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  1. Hi there, Many thanks indeed for the extra publicity. We're hoping we can raise a significant amount for charity, and this will help a lot. The Masher program enables you to build complete units of HotPot exercises (and other Web pages), all with a consistent appearance, linked together with navigation buttons, and including an index. It's intended for people who create large Websites consisting of many units of material. The v6 Masher can also handle Quandary mazes, and when TexToys 3 comes out next month, it will also integrate with the Masher, so it will be possible to build complete unit
  2. Hi there, The rules for Hot Potatoes licences are: Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals working for state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions: * You are working for a company or corporation, or an educational institution which is not state-funded. * You are in business for yourself. * You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes. *
  3. Hi there, [We hope you'll forgive the intrusion of company information, but this message is really very un-corporate.] It's with great pleasure that we announce that in celebration of the fifth birthday of Half-Baked Software Inc., we have decided that for the whole of the month of May 2004, we will give all the income received from purchases of Hot Potatoes and Quandary licences directly to charity. The University of Victoria has agreed to waive its royalty percentage, we will waive ours, and the company will cover ongoing costs out of its savings, so every penny of the software licence fee
  4. Hi Graham, I love your Sainsbury's thing. but there is one difference between groceries and software: you can't produce infinite numbers of copies of a cabbage for free, but you can produce unlimited copies of a piece of software for nothing. There are distribution costs for any hard copies, but propagation over the Web is very low-cost, so it is practical to give software away. However, if you want to make any money, you have to make your free distribution fit into a well-thought-out business plan that includes revenues from other sources which will be enhanced by the free distribution. Figu
  5. Hi there, We don't give it away free, actually. The terms of use are here: http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/hot_pot_licence_terms.php Only teachers working for state-funded educational institutions who share their work through open Websites are allowed to use it for free. There are enough corporations, small companies and individuals who want to hide their materials behind Websites or sell them to provide Half-Baked with a small income; some of that goes to the university general coffers, some into our own unit (to buy computers for us), some goes to us as individuals and directors of the c
  6. Hi all, John Simkin asked me to post a brief outline of the origin of Hot Potatoes, so here it is, adapted from an article we published a few years ago: Hot Potatoes arose initially out of our own needs. By 1997, the use of Web pages in support of educational courses was already widespread, and we found ourselves with the need to create a wide range of interactive exercises for the Web, in support of various language programs. At the time, JavaScript was the only practical and reliable method of doing this, so we evolved a set of template scripts for simple exercise types (multiple-choice, s
  7. Hi all, These are two that have been mentioned: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/hotpot/ (Hot Potatoes) http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php (Quandary) I've also written another pair of apps called TexToys that are similar to Hot Potatoes, with different exercise types: http://www.cict.co.uk/software/textoys/index.htm You'll need modern Web browsers to access most of the pages above; we've moved away from supporting old browsers in the last year, in favour of supporting current Web standards, and encouraging people to upgrade. Cheers, Martin
  8. Hi there, I'm an ex-ESL teacher, now a computer programmer and instructional designer at the University of Victoria, Canada, and I'm one of the Half-Baked Software (Hot Potatoes and Quandary software) guys. My details are here: http://www.mholmes.com http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com I hold a BA in English, an M.Phil (both from Manchester), and the RSA DipTEFLA. I previously taught EFL for 15 years in several countries. In my current job, I provide Windows and web-based programming services to support university language teaching and research. Cheers, Martin
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