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Ability to open old minicad / vectorworks files

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Select old minicad / OS9 vectorworks file in finder. Double click to open in Vectorworks. End of process.

(Why no backwards compatibility? We are loyal minicad users with 300,000+ old minicad and vectorworks files and we can't open them in vectorworks 2008. If we'd used autocad [shock!] all that time, we wouldn't be having this problem now...)

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i think you will find most Proffesional packages look after their customers investment.

i too have 1,000s of old MiniCAD files i'd like to be able to open with more recent versions of VW.

No such luck.

If nothing else NNA, you should take the trouble to create a "Working" Plug-in for this instance. Downlaodable and constantly updated/retro aware to reward users for their trust and confidence in sticking with a product.

300,000??? That's a lot of patience, Cal.

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300,000 because 20 years work. Quickly adds up because with enough staff and everyone saving a copy of each revision of each drawing. Not to mention claris cad files we can't open anymore but could in minicad 4.

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Cal,

While you wait for NNA to build a translator Plug-in, maybe you should dig up an old Power Mac . . . . a 9600 or similar, a G3 maybe, that still runs OS 7.5- 9 and throw Claris and MiniCAD into it . . . . . .

Just while you're waiting . . . . .

:)

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Finished converting files. "Only" took 3 weeks! :sleep:

I installed system 9, minicad 5, vectorworks 8, vectorworks 12.5 on an old machine.

My tips from this experience: vectorworks 2008 is unstable. In order to batch convert vectorworks 8 files to current version, you need to batch convert them using vectorworks 12 first. Then batch convert in vectorworks 2008 will run smoothly.

Make sure your files all have the relevant .mcd or .vwx file extension, or you will never be able to find them all. Mac operating system has the habit of losing the resource fork of files so without the file extension, you will be left guessing whether you are looking at a cad file or not.

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3 Weeks????

You've Really been having some fun, haven't you?

Cal, you say 2008 is unstable, but in the trial version of VW2009 i have, although it opens my 11.5 files, many of the 3D objects just appear as boxes. No shape or detail. i have been informed by the PTB that in the actual release this has been cured, but i have yet to confirm this personaly.

As for the "Extensions" dilemma. switch from list to icon view in the window. That should be a good clue to what you're looking at. :)

Or does that turn to smoke too when you loose the resource fork?

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Resource fork problem really sucks. I think its happening because the operating system OSX is really UNIX with a pretty mac interface. Mac OS died with system 9, as did the apple file system. The way OSX lets you have files without extensions is a kludge that works sometimes and sometimes doesn't.

The old files appear in the finder as 'Unix Executable File" with a little icon that looks like a black screen with a command line. If you know what the file is, then you can add the file extension manually, and the file will magically turn into the correct file type complete with icon.

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Yeah i hate those little icons. They always show up on CD's that have mixed format files in the windos folders. Why does OSX have such difficulties displaying these files with their true icons?

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Beware 2009 is worst to old MiniCAD files than 2008!!! you will end up with many missing features and elements!

I can understand that NNA wants to force the users to update to the lastest version to generate $$$ but not to provide a transparent way to open old files it is pretty Microsoft's way!

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On 24/10/2008 at 7:23 AM, calsan said:

300,000 because 20 years work. Quickly adds up because with enough staff and everyone saving a copy of each revision of each drawing. Not to mention claris cad files we can't open anymore but could in minicad 4.

 

Hi Calsan,

I have 7 files that I need converting, could you let me know if I can ask the favour or pay your company or your favourite charity -Its really frustrating that there is no viewer or translator..and if Autocad no probs!

 

much obliged,

AudreyK

 

BI:1st Floor.mcd

BI:200:50:51A:52:01:12.mcd

BI:Basemt,Grd Exist:Prop Trees.mcd

BI:Front Elevation.mcd

BI:Rear Section.mcd

BI:Site (longitudinal) Section.mcd

BI:Stair shedule200:50:51A:52.mcd

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Would be the sort of thing that would make cloud services feel more worthwhile if we could do a small batch of files in the cloud.

Or better still a joint venture with Backblaze or similar to upsell a deadfile server that keeps originals in tack but offers a snapshot of all files in the version we deem the office standard. 

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On 11/22/2017 at 5:17 PM, Matt Overton said:

 

Would it have been so hard to turn this into a proper signed app?


Yes unfortunately, it only runs in the Classic OS environment.

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