Q: Do I need Up To Date if I currently receive postings from the Alchemy Mindworks mailing list?
A: Up To Date and the Alchemy Mindworks e-mail update list perform similar functions, but each has its place. Up To Date is considerably more timely than the e-mail list. If you have Up To Date configured to run automatically, you'll be notified of software upgrades within no more than 24 hours. In addition, Up To Date can be configured to only show you items that are relevant to the Alchemy Mindworks products you use.
We recommend that you both use Up To Date and subscribe to the update list. We invite you to visit the E-Mail Update List page to add your address to the e-mail list if you have not done so previously.
Q: Will Up To Date display any commercial adverting?
A: Up To Date will display no messages from parties other than Alchemy Mindworks and divisions thereof. Depending on how you configure it, it might show you notifications about new products from Alchemy Mindworks, or special discounts on existing products. If you regard these as being commercial advertising and you'd rather not see them, use the Up To Date Setup window to prevent their appearance.
Q: Will Up To Date send any personal information or system configuration data from my computer back to Alchemy Mindworks?
A: Not a single byte. We regard software that sneaks around behind your back as highly unethical and in league with unclean spirits and liberals. In addition, honesty bids us note that we've never actually figured out what we could do with all that personal information, were we to collect it.
Q: Will Up To Date tell Alchemy Mindworks if I use evaluation software that I haven't registered?
A: No, it will not. In that it can't communicate anything back to us about what's on your hard drive, your secret is safe. Unless a leather-winged demon of the night tears itself shrieking blood and fury from the endless caverns of the nether world, hurls itself into the darkness with a thirst for blood on its slavering fangs and searches the very threads of time for the throbbing of your heartbeat, your various body parts are probably safe too.
Q: Will Up To Date install new software or update my existing software automatically?
A: No. Once again, this is the sort of thing we really don't like seeing other applications do to us, and as such, Up To Date won't do it to you. It will inform you about upgrades and new applications, and provide you with convenient links to our web pages to let you download the ones you want, at your convenience. It won't automatically download or install anything.
Q: Am I likely to receive more spam e-mail if I use Up To Date?
A: No. Up To Date will not add your e-mail address to any mailing lists. In fact, it would have no way of knowing what your e-mail address is.
Q: Can I use Up To Date even if I haven't registered my Alchemy Mindworks software yet?
A: Yes you can, and we encourage you to do so. Thanks for letting us demonstrate our commitment to keeping your future Alchemy Mindworks applications updated and productive.
Q: Will Up To Date tell me about things other than software, such as Steven William Rimmer's books?
A: It will unless you tell it not to in the Up To Date Setup window.
Q: Can I safely use Up To Date on a computer that my children have access to?
A: Yes you can. None of the content displayed by Up To Date is within a light year of being "adult," even for those with profoundly suspicious imaginations.
Q: Can Up To Date infect my system with a virus?
A: No. No way. Not a chance. Not even in an alternate universe run by hyperintelligent penguins. The only things Up To Date can download to your system are its text files, and even hyperintelligent penguins haven't figured out how to infect them with viruses.
Q: Can I use Up To Date if I have a dial-up modem connection to the Internet?
A: Yes, you can, but you'll have to run it manually. See the discussion of Manual Up To Date in the Up To Date Reference document.
Q: How can I uninstall Up To Date if I decide I don't want to use it any longer?
A: Uninstall Up To Date through the Start menu's Programs » Alchemy Mindworks » Up To Date » Uninstall item.
Q: How can I configure Up To Date so it doesn't automatically check for updates when my computer boots up?
A: Run Up To Date and select Startup Manager from its File menu. Select the Manual option in the Startup Manager window and click on OK. Exit Up To Date to save this change.
Q: From time to time, I receive notifications from Up To Date that I'm not interested in. How can I configure Up To Date to stop displaying them?
A: See the Up To Date Setup window.
Q: I have an older version of an Alchemy Mindworks application on my system. I like it just the way it is, and I don't want to upgrade to the latest version. If I run Up To Date, is it going to nag me about this every morning?
A: You will be notified once each time we release a new version or patch for your application. The average Alchemy Mindworks product is upgraded several times a year. If you'd like to suppress all version change notifications, see the Up To Date Setup window and change the Show Alert windows and Show Version windows items to Never. Note, however, that doing so will prevent Up To Date from notifying you of updates to other Alchemy Mindworks software that may be installed on your system.
Q: Can I use Up To Date if I access the Internet through a firewall?
A: Yes you can. Up To Date fetches its notification items list document using the HTTP protocol, the same way web pages are accessed. If you can surf the web, Up To Date should be able to download its notification lists.