This page is for people moving up to the Game Show Presenter PLUS Edition from the Presentation Edition.
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- New name and icon. The program name is Game Show PLUS.exe. The new icon is shown at left. When you install the PLUS edition, it should leave your old version as it was. So clicking the old version icon will start the old version.
- Quizzes and settings are saved in external files. That's new because the Presentation Edition (PE) kept them in an internal database. The new way saves your settings, such as the show name, within each quiz file you create. You can have an unlimited number of quiz files.
- Choose the quiz show format. When you create a new round, you can choose whether it is a category-style game or a classic quiz show. We'll be adding more options, too. The old version just had one format, the classic quiz show.
- Buzz-In Mode is Standard. Since the PLUS has more competitive quiz show formats, buzz-in competition is now on all the time. (In the old version, players could take turns answering questions instead of buzzing in.) With the PLUS, you do not have to have physical buzzers to use the buzz-in feature, although they add a lot to your game show atmosphere. (Here is a list of buzzer vendors). To operate buzz-in without buzzers is also easy -- you just use the keyboard number keys. Player 1's buzzer is the 1 key, player 2's is the 2 key, etc. If you have a tenth player, that's the 0 key. Normally, you would have players signal you in some way and you would press those keys to buzz them in. When you do, that player's name appears on screen and a countdown clock begins to motivate them to answer fast. There are many options for buzzers in the Quiz Editor's main screen so you can fine tune this. Just click the buzzer icon button to open the control window.
If you are new to buzz-in mode, here are some important tips:
- If nobody buzzes in, you can pass the question with the ENTER key or SPACEBAR key.
- There's an option (see the buzzer icon in Quiz Editor) to let players buzz in after a wrong answer with additional guesses. There's a further option to have the points reduced by half after each wrong guess.
- The Software Manual has great explanations for the buzzer features.
- Up to 12 rounds. The PLUS can have from 1 to 12 rounds of play in a quiz show. Each round can have a different number of questions. Each round can have a unique title screen. And you can change the quiz show format between rounds! All this means you can create game show presentations that are full of variety and surprise. The older version was limited to 3 rounds and the software controlled the distribution of the questions in the rounds. In the PLUS, you have complete control over which questions are used in each round.
- All new Quiz Editor. The PLUS Quiz Editor opens to a main screen where you can choose settings and preferences for the game show file. (The old version kept most of those settings under a PREFERENCES menu.) To write questions, you choose a round (or create a new one), and the program stores the questions you write in that round. (The old version lumped all your questions together and used an easy-medium-hard rating system to sort questions into 3 rounds.) The PLUS gives you full control.
- Pictures and Sounds in Questions. You have the option to add JPEG pictures or MP3 or WAV sound files to questions. (Earlier versions were only text questions.) Larger pictures appear scaled down, but you can enlarge them during the game show with one click and with a second click, shrink it back in line with the text.
- Preview Questions in Editor. You can preview how questions will appear as you write them with the new PREVIEW button. You can also do previews of entire rounds, so if you are writing a game with 5 rounds, you can jump straight to round 5 for a preview. (In the earlier version, there was no preview.)
- Flexible Question Display. During the game show, the PLUS edition displays each question at its ideal size for maximum legibility. This easily accommodates questions with lots of text without overlaps. (Earlier versions were limited in the text length.)
- Add Follow-up Info Screen. After a question has been answered, an optional screen of follow-up information can appear if you wrote this screen in the Quiz Editor. (Earlier versions had no extra info.) The program pauses on the follow-up screen until you click to move on, so you can have as much discussion as you like.
- New Themes. There are three new music themes and one additional visual theme (Boot camp) to help you add variety.
- Import from Excel. The PLUS has a flexible import tool. You can import quiz data into your quiz file from an Excel 2003 file or from a tab delimited text file. (The older version was limited to text import and lacked flexibility about the format.)
- Help Learning the Program. The PLUS has an all-new Software Manual with many screen images , explanations and a complete index.