SkinCalc
by Cloanto
 
  
 

Software Help

   

The software can be customized to operate as both a calculator and a currency converter. As such, different functionality levels may apply to the version you are using (e.g. SkinCalc, WorldCalc or Euro Calculator). Additionally, skins can be applied to further change the appearance and functionality of the software. This means that some functions may not be available using some skins, or they may be available only using keyboard shortcuts.

Context Help

Context help is always available during use of the calculator by pressing F1, or by clicking the Help button, and then the item for which you need instructions.

The Application Menu

The Application menu, also referred to as display menu to differentiate it from the currency menu (which lists all currencies), appears when you click the Menu button on the calculator. If the calculator does not have a Menu button, the Application menu can be opened by clicking the display (the area where the digits are displayed) with the left mouse button.

You may want to consider enabling the Round, Format and Always on Top options. The Round and Format settings affect the way results are displayed, and the results of the Copy and Convert Clipboard commands.

With most skins, keyboard shortcuts are available to quickly access certain functions without having to go through the Application menu. For example, F4 opens the Options dialog and F5 directly opens the Skins tab.

Installation Directory

You may want to get familiar with the installation directory of the program, which is where additional skins can be installed. In the English version of Windows this is usually inside "C:\Program Files\Cloanto\Calculator".

You can drag-and-drop the program file (the file ending with ".exe") using the right mouse button to create links (for example on the Desktop, on the Start menu or on the Quick Launch toolbar) or copies thereof.

You can also copy the program directory to a floppy disk or other medium, and use it from there, without installation.

Windows Options

Several Control Panel options affect the software. For example, in the Display Properties, the Smooth edges of screen fonts setting (under Appearance/Effects, or in Effects, or in the Plus! section, depending on the version of Windows) considerably improves the quality of the calculator display.

In the Regional Options, the Currency settings determine the formatting of currency amounts in the display, if the Format option of the calculator is enabled.

With some versions of Windows, selecting a different locale in the Regional Options affects the language used for the user interface of the software.

Translucency

Beyond the ability to create appealing visual effects, translucency can be combined with the Always on Top option to see the results while working on a document in the same screen area.

Some skins are especially designed for this purpose, making most of the calculator surface (except for the display) almost completely transparent when not in use. You can also press CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW to respectively make the skin more or less translucent. This works with all skins, even if they don't explicitly feature translucency effects.

Translucency is supported on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and higher.

Working with Currencies

If you are interested in the currency conversion functions of the software (if available, e.g. in WorldCalc and in Euro Calculator), we recommend to spend a few minutes to configure certain settings. Here is a quick and essential step-by-step guide:

  1. If you are connected to the internet, select Update Now (from the Application menu, or using the Update Now button on the skin, if present). The currency selection symbol will flash to indicate that the software is connecting to the internet.
  2. If the connection succeeded, the currency menu will now contain a long list of currencies. If not, you probably need to configure the internet or LAN access options, or otherwise please refer to the troubleshooting section on the software home page.
  3. From the Application menu, select Options, and go to the Currencies tab. If there are currencies that you are not interested in, select them and click Remove (you can always automatically restore the list at a later time).
  4. In the Data Source tab, select Only update existing currencies if you don't wish new currencies to be automatically added to the list of currencies. If you don't select this option, the currencies that you have removed will be added again at the next update.
  5. Consider whether you would like to enable the Auto-update function, which causes the software to automatically connect to the internet from time to time. The alternative is to update the exchange rates manually as necessary (selecting Update Now).
  6. If you don't have a permanent internet connection, you must either establish the connection manually when the software needs to access the network, or you can configure the Connection options appropriately. These settings are very similar to your system's Internet Options, which you may want to use as a reference.

If you enabled the Auto-update function, consider that you don't need to keep the software running all the time in order to always have up-to-date data. The program automatically checks if an update is required when you launch it, and usually completes the update while you are still typing the first digits.

WorldCalc and Euro Calculator

If you need more specific information about technical, administrative or troubleshooting issues for WorldCalc and Euro Calculator, please refer to the respective software home pages, which include dedicated FAQ (frequently asked questions) and Troubleshooting sections: