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How can I view conversations that are logged on another computer?

 

Why does AIM Log Manager sometimes have to connect to the Internet?

 

What command line arguments can be used to launch AIM Log Manager?

 

How do I exempt a particular screenname from being logged?

 

How do I set the AIM Logger to automatically rename a particular screenname?

 


 

How to log conversations on one computer and view/manage them on another computer:

 

Prerequisites:

1) To do this, the two computers--the logging computer and the managing computer--must be on the same Local Area Network (LAN).

2) The logging computer must share at least one folder that the managing computer can have access to. You will have to specify this folder in this process.

3) Nalsoft AIM Log Manager must be installed on both computers.

4) If you intend to use the logging computer only for logging, and not for viewing/managing conversations, the copy of the software on the logging computer does not need to be registered. (However, the logging computer won't write HTM file logs without being registered-- you should disable that option to prevent error messages.)

 

Process:

1) On the logging computer, open the AIM Log Manager Configuration window. If the AIM logger is currently logging, pause it by unpressing the 'Enable Logging' button.

 

2) In the 'Locations' options section, you must change the 'Temporary folder' setting-- select a folder that can be accessed from the managing computer through the network. After you have specified such a folder, you can press the 'Enable Logging' button again to resume logging. The effect of this step is to put all new conversations into the folder you specified so that they can be imported by AIM Log Manager from the other computer.

 

3) On the managing computer, open Nalsoft AIM Log Manager. Create a new blank log file-- if it does not automatically give you the option to do this, you can select New from the File menu.

 

4) Go to Preferences, on the File menu, and in Preferences go to the Auto Import option category.

 

5) For the textbox labeled "For current log file, look for updates from the AIM Logger in the following folder," press the Choose button and browse to the folder you selected in step 2 on the other computer. You will have to browse to this folder through your local area network-- if you cannot reach this folder, chances are you do not have the proper network permissions, in which case you must change these permissions or go back to step 2 and choose another folder.

 

6) Press OK, and the system should be set up.

 

Effectively, this process tells the logging computer to store conversations in a place that the managing computer can get them, and then tells the managing computer to automatically import them from that place.

 


 

Why does my firewall show that AIM Log Manager initiates outgoing Internet connections?

 

AIM Log Manager connects to our server periodically to check for software updates (unless you have disabled that option), and also to authenticate the registration code that the program is registered with. No personal information, computer information, or anything related to your logs is ever communicated--only the program version and registration information.

 


 

Command line arguments:

 

AIM Log Manager can be run with the following optional command-line arguments:

 

AIMLogManager.exe [log file] [/s=Local SN[:Buddy SN]] [/exitfail]

 

Arguments
 
[log file] Indicates the log file (.alf) or events log file (.alfevents) to load on startup.
 
[/s=Local SN[:Buddy SN]] Specifies screenname(s) to display upon startup. Buddy SN is optional, and should be separated from Local SN by a colon (:). Conversations of the specified local screenname and, optionally, buddy screenname will be shown when the log file is loaded. The [log file] argument should not be omitted if this argument is used.

If used when loading an events log file (.alfevents), only one screenname should be specified.

[/exitfail] AIM Log Manager will close if the file indicated by log file is not opened successfully at startup. Without this argument, AIM Log Manager opens a blank new log file.
   

 

Examples:

 

AIMLogManager.exe d:\logs.alf /s=MyScreenname:Buddy4Life

 

AIMLogManager.exe C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Nalsoft AIM Logs\logs.alfevents

  


 

How to exempt a particular screenname from being logged:

 

1) Open the AIM Logger configuration window (accessible by the yellow pencil icon in your taskbar).

 

2) Go to the 'Misc' options category and click the "Screenname aliases and logging..." button.

 

3) In the new window that appears, make sure the screenname is not on the list. If it's there, click on it and press 'Remove'.

 

4) Type the screenname in the 'Screenname' textbox.

 

5) Leave the 'Rename to' textbox blank.

 

6) Press the 'Add' button, and then press 'OK'.

 


 

How to automatically rename a screenname when it is logged (aliases):

 

1) Open the AIM Logger configuration window (accessible by the yellow pencil icon in your taskbar).

 

2) Go to the 'Misc' options category and click the "Screenname aliases and logging..." button.

 

3) In the new window that appears, make sure the original screenname is not on the list. If it's there, click on it and press 'Remove'.

 

4) Type the original screenname you wish to rename in the 'Screenname' textbox.

 

5) In the 'Rename to' textbox, type the new screenname you want to rename it to.

 

6) Press the 'Add' button, and then press 'OK'.

 

 
 
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