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Community Edition FAQ

What is Community Edition?

Community Edition is the entirely free, desktop, single-user edition of PROJECT in a box.

How do I get Community Edition?

You can download it from here: Register and Download. We will then send you an email with a download link and a licence key.

Why do I need to Register?

We licence the original PRINCE2 material from OGC so need to keep a track of the number of people that have downloaded the software. We don't pass on your registration details.

Where's my registration email?

We have noticed that our download emails sometimes get caught by spam filters. You can either free the email from your spam filer or if you contact us directly via the support pages then we will find a route to get you the software.

Is it trial software?

No, it is fully functioning software, not a trial. If you would like to evaluate PROJECT in a box Professional Edition let us know.

I can't download the software

The download is a Windows exe file, and might get get barred by your firewall - either a personal firewall like Norton Internet Security or a corporate firewall. You can either open your firewall for this file or contact us and we will try to get the software to you by another route.

What do I need on my PC?

You need the Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 installed on your PC. You can download it for free from here: Microsoft .NET

Do I need Administrator permissions?

You need local Administrator permissions to install the software, but you don't need them to run it. You can run it as an ordinary user. If you don't have local Administrator permissions then you can install it in 'Portable Mode'.

What is Portable Mode?

In 'Portable Mode', all of the program software and data is stored within one parent folder. This means you can put it on (for example) a USB key and easily take it from PC to PC. Alternatively, you can install in 'Portable Mode' on a single PC e.g. in your 'Documents' folder - this allows you to install even if you don't have local Administrator permissions.

How to Setup in Portable Mode on a USB Key

If you have already installed PROJECT in a box onto your PC, in the default 'Program Files' folder, then just switching the program to run in 'Portable Mode' probably won't do what you want. Here is how to set it up on a USB stick:

  1. Use the setup.exe to install the program in a chosen folder your USB stick.
  2. Apply your licence key (if you have already installed on the desktop, you can re-use the same key).
  3. Run the program, then choose 'File | Options' and switch to ‘Portable Mode’
  4. Look in 'Options | Program Settings’ to confirm the location of all the files – they should all be on the USB stick.

You should find that all the program and data files are now on the USB stick, and you can move the USB stick to any PC that has the Microsoft .NET Framework installed, and run it from there.

If you have already started working on projects or method templates on the original desktop install, then you can just copy those from the original location (which will be in your Windows Profile) to the ‘projects’ folder on the USB Stick.

Does it contain Spyware?

No. Please be aware that the program does automatically check for updates by connecting to our website (over http). No personal data is transmitted, just your licence key and program version so we can tell whether you are up to date. If an update is available then no software is downloaded or installed - you are simply shown a short message in the opening panel of the program so you can choose about when to upgrade. You can turn off automatic update checks in the menu.

How do I modify the template files?

The template files are stored in the 'template' folder within the installation folder. You can modify the template documents so that every time you create a new project, the modified files will be used.

Note that if you upgrade to Professional Edition then you can modify all aspects of the template:

  • Diagrams
  • Template files
  • Menus and navigation
  • Project and folder structure
community_edition_faq.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/22 13:11 (external edit)

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