Opening V6/V7 projects; Do V9 users need to have V8 installed?

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I tried to open a project that I created in 2011 this morning as a prelude to creating a new version of it. Actually I tried it with a couple of projects and got the same thing.

If it's 2011 then based on the dates of the .msi files I probably would have been using 7.1 at the time. This is the message that I got:

Can anyone from Techsmith confirm hat it is "by design" that 9.1 can't directly open projects of this vintage and that you need to have V8 installed as well to run them through that first?

Or is the message misleading?

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I'm obviously not from TechSmith.

However,  I can confirm that you have to update a Cam 7 project with Cam 8 before you can update it again and use in Cam 9.

That message wasn't printed in error and it popped up because it's true.

You can download and install 8 from here. Activate it with your Cam 9 key,

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Thanks; I don't need to download anything because I have the install package for every version from 6.2 onward in my disk archive.

It is, however, a bit ridiculous that I should need to have multiple versions installed just to view a project from a whole two versions ago.

Maybe they figure that their customers won't hang around for 5 years so it won't be an issue. The way things are going at the moment I can't imagine why. Can you imagine if Microsoft said "Oh, no, Word 2016 can't open a Word 2010 document. You'll need to install Word 2013 first, then update the document to 2013, then load the converted document in 2016, and upgrade it there".

It's right up there with "If you want to move a document in your file system and expect it to still work, you need to zip it up into an archive. If you want to move 20 files in your file system, you'll need to zip up all of them. One at a time." And so on.

Why, people might start to think that Microsoft was running a "garage band" software operation.