TaskMagic3 is available as a 30 day trial download. This is a fully working version of the TaskMagic programs. Each program will work for 30 days counting from the first time it is run on your computer. Please note that TaskMagic works in all versions of Windows up to and including Windows 10 (but not Windows Mobile or Windows RT for the AMD-based Surface tablet). We don't have a Mac or Linux version. You can run TaskMagic on a Mac if you have some way of running Windows on your Mac, such as via a dual boot system, or software such as Parallels, Virtual PC or similar.
The setup package should install all necessary files to your PC. If you encounter any problems, please let us know by email. See the technical notes below in red.
Please remember that TaskMagic is essentially an authoring package -- it requires you to create your own content. "Help" tabs on the edit screens for the various exercise groups should provide you with the necessary information to create your own exercises. The trial download also comes with a handful of sample exercises. You should also be able to access ready-made games and exercises available on the Web. (See the link above.)
See the tutorials on the TaskMagic blog to help you with creating your own TaskMagic exercises. We'd hate you to give up on TaskMagic just because on first inspection it appeared complicated to use. It really is simple once you get going.
Click on the link below to download TaskMagic3Trial.exe. You may be given the option to run or to save the file when you click on the download link. If you choose to run the program, the installation will begin as soon as the file is downloaded. If you choose to save the file, you can specify a place to save it to on your computer. Once the download is complete, you will need to run the file at some point to install the software on your computer.
Please note that you will need to have full administrative privileges in order to install the TaskMagic3 Trial on your computer, and the first time you run each program. If you are using your own computer, this should not be a problem. However, if you are using a school computer or laptop, it is likely that you will have restricted privileges, and you will probably need to ask a technician to install the trial for you (and run each of the TaskMagic programs). The 30 day trial begins the first time you run each program on your computer. Remember, you will need administrative priviledges the first time you run each program, as well as during installation. TaskMagicCreate will launch by default at the end of installation. You are advised to run TaskMagicPlay as well straight after installation, with administrator priviledges.
(These notes ONLY apply to the trial version of TaskMagic available on the download link below. The licensed version is totally separate and does not require manual installation and first-run as administrator. The licensed version comes with msi installers for installation across a network.)
Once installed, the TaskMagic programs can be accessed via your computer’s Start menu:
Start > Programs > TaskMagic3Trial > TaskMagicCreate & TaskMagicPlay
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
If at first you don't succeed, don't give up! Contact us!
If you are trialling TaskMagic3 with a view to possibly buying it for your school, the last thing we want to happen is for you to be put off due to technical problems or other issues with the trial version. We know that there are thousands of people who really rate TaskMagic and use it daily in their teaching, and we'd hate for you to have to miss out because you gave up on TaskMagic due to some technical or other issue which could have been resolved simply by contacting us...
Problem installing the trial? Problem with "run as administrator" messages?
There are several issues that are specific to the trial version itself (due to its need to protect itself and date-stamp its installation). If you have any problems, please contact us.
Trialled it ages ago and would like a new trial? Would you like a longer trial period?
The trial download on the link above is available to all, without registration or anything, and once you've trialled it once, you can't trial it again. However, if you represent a school wishing to buy TaskMagic, we can provide you with a different trial version, which is essentially a time-limited subscription where we control the expiry date. The beauty of this system is that you only need a new registration key to convert it into a fully licensed version of TaskMagic3. Contact us for more information.
Finding it difficult? Unsure how to get started?
We'd hate you to give up just because on initial inspection it appeared complicated to use. It really is simple once you get going.
Here are some suggestions to help you:
- If you're not sure how to start making your own exercises, make sure you are opening TaskMagic Create. You should find it via the Start menu on your computer: Start > Programs > TaskMagic3Trial > TaskMagicCreate.exe
- Have a look at the Help tab at the top of the edit screens in TaskMagic Create. You should find a "How to..." section on there telling you how to create the various exercise types.
- Watch the video tutorials on the TaskMagic blog. As with all blogs, they're listed in reverse chronological order, so you might want to start with the ones at the bottom of the list first. Check the tags on the blog too for more help information and suggestions for how to make exercises.
- Contact us and ask for help. That's what we're here for. We'd prefer you to ask us for advice on getting started with TaskMagic, rather than letting the trial period slip by without getting to grips with it.
- Ask other people, on Twitter, mflresources, TES staffroom, the FLTeach listserv, or wherever. Use your PLN :0)