Version: ca. 2003
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This description pertains to the standalone version of "eAmbush!". If you have FileMaker Pro and would like use the standard FileMaker file set, just unzip and copy the files to any place of your disk and open "eAmbush!" by double-clicking the "Ambush.fp5" file, as you would do with any other database.
Unzip the "ambush_mac.zip" file if you work on a Macintosh, or "ambush_win.zip" if you are on a Windows machine.
C'est tout. We try to keep it simple.
(If you do not have an "Unzip" program I recommend that you get the free Aladdin "Expander" which is available for Macintosh and Windows systems.)
If you want to, move the created "eAmbush Folder" around your disk and/or rename it, but do not rename or remove any of the files inside the folder. Note that no files are installed in your system folder or at any other location, so you may remove eAmbush from your machine by simply deleting the eAmbush folder.
Start the eAmbush Program by double-clicking the "eAmbush" file (may show up as "eAmbush.exe" on Windows machines) in the "eAmbush" folder. Don't try to open any of the other files in that directory, you are not likely to benefit from that (but neither will you damage anything, probably).
You may want to create an alias (a link, for Win users) to the "eAmbush" file if you plan to use it frequently.
To back up your copy of eAmbush, just copy the complete "eAmbush" folder to a safe place, or create a zipped copy and store it in a safe place. Note that a different folder on the same physical hard disk is definitely
a "safe place", as it will be gone when your disk crashes. If you put the backup to a different hard disk, make sure that this "disk" is not just a different partition on the same physical drive.
Sorry, this is as far as I will go teaching system management. For further questions not specifically related to "eAmbush!" please consult your computer's manual.
There is another option to save the game, squad and drawn card data: Use the "Save/Retrieve Data" button from the List screen, as described in Step 2 of the section on a complete update/re-install. This will back up your data to a file of your choice. However, this is not substitute for a back-up, rather a tool for a short in-between save. To retrieve the data, perform Step 5 of the update procedure.
This kind of backup may be handy if you accidentally destroy data. eAmbush data is stored in a database system, which means that a delete is just that- the data is gone. Unlike text processors or spreadsheet programs, you do not "save" the data when you think you're done. Every change is written to the disk the moment you do it, which also means that there is no "undoing" of an action you regret.
To restore "eAmbush!", copy your backup to any disk you want- "eAmbush!" is not particular about its location. This will throw you back, game-wise, to the date you made the backup copy.
However, there is a chance that you did not really have a disk crash but that the eAmbush database files became corrupted in another way, for example by you tripping over the power cord while eAmbush was running. eAmbush will indicate internal file corruption by giving a warning message when it is next started, telling you that a file is damaged and that you should contact the developer.
Well, contacting me is what is very unlikely to help you. What you should do is this:
The program will try to recover the broken file(s), keeping a renamed copy of the damaged file. You should now be able to continue as usual.
If this recovery fails, please replace the damaged file with your backup copy. Note that your game data is only stored in the following files:
All other files in the "eAmbush" folder may be replaced from a backup without losing any of your game data, since they only contain unchangeable reference data.
To upgrade to a new version of "eAmbush!" you need to do the following, in this order:
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, last change 2011-03-12