Upgrading from ReaderwareAW 2.0 to 3.0

Upgrading from Readerware 2.0 to 3.0 is very simple and will be transparent to most users. Just install Readerware 3.0 and start it. Everything will be taken care of.

The default installation directory for Readerware 3.0 is different from earlier versions so you can have both versions installed on the same computer.

The first time you run Readerware 3.0 it will detect your existing installation. It will automatically migrate your Readerware preferences to 3.0 format so that Readerware 3.0 looks the same as your current 2.0 system. The table view will consist of the same columns as it does now, any additional views you have created will still be there etc.

Your Readerware 2.0 database also needs to be converted to 3.0 format. This is done by copying your database to create a new 3.0 database. Your existing 2.0 database is not touched and is still available. The database upgrade wizard will be launched automatically to step you through the conversion process whenever you access a 2.0 database in Readerware 3.0.

If you have several Readerware 2.0 databases, you will need to open each one in Readerware 3.0 to convert it. 2.0 databases will not automatically show up in the Readerware open database dialog, by default Readerware only displays 3.0 databases. To open a Readerware 2.0 database, change the file type drop down list at the bottom of the open dialog to select Readerware 2.0 databases, you will then be able to open and convert the database to the new format.

Once you have your database in 3.0 format it is a good idea to back it up for safe keeping.

Readerware Database Upgrade Wizard

The Readerware database upgrade wizard will guide you through the process of upgrading your 2.0 database to 3.0 format. Most users will just click the Next button to proceed through the conversion process as Readerware makes default choices for you which will be appropriate in most cases.

The actual conversion is pretty quick but the speed will depend on the size of your database. Readerware will keep you posted on the progress displaying the total number of rows that need to be converted and the current status.

2.0 Database Upgrade

This is the first page of the wizard and will be displayed automatically whenever a 2.0 database is accessed in Readerware 3.0. It will display the name and location of the 2.0 database. The conversion process will copy your 2.0 database creating a new 3.0 database, your existing 2.0 database is not touched.

Confirm that you want to convert this database by clicking on the Next button.

If you decide not to convert the database at this point, click on the Cancel button.

3.0 Database Selection

This is where you tell Readerware where to create the new database and what to call it.

Readerware has already set the 3.0 database for you based on the 2.0 database. The new database will be stored in the same folder as the 2.0 database and will have the same name. Readerware uses a different file type for 3.0 databases.

If you want to use another name or location for your new database, click on the Browse button. The standard file selection dialog will be displayed.

Note that under some circumstances Readerware will relocate your database to a new folder rather than store it in the same folder as your 2.0 database. Over time operating systems have changed the rules as to where you should store data. For example in most cases it is no longer permitted to store data in the program installation folder. If Readerware detects that your existing 2.0 database is stored at an invalid location, it will relocate it to your Documents folder. You can of course change the location, but please do not try and store it in the invalid folder as this can cause problems in the future.

Artist Sort Column Selection

There was a Readerware knowledge base article that showed you how to add a user defined column and use it to sort your album database by artist. If you used this technique you should select the user defined column you used. ReaderwareAW will then use this data when building your 3.0 database to preserve the artist sort information.

Verification

Readerware now has all the information it needs to convert your database to 3.0 format. Click Next to begin the conversion.

Converting...

As Readerware converts your database it will display the number of rows that have to be converted and the current row number. Once the conversion is completed the Next button will be enabled, click it to continue.

Done!

This final page of the database upgrade wizard displays the number of rows converted. Click Finish to exit the wizard and load your new database.

Readerware automatically loads your new 3.0 database once the conversion is completed. You should see your records and Readerware 3.0 is ready to go.

After the Conversion

Once you have converted your 2.0 database to 3.0 format you are ready to go.

Nothing else is required to access your data in Readerware 3.0, but there are some optional steps you might want to take.

Readerware 3.0 includes a lot of new fields, you might want to run auto-update to populate these new fields if the data is important to you.

Readerware lets you add user defined fields to your database. If you added a new field for data that is now standard in Readerware 3.0, you might want to copy the data from the user defined field to the new 3.0 field using the replace wizard.

Upgrading from Bookography 1.0

The process is the same for converting a Bookography 1.0 database to 3.0 format.

You will need to open your Bookography database in Readerware 3.0 to convert it. Bookography databases will not automatically show up in the Readerware open database dialog, by default Readerware only displays 3.0 databases. To open a Bookography 1.0 database, change the file type drop down list at the bottom of the open dialog to select Bookography 1.0 databases, you will then be able to open and convert the database to the new format.

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