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Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-03, 23:30 UTC

I have been trying in vain for two days now to get uLister installed correctly with all of the necessary Oracle files. Unfortunately, no matter what I do, doc and xls files are still not viewing correctly. I'm pretty tech-savvy, but something is eluding me.

Might someone be willing to have a phone chat with me? I'm in California. (I also have Skype and WhatsApp.)

Thanks!

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FAQs: uLister document viewer plugin and Oracle Outside In Technology

Post by *Stefan2 » 2018-10-04, 09:09 UTC

uLister-plugin for the "Outside In Technology" (OiT) © Oracle

uLister is a powerful document viewer which can open more than 500 file formats by using the Oracle "Outside In Technology".
Supported files formats: Many popular word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, raster and vector image...
This plugin is freeware, but libraries from Oracle® are not, you must accept license.

See discussion thread "uLister" Post by *arax » Thu Jan 20, 2011: https://ghisler.ch/board/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=28413

It is reported that uLister works on Windows XP up to Win10.


How-to:
Explanation here written are mostly taken from posts of users like milo1012, Dalai, Gral, Ovg, petermad and Horst.Epp. Thank you very much!


Step 1
- Download uLister plugin 4.0.0 or newer from https://totalcmd.net/plugring/oilister.html
Use x64 or x32 depending on your Total Commander bit-version (bit architecture, see Help menu > About TC...)
Download "(x32)" for 32- or 64-bit TC, or the "x64 version" for a 64-bit TC.
Next browse with TC to the download folder, double click at the download "wlx_xxx.zip" and let install it.

D:\ownloads\wlx_uLister_4.0.0.zip
formats.txt
pluginst.inf
readme.txt
ulister.ini
ulister.wlx


The uLister-Plugin should be further up on the list of plugins to be the first to be taken. (or press '4'-key on keyboard while in Lister)

To configure the plugin itself, preview a file in uLister and right click on the viewer-window.

If wanted, configure TC-settings how to utilize the plugin:
norfie² wrote: Limit the plugin to file extension where uLister makes sense. for example
wincmd.ini:
XX=%COMMANDER_PATH%\plugins\WLX\ULISTER\ulister.wlx
XX_detect="MULTIMEDIA&(ext="PDF"|ext="PRN"|ext="PS"|ext="DB"|ext="WPD"|ext="WPG"|ext="WMF" |ext="DRW"|ext="HGL"|ext="HTM"|ext="HTML"|ext="DOC"|ext="DOCX"|ext="DOCM"|ext="XLS"|ext="XLSX" |ext="XLTM"|ext="PPT"|ext="PPTX"|ext="PPTM"|ext="VSD"|ext="MSG"|ext="EML"|ext="PST"|ext="OST"|ext="OFT"|ext="MDA"|ext="MDB"|ext="MMAP")"

Step 2
- Download Oracles files: ... you need to "(o)Accept License Agreement" AND sign-in or register.
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/downloads/oit-dl-otn-097435.html
There are many files to download, choose the "Viewer Technology" in newest version.
Viewer Technology 8.5.4 - Release Date: 09/27/2018 or newer >> Windows (x86-64) or/and Windows (x86-32)
Use 64- or 32-bit depending on your Total Commander bit-version (bit architecture)
Download "(x86-32)" for 32- or 64-bit TC, or download "(x86-64)" for a 64-bit TC.
Unpack the "vw-8-5-4-win-x86-XX.zip" and copy the "redist" folder to plugin folder like: totalcmd\Plugins\WLX\ulister (\redist)


D:\ownloads\vw-8-5-4-win-x86-XX\
redist\
sdk\
makedemo.bat
README.TXT


C:\TotalCmd\plugins\wlx\ulister\
redist\
formats.txt
readme.txt
ulister.ini
ulister.wlx



Step 3
- You may need to have installed Visual C++ 2013 (or newer? depending on the need of the Oracle download)
(or at least you need the VC++ DLLs (msvcr120.dll; msvcp120.dll) inside the uLister plugin folder?)
Download a VC++ Runtime version compatible with your OS from
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads/
It's reported that (at least for) Viewer Technology 8.5.3 and 8.5.4 uLister require Visual C++ 2013.
Direct link to VC++ RT 2013: https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40784
Use x64 (64-bit) Runtimes for "Viewer Technology Windows (x86-64)
or x86 (32-bit) Runtimes for "Viewer Technology Windows (x86-32) , or just install both bit versions.
It doesn't hurt if you install every VC++RT version up from 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 till 2017
or newer and in both bit versions, different programs need different RTs, and they are not cumulative.

To check what you already have installed check Control Panel / Installed application:
Windows XP and earlier: Settings > Control Panel > "Add or Remove Programs" > "Change or Remove Programs" > "Currently installed programs and updates"-dialog
Windows Vista /7 /8 /10: Control Panel > "Programs => Uninstall a program" > "(/Programs and Features/) Uninstall or change a program"-dialog
Windows 10: Settings >" Apps (or System)" > "App & Features" -dialog


You will be quicker in a DOS-Box (cmd.exe ; command line interpreter) with 'control' command or even quicker with 'appwiz.cpl' command.

Search there for "Microsoft Visual C++ Re-distributable" for example or something like that.



Step 4
- Best, restart TC, just to be on the save side.
- It's reported you may need write access to the TC-folder itself (if it is installed in a protected "Program Files" folder.

- See "\vw-8-5-4-win-x86-XX\sdk\samplefiles\" -folder for first test files.

- To use uLister-Plugin press '4'-key on keyboard while in Lister window.
To configure the plugin itself, preview a file in uLister and right click on the Lister window.

- Here is a modified "ulister.ini" from our user milo1012 to demonstrate how to use the ini:

Code: Select all

[ulister]
noloadtypes=1999,1500,1501,1502,1503,1506,1507,1508,1509,1510,1512,1514,1515,1516,1535,1557,1559,1561,1564,1574,1588,1589,1590,1591,1599,1602,1609,1646,1700,1701,1702,1703,1704,1705,1706,1707,1708,1709,1710,1711,1712,1713,1714,1715,1716,1717,1718,1719,1720,1721,1722,1723,1724,1725,1726,1800,1801,1802,1803,1804,1813,1814,1815,1820,1821,1822,1825
nopreviewtypes=1999,1500,1501,1502,1503,1506,1507,1508,1509,1510,1512,1514,1515,1516,1535,1557,1559,1561,1564,1574,1588,1589,1590,1591,1599,1602,1609,1646,1700,1701,1702,1703,1704,1705,1706,1707,1708,1709,1710,1711,1712,1713,1714,1715,1716,1717,1718,1719,1720,1721,1722,1723,1724,1725,1726,1800,1801,1802,1803,1804,1813,1814,1815,1820,1821,1822,1825
keepinmemory=1
optionsdir=%COMMANDER_PATH%\Plugins\Lister\ulister
See formats.txt
1999 - Unknown format
1500 - Windows Bitmap
1501 - Tagged Image File Format
1502 - Paintbrush
1503 - Compuserve GIF
...
....




- - -


FYI:
milo1012s' recompile of uLister to use both 32- and 64-bit > https://ghisler.ch/board/viewtopic.php?p=324284#p324284

I did a (unofficial) recompile of uLister, which uses separate DLL dirs for 32- and 64-bit
and therefore is able to work on a dual (32+64-bit) TC installation.
Just copy the OiT DLLs to the included sub-dir
redist32 for the 32-bit plugin
redist64 for the x64-Plugin

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *ghisler(Author) » 2018-10-04, 09:12 UTC

Some common mistakes are:
1. You got the 32-bit Oracle dlls, but use Total Commander 64-bit
2. You put them in the wrong directory. They belong in directory "redist" below the ulister directory

If you use combined TC 32-bit+64-bit, install ulister 32-bit and ulister 64-bit in two separate directories. Then put the 32-bit Oracle dlls in the "redist" directory of ulister 32-bit, and the 64-bit Oracle dlls in the "redist" directory of ulister 64-bit
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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Ovg » 2018-10-04, 13:01 UTC

It's impossible to lead us astray for we don't care even to choose the way.
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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-04, 20:36 UTC

Just came in to the computer and saw all your comments. Thanks, everyone!

Believe me, I read lots and lots and lots of documentation -- some repeatedly -- before I wrote to you. I realize I didn't give much info at first, so here's my situation:

• I have a Windows 32-bit machine, so of course I downloaded vw-8-5-4-win-x86-32.zip from Oracle.
• uLister is at C:\Program Files\TotalCmdr9.2\Plugins\uLister.
• Within that folder is redist, sdk, makedemo.bat, uLister.ini, uLister.wlx, and some readmes.
• The redist folder has 226 files, and sdk has six subfolders.

Since doc and xls files were still appearing with binary info, I tried the following:
• I closed TC and opened it again.
• I went in to Configuration Options Plugins and looked at the Lister Plugins. uLister.wlx is there and in the correct place.
• I looked back over the documentation.
• I deleted the files and reinstalled them.
• I went back in to the Configuration Options dialog, removed uLister and added it again.

Some of the above I did more than once. But even after all of these efforts, I'm still getting binary when I view doc and xls files.

Oh, wait a second! I just realized.....I'm using WIndows XP. Is that supported?
Last edited by Andante on 2018-10-04, 21:37 UTC, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Dalai » 2018-10-04, 21:07 UTC

2Andante
You might need Visual C++ Runtimes for the Oracle Viewer stuff. If I had found a valid download source for the Oracle Viewer thingy I would have told you which VC++ version exactly it needs. But I'm not going to create an Oracle account just for this.

[EDIT]
Just read milo1012's post (linked to by Ovg) and he said it requires VC++ 2013, so that's what I would start with
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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-04, 21:20 UTC

Thank you, Dalai. The link you gave me is a bit over my head. Can someone else please confirm that I need additional Visual C++ files? If so, which exact ones?

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Dalai » 2018-10-04, 21:22 UTC

2Andante
Regarding the version: see my edit above.

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Hacker » 2018-10-04, 21:34 UTC

Andante,
Perhaps try pressing "4" while the binary view is shown?

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-05, 00:45 UTC

Thanks, Hacker. "4" doesn't do anything, but "1" does help a bit. Still, I shouldn't have to be pressing anything, right? :-(

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *milo1012 » 2018-10-05, 08:56 UTC

Andante wrote:
2018-10-04, 20:36 UTC
Oh, wait a second! I just realized.....I'm using WIndows XP. Is that supported?
If you use the OiT DLLs 8.5.3 or newer, which requires the VC 2013 runtimes, then no, it's not supported. So that is probably the culprit in your case.
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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Dalai » 2018-10-05, 12:54 UTC

2milo1012
If Andante installed the VC 2013 Runtimes. So far, he didn't say/confirm he installed them.

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-06, 04:17 UTC

Omg, I bet XP is indeed the culprit. How can I tell which DLLs or runtimes I installed? I mention up above which file pack I used from Oracle.

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Dalai » 2018-10-06, 13:33 UTC

Andante wrote:
2018-10-06, 04:17 UTC
How can I tell which DLLs or runtimes I installed?
VC++ Runtimes are listed in Control Panel > Software as "Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86)" for example. BTW that's the version you need. Just download and install it.

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Re: Trouble with uLister and Oracle files

Post by *Andante » 2018-10-07, 00:52 UTC

Sorry to be dense, Dalai, but on my machine, there's no such thing as Control Panel > Software.

Also, you say, "that's the version you need. Just download and install it." What's the version I need? Don't know what you're referring to.

The pack I downloaded and installed from Oracle is vw-8-5-4-win-x86-32.zip.

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