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Peter Eichel

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I have a lot of MiniCAD 5 files that VW 2011 won't open. I have MiniCAD 8 on a CD which appears to install well enough but will not open. An error pop up states that the vectorworks.exe file is an abnormal operation.

I think it's a conflict with VW 2011 which I do not want to uninstall. Any advice out there?

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MiniCad 5 dates back to Windows 95 -- perhaps you need an earlier system to run VectorWorks 8, either Win 95 or 98.

I said VectorWorks 8 because the last MiniCad I have is version 7.

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To my knowledge, VW 8 (not 2008) is the last version that can open an older MiniCad file. You might be able to send the files to Nemetschek for translation.

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To clear up any confusion on my version, the CD I have states both Minicad? and Vectorworks version 8 on the label. The operating system on my PC is Win XP pro but it should still run Win 95 software, right?

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There is a converter to convert Minicad 5 (and later) files to Vectorworks 10.5 files.

I didn't find it on the US website, so I'm providing the link on the website of the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) distributor.

http://www.vectorworks.be/support/softwaredownloads/

Scroll down to "Diversen" and you will find links for the Mac version (OS 9 only) and the Windows version.

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