Frequently Asked Questions



With which operating systems can I use the program?

The Exhibition Accounting Program is a DOS based application, written in Clipper 5.2. It uses Clipper data files and indexes. It has been tested successfully on the following Microsoft operating systems:

* While the program will run on Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP, the DOS session will essentially take over the machine and prevent efficient multi-tasking. That is, if you tried to open another program, like Microsoft Word or Excel, it would run much slower than usual. I have not tried the program on XP Home Edition, but according to Microsoft documentation the program should run better on the Home Edition than it does on XP Pro.

The program will run most successfully on an updated version of Windows 98.

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What printers are supported?

Officially, the DOS version of the program will work with 3 printers: the IBM Proprinter, the HP LaserJet laser printer and the HP DeskJet ink jet printer. In practice, though, most DOS-based matrix printers will emulate an IBM Proprinter and most desktop laser printers can emulate an HP LaserJet, so almost any matrix printer or laser printer that can print from a DOS session will work with the program.

However, in the last several years a new generation of printers has been developed that will no longer print from DOS sessions. These printers include the various bubble-jet printers and almost all printers (either ink-jet or laser) that connect to your computer on a USB port. None of these printers will work with the program. Because this is now such a common problem, I've written a Windows-based version of the reports. This program will work with any printer that connects to your Windows operating system. For more information, see the release notes for the new program.

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Does the program allow more than one user at the same time?

Yes. The program has two modes - standard and networked. The standard version is limited to a single user and runs faster than the networked version. This was a major consideration 10 years ago when machines were much slower than they are today. The networked version is slower because it commits all changes to disk immediately rather than caching transactions, but it allows multiple users to sign on and work with the program at the same time.

To run the program in network mode, change your short cut to the program to be:

When you specify -N as a startup parameter, the program starts in networked mode. For more information see the user manual.

Important Note:If you are using the new windows version of the report program and you want to run reports at the same time as you're posting transactions, you must start the posting program in networked mode. This is because it has to share the files with the report program.

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Am I limited to a certain number of users?

No. The program does not impose any limit on the total number of users, and there are no license restrictions limiting the number of people who can access the program. However, the development environment in which the program was written does not scale well to large implementations. If you need to have more than 3 - 6 users working simultaneously, this may not be the right product for you.

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Can I install the program on more than one machine and run multiple databases?

Yes. If you run several exhibitions (e.g. a fair, a tradeshow and a fundraising exhibition), you can set up separate databases for each of them. There are no licensing limits on the number of machines or number of databases with which you can use the program.

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Is there a trial version of the program?

Yes. I strongly recommend that you try the program before you buy. For more information, see the trial version section of our downloads page.

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How much does it cost to license the program?

If you decide that the program is a good fit for your needs, the cost of a license is $1,000.00 CDN. When you purchase a license, you get the following benefits:

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Can I keep historical information from previous exhibitions or fairs?

Yes. As part of the standard period end routines, the program will allow you to make a backup copy of all your files. It will store the copy in the subdirectory of a backup directory you define when you install the program. You can keep as many of these backup directories as your disk will allow. On most modern machines you could store hundreds of years of history.

To access the historical files, start the program with the -H parameter:

When the program starts in History mode, the first screen it displays is a list of all your backed up exhibitions or fairs. When you select one of these from the list, you will be working directly with the historical files.

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