ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView¬GIS Version 3.1 Installation Instructions


ArcView GIS Version 3.1
System requirements for ArcView GIS Version 3.1 and ArcPress Version 2.0
Installing ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView GIS Version 3.1
Setting up your account
ArcView license manager
Installing the license file
To start ArcPress for ArcView
To start ArcPress On-line Help
Known issues and limitations
Questions and feedback
Sources for additional information

ArcView GIS Version 3.1


To determine which version of ArcView you are currently using, click on the About ArcView option under the Help menu.

System requirements for ArcView GIS Version 3.1 and ArcPress Version 2.0

The following chart provides information about the system requirements for installing and using ArcView and ArcPress for ArcView on UNIX workstations.

Platform Operating System Window Manager Minimum Memory* Swap Space*
DigitalTM UNIX Digital UNIX v4.0 CDE or Motif® 64 MB 75 MB
HP® 9000/700 HP-UX® 10.20 (700 series, 8x7 series) CDE or HP VUE® 32 MB 100 MB
IBM® RS/6000TM  AIX® 4.1.4 (RTE-supplied by ESRI) CDE or AIX Windows® Rev.  32 MB 64 MB
SGI® IRIXTM 6.2, with patches SG0001717, SG0002086, SG0002161, SG0002044, and 6.2_POSIX set.** 6.2 (based on OSF/Motif 1.2.4) 64 MB 100 MB
SUNTM Solaris® 2.x Solaris 2.5 (SunOSTM 5.5) CDE 32 MB 100 MB

*  The Swap Space and the Minimum Memory are based on a single user.
** These patch can be obtained from SGI's Web site or FTP sire


Installing ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView GIS Version 3.1

1. Insert the ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView GIS Version 3.1 CD in your CD-ROM drive.

2.  Then become root user (excluding Solaris® 2.x, and IRIXTM 6.x).

% su

You will be prompted for your root user password. If you do not know this password, contact your system administrator.

3. If a cdrom directory does not exist, you can create one using the following:

# mkdir /cdrom

4. To mount the ArcPress CD, use one of the following based on your installation platform (where <dev> stands for the CD-ROM device):

Digital UNIX               mount -t cdfs -r -o nodefperm,noversion /<dev> /cdrom
HP 9000/700              mount -F cdfs -ocdcase /<dev> /cdrom (or use sam)
IBM RS/6000              mount -v 'cdrfs' -p'' -r'' /<dev> /cdrom (or use smit)
SGI                            IRIX 6.x automatically mounts the CD as /CDROM
Solaris 2.x                  includes the Volume ManagementTM software that automatically
                                   mounts the CD, providing immediate access to your CD-ROM.

5. At this point, the ArcPress CD is mounted.  Before installing ArcPress for ArcView from the CD, exit root user mode:

# exit

6. The "install" command has four options from which to select:
Usage: install <-help | -load | -remove | -verify>.

Type "install -help" to read more about the installation procedure.

7. To start the ArcPress CD installation for your platform, go to your $AVHOME location and create a new directory called "arcpress", then move up a directory level -

% setenv AVHOME /<arcview3_install_directory>/arcview3
% cd $AVHOME
% mkdir arcpress
% cd ..

Note: You will need to have write permission to your $AVHOME directory.

8. Type one of the following based on your installation platform:

Digital UNIX            /cdrom/osf/install -load
HP 9000/700          /cdrom/hpux/install -load
IBM RS/6000          /cdrom/ibm/install -load
SGI                         /CDROM/sgi/install -load
Solaris 2.x                /cdrom/cdrom0/solaris2/install -load

This starts the dialog for the menu-driven installation procedure. Default selections are noted in brackets [ ].  Do not accept the default CD-ROM mount point when installing ArcPress. The CD-ROM mount point should read as follows:

/cdrom/cdrom0/solaris (Solaris 2.x only)

The path name you specify as the ArcPress installation directory should be the same as the path for your arcview3 directory and cannot contain any uppercase letters.

To obtain a list of options or online help, type "?" at any prompt. You can quit the installation procedure at any time by typing quit or "q". To return to a previous question, type a caret, "^".

Optional installation component

The install procedure will give you an option to install the sample print files. The sample print files installation option provides an ArcView Color Test Chart rasterized for each ArcPress supported printer. This installation option requires approximately 28 MB disk space. For more information about these print files, see the ArcPress help topic "Configuring your printer for a workstation /Testing your setup."

Sample raster files  (all prints are size 8.5" x 11")

    Type                         Printer name                                                   Sample file
    Electrostatic              CalComp 68XXX series                                   printest.crf
                                                  Raster Graphics
                                                  ColorStation 4XX series                       printest.rgi
                                                  Versatec Series II 89XX series           printest.vrf
    Inkjet                         CalComp TechJets                                           printest.cil
                                                  Canon BubbleJet TM                               printest.cbj
                                                  ENCAD ® NovaJet                                 printest_cmyk.rtl
                                                  EPSON Stylus ®                                     printest.epp
                                                  Hewlett-Packard DesignJet                 printest_cmyk.rtl
                                                  Hewlett-Packard DeskJet (PCL 3)       printest.pcl
                                                  Hewlett-Packard DeskJet (PCL 5)       printest.pcc


Setting up your account

Temporary space is the location on the disk where scratch files are created while the rasterization process is running. These files are removed when the rasterization process is completed. As a general rule, you will need a location that contains at least four times the size of the input file being processed. Once you have checked to see if you have adequate temporary file space available, you can specify the location for temporary files in oyur .cshrc file.

If you do not include an APRESSTMPDIR, temporary files will be written to your /tmp directory.

setenv APRESSTMPDIR /<path_to_temp_space>/

where <path_to_temp_space> is the full UNIX pathname to the directory containing the available space. This line must end with the slash (/) character.

2. Setting environment variables in your .cshrc.

setenv APPRINT $AVHOME/arcpress/etc 
set path=( $path $AVHOME/arcpress/bin )

You can also set up aliases to use ArcPress on the command line or to start the ArcPress GUI outside of ArcView. To start the ArcPress extension outside of ArcView you will need to set an LM_LICENSE_FILE variable.

alias [your_alias_for_command_line] \$AVHOME/arcpress/bin/arcpress
alias [your_alias_for_GUI] \$AVHOME/arcpress/bin/avpress
setenv LM_LICENSE_FILE $AVHOME/sysgen/license.dat

For example, you can use "arcpress" for your $ARCHOME/arcpress/bin/arcpress alias and "avpress" for your $AVHOME/arcpress/bin/avpress alias. We suggest that if you already have ArcPress Version 1.0 or ArcPress for ARC/INFO ® 7.1.1 that you NOT set your ArcPress Version 2.0 command line alias to "arcpress".

3. Setting the HOME variable.

The HOME environment variable ($HOME) must be set to a writable directory in your .cshrc file. When you start ArcView, a warning message will appear if the HOME environment variable is not set.

4. Setting the LIBRARY PATH variable.

All UNIX platforms need to set the LIBRARY PATH to include the ArcView lib directory:

Digital UNIX (OSF)
setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH $AVHOME/lib:/usr/lib

HP 9000/700

IBM RS/6000
setenv LIBPATH $AVHOME/lib:/usr/lib:/lib

setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH $AVHOME/lib:/usr/lib

setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH $AVHOME:/usr/openwin/lib:/usr/ucblib:/usr/dt/lib

* Note  ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView on the Solaris2 platform is only supported in the CDE environment. Please ensure that CDE is installed on your Solaris2 workstation before using ArcPress.

5. Then, at the UNIX prompt,

% source .cshrc

6. UNIX platforms require you to set xhost + to bring up the ArcPress GUI.

% xhost +

Note You cannot start ArcView and ArcPress for ArcView until the license manager is running.


ArcView license manager

The user account that will start the license manager must have the AVHOME variable set.
% setenv AVHOME /<arcview3_install_directory>/arcview3

For more information about setting up the license manager, please refer to the ArcView GIS Version 3.1 Installation Guide for UNIX (av30binstall.html) located in your $AVHOME/avdocs directory or the ArcView GIS Version 3.1 CD . For a detailed discussion of the license manager, refer to the License Manager's Guide included in your ArcView 3.1 package.

The license manager software is distributed with ArcView. The files are located under the $AVHOME/sysgen directory.

  • ESRI-the ArcView application daemon
  • lmgrd-the license manager daemon
  • sample.dat-a sample license file
  • lmutil-the license manager executable
  • adminlicense-a utility to edit and verify the license file
There are five options to the 'lmutil' executable -
  • lmdown-shuts down the license and application daemon
  • lmhostid-returns the FLEXlm hostid of a workstation
  • lmremove-removes specific licenses
  • lmreread-informs the license daemon of changes in the license file
  • lmstat-reports on the status of the daemons and the license uses
The "adminlicense" utility replaces the "editlicense" utility which was shipped with the previous versions of ArcView. There are three options to the "adminlicense" executable -
  • verify-verifies the contents of the license.dat file
  • convert-converts the old timeout dates (31-dec-99) in the license file to no time-out date (1-jan-00).
  • help-displays help for the adminlicense utility
The license manager daemon manages the ArcView daemon that reads the license information file. The license information file is specific to each site. The sample file provided looks like this:

SERVER   siddhartha    5500439b   1700
FEATURE  ArcView3    ESRI 1.000   1-jan-00   200    B2EF061B26BCDC05F17D ""
FEATURE  AVArcPress1 ESRI 1.000   1-jan-00   200    ABCE90A16C1C3310DCFD ""

The first line identifies the name and FLEXlm hostid of the workstation (in this case, siddhartha) on your network that will be the server for the license manager (the node from which the license manager daemons will run).

The second line identifies the license daemon for ArcView and its location. The following lines specify the product or features that are to be licensed (e.g., ArcView GIS Version 3.x and ArcPress for ArcView) the name of the daemon that manages the licenses (ESRI), application daemon version (1.000), the time-out date for the product (1-jan-00), the number of users (200), and a keycode for the product. Each line is called a FEATURE line.

Note: Even though you're installing ArcPress Version 2.0 for ArcView GIS Version 3.1, the application daemon version in line 3 will still read 1.000.

To obtain the license file for your site

To obtain the license file/feature line, you will need to provide the hostname and FLEXlm hostid of each workstation or server that will be running the license manager to ESRI or your distributor.

1. The hostname is obtained with the command:

% hostname

2. The FLEXlm hostid is obtained with the command:

% $AVHOME/sysgen/lmutil lmhostid

In the United States

License Manager's Guide

2.  Mail, fax, or E-mail the completed form to Customer Service.

Fax number: 909-335-1716
E-mail address:

Outside the United States


Installing the license file

Once you have received the license file for your site, append it to your $AVHOME/sysgen/license.dat. You must enter the file exactly as it appears; the license file is case sensitive. Use the ADMINLICENSE command to check and verify your license file for errors. ADMINLICENSE must be run from within your window manager. Keep a copy of the license file you received from ESRI for future reference.

% cd $AVHOME/sysgen
% . /adminlicense

Once you have updated the license.dat file with the new feature line, update the daemons.

% $AVHOME/sysgen/lmutil lmreread -c $AVHOME/sysgen/license.dat


To start ArcPress for ArcView

To use ArcPress in ArcView:

When the extension is loaded, an ArcPress menu choice is added to the view and layout File menus and an ArcPress button is added to the view and layout button bars.

 2. Create a view or layout document, add data, graphics, etc.

 3. Click the ArcPress icon or select ArcPress from the File menu. An Enhanced PostScript file is written to your temporary directory and loaded into ArcPress.

 4. Use your right mouse button to select either a different Printer (for direct printing or print-to-file) or a Bitmap format (for bitmap export). ArcPress will automatically name your output file with an extension that correlates with the driver you choose. For example, if you choose to export to a PCX file, the filename will be your_input_filename.pcx.

When printing, ArcPress will automatically select the correct Queue which correlates with your printer. This is set in the $AVHOME/arcpress/etc/ file. See the "Before you start ArcPress" section under "Using ArcPress for raster printing and exporting" in the ArcPress on-line help for more details.

When exporting, ArcPress will automatically gray out the Printer and Queue fields.

You may also select other Page Layout, Image and Color options by clicking the Layout , Image, and Color buttons.


To start ArcPress when ArcView is not running:

 % avpress your_postscript_input_file

 To start ArcPress at the command line (useful for batch processing), simply type the following:

 % arcpress

This will display the usage. For more information about using ArcPress at the command line, see "Using ArcPress at the command prompt" under "Using ArcPress for raster printing and exporting" in the on-line help.


To start ArcPress On-line Help

ArcPress for ArcView comes with a separate on-line help system to help you learn the software.
To start the help, use the following command:

% setenv HHHOME $AVHOME/hyperhelp
% $AVHOME/hyperhelp/bin/hyperhelp -f $AVHOME/arcpress/help/avpress.hlp

You can set an alias for this command in your .cshrc file:

alias apresshelp \$AVHOME/hyperhelp/bin/hyperhelp -f $AVHOME/arcpress/help/avpress.hlp


Known issues and limitations

  • You can not install and/or run ArcPress on a PC or UNIX workstation that does not have ArcView installed.
  • Do not install ArcPress over an existing version of ArcPress for ArcView or ArcPress for ARC/INFO. Variables added to your system environment may be overwritten or added multiple times. If you want to install ArcPress again, make sure you delete the existing version or install in a new location.
  • If your layout or view has text on the outer edge of your map, you will need to either add a hair width line around the outside of all your graphic elements or use the Page size command in ArcPress to correct the output page size, which will otherwise clip off the outside text.
  • Encapsulated PostScript files created from View documents will not automatically scale correctly using ArcPress. Scaling can be adjusted in ArcPress.

Questions and feedback

ArcView's on-line Help provides detailed information on how to contact ESRI Technical Support with any of your questions or comments. You can access this information by looking at the section "Obtaining technical support" from ArcView on-line help under the  "Need more help" booklet that can be found on the Contents page.

All questions and comments should be forwarded to ESRI Technical Support -

If you are outside the U.S., please contact your local ESRI office or distributor.


Sources for additional information

Subscribe to ESRI's World Wide Web-based discussion forum list ARCVIEW-L.


Visit the ESRI home page on the Internet

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Our site also offers an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server. Our chat server will allow you to network with other ArcView users and participate in scheduled "on-line conferences", all in real time. The chat server is available at

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