Daily Archives: April 11, 2015

Tip #262 – How to Install the Florist Directories


Tip #262
How to Install the Latest Florist Directories

No need to log into my Dropbox to download the florists.exe file.
Simply click on the link below and it will take you to the download location.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p9r4389bxjay0go/florists.exe?dl=0

Your flowerSoft is most likely located in a folder called FSSILVER.
That folder should be in your local C drive if you have a single user version or in a drive usually mapped as N if you are running a multi-user version of flowerSoft.

You can download the link to any location you want but I would download it to the \FSSILVER\FSROOT folder as that will give you an idea as to where your flowerSoft is installed.
When flowerSoft asks you during installation where the florists.exe file is located, you will know the answer.

The most important thing to know for a successful installation of the florist directories is to know the exact location of your flowerSoft installation.
flowerSoft will tell you where it thinks it is installed but you have to verify that information.

After you download the link, you should go to the Manager’s menu > Utilities > Florist Database > Install Florist Directories option

You should see the following on your screen…

The first thing you should do is save your current markings for your preferred and favorite florists. If you do not do this, you will lose that information.

After you have saved your markings, you can continue with the installation.

Make sure the florists.exe file is in the location flowerSoft expects to see it.

Remember that your flowerSoft could be installed just about anywhere. Make sure you are giving flowerSoft the correct location.

flowerSoft will warn you about saving your favorites and preferred florist settings.

One way of making sure you downloaded the florists.exe file to the correct location is that you will see current dates in the installation screen.

After a successful installation, you should restore the previously save preferred and favorite florist markings.

You should then use the option to add additional listings.
The florist directories supplied by FTD and Teleflora usually have only one way of referring to a city as for example Saint Louis.
If when you are typing the order, you enter St. Louis as the recipient’s city, flowerSoft will not find any florists at that location.

By running the next option, you insure that flowerSoft will find florists in Saint Louis whether you typed St. Louis, St Louis or Saint Louis as the recipient’s city.

After that is done, you should re-build the florist indexes to insure everything is as it should be.

 

Now you should have the latest florist listing from Teleflora and FTD in time for the Mother’s Day holiday.
In addition, flowerSoft has also created a list of F2F florists, in case you want to give your outgoing orders directly to other shops.

As is normally the case, this takes a lot longer to explain than to do.

 

Did you know?


Did You Know?

That in approximately the space that 1 small picture like this one,
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takes to store in your computer, flowerSoft can store at least 250 order records?
Or that in the same space that Video Tip #7 takes in my computer, flowerSoft can store up to 3,000 order records?

No wonder hard drives today come in terabytes.

When flowerSoft was originally written, a 40MB (MB=Megabytes) hard drive was considered large.
I remember telling a flowerSoft customer once, after he upgraded from a 40MB drive to a 1GB(Gigabyte) drive that he would never have to purchase a larger drive again.
Today, the flowerSoft programs alone (no data) take over 2GB of space and it would not fit in that 1GB drive.

My current computer (almost 5 years old) has a 1TB (terabyte) hard drive and I have used over 375GB of space in it.  A terabyte is 1,024 Gigabytes or over 1,000 times larger than the drive I told that flowerSoft customer he would never have to upgrade.

Here are some facts that will blow your mind…

In 1991, consumer grade, 1 gigabyte (1/1000 TB) disk drives were available for US$2699 and more, and two years later prices for this capacity had dropped to US$1499.  By 1995, 1 GB drives could be purchased for US$849.

  • 2007: 1 terabyte hard disk costs US$375
  • 2010: 2 terabyte hard disk costs US$200
  • 2012: 4 terabyte hard disk US$450 (Hitachi, largest available in consumer market), 1 terabyte hard disk US$100
  • 2013: 4 terabyte hard disk US$179, 3 terabyte hard disk $129, 2 terabyte hard disk $100, 1 terabyte hard disk US$80
  • 2014: 4 terabyte hard disk US$150, 3 terabyte hard disk $129, 2 terabyte hard disk $90, 1 terabyte hard disk US$60
  • Early 2015: 4 terabyte hard disk US$134, 3 terabyte hard disc $89, 2 terabyte hard disk $65, 1 terabyte hard disk US$45