Company and Engineers
After you have installed Pirform, it is quick and easy to get started working on certificates.
If you are setting up more than one computer, then see the section about exporting company details below.
Open Pirform, and click the Company and Instruments tab, located at the bottom left of the Home Screen. Enter the company name, address and other details that you want to appear on your certificates.
Company and Association Logos
You can now set up the company and association logos that you want to appear on your certificates.
Your logos need to be in an image file such as a .JPG, .PNG, .BMP, etc. You won't be able to use Word or PDF documents.
While still in the Company and Instruments tab, click Select Company Logo and select the the company logo you want to use. You will see a preview of how it will appear below the company address.
Add your association logo in a similar way by clicking Select Association Logo.
You may need to download your association logo from their website.
Getting the Image Size Correct
The sizes for the areas Pirform uses for your logos are shown in the table below.
|Company Logo||225 x 75|
|Association Logo||175 x 75|
|Signature||200 x 30|
Pirform will stretch the image to fit this space so you don't have to make yours exactly the same size. Generally, if your images are the same proportions then they will look fine.
If you need to, you can easily edit images using an image editing program such as the Paint program that comes with Windows - click here to read how to use Paint.
If the image is much smaller than the below then it may appear blurred or distorted as Pirform expands it to fit the space.
Now click Test Instruments to go to the area where you can set up your instruments. It is easiest to do this before you add the engineer so that we can associate the right instruments with the engineers when we add them later.
From here click Add Instrument in the ribbon and enter the details of the instrument in the grid.
Now click Engineers and External Companies to go to the area where you can set up your engineers. From here click Add Engineer in the ribbon and enter the details of the engineer.
Pirform automatically uses the instruments you set as default for the engineer in certificates.
You can add an image file against each engineer containing their signature so that it will be automatically used in the printed reports.
If you prefer to print and sign your certificates, just leave the signature unset and sign the paper after printing.
When Pirform prints the signature it fits it into a space approximately 200 x 30. Here is a section from a certificate to show how that looks.
You can easily create an image of the engineer's signature by following the steps below.
Create signature file using a tablet
If you have a table then you can use it to create an image file and then sign it using either your tablet's stylus or your finger.
Create signature file using pen and paper
If you don't have a tablet, then you can sign a piece of plain paper using a gel or narrow nibbed felt pen. Then take a photo of the signature and save that to an image file.
Crop the image to the correct proportions
Use an image editing tool such as the Paint program that comes with Windows to "crop" the signature (which means to cut around it), aiming for something in the proportions of 20 across and 3 down. You can read how to crop using Paint here. Then save the image file to the same computer that you are using Pirform on.
Adding the signature to the engineer
The last step is to add the signature to the engineer. You can do this by selecting the engineer, click Select Signature in the ribbon and choose the signature file you have just created.
Exporting Company Details
Once you have set all this up on one computer, there is an easy way to transfer your company and engineer details to another computer. You can export your company details to a file by clicking File > Import/Export in the Home Screen and selecting Export Company Details.
This will let you save your company details to a file that can be copied to any other computer you are going to set Pirform up on. You can import these company details by clicking File > Import/Export in the Home Screen and selecting Import Company Details.
If you issue certificate for more than one company, you can easily switch logos and company details over by saving each set of company details to separate files. Read how to updated company and association details on existing certificates here