Help & Visualizers

Keith Vincent, CSR
Tel. +1 (713)429-5473


What Help and Training Tools come with Total Eclipse?

     Press F1 to open an extensive Built-in Help System.
          Highlight any menu item and press F1 for Help.
     More than 260 short
Visualizer movies
          integrated with the Help System and the Editing Tutorial
Efficient Editing Tutorial (with easy links to Visualizers)
          Learn how to use Hyperkeys for speedy editing.
     A comprehensive
User’s Manual in both hard-copy and electronic versions
(Click here for a sneak peak at the manual.)
     24/7/365 Technical Support via Advantage Software’s toll-free number
Internet Support and CR-Net
Lesson Player for steno teachers and students

Total Eclipse includes a very extensively illustrated user’s manual, in both hard-copy and electronic versions.  Even so, we hear people say, “I don’t really enjoy reading manuals.  I’m more of a visual person.  Show me, and I’ll understand.”

Good news!  260 short movies are built into Total Eclipse.  There’s no extra charge for these.  You don’t have to download them or have an internet connection to view them.  They’re called Visualizers, and they let you see and hear how to use your software.  Each Visualizer lasts only a couple of minutes but is packed with information.

The Visualizers are based on the e-Power Video Tutorial “A Total Eclipse Overview.”  So after you’ve watched the Visualizers, you can purchase the “Overview” tutorial and take a short test in order to earn .6 NCRA continuing education units.

Here’s a list of the Visualizers that are currently built into Total Eclipse.  Each year we update them and add additional topics to help you take full advantage of Total Eclipse.

A Glance at the Total Eclipse User’s Manual

List of Visualizers built into Total Eclipse

How the Video Player Works
Efficient Editing Tutorial Intro
- Auto-Magic and AutoBrief
    The Info Bar
    Auto-Magic Overview
    Auto-Magic:  Numbered Choices
    Auto-Magic:  Numbers, HotKeys, Pop-Ups, and Fonts
    Auto-Magic in a Notes File
    Auto-Magic in a Dictionary
    Auto-Magic:  Beginning/End of Paragraph
    Auto-Magic:  Untranslates and Globaling
    Auto-Magic:  Conflicts and Typeovers
    Auto-Magic:  Spellings
    Auto-Magic:  Marked Blocks of Text
    Auto-Magic:  Punctuation
    Auto-Magic:  Numbers
    Auto-Magic:  Form Fields
    Auto-Brief during Realtime Translation
    Auto-Brief Setup Dialogue
    Auto-Brief Display
    Auto-Brief:  Requesting/Rejecting Suggestions
    Auto-Brief:  Reminders and Suggestions
    Auto-Brief Steno Theory
1. Display & Command Options
    General Display Settings for MS Windows
    Dialogue Customization:  Zoom/Resize
    Dialogue Customization:  Less/More, Anchor
    Dialogue Customization:  Transparency
    Dialogue Customization:  Font
    Toolbars:  On/Off
    Toolbars:  Docked/Undocked
    Toolbar Customization
    Mouse vs. Key Commands
    Keyboard Customization
    Editing Font vs. WYWIWYG
    View/Hide Print Commands
    Color Selections
    Notebar Display and Font
    Notebar Options:  Phonetics, Timecodes
    Notebar Options:  Steno Width, Dictionary Review
    Multi-Document Display:  Open All Dictionaries
    Organizing Windows:  Cascade, Tile, New Window
    Spliting a Window into 2 Panes   
2.  Document & User Setup
    The Document Setup Wizard
    Paragraph Setup via the Document Wizard
    Paragraph Adjustments via the Document Wizard
    Paragraph Adjustments via the Document Ruler
    Paragraph Labels:  From Q to Q.
    "Fixed" Paragraphs
    Paragraph Behavior
    Footers:  Creation
    Footers:  Adjustments
    Timecodes & Text Box Setup
    Text Box Adjustments
    Current Document vs. Master Format
    Using a Block Files Folder
    Customizing your Phonetics Table
    The Metadictionary
    Loading and Switching Settings
    Save Settings vs. Create New User Format
    How to Undo Settings Changes (if not yet saved)
    How to Delete a User Format
    Vox Audio Setup
    Vox Train (Create/Refine Voice Model)
    Vox New (Train New Word)
3. Translation, Realtime, Synchronized Audio
    Read Notes
    Append or Extract Notes
    Translation Notes:  General Options
    Translation:  Add Initial and/or Final Block File
    Translation Magic:
        Phonetics & Dragged/Dropped Keys
    Translation Magic Customization
    Set up Writer. Follow Realtime Translation
    Pending Transplation Display, Auto-Split Window
    Adding a Serial Port
    Finding a Com Port (Using Device Manager)
    Alt T to Start Realtime Translation
    Instant Realtime
    Realtime Output
    Realtime Output Buffer
    Wireless Realtime Connections
    Remote Scoping:  Steno Link
    Remote Scoping:  Steno Link Configuration
    Steno Link vs. Division Intervals vs. Shared Editing
    Bridge Pro and Connection Magic
    Sound Recorder Test
    Using Earphones for Microphone Monitoring
    Audio Playback
    Playback Options:  Fast, Slow, Squelch
    Audio Auto-Stop/Play while Globaling/Typing
    Audio Compression:  Sound Quality and File Size
    Adjusting Synchronization, Using a Voice Recorder
4.  General Editing
    Typeover Tracking
    Add Lines and Paragraphs
    Oops and Delete
    Find Text, Steno, Paragraphs, Print Commands
    Using Find/Replace; Repeating Searches
    Scans & Multi-Scan
    Adding Speakers:  The Speaker Table
    Dictionary Entries for Speaker Identification
    Changing Paragraphs to Speaker Identifiers
    Correcting Speaker Names
    Pre-Translation Speaker Setup
    Insert Missing By-Lines
    Dashes & Hyphens
    Mark Stitch Surround
    Mark, Copy, Cut, Paste, Read, Write, Separate
    Bold, Italics, Underlined
    Accents & Special Characters
    Page Breaks and Conditional Page Breaks
    Bookmarks and Comment Lines
    Graphic Links
    Shared Editing with Connection Magic
    Shared Editing Tips

5. Mostly Globaling
    Basic Globals:  Adding/Subracting Strokes
    Global Magic (Global at a Glance)
    The "Special Entries" List and Globaling Shortcuts
    Composite Entries to Unscramble Stacked Steno
    Spelling, Detect Conflicts, Default Dictionaries
    Suggest Dictionary Entries:  Misstrokes
    Suggest Entries:  Normalize Strokes
    Suggest Entries:  Integral Prefixes or Suffixes
    Text Globals
    Undo Global
    Where are Text Globals Stored?
    Conflicts Tips
    Slop Strokes
    Prefixes and Suffixes
    The "Add Prefix/Suffix" Dialogue
    Splitting or Merging Files
    Quoted Testimony
    Speedkeys to Change Q&A to Quoted Q&A
    Redacted Text
    Vox:  Apply Corrections
6. Head-Turners
    Autoreplacements: Type Fast, Prevent Errors
    Creating Autoreplacements while Globaling
    Realtime Editing from the Steno Keyboard
    “Filler” Macros (Retroactive Realtime Transcription)
    Passport Stenowriter:  Extra Keys for Realtime Editing
    “Google Search” Macro
    Number Conversion:  Overview
    Number Conversion:  User Settings
    Form Fields (Fill-in-the-Blank Process):  Overview
    Form Fields:  Adding a Blank
    Automatic Indexing:  Overview
    Automatic Indexing:  Adding an Index Item
   - Sample Format Files (with 17 Visualizers)
 7.  Dictionaries
    Analyze Documents to Build Dictionary
    Build Dictionary
    Selecting Dictionaries and Master Job Dictionaries
    Changing Dictionaries during Translation
    Dictionary Display:  Columns, Fonts, Notebar
    Text-Sorted Dictionaries Find Steno Shortcuts
    Dictionary Columns:  Size, Order, Date/Time
    Dictionary Additions and Spellchecking
    Dictionary Editing Windows; Undo & Redo
    Dictionary Properties Dialogue, Comments
    Basic Dictionary Searches
    Dictionary Searches:  Go to Steno
    Contains, Starts with, Ends with, Exact Match
    Steno Keys vs. Steno Strokes
    Dictionary Searches:  Find and Replace
    Custom Search Builder, "Regular Expressions"
    Selecting Dictionary Entries to Copy or Move
    Moving Dictionary Entries
    Unmerge Dictionaries
    Exporting Dictionaries/Wordlists
    Scopist's Dictionaries
    Merging Entries from a Scopist's Dictionary
    Dictionary Statistics
    Dictionary Printing
    Vox New (Voice Theory Two-Step)
    Creating and Installing a Passport Stenowriter Dictionary
8. Proofreading, Printing and PDF & ASCII Files
    List Errors
    WATCH Words
    Proofreading with a Kindle e-Book Reader
    Printing a Draft or a Final Copy
    Edit Timecodes
    4-per-page Printouts
    A Settings File for Multipage Printing    
    Word Indexe
    Stop Printing
    ASCII Files
    ASCII Styles
    HTML Index
    PDF Files
9. File Management
    The Eclipse File Manager
    Windows Explorer
    File Search
    Deleting/Recovering Files
    Copying or Moving Files
    Burn to CD
    Zip or Unzip
    Backup and Restore
    SET Files
    BK, DB, and UB Files
    Converting Files to/from Other Systems
    Sending Large Files
    Digital Signatures:  Setup
    Digital Signatures:  Verification
Passport Writer and Extra Steno Keys
    Passport:  Adjustment
    Passport:  Anti-Stacking
    Passport:  Shadow Display
    Passport:  Extra Keys
    Passport:  Synchronized Audio
    Creating/Installing a Passport Dictionary
    Extended Steno Support
    Extended Steno Dictionaries
    Extended Steno Keyboard Mapping
What’s New in Total Eclipse 4.0
What’s New in Total Eclipse 4.1
What’s New in Total Eclipse 4.2
What’s New in Total Eclipse 4.3
What’s New in Total Eclipse 5
What’s New in Total Eclipse 6
Tutorials & CEU Credits
For Teachers:  The Lesson Player
For Students:  The Lesson Player
Support & Updates
The Total Eclipse Help System
AccuCap:  Total Eclipse Captioning
The Convenience Key
Xtra:  Définir ou Corriger (A French Visualizer)  

What about support and updates?

     One year of support and updates is provided with the purchase of Total Eclipse.  Support is provided on a 24/7/365 basis, and there’s no limit to the number of times you can call our toll-free telephone number.  Frequent updates are provided as part of support.  After the first year, support/update policy renewals cost $595 annually (for scopists, $495).  Again, this covers support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, as well as all updates, even total rewrites of the program.

How often is Eclipse updated?

    The general release version of Eclipse is updated about once or twice a year.
     Eclipse always goes beyond the state of the art.  Thus, the development version of Eclipse is updated about once a week. 
     Eclipse users know that their good ideas for improving the program are taken seriously, so their thinking caps are always on.  Once new features have enjoyed a time of use and acceptance in the development version, these features are folded into the general release.

Are there improvements to Eclipse that are NOT covered by the support/update program?

     No.  Eclipse has been totally rewritten several times, in part as a reflection of the ongoing user-developer collaboration.  Total Eclipse 6 is the 16th version of the program, and it certainly won’t be the last.  As the program evolves, we maintain the same key commands wherever possible to make it easy for you to grow with us.  Just keep your support/update policy in effect, and you’re covered.  So you can be confident your software will remain state of the art.