I've just upgraded to BW8 and posted some initial observations re: installation on my blog. Now... how do I get all my customizations in BW7 into BW8? I can't seem to find any suggestions or directions on migrating...
I have emailed the following steps to the BW tech, but I know they are busy, so I'm going to go ahead and share them here. NOTE: These steps worked for me, but please don't use my advice and then bug the BW staff if something goes wrong! I.e., use these at your own risk. Still, if you customized (external links, user-created databases, etc.) BW7, my time-comsuming experimentation may save you a lot of time.
If someone discovers or knows of a problem with any of these directions, please share them here.
In BW8, you now have the wonderful External Resources Manager (ERMIE), but you still have access to the resources you linked using the External Link Manager. These links are invoked via right mouse clicks in the Results pane. BW8 does import your BW7 links.
UPDATE: In the BW8, INIT directory, make a copy of the ShellExec.txt file just in case... Then you can preserve all your BW7 external links simply by copying over the ShellExec.txt in BW7 / INIT and replacing the one in BW8.
[OLD use UPDATED info: It appears not to have enabled them by default. So, open the External Link Manager (via button bar or else Resources > Edit External Links), and you will need to enable any links you had added to BW7. That is, go through each item and check the "Enable this link" box. You will see that a number of links are set to open in ERMIE now.]
Moving files from BW7 to BW8:
As a general rule, unless you are sure, do not overwrite any files in BW8.
In the ASE directory (used to store searches run using the Graphical Search Engine and Verse List Manager files), you can copy over any IEL (inclusion/exclusion lists) and QF files (these are the queries) and VLS (verse lists) files.
In the DATABASE directory, you can copy over any CLR files (color files for text highlighting). I also copied over all the sets of CHD/CHM/SDX files that I had added to BW7 (these are the help files linked into the Resources tab), but don't overwrite any files in BW8. I also copied over the sets of BWW/DBU/DVX/VMC/VMF/WDC files that were installed from user-created databases. Moving these files will allow you to use them in BW8 without having to go through the process of compiling/installing them.
In the INIT directory, move over any VDO (Version Display Order) files. Move over any VRC/VRT sets which are used for the flashcards. Move over any SDF files (synoptics files).
Before starting any new notes in BW8, move over everything from your BW7 NOTES directory and overwrite everything in the BW8 NOTES subdirectory.
For More Advanced Users:
If you created many version or display favorites in BW7, they will not be imported automatically into BW8. You will need to edit the bw800.ini file located in the BibleWorks8 root directory.
FIRST, MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR BW800.ini FILE so you can restore it if things go bad.
Next, open the bw700.ini from the BibleWorks7 root directory in Notepad. Open bw800.ini in another Notepad.
Here are typical changes you can look for, and the idea is to copy/paste/replace the ones from BW7 into BW8.
- (I think you can also copy over the varbcolors, vartcolors, CustomColors, rcdiff, diffcolors, and enablediff settings as well)
The rest of the settings I suggest you manage in BW8 rather than try to copy over.