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I have Printmaster 7.0 but it is not compatible with my new Windows 7. What can i do to upgrade? How do I open my old Printmaster files? The previous files are on Windows XP.

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  • rujuloveco Aug 25, 2010

    I will have to have somebody translate your answer for me, then I would like to get bacxk with you. since I did pay for a solution, and it has not solved my problem at this point. I will try to get back to you tomorrow.

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The upgrade path is to Printmaster Platinum 18.1 or Printmaster Platinum 2.0. I'm not sure which is better for you but both are $39.99 from http://www.printmaster.com/ .

The installers for Windows have changed over the years. Your alternatives would be to use a dual boot or virtual computer with XP installed. Win7 Pro and Ultimate allow you to run XP mode free after downloading two programs from Microsoft. All the other options require a licensed (paid) version of XP.

The compatibility mode is available but I'm not sure it will work in this case. You would need to right click on the installer and choose Properties. Then go to the Compatibility tab and chose an older version of Windows (Win98 may be a better choice than XP). Then right click on the installer again and chose Run as Administrator. Then you will need to do the same thing with the actual program.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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  • Cindy Wells Aug 25, 2010

    A couple of notes: 1) the biggest issue with XP mode and the other virtual computer options is that you can't just transfer files back and forth. You need to save to external media. (BTW once you have the dual boot or virtual computer program installed, you install the software as if it were the only computer present.)

    2) Printmaster 18 will import files from Printmaster 8 and more recent. Printmaster 2.0 will not import older projects at all.

    3) Opening your older projects will depend on how you saved them. I know more recent versions let you save things as a PDF. In that case, you can look at the files in Adobe Reader and edit them with Acrobat, one of the PDF generic programs, or most office suites (some need an add-on) like Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. For the lower price suites, this editing is done in the Drawing program of the suite not in the word processor.

    4) There used to be file conversion programs but I'm not sure of the default file type for Printmaster 7.
    If you give me the characters that follow the . in the file name I'll check if there is a converter for those. Most of the conversion programs I tried were for converting from one word processor to another (or spreadsheet programs) which is now included in the Office Suites.

    Sorry it took so long for me to find the import information.

    I hope this helps.

    Cindy Wells

  • Cindy Wells Aug 26, 2010

    I've been using the virtual XP mode for so many older programs it's become part of my life. Let me attempt to translate my own comments.

    1) Printmaster 18 is the current version and is Win7 compatible. Unfortunately, it will not import projects from Printmaster 7 (only 8 and more recent).

    2) A dual boot computer uses two hard drives (or partitions on one drive). Each hard drive has its own operating system (for Windows they each must be licensed versions). When you turn on the computer or restart it, you will be asked which OS you want to start. After that, it's like having two separate computers with only one on at a time. Hardware and software get installed as they would on each appropriate computer.

    3) Virtual computers let you run a second computer OS inside of the real computer. So you can switch back and forth without rebooting. However hardware must be connected (installed) to only one "computer" at a time. This includes the hard drive. Thus we've been saving files to a CD or flash drive to transfer it to the real computer (to print or anything since the printer is installed on the Win7 computer). There are several virtual computer programs - VMWare, Virtual PC and Parallels among others. XP Mode is exclusive to Microsoft's Virtual PC program. Virtual PC is free to anyone with a valid copy of Windows http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/detai... . XP Mode is a package that installs the XP OS into Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual... ; it is free for users of Win7 Pro and Ultimate. For the other virtual PC programs, you need to buy/have a licensed copy of Windows XP that has not been locked to a different computer (the Microsoft validation locks it to a CPU and motherboard).

    The biggest problem with the virtual computer is that the real computer gives up part of its memory to the virtual one. The dual boot computers use all the memory it can in each OS. However, we've found that all programs that ran under XP work well in XP mode. (Programs for Win2000 and earlier didn't work as well.)

    4) Compatibility mode: Windows has a workaround that lets you run older programs in newer operating systems for many iterations. I found references that Printmaster 7.0 Premier would run under Vista when run as a Win98 was selected. The reasons I don't know if this will work in Win7 is a) I don't know your OS version and 64-bit Windows needs a program to have a security certificate that didn't exist when this program was written. b) Microsoft has changed a lot of the code from earlier versions of Windows . The compatibility mode tends to work best with programs written for the previous version of Windows not several generations apart. (I found a number of my XP programs didn't work in the compatibility mode but did in the virtual computer.) Printmaster 7.0 is listed as supported for Win98 to Win2K.

    5) Executable files end with .exe and Microsoft Word files end with .doc. What is the ending characters for a Printmaster 7.0 project file? If you provide that, I can see if there are any converters or readers still available. Newer versions of the software let you save files as a .pdf which translates to "portable document format" and was the Adobe standard file type. It is a very common format so if you had your files as PDFs, there are a number of programs that could open the file.

    Do these expanded comments and details help?

    Cindy Wells

  • Cindy Wells Aug 26, 2010

    In my last message, I said that dual boot computers used two hard drives or partitions. Partitions are divisions of one hard drive. Windows can reformat or partition a hard drive but if you do this to the C: drive you usually need to reinstall the OS and all software and files afterwards. Third party software (Symantec Partition Magic, Paragon Partition Manager) can do these without losing the data on the primary drive.

    Most computers come with at least two partitions on the hard drive these days. The second partition is hidden and holds a copy of the OS as it was originally installed on the computer at the factory.

    Cindy Wells

  • Cindy Wells Aug 26, 2010

    You have 7 days to ask for other expert opinions or reject my answer. My main concern is if the extensions changed when Broderbund took over the program and issued updates over the years.

    One of the Printmaster file types is PIX. I know two programs that claim to open that file type (assuming the standards did not change) gimp (freehttp://www.gimp.org ) and Image Converter Plus (not free http://www.imageconverterplus.com )

    I've found other file types related to certain Printmaster versions. Unfortunately, for one code, SHP, the same three letter code is used by geographic information files. All of the file conversion packages I found were for those gps and gis programs (Global Positioning Satellite and geographical information services). Another code, PM, didn't resolve in any conversion programs I know. BIZ and SIG files only seem to be openable in Printmaster and related programs from Broderbund. Since the notes I have say that the latest program only import files from PrintMaster 8, I suspect the files have changed.

    Cindy Wells
    (if you had exported the files to PDF, there are lots of choices.)

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