Creating a license
Once you have your show company set up with ShowGrounds, you are ready to begin creating horse shows. Creating a horse show requires an initial set up by the ShowGrounds team, who will install the server onto your server computer. Once this is done, you can begin to create shows.
Note that you must have a good internet connection and solid (preferably hardwired) connections between the client machines and the server machine.
Open the server on your server machine. Double click the server icon and give it a chance to open up. Server should be left running all the time.
On a client machine, open up the client (see instructions for download and installing the client here):
When the client opens up, you will be asked to log in using the user name and temporary password you were given. Highlight the “Create New Show” option and click Log In.
Pick the number of entries you estimate your show to have. It is OK to estimate high because you not have to pay the higher amount if the show was smaller. Click continue.
Please note that a template show is free and the best way to make a first show. This show can be used to create new shows. If you decide to turn a template show into a real show, it is easy to update your license to add more horses Just let us know by sending an email to: email@example.com
Enter the show start and end dates in the 01/01/01 format. Click continue.
If you were given an asset code and password, use the “Pay With Asset Code” option, fill in the asset code and password. Click “Purchase”.
For purchase with a credit card, select the “Pay with Credit Card” option and fill in the fields below. Click “Purchase”.
Congratulations! Your show is created. You will be taken to the first tab of the window of show module. At this point, it is a good idea to save the show.
To save, click the green check box at the bottom right corner of the window.
Begin to familiarize yourself with the Navigation Palette, which you should now see in your screen. This palette contains all of the “modules” for the horse show. Each area performs a different function and each module is described in more detail in the manual.
If you do not see your palette, go to the Tools menu and select “Navigation Palette”.
Modifications can be made to the Navigation Palette to suit the user.
Open user preferences in the file menu.
On the Palette tab, any or all of the modules can be clicked over to the left. Anything on the left will be hidden after saving (you might have to log out and back in too). The list can also be reordered easily by clicking everything to the left and then back to the right in order of preference.
The Palette colors can also be changed! This is fun but over time sometimes it will revert and will have to be done again. To color a module, click on the module while holding down the “Command”key. Many coloring options will appear. Pick your color and close the box. Voila!