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Opening a Vectorworks file

Posted on 2010-11-10
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Mac - Vectorworks
Having trouble opening an old file.

1. about 5 years ago - files were on a MAC Server.
2. Switched to Windows 2003 Server - moved all files over.
3. Correct version of Vectorkworks is installed on Mac.
4. When trying to access those files, they will not open...

Any ideas?

FROM MY CUSTOMER: As per our previous conversation, I’m often having difficulties opening Vectorworks files that have been archived, and then retrieve. The files are missing their natural extension; I would try to force-open them from the software, but they are not highlighted as available files.

Thanks,
Dasher
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by:jeremyjared74
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It sounds like the file extension may need to be added manually.

Example:

Before- sample

After- sample.vwx      or: sample.mcd
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by:dasher3000
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Thanks. Seems really obvious, but I just didn't think it would drop extensions in the transitions.
I'll check it out and make sure that's not it (or IS it!)  - perhaps it did!
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It isn't that they were dropped during transfer, but more than likely when choosing a save or save as the extension was written over. Mac's can open the files w/o the extension, Windows can't. Hopefully it is this simple. I have had this happen to me, so it was the first thing that came to mind. Good Luck...
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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