Software requirements | Authoring Manager | Questionmark

Software requirements | Authoring Manager

Applies to the following products: 
Questionmark OnDemand
Questionmark Perception
Authoring Manager
Applies to the following Perception versions: 
Perception 5.7
Perception 5.4
Perception 5.2
Perception 5.1



Operating system

The machine on which you want to install Authoring Manager must use one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008

Authoring Manager can be installed on both the 32- and 64-bit versions of the above operating systems.

Browser version

Internet Explorer 7 or higher is required to view Questionmark assessments in Authoring Manager.

If Internet Explorer 7 or higher is not found, the installation program will advise users that it is required but will continue the installation process.

Shared Repository Service version

Authoring Manager can only connect to versions of the Shared Repository Service that it is compatible with. Authoring Manager 5 is compatible with the following Shared Repository Service versions:

  • 5.x
  • 4.4
  • 4.3

Before installing Authoring Manager, you should confirm that the version you wish to install is compatible with the Shared Repository Service version being used. If you do not know what version of Shared Repository Service is being used, contact your Perception administrator.


Authoring Manager requires .NET Framework version 2.0 to be installed, and will not work with other .NET versions.

Depending on the operating system you are using and the type of installation you have, the .NET Framework may already be installed. You can check if it is installed on your machine, and if you are using the correct version, by viewing the list of installed programs in the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.

If .NET Framework 2.0 is not found by the Authoring Manager install program, a choice will be offered to the user to download and install the .NET Framework component. This download facility requires an internet connection. If you choose not to use this feature you will have to install it manually before the install program will allow the installation of Authoring Manager.

Microsoft Word

To use Authoring Manager, you will need to have Microsoft Word 2000 or above installed on your machine.

Adobe Flash

To preview Adobe Flash or Captivate question types, you will need the Flash plugin installed. This is available from the official Adobe website:

Directory permissions

Authors must have full access to the \authoring  folder in the Authoring Manager installation directory. If you install Perception in the default location, this will be:

c:\program files\questionmark\perception5\authoring

Additionally, if authors will be working with local repositories, they will  need full access to the local repository folder. By default, this is:


These permissions will be set automatically by the Authoring Manager installer.


When you install Authoring Manager, a license is included that allows you to use the product for 30 days. After this evaluation period expires, you will need to obtain a valid license. Please refer to Licensing Perception for more information on obtaining a license.