4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 16, 2008 3:11 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Backwards Compatibility?

    Hoboscraggins
      Hi,

      Is director 11 backwards compatible with MX2004? Im about to start a project in Director 11 but the computers it will finally be tested on at university only run MX 2004 and i need to make sure that the Director file can be opened in MX 2004 to make sure that cast members etc are labelled correctly. If it is compatible, does it need to be saved in a special mode or is it just automatic?

      Thanks
        • 1. Re: Backwards Compatibility?
          Level 7
          Hoboscraggins wrote:

          > Is director 11 backwards compatible with MX2004? Im about to start a
          > project in Director 11 but the computers it will finally be tested on at
          > university only run MX 2004 and i need to make sure that the Director file can
          > be opened in MX 2004 to make sure that cast members etc are labelled correctly.
          > If it is compatible, does it need to be saved in a special mode or is it just
          > automatic?

          Hi,

          Director 11 provides Unicode text support and as such, the file format is very
          different to MX 04. You can open a MX 04 file in D11 but you can't open D11 files
          in MX 04. In fact, when you open a MX 04 file in D11, it asks you to convert and
          update the file straight away.

          I would suggest you work in MX 2004 only.

          regards
          Dean

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          • 2. Re: Backwards Compatibility?
            Hoboscraggins Level 1
            Hi, thanks for the reply. Is there any possible way to convert a Director 11 file back to MX 2004? Maybe a 3rd party program or add-on? Dont really want to start the bit of work that I have done all over again if possible

            Thanks
            • 3. Re: Backwards Compatibility?
              Level 7
              Hoboscraggins wrote:

              > Hi, thanks for the reply. Is there any possible way to convert a Director 11
              > file back to MX 2004? Maybe a 3rd party program or add-on? Dont really want
              > to start the bit of work that I have done all over again if possible

              There are no third party programs that will be able to convert a D11 file to D10.
              Here's how I'd suggest you do it.

              * Use a computer with D10 and D11 installed. Open both, with your D11 file open.

              * Copy and paste scripts from the Script Editor of D11 to an empty Script Editor
              in D10. I'm taking about copying the text, not the cast member. Any bitmap images
              can be copied and pasted from the Paint Window. There is no way to copy Vector
              Shape members. If you have sound, hopefully you'd have the content as external
              files that you can import to D10, and same goes for Shockwave 3D members.

              * Once you have all your media in D10, use the Property Inspector and Score to
              manually recreate everything in D10 to duplicate how it is in D11.

              The above is the only (and easiest) way, other than recreating it all from
              scratch or from memory.

              regards
              Dean

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              Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
              http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/
              http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
              email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au



              • 4. Re: Backwards Compatibility?
                Level 7
                Dean is right - there is no ready way to move files from D11 to D10 and
                vice versa. You could perhaps cobble something together with an external
                vList file by creating a MIAW that will save the existing file to disk
                (and import it into an empty file in a different version)