Although Faswin 3 is a straight forward program, all programs can be difficult to use the first
time you see them. The goal of this page is to walk your though the things you will need to do
after installing Faswin. By following these simple steps you should be up and running in no time.
This document covers the process for both new Faswin users, and users upgrading
from Faswin 2.
information is required for Faswin 2 users you'll see this logo.
Download Faswin 3
If you haven't already done so, download the Faswin 3 install from the
Run the installation. The welcome screen will appear. Click on the
You will now be able to override the default Faswin 3 program location. If you'd
like the program to be installed somewhere other than the default location, then
enter it now. Once you are happy with the location, click the
A summary of your install decisions is then displayed. Click on the Next button
to start installing the program.
After the install is completed the program will run automatically.
Selecting the data location
The first time you run Faswin 3, you will see a screen prompting you to
select the data location.
If you have data in an existing folder (perhaps on a network drive, or already
created by Faswin 2) then enter the folder in the field and click
on the button. You can click on the
button to browse
the available folders.
If you do not have an existing data set then select the location where you would
like the data to go, and click on the
If you have installed Faswin 3 on this computer before then you may see a
License Expired message. If you see this click on the OK button, and the
Registration window will open. You will also see this window if your demo copy
of Faswin is more than 30 days old.
Temporary Copy Information
The first time you start Faswin you will see a window containing some
information about the current status of your registration. Don't Panic! Even if
your copy is currently in an "Unregistered state" it will still be fully
functional until the expiry date.
Even if you have already paid for Faswin, this screen will appear.
Once you have paid for Faswin you will be able to activate it with a permanent
registration and this screen will no longer apply.
Please note: Do not worry if this screen continues
to appear for a while after payment. It may take a day or two for the
online-registrations to be updated. Indeed we can only update your registration
after you've registered the program. So make sure you enter all your details as
described below. Even in temporary mode your program is fully
functional. If it expires you can get a new activation and carry on.
Click on the button to continue.
When your program starts for the first time the Registration will be set to
You will want to change this immediately because this name appears on the footer
of the reports.
The registration screen looks like this.
Complete the fields in the Your Details section. This will allow us to match
your copy with your payment, when you make it.
If you have already paid for Faswin, you do not need to
wait for any Application code to be supplied to you. Go ahead and
register using the steps above. Your registration will be updated to permanent
within a couple days after your initial registration.
In the Program Details section you can leave the dealer and serial number fields
blank. However if you obtained Faswin from a dealer please put their name in
here. This will make it easier for you to obtain support later on. If you did
not use a dealer then leave this field blank. You can also leave the serial
number field blank. Select the appropriate Level of the program that you would
like to test. Remember that the standard level is restricted to a single PC
whereas the enterprise level allows multiple users to access the program at the
Once you have entered all the details, if you are connected to the Internet, go
ahead and click on the
button. If you are not connected to the web then go ahead and connect before
clicking this button.
If the web connection is successful then you'll see a Success message. The
program will then restart itself in order for the change to take effect.
If you wish to change these details at any time, then you will find the option
in the menu.
This window will also appear automatically if your demo has expired.
If your demo version has expired, but you need more time to properly evaluate
Faswin 3, then please contact us using one of the options on the
About page. We will be happy to extend your demo period
The Main Frame
Once all the preliminaries are out of the way you will go straight to the main
program window. This is known as the program FRAME because everything the
program does happens inside this frame.
2 users can now carry on as you've done in the past. The basic layout of Faswin
3 should be familiar to you. However you may want to read on to refresh your
knowledge of Faswin.
Create (or Open) an Asset Register
The first thing you need to do is to Create an Asset register. Go to the
menu and choose the
You will need to enter a name for the register, and also (optionally) a
password. The default date will be primed to today's date, and you can leave
this as-is for the moment.
When you create a new register, that register is automatically opened for you.
The next time you run the program you can just re-open the register. This is
done by clicking on the
by selecting from the
After you create a new Asset register, the Company Settings screen will appear.
For a full description of each company field in detail, see the
You can re-visit this window when a register is open, by choosing
Now is a good time to setup some other Faswin settings which you will use later
Faswin has the ability to email reports to people. This is useful as it allows
the information inside Faswin to be shared with others, without them having
access to, or the ability to change, your data. The email facility inside Faswin
uses the standard internet email protocol, which is called SMTP. You will find
the email settings in the menu, in an
option marked .
A full description of the email settings is quite technical, and can be found
here. Don't worry if you don't get the email
sorted out just yet, it's not necessary for the rest of the program to work, and
you can always adjust it later on.
Cost Centre's and Departments
If you have a lot of assets to manage then it is useful to be able to group them
together into departments and cost centre's. If you are going to do this then
this is a good time to go ahead and create those cost centre and departments.
If you don't want to do this (or don't want to do it now) then a single Cost
Centre (called General) and a single Department (called General) will be created
To add, edit or remove cost centre's choose the option from the menu.
Likewise, to add, edit or remove departments choose the
option from the
Departments and Cost Centre's belong to a single asset register. If you have
multiple asset registers then each register will have their own departments and
Different kinds of assets have different "normal" depreciation settings. The
groups option in Faswin allows you to not only group your assets together into
logical groups, but also to define default depreciation settings for those
Using the Groups item in the Edit menu you are able to edit the groups that
exist, or create your own groups.
Note that the default for a group is only used when an asset is added. You are
able to change the settings for the asset to be different to the rest of the
group. If you change the settings for a group, that will not affect existing
Obviously the key to any asset register is adding the assets. To see a list of
the assets in your system, and to edit, or add to that list, choose the Assets
List option from the Edit menu, or click on the