Monday, March 1, 2010

Running Atlantis with "factory" settings

Hundreds of different options and settings are offered through different features of Atlantis. Most of them are saved to the Windows Registry when you close Atlantis, and reloaded from the Registry when you launch Atlantis again.

The only purpose of these different options is to allow you to customize Atlantis to your liking. By adjusting them you can make Atlantis work and look in the way YOU want. However, at times you might change a few settings accidentally or without anticipating how those changes will affect the behavior of Atlantis on your system. Some features of Atlantis might start working in a wrong way, or you might even be unable to complete your tasks in Atlantis.

In such cases, it is always a good idea to check if the current misbehavior of Atlantis might not be linked to your current Atlantis settings. The simplest way to do so is by launching a copy of Atlantis with its default "factory" settings. Here is how to proceed:

1) Click the "Start" button of the Windows Taskbar, and choose the "Run..." command. Alternatively just press the WinKey+R hot key of Windows.
This will open the "Run" dialog of Windows.

2) Paste the following command-line in the "Open" edit box:

"C:\Program Files\Atlantis\Atlantis.exe" -dls -dss

Note that the above command-line assumes that you installed Atlantis to the "C:\Program Files\Atlantis\" default folder. If you actually installed Atlantis in a different folder, you should adjust the above "Run" command-line accordingly.

3) Click the "OK" button in the "Run" dialog.

Since the command-line contains the "-dls" switch which means "don't load settings from anywhere", this will launch a copy of Atlantis with the default settings.
The "-dss" switch itself means "don't save modified settings on close". This is so that your previous Atlantis settings are not affected in the Windows Registry when you close such a copy of Atlantis.

Note that you might also need to reenter your registration details when you launch a copy of Atlantis through the above command-line. Otherwise Atlantis might fail to launch with its default settings.

Now that Atlantis is launched with its default settings, you can check out if it behaves correctly. If it does work correctly, it might be a good idea to replace the faulty Atlantis settings currently stored in the Windows Registry with the default settings of Atlantis. This is done with the following command-line:

"C:\Program Files\Atlantis\Atlantis.exe" -dls

Unlike the previous command-line, the above command-line does not include the "-dss" switch. This means that Atlantis will save its current settings to the Registry on close.

After that, Atlantis can be launched in the standard way through the "Start | Programs" menu of the Windows Taskbar, or by clicking the Atlantis shortcut on the Windows Desktop. Atlantis will then run smoothly with its "factory settings". You can still customize it again to your liking.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Atlantis is great. There is one thing missing. It would be beneficial if a web page from the internet could be saved with the accompanied photos.

Atlantis Word Processor Team said...

Which Web browser do you use? I mean where do you copy Web page fragments from?

Ambaquista said...

The browser doesn´t matter!
I think that "Anonymous" want is the possibility to Atlantis save in MHTML or MHT, the Microsoft format that includes EVERYTHING of the web page (text, graphics, etc) in just ONE file.
And I full support that!

Best regards

Ambaquista