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Re: can I keep old version running after update to Ver 6?

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  • Subject: [mg75743] Re: [mg75684] can I keep old version running after update to Ver 6?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 04:43:32 -0400 (EDT)
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Keeping the old version around while you're transitioning to version 6 is a fine 
idea, and you shouldn't experience any problems.  Many of us here at WRI (myself 
included) keep many old versions of Mathematica installed simultaneously with 
the new ones.

The principle different you might notice is that double-clicking notebook files 
to open them will cause them to open in version 6 (at least under Windows...I'm 
not fully certain whether the behavior is as predictable on Mac).

Also, under Windows, if you uninstall 5.1 after you've installed version 6, you 
may find that you've lost the file associations so that .nb files don't open
correctly when double-clicked in the Explorer (but they'll open fine from the 
Open dialog).  But you shouldn't experience any other issues.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Tue, 8 May 2007 06:01:34 -0400 (EDT), rob wrote:
> I may spring for the big bux to get Ver. 6. Can anyone tell
> me whether I'll be able/allowed to keep my Ver 5.1 on my
> machine? I've got hundreds of .nb files that now work on 5.1
> and I want to be sure I can retain their functionality. It's
> pretty clear that some of these programs won't run under Ver
> 6. I would eventually update those .nb files to work with
> Ver 6 but I don't want to be without their use in the meantime.
> I remember being very inconvenienced at last update from 4
> to 5 when I no longer had Ver 4 available. Thanks.
> beckman wrote:
>> Hello -- I'm trying to get my old notebooks to work in Mathematica 6. I
>> use
>> "TranslateShape," for instance, just about everywhere.
>> "TranslateShape" used to be defined in Graphics`Shape`. But that's now
>> obsolete, and I get the following error message
>> <<Graphics`Shapes`
>> General::obspkg: Graphics`Shapes` is now obsolete. The legacy version
>> \
>> being loaded may conflict with current Mathematica functionality. See
>> \
>> the Compatibility Guide for updating information.
>> If I highlight "TranslateShape" and press F1, I get a search
>> failure ... (Transforming XML (XML Package Tutorial)
>> If I highlight General::obspkg and press F1, I get a search
>> failure ... (did not match any documents)
>> If I search for "Compatibility Guide" I get nothing
>> I'm completely hosed. The old stuff I needed for everything is just
>> *poof* gone without a trace.
>> Clues, anyone?

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