Open mkwACT. It should be in your "Start > Programs" folder.
Once the mkwACT program is open, click on "Options" then "File Options".
Under "Output directory for when input is on a fixed disk drive", select the path
(directory) that you want all your converted files to go to. For instance, when you're
converting SHN files to WAV files for CD-R burning, you want them to go to a convenient place that
you'll easily find on your hard drive. Choose that directory here.
In our example, c:\burning is the directory where all WAV files will go when they're
converted from SHN.
Below that, can select the "Output directory for when input is on a removable
drive" (such as a CD-R). It is a good idea to have this path (directory) be the same as above,
so it won't get (too) confusing.
Also, make note the checkboxes below the two dialog boxes... Make sure your
configuration is similar,
"Delete input files after lossless (MKW or SHN) processing" option. If this option
is checked (the default), your SHN files will be automatically deleted as you convert them
to WAV files. For most people, this is undesirable, and leads to "Where the hell did my
SHN files go?!?" emails to the Server Team. ;)
Also, you may wish to change the option for "report MD5 verification results only on
errors". If this option is checked, it will only let you know if a SHN file does not pass the
Other than these settings, mkwACT is pretty much ready to roll right out of the box UNLESS you are on a Windows XP system.
If you are running under Windows XP then you should follow these further directions:
If you simply want to convert shn>wav mkwACT will run fine on XP right
out of the box.
However, if you want to encode .wav>.shn (w/ seeking as .skt files or
appended) it becomes a bit trickier ,(it will also encode from .wav>.shn w/o
any seeking fine.... but that suck's ; ).
XP comes w/ a backwards compatibility option.
To run mkwACT in Windows XP, change the compatibility mode for mkwACT to
"Windows 2000" by:
* Right-click on the link to mkwACT in the start menu or desktop
* Click properties
* Click the Compatibility tab
* Click the checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
* In the pulldown menu, choose "Windows 2000"
*Apply the change
Now that should have mkwACT running 99% correctly (We still haven't been able to
get it to let us batch files to it by highlighting a large group of files
, right clicking on them and choosing to "convert to wav" or "encode to
shn", but drag & drop will still work in batches fine and it otherwise works as
it always has).