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Program Links

The Program Links window lists all the Program Bridges you can link to from Open Dental. From here you can enable/disable a bridge, set up clickable toolbar buttons to access the bridge, and enter other bridge-specific information. For specific setup steps for each bridge, refer to the individual bridge page.

In the main menu, click Setup, Program Links. 

All supported bridges will list.

  • Bridges marked X and highlighted green are currently enabled.
  • If you do not see a bridge, you may be able to set up a custom bridge. See Custom Bridges.

Double click a bridge to enter bridge settings on the Program Link window.

Each bridge window will auto-populate with default settings.

Internal Name: The internal name of the bridge.

Description: The name of the bridge as it shows in the list of Program Links.

Enabled: Check to enable the bridge. Uncheck to disable the bridge.

Hide unused button: This option only shows for bridges that have clickable buttons in Open Dental, if the bridge is disabled (Enabled is unchecked). Check the box to hide the button in the software (e.g. on the Reports window, Backup window).

Path of file to open: The path to the program's executable (.exe) on your computer or network. It can be a local path or a server path. This path will be used by all computers connected to the database, unless you enter a local path override on an individual machine.
Note: If the path is inaccurate, and Open Dental cannot find the .exe file, then the program bridge will not work. 

Local Path Override: On an individual machine you can enter a path to a program's executable (.exe) that will override the Path of file to open. This is usually left blank.

Optional command line arguments:  If a program bridge requires a command line argument, it will be specified in the Notes area. Otherwise this is usually left blank.

Text on Button: The text that will appear on the toolbar button, if you select to display a button in a module.

Plug-in dll name: See Plug-in Framework.

Add a button to these toolbars: Highlight where you would like to display a clickable button or option to open the bridge. Press Ctrl while clicking to select more than one option.

  • AccountModule: Account module toolbar (second row).
  • ApptModule: In the Appointments module, next to the Appointment List and Printer icons (above the calendar).
  • ChartModule: Chart module toolbar (second row).
  • Images Module: Images module toolbar (second row).
  • FamilyModule: Family module toolbar (second row).
  • Treatment Plan Module: Treatment Plan module toolbar (second row).
  • ClaimsSend: Does nothing.
  • Main Toolbar: Main toolbar in every module.
  • ReportsMenu: The Reports dropdown menu.

Button Image: Import an image that will show on the button.

  • Click Import to select an image file from your computer. The image must be 22x22 pixels.
  • Click Clear to remove an image.

Additional Properties: Set additional property values. Property values can be edited only. To change a value, double click on a row. Enter the 'Value', then click OK to close.

Notes: Any program specific details.

Notes: Bridge specific instructions.

Output File: Build your own output file (for example, .txt or .ini) for Custom Bridges.

Remote Desktop Solutions
If you have a server using terminal services that users remotely connect to, consider using the RemoteExecuter program by MQ Technologies. RemoteExecuter passes the command to launch the software to the local computer, instead of launching the program on the server computer.

  • The Path of file to open should contain the path to RemoteExecuter.
  • Enter the path of the program to launch (e.g. VistaDent.exe) in the Optional command line arguments field.


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