Frequently Asked Questions

 

System Requirements

What are the system requirements for PhotoComp Manager?

Can I use PhotoComp Manager on a Mac?

 

The Software

What is included in PhotoComp Manager?

Does PhotoComp Manager support inter-club competitions?

 

Installation

What goes where on my computer?

Help! I'm getting an error message that says "The application failed to intialise properly (0xc0000135)" or "You need Framework 2". What do I do?

 

Preparing Entries

How do I ensure each entry is uniquely identified?

How do I ensure that each competitor's name is spelled consistently?

 

Displaying Images

How are the images resized?

Is the software "colour aware"? What happens to embedded profiles?

I don't like the "test card" background in PhotoCompViewer. Can I change it?

 

Scoring

How does the scoring work?

Can we use keypads to enter scores?

 

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What are the system requirements for PhotoComp Manager?

- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

- Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later

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Can I use PhotoComp Manager on a Mac?

Although PhotoComp Manager is Windows software, you can run it on an Intel-based Mac if you have Windows installed using Bootcamp, Parallels or similar software.

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What is included in PhotoComp Manager?

PhotoCompCreator - organises entries

PhotoCompPresenter - shows the competition and manages the scoring

PhotoCompReporter - publishes the results and manages league tables

PhotoCompEntry - a program for entrants, which makes submitting entries simple. This is tailored to your needs and contains information about your club and competition rules.

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What goes where on my computer?

When you install the PhotoComp Manager suite, the different components are placed in various folders. For a complete overview of what goes where, please click here (a .pdf file will open in a new window)

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Help! I'm getting an error message that says "The application failed to intialise properly (0xc0000135)" or "You need Framework x". What do I do?

The most likely explanation is that a piece of Windows called the .Net Framework is missing or out of date on your computer. To check if this is the case, open Windows Explorer and paste the following into the address bar at the top:

%systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework

The Framework folder should contain a number of files and folders, including a folder called "vX.0.xxxx". If this folder is missing, you will need to download the correct Framework from Microsoft. Click here to go to the Microsoft download page.

If the folder is present, however, please contact us for support.

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How do I ensure each entry is uniquely identified?

When you enter an image in PhotoCompCreatorr, an ID is allocated and displayed. This is guaranteed unique throughout the competition and across classes. You can then write this on the entry's paperwork.

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How do I ensure that each competitor's name is spelled consistently?

Firstly, try to encourage entrants to use the PhotoCompEntry program to submit their entries. Alternatively, you can use the author list rather than typing in competitor's names repeatedly. You should also use the PhotoCompLeague "validate" facility to see all the names of entrants in a selection of competitions. Check for mis-spellings or alternatives (such as Phil, Philip and Phillip) and correct them. Your changes can be applied to all the past competitions as well as the Author list.

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Does PhotoComp support inter-club competitions?

Yes. See our article on running interclub competitions by clicking here.

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How does the scoring work?

PhotoComp Manager offers a choice of scoring options. Judges can award numerical scores in half-mark increments or opt for a 'rosette' scoring system (first, second, third, highly commended, commended).

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Can we use keypads to enter scores?

Yes. PhotoComp Manager supports the use of multiple keypads. As a bonus, we have also found a source of low-cost keypads and cables - a typical three-judge configuration costs about £50. Contact us for details.

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How are the images resized?

- You can choose if images are shown as received, if oversized images are shrunk to fit the screen and/or if undersized images are expanded to fit the screen. For example, on an XGA screen, a 512x100 pixel image can be displayed at 1024x200 and a 1024x1024 image can be displayed at 768x768.
- If you choose to display titles, the maximum height of the screen is reduced to about 748 pixels. If a large image still fits the screen because it is less than 748 pixels high, it is not resized. If it is too large for the screen, it is resized to fit a 1024x748 area. In practice, a 1024x768 image becomes a 998x748 image. The size change uses the bicubic algorithm and the image quality is virtually unaffected as there is only a 5% loss of information.

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Is the software "colour aware"? What happens to embedded profiles?

PhotoCompViewer is "colour aware" and uses the profile (if any) embedded in an image to render colours correctly. We strongly recommend that you have your projector profiled.

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Download Free

Evaluation Copy

Click on the button above to download a full evaluation copy of PhotoComp Manager. This is a fully working version, however all images will be watermarked with "Evaluation Only".

To remove this restriction, you will need a licence, which costs £75. This allows you to run the program on one computer to manage the entries and, if you wish, another computer to run the competition.

Click above to pay using a credit or debit card - payments are processed via Paypal. You will receive a receipt and your licence number by email.

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If you would prefer to pay by cheque, or require a copy on CD then email us.
(there is a charge of £2.00 to cover CD postage etc.)

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System
Requirements

- Windows 2000, ME, XP or Vista

- Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later

 

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*(There is a charge of £2.00 to cover postage etc. for CDs.)