COMPMNGR OVERVIEW

You should read and understand all the instructions in the "How to acquire and start using COMPMNGR." section below. But in a nutshell, here is what they say. To start using COMPMNGR you should download its setup program file and run it to install COMPMNGR and associated files, programs, and shortcut icons on your computer. To become a registered user, which entitles you to have more than 750 entries, to sign up for web page creation options, and to receive technical support, you need to go to the on-line license agreement and registration fee calculation (FeeCalc) page, enter the information so as to calculate your registration fee, and submit the request for registration (which emails it to the vendor). On receipt of a license agreement Douglass Associates will email you a registration file along with instructions. If you are an experienced COMPMNGR user you can skip directly to the 'Download' and 'on-line FeeCalc' buttons at the bottom of this page.  However, you should understand all of these instructions before you do so. If you would prefer to hire someone to handle all this for you click here to see a list of people who offer COMPMNGR related services.

For more information about the basis of the registration fee calculation, which some people find confusing, click on FeeCalc.

The COMPMNGR computer program is designed to help you perform many of the tasks associated with organizing dance competitions. Click on features to view a partial list of these tasks. The instructions given here should allow you to get COMPMNGR up and running on your computer, provided that you have the required computer skills, which are also listed below. If you have troubles getting COMPMNGR up and running click on troubleshooting COMPMNGR. Once COMPMNGR is up and running you can use its built-in help system to learn how to use it. If you already have a version of COMPMNGR running on your computer, following these same instructions will update it to the latest version without altering your competition data. If the information presented here is new to you, you should print and study it.

There are have been three versions of COMPMNGR, two of them designed to run under Windows 95 and later operating systems. Version 1 was for MS-DOS and is no longer in use. Version 2 was introduced in 1998 and is no longer supported by the vendor. Version 3 was introduced in mid 2001. If you are a previous COMPMNGR user and used version 2 for your most recent competition you need to switch to version 3. To learn about the differences and how to switch from Version 2 to Version 3 click on version differences. To learn about recent modifications to the program click on version history.

How to acquire and start using COMPMNGR.

To follow these instructions you need the skills to perform certain basic tasks on your computer. You need to be able to download a file from a web site so that the file is stored in a folder you specify on your computer's hard disk. You need a basic understanding of computer files and folders and the operations that can be performed on files, such as copying them, renaming them, deleting them, finding them on your hard disk, and running executable program files without an icon. If you are not familiar with such operations you should enlist the help of someone who is; COMPMNGR technical support does not include help on such basic operations. To see a list of people who provide COMPMNGR related services click here.

The first thing you should know about COMPMNGR is that you can get the program for free by downloading it from this web site. The program is used to create and open competition database files, which have a format unique to COMPMNGR. The database for a competition is contained in two files, a registration file and a main data file. When you download COMPMNGR from this web site you get the latest version of the program, some supporting files (e.g. help files), and a pair of sample data files (a registration file and main data file with some sample dance entries and other purchases) constituting a database. You can actually use this setup to put on a small competition, up to 750 entries (dance entries, not persons attending), without paying a registration fee. Or you can use the setup to get started on a larger competition. If the number of your competition dance entries approaches the limit of 750 entries you will eventually have to contact the vendor to get a new registration file which allows you to handle more than 750 entries. There is a fee, which varies with the size of the competition, for obtaining a registration file allowing you a larger number of entries. Note that once you receive a registration file allowing more than 750 entries you are obligated to pay the registration fee based on the number of entries allowed by the registration file even if your actual number of entries is less than that. Note also that technical support and the web page creation option are only available to organizers who register and pay a fee. Collegiate and USA Dance (USABDA) amateur competition organizers may obtain a registration file for free by contacting their COMPMNGR representative, Turtle Brennen at tbrennen@yahoo.com, rather than the vendor and will not receive technical support.

A COMPMNGR registration file is a small file containing the maximum number of entries allowed, a master password assigned by the vendor, subordinate passwords you may assign, and beginning and ending dates between which you are allowed to enter more than 750 entries and heat your program. Registration files have the file extension ".rgc" (for example, MyComp1999.rgc). When you use the COMPMNGR program to open a competition database, it first opens the registration file for the database, retrieves the list of passwords, and prompts you to enter a password. If you enter a valid password, it next opens the main data file, which has the same root name (MyComp1999 for the example above) and an extension ".dbc". COMPMNGR then determines whether the current date is between the beginning and ending dates between which you are allowed to enter more than 750 entries and heat your program. Even if the current date is outside that range AND you have more than 750 entries, you can still use most of COMPMNGR's features (e.g. invoicing, accumulated awards points calculations, setting up your next competition). The two main features disabled when you are outside the date range AND have more than 750 entries are making new dance entries and heating the competition program.

COMPMNGR must be configured (set up) for your competition before you begin to enter your dance entry and purchase data. Instructions for doing this can be found in the COMPMNGR help system under the index heading "Setting up a new competition", but before you do anything you should read the help system topic "Getting started" and its links to several other important topics. If you are switching from version 2 to version 3 you should also see the help system topic "Converting from version 2 to version 3". As a general rule, a COMPMNGR setup should never be done "from scratch". You should always use either the database from your previous competition or the sample database (named DEMODATA) included with the download as a starting point, then follow the help system instructions for opening that database, making a copy under a new name, switching to (opening) the new database you created by the COMPMNGR copy process, deleting the previous dance entries and purchases from the copied database, and modifying the database setup as required.

COMPMNGR has an extensive help system. The first thing you should do when you start using the program is click on Help, then Getting started. You should read the "getting started" help topic, then click on the links to "sequence of steps in using COMPMNGR", and "basic concepts" and print and study those topics. The information above and that in the help system should tell you all you need to know to run COMPMNGR effectively. If you have problems in downloading and installing COMPMNGR or in retrieving and installing a registration file which has been emailed to you, click on troubleshooting COMPMNGR. If you still have questions you may contact the vendor, providing that you are a registered user.

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