Ipsoft Full Version 0 User Manual November 26, 2004 Software Version 0 Table of Contents

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How to use this Manual

  • This IPSoft Full Version user manual provides you with step-by-step help in using your software. If you use the manual’s electronic version, you can access directly the section you require quickly by doing a Ctrl+click on an item in the table of contents at the beginning of the manual.

  • The instruction “click” means: quickly press and release the left mouse button.

  • The instruction “drag” means: press the left mouse button and move the mouse while keeping the left button down. Release the button after the move is complete.

  • The instruction to “highlight” an item means: click the mouse cursor on that item until that item’s color is different from the surrounding area. Usually one click is sufficient to do so. Highlighting an item will select it for a specific purpose.

  • Instructions to press a combination of keys are shown with a plus sign. For example, “press Shift+Tab” means: while holding down the Shift key, press the Tab key, then release both.

  • The character | is used to indicate selection within a screen or tab. For example, “Click: Program | Options | Language” means: first click the Program menu option, then on the following screen select Options, then on the Options screen click the Language tab.

  • Screen images are displayed throughout this manual to help illustrate how to perform certain steps. They are taken from a PC with Windows XP, the most popular version of Windows to date. If you are using a different version of Windows, your screens may look somewhat different.

  • A cursor is used to point to important spots on the screen shots, it looks like this:.

  • The term “ceph”, sometimes used, is short for “cephalometrics” or “cephalometric x-ray”.

  • The term “Progressive”, capitalized, refers to Progressive America, Inc., the company that provides Progressive Orthodontic Seminars and the IPSoft software.

Philosophy and Purpose

Mission statement: It is Progressive’s philosophy to provide the best training, support tools, and materials at a competitive price to Dentists interested in performing orthodontic diagnoses and treatments.
The purpose of the IPSoft Full Version program is to:

  • Provide a repository for your patient data and orthodontic progress throughout the entire treatment period

  • Help determine diagnoses and treatment plans that are optimal for your patient and your practice

  • Help deciding what orthodontic supplies are needed for each patient

Installing IPSoft Full Version

IPSoft 4.0 System Requirements

This is a list of recommended features for computers to run POSoft. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets these requirements. Once you have paid for your POSoft license, the POS technical support team will provide POSoft to you, and will also instruct you on how to install it.

POSoft runs best on high-performance systems. Pick any brand that you feel comfortable with. We have had good experiences with Compaq and Toshiba brand computers. However, we did experience problems running POSoft on Dell Inspiron computers that had the MCAfee virus software installed.

Computer Hardware and Software

Recommended Features

(Critical items are shown in this font)

Basic Hardware

Keyboard; Mouse; CD ROM Drive; Ethernet or LAN Connection

Screen Size

13.1” or larger

Optimal Screen Resolution

1024 X 768. Higher settings will also work; however they will result in smaller fonts that may be harder to read.

Required Display DPI Setting

Normal (96 dpi). Other settings will result in incorrect tooth diagram display (IP Appliance tab) and missing controls in DentalCAD.


Pentium 3 2.0 GHz or better


256 MB (get 512 or more if you can)

Free Disk Space

2 GB to 20 GB

USB Ports *

2 to 4 USB ports *


Windows 2000, XP Home, or XP Professional

but without Service Pack 2 for Windows XP

Windows must be running in one of these languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, or Italian (Asian languages will NOT work)

Microsoft Office with Word and PowerPoint (MS Word is needed for the Patient Report; PowerPoint for Seminar slide shows)

Internet Explorer 6.0 with latest Service Packs

Antivirus program with the latest updates (Norton Antivirus has worked better than McAfee for most of our customers)


A fast and reliable Internet connection, such as DSL or cable. (Dial-up connections are NOT recommended.) **

Reliable email (for case diagnoses and technical support)


Epson Expression 1680 Professional with USB port (transparency unit is included) ***

External Storage Device

Zip drive (100-750MB), or memory stick/ USB drive (256 MB–2GB), or external hard disk (available in 40-250 GB)

* USB ports are needed for: external storage device, scanner, and mouse. Get USB 2.0 if you can; it is much faster than the older USB 1.1 standard.

** POSoft accesses the internet frequently, therefore having a reliable internet connection is crucial. You can get pricing for broadband internet connections from your local telephone company or cable TV provider.

*** The Scanner is needed to scan X-rays and other pictures into digital format. If you use a digital camera for your patient photos, and a digital x-ray machine to produce your x-ray files, you do not need a scanner.

Setting Display Properties:

It is important to select certain display characteristics to ensure that you will be able to read and access all IPSoft features. If those settings are different than recommended below, you may not be able to see and access certain sections of your IPSoft screen.
If you are running Windows XP, do this:

  • Click Start | Control Panel. Double click Display.

  • Click the Appearance tab, and make sure that the Font Size is set to Normal.

  • Click the Settings tab, and make sure your Screen resolution is at least 1024x768.

  • Still on the Settings tab, click Advanced | General, and ensure that your DPI setting is Normal - see below:

If you are running Windows 98, do this:

  • Click Start | Settings | Control Panel. Double click Display.

  • On the Display Properties window, Click the Settings tab, and make sure your Screen resolution is at least 1024 by 768 pixels.

  • Still on the Settings tab, click Advanced | General, and ensure that your Font Size is set to Small Fonts - see below:

If you needed to change any of your display settings, the appearance of some of your other programs may be different; however, IPSoft’s appearance will be optimal. To verify this, after installing IPSoft Full Version, select a practice patient, and select the Treatment Options screen. If your display settings are correct, you should see the term “POS Library” on the upper right and a button labeled Save in the lower right.

Increased Compatibility

IPSoft Full Version has been tested and approved for the following Windows Operating Systems:

  • Windows98 (1st and 2nd Edition)

  • WindowsME

  • Windows2000

  • WindowsXP (Home and Pro Edition)


  • Windows98 (1st and 2nd Edition)

  • WindowsME

  • WindowsXP (Home Edition)


  • Windows98 (1st and 2nd Edition)

  • WindowsME

  • WindowsXP (Home Edition)

How to Install IPSoft

IPSoft will be installed one of two ways:

  1. Pre-installed by the POS team on your computer, or

  2. Installed by you from a CD-ROM supplied by IPSoft.

If you do not have IPSoft installed on your computer, you need to obtain a CD-ROM from IPSoft so you can install and run the software. Here are step-by-step instructions on installing it. Depending on the version of Windows you are running, your screens may look slightly different.

  • Insert the IPSoft CD ROM.

  • If the installation process does not start automatically, go to My Computer | CD ROM drive and find a file with an icon that looks like this: . Double click that icon, and the installation will start.

On the following screen, wait until the Next button becomes available, and click it:

On the next screen, click “I accept the terms in the license agreement”, then click the “Accept” button:

Then enter a User Name, and the name of your organization, then click (you probably guessed it) the “Next” button:

On the following screen, accept the defaults and click “Next”:

Almost done – now click the “Install” button:

Now you will see this:

The actual installation will take a few minutes. At the end, you will see this:

Click “Finish”. Congratulations. You are done installing IPSoft Full Version!

Language Selection

After starting IPSoft, if you wish to change the language from English to Spanish, German, or another available language, do this:

  • Click: Program | Options | Language.

  • Click the down arrow and select the language: English, Deutsch (=German), or Español (=Spanish) or another.

  • Click the Ok button.

You will need to exit and restart IPSoft for this change to take effect.

You will need to change the language in DentalCAD separately as shown below:

  • Open a practice patient.

  • Open DentalCAD by clicking this icon:

  • Click the down arrow in the language window and select your language:

  • Click OK on this window:

  • Close, and restart DentalCAD.

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