4.2. Syntax: How is EXTIF pro.ini structured?


EXTIF pro.ini is subdivided into sections. A section is structured as follows:


[section name]

variable name1 =value of variable1

variable name2 =value of variable2


For this, the following rules apply:




4.2.1. Assignment of character strings


If the value of variable is a character string, then this must be put between quotation marks. Examples:


PaperName ="A4 Extra Plus"

VertFilename ="C:\EXTIF pro\Imprints\ColorWedgeV600.bmp"


However, if the value of variable is not a character string, then the variable value must not be written between quotation marks.




4.2.2. Forbidden Control Characters


Section name and variable name must neither contain blanks (" "), nor equal signs ("=").


At the right hand side of the equal sign ("="), which generally indicates assignment, there must not be blanks (" "). Nevertheless, at the left hand side of the equal sign ("="), there can be one, several or no blanks (" ").


Within quotation marks, control characters are, however, permitted, e.g.:


PaperName ="A4 Extra Plus"

VertFilename ="C:\EXTIF pro\ColorWedgeV600.bmp"




4.2.3. Units


Absolute geometrical distances are always indicated in tenth of millimeter. Example for DIN A4 page with a 21cm width:


ShortSideLength =2100


Relative geometrical distances - recognizable by the suffix "Rel" in variable names - are always indicated in percent and in positive values.





ShortSideRel =50


indicates that the register cross - regardless of paper format - should always stand in the middle (50% of length of short side) of the crop margins of the paper format.


Absolute and relative geometrical distances are always indicated in integers. Not permitted is thus e.g.:


ShortSideLength =2100,78




4.2.4. Short and long side of a Paper Format


On its Property Pages, EXTIF pro offers you the possibility to select whether you want to print the imaginary paper, the drawing canvas, in Portrait or Landscape orientation. For this reason, position indications in x- and y-coordinates, or horizontal and vertical coordinates, would be unusable without determining Landscape or Portrait orientation.


That is why in EXTIF pro.ini you will often meet the terms "ShortSide" and "LongSide". These coordinates designate the short and the long side of a paper format - e.g. an A4 paper format has a short side of 21 cm and a long side of 29,7 cm.


Regardless whether you turn the paper in Portrait or Landscape orientation, the short side always remains the short side, and the long side always remains the long side. Rotation invariant ShortSide and LongSide coordinates determine distances along these two sides of the paper format.


All position indicators therefore refer to the origin (point zero) of this ShortSide - LongSide coordinate system, which is, when printing on Portrait orientation, in the left upper corner of the paper, and when printing on Landscape orientation, in the upper right corner, as shown below: