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Beamer SmartApplet
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User's Guide
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Summary of Contents

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    Beamer SmartApplet ® User’s Guide...

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    AlphaSmart Sales and Technical Support For AlphaSmart sales and technical support contact information, see page 29 or visit the AlphaSmart web site at www.alphasmart.com (United States) www.alphasmart.co.uk (United Kingdom) www.alphasmart.com/international (all other countries) Nothing in this manual may be reproduced in any manner, either wholly or in part, for any purpose whatsoever without written permission from AlphaSmart Inc.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Cancelling a beam on AlphaSmart devices ... 9 Beaming AlphaWord Plus files between devices ... 10 Beaming from an AlphaSmart device to a Palm OS device ... 10 Receiving a beamed file on a Palm OS device ... 12 Beaming from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device ... 14 Receiving a beam from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device ...

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    Chapter 4 Troubleshooting ... 25 Appendix A Contact Information ... 29 Index ... 33 Beamer User’s Guide...

  • Page 5: Getting Started

    Welcome to the Beamer User’s Guide. Beamer is a SmartApplet® that runs on IR-capable AlphaSmart devices and takes advantage of the built-in wireless capabilities of these devices. Beamer does not run on the Dana family of products from Note: AlphaSmart® because Palm OS devices (such as Dana and Dana Wireless) have beaming technology built into many of their applications.

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    Beaming between two AlphaSmart devices Beaming from an AlphaSmart device to a Palm OS device Beaming from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device The type of information you can beam is described in “Beaming and Receiving with Beamer”...

  • Page 7: Starting Beamer, Infrared Ports

    Starting Beamer This section assumes you have correctly installed Beamer on your AlphaSmart device. Complete instructions for installing Beamer on your computer and your AlphaSmart device can be found in the SmartApplet Installation Guide included in your package. To start Beamer: 1.

  • Page 8: Thinking About The Clipboard

    AlphaSmart devices have a built-in clipboard, like most computers. The clipboard is a place where you temporarily store data to reuse in another area. When you use cut, copy, or paste commands, you’re placing text on (or taking text from) the clipboard.

  • Page 9: Beaming And Receiving With Beamer, Beaming From One Alphasmart Device To Another

    You can beam AlphaWord or AlphaWord Plus files between two AlphaSmart devices as long as both devices have infrared ports and are within three feet of each other. If the receiving device is a brand new device running...

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    AlphaSmart devices: 1. Make sure you know which AlphaWord or AlphaWord Plus file contains the data you want to send. 2. Turn on both AlphaSmart devices by pressing device. 3. On both devices, press 4. On both devices, use the arrow keys to scroll and select Beamer...

  • Page 11: Receiving A Beamed File On An Alphasmart Device

    Beamer starts beaming the file to the receiving device. Receiving a beamed file on an AlphaSmart device Receiving a beamed file from another AlphaSmart device is just as easy as beaming it. To receive a beamed file from an AlphaSmart device on an AlphaSmart device: 1.

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    Press • If your AlphaSmart device didn’t display a clipboard warning, • go on to step 4. 4. Select a file where you want to store the beamed file, either by scrolling the list and pressing keys along the top of the keyboard.

  • Page 13: Beaming To And From Password-protected Files, Cancelling A Beam On Alphasmart Devices

    File passwords and master passwords are explained in detail in both the AlphaSmart Manager User’s Guide and the user’s guide that came with your AlphaSmart device. Cancelling a beam on AlphaSmart devices At any time, you can cancel either beaming a file or receiving a beamed file on an AlphaSmart device.

  • Page 14: Beaming Alphaword Plus Files Between Devices

    Palm OS device You can beam AlphaWord or AlphaWord Plus files to Palm OS devices, such as Dana or Dana Wireless by AlphaSmart, or typical hand-held models. You can beam to AlphaWord on Dana or Dana Wireless, or you can beam AlphaWord files to the Memo Pad application.

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    Beamer screen. See “Changing Beamer settings” on page 19 for details. To beam between an AlphaSmart device and a Palm OS device, both devices must have infrared ports and be within three feet of each other.

  • Page 16: Receiving A Beamed File On A Palm Os Device

    AlphaSmart device, with its infrared port pointing at the AlphaSmart device’s port. 2. Beam the file from the AlphaSmart device as explained in steps 1 through 8 on page 11. 3. On your Palm OS device, tap Yes in the Beam Status dialog box that appears.

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    Beaming from an AlphaSmart device to a Palm OS device 4. To view the transferred file, do one of the following, depending on the file format: For AlphaWord, tap the Applications Launcher icon, then tap • AlphaWord. Tap the menu icon, then tap to select File >...

  • Page 18: Beaming From A Palm Os Device To An Alphasmart Device

    AlphaSmart device You can beam particular text-based items from Palm OS devices to AlphaWord or AlphaWord Plus on an AlphaSmart device. The types of items you can beam are based on industry file formats. If the Palm OS application you want to beam from uses one of the following file formats, you’ll be able to beam an item from it over to AlphaWord or...

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    Palm OS device and its applications. Consult the documentation that came with your Palm OS device for complete information. To beam from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device: 1. Turn on the Palm OS device and from the Applications Launcher, start the application that contains the item you want to send.

  • Page 20: Receiving A Beam From A Palm Os Device To An Alphasmart Device

    Beaming from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device 3. On the AlphaSmart device, select Receive. 4. Make sure both devices are within three feet of each other and that the infrared ports are facing each other. 5. On the Palm OS device, locate the item you want to send, tap the appropriate area on the screen to activate the menus, and choose the beaming option you want.

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    Beaming from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device clipboard (and you see the screen pictured here), go on to step 3. Ready to receive a file. 3. Select which file you want to receive the data by using the arrow...

  • Page 22: Additional Considerations

    Beaming from a Palm OS device to an AlphaSmart device press the appropriate file you selected to receive the item. Additional considerations Here are some considerations you should be aware of: • At any time, from any device, you can press beaming or receiving a file.

  • Page 23: Settings, Changing Beamer Settings

    If you’re an individual user using Beamer, you probably won’t need to change your settings very often. But if you’re using a number of AlphaSmart devices and Palm OS devices in a group setting, you might want more control over who can beam data and how.

  • Page 24: Permitting Sending From Alphasmart Devices

    Changing Beamer settings the AlphaSmart Manager User’s Guide for information on using AlphaSmart Manager to change SmartApplet settings. Permitting sending from AlphaSmart devices You can prevent others from using Beamer to beam information from your AlphaSmart device. This option is useful if you want to protect your files from being sent to other devices.

  • Page 25: Warning About Overwriting The Clipboard, Choosing A Beaming Format For Palm Os Devices

    Settings screen. Choosing a beaming format for Palm OS devices Beamer can send files from an AlphaSmart device to a Palm OS device in either AlphaWord format or Memo Pad format. Most Palm OS devices have the Memo Pad application as part of the Palm OS operating system;...

  • Page 26: Requiring A Master Password

    Changing Beamer settings To set the file format for beaming from your AlphaSmart device: 1. Start Beamer and choose Settings from the Beamer screen. Settings - Permit Send: YES - Warn if overwriting clipboard: NO Send to Palm device as ALPHAWORD file 2.

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    To require the master password to change settings: 1. Start Beamer and choose Settings from the Beamer screen. Settings - Permit Send: YES - Warn if overwriting clipboard: NO Send to Palm device as ALPHAWORD file 2. Use the arrow keys to scroll to the Require master password option.

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    Changing Beamer settings Beamer User’s Guide...

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    For Palm OS devices, you usually don’t have to do anything. For AlphaSmart devices, you have to set up the device so that it’s ready to receive the beam, as described in “Receiving a beamed file on an AlphaSmart device”...

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    AlphaSmart device. I beamed a file with a password, but now that file doesn’t have a password on the receiving device.

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    What does the message “could not find a sending device” mean? It means that Beamer on the AlphaSmart device is ready to receive a beam from another device, but it is not sensing any device that is sending anything. What do I do if the file I’m receiving is too big? The device receiving the beam will accept as much data as it can and truncate the file at the point where it can’t receive any more.

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    Beamer User’s Guide...

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    The AlphaSmart web site is a good source of information about products, sales, support, community forums, and latest news. Visit the AlphaSmart web site at www.alphasmart.com (United States) www.alphasmart.co.uk (United Kingdom) www.alphasmart.com/international (all other countries) If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on the web site, use the contact information listed in this appendix.

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    Phone: 0870 120 0718 Email: UK-help@alphasmart.com www.alphasmart.co.uk/support www.alphasmart.co.uk/ordering (This url also provides a list of resellers and AlphaSmart contacts.) Phone: +44 870 120 0718 Email: UK-help@alphasmart.com www.alphasmart.com/supportinfo Select your country or region. www.alphasmart.com/international/ (This url also provides a list of resellers and AlphaSmart contacts.)

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    Purchase AlphaSmart products: Contact Information Contact your local reseller. If you do not have a local reseller, email Technical Support at support@alphasmart.com. www.alphasmart.com/supportinfo Select your country or region. www.alphasmart.com/international/ (This url also provides a list of resellers and AlphaSmart contacts.)

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    Beamer User’s Guide...

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    Beamer changing settings 19 starting 3 beaming as AlphaWord or Memo file 21 between AlphaSmart devices 2, 5 from a Palm device 2, 14 infrared ports 3 to a Palm device 2, 10 cancelling a beam 9 changing Beamer settings 19...

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    12 password-protected files 9 permitting sending 20 receiving a beam file too large 27 from a Palm device 16 from an AlphaSmart device 7 on a Palm device 12 requiring a master password 22 sending 5 sending, permitting 20 settings...

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