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

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  • Subject: [mg75780] Re: can I keep old version running after update to Ver 6?
  • From: Hannes Kessler <HannesKessler at hushmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 05:18:49 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <f1s33q$gp0$1@smc.vnet.net>

One issue appears inconvinient leaving the old version on the
computer: At least on my Windows XP, version 5.2 recognizes after
installation of 6.0 only DOS-type notebook file names. For this
reason, the autosave mechanism of initialization cells to a package
results in 5.2 to truncated package file names of the kind abcdef~1.m.
Is there a workaround for this problem?

Regards,
Hannes Kessler

On 9 Mai, 10:09, John Fultz <jfu... at wolfram.com> wrote:
> 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.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> John Fultz
> jfu... at wolfram.com
> 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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