Frequently Asked Questions
Can Text Ticker be run from a network drive?
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Yes.

Text Ticker is used by many companies to distribute information to all employees. The executable and settings files can be stored on network shares or mapped drives.

How can I share Text Ticker settings among multiple users on my network?
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Pass an .ini file as a command line parameter. Something like this:

\\path\to\txttick.exe /ini"\\path\with spaces\to\settings.ini"

The double quotes are required only if the path includes spaces.

To explain further, run Text Ticker. Use the Options screen to get everything the way you want. On the Settings tab set it to use an .ini file rather than the registry. Shut down Text Ticker. Copy the resulting .ini file wherever you want, naming it anything you want. (Literally anything; it does not need to end in .ini.) Use the syntax above in shortcuts or logon scripts.

Utilities to simplify network deployment are also available. Use the Contact form or email "TextTicker at SlashbackAssociates.com" for more information.

Why does Text Ticker show gibberish? I've tried MS Word and PDF files...
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Text Ticker needs plain text files. It will scroll the contents of any file, but humans usually find more meaning in plain text.

Future version of Text Ticker may be a little more lenient, but it is unlikely to ever support Word or PDF files since there are too many variables involved in deciphering them.

Why does Text Ticker show gibberish? I'm using plain text files...
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Try changing to a different font.

If you're using Unicode or UTF8, support for these is being developed for the next version of Text Ticker. Would you care to assist with testing? If so, please use the Contact form or email "TextTicker at SlashbackAssociates.com".

How can I show a web link in Text Ticker?
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Text Ticker only shows plain text. Perhaps it should have been named Plain Text Ticker.

However, support for web links (and possibly other HTML support) is actively being developed for the next version of Text Ticker. Would you care to assist with testing? If so, please use the Contact form or email "TextTicker at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Can I show an RSS feed in Text Ticker?
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Text Ticker only shows plain text. Perhaps it should have been named Plain Text Ticker.

However, support for RSS feeds is actively being developed for the next version of Text Ticker. Would you care to assist with testing? If so, please use the Contact form or email "TextTicker at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Can I use a more interesting background in Text Ticker?
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Text Ticker 2.4 only supports single color backgrounds.

However, support for gradient, image, and transparent backgrounds is actively being developed for the next version of Text Ticker. Would you care to assist with testing? If so, please use the Contact form or email "TextTicker at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Why is m3uEdit so slow?
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m3uEdit version 3 is much, much faster.

The first version of m3uEdit was written in 2000. The iPod was introduced in 2001. m3uEdit originally was intended to simply allow songs from an album to be played in the correct order.

m3uEdit version 3 is in beta testing. If you are interested in testing or offering suggestions, please use the Contact form or email "m3uEdit at SlashbackAssociates.com" for more information.

Why does m3uEdit show strange characters in my media filenames?
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Listening to Dvořák? Try changing the font to one that supports Unicode. If Windows Explorer shows the filenames correctly, then the font it's using should work in m3uEdit. By default, XP uses Tahoma, Vista and W7 use Segoe UI.

What information do you collect? What do you do with it?
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1) As little as possible. 2) As little as possible. See our Privacy policy.

What are your licensing terms?
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See License.

But how many licenses do I actually need to buy?
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Good question. It can be confusing depending on how a network is set up.

The intent is for each user and/or computer that might be running the program to have a license. For example, if your company has 100 employees but 50 of them use two computers at once, then you should purchase 150 licenses. If you have questions, please use the Contact form or email "Licensing at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Hey, I really like one of your programs. Will you modify it for me?
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Sure, if 1) you pay for it, or 2) it looks like something lots of other people would want. Use the Contact form or email "Development at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Hey, you write really nice programs. Will you write one for me?
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Sure, if 1) you pay for it, or 2) it looks like something lots of other people would want. Use the Contact form or email "Development at SlashbackAssociates.com".

Hey, I really like your clean, quick website with its smooth, subtle functionality. Will you work on my website?
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Sure, if you pay for it. grin

Where did you get all those quotes?
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...Reading. Maybe I read too much... grin


“...I may be completely off base, and panicking prematurely.”
“I don’t think so.  I think you’re panicking post-maturely.  In fact, if you were panicking any later it would be practically posthumously.  I’ve been panicking for days.”
Miles & Ivan, Cetaganda, Lois McMaster Bujold