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GETTING STARTED.. 1

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS. 1

INSTALLING AND UNINSTALLING THE PROGRAM. 1

UPDATING MICROSOFT DATA ACCESS COMPONENTS (MDAC). 3

PUTTING A SHORTCUT TO GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE DESKTOP. 3

SCREEN RESOLUTIONS. 3

TROUBLESHOOTING.. 4

GETTING TECHNICAL SUPPORT. 4

MAKING SUGGESTIONS. 4

FUTURE UPGRADES. 4

 

GETTING STARTED

Most of the general principles of using this program can be found in the User Guide which can be accessed by pressing the “User Guide” button on the top of main screen.  Please read the User Guide before using the program, as it will give you many tips to make your experience much more productive. 

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

HARDWARE: 

This program is designed for Windows® only.  We are hoping to release a Mac version soon.  The minimum requirements are a Pentium 133 or higher (166 MHz recommended) with at least 64 MB of RAM and 60 MB of free disk space. 

SOFTWARE: 

If you are using Windows® 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7 then there should be no additional requirements.  

If you are using Windows® 95, you may not have the power to run the program, although it has been tested successfully on some Windows 95 computers.  If it does not work you may wish to upgrade to Windows 98 or you can always get a refund.  

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INSTALLING AND UNINSTALLING THE PROGRAM

NOTE:   If you are installing a new version of Great Dialogue Software over an older version, it is best to uninstall the older version before installing the new version. 

DO I NEED TO HAVE WINDOWS INSTALLER®?

Windows Installer® ships as part of Windows 2000, Me, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and as a service pack to Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 and also comes with Microsoft Office 2000.  If you don’t have it, it’s available as a free 1.6 MB download from Microsoft.  However, it is included with the CD and the download package so our installation process should install it automatically if you do not have on your computer.  

 

INSTALLING GREAT DIALOGUE SOFTWARE© FROM DOWNLOAD 

After you have downloaded the Great Dialogue Software file (usually named GD_Reg#.exe where "#" refers to the Version number) to your hard drive (we recommend creating a new file folder on your hard drive for it, but either way make sure to remember where you put it ).  Then do the following:

 

1.  DOUBLE-CLICK the “GD_Reg#.exe” file.  This will unzip the .exe file and show you several files - “GD_Reg#.msi” (.msi stands for Microsoft Installation), “readme.txt” and “setup.exe”. 

 

2. We recommend double-clicking on the “readme.txt” file first, since this may contain information that may help you avoid problems when installing the software. 

 

3. Then double-click on the file with the “setup.exe” and follow the instructions on the screen. 

 

 INSTALLING GREAT DIALOGUE SOFTWARE© FROM CD 

Most computers will will automatically start the installation process when you put the CD in the CD drive (unless you have turned the autorun feature off).  

Otherwise, after you put the CD in the CD drive you may see a window appear which has several files in it.  

DOUBLE-CLICK the file called "setup.exe 

 TO UNINSTALL 

On most systems go to “Start”, “Programs”, “Great Dialogue” and there should be a selection on the menu called “Uninstall Great Dialogue©”.  

Otherwise you can click on the “Start” button on the bottom left corner of your computer screen, click on “Settings”, then “Control Panel”, and then double-click on “Add/Remove Programs”.  Select “Great Dialogue©” from the list and click “Add/Remove”. 

Alternatively, you can double-click “My Computer” on your desktop, double-click “Control Panel” and access “Add/Remove Programs” from there.  These instructions are for Windows® 98 or higher - XP, Vista and Windows 7 may use a slightly different method.  

 

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UPDATING MICROSOFT DATA ACCESS COMPONENTS (MDAC)

This program requires Microsoft Data Access Components® (MDAC) 1.5 or better.  The CD setup should automatically update your version if necessary.  Most modern versions of Windows have at least MDAC 1.5, but owing to the size of the download, MDAC is NOT included in the downloadable version.  If, during the installation process of Great Dialogue Software, you get the message that your system does not have the required version, close down the installation process and install the correct MDAC update on your computer.  This update can be easily obtained for free from Microsoft.  Go to www.microsoft.com and click on the "Downloads" button (usually listed under “Resources”).  This will take you to the “Microsoft Download Centre” page.  Under “Search For A Download” in the Product/Technology heading scroll down to “MDAC” and click “Go”.  

This will take you to a page where you can choose to download the correct version of MDAC for your computer.  

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PUTTING A SHORTCUT TO GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE DESKTOP

Great Dialogue Software will automatically install a shortcut on your desktop on most computers.  You will be prompted whether you wish to have a shortcut during the installation process.  If it does not install it automatically, do the following:

1.  In My Computer or in Windows Explorer navigate to the Great Dialogue© program by double-clicking on your hard drive (usually the c: drive). 

2.  Double-click on the Program Files folder.

3.  Double-click on the Great Dialogue file folder.

4.  Single-click GreatDialogue.exe file. 

5.  Click the “File” menu at the upper left corner of the Great Dialogue box.

6.  Click “Create Shortcut” and you will see the Great Dialogue© shortcut Icon appear inside the Great Dialogue© box. 

7.  Using your mouse, drag the Great Dialogue Shortcut Icon to your Desktop screen. 

8.  Close the Great Dialogue box and the Shortcut Icon should now be visible on your Desktop screen. 

9.  Double-click the Shortcut Icon to start the program. 

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SCREEN RESOLUTIONS

The three main screen resolutions of 640X480 pixels, 800X600 pixels, and 1024X768 pixels are supported.  The main Great Dialogue screen can also be resized by using your mouse to drag the frame in the usual Windows® manner.  Use your Windows® “Help” button for more details. 

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TROUBLESHOOTING

PROGRAM WILL NOT LOAD OR RUN

If the program does not run on your system, contact us at support@greatdialogue.com and we will advise you on how to get it working or give you a refund. 

COMMON ERROR MESSAGES:

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 “NO MATCHING KEYWORDS FOUND”

This means that the words you typed into the “Search” box did not have a match in any of the keyword database.  You can use multiple words in the search box, but not use the words “and” or “or”, just type in the actual words or topics you’re looking for.  In this version of Great Dialogue© there are many thousands of keywords, but we add more dialogue samples and their associated keywords every day.  Don’t forget to check www.greatdialogue.com for our low-cost upgrades where you can add the latest version of the database to your software. 

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 “NO MATCHING KEYWORDS FOUND” while using “Keyword List

Sometimes it’s stimulating to the imagination to use the “Keyword List” button as an “idea fisher”.  To see how to use this button, see the User Guide.  By clicking on an entry in the Keyword List, the entry will be transferred automatically to the “Search” box and the attached dialogue sample will be displayed.  However please note that ALL the keywords and Keyphrases are shown in the Keyword List, but the search will be limited to comedy samples if you have pressed the “Comedy” button, and drama samples if you have pressed the “Drama” button, so you will frequently get the message: “no matching keywords found”.  We recommend that you make sure the “Both” button (the default setting) is pressed before searching the Keyword List. 

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GETTING TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Contact us at our web site at www.greatdialogue.com or email support@greatdialogue.com.  We will try to answer any questions as soon as we can. 

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MAKING SUGGESTIONS

If you would like to make a suggestion to improve this software, we would be happy to hear it.  Do you have a favorite movie, play, TV show, or book you’d like to see covered?  Would you like see more of a certain style of dialogue - more sit-coms, more action movies, more TV law dramas?  Do you have your own favorite dialogue samples that you think would help other writers?  Let us know at our www.greatdialogue.com website or email suggestions@greatdialogue.com. 

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FUTURE UPGRADES

Periodically we will be releasing new versions of Great Dialogue Software.  This will include many new dialogue samples that we add to the database.  Check our web site at www.greatdialogue.com for details. 

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