The Charity Auction Organizer offline client is a program you download and install that allows you to work with your auction data without an internet connection.
After being installed the offline client will download your auction data from CharityAuctionOrganizer.com and store it on your computer for offline access.
The offline client acts as a local copy of our web site, totally contained on your computer. You access your auction data from your local computer using your web browser with the same interface as CharityAuctionOrganizer.com.
When an internet connection is available the offline client will transparently synchronize the changes you have made locally with CharityAuctionOrganizer.com and vice versa. Changes you have made will be uploaded to the website, and any changes made on the website will be downloaded to your computer.
If you do not have internet access at your auction venue, then you will need the offline client to record bids, checkout bidders, etc during your event
If you do have internet access then you can either rely on CharityAuctionOrganizer.com, or use the offline client. Using the offline client will give you an extra degree of protection against unforseen problems, such as your internet connection going down.
During the preparation for your auction you can use the web site and do not need to use the offline client.
The offline client is available to users with a Standard or Profesional license. You must install it on a Windows based computer that has internet access at install time.
The offline client works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit). We recommend a machine with at least 2GB of RAM. If you are running a local network, then it is best to install it on the fastest machine you have available. Performance on netbooks tends to be fairly slow.
Yes -- your computer running the offline client is able to act as server to other machines on your local network, allowing multiple users access to your data offline.
Your local network refers to other machines connected to the same wifi network, or plugged into the same router. You do not need the router to be connected to the internet for this to work.
You should never need to install multiple copies of the offline client. The only time the offline client should be used is during your auction event itself, in which case a single copy is able to act as a server to a local network.
If you have multiple copies of the offline client installed they will not be sharing changes correctly between them and so you will see different views of your auction data.
Setting up a local network varies depending on the hardware you have, and we are unable to provide direct technical support for this. However, in general you can use a router like you may have at home to create a wired or wireless network.
Download the current release: Version 2.2.5 installer (83MB) (November 11th, 2012. Windows XP, Vista, 7)
Once it is installed the offline client will automatically update itself when a new version is released.
For instructions on how to install the offline client see the user guide, in particular:
After installing the offline client, you enter your CharityAuctionOrganizer.com username and password and it will download your auction data. Once this process is complete you can disconnect the internet and continue to access your data.
If you are going to use the offline client during your auction event then we strongly recommend installing it several days before hand to ensure everything goes smoothly.
If you are going to be using a local network during your event then please try this out before hand to be familar with the process. Ideally you should try a practice run with the same equipment that you will be using on auction night.