Beginning with version 2.4.0, Orchid Fusion VMS supports the Application Partner Platform (APP) feature. The APPs component allows third-party vendors to customize Orchid Fusion VMS by creating features that live within the Orchid Fusion VMS user interface.

To Activate the APPs Feature in Orchid Fusion VMS

Follow these steps to setup the APPs feature:

  1. Obtain the custom application from your developer.
  2. Install the application according to the developer’s instructions.
  3. Modify the Orchid Fusion VMS configuration file. This modification identifies the Orchid Fusion VMS server location at which your custom application is stored.
    1. Open the Orchid Fusion VMS properties file. (If you need extra help, refer back to the How to Edit a Configuration File section that corresponds to the operating system you are using.)
    2. Modify the fusion.apps.path setting to specify where on the server the custom application is being stored. For example: fusion.apps.path=c:\\apps
      (Don’t forget to remove the # at the beginning of the line.)
    3. Save your changes and close the configuration file.
  4. Restart the Orchid Fusion VMS service. (If you need extra help, refer back to the How to Manage the Orchid Fusion VMS Service section that corresponds to the operating system you are using.)
  5. Once Orchid Fusion VMS knows where to find the APPs, the program will respond by providing the APPs option on the System Menu.

Access the Orchid Fusion VMS APPs Feature

Once the APPs feature is activated, you can access your custom applications within Orchid Fusion VMS.

  1. Open the System Menu in the top-right corner of the screen and select APPs.
  2. The APPs sub-menu will appear. This sub-menu will list all of the custom applications that Orchid Fusion VMS finds in the location noted in the Fusion properties file, and that you have access to. (Notice that all of your custom applications are now also listed on the Configuration Menu, when visible, on the left side of the screen.)

  1. Click on one of the custom applications to open it within Orchid Fusion VMS.


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