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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Welcome to the help page, you will find below the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Alinof Archives
  • How to add more folders on the sidebar?[+]
    Since version 3 you can add additional folders and assign a color profile to them. The 5 main folders in the sidebar are fix, you can not delete this folder but you can renamed it if necessary *. Subfolders are created automatically depending on the configuration. To add a new folder or change the settings, simply open the menu by clicking with the right mouse button on a folder. If you select eg "By Category", a subfolder is automatically created for each category found in this folder. Simply save your documents with your categories to create an automatic classification (eg, House, Insurance, Taxes, Car, Phone, Electricity, ....).

    * To reset the name of the original folder, just delete the name and confirm with ENTER.
  • Is there a trial version?[+]
    Yes, a demo version is available on our website under [Download]. All functions are available in the demo version except that you are limited to 50 records in the database.
  • The list of documents to be added does not appear in the correct order, how can I sort it?[+]
    The list of documents to be added appears as configured in the Preferences window. The list can be sorted by name or date of the documents, you can also set the sort direction (A-Z or Z-A).
  • Can we protect the data by a password?[+]
    There is no access control or data encryption managed by Alinof Archives, this function is performed by Mac OS. Alinof Archives save by default the data in the user profile. You just need to create an account for each user and in this way each user will have its data with no access to other users' data. If your data are sensitive, you can also activate the "FileVault" in Mac OS to encrypt all your profile data, including those of Alinof Archives.
  • Can we synchronize data with iCloud or Dropbox?[+]
    Alinof Archives backups all data and documents in a database on the local disk. The problem with the remote storage is that by each modification, the entire database need to be stored in the Cloud. This can quickly become annoying depending the size of the database. One possibility is to create a copy of the database eg in the Dropbox folder, and to synchronize your data with this copy (function: Synchronize in Alinof Archives).

    Please note: By having a copy of the data in the Cloud (Internet), you expose all your documents (invoices, contracts, taxes, salary sheets, ...) to third parties without really be able to control who has access to it (host, government according to location of the server,. .).
  • Why PDF files are displayed with Adobe Acrobat Reader?[+]
    To view a document, Alinof Archives uses the standard features from the Mac OS to display PDF files, this is the software "Preview" . If you install Acrobat Reader (with plug-in for Safari), it overrides this default setting and displays the PDF with Acrobat Reader instead of Preview. This is not a problem in most cases, however if you should encounter display issues, performance, stability or you would simply use Preview to display PDFs in Alinof Archives, you can simply remove the plug-in from Adobe. This change affects only the display of PDF files in Safari and Alinof Archives, you can yet continue to use Acrobat Reader to open other PDF files if you want.

    To do this, simply close all applications and move or delete this two files from "/Library/Internet Plug-ins/".
    - AdobePDFViewer.plugin
    - AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin

    You will need the administrator password to be able to move or delete this file. To reinstall it, just put it back or reinstall Acrobat Reader.
    With this change, all PDFs will be displayed again using the "Preview" from Mac OS, which is more faster and more smooth than the Adobe Reader.
  • An error message appears when I save a document, what to do?[+]
    If you have installed the Acrobat Reader to view PDF files, this can be the cause.
    To view a document, Alinof Archives uses the standard features from the Mac OS to display PDF files, this is the software "Preview" . If you install Acrobat Reader (with plug-in for Safari), it overrides this default setting and displays the PDF with Acrobat Reader instead of Preview. This is not a problem in most cases, however if you should encounter display issues, performance, stability or you would simply use Preview to display PDFs in Alinof Archives, you can simply remove the plug-in from Adobe. This change affects only the display of PDF files in Safari and Alinof Archives, you can yet continue to use Acrobat Reader to open other PDF files if you want.

    To do this, simply close all applications and move or delete this two files from "/Library/Internet Plug-ins/".
    - AdobePDFViewer.plugin
    - AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin

    You will need the administrator password to be able to move or delete this file. To reinstall it, just put it back or reinstall Acrobat Reader.
    With this change, all PDFs will be displayed again using the "Preview" from Mac OS, which is more faster and more smooth than the Adobe Reader.
  • Is there a version of Alinof Archives for iOS (iPhone / iPad)?[+]
    No, Alinof Archives has been developed for use on a Mac but a version for iPad is not excluded in the future.
  • An error message appears at the first use of Version 4.0.1[+]
    In certain circumstances it is possible that the default database is not created automatically during the first use. In this case please exit the application, start it again and create yourself a new database.
    This issue is solved with Version 4.0.2
Alinof ToDoList
  • Can Alinof ToDoList be used simultaneously on several Mac with the same database?[+]
    Alinof ToDoList is a single-user database and the data are stored locally in the user profile. It is not possible to access the same data from multiple post but you can copy the database on a server and synchronize it with your local data using cmd-s.
  • Why tasks to perform until yesterday are always displayed in the task to do today or tomorrow?[+]
    Task remains active, even if the time has expired and that until the task is complete (100%).
Alinof TimerPro
  • What are the differences between Alinof Timer et Alinof TimerPro?[+]
    The table below is a comparison of both versions:
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  • How to add / delete alarm sounds?[+]
    Alinof TimerPro allows you to add other sounds or musics directly from the Finder or from iTunes, simply drag the song over the TimerPro window. If the music file is recognized, the start button turns blue.
    To delete a music simply display the folder of the added music and delete the file. To do so, select "Show in Finder" from the Option / Alarm Sounds menu.
  • How to add / delete background pictures?[+]
    Alinof TimerPro allows you to add a picture directly from the Finder, simply drag the picture over the TimerPro window. If the picture file is recognized, the start button turns blue.
    To delete a picture simply display the folder of the added pictures and delete the file. To do so, select "Show in Finder" from the Option / Apparence menu.
  • Is it possible to start the TimerPro from an AppleScript?[+]
    Yes, the TimerPro can also be started with a command from the Terminal or from the AppleScript. The options or arguments for each timer must be enclosed in {} and separated with a space
    ->
    {Timer#0:H00M15S10 ModeTimer Start} {Timer#2:H20M00S00 ModeAlarm} ...

    The following options are available:
    • Timer#x: x = Nb of the timer [0-9]
    • Hxx xx = setting the hours [0-23]
    • Mxx xx = setting the minutes [0-59]
    • Sxx xx = setting the seconds [0-59]
    • Mode ModeTimer = countdown timer, ModeAlarm = alarm timer
    • Start = directly start the timer

    Example with AppleScript:
    do shell script "'/Applications/Alinof TimerPro.app/Contents/MacOS/Alinof TimerPro' {Timer#0:H00M15S10 ModeTimer Start} {Timer#2:H20M00S00 ModeAlarm}"

    Note:
    This function can only be used at the start of the TimerPro, if the TimerPro is already started you need to close it before you can use again this option.
Alinof Timer
  • What are the differences between Alinof Timer et Alinof TimerPro?[+]
    The table below is a comparison of both versions:
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  • Is it possible to start the Timer from an AppleScript?[+]
    Yes, the timer can also be started with a command from the Terminal or from the AppleScript. The start options or arguments must be enclosed in [] and separated by commas ","
    -> [Option1, Option2, Option3, Option4].

    The following options are available:
    • [SetHours=02] = setting the hours
    • [SetMinutes=32] = setting the minutes
    • [SetSeconds=00] = setting the seconds
    • [Start] = directly start the countdown

    Example with AppleScript:
    do shell script "/Applications/'Alinof Timer.app'/Contents/MacOS/'Alinof Timer' [SetHours=00, SetMinutes=32, SetSeconds=00, Start]"

    Note:
    This function can only be used at the start of the Timer, if the Timer is already started you need to close it before you can use again this option.

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