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Install OnTimer Script Questions

Question asked by CarlaS on Mar 7, 2010
Latest reply on Apr 7, 2014 by AnthonyGiuliano


Install OnTimer Script Questions


New to FM 10 - been in the dark ages of FM 5 for the last 10 years.  I'm trying to understand how the Install OnTimer Script works. 


What I am trying to do is to have the Install OnTimer Script to run a script called PIF Submission at regular intervals (probably every 300 seconds).  I have created the OnTimer Script:


Install OnTimer Script [ "PIF Submission" ; Interval: 300 ]


I can't figure out how to make the script fire.  The Script Steps Reference Guide says:


"Runs a specified script at the specified interval. Installs a single timer per window. After the specified interval has passed, the next time the application is idle, runs the specified script.  This step repeats until the window in which it is running closes or its options change. You can also halt the step by specifying another Install OnTimer Script script step for the window with no script specified."




I don't understand how to make this work.  Should I put the Install OnTimer Script in the Startup Script or do I attach the script to a button or an On Layout Load script trigger?  What do they mean by "installs a single timer per window" mean?  What window are they talking about?


Any advise would be appreciated.










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