PADS has been updated to conform to Windows conventions in the last few versions. That means that those strings are going to show up. I don't think there's a way to nail it down to being idiot-proof, but I have been using a work-around for awhile that does work. I copy the photo files into the default folder and every time I setup verify it reaches in there for the pho files. In the C:\PADS Projects\Cam\Default folder to be exact. It's a work-around. Anybody else have another way?