Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ 1 - Can you have more than 1 language in Miromaa?

Yes you can. There are two options to do this which we have outlined below:

Option 1

Create a second Data file storing it in the same place as your current data file and once you open Miromaa you will need to change the data file to the newly created one. This enables to switch between two and allows you to have as many languages as you want running through Miromaa. For more information refer to your reference guide but I have outlined the steps below.

Creating a new language data file. When Miromaa has opened to the security login screen click 'new data file'. Name your language file to the second language you wish to use and where you want to store your file, a suggestion would be to create a new folder called Miromaa in 'My Documents' though since you have already installed Miromaa a folder has already been created on your computer so locate that folder and save new language data file there.

Since creating a new data file you will need to complete the security login steps as done when you first installed Miromaa such as logging in as Admin etc. I have outlined the steps below.

Log in with the following details:

Username: admin

Password: admin

Language: Your newly created second language.

Once you have logged into Miromaa you will then need to set language name and set yourself as a user and any other intended users of that second language.

Now you can localise this data file as you wish, click options under language setup than click language name and custom fields. Here you enter the community and language name.

Now you will need to create users of the new language data file by going back to options screen and click edit users under security. Select the cell available at the bottom of the username column and type your name for example lyn than a password and set the appropriate rights for your security login access. Once you click back this will automatically save.

The last step which will than allow you to log into Miromaa using your security login is to go back to the options screen and click define language stored under language setup and type your new username which you set up in the steps above.

Once this is complete than log out completely and log back into Miromaa using your new username and password. You are now ready to start using Miromaa.

Option 2

The second option allows you to have as many languages in one data file. To access or change between the languages stored you would do so in the security login screen. As you complete with your login details under language is where you can select which language you want. Below are the steps in adding languages to one data file.

Log into Miromaa and click options

Click Define language stored than you need to click add a new language.

The cells are now blank and are ready for you to add your new language. Type your new language in the top cell next to language. The last step is to now add your username in the cell below language name for you to have access to the language than click into another cell to save your additions or changes. Once logged out of Miromaa to the security login screen under language should now be your languages added. Log in as normal and select the language you wish to view.

If you are allowing new users to this language you must follow the create users steps outlined above.

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FAQ 2 - How do I backup my work for protection of data?

What I would recommend is backing up on a USB thumb drive and a CD.

You would back up the folder named Miromaa which you created when installing the program as the folder contains your language dat files and the multimedia folders.

The steps are as follows:

To back/save your files onto a USB memory stick you need to close Miromaa and open your thumb drive from My Computer or the wizard which pops up once plugged in. Minimise the memory stick folder than open my documents, right click with the mouse the Miromaa folder and select copy. Close off window than maximise the memory stick folder. Right click on a blank spot within that folder and select paste. A pop up box will appear with copying process and an estimated completion time. Once completed close of folder and remove. Your files are now backed or saved on your USB Memory stick.

To backup or save to a CD

Here you need to open your default CD burning program. It should contain a wizard to help complete the burning process. One of the steps will ask you to locate files which you want to burn to your CD. Here you will locate and select the Miromaa folder to burn to the CD than complete the wizard. Once finished the Miromaa folder will than be on CD. If you are having troubles do not hesitate to contact me.

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FAQ 3 - Can you save to a memory stick and how do you do this?

What I would recommend is backing up on a USB thumb drive and a CD.

You would back up the folder named Miromaa which you created when installing the program as the folder contains your language dat files and the multimedia folders.

The steps are as follows:

To back/save your files onto a USB memory stick you need to close Miromaa and open your thumb drive from My Computer or the wizard which pops up once plugged in. Minimise the memory stick folder than open my documents, right click with the mouse the Miromaa folder and select copy. Close off window than maximise the memory stick folder. Right click on a blank spot within that folder and select paste. A pop up box will appear with copying process and an estimated completion time. Once completed close of folder and remove. Your files are now backed or saved on your USB Memory stick.

To backup or save to a CD

Here you need to open your default CD burning program. It should contain a wizard to help complete the burning process. One of the steps will ask you to locate files which you want to burn to your CD. Here you will locate and select the Miromaa folder to burn to the CD than complete the wizard. Once finished the Miromaa folder will than be on CD. If you are having troubles do not hesitate to contact me.

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FAQ 4 - I have everything on my laptop as this is the most mobile and I am able to take it places, but my desktop is faster, how can I use both?

Again, the very handy memory stick comes in to play here. With the current size of memory sticks now going up to 8gb you could use your memory stick as your sole place of storage for Miromaa data and multimedia files. I.e. When you login to Miromaa either on a desktop or laptop you must have your memory stick inserted for it to access the data.

Some points that I would keep in mind are:

1. What happens if you lose your memory stick or its breaks ?

2. What is your secondary back up process e.g. CD / DVD / hard drive / 2nd memory stick

3. Always don't skimp on the quality of memory stick that you buy, they are that cheap now you can a very good name brand at a good price. E.g. We use Corsair 4gb memory sticks $95

4. When you login to Miromaa you may just have to re-link the database and multimedia folders each time, a 10sec task.

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FAQ 5 - Attaching Photos, I have forgotten how to do this, can you help?

Storing Images on my Computer

I am not sure how you store your images on your computer but what I would recommend is saving your images in My Pictures which is located in My Documents. Create folders with appropriate file names for your images. For example, Wildlife, Body, or Plants.

Adding Multi-media to language entries in Miromaa

1. Go to a record in language worker screen

2. In the multi-media section (image, audio and video) click the image circle to make it go green.

3. Click attach, than you will be asked to select image file. Here is where you need to locate your images which you stored on your computer in the previous section. (My Pictures)

4. Click open once located and you image is now attached to that record.

6. How do I put in some symbols to use in the data base such as ? ? æ u ? ? ? ð as we use these in our Certificate III in Australian Indigenous language studies at TAFE

The first step is to use your character map (located in accessories) to select the required symbol and copy it into word (looks like you have already done that as above). Paste that on the Microsoft word page than copy again.

Than open Miromaa, login and select options. Under language setup click edit Mini Keyboard Characters. Select the cell next to the vacant number and paste your copied symbol in that cell. Click in another cell to save than close. Your character will now be available in the character keyboard in language worker or linguist screen.

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FAQ 6 - Reconnecting to my data file.

Linking to your data file

1. Start Miromaa

2. At the login screen click on the [CHANGE DATA FILE] button

3. You will then be presented with a file selection box, here you must navigate to where your language data file is stored. For some people this may be in a folder that you created in My Documents labelled Miromaa and within it a folder labelled your language name, inside here will be a file labelled (your language).mdb. Select this file.

4. Miromaa will then connect to this file and you should be able to login with either the default admin password or your own created username and password.

If this does not help please let us know.

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Miromaa FAQ's

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Can I save my data to a memory stick and how do I do this?

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