Vectorworks Migration Manager

The Vectorworks Migration Manager helps with the transition to a new version of the software. When a new version of the Vectorworks program is installed, new workspaces and plug-in objects are installed in the Vectorworks root folder (where the application is installed). You can choose to automatically migrate your user data, consisting of workspaces, template files, library files, Resource Manager favorite files, and preferences, to the new version, while still taking advantage of all of the features and benefits offered by the new version.

The first time the Vectorworks program launches after installation, it checks for previous versions of Vectorworks installed on your machine. If it finds any instances of Vectorworks version 2009 or later, you have the option of launching the Vectorworks Migration Manager. In addition, the Migration Manager can be opened at any time.

To open the Vectorworks Migration Manager:

  1. If launching the Vectorworks program for the first time, click Yes when the message dialog box opens, asking if you’d like to migrate your user data. Otherwise, select Tools > Migration Manager from the program at any time.

  2. The Vectorworks Migration Manager dialog box opens.

  3. Read about the Migration Manager process, and then click Next.

  4. Select the location of the user data to be migrated, and the location where it will be migrated. By default, the most recent previous version of the Vectorworks user data is set as the migration source, and the output is set to that of the version that launched the Migration Manager.

  5. Click Next. The Migration Manager checks the migration source folder for workspaces, preferences, template files, favorite files, and library files.

  6. Specify the migration options. The user data located at the migration source folder is listed for selection. To migrate all of the user data, select All User Data. Otherwise, select the specific category of user data, or even specific items within each category, that should be migrated. A selected check box indicates that the item will be migrated.

  7. Click Next.

  8. If workspaces are to be migrated, select the migration options.

  9.     Customized keyboard shortcuts can be preserved with the workspace; if this option is deselected, the keyboard shortcuts from the new version are used.

        The new version’s menu commands and tool items can be automatically added to your custom workspace’s menus and tool sets; this option is recommended. The migrated workspace may not contain the needed location for new items; in that case, new tools are placed in a New Tools tool set, and commands are placed in a New menu. You can verify the proper location for the new items by looking at the default workspaces or by referring to the online help system. If this option is deselected, new commands and tools will need to be added manually to the migrated workspaces through the Workspace Editor.

    If you skipped a Vectorworks version, only the menu commands and tool items from the new version are added to a custom workspace. Commands and tools from the skipped version are not included.

        Tools and commands that are considered legacy in the new version can be automatically removed from the migrated workspaces; this option is recommended.

  10. Click Next.

  11. To review or change any migration settings, click Back.

  12. When ready, click Migrate.

  13. If a migrated workspace has the same name as an existing workspace, the migrated workspace is appended with a -Migrated suffix. When there is a naming conflict for any other migrated file except preferences, the original file receives an -Original suffix that is automatically incremented if necessary.

    When preferences are migrated, the existing identical Vectorworks preferences are overwritten. Dialog box size and location settings and tool preferences are not migrated.

    Template files, favorite files, and library files are automatically converted to the new version.

    When the migration is complete, the results of the migration are displayed. Click View Report to view a detailed migration report. The report is saved as a .txt file in the migration output folder.

  14. Click Finish.



Vectorworks Preferences: User Folders Tab

User Data and Preferences Folder

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