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Open File Actions

Article last updated on the 30th of April 2020.

Contents

1. Introduction

Using Open File Actions in WorkPoint Express it is possible to assign which applications to open specified item types with using Uri schemes. It is also possible to simply specify a specific program located on your local machine to use for opening certain file types. You can, e.g. configure WorkPoint Express to use Bluebeam for opening and editing .pdf files.

2. Configuration

Configuring Open File Actions can be done from the WorkPoint Express Settings:

  1. In WorkPoint Express, click the "Menu" icon.
  2. In the drop down menu, click "Settings".
  1. In the WorkPoint Express Settings, click the "System" tab.
  2. In the System tab, click the "File Open Actions" tab.
  3. In the "File extensions (delimited by .) field, type in the file extension of the file type you wish to set up an action for. Please do not include the "." of the file extension. Examples could be "docx" (Microsoft Word documents), "txt" (Text files) or "sig" (Sigma files).
  4. In the "Action" field, type in the Uri Scheme to be used for opening the document.

In the following example, we have set up an action to make WorkPoint Express open Sigma files (.sig and .sit files) with the Sigma software directly from WorkPoint:

If the above configuration is not used, sigma documents opened in WorkPoint Express are first saved locally on the machine, then opened, and eventually saved back to the local file.

Using the above configuration, the sigma document is opened directly from WorkPoint by Sigma, and eventually saved back to WorkPoint.

   2.1. Bluebeam example

Using Open File Actions it is possible to open files with specified programs while also using parameters. In the following example, we will demonstrate how to e.g. open .pdf documents in Bluebeam through WorkPoint Express.

  1. In WorkPoint Express, click the "Menu" icon.
  2. In the drop down menu, click "Settings".
  1. In the WorkPoint Express Settings, click the "System" tab.
  2. In the System tab, click the "File Open Actions" tab.
  3. In the "File extensions (delimited by .) field, type in "pdf".
  4. In the "Actions" field, type in "{program: [PROGRAM .EXE PATH]} SP {fileurl}" (replace "[PROGRAM .EXE PATH]" with the path to the Bluebeam executable file on your computer including the .exe file extension. In this example, the path "C:\Program Files (x86)\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\Revu32.exe" is used.).

Note that the path used in the configuration must lead to a program on the computer from which WorkPoint Express is executed.

Using this configuration, .pdf files will be opened by the Bluebeam software.

Note that if the configuration is set up incorrectly or Bluebeam is not installed on your computer, the .pdf file will be opened using the standard software for the .pdf.

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