This lesson will demonstrate how to customize the Report by altering default files and adding files that the examiner wants to be added to every case thereafter.
The MacForensicsLab Templates Folder
The first time a report is generated using MacForensicsLab, a folder called "MacForensicsLab Templates" folder is created in the same location that the MacForensicsLab application was installed.
The Supplementary Files Folder
Contained within the MacForensicsLab Template folder is a folder named the Supplementary Files folder. This folder, by default contains three template files; Agency, Investigator and Software Tool. These files are designed to be customized by the user.
Customizing a Default File
To customize a default file located within the Supplementary Files folder, simply double click on the file to open it and make changes to the file, then save your changes. In this example, the "Agency.rtf" file has been customized.
Write a Report
To generate a report in MacForensicsLab, select "File" from the Main Window and "Write Report ..." from the subsequent drop down list.
Setting up the Report
A report dialogue box opens and the user selects the items they want to appear in the report by selecting the appropriate checkbox (1) and then select "Start" (2).
Select a Location for the Report
Once the "Start" button is selected in the previous step, a navigation window opens, select the location for the report to be written to (1) and select "Choose" (2).
Default Supplementary Files in the Report
There are three default files in the Supplementary Files section, which are designed to be customized by the user; these files are: Agentcy.rtf, Investigator.rtf and Software Tool.rtf.
Adding Additional Files to Supplementary Files folder
In MacForensicsLab you can add as many files as you like to the Supplementary Files folder. These files will remain resident in every case thereafter. This is a great way to reduce the time it takes to continually generate documentation that does not change from case to case. In this example, I would like to add a file called "Glossary of Computer Related Terms" into all of my reports. The first step is to open a navigation window (Finder) and navigate to the desired file.
Add File to Supplementary Files folder
Copy or move the desired file into the MacForensicsLab Templates -> Supplementary Files folder.
Generate the New Report
Once the report is written it will automatically launch. Observe the new file "Glossary of Computer Related Terms.pdf has been added into the report.
Open new file
Select on the hyperlink to the newly copied file to open the file.