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    Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    I have been asked to download and install on the network Interactive Planning Tool off the Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics section of the DFES Standards site here. I have got the file downloaded and its a self contained exe file that runs fine on my laptop and when I put it on a networked pc's local harddisk and logon with my administrator rights.

    However it will not run if I put it on a network drive or try and run it via a shortcut on the desktop it just comes up with a message saying that the application cannot be found. The same happens if I logon as a member of staff even. They want to use this on tomorrow and and I need get this iinstalled on about 10 pc's.

    I've done a bit of digging and the software seems to be using a variant of the Firefox browser "Minefield" and is completely self-contained. If anyone has any ideas I would really like to here them. By the way the PC's are running XP Pro SP2 and Viglen ClassLink 7

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    The tool needs to be installed for each user and the proxy setting changed. Also after the install the tool overwrites itself so make a backup. As installing and changing the proxy settings is too much for some teachers here and I don’t have an MSI packager. I made a small vbs script to copy the files to the local profile. All the user needs to do is run the vbs script. You will need to copy the Application Data\Capita folder from a working machine to a shared location. Change the copyfolder to suit your system.

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    Const APPLICATION_DATA = &H1a&

    Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(APPLICATION_DATA)
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.Self

    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FilesystemObject")
    Set oNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")

    foldername = objFolderItem.Path & "\Capita"

    Wscript.echo "This may take a few minutes. Click OK to start"

    fso.CopyFolder "P:\PC Planning Tool\Capita", foldername

    Wscript.echo "Done"


    set oNetwork=nothing
    Set fso = Nothing
    Set objShell = Nothing
    Set objFolder = Nothing
    Set objFolderItem = Nothing

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Forgot to say. You will also need to copy the planning tool application (650KB or so) from a working machine to a shared location as it doesn’t get copied over with the script.

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    jobos, I'm totally overawed that you've managed to get the thing working! what a 'mare.
    I wonder whose bright idea it was to issue an *.exe without checking out whether it would work/how to get it to work on primary school networks where staff generally don't have admin rights?

    All this hassle for a cut and paste tool which looks a bit better than Notepad and has no other advantages!

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    Thanks jobos. I thought I was the only one who was having a problem getting this pile of crap running

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. In my professional opinion as a primary school teacher, it's rubbish. Install it on one or two machines and teachers will quickly realise the same.
    All it does, over normal copy and paste, is allow you to pick up copy multiple items at once - and it does this very slowly. My laptop is pretty high spec, I dread to see how it runs on a our p500s.
    Basically, you need to find something that lets you copy multiple items at once - like the feature in office. Not sure that that works from IE but I'm sure there must be a shareware program out there that does the same.

    You'd have thought if the government were spending the millions on relaunching their primary strategy, they'd give you a decent program to do it with - something that has all the objectives built in and I can drag and drop in quickly. Oh, hang on... the reason is possibly in the App Data path: 'Capita'!

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Hi - I'm having problems with the interactive planning tool too :? . How do you run the vbs script? Is it complicated?

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    Ah rubbish - I've just been asked to install this too. Looks like I've either got a mare on my hands or I'll have to explain to the new Head of Primary that it's not possible on our network. Grrr.

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Nick, spacecadet and anyone else considering installing this waste of bytes, just put it on a local install, show it to one of the peiple who want it installed, let them use it, then ask if it is worth half a day or more of your time to get it up and running.

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Quote Originally Posted by becktonboy
    show it to one of the peiple who want it installed, let them use it, then ask if it is worth half a day or more of your time to get it up and running.
    My time is free to them, so they will say yes...

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    The manual way of installing this is:

    Download and save file from Standards site and Install on one machine.
    Copy the folder C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Capita to a shared location.
    Copy Planning Tool.exe (651KB) to said shared location.
    Save attached install.vbs file to said shared location.
    Change line 14 of install.vbs to suit network setup.
    Tell users to run install.vbs and thereafter run Planning Tool.exe (651KB)

    The install.vbs copies the files to the local profile and this will need running on every machine the user uses unless you’re using roaming profiles.
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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    I'd have to second what every one here is saying about it being crap. It doesn't work properly on a lot of my standalone XP machines and even the teachers agree it is crap.

    As an aside, it appears to be a dirty hack of Firefox, presumably from fiddling with source. I had a problem on a couple of Acer laptops with missing DLLs, and it threw up error dialogs with 'firefox.exe' in the title. Also, if you go into the options dialog, it refers to 'Minefield', which appears from a quick Google to be a development platform for future versions of Firefox. The GUI is very Firefox-ish too.

    I wonder if Mozilla are aware and happy, or if it was a similar caper to the infamous copied Iraq WMD dossier??

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    By the way it hates Vista by the sounds of it. One the teachers tried to install it on her nice shiny new Dell running Vista Home Premium had it crap out on her last night at home. She wanted to see if I would try and intsall it on my home box as it has Vista Ultimate installed.

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Nick, you need to consider your position.....

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    Re: Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool

    Quote Originally Posted by becktonboy
    Nick, you need to consider your position.....
    Excuse me?

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