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Can I solicit a conversion of a couple of MiniCad files as well? The pandemic had me throw out the scenic pieces that I made in 1995 as I didn't think the show would return but it is coming back for 2022 so I need to recreate them. I'm using VW 2020 but I'd be happy with just a pdf of the page.  The files are located here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2z61t4vtx5lfuh/hilton speaker shelf elev.mcd?dl=0


https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e04cxuxe6eof2w/Hilton spkr shelf plan.mcd?dl=0

Pretty remarkable how small MiniCad files were. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Edited by Riley Casey
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Hello Riley,

   From your date of 1995, I suspect the files were created with MC 5, or earlier. When I opened your files I got errors. Initially I got a "This file was saved in a BETA version" error when I opened the files in older versions of the program. Then I tried forcing the file types and creators to MiniCAD versions 2 through 6 but received a " Resource Manager" error. You're right the files are small. These files are almost as small as blank documents. I am wondering if all of the file's data are present. If your files had any complexity to them they should be somewhat bigger.


   If you find different backups please try back. Sorry I cannot help further at this time.



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It is probably created with MC5 or earlier, I have a conversion program from the local distributor to convert MC4/5 - MC7 files to MC8 (the converter is basically a stripped down version of MC8), but it does give the beta version error as well or the message that the file was created with an older version of MiniCAD or that it may not be a MiniCAD file.

Maybe VW tech support can still open the files assuming they are not corrupted, otherwise as @MullinRJ mentioned your only hope may be a backup copy of those files that we could try to convert.

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