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Project "Save As" for renaming question
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JimmyM
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January 30, 2018 - 7:28 pm
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Hi Will.

 

I searched the forum and couldn't find this particular topic. I'm trying to rename a project but I am not finding the 'Save as' menu option under 'file' (using version 6.9x). I had found on the FAQ that using the save as command would enable you to save a project under a different name, which in turn renames the .dll.

 

Did the option change or is this now under the "export project" command?

 

Best regards,

 

Jimmy

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January 31, 2018 - 8:19 am
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Hi Jimmy

The "Save Project As" function has been named to "Backup Project"

The original idea for this came from a student who made some changes to her code which then broke the (previously working) plugin, and then she couldn't remember exactly what had changed, and of course was frustrated. The Save As function was just supposed to make a backup copy of the project and place it in a different folder, so that it could be revived if something disastrous happened. It was never meant to completely rename the project's DLL, plugin name, or plugin object name, or create a standalone spinoff project. 

I *attempted* to make a new clone with a different plugin name, but after multiple revisions I realized that this was going to be really difficult, and fraught with problems when you do mass string-replacements in a project - which might completely destroy things. In addition, it can not easily change your .PRJ file, which contains a mirror of the plugin object inside it. This would have been really difficult to synchronize with the VS project.

In v6.9, I renamed the function to "Backup Project" and removed the stuff I had originally written, which never completely worked. This was especially difficult to process if you had custom graphics or 3rd party libraries or other software components added to your project.

Now "Backup Project" does what was originally intended from the original student suggestion - just make a safe backup of the code and place it in a new folder - nothing else is modified.

- Will

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JimmyM
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January 31, 2018 - 6:46 pm
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Hi Will.

 

That totally makes sense - especially given the complex structure of the projects.

 

Thanks very much for clearing that up!

 

Have a good one,

 

Jimmy

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