The following instructions address issues related to the
vLetterWriter 4.x for Windows.
vLetterWriter 4.x will be discontinued. It will not be updated to work with systems beyond Windows 7. Users can upgrade to version 6.x SmartFonts.
vLetterWriter 4.x runs fully in 32-bit systems, and also runs in 64-bit systems with
32-bit compatibility mode.
- when making e-mail attachments to add to regular e-mail messages
- when sending e-mail messages directly from the vLetterWriter
(if your system configuration allows this)
- when converting text into handwriting and then copying it into another document either as text or as a graphic
- Go to Start > Programs > vLetter > vLetterWriter or double-click the shortcut to the vLetterWriter that was installed onto your desktop.
1. Open the vLetterWriter;
2. Hit any key to open the Edit Window;
3. Type your text;
4. Click the "Click Here to View This Text as Handwriting" button.
- Please read the vLetter Read Me file (Start > Programs > vLetter) for more details on using the vLetterWriter.
- Go to C:\Program Files\vLetter\ and make a shortcut of vLetter.exe. Put the shortcut on your desktop, and/or in the Start Menu if you know how.
- Restart the computer.
- If that doesn't solve the problem, reinstall the software.
- If that doesn't solve the problem, go to C:\Program Files\vLetter\ to find the files. Then open the vLetter Read Me folder inside there. Read the "To Remove Installed Files" section in the Read Me file to learn where files are located, and make shortcuts to the files as needed.
1. Copy the text in a document;
2. Open the vLetterWriter and hit any key to bring up the Edit window;
3. Paste (Control-v) the text into the vLetterWriter's Edit window.
1. Create handwritten text in the vLetterWriter;
2. Choose "Copy as text" in the vLetterWriter's Edit menu;
3. Paste it into a document.
- If you see "Greek" letters or other symbols instead of your handwriting, highlight those characters or symbols and choose your handwriting's name from the program's Font menu.
1. Open vLetter and type your message in the Edit Window. Customize with menu options if you wish;
2. Choose "Send this vLetter to" from the eMail menu in the vLetterWriter window (the first time you do step 2, the Settings window will open. Fill in the required information and click "OK");
3. Fill in the e-mail address and other information in the dialog box and click the "Send" button.
- There can be several reasons for this:
* There may be too many fonts in the Windows Fonts folder (Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts). We recommend having no more than 350 fonts in the Fonts folder.
* If your vLetter Pro, Print or Sig is an upgrade, your original handwriting may still be installed with the same name as your new handwriting. The new handwriting won't overwrite the original handwriting, so you have to remove the old one. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts. Delete any "TT" file which has your handwriting's name. Then reinstall your upgraded or modified vLetter Pro, Print or Sig.
* The system may not have registered your font during installation. To do this manually:
1. Close all applications and open the Windows Fonts folder (Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts).
2. Find your version 4 font in the Fonts folder and double-click it. It should display in a window ("The quick brown fox...") at several point sizes. If so, click "Done".
3. Re-open the vLetterWriter or the version 4 SigSoft Handwriter (Start > Programs > vLetterWriter or SigSoft Handwriter). Your handwriting style should now be listed.
* Some people have had problems installing fonts on their computers. In some cases, the manufacturers do not do a complete install of the Windows operating system and omit this feature from the installation process. In other cases, the Fonts folder loses its system attributes for some unknown reason. Other possible problems are that the Fontext.dll file may be missing or damaged, or the Desktop.ini file may be missing or damaged. The following steps are a likely way to resolve this problem.
1. Go to the MS-DOS Prompt or Command Prompt (Start > Programs > MS Dos Prompt). When the DOS window opens, make sure that you are in the Windows Directory. You can do this by typing "cd Windows" or "cd\Windows" at the command prompt (or WINNT if you are on Windows 2000).
2. Type "attrib fonts +s", then press the Enter key.
3. Close the DOS window to return to Windows.
4. Restart the computer.
5. Go to Fonts in the Control Panel. You should now see the Install a New Font option available under the File menu.
6. Reinstall your vLetter software.
- You may be using one of the bonus fonts included with the software, "LiteUS" and "LiteEuro". To choose the correct handwriting style, go to Handwriting > Handwriting Options and choose your handwriting in the Handwriting menu.
- The Font Registry may be corrupt. You can fix it with the following steps:
1. Go to Start > Run. Type in "regedit.exe".
2. Go to Hkey_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Fonts.
3. Select your handwriting's name.
4. Delete entry.
5. Close Regedit.
6. Reinstall your handwriting software.
- LiteUS is a U.S. English handwriting style has the full U.S. keyboard character set plus 2 sets of capital letters. Most people write the 2nd set of caps as block letters, making them especially useful for acronyms (FBI, USA, MGM, etc.).
- The LiteEuro handwriting style has the full U.S. keyboard character set plus additional accented characters, punctuation, and symbols needed for many Western European languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, etc.). See the Western European characters section in the vLetter Read Me file.
- Because sometimes you may want to insert a vLetter into the main body or text of a regular e-mail message instead of just sending the vLetter by itself. To do that, you need to choose "Convert this vLetter to an e-mail attachment" from the eMail menu in the vLetterWriter, and drag the .GIF into your e-mail message to the point where you want it inserted.
- vLetter looks in the Windows registry for Outlook or Outlook Express connections and uses those. With so many different e-mail applications and many, many way of connecting to the internet, we are currently unable to build into vLetter an automatic connection for every e-mail environment.
- For some e-mail environments, the first time you use it, you will need to manually input the name of the SMTP or outgoing mail server in the vLetterWriter's eMail > Settings box. We recommend trying "mail" or "mailhost" or "SMTP" followed by . (dot), followed by the part of the user's e-mail addresses that follow the "@" sign. For example, if your e-mail address is JDoe@Syscomps.com, type in "mail.syscomps.com". @home users type in "mail" only. Try asking the ISP or network administrator what the name of the SMTP server is, and then putting that into the SMTP Server box in the vLetterWriter's Edit > Settings menu.
- If the first option fails, set up your Outlook Express (free with all Windows) e-mail application to send and receive (even if you don't use it), so the vLetterWriter can find Outlook's connection to the internet.
- Even if none of the above suggestions work, or if an SMTP server is not used, you can still turn the vLetters into attachments and drag them into regular e-mail messages. Most recipients have e-mail applications that will display the pictures in the messages without having to open an attachment (a vLetter is a .GIF graphic--viruses can't be attached to them). Read the "Using Handwriting in Emails " section of the Read Me (Start > Programs > vLetter > vLetter Read Me.pdf).
- There are some e-mail sending bugs related to specific versions of MFC42.dll (located in the C:\Windows\System directory). Microsoft released a few versions of this .dll with bugs. The latest version can be downloaded from several sites. To find more information, search on "MFC42.dll" on the web. One version in particular that has known problems in vLetter is 4.21.7160. If the problem persists, simply convert your vLetter to an e-mail attachment and send it via your regular e-mail.
- When you send your vLetter as HTML, it does not show as an attachment in the recipient's e-mail application (use this option when sending to users with newer e-mail applications, but not to AOL users). When you send the vLetter as an attachment, it is automatically displayed in most e-mail applications, but it is noted in their e-mail application that it is an attachment.
- Drag this file into your e-mail message or select it from the "Attach File" option of your e-mail application. It will be attached to the message and will display automatically in most e-mail applications when the recipient reads the e-mail message.
- Resize the window by dragging the lower right-hand corner to the new size, in the same manner in which you resize any other window.
- Because each version of vLetterWriter writes its own .ini file when preferences are chosen. We recommend that you have only the latest version of vLetterWriter on your computer (the latest version will have the most features).
- Resize the width of the vLetterWriter window a little. This will cause the line spacing to re-randomize each time you do it.
- Not in version 4.x.
- Make sure your display is set for "High color" (16-bit) or "True color" (24-bit). Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display. Then select the color in the Settings tab of the "Display" window.
- We recommend that you set your computer's display to 16- or 24-bit or higher; or "High color" or "True color". Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display. Then select the color in the Settings tab of the "Display" window.
- Add 1 or 2 line returns (hit Enter) after your signature in the vLetterWriter's "Edit Window."
- vLetterWriter registers a line when there is a carriage return, so after your last line in the message, you may need to add a line return.
- Paid versions 4.1 and later have an option in the Edit > Send To menu to turn off the advertising. If you have an older version, you can request an updated version via e-mail. The Free Demo vLetters always have vLetter advertising.
- Choose the "Save" or "Save As" items in the File menu. Saved files have the extension .ltr. When you double-click the saved file, it will open with the previous text, stationery, and formatting options. Just delete or overwrite the text when you want to make a new vLetter using this theme.
- The full page stationery graphics were designed to be 600 pixels wide, so recipients of your vLetters who have old, narrow monitors wouldn't have to side scroll to read a message. If you are not concerned about that, you can choose the "Stretch" option next to the Stationery choices in the vLetterWriter's Stationery menu to allow you to make the graphics the full width of your vLetterWriter window or monitor. The stationery will also stretch proportionally vertically.
- Yes. The instructions for doing so are in the vLetterWriter's Stationery > Stationery Choices > Custom Graphics button.
- We recommend 24-bit bitmap (.BMP). Once you have saved it, drag it into the vLetter folder in your C: drive. The name you saved it as is the name that will appear in the vLetterWriter's Stationery choices.
- Put all graphics, accessories and updates into the same folder in which "vLetter.exe" resides.
- vLetters attachments are .GIF graphics that are made to give good screen (monitor) resolution at 72 dpi; they are not meant to be printed. Standard print resolution graphics (like TIF images) are at least 300 dpi, and have a much larger file size.
- Yes. Saved files have the extension ".vlt". You can open them by double-clicking or by choosing File > Open. You can use this file as a template: open it to make changes, but don't send this file by e-mail. Your recipient won't be able to open it, unless that person has also purchased vLetter software.
- Yes, you can copy the text from the vLetterWriter's Edit window (not the "handwritten" text in the vLetterWriter window) into a word processor and spell check it there, then copy and paste the checked text back to the vLetterWriter Edit window.
- .GIF's make smaller files which download in seconds; they look great on-screen; they use lossless compression; and they provide security from eMail snoops.
- Yes, by choosing the Print item from the File menu. This version does not print borders, tiles, or stationery graphics, just the handwriting itself.
- The vLetterWriter prints only the text of a vLetter, to the paper size you have chosen for your printer. You can print onto regular stationery if you choose.
- Yes. A printed vLetter note contains all the randomness of line spacing and word position that you have given it, making the vLetter look even more like "natural" handwriting.
- The vLetterWriter is not primarily a word processing application, so it has no margin or other formatting options. It prints to the size paper you have chosen for your printer, and to the margins you set when you print.
- The vLetterWriter uses an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper as its default size. To change this, you need to set the margins further in, based on how much smaller you card or stationery is compared to letter-sized paper.
1. Measure your card or stationery with a ruler.
2. Set each margin to force the printer to restrict the printing area. This will take some trial and error.
- If your card is 5" wide, try setting the RIGHT margin at 4", which will tell the printer that the right margin begins 4" in from the edge of a standard 8.5" wide sheet of paper. This means the actual printing area will not extend beyond 4.5" from the left (8.5" minus 4" equals 4.5").
- If your card is 7" tall, try setting the BOTTOM margin at 4.5", which will tell the printer that the bottom margin begins 4.5" up from the edge of a standard 11" long sheet of paper. This means the actual printing area will not extend below 6.5" from the top (11" minus 4.5" equals 6.5").
- If you have a dark color paper, and a light ink color chosen for your vLetter, the text will not be visible or be barely visible, depending on the ink color. To print a vLetter on a B&W printer, change the ink to black or another dark color. Also, try a lighter color of paper.