This document is an introduction on how to use Rincevent. The software itself is not very complicated, but I would like to introduce certain of its aspects so that you can get the most out of your use of Rincevent.

1. Start-up

Rincevent can be used in several languages (French and English, with other languages to come). The first step is to choose your language. Do this from the Outils (Tools) menu, then Langues (Languages). You will then be asked to restart the program to effect your language choice.

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Once the Rincevent program is minimized, it does not appear as one of your open programs in the toolbar (bottom of screen), but its icon is located in the System Tray (bottom-right of screen). The icon even indicates what Rincevent is doing (e.g., play, stop) :

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2. Creation of file format

Because the purpose of Rincevent is to help you learn or review information, it is first necessary that you provide this to Rincevent. For this, there are two possibilities : manually enter the data one-by-one, or if you already have this data (for example, in an Excel file), you can directly import it. Here we address the basic principles, and then we will create our own file from scratch.

First, you must create the file format. The file format entails the choice of number of columns and what kind (i.e., text, image, or sound). For example, if you want to make a list English / French, you will need two "text" columns (colonne texte). To create these columns, follow the steps shown below, or via the "Column" (Colonne) menu. You will be asked to provide a title for each column (e.g., "English" and "French").

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Once you have created all of your columns, you must "validate" (valider) this format by clicking on the checkmark icon. Once this is done, you cannot change the format. You are now ready to start your list.

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3. Insert data into file

You will now find yourself with a file that looks something like the below image (but empty). Here, we created three text columns to learn Korean vocabulary. A right click on an entry will display a menu such as the one shown below. From this menu, you may revise (renommer) a particular entry, delete it (and its associates in the other columns), or execute an operation on that particular column : sort / unsort, check all, or uncheck all (we will see the usefulness of "checking" later, under the section "The Lists"). How to enter new data? As you probably thought, it's very simple. Simply enter data in all fields (here, there are three). We can switch fields by hitting ENTER or TAB. Once all fields are filled, Rincevent will ask you if you would like to add this data to your list. Alternatively, you can click on the '+' icon situated in the middle of the toolbar (2 icons to the left of the heart). The '-' icon to its right allows you to delete the chosen / highlighted entries. Now you know how to insert data into your file.

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4. Configuring Rincevent

I won't go into the details of each possibility (especially since these will change), but rather to give you a brief tour of the horizon of possibilities. There are two types of configuration :
  • Options Options : these options are general, that is, they are not file-specific and will apply to all files with which you work. In other words, these are program options.
  • Settings (Paramètres) : these are associated to a given file (i.e., to a given list). For the most part, these options are visual, and will change the way your list will appear in the output module.
These options permit, among other things, to choose how the data will be "played" (= displayed). FIrst, the most important is to choose an "output module" because it is this module that has as its task the presentation of your data. Under the "General" (Général) tab are the options you can choose the module to use. By default, "MiniWindow" (mini-fenêtre) is chosen, which is good because it's what we're going to use in this Tutorial. Next, we can configure this module by clicking on "MiniWindow" under Modules, which will display a window like the one shown below to the right. There are several options, of which the most important is the "Timer" (Minuterie). This value in milliseconds allows you to adjust the time interval at which the module, here, the MiniWindow, will execute (i.e., display). You can also configure the position of the MiniWindow, but this option will change automatically, as soon as, later, you have the occasion to move around the MiniWindow yourself. You also have an Anti Boss function, that is, by pressing a given combination of keys, you will be able to hide Rincevent completely from your screen ! And act like you're working... It's up to you to try out all of the other options !

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Right now, let's take a look at the Settings (Paramètres).

As previously explained, these settings are file-specific. For example, if you were to hand off your English / French file to a friend, these settings will likewise be sent along with the file. These parameters are useful in the sense that they allow you to create the optimal display for a given list. Let's look below. Here are settings for each column of your file. It speaks for itself... you see that the font settings can be changed, as well as the color of both the text and module background. But even more important : you can change the value "Enabled" (Activé), and accordingly, be able to suppress a certain column from appearing when the module is running. You may also change the order of the display of columns : to do this, change the value of "Order" (Ordre). A value of "0" will result in the column displaying first, a larger value, such as "1," later (nb: these numerical values do not have to follow a particular pattern, i.e., they can be "0, 5, 24, etc." ). That's all on configuration, you can discover the rest on your own, as needed.

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5. Play mode

Now, the essence of Rincevent. To start Play mode, all you have to do is click on the green "Play" button in the toolbar. From here, you can also change the choice of display module (i.e., MiniWindow or Subliminal) by clicking on the little downward-pointing arrow just next to it..

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With the delay that you specified while configuring Rincevent (see "Options"), the module MiniWindow (or Subliminal, as chosen) will self-execute, with data randomly chosen. For example, we can have this result :

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...a left click and :

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...a right click will return to the preceding:

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Right and left-clicking allows you to advance the data being displayed. Once all of the data for a given entry has been displayed, under the default options, the MiniWindow disappears, and will only reappear after the specified delay.

That's it for the basics on using Rincevent ! I hope that you understood everything. Any questions ? Contact me (http://www.meow.fr/about) ! If you have any left in you, one last chapter...

6. The Playlists

The playlists allow you to compile a selection of data within your file under its own name. For example, you can create a list "Animals", "Lesson 5", or also "Verbs" (depending on what is in your file). To test this functionality, follow these steps : click on "New playlist" (Nouvelle liste) (and give the playlist a name), check whatever entries you desire from the main list, then click on "Add to..." (Ajouter à...), choosing the playlist that you just created. And now you can "Check..." (Cocher) or "Uncheck" (Décocher) this list to display (or un-display) the playlist's contents on the main list. But what is the advantage of checking and dechecking? You may have noticed that there is a very useful "Option" : under Options - General, you can choose which elements to play : checked, not checked, or all... voilà its usefulness! Tip : you can create playlists of words that you don't know well, to display them, or to the contrary, playlists of words that you already know by heart, to avoid displaying them. The goal of these playlists is to create an intelligent mix of the possibilities !

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7. And later...

This tutorial will be improved bit by bit, but you can discover the other possibilities of Rincevent on your own. For example, the different display modules (with the subliminal module), importation of files (CSV from Excel), the possibilities of using "Image" columns... and many more surprises to come.

Last edited Feb 7, 2010 at 1:48 PM by TigrouMeow, version 6

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