Q: Does Stu’s Quiz Boxes work on an Apple Mac?
A: YES! as long as you install Windows on either Boot Camp or Parallels, it’ll work just fine. There is no native-OSX version of Stu’s Quiz Boxes (although some people have told me it looks a little like an OSX application) 🙂
Q: What versions of Windows will Stu’s Quiz Boxes run on?
A: The program has been successfully tested on Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000. It may run on Windows 98 but it has not been tested. The minimum and recommended screen resolution to set your display to is 1024×768.
Q: Are there any tricks to installing Stu’s Quiz Boxes?
A: NO! Stu’s Quiz Boxes is completely portable! Just download quizboxessetup.exe from the Download page, run it and select the folder you’d like to install it into. You can even tell it to install to a USB stick. A shortcut will appear on the Desktop when installation is complete.
Q: Can you run Stu’s Quiz Boxes from a Fileserver, on multiple PCs?
A: Yes you can! When you run quizboxessetup.exe, select the server folder path (the share) you’d like to install to. Then on each computer, run the SetupShortcut.exe that you’ll find in the QuizBoxes folder to place a shortcut on the desktop. Multiple PCs can run the same or different Quiz Boxes games at the same time in this configuration. You can even edit multiple quiz files at the same time.
Q: In a server-based installation, can you make it so certain users cannot modify quiz files?
A: Yes. As long as your server allows for different groups with different security levels, you can give all users Read-only access to the whole QuizBoxes folder structure, and give a QuizBoxesEditors (for example) group write/modify access to the QuizBoxes\quizzes and QuizBoxes\skins folders. Of course, this will not stop them from creating their own quiz files in their own folders.
Q: Instead of playing the full thirty (30) questions for a game, is it possible to play a shorter game with less questions?
A: YES! You can choose to play the Full Game (six categories), or a game of Twenty Questions (four categories), or a Quickie (two categories). The game simply “hides” some of the categories so they are not in play.
Q: How come Stu’s Quiz Boxes is free? There are no nags, no ads and no crippled features. Why? This is NOT normal!
A: I’m the kind of guy that believes that sharing skills, knowledge and resources will take not just you somewhere, but also the people around you. I hate adware, so I won’t impose that on anybody. I don’t even have ads on my website (although WordPress.com, my website host, may add them sometimes). Because this program is mainly for educational use, I’m happy to give it away. Now having said all that, if you do get a lot of benefit from my program and you’d like to see me continue to develop it, you could always donate a little something to the cause. Just click Donate on the right. 🙂
Q: How do teams playing Stu’s Quiz Boxes buzz in their answers if there are no buzzers?
A: Because it’s mainly a classroom activity, the first person that raises their hand has “buzzed” in first. I’m sure there are a lot of inventive people out there who will come up with other ideas such as different percussion instruments for each team. If your school is lucky enough to have 1:1 computers or laptops, you might want to consider my Virtual Clickers software called “Student Response Network“. It’s not free, but it’s way more affordable that real clickers – and it includes a remote buzzer solution designed specificially for Stu’s Quiz Boxes. Feel free to share any other ideas you have in the comments below.
Q: I’m trying the type an ampersand (&) into a question (or and answer) in the Quiz Boxes Question Editor and it’s showing up as an underscore ( _ ) when the question (or answer) is displayed. Why? And how do I include an ampersand?
A: Unfortunately, an ampersand means something else to the programming language I’m using. To insert an ampersand in a question (or an answer), type two ampersands, one after the other. eg. Simon && Garfunkel.
Q: Why can’t you move the Quiz Boxes window around on the screen?
A: Because you can’t. It’s free. You can’t have everything. 🙂
Do you have any other questions? Ask them in the comments section below.