ScanFix "Getting Started" Tutorial

1. Download the "" folder and unzip it by double-clicking on it.

2. Either put the folder on the desktop or in the /Applications folder.

3. Download the "ScanFix Test" folder and unzip it by double-clicking on it.

4. Put it on the desktop for the time being.

5. Create another folder on the desktop called "Scanout for Testing".

6. Open the ScanFix1.0 folder and double-click on MScanFix.

7. Read the Software License Agreement and click "Accept License".

8. When the "Trial Version" dialog appears, click on "Use Trial License". ScanFix will now run displaying its "SplashScreen".

9. In the SplashScreen window, click "CONTINUE". A dialog box will appear that has the title "Select Scan Input Directory and Base Drawing Within".

10. Navigate to the "ScanFix Test Scans" folder, open it, select the file "01.tif" and click "Open". A dialog box will appear that has the title "Select Scan Output Folder and Base Drawing Name".

11. Navigate to the "Scanout for Testing" folder, open it, and click "Save".

12. ScanFix now processes all ten frames and creates a pencil test.


There are several things to notice at this point: A. The peg holes now line up for the ten frames in the pencil test. They didn't originally. That is the main function of ScanFix. B. The pencil test shows sideways. The frames need to be rotated in a counter-clockwise direction. And C. The folder "Scanout for Testing" is empty. This is only because we are running the trial version. Once we purchase a license, this will not be the case. Then all the adjusted frames will appear in this folder in the same orientation as in the pencil test.

Without leaving ScanFix, let's run it again to rotate the frames 90 degrees in the counter-clockwise direction:


13. In the SplashScreen, click the "Counter-clockwise" checkbox.

14. In the SplashScreen, click "CONTINUE", and repeat steps 10 and 11.


Notice that you did not have to navigate to find the same folders you used before. ScanFix remembered them. Also notice that the pencil test shows the frames rotated correctly. The "Scanout for Testing" folder will also contain rotated and corrected scans after we purchase a license.

Now, I would like to show the benefits of using the command input buttons:


15. In the SplashScreen, click "< VIEWER". The TextViewer dialog window appears.

16. Click the "Last Command Output File" button (the first button at the top). Notice that the commands you see reflect everything you did in the last run.

17. Click the red "Select Viewed File as New Command File" button (the third button from the top). Now ScanFix has accepted all the commands you did on the last run. If you like, you can add more commands by clicking checkboxes in the SplashScreen window.

19. Now click "CONTINUE". ScanFix automatically runs reusing the information you gave in the previous run. And the results match what occurred in the last run.


If you want to see what happens when ScanFix doesn't totally match the peg holes, try a run with "Twist Adjust" turned off. Notice that ScanFix nails the left-most peg hole, but doesn't rotate the scans so the right peg holes match. In the pencil test, the right peg holes float around.

As you click checkboxes on and off, the command files shown by the viewer may be a little different from what you expect. If the "Last Command Output File" seems incomplete, look at the "Previous Last Command Output File". It may have what you want. The file names of both of these are shown in the button itself so you may edit them and save them with some other name. In that case, you can select them using the browser in the bottom part of the window-- or by using the "< FILE" button. Also clicking on "< COMPARE TEXT" gives you two windows so you can compare the commands in different files.

I hope this gives you a good start working with ScanFix. Please read the ScanFix document for more details.