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There are two desktop applications that I am trying to run at the same time via a desktop shortcut or a batch file but one of the applications needs to call an XML file.  We are trying to prevent our users from having to navigate to the location of the XML file (network or local) each time they run the application.

App1:  Onbase client   (Hyland software)
App2:  AppEnabler (this needs to call the XML file)   (Hyland software)  

Running AppEnabler via the command prompt/batch file works just fine, see below.  It calls and opens the XML file automatically.   The app then stays in the system tray.  But I am trying to combine this with the onbase client.

(THIS WORKS) START "" "C:\Program Files\Hyland\Application Enabler\AEClient.exe" "\\Path\to\XML\file\AE.xml"

The Onbase client can be launched with a -AE switch (appenabler) appended at the end of the desktop shortcut ("c:\path to client\onbase.exe" -AE).  This will launch appenabler but prompts the users to the XML file each time.  I've tried  "c:\path to client\onbase.exe" -AE "path-to-XML file" but does not work.  

Essentially, I want the users to be able to launch the onbase client, appenable, and calls the XML automatically - all in one shot via a shortcut or a batch file.

Thank you.


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Steve Knight earned 1000 total points
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Well... you could easily make a batch file with two START commands in called "RunOnbase.cmd" for instance and send the shortcut there OR you could do a single shortcut running

cmd /c START "" "C:\Program Files\Hyland\Application Enabler\AEClient.exe" "\\Path\to\XML\file\AE.xml" & START "" "c:\path to client\onbase.exe"

all on one line

e.g. I just did this as a test shortcut:

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c START "" excel & START "" winword

which fires up word and excel at th same time.

Steve
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by:Justin_W_Chandler
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This is not a problem of batch scripting, but a problem of knowing the command execution syntax for APPENABLER.
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by:Qlemo
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Yeap, nothing you can do besides getting the correct syntax for the Hyland software.
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by:isstechy
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Thanks for the syntax.  It worked for us.  Appreciate your expert suggestion.
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by:Steve Knight
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glad it helped

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by:Justin_W_Chandler
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This was not a valid solution to the problem. He didn't like the real answer [which was that if his application is not opening the file submitted as a command line argument, it won't work], so he just awarded points to you.

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by:Steve Knight
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I read it differently... he said if the app enabler was run with commandline then it  worked but needed to be run from the same shortcut.  Another possible solution may be (and of course also depends on the app) is changing the working directory to be the path of the enabler files and then it may be looking in the pwd for it.

He said if run manualy then it works so will work identically to that from a batch file suggested for instance...

Anyway neither here nor there, though always good to get feedback from h person asking.

Steve
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