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Participate Technologies is South Africa’s Authority in
Audience and Student Response Technology and
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“From day one I was extremely impressed with the service I got. I really feel that the service we receive is excellent at all times.

S. Knock, Deloitte

This was the 2nd conference in which we have worked with Dave and Brett and our experience with them has always been extremely pleasant.
We like the personal touch, prompt response & continuous creativity.

Change & Communications Department, Standard Bank

Thank you so much for your services supplied at our recent event, the 2015 Discovery Health Medicine Summit held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton. We greatly appreciate the efficient and comprehensive service that you and your staff provided to us at the event. Your professional conduct, attention to detail and bias for swift action made you stand out, to your competitors.
The use of the audience response technology created the perfect platform on which delegates and speakers could engage on while maintaining a professional and orderly interaction system.

L. Naicker, Discovery Health

Software Downloads

Educators, presentation developers and software evaluators can download any of our products for complimentary use. All features are fully enabled. However, you must have either a licensed Turning Technologies’ receiver or use an active ResponseWare presenter account to receive responses.

Attention:

The latest versions of TurningPoint (v7 & 8) are not currently supported by Participate Technologies. Please continue to use TuringPoint 5.4.1.2 until a stable offline version of the newer software is released.

TurningPoint 5.4 Install –  TurningPoint 5.4 Install (343 downloads)

TurningPoint 5.4 Standalone –  TurningPoint 5.4 - Standalone (144 downloads)

Requires: Windows 7, 8, 10. Supports PowerPoint 2010 – 2013 (Please note: Office 12016 is currently not supported).

Support and FAQ

Welcome to the FAQ.

Please select the topic that you want from the tabs above to read our most frequently asked questions.

You receive “Error 1500” while running TurningPoint 2008. 2016-12-14T15:31:12+00:00

This issue is due to the fact that Office is missing critical installation files.

  1. Click on the Office circle in the upper left corner.
  2. Select PowerPoint options at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose Resources from the left menu.
  4. Click on the Diagnose button.
  5. Click on Continue.
  6. Click on Run Diagnostic.

Office will now run a diagnostic on various office components. If there are any issues found, this utility will attempt to fix it. Generally this issue is in the final step of the diagnostic.

The TurningPoint 2008 Ribbon is missing in Office 2007. 2016-12-14T15:31:12+00:00
  1. Click the Office icon in the top left corner of the window .
  2. Go to PowerPoint options.
  3. Click on add ins.
  4. Click the drop down arrow at the bottom and choose disabled items.
  5. When you choose disabled items hit the GO button.
  6. Choose TurningPoint and click enable. 
  7. Open TurningPoint and the ribbon should be displayed.
You do not have the TurningPoint 2008 Toolbar in Office 2003. 2016-12-14T15:31:12+00:00

There are several possible resolutions to this issue. Please follow the instructions in the order that they are listed:

  1. ***Check the TurningPoint version***a. Start => Control Panel 
    b. Add/Remove Programs 
    c. TurningPoint 2008 
    d. Click here for support information
  2. 1. Verify that TurningPoint is installed.a. Click on Start
    b. Control Panel
    c. Add/Remove Programs
    d. Look for TurningPoint 2008
    e. Look for Add-ins such as Apresso and Learning Essentials as they can conflict with the toolbar loading.
    f. Verify that you have Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 installed.
  3. Verify that you have clicked on the TurningPoint icon and not on the PowerPoint icon. Opening PowerPoint will not open TurningPoint
  4. Verify that you have the FULL version of Microsoft Office XP (2002) or more recent installed
  5. Verify that TurningPoint was installed by a local computer administrator
  6. Check your macro security levela. Click on Tools on the PowerPoint toolbar 
    b. Click on Macro 
    c. Click on Security 
    d. Set the Macro security level to either Medium or Low 
    e. Close TurningPoint 
    f. Reopen TurningPoint
  7. Verify the TurningPoint toolbar is set to be displayeda. Click on View on the PowerPoint toolbar View 
    b. Click Toolbars 
    c. TurningPoint is checked
  8. Check to see if TurningPoint has been disabled (only office 2003)a. Click on Help on the PowerPoint toolbar 
    b. About PowerPoint 
    c. Click disabled items 
    d. Enable TurningPoint
  9. Add the COM-Add-Ins button to the PowerPoint toolbar and verify that TurningPoint is listeda. Click on Tools on the PowerPoint toolbar 
    b. Click on Customize 
    c. Click on the Commands tab 
    d. Select Tools in the left menu 
    e. Select COM-Add-ins from the right menu and drag to the uppermost toolbar in PowerPoint 
    f. Click on Close 
    g. Click on the COM-Addins button 
    h. Verify that TurningPoint is listed, checked and the load behavior is set to “Load at Startup” If it’s not listed, try adding it in from that same screen.In order to add Turning Point as Com-Add-In click Com-Add-Insa. Add 
    b. C/: 
    c. Program Files 
    d. Turning Technologies 
    e. Turning Point 2008 
    f. TurningPoint.exe.
  10. If the splash screen does not appear. Try uninstalling and reinstalling the .net 2.0 Framework.a. Go to add or remove programs 
    b. Find Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0. 
    c. Click on it and select remove. 
    d. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5&displaylang=en 
    e. Download the .net framework. 
    f. Reinstall, and try to open TurningPoint.
Do I need a software license to use TurningPoint on multiple computers? 2017-05-29T13:24:37+00:00

Depending on your version of Microsoft Office, you may not need a license to install and author content using TurningPoint on multiple computers.

Version 5 of the TurningPoint software is available for download on our website, free of charge. However, in order for TurningPoint to receive participant responses to interactive polling session, each computer will need a licensed receiver plugged in. This version is not compatible with Office 2016 / 365.

 

If you’re running Microsoft Office 2016 and want to use the TurningPoint PowerPoint Add-On, you’ll need to download the TurningPoint 8 suite from www.turningtechnologies.com. Much like Office 2016’s subscription model, you’ll need to purchase a yearly licence to run TurningPoint 8.

Add-ins that conflict with TurningPoint. 2014-09-23T16:06:32+00:00

TurningPoint 4 (2008) will not run properly when other PowerPoint Add-ins are installed.
We are unable to support TurningPoint with other PowerPoint Add-ins.

Add-ins that are known to cause an issue with TurningPoint include the following:

  • Apresso
  • Mouse Michief
  • Community Clips
  • Learning Essentials
  • Quizdom PPT Add-In
  • PRS PPT Add-in
  • AuthorPoint 
  • Factset
  • Camtasia Relay

Add-ins that will only work with TurningPoint 4.2.2 and higher:

  • Camtasia

Add-ins that will only work with TurningPoint 4.3.1.1109 and higher:

  • Aware
What causes Wifi Interference? 2016-12-14T15:31:13+00:00

Impacts of RF interference

As a basis for understanding the problems associated with RF interference in wireless LANs, let us quickly review how 802.11 stations (client radios and access points) access the wireless (air) medium. Each 802.11 station only transmits packets when there is no other station transmitting. If another station happens to be sending a packet, the other stations will wait until the medium is free. The actual 802.11 medium access protocol is somewhat more complex, but this gives you enough of a starting basis.

RF interference involves the presence of unwanted, interfering RF signals that disrupt normal wireless operations. Because of the 802.11 medium access protocol, an interfering RF signal of sufficient amplitude and frequency can appear as a bogus 802.11 station transmitting a packet. This causes legitimate 802.11 stations to wait for indefinite periods of time before attempting to access the medium until the interfering signal goes away.

To make matters worse, RF interference does not abide by the 802.11 protocols, so the interfering signal may start abruptly while a legitimate 802.11 station is in the process of transmitting a packet. If this occurs, the destination station will receive the packet with errors and not reply to the source station with an acknowledgement. In return, the source station will attempt retransmitting the packet, adding overhead on the network.

Of course this all leads to network latency and unhappy users. In some causes, 802.11 protocols will attempt to continue operation in the presence of RF interference by automatically switching to a lower data rate, which also slows the use of wireless applications. The worst case, which is fairly uncommon, is that the 802.11 stations will hold off until the interfering signal goes completely away, which could be minutes, hours, or days.

 

Sources of RF interference

With 2.4 GHz wireless LANs, there are several sources of interfering signals, including microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth enabled devices, FHSS wireless LANs, and neighboring wireless LANs. The most damaging of these are 2.4 GHz cordless phones that people use extensively in homes and businesses. If one of these phones is in use within the same room as a 2.4GHz (802.11b or 802.11g) wireless LAN, then expect poor wireless LAN performance when the phones are in operation.

Microwave operating within 10 feet or so of an access point may also cause 802.11b/g performance to drop. Of course the oven must be operating for the interference to occur, which may not happen very often depending on the usage of the oven. Bluetooth enabled devices, such as laptops and PDAs, will cause performance degradations if operating in close proximately to 802.11 stations, especially if the 802.11 station is relatively far (i.e., low signal levels) from the station that it?s communicating with. The presence of FHSS wireless LANs is rare, but when they?re present, expect serious interference to occur. Other wireless LANs, such as one that your neighbor may be operating, can cause interference unless you coordinate the selection of 802.11b/g channels.

 

Take action to avoid RF interference

The following are tips you should consider for reducing RF interference issues:

1. Analyze the potential for RF interference. Do this before installing the wireless LAN by performing a RF site survey. Also, talk to people within the facility and learn about other RF devices that might be in use. This arms you with information that will help when deciding what course of action to take in order to reduce the interference.

2. Prevent the interfering sources from operating. Once you know the potential sources of RF interference, you may be able to eliminate them by simply turning them off. This is the best way to counter RF interference; however, it?s not always practical. For example, you can?t usually tell the company in the office space next to you to stop using their cordless phones; however, you might be able to disallow the use of Bluetooth-enabled devices or microwave ovens where your 802.11 users reside.

3. Provide adequate wireless LAN coverage. A good practice for reducing impacts of RF interference is to ensure the wireless LAN has strong signals throughout the areas where users will reside. If signals get to weak, then interfering signals will be more troublesome, similar to when you?re talking to someone and a loud plane flies over your heads. Of course this means doing a thorough RF site survey to determine the most effective number and placement of access point.

4. Set configuration parameters properly. If you?re deploying 802.11g networks, tune access points to channels that avoid the frequencies of potential interfering signals. This might not always work, but it?s worth a try. For example, as pointed out earlier in this tutorial, microwave ovens generally offer interference in the upper portion of the 2.4GHz band. As a result, you might be able to avoid microwave oven interference by tuning the access points near the microwave oven to channel 1 or 6 instead of 11.

5. Deploy 5GHz wireless LANs. Most potential for RF interference today is in the 2.4 GHz band (i.e., 802.11b/g). If you find that other interference avoidance techniques don?t work well enough, then consider deploying 802.11a or 802.11n networks. In addition to avoiding RF interference, you?ll also receive much higher throughput.

 

Be proactive

The problem with RF interference is that it will likely change over time. For example, a neighbor may purchase a cordless phone and start using it frequently, or the use of wireless LANs in your area may increase. This means that the resulting impacts of RF interference may grow over time, or they may come and go. As a result, in addition to suspecting RF interference as the underlying problem for poor performance, investigate the potential for RF interference in a proactive manner.

Don?t let RF interference ruin your day?keep a continual close watch on the use of wireless devices that might cause a hit on the performance of your wireless LAN.

 

In addition to the above information there is a free webinar recording about minimizing the impact of RF interference on Wifi at this link:

http://www.wireless-nets.com/training/webinar_minimizing_rf_interference.html

Additional links to wifi articles that may help with troubleshooting Insight 360 issues with the iPad:

http://www.imore.com/tipb-answers-potential-wifi-interference

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1398

 

Info thanks to Turning Technologies.

eInstruction and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) 2014-09-23T15:34:08+00:00

At this time the following programs are supported on Mavericks:

  1. Insight 360
  2. Response

Our other TurningPoint programs currently are not officially supported on this particular OS – they may work but they haven’t passed Turning Technologies’ internal testing yet. As each program is either passed or updated for use on this operating system we will post that information in this space.

How do I purchase a Turning Point Clicker? 2014-09-23T14:44:11+00:00
  • You may purchase a new or used clicker at the URI Bookstore on-campus. The ResponseWare license can only be purchased on the Participate Technologies website.
  • The Student Store reflects the clicker models currently used at URI: NXT, and ResponseWare software.
Which student response system is supported by South African Universities? 2014-05-27T12:16:50+00:00

Pretoria University has supported Participate Technologies as the primary provider for student response systems. The University of Cape Town and The University of KwaZulu-Natal have limited classes. Request your university to use clickers in the classroom environment.

How do I use my TurningPoint RF clicker? 2014-05-27T12:13:35+00:00

Your professor will need to tell you what channel to set the ResponseCard to (01-82). The default channel is 41.

To change channels:

  • Press GO on your clicker.
  • When you see the flashing red and green light, press the number of the channel. (For channel 8, press 0, and then 8.)
  • Press GO again, and then press number 1 to confirm.
  • When you correctly program the ResponseCard, the light will turn green.
  • Students may set the correct channel prior to entering class.

To change answers:

  • Press the # or letter answer of your choice.
  • You may answer multiple times. The session will only record your last clicker answer for each question.
How do I register my device? 2016-12-14T15:31:13+00:00

Attention University Students (University of Pretoria):

Unlike in 2014, where we handled the registration of the clicker devices, from 2015 onwards, the registration will be with carried out by your lecturers, who will be using ClickUp , and should set you up during class.

If you’re trying to do the registration via ClickUp and are still having difficulty, could you please contact us and inform us of what steps you’ve taken to date, so that we can resolve it as quickly as possible.

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Web-Design snippets – How to Add a menu to the footer of an Avada 5 theme

Adding a Horizontal WordPress Menu in Footer Widget Area

Participate's Footer

At the time of writing, our site is using the popular Avada theme for WordPress, and as awesome as the theme is, there have been things that irk me.

One of these is the footer. WordPress and Avada allow for many different widgets, so you can do a lot with the theme. With a knowledge of CSS though, you can do even more. Avada is looking at updating this to their theme as a feature, so hopefully this guide will be redundant soon!

Until then, there are 2 ways to create this footer. Manually, and with an existing menu.

Manual Method

PROS CONS
Full customisation of your menu. You need to edit it each time something changes on your menu layout.

Menu Method

PROS CONS
Items will edit via WordPress Menu settings Takes a bunch of custom CSS to configure.

Avada have a great How-To if you want to create the menu manually. Visit the page in their knowledgebase to go to it.

Click Here To Go To The Avada Page On How To Insert A (Text) Horizontal Menu in Footer

How to Insert a Menu and Display it Horizontally in the Footer

Step 1 – Navigate to Avada > Theme Options > Footer > Footer Content.

Step 2 – Find the ‘Footer Widgets’ option and set it to On. Select the ‘Number of Footer Columns’ to 1. Once done, click ‘Save Changes’.

Step 3 – Navigate to Appearance > Widgets and find the Footer Widget box. As we’re only using one footer widget, select Footer Widget 1.

Step 4 (Optional) – In your selected Footer Widget box, insert an Image widget. Select your Logo or other desired image.

Step 5 – In the same selected Footer Widget box, insert a Custom Menu widget. Select your desired Menu on the ‘

Step 6 – Once you’ve finished setting up your footer, click Save.

Custom CSS for the Footer

Step 7 – Navigate to Avada > Theme Options and select ‘Custom CSS’. Paste the code below into your CSS Code and then ‘Save Changes’.

What am I doing?

The CSS

.fusion-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li 

The li is the list items that your menu uses. We’re changing the display from ‘block’ to ‘inline-block’. This makes it display horizontally instead of vertically. Visual changes are to remove the bottom border of each menu item, as well as centering the text.

.fusion-footer-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li a:before

Now your menu should be horizontal, though I want to change the leading greater than sign “>” with a vertical line “|”.

.fusion-footer-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li:first-child a:before

Although I don’t want it before the  first menu item. To isolate it, we’re using the :first-child selector on the List item and making the element transparent.

.fusion-footer-widget-column

If you have added an image to your menu (Step 4), you’ll need to make the whole widget display as an inline-block, and then also remove the extra padding that Avada gives when more than one item is in a widget.

/* — Horizontal Footer Menu CSS START — */
.fusion-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li {
     display: inline-block;
     border-bottom: none;
     text-align: center;
}
.fusion-footer-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li a:before {
     content: ‘|’;
}
.fusion-footer-widget-area .widget_nav_menu li:first-child a:before {
     color: transparent;
}
.fusion-footer-widget-column {
     display: inline-block;
     margin-bottom: 0px;
     vertical-align: middle;
}
/* — Horizontal Footer Menu CSS END — */

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