My Network Provider won't allow "3rd party" programs to be installed because "they may interfere with the computer configuration".
When RoamerWorld is installed it performs the following operations:
1. It creates a folder called RoamerWorld2 in the 'Program Files' folder. (You are given the opportunity to change this location if you wish.)
2. It creates a series of sub-folders below the RoamerWorld2 folder (approximately 14 MBytes-worth of data).
3. It registers the following file types: '.rwp' "RoamerWorld Project" and '.gop' "RoamerWorld Go Program"
RoamerWorld does not do any of the following:
a. Attempt to install or replace any system files.
b. Attempt to install or replace any files outside its own installation folder.
c. Attempt to install any 'updated' Microsoft components.
RoamerWorld is a completely self-contained Win32 SDK program. It is not dependent on Visual Basic or MFC for any of its functionality. (RoamerWorld 2 can be 'installed' simply by dragging a copy of the RoamerWorld2 folder from one computer to another - and then manually registering the .rwp and .gop filetypes if necessary).
What are the differences between RoamerWorld 1.x and RoamerWorld 2.x?
RoamerWorld 1.x was written a long time ago (when Windows 95 had only just been released) and was designed to support users of Windows 3.1. Most people these days are using Windows 95 or above (i.e. Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, NT 4). RoamerWorld 2.x is designed for these new operating systems. The main difference as far as the user is concerned is the use of 'long filenames', meaning you can give your projects names such as "My Spaceship Project" rather than being restricted to the 8.3 format of Windows 3.1 (e.g. the above project name would become 'myspac~1.rwp' (8.3) in RoamerWorld 1.x running on Windows 95 or above). All other 'front end' features are the same.
The error message, "The specified project could not be found. A default project will be created instead" is displayed after selecting an Activity.
Version 2.1 of RoamerWorld does not correctly open Activities if the user's Home Folder (My Documents Folder) is mapped to a single drive letter (e.g. H:).
Version 2.2 fixes this problem.
Very shortly, a small update patch will be made available that checks your version of RoamerWorld and upgrades automatically to the latest. Please check back shortly.
+ Check that you are using the correct serial lead (it should have a 2-inch square grey box halfway along the lead).
+ Check that you have selected an available com port. Try selecting a different com port (use the Settings menu).
+ If you use a "whiteboard", check that it is not holding open a comm port unecessarily (i.e. when not in use).
+ Some laptop users have reported that RoamerWorld does not Upload and/or Download to the Floor Roamer. Sometimes the Roamer will beep continuously when connected to the comm port (even if RoamerWorld is not running). (This is currently being investigated. An update will be made available shortly).
Does RoamerWorld 2 use the 'My Documents' Folder for each user?
Yes. RoamerWorld 2 copies the supplied activities the user is working on into their individual 'My Documents' folder. This means that, when used on a network, the user has access to their work from any workstation.
Note: Users with Windows 95 should have Internet Explorer 4 (or above) installed to take advantage of the 'My Documents' folder.
Yes, RoamerWorld 2 can be installed on a server. Each user's menu can then be set up with a link to the network location. All activities that the student opens will be copied to their 'My Documents' folder.
These keys allow the Sense, Two-State Output and Motor features of the floor Roamer to be used when it is fitted with the Roamer Control Box. These keys are ignored by the screen Roamer and correctly sent to the floor Roamer.
How do I create my own projects for the students to use in class?
You will need to modify an existing project, e.g. 'Birthday Present' and save it with a different name.
Note: A File, New Project... menu item may be included in a future release if there is sufficient demand for this facility.
Please e-mail Valiant directly firstname.lastname@example.org if you would find this useful.
Can I use graphics that I downloaded from the Internet?
Most graphic files found on the Internet are JPEG, GIF or PNG format. RoamerWorld uses Windows Bitmap (BMP) files. If you want to use other graphics files, convert them to 'Windows Bitmap' files (with a .bmp file extension) with a paint program. If you use a 256-colour display on your computer, you may find that the colours in your new graphics don't look right
No. A generic accessibility-enabled version of RoamerWorld may be released if demand is high (this would include standard Windows support such as a screen-reader compatible cursor and 'Roamer' keypad access via the main menu. Please e-mail Valiant directly email@example.com if you would find this useful. And, please let us know if you have any specific requirements.
Are there alternative language versions of RoamerWorld?
RoamerWorld may be translated into almost any language. Please let Valiant know your requirements.
Try the latest drivers for your printer - available for free download from most printer manufacturers' websites. (You may need Administrator privileges to install new drivers on networked or managed systems.)
If you have network printers, try printing to a printer connected to a more recent version of Windows, such as Windows 2000 or XP.
Upgrade to RoamerWorld 2. RoamerWorld 2 is compatible with modern high-resolution inkjet and laser printers.
I have found a bug in RoamerWorld. What should I do?
If you have a bug in the most recent version for your operating system, please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will issue an update as soon as possible. Please give examples of how to reproduce the bug and the version numbers of RoamerWorld and the OS you are using.
Can the students run RoamerWorld projects on their home computers?
It may be difficult to transfer correctly the right files to the student's home. The home PC must, additionally, have the correct version of RoamerWorld installed (which must be purchased separately)
I still have unanswered questions.
If you have an unanswered question relating to RoamerWorld 2 you should contact Valiant Technology who will be able to answer any common problems promptly. If your problem cannot be answered by Valiant, they will forward a copy of your problem to us for resolving.