Eclipse FAQs

Keith Vincent, CSR
Tel. +1 (713)523-6345

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Here you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about Total Eclipse computer-assisted transcription software.  If you have other questions, just call 713-429-5473.

Quick Links to Eclipse FAQs
Accents
ASCII Output & HTML Indexes
Audio Recording & Playback
Auto-Brief
AutoMagic
Autoreplacements
Backups (Continuous, Multiple, Automatic)
“Blanks” and Client Lists
Bold Fonts
Bridge Realtime Viewer
Bridge Mobile
By-lines
Captioning
CART
Connection Magic and Shared Editing
Condensed Printing (4-per-page)
Conflicts
Cost
Currencies, Foreign
Customizability
Dictionaries and Conversions
Display
Document Protection
Dragged/Dropped Key Rescue
File Management
Finding Text or Steno
Fonts
Form Fields and Client Lists
French Example, International Versions
Global Replacements
Hardware Recommendations
Help, Visualizers, Manual, Training Tools
Hyperkeys
Indexing
Internet Realtime
Integrated Design
Italics

Keyboard Customizability
Lesson Player
Macros
Note Files, Scoping & Managing
Numbers
Phonetics
Prefixes and Suffixes
Readability
Realtime Transcription
Scans
Scope Notes
Scopists and Scoping Teams
Special Characters and Accents
Speaker Table
Spelling & Proofreading Tools
Steno Machines
Students
Superscripts and Subscripts
Support and Updates
Texas Files
Timekeeper
Toolbars
Translation Magic
Tutorials
Underlining
Updates and Support
User’s Manual
Visualizers List
Voice Writing
Wireless Realtime
Writers
Zoom

Minimum hardware requirements?

     Total Eclipse will run efficiently on any 100% IBM-compatible computer with at least 1 gigabyte of RAM; a USB port; Windows XP or above; Internet access; a DVD drive; and a hard disk. 

Hardware recommendations?

     As a practical matter, we recommend running at 1 Ghz or above with at least 2 gigabytes of RAM.  The faster the processor, the better. The more RAM, the better. Multiple USB ports are recommended.  A serial port is often required for realtime connection to a steno machine or to client computers.  A serial adapter (PC card or USB) is typically installed for this purpose, and PC cards tend to be more reliable. 
     Windows XP Professional or Windows 7 is the recommended operating system.  Windows Vista or Windows 8 will also work. 
     For Eclipse Vox, we recommend a 7200 rpm or solid-state drive, a modern processor running at 2 GHz or above, at least 3 gigabytes of RAM, and configuration by an expert.  Processes should be kept to a minimum.  If you will be running Eclipse Vox on a notebook computer, we strongly recommend using a processor that has been designed specifically for mobile computing.
     If you will be using AccuCAP, an external 2400-baud modem is strongly recommended.  Most captioning equipment manufacturers are still following old communications standards, and some modern modems (internal and external) may encounter comptability problems with captioning software.

What does it cost to buy Total Eclipse?

Standard pricing for Total Eclipse is as follows:
Full Reporter’s Version:  $3,995
Convenience Key
(a secondary key for your notebook!):  $300
Scopist’s Version:  $1,595
       Captioner’s Version:  $6,995
(Synchronized Audio Recording/Playback is included
     in all versions of Total Eclipse, at no extra cost.)    
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