FAQs

You may be able to resolve your issue by reviewing our FAQs:

Pre-sales

PrimeTime Draft™ Football doesn't expire, so technically you can use it year after year. However, the player list will NOT be updated for any product that is not current. In addition, any Internet-based features and services (including product activation, PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteView, PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteBackup, email, sharing, etc.) are only supported for current products.


The benefit of purchasing every year is that you get the latest version of PrimeTime Draft™ Football with all the great new features (including free PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteView service), and you get up-to-date player lists for the current season.


We feel our pricing and upgrade policy are very reasonable when compared to any other software or paper-based draft boards. We're also confident that once you try PrimeTime Draft™ Football, you won't want to draft any other way.

No, an Internet connection is not required to use PrimeTime Draft™ Football. We have specifically created PrimeTime Draft™ Football to be usable without an Internet connection because of the inherent risks in "online-only" applications. Problems with your Internet service or with an "online-only" product's website can easily ruin your draft party.


When an Internet connection is available, PrimeTime Draft™ Football adds Internet-based features such as checking for updates, sharing draft results via Facebook or Twitter, and the PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteView and PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteBackup services.


The computer running PrimeTime Draft™ Football will need to be connected to the Internet at least once prior to the draft to activate PrimeTime Draft™ Football. However, once PrimeTime Draft™ Football has been successfully activated on a system, an Internet connection is no longer required.

The PrimeTime Draft™ Football software that you obtain from the download page is used both for evaluation (also known as "Trial Mode") and as the licensed product. In Trial Mode, you will only be able to make selections for the first two rounds of a draft.


After you purchase a license, you will receive an "Activation Code". An Activation Code is a unique "key" used to activate or upgrade a product and is associated with your specific purchase.


When you start PrimeTime Draft™ Football, you will be prompted for the Activation Code to begin the activation process. After successfully validating the Activation Code, PrimeTime Draft™ Football will download and install your license automatically. Once the license is successfully installed, PrimeTime Draft™ Football will be "activated" and will run without the Trial Mode restrictions.


All activations and upgrades are monitored and logged for security.

If you purchased a license last year, you are eligible to purchase an upgrade to PrimeTime Draft™ Football 2017 by providing your Activation Code from last year's product. Since licenses are not transferrable, you must be the original purchaser of the license to upgrade.


If you can't find last year's Activation Code, please review this FAQ.

The easiest way to find your Activation Code is to locate the order confirmation email we sent you when you purchased the license. If you can't locate that email, here are a few additional ways to find an old Activation Code:
  • Existing Installation of PrimeTime Draft™ Football
    If PrimeTime Draft™ Football is still installed on your system, run the application and locate the Activation Code in the "About" dialog.
  • Order History Request
    If you know the email address you used for prior purchases, use the Order History Request service to retrieve any prior Activation Codes.

There are two types of licenses available:

  • Personal licenses are for personal, non-commercial use.
  • Commercial licenses are for customers that want to use PrimeTime Draft™ Football as part of their business.

While PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteView supports iOS and Android devices, the PrimeTime Draft™ Football main application requires Microsoft Windows or OS X and cannot be run directly on an iOS or Android device.


However, you can use an iOS or Android "Remote Desktop" application to control PrimeTime Draft™ Football remotely over your network. Simply install PrimeTime Draft™ Football on a Microsoft Windows or OS X system connected to your HDTV. Next, install a "Remote Desktop" app on your iOS or Android device. Finally, use the "Remote Desktop" app to control the system where PrimeTime Draft™ Football is installed.


We have had great success using Chrome Remote Desktop.

Although PrimeTime Draft™ Football is extremely easy to use and requires little effort from a single draft administrator, we know some leagues prefer to make each league member responsible for selecting their own players. For this situation, we recommend one of the following options:

  • If you have a Microsoft Windows-based tablet, 2 in 1 device or laptop or wireless keyboard, you can simply pass the device around to each league member.
  • If you have an iOS or Android device, we recommend using a "Remote Desktop" application. See this FAQ for additional details.
If you have purchased a Personal license and are running a private draft, you may use and display PrimeTime Draft™ Football in a public environment. Any other public display or commercial use of PrimeTime Draft™ Football requires a Commercial license.

Yes, but only when you purchase a Commerical license.


When PrimeTime Draft™ Football runs with a Commercial license, an optional custom image can be displayed during the animation sequence between selecting a player and the resulting draft board.


To include the image, click the "Import..." button on the Settings screen within PrimeTime Draft™ Football and follow the instructions under "Custom Image".


Note: The area reserved for the custom image is a 320x140 region located in the lower left corner of the screen. The image will be automatically centered in the region and scaled down to fit if necessary.

If you use MyFantasyLeague.com (MFL) as your league management website, you can upload the draft results in just a few easy steps.


Unfortunately, other league management websites like Yahoo!, ESPN, NFL and CBS Sports either a) do not allow 3rd party developers to access their fantasy league data or b) do not provide a method to upload the draft results. If you would like to see PrimeTime Draft™ Football integrate with these or any other league management sites, we strongly encourage you to contact the website and encourage them to work with us.

Setup/Installation

To improve security, Microsoft encourages application developers to "sign" their applications. Signing an application attaches the developer's name to the application and guarantees that no one but the developer has modified the application.


The Microsoft Windows version of PrimeTime Draft™ Football is a "signed" application. If you are shown this warning message, you should verify that you are using the latest version of PrimeTime Draft™ Football.


If you are concerned about the authenticity of any PrimeTime Draft file, we can also provide an authenticated MD5 or SHA hash of the file. Please contact us and provide the exact name, date and time of the file and we'll provide the corresponding verification information.

To improve security, Apple encourages application developers to "sign" their applications. Signing an application attaches the developer's name to the application and guarantees that no one but the developer has modified the application.


Unfortunately, Apple changed their authentication policies and now requires developers exclusively use Apple services to sign their applications. At this time, PrimeTime Draft™ Football does not use an Apple code signing certificate. If you are shown this warning message and you want to use PrimeTime Draft™ Football, you will need to allow the application to be run by the operating system. If you are not given the option to run the application, you may be able to run the application by Control-clicking or right-clicking the APP file and choosing 'Open'. If that doesn't work, please review this KB article for additional help.


If you are concerned about the authenticity of any PrimeTime Draft file, we can also provide an authenticated MD5 or SHA hash of the file. Please contact us and provide the exact name, date and time of the file and we'll provide the corresponding verification information.

If you have hardware made within the last few years, you likely have HDMI connections, which is the preferred method since it is an "all digital" connection. If you have "HDMI out" on your PC/laptop and "HDMI in" on your TV, a single HDMI cable is all you need. If your hardware is a little older, you may be able to use a VGA or S-Video cable, though these connections won't produce the same high-definition image quality as modern HDMI connections.


If you have an HDMI input on your TV and want a "wireless" solution, you can stream your desktop to your TV through your WiFi:

  • Google Chromecast
    Desktop streaming using Google Chromecast is still in beta and expeprimental. Alternatively, you can use your Google Chromecast device with other desktop streaming software such as AirParrot.
  • Apple TV
    Modern OS X systems communicate with Apple TV via AirPlay. If you have an Apple TV device but you want to use PrimeTime Draft™ Football on Microsoft Windows, you will need additional desktop streaming software such as AirParrot.
  • Airtame
    Airtame is generally targeted for office environments as opposed to home environments, so it is a bit more expensive than other options. We haven't tested PrimeTime Draft™ Football with Airtame, but it certainly looks like a high-quality option.

If you are still unsure about how to make PrimeTime Draft™ Football display on your TV, we recommend that you visit http://hookpctotv.com/ to assist you in determining available options.

You can run PrimeTime Draft™ Football using any account that has read/write access to the "Program Data" folder created during installation. See this FAQ for information regarding the location of your data files.
Occasionally, we have encountered customers with system software or network/firewall settings that prevent access to our Activation Server. Try one or more of the following:
  • Temporarily configure/disable any firewall or security software
  • If you are connected wirelessly to your network, directly connect to your network with a cable
If you are still unable to successfully activate using PrimeTime Draft™ Football (and you have Internet connectivity through a browser), you can also activate using the License Request service.
Using PrimeTime Draft™ Football
PrimeTime Draft™ Football supports the following draft types:
  • Standard: Teams take turns selecting players following a specific "pattern".
  • Auction: Teams bid for players using available money from a budget.
  • Salary Cap: A "Standard" draft that also uses a budget. The league assigns a "price" to each player which must be entered when the player is selected. After the player is selected, the team's budget is adjusted accordingly.

PrimeTime Draft™ Football is very flexible in that you can always add players wherever you want. You are never forced to follow a specific pattern, no matter how you set the draft pattern. You can always move the clock (and ultimately add a player) to any open slot, simply by clicking on the open slot.


Draft types that use a clock ("Standard" and "Salary Cap") include a "pattern" option that determines which "slot" the clock will automatically move to after a selection is made. Draft patterns include:

  • Snake: The clock moves according to the serpentine pattern of a traditional snake draft. After each round the "first to last" order of selections is reversed.
  • Straight: The clock moves according to the linear pattern of a traditional draft. The order of the teams selecting first through last is the same in every round.
  • 3RR: The clock moves according to the "3rd Round Reversal" pattern. For those unfamiliar with the 3RR pattern, it is basically a snake draft, however, rounds 3+ are in the reverse order of a traditional snake draft.
  • Manual: This setting is best if your league does not use one of the automatic patterns. You will be responsible for moving the clock to the "next slot", whatever that means for your draft.
  • Random: This setting is best if your league changes the draft order for each round. Within a round, this setting is the same as the 'Straight' pattern. However, after each round you will be prompted to return to the 'Settings' screen to rearrange the draft order.

When you click the slot that currently contains the clock (in clock-based drafts) or an empty slot (in auction drafts), the "Player Selection" dialog appears. In the Player Selection dialog, start typing in the "Smart Search" field or simply click the "Show List" button to see a list of all players.


You can also use the "Positions" and "Teams" filters to limit the list to specific player positions and specific NFL teams.


By default, the player list is ordered by rank (if enabled). You can also use the "Sort by" dropdown to order the player list alphabetically.

The players are ranked according to their average draft position for leagues at MyFantasyLeague (MFL) as of the date of the player list file.


There is currently no way to customize the player ranking.

PrimeTime Draft™ Football maintains an "owner" property for each slot or player. The "default owner" of a slot or player is the team at the top of the column. To change the owner, press and hold the left mouse button (also known as a "long press" ) while the cursor is on an empty slot or selected player. This will invoke the "Owner Properties" dialog where you can choose a different owner.


For example, if Team 1 trades their 2nd and 5th round picks to Team 8 for their 3rd and 4th round picks, simply "long press" each slot involved and assign the proper owners. You can even make "unbalanced trades" where the number of players involved is not even.


Picks that are owned by a team other than the default owner are marked with a "i" icon. If you hover the cursor over the pick, a tooltip will show you the actual owner.


To see exactly how it's done, please check out the PrimeTime Draft™ Football - Trades video walkthrough.

“Keepers” can be added to any slot on the draft board before the actual draft begins. Just be sure to set the number of rounds to accommodate the entire roster — including keepers.


To see exactly how it's done, please check out the PrimeTime Draft™ Football - Keepers video walkthrough.

Yes, by using the Autopicks feature. If an owner can't attend the draft and would like their team chosen automatically, there are 2 options:

  • PrimeTime Draft™ Autopicks service
    Team owners can use the PrimeTime Draft™ Autopicks service to make a list of their selections that can be downloaded and sent to the draft administrator. This selection list can be imported on the "Team Properties" dialog prior to starting the draft.
  • Provide a list of selections for each round
    Team owners can create and send their own list of "Best Available" or "Best Position" (e.g., "Best QB", "Best RB", etc.) selections to the draft administrator. Prior to officially starting the draft, the draft administrator would click the "Start Draft!" button and manually configure each slot of the absent team. To configure a lot, press and hold the left mouse button (also known as a "long press" ) while the cursor is on an empty slot. This will invoke the "Owner Properties" dialog where you can set an Autopick selection. When all slots are configured, you are ready to start the official draft. To reset the initial clock, click the "Back" button to return to the Settings screen and then click the "Continue draft!" button.

Whenever the clock lands on a slot configured for Autopick, PrimeTime Draft™ Football will "pre-select" a player based on the Autopick setting and the player list ranks. You can either accept that player or choose a different one (the pre-selected player may be known to have a significant injury and you may determine an alternate player would be more appropriate).

In an auction draft, we keep track of whose turn it is to nominate a player for auction with our "Whose turn?" indicator. We indicate the turn by displaying a yellow rectangle surrounding the team name at the top of the draft board. No fancy options here, just a "straight" order (first person to second person to third person, etc. to last person, then back to first person). If for whatever reason you deviate from the standard nomination order, you can click on the team name and that will set the "Whose turn?" indicator to that team. After adding a player, the "Whose turn?" indicator will automatically move to the next team.


This feature is helpful if you occasionally forget who it was that last nominated a player.

We save the draft data any time anything changes. You never have to explicitly "save" anything because we save everything all the time! If you change the number of rounds, we save the data. If you change a team name, we save the data. If you add or remove a player, we save the data.


We also employ a backup system to ensure your draft data is safe. That means that even if, say, a power outage occurred while we were in the process of writing the draft data, a backup draft file will have been created. In addition, if you have enabled "Internet services (RemoteView and RemoteBackup)" for your draft, a current copy of the draft may be downloaded using the PrimeTime Draft™ RemoteBackup service.

Draft files are saved in the PrimeTime Draft™ Football data folder. The specific location of the data folder depends on your operating system.


If you are running on a PC (Microsoft Windows), the draft files are stored in the "ProgramData" folder, typically located here:
C:\ProgramData\PrimeTime Draft\PrimeTime Draft Football 2017\


If you are running on a Mac (OSX), the draft files are stored in your "User Documents" folder, typically located here:
/Users/<username>/Documents/PrimeTime Draft/PrimeTime Draft Football 2017/

Each team is given a score based on projections for the roster. The score is determined by a number of factors, including:

  • Projected weekly scores for the top players at each position for a "typical" fantasy football team (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, etc.)
  • Projected scores for backups at each position
Finally, the scores are "graded on a curve" to normalize the scores on a typical "A through F" grading system.


Currently, there is no way to customize the scoring for specific league formats.

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