Memory: Auction! V4 operates on Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista. We recommend at least 2.0 GHz processing speed and 6GB of RAM for efficient use. Auction! V3 needs a minimum of 256 MB RAM to operate. 512 MB or more will help ensure most efficient operation. It operates on Windows 10, 8, and 7. It may operate on earlier versions of Windows.
Computer Privileges: Auction! must be installed in an ADMIN account on Windows 10, 8, and 7. Right click on the installation executible and choose Run as Administrator. Once installed, it can be used by standard accounts.
Apple/MAC operation: Auction! is designed to run on the Windows operating system. If you wish to run Auction! (or other PC-based software) on a Mac, you’ll need to make your Mac run as a PC.
According to the Apple website, "every new Mac comes with dual boot capability, found in the Utilities folder." When the hard drive is partitioned (split between Mac and Windows), you may boot in either OS. “...if you need to use a particular Windows-only application, you have a few options: Boot Camp comes with every new Mac, and it lets you run Windows natively — as if your Mac were a PC. "
To run Mac OS X and Windows side by side, purchase Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion. Install one of these applications, along with the Windows Installation CDs, and to run the occasional Windows program right next to Mac applications, without having to restart.”
To run as a Mac, while using a Windows program, without the need to "re-boot" purchase and install Parallels or VMWare Fusion.
Backups: Backup files are small and easy to copy or email to colleagues.
Networking: We recommend WIRED networks for Auction!, particularly on event night. Wireless networks can be great, but are also extremely susceptible to problems due to wall thicknesses, signal interference, etc. Signal drop-offs and slowdowns are frustrating, and can cause data damage. Microsoft recommends turning OFF wireless network capability when running wired; using both simultaneously can result in interference. Some older routers for wired networking are not compatible with the newest operating systems. Microsoft has an Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool for testing this, and a list of compatible routers on the Windows Compatibility Center website.
When networking, Auction! should be installed locally on each PC.
Data may be located on a server or hosted by one of the network member PCs. The host data location must be shared READ and WRITE, or "Allow network users to change my files." Client/non-host PCs need a drive letter mapped to the host data location.
Windows 7 Starter edition computers (primarily netbooks) can participate in a HomeGroup network. They cannot initiate a network. Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions can initiate a network HomeGroup.
Updates: We update Auction! V4 periodically to add and improve features, fix bugs, and handle new hardware or operating system environments. Updates are free for purchased editions for the life of the product. Auction! V4 automatically checks for updates. Please allow it to check and update as needed. Technical support may be denied to customers running significantly down-rev (old) releases. Auction! V3 is not longer being updated. The final release is 3.1.9402