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Downloads of this version of UnForm are provided for the benefit of legacy customers, but are no longer supported by SDSI.

Downloading this software indicates acceptance of the following terms:

The author and publishers of this software make no warranty, express or implied, regarding this product. This product is provided "AS IS". In no event will the author or publishers be liable for any errors contained in the product, or for any incidental or consequential damages in connection with the use or performance of the product.

This product is proprietary to the author, who owns all copyright, trademark, and patent rights in the product. You agree to not copy, duplicate, or transfer this product to any other party. Some portions may be encrypted, and you agree not to decrypt those portions. You may use the 30-day trial version of this product for up to 30 days, after which time you must purchase a license to continue using it.

To purchase a license, contact synergetic-data.com.

Except for the 30-day trial version, you agree to operate this product on a single machine for each license purchased.

Operating SystemSize (bytes)
AIX 4.3 (no MySQL)21669365
AIX 5.1/5.221547101
AIX 5.321957453
AIX 621746931
HP/UX 11 (no zlib)21263991
HP/UX 11 Itanium21497589
Linux x86 32bit21637501
Linux x86 64-bit21875927
Linux PowerPC 32bit19882445
Linux PowerPC 64bit20928929
SCO Open Server 5.07 (no large files, no zlib, no SSL)21461311
SCO Open Server 620305337
Sun Solaris 8 Sparc20205141
Sun Solaris 9 Sparc20471077
Sun Solaris 10 Sparc20425257
Sun Solaris 10 Intel 64bit21528975
Unixware 7.1+ (no zlib)21062084
Windows (2000 and up recommended)30391736
Stand-alone clients and programs for use with above products
Clients are automatically installed for local use with the server install
Unix Perl-based client, compressed tar format17701
Windows client662968
Windows Support Server (included with the Windows UnForm Server)7475128
UnForm Design Tool for Windows7842592
UnForm Image Manager for Windows9140552
UnForm Image Manager 8.1 for Windows
UnForm 8.0 Sample Scanning Jobs

These files contain examples of UnForm Image Manager scanning jobs, and sample scanned images that work with those jobs.

The uf80demoscan.zip file contains sample scanned images for use with sample job definitions which are also contained in the file. Extract into the uf80/scanning/ folder with the default new sub-folder name of the extraction utility. See the readme-ufarczon.txt file for instructions on how to stage the sample job definitions.

Installation Notes

Install this into a different directory than any other UnForm release, including 7.x. If you have document archives, be sure to read the chapter in the unform80.pdf manual about migrating your libraries from UnForm 7.x.

Windows Installation Note
When installing on a Windows 2003 server, you must be logged in as a primary administrator and use Control Panel Add/Remove Programs to perform the installations.

When installing on a Windows 2008+ Server without Terminal Services, right-click the setup executable and select Run As Administrator.

When installing on a Windows 2008+ Server with Terminal Services, use Control Panel, Install Application on Terminal Server or Install Application on Remote Desktop Services.

Some sites have experienced permission issues due to a 'Creator Owner' user with limited rights inherited from the root drive. Since this is inherited, its permissions can't be changed at the install folder level, but it can be removed from that folder by an administrator to work around the issue. Alternatively, grant Everyone full permission to the server's "temp" folder and subfolders below that.

Linux Installation Note
Some Linux installations, notably some versions of RedHat, bundle Perl 5.8.0. This version of Perl has a socket bug that makes it incompatible with the uf80c client, producing random hangs when running jobs. To work around this, upgrade or downgrade Perl. A good source for updating Perl is http://www.activestate.com. Search the UnForm support database for "activestate" for information about linking their Perl to /usr/bin/perl.

Compatibility With Prior Versions
UnForm 8 can co-exist on a system with prior versions, including UnForm 6 and 7. However, UnForm 8 must be installed in a different directory than prior versions. By default, UnForm 8.0 uses TCP/IP port 27280, the Windows Support Server uses port 27281, and the internal http server uses port 27282. Previous releases used different ports.

If you use Direct TCP/IP printing ports, there could be a conflict. Only one process can listen on any given port, so only one server can listen on a given port. Configure different ports for UnForm 8, and client configured printers would have to be updated to take the new ports into account.

Any application interfaces that use a prior client or executable, such as uf71c, would have to be modified to use the new UnForm 8 client, uf80c or uf80c.exe.

Clients and design tools from previous versions are not compatible with a Version 8 server, and vice versa.

Avoid license problems when updating existing installations
Stop the server, then do an in-place upgrade on top of your current install. This will retain your current license information. If you install to a new location, or un-install the existing installation, you will lose the license and will require a reset of your serial number system ID. Note this instruction only refers to updates within a given release level (i.e. 8.0.xx to 8.0.yy).

Server IP addresses
By default, the UnForm server allows clients to connect from the standard private IP address spaces of 10.*.*.* and 192.*.*.*. If your network uses a different address space, modify the allow= line in the uf80d.ini file to accept connections from your address space and then restart the uf80d server.

Document Archiving Requirements
Please note the following:

  • A web server is necessary to provide browser-based access to archive libraries, and to perform some administrative functions. An internal HTTP server is included with the UnForm server, which by default listens on port 27282. Alternatively, a CGI script is provided with the UnForm server, and that must be copied by a web server administrator to an appropriate location in the web server's directory structure. Users then point their web browser to the script to enter the document archiving interface.
  • Document archiving of UnForm jobs is performed by executing sub-jobs. In essence, the job, or individual documents within the job, is run twice, so anticipate that archived jobs will take approximately twice as long to process.
  • Document archiving requires disk space. The amount of space varies with the amount of document information (such as titles and keywords) and user-defined category indexing used. While this overhead is document-specific, each page of a document adds to the size of the stored text and PDF data. In general, you can anticipate between 10K and 40K per UnForm-generated page (more if large images are used), plus 20K to 40K of overhead per UnForm-generated document. External documents, such as scanned JPG images, can use considerably more document space, though they use the same amount of overhead. This could vary considerably by site, so it is important to monitor disk space availability and to export and purge libraries as appropriate.
  • Non-LFS (Large File System) file systems limit files in the library storage system to 2GB. A few older operating systems do not support Large File Systems, and are limited to file sizes of 2GB. Files that store category indexes, and in some cases document or image details, may be the first files to approach this limit. It is important to monitor file sizes and disk usage in any document archiving scenario, but especially so in non-LFS systems. The operating system names in the download table indicate non-LFS systems.
  • Not all systems support zlib compression (HP/UX in particular does not). Libraries created on systems with zlib support are not compatible with UnForm servers on systems without zlib support. To verify if zlib is supported, you can install a trial copy of unform and run the uf80c -v command. Look for a line that indicates 'zlib on'.
  • If upgrading a 7.x system with archiving, please read the Migrating Archiving From UnForm 7.x to UnForm 8.0 in the manual.

Server Installation Instructions

As the root user:

  1. Choose/Create a directory to store the UnForm server software.
  2. Place the download file in the directory.
  3. Uncompress the file: uncompress filename or gunzip filename (it must end in upper-case .Z - rename if necessary)
  4. Unextract the file: tar xvf filename
  5. Read the readme.txt file for current information.
  6. Execute ./ufsetup.sh.
  7. Execute ./license.sh. Select option 3 if you have Internet access from your machine. If not, visit the http://unform.com/uf8lic.cgi link to obtain a 30-day trial period activation key, and enter it using license.sh, option 7.
  8. Start the server by running uf80d start
  9. Test the installation by running uf80c -v.
    Note: the Unix UnForm client requires Perl version 5 or higher.
  10. If you wish to change the default configuration, such as to set a default rule file, edit the uf80d.ini file.

Windows 2000 and up:

  1. Execute the download file to install UnForm. If installing on a system that supports Terminal Services, such as Windows Server 2003, run the download file via Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, while logged in as an administrator.
  2. The Start-Programs menu will have a new folder, UnForm 8.0 Server
  3. Run the Server Manager.
  4. Click the Licensing button, then click the Automatic Demo Activation.
    If you do not have Internet access, visit the http://unform.com/uf8lic.cgi link to obtain a 30-day trial period activation key, and enter in the form.
  5. Use the Configure button to set configuration parameters, such as a default rule file.
  6. Run the Server Manager, and click the Start button to start the UnForm server. If you wish to install the UnForm server as a Windows service, you can do so from the Configuration window, in which case you would not start or stop the UnForm server from the server manager. Instead, you would use the Windows Control Panel services applet. Note, we do not recommend running UnForm as a service until it has been activated and tested.

More information is in the unform80.pdf file.

Client Installation Instructions

UnForm client software is included in the server downloads, but can also be installed on other machines on your network. There are two clients: one for Unix, and one for Windows.

As the root user:

  1. Ensure you have Perl version 5.005 or higher, testing with the perl -v. If you do not have it, you can obtain Perl binaries from cpan.org or perl.com.
  2. Choose/Create a directory to store the UnForm client software.
  3. Place the download file in the directory.
  4. Uncompress the file: uncompress filename (it must end in upper-case .Z - rename if necessary)
  5. Unextract the file: tar xvf filename
  6. In the UnForm directory, execute ./ufcsetup.sh.
  7. Edit the uf80c.ini file to set the appropriate server information.
  8. Test the installation by running "uf80c -v"
  9. You can specify the server on the command line: uf80c -server server[:port] -v
    The port is optional and only necessary if the server is listening on a non-default port (27280 for 8.0). For example, uf80c -server -v.

Windows 2000 and up:

  1. Execute the download file to install the UnForm client.
  2. The Start-Programs menu will have a new folder, UnForm 8.0 Client
  3. Run the Configuration option and specify your server information, or plan to specify a -server option when running uf80c.exe.
  4. Test the installation by running any of the samples.


UnForm's primary documentation is in the included unform80.pdf file. The Design Tool, Image Manager, and archive browser interface each include extensive documentation, accessible via the their respective Help systems.

Please read the readme.txt file in the server install directory for information about known and corrected issues.

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