I've used PM for years, have 6.5 on disk but I just had Windows & Premium installed on my computer and apparently 6.5 will not work on it. So I ordered the PM7 upgrade and also downloaded the trial so I can open some of the many PM files I have. I installed it twice. But every time I try to open the program, I get an error message. "Failed to initialize VBox."
Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get this program to open? Thanks, Donna
A lot of older products - both programs and hardware - won't work in Win7.
To this end you can set up a virtual XP within Win7. It's not all difficult... Install PM there and it'll (should) work. Once the virtual XP is installed, you don't have to reboot into it... it runs like any other program in Win 7. When you're done with the work in hand you can hibernate it (pardon that!) to free up resources...
Here's a link:
Just speaking from experience. Not worth the bother.
Why people insist on trying to run this archaic software on new machines is a mystery. If you can't afford InDesign or think it's overkill take a look at Scribus (open source, free) or Serif Plus (about ($99). Both are far superior to Pagemaker.
It's really no mystery at all, Bob. I do have Serif Plus and like it. But I ALSO have several dozen files created in PM that I can no longer access, edit, print or anything else. I've tried the Virtual XP work around but it also does not work on my machine. So unless I want to buy an old machine just to read those files, or find someone with an old machine willing to let me install PM and use their machine occasionally. I am SOOL with t hos files. I will have to recreate all of them from scratch. Which, for me, sucks.
And here's something that really burns me... BEFORE I knew that PM was no longer supported by Adobe and would not run on most Windows & machines, I ordered the PM 7 update. I ordered it on the phone. And I TOLD THE SALESPERSON on the phone that I had Windows 7 and I was ordering the upgrade because it WOULD NJOT INSTALL bny PM 6.5. And he happily took my money and sold it to me.
LIke it said... sucks.
When was this? Adobe has a 30 day money back policy.
BTW, InDesign will open those PM files, but the quality of the conversion will range from nearly perfect down to practically unrecognizable. I would suggest downloading the demo but you missed the 10 year long offer of an upgrade price so it will cost you.