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Downloading is as simple as clicking on a link
 
For example, to download the Garden Towns Brochure, you need simply to click on the words Garden Towns Brochure in the table below (it's a copy of the one on our GardenTowns Downloadable Products page - either will work):
 

Tryout Product Versions

Download these to try before you buy.

These are free .pdf documents which you can examine on your computer but cannot print

Version
File
Size

Pages

Price
($US)

Garden Towns Brochure (detailed descriptions)

8/99
412K
5
FREE!

Food for Thought (Ideas, Hints and Tips)

8/99
50K
5
FREE!

Garden Bench

8/99
31K
2
FREE!

Outhouse

8/99
60K
5
FREE!

Little Red Barn

8/99
168K
20
$5.00

Bill's Water Tower            NEW!

6/00
992K
18
$7.00

Country Church

8/99
264K
22
$7.00

Country House

8/99
436K
30
$8.00

Railway Station

8/99
280K
22
$6.00

Flat-Roofed Town Buildings (small). One-story buildings.

5/99
496K
23
$6.00

Flat-Roofed Town Buildings (medium). Two-story buildings.

5/99
732K
30
$7.00

Flat-Roofed Town Buildings (large). Two-story buildings

8/99
560K
31
$7.00

45-degree-Roofed Houses (small). One & two-story houses

5/99
1.1MB
44
$9.00

45-degree-Roofed Houses (large). One & two-story houses

10/99
896KB
46
$9.00

60-degree-Roofed Houses Two-story houses

8/99
632K
38
$8.00

Doors and Windows Series

8/99
356K
57
$5.00
 
These documents are all in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format; your browser should understand that when you click on a link which 'points at' a .pdf file, it's supposed to download the file, put it in a convenient place on your disk, and open it in Acrobat Reader (or other Acrobat program, if you have one installed) when it's fully downloaded. But sometimes, things aren't so simple. So we've provided here some hints which we hope might help. If you find that nothing we say helps you, you might want to wander over to the Wilhelm Research site; these folk publish information on the longevity of inkjet inks (vital stuff if you have a business based on selling ink-jet-printed photographic images) and have adopted .pdf as a key part of their publishing methodology. Have a look here to see what they say about downloading and printing .pdf files.
 
You might also - if problems persist - try to go to the source and see what Adobe have to say about downloading and Acrobat, here.
 
Hints

Here's our set of hints about how this should work. (Incidentally, if any of you folks out there have better instructions or a good link for beginners, please tell us via email to feedback@kivadesigngroupe.com )

We'll use Netscape Communicator running on a Mac under OS 9 to explain what goes on. Netscape on a (shudder) Windows/Intel machine should work almost the same. If you use Internet Explorer instead of Netscape, you'll need to find its instruction manual (we use Netscape and simply cannot help you with Explorer - sorry!); but Explorer offers more or less the same facilities, just dressed up differently, so you may be able to puzzle it out from our notes here.

Links

 
Normally, when browsing, when you click on a link (generally, blue, underlined text), you end up on a different web page. When you click on one of our product links (that is, a link which 'points at' a downloadable product file), rather than going to another page, your browser should start downloading the file that the link is 'pointing at'. You can see what the file is called: when you move your mouse over a link (without clicking), you'll see at the bottom of the browser window the link itself. For our free tryout Little Red Barn it should say
 
http://www.kivadesigngroupe.com/ProductFilesTrial/LittleRedBarn.pdf

...which tells you that you'd be downloading a file called 'LittleRedBarn.pdf'.

When you click on a product link you should see a new, small window get opened by your browser (like anything else on the Web, this might take a moment or two). If you chose to download Little Red Barn, the window would be titled "Save LittleRedBarn.pdf" and would contain text saying something like "33% of 166K (at 3KB/sec)", plus a progress bar, plus further text saying "Will open with Acrobat Reader 4.0". (At least, this is what you might see if you use Netscape Communicator).

 
Note: you need Acrobat Reader 4 (any version) to read some of our files - be sure to get an up to date version from Adobe if you don't already have it.
 
Weird Behaviour

Sometimes, different things can happen. The first possibility is that if your browser has the Acrobat Plug-In installed, then rather than opening up the new little window, you'll see the document appearing in your browser. The second possibility is that for some reason or another your browser cannot be bothered to recognise the file as a .pdf file, and will simply start filling its window with what looks like gibberish. You'll probably find both these possibilities inconvenient (unless you have a very fast internet link).

 
If you don't find the situation inconvenient, when the file has finished downlaoding, you'll be able to tell the browser to save the file using a nornal file-saving dialogue box.
 
If you do find it inconvenient, simply click on the browser's 'Stop' button, then click on the 'back' button to return to the downloads page. Then, instead of just clicking on the link for the file you want to download, hold (on a Mac) the 'option' key down, then click, then release the option key. This will tell the browser you want to save the file somewhere, and it will give you a normal filesave dialogue box so you can tell it where.

Setting Up Your Browser to Save Stuff Where You Want

Otherwise, if all has gone as expected, your browser will save the file somewhere on your hard disk. Where it saves it depends on where you've told the browser to save it.

 
If you're using Netscape Communicator, you can set up where this is. To do this, look under the menu 'Edit' for the submenu 'Preferences'. Select Preferences. You should see a new window open, called something like 'Preferences for <your name here>". The left hand side of the window will contain a list of things to set preferences for - 'Appearance', 'Navigator' and so forth. Find the one that says 'Navigator'. If it's got a list of items underneath it saying 'Languages', 'Applications' and 'Smart Browsing', choose 'Applications'. If it doesn't, then it should have a little triangle to the left of 'Navigator'; click this so it rotates downward and you should see the list; then choose 'Applications'.

The right hand side of the window will now contain a scrolling list, and under the list will be some buttons, and under the buttons will be the words 'Download files to: <some folder (directory) on your hard disk>'. That's where Netscape is currently saving download files. If you like where it's putting them, well and good, but you might want to put them somewhere else. To set that, simply click on the 'Choose...' button to the right of this text, and you'll be presented with a file-selection window. You can navigate to where you want, and select the folder of your choice. (If you want to save stuff in a folder which doesn't exist yet, you'll need to create it before clicking 'Choose...')

 
Finding Stuff That's Got Lost

Finally, if you've already downloaded stuff and have no idea where it got saved, you should be able to use your computer's Find File facilities to look for it. On a Mac with MacOS 8.5 or later, go to the desktop and type <Blobble>F ('Blobble' means that key to the left of the space bar with an Apple on it and a blobble: hold that key down and while it's down, hit the F key, and then release the blobble key). This will open up the file searching capabilities of the OS, and you can use it to search for the file you're looking for.