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FAQ for SA3s and SA2.5 

Scholar's Aid 3s

Q. My "Biblio.LID" file has been damaged. SA cannot open the Library file. What should I do?
A. SA always makes a backup file in the same directory (The default directory is "Library"). Delete or rename the damaged "Biblio.LID" file. Then, rename "Biblio.LIB" to "Biblio.LID"

Q. I want to collect all notes from Tillich's books. Is it possible?
A. Yes. Type "Tillich" in the search box. Make sure you checked "collect." 

Q. Having problem with linking notes to their source. Why? 
A. Some imported records might have bad IDs that cause the problem. You can fix it using IDFixer. And you should download the latest version. 

Q. I registered SA3s in my desktop and installed it on my laptop computer, too. I entered my registration number in SA3s in my laptop computer, but it won't work.
A. You must obtain a new registration number for the copy in your laptop computer from Doyoung. When you request the additional registration number, supply the product name (i.e, SA3s), the username that appears when SA starts and the ProductID in the About widnow. There is no addtional charge for the SA3s on your laptop/notebook computer. 

Scholar's Aid 2.5
If you are not using SA2.5, do not consult this information because it is only for SA2.5 and does not apply to SA3s and SA98. 

Installing SA 2.5

Q. Why the icons in the Notefile window are overlapped? It started to happen just after installing Microsoft IE4.
A. Microsoft is monkeying around with the DLLs that contain controls and apparently they've made some changes that are incompatible with backwards versions and shipped with IE4. SA3 solves the problem though. 

Q. I see the Scholar's Aid 2.5 Splash Screen and immediately get an error box which says: Exception EReadError in module SCHOLAR.EXE at 0001371D. Error reading SBPrior.GLYPH.DATA: External Exception C000001D. When I press OK, I am returned to Win95. What's wrong?
A. The NexGen 586 CPU returns to Windows that it is a 386 processor instead of a 586. You can fix the problem by running a small utility, WinID from AMD. Thanks to Richard for this information. 

Q. I installed the complete version and then tried 'importing' the saved .rtf data file. It failed with an 'invalid date' error. Any solution? 
A. If you exported the file from SA 2.5, you must match the date format in Options to of the older version that exported the file. If you exported the file from SA 2.0, you must match the date format in Options to your system date format. Try every possible options for the date format in File|Options. I fixed the problem (8/3/97). It now stamps the date format in an exported file, so you do not have to worry about the date format when you restore it later. Please download it. 

Working with a word processor

Q. I have Word 7.0. I see "Word" and "Word97" in the Options Dialog box. Which should i select?
A. Word 6.x and 7.x uses the same commands. Word 97 uses defferent commands. If you are using Word 7.0, you should select "Word" not Word97. You would get an "invalid class" error if you selected "Word97." 

Q. When I click [FT] button, a footnote number appears, together with the bibliographic reference, but without the selected text and page number. After the reference I simply get a comma and a blank space. Why?
A. There are three possible reasons. 1) Your note does not contain a page number (i.e. [p.34]). 2) You did not select a text. 3) You clicked the button in the LIBRARY section. 

Q. Is there any way I can print the index cards without recourse to the wordprocessor?
A. No. However, exporting or stitching to a file means that you can modify the font style and print them as you wish. SA 2.5 launches the exported file automatically. 

Bibliography style

Q. What bibliography style is the best for Scholar's Aid? 
A. Scholar's Aid is designed according to the Chicago Style. Even though your style is different, you can still use it with minor corrections in footnotes or without any corrections. When you finish entering bibliography, click SHOW FOOTNOTE, if the footnote is not correct, correct it, then you 
can use it over and over again without further corrections. 

Q. Any plan for APA style?
A. Yes, a future version will take care of the style. 

LIBRARY database

Q. When I try to import files the way instructed, I always get a "error loading" message. Why?
A. "Error loading" message comes up when you try to import an empty file or an opened file in another application (mostly your word processor). 

Q. Any plans for multiple library support in future versions? Multiple libraries can be approximated now by exporting filtered libraries and clearing the database and reloading the desired records from the .rtf files, but it would be an advantage to be able to save/load different libraries 
A. SA 2.5 does multiple library databases. CAUTION: Please DO NOT IMPORT a file that was exported from Scholar's Aid and MODIFIED within your word processor. An exported rtf file from Scholar's Aid has hidden place holders. When your word processor saves it after you modify, it deletes all the codes. Scholar's Aid will import it into wrong places. 

Q. Will you explain the numbers in the L column?
A. They corresponds to the position in the 'Location' field. 

Q. There is a "Error before publisher" message that show up alot. It doesn't appear to affect anything but I am curious what triggers it. A misplaced comma, period or too many characters in a title? 
A. If a bibliographical entry has one or more of these errors, Scholar's Aid processes the entry wrongly. Check if there is an error: 

Common Bibliographical Errors 

. . . Title. Publisher. (One space before Publisher. See Note1) 
. . . Article title, Title . . . (no quotation marks for the article title. See Note2) 
. . . Title. Publisher . . . (Title mark is too long) 
Author name(s). Title. . . (Title mark begins before the title) 
Author name(s).Title.Publisher (No spaces between author 
name/Publisher and the title) 
Author name(s), Title, Publisher (, instead of .; no title mark) 
. . . A Univ, press, 1990. (, instead of .) 

Note1: Many school require only one space between Title and Publisher part. However, SA has to see two spaces between them to process. However, when SA transfers a bibliographical entry to your word processor, only one space will be there unless you select "two space bibliography" in the Options. 
Note2: Some schools do not require quotation marks for article titles. However, Scholar's Aid has to see quotation marks to process the article titles. 
Note3: You may use Italics for the title mark. Select italics from the "FILE|OPTIONS|GENERAL" 

Q. Does SA do Multi-lingual bibliography?
A. Yes, SA 2.5 is able to process multi-lingual characters (including Korean, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.). 


Q. Why the icons overlaps after installing Microsoft IE4?
A. Microsoft apparently has made some changes in the DLLs that are incompatible with backwards versions and shipped with IE4. SA3 solves the problem. 

Q. What is "Note" is actually used for?
A. Note is designed for collecting and managing all quotes, summary or other information. I call it a knowledge database. It surely is handy when you write a document using SA because SA can search any information in a Note database in no time. 

Q. I saved a note file in another directory than the default data directory(Scholar's Aid\data). When I start SA again, the file is not on the TABs. My file's gone?
A. No. Your note file's not gone. When SA starts, it reads all SAN files in the Scholar's Aid\data direcory and shows them at tabs. So, if you save a note file in other directory than default data diretory, you cannot use tabs to open the file. If you want to open a file that you have saved in a different directory, use the menu "FILE|OPEN" instead of tabs. A maintenance version fixed the inconvenience. Download it. 

Q. When I enter a long note, it generates a chain of access violation messages, which makes it necessary to terminate the program and thus lose whatever material has already been typed in. Why?
A. That was a bug. I fixed. those who downloaded SA25 before 6/16/97, a maintenance version is available at here. You now can enter a note as large as 10KB. 

Q. I sometimes find superfluous items of information being added to the headings I assign to the notes (thus "John Brown" might become "John Brown|590"). Why?
A. John Brown|590 is appeared 1) when a table view becomes a note view OR 2) if you are in a list view. |590 means the length of the field in pixels. If you click # button, it becomes a table view. 


Q. I'd like to use Scholar's Aid under WinNT 4.0. If i'm logged in as root, everything works well. But if i'm logged as myself, it says that it can't update database. Can you tell me which files have to be R/W for everybody in order to use Scholar's aid!
A. You need R/W access to the directory where the data tables are stored (Scholar's Aid\DATA), to _all of the table files( *.db; *.mb; *.px; *.xg0/1/2; *.yg0/1/2 ), and to the Network Control directory (NET DIR setting in IDAPI.CFG) 

Q. When I tried to download Scholar's Aid, Netscape showed a box and pointed me in its direction of purchasing NetZip software. I have I need the NetZip to download your program? 
A. No. simply download Scholar's Aid and use any unzip program that can unzip .ZIP files. 

Q. May I pass SA site on to Ph.D students enrolled in our program? 
A. Yes, you may pass SA site as well as the program. 

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