Connecting to a repository
Before you can start creating questions and assessments with Authoring Manager, you must create or open a repository.
There are two kinds of repositories, local and shared.
A local repository is a repository that must exist on your own PC. It must be located on a local hard drive, not on a drive that you can access from a network. No security features are available for local repositories.
A shared repository is a repository that exists on any PC that you can access with a TCP or HTTP connection. Authoring Manager lets you open shared repositories but it does not let you create them. To do this, you must use Shared Repository Manager.
When you open a shared repository you must log in with a username and password.
When you open Authoring Manager for the first time, a dialog box will be displayed asking you to select the repository you want to connect to. You can open a local or shared repository, or create a local repository.
An example local repository is created by the install program. This is a Microsoft Access database file called ExampleLocal.qmr, and it contains several simple example questions and assessments. If you accepted the default installation location, the example repository will be located in the following folder:
To open this example repository:
- Select Open existing repository (Local) and click OK.
- Select the local repository file ExampleLocal.qmr and click Open.
For detailed instructions on how to create and connect to repositories, please refer to the Authoring Manager Help that accompanies the software.