What kind of hardware and software do I need to run Beacon?
Just about any PC you
purchased in the last 2 or 3 years will adequately run BEACON. The demands
of Windows 2000, XP or Vista far exceeds the demands of BEACON.
must be capable of 1024x768 resolution. The colors will be
much clearer and text sharper if the monitorís video card can display more than
If you want to network
you will need a NIC card and yes, BEACON is multi-user (more than one PC linked
via a Network with each PC accessing the same database)
compatible with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Windows 2000, XP and Vista. We don't
recommend (as do many other applications) Windows ME. We currently only recommend Windows
2000 or XP Pro.
updates and perform database upgrades via internet Email, Terminal Services,
FTP or Remote Access in a matter of minutes.
Do you have
evaluation versions of BEACON?
have fully operational evaluation program with a 7 day timer that you can
download from our Downloads page. Any information you
may enter during this time is not lost. You simply start the lease (or purchase)
and we provide the password to continue operating the program. You can use this
period to begin building your database.
We have 3 PCs
on a Network Can all three users access the database at the same time?
Yes, up to
25 simultaneous users can access the database via your LAN. BEACON also allows
each user to connect to any database via a traditional windows browser so users
are not locked into just one database.
written in Microsoft Access?
is written in Visual Basic. Its a stand alone, multi-user, multi-tasking program
and not hosted in any of the Microsoft Office Products. If you want to export
data to Microsoft Excel you will of course need Microsoft Excel. All other
reports and printouts are self-contained within BEACON.
How do you
provide Training ?
provide on-site, remote access and 'over the telephone' training. All you
need is a PC and an internet connection. You can also use the video
tutorials found on our Downloads page. The most cost effective and
efficient method of training is Remote access ... all you need is an internet
connection. This method allows us to access your PC so you
can watch us open the forms and demonstrate how to use the various features.
This technique also allows us to watch the user to ensure the learning process
has been successful. On
site training is provided for an additional fee. The videos are a big hit since the
user is able to see exactly how to perform tasks by watching us. The audio with
the videos also provide tips and other information about the task.
What is your
shortest Lease period?
Months. We also offer other leases in three months increments.
Do I have to
pay extra for additional users or locations?
No. You can
operate BEACON on any of your direct organizations PCs in multiple locations at
no additional charge.
Will I have
to purchase a service contract or subscribe to get updates and patches?
and patches are included in the Lease and provided for the first year for
currently close to 150 clients. How easily can I upgrade to the next level when
I go over this number?
send you an Email with a file attachment that you install. We also modify lease
terms in this manner.
I run a Drug
and Alcohol, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse and Parenting Program among others.
How easily can I use Beacon to run all of them?
developed from the beginning to run multiple Programs from the same database.
This allows quick and seamless changing between Programs. It also allows you to
view all your Financials and other Reports by individual Program or as a total