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Frequently Asked Questions: Demo Software

  1. How can I try Merit programs?
  2. Which program do you recommend I try?
  3. What is the functionality of the evaluation software?
  4. Where are the evaluation programs installed on my
    computer?
  5. Can I see the Teacher Program Manager with the demo?
  6. Can I try the Merit Text Talker with the demo?

1. How can I try Merit programs?

Merit Software offers free evaluation versions of all its software by download from our web site. The evaluation software contains full-working exercises of the complete programs.

To download a product’s evaluation software, click on the “Try-It” link which is usually located under “Product Details” on each product’s webpage.

You will be directed to the product’s download page. At the bottom of the download page is the “Free Download” section. Check the boxes next to the programs you would like to try and select “download

Once the software has downloaded double click the installation program and follow the prompts to complete the installation. You will need to  Administrative priviledges in order to install the demo.

2. Which program do you recommend I try?

Based on input from our customers, we have sorted our programs
by grade level and type of student. We suggest that
you use this resource as a guide to find the right programs for
you.

View recommendations by grade
level and type of student.

3. What is the functionality of the evaluation
software?

The evaluation software is a full working sample of a complete
program. It represents 10% to 30% of a complete program’s contents.
Each program works for 30 days after its first use, and then shuts
off. During the 30-day trial, the learning exercises are active,
but printing is limited and assessments are disabled.

In addition, active sessions are limited to 20 minutes. Users
may restart the program and login again to continue their evaluation.

4. Where are the evaluation programs installed
on my computer?

Shortcuts to the evaluation software are installed in the Merit
Evaluation Software folder. To start the evaluation software,
go to the Merit Evaluation Software icon located on your desktop
or within your Start menu. Select the folder of the program you
wish to try. Then select the Evaluation option.

For example, to use the Grammar Fitness evaluation program,
go to Start, then Programs > choose Merit
Evaluation Software
> pick Grammar Fitness Level 2
> select Grammar Fitness Level 2 Evaluation.

5. Can I see the Teacher Program Manager with the demo?

Once you have used one of the programs, you will have created
some recorded data. To view the data in the TPM, start the program
again. When you see the title screen hold the CTRL key and press
T instead of clicking through. When asked for a password, simply
click OK and you will be logged in.

6. Can I try the Merit Text Talker with the demo?

The Merit Text Talker can be viewed by looking at the Flash movie that comes inside each reading, grammar, or vocabulary program. Unfortunately, a full working Merit Text Talker is not available to try out with the demos.