About ClarisDraw Version 1.0 Windows, Read Me

Here's essential information you'll need for ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows.

This information was provided by Claris Corporation on 16 March 1998, and incorporated into Apple Computer's Tech Info Library.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

This Read Me file contains technical notes and tips that may prove helpful when you use ClarisDraw 1.0, as well as the latest news about great features of ClarisDraw.


A. Installation Follow the instructions in the installation guide to install ClarisDraw. You can't copy the files to your hard drive using the DOS copy command, because the files are compressed to fit on fewer disks. The setup program decompresses files during installation.

You must be running SMARTDRV.EXE to install ClarisDraw. Claris recommends using the default values for SmartDrive.

ClarisDraw is a 32-bit application. Before installing ClarisDraw on a computer running Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11, you must install Win32s, which is included in this package.

Note: If you are using Windows 95, do not install Win32s.

Some virus checking software may interfere with the installer or slow down the installation process. Turn off any virus checking software before starting the ClarisDraw Installer. You can turn virus checking back on after your installation is successful.

You cannot start ClarisDraw from a directory whose name contains upper ASCII characters (for example E, (c), #). This is a limitation of Win32.

B. In-box Support Materials

Installation Guide User's Handbook Context-sensitive Help system 2,400 piece SmartSymbol clip art library

C. System Requirements and Compatibility IBM and compatible personal computers, 386 or higher processor, and a recommended 8Mb of RAM. Hard disk with 15Mb (to install all clip art libraries) available and Windows 3.1 or higher. Printers supported: Hewlett Packard LaserJet, PaintJet, DeskJet series. Postscript printers such as Apple LaserWriter, IBM Laser Printers, and a wide variety of other Windows compatible printers.

D. Out-of-memory error messages If you encounter an error message that indicates there is not enough memory to perform an operation, Claris recommends:

--adjusting your Virtual Memory setting (see Performance tips for Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 below)

--removing any unnecessary drivers and TSRs from the CONFIG.SYS file to free up more memory in DOS

--closing other applications and ClarisDraw documents that are running in the background

E. Performance tips for Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 32-bit applications such as ClarisDraw 1.0 require that Virtual Memory is on. To improve performance on computers with 8 MB of memory or less, Claris recommends setting virtual memory to permanent and using the suggested size for your virtual-memory setting as displayed in the Virtual Memory dialog box. This value is typically twice the size of physical memory, but should be at least 11,700 K or 11.7 MB.

If the suggested size of virtual memory is less than twice the physical memory installed on your computer, you might need to increase your free disk space by removing unwanted files or defragmenting your hard disk.

Note: DOS 6.0 users can use DEFRAG.EXE.

To set virtual memory:
1. In the Program Manager, open the Main Group, double-click the Control Panel icon, and then double-click the 386 Enhanced icon.
2. Click Virtual Memory and then click the Change.
3. Select Permanent from the Type pop-up menu.
4. Click the checkbox next to Use 32-Bit Disk Access. Note: This setting is NOT recommended for laptops running on battery power.
5. Click OK.

If you are an experienced Windows user and you have adjusted your virtual memory settings as described, but still want to improve your system's performance:


-- Change the following settings in the CONFIG.SYS file: FlLES=60 STACKS=9,256

-- Add the following line to the CONFIG.SYS file: BUFFERS=10

-- Add the following line to the [WINDOWS] section of the WIN.INI file: DefaultQueueSize=16

-- Add the following lines to the [386enh] section of the SYSTEM.INI file: DMABuffersize=64 XLatBufferSize=128 MaxBPS=768

-- Delete the following lines from the [386enh] section of the SYSTEM.INI file: EGA80W0A.FON... EGA40W0A.FON... CGA80W0A.FON... CGA40W0A.FON...

-- Always use SmartDrive!

F. Using ClarisDraw with Windows 95 You cannot launch ClarisDraw 1.0 using the Network Neighborhood feature of Windows 95. Use a different method to launch ClarisDraw instead (for example, use Explorer).

G. Printing If you have trouble printing, try installing an updated printer driver, available from your printer manufacturer or Microsoft Corporation. For instructions on installing a driver and configuring your printer, see the the Control Panel information in the Microsoft documentation. ClarisDraw requires a valid default printer driver, NOT the Generic/Text Only driver.

To select or change the default printer:

1.In the Program Manager, open the Main Group, double-click the Control Panel icon, and then double-click the Printers icon.
2.Select a printer from the Installed Printers list and click Set As Default Printer. If no printers appear in the list, see your Microsoft documentation for instructions on installing printers.

Printing with Hewlett-Packard printers in PCL mode: Under some conditions, the default settings for printers using PCL mode will not print rotated text correctly. To change the default settings:

1. In the Program Manager, open the Main Group, double-click the Control Panel icon, and then double-click the Printers icon.
2. Select the printer under "Installed Printers", then click Setup.
3. In the Setup dialog box, click the Options button. Change the Graphics Mode option to "Raster", then click OK for each dialog box. Click Close for the setup box, and exit Control Panel. (Note: for Windows 95 users, please see your Win95 documentation for changing printer properties).

H. Video cards and drivers If your screen doesn't display objects correctly, you may have a issue with your video driver. Try changing the resolution to 640x480 or 800x600 or try changing the number of colors displayed (for example, 256, 32K, or millions of colors).

To verify a video driver issue, change the video driver to Windows standard VGA and run ClarisDraw. If the issue disappears, contact the video card manufacturer for the latest version of the video card driver or use the driver that is included with the Windows installation.

I. ClarisDraw INI file settings If you experience either of the issues listed below, make the suggested changes to the [ClarisDraw] section of the CLARIS.INI file in your Windows directory:

-- Issue: Color/gradient palettes do not draw completely, or show up with black or missing colors/gradients Suggested setting: Cache Palettes = 0

-- Issue: Tools are not drawn correctly, or display as black Suggested setting: BitmapTools=0

J. Fonts If fonts do not display or scale correctly (for example, if they are clipped or overlap), Claris recommends that you:

-- Make certain a valid printer driver is selected as the default and that it is NOT the Generic/Text Only driver

-- Enable TrueType fonts (see below)

-- Make certain the standard Windows fonts, such as Arial, are properly installed

To delete or reinstall standard Windows fonts, see the Microsoft documentation.

To enable True Type fonts:

1. In the Program Manager, open the Main Group, double-click the Control Panel icon, and then double-click the Fonts icon.
2. Click TrueType, and then click Enable TrueType Fonts.

K. Sharing ClarisDraw files between the Macintosh and Windows ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows has the same file format, user interface, and features as ClarisDraw 1.0 for the Macintosh. You can create a ClarisDraw document in Windows and edit it on an Apple Mac OS computer, or vice versa. Therefore, if you work with both Macintosh and Windows versions of ClarisDraw, or if you collaborate with colleagues who use ClarisDraw 1.0 for Macintosh, you can work without translating files.

To open a ClarisDraw 1.0 Windows file using ClarisDraw 1.0 for the Macintosh:

1. Hold down the Option key and choose Open from the File menu.
2. Choose ClarisDraw in the Show section of the Open dialog box.
3. Double-click on the name of the file you want to convert.

To open a ClarisDraw 1.0 Macintosh file using ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows:

1. If you are using Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11, make sure the filenames of the Macintosh ClarisDraw files you want to convert follow DOS filename conventions (8 characters or less) and end with the .CDD extension. (For ClarisDraw Library files, use the .CLB extension.)
2. Open the files in ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows.

If you want to transfer ClarisDraw files between platforms via 3.5-inch disks, you must use a file transfer program that lets you create and use PC-formatted 3.5-inch disks on a Macintosh. To copy the ClarisDraw files onto a PC-formatted disk, follow the directions in the documentation for the file transfer program you are using. When you use a multi-platform server (such as Novell Netware) to transfer files from a Macintosh to a Windows computer, you can use the ClarisDraw documents right off the server. No file transfer program is required.

Fonts, margins, page breaks, and some graphics might display differently when a file is transferred between Macintosh and Windows. You might have to adjust the margins and page breaks in the transferred file to restore the original appearance.

You can minimize font issues by installing and using the TrueType fonts that ship with Windows. When you open a file, ClarisDraw first checks to see if each of the fonts in the document is installed in the current system. If a font is not installed, ClarisDraw checks its font mapping information to substitute an appropriate font. Font mapping information is stored in the Claris Font Map file inside the Claris folder in your System folder on Macintosh and in the [ClarisFontMap] section of the CLARIS.INI file in your Windows directory on the PC. If a font is not listed in the font mapping file, it is mapped to Helvetica on the Macintosh and to Arial on the PC.

L. Network installation issues ClarisDraw can be installed and run simultaneously by multiple users off of a server. See the "ClarisDraw for Windows Installation Guide" for information on how to set up ClarisDraw on a server.

Multiple simultaneous users can share ClarisDraw palettes. However, if simultaneous users edit the same palette, only changes from the last save are retained. For this reason, Claris recommends that users who access ClarisDraw from a server and who want to customize palettes should store their PALETTES directory on their own hard disks.

Multiple users cannot simultaneously open the same ClarisDraw document or library.

M. Converting MacDraw Pro files to ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows format

If you have ClarisDraw 1.0 for the Macintosh, use the procedure below to convert MacDraw Pro files.

[Editor's Note: The original ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows Read Me document did not include the revised information contained in the "If you don't have ClarisDraw..." paragraph immediately below. ]

If you don't have ClarisDraw 1.0 for the Macintosh, you must acquire the Convert2DOS application. For more information on how to acquire and use the Convert2DOS application, see the following Tech Info Library article:

Article 58253: "Convert2DOS Read Me"

To convert a MacDraw Pro file:

1. Open the MacDraw Pro file in ClarisDraw 1.0 for the Macintosh.
2. Save the file as a ClarisDraw file with a name that follows DOS file naming conventions (8 characters or less) and ends with the .CDD extension (for example, PARIS.CDD).
3. Open the file in ClarisDraw 1.0 for Windows.

N. Paint mode color palettes In Paint mode, the color palettes each display the default 256-color ClarisDraw palette rather than a palette customized according to the colors in a paint frame.


A. Cross-Platform Support ClarisDraw 1.0 is now available for Windows and Windows 95 as well as the Macintosh and Power Macintosh. You can easily exchange files between platforms, because no file translation is required.

B. Great Looking Graphics Get creative with a broader palette of colors and gradients. Get your work done faster using the object info palette and zooming controls. The ClarisArt libraries contain over 400 new clip art images to increase the variety of high-quality art you can use in your charts and graphics.

C. Breakthrough Graphic Intelligence SmartSymbol Libraries dramatically speed up the creation of graphics with drag and drop ease, and you can add your own frequently used graphics to a custom library. Editing is easier as you can search and replace objects dragged from libraries, just as with text.

Claris and the ClarisDraw team thank you for your purchase of ClarisDraw 1.0. Your support, comments, and suggestions help us to continue to bring you better solutions for your future productivity needs.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2012