Digital Archiving and Retrieval Tool Client User Manual

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The DART client is an open-source Windows client application that strives to make the process of archiving files and crucial metadata as easy as possible. The DART system features project management and versioning control. All versions of files archived by the DART client are saved. The DART client requires a username, password, and the URL to the DART server. Files can be archived using DART automatically or manually through a context menu entry, system tray entry, or through the process of drag-and-drop onto the DART Desktop icon.

System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista

RAM: At least 256 MB

Disk Space: 1MB (for DART client only)

Installing DART

Download the DART Windows client installer from: Download the latest version of the client. When prompted to save or run the application, choose to run the application. You should see the installer dialog:


Click next to continue.


You must agree to the terms of the agreement. Click “I Agree” to agree and continue with the installation.


Afterwards, you must choose the components you wish to install. The only required component is the Application Base. The other components are optional, but recommended. To view a description about each component, move the mouse over the component item.


You can select a directory to install the application. The default directory is recommended. After choosing the directory, press “Install” to install the application.


The progress of the installation will be displayed.

Note: The DART client requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 to function. The setup will automatically detect if you have it installed and will download it if the .NET Framework version 2.0 is not installed. You must install the .NET Framework to run the DART client.

Note: If the DART Client is already installed, you may get errors about certain files being in use.


When the installation completes, click “Finish” to exit the installer. Leave the check box checked, which will start the application in the system tray and set the master configuration URL to

Using DART