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How to Select Nintendo Wii Game Copying Software – Killer Tips

Nintendo Wii game discs come embedded with a copy protection software program. The objective is to not let anyone make copies of those games at home. However, the downside to it is at the consumer’s end. Gamers fears damaging the disc as even a small scratch will lead to a complete waste of the whole disc. He will have to buy that game at that same price all over again. To avoid such unfortunate events, some people have developed game copying software programs specific to Nintendo. However, competition has increased in relation to these software programs also and hundreds of brands and website offer it. Therefore, you should be really careful about what you are buying. There are a few tips given below which will help you get the right thing for the right task.

  • Ask friends or relatives who have used such programs before for recommendations.
  • Read a few reviews on the best brand and what people have to say about them.
  • Check out the features of every single brand that you short list and narrow down on one single brand.
  • Check if they offer a free trial or money back guarantee. This will give you a chance to try it before you spend the money or have an option to not use it if you don’t like it.
  • Stay away from free software. They will only infect your computer with malicious programs. You may end up feeling sorry for what you did.
  • Select the right website to download it. Make sure the website is legitimate and has a good reputation.

There are a lot more things which you can be picky about, but even if you keep these few points in mind you can be sure of getting the right program at the right price and from the right source.

Top 7 Tips to Learn Before Downloading

Are you searching for an iPhone download service? I know I was! Now you need to find your favourite media files to upload into your iPhone. Many download sites have been created on the internet over the past months, some amazing and some just downright horrible. Learning to choose the best iPhone download site is very important. Most of these sites charge approximately the same fee, and it is quite impossible to know which are the good and which are the bad unless you join their service. In order to find the best iPhone download service, the following 7 factors are a good indicator of whether the download service is of good quality or not.

1. Huge database of media

This is especially essential for any iPhone download site, and surprisingly, there are several poor iPhone sites that simply have a very limited range of media. The best iPhone download sites will allow you to find a large collection of media from different genres. It should also provide a wide range of media, like music, TV shows, movies and games all with a one time membership.

2. High speed and quality downloads

Being able to download media at a fast speed is important too. Several poor iPhone download sites have a download speed limit to allow more people to download at the same time. Downloading files from these sites often produce a lot of problems because of the small size of their server, causing many interruptions and errors during download. Good iPhone download sites have very large server space and therefore are able to cope with a large amount of downloads at the same time, and not causing any interruptions.

3. Service Fees

Most good iPhone download services charge a reasonable price for unlimited downloads. If you are considering to download large number of files for your iPhone, you should join a one time fee membership site. Another option that you may choose is the pay per download plan. The more media you download from these sites, the more money you will have to pay. We do not advise that you join pay per download sites, since your costs can accumulate very quickly and you never know how many files you may want to download next. Getting good value for money is very important here.

4. Support and converter software

Some files that you download from the iPhone membership sites may not be fully compatible with your iPhone. Luckily, most quality iPhone download sites provide converter software, whereas the poor quality ones will expect you to get the software yourself. Software that allow you to transfer the files to your iPhone easily should also be provided.

5. Technical support

Occasionally you might encounter problems with the software that the download sites provide you. A good technical support team will quickly help you resolve any issues that you have. If you join a poor quality iPhone download site, you may be stuck with technical issues and have to wait days before you can even get into contact with their staff.

6. Security of files

High quality iPhone download sites will scan files before you download them to ensure that they are free of spyware and adware. You should not put your computer at risk by downloading files from poor iPhone download sites.

7. Legal or no?

The top iPhone download sites respect copyright laws and ensure that all its media files are safe and legal for download. Thus by downloading from top iPhone sites, you do not have to worry about getting into trouble with the law.

A Dozen Techniques to Improve Your Software Online Help

There are several main reasons why putting
your software manual on-line is necessary.
It makes your web-site attractive for search engine
crawlers and therefore brings you targeted
traffic from Google, Yahoo!, MSN,
and other search engines. A good online
manual makes your product serious and
credible. Moreover, if a user faces difficulty
using your software and asks for
technical support, you may easily resolve
the issue by referring that user to a certain
page of your online help. Simply give the
page’s URL. With just one click the user
will see screenshots and explanations
which will help them to settle the case.

Many software vendors, from large
companies to independent developers,
clearly understand these reasons. They
made their help systems a part of their
web sites by aiming to attract more prospects
and to generate more sales. But
even a sketchy analysis of a dozen manuals
available online discloses a bunch of
common mistakes which may reduce the
effect of this very powerful tool. The
main reason of the mistakes is incorrectly
considering an online manual as a
standalone document that user can download
or read on the web site. The right
approach is to make your help a part of
your web site. This is a pretty simple task
if you follow these rules:

Make pages! Not a file

The most common mistake I noticed on
many software vendors’ web sites is that
they offer their manual in a single file:
PDF, CHM, RTF, etc. Certainly it may be
very convenient for users to download a
product manual file and use it on the
desktop, especially if the manual is too
large to be included in the software setup
package. But having an online manual is
not the same as having a manual online.
Feel the difference!

It’s very smart to allow users to
download a complete manual as a single
file. However a file may attract just a few
new visitors from search engines, even if
their crawlers are able to index your PDF
or RTF. Also the file is almost useless for
your technical support needs. For instance,
you may not point users to certain
sections of your help system by simply
giving them direct URL links.
Hence to get the maximum effect out
of your help system you should make it a
part of your web site. Split the manual
into many pages and convert them into
HTML. Almost all serious help authoring
software allows exporting your help file
into HTML format. Each page must
contain a certain section or a chapter of
your manual. Many pages which are
relatively small are easier for reading,
navigation, and bookmarking. You nevertheless
must keep the balance. Don’t
make a lot of little dinky pages that people
must roam through to make up a
required solution. Each page should
completely cover a certain topic enough
to solve a certain task. Furthermore, a
page with topical content is perfect bait
for search engine crawlers.

Follow common style

Well, you have exported your help file
into a set of HTML pages and are ready
to upload them to your server. Stop!
Check the look of the pages. The set must
follow the common style identified by the
corporate identity.

The modern help authoring tools
allow customizing appearance of pages
by means of CSS or visual template collections.
The online manual must correspond
to your web site style. Use the
same color themes, fonts, and corporate
graphics. Otherwise, the whole project
will look like a patchwork quilt. This is
not good; it’s far better to look steady,
well-managed, and consistent.

“Where am I?” or don’t ignore navigation

Following common style is not just using
the same colors and fonts. To plug manual’s
pages into the web site structure you
must add the top level navigation into
them. Use the same top level menu that
you use on all pages of the site.

There are two key benefits of this
technique. First, this also makes your web
site appear solid, consistent, and
well-thought-out and therefore works for
your business credibility. Secondly, the
top level navigation menu will bring new
targeted leads from your manual pages to
your product main pages. The prospects
that have come from search engines are
likely looking for specific task solutions
that probably are described in your online
help. Then they will want to know more
about the product that offers that solution.
Put under their nose direct links to the
software description page, to the trial
download area, to the pricing and ordering
info, and to the main page of your
web site. Let them know more about your
company. Let them know about your
software. Let them download it. Let them
buy it.

Besides offering prospects a toplevel
menu, you must provide them with
an easy way to navigate among sections
of the manual itself. People feel more
secure if they see the table of contents
along with the page content. Through this
internal menu they may easily realize
where they are and what related topics
exist, and easily jump there.

Avoid frames

At first glance, using frames seems the
perfect way to organize the internal menu
of the help. Certainly frames are convenient
for web site programming and
maintenance because you may keep your
menu in a single file and show it in a
separate frame. Nevertheless, there are
several disadvantages to using frames in
your online help. When a visitor comes
from a search engine to one of your help
pages, they will see only that page’s
content but will see neither top-level
navigation nor online manual menus
because they were intended to be shown
in other frame windows. So the people
who come from external pages will fail to
easily jump to other sections of your web
site and to read about your products and
related services.

If you still prefer to use frames then
you must use a workaround. One of the
approaches is to plug a special JavaScript
code into every page of your web site.
The script will determine if the page is
showing in the frame or in the browser’s
main window. If there is no frame detected
then the script will build the frame
structure, will load the menu pages in the
corresponding frames and will finally
reload the current page in the appropriate
frame. So the user will see the target page
along with other elements of the web site.
Such dynamic redirection works for real
visitors but doesn’t work for web spiders
that will crawl your online help pages.
Most of them cannot parse JavaScript
code and therefore cannot access menus
to jump to other pages of your manual.
For search engines your online manual’s
pages will look like separate files that are
not linked to each other, or to the corporate
web site. As a result, your help
pages will receive lowest page rank and
will be shown in the end of the list when
someone is looking for related info on a
search engine. Almost all SEO and web
design gurus recommend avoiding frames
and put both menu and content into a
single HTML file.

Use direct links, not redirect scripts

Like frames, using JavaScript in menu is
another no-no for creating an online
manual for your software. Using regular
URLs in menu links instead of JavaScript
redirecting helps web crawlers properly
index your online manual and rank its
pages higher.

Assign unique addresses to help pages

And the third important technical aspect
of online help authoring is page address
format. One of key rules of search engine
optimization (SEO) implies to use static
pages with unique permanent addresses
without parameters in them. A page with
address installation.htm is usually ranked
higher than the same page with address
page.php?id=348. Take this fact into
account.

Give screenshots

Although one of your aims is to attract
search engine’s web robots that like
words you should not forget about real
visitors who like pictures. A picture is
worth a thousand words. Give as many
juicy screenshots of your software as
possible. This will help current users
understand better how your software
works and will help prospects to see how
it looks before downloading a trial or
demo copy. Make your screenshots clear.
Explain what each window does and how
its controls and elements work. Use
callouts, balloons, and special marks. Try
to stuff as much info into the screenshots
as possible. A reader must look at them
and say “Great! Now I know how it
works.”

Make pages printable

Most likely users would like to print out
a certain part of your online help. Sometimes
design that looks great on the display
is awful when printed even on a
good printer. Make sure that your manual’s
pages are printable in black and
white at least on the two most popular
paper sizes: A4 and Letter. Check if there
are no big pictures, no color background,
the fonts are easy to read, all the content
fits the page width, and so on.

Make your help easily reachable

So you have your help pages completed
and even uploaded to the web server.
How to make them visible to web spiders
and to live visitors of your web site?
Most of the software vendors make the
same mistake. They thought that the
manual is something unimportant that
nobody needs. They hide the help section
so deep in the website that a visitor has to
make a dozen clicks to reach the help
index page. This is wrong! Your manual
is important and must be reachable in two
to three clicks. The best approach is to
place several links to your manual in
different sections of your web site: on
product description page, on support
page, and on download page. These are
the pages where users expect to find an
online help most of all. Show them your
help-authoring masterpiece.

Make your online manual searchable

If your software is complicated and its
help includes hundreds or even thousands
of pages then you must add search capabilities
to your online manual. From a
user’s point of view it’s more convenient
to search a required topic by keywords
rather than to look through the endless list
of topics in menu. The easiest way is
adding a third-party search script to your
online manual. For instance, Google
offers Free WebSearch script that you can
copy-paste into your HTML code to
allow people searching within your site.
However you won’t have full control over
the third-party scripts and their search
results may confuse you and your users.
It’s better to write your own search script
on which you will have total control. You
can customize it according to your needs
at any moment. This top-notch technique
requires significant efforts and may cost
some money if you decide to outsource it.
But the result is that you will have a
powerful information resource that will
effectively work for you and for your
business.

Create a word map of your help

Make a special Index page that contains
all the significant words with direct links
to the pages where these words are encountered.
The Index page has two main
functions. Firstly, it simplifies the topic
search by keyword for users. Secondly,
the Index page will serve as a map of
your online help for web spiders and will
assist them to crawl all the pages of your
manual.

Make your help extendable

You may be surprised but the online help
may be live. You can make it a center of
an online community. Just allow your
software users to extend your help pages
themselves. A good example is PHP
online documentation. It allows users to
post their comments, code samples, and
recommendations. Each page contains
tons of valuable information contributed
by users. This is a perfect example of
how boring documentation may form a
live community and promote the product
accordingly.

To summarize the above tips: You
must consider your manual as an important
part of your business model. This is
just a set of general recommendations
how to get the maximum effect out of
your online help. Most of the techniques
are pretty easy to implement if you use
good help authoring software. Apply this
advice and make your customers feel
happy, increase your web site visibility,
attract new prospects, and generate new
sales.