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MaxWords - Sight Words Tutor

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MaxWords - Sight Words Tutor

MaxWords
Version 1.1
24 Aug 09

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Program Info

Sight words are an important skill for children to learn, and this program will help you teach them to your child. It comes complete with 220 words (the Dolch Sight Words), and can be expanded with as many extra words as you want. The number of attempts and successes for each word are stored, and this information is used to provide 7 levels of difficulty to either challenge or encourage the learner. The results for up to 5 users can be stored, and this data can be browsed and notes added. It can be run as a portable application for maximum convenience.

Contents

Installation
Use
Menu
Word Details
Options
Programmers Notes
System Impact Statement
History
Licence and Registration
Liability
Contact

Installation

Run "Setup.exe" and follow the instructions. To remove MaxWords, use the "Add/Remove Programs" option in the Control Panel, or the start menu if you did a low privilege install. MaxWords stores all its data files in the designated application data area, often "C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\ACAPsoft\MaxWords". If you would prefer that it saves in the same directory as MaxWords either run the program from a removable drive, such as a floppy of a USB drive, or delete the "DefSet.txt" file from the MaxWords directory.

Use

When MaxWords is installed it creates a new word database from the included list. The usernames are automatically set as well, but it's best to change at least the first one so it matches the primary user. To do this you right-click the main menu, select "Options", change the first name (it's "Max" by default), change the level if necessary, and then press OK.

Once the initial set-up is done, MaxWords is ready! Press "Correct" when the user is correct, "Incorrect" otherwise, and "Skip" can be used if for some reason another word is wanted without a score being recorded.

Menu

This menu appears when you right-click on the main window.

Word Details

The details window shows the word, the results for the five users, and any comment that have been made. From here you can browse the data on other words either directly using the combo-box or in sequence, and you can also add or delete words.

Options

UsersHere you can change the user names.
Difficulty Level When the word selection level is set to Normal the words are selected randomly, and on the easy/easier/easiest settings MaxWords tries to pick more words that the user has been correct with in the past. The hard/harder/hardest settings are the reverse. Please note that this function will not work well until most of the words have been attempted at least once, and it will work better the more results there are. When starting out the Easy levels are often the best to avoid discouragement...
Import You can add a list of words using this function. It needs to be similar in format to the included "dImport.txt".
Confirm QuitSets MaxWords to confirm quit requests.
Transparency This is the degree of transparency that the main window will have when Transparent is enabled. To clarify, 90 is very transparent, 10 is mostly solid.

Programmers Notes

This is an enhanced version of a program I wrote to tutor my son. After six months of using it I noticed a few things were needed; a level in between Hard and Hardest, and a list of right and wrong words for the current session. This version adds these!

System Impact Statement

We go to great lengths to reduce system impact, but we feel that it is still important to explain here what our programs do to your system. If you feel we are missing something, or you need further clarification, please contact us.

RegistryMaxWords doesn't uses the registry in any way. The installer that comes with MaxWords uses the registry only for the required un-installation data, and not at all if you use the "Extract Only" mode or if you install as a low privilege user.
System SettingsMaxWords does not change any system settings.
FilesAll of its program files are stored in the chosen installation directory, and all of its data files are stored in the designated application data area, often "C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\ACAPsoft\MaxWords". If you would prefer that it saves in the same directory as MaxWords either run the program from a removable drive, such as a floppy of a USB drive, or delete the "DefSet.txt" file from the MaxWords directory. These directories can be opened via the About box.
NetworkMaxWords and its installer do not access the internet in any way, but the ReadMe does have three graphic files that are stored on the internet. (They are not used as web-beacons, merely spacers and images for the payment processors.)
CPUMaxWords does not have any CPU demanding functions.
MemoryMaxWords has no major memory requirements.

History

1.0Initial Version
1.1Report and extra levels

Licence and Registration

Permission is given to evaluate MaxWords for a period of 30 days. After this time you are required to either register or remove MaxWords. Permission is given for all forms of distribution, including CD compilations and Websites, providing the ZIP file is unaltered and it is made clear that MaxWords is a Shareware program and that registration is required for continued usage. MaxWords can be registered using PayPal, Reg.Net or Mail. For details on the terms of our licences and of our Buy-Three-Get-All policy please refer to the payment page.

MaxWords is a copyrighted work and thus permission is not given for you to decompile, disassemble, modify, translate, enhance or create derivative works from this program. If you feel that you need to do any of those actions, and that those rules do not apply to you, contact us first.

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Liability

ACAPsoft accepts no liability for this software to the maximum extent allowable by law. Installing this software is the decision of the installer, and signifies that you agree with this liability statement. Thus, any damage/loss caused by the use of this software is not in any way the responsibility of ACAPsoft. This includes, but is not limited to, physical damage and loss of income/time. In no event shall the maximum liability of ACAPsoft exceed the registration fee paid by the user, if any. Because some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such jurisdictions the liability of ACAPsoft shall be limited to the extent permitted by law. If at any time you do not find these conditions agreeable you are required to remove this software.

Contact

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