NextGen has an integrated function for sending technical support requests. To access this function, simply click on the "Ask for support" button in the top bar of the program:
If your support request concerns the inability to open a file, note that "Ask for support" works also without an opened file. More info are available at the end of this article.
When the button is pressed, the help request window is shown:
The first step is to check if the answer to your question is present in the support articles on this site. The links to access the NextGen basic guide and the list of support articles are present on the screen. If the answer is not found, press Next to continue.
Fill in your contact information here. This information is stored, so you only need to fill it during the first support request.
This screen prompts you to describe the reason for your support request. To obtain a quick and effective response, it is essential to clearly describe:
Remember that those who analyze the assistance ticket do not know the history of your calculation: they must quickly understand what it is and find a solution. A clear description drastically reduces response times, for example avoiding requests for clarification from us.
In the next screen you can attach additional files.
Warning: as indicated, the NextGen item you are working on is automatically attached
It is possible to attach PDF or Autocad drawing files, Excel files in which a calculation has been analyzed to be taken as a comparison, screenshots. In general, any additional material that can help pinpoint the problem is welcome.
The last step allows the request to be sent to our servers. In case of connection failure, the program saves a ZIP file on the desktop; you must manually send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org attaching this file to start the assistance. The same operation can be performed manually by clicking on Save .zip instead of Send.
Shortly after submission, you will receive at the address indicated above a confirmation of our receipt of your request, which has been assigned a ticket number. If you don't get this message, it means something went wrong and we probably haven't received your request. Try again, saving the .zip file at the end of the procedure and manually sending it by e-mail.
Support requests often go through other media, such as e-mail. In this case, the user usually adds the SIT file or a PDF of the item as an attachment in an e-mail message, or, worse, to send only screenshots.
This road, although practicable, is not recommended for the following reasons:
Once the program starts, the "Project browser" window is displayed. Click cancel on that window to continue working without an open file. The "Ask for support" button is now available. If you are receiving errors opening a file, please attach it when prompted:
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There are cases in which the request must necessarily go through an e-mail message: for example, NextGen may be installed on a computer disconnected from the Internet, or the server receiving support requests may not be available. In these cases, the procedure is as follows:
Finally, if the request cannot go through NextGen since it is the opening of the program itself that creates problems, it is of course possible to send the request by e-mail, possibly accompanied by a screenshot of the error, to email@example.com