Main Page

The Main Page is the first screen you will see when the ARRT Requirements Definition tool opens.

Main Page

After approving the Security Notice, you will come to the Main Page.

  • "Using Help" - learn more about the types of assistance that exist for the tool.
  • "Configure Tool Settings" - the ARRT Requirements Definition can be configured at both the Tool and Project levels. Changes at the "Tool level" affect all future projects that are created in the tool, enabling you to customize your template to best suit your needs and requirements. For more information on this, go to the Tool Settings page.
  • "Connection" - indicates whether you are using All-in-One Mode or Multi-User Mode. For more information on this, go to the Connection Manager section.
  • "Click Here to Begin" - navigates to the Project List so you can work on new or existing projects.
  • "About" - a brief overview of the tool and the Terms of Use and Support.
  • "Current User" - default is your MS Windows user id. Click this button to change your user name if necessary. This is helpful for the Change Log as well as in locking projects that you send to other users for review.

Using Help

The Using Help form introduces you to the types of Help available while you are using the tool:

  • In-page Guidance
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Help Guide
  • Contact Us
  • On-site Training

Connection Manager

In the ARRT Requirements Definition Connection Manager you can determine whether or not you will use the tool in single-user or multi-user modes. For more information on this topic, view the "Connection Options" video on the Training Videos page.

  • All-in-One (Private) Mode - all of the User Interface and Data are stored in the same file in a location of your choosing.
  • Split (Private) Mode - the User Interface and Data are stored in separate files.
  • Split (Multi-User) Mode - The User Interface and Data are stored separately. Two or more users can work in the same project at the same time using either a shared MS Access database on a network or a shared SQL Server database.
    • Which connection is best for you and your working group?
      • MS Access is good for groups of five or less users. Performance may become an issue if more than five users are working in the tool at the same time.
      • SQL Server is good for any number of users.

Please note: When connecting to one of the Split Modes for the first time, you may be prompted multiple times with the Microsoft Security Notice stating that a potential concern has been identified because the folder where you have stored the tool is not a Microsoft Trusted Location. Please click the "Open" button on the Security Notice until the screen no longer appears.


The About form gives a brief description of the ARRT Requirements Definition tool as well as information regarding terms of use and support.

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