NewDeal Technical Support Document 239
UPGRADING OLD DOCUMENTS
Documents created with Geoworks version 2.0 or newer can be used
immediately with NewDeal software, without any special upgrades or
changes to the documents.
If you have documents created with older versions of Geoworks, you can
easily upgrade your GEOS v1.0 or v1.2 documents to NewDeal's
improved format. Any document created in the older versions of Geoworks
software needs to be upgraded before you can use it in NewDeal's newer
versions of the software. If the icon for your document looks like a logo
on top of several pages of paper, or if you get the error "Unable to
open document" when you double-click on its icon, then you need to
upgrade the document.
How to upgrade documents created in older versions of
The upgrade process is not reversible.
In other words, once you upgrade a document, there is no way to
"downgrade" it so that you can use it in an old version
of the software again. If you think you may ever need the document in
the older format for any reason, then make a copy of the file
and upgrade the copy.
- Run NewDeal and display the directory that contains
the document you want to upgrade on the desktop (NewDesk)
or in NewManager. If you don't know how to do this, see your
- In NewManager, select the document you want to upgrade
by clicking on it once. You can upgrade more than one document
at once. To select multiple documents, hold down
the CTRL key while clicking once on each additional document.
From the Utilities menu, choose Upgrade 1.X Document.
- On the NewDeal desktop (NewDesk), right click on the icon
for the document file and choose Upgrade 1.X Document from the menu.
Error Converting File
This error is caused if a file is marked read-only.
To correct the problem, in NewManager select the document
that gave the error message. From the File menu, choose File Information,
then Change Attributes. In NewDesk, right click the icon for the
document and choose Options, Attributes from the menu.
De-select the Read Only check box, then click on Change. Now upgrade
the document again.
Upgrading is two steps
The upgrade process only modifies the
document header - the first part of the document file which contains
the information that identifies the software version that created
the document. The first time you open an upgraded document, you'll
briefly see the message "Updating old document." This
means the main body of the document is now being upgraded.
Upgrading from a Floppy Disk
If you have documents on floppy disks that
you need to upgrade, you can either upgrade the documents right
on the floppy or copy them to your hard drive and upgrade them
If the installer created a GEOSBACK directory and you have documents
there that you need to upgrade, it's a good idea to move them to the
NewDeal DOCUMENT directory before upgrading them. This way all
of your documents will be in the Document folder.
To move the files, display the \GEOSBACK\DOCUMENT folder.
From the File menu, choose Select All. Point to one of the selected
files, press and hold the right mouse button, and drag the mouse
pointer to the Document directory and release the right mouse button.
The files will be moved to the NewDeal DOCUMENT directory.
Last Modified 17 Feb 1999