Custom data files for BinMaker® PRO
This product provides weather data files on CD that can be used within
the BinMaker PRO program. These are data files only, created in a specific format
to be used within the software BinMaker® PRO (BMPro) via the custom file
BMPro’s custom file feature must read data files from a hard
drive, not a CD. The CD contains the setup file for a program that will help
you copy the files from the CD to the location on your hard drive that you want
them. The name of this program is “BMCFiles”. You must install BMCFiles to your
hard drive before you can use it. Follow the instructions below for
Insert the CD into your CDRom drive. Open the drive and run
the program “Setup.exe”.
The setup program will by default install the BMCFiles to
the same folder that the BMPro setup program installed to by default. It is
recommended that BMCFiles be installed in the same folder as BMPro.
Using the BMCFiles program
After starting the BMCFiles program. There are four steps to
copying files from the CD to your hard drive:
- Identify the location where you want the files you are copying to be stored on your hard drive.
- Identify the files that you want copied.
- Choose the file naming format for the copied files.
- Copy the files.
All four steps are show and operated from a single screen…
Step 1. Choose the location on your computer to store the
Use the drive and folder list boxes to identify the
location. Make sure to double click a folder in the folder list box to select
it. The Copy to field below the folder list box shows the currently selected
Step 2. Choose the file(s) you want to copy.
BMPro custom files must be either English (I-P) or metric
(SI) units of measure. Therefore this CD contains two files for each location;
one in I-P and one in SI. These are stored in separate folders on the CD. When
copying files please keep in mind that you need the I-P version of the file to
bin in I-P units. Similarly the SI file is needed to bin in SI units.
Next use the drop-down boxes to choose dataset, country,
province and location. Some customers may have purchased this software with
multiple datasets such as “Canadian” and “International”. The program will only
show you the datasets that are available on the CD.
There are three check boxes that help you copy multiple
files from a group. For example if you want to copy all the files from the
current dataset simply click the “All from this dataset” checkbox. If a
checkbox is grayed-out it simply means that selection is not currently
Step 3. Choose the file name format for the copied files
This option allows you to choose between to options. The
first creates datafiles on your hard drive with names that describe the subject
location. The second simply saves files using their identifying number. Note
that all IP units file names will end with “_IP” and all SI unit file names
will end with “_SI”. All files are saved with the “BMC” extension which is
recognized by BMPro as a custom data file.
Step 4. Copy the custom files to my hard drive now.
Click this button to start the copying process. Before the
copying actually begins BMCFiles will check that your inputs are complete and
acceptable and that there is adequate space on the hard drive for the selected
file(s). When the copying actually starts a progress bar will appear at the
bottom of the screen and a text message will show the number of files to be
copied the number that have been copied. When the number copied equals the
number to be copied the process is complete. The copy process is very quick and
should take less than a minute in most cases.