prompt, and change to the directory containing your label file.
  10. Type the following command to rename the .LID file: "REN LABNAME.LID LABNAME.OLI" (replace LABNAME with your label name). Note that we are renaming the LID file for safety, to allow you to review it in case you did not get the next value to print correctly. After the label prints correctly, you no longer need the OLI file and can delete it.
  11. The label should now print correctly.

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