Q. How can I move my game show from my desktop computer to my laptop computer?
A. You will need to have the Game Show Presenter application installed on BOTH your desktop and laptop machines. (Your registered user license covers you as the user of both machines, so use your same registration codes on the laptop.)
The next step depends on which Edition you have. For the Presentation Edition, follow these directions: On your desktop open the Quiz Editor in Game Show Presenter and choose SAVE A COPY from the QUIZ menu. (In versions earlier than 3.5, this feature was named TRANSFER SHOW.) It will ask you to name the file. Note the location where you are saving it, because this is the file you need to find and move to the laptop. This small file now contains all the settings for your show -- quiz, title, credits, etc. Move the file you just created to the laptop. (You can email it to yourself, put it on a floppy, etc.) On the laptop, start Game Show Presenter, open the Quiz Editor, from the QUIZ menu choose LOAD A COPY. It will ask you for the file -- that's when you navigate to the file you just created and moved. The program will read in the quiz file and offer to load it immediately. You are all set!
For the PLUS Edition, you just need to move your quiz file (and any external media such as pictures or sounds that it uses) to the new machine. Not sure where these files are? When you open the PLUS Edition, open the quiz file you want to move. Then under the HELP menu choose the command WHERE ARE THE FILES. This opens a window showing a summary of where the key files are located. Move those to the new machine and be sure to test the quiz to be sure your media folder is being seen on the new machine. You are all set!
Note: If you frequently move files, you could just install Game Show Presenter on a USB portable drive and move that.
Q. How do people give their answers to the game show during a presentation?
A. Generally, people give their answers verbally and you hit the key to enter that answer into the computer. You can use the "r" key for a right answer, the "w" key for a wrong answer, and for multiple choice questions use "a" through "e" (the program supports up to 5 possible answers on multiple choice.) For single-answer questions, just use the "r" and "w" keys for right and wrong. And you can also use the Enter key to pass a question if everyone is stumped.
Q. Can I be my own game show host?
A. With Game Show Presenter, you can host your own game show. The software has an option to turn off the animated game show host who normally hosts the show. When you select "Be Your Own Host", the presentation retains all the other multimedia of the game show template. So the game show music, sound effects, quiz presentation, score-keeping and graphics -- all that becomes an audio-visual game show that just needs you to act as game show host. Click the link above to find out more about how it works.
Q. How does the buzz-in competition mode work?
A. Version 3 and later of Game Show Presenter includes an option for "Buzz-in Competition" (see control box screen shot below). While the normal mode of competition is for the players to rotate turns with the quiz questions, the "Buzz-in" mode has every player compete to be the first to answer. In buzz-in mode, you (the facilitor of the game show presentation) see which player is first to respond to a question and you simply press a number or F-key that is assigned to that player. (Player 1 would be the "1" key or "F1" key, etc.) Then that player's name appears on-screen and that player has about 5 seconds to give his answer. You would then type A, B, C or D to indicate which answer was given. And Game Show Presenter would then show if it was a right or wrong answer, play appropriate sound effects and adjust the player's score.
Since it can be hard to identify who was first to respond, many schools and training organizations use buzzer lockout systems to do this. These systems provide a buzzer button for each player to push when the player thinks he knows the answer. The buzzer system determines who was first and locks out all the players who buzz-in late. Most systems use a light to show which player buzzed in first. These buzzer systems are not required to use Game Show Presenter, but they can definitely make the facilitator's job easier and can add a fun element to the game show experience. Game Show Presenter does not hook up directly to these systems. It supports the use of these systems by displaying the quiz question while waiting until you identify which player buzzed in first, then displaying that player's name on screen and adjusting that player's score after the answer is given.
Q. My game show title won't save. I created a quiz, gave it a name, but the title of the game show did not change, even though I clicked the SAVE button. Why?
A. The name of a quiz and
the title of the game show are two different settings. Your quiz
questions are saved under the name you typed in when you created the
quiz. But when you play the show, it's the SHOW TITLE that appears on
the opening screen. (You can change the SHOW TITLE under the PREFERENCES