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NikNak Readme File - 2008 V1.0.0 - 30-day trial version
Copyright 2000-2008 Complete Software Solutions - Andy Erceg
NikNak in a "Nutshell"
- Show the time, date, day of the week simply.
- Show computer processor usage.
- Show memory usage.
- Show drive space free or in use simply
- Show internet usage (works with modems, cable modems, DSL, ADSL etc) or modem
usage (modem usage display is available on a network that shares a modem and
that has NetNak monitoring it).
- Gives you easily setup "QuickStart" buttons to start your favorite programs
quickly.
- Gives easy access to a calendar.
- Gives easy access to a large clock.
What NikNak does
NikNak is a bar usually docked with autohide enabled that gives access to useful
information quickly as well as giving quick access to starting favorite programs
without having icons all over your desktop.
Using NikNak
The most important things to remember are:
- Right-clicking,
- If you have "Show Hints" enabled then as the mouse is moved over various
setting a hint box pops up with a hint about that setting.
To change setting right-click on either the window or the System Tray icon and
select "Properties".
The easiest way to use NikNak is probably to:
- Have it docked and autohide enabled.
- Have "Show Hints" enabled under "Properties".
- Drag-n-drop your favorite programs and files onto NikNak to use "QuickStart".
The Main Display ...
If you have NikNak set to be a autohiding docked bar and have "Show window
contents while dragging" enabled in Windows "Display Properties" NikNak will
smoothly appear and disappear.
To change or delete a "QuickStart" button right-click over it.
To create a "QuickStart" button to special desktop icons such as My Computer you
need to create a shortcut first and drag this onto NikNak, you can then delete
the shortcut you created.
If the program is not docked you can:
- Change the window size by dragging the left or right edges if the layout is
horizontal or else by dragging the top or bottom edges.
- Find it by double-clicking on the System Tray icon.
If the program is docked on the left or right screen edge or is undocked with a
vertical layout and you want to change the width of the NikNak display then you
need to drag the inner-most edge to get the size you want.
If the program is docked on the top or bottom screen edge the size is fixed.
To close a "docked" window right-click on either the window or the System Tray
icon and select "Exit Program".
To see what the height of the graph is click on it or the number next to it, the
number will show the height for several seconds. If you do not have "Show
average on the numeric indicators" selected and you click again the number will
show the average, over the last minute, for several seconds.
If you have NikNak docked but don't want NikNak on the top of all programs you
can temporarily disable this by selecting "Not on Top when Docked". This will
stay this way until you either restart NikNak, access the NikNak right-click
menu or double click on the System Tray icon. You can check the status of this
by moving the mouse over the System Tray icon. An example of when you may want
to use this is playing a game that uses the full screen.
The Calendar ...
You can display a small pop-up calendar via the right-click menu. If you click
on a date you will be told how many days until that date.
The Clock ...
You can display a clock via the right-click menu that takes up the screen
workspace area, right-clicking on it gives several options, these options are
saved when NikNak is closed. Normally the clock can be closed by clicking on it
but if you want to display the clock for a while and do not want to accidently
close it you can select the option to only allow it to be closed via its right-
click menu.
Internet Indicator ...
You need to have NetNak set up on the computer that has the modem, NetNak then
needs have the "Modem Sharing" settings set up. Both NetNak and NikNak need to
have the same version of "NetNak data link" (on the "Sharing" page of NetNak's
settings and on the NetNak page of NikNak's settings).
"QuickStart" Buttons ...
Here is where you can have quick access to your favorite programs. Drag-n-drop
your favorite programs and files onto NikNak add more buttons. To delete, rename
or rearrange these buttons right-click on the one you want to work on.
Requirements
Windows 95/98 or higher or Windows NT 4.0 or higher.
To see data rate information from NetNak ...
The computer that has the modem needs to have NetNak running (V5.0.0 or later)
and set to "Computer with the modem used by other computers".
To use hanging up via NetNak the version of NetNak must be V5.2.0 or later and
NetNak need to be set to enable remote hanging up.
Both NetNak and NikNak need to have the same version of "NetNak data link" (on
the "Sharing" page of NetNak's settings and on the NetNak page of NikNak's
settings).
Installation Notes
If you are installing a new version of this software you should uninstall the
old version first, you may need to restart your computer to free all the files.
Version Information
To determine which version of NikNak you are running you can go to the "About"
page under "Properties" - this will tell you is you are running as a registered
user or 30 day trial.
Registration
Please go to http://www.nakware.com/niknak for information about registration.
Differences between the 30-day trial version and the registered version:
- No 30 day limit.
- Priority when asking for technical support.
Known Issues
To create a "QuickStart" button to special desktop icons such as My Computer you
need to create a shortcut first and drag this onto NikNak, you can then delete
the shortcut you created.
Internet Data ...
Windows 95 - WinSock
If you are monitoring TCP/IP data and get zero all the time you may have an
old version of WinSock. If you want you can download the latest version from
Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
If you are using an older version of WinSock you will get a warning only once
- so you can keep using the older version if you want to.
Windows NT - Service Packs
If you are monitoring TCP/IP data and using Windows NT 4.0 you should have
Service Pack 4 or later. If you want you can download the latest version from
Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
If you are using an older Service Pack you will get a warning only once - so
you can keep using the older version if you want to.
"Unable to start the TCP/IP Monitor"
This message usually indicates that the file inetmib1.dll is missing and needs
installing. Under Windows 95 the update to WinSock Version 2 needs to have
been installed as well.
Using TCP/IP Monitor and getting pulses only
Some systems update the TCP/IP statistics less often than others. To improve
the display set a slower display update speed under "Properties".
Using TCP/IP Monitor on a LAN
The TCP/IP Monitor counts the total TCP/IP traffic to and from a computer and
so will include TCP/IP traffic to the internet and to other computers. As
NikNak does not have direct access to the TCP/IP traffic addressing this can
not be separated.
Upgrading to version 6.3.0 may have required some display layout setting to be
set up again - once this has been done the new setting will be stored as usual,
this was required to correct a WinME display layout issue.
Contact Details
Complete Software Solutions Web Site
www.nakware.com
or www.comsoft.co.nz
Product Information and Support Web Site
www.nakware.com/niknak
or www.comsoft.co.nz/niknak
E-Mail Addresses
- Product Support
support@nakware.com
- Sales
sales@nakware.com
Names used throughout this document are trademarks of their respective companies

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