PAL will not run natively in the 64-bit version of Windows 7 displaying a message to "Contact your software vendor to obtain a 64-bit version of your application."
PAL should run in:
1) Windows 7 32-bit version.
2) Windows 7 64-bit under Microsoft's Windows XP emulator that's a free download for Windows 7 users.
3) Windows 7 64-bit under DOSBox a free open source DOS emulator available here: http://dosbox.com/
4) Windows 7 64-bit under TameDOS: http://www.tamedos.com/
While it's true, there's significant objection to DOS based programs, the fact remains that for a single purpose computer running a transaction-intensive application (like PAL) DOS is a speedier and more reliable operating system to run under. It will run at top speed on any modern PC - even in a DOS box under Windows.
PAL's Maximum Capacities:
What are PAL's maximum capacities?
Data file size, 2 billion bytes
Records per file, 16 million
Index entries per data file, 16 million
Index size, 8 Gigabytes.
TXX file, 534,773,728 bytes
A text ("memo")field may contain up to 64,000 bytes.
Using PAL without barcode scanner:
Do I need to use a barcode scanner to use PAL?
PAL can be used with or without barcoding.
However, for a good-sized library with lots of check-out activity use of a barcode scanner makes life easier. Our inexpensive CCD scanner(http://www.neuton.net/ccd.htm) is very easy to use. It makes a "Y" connection between the keyboard port and keyboard cable. In the Check-Out panel just scan in the student's library card, then scan in the item's barcode label. That's it. No need to even look at the computer screen or keyboard (unless a beep alerts you to a problem with the transaction, eg. if the student already has too many items checked out, or owes money,
What is "Regenerate All Indexes" feature?
PAL Library Automation Software is designed to accommodate the creation of hundreds of new database records on a daily basis. When databases get large (many thousands of records) indexes should be regenerated periodically (say, once a month or so) to improve performance.The time required to run this option will vary depending on the size of your database and the speed of your computer. You can reach the "Regenerate All Indexes" option from the Main Menu by pressing choice "11" ("Administration"), then "5" ("Admin.Reports"), then choice "5" ("Regenerate All Indexes").