InfoQube Program Install and Set-up

InfoQube Program Install and Set-up

InfoQube (IQ) comes in 2 flavors:
  1. Installable (Win XP and up, Mac, Linux in Windows emulation)
  2. Portable (Win XP and up)
The portable flavor is identical to the installable one, not a scaled down / limited one. It works in even the most secured / locked down work environments / Internet cafés.
It can run from a USB drive, does not write to the registry or to any local file. It leaves absolutely no traces behind.
The portable flavor is in fact more immune to PC setup, so it will, in some cases, work correctly when the installable will not. These cases are rare though and both flavors generally work correctly.

1. Using the Installable flavor

  1. Uninstall any previous versions (using the control panel Add/Remove Programs)
  2. Download the InfoQube Installer
  3. Unzip and run setup.exe.
  4. When upgrading from a previous version, simply run setup and your settings will remain intact

2. Using the Portable flavor

  1. Download the Portable InfoQube Zip file
  2. Extract to any non-protected folder (local HD or portable). So do not copy IQ Portable to the Program Files folder !!! (e.g. Use c:\SomeFolder, MyDocuments\SomeFolder, etc)
  3. If you wish to have a desktop shortcut:
    1. Right-click on the file InfoQube.exe, select - Send To > Desktop
    2. You can drag this shortcut to the Quick Launch section of the Windows Start Menu
  4. If you wish to add it to the Start Menu:
    1. Right-click on the file InfoQube.exe and select Copy.
    2. Right-click on the “Start” button and select either “Open” or “Open All Users” Then, open the “Programs” folder.
    3. Right click on a blank space in the “Programs” folder and select “Paste Shortcut”
  5. If you receive a security warning when starting or using InfoQube, run the batch file UnblockIQPortable.bat
  6. When upgrading from a previous version, simply paste the content of the zip file to the previous version folder and overwrite the files. Your settings will remain intact.
 Once installed, the following folder structure should be present (folder "InfoQube" may be named differently, depending on where you installed it):
  • InfoQube
    • AppData
    • AppFiles
    • Controls
    • Icons
    • Users

3. Installing Visual C++ 2008 redistributable

Both flavors required that Visual C++ 2008 redistributable package be installed (VC++ 9.0). The VC++ 9.0 runtime is typically already pre-installed on Windows computers, but for older computers it may not be. If not, you'll receive a registration error message (Installable flavor) or a program lockup (Portable flavor).
To fix, download and install the VC9 redist from here:

4. Installing the IQ:// URI Protocol

InfoQube has support for universal links (a.k.a URI protocol links) in both direction (from other apps to IQ and from IQ to other apps).
To link to specific IQ items and views, the following key is added to the registry: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IQ
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="URL:InfoQube Folders"
"URL Protocol"=""
@="\"C:\\IQAPPFolder\\InfoQubeClipper.exe\" /select %1"
The setup package includes a utility to make these changes automatically. Run IQURIProtocolInstall.exe to install the IQ:// protocol.

5. Installing the Help File

To install a local copy of the Help file, follow these instructions: InfoQube Documentation: Main Page

6. Installing Microsoft Web Components

If you have Microsoft Office installed (2000 - 2003 and up), InfoQube can use its Pivot Tables and Charts. These are great for data analysis and reporting.
2 cases:
  • Office 2000, 2002 (XP) or 2003 is installed: The Office Web Components are already installed
  • Office 2007 and up: The Office 2003 Web Components can be downloaded here and here (local copy) 
See TBD on how to use Pivot Tables and Charts

7. Installing Support Programs 

InfoQube can make use of external programs, such as:
  • Microsoft Word, BlockNote and WizHTMLEditor to edit MHT documents
  • StylusLabs Write to edit Ink documents
  • Inkscape to edit drawings (SVG documents)

7.1 Install MHT Editors

  • InfoQube lets you use any 2 MHT editors
  • To edit an MHT document with these, click on the corresponding button on the toolbar or press the shortcut key (Ctrl + W and Ctrl + Shift + W)
  • Download and install these and enter the paths in Tools > Options > General > HTML > MS Word / Alternate MHT Editor

7.2 Install Ink Document Editor

InfoQube uses StylusLabs Write (free) as its Ink editor. Write is described as a Word processor for handwriting. Its support for ink is outstanding. See Using Ink Documents (handwriting) to learn more on the Ink Editor
To install the Ink Editor:
  1. Download zip file from here
  2. Write is a portable App. It is therefore recommended to:
    1. Create a folder C:\PortableApps
    2. Create a sub-folder StylusLabsWrite
    3. Extract the content of the zip file into this folder
  3. In InfoQube, do Tools > Options > General > HTML > Stylus Labs Ink Editor path. Point to the above path and select Write.exe. Click OK
  4. Write is also available as an installable program, so instead of steps 1 and 2 above, you can download and install the setup available here. It is however the most recent version, which has a issue with the "single file" mode. So this is not the recommended approach.

Configuring the Ink Editor

To configure Write, start the program and click on the 3 vertical dots on the right of the window and select Preferences. Select "Show advanced preferences". The dialog will now show the following sections:
  1. Input
  2. User Interface: see below
  3. Document List
  4. General
  5. Ruled Tools
  6. Performance
  7. Advanced
If you have an active pen, in Input, set "Mouse input mode" and Single-touch to Ignore
In User Interface
  • Set your preferences
  • Click on Edit Toolbar and drag-drop icons to customize the Toolbar, typically adding:
    • Save
    • Create Link
    • Full Screen
    • Pen Color
    • Create Whiteboard and Open Whiteboard (if you plan to use the new real-time collaboration on Ink documents)
In Document List
  • Uncheck "Prompt before saving document"
In Advanced:
  • select "Single file mode"
  • Set File extension to shtml

7.3 Install Inkscape (SVG document editor)

  • Inkscape latest version can be downloaded here (official site)
  • In InfoQube, do Tools > Options > General > HTML > Inkscape SVG Editor path. Point to the above path and select Inkscape.exe. Click OK

8. Installing the Extensions

Whether you're using the installable or portable flavors, you may want to install the extensions. These allow 1-click clipping into IQ.
If you choose not to install the extensions, the Universal Clipper can still be used to clip content into IQ. See Clipping Content from other Applications or the Web for details

8.1 Install the Internet Explorer Extension

  1. Close all instances of IE
  2. In Windows Explorer, double-click on the file InfoQubeIEExtensionInstall.exe. The file is in the same folder as the main InfoQube executable (InfoQube.exe). Alternatively, it can be downloaded here (unzip downloaded file and place content in the IQ folder).
  3. Click Yes to confirm modification to the registry (you'll need admin priviledges to do this).

8.2 Install the Firefox Extension

  1. Open Firefox (up to v56. Clipper is incompatible with v57+)
  2. Navigate to this page:
  3. Click Install.
  4. Click on Restart Firefox

8.3 Install the Thunderbird Extension

  1. In Thunderbird, Tools > Add-ons and browse to the file InfoQubeTBExtension.xpi. The file is in the same folder as the InfoQube program 

9. Registry Settings

IQ comes with a few registry tweaks files:
  1. EMLRegistryFix.reg: Use this if EML files are not displayed correctly in the HTML pane.
  2. OutlookProtocol2007.reg, OutlookProtocol2010.reg, OutlookProtocol2013.reg: Use this if hyperlinks using the Outlook protocol do not work (Outlook:UUID).
    See this reference on how to tune this depending on the exact version of Outlook
To apply these: Right-click on this file and select Run as Administrator.

10. Copying user settings and IQ configuration files

Whether installing onto a new drive/folder (USB or other) or moving from Installable to Portable flavors, users will want to move their settings with them. All settings are saved in the following folder:
  • Installable:
    • C:\Documents and settings\YourUserName\Application Data\InfoQube (XP)
    • C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\InfoQube (Vista and up)
  • Portable: Your IQ folder\Users\YourUserName
This folder contains the following files:
Dock.datConfiguration of the docked panels
HomePage.htmIQ's HomePage
HTMLClipperTemplate.HTMUsed by content clippers. See Configuring the Clipping Footer
Menu.datYour customization of the main menu
MenuHTML.datYour customization of the HTML pane menu
NewHTML.htmDefault template for new HTML documents
NewInk.slinkDefault template for new Ink documents
NewMHT.mhtDefault template for new MHT documents
NewSVG.svgDefault template for new SVG documents
Options.iniIQ options (Tools>>Options>>Program Settings)
Settings.iniWindow sizes, Dialog settings and values, etc
User.vbUser specific VBScript code: View>>Visual Basic Editor>>User Code
You may choose to copy all or only certain of these files