Nov

11

Adobe Acrobat 4 on Windows 7

By pcurd

Continuing on from previous posts about Windows 7 compatability with legacy software, a colleague has experimented with Adobe Acrobat 4.

The install was relatively painless, although complaining about the product not being compatible there was only one real problem – Windows 7 does not seem to like the print driver (Adobe PDF) in Adobe Acrobat 4. We tried some simple persuasion but I would guess this is just not compatible.

I have not tried Distiller which is also included in the install.

Once installed, Windows 7 warned that Adobe Acrobat 4 had known issues but it did open. Simple PDFs opened fine and edifying features appeared to work. We use the APIs in Adobe Acrobat 4 but testing them is outside the scope of the first test.

Oct

31

Microsoft Office 97 on Windows 7

By pcurd

As per my last post we are testing some legacy systems on Windows 7.

One of my colleagues has begun the testing process with Office 97.

Beginning the process, it started off badly with a message ‘Are you sure you want to install this software from an unknown publisher’. Mm well, yes, I guess Microsoft, I do want to install Microsoft software.

During a regular install with binder, HTML editor and something else small I can’t remember removed there were 3 errors about there not being a default email client installed. As we plan to install Office 2003, including Outlook, over the top I wasn’t worried about these.

Access 97

The main important app for us is Access 97 so this was the first to be tested. It opened fine, even clippy seemed pleased with his new home. A few simple self contained databases with tables, queries and forms, with some vba module code, opened fine.

To be tested: We plan to test with non-form module code and reports next week. Then SQL links.

Result: So far all is working and response time is good.

(This post is still under construction)

Oct

31

Legacy software on Windows 7

By pcurd

One of the duties my department has is to evaluate new software and check for compatibility with existing systems and other software. With the release of Windows 7 in the last two weeks it therefore made sense to up the testing from a few packages on the RTM to our entire suite on the final code.

One of my colleages has begun this process this week and I will blog some of the findings as they happen. I will put up a post for each major package to aid the googlefu of the posts!

Please feel free to leave comments with any other experiences or findings.