Quick Start Guide and Lamination Instructions for Permanent Version
Quick Start Guide
This guide covers the following: loading the software; setting up the communications;
touch alignment; sensitivity of the touch foil and mouse function.
For further details please refer to the full user guide supplied with the ViP Interactive Foil CD.
1. Please note: The touch screen touch function is disabled on first start up, you must enable
(see section 6) only after you have set up the calibration and touch sensitivity.
2. You must save the configuration before closing the MA7 after the following setup
3. Ensure you use the right driver number on the CD as stated on the foil’s Electronic Control
Board (where applicable). If no driver number is stated, use Driver 0.
4. Please ensure that you follow the correct instructions at section 3 (Communications)
depending on whether your electronic control board has a Serial or USB connector. (For
Serial board with Serial-USB Converter please follow Serial Communications)
1. Loading the Touch Driver Software onto PC
1. Switch on projector/LCD and align image with the active area of the touch foil
2. Insert the ViP Interactive Foil driver disc into the PC. Installation will start automatically
3. Follow instructions on the screen
4. During the installation process ensure that you create a new folder (named in accordance with the
driver number) and remember the location of this folder
5. Further documentation can be found in the ViP Documentation folder on the ViP Interactive CD
(Right-click and Open CD from My Computer)
2. Starting the Driver Control Program
1. To start the driver, either tick the “Launch ViP X” box during the installation process or go to the
new directory and double click Ma7_Control_En.exe icon.
2. If it is required to start the driver every time Windows is started then a short cut to
Ma7_Driver.exe (not the program) is automatically saved in the Start-Up folder
When the program is started it displays the following window:
Configuring the Communications Port
Please ensure that you follow the correct instructions, depending on whether your electronic
control board has a Serial or USB connector. (For Serial board with Serial-USB Converter
please follow Serial Communications)
When the program has loaded:
Select the Comms tab
1. If you are using a Serial to USB convertor with Win 98 or XP, please install the driver
software before you connect the USB cable. With Windows Vista you connect the cable
first to collect the driver from the internet
2. Connect to a free serial port or USB port if you are using a Serial to USB adaptor. Other
devices, drivers or programs must not address this port.
3. Make sure the driver box called ‘Present’ is red and select the appropriate port that the
touch foil is connected to. Do not use the USB port selection
4. Select 19.200 Baud rate
5. Tick the ‘Open’ box in the Status section
6. When the driver recognises the touch foil, the Open, Active and Valid boxes will go red
7. The button called Reset will reset the touch foil driver when pressed
Reasons why the driver does not see the touch foil on the screen are usually:
• Touch foil on a different port to the one selected
• The Baud rate is incorrect
• Another device, driver or program is using the port
• Moisture still in the controller after lamination
Reasons why the mouse pointer is erratic on the screen at this point is usually
• Microsoft windows has incorrectly installed the ViP Interactive Foil as a serial
• Moisture still in the controller after lamination
• A metallic material is close to where the foil is positioned
* If MS Windows has installed the ViP Interactive Foil as a serial ball mouse you must go
into system/device drivers/mouse drivers and pointers and disable the driver not delete. For
further details on this issue see the serial ball mouse document on the ViP software CD
When the program has loaded: Select the Comms tab
1 Connect to a free USB port.
2. Select USB option in the PORT section.
3. Make sure the driver box called ‘Present’ is red indicating that the driver has loaded.
4. Tick the ‘Open’ box in the Status section
5. When the driver recognises the touch foil, the Open, Active and Valid boxes will go red
6. The button called Reset will reset the touch foil driver when pressed.
7. Select the SampleTime you require which changes the scans per second as shown in the box
called ‘Rate’. The faster the scan rate the more responsive the touch but the capacitive field
generated is less and therefore goes through less material. Sample Time against Rate is shown in
the table below:
(Scans per second)
Material thickness and response
2 61 – 62
Thin e.g. approx 4mm non-metallic material – sheet of glass for LCD
3 49 – 50
4 46 – 47
5 40 – 41
Medium e.g. approx 10- 12mm non-metallic material – standard window
for through window touch
7 33 – 34
10 27 – 28
12 24 – 25
15 20 – 21
Thick e.g. approx 20mm non-metallic material – double glazing* – total
construction of glass and air gap
* In this mode we recommend only touch not the touch and drag function. Due to the variation in double construction glass
Visual Planet recommend testing with a foil during the survey of each individual site since it is impossible to guarantee the foil
will function in all cases.
Follow the above scan rates beginning with a lower sample time to determine the best response
for your touch system. Different materials have different characteristics which will determine how
the foil performs. Therefore we provide a flexible choice of sample times to ensure that your touch
system is as responsive as possible.
Adjustment of the Coarse Sensitivity, Press Threshold and Finger Pressure in the ‘Sense’
section of the driver may be needed after each Sample time adjustment. Experimentation is
required for new users of this system to gain the knowledge required to make future installations
4. Adjusting the Touch Sensitivity Level
To select the sensitivity setup click on the Sense tab:
The objective of the following setup is to use the minimum amount of coarse sensitivity
required to achieve a satisfactory touch function, the thicker the substrate the more
coarse sensitivity will be required.
1. First set the coarse sensitivity bar to approximately 50% by dragging the bar with your
2. Set the Press Threshold bar so the background movement of the Finger Pressure red
line indicator movement does not go beyond press threshold red line indicator, by dragging
the bar with your mouse (it will not move fully to the left hand side)
3. Touch the screen to see if the Finger Pressure red indicator goes above the
Press Threshold bar. This action creates a touch (note: you will not see a cursor movement
on the display until you enable the touch control see section 6)
4. If the Finger Pressure red indicator does not go above the Press Threshold level when
you touch the screen then increase coarse sensitivity in small increments until the Finger
Pressure red indicator goes above the Press Threshold indicator
5. Increasing the coarse sensitivity may increase the background movement of the finger
pressure indicator above the press threshold level, if this is the case then increase the Press
Threshold bar as described in point 2
We recommend manual and not Auto Threshold
1. Select the Calib tab as shown below, click the ‘Start Calibration’ box
2. You will see the following on the screen; three targets will appear in turn like the one
3. When each of these targets is displayed, touch and hold your finger on the centre of the
target. You must touch all three targets
4. The red circle in the target slowly moves towards the centre of the target
5. Remove your finger only when the next target appears and touch that one
If the touch calibration is not correct after this procedure, please run the process again
and adjust your finger position on the targets to compensate for any misalignment.
6. Setting the Touch Output to Suit the Application Program
Select the output tab:
1. To enable the touch function on the screen check the enable select control check box
2. Select the required mouse control required for your application
3. If you are not achieving satisfactory touch and drag function please go back to section 4
adjusting the touch sensitivity function.
4. Select/Move/Release/RC allows Right-Click menus to be selected by touching and holding the
screen for several seconds
For full details on the different mouse functions please go to the full user guide found in the ViP
Documentation folder on the ViP Interactive Foil Installation CD.
7. You Must Now Save the Configuration
1. Click on file
2. Click on save to save the current settings
3. For details on the other file items please refer to the full user guide
4. When the touch foil driver has been setup and there is no requirement to change it
Details on the other file menus please go to the full user guide found in the ViP Documentation
folder on the ViP Interactive Foil Installation CD.
Installation Procedure – Permanent Version
ViP Interactive foil Permanent adhesive version.
VP soap solution
Touch foil comes with the permanent adhesive applied to one surface; the adhesive is exposed
when the release layer is removed from the touch foil. The adhesive side is identified with a small
The touch foil is applied to the substrate using a soap/water mix (50ml (VP solution) soap to 500ml
of water) and a squeegee.
It can take at least 24hrs for the water used in the installation process to evaporate sufficiently for
the adhesive to bond. It is advisable to have two people available for the installation for sizes over
The electronic control board is either delivered fixed to the foil or is removable. The removable
controller comprises of an orange ribbon cable laminated to the foil, with the electronic control board
enclosed. See instructions below for installing both versions of the controller.
1. The touch foil must be handled carefully to avoid creasing or tearing,
2. Always lay the interactive foil on a soft scratch free surface where possible.
3. A soft cloth should be used if the foil requires cleaning, clean from the centre of the foil out to
the edges of the interactive foil.
4. If during the installation water enters the electronics of the Interactive touch foil please allow
sufficient time to dry before using. If the controller is not dry when you connect the foil will not
5. If you are integrating within LCD Screen please ensure the earthing wire on cable is connected to the
chassis of the LCD system
1. Decide on the correct position of the touch screen before starting the lamination process.
2. Thoroughly clean the substrate making sure it is, dust-free and free of any oils or grease.
Dirt and other contaminants allow pockets of air that undermine the seal necessary for a
3. Use the water/soap mix and squeegee to clean the substrate just before lamination.
4. Apply a good covering of water/soap mix (50ml (VP solution) soap to 500ml of water) to the
substrate using a water sprayer/atomiser.
5. Apply the non adhesive side of the touch foil to an adjacent window or other suitable surface
you are performing the final lamination if possible by first spraying the window/wall with water so
the foil is held against the surface: Fig 1
6. Release the release liner using sticky tape at the corner of the film: See Fig 2
7. Remove the release liner at the same time spray the touch foil adhesive surface with the
water/soap mix. It is important to pull back the release layer close to the touch foil and make sure
the foil does not lift off the substrate, (it is useful for the second person to hold the foil to the
substrate). Fig 3/4
Fig 3 Fig 4
8. Wet your fingers before removing and turning around the touch foil for application to the substrate.
If you had to place the foil in the area of the final lamination to remove the release layer clean this
area before you perform the final lamination of the foil.
9. Align the touch foil at the top of the substrate, and then slowly lower the foil on to the substrate.
10. Spray the top surface with the soap mix to avoid the squeegee sticking during lamination
11. The second person should hold the foil lightly but sufficiently to stop the foil moving during the
12. Remove excess water using a squeegee working from the centre to the edges of the touch foil
apply an even pressure. Fig 6/7
Fig 6 Fig 7
13. The electronics should be securely fixed to the window once the installation has dried.
14. If applying to a piece of glass or acrylic substrate allow at least 24 hours before moving, to allow
sufficient evaporation of the remaining water to enable a good bond to the substrate.
15. When using the Removable electronics, once the touch foil lamination process has finished and the
touch foil is sufficiently dry the electronics can now be added. Please note, if the board is attached
too soon after the lamination process the extra weight of the board may cause the touch foil to move
16. You must ensure the foil is unplugged from the computer before removing/disconnecting the
controller board from the orange ribbon cable
17. Carefully lift the clamping clip as shown below taking care not to over extend the clamping clip.
Fig 8 Fig 9
18. Prepare the position of the electronics in relation to lining with the position of the orange ribbon
cables. The board’s components and the gold bar of the orange ribbon cable should be facing up
19. Gently insert the connectors into position. The ribbon cable must be fully inserted until no gold bar
can be seen. Once in, push the two brown bars in until it becomes locked.
Fig 11 Fig 12
20. Once connected to the foil fold the flat side of the board back up on itself towards the tail. Take the
black board cover, open the gap gently to allow smooth sliding and slide the ribbon and board inside.
Do this slowly and carefully without damaging the ribbon cable or the parts of the electronic control
Fig 13 Fig 14
21. With the board and ribbon cable safely covered all electronic components will be suitably protected
Detachable Earth Wire
For our USB and Removable USB Controller Boards you will find attached a female bullet connector
along with a male bullet connector enclosed with delivery of your foil. This is for use with LCD
Integration and installations where grounding to nearby metalwork would be recommended.
22. Align the male and female bullet connectors
23. Firmly connect the male bullet connector with the female bullet connector (attached to the control
board) ensuring they are fully pushed together to achieve connection
24. Connect the fork end of the Earth wire to the metal Chassis of the LCD or nearby metal framework.
The whole system should be earthed t the same potential
25. If water bubbles remain under the foil do not be tempted to pierce to the foil to remove, these should
evaporate over time, in some situations it can take more than a week depending on environmental
26. Unless you are operating in clean room conditions it is possible that some small imperfections may
occur during the lamination process, do not lift the foil to try and remove these, as the bonding
process will have started.
For additional information see video of the foil
application supplied in the ViP Documentation
folder on the VIP software CD or visit
Disclaimer: It is the duty of the User to determine the suitability of the ViP Interactive Foil based on
the Users’ intended purpose. It is in this “Quick Start Guide and Lamination Instruction Manual” that
we only provide convenient recommendations and descriptions based on technical information and
installation statements and therefore the accuracy of this information is not warranted. The ViP
Interactive Foil is not intended to be used for medical devices. The ViP Interactive Foil is warranted
to meet its published specifications set from date of shipment and it is at Visual Planet’s discretion
whether to repair, replace or refund in the event of these specifications not being adhered to. The
specifications of the ViP Interactive Foil are subject to change without prior warning. Visual Planet
will not be responsible for any product related action resulting in loss or damages caused by misuse
or modifications and subsequent manufacturing operations carried out by anyone other than a Visual
Planet employee. This “Quick Start Guide and Lamination Instruction Manual” is subject to change
without prior warning. Visual Planet shall not in any event be liable for economic loss of profits,
indirect, special, bodily injuries or consequential damages.
Visual Planet Touch Foil Warranty Policy
Visual Planet Touch foils are warranted to be free from defects and other faults for a period of 1 year
from the date of shipment.
Visual Planet will at their discretion either repair or replace a faulty touch foil if a fault is found during
the warranty period.
Faults or damage caused by the user due to negligence, lack of training or caused maliciously in any
installation environment is specifically excluded from the warranty.
Repair charges outside warranty
1. Controller £50
2. RS232 Cable Up to 6 m £15
15 metre £25
3. Foil repair where a foil is damaged, or controller is detached due to user error
£50 for replacement controller
£50 labour charge
4. Complete Foil replacement foils outside warranty are priced at Visual Planet
published list prices operating at the time
Where a foil is returned for evaluation and repair Visual Planet will prepare a report on the faults
found with the foil and clarify if it is deemed to be reparable or not.
Any shipping charges during the warranty are the responsibility of the reseller.