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Offline dadler

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Lost flukeview forms software
« on: February 16, 2015, 12:58:43 am »
If you have misplaced your FlukeView Forms software installer, the following is a workaround to restore the software so that you can datalog, create and edit forms, and use the other functions of the software.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to supply you with software you do not already own. This is intended for those who truly have misplaced their disc/installer and need to get back up and running.

Step by step instructions:

Download Fluke Software

First, download the necessary software from Fluke.

Download the demo installer .exe, and the installer .exe for the software that you are trying to restore.

You only need to download Demo, and Basic or Designer, not both (demo &&  (basic||designer)).

Top level download page: http://www.fluke.com/fluke/m3en/support/software/FlukeViewForms.htm

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Install Demo Software

Run the demo installer executable and install the software. When prompted with the following dialog:



Select the second option, View and print FlukeView Forms files. This may not matter.

Extract the Installer for your target version of FlukeView Forms

Locate the downloaded .exe file for the version of FlukeView forms you are attempting to restore.

If you want, you can try running this installer. You will receive the following message:



As a workaround, we will extract this installer .exe.

There are many ways to accomplish this, the easiest is to rename the .exe to .zip.

Add a .zip extension to the filename, right click, and click Extract All.



Or you can just unzip the .exe directly with unzip.

Download InstallShield Cabinet File Viewer

This is a freeware application I found on the web, but I had to jump through hoops to download it, so I am mirroring it for more convenient access.

Download link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/juxy8fc79ccfqra/InstallShield_Cabinet_File_Viewer.zip

Unzip the archive, and run ISCabVu.exe to start the application.

Extract fvforms.exe

With the InstallShield Cabinet File Viewer app running, go to the File > Open menu option.



As above, navigate to the directory where you extracted the FlukeView Forms installer, and select the file data1.hdr, then click Open.

In the top toolbar, click the Display Components button (looks like a little folder with a page of paper on top, third from left).

In the left tree panel, navigate to FlukeView Forms Program Files > Files, and click on fvforms.exe in the right list:



Go to the Tools > Extract File menu item, then navigate to the directory where you installed the FlukeView Forms Demo.

This path should be similar to C:\Program Files (x86)\Fluke\FlukeViewForms. Click Save and click Yes when asked if you wish to replace the existing file.

Extract Form Databases

Follow the above instructions for the form databases. Navigate to Data Files - {your language} > Files in the left tree view, and extract each file in the right list to the FlukeView Forms installation directory (as above):



Extract Form Designer

Follow instructions above with the path: FlukeView Forms Program Files Designer > Files, fvdesign.exe

If you are using a language other than English, extract FlukeView Forms Program Files Designer - {your language} > Files, fvdesign.dll

Extract Misc

You may continue to extract other files in the same manner, if necessary and/or desired. The primary required components are enumerated above.

Rename Shortcuts

If the FlukeView Forms Demo Reader shortcut name bothers you, you can rename it to FlukeView Forms by right-clicking on the shortcut, Properties > General and change the name in the top box.

Run FlukeView Forms

You should be able to use the software now. Connect up your meter with the USB dongle and try it out.

 
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Offline diego.maga

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Re: Lost flukeview forms software
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2019, 09:36:37 pm »
Hi Sir,

I`ve been trying do it a couple times, but no successful. Could you give me a hand ?  Its keeps version demo and I cant connect.
 

Offline shakalnokturn

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Re: Lost flukeview forms software
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2019, 10:12:59 pm »
Thanks for the tip.
Just an opinion, but I find it pathetic that companies like Fluke sell their software considering the price of their meters. Gossen-Metra-Camille Bauer are the same in this respect.
 

Online windsmurf

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Re: Lost flukeview forms software
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 12:46:49 am »
Thanks for the tip.
Just an opinion, but I find it pathetic that companies like Fluke sell their software considering the price of their meters. Gossen-Metra-Camille Bauer are the same in this respect.

They have to answer to the shareholders and show ever increasing revenue and profits.  Investors seem to be doing well...
 

Offline tooki

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Re: Lost flukeview forms software
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2019, 12:11:45 pm »
Thanks for the tip.
Just an opinion, but I find it pathetic that companies like Fluke sell their software considering the price of their meters. Gossen-Metra-Camille Bauer are the same in this respect.

They have to answer to the shareholders and show ever increasing revenue and profits.  Investors seem to be doing well...
Fluke is no longer part of Danaher, which spun off its test equipment division several years ago.
 


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