TypingMaster Pro

Network Installation and Administration Manual

 

CONTENTS

1. Introduction
2. Installation
  2.1 Overview of the Installation Process
  2.2 Server Installation
  2.2.1 Preparations
  2.2.2 Installing TypingMaster Pro on your Server
  2.2.3 Setting the Installation Folder Security Properties
  2.2.4 Inserting Licenses
  2.2.5 Configuring the Installation Settings
  2.2.6 Installing TypingMaster on Terminal Server/Citrix
  2.3 Workstation Installation
  2.3.1 Overview
  2.3.2 Installation with Netsetup
  2.3.3 Installation Using a Shortcut
3. Uninstallation
  3.1 Workstations Installed with Netsetup
  3.2 Workstations Installed Using a Shortcut
  3.3 Server Uninstallation
  3.4 Problem Cases
4. TypingMaster Manager
  4.1 Main Features
  4.1.1 Users
  4.1.2 Groups
  4.1.3 Typing Tests
  4.1.4 Licenses
  4.2 Common Settings
  4.3 Special Features
  4.3.1 Dynamic User Locking
  4.3.2 Importing users from TypingMaster 98/99
  4.3.3 Multiple TypingMaster Installations
  4.3.4 Additional tools

 

1. Introduction

Welcome to TypingMaster Pro.

This powerful typing tutor enables easy instruction of the touch-typing technique to a large amount of students in multiple groups.

The purpose of this manual is to guide you in the installation of the program on your local area network (LAN). It also explains the basic features of TypingMaster Manager program which enables easy control and editing of users in TypingMaster. TypingMaster can store personal study data for thousands of students recognizing any user on any workstation in the network. The Manager also helps you to easily manage student records as groups and follow progress and test scores using a variety of reports, no matter how big and varied your groups are. You can also produce fully customized typing tests for one or more classes using texts of your own choice.

In the installation section of the manual, a short summary of the chapter is presented at the beginning of each chapter. The summary is followed by detailed instructions explaining the procedure. In the TypingMaster Manager section all the main features of TypingMaster Manager are introduced along with some useful tips.

Please read this manual carefully before installing the program. This will help you avoid unnecessary problems during the installation and use of the program.

2. Installation

This part of the manual describes how to install TypingMaster Pro and get it running smoothly on the server and all the workstations.

2.1 Overview of the Installation Process

Here is a brief summary of the main stages of the installation:

1. A computer is selected to act as a server for TypingMaster Pro. This computer will host all the user information. Usually this computer is school file server.

2. TypingMaster is installed through teacher's computer to server (or directly on the server).

3. The Licenses are entered to TypingMaster Pro and common settings to all workstations are set.

4. The installation is completed on all the workstations connected to the server. (optional)

2.2 Server Installation

2.2.1 Preparations

To start the installation for TypingMaster Pro, you must have the setup package for TypingMaster Pro. This package is available as a download from our web site www.typingmaster.com. Please consult the TypingMaster Pro User Manual for detailed instructions on how to download the setup package. If you have purchased the program as a CD shipment, the CD contains the setup package and no downloading is needed.

Before you start installing TypingMaster Pro on the network, you have to make sure that:

2.2.2 Installing TypingMaster Pro on your Server

In this chapter we will go through the installation of TypingMaster. The installation is quite straightforward and adheres to the usual procedures common to all installations of Windows programs.

NOTE: We recommend that you install TypingMaster Pro on your file server from the teacher's computer. This way the installation utility copies the program to the file server while creating the shortcuts to TypingMaster Pro and TypingMaster Manager on the teacher's computer where the actual course and user administration is done.

Summary:

After reading the license agreement and agreeing to it, select the directory where the program is to be installed. Then select Network setup and all the components to ensure that all the necessary network tools are installed. After selecting the folder name that will appear in the Start menu, the settings are reviewed and the program files are copied to the selected directory.

NOTE: The server installation of TypingMaster Pro is supported on Windows NT/2000/XP, Citrix and Netware operating systems.

The server installation is NOT supported on Windows 9x/Me operating systems, because of their limited network capabilites and lack of file security. The server side must be on a real file server.

However, you can launch the installation from a teacher/administrator computer with Windows 9x/Me if the program itself is installed on a file server in the network.

Details:

To begin the server installation on the teacher's computer:

  1. Start the TypingMaster Pro Setup program by double clicking on the file TMSetup.exe (or similar).

  2. If previous TypingMaster 2001/2002 version is already installed on your server, you should install to same folder in order to keep the student data.

  3. Click on 'Next' and read the License Agreement. Click the 'Yes' button to accept the terms of the agreement.

  4. Choose the destination directory for the installation. This is the directory TypingMaster Pro will be installed to.
    The default folder 'C:\Program Files\TypingMaster\' is not usually used with the network installation.

    Select a a shared folder either on the teacher/administrator computer or network file server for the server installation of TypingMaster. To do that, click on "Browse" and choose the appropriate folder.



    In the 'Choose Directory' window, select the drive you want to install TypingMaster Pro on from the 'Drives:' pulldown menu. Then select a folder from 'Directories:' by double clicking on the folder. Then enter a name for the folder you want to install TypingMaster Pro on in the 'Path:' area (e.g. TMPro, shown above).

    A window opens asking if you want to create this directory. Select 'Yes'. Now you will see the folder you created in the 'Destination Directory' area. Select 'Next' to proceed.

    NOTE:

    You can also install TypingMaster to a remote file server in your organization's network. In this case, you can run the installation from the teacher/administrator computer and enter a UNC network path for the server in the "Choose Directory" The UNC path is in format \\SERVERNAME\FOLDER, for example \\FILESERVER\APPS\TMPro.

    You can also select 'Browse' and choose the folder from your network file server. click 'Next' to proceed.


  5. Now you can select the type of setup for TypingMaster Pro.

    Select the 'Network' installation and press 'Next'. You can view and choose the components that you want to install on your system.

    To make sure that all the network tools are installed, check the boxes 'TypingMaster Typing Tutor' and 'TypingMaster Manager and Network Tools'. If you want users to have access to TypingMaster ProTrainer, also check the 'ProTrainer technology' box. Press 'Next' after your selections.

    NOTE:

    TypingMaster Pro supports the ProTrainer optionally in a networked environment, usually this additional tool is not required by schools.

    Please note that ProTrainer in itself does not fulfill high-security requirements. Although these requirements can be achieved with the appropriate Windows NT/2000/XP file security permissions, ProTrainer is not recommended in environments where security is of utmost importance. Please read the security statement for ProTrainer on our web pages. Detailed information on ProTrainer can be found in the TypingMaster Pro User Manual.


  6. Setup will now add the TypingMaster Pro program folder to the Start menu. If you are satisfied with the name of the Program Folder just click 'Next' twice and the program files will be copied to the folder you specified.

    If you want to change the name of the Start menu folder, simply type in a new name after the 'Program Folders:' prompt.

You have now completed the server installation of TypingMaster Pro. It is recommended that you give the program a trial run to make sure everything is working properly. Just click on 'Start > Programs > TypingMaster > TypingMaster Pro' to start the program.

 

2.2.3 Setting the Installation Folder Security Properties

WARNING!

If you are unfamiliar with changing file permissions, please consult your network administrator before making any changes. Changes to the sharing of files and folders may compromise the security of the network and leave it vulnerable to outside attacks.

If you have not already set the TypingMaster Pro folder (or the parent folder) as shared you must do it now before installing TypingMaster to workstations.

NOTE: Windows NT/2000/XP servers require you to set both Sharing Permissions and File Security Permissions properly.

Follow these steps to complete basic installation:

1. From the Server: Browse to the installation folder on the server and right click on the folder icon and choose Properties.

2. Select the Sharing Tab: Select "Share This Folder" and choose a short and easy to remember name for sharing (e.g. TYPINGMASTER).

3. In the Sharing Tab: click the "Permissions" button. Confirm that the "Everyone" group has "Full Control" permissions. (Note, this selection is required!)

4. Choose the Security Tab to adjust File Security Permissions:

If you trust your students or employees, you can set the whole TypingMaster Pro folder and all subfolders to be shared with Full Control (read/write) permissions.

If you wish to prevent students or employees from tampering with your TypingMaster Pro program files and/or typing texts, you must set the following File Permissions for your students/employees: (The examples apply to Windows NT/2000/XP, other operating systems may slightly differ.)

NOTE:

You can also limit the use of TypingMaster Manager to only the teacher. This way no one else is allowed to change the TypingMaster settings and user information. To do this, deny students access to file 'manager.exe'


2.2.4 Inserting Licenses

Before installing TypingMaster Pro to the workstations the licenses that you have purchased need to be inserted. You also have to specify those settings that apply to all workstation installations.

To insert licenses to your server:

  1. Go to 'Start > Programs > TypingMaster > TypingMaster Manager'

  2. Select the Licenses tab and click on View/Add Licenses (see below).



  3. Enter your License ID and Product Key (found in the setup package or CD cover) in the appropriate fields in the License window that opens.
NOTE:

If you get an error message saying that your License ID or Product Key was inserted incorrectly, please check that the ID and Key were entered exactly as they were in the email. Also note that there is a distinction between characters such as u and v.

Please contact us at www.TypingMaster.com/contact/support.asp if you have problems with License ID and/or Product Key.

Now the licenses are installed on your server. The Licenses menu will show information on your newly inserted license.

 

2.2.5 Configuring the Installation Settings

NOTE:

TypingMaster Pro is ready for use with the default settings. However, Installation Settings need to be configured if you want to install ProTrainer or change the installation directory.

To configure the settings common to all workstation installations of TypingMaster Pro:

  1. Start the TypingMaster Manager and select 'File > Common Settings…'

  2. A menu will appear with settings that affect users and workstation installation.



    In this menu you can configure the basic policy for users and the workstation installations. Scroll down the menu to Installation Settings if you want to change the installation directory (default c:\typingmaster.) or install ProTrainer. To find out more about the Common Settings and how they affect user settings, go to chapter 4.2.

  3. After changing the settings, click on 'Ok'.

  4. Close TypingMaster Manager.

Now you have completed the preparations for workstation installations.

2.2.6 Installing TypingMaster on Terminal Server/Citrix

The installation into Terminal Server is quite straightforward and adheres to the usual procedures common to all installations of Windows programs. TypingMaster automatically detects the Terminal services and works in optimized mode. The amount of screen colors should be drop to 256 for the optimized speed. The installation with Concurrent licenses is recommended since it makes the terminals to reserve licenses in the most flexible way.

To complete installation on Terminal Server, complete steps 2.2.1-2.2.5 on the server and after this, just make a shortcut pointing into tmaster.exe available to all terminal server users (see 2.3.3).

To complete installation on cluster of terminal servers, complete steps 2.2.1-2.2.5 on the main server and after this, complete netsetup on rest of the servers in order to save bandwidth. Now all clients can still access the software easily and database is located on main server. Finally you need to make a shortcut pointing into tmaster.exe available to all terminal server users (2.3.3).


2.3 Workstation Installation

 

2.3.1 Overview

There are two ways of installing TypingMaster Pro to a remote workstation.

Using Netsetup:

You can install TypingMaster to a workstation using the Netsetup program included that installs the TypingMaster executables to the workstation. This program will access the user information on the server (or teacher's computer). This method is recommended if network is slow (it does not overload the network or the server). It also gives the administrator more control in defining the workstations that can have TypingMaster Pro on them.

Using a Shortcut:

If you have fast network (or limited hard drive space on your workstations), you can also run the application directly from the server. However, this method has some disadvantages.

First of all, the load on the server and the network will be substantial, especially when many people are using the program at the same time. To be able to use the program installed by using a shortcut, you will need a powerful server with a fast hard disk and a very fast network (100MB recommended).

Second, there is no way of controlling which workstations are allowed to use TypingMaster unless it is set in the sharing permissions of the network. Once a program is launched from a workstation one license is used. This makes the maintenance of licenses quite difficult.

However this form of install does have the advantage of not requiring to install on to each computer, this allows updates to easily be added. Also this is type of install is recommend for schools and companies using concurrent licenses across many machines. This limits the amount of installations needed.

 

2.3.2 Installation with Netsetup

Summary:

In this method of installation, the program Netsetup.exe from the server's TypingMaster directory is run on each workstation. Netsetup will automatically install TypingMaster in the folder set in the server's 'Common Settings'.

Details:

To install TypingMaster Pro on your workstation using the Netsetup program manually (or alternatively use your SMS network management software to perform remote installation):

  1. Go (physically) to the workstation where you want to install TypingMaster Pro.

  2. Go to 'Start > Run...' and execute the file '\\server\programs\tmpro\netsetup.exe\' (or equivalent).

    TypingMaster is now installed on your workstation to the directory you specified in 'Common Settings'. If you do not know the path to the file netsetup.exe on your server, follow these instructions to run Netsetup:
  1. Double-click on the 'Network Neighborhood' icon in the desktop.



  2. From the list of computers connected to your network, find the name of the server and double-click it.



  3. Double-click on the TypingMaster Pro installation folder on the server.



  4. Find the file 'netsetup.exe' and double-click it. This will install TypingMaster on the workstation in the directory you specified in the Common Settings of TypingMaster Manager.

TypingMaster Pro is now installed on the workstation and it is ready for use. To install TypingMaster Pro to other computers, just repeat the steps above on each workstation.

 

2.3.3 Installation Using a Shortcut

Summary:

This chapter will demonstrate how to install TypingMaster Pro on workstations so that the program is run directly from the server. To do this you have to create a shortcut in the workstation that will point to the TypingMaster Pro program file (tmaster.exe) on the server.

NOTE:

To be able to use the shortcut installation the setting 'Strict License Monitoring' must be turned off in the Common Settings.

Also note that each time TypingMaster Pro is started from a new workstation, one workstation license is used. This can lead to a shortage of workstation licenses when workstation licenses are being used. In that case, workstations have to be manually removed in the Manager. The easier solution is to purchase concurrent licenses instead.

Details:

If you do not know how to create a shortcut from your server, follow these instructions:

  1. Go (physically) to the workstation where you want to install TypingMaster Pro.

  2. Double click on the 'Network Neighborhood' icon in the desktop.



  3. From the list of computers connected to your network find the name of the server and double-click it.



  4. Double click on the TypingMaster Pro folder in the server.



  5. Find the file named 'tmaster.exe'. This is the file that is executed when TypingMaster Pro is started. Select this file.

  6. Drag the file to the desktop.

  7. A new icon named 'Shortcut to tmaster.exe' is created on the desktop. This is a shortcut to the file 'tmaster.exe' on the server.



  8. To change the name of the shortcut, select the shortcut and press 'F2'. Type in a new name (e.g. TypingMaster Pro) and press 'Enter'.

Now you have created a shortcut from the workstation to TypingMaster Pro on the server. Each time this new icon is double-clicked the program on the server will start.

To create shortcuts on other workstations just repeat the steps above on each workstation.

 

3. Uninstallation

This chapter covers the uninstallation of TypingMaster Pro from workstations and the server. Unistallation procedure varies depending on how it was originally installed.

 

3.1 Workstations Installed with Netsetup

Summary:

First, the TypingMaster installation folder is removed from the workstation and the entry from Start-menu is removed. Then the server is removed from TypingMaster Manager to free up a license.

Details:

To uninstall workstations that have been installed using Netsetup.exe follow these instructions:

  1. Delete the TypingMaster folder from the workstation. This is the folder that you specified in the server installation's 'Common Settings'.

  2. Delete the shortcut to TypingMaster Pro from the Start -menu.

    If you are unfamiliar with editing the Start -menu, follow these instructions:

    1. Right-click on the 'Start' button and select 'Open'



    2. In the window that opens, Double-click on the 'Programs' folder.



    3. Find the file 'TypingMaster Pro'. Select this file and press the 'Delete' key. When the 'Confirm File Delete' window appears, select 'Yes'.


  3. Finally, you will have to remove the workstation from the list of workstations in TypingMaster Manager in order to free up the license that this workstation has used.

    To do this:

    1. Go to the server. Start the TypingMaster Manager from 'Start > Programs > TypingMaster > TypingMaster Manager'

    2. Select the 'Licenses' tab.

    3. From the workstation list, select the name of the workstation you just removed TypingMaster Pro from.

    4. Press the 'Remove workstation' button or select 'Licenses > Remove workstation'

    5. When the 'Confirm' window appears, select 'Yes'.

    6. The workstation is removed from the list and a used license is freed at the lower left corner of the window.

You have now completed the uninstallation of a workstation that was installed using Netsetup. To remove more workstations repeat the steps above.

 

3.2 Workstations Installed Using a Shortcut

To uninstall workstations that use the TypingMaster Pro program from the server, all you have to do is remove the shortcut to TypingMaster Pro from the workstation.

Then remove the workstation from TypingMaster Manager to free up a workstation license. Click here to view how this is done.

 

3.3 Server Uninstallation

After you have uninstalled the program from all your workstations you can uninstall the program from your server.

TypingMaster Pro is uninstalled like any other Windows program from 'Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs'. Just select 'TypingMaster' from the list and click on 'Add/Remove'.

NOTE:

Before uninstalling the server, make sure there are no students using the application. You can prevent users loggin on to TypingMaster when you are uninstalling by choosing not to share the folder anymore.

To close the ProTrainer Satellite, right click on the Satellite icon in the task bar and select close. Uncheck the 'Launch Satellite automatically at Windows logon' option and select 'Yes'.

3.4 Problem Cases

If uninstallation fails, make sure there are no students using the application. You can confirm this by choosing not to share the folder anymore.

 

4. TypingMaster Manager

This chapter will cover the features and use of TypingMaster Manager.

TypingMaster Manager is a powerful tool for tutors and teachers of typing. It can store personal study data of up to thousands of students recognizing any user on any workstation within the network. With the advanced Manager you can manage trainees as groups and follow their progress and test scores with a variety of reports that can be created very easily in just a matter of seconds. You can also produce fully customized typing tests for individuals or one or more classes using texts of your own choice. TypingMaster Manager gives the teacher/tutor control over the way in which the lessons progress. You can, for example, select the courses to be studied, disable skipping lessons and lock lessons so that they must be completed before the student can move on.

4.1 Main Features

This chapter will introduce you to the main features of TypingMaster Manager. You will be shown how to create and edit users, organize them into groups and print reports of their progress. The main features of setting typing tests and organizing your licenses are also explained.

The TypingMaster Manager is divided into four main sections: Users, Groups, Typing Tests and Licenses. Each of these sections can be reached by selecting the appropriate tab. The controls for each section are situated in the menu at the left side of the screen.

NOTE:

After modifying user, group or common settings make sure to close the Manager so that the new settings can take effect.

Also some settings require that the user must select the option after the change has been made. For example changing the time allocated for a test, exercise or course will only take effect if the user selects the option after the new time has been set.

 

4.1.1 Users

When you select the 'Users' tab in TypingMaster Manager, you will see the users of TypingMaster in an alphabetical list with general information on each user. By default, all users are shown in the list. To view users in a specific group, select the group name from the pulldown list in the user menu.

The list of users shows the following information for each user:


User Menu

The user menu offers many powerful tools for creating new users and editing the settings of old users.

All the options connected to a specific user are gathered under this menu. To modify the properties of a user, select the user from the list of users and then choose the action you wish to modify from the User Menu.

Here is a description of all the options in the user menu with tips for their use.

Choose Group

You can choose the group of students to be listed with this pull-down menu. This helps manage students especially if the userbase is very large.

View & Print Reports

These options let you view and print a variety of reports on the progress of students.

Complete Report This option creates a complete report on the selected student. The report first displays general information on the user including group name, current course, complete studying time, date of creation and date and time of last usage.

This is followed by a detailed summary of all the excercises and tests the user has completed. The type, duration, date and time are shown for each exercise and test. The results of the exercise are also shown where applicable. Click 'close' when you want to return to 'Users' screen. You can also choose the width of the page from the pulldown menu.

Recent Exercises This option shows the recent completed exercises of the selected student. The report shows a detailed summary of the exercise along with information on the results of the exercise where applicable.
Recent Tests This option shows the recent tests of the selected student. The report shows detailed information on the test text, the results of the test, characters typed and errors made.
User List This option creates a report on the selected students. The users are grouped by their studying group and general studying information is displayed for each student.

To select all students in the user list click on the menu option 'Select All' under Edit User(s) or press CTRL-A while in the user list. Individual students can be added to a selection by clicking on a user name with the CTRL key pressed.

User Tasks

These options let the administrator perform actions that affect the selected student.

Change settings Selecting this option brings up a window that shows the selected student's user settings.

The administrator can view and change these settings and also enter a new password for the student if the current password has been forgotten or if the user name has just been created.

The other user settings are the same that can be defined in the Common Settings section. However, these settings apply only to the selected user. For detailed information on these settings please see the Common Settings chapter of the manual (4.2).

NOTE: The user settings that have been locked in the Common Settings menu override these user settings.

Set Group This option brings up a window where you can select an existing group or create a new one for the selected student.

TIP: It is practical to set a class of students as a group. This way you can control the settings and arrange a typing test for a whole class just by modifying group properties.

Send Message With this option the teacher can send a message to a selected student. The student receives the message when he/she starts TypingMaster.

NOTE: A new message sent to a user will override an older unread message.

Arrange Typing Test With this option the teacher can arrange a typing test for the selected student. The teacher will be able to select the test text, test duration, and enter a message for the student.

When the student starts TypingMaster, the test will begin automatically.

Edit User(s)

These options let you edit users in the user list.

Rename User The teacher can rename the selected user.

NOTE: TypingMaster Pro accepts special characters in user names.

Delete User With this option the teacher can delete the selected student.

NOTE: TypingMaster Pro does not have an undelete option. Therefore the deletion is permanent.

Add User This option will add a student to the user list and let you type the name of the student. The student is assigned to group 'New Users' by default. You can change the group by selecting the user and clicking on 'Set Group'.
Select All This option will select all students in the user list. After selecting all users, you can make desired changes and all users will be affected.

 

4.1.2 Groups

When you select the 'Groups' tab in TypingMaster Manager, you will see all the groups you have created, the amount of members in a group and the date the group was created.

Group Menu

The 'Groups' menu offers many powerful tools for creating and editing groups.

All the options connected to a group are gathered under this menu. To modify the properties of a group, select a group from the list of groups and then choose the property you wish to modify from the Groups menu.

Here is a description of all the options in the Groups menu with tips for their use.

View & Print Reports

These options will enable the teacher to print out a variety of reports for the selected group

Complete Report This option creates complete reports for all students in the selected group. You can browse the reports with 'Prev. Page' and 'Next Page' buttons and return to 'Groups' menu by clicking on 'Close'.
Recent Exercises This option creates detailed information on each student's latest exercises.
Recent Tests This option creates a report with detailed information on each student's latest typing tests.
User List This option creates a list of all the users in the selected group. The list includes the user name and a short summary on the status of the user.

Group Tasks

These options let the administrator perform actions that affect all students in the selected group.

Change Settings With this option, the administrator is able to set and lock settings that affect all students in the selected group. For detailed information on each setting, go to the Common Settings chapter of the manual (4.2).

NOTE: The settings selected and locked in Common Settings override the group settings. Generally it is a good idea to leave the lesson options blank in the Common Settings and set them individually for each group.

Send Message With this setting, the teacher can send a message to all students in the selected group. The students will receive the message when they start TypingMaster.

NOTE: A new message sent to a group will override an older unread message.

Arrange Typing Test With this option it is possible to arrange a typing test to all students in the selected group. You can choose the test text, its duration and a message that will be sent to the students. When a student in a group starts TypingMaster he/she will be taken to the typing test automatically.

Edit Group

These options let the teacher edit groups.

Rename Group Selecting this option will let you edit the group name. Pressing Enter will commit the new name; pressing Esc will cancel the new name. If you want, you can also change the default name 'New Users'.
Delete Group Selecting this option will delete the chosen group. The program will also ask if all students in the group should be deleted. If you click on 'Yes', all students belonging to the group are deleted; otherwise the students are set to the default group.
Add Group This option will add a new group to the list and let you set the name for the group.

 

4.1.3 Typing Tests

When you select the 'Typing Tests' tab in TypingMaster Manager, you will see all the typing tests that have been installed in TypingMaster Pro. The list shows the Name and Copyright of a particular text. The column 'Time (min.)' shows the default time selected for a particular text. The text (Lock) at the end of the time indicates that the default time has been locked.

Typing Test Menu

From the Typing Test menu you can change the settings, edit and delete the selected text.

Here is a description of all the options in the Typing Test menu with tips for their use.

Test Tasks

Change Settings This option lets the teacher change the name and default time for the selected text. When the time is locked students will not be able to change it in the program. Please note that the arranged typing tests (see 4.1.2.) override the default time even if it is locked.

NOTE: Currently the Manager does not check that proper values are inserted in the Default Time field. If negative values are inserted, the program will not work properly.

Edit Text This option will let you edit the selected test. Please note that there must not be any enters in the text body except at the very end.

Edit Test

Delete Test This option will permanently delete the selected Typing Test.
Add Test Selecting this option will bring up a window where you can choose a text file to be added as a typing test.

NOTE: The file that is added has to be a standard ASCII text file without any formatting information. If you use text created with a word processor be sure to save the file in text-only format.

 

Typing Test Settings

Name

Allows you to edit the name of the test; this is the name that is displayed both in the Manager and to users in the tutor.

Default Time With this setting you are able to set the time for a test. Set the test duration inminutes by entering a number between 0-99. 0 means there is no time limit for the test. Please only enter whole numbers, decimals and fractions will not be recognised.
Test Time Lock Enabling this locks the test time to the value specified in the Default Time setting. Without locking the time users can change the time from its default setting before beginning the test.
Hide Test

Hides the test from the users. This means it can not be selected from the Test Selection menu when a user takes a test. You can see easily which tests tests are hidden in the Typing Test tab as they will be dimmed.

This setting is designed so that teachers are able to hide any tests they may wish to use to grade the students with. Teachers can then unhide and assign the test at the desired time.

Requirements to Pass the Test

Minimum Net Speed

Sets the minimum net speed needed to pass the test. Only if this limit is reached does the test appear in the users report. Net Speed is the typing speed calculated after error penalties have been calculated.

Minimum Gross Speed Sets the minimum gross speed needed to pass the test. Only if this limit is reach does the test appear in the users report. Gross Speed is the users typing speed through out the test, no penalties are considered.
Minimum Accuracy Sets the accuracy level needed to pass the test. Accuracy percentage of words typed correctly, 100% means that all words were type, 50% means that only half of all words were typed correctly. Only if this limit is reached does the test appear in the users report.
Force Completion

Enabling this means that the user must type for the whole duration of the test for it to be passed. So if the test has been locked to 2 minutes, the user must type for that entire time to ensure they pass the test. If the user types through the entire test text before the time has completed they also meet this requirement.

 

NOTE:

If more than one requirement is set then the user must meet them all to pass the test.

 

 

4.1.4 Licenses

When you select the 'Licenses' tab in TypingMaster Manager, you will see all the workstation in network that have accessed TypingMaster.

The list shows the following information for all licenses:

The information bar at the lower left corner of the window displays the number of licenses in use and the number of free licenses.

Concurrent Licenses: By clicking the workstation, you can see if it currently reserves an concurrent license.

Licenses Menu

The Licenses Menu shows the type of licenses inserted (workstation or concurrent), the total number of licenses, licenses used and the number of free licenses. In the licenses menu, the following options are available:

View/Add Licenses When you select this option, a window appears showing you the current licenses you have in use.

You can insert new license packages into TypingMaster by inserting the License ID and Product Key in the appropriate fields.

Remove Workstation You can remove a workstation to free up a workstation license. This requires that workstation is not running TypingMaster/ProTrainer at the moment.

After you have uninstalled TypingMaster Pro from the workstation, just select the workstation from the list and choose 'Licenses > Remove Workstation'.

 

4.2 Common Settings

The first time you use TypingMaster Manager will probably be after your server installation if you want to install ProTrainer or change the installation directory. However, you can control many more settings and options in Common Settings, which shall be explained in this chapter in detail. Common Settings affect all workstation installations and users and override Group settings..

To access the 'Common Settings' start TypingMaster Manager and select 'File > Common Settings'.

Here is a list of all the settings and some information pertaining to their use.


Lesson Settings

With these settings, the teacher is able to enforce a common lesson policy for all students.

NOTE:

The Course and Duration settings need to be locked in order for them to take effect.


Course Select a default course for all students from the pulldown menu and lock this value to enforce the selection.
Lesson Duration If you wish to set a specific lesson duration, select one from the list and lock this value. Now all lessons will be of the specified duration.
Lesson Lock When this option is checked, the student will not be able to move forward in lessons before the entire lesson is completed. Check this option to ensure that the student completes all exercises in lessons.
Exercise Lock When this option is checked, an exercise will be marked completed only after all sections of the exercise are fully completed.
WPM Speed Unit With this option the administrator can select the default unit for speed measurement. When the option is selected the default is WPM (Words per Minute) otherwise it is CPM (Characters per Minute). When this value is locked, the speed unit cannot be changed by the user.
Sounds Select this option to enable sounds in TypingMaster Pro. Sound is not essential for the operation of the program, but it gives additional feedback to the student.
Play Theme Select this option to enable the opening theme of TypingMaster Pro.
Keyboard Detection When this option is selected and locked, the program will automatically detect the correct keyboard layout for each workstation installation.

This option is recommended if your network has computers with different keyboard layouts in use and the automatic detection is functioning reliably.

Keyboard Layout With this option, the administrator can manually select a keyboard layout to be used for all workstation installations of TypingMaster Pro.

This option is recommended if all computers in your network use the same keyboard layout.

NOTE: Keyboard Detection has to be de-selected in order for the manual keyboard selection to function.

 

NOTE:

The settings selected and locked in Common Settings override the group settings (see 4.1.2.). Generally it is a good idea to leave the lesson options blank in the Common Settings and set them individually for each group.

 

Login Settings

Scroll down the screen to see Login Settings with which the network administrator is able to define user login properties.

User Passwords If this option is selected all users are required to create a password for themselves when logging in for the first time. The password is required each time the user logs in.

NOTE: If users are created by an administrator and this option is selected, the administrator has to define a password for the student when creating the user. If a password is not defined, the student will not be able to log in.

Prevent New Users By selecting this option, the administrator can disable the creation of new users in TypingMaster. With this option selected, the only way of creating new users is with the Manager.
Hide User List The administrator can select this option to hide the list of users in the login screen. This results in added security when each user has to know his/her user name to be able to log in.
Hide Group List With this option, the group menu in the login screen is also suppressed.
Use Windows Login When this option is selected TypingMaster Pro will automatically log in with current user's Windows user name.

This is recommended in environments where each user has a distinct Windows user name. With this option selected the same user name will also be used for TypingMaster.

 

Typing Test Settings

These settings let the administrator restrict user privileges in the typing test section of TypingMaster.

Prevent Test Deletion When this option is selected, users will not be able to delete tests in the program. This will be possible only through the Manager.
Prevent New Test With this option the administrator can prevent users adding custom test texts to the program. With this option selected, adding test texts is possible only through the Manager.
Disable Printing The administrator can prevent users from printing test diplomas from their workstation. Printing will only be possible through the Manager.

 

Installation Settings

These settings are used to control workstation installations made with the Netsetup tool.

Installation Path This is the path where TypingMaster will be installed to in all workstation installations done with Netsetup.
Strict License Monitoring When this option is selected, TypingMaster can only be used from workstations installed with Netsetup. Selecting this option will give the administrator more control over the workstations and licenses since no one will be able to create a shortcut to the server.

NOTE: If workstations are installed using shortcuts, this option cannot be selected.

Install ProTrainer When this option is selected, the Netsetup utility also installs ProTrainer to workstations. Please note that ProTrainer might be against your corporate policy because of the technology how it reads the keyboard input, please contact us for additional information at www.TypingMaster.com/contact/.

 

ProTrainer Settings

These options let you change ProTrainer settings for all workstation installations.

Hide ProTrainer When this option is selected, the ProTrainer menu item will not be visible in the TypingMaster program menu even if ProTrainer is installed to workstations.
Do Not Collect Words Select and lock this value to ensure that ProTrainer does not collect information on difficult words. This option is recommended in environments where high security is required.

NOTE: ProTrainer in itself does not fulfill high security requirements and thus cannot be recommended in environments where security is vital. Please read our security statement for ProTrainer at our web pages.

 

Advanced Settings

Prevent Backspace This option lets the administrator disable the use of backspace in exercises and tests for all students.

Normally a student is able to make corrections on the word currently being typed. With this option selected the student cannot make any corrections.

Error Factor With this setting it is possible to change the effect errors have on the total typing speed. The default value for this setting is 10. If you wish to have errors affect the net typing speed more, increase this value. If you wish for the errors to have less of an affect, decrease this value.
Disable Internet Links

This setting prevents users from accessing the Internet links on the Info page. By default clicking on these links opens a browser displaying offline information about TypingMaster Pro.

Enable Rhythm Indicator

Activating this displays the Rhythm Indicator. The Rhythm Indicator shows the user how smoothly they type, with emphasis on trying to teach them to typing at an even pace rather than is spurts. The indicator is displayed in the right hand side of the screen during exercises only.

Disable Games from Menu

Hides the games menu from users. Games can still be played if they are an exercise in a Lesson but the option is removed from the menu so they can no longer be selected independently.


4.3 Special Features

TypingMaster Manager offers these special features which give more power to the administrator.

 

4.3.1 Dynamic User Locking

TypingMaster Pro supports real time monitoring of students. The teacher is able to monitor the students' progress while they are studying on their workstations. When the student is studying, a lock will appear on top of the student icon in the student list.

When a student is locked, the teacher will not be able to change user properties or delete the user. The teacher can view a student's progress by selecting a report to be viewed. All exercises and tests that the user has completed will be displayed in the reports.

NOTE:

The user list in the Users section of the Manager is updated only when Manager is started. Therefore, summary information displayed in the user list may not be up to date if Manager is running when students are studying.

To view a student's current status, create a report on the student. This will display up-to-date information on the student.

 

4.3.2 Importing users from TypingMaster 98/99

If you are updating from TypingMaster 98 or 99 to TypingMaster Pro, it is possible to update your user database to the new version.

To do this, start TypingMaster Manager and select File > Import TM 98/99 Users. This will bring up a window where you can browse to the installation directory of your previous installation. When you have reached the directory select the Userbase.tm4 file and click on OK.

This will import your previous users and groups to TypingMaster Pro. Please note that information on user settings and studying will not be imported due to the differences in program versions.

 

4.3.3 Multiple TypingMaster Installations

It is possible to use the same Typing Master Manager on the teacher's computer to control multiple versions of TypingMaster Pro. This is helpful if you have TypingMaster installed on more than one server.

To control the database of a different installation of TypingMaster you will have to perform the following procedure:

  1. Start TypingMaster Manager

  2. Select File > Change Directory

  3. The current installation directory of TypingMaster Pro is shown. To edit the database of another TypingMaster Pro installation, enter the complete path of the new directory in the space provided.

  4. If you do not know the complete path, you can select 'Browse' and choose the installation directory from the directory tree.

 

4.3.4 Additional Teacher Tools

Free Teacher Tools
Teacher tools kit includes the Study Material editor to customize the contents of the typing exercises and the User Import tool that helps you to add a number of users and groups from an Excel file to the TypingMaster user database. You can install these tools from Teacher's Corner