Instructions for Studio Features:

What are the Studio Features?

The studio features are a set of menus and powerful commands that
make it easy to record your own Hgo words timing to go along with
your own worship album, package that all up nice and pretty, and
put it onto a CD-Extra CD your customers can put in, surf your CD
based web pages and click to view your Hgo content.

Although many of the Studio menu features can be used by just about
anybody (to make their creation of personal-use Hgo materials easy),
the studio features really shine when you have your own StudioID.

If you have purchased a Studio Level License for HGO, you should
look into getting your own StudioID#.  The StudioID represents a
special relationship with InspiredCode, so it's not for everyone.
But it just might be a good fit for you and for us.  Some of the
instructions below may apply only to those who have a StudioID
and other instructions below may apply to anyone who simply has
the Studio license level of HGO.  Certain capabilities "turn-on"
when you have entered your StudioID#, and other capabilities are
made available once you have logged onto a certain project, within
a StudioID capability.

The general idea is to go one step at a time through the process of
creating your own CD-Extra CD containing your music, your Hgo
content, your own cstom web pages and an automatic way for your
customers to painlessly install and use HGO straight from your CD.
When you click to create your CD, you also end up creating your
ShareWareMusic package equivalent of that CD.  Nothing says
you have to distrubute both or either, but they should both be made.

Each StudioID holder gets their own sandbox (directory) in the
standard HGO directory structure.  Your creations go into that one
folder on anybody's machine who will install your own content.

That special location (as installed) is called the Real Folder(s).
(It actually consists of your own special folder within a few certain
folders in the Hgo directories). 

While you are building your content, you also have a Virtual Folder.
That virtual folder is on any drive you choose,  C:\  by default.

This will make much more sense as you get to use it.  To use the HGO
Studio features, you simply click on the Studio Menu at the top of
HGO and you will be allowed to do certain things at certain times.
That way you are led one step at a time down the path to success!

How do I use the Studio Features?

Before you do anything else, after you have obtained your HGO Studio
license and put it into HGO, you would need to obtain your unique
Studio ID Number.  This is a 4 digit alphanumeric code that only you
would have.  It gets tacked onto the beginning of all valid HGO content
and package names.  This makes each file name created truly unique,
so that it should only be overwritten by authorized updates.

Here are the steps to use the Studio Features:

Listed below are the menu items you should click in HGO to perform
the needed sequence of events.  Please note that you must successfully
complete each step before you are allowed to do the next.

You may well ask: why have I made the next parts below really light
purple?  Answer:  because I have now created a mentor (I refuse to
call them wizards) that carries you through the steps needed to get
past all the "light purple" stuff.  That's right.  You can now click on
the "Your Package From Scratch" menu item, and it will launch a
process that leads you through making your song list, and preparing
all your lyrics files.  That makes it a snap to get well launched into
your album package project. 

So please give that "Your Package From Scratch" menu a try.
You'll be glad you did!

0.  Click on Studio/
    Input your StudioID and checksum"

    You will be asked to enter your unique Studio ID# and check sum.
    If you have already done this then the other menu items will appear.

1. Click on Studio/Create Your Original HGO Content/
    Start New Album Project    or
    Log onto an existing project  (if you already started it)

    This logs you into the project, creating along the way any folders
    it may need.

2. Click on Studio/Create Your Original HGO Content/
    Import Files/
    Open the import folder
    This opens the import folder so you can drag all the files you want into
    it.  You will want to include any sound files (not your CD Audio),
    lyrics files (.txt), movies (VP3 AVI) and pictures (BMP or JPG).

    Perform Import Now
    This puts all those files into the right places in your current project.

   Open the outbasket folder.

    This opens the outbasket folder so you can remove the processed files.

3. Click on Studio/Create Your Original HGO Content/
    Edit an existing lyrics file
    This opens the outbasket folder so you can remove the processed files.
    Record an Hgo File
    These menus allow you to record your own Hgo words timing.
    See the main instructions under "Advanced".
    Edit an Existing Hgo File
    This opens an editor to adjust and modify your recorded Hgo file.
    Create New SongList
    This auto-creates a song list based uppn all your song files it finds.
    Edit Existing SongList
    This opens an editor to adjust and modify your SongList.

4. Click on Studio/Package Your Original HGO Content/
    Interview to describe your package
    This asks you questions.  The answers are used to creat your CD
    web pages.  It also will ask you to locate two pictures for them.

5. Click on Studio/
    Package Your Original HGO Content/
    Create Your Content Package (.pkg)
    This step will take quite a while to execute, so please be patient.
    This command copies your Real Folder(s) to the backup(s) in the
    Virtual folder, then packs them into an archive package file.

6. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Import Latest HGO Program Sources
    This step is where you make sure your program sources are up to
    date.  Two files need to be up to date.  The simple program installer
    (/updater) called HGO.exe, and the root package that contains all
    the stuff HGO needs to run, called ID#0000#000.pkg

7. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Auto-Create your CD web site
    This step will take quite a while to execute, so please be patient.
    This command auto-creates the CD-Extra CD based web pages
    seen by your customer, based upon your interview and upon your
    song list and songs.

8. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Explore and Edit Your CD web site
    This launches you into the Virtual Folder that contains the CD Web
    files.  You will need to visit and edit them using Mozilla 1.7x.  If you
    don't have Mozilla 1.7 (the full suite, not just FireFox) then you will need
    to download it from  You should start with pcindex.htm but
    also go out one folder and take a look at index.html as well.

9. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Clean Up Web Files

    This will remove any localization from the links.  Sometimes Mozilla
    likes to add the full path to the file name on links and image names.
    This menu command will remove those paths, leaving just the pure
    file names, so that your web page links will work no matter where they
    are located.

10. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Import Your Wave Files
    This command opens up a special folder and lets you place your wave
    files there.  Also will open up the C:\ folder so you can explore over to
    where you are keeping all the wave files for your CD music.  You should
    RIGHT-CLICK-DRAG-COPY the wave files from wherever you have
    them into the Wave Files folder of your CD-Extra project in Hgo.

10. Click on Studio/Create Your CD-Extra CD/
    Create NRG File of CD
    This command merely opens two folders: the Waves folder and the files
    folder for your Hgo CD-Extra project.  People have various different
    burning software, such as Nero or Corell CD Creator.  You cannot use
    just the CD ability of XP because as far as I know it does not let you
    make CD-Extra CDs.  You need a real CD Burning program like Nero.

    This concludes the documentation at this time for the Studio Features
    of Home Group Overhead Studio License Level.  If you have any
    comments please let us know.  If you have not gotten an invitation to
    request a StudioID, please let us know.  The StudioID may not be for
    everyone, but we think it will be a good fit for us and many users.