Some questions before we start:
What kind of computer will you be using?
(For both initial installation and updates after installation.)
--Windows computer (XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc.)
--Apple Mac (any version)
Mac computer users: Please read the "I use an Apple Mac" info on the ScoutPalDB FAQ page.
OK, that's fine. To use Easy Update on Windows, you'll need to have a
card reader in order to transfer the download to the PDA storage card...
Do you have a card reader?
Also, your data card needs to be compatible with your PDA and computer systems.
For example, most Dell Axim's, other older PDA's, and most older computer built-in card readers are NOT compatible with SD cards larger than 2GB!
A card reader is required to use the Updater, and you'll need to get one before you can use the Eazy Update system. You can use a sync cable (ActiveSync/Mobile Device Center) to copy extracted downloads to your card. But it's highly recommended that you switch to using a card reader with the Easy Update system as soon as you can. Even without using Easy Update, a card reader is simpler and faster than a sync cable. Card readers are inexpensive, widely available, and nearly essential to get pictures and other media into your computer from cameras, video recorders, and all kinds of other gadgets that use an SD card. It's the most modern, smoothest, fastest and cheapest way to transfer data. (Time is money!)
Good, a card reader is required to use Easy Update -- it's also the fastest and simplest way to get extracted downloads to your card.
Are you setting up your ScoutPalDB equipment for the first time?
You can proceed with the Easy Updater setup steps below. When using Update the first time in an initial installation (or when introducing a new, replacement SD card) it will ask you a few simple additional questions beside its normal "ID, password, drive letter" questions. For example, you'll be asked to confirm that the drive letter you give is for sure the correct one, and that you're setting up to use the card for the first time.
You can proceed with the Easy Updater setup steps below. HOWEVER, since Easy Update always updates to a card folder SPDB2, and because you may have kept your previous database files in a different folder, and/or you might be running an older version of the program, you'll need to do the following steps after replacing the updated card into your PDA: Start ScoutPalDB, then look at the tip-top of the screen.
(Of course, as always, you can also call us, and we'll help you with any of this.)
Follow These Steps to Get the Updater installed and ready to use on your Windows Computer:
GetUpdatedfile, then choose "Extract All" and click next/ok/etc. in the wizard without changing any of its defaults -- the wizard will create a new ScoutPal Updater extracted folder. ‡
GetUpdatedfile; there will usually be two of these windows, depending on the wizard's settings.
GetUpdatedto run it. (The
GetUpdatedprogram has an icon with a gear inside it.) After you let it run, it will ask you to enter your ScoutPal login ID, password, and the card's drive letter. The program will then automatically download the latest update and put the new database files on the card for you.
From now, just follow the update your card steps 3, 4, and 5 (above) anytime you want to get an update. Fresh updates are typically available on Friday and Monday mornings, but you can get an update at any time you like. It's easy and simple to get updates with the ScoutPal Updater!
* After converting to this Updater system, you can (and should) delete any
and all of the old update files and folders that you may have on your computer
as they are no longer needed and may cause confusion.
** If the ScoutPalDB program on the PDA displays a message that it can't open the database file:
Dismiss the error message, tap the word "Settings" at the bottom of the screen -- tap the Database tab -- tap [Find it for me] -- tap [OK]. If the error message persists, ensure that the card is securely in the PDA. If it still persists, please contact ScoutPal support.
‡ If your Windows operating system's built-in zip extract function has been disabled by another commercial program, or for some other reason you can't successfully complete Step 2 above, Windows users can use this manual download procedure instead: