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Problem Printing - Font Missing. 

I've had reports of a problem printing certain reports. This seems to only occur with Windows XP and not all of the time. It is related to a new font that should get loaded by the PACSS install program to handle line drawing on certain reports. My guess is that it’s an XP security issue where it is not letting the install program “write” to the font’s folder or register the font with the system. The error looks like: “Couldn’t find the font – FONT-HANDLE-4” when you try to print certain reports. In most cases simply re-booting solves the problem. If not, you can download the True Type font file from the "Download" page.  

1. Download and save the file, MFLNDR.TTF to the "C:\PACSS\TEMP\" folder
2. Open the Windows “Control Panel”
4. Open the “Fonts” control item
5. Click on the “File” menu item
6. Click on “Install New Font…”
7. In the “Add Fonts” panel, go to the “C:\PACSS\TEMP\” folder
8. Select “MF LineDraw (True Type)”
9. Click the “OK” button

Operating Environments

PACSS is written in COBOL using AcuCobol-GT 4.3.1 and developed on a machine running Windows 8.1 64 bit. It is tested on that machine and VM environments running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, all 32 bit. Though the system should work fine on any Windows or Windows emulated environment I can't guarantee it. For best use, your display should be set to at least 800 x 600.

Data Files:

PACSS uses "Vision-3" Database / Indexed files to store its information. This is an embedded component of AcuCobol and does not need any extra software for database management.  The disadvantage with this type of storage is that a the data can only be retrieved using PACSS. It is vital for PACSS functionality that all files have the correct internal format. For this reason DO NOT attempt to edit any of the data files with any other software.  

The following data files are used by the system and are located in the ./DATA/ folder:


Basic configuration information such as Club name, Class identification, etc.


This file contains all of the demographic information, ie. name, address, phone, email, for everyone associated with the contest, Contestants, CD's, and Judges.


Description of all maneuvers, default direction, default K-factor.


Defines the maneuvers associated with a Schedule and certain parameters such as 1/2 points, 10's on Take-off, etc.


Sets all of the information about the contest,: Name, CD's, Class to Schedule relationship, Class scoring parameters, etc.


This is only the information relative to the Contestant such as Class, Channel, etc. As stated above, name, address, etc. is stored on the People file.


Defines judging assignments within a contest by class and round.


This is where all of the data related to contestants’ scores are stored.


Other files:

After a successful installation, the target folder should contain these files :


The AMA Logo used on the "AMA Form 11" report.


Internal message file used by the IO sub-system.

icn 3A.ico    

Icon File.

icn 7.ICO

Icon File.


Install log used by the Uninstall process.


AcuCobol Run-time license file.


The actual application software


AcuCobol Run-time executable


Help file


Runtime configuration variables, DO NOT CHANGE!!


Sound file.


Sound file.


Sound file.


Database / I-O Sub-system support.


Database / I-O Sub-system support. 


AcuCobol Run-time library routines.

.\BACKUP\ Folder       

Used to store Backups of the Data Files

.\TEMP\ Folder         

Used internally. Note: If after the application is closed and a file remains in this folder it may be safely deleted.


The system prints directly through a Windows Interface and therefore any printer attached to and recognized by Windows with a current driver should work with PACSS.

Limitations :

Max number of maneuvers in a flight schedule  . . . . . : 25
Max number of rounds in one contest . . . . . . . . . . . .: 12
Max number of judges to judge one class . . . . . . . . . : 12
Max number of pilots in one contest . . . . . . . . . . . . .: Unlimited
Max number of contestant in one class . . . . . . . . . . .: Unlimited  

If you find and error or want to suggest a new for feature, please report it to me. Fixes will be address as soon as possible and enhancements will be considered in a future release.