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After you have successfully installed Serial Printer Logger, use the following simple steps to configure and run it.
Open the Serial Printer Logger program from the Start Menu.
At program run, you get into the main program window (fig. 1.1.1), main elements of which are the main menu, the data window, the program messages list, and the status bar.
-The data window shows incoming data before or after processing. You can configure the data view mode in the settings
-The drop-down box at the bottom shows all logged program info, warning, and error messages.
-The status bar shows the current state of the selected data source, errors on the data interface, and how many bytes were sent or received.
-The toolbar above the data window provides fast access to the configuration.
-The main menu above the toolbar allows you to edit the program settings ("Options -> Program settings..."), manage configurations, open the current logfile from the "File" menu (fig. 1.1.2).
Fig. 1.1.1 Main program window
Fig. 1.1.2. "File" menu item
By default (after installation), the program has not any data sources configured. If the list of data sources on the toolbar is empty, then the program will ask you to add a new configuration. Otherwise, the program will fill in the list of data sources and try to start logging of data sources configured. Yes, of course, all your settings are being saved while exiting from the program and loaded during the program start.
Step 1. Configure one or more data sources.
Click the "Add configuration" button on the toolbar with a big green plus and choose communication parameters for your device. The "COM Port settings" tab of the "Configuration options" dialog lets you configure your settings.
Select the "Log file" header in the configuration dialog window and enable logging for a necessary data direction.
Step 3. Define how you want the printer data to be filtered and exported .
The "Plug-in" button on the toolbar in the main window or "Modules" tab in the dialog window lets you specify how to parse, filter and format your data to the fit the exact format required by your application. It also lets you pre-define automatic output strings to be sent to an external device.
Now, the program process and exports data from one or multiple data sources.