Legalmaster for Windows Installation Instructions

for both stand-alone and network systems

There are as many as four components to a Legalmaster installation.

  1. First, you must ensure that you have an appropriate version of the file management software that we use, namely, Pervasive/Btrieve.

  2. Once you have dealt with Pervasive/Btrieve, you install the Legalmaster application programs. This step is done only once, even if you are running Legalmaster on a network.

  3. You must perform the third step once at each work-station (i.e., each computer) from which you intend to access Legalmaster.

  4. If you are upgrading from Legalmaster'97, you must run a short routine that converts your ‘97 data into our Windows Legalmaster format.

I. Pervasive

Legalmaster uses file management software manufactured by a company called Pervasive. The software was called Btrieve until a few decades ago; now eponymous with its maker, it is called Pervasive. Windows Legalmaster runs with any release of Btrieve since version 6.15. Please read our Pervasive/Btrieve versions page if you want to learn more about your Pervasive/Btrieve options.

The gist of the matter is that you must ensure that you are running with a proper version of Pervasive/Btrieve before you install Legalmaster.

Before you install Pervasive, you must make sure that you are not already running a version of Pervasive for some other software application. If you are not sure, you can call CSP and we may be able to help you.

II. Installing Legalmaster

Legalmaster uses two folders. One stores our programs; the other, your data. If you plan to run Legalmaster on a network, both of these folders must be stored on your server. While you may name these folders pretty much anything you wish, here are our suggested defaults.

  1. Pick a drive letter where you're going to store your Legalmaster programs and data. Do not use UNC's (Universal Naming Convention); use explicit mapped drive letters.

  2. Create a folder on that drive and name the folder LMW.
  3. Create two folders in LMW and name them LMWPROG and LMWDATA.

The Installation Steps

  1. Go to the Download Host page on our website. Read the instructions if you want.

  2. Unzip the first group of files (roughly 25) into your LMWPROG folder. Don't skip any of the files.
  3. Copy the Wintone file that we e-mailed to you into your LMWPROG folder. Your Wintone file's name should have no extension on it. If it does, remove the extension.
  4. One of the files you downloaded in step #1 above is named LMINST.ZIP. Execute it with local admin rights at each workstation from which you want to be able to run Legalmaster.
  5. You'll be asked to provide the location of your Legalmaster program folder and your Legalmaster data folder. If the browser fails to display the drive on which Legalmaster is stored, please refer to the assistance provided at http://www.winability.com/how-to-make-elevated-programs-recognize-network-drives/ Provide the full path in each case, for example, L:\LMW\LMWPROG. This step creates the Registry settings and INI files that Legalmaster needs in order to run. Consequently, it is important that you have the rights to modify your Registry.
  6. The preceding step should have created a shortcut to Legalmaster on your desktop, but if it didn't, using Windows Explorer or My Computer, whichever you prefer, open your LMWPROG folder and create a shortcut to the file named LGLMAIN.EXE. Drag the shortcut to your desktop and rename the shortcut Legalmaster.
  7. Launch Legalmaster.
  8. You'll receive a handful of messages that only occur to new users. Read them, do what they say to do and click through them.
  9. One of the first messages you'll see regards workstation ID's. Every station must be assigned a unique workstation ID value. These values must be precisely two (2) characters long and may consist of letters or numbers. While Legalmaster permits you to assign up to four WSID's to each station, if your version of Legalmaster is '73 or later, you need only assign the first; you may ignore the remaining three. If you are replacing a computer, it will be convenient for you to assign as the first WSID to each user the same value you were using on the computer you're replacing.
  10. Should you receive a "Btrieve Status 12" during this process, just exit and reenter Legalmaster.
  11. When you're all done and have finally make it to Legalmaster's main screen, click, Utilities/Lconfig and hit the F9 key.
  12. Some versions of Pervasive object to large files with "page sizes" of less than 4096. Typically, the only Legalmaster files large enough to elicit an error (Btrieve Status 19) are TRDESC.LF and HFEE.LF. If you get a Btrieve Status 19 merging or altering a financial transaction, rebuild TRDESC.LF with a page size of 4096. If you get the same error posting to History, the likely culprit is HFEE.LF; do likewise to it. The rebuild utility is a Pervasive utility, not a Legalmaster function.

III. Enabling Another Work-station to Access Legalmaster

If you run Legalmaster on a stand-alone computer, skip this step.

  1. Install Pervasive.

  2. Perform steps 4-11 from the section immediately above.

IV. Converting Legalmaster'97 (DOS) Data into Legalmaster's (Windows) Data Format

We made some changes to the structure of Legalmaster's data between these two versions. In addition, the development tool that we used to write Windows Legalmaster (Borland's Delphi), afforded us a few attractive opportunities that required we add a few keys to some of Legalmaster's file indices. The data conversion runs fairly quickly (about 1 to 2 megabytes per minute). When it's all over, your Legalmaster'97 data are intact and unchanged and still located in their original location. As a result you may continue to bill with your DOS system while you play with the Windows version until you are comfortable with it. Following this practice period, you merely erase your "practice" Windows data and reconvert.

Note that if you used the Security module in Legalmaster'97, your passwords will be inherited by Legalmaster for Windows in the conversion. If you created a new password in the Windows version prior to running the conversion, it will not be accepted afterwards. So make a note of at least one DOS password to use once your conversion is complete.

It goes almost without saying that your old Legalmaster'97 data folder and your new Windows Legalmaster data folder must be located on the same computer or the same network as one another, though they are two distinct folders and, as such, should be given different names. If you've installed Windows Legalmaster on a system separate from that used for Legalmaster'97, you must copy your old DOS data folder to the new computer prior to running the conversion program. Do not copy your DOS Legalmaster data into the folder that will ultimately contain your Windows Legalmaster data; the latter folder should have no data in it prior to the conversion. The Windows Legalmaster programs do not read the files in DOS datafolder except during the data conversion step.

If you entered practice data into the Windows Legalmaster database that you intend to use for your real data, erase your practice data before converting. You will find an option on the Utilities menu to erase your data. The folder into which you are converting your data should have no data in it prior to your running of the conversion.

You convert your Legalmaster'97 data by selecting the obvious option from the Utilities menu. The only question you must answer is to tell Legalmaster where your old (i.e., Legalmaster'97) data are located.