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Frequently Asked Questions

If you encounter a problem or question, please let us know and we will happily add it to the list to fix the issue or alert other users.


"What does PRMS stand for?"

Pansophic Resource Management System. It was originally called RMS/38, Resource Manufacturing System for the IBM System 38. This is when it was developed by Professional Computer Resources. During the development of Version 8, Pansophic Systems, a leading mainframe software development company, purchased PCR to gain access to the rapidly growing mid range market. The name was changed to PM/38. When the AS/400 (referred to as Silverlake prior to release) replaced the System 38, it was time for a name change and PRMS was announced.

Circa 1991, Computer Associates purchased Pansophic Systems. The CA appendage was added and the product became CA-PRMS. It then became one of several mid range ERP application systems that eventually ended up in the interBiz division of Computer Associates. The appendage was dropped and the name reverted to PRMS.

On April 8, 2002, SSA Global Technologies purchased the application products of interBiz, including PRMS. The BPCS product from SSA was the primary competitor of PRMS during the late 80's and early 90's along with a budding J.D. Edwards.

"What's the difference between RMS/Present and RMSeLib?"

RMS/Present is each of our courses sold individually. RMSeLib is all of our courses and training content assembled under a single menu. The entire library is indexed to support immediate and expert searches.

"Can I print the RMS/Present without purchasing the +print version?"

Yes. The +print version includes an entire set of files to produce student workbooks. If you would like to print a course for your own review, you can. The difference is that it will not include student note pages and be formatted for workbook production (two sided copies, optimized graphics). So if you are planning to teach a course, you should either purchase the +print version and produce your own manuals or purchase the present version and purchase the manuals from us.

"We're on version 8.4 and have no plans to upgrade to a future release. We don't want to promise feature/function to the users that won't be available. Will your materials be applicable?"

From our first publication of PRMS education and training products (1986), we have always been aware and support the fact that not everyone wants to upgrade to the latest version of PRMS. You have a significant investment in your processes and systems and promises of increased productivity delivered with not ready for prime time applications doesn't always meet the road of reality and production.

For that reason, we have always used a tagging system to identify new developments.

We use the base of 8.2. Every new enhancement since then is tagged with the version number (8.3, 8.4, 8.4 9707, 9.0, 9.1 and soon to be 9.2). You know immediately where the functionality is relative to the life cycle of the application at your company.

And if you are simply looking for all the new enhancements in a particular release, simply enter the version number in 'Search' and use the expert data base of RMSeLib to walk you through all the details saving you hours, days and weeks of research.

"Our company purchased RMSeLib 6 months ago. I noticed that a new version of a course was just released. How do we get updates?"

Your purchase of RMSeLib includes a one year subscription to "the Library" where we post all course updates and new additions. Your user ID and password were provided with the original license and if you are unable to find, we will be happy to provide it to you.

If you have a licensed copy of Adobe Acrobat, you will be able to update the search index for the new content by simply double clicking the "elibindx.pdx" file.

Whether you choose to replace your original title in the Education and Reference folder or store the new version of the title in a different location is up to you. If you store in a new location, be sure to include in the list of documents to be indexed.

If you do not have a licensed copy of Adobe Acrobat, we do not recommend you replace your original title in the Education and Reference folder because the search index for that content will no longer be valid.

 "Search doesn't work. When I click the button, nothing happens."

Search requires the Adobe Acrobat Search Plug in. Contact your administrator or download your free copy for your specific operating system from the Adobe website. When selecting the operating system, below is a checkbox asking "Include options for pdf search and accessibility support (longer download)". Check this box and follow download instructions.

"When I enter a word and search, no titles appear for browsing."

The first time you use RMSeLib, your Acrobat Reader needs to add the RMSeLib index to its list of available indexes. To add the RMSeLib index,

a) Click the Search button

b) Click the "Indexes..." button. A dialog box will appear.

c) If "elibindx.pdx" does not appear in the list of the dialog box, then use the "ADD" button. Navigate to the "elibindx.pdx" file. It should be located in the RMSeLib folder with "Main Menu.pdf". Select the file to add. Your search function will now use the RMSeLib index.

"How do I go to the next occurrence of a searched word or phrase without re-entering the criteria?"

Use the "Next Highlight" button. The icon is a right facing triangle to a corner folded document. This will allow you to view all subject matter with simply a click.

"Can I perform a Search from within any title or do I need to return to Main Menu?"

You can perform a Search from anywhere within Adobe Acrobat Reader. Simply click the Search icon (pair of binoculars with a corner folded document) and enter your criteria.

"There is a page number printed on the bottom right but it does not agree with the page number in Acrobat Reader."

Each course is designed to be the presenter for a class, displaying in the full screen mode while the students have a printed workbook. The workbooks include pages for taking notes and considerations and balancing pages to support two-sided laser printing. The eLib versions do not. To not create confusion in the classroom environment, the eLib page numbers equal the student workbook page numbers. We are considering techniques to avoid this discrepancy in the eLib environment.

"Can I add my own notes?"

If you have a licensed copy of Adobe Acrobat (the application program to create and edit .pdf files), you have the authority and ability to add and maintain notes and annotations.

"Can I add my own titles to the Main Menu"

Yes, all distributions of RMSeLib include maintainence authority for the Main Menu provided you have Adobe Acrobat. This includes the ability to add or change the Main Menu as well as incorporating your own interactivity and functionality.

 "I am unable to rebuild the index with Acrobat Catalog. I get the message that Catalog is not able to connect to index."

Adobe Acrobat does have problems with drive path names and locating the index files when the library of content is moved across networks. The recommendation from Adobe is to move the library from the network drive to the local computer that has Adobe Catalog installed, update the index with the build command, then move the library back to its network storage location. If after moving to the local computer and Catalog still does not find the index, delete the "elibindx.pdx" file and the "elibindx" folder. Then with Catalog, create a new index including the directories (folders) ClipArt and Education and Reference.

"How do I get the notes to appear in the Annotations column on the left side of the screen?"

If you would like to display a list of the notes, first of all you need Adobe Acrobat or the Business Edition which allows maintenance. Second, after clicking the annotations tab, click on the right arrow and you will find a command "Rescan document". Invoke this and the notes will be listed in the column. You can double click a note and you will be presented with the page where the note occurs. You can also invoke this command by clicking the note icon on the bottom left of the screen (left of the trash can). One other function you will want to know about is the "Summarize Annotations". This is found under the "Tools" pull down menu, annotations. This function will build a separate document that contains the notes.

 

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