When using Parallels with the Shipments Tool in Printer's Plan you may come across an error that looks like this:
You may also see an error that looks like this:
This error is caused by the virtual file structure of Windows not being accessible to the Mac Installation of OpenOffice.
Inside of the database file (typically located within your networked Printer's Plan location in the 'Shipments > Database' folder), there is a reference to a file location for the 'shipping label.txt' file that is needed to write records when merging data. By default, the database is configured for a default Windows installation.
In order to correct this issue, you must open the database file within your parallels environment. Open 'PrintersPlan_OpenOffice_DataSource.odb' and right-click in the empty space under the 'Form' area.
Select Database > Properties
Next, you need to move your 'Shipping Label.txt' to a *local file on the Apple machine. This will allow the database to update the 'Shipping Label.txt' file for the data merge.
*The folder that contains the 'shipping label.txt' file will need read and write permissions granted so this file can be updated.
Once your 'Shipping Label.txt' is moved to a local folder, you can update the file path shown in the 'Database Properties' window by clicking Browse and locating the directory where the file is now located.
You can click 'Test Connection' to ensure this location is accessible.
You will also need to make sure that your Printer's Plan program Datasource is set to the same location as your 'shipping label.txt' file.
If the Shipping Label.txt file is moved, the database will not be able to locate it and will not generate labels properly until this process is completed again.
Now you can SAVE your changes to your database and begin generating shipping labels.