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Network Installation - Server and Client

This is our most common setup. You will run the Server Install on the server, and then run the Client Install on each client computer in the network.

The Server Installation must be run first. This places all our software in a location you select and determines the history file parameters.

The Client Installation will then be run on each client computer. This installation checks to see if several standard Microsoft .dll components are available and current on the local computer. Then an icon is placed on the desktop for launching the software.


Terminal Server Installation

The terminal server software is installed on the server only. Our program is distributed to the terminals via the server software. The other setup details are the same as the Network Installation, with one exception: the terminal server Installation allows multiple copies of the program to be run on the server.

The selection of history file parameters and other details are the same as with the Network Server Installation.

We do not limit the total number of computers that may operate our software concurrently. With a standard Network License, you are expected to limit the number of computer having access to our software by limiting the total number of computers in your network. With a Concurrent License you will set the server software to match total number of concurrent computers covered in your License Agreement with Ainsworth & Partners, Inc.


Single Computer Installation

This is a complete installation for any Windows computer operating independently. There is no AUTO option for storing the history files. Other that that, the same parameters apply as with the Network Server Installation.


Internet and Wi-Fi connected learning

The Single Computer Installation may be used with an Internet connection to transfer history file data to an instructor. A special copy of the current status is saved in C:\Ainsworth. The title includes the date and name of the user, followed by This file is encrypted for viewing and analysis with the Ainsworth Keyboard Manager software and may be sent safely via email attachment to an instructor.


Keyboard Manager Installation

This is a separate program you may install anywhere that's convenient. It allows an instructor to view, analyze, and print both class and individual records. If this program can access the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer program folder, it may also be used to create student records and assign classes.

If you install the Keyboard Manager in the same location as the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer software, this management program will automatically locate and display the current history files. This means the instructor will not have to search for the main program in order to view the current history files.

The Keyboard Manager may also be used independently with a copy of the history files for later analysis. For this reason, we suggest saving copies of the history file folder (password and roster files) or the parent folder that contains all the individual files (automatic option). After the Keyboard Manager program is installed, the setup continues and suggests that you run this program before exiting the setup.

When the management program is first run, an opportunity to include password protection is offered. If this program is NOT installed in a location where users would have access, password protection is not required. Otherwise, we strongly suggest using a password to prevent unauthorized deleting of files and other possible mischief.

More information -- see Keyboard Manager


Concurrent Setup and Licensing

We offer several configurations to implement concurrent licensing so that our software may be made available throughout your network. Your license would be based on the number of concurrent users, not the total number of computers having access to our programs.

In a terminal server system, concurrent licensing is automatic, and only involves appropriate settings on your server software. With server/client systems using standard Windows computers, concurrent access requires a modified installation, which we can easily provide. We also offer special editions of our Single Computer software specifically designated for concurrent operation, or for interaction via the Internet.


History file storage method

PASSWORD - A password is requested when the program starts. This is the easiest method to implement because the only interaction between the server and the history files is via a collection folder where all the history files are stored. It is helpful if you create this collection folder on the server before doing the Server Installation. Also make sure that all users have rights to this location. This option offers complete security, provided users can remember (and do not share) their passwords.

ROSTER - A list of user names is presented when the program starts. A collection folder on the server holds all the names for selection by the user. If the number of users is large, searching for a name can be tedious. There is no security in this setup, as anyone can select a name and begin using that person's file. This option is ideal if you have an "open" computer that anyone can use for practice.

AUTO - A server map points to the user's folder automatically. The network login is used at the server level to create this map. The user simply clicks on our icon to begin. If you have already established at the network level passwords and a map to a unique folder for each user, this method is ideal. All you need to specify in the Server Installation is the drive letter of the map you have created.

NONE - No history files are stored. This is useful if you wish to set up a testing station where people could log in, practice, take a test, and get a graded and marked printout showing test results. No data will be saved by the program.


History file creation method

If you have selected the AUTO method, each user will add a name to the program the first time the program starts. After a name has been entered, a history file is created and saved. Afterward, simply clicking on the Ainsworth icon will continue the program automatically.

With both the PASSWORD and the ROSTER method, you need to know whether the users will be able to create history files when they first open the program - or if the history files will be created in advance by the instructor, using the Ainsworth Keyboard Manager program.

If history files must be created by an instructor, it is essential that you also complete the Keyboard Manager Installation, located on the network CD. You can also use this CD to place additional copies of Keyboard Manager wherever required.


Program options during installation

Several check boxes allow you to accept or change these parameters or program options when you install the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer. These and other settings can be modified after the installation, using the Ainsworth Keyboard Options program.

Include all sound effects (or beeps only). We prefer that you allow the full range of sound effects used in the games. In a particularly noisy classroom, the sounds can be turned off of limited.

Manually select lessons with F2 and F3. Unless changed, lessons may be adjusted with these function keys. This manual override can be helpful to instructors.

Warn if starting duplicate main program. This option should be checked in all installations except terminal server systems. This avoids the problem of more than one history file being opened for a single user.

Double space after sentences (or single space). We strongly urge double spacing after sentences. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to switch to single spacing to match some industrial testing methods.


Enrichment software

These two additional programs are automatically installed with the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer software.

Ainsworth Writer
Ainsworth WriterThis self-teaching word processor includes a writing course designed for beginning writers. It is normally accessible from the Keyboard Trainer menu and may be used for writing and printing documents.

Ainsworth Conversation Piece
Conversation PieceThis effective enrichment program promotes typing and thinking at the same time. It is used after the basic keyboard is mastered and introduces creating instead of just copying text.


Custom Configurations using the Ainsworth Keyboard Options software

You can use the Ainsworth Keyboard Options program at any time to view or change any of the setup parameters. This program also controls several instructor options, such as whether the two enrichment programs and a copy of the complete Ainsworth web site are available from the program menu. The options program is automatically installed in the same directory as the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer software.

For more information, see Custom Configurations.


Custom Tests

The eight Word Processing Tests supplied with the program may be replaced by custom test materials. While not part of the program installation, replacing these tests is something you should know about in case instructors need assistance. For more information, see Custom Tests.© 2014 Ainsworth & Partners,