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1. Quick Start

1.1 What is Tinybooker

Tinybooker is an accounting program offering the dual accounting core functionality for moderate size accountings:

This early release is for Linux only. Later Tinybooker will be ported to Windows.

1.2 This document

This is a guide for Tinybooker accounting program. This is NOT a general introduction to dual accounting. If you know nothing of accounting, you should first read some book of it. You may start here: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Accountancy/Introduction_to_Accountancy. Study also the local legislation.

1.3 Installing Tinybooker

Tinybooker is available for downloading at its home page; http://tinybooker.org/ or at Tinybooker development projects page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tinybooker/files. To install Tinybooker:

Tinybooker is build under Fedora and Gnome desktop, but is tested also in Ubuntu and KDE desktop. If you try Tinybooker in some other Linux distribution I would be glad to hear how it works.

To install Python visit Python's home site: http://python.org/download.

When you have downloaded Tinybooker, the installation goes as follows:
$ tar -xzf  tinybooker-0.2.x.tar.gz  # uncompress the downloaded Tinybooker package
$ cd  tinybooker-0.2.x               # go to the uncompressed directory
$ ls                                 # it should look like that
tinybooker  PKG-INFO  README  setup.py
# the next step must be done as root
$ sudo python setup.py install       # run the setup script

Tinybooker installation is now done. By default Tinybooker is installed to folder .../site-packages/tinybooker under your Python library and a short Tinybooker startup script 'tinybooker' is put to folder /usr/bin. Write

$ tinybooker
and your Tinybooker starts.

You can also run Tinybooker without running the setup script.
$ cd tinybooker             # In the folder tinybooker-0.2.x change to folder tinybooker 
$ ls                        # it looks like that
booker.py      csvcnt        gui.py       pic         settings.py  tinybooker
components.py  datatypes.py  __init__.py  PKG-INFO    tests
const.py       functions.py  locales      reports.py  testtools
$ python booker.py &        # you can start Tinybooker also with this
If you lack the root privileges you can use Tinybooker from your home directory in the later manner.

1.4 Starting Tinybooker

Image 2: New User
Image 2: New User

When you first time open the Tinybooker, you are asked to select the user interface language and the program you want to use to view plain text format reports.

Languages in this early release are only English and Finnish. We are waiting for more localizations. When establishing accountings you may select different language for their reports.

Select text viewer from drop down menu or type path to your favorite text editor. To view plain text reports you shall use fixed width font. Ensure that such one is available in your editor. HTML format reports are opened in your default WEB browser.

Click Apply and the Tinybooker main window will open. You may update your user interface settings from main menu Accounts/Preferences.

Next you are advised to open Tinybooker Demo from main menu Help/Accounting example. It is the quick way to see what Tinybooker is and what it can do.

Before you rush to create your real accounting, please read the next chapter.

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